Being on the distribution list for Badpsyshics, I received this announcement this morning:
If you are getting this email, it is because for one reason or another you are in my BadPsychics related address book.
Many of you will know and understand what I have had to go through not only in recent months, but in recent years.
Events of the past month or so have left me disheartened, not only with running a skeptical website but with the skeptical
community as a whole.
For 6 years I have turned a 5 page website about Derek Acorah and Most Haunted into the UK's largest skeptical network.
Millions of page views each month, sites covering everything from psychics to homeopathy, from ghosts to religion.
If its woo we were there!
We were true fore runners in the skeptical podcast scene.
Long before the likes of Righteous Indignation, the BadCast, and all the other PodCasts doing the rounds right now, we were
bring to you the Audiomartini PodCast, a show which ended up being broadcast to hundreds of thousands of people across America!
Whatever we did, we accepted nothing less than being the biggest and the best.
But as many of you will know the battle is one we can not win. And as popular as my sites have become I am still just one man.
I have no Phd, I do not write books which become best sellers, I do not do TV or radio, I only ever did my sites out of a truly altruistic
motive. I wanted to try and stop fraud where the government and trading standards either refused or were unable.
We had some great support over the years, people like James Randi and Derren Brown, saw BadPsychics as a great resource and
I had a regular column in The Skeptic magazine, both the UK and Australian version. I have now quit both.
My site was quoted not only in UK newspapers and TV, but in the media world wide.
But now the time has come for me to step down.
When the very people who should be speaking up for skepticism, and fighting the good fight turn their backs on you just to make a quick
buck that tells me that this is not a fight I can do any more.
The death threats, the racist abuse, the daily attacks and legal threats simply have become too much.
Why should I put up with these when I make no living from what I do?
Why should I take these people on when the very people who can help me turn their backs on me just to sell a few tickets to a gig they have.
Skepticism in the UK is currupt, not as bad as the psychic industry, but it is getting there.
So this is it guys, maybe one day I will bring back BadPsychics, never say never is my motto, but as far as I am concerned as of right now.
To those that helped me, I thank you.
To those that hurt me, I forgive you
To those that turned their backs on me, good luck with your conscience.
Thank you and Jon Donnis has left the building"
I've spoken to Jon before on numerous occasions and he is certainly a very colourful character. I do think, however, that for someone who has preached the importance of skepticism when it comes to mediums/psychics, it is highly ironic for him to pull his entire site and essentially get rid of all the work he and others have done over the past x amount of years, essentially meaning that in total he has actually achieved not a lot. What prompted him to do this, I don't know. I don't condone anyone getting death threats but I have no evidence to suggest either way. Whatever prompted him to do it, the entire removal of the site is an idiotic move proving that indeed the people who claimed Jon Donnis was first and foremost concerned with himself were absolutely correct.
Bad Psychics (Jon Donnis) calls it a day
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