We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My heart sinks at the vast number of necessary deaths due illnesses easily preventable by vaccination because of this misdeed.
It's going to take decades to undo the damage wrought. People, parents and adults on their own behalf alike, refuse vaccinations on the fuzzy pathway of logic that traces back directly to this bit of misinformation.
Glad to see that this story is getting more play now, but I'm still rather daunted by the uphill battle educating about the truth.
I saw the movie Angels and Demons last night. One of the themes of the movie is an alleged war between science and religion.
Between scientists like those involved in this fraud, the ozone hole fraud, the acid rain fraud, the global warming fiasco and the Atheists like Dawkins, the war seems to be not between science and religion but science and science. And sadly science is losing, badly.
no, it's between science and politics.
People like the ones writing reports to launch scares are NOT scientists, despite what their titles claim them to be.
They're politicians, leeches, 5th columnists who're deliberately destroying science and lives for the purpose of political gain for their masters (and of course financial gain for themselves).
The European BSE scare is another prime example. Almost destroyed cattle farming on the entire continent for political gain of some special interest groups.
The hoax of cellphones being linked to cancer is another.
Asbetos scares are a prime example.
The list goes on and on and on.
But is there not an interesting conflict in ideology raised when we talk about vaccination? Vaccines work best when the entire population is vaccinated (protecting even those too young or frail to be vaccinated). And yet, how coercive must government or society be in getting individuals to accept being vaccinated?
I take it as a given that those refusing to vaccinate because of fear of autism are misguided and ill-informed. But vaccination does carry real, significant, if small, risks. Which are completely avoided by those refusing to vaccinate. And provided enough others get vaccinated, those individuals face little risk of the disease. It is the classic free-rider problem. I don't think we know how to deal with those very well.