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Visitor--The opposition is on the left. It is where their arrogance and profound ignorance combine to produce overconfidence in their belief---typified in "I Love Science" slogans without any attempt to qualify or understand what their slogan means. Leah and David-- I don't know absolutely the age of all the members of Congress that voted to invade Iraq based on lies had the on-going horrific consequences in injuries and death, but whether its health care, vaccinations, gmos, or whose children, siblings or parents will be put in harms way, the same Congress is still voting on these matters. The Leahs, Davids, and Michaels don't matter to the industrial-complex forces that define the corporatocracy that currently define our country. One thing is for certain, we are in this battle for the long haul and soul of this country.
Hi Leah, that's in Florida isn't it? I bet you've heard that one before. I attended the 2000 Third International Conference on Vaccinations, sponsored by NVIC and held just across the Potomac from DC, as I recall. Besides Dr. Andrew Wakefield being honored, Congressman Dan Burton, R-from Indiana spoke. Of course he had skin in the game because of vaccination damage to his grandson. I was a democrat then. I remember asking NVIC's Kathi Williams, "Where are the Democrats", and Kathi responded, "There aren't any". Go figure. 2017, there still aren't any Democrats. Go figure, but thank God or Dan Olmstead or Kim, AOA and the Rebel Alliance. I stopped being a D some years ago, and been a Green when it made since and been Republican when I saw the need in an election. Next time I change voter registration I will officially declare party affiliation--Rebel Alliance-- which would likely encompass many who read AOA. I remember clearly when NPR became National Pharma Radio. I remember Dan's piece on NPR, "What Happened to My Beloved NPR?" No Leah, your boyfriend should not loose the health care he is receiving for cancer so the wealthy can acquire more wealth. I try to live simply so that others may simply live. Don't force me into the western medicine approach to health/health care or "the prevention aspects" embodied in the ACA or anything now that Congress is considering. Trust but verify, who said that, Ronald Reagan. I pretty much live by that.
Thanks to Bob Moffat to alerting me to this book a week or so ago. I have noted that there have been no book reviews or even a mention of the book from the left, at least that I can find. Brietbart had an excerpt and its clear the left just cannot handle the truth. National Pharma Radio had this the other day Its a study conducted by a marketing professor. There are multiple implications and applications that can be teased out. GREENE: Well, that's interesting. So there's a general laziness that can be a problem, but also this group factor comes in when you know someone else is there. You see them or you're on social media with them, you expect that they might do the fact checking. If you're alone, maybe you have to do it yourself. VEDANTAM: Precisely. Now, psychologists have sometimes talked about an effect known as the bystander effect where people in a group will sometimes hesitate to step forward and do something important because each person thinks someone else will step forward and do what's needed. But Johar found that was not the case here. People in groups simply seem to let their guard down.
@ Jenny "Unfortunately my grandson has problems swallowing pills..." Do you or anyone know if this is common "difficulty swallowing pills" in ASD or is it more common today than it was in previous decades? Thanks,
I took some liberty and edited Dimon's quote just a bit. “That’s not [genetics] folks. That’s a huge number,” Dimon said Tuesday in a conference call hosted by the round table. “There is something wrong.”
I missed this excellent article and Visitor addendums when it was first published in 2015 and the only way I knew about it was the "Visitor" link in the sidebar comments.
Puliyel's conclusion: As mentioned earlier there is nothing sacrosanct about the original Brighton Classification ( but one has to evaluate the two schemes (Brighton vs CIOMS) from the point of view of patient safety to see which scheme would react to rare vaccine related adverse reaction signals early. “The causality scheme that insists on calling all reactions as ‘indeterminate’ or ‘inconsistent/coincidental’ just because they were not noticed in the original small clinical trials, undermines the very raison d'être of post marketing surveillance. Patient safety (meaning protecting patients) rather than vaccine safety (protecting vaccines) should be more important.” Yes the whole vaccination construct is consciously treated as 'sacrosanct'--to important to be interfered with--which means there are no true placebos, no follow ups, no justice, no scrutiny by independent knowledgeable unconflicted experts, etc. The vaccination construct is that vaccination injuries will be written off as any but vaccinations. As Bob Moffit says, "The Band Plays On.," and casualties pile up, treated as road kill and media conveniently insist that we look away.
@Martin Yes we are indeed fortunate to have John Stone. And....we are indeed fortunate to have Martin Walker--"Science is the New Politics" You are both champions. "The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy. Alex Carey.1 As the result of the political situation and the frightful, not to say diabolical, triumphs of science, we are shaken by secret shudders and dark forebodings. C. G. Jung.2 Forget party MPs, vote science MPs Mark Henderson.3
I've come to the sad and cynical conclusion that the only thing that has has no adverse effects on this planet that man gets involved in is music, with the exception of hearing loss at Led Zeppilin concert's.* And that's all I got to say about that. *No I'm not beating up on Led Zepplin!
OFFIT: Vaccines are the best of two worlds. What they do is they induce roughly the same immune response that are induced by natural infection without having to pay the price of natural infection. Natural infection doesn't cause anaphylaxis.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2017 on Offit and His Critics: Part 1 at AGE OF AUTISM
Twilah's voice is desperately needed at the IACC. IACC has been a waste and Twilah should be chairing it.
Bob Moffit--Thanks for the tip on Sharyl Attkisson's new book : When you read this excerpt you can substitute Andrew Wakefield's name or the names Jon Oliver and the rest of media smear. When you wrote Jon Stewart you really meant Jon Oliver...or not???
I'm always sober when I read AoA, but this is none-the-less...sobering. "Praise the lord and pass the ammunition." Vive la Revolution.
