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“Green Our Vaccines”: Further skeptical reading

Something happened yesterday that rarely happens. I got back from ASCO rather late and was so tired that I didn’t have time to post one of my characteristic, Respectfully Insolent magnum opuses (magnum opi?). Fortunately, I had just the thing prepared.

I’m not the only one who’s expressed skepticism and pointed out that the whole “Green Our Vaccines” slogan” that you’ll be seeing and hearing right around now is nothing more than a ploy to hide the true nature of the protest, which is an assault on the very concept of mass vaccination. I therefore thought that it would be useful for me to post a list of a few links (including one older one from this very blog) that reinforce the disingenuous and briliiantly Owellian nature of the slogan:

  1. Green our vaccines? (This particular post is very important because it shows the tension between the organizers of the march, who want to keep the antivaccination element of this protest on the down-low, and more of the true face of the antivaccination movement, the ones who are indeed anti-vaccine and don’t like sugarcoating their true beliefs in a crunchy, media- and eco-friendly slogan.)
  2. The wearying of the green
  3. Green Our Vaccines. (Best quote: “Removing antimicrobials from the production process would definitely Green Our Vaccines in the way I greened a piece of cheese that lay forgotten in my fridge.”)
  4. Open letter to Jenny McCarthy. (Best quote: “Leaving that aside, what does it mean to “green our vaccine supply”? Do you wish them to be more verdant, like the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day? I suspect not. Perhaps you could clarify?”)
  5. The rallying of the green
  6. Docs Fight Back Against Jenny
  7. Still more evidence that it’s all about the vaccines

Sadly, these are all the posts in the blogosphere that I can find that are critical of the rally, because if you Google “Green Our Vaccines” virtually every link that comes up is antivaccinationist support for this rally. If I’ve missed any good skeptical posts about this rally, please, post the link in the comments!


  1. The Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey rally to “Green Our Vaccines”: Anti-vaccine, not “pro-safe vaccine”!
  2. An Open Letter to Congress on Immunization
  3. “Green Our Vaccines”: Further skeptical reading
  4. “Green Our Vaccines”: Serendipity and schadenfreude as antivaccinationists go to war
  5. “Green Our Vaccines”: Best comment EVAH! Or: How to preserve biological diversity through not vaccinating
  6. “Green Our Vaccines”: Celebrity antivaccinationist ignoramuses on parade. Or: I didn’t know that Dumb & Dumber was a documentary
  7. “Green Our Vaccines”: “Pro-safe vaccine” or anti-vaccine? You be the judge!
  8. “Green Our Vaccines”: “Pro-safe vaccine” or anti-vaccine? You be the judge! (Part 2)
  9. “Green Our Vaccines”: The fallacy of the perfect solution

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

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