Scheff’s Paradox of Science: “The less plausible or logical a scientific idea, the more funding it will require.”
Scheff’s Calculus of Conspiracy: The term “conspiracy theory” is interchangeable with “non-disclosure agreement.”
This is the multi-media website of Liam Scheff. Liam, “the conspiracy realist” and “investigative comedian,” is a journalist, author, artist, radio host and stand-up lecturer on the contemporary myths of science, politics and culture.
He has broken national stories of pharmaceutical badness, been published widely in print and on the web, and has worked on and been featured in films that have not yet been banned by the state censors. To his credit, he’s also been libeled on the front page of the New York Times.
Find him on the web in print, on radio and in performance at liamscheff.com, reducetheburden.org, the FBI social network (facebook), and on the Robert Scott Bell show.
Official Stories, The Book
Official Stories Now on Kindle, Mac, PC and Tablet
Official Stories Posters
Available Now! The world’s first team of vaccine-damaged superheroes. They’re out to stop the U.U.S. (the Union of Uninterested Scientists) from injecting all children with mutant vaccines, while they work on reversing their own vaccine damage. Comic, satire. ©2013 (Geneticals at S74Comics.com)
Summer of ’74, The Book and Screenplay
Summer of ’74, the unnofficial, unauthorized, “true” story of how “Star Wars” really began, in Barstow, CA, 1974. Nixon, Chevy vans, key parties, cannabis, the hero’s journey, gynecology and more conspire to tell the story behind the story… © 2012
Contact – Bookings – Speaking Engagements
If you would like to book me for a video-skype lecture for your classroom or group, a radio or television interview, or a live lecture at your location, contact me through this website, or through the Official Stories facebook page.
Liam has spoken at numerous events, expos, rallies, university classrooms, and community centers, on the topics he covers:
- Hidden Vaccine History
- The Real Story of HIV and AIDS
- The Myths of Modern Science, (from Big Bang to Plate Tectonics to Monsanto), and related topics.
Liam Scheff is an investigative journalist and researcher into the well-documented, but often suppressed histories that conspire to create the world we live in.
He believes in the pro-active, open and transparent examination of the sciences. His work uncovers the scientific breakthroughs that are being suppressed by the non-competitive church of mainstream ‘scientism.’ In his work, he reveals the medical swindles used to direct populations into dangerous vaccine and drug programs, and focuses on the testable, effective treatments that are being suppressed by greedy drug companies. He also exposes the hidden historical roots of today’s scientific thought, and how scientific myth-making impedes real discovery.
In 2004, Liam broke the NIH Clinical Trial Scandal, the international story of hundreds of New York City orphans used by government agencies and pharmaceutical companies in deadly AIDS drug trials. he was also featured in the 2009 award-winning documentary “House of Numbers.”
Liam has been published by the New York Press, LA Citybeat, LewRockwell.com, Boston’s Weekly Dig, Salvo, Hustler and Guerrilla News Network, among others, as well as libeled on the front page of the New York Times, a fact which fills him with pride. He is the creator of “The Geneticals” a comic about the world’s first team of vaccine-damaged superheroes. He is the founder of Reduce the Burden.org, co-founder of S74comics.com and co-author of “Summer of ’74,” “The ‘true’ story of how Star Wars began – in Barstow, CA in 1974.” He is a regular contributor and fill-in-host on the Robert Scott Bell Show, and host of “Liam in Three” a three-minute dose of video comedy on news, politics, relationships and our surreal world. His comics and artwork can be found at this site and on the web.
He has been an activist for children and adolescent rights and informed consent in medicine, and for governmental and corporate transparency (honesty). Growing up in a family of doctors and researchers, medicine was the family language and business, and he became aware of its changing nature, and the often vast distance between the internal conflicts of current research, and the carefully crafted public pronouncements – a distance that has grown immense in the last two decades.
