Archive for the ‘Kevin RD Shepherd’ Category
Robert Priddy’s Wilful Deceptions About His DMCA Copyright Complaints
On Robert Priddy’s Anti-Baba WordPress blog, he published an article entitled “Moreno’s Wilful Deceptions About LSD And Robert Priddy” in which he openly and publicly attacked Gerald Joe Moreno as a “libeler”. Since Robert Priddy attacks Gerald Moreno on WordPress (and publishes screencaps taken from Moreno’s WordPress blog), a response is therefore necessary on WordPress. Let us take a closer look at Robert Priddy’s actual words (click thumbnail to enlarge):
Some select quotes:
Robert Priddy: MORENO IS FORCED TO REMOVE STOLEN MATERIALS
Moreno has illegally posted copyrighted articles of mine from 1987 which I removed from the Internet, and DMCA have accepted my copyright (in contradiction to what Moreno states, knowing full well that the DMCA notice caused wordpress to make him remove those articles from wordpress.com. `See notice from wordpress here:-
See also here In short, yet more lying and deception by Moreno!). He compounded his illegal act by posting these articles copiously on blogspot and other sites which do not accept responsibility for copyright violations!
First and foremost, senile Robert Priddy is obviously confusing the DMCA with WordPress’ Automattic DMCA. These two DMCA’s are not quite the same. WordPress (as a free blog) simply honored Robert Priddy’s request to have his Pro-LSD articles removed from Moreno’s free WordPress blog.
Robert Priddy claimed that DMCA copyright complaints were submitted against Moreno to Google and Blogger. Robert Priddy lamented that both of his DMCA copyright complaints were ignored by Google and Blogger (proving that Moreno’s duplication of Priddy’s Pro-LSD articles is “fair use”). Needless to say, if a true copyright infringement had occurred, Moreno’s webpages would have been removed from Google search results and Robert Priddy’s copyright complaints would have been published on ChillingEffects.org (which has never happened).
Therefore, WordPress’ Automattic DMCA accepted Robert Priddy’s copyright complaints. Google & Blogger’s DMCA and Chilling Effects did NOT accept Robert Priddy’s copyright complaints. Therefore, Robert Priddy purposely distorted the truth when he said that the “DMCA” accepted his copyright complaints. They most certainly did NOT! If the DMCA truly accepted Robert Priddy’s copyright complaints, why are Moreno’s websites still indexed on Google’s search engine and why can’t Robert Priddy supply us with the link to his public DMCA copyright complaints that would have been published on ChillingEffects.org?
For example, do a Google search for “Dan Winter” (who happens to be a “lunatic fringe” Anti-Sai Activist). At the bottom of the page, it says:
“In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 2 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at ChillingEffects.org.”
This is what happens when legitimate DMCA copyright complaints are filed with Google. Gerald Joe Moreno clearly stated that Google & Blogger ignored Robert Priddy’s DMCA copyright complaints. Moreno never claimed that WordPress’ Automattic DMCA ignored his copyright complaints. There is a difference! Read Moreno’s articles for yourself:
Robert Priddy Is A Notable Public Figure
Robert C. Priddy created his own Wikipedia page in which he solicited himself as a notable public figure in relation to Philosophy and his former Indian Guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba (whom Priddy once hailed as God Incarnate and the Avatar of the Age!).
Robert Priddy released his biographical data on a personal website hosted by a free, online hosting company in Norway (home.no.net/anir/Nos/). On this free web-hosting domain, Robert Priddy personally disclosed biographical data that included stories of his experimentation with LSD, cannabis and other mind-altering drugs. Robert Priddy deleted these public domain webpages after he defected from the Sai Movement because he obviously feared that those articles would compromise his so-called “credibility” and “integrity” (Ref).
Robert C. Priddy is now attempting to remove his relevant, unsavory, public and self-disclosed biographical data from the internet by crying “copyright infringement” although the biographical material in question was released by him into the public domain as self-disclosure. As a notable public figure, Robert Priddy’s Pro-LSD articles are public domain and are relevant to him, his life, his spiritual views and his philosophical beliefs.
Robert Priddy himself described in great detail how his LSD-induced hallucinations significantly impacted his life, his spiritual views and his philosophical beliefs. Consequently, Robert Priddy’s Pro-LSD articles are noteworthy and fall under “fair use” as this information provides grounds for critical commentaries about him and his status as a Philosopher and notable public figure. See:
- Robert Priddy’s “The Psychedelic Experience” (or Archive 01)
- Robert Priddy’s “Truth, Being And Bliss” (or Archive 01 – Archive 02)
- Robert Priddy’s “A Vision Of Cosmic Energy” (or Archive 01 – Archive 02)
- Robert Priddy – An LSD Advocate Citing A Pro-Drug Forum For Drug Users
- Robert Priddy’s Removal Of Biographical Data From Personal Website
- Robert Priddy’s Copyright Blathering
- Robert Priddy Eulogized His LSD-Induced Hallucinations For 30+ years
Robert Priddy Is A Copyright Infringer
Robert Priddy gnashed his teeth and wailed considerably about “copyright infringement” and yet he purposely suppressed the fact that WordPress removed three of Moreno’s copyright protected images from his Anti-Baba WordPress blog! Robert Priddy published three versions of Moreno’s picture on his WordPress blog (robertpriddy.wordpress.com). Moreno filed a WordPress DMCA copyright complaint through automattic.com, was able to substantiate his copyrights and WordPress deleted the images:
So what does this say about Robert Priddy?
ROBERT PRIDDY IS FORCED TO REMOVE STOLEN MATERIALS
Priddy has illegally posted copyrighted pictures of mine from 2004 which I removed from the Internet, and DMCA have accepted my copyright (Robert Priddy knows full well that the DMCA notice caused wordpress to remove those pictures from wordpress.com.
Yet more lying and deception by Priddy! Priddy compounded his illegal act by posting Moreno’s pictures copiously on blogspot and other sites which do not accept responsibility for copyright violations!
Turn about is fair play, Mr Priddles!
However, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Moreno succeeded in getting his copyright protected picture removed from Robert Priddy, Alan Kazlev and Kevin R. D. Shepherd’s official domains (unrelated to WordPress).
Robert Priddy published Moreno’s picture on robertpriddy.com. Moreno filed a DMCA complaint with pipedns.com, was able to substantiate his copyrights to them and Robert Priddy was required to remove the image (the image now redirects to the Anti-Baba website SaiGuru.net):
Robert Priddy published Moreno’s picture on saibaba-x.org.uk. Moreno filed a DMCA complaint with homepageuniverse.com, was able to substantiate his copyrights to them and the image was removed:
Snap.com also removed this image from their servers after Moreno submitted a DMCA complaint with them as well. Robert Priddy thought he could reference Moreno’s image with snap.com’s screencapture option through his sathyasaibabanews WordPress blog.
Kevin R. D. Shepherd published Moreno’s picture on three of his domains hosted on 123-REG.CO.UK. Moreno filed a DMCA complaint with 123-REG.CO.UK, was able to subtantiate his copyrights to them and the images were removed from all three domains:
M. Alan Kazlev (an associate of Priddy & Shepherd and the webmaster for khepher.net, which is hosted by addr.com) duplicated Moreno’s pictures onto his website. Moreno filed a DMCA complaint with addr.com, was able to subtantiate his copyrights to them and the images were removed:
Gerald Joe Moreno also succeeded in getting the largest Anti-Baba domain on the world-wide-web shut-down for copyright infringement until the offending material was removed. See:
Needless to say, one will not find a single complaint coming out of either side of Robert Priddy two-sided mouth about his and his associates proven acts of copyright infringement!
Even more amusing is how Robert Priddy attempted to get WordPress to remove the following two articles by Moreno (which contained no semblance of copyright infringement and which Automattic claimed were “fair use”!):
Robert Priddy is a self-serving and egotistical hypocrite who thinks he is perfectly entitled to act in ways he deems others should not!
Simon Kidd Defended By Sex Hound & Wikipedia Sockpuppeteer User:Rhomb
It has recently come to Gerald Joe Moreno’s attention that a Wikipedia editor named Rhomb (who uses an “alternate account” for “privacy”) falsely accused Wikipedia editor WikiUserTalk of being a sockpuppet for “SSS108” (Moreno’s Wikipedia account). Simon Kidd was the first person to accuse WikiUserTalk of being SSS108 (Ref) and User:Rhomb blindly parroted Simon Kidd’s accusations (Ref). Simon Kidd also used Wikipedia as a public forum to attack Moreno (Refs: 01 – 02 – 03).
Based on WikiUserTalk’s pattern of editing, it is obvious that WikiUserTalk made specific edits on the Upasni Maharaj page under the IP 184.108.40.206 (which resolves to BSNL Internet in India). This clearly proves that WikiUserTalk was/is not SSS108.
It is significant to note that despite Rhomb’s foaming-at-the-mouth accusations against WikiUserTalk, Rhomb did not file a sockpuppetry case or check user against WikiUserTalk (probably due to Rhomb’s abysmal lack of evidence against WikiUserTalk).
Fast forward a mere 20 days and Wikipedia User:Rhomb was shown to have used multiple sockpuppets himself!
Wikipedia User:Rhomb And His Many Sockpuppets On Wikipedia
Mathsci filed a checkuser against User:Rhomb for his suspicious edits and suspicious behaviors on Wikipedia and the findings were as follows:
The checkuser report was by Nishkid64 and sent to me by wikipedia email. It is currently being handled, on his suggestion, by Shell Kinney. Nishkid64 has suggested that Rhomb (talk · contribs · deleted contribs· logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) and Dewey process (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) are likely sockpuppets of banned user Mister Collins (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log). This also involves Quotient group (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) whom Nishkid4 has identified as a sockpuppet of A.K.Nole (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), a user who was found to have been wikihounding me. Quotient group has similarly been following my edits, most recently in the article Charles Sanford Terry (historian). created as spin-off of Canonic Variations on “Vom Himmel hoch da komm’ ich her”. Please discuss this with Shell Kinney or Nishkid64 if there is a problem. There do seem to be very serious problems with Rhomb’s account, as Nishkid64 has pointed out. Quite separately, on his user page Rhomb describes his account as an an alternative account of an undisclosed user. Both editors figured in Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Mathsci/Archive initiated by banned user Mister Collins. Mathsci (talk) 20:56, 28 March 2010 (UTC)
User:Rhomb did not deny using the following sockpuppets on Wikipedia (all of which have been banned for sockpuppetry):
Additionally, User:Rhomb has been implicated with the following sockpuppet through check user:
User:Rhomb is obviously a fake, fraud and hypocrite who loves to erroneously accuse others of what he silently engaged in himself, i.e., sockpuppetry. It is not surprising that such a fake, fraud and hypocrite would defend Simon Kidd. As a matter of fact, Simon Kidd praised User:Rhomb for restoring his faith in Wikipedia (Ref)! What say you now, SimanPieman?
User:Rhomb – A Wikipedia Sex Hound
It is also amusing that Simon Kidd expressed gratitude to a sex-hound. User:Rhomb has an unusual interest in sex and gay related articles on Wikipedia (all viewable through Rhomb’s contributions page), which includes the following Wikipedia articles (please note that the descriptions in parenthesis were taken from the Wikipedia article itself):
- Transexual New Broadcast
- Icarus (a gay fiction magazine)
- Sex Stars System
- Domenica Niehoff (a German prostitute)
- Eva Norvind (a writer, documentary producer, director, sex therapist / dominatrix, and former actress of the cinema of Mexico)
- Maitresse Francoise (a publicly-known professional dominatrix in Paris, France)
- «O» (an international fetish magazine published in Germany by Peter W. Czernich)
- Noir leather (a prime local advertiser with heavy involvement in the local fetish/goth scene)
- Pinup Girls
- Spunk Video (a San Francisco gay adult pornography company, specializing in gay pornographic fetish content)
- Latex and PVC Fetishism
- The French Connection (a prolific producer of gay pornographic videos)
- Flava Works (a company that produces gay media featuring black and Latino men)
- Falcon Entertainment (one of the world’s largest producers of gay pornography)
- OTB Video (a Dutch company specialising in the production of gay pornographic films)
- Ragin Stallion Studios (a major adult film studio and one of the world’s largest producers of gay pornography)
- Pasha Studios (a gay adult film producer that began productions in 2000, specializing in bareback gay pornographic video featuring bareback sex)
- Pink and White Productions (a pornographic production company that focuses on explicit video web and DVD releases showcasing queer sex)
- Erotic Review
- Bondage belt
- Masturbation aid
- Erotika Biblion Society (a pornographic publishing imprint in Victorian London formed by Harry Sidney Nichols and Leonard Smithers in 1888)
- Ellora’s Cave (an erotic fiction publisher)
- Sensorotika Press (a publisher of erotic fiction, in print and ebook format)
- Leg show
- Elias Gaucher (a prolific printer and publisher of clandestine erotica)
- BDSM: It’s Not What You Think!
