stuff about LogoPhere and Denis O'Brien
LogoPhere.com was started by Denis O'Brien
about 2000 BC, give or take 4000 years, in Virginia as an anti-sludge
website called "Something
Stinks," which is still a hot link but not active. After
leaving Virginia's sludged soybean fields for the more fragrant environs of Vancouver, British Columbia in 2007, O'Brien's blogging interests
expanded and the website evolved into a general, kevetching, potty-mouthed,
rolling commentary that took on the name LogoPhere, which, if you haven't
noticed yet, is "BlogoSphere" without the "BS." Topics
of special interest are those that particularly annoy O'Brien, like the
incompetent MSM, never-ending strife in the Middle East, Zionist/Yisraeli
apartheid brutality against the Palestinians, American police brutality, and the demise of Americans' civil liberties in general.
O'Brien's life experiences, education, and
long-term, gong-show legal debacles can be reduced to a 9-point bullet-list:
- Beginning on his 18th birthday, O'Brien began the first
leg of his life's journey by serving 3 years as a radio/telegraph
operator in the US Marine Corps, the most notable part of which
was humping a PRC-25
for a Force Recon team in Viet Nam. He gracefully exited the combat zone after 5 months, walking but wounded. O'Brien was
awarded the Purple Heart once and made the rank of corporal twice.
Not only was he not offered a re-enlistment bonus, he
was not even asked to re-enlist. And he didn't.
- O'Brien's academic career began
inauspiciously at Ohio
State University where during the anti-war riots of 1969-70 he sucked in enough tear gas to
choke a small herd of elephants and took one well-aimed (but imprecisely
to the head. Eventually he was able to acquire a bachelors
degree in biology without once attending an OSU
football or basketball game.
- For some reason that is still a
complete mystery, O'Brien was accepted into a PhD program at the University
of Virginia where he became a fledgling and enthusiastic
neuroscientist, acquiring his PhD under the watchful eye of Professor
Theodore Rall, co-discoverer of cAMP.
- O'Brien then took an interim research
position in the lab of Professor Roger Fager purifying and
studying visual pigments, and serving, on one occasion, as the "head
man" of a mission to the local chicken factory to collect thousands
of chicken eyeballs. We won't go into details about what the head man's
duties were other than to say: think ISIS but on a much smaller and more avian
- One of O'Brien's most memorable and
enlightening sojourns was 2 years as a post-doc in Professor John Dowling's
renowned vision research lab at Harvard University studying the interactions of neurotransmitters in
- Determined not to be a part of a
society led by a clown like Ronald Reagan, O'Brien embarked on his longest single gig up to that time:
10 years teaching pharmacology and physiology at the New Zealand
National School of Pharmacy, near idyllic Upper Hutt, New Zealand.
- After a total of 20 years of studying,
conducting research in, and teaching brain science, including dissecting
thousands of brains, O'Brien eventually came to the embarrassing
realization that he didn't actually have any brains himself, and so he decided to
try his hand at law. Five years later, after reading the law in
Charlottesville, Va. under the direction of the late J.B. (Ben) Dick, Esq.,
O'Brien managed to pass both the Virginia bar exam and the US Patent
Office bar exam in the same year, a law student's equivalent to climbing
Mt. Everest and Mt. McKinley in the same weekend.
- O'Brien's Warholian 15 minutes of fame
lasted for 15 years after he became embroiled in
an internationally litigated and internationally reported judicial
debacle over a blank bar-tab -- a case famously known as "The
Mousetrap Case." Eventually, he dramatically and decisively won
the moronic case before
both the High Court of New Zealand and the Virginia Supreme Court.
- O'Brien wound up his motley career with
a 16-year stretch practicing patent law of all things, including 4
years in the Vancouver, BC law firm of the late Clifford Vermette.
O'Brien has published a modest number of research papers, either alone or
with aforementioned distinguished professors Ted Rall and John Dowling,
Chambers of Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). Currently,
O'Brien is working on his next book: Resolving Darwin's Debacle --
Hard Evolution, Soft Evolution, and the Meanings of Species. He is
the author of Murder in the SunMorgue, a detailed,
forensic-pharmacological analysis of the Ghouta Massacre near Damascus,
Syria in August, 2013. It is available
O'Brien is also the author of a short (but
thrilling) autobiography organized as a 9-point bullet-list and written in the third person to make people think
someone else wrote it, but I'll bet you
weren't fooled. . . or impressed.