Mumps the word

Mumps the word

Mumps the word

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Oct. 30 2009 12:00 PM

Mumps the word

Hey, antivaxxers! I just wanted to send you guys a quick note of thanks for all the work you do.

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For example, that whole thing about getting mumps to resurge due to lower vaccinations rates in the UK? That's very cool. We all missed mumps so much.

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Also, the way you guys dupe parents is simply brilliant!

You've been pretty effective getting the word out, especially the way you market yourselves as just trying to be questioning, just trying to get all the facts out. It works! You've been able to trick inquisitive, rational people into thinking maybe you're onto something, when of course we all know you're using outdated ideas, twisted facts, and sometimes out-and-out lies (which, of course, appeals to people prone to conspiracy thinking anyway). I mean, taking something that almost certainly has nothing to do with vaccinations but making that a meme spreading across the media? Great stuff! And the way you viciously attack people who disagree with you? Fantastic!

But you should really sit back and take a look at Suzanne Somers. Now there's someone who takes incoherent nonsense about cancer and is able to market and spin it into quite an industry for herself. And who can blame her? She gets on Oprah, CNN, radio shows... and the only cost is a maybe a few thousand people dying of cancer because they tried her provably wrong "cures" instead of seeking real medical help. But hey! We all have to die someday! I mean, let's have some perspective here. After all, what has science ever done for us?

Hat tip to Gerick Lee and many others for these tips.