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Your comprehensive guide: Why are vaccines and Autism connected? The original "Research"

Your comprehensive guide: Why are vaccines and Autism connected? The original “Research”

Described as “the most damaging medical hoax of the last 100 years”, the 1998 research piece linking vaccines to autism drove vaccination rates in the UK to 79.9%, its lowest since its introduction, and in turn orchestrated widespread epidemics across the globe.

The Fib

In February 1998, Andrew Wakefield planted a seed into the minds of the British public. That seed was the publication of a paper in the medical journal the lancet, claiming a correlation between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and the development of autism. Before 1998 this claim did not exist and after its complete retraction in 2010, you’d hope it’s gone from our future, too.

Yet we still can’t seem to shake it.

This is emphasised by statements like these, spread by the prominent anti-vaccine campaigner Jenny Mccarthy: ”You ask any mother in the autism community if we’ll take the flu, the measles, over autism any day of the week. I think they need to wake up and stop hurting our kids”.

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anonymous asked:

Sorry but I just cannot get behind 100 Cameras. Is it even a charity? I don't think so. Here kid, here's a camera now document how fucked up your life is. Oh, you're hungry? Sorry, that's not what we do but I found some Tic Tacs in my pocket if that will help. I have to say though that she is matched perfectly to this endeavor. SMH

You don’t have to get behind it. It doesn’t make you a bad person.

Please don’t mistake what I’m about to say as defamation of a charitable cause. It’s not. All effort to improve the condition of humanity is important and I believe art is an vital tool in fostering change. I do. I think this charity has potential as being impactful to certain settings in the developed world, but it is pissing in the wind when it comes to the third world. Example. South Sudan.
This was a flagship project for this organization. There have been 5 projects since 2009 in which 47 children have raised $50,000 towards their community. South Sudan has raised $19,000 towards the betterment of a small orphanage. That is great for the few children there, but….

“By the end of the year, the number had increased to 40,000. At the PoC site, MSF maintained a 24-hour emergency room and provided more than 10,000 outpatient consultations,

👉🏻👉🏻treated nearly 1,000 children for severe malnutrition👈🏻👈🏻

and performed 300 emergency surgical interventions, 83 percent of which were conflict-related—mostly gunshot wounds. Tens of thousands of children were vaccinated against measles inside and outside the PoC. MSF ran mobile clinics and set up both a general and an antenatal clinic for people outside the site. Another team maintained a program of comprehensive medical services for some 70,000 Sudanese refugees at Yida camp, and undertook a pneumococcal vaccination campaign—the first ever in a refugee setting. Some 10,000 children under the age of two were vaccinated. MSF also has various decentralized clinics and malaria points throughout the PoC.”

The situation for children in South Sudan is dire (please take a moment to click the link above and read more) and this camera project is going to have no impact on the region or it’s children. If I have $1000 budgeted for charitable donations, I would rather it go where it will impact the most people. Do the most good. I’d rather help the 1000 kids about to die from starvation as opposed to the dozen or so comparatively well fed and sheltered orphans at the orphanage. The cameras project gets very little bang for the buck. MSF will do far more good on a far grander scale with my money than the cameras folk can.

Again, not discounting the cause. I just think there are far too many, far more urgent needs in the world. On the hierarchy of needs scale, the basics of sustenance and safety must be achieved before a person can progress towards education. Sudan isn’t at the point in civilization where the kids need a chance to learn a skill, they need safety, food, and water.

Anyway….. Where are all my penis inquiring anons?

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James Joyse

Görsel : An Afghan resident carries a child to be vaccinated against polio during the last day of a vaccination campaign in Kabul. (BBC- Breaking News)

Not to be pugnacious, but math describes the world spectacularly well and we have no idea why. Why do we expect math to describe particles but not people? And how could you answer that if you don’t understand why it describes particles in the first place?

Certainly it’s easier to correctly use math to talk about the physical world (as opposed to the social world), and without math there’s a whole lot less you can say about the physical world than about humans and societies. But some of our most important insights into human behaviour are more or less mathematically derived, and we’re only getting better at that.

I think the notion that math cannot productively be used to study fields like history comes mainly from three sources.

First, there’s a lot of terrible work in quantitative social science (regressions regressions regressions). Ironically, though, this research typically comes from the people who think the least about how to use math when talking about people and who have the least faith in its usefulness. That’s a self-defeating prophecy.

Second, as I’ve written about many times before here, the tight coupling of math and the physical world has been a tremendous generator of wealth in industrial society. We poured money into getting really good at engineering and the industrial applications of physics and chemistry, thereby making mathematically intensive jobs extremely competitive, and then we developed a huge mental barrier about math where the Math People deserve big fat paycheques because they’re destined by the invisible hand to be really good at figuring out how much concrete goes where. This is an area where plenty of anti-capitalists have been completely bamboozled by the market into either hating or revering math.