- Bound & Gagged Magazine (a gay bondage magazine)
- Marquis (a fetish magazine in reference to Marquis de Sade that is owned, operated, published and primarily photographed by Peter W. Czernich and Sandra Wurdig that covers a wide array of topics related to the worldwide fetish subculture)
- Silver Moon (an imprint of UK BDSM publisher Shadowline Publishing)
Simon Kidd & User:Rhomb – In Conclusion
Simon Kidd was defended by a sockpuppet hypocrite who happens to have a kinky interest in sex & gay related Wikipedia articles. Nice friend you got there, Simon Kidd ;-)
Major Update: April 2nd 2010
Kevin R. D. Shepherd Left School At 15 But Thinks He’s A Scholar
Kevin R. D. Shepherd actually wrote the following blurb about himself in his self-published book “Pointed Observations”:
Kevin R. D. Shepherd: People often do look at the author data to be convinced of a scintillating career with due status honours. Do not buy this book, therefore, as you will be disappointed on that account. The author data can be given here instead of being placed enticingly on the opening page or back cover. In an attempt to beat the obituary, here it is:
Born a Brit in 1950. Left school at the age of fifteen. Lived in the town ghetto of Cambridge. Entered Cambridge University Library in 1981 as an unpaid and entirely unofficial researcher. Became an upholder of citizen initiative. Has written a number of minor books, none of them official, and only some of them having achieved publication (the missing books have never been seen by any publisher). Is getting old now, but still alive in 2003.
Is it any wonder why Kevin R. D. Shepherd was deemed non-notable on Wikipedia?
Kevin R. D. Shepherd castigated numerous people because of their lack of academic credentials (a well known tactic of his against various proponents of the Finhorn Foundation). Kevin R. D. Shepherd even said he would dismiss the PhD or M.D. status of anyone who holds New Age beliefs and boasted “The credential of M.D. can signify Mind Damage”! Kevin Shepherd even criticized the research and associations of MIT, Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Kevin Shepherd is in the same boat as all those non-academics he belittles and bemoans! As a matter of fact, Kevin R. D. Shepherd emphatically stated he is not an academic!
Kevin R. D. Shepherd is therefore a self-serving and duplicitous critic.
Kevin R D Shepherd Fails Notability Criterion On Wikipedia
On December 22nd 2009, Wikipedia gave vanity self-publisher and pseudo-philosopher Kevin R. D. Shepherd a firm slap on the face and deemed him wholly non-notable despite the fanatic and desperate blathering of:
- Alex Jamieson (an anonymous account who admitted having direct contact and affiliation with Kevin R. D. Shepherd and to whom Kevin R. D. Shepherd freely gave his picture’s copyrights).
- Simon Kidd (sockpuppet “The Communicator” and a relentless Kevin R. D. Shepherd propagandizer who tag-teamed with “Alex Jamieson” on Shepherd-related Wikipedia pages, discussions and issues).
- Ombudswiki (aka Brian Steel, a Sathya Sai Baba critic and vocal advocate of Kevin R. D. Shepherd). On Brian Steel’s official websites, he openly solicits, endorses and references Kevin R. D. Shepherd. Also, Kevin R. D. Shepherd cited Brian Steel as a reference in his self-published book Pointed Observations.
- ProEdits (aka Robert Priddy, a Sathya Sai Baba critic and vocal advocate, associate and co-conspirator with Kevin R. D. Shepherd). On Robert Priddy’s official websites and blogs, he openly solicits, endorses and references Kevin R. D. Shepherd. Also, Kevin R. D. Shepherd cited Robert Priddy as a reference in his self-published book Investigating the Sai Baba Movement.
It is also very amusing that Simon Kidd accused Wikipedia editors of “collusion” on the AFD for the Kevin R. D. Shepherd article (Ref). Needless to say, the only people factually shown of “colluding” were Simon Kidd, Alex Jamieson, Brian Steel (aka Ombudswiki) and Robert Priddy (aka ProEdits).
DEC 23rd 2009 UPDATE: Simon Kidd (obviously sipping too much cuckoo juice) actually had the temerity to claim (like a conspiracist or a person afflicted with paranoia) that because this webpage was promply published when Kevin R. D. Shepherd’s Wikipedia article was deleted, this MUST mean that Wikipedia editors involved with the AFD were in “collusion” with Moreno (Refs: 01 – 02)! This is going to come as a surprise to Smartse, Dazedbythebell, Goethean, JN466, Atama, Polargeo, DGG, Fences&Windows, Collect, AEK and Kevin. None of these editors are known to Moreno and none of these editors had any sort of contact with Moreno when the AFD was filed. About Moreno, Simon Kidd said, “It seems to me that the horse is still whinnying!” If Wikipedia editors don’t know what “whinnying” sounds like, after reading Simon Kidd’s garrulous posts – they probably now have a good idea!