And John Oliver would say as a part of his rant, "although I don't live in Flint, I have driven to Flint, filled up jugs of Flint water and my premature baby will have all her formula mixed with 100% Flint water."
John Oliver just joined the really Shmucked Up list.
Anne Dachel's article today on autism's booming industry makes reference to this foundation which is built upon one mother's son (Chase Bailey) who is somewhere on the ASD spectrum. Without trying to sound judgemental Mary Bailey has built by appearances a "successful" business model built on Chase Bailey's particular autism. There couldn't be a better juxtaposition to the Jennifer Flintons of the autism worlds. Huffington Post allows the Mary Bailey's a spot because that's the autism for prime time mainstream America to see so we can live in our collective denial, not the Jennifer Flinton's because it challenges the narrative marketed by every institution telling us to not look at the human wreckage this swept-under-the-rug-broken-children epidemic is extracting. Yes the Chase Bailey autism looks good, they have a whole website dedicated to his future and those like him. For too many like Jennifer won't have a board of directors with a philanthropists at their beck and call. For the too many like Jennifer there is Age of Autism and thank God there is. Jennifer, don't give up!
Best news I've read in a long, long time.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2017 on Let's Kindle an Idea for Autism at AGE OF AUTISM
Teresa Conrick has assembled and explained more science in the quest for curing and preventing autism in all of its manifestations than all of the years and millions of dollars spent by the IACC and Autism Speaks combined, period. Shame on IACC and Autism Speaks. Bravo Teresa Conrick.
John, I think just as they are doing in London, and throwing the causalities of pharma-medicine under the bus, the US is doing or planning to do the same. It is their only recourse because of the mess they ( the all encompassing "they) have created. This Washington Post article clearly points out that when you break people one by one in the same family over multiple generations, you can't fix it, you just just medicate and give them some bare subsistence. The subsistence won't be there for very much longer. "They" have broken this country. ""
I wonder why the neurodiversity crowd conveniently tolerates Francis Collins since he refers to autism as "....... developmental brain disorder" in the 2015 article.
It is the words of Ted Kennedy's eulogy to his brother Bobby that keep me committed: "My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it."
The liars-in-chief seemed resemble the designated hitters in baseball. Lets see, who hasn't been the designated "hit piece" liar for a while. Why IOM's Marie "slam-the-door" McCormick. They rotate in and out of the line-up. From the 2004 IOM "slam-the-door on vaccination safety and research" Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. In the executive summary is this: “In the committee’s first report, which reviewed the hypothesized causal association between the MMR vaccine and autism (IOM, 2001a), the committee concluded that the evidence at the time favored rejection of a causal relationship at the population level between MMR vaccine and autism. The committee’s conclusion did not exclude the possibility that MMR could contribute to autism in a small number of children because the epidemiological studies lacked sufficient precision to assess rare occurrences; it was possible, for example, that epidemiological studies would not detect a relationship between autism and MMR vaccination in a subset of the population with a genetic predisposition to autism. The biological models for an association between MMR and autism were not established but nevertheless not disproved.” This is exactly what Thompson's data showed a "subset of the population"--black males and by biologically plausible genetic extension Somalis. Marie McCormick--Today's designated "liar-in-chief"
Harvard MD I was not familiar with the term "gas-lighting". I am now and I think it is accurate and descriptive. How many of the usual suspects come to mine when reading the next couple of paragraphs, in addition to the dangerous fraudster of Marie McCormick. "Gaslighting is one of the most extreme, dangerous and effective forms of emotional and psychological abuse and is mostly carried out intentionally. Gaslighting is a game of mind control and intimidation that is often used by narcissists and sociopaths as a way of controlling, confusing and debilitating someone." "One of the main reasons we may not recognize it is that many of us will fail to believe those we trust and love are capable of manipulating us (it is this denial that keeps the dynamic going.) Also, the gaslighter will most likely be highly skilled at covering their tracks, keeping things subtle and being a skilled master or mistress of deception."
@ Curt From the 1950 Merck Manual of Diseases: Measles Prognosis Measles usually is a benign infection with a low mortality rate and one attack apparently confers lifelong immunity. However, the disease ma 3 ^ be followed, particularly in infants, by bronchopneumonia and other bacterial infections which may be fatal. Postmeaslcs encephalitis, which also may be fatal, occurs only about once in 1,200 to 1,500 cases I will let the above paragraph speak for itself. The parents I know who have read extensively the medical literature and declined the MMR do so expecting their child will succumb to the "often" but not always benign infection, but those parents usually possess knowledge and skills of other medical modalities/philosophies that will support a child's immune system as they experience measles and recover with "I believe" a more robust immune system for whatever immunologic challenges lie ahead. We all want healthy children to grow up to become healthy adults. I am going to "speculate" that some parents who decline the MMR might do the measles component, but decline the mumps and rubella. Accepting the premise that measles can be either benign for some and not innocuous for others, breaking the MMR to individual components and allowing parents to exercise informed consent on timing and selection of which antigen, certainly would be a welcomed change in federal policy which is what Dr. Wakefield suggested should be done. One-size-does-not-fit-all in any other area of medicine except in vaccinations. My two cents.
NPR carried this story on English learners being denied special education services: "In 2004, the Texas Education Agency told districts to restrict special education enrollment to 8.5 percent of all students. At the time, Texas' average was close to the national rate of 13 percent." The story featured a Spanish speaking student with ADHD, hearing loss in both ears, and needing speech therapy. We will continue to throw kids under the bus and they will become the growing population of the "uncounted and don't matter".