News reached me today that Michael Collins Piper is hospitalized because of a heart attack he suffered "sometime last week. "
I listened last week or this past weekend to the first part of the "Realist Report" radio program and heard John Friend and his colleague Jim Fetzer joking about Michael Collins Piper "backing out" of participating in the program with them because he was afraid he would "lose the debate" on Sandy Hook.
At the beginning of the show, John reported that Mike had emailed him, with apologies, that he was having health issues and was not feeling well enough to come on the program on that day.
I know Mike Piper well enough to know that he DOES have some serious health issues but battles on in spite of them. Sometimes he is down and out (but not out for good). Since Friend works in some capacity for American Free Press, where Piper has been a major participant for years, Friend MUST be fully aware of Piper's health problems. Thus, I was quite suprised to hear Mr. Friend join in as Jim Fetzer began to ridicule Mike Piper for not showing up "because he was not prepared" to make a decent argument against their Sandy Hook Conspiracy theory.
Let me add that I am something of a Sandy Hook "conspiracy theorist" myself, though not fanatical about it. I save my "fanaticism" for other issues. This is not the reason for my critical attitude toward John Friend. It is that he displays no solid convictions that he will not at least partially relinquish in his overarching need to get along with everybody--but mostly the person in front of him at the moment.
Thus, in typical behavior for Friend, he and Fetzer continued on in this vein for a few minutes, at a minimum, having a lot of laughs over the supposed ineptitude of Piper. Since I know that Mike Piper is a big boy and can take care of himself, I'm not writing this out of sympathy, although I certainly wish him well in every respect.
I am writing this to point out that what has been the basis for my criticism of John from the beginning, is what we see in this rather ugly incident. For my part, I think Friend looks just right with all that egg on his face.