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A perfect tool for the JABS contingent

I guess I’m just going to have to face it. I’m entering a period of lots of vaccine blogging again. After all, Jenny McCarthy’s book is coming out this month, and I’ve heard rumblings that she’s scheduled to be on the undisputed Queen of Woo Oprah Winfrey’s TV show later this month; so beware. Already in some bookstores is Paul Offit’s book Autism’s False Prophets, and there’s little doubt that the antivaccination smear machine is gearing up to slime him as hard as they can.

It’s going to be a depressingly busy fall on the antivax front.

I keep hoping I can take an extended break from this particular topic. After all, even I get tired and demoralized rebutting the same nonsense again and again and again. I’ve been at it for over three years now. It’s all so repetitive, too. In fact, whenever I have an invasion of antivax trolls, their blather is so similar that I think their comments are computer-generated.

Now I know that they might be.

You know, the results generated by this tool above are indistinguishable from comments from real anti-vaccinationists. A fun exercise might be to use the Jabs-O-Tron for a little fun in discussion forums and see if real antivaccinationists can tell if it’s a joke. In the meantime, I’m going to try to avoid the topic for a at least a few days, if not longer. I need to recharge my batteries and be ready for the onslaught that I know will be coming soon, and dwelling on other topics is a good way to accomplish that. I can only hope the antivaccine activists will let me.

I’m not optimistic on that score.

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.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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