Third, it actually is a lot easier to study particles with math than to study people with math. For whatever reason, the #UnreasonableEffectivenessOfMathematicsInTheNaturalSciences outstrips the  #UnreasonableEffectivenessOfMathematicsInTheSocialSciences. There’s an egotistical “humans are complicated” cop-out that a lot of people lean on, but of course particles are complicated too. I do think, though, that a big part of this story is that the warts of physical science are invisible to people in a way that the warts of social science aren’t. There are a bunch of reasons why the math that is usually employed in physical sciences both is and seems tougher; quantitative physical science rushed along rapidly for whatever fundamental reason and became pretty tough to understand pretty quickly, it was dramatically materially boosted in the last ~150 years by its industrial and wartime relevance (which is point #2), and there are also strong incentives for social scientists to tell societies exactly what to do (and look like big old dopes in a way physical scientists don’t) when the researchers themselves don’t actually have precise or accurate enough tools to properly know.

An interesting case here is medicine: they have an extremely similar mathematical toolbox to social scientists, they’re studying very similar social and psychological problems, and they constantly screw up, but even when bad quantitative medical research causes the President of the United States to throw the full weight of his office behind a flu vaccination campaign for a flu that never happens, nobody says that you just can’t use math to study medicine. The reason we don’t doubt their methodology much is that they’ve also had a colossal number of successes, which in my view isn’t because medicine is more mathematically tractable. It’s rather because medical researchers have infinite money from all the people who want to be healthy, and that means they have a ridiculous volume of research activity and their field moves forward super fast. Plus medical doctors get big paycheques and we have a habit of respecting people in proportion to how much they earn.

What I’m saying is: obviously you can use math and computers to study history and other social fields. People should do that (and others should study them qualitatively), and inevitably we’ll have good quantitative and computational models of historical processes. I also believe these subfields actually have a strong track record compared to many other social science subfields – for example, I think the definition of cliodynamics as written includes Marx. Of course this stuff is not easy to study, and it never will be, and there are tons of traps you can very easily fall into, but sooner or later someone will get really good at using tools like computer simulations to study human society and when they do they are going to learn a hell of a lot of really neat stuff.

PAKISTAN. Peshawar. December 21, 2016. A soldier guards a polio vaccination team administering polio vaccination to children during a three-day countrywide vaccination campaign. Though new polio cases dropped to a nine-year low in 2016, attacks by Islamist militants against health workers and police guarding them remained a challenge for a UN-funded vaccination campaign.

Photograph: Arshad Arbab/EPA

The Plan: Support a massive Yellow Fever vaccination campaign of 10.5 million people over the next ten days.

We’re mobilizing 100 teams of 16 people each in three health zones of Kinshasa, DRC’s capital city. Our teams will vaccinate 760,000 people, or roughly 10 percent of the target number in the city.

Yellow fever cannot be cured and the only treatment is limited to alleviating symptoms. 

It kills from 15 to 50 percent of those who develop the severe form of the disease. Vaccination is the best prevention against the disease.

A vaccination campaign on this scale comes with numerous logistical challenges, such as managing the movements of 65 vehicles in densely populated neighborhoods and ensuring that the cold chain remains effective in keeping the vaccines at the proper temperature. Every day, the teams will need 4,000 ice packs and coolers in different locations.

Maybe it was last January’s big measles outbreak at Disneyland that scared more California parents into getting their kids vaccinated. Or maybe health campaigns have become more persuasive. Or maybe schools getting stricter about requiring shots for entry made a difference.

Whatever the reasons, childhood vaccination rates last fall went up in 49 of 58 counties in California, according to data released Tuesday by state health officials.

Childhood Vaccination Rates Climb In California

Photo: Jeremy Raff/KQED
Caption: Julie Brand holds her 1-month-old daughter as she receives a hepatitis B vaccine at Berkeley Pediatrics in Berkeley, Calif.

anonymous asked:

genuinely clueless, how is anti vaccines ableist?

Because the primary concern of anti-vaccination campaigners is that they fallaciously believe that some vaccinations (primarily MMR) cause autism. Even though this claim has been absolutely and completely debunked, some people continue to tout it like it’s fact. 

There’s been a study carried out into the anti-vaccination movement and their motivations since this claim was debunked, and reports have found that the movement just makes up new theories, waits for them to be debunked, then finds new and even more implausible ones to justify their idiotic cause instead. Basically, even they don’t know what their reasons are.

Frankly, the idea that it’s better for your child to die of an easily preventable disease than to be on the autistic spectrum is ableist. One quote I’ve heard repeated in this situation - and apologies for the paraphrasing, as I can’t find the original source - is ‘anti-vaccine campaigners would rather have a dead child than a child on the spectrum’, and that’s basically the crux of their argument.

The reason that I’m so vehemently against the anti-vaccination movement is that, quite frankly, it’s incredibly dangerous. People are putting not only their own child but also anyone else in the vicinity who is not immunised at risk of diseases such as measles, which can be easily contained and prevented with correct medical procedure and awareness - such as vaccination programmes. Unfortunately, due to the press given to the anti-vac movement, the number of people choosing to vaccinate their children is not sufficient to prevent or contain these outbreaks. This is why we’ve seen measles outbreaks occur more regularly in recent years. Measles is a potentially fatal disease, but as it’s one of the vaccinations included in the MMR jab which has become synonymous with the autism controversy, it just isn’t being eradicated as it should be. 

