Yes, the rumors are true. I removed several comments by J. D. Swallow on the grounds that they were promulgating bad science, and at the same time constituted mean attacks against other readers.
The bad science part, I don’t worry about too much because the loyal (and rational) readers of this blog had been handling that very well. But JDS’s personal attacks were too much.
Swallow has been banned, not for the first time, but likely for the last time.
At least we can revel in a bit of nostalgia, remembering the days of the old forums, when Swallows came in flocks instead of just one at a time.