Relevant Comments About Kevin R. D. Shepherd’s Non-Notability
All the books listed as bibliography are self-published. The publishers listed only publish books by Kevin Shepherd. Kevin_Shepherd#Bibliography Alex Jamieson appears to be Kevin Shepherd. Note he not only created and maintains the article about Kevin Shepherd but provided the self-made photo.  See his contribution history also:  There is a huge circularity going that appears to be self-promotion using Wikipedia. If not, then notability needs to be established in some neutral way. Dazedbythebell (talk) 16:34, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
This information about Kevin Shepherd found here is probelematic to say the least. I quote from it below.
Secondly, there are absolutely no online references about Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s qualifications, notability, personal information, credentials or schooling. There are also no media articles or University references to Kevin Shepherd although his books have been published as far back as 1983. The reason for this is probably because all of Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s books are self-published. Kevin Shepherd’s books were published by the publisher “Citizen Initiative” (Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom), which is not listed on booktrust’s UK publishers. The only books published by “Citizen Initiative” (utilizing an advanced search on Google for “citizen initiative” + “publisher(s)” / “publishing” / “publication(s)”) are those belonging to Shepherd, Kevin. No other books have been published by “Citizen Initiative”. I contacted the University of Sheffield UK (regarding “Citizen Initiative” and Kevin Shepherd) by email and Mrs. Barringer said: “Sorry – have never heard of them and can find no trace in any lists of publishers.”
Finally, if you examine the references in the Shepherd article carefully there don’t appear to be any quotes by Kevin Shepherd from any book other than books given in the Bibliography by Kevin Shepherd. This is also true of any statement about Shepherd. Not one statement about Shepherd is quoted from a non-Shepherd third party source. Numbered references appear to be sources to consult to see the the origin of concepts explained by the Wikipedia author. Dazedbythebell (talk) 17:20, 15 December 2009 (UTC) Dazedbythebell (talk) 17:20, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Comment: The consensus when the COI was discussed at the COIN was that Simon Kidd and Alex jamieson do not have a COI. In this discussion it is not important whether or not anyone has a COI, we are trying to determine whether on not there has been enough significant independent coverage of this author to justify their presence on Wikipedia. As of yet no such sources have been provided. I’d never heard of Meher Baba or Sathya Sai Baba before this, but it doesn’t really matter – we are just here to discuss this article. It seems worth noting that recruiting people to vote elsewhere in AfDs is forbidden, please do not do so. Blog’s aren’t considered reliable so whatever it says doesn’t matter here. Alex, if you can provide sources to demonstrate notability then please do, I’ve looked myself but can’t find anything. Smartse (talk) 19:12, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Comment: He sounds like a bit of a crank, sending letters to people and taking their lack of response as evidence that they are untrustworthy:  David Lorimer did not reply to the Letter of Complaint. Over sixty SMN members were named in the CC. lists, but only one of these responded. Professor Kurt Dressler of Switzerland promptly sent a courteous acknowledgement dated 13/05/06. With that sole and honourable exception, it is evident that a detailed complaint, complete with bibliography, has no chance of evoking due consideration from the Scientific and Medical Network. I am accordingly very sceptical of their agenda…The Letter of Complaint proved [via the non-response] that the SMN has marked limits in a worldview catering for in-crowd names and subscribers, a fair number of whom are said to be Grof-oriented…
(Text in brackets is in the original.) The logic is less than compelling. I may have a slight conflict of interest, having edited articles about people that he criticizes, but it seems like he criticizes a LOT of different people. — goethean ॐ 21:13, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Above, Simon Kidd writes: *Some secondary sources have been cited – see notes 9, 10 and 11. However, it isn’t clear what these citations are suppose to be citations for. For example, the statement in the article, According to Shepherd, Meher Baba, an Iranian Liberal (1988) is a non-sectarian work. sends us to note 9 which reads, A book not recognized by the leading Meher Baba Centres in the UK and USA; however, scholars were not sectarian in outlook and the book has been cited in, for example: Chryssides, G., Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements, Scarecrow Press (2001); Srinivas, S., In the Presence of Sai Baba: Body, City, and Memory in a Global Religious Movement, Brill (2008). Which of the two books is the source and what is it a source for? What the editor seems to be saying is that the authors of these books were non-sectarian, as exemplified by their citation of Shepherd’s book. This seems to misunderstand what a citation is. Citations are meant as published sources for checking the accuracy of a fact stated in the article. What fact in the article do these two books mentioned in the note verify? Dazedbythebell (talk) 22:41, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Sorry about that, it shouldn’t take long to demonstrate notability if he is indeed notable, as I said above a link to a magazine/newspaper article that had sinifigicant coverage would suffice. Smartse (talk) 22:28, 19 December 2009 (UTC)
Since the COI thread and the GA delist, little or nothing of the material cited to Mr Shepherd’s own publications has been deleted. In terms of demonstrating notability, some citations of Mr Shepherd’s books have indeed been added to the article: . However, evidence that an author is cited by other scholars, while it reflects a certain amount of acceptance in the scholarly world, is not by itself sufficient to satisfy WP:N, which asks for sources that “address the subject directly in detail”. There are many quite eminent and widely cited scholars who do not have Wikipedia biographies devoted to them; even if Mr Shepherd were more widely cited, he would be in august company in not having a Wikipedia biography. In conclusion, and with regret, I have to say delete, unless multiple other sources can be found that cover this author “directly in detail”. —JN466 23:40, 19 December 2009 (UTC)
Delete – The walls o’ text above seems to really turn the signal-to-noise ratio into the negative territory. I don’t much care who has a COI with what here. The article doesn’t seem to meet our inclusion guidelines, either the general guideline or for academics. My suggestion to Alex and Simon: keep it brief and to the point if you want to sway anyone in this discussion. — Atama頭 23:35, 20 December 2009 (UTC)
Delete – Not notable. His work seems generally self published and searchs through google scholar clearly show that he has had very little impact so fails Wikipedia:Notability (academics) I admit to not having read the vast text above so I am not rating this with any COI in mind but on a straight forward assessment of the article. Polargeo (talk) 12:21, 21 December 2009 (UTC)
