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Serious antivaccinationist stupidity in Winona, MN

It’s late, and I’m working on tomorrow’s installment of Your Friday Dose of Woo; so I don’t have the time to give this particularly dumb guest editorial Think twice before you vaccinate your child in the Winona Daily News, which is packed full of antivaccinationist lies and pseudoscience, a proper dose of the not-so-Respectful Insolence that it deserves. Suffice it to say that, while denying that they are antivaccination (as all antivaccinationists do), writers Jim and Laurie Jenkinson then go on to prove exactly the opposite by spewing an amazing collection of idiocy, including citing Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Boyd Haley, as well as invoking the purely antivaccinationist “toxins” distortion and praising Jenny McCarthy. They even go on to praise DAN! doctors and say the most over-the-top thing I’ve ever heard about vaccines:

Little did we know that our son received lethal doses of neurotoxins (thimerosal, aluminum and formaldehyde to name just a few) in his immunizations.

The stupid, it goes supernova.

It’s getting depressing. There’s so much of this stuff out there. I don’t want the main topic of this blog to be refuting antivaccinationists, but lately there seems to be such a sustained uptick of activity on that front that I feel as though it’s taken over and pushed out other topics. In any case, some letters to the editor telling him or her just how full of misinformation and pseudoscience this editorial is would be one small act that anyone can do.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

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