The BIG announcement!

One big announcement is that I got home safely, and now get to relax after a long day of travel.

That isn’t what you expected? Not enough?

In June of 2016, almost exactly 5 years ago, our legal saga began when we announced an investigation into one of our bloggers, Richard Carrier, who’d just been banned from a conference for slimy sexual behavior. Then he announced that he was quitting before we could investigate, so we said fine, bye. Then more scandal erupted as other orgs followed suit, in particular SSA. Carrier then, in September of 2016, shrieked that he was going to SUE everyone for $2.1 million and a bunch of us got lengthy legal documents in the mail. We hired a good lawyer. Alarums and excursions followed until finally, in November of 2019, Carrier’s stupid lawsuit collapsed, he retreated in ignominious defeat, and we were victorious. There’s a timeline, if you want the details.

We celebrated a grand victory, but then we had to pay the lawyer. We had to pay the lawyer about a quarter million dollars, which is less than $2.1 million, but still a fine big chunk of change. James and Rebecca Hammond came to our rescue and paid off the lawyer (Hooray for the Hammonds!) and then basically gave us an interest free loan and divvied up the debt among the various victims of the wretched Carrier. We’ve been plugging away at out part — witness the various fundraisers we’ve put on — and then, in the last few weeks, we received some substantial donations from various anonymous and wonderful donors, including one for $8K, and … we paid off everything we owed.


It feels great to have that burden off our shoulders, but we aren’t quite done yet. There are other defendants in this suit, and we figure we can still help them out, and we’ll have more to say about that later.

For now, though, Freethoughtblogs is 100% debt free!

And I get to take a shower and go to bed early and get back to work tomorrow morning.


  1. birgerjohansson says

    Now, is there any legal way -not including sending muscular atheists after Carrier- to get him to reimburse you?

  2. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Glad to hear FTB is debt free. I slept easier once I was debt free. Enjoy the feeling.

  3. DLC says

    And here I thought you were going to announce that you were now One with the Body. That you had accepted Llandru. . . I see I shall have to summon the Law Givers.

  4. DonDueed says

    Excellent news!
    Glad to have done a small bit to help.
    Doesn’t a quarter million seem incredibly costly to defend one lawsuit, though? I sure hope I never get sued if this is what it costs to defend against a groundless accusation.

  5. waydude says

    A quarter million? A QUARTER MILLION?! jesus that doesn’t exist fucking christ!

  6. =8)-DX says

    And once more a big hefty FUCK YOU to Richard Carrier, self-admitted sex pest, creep AND disgusting and entitled abuser of the legal system.
    🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀

  7. =8)-DX says

    @DonDueed #14 It was multiple lawsuits, over multiple years. The individual lawyer’s invoices and mounting costs are visible on the linked timeline.

  8. blf says

    Congratulations! Even the spiders in Ozland are celebrating, ‘They look like waves’: spider webs blanket Gippsland after Victorian floods (image at link):

    “It does look creepy the way it covers all the signs and everything. You can’t really see it in the photos but there are spiders all over. It’s like thousands and thousands of spiders” [said area local Jena Beatson]

    Actually, according to Dr Ken Walker, a senior curator of entomology at the Melbourne Museum, it is millions. […] “What’s happened is there’s been a massive flooding event pretty quickly … so they’re using the ballooning not to escape for hundreds of kilometres, but to almost throw up a lasso on top of the vegetation. It hooks on to the tops of the vegetation because it’s lighter than air, and then they quickly climb up.”

    When a huge number of spiders all do this at once, they end up hooking on to each other and can blanket the countryside.

    The mildly deranged penguin speculates they are trying to catch scumbag Richard Carrier.