Notability is established by one thing only: the presence of reliably published sources out there, writing about the article subject. Everything else is a red herring. Without sources discussing the article subject, we cannot write an article that complies with Wikipedia policies and guidelines. That is the problem that is evident in the article (a problem which, it was promised well over a month ago, would be fixed). The article is still based on Shepherd’s own books and the original research of the editors who have written it. It is not based on any reliably published third-party sources discussing Shepherd. If such sources existed, they would have been produced by now. —JN466 19:08, 21 December 2009 (UTC)
Delete with respect to WP:PROF. He has 13 books in WorldCat. There are 80 WorldCat libraries holdings Psychology in science 63 for Meaning in anthropos: anthropography as an interdisciplinary science of culture and after that 45, 36, 35, 33, 32, 37, 30, 13,… .WorldCat Identities Some of them are on quite obscure topics, where only a few holdings would be expected, but the two I mentioned and some of the others are in fields where I would expect hundreds of holdings for any important book. The very close similarity in counts for some of the books is because they are vols. of his series Intercultural research series of anthropography published by Anthropographia, a publisher that has published nothing else except Shepherd’s works. I think it would be fair to call him a self-published author. In Google Scholar I find only 6 citations of his work other than by himself. Even on the web, he seems to be known only through his own postings as a critic of Ken Wilber and, separately, of Sathya Sai Baba–there are are responses to the last part–it seems from a quick look that the discussion is so unpleasant that there can be expected to be some strong opinions here. And as far as I can see, he doesn’t meet the GNG either, or WP:CREATIVE. DGG ( talk ) 21:43, 21 December 2009 (UTC)
I would certainly expect his own books to reflect his views–especially when he is his own reviewer and editor! I don’t see how that makes for WP:N. Yes, it has happened that self-published authors have become notable, but it is so extremely rare that it’ll take very good evidence from reviews and citations of them by other people. I think in the last 3 years here there have been one or two–as I recall, they were very popular fiction writers. DGG ( talk ) 22:14, 21 December 2009 (UTC)
Userfy As the article currently fails to give reasonable grounds to make me believe he is notable (I am one who tries his best to find notability, by the way), in the hope that possibly the user may be able to find additional reliable sources which really establish notability beyond doubt. I also suggest that the massive discussions above do little to influence the actual discussion as to deletion. Collect (talk) 02:31, 22 December 2009 (UTC)
Delete – two issues. The first is the lack of notability, which has been discussed to death in the WP:TLDR verbiage above. The second is a lack of verifiability – even his supporters cannot supply one independent source that discusses his ideas. Either of these issues is enough to induce a vote of delete; together they would seem insurmountable. — ækTalk 02:33, 22 December 2009 (UTC)
COI etc. at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kevin R. D. Shepherd
I just tried to close the discussion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kevin R. D. Shepherd, and ended up having to relist after spending an hour on it. I believe more uninvolved eyes are needed on this AfD and its participants (I don’t mean Smartse, the nominator).
Kevin R.D. Shepherd is an apparently self-taught British scholar who writes self-published books on philosophy, including criticising certain groups, gurus and sects, e.g. Sathya Sai Baba. There seem to be issues with COI on both sides: some editors supporting deletion may be associated with the sects he criticises, and some editors opposing deletion may be closely associated with Shepherd or otherwise be opposed to this sect. Note that there has been arbitration in this area before: Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Sathya Sai Baba and Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Sathya Sai Baba 2.
If this was a simple judgement of the WP:GNG, WP:PROF, or WP:CREATIVE, Shepherd would undoubtedly fail. The only coverage I can find is in a book by Marianne Warren, excerpted here. His work has been cited a handful of times over the decades, certainly not enough to say he has had an impact on his field. But it is not that simple. Editors are supporting inclusion despite the apparent failure to meet notability guidelines. The arguments to keep are lengthy but weak: appeals to OTHERSTUFF, JUSTNOTABLE, IKNOWIT, GOOGLEHITS, COMMONSENSE etc. DGG’s deletion argument is a good barometer – if he agrees with deletion, there’s usually no hope for an article. And yet, I am wary of closing as delete and having this explode in my face. Maybe I should grow a pair, but here I am.
User:Dazedbythebell has linked to a blog that is critical of Shepherd, there appear to be two or three such attack blogs against Shepherd that chronicle the activities on Wikipedia to do with him, so I am concerned about off-wiki goings on. Just Google ‘kevin shepherd wikipedia’ to get an idea of the material out there. There seems to be a vendetta between Shepherd and someone called Gerald Joe Moreno.
User:Simon Kidd and User:Alex jamieson are new SPAs that wrote this bio, though Simon Kidd says they have previously used another account (which they say has been disclosed in ArbCom). Alex wrote it and Simon gave it a Good Article Review three days after his first edit. Both deny being the subject of the article. Alex jamieson took the photo of Shepherd, so must know him. Being suspicious, I note that there are behavioural similarities between these two accounts, in particular their lengthy style of writing, and I wonder whether checkuser should be used? There’s at least some tag teaming going on with the GAR.
I was perplexed by the keep ! votes from User:Ombudswiki and User:ProEdits, but ProEdits has frequently added criticism to Sathya Sai Baba, and that article was one of the first that Ombudswiki edited in 2006, so neither are neutral in this area.
Thoughts? Advice? Fences&Windows 02:19, 22 December 2009 (UTC) (Reference)
COI etc. at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kevin R. D. Shepherd
Resolved. AFD was closed as delete: “The result was delete. I’m deliberately closing this soon after a relist, as I see little hope of gaining a clearer consensus than already exists. The arguments for deletion are well grounded in that reliable coverage of either Shepherd or his work must have been the subject of independent, reliably published material. This has been clearly articulated, particularly by DGG, and the lack of such coverage has not been refuted. The extremely lengthy arguments to keep provide some interesting commentary, but no substantive argument that Shepherd passes any of the notability criteria. Kevin (talk) 02:38, 22 December 2009 (UTC)” –Coffee // have a cup // ark // 09:39, 22 December 2009 (UTC) (Reference)
Moreno’s Argument About Shepherd’s Non-Notability Is Vindicated
Kevin Shepherd wailed considerably about Joe Moreno’s objection on Wikipedia to the inclusion of a quote from Shepherd’s self-published book, “Investigating the Sai Baba Movement: A Clarification of Misrepresented Saints and Opportunism”.