He produced a still-in-progress web documentary, “Surviving Cedu” about private schools for “troubled teens,” which find their roots in several cult movements of the 1950s and 60s.
Liam is a vegetarian, (macrobiotic-ish), has traveled widely (though there’s always more to see) and worked and studied in a variety of fields (though there’s always more to learn). His politics are more conservative than neo-lib, more liberal than neo-con, and more independent than either.
Liam is the great-grandson of Milton C. Winternitz, first Jewish Dean of Yale Medical School, who didn’t keep the faith; the grandson of Jane and Robert Mellors, who helped invent the field of cancer retrovirology, which led to the broken sciences that Liam now fights against.
He is also the great, great grandson (one of many) of inventor, traveler, Shakespearean (or, De Verean) actor, ship builder, carpenter, electrical engineer, and follower of Sufi Islam, Thomas Augustus Watson, co-inventor of the telephone. Although, he apparently spent his telephone money liberally, and it was not around when Liam was coming up. Ah, well…
Radio Journalism and Interviews
- Listen Live:
- Download Archives of “The Myths of Science” on The Intel Hub
- Radio Archive - click to see older radio and audio interviews.
- Listen to Liam’s old show “Myths of Science” in Apple iTunes
- Liam in Three – Three minutes of news, personal anecdotes, politics and dirty jokes, and whatever comes to mind as Liam stares down the clock and tells the furry truth.
- YouTube Channel
- Surviving Cedu Documentary
- Featured in House of Numbers film and special features.
What is Dogma?
The standard dictionary definition goes something like this: “An authoritative principle, belief, or statement of ideas or opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true.” The trouble with dogma is that it gets in the way of discovery, suppresses inquiry, and stifles growth. It is necessary to pinch, kick and otherwise irritate dogma and dogmatists, to see what’s real in the world.
Are Conspiracies Real?
As real as a handshake. “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” – Adam Smith, author of “The Wealth of Nations” (and a truer founder of this country than either Washington or Jefferson).
“The arguments for a conspiracy theory are indeed often dismissed on the grounds that no one conspiracy could possibly control everything. But that is not what this theory sets out to show. [It's not that] modern history is the invention of an esoteric cabal designing events omnipotently to suit its ends. The implicit claim, on the contrary, is that a multitude of conspiracies contend in the night. Clandestinism is not the usage of a handful of rogues, it is a formalized practice of an entire class in which a thousand hands spontaneously join. Conspiracy is the normal continuation of normal politics by normal means.“ - Carl Ogelsby [Read all about it]
The best thing to do with a Dogma is to kick it, before it becomes too entrenched. Or after. Or during. But kicking dogma is the most important thing to reveal where conspiracies – tacit agreements, obfuscations, or outright lies – are at work. I have specialized in rooting out the dogmas and conspiracies in modern science, but as Voltaire knew and Socrates would tell you, the penchant for self-deception, and for governmental, religious, personal and institutional dishonesty is inextricable from the species…
What is ‘Scientism?’
Scientism or science-ism is what happens when questionable theoretical ideas emerging in one of the fields of academic science become entrenched, hardened, bolstered by money, infected with corruption, and foisted on an un-suspecting, un-knowing and overly-trusting public.
Why I Oppose and Fight Scientism:
Medicine, geology, astronomy, physics, biology – these aren’t supposed to be religions. They are believed to be fields of open inquiry and unbridled curiosity, where the only limits to research are the questions interested, curious and serious researchers can ask.
But this is not what is happening in today’s academic, commercial and government-directed science. Inquiry has been shut down if it doesn’t follow narrowly prescribed paths. Logical, ethical questions about the direction of tax-payer-funded sciences are being buried. The careers of those asking hard questions are ruined, their reputations attacked and destroyed, their research ended. Challenges to long-held but broken theories are quietly suppressed, along with the careers of the inspired individuals who dare challenge convention.
