Vaccination

Whack-Job Wednesday: Anti-Vaxxers Compare Themselves to Holocaust Victims and other Persecuted Minorities Throughout History

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It’s been a while since I wrote something  but I noticed a very disturbing trend in the past few weeks ever since the shit hit the fan at Disneyland.

Due to the recent backlash against the anti-science, anti-progress, misanthropic scum known as anti-vaxxers, they have now resorted to comparing the criticism against them to the suffering Jews experienced during the Holocaust, the denial of civil rights blacks experienced in the Jim Crow era South and to the McCarthyist witch-hunts of the 1950’s. Just when you thought this vile bunch of fuckwits couldn’t get any fucking lower, they pull the persecution card. I guess it’s easy to whine about being repressed from the comfort of your home, exercising your freedumz on social media while eating a gluten-free, non-GMO, heirloom Kale muffin.

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I’m not going to do much writing in this post. I will let the anti-vaxxers show how absolutely repugnant they are in their own words. The following evidence proves that not only are anti-vaxxers scientifically illiterate lacking any understanding in basic scientific concepts, but they also have absolutely no historical awareness.

Because getting vaccinated is just like being shipped off to Auchwitz in a crowded train to die:Nazisymbol

Holocaust denial in the same thread:

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I thought “training camps” were for the Jets and Giants:
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On US media coverage of the measles outbreaks:

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I don’t even understand what this person is trying to say:

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Just add the word Nazi to your non-sensical point if you’re an anti-vaxxer:nazivaccine

 

From the Australian Vaccination Network, hijacking the American Civil Rights movement. (Contrary to their name, they are an anti-vax group):

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According to the perpetual moronic Glenn Beck, anti-vaxxers are being treated as Galileo was when he published the heliocentric view. Well, except Galileo was right:

 

The Healthy Home Economist aka Giant Smug Twat-Waffle is no stranger to over-dramatic comparisons that paint anti-vaxxers into victims. When facts and science fail to win people to your side, cry that the enemy is trying to burn you at the stake:

“Why am I declining interview requests about a topic I am extremely passionate about? I am deeply concerned about the media feeding frenzy that is surrounding this measles outbreak story that is creating a witchhunt and a burn ‘em at the stake mentality regarding vaccine skeptics in general, but most specifically, parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.”

She also says something ridiculous about medical fascism in her poorly written, whiny and long scree. See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/declined-appearance-doctors-tv-show/#sthash.dJ5Ely8Y.dpuf

 

If you’re an anti-vaxxer, you can always compare your so-called suffering to that of the ultimate sufferer, Jesus H. Christ

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When all else fails, accuse Mexicans of bringing over diseases because it’s all Obama’s fault–he wants all non-Muslims dead or imprisoned or in a FEMA camp or to have Autism. I really wish these idiots would get their conspiracies straight.

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The Baron and the Woo-heads

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I love reading about psychological conditions and how the human mind works.  I am fascinated with disorders such as Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Histrionic Personality Disorder, and how these conditions affect individuals and the people around them. One psychological condition that is equally fascinating and horrifying is Baron von Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (BVMP). This is where a parent or caregiver seeks attention and sympathy through the intentional medical abuse of his/her child. I’m being fair and politically correct here because most people with BVMP are women and hence, mothers. These mothers seek constant medical treatments and often intentionally make their kids sick to perpetuate the lie that the child is chronically ill.

The issue of BVMP has come up recently in the case of Lacey Spears, a self-proclaimed mommy blogger and rejector of  science-based medicine. Before the birth of her son, she had a long history of compulsive lying and story telling. One example of her outrageous lies was when she claimed a boy she nannied was her own child, even using the child’s image on her Myspace page and captioning his pictures with such phrases as, “Hey there mommy Lacey”.

For the five years her own son was on this earth, he was sick. It started with constant ear infections and 23 visits to the hospital in the first year of his life. Garnett (Lacey’s son) was put on feeding tubes because of a “failure to thrive”. Lacey Spears chronicled every last detail of Garnett’s medical issues on social media, where she received an outpouring of sympathy and attention for her plight. This is why BVMP do what they do. They thrive on the attention and in the age of the internet, this level of attention increases exponentially with every like and share.

