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Entries from December 2007

The art of the schlemiel

December 31st, 2007 · 10 Comments · Easy marks

Tweet News item: At a news conference Thursday in a gold-trimmed Mar-A-Lago ballroom, Trump’s wife, Melania, noted her 22-month-old son, Baron, and said: “I cannot imagine what the mothers [with autistic children] and mothers all around the world go through. … Let’s get rid of autism.” In an interview, Donald Trump said he thinks the […]

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Making stuff up: a novel form of evidence

December 22nd, 2007 · 17 Comments · Junk science

Tweet Of all the whoppers told by the autism bio-med/conspiracy buffs, none may be easier to refute than that chestnut which tells us that the symptoms of mercury poisoning are “exactly the same” as autism. This line is repeated over and over with great certainty, as if it was as obvious as the setting sun. […]

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

December 6th, 2007 · 24 Comments · Narrative

Tweet Science writing, like autism, exists on a spectrum. First the good, from Heritage Newspapers in Washtenaw County, Michigan: Addressing common myths of the flu vaccine, Crowe said most rumors are unfounded. “Some people worry that they will get sick after being vaccinated. If they get sick, it’s only by coincidence,” she said. “The flu […]

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Repetitive behavior

December 3rd, 2007 · 4 Comments · Miseducation, Narrative

Tweet Most local TV news stories about autism are a cross between a CDC fact sheet and an unedited Lifetime movie script. There are boilerplate lines about “1:150 children with autism”, and “lack of social interaction” and “repetitive behaviors”. We see a hyperactive kid stimming on the camera lens, the interview with a stressed-out mother, […]

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