Monica Pignotti describes herself as the “Ralph Nader of Psychotherapy” and claims to be a child advocate.
She seems to spend a great deal of time posting to the Internet, in Usenet discussion groups.
Her activity seems to be on an upswing in 2011, as she has exceeded her numbers for March, April, and May.
She seems to post more less the same thing, a rather obsessive account of a lawsuit, to a fantastically diverse of discussion groups. Her topic is largely irrelevant to most of them, for example, she posts to groups about Scientology (she is a former Scientologist, but this court case has nothing to do with Scientology), children, cooking, skepticism, astronomy, revisionism, shortwave radio, law (here her posting may be relevant), the United States, and Pakistan.
None of these postings seem, in any way, to further any sort of consumerist mission with regard to psychotherapy, and, with the exception of the posting about SLAPP lawsuits (oddly posted to a Scientology group), it is difficult to discern any course of activism either.
Filed under activism, advocacy, american enterprise institute, charly d. miller, emily rosa, jean mercer, larry sarner, linda rosa, monica pignotti, pseudoscience, quackery, ralph nader, usenet, voting machines
Jean Mercer holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Brandeis University, a respected academic institution.
She has, however, never held a license to practice. This means she has never seen a single patient!
This does not stop her from speaking out on matters she may not be qualified to address.
Recently, she has started a blog on Psychology Today.
People have come to this blog, seeking honest answers about the following:
- Her lack of professional credentials
- Her association with Larry Sarner, who has, among other things, been involved in a voting machine scandal and is, himself, somewhat of a “pseudoscientist” advocating nontraditional, or even “fringe” ideas about medicine, science, and mathematics.
- Her association with Linda Rosa, who, with her husband, Larry Sarner, writes a blog on the reprehensible topic of “child torture!”
- Her association with Monica Pignotti, who was both a Scientologist and practitioner of Roger Callahan‘s “Thought Field Therapy” and “Voice Technology.” Pignotti has walked away from both, but spends a lot of time and effort attacking them.
- Her association with Charly D. Miller, who plans to write (but has not yet written!) a series of Harry Potter travel guides. When she is (not?) writing these guides, she maintains a website full of copyrighted material. The owners of this material are often compelled to resort to legal means to protect their copyrights!
Mercer, Sarner, Rosa, Pignotti, and Miller appear to be working with conservative (maybe “neocon” is more accurate?) organizations in their promulgation of quackery and attacks on free speech. When too many questions are asked, they disappear from the blog!
Monica Pignotti has been involved in litigation against Ileana Rosenthal. One of Rosenthal’s main opponents has been Andrew Langer. Langer, despite portraying himself as an “advocate of rights” has attacked anonymous free speech!
Langer has been affiliated with the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), funded almost exclusively by the oil and tobacco industries. CEI is staffed by “non scientists” such as Myron Ebell and John Berlau. Andrew Langer was at CEI before establishing the oddly-named Institute for Liberty (how can it be called that when Langer opposes free speech?).
Another CEI “non scientist” is Brooke Oberwetter. She is currently with a firm called “DC Signal” and there is speculation that this communications consultancy is assisting Mercer and her colleagues in their efforts to suppress any discussion of matters that would reflect poorly upon them.
Filed under andrew langer, brooke oberwetter, charly d. miller, competitive enterprise institute, dc signal, institute for liberty, jean mercer, john berlau, larry sarner, linda rosa, monica pignotti, myron ebell, pseudoscience, quackery