Andries Krugers Dagneaux (an ex-devotee and critic of Sathya Sai Baba) was the only person supporting the inclusion of the Kevin Shepherd citation in the Sathya Sai Baba Wikipedia Article. Jossie, Alecmconroy (a non-involved party who answered Andries Request For Comment) and Moreno (SSS108) all disagreed with Andries Krugers Dagneaux.
Wikipedia generally does not allow self-published material to be used as sources in Biographies of Living People (Refs: Self Published Sources – Verifiable Sources – BLP – Reliable Sources). Even more so when the self-published material in question makes derogatory and highly questionable hearsay allegations that have never been referenced in reliable or reputable sources (Ref: Reliable Sources). Kevin R. D. Shepherd’s book and citation fell into this category of self-published and non-notable material.
When Andries Krugers Dagneaux realized that Kevin Shepherd’s book was self-published and the citation did not comply with Wikipedia policy, Andries Krugers Dagneaux no longer sought its inclusion (Reference). Kevin R. D. Shepherd purposely ignored these facts and deflected from the issue by resorting to spin, paranoia and “cult” & “sectarian” accusations.
Moreno’s past argument about Kevin R. D. Shepherd’s non-notability has now been vindicated by multiple & independent Wikipedia editors who neutrally investigated the matter thoroughly. Simon Kidd, Alex Jamieson, Brian Steel (aka Ombudswiki) and Robert Priddy (aka ProEdits) banded together and attempted to deceive various Wikipedia editors by resorting to circumlocution and rhetoric. Needless to say, it didn’t work.
Kevin R. D. Shepherd Wasted No Time Linking To His Wikipedia Profile
Kevin R. D. Shepherd was so enamored with the idea of having a Wikipedia profile, he actually provided a picture of himself for the page and gave permission to Alex Jamieson to write about him! Almost immediately Kevin R. D. Shepherd linked to his Wikipedia profile on three of his official domains. See for yourself:
Now that Wikipedia deleted Kevin R. D. Shepherd’s profile (due to his non-notability), there is little doubt that Kevin R. D. Shepherd will soon write a foaming-at-the-mouth diatribe against Wikipedia that will invariably (and predictably) make accusations of “sectarian polemics”. Kevin Shepherd upheld Wikipedia’s views and policies when Moreno was banned on Wikipedia for exposing Mel Etitis and his Peter J. King Sockpuppet Cover-Up. Any argument that Kevin R. D. Shepherd may make against Wikipedia will ultimately compromise his former arguments against Moreno and Wikipedia!
Kevin R. D. Shepherd’s Non-Notability – In Conclusion
In conclusion, the self-described “philosopher” Kevin R. D. Shepherd (who admitted he is not an academic) has been shown to be nothing more than a vanity self publisher. To Date: There have been no reliably sourced, third-party media references to Kevin R. D. Shepherd. This is an irrefutable fact that no amount of deflections, distortions or ad hominem attacks is going to change. It is Moreno’s personal opinion that Kevin R. D. Shepherd’s moralistic, puritanical, self-promoting, self-centered, self-serving, bigoted, narrow-minded, dogmatic and poorly researched views will keep him out of the Wikipedia spotlight for years to come.
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Marianne Warren – Unravelling The Enigma – Shirdi Sai Baba In The Light Of Sufism
Dr. Marianne Warren Ph.D (University of Toronto, Canada) wrote a book entitled “Unravelling The Enigma – Shirdi Sai Baba In The Light Of Sufism” (1997; Sterling Paperbacks; ISBN 81-207-2147-0. ).
Kevin Shepherd (a pseudo-philosopher, pseudo-moralist and Findhorn fanatic) selectively (some would say “dishonestly”) quoted Marianne Warren as saying:
Kevin R. D. Shepherd: “Dr. Marianne Warren was obliged to acknowledge that ‘Shepherd was the first author to question this Hindu bias….most of his arguments concerning [Shirdi] Sai Baba’s Sufi connections are strong’.”
Now, let us take a look at the full text as published in Marianne Warren’s book:
Marianne Warren: A harsh critique of Narasimhaswami is found in Kevin Shepherd’s monograph entitled Gurus Rediscovered: Biographies of Sai Baba of Shirdi and Upasani Maharaj of Sakori, which introduces a new and thought-provoking perception of Sai Baba.  His material was first drafted in 1967, but only updated and published privately in 1985. Prior to Shepherd, the perennial question was whether Sai Baba was Hindu or Muslim, with most of the secondary writers emphasizing the Hindu interpretation. Shepherd was the first author to question this Hindu bias and to redefine the broad ‘Muslim’ category, dividing it into the orthodox Islamic law or sharia and Sufi mysticism. By definition, an Islamic mystic is a Sufi, and as Sai Baba was a Muslim mystic, he was perforce a Sufi. Shepherd observes many links between Sai Baba and the strong Sufi tradition in the Deccan. He notes that since his death, the saint has been totally embraced by the Hindus and that in the process the Muslim minority in Shirdi has been eclipsed.  He feels that Narasimhaswami was one of those responsible for perpetrating this process of Hinduization. While most of his arguments concerning Sai Baba’s Sufi connections are strong, he provides very little corroboration from the Sai Baba literature itself. For example, there is no evidence that he read Dabholkar’s Sri Sai Saccarita nor that he knew Marathi or the Maharashtrian Bhakti tradition. In fact, no bibliography was given with his monograph.
