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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: The Screen Shot Gambit

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

There’s a certain bleak satisfaction in watching the fortress of vaccine injury denial start to crumble, evidenced by wilder and wilder theories designed to patch together the remnants of “the science is settled … study after study” argument, now that the science is unsettled and study after study starts to look like lie after lie.

On C-SPAN, at the National Press Club, on PBS and the major networks and print outlets, they are still running off the old karma, but the new paradigm is about to catch up with them. I hope they enjoy these last late summer days in the bully pulpit ridiculing anyone who notices the reality about to crash down on them.

Over at Respectful Insolence, “Orac” is obsessing over whether CDC whistleblower William Thompson actually sent Andy Wakefield (and his wife, Carmel) apologetic texts. Never mind what Thompson said in his own statement, or was captured on audio by Brian Hooker. No, the screen grab must be a fake!

“But something about that text exchange, more specifically the image of that text exchange, bothered me. It even bothered some antivaccinationists, because I saw complaints about it. Why is it a photo of an iPhone? Doesn’t Andy even know how to take a screen shot on his iPhone?”

It goes on from there. “Notice how in Andy’s screenshot, the word “Back” appears by the arrow in the upper left hand corner. Notice how, in mine, the word “Messages” appears in the upper left hand corner. That’s what had been bugging me when I first looked at the screenshot and it didn’t look quite right to me! I had finally put my finger on it!”

In the comments section, Orac’s thesis doesn’t hold up very well – even Brian Deer doubts it! This causes Orac to add an editor’s note allowing the possibility of error and adding: “Unlike AoA and other antivaccine groups, if I am wrong about something, I will admit it and discuss what might have led me to an incorrect conclusion.”

Wow. Even an occasion for admitting error becomes an opportunity for pointing out our supposed failings! I did send Andy a text before we ran our article about Thompson’s comments, here:

Carmel Andy Text

Now, exactly why my last text about being a fraud not going through is unknown to me. Maybe Orac interfered with it or God Herself decided that since Andy really is a fraud, no transmission casting doubt on it will be allowed. Or maybe because I was driving around in Illinois and the especially high corn this year interfered.

Andy Wakefield may not know how to take a screen shot of his iPhone. The last time I saw him with one, it had been run over in the parking lot where he dropped it before we went in for dinner, and, while the screen was good and cracked, he kept using it. And my last text to Andy may simply have failed to transmit.

One way or another, though, the message is starting to get through: Andy is not the fraud here. He is not the one who is killing babies, in Bill Gates’ memorable formulation of the issue.


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.



I would really like to connect with Dr. Wakefield. My son experienced regressive speech immediately following his MMR vaccination.


Carol Oh yes.........this thing is Global. It all inter reacts.

The GMC is peanuts compared to this and was simply the quickest way to set Wakefield u,p take his licence to practice away, (not his Doctorship, nobody can do that)and hopefully to silence him.

Deer is the Patsy, always has been. He was paid handsomely too and given a minor award to keep him happy, knwing what a narcissist he is..

Pharma must run Obama

Patricia, the only reason that makes sense is that pharma runs Obama, Congress, media; it runs everything.



I know that Deer is one of the baddies.

Until I listened to that podcast I had a circle in my mind for Deer-GMC and one in my mind for CDC-phonystudies. They didn't intersect. Now they're intersecting like conjugating paramecia.



Deer knew that day that Wakefield had known since the 1998 interview in Newcastle that there were cover ups going on at government health service levels in Canada and the US about the MMR. In fact there were worldwide problems with it all along. Deer is one of the baddies Carol, paid to discredit Wakefield.


I can't help wondering why Obama is not jumping up and down about this CDC revelation right NOW?? I appreciate he has a lot on his mind right now but this is AFRO AMERICAN CHILDREN directly involved.



Because Deer mentioned CDC a sentence or two earlier, it occurred to me that he might be talking about that entity specifically.


