Skepchick Quickies 11.13

Skepchick Quickies 11.13
Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. I clicked on that vaccination hoax link, hovered over the environment section and saw the word “chemtrails” I immediately closed that browser tab. There’s no way I’m reading that hogwash.

    • That’s what THEY want you to believe!

      *makes scary staring eyes

      On a more serious note, perhaps someone could post a link in the comments section to a good, easy to read, rebuttal website which supports vaccines?

      • There are a ton of magazine-style articles debunking the myths. The problem is, denialists simply refuse to believe any facts coming from the WHO, CDCP, or AAP.
        Here’s a quick provider guide, though I’m not sure if it’s what you’re asking for:
        http://www.sjhealthapp.org/

        For more in-depth debunking, you can go to sciencebasedmedicine.org and click ‘vaccines’ under categories on the sidebar.

      • There’s always the hard work of Elyse and her team of minions.

        • I tried to enlist as a minion (2nd class) in Elyse’s Reject Army of the Dorkosphere, but I never got the t-shirt :-(

  2. Amanda,

    Oh God no! I thought that thing with Uganda trying to pass a law executing people for being gay was over with. I should have realized that those bigoted, homophobic fanatics wouldn’t give up so easily!

  3. You know, for a person whining about how there’s no evidence of vaccinations working, they really don’t seem to be particularly assed about backing up their own claims.

  4. Wow, that anti-vaccine page is a hot load of horse dunk. I typically look askance at anything that uses fear as it motivation to keep reading, and then break out in laughter when it devolves “And YOU could be next!”

    They say: “But what if the very vaccination is able to cause the illness in the first place?” and I quickly realized that A) they don’t understand how immunization works, B) they are anti-science and pro-feel (as in, I feel that I will be okay if I swallow powdered glass.), and C) a bunch of angry people.

    The CDC is a great place for straight-forward SCIENCE-BASED info on vaccines. (I noticed someone mentioned wanting a link.)

    I can’t even deal with the Uganda laws. Just horrific.

  5. I hope the Uganda story is covered more. The “Christmas” reference is pretty messed-up.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20318436

  6. Although I’m not an expert on this, I believe that Africa was not particularly homophobic until Christians and Muslims introjected their homophobia into Africa. If we are worried about this radical homophobia ending in mass murders, then we should crack the symbolic language code in which the mythology of religion is written. And then we should prove to others that that is the real foundation of fundamentalism in those religions. The code was tweaked to fight propaganda wars, and later generations did not realize how they had been mentally programmed. The only thing they retained from the propaganda was an extreme idolatry of patriarchal heterosexual marriage, and an extreme hatred of non-heterosexual non-sexist non-patriarchal marriages.
    Marriage itself is a deity-cosmology ritual based on the role of procreation in creation stories. It is an evolved ritual ultimately based on rituals and symbolic language that existed before people knew their fathers.

  7. I wonder if Wake-up world is run by the Natural News folks…

    Love the climate change article. I know people like that.

  8. The WUW site is scary. I immediately looked for the 9/11 conspiracy page and was actually disappointed that they didn’t have one.

    If it wasn’t so serious a thing I’d say fine, have at it, die from preventable diseases. Sadly they wouldn’t and aren’t the only ones to suffer.

    I had someone on facebook freaking out on me just last week over getting the flu shot. She also sent me a link today to “Top healing foods that stop ovarian cancer in its tracks!” (Yes it was the Natural News site) She believes this stuff.

    I laughed at her because she takes vitamins which I have always given the stinkeye for being *usually* unnecessary.

  9. I saw a page recently about the vaccines purportedly not being introduced until the diseases were already on their way down. It cited an organization called National Health Foundation and their (NHF) site listed US Vital Statistics as their source. I went to the CDC to find the vital statistics. However, although the graphs show data going back to about 1880, I wasn’t able to find vital statistics before about 1920. Does anyone know if there is actually any data about the rates of these diseases before 1920? I’m just trying to figure out where they got their data from. It looked to me like they made it up.

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