Yesterday, I wrote on Obradovic's latest mess of a piece over saving the vaccine program. There were very few comments at the time, but there are plenty of them now, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that most who bother to comment are vehemently and proudly anti-vaccine. The comments also prove that they may believe they have "educated" themselves on the situation while going on to spout garbage about not injecting vaccines directly into the bloodstream.
There are some things I didn't focus on yesterday that still stick sufficiently in my craw. Number inflation is one of them. One of their commentors noticed it as well. Obradovic says 40% of Americans aren't vaccinating. The commentor asks: "The e-mail said 4 percent of parents are selectively vaccinating or not vaccinating at all. Yet, the article says 40 percent. Is it 4 or 40%?" And overall, this commentor agrees with AoA.
CNN's Medical Managing Editor, Miriam Falco writes in March about a survey looking at parents and vaccinations. She notes: "11.5 percent refused at least one of the vaccines recommended for their child. Those who refused at least one vaccine for child appeared more concerned about newer vaccines, particularly vaccines that prevent HPV (the FDA approved Gardasil in 2006 and Cervarix in 2009)." That doesn't sound like 40%. In fact, Falco writes, "Even though more than 90 percent of parents believe that vaccinations are a good way to protect their children from disease, more than half of the parents also believe vaccines cause serious side effects, a new survey has found." See, really doesn't sound like 40%. If you have to manufacture and manipulate your numbers, as Obradovic and Katie Wright, heck all of the AoAers, for that matter, then your argument isn't sound, is it?
Obradovic writes: "Further, 1 in 20 families now has an affected child, with neighbors, grandparents, relatives and friends being eye witnesses to the regression and recovery of these children."
How the heck does 1 in 110 kids equate to 1 in 20 families? Really? Was there some newfangled math going on that lets Obradovic invent stuff wholesale?
They've got commentors over there writing things like "it is not logical to imagine that vaccines will ever be discontinued until the time when the King of Kings and Lord of Lords establishes his kingdom rulership over mankind" so the government should "in the meantime, removing the heavy metals and many other toxic ingredients, eliminating multiple doses, spreading out the vaccines, and reducing the schedule" for those who will disobey the "correctness of God's Laws."
And others who write "I don't think it's possible to green a vaccine. They are filthy and toxic" and follow it with "Also, the theory of herd immunity is just that...a theory. Have we ever seen studies that prove this theory?"
You have to appreciate those who are willing to speak their truth unequivocally so that you know they are unreachable: "I am ANTI-vaccine. I wear my "label" proudly. I make no apologies for my stance either." In an earlier comment, this commentor wrote: "I know damn well what happened to my child and NO ONE and I mean NO ONE, will ever tell me I'm wrong. I am a witness and my son is a silent witness."
When you know what you know and believe you have all the facts and that no one can convince you otherwise, there is no reasoning with you. There is only a line drawn in the sand.