There’s no excuse in 2015 for children to be dying of a disease for which a vaccination is readily available. There just isn’t.


This is where we are. The CIA can join twitter and will be warmly received. People will be excited and ‘tee hee’ and giggle about it. The US Dept of Defense will tweet “jokingly” to the CIA and people will love it.

Now oblivious white people who aren’t the target of systemic oppression and violence loving this is one thing. They’re existing in a different reality, and I don’t expect them to get it by default, or to contextualize anything outside of their existence. Black and brown people joining in on the fun however is downright bizarre. These groups of mass murderers can make a cheeky tweet or two and people will get excited about it. The DoD tweet about running in the same circles is really gross, especially when you take the time to consider what they are actually “joking” about.

Now I’m not surprised by people finding these tweets funny, but I am disappointed by some who are joining in the celebration of this macabre exhibition of humor. Especially those who claim to be about social justice. I have seen people who a mere week ago were posting about black sites and drone bases, extrajudicial killings and even the CIA’s fake vaccination campaign in Pakistan join in on the celebration of the CIA’s first tweet.

Someone who fancies themselves to be about justice posted this on facebook - “The CIA made a big splash with their first tweet. Looking forward to more from them.” Looking forward to more from the CIA? They’re talking about the CIA making a splash like a rapper dropping a mixtape to critical acclaim. This person can apparently put aside their indignation for all the injustice and crimes perpetrated by the CIA and DoD to celebrate their tweets. The fact that they are organizations made up of criminals (that’s exactly what they are) who operate above the law, kill at will and are the proxy of US global imperialism is momentarily on hold because their tweets are funny. I found that really curious. How can you be disarmed by tweets? What would have to be going through your mind to find the humor in any of this if you know even just a tiny bit of what the CIA and DoD do everyday and if you know their history? What kind of detachment mentality do people like this have? I guess everything flies out the window when you make a silly tweet or two.

Social media can neuter even the most dastardly. That’s the real danger, and I fear a populace who warmly embraces organizations like the CIA. People like them are dangerous and they frighten me. Why? Because they can see evil and laugh with it, when the proper response should be them rebuking it. This is why the CIA and DoD can operate with impunity. Sure, the CIA just leased a blacksite in Djibouti for 20 years for their secret prison where they will torture and kill black and brown people without charging them with anything. The site also operates as hub for drone strikes, but wasn’t the CIA’s first tweet hilarious? The CIA is so funny!

I guess I don’t have a sense of humor.

The Road To Vaccination 

Organizing a successful mass vaccination takes much more than just providing a vaccine to those in need. In the contexts where MSF traditionally works, infrastructures are often weak, especially in terms of mass communication. In these instances, how to make sure that people know that the service exists, that they should seek care, and that they know where they can find it?

In August 2016, MSF participated to one of the largest ever yellow fever vaccination campaign to take place in Africa: over 10 million people were vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of Congo within a short 10 days. MSF managed the campaign in three neighborhoods of the sprawling megalopolis of Kinshasa, reaching 710.000 people vaccinated against yellow fever – an excellent vaccination cover of 95% of the population in those areas. This required the dedication of the health promotion team, mostly national Congolese staff, who tirelessly crisscrossed the dense city to convince people to get their shots.

An Afghan health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad on December 13, 2016. Polio, once a worldwide scourge, is endemic in just three countries now - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.


Photo by Karin Ekholm/MSF

MSF medical staff administer oral measles vaccine to children at Yida refugee camp in South Sudan’s Unity State. An outbreak of measles started in Yida camp in late November. In addition to treating sick children, MSF launched a vaccination campaign to increase immunization coverage to protect children from future outbreaks.

MSF is running vaccination campaigns to protect almost 188,000 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia’s Gambella region against pneumonia and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

A key tool in fighting child mortality in emergencies is the pneumonia vaccine, but it’s priced out of the reach of many humanitarian organizations and developing countries.  Help us #AskPharma to lower the price of the pneumonia vaccine so all children get a fair shot.

Aurelie Baumel/MSF

On Saturday, July 26th, 2014, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team carries out a vaccination campaign on the grounds of the Grand Mosque in Bangui, in the Central African Republic, in the district of PK5, where thousands of displaced people are gathered. Many are afraid to travel to the Mamadou M'Baïki health center for treatment.

Photo by Phil Moore

People shelter from the rain in the doorway of a church and school in the village of Kalungu II during a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) vaccination campaign in remote parts of Masisi territory in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on August 13, 2014. The village is in the heart of territory controlled by an armed group.

PAKISTAN, Rawalpindi : A Pakistani health worker ® administers the polio vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign in Rawalpindi on December 9, 2014. Gunmen on December 9 killed a member of a polio vaccination team in Pakistan, as Taliban insurgents claimed the killing of two policemen assigned to protect an immunisation team the day before. AFP PHOTO / Farooq NAEEM