How was Lacey Spears able to get away with her crimes for so long? For one, she moved frequently during her son’s short life. Another reason could be disbelief; no one wants to believe a mother would harm her own child simply for the attention. However, I believe the most important reason why Garnett is no longer with us and suffered needlessly at the hands of his BVMP mother is because of the popularity of the alternative medicine movement, especially online.

Lacey sought out “holistic” doctors who would most likely not question why her son was so sick all the time. She moved to an “organic and alternative lifestyle commune” in NYC’s northern suburbs, where she could hide away and not have to account for her behavior. Finally, Lacey received the attention she craved from an online community of parents, self-proclaimed experts and FAUX medical professionals (i.e. naturopaths and chiropractors) who believe that science-based medicine, chemtrails, fluoride, non-organic food and vaccines are killing our children slowly. (What a terrible irony that Lacey was the one who was killing her child slowly). In a  June 2012 Facebook post, Lacey proclaimed the following:

“No (Garnett) does not watch tv, drink purple kook-aid (sic), eat ice cream or consume sugar of any form… He isn’t vaccinated, doesn’t follow western medicine “

It is my hypothesis that Lacey’s BVMP  is much more prevalent in the online alternative medicine/anti-vax/anti-science community. It is my belief that many of these anti-science moms either suffer from intense maternal narcissism, and/or some varying degree of Munchausen by Proxy–most not as severe as Lacey Spears’ but enough to where it is causing psychological harm to their children and might be causing physical harm.

Go to any anti-vaccine Facebook page and you will see moms like Lacey everyday; moms who claim their children’s myriad health issues–everything from eczema, asthma and autism–are caused by science-based medicine and science-based nutrition. How many times have you seen stories of “immediate vaccine injury” and not think the parent was just-a-wee bit exaggerating her story? I saw a woman claim she knew her daughter was vaccine injured because “as soon as the poisons were injected into (her little snowflake) she let out a blood curdling scream.” Um, yeah–pretty much every kid does that when he gets a needle put inside him. I know quite a few adults who do too.

On pages such as My Child’s Vaccine Reaction, you read of heartbreaking stories of kids succumbing to SIDS and the mother blaming the child’s recent DTap vaccination. And do you know what else you will see when these parents discuss their children’s health issues or death? An outpouring of  sympathy from their online community. Even if you know the kid’s health problems and/or death was not caused by vaccines, you’d be a real douchebag to question a grieving mother, right?

And how many kids are being harmed? How many kids are being subjected to pediatric chiropractic to cure a strep throat? How many kids are needlessly going through torturous chelation therapies to “detox” themselves from vaccines? How many kids are being given belladonna instead of Tylenol for a fever because their mom thinks Tylenol is “the red liquid of death”? How many kids are going to suffer through months of whooping-cough to satisfy their mother’s endless need for attention?

I think we need to hold the alternative health death community accountable for the harboring of terrible, awful people such as Lacey Spears. It is time to re-examine cases that sound all to familiar to Garnett’s case before we lose another beautiful child like him; a beautiful child who had no say in who his parents were and who had the unfortunate luck of having Lacey Spears as a mother. We need to speak for children like Garnett.

Written in Garnett Spear’s memory and in the memory of all the victims of child abuse.

Sources/Links for further reading:

Losing Garnett. A multi-part piece on the Garnett Spears case:

http://archive.lohud.com/article/99999999/LONGFORM01/399990221

NY Times article on the case:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/nyregion/lacey-spears-charged-with-fatal-poisoning-of-her-5-year-old-son.html?hpw&rref=nyregion&_r=1

Detailed explanation of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy:

http://allpsych.com/journal/munchausen.html

Lacey seeks holisitc doctors for Garnett:

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/rockland/2014/03/27/lacey-spears-used-holistic-doctor-garnett-south-nyack/6982371/

 

Take Your First World Problems and Move to a Third World Country.

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This post is for people (such as anti-vaxxers) who seem to think this world was a better place “back in the day”; before medicine, modern technology and government regulation.

When women and brown people knew their place.

When leeches and ether were regarded as medicine.

When work days were at least 16 hours long and the workplace was a deathtrap.

When developmentally disabled people were locked away in deplorable institutions.