Carol re Deer's podcast interview of 2011. Deer was lying (so what's new) since he knew Wakefield had talked to a whistleblower by the name of Dr Alistair Tores whom he met in Newcastle in 1998. See Callous Disregard Chapter Four 'The Whistleblower' page 65. Andy goes on to say that Tores revelations motivated him to fight for a safety first vaccine.


Let us not be distracted.


Restrictions on use of human subjects for testing of chemical or biological agents

(a) Prohibited activities
The Secretary of Defense may not conduct (directly or by contract) -
(1) any test or experiment involving the use of a chemical agent or biological agent on a civilian population; or
(2) any other testing of a chemical agent or biological agent on human subjects.

(b) Exceptions Subject to subsections (c), (d), and (e) of this section, the prohibition in subsection
(a) of this section does not apply to a test or experiment carried out for any of the following purposes:

(1) Any peaceful purpose that is related to a medical, therapeutic, pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or research activity.
(2) Any purpose that is directly related to protection against toxic chemicals or biological weapons and agents.
(3) Any law enforcement purpose, including any purpose related to riot control.
(c) Informed consent required
The Secretary of Defense may conduct a test or experiment described in subsection
(b) of this section only if informed consent to the testing was obtained from each human subject in advance of the testing on that subject.
(d) Prior notice to Congress

Not later than 30 days after the date of final approval within the Department of Defense of plans for any experiment or study to be conducted by the Department of Defense (whether directly or under contract) involving the use of human subjects for the testing of a chemical agent or a biological agent, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate and the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives a report setting forth a full accounting of those plans, and the experiment or study may then be conducted only after the end of the 30-day period beginning on the date such report is received by those committees.
(e) ''Biological agent'' defined
In this section, the term ''biological agent'' means any micro-organism (including bacteria, viruses, fungi, rickettsiac, or protozoa), pathogen, or infectious substance, and any naturally occurring, bioengineered, or synthesized component of any such micro-organism, pathogen, or infectious substance, whatever its origin or method of production, that is capable of causing -
(1) death, disease, or other biological malfunction in a human, an animal, a plant, or another living organism;
(2) deterioration of food, water, equipment, supplies, or materials of any kind; or
(3) deleterious alteration of the environment.

Researched this online and as far as I can tell, this is the law that is still on the books.

What constitutes "informed consent"? Written, or does just verbal consent suffice?

Should we be advocating for legislation for signed, full informed consent from parents regarding risks of neurological disorders before each and every vaccine for those parents that are staunchly pro-vaccine IN ADDITION TO philosophical exemptions for anti-vaxers' right to choose?



To Orac's "It's kind of like walking through the park..." comment, you know the old joke - "just because I am paranoid, doesn't me they're not following me"...

Upon reading those words, I envision the person that wrote or spoke them as a childless, misanthrope - a tired old queen with a tongue like a viper, ensconced in his solitary hell, trying to stay relevant by pushing peoples' buttons.

They are exactly the type of quotes that, for me, conjure up images about the person who wrote or spoke them as that of a wannabe Tokyo Rose in prosaic and/or literal drag, too patently and cartoonishly toxic and miserable to take at face value, a bombastic gadfly whose function is to deflect from the truth and demoralize into compliance.

I think I will now refer to the author of those words as "Pharma Tokyo Rose" or how about "Pharma Rose" when we have the spare time to entertain his nonsensical rhetoric for yukks?

Instead, contemplate this:

(To be continued on this thread...)

cia parker

All vaccines can cause encephalitis from the immune system reacting overzealously to the vaccine. Since many vaccines are associated with autism, the hep-B, DTaP, flu, and MMR being the most common, I don't think it's from encephalitis caused by a defective measles virus the way SSPE is. Maybe ultimately we'll have many subdivisions in which to place different kinds of autism, and we'll see if some kinds are linked specifically to a defective measles virus, but my daughter never got the MMR, and yet definitely has autism.


The decision regarding Dr. Wakefield's lawsuit being so delayed and Dr. Thompson's apology being so heartfelt, it makes me wonder if 1.) the CDC has been taking an active role in the character assassination of Dr. Wakefield and 2.) Dr. Thompson has been spilling the beans about it.