 Kevin R.D. Shepherd, Gurus Rediscovered: Biographies of Sai Baba of Shirdi and Upasani Maharaj of Sakori (Cambridge: Anthropographia Publications, 1985). Shepherd is very opinionated in this book. For example he summarily dismisses Narasimhaswami as an opportunist, whose only interest was in elevating himself through writing the biographies of holy men. (PDF Reference)
Marianne Warren referred to Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s writings as “very opinionated” and emphatically stated that Shepherd’s book had “very little corroboration from the Sai Baba literature itself” and had no supporting bibliography. Kevin Shepherd omitted Marianne Warren’s criticism about him and only snipped out those sections that suited his big ego. Marianne Warren’s views about Kevin R. D. Shepherd were critical and she rightly questioned the objectivity, credibility and integrity of Shepherd’s unsupported, unsourced and subjective claims. So much for Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s boast about following “academic rules in citing sources to a greater extent than many academic philosophers” (PhD Marianne Warren didn’t think so)!
KevinRDShepherd also cited information against Sathya Sai Baba from Marianne Warren (as published by Sai Baba critic and defamer Robert Priddy). It is amusing that Shepherd cited and eulogized the very same woman who condemned him for his subjective, unsupported and opinionated writings!
Unravelling The Enigma – Shirdi Sai Baba In The Light Of Sufism
Unravelling The Enigma-Shirdi Sai Baba in the Light of Sufism is an exciting new piece of research which examines Sai Baba of Shirdi from the standpoint of Islamic mysticism-the Deccani Sufism of 19th century Maharashtra-in order to unravel the mystery surrounding the saint. Sai Baba is consistently described by his Hindu biographers as a Muslim faqir and a mystic, which, by definition, makes him a Sufi. However, no previous researcher has examined him thoroughly in this light.
The author assumes the reader will have some familiarity with previous biographies of Shirdi Sai Baba and reviews incidents, anecdotes and sayings of he hagiography surrounding Sai Baba, in the light of the goals, practices and stories of the Sufis from the golden era of Sufism, and discovers that an amazing similarity and correspondence begins to emerge. Immediately, the more puzzling aspects of the saint’s actions and sayings fall away, and Sai Baba himself becomes more understandable, attractive and lovable.
In the book, Dr Warren brings two new pieces of scholarship to the subject. First she elucidates the English translation of part of the works of some 17th and 18th-century Maharashtrian Sufi poet-saints-their contribution having hitherto been neglected by scholars. Their lives and writings echo the life and teachings of Sai Baba. Secondly, she includes the English translation of the previously untranslated Urdu notebook, jotted down by Abdul, Sai Baba’s faqiri pupil, from teachings based on the Qur’an given to him by his pir Sai Baba. Both these contributions allow us to se into a word hitherto closed, and expand our awareness of the famous miracle-worker of Shirdi.
While Sai Baba has attained a universal appeal, transcending any one sectarian religious tradition, it is necessary to understand his Sufi origins in order to obtain a deeper and fuller appreciation of the enigmatic saint of Shirdi.
A fresh new light is thrown upon the Maharashtrian saint Sai Baba of Shirdi in this rare and fascinating book by Dr Marianne Warren. Discovering that there is a rich history of Sufism in the Deccan in the past, especially at Khuldabad, where there was a large Sufi center, and also at Pathri, Sai Baba’s reputed birthplace, she first explores these areas. Then, in the light of this knowledge, she re-examines the life and teachings of Sai Baba. The results are spectacular. Sai Baba’s previously bizarre or mystic behaviour and enigmatic saying instantly become more understandable. By comprehending the stages of the Sufi path, such facets as Sai Baba’s adherence to the vow of poverty, begging for food until the last few days of his life, fall naturally into place.
The confirmation of Sai Baba’s Sufi status is the discovery and translation of Sai Baba’s faqir servant Adbul’s notebook, written in Urdu. The document contains Abdul’s actual notes and jottings taken while reading the Quran with Sai Baba. From this, it is now possible to state authoritatively that Sai Baba a Sufi Master, and directly taught the precepts of Islam and Sufism to his servant/pupil and probably to a host of wandering faqirs throughout the Deccan in the nineteenth century.
The goal of a Sufi aspirant is to reach God realization to realize his own inner divinity. Shirdi Sai Baba attained this divine status and throughout his life he also played the traditional role of a Sufi Master guiding others along the path.
Table of Contents
LIST OF PLATES
PART I: SAI BABA AND MAHARASHTRIAN MYSTRICISM
– An Overview of the Life of Sai Baba
– Sufi Mysticism and Sai Baba
– The Historical Background: Sufism in Maharashtra
– Sai Baba-the Muslim Faqir
– Sai Baba and the Maharashtrian
– Bhakti Movement-Its Poet-Saints, Mystics and Deities
– Sufi Accommodation to the Hindu Milieu
– Outwardly Different-Inwardly the Same
– Nineteenth Century Sufi Contemporaries of Sai Baba
PART II: SAI BABA AND THE SUFI PATH-THE TARIQAT
– Sai Baba and the Sufi Tariqat (path
– Abdul and his Notebook
– English Translation of the Sai Baba MS
– Some Observations of the Saibaba MS
PART III: SAI BABA-A NEW PERSPECTIVE
– The Hindu Embrace of Sai Baba
– The Sathya Sai Baba Connection
– Drawing the Threads Together
Alex Jamieson – Internet Hit Man And Internet Terrorist
Kevin R. D. Shepherd is a pseudo-philosopher, fanatic and extremist who wrote a rambling and obsessive diatribe composed of 48,188 words (as of December 7th 2009) attacking Gerald Joe Moreno simply because Moreno succeeded in getting a reference to Shepherd’s self-published material removed from the Sathya Sai Baba Wikipedia Article. Kevin R. D. Shepherd called Gerald Joe Moreno an “internet hit man” and an “internet terrorist” simply because Moreno’s webpages are indexed on search engines (!!!) and because Moreno defended himself with factual information against Shepherd’s numerous misrepresentations, shabby research and outright prevarications.
Enter Alex Jamieson
On September 11th 2009, a dubious character using the name “Alex Jamieson” created a Wikipedia page for Kevin R. D. Shepherd that was exclusively and entirely sourced to Shepherd’s self-published books and self-promoting websites. Despite Alex Jamieson’s desperate attempt to cite numerous references supporting the alleged notability of Kevin R. D. Shepherd, Alex Jamieson could not cite a single reliable source referenced to reputable media in favor of Kevin R. D. Shepherd. As such, a “primary sources” tag was attached to the Kevin R. D. Shepherd article that said:
This article needs references that appear in reliable third-party publications. Primary sources or sources affiliated with the subject are generally not sufficient for a Wikipedia article. Please add more appropriate citations from reliable sources. (November 2009)
Please note that the picture of Kevin R. D. Shepherd used on Wikipedia has been released by Alex Jamieson under the Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license and can be copied, saved, distributed and/or modified by internet users under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (Ref).
