While belief in ufos, ghosts and other hard-to-prove-either-way phenomena is (vaguely) understandable, the ongoing insistence from some people that vaccinations are some sort of insidious plot is, to put not too fine a point on it, completely insane.
It’s not just all the scientific evidence that’s been compiled over the last hundred years or so, which shows that vaccinations are not only safe, but have greatly improved (and extended) the lives of millions of people, and virtually wiped out what were some of the most common and insidious childhood diseases of yesteryear (measles, whooping cough and polio, to name but three), it’s also the practical reality of your own life experience. When did you last hear of someone dying or being crippled from measles? How many childhood friends did you lose to whopping cough? How many people in your workplace are handicapped by polio?
But, the ignorance continues. Over at uncensored, for example, we’ve got a fairly typical example of anti-vax madness going on.
What started off as a yes-it-does/no-it-doesn’t argument over the efficacy of Vitamin C in fighting cancer (another topic entirely, really), turned to the subject of vaccinations with this comment by CCCP…
Yet they don’t ignore vaccines that DON’T work… Smells funny.
… the evidence is clear that they don’t work… Yet ignored.
Ignoring the illogic of the double negative in that first sentence, here we have someone who truly believes that (some?) vaccines don’t work. But where’s the evidence?
And, without fail, Andrew Wakefield’s MMR/Autism study is pulled out, despite the fact that …
- His ‘research’ doesn’t in anyway dispute the actual effectiveness of the MMR vaccine, and
- The research itself has since been discredited, and retracted by the Lancet
I’m not sure if there’s any research (bogus or otherwise) that claims that vaccines don’t work at all. Is there? There is the theory, also popular over at uncensored, that vaccination programmes are part of a wider worldwide depopulation plan (see here, here or here, for example). To quote some of the choicer bits…
The elite make no bones about wanting to wipe out 80% of the world’s population. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Population Council, both Rockefeller organizations, have been instrumental in the funding and development of sterilization vaccines. The Rockefeller family has been involved with population control and eugenics since the early 1900’s. The Population Council, founded by John D. Rockefeller in 1952, was first headed by Frederick Osborn, who served as the Secretary of the American Eugenics Society.
Since the early 1900s! A Population Council in 1952! And Kissinger really got things going in the 1970s when…
Depopulation policy became the top priority under the NSC agenda, Club of Rome and U.S. policymakers like Gen. Alexander Haig, Cyrus Vance, Ed Muskie and Kissinger … In 1975, Henry Kissinger established a policy-planning group in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Population Affairs. The depopulation “GLOBAL 2000″ document for President Jimmy Carter was prepared.
Presumably a plan initiated in 1975 with a title of ‘GLOBAL 2000’ should have seen some results by now? So, what’s happened with the global population since then?
Wow. Must try harder, methinks. World population nearly doubled from 1900 to 1970, and nearly doubled again from 1970 to the present day. I hope the NWO officers responsible for that particular plan didn’t get Christmas bonuses! Even more telling is the life expectancy figures when put against vaccination rates — the one goes up when plotted against the other.
Having said all that, CCCP sums up the argument the best with this…
Reason, if you read our evidence, we’ll read yours. And at the end of it, we’ll still both deny each others facts.
Of course, as Neo points out, the anti-vaxxers haven’t actually presented any actual evidence in favour of their argument, but I think you can get the gist of what he’s trying to say.