Tim Bolen


Good observations. It is hard, sometimes, NOT to see what Orac and his "anonymous commenters" are saying.

Of course, an analysis of the "commenter's" writing styles makes it appear to me that Orac simply reinforces his articles with comments from other fake personae he uses.

As I have said about reading what Orac and his band of unwashed doubtfuls has to say:

"It is kind of like walking through a park with your child in hand and suddenly a homeless person pops out of the bushes dripping dirt, smelling like a dead rat in a wall, spraying spittle in a ten foot circle, while screaming at you that YOU, Ronald Reagan, and Lindsey Lohan are conspiring against him, to put him, the homeless person, into a Yugoslavian tire factory."

But these days, over the whistleblower thing, as you have noticed also, Orac, in his writing, generates a keening sound, perhaps compared to the "Golum" character in Lord of the Rings.

And it sounds GOOD...

It is the sound of realization.

For Barbaraj


The SSPE theory has been promoted by Rebecca Carley.


I read something disturbing, as if this mmr vaccine wasn't ugly enough. Is it possible that MMR causes an atypical SSPE, and this is autism?


Gee, but I've kinda thought of Gorski not as a cutting edge but as the dirty butter knife of the fascist pharma alliance.

As this drama unfolds we can expect squeals of newfound indignance from those silent hordes whose tactical abstention from assisting as yet has proved so telling.

cia parker

Will cutting and running be good enough? Can they not be held accountable in a future court of law for propagating lies they knew to be lies for the financial gain and power it brought? The grunts ultimately punished for their part in the My Lai massacre tried to say that they had just done what they were ordered to, but it wasn't considered an excuse for criminal and immoral behavior. Will those not imprisoned have their wages garnished for life to give to their victims?


Now that we have more than one whistle-blower (we have Thompson, and also the 2 virologists formerly employed by Merck, who launched a whistle-blower lawsuit in 2010), it should be interesting to watch Dorit, Orac/Gorski and the rest of that crew.

They will all now be wondering which of them is considering turning whistle-blower on each other.

Angus Files

All the pharma trolls just cant get past the hard reality that they have just been beaten.

They remember me of Mike Tyson when Mighty Mike ruled the world (deservedly so)and when he got beaten he could not believe it and continued to get beaten badly and sadly.

Every dog has its days this is ours make the most of it people.

Thanks Dan.


Breech of Contract - Time to cut ties & losses

When will Orac, Gorsky et al realize it's in their best interest to cut ties with their masters. I'm sure buried somewhere in the fine print of their agreements, there is a fast and easy out based on the uncovering of fraudulent scientific activities.

Personally, I would cut, run and immediately transition to a more middle of the road position or else fall with the house of cards.


I like that - anti safe vaccinators.


" that the science is unsettled and study after study starts to look like lie after lie."

Well said!

Annie  Donnelly

Where do we look to see Thompsons daily revelations.
I keep thinking Ochmanns Razor. They "anti-safe-vaccinationists" are the ones convoluting themselves to make it okay to inject toxins into babies.
We have to make sure to alert on aluminum and the synergy between the toxins as well. ..lest they admit thimerasol and go on injecting unknown toxic waste of a new sort. Whistleblowers out there who are still torturing yourself for fear of what might happen to you --this is your chance to get on the heroic side of our generations thalidomide disaster. Because the damage was invisible it was easier to hide. And so the pharmaceuticals and the media decided they didn't want to know it or they didn't care. And it made them Rich and gave them a career. Or it was fun to have a new bully target. Or maybe some who know the truth people really believed the lies at first and when faced with the truth could not accept it and have been living a painful double life ever since. Tell us your story --how you felt when you found out --what you discovered and when. Prove it to redeem yourself for your part in this. it will set you free! And maybe save your soul. We know how hard it is to tell your truth to a group of skeptical people. We know becuse the media taught them to ridicule us. As Kent said being pariahs even within your own friends and families was not fun. We know that is what you are afraid will happen to you to. But when we you speak out --if you do right now --you have the fact that Thompson came out to help support you . This is the time We know there are more whistleblowers out there . Please. If a group of you come out en masse and do it right you can finally bring down that wall of denial and bring out the truth. And once we have the entire truth those great doctors and researchers out there can have the information they need and the research they need to not only stop neurological damage by injection but to work for a cure. Your truth can do a small part in beginning to repair the damage your complicity caused. It's time! Please do it for our children and young adults with autism, epilepsy, gastrointestinal issues. I see the wall of denial tumbling like a house of cards. Truth is the light at the end of the tunnel.


