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A song for antivaxxers

While Orac recharges his Tarial cell, enjoy a special song for antivaxxers by Flo & Joan. There will be new Insolence soon enough.

Yes, Orac is still recharging his Tarial cell this week (i.e., is on staycation). He is working on some new Insolence, but is finding a strange lack of his usual motivation, something that sometimes happens when he’s on the recharger. He was, however, amused by this little game by Flo & Joan that, somehow, he had never encountered before and therefore presents to you A Song For Antivaxxers for your amusement until his motivation succeeds in distracting him from his contemplation of the black hole of conspiracy theories in general.

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.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

12 replies on “A song for antivaxxers”

I misread and thought this was gonna be some Refusers-level caca-phony.


an update on something I commented on fairly recently:

A $66.6 million lawsuit filed by anti-vaccine activist Daniel Nagase was thrown out of B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver Friday amid strange antics from Nagase, a former family doctor.

In delivering his ruling, Justice Michael Tammen said Nagase’s claim was frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of process.

The B.C. Supreme Court is the provincial superior Court. He could try going to the provincial court of appeal but would likely fail miserably there and I certainly can’t see the Supreme Court of Canada granting him leave to appeal
He got off lightly for costs, probably because the Crown attorney filed the motion for dismissal with minimal effort, fully expecting to be successful.

It’s not surprising to find that Orac is shilling for Big British Musical Comedy, given his origin.

In the past couple of days, Steve Kirsch has:

1) denied the existence of poliovirus.

2) promoted the idea that the Maui fire was deliberately set, citing a fellow Twitter dweller going by the handle TRUTH PILLS, who thinks the fire was the result of “Directed Energy Weapons”.*

3) retweeted a video from the same guy showing seeds failing to sprout when WiFi is turned on.**

Kirsch has progressed from insisting on unproven Covid-19 remedies, to attacking Covid vaccination, to going full-on antivax and embracing increasingly bizarre conspiracy theories. Could exposure to WiFi be the cause of this deterioration?

*TRUTH PILLS is also a Flat Earther and 9/11 Truther, fears “DEMONS MANIFESTING MORE AND MORE OPENLY” and posted “Chinese organ harvesters are caught red handed on video with frozen children packed in ice.” Altogether a great source for Steve.
**Despite being enveloped by dangerous WiFI radiation, seed germination here in 2023 has been excellent, with a current bountiful crop of digitalis, coneflower and Salvia seedlings to be planted this fall. Anecdotal evidence, I know.

Isn’t ( purple) coneflower Echinacea? Digitalis?
So you are growing your own natural cures? Who would think !

I’m not sure I’ll be preparing my own supply of digoxin from the digitalis plants. There’s a pretty narrow therapeutic window with potentially nasty side effects. Maybe I can find William Withering’s original recipe…

Could exposure to WiFi be the cause of this deterioration?

In 2016 I bought a new Honda Civic [Touring edition, for my budget I splurged]. I can use bluetooth, stream from my phone, navigation, etc. Not state of the art but more than enough for me.

Why mention this? I found out that a woman I know who teaches in another department bought an equivalent car the same time I did — except: “I keep the bluetooth and wireless turned off, and never use the navigation, because being that close to those sources would give me cancer in no time.”

a) Kirsch, Igor, Labarge, and others of their ilk aren’t needed to tell people to believe stupid things, many are capable of it on their own*
b) I still haven’t figured out why someone would pay the premium asked for a car with those features when they know they won’t use them

I realize all of you know that, but it was really my first person-to-person experience with someone so open about their foolishness

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