The Wikipedia article for Kevin R. D. Shepherd is biased and employs clever rhetoric and relies on important omissions to mislead readers about Kevin Shepherd’s alleged notability (although Kevin Shepherd admitted he possesses no academic credentials).
Alex Jamieson Is An Associate Of Kevin R. D. Shepherd
Alex Jamieson (who claimed he is from the UK) is closely allied with Kevin R. D. Shepherd and said the following on the Wikipedia COI noticeboard:
Alex Jamieson: The author (ie, Kevin R. D. Shepherd) gave permission for me to upload his photograph and was quite happy for me to be the known as the copyright holder. The picture box was uploaded following the assessment request. Also, as a matter of courtesy, I had informed the author I was going to write an article about him for Wikipedia (he expressed no objection), and I advised him of the article’s existence shortly after I had completed that article to my satisfaction. (Ref)
The fact that Kevin R. D. Shepherd gave his picture’s copyrights over to Alex Jamieson strongly suggests behind-the-scenes scheming and subterfuge (a sentiment shared by Wikipedia admin). In the past, Kevin R. D. Shepherd pathetically whined, hissed and sniveled about the copyrights regarding his pictures. Kevin R. D. Shepherd would never give his picture’s copyrights over to any casual outsider.
It is Moreno’s opinion that Kevin R. D. Shepherd heavily influenced and dictated content on the Wikipedia article about himself through private email correspondence with his puppet and devotee “Alex Jamieson”. This suspicion is supported by the fact that the very first edit made by Alex Jamieson was a completed page with all the correct link, reference, category, title and writing codes that are specific to Wikipedia only (Ref).
Needless to say, even seasoned Wikipedia editors are not fully conversant with all the link, reference, category, title and writing codes that are used on Wikipedia. Alex Jamieson created a fully functional, fully linked and fully categorized Wikipedia page on his first edit (rightly raising the suspicion that Alex Jamieson is no newbie to Wikipedia and the name “Alex Jamieson” appears to be a pseudonym, sockpuppet and/or anonymous account). Some have suggested that “Alex Jamieson” may be the former Wikipedian Jedermann.
Kevin Shepherd Approved Alex Jamieson’s Attacks Against Moreno
Alex Jamieson (who admitted corresponding with Kevin R. D. Shepherd in private emails) apparently received permission and guidance from Kevin R. D. Shepherd to attack Gerald Joe Moreno on Wikipedia. Alex Jamieson wrote a fairly lengthy section on Kevin R. D. Shepherd’s official Wikipedia page entitled “criticism” that specifically attacked and targeted Gerald Joe Moreno. Needless to say, Alex Jamieson would not have published the potentially libelous content against Moreno on Kevin R. D. Shepherd’s official Wikipedia page had he not obtained permission to do so.
Alex Jamieson’s Potentially Libelous Attacks Deleted By Wikipedia Admin
Alex Jamieson even created a “sandbox” page where he thought he could safeguard his defamations and potentially libelous attacks against Moreno.
The entire “criticism” section created by Alex Jamieson on the Kevin R. D. Shepherd Wikipedia page was removed by Wikipedia Admin Hersfold with the comment: “Criticism: removing per WP:BLP, this section is incredibly inappropriate” (Reference – Please Note: The potentially libelous “criticism” section was completely purged from Wikipedia and no longer shows in the diffs).
As a result of Alex Jamieson’s defamatory, malicious and potentially libelous attacks against Gerald Joe Moreno, Jamieson’s sandbox page was deleted and he was given the following warning by Wikipedia Admin Vassyana
Deleted contributions and warning
I have deleted your user sandbox and some of your recent contributions to Kevin R. D. Shepherd. The sandbox and those edits were deleted as inappropriate and potentially libelous. The edits violated our principles protecting living persons, against original research, and prohibiting the use of Wikipedia for agendas and axe-grinding. Any restoration of the deleted material or further such actions will result in an immediate block. Please reconsider your approach and intentions here. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a message on my talk page or utilize the “e-mail this user” link in the sidebar when viewing my page. Thank you. Vassyana (talk) 02:55, 7 December 2009 (UTC)
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Alex Jamieson & Kevin R. D. Shepherd – In Conclusion
In conclusion, Alex Jamieson and Kevin R. D. Shepherd have exposed themselves to be bitter and biased extremists who rely on scheming, subterfuge and collusion to attack those who dissent with their hate-based agendas.
Alex Jamieson (a proxy defender of Kevin R. D. Shepherd) obtained permission to attack Gerald Joe Moreno on Shepherd’s official Wikipedia page and various Wikipedia admin confirmed that Alex Jamieson’s attacks against Moreno were defamatory, malicious and potentially libelous in nature. As a result, Alex Jamieson’s sandbox page and “criticism” section were deleted in their entirety from Wikipedia (with the content being purged so it could not be sourced elsewhere via diffs).
Consequently, one could argue (using Kevin Shepherd’s logic and standards) that Alex Jamieson and Kevin R. D. Shepherd are “internet hit men” and “internet terrorists”. Even independent Wikipedia administrators easily identified Shepherd and Jamieson’s potentially libelous attacks against Moreno.
Jamieson and Shepherd think they are paragons of morality and wisdom. They obviously have been sipping too much cuckoo juice. Observant readers will notice that all writings associated with pseudo-philosopher Kevin R. D. Shepherd are rich in rhetoric, poor in research and propagandistic in nature. This is not surprising considering that Kevin R. D. Shepherd is a fierce defender and promoter of Psychic Trance Medium Conny Larsson and LSD Advocate Robert Priddy.
As H. L. Mencken once said:
Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.