Our 18th Century Science Programs
Throughout the biological sciences, and extending into astronomy and geophysics, a hardened, reactive, 18th and 19th Century worldview, replete with illogical superstition and projection, runs the show. Anyone wanting to do research that bucks these centuries-old notions is left out in the cold. What is lost is the important and necessary questioning that leads to understanding.
I write about these fields of inquiry where the suppression is happening, because I believe we must work to be free. And intellectual freedom must be defended, always. I believe that a society cannot be healthy if its intellectuals are enslaved corrupted, out-dated paradigms. These broken but protected theories are allowed to stand, in order to guard the careers and reputations of a few, well-paid bishops of the scientific elite, and those who obediently follow without asking questions, and without adding to human knowledge.
Hypothetical Math and Artificial “Reality” – Science by Computer Simulation
Albert Einstein, who is held as the paragon of a figure of a scientist, said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” And he never did stop. In fact, Einstein himself doubted the value of his own Theory of Relativity – and for good reason.
Einstein also protested the sweeping move into mathematical abstraction that is the basis of all modern sciences. “Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself anymore.” But his disciples paid no attention, and the pursuits of medicine, astronomy and even geology have become corrupted by computer-extrapolated conjecture that makes most science fiction look well-reasoned and down-to-earth.
The language of science is no longer that of the “natural philosopher” – as scientists used to be called. It has become a hyper-specialized jargon of theory-speak, possibilities extrapolated from notions based on paper-thin ideas. Where are the real-world observations? They’re excused from the ball. They’d only get in the way of a gravy-train of research dollars on which these new “great truths” rely. But put them to the logic test, and they all fall apart:
- Was there really a “Big Bang?” Did everything just ‘expand’ from nothing 13 trillion years ago? Or is the universe formed and connected by actively coursing electrical energy, which we can trace, map and see with our own eyes?
- Did the galaxy really just lump together haphazardly out of dust balls in space, as the 18th Century philosopher Immanuel Kant believed?
- Does the Earth really run on a series of sub-oceanic “conveyor belts” – an idea that came to light in the ‘new-model factory floor’ early 20th Century – or have we entirely mis-characterized and misunderstood the nature and behavior of planets?
- Does life, in its staggering complexity, really emerge “by accident?” Do the highly-specialized and formed micro-machines that run our cells occur by “dumb luck,” or is there a history to the genome that goes beyond our current investigation?
- Does one virus really alter its genome so often and so profoundly that they can be called “wily,” and “hard to pin down,” or have scientists mistaken a thousand unknown and misunderstood cellular processes for one abstract idea?
- Or is all of this the net effect of three, four and five decades of hypothetical, mathematical modeling gone haywire?
Are these ideas sound, testable, logical, or are they cases of ‘special pleading,’ and magical thinking?
The Name of the Game — Riding the Gravy Train
Questioning the established hierarchy is not allowed in science at present. Honest researchers have to play the delicate game of trying to tell small truths without revealing great lies – they cannot afford to rock the boat. “Peer-review” in its present form only goes to hardened the control of increasingly arcane “specialty sciences” – theoretical biology, physics, geology, genetics – where only those who agree to agree can get their work published. Those who threaten to reveal the failings of their peers, soon find themselves banished from the group, and forced into academic and professional oblivion.
We have been here before in history, when the intellectual elite were hiding truth from the people, and guarding falsehood through force. We need another scientific revolution, such as was had in the 17th and 18th Centuries, to free today’s thinking from the all-too-human habit of settling in to orthodoxy, as happened to the Medieval Church, with all its corruption and excess.
What You Can Do:
Read, think, and pass it on. Don’t accept clichéd ideas or easily-accepted cultural aphorisms as ‘scientific truth.’ Dig deeper. Ask questions. And don’t be satisfied with answers from authority, just because authority says so.