Yes, these are some sick people. They are on very thin ice at this point. Any more whistleblowers coming out will crack it all open. Better for Offit and others to start looking at things honestly.

Respectful Insolence wasn't exactly attracting a lot of commenters these days anyhow. And notice that there seem to be many males without children supporting their agenda.
Loved this, Dan.


It looks like the Wakefield screen grab was a Facebook messenger message and not iPhone text.

I don't know why they would be so concerned about how the message was delivered though.


I listened to a podcast of an interview Brian Deer gave in 2011. I found one bit especially interesting. From the transcript provided:

"They become suspicious, and they start to think: What's to blame? And then along comes Dr. Wakefield with it's the facts seen, you've been subjected to some sort of conspiracy by government. Centers for Disease Control, the drug companies are knowingly behind it. Wakefield attended a Washington Rally in Washington, D.C., where he not only said the MMR was causing autism but the public health doctors in government and elsewhere knew that the vaccine was causing autism and were covering it up. A most extraordinary allegation to make against members of the medical profession, borne out by nothing in terms of evidence. No whistle-blowers have ever come forward [no evidence] ever produce[d]. Doctors throughout the world confronted with autism or agents have done anything but their best to try to get to the bottom of these things. So, he has gone to the parents and told them they are the victims of a wicked conspiracy which has injured their child; and that makes some of these parents very angry, guilty, hurt; and all of them bewildered about how they can find a way out."


On the subject of "Science"blogs and Orac....

I noticed that Orac has now written two additional columns after his "last word" columns..poor guy is having to play "whack a mole" as additional tidbits keep coming out.

The latest Orac column that AoA references today is a fascinating display of group think. Reading the ever more ludicrous, increasingly desperate explanations for the surfacing of Dr. Thompson's apology is sickening. This is the same level of rhetoric and logical reasoning used by precisely the same people to argue that kids who descend into brain injury, seizures, epilepsy, narcolepsy, autism, and other disabilities "in temporal proximity" to vaccination are not being adversely affected by the vaccines. It makes me want to vomit. These are the people in charge of vaccine safety? Really? And they can't even figure out text messages, something my nine year old can do.

The brilliance of Dr. Thompson's statement is becoming more apparent each day. The first Orac theme was that Thompson hired a law firm to sue Dr. Hooker. Whoops! That turned to be as accurate as anything else he writes.

Orac is the cutting edge of the fascist pharma alliance. The trial balloon now being floated is that Dr. Thompson has done grave disservice to African American children by coming forward. The next card to be played will be that Thompson has gone insane and has joined the ranks of the "extremist anti vaccine nut jobs." That will be a hard sell- as more and more of Thompson's revelations are carefully revealed by his law firm, which to my mind seems refreshingly adept at public relations.

The smart phone apology is just one more head ache for Orac's crew. The hours of recorded conversations, and the thousands of documents controlled by Thompson, will prove to be devastating. The latest example is the recording of Dr. Thompson, senior vaccine scientists with the CDC, explaining that thimerosal is associated with tics, he would never give thimerosal to his own wife, and that tics are associated with autism at 4x the rate of kids who do not have autism. Who cares whether he knew he was being recorded? The operative question is simple, timeless, and relevant- what did he know, and when did he know it? The Wash Post and NYT used to ask questions like that- sadly, no more.

Expect MSM to again ramp up attacks on vaccine cautious families. The usual propaganda outlets are already at work- Today Show, Daily Koz, Daily Beast, NPR, PBS, as documented by Ms Dachel. The vaccine mafia is in the bunker, and the fat is in the fire.

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