At this point, I have no idea why anyone would trust a single thing that comes out of the mouth (or fingers) of Maria Maltseva, aka Bluharmony. She’s been caught in the middle of so many “Oh, I mispoke” and “Oh, I meant” and “Oh, why are you so mean as to hold me to what I said” moments that she really shouldn’t have a shred of credibility with anyone who’s been paying attention. But she’s at it again, and some people are eating it up because she’s lying about Greg Laden.
As an attorney, I can tell you that most people can’t afford to bring a libel lawsuit, so trashing people and lying about them is far more common than it should be. Also, a lot of us still don’t want to actually harm others, even after they’ve hurt us.
On a personal note, and as I stated elsewhere, I don’t see why it was OK to publish my home address (where I was previously raped) but not Amy’s public address (and Jean, who is now defending Amy, snarled at me for complaining about it — oh, where was her super-sensitivity then?) Anyway, I don’t think Amy gets to dictate what people wear or find funny. And, unlike Amy, I don’t think that shirts supporting gender equality or parody jewelry are items that can or should be addressed in anti-harassment policies.
First paragraph included for the irony. Maltseva didn’t identify Greg here, but when another commenter claimed, “Greg Laden…published that alongside her real name and work info” (suggesting she’s been telling this story elsewhere), she responded.
First of all, thanks Julian, I appreciate your comment.
She didn’t correct the record then, and she didn’t correct it during a long Twitter conversation over the matter yesterday. So I’ll do it for her.
There were two posts on Greg’s blog in October. When Maltseva made a complaint in April, Greg reverted them to draft with the caveat that they would stay down only as long as she behaved herself and didn’t piss him off. I have copies of Maltseva’s request and Greg’s response. I think this can be handled without publishing those, but I do have them.
The reason Maltseva wanted the posts removed was that they ranked too high in her search listing and would interfere with her search for a job. In my personal opinion, she’s right about that last part. Maltseva’s showing in those posts and comments displays a personality I wouldn’t want to hire. Case in point:
I’m sorry, but I haven’t contacted you or Ophelia, or even posted about Rebecca for about three months. Someone brought it to my attention that defamatory content was posted about me in the Pharyngula Wikia. So I had it removed. I tagged you, Greg and PZ, so that you could respond as to why your friends engage in defamation, slander, libel, and other reprehensible conduct. As for you, Ophelia, I haven’t talked to or about you since the last nasty message you left on my page. As far as I know, nobody likes you, and you’re banned from every respectable blog. Also, braniacs, no one had to confirm that I was bluharmony, since it’s on my facebook page and both Ophelia and the Harvard-educated Greggie know it. BTW, everyone on Pharyngula seemed to think that the defamatory page was inappropriate, and it was immediately taken down. Oh, one more thing Ophelia, no one likes you, so get over yourself. And I lied about your writing. It’s utter shit.
Here’s that not-posting-about-Rebecca-in-three-months that prompted the blog post.
The first post was called “Maria Maltseva Can Kiss My Ass”. It was a public dismissal by Greg of a Facebook “friend” who was posting multiple anti-Rebecca Watson posts per day, not all of them terribly coherent. It was all of a paragraph long. Here’s a pdf of the thread as it stood at the time it was imported to Greg’s new blog location.
In the comments of that post, you can see that Greg questioned whether Maltseva was actually an attorney, since she was throwing words like “defamation, slander, libel” around with abandon in public. Commenter pelamun responded, saying that the Washington state bar had her listed. Either in that comment [ETA: pelamun notes in the comments here that it was not in that comment] or another comment very close by, either a link to Maltseva’s business showing the address or the address itself was included, further documenting that this was an attorney engaging in this behavior. I don’t remember the precise details, though I do remember that it happened.
Greg removed the information when he became aware that this was Maltseva’s home address as well as her business address. To be honest, I don’t know when that was. It might even have been as late as April. Why? Because Maltseva didn’t mention that this was her home address.
You can see that she continued to comment without a word about the problem. You can also see in the next post, “I Get Email” (pdf), that she complained to Greg about the existence of that post. Only the reason she wanted it taken down had nothing to do with her address. It was because someone called her a narcissist for having the number of Facebook profile pictures she did. She didn’t ask him to remove the address, if it was still there at that point. [ETA: She confirmed in the comments that she didn't tell Greg this was her home address or ask him to remove it.]
You can also see that the Phawrongula Wiki, that site dedicated to documenting how us awful, horrible FTB types crush everyone who dares to breathe a word of disagreement, wrote about the original “Maria Maltseva Can Kiss My Ass” post. As of today, that entry (pdf) says nothing at all about Maltseva’s address. They had six months to screen cap and post Greg’s perfidy. They didn’t, not there and not anywhere else Maltseva is mentioned on the wiki (pdf).
When did Maltseva start saying Greg had published her home address? I don’t know. The first mention of it I can find is in a comment a month after the post was taken down. At that point, she was also saying Greg’s post was sexist and threatening.
It doesn’t really matter when. This is part of a pattern of behavior on Maltseva’s part, some of it very well documented in those posts she didn’t want around while job searching. She lies. She lies about what has happened in interactions with people she doesn’t like, and she does it in ways that make her look good while they look bad. She lied about posting about Rebecca. She lied about the Pharyngula Wiki. She lied about a sexual assault task group wanting to sue Greg.
She lied about Greg publishing her home address. Then she let people tell her how bad it was that this bad person did this bad thing to her. She lied like she’s lied before, and people fell all over her for it. Other people used her lie as a tool to, ironically, beat on someone who doesn’t agree with them about everything.
It’s really time people learn not to do that.