When abortions were done in back-rooms with unsterilized equipment. (Yes, moron… Women will still seek out abortions even if you make it illegal!)

When homosexuals stayed in the closet

When we got diseases like polio, smallpox and diphtheria the natural way!

This post is for you ASSHOLES!

Throw away the smart phone, abandon the wi-fi and give your Uggs away to the Good Will. Don’t pack anything except you and the rest of your smiling, well-fed, unvaccinated brood and hop on the first non-stop flight to Jalalabad. From Jalalabad, take a rickety-ass bus and drive about 8 hours to a remote village in the mountains; one where there is no doctor or Walgreens, no Facebook to bitch about how much you hate the homo-gays and plenty of vaccine preventable diseases circling around.

Your children would be forced into work by the age of 9 to support the family–the ones that aren’t permanently disabled or dead from polio. You see, the religious zealots in control of your village killed some health workers trying to give your kids free vaccines–because vaccines are part of an American-Zionist plot to kill you.  You’d have to marry your 12-year-old daughter off because you need the money. Your husband would be executed for homosexuality simply because he had a men’s underwear catalogue lying around the shack. Wouldn’t a world free of vaccines, homosexuals and labor laws be wonderful? This beautiful and exciting family adventure can be all yours!

Do you know why parents in third world countries don’t turn down vaccines?

1) They know what it’s like to have loved ones affected by a vaccine preventable disease. They don’t have “choices” or “options” when it comes to raising their children except life and death.

2) Because they are smarter than you and know vaccines save lives. They also know vaccines don’t cause autism, eczema, ADHD, IBS, restless legs syndrome, SIDS and Exotropia. Even if it did, they would rather deal with autism and eczema than bury their child–because they are smarter than you.

They also don’t turn down genetically modified food either BECAUSE THEY ARE FUCKING STARVING!

That muffin has genetically modified gluten in it”, said NO hungry child EVER!!!!!! What an awesome time and place we must live in if we can be so picky about our food!

In all seriousness, this post is aimed at trying to get you to think about someone other than yourself and your immediate family. So the next time you want to complain on the internet from your centrally air-conditioned McMansion about how hard your life is because the school won’t accept your child’s bullshit vaccine exemption or how the kids’ cafeteria serves GM food, picture yourself in that remote Afghani village. Think about all the people who don’t have access to the same luxuries as you do. Realize how great your life is. And it’s great because of science, medicine, technology, education, unions, and government laws & regulations!

She Blinded Me With Bullshit–The Death of Science In America.

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Both Jesus and Bob Barker agree–spay and neuter your pet dinosaurs!

Have you tried to have a REAL scientific discussion with someone these days? Has their lack of scientific knowledge and foundations astounded you? Tired of explaining basic biology and the scientific method to people? You are not alone. Welcome to an America of scientific illiterates.

There has been a serious backlash against anything science in America in the past 25 years. You’d think that as we became more technically savvy, we’d become more scientifically literate; but the opposite has happened. I often ponder the reasons why this phenomenon exists and I’ve come up with two theories which I believe contribute to our lack of scientific knowledge.

1) Putting too much value on personal opinions.  When I taught, they wanted us to get the kids to give their opinions on things and events (I taught history), which I did–when it was appropriate. For example: Was the United States justified in using nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Give your opinion and cite VALID reasons for your opinion. Most of the time, opinions don’t mean shit–especially when you are dealing with very concrete subjects such as history, math and science.

Much to the chagrin of my supervisors, I corrected kids who spouted their misinformed opinions regarding history in my classroom. We can’t be afraid to tell kids they’re wrong about certain things. (No Timmy–Martin Luther King JR. did not write the 95 Theses). It won’t damage their psyche and in fact, they will learn the correct information that will enable them to become an informed adult. Due to this extra value being placed on opinions in the classroom (even when the opinion is the most preposterous horse-shit you ever heard), we now have a generation of ignorant adults who think their opinions constitute as fact and should be taught as such; a population of adults in which thirty-three percent deny human evolution.

You want to believe aliens built the pyramids, fine. But that’s not what the evidence says. You want to deny evolution because you’re too arrogant to admit we evolved from animals. Fine. That’s not what 99.9% of all biologists say. You think vaccines are toxic and cause Autism, good for you. But that’s not what the majority of scientists say and I hope your kid doesn’t contract polio and hate you for the rest of your life because your opinion trumped his health and safety.

