Last Thursday, I appeared on World Science Festival panel titled “Telling Stories in Print and on the Web. ” (Here’s a great write up–with illustrations!) After the event, an audience member chastised me for ignoring the evidence that vaccines cause autism — and repeatedly cited Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 retracted, disgraced, never-replicated study in The Lancet as proof.
It’s incredible to me that Wakefield remains such a hero to the anti-vaccine movement — and that he continues to be taken seriously be anyone.
This Saturday, Andrew Wakefield will be one of the featured speakers at a rally in Dublin, Ireland titled “The Masterplan: The Hidden Agenda for a Global Scientific Dictatorship.”
These are the event’s other speakers:
Luke Rudkowski: Another Truther. Rudkowski’s fame stems from an incident where he shouted down Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as President Carter’s National Security Advisor, at a Council of Foreign Relations event: “You are CFR scum. You are CFR and New World Order scum. You and David Rockefeller will never have a new world order.”
Jim Corr: He claims that 9/11 was “the nexus doorway into the bigger picture, being the push towards global governance, the formation of an elite run totalitarian One World Government with the subjugated masses underneath”
Alan Watt: He believes the government and the media are conspiring to exert mind control on the population — and cites the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” as proof of his theory.
Walter Graham: An anti-fluoridationist who has this to say about the fluoridation of drinking water in Ireland: “In 1976 Margaret Thatcher suggested fluoride for Northern Ireland. German research shows fluoride has mind-controlling properties. It made people lethargic. Remember, Mrs Thatcher has a chemistry degree. So why should she suggest fluoride for Northern Ireland?’”
F. William Engdahl: Engdahl says that global warming and the theory that oil has a biological origin are scare tactics “by powerful vested interests to convince the world to sacrifice [so] that they remain in control of the events of this planet.”
Memo to the parents (and the press): The next time someone tells you the MMR vaccine causes autism (or pitches you a story on the “controversy” over the measles vaccine and autism), remember — this is the man whose discredited, debunked research is the source for all of that.
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