You may have heard by now that X-Files beauty Amanda Peet called anti-vaccine activists “parasites” in her interview with the esteemed Cookie Magazine. I would have went for “toxic liars”, “delusional fanatics”, and/or “crap-based denialists”, but oh well, it’s nice to have an anti-McCarthy celebrity fighting on the side of science and reason. Too bad Amanda (I like to call her Amanda) had to apologize for being so rude; it turns out that irrational parents don’t like to be called out on their irrationality. But, take a look at her apology, and you might see similar arguments that I lay down in my own page about vaccines.
Peet didn’t need to apologize. Her tiny remarks are nothing to this week’s resident dumbass- radio host Michael Savage. This chucklehead thinks he’s a skeptic, but he’s clearly a dim bulb with a big mouth. According to Savage, children with autism are either a fraud or a bunch of pussies who aren’t pushed hard enough by their pansy Dads…
“In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, you idiot.’”
This guy is an Asshat of the highest order, who is in love with his own voice. Of course, he backtracks on CNN a bit, but he still makes the arrogant accusation that many parents of autistic children are lying about their child for purposes of fraud. Well, Mr. Asshat (can I call you that?), you have to prove your B.S. before you start broadcasting it. Or guess what? You stop being a skeptic as you claim to be, and you become a certified prick who sadly gets off on slandering special needs children and their parents.
Steven Novella, a neurologist and podcast host for The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, has recently been debating with the Jon Poling, the neurologist father of Hannah Poling. You might remember Hannah Poling as the little girl awarded money from the vaccine court because her pre-existing mitochondrial disorder was aggravated by vaccines. Also in the mix is David Kirby, idiot author of Evidence of Harm, who blogs at Huffington Post.
Both Kirby and Jon Poling attacked Novella for his science-based insistance that vaccines do not cause autism. Kirby reminds me of the little toadie that stands behind the bully in the movie A Christmas Story. David Kirby has failed to effectively counter any argument against him so many times that he may as well sit this one out. But to see the two dueling neurologists, Poling and Novella, go head to head on the manufactured autism-vaccine debate is a truly inspiring battle. I can’t do the argument justice, so you’ll have to check out Novella’s blog and Poling’s open letter for what I hope turns out to be an epic anti-vaccine ass whooping.