Just because the science doesn’t validate your opinions, does not make it wrong. A scientific consensus is important because it represents reproducibility of data. It’s much more than just that people agree on something. It means specific things have been verified through repeated observation and experimentation. This is how scientific facts such as evolution and the efficacy of vaccines are established. Tough tuchus!

2) The religious right in this country has been quite successful at infiltrating science and public education over the past 25 years. To skirt their way around the constitution which states, “…congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”, they have packaged creationism (the belief the world is 6,000 years old, Jesus had pet dinosaurs and Noah’s Ark was not a cool story but really happened) as an “alternative scientific theory.”

And many Americans are buying it. I hear people say things like, “Well, the people should vote on what should be taught and if they vote for creationism, so be it” Well, the people are fucking wrong–and stupid. We are talking about the same population that voted Glen Beck as the fourth most admirable man in the world, where 41% believe in ESP and 25% think we won our independence from a country other than Britain. You want these same people who’ve been cheated out of a decent science education for the past 25 years voting on the science curriculum? Science curriculum should be determined by scientists and science teachers, not put up for a vote like the next American Idol. I could just imagine if the people voted on history curriculum what it would look like–Aliens penning the Declaration of Independence, vampire hunters freeing the slaves, dinosaurs marching for equality on Washington… You get the point.

When it comes to science and history, especially science and history education, your opinion only matters when it can be backed up with evidence and facts. It only matters when it can be proven and verified by a number of respected members in the field. You can’t make shit up to fit your personal beliefs and insist your made up shit should be taught to children as “alternate theories”.

Creationism/Intelligent Design is not science. It is religion masked as science. The scientific consensus says, Creationism is bullshit and there is no REAL scientific evidence to verify it. Keep it out of my schools!

The result:

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“According to the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, in 2006 the United States ranked twenty-ninth in student performance in science.”

(Thank you to my friends at The Anti-Vax Wall of Shame for some of the scientific information in this article)

Just F’n Stop It. Your First World Problems are not Comparable to Trying to Survive in a Nazi Death Camp.

Godwin's Law: (from urban dictionary) A term that originated on Usenet, Godwin's Law states that as an online argument grows longer and more heated, it becomes increasingly likely that somebody will bring up Adolf Hitler or the Nazis. When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Godwin's Law has effectively forfeited the argument.

Godwin’s Law: (from urban dictionary)
A term that originated on Usenet, Godwin’s Law states that as an online argument grows longer and more heated, it becomes increasingly likely that somebody will bring up Adolf Hitler or the Nazis. When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Godwin’s Law has effectively forfeited the argument.

Just stop comparing your first world problems and everything you don’t like or agree with to Nazi Germany. I have seen it mostly done in vaccination debates; the whack job AVers will compare the CDC’s vaccine schedule to Nazi Germany in just about every thread regarding vaccination.

Okay…I get it.  You don’t want to vaccinate you or your kids.  That’s your choice. Hopefully, your kids will not get vaccine preventable disease and/or suffer debilitating side effects because you wanted to be an ignorant, science-denying asshole. However, it is arrogant and completely self-centered to compare getting a vaccine to the suffering Jews endured under the Nazi occupation of Europe. (Yes . Others were persecuted by the Nazis, but the first step of holocaust denial is the failure to recognize that it was a program specifically aimed at eliminating European Jewry!)

I’ve seen the Nazi Germany comparison thousands of times on social media. Obama-care is not like Nazi Germany. Phil Robertson being banned from A & E is not like Nazi Germany. Jennifer Lawrence winning another Golden Globe, although baffling, is not comparable to Nazi Germany. Here is my advice to the little cunts that compare their “suffering” to Nazi Germany:

Go back in time and  live in Nazi Germany or Nazi occupied Poland–and as a Jew too, not a gentile. Then come back to 2014 (if you haven’t been shot into a mass grave or gassed to death) and tell a holocaust survivor with a straight face that getting a vaccine or Obama-care is comparable to what the Nazis did.

Yeah. That’s what I thought.