As many readers will know there’s been a hysterical spike in attempts to exhume the corpse of the vaccine/autism myth this year. Certainly this has reached fever pitch since Wakefield was expunged from the registrar of humane beings.
Like watching a religion evolve his adherents have been gripped in ecstasy, rejecting evidence for fantasy. I mean, just check out the font size at Dr. Wakefield’s work must continue. You can imagine them living on a small island that time forgot – much like out of a King Kong movie. Dressed only in loin cloths, bodies glistening in the fire light given off by burning effigies of Paul Offit, carrying Wakefield on a sedan chair made of discarded MMR syringes and the bones of dead Pharma executives held together with saliva soaked vaccine package inserts.
You may laugh but it appears this is indeed what has happened. The audio below was captured by intrepid journalists on an off the map Pacific island covered in deep jungle, behind the walls of an ancient stone fortress just as Wakefield was carried past his adoring crowd.
We had the Groundbreaking vaccine-autism investigation, promising to shatter the earth only to fizzle to muffled laughter back in May this year. Despite promises of putting Big Pharma to the rack it emerged that a bunch of Pace Law school students produced “Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A review of compensated cases of vaccine induced brain injury”.
Media spokesperson Danielle Orsino must have felt a goose when all she could muster was that this “strongly suggests” a link. In fact it suggested naught but the reality these unfortunate cultists will continue to manipulate, abuse and obfuscate data whilst lying to the public and exploiting those with autism and their families. Meryl Dorey took the results – debunked 10 days earlier – by the horns turning the meaningless review of 21 VICP cases into “the vaccine court… has paid compensation to hundreds, possibly thousands of families [for autism]” as she lied on air to David and Tanya on 102.9 KOFM last May.
Tanya on KOFM was carelessly querying Dorey about parents who have a child vaccinated, then “… suddenly have an autistic child on their hands….. Fact or fiction?”. “Oh Tanya, I wish I could say it’s fiction but it’s fact”, Dorey lied. Later Tanya argued with David (who to his credit says parents who don’t vaccinate children are selfish), saying to listeners “aren’t you scared with statistics mentioned by Meryl… thousands of cases of autism, ADD, ADHD…”.
The VICP associated court has paid no-one compensation for autism due to vaccination. Hannah Poling herself has an underlying mitochondrial enzyme deficit. Hannah does not have autism. Hannah has encephalitis. Hannah’s parents believe vaccination triggered the encephalitis. Her mitochondrial disorder is documented as causing encephalitis between first and second years of life. Vaccination is not documented as causing autism. The Polings are very lucky the court erred in allowing compensation. One case, and a shocking anomaly it is.
The tragic thing about how easily Tanya was scammed by Dorey is that the “latest figures from the USA” Dorey alluded to came from the above paper. Crucially there’s not one statement to the effect “this child was compensated due to developing autism as a result of vaccination”. Children with autistic like symptoms are compensated quite rightly for demonstrable vaccine injuries. Children with autism who develop encephalitis as a result of vaccination are compensated. These poor children are exploited ruthlessly via the false insinuation there’s causality between the vaccination and autism. Yet I stress again there’s nothing suggesting compensation “because of their autism”.
Like something out of a Wakefield cultists version of Mission Impossible this paper would self-debunk in 10 seconds. Filled with self-serving nonsense such as “acknowledged autism or autism-like symptoms through vaccine induced encephalopathy and seizure disorder”, “settled cases suggesting autism”, “language that strongly suggests autistic features”, “published decisions that used terms related to autism”, “payment of vaccine injured children with autism”, even providing a case table headed, “Language suggesting autism or autistic-like symptoms”. But no, nothing definitive. It was a sham from day one.
Consider this oft’ repeated quote on that dumping ground of all things grossly offensive Child Health Safety. You may have recently read Dorey’s links to this blog claiming that the real fraud was by Brian Deer and the BMJ. Under conspiracy speak headings like “Secret British vaccine files on MMR forced open by legal action” then “read here what will be discovered and more”, we get… nothing. Granted it goes back to January 19, 2011 before the epic failure of May 10th. But we’re told breathlessly this quote is from an email to CBS written by the Health Resources Services Administration of the US.
We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.
I mean, you can’t make this stuff up. As I’ve commented over yon scribe, encephalopathy may be accompanied by blue eyes, blonde hair and bad breath but nor are these linked to vaccination. The statement is clarifying the very lie the author has attempted. Compensation for vaccine induced encephalitis for a child who also has autism, is not compensation for vaccine induced autism. Encephalitis can effect measles sufferers at a rate of at least one in 5,000. MMR vaccination presents a rate of less than one in 1 million. Given the size of the USA, UK and European populations we are going to see large numbers of children with encephalitis following vaccination.
Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis hits one in 8,000 children under two with measles. MMR vaccination yields zero cases. Measles causes death in one in 2,500 – 5,000 depending on age. MMR vaccination results in death in zero cases. 15% of SSPE children will die. SSPE can strike at a later age after measles resolves, and is often fatal. Still however, we have people feverishly working to allow these horrific realities to increase. Misinformation and lies are created and fed to people by deluded and insistent miscreants who cannot admit their error. Wakefield’s continued defence is testimony to the misled. But the perpetrators are something altogether more malignant.