What the Media Must Do:
Journalists must stop parroting press releases from the Academies of Science; they must reject vague and hysteria-producing responses from the scientific authorities. They must do their own reading of the material, and not be cowed by dismissive experts who refuse to answer questions directly and honestly. And you must help them – you must hold science journalists to the standards that you hold the gustiest investigative reporters who crack open political and business scandals. Science is a business, not a religion. It doesn’t benefit from being treated with awe and devotion. It needs you, and the media, to keep it honest, to be its watchmen.
And these ‘experts’ who hide behind their titles to enforce their worldviews or theories, who refuse debate, who engage in witch-hunts of those whose ideas challenge their own – these ‘experts’ must be removed from office.
And the Only People Who Can Do It — Is Us.
It is up to us to become well-versed in the science, to be bold in asking questions, to trust our instincts when we feel we’re being sold a bill of goods, or simply lied to.
When we’re told the sky is falling, the next pandemic is on the way, or ‘a majority of scientists agree’ on something we know instinctively, or through extensive research, is either overstated, more complex than they’re admitting, or simply false – we’ve got to stand up and say so.
I hope you will join me, and support my work in writing about these issues, by adding your voice to the growing chorus:
Science is not a religion. Let’s bring it back from the brink.
- Liam Scheff
The Cedu Documentary/Investigation:
- Surviving Cedu – The Cedu Schools are the seeds of today’s international, multi-million dollar “troubled teen industry,” but the schools themselves remain shrouded in mystery – or buried in the memory hole. Read more about the schools, and the ongoing documentary project.
Cartoons and Comics:
In 2004, I broke open the NIH clinical trial scandal – government researchers using New York City orphans in clinical trials with combinations of highly toxic, speculative drugs. Read the story below.
- Inside Incarnation NY Press, July-Aug 2005
- Guinea Pig Kids (co-writing) Hustler,October 2005
- Still on Trial NY Press, April 2005
- The ICC Investigation Continues Independent, June 2004
- Noble Doctors Crux Magazine,November 2004
- Reductionism On Trial An Aids Debate, Summer 2006
- The House That AIDS Built Altheal, January 2004
- Journalism Ethics 101 My Conversations with the NY Times, August 2008
- More AIDS Investigation
Astronomy, Cosmology, Earth Science and Evolution
- Japan Times Breaks Earth July 2010
- Electric Suns and Pregnant Planets May 2010
- What’s Wrong With The Big Bang? March 2010
- In the Dark with Dark Energy, A Letter to Smithsonian Magazine March 2010
- Endless Darwinism, Most Flexible March 2010
- I Finally Get to Meet a Real Astronomer January 2010
- More Astonomy…More Evolution
Big Pharma and Corporate Science:
- H-E-R-V not H-I-V Independent, May 2010
- Five False Predictions of the AIDS Establishment LewRockwell.com, May 2010
- Does AIDS Cause HIV? OMSJ, May 2010
- No Heterosexual Aids Epidemic, Experts Admit GNN, June 2008
- Science Crossfire Salvo Magazine, July/August 2006
- The Bird Flu Breakdown Independent May, 2006
- Does the New York Times Want to Kill Gay Men? GNN May, 2006
- The Good Man at the NIH GNN, January 2006
- The AIDS Debate Boston’s Weekly Dig, May 2003 | Letters from the AIDS Debate Boston’s Weekly Dig | AIDS in Boston – The Other AIDS Debate Interview
- Knowing Is Beautiful HIV Testing Reviewed – Part 1, GNN, Winter 2005
- Sex Crimes HIV Testing Reviewed – Part 2, GNN, Spring 2005
- American Conspiracies by Jesse Ventura April 2010
- What Will Scott Brown Do? January, 2010
- Whose New American Century LA Citybeat, Summer 2003
- Liberating Iraq – Barrel by Barrel Boston’s Weekly Dig, Fall 2003
- The Imperial Left – Why the Democrats Want War Boston’s Weekly Dig, Spring 2003
- Winning the Election the (Neo-)Republican Way Boston’s Weekly Dig, April 2003
- More Politics
Submit an Article or Artwork
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