Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Confirmed: Anti-Vaxxers are Morons

Children who receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine are not at increased risk for autism, and that includes children who are sometimes considered to be in "high risk" groups for the neurodevelopmental disorder, a massive new study finds.
Even their children are recognizing that their anti-vaccine parents are imbeciles.

No matter how many times one can point out that correlation is not causation, it won't sink in. A professor I once knew used to use the example of there being almost a perfect correlation between the number of cancer cases and the number of telephone poles in one state. You'd have to be a complete idiot to then conclude that telephone poles cause cancer, but that's what the anti-vaxxers live.

Sometimes, bad shit happens. The anti-vaxxer cause is built on a lie by a charlatan. The old saying that "a lie travels around the world before the truth can pull on its boots" is appropriate.

Add to that the people who believe in conspiracies, such as chemtrails or, for example, the lunatics who think that the Navy's hospital ships trigger earthquakes, and the flat-earthers, and you have cohorts who are somewhat unhinged. Not helping are industries such as the oil companies (tetraethyl lead, climate change) and the tobacco companies (yes, that shit causes cancer) who pump hundreds of millions of dollars into propaganda campaigns that feed on conspiracy theories.

Then there are the states who are willing to accept the "religious exception" bullshit without requiring any level of evidence that the claimants are following any religious tenets, and we have kids who are unvaccinated because their parents, arguably, are nuts.

Their kids know they are nuts. We should listen to them.


gray fox said...

Speaking of flat earthrs ...


CenterPuke88 said...

Bill Zedler (TX Rep R-TX96), a retired medical consultant, “They want to say people are dying of measles. Yeah, in third-world countries they’re dying of measles. Today, with antibiotics and that kind of stuff, they’re not dying in America.”

dinthebeast said...

The retired medical consultant maybe doesn't know that measles is caused by a virus, and antibiotics kill bacteria?
Like the Hunter Thompson book where he gets the flu and pays a corrupt doctor to give him a penicillin shot. The doctor grumbled: "This won't help your flu at all, but it'll really play hell with any parasites you might have."

-Doug in Oakland

CenterPuke88 said...

Doug, you mean the guy pushing a bill to make vaccinations easier to avoid for school children? Yep, he’s an idiot.

dinthebeast said...

And now Rand Paul doesn't think they should be mandatory. Someone pointed out to me yesterday that you can't take your dog to the kennel without vaccinating it, so how is it OK to take your kids to school without them?

-Doug in Oakland