So prevalent are people who keep doing this in the face of overwhelming evidence, and so unconscionable are their tactics we really need a new term to describe them. They represent the nadir of intellectual and humane evolution of our species at present, and thus deserve to be recognised. I propose Wakette.
As in “… well known Wakette, Meryl Dorey wrote a piece on Wakefield’s Kangaroo Court“. Or “… and in other news, over at Child Health Safety we read yet another typical Wakette piece that invents associations of hilarious proportions”. Or Erwin Alber…. er, no. Come to think of it I don’t want to Alber anything unless absolutely necessary. [group involuntary shudder]
For the record, Skeptard is lurking in the urban dictionary. Definition;
Any one who is blindly skeptical to the evidence around them, regardless of research done on any given topic, in addition to any one who refuses to do the research necessary, before jumping to conclusions.
So for Wakette we can propose;
Any person who continues to maintain that vaccines cause autism, despite being aware of the Wakefield fraud and the abundance of dissenting evidence, in addition to any person who sets out to misrepresent research to claim this link can be revived anew.
So let’s take Wakette for a test flight. Say in 15 years or so:
“Hey remember that Nimrod Weiner guy?”.
“Sort of, who was he again?”
“The wakette who didn’t even know where Wakefield’s fraudulent paper was published”.
“Oh, yeah… I remember him. What about him?”
“Saw him chirobusking* in the subway at Central Train Station”.
“Huh, figures. He had a carny gig at the travelling circus next to the fortune teller for a while”.
“Yeah, heard that too. Most of those wakette’s are history now”.
(High fives and laughter)
[* – “chirobusking” is the term given in future to chirpractors who busk alongside magicians, mimes, acrobats and musicians for small change. They have little fold up tables and have swapped white coats for coloured robes]
See! It works quite well. Plus serves as a handy mnemonic device. As the science of Wakettism improves we’ll be able to distinguish between Alpha Wakette’s like… er, Wakefield, or Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill (from Age of Autism), or dominant and submissive wakette’s. Dorey’s a rather dominant wakette on her Facebook page and the submissive wakette’s members just go along, knowing they’ll be banned if they happen to speak the truth or produce any evidence.
Then there’s loner wakettes who wish to be Alpha Wakettes. Here’s where our friend at Child Health Safety comes in. Master of deceit, obfuscation and pure invention with a talent for plumb conspiracy language you probably know the site.
Having a look at this will be the subject of my next post.
2 thoughts on “The Wakettes”
Just in time, Age of Autism published this little gem. [ For folk who are a little fuzzy on USian history, Medgar Evers was an American civil rights activist who was assassinated by a white supremacist in 1962. His assassination galvanized many white people to join in support of full civil rights for African-Americans.]
I wonder if that’s the sort of thing the family of NAACP activist Medgar Evers was told after he was mercilessly slaughtered in front of his children. While the government was not the perpetrator of this heinous crime, they certainly did little to deter it. And what did the British officials do to protect Dr. Andrew Wakefield when he dared challenge the MIC? He may still have breath in his lungs but Merck and their cousins at the BMJ along with their American media subsidiaries disemboweled him professionally. The GMC stripped him of his ability to practice in the mainstream medical community and destroyed his reputation among the scientific literati and the public at large. For what? Daring to bring to light a significant manufacturing flaw that is harming children worldwide. Unlike the iconic Medgar Evers, The Good Doctor didn’t intend on a life of activism. I am guessing Medgar knew with great certainty the great risks involved with his chosen path. Dr. Wakefield was simply a research physician across the pond who discovered an inconvenient truth. He accidentally became the face of a movement because he dared to believe that real science is still practiced in our medical institutions and research facilities. He dared to believe that those in power would do the right thing when faced with scientific truths. Autistic entercolitis is as real as gravity my doubting friends.
The destruction of Mr. Evers and his subsequent martyrdom was the impetus for meaningful change in America. For the first time people opened their eyes to the brutality that was a daily occurrence for people of color in the genteel south. When Dr. Wakefield spoke for the first time parents opened their eyes to the unchecked power of pharma and the medical community’s reckless disregard for our children’s health. The unfounded hatred by the KKK’s, Byron De La Beckwith, actually lead to the healing of a nation, the exact opposite of what he had intended when he pulled the trigger and ended Medgar’s life. The MIC and Dr. Wakefield’s superiors know this. They know hate is stupid and rash and makes bad decisions. Hate implies concern. They don’t care about the children. The don’t care what Dr. Wakefield asserts. They are not offended by his accurate, repeatable science–they simply need to make him stop talking. He has a tragic effect on profits.
The author of the above little gem is LJ Goes, an American woman and a Contributing Editor to the Age of Autism.
It’s fascinating – this delusional recurring theme of noble struggle against brutality and corruption. That’s quite a rant. Very AoA.