Our next President will most likely be stupid

Orac has a nice rejoinder to David Kirby’s recent article, which contained the following disheartening, if not unsurprising news:

Senator Hillary Clinton, in response to a questionnaire from the autism activist group A-CHAMP, wrote that she was “Committed to make investments to find the causes of autism, including possible environmental causes like vaccines.” And when asked if she would support a study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children, she said: “Yes. We don’t know what, if any, kind of link there is between vaccines and autism – but we should find out.”And now, yesterday, at a rally in Pennsylvania, Barack Obama had this rather surprising thing to say:

“We’ve seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it’s connected to the vaccines. This person included. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it.”

(Note: The Washington Post reports that when Obama said “this person,” he pointed to someone who had asked an autism question).

Orac contends (and I agree) that the problem isn’t the answers themselves, but rather that they answered at all (his notes and links, not mine):

In essence, both candidates accepted some of the major pillars of the mercury militia’s fantasies as being true. These include claims that:

  • there is an autism “epidemic.” (Arguably, there is very likely not.)
  • there is a scientific controversy over whether vaccines cause autism. (There really isn’t; it’s a so-called manufactured controversy. There is no good evidence that vaccines cause autism, David Kirby’s bloviations and pontifications otherwise notwithstanding. Multiple large epidemiological studies have failed to find even a hint of a convincing link, and the publicizing of the Hannah Poling case as some sort of “smoking gun” by antivaccinationists is nothing more than a rebranding of autism and more evidence of the incredibly shrinking vaccine claim.)
  • that vaccines are somehow unsafe or that children are “overvaccinated” and eceive too many vaccines. (Again, there is no good evidence that either of these is the case.)

And of course, John McCain is even worse.

8 thoughts on “Our next President will most likely be stupid

  1. Again with you and the vaccines. Don’t forget that politicians have to cater to idiots to get elected. I’m sure that a two-time Ivy League grad won’t cater to alarmists after he gets elected. I’m not so sure about McCain.

  2. but i like beating dead horses! especially when the dead horses rise from the grave as zombie horses and start eating peoples’ brains.

  3. Hi Ali

    The best bit of Science Fiction I’ve read this morning.

    eceive and bloviation have as much significance ot the English Language as this piece has any Scientific relevance to fact.

    Thimerosal has been filmed destroying brain cells at the level in one vaccine when evenly diluted through the whole body.

    There is in fact a transport mechanism that drives the mercury into the brain, changes it to inorganic mercury and lets it catalytically destroy your brain cells.

    While this might not happen to Orac or Ali I am not sure why they want young or old folk to be injected with this bullshit?

    Perhaps they are part of some population control programme?

    John Fryer MSc BSc PGCE MRIC chemist and researcher (real name not blog or cover up name)

  4. I’d be very interested to see the research article that contains this evidence. Otherwise I’ll consider your statement baseless and irrelevant.

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