By Anne Dachel
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May 23, 2015, New York Times: What's Behind Big Science Frauds?
May 22, 2015, The Kerryman (Ireland): Parents say teachers need better training on providing for children with autism
Those were all frauds published in the world's top scientific journals - The Lancet, Science and Nature. The vaccine scare has been associated with a surge in cases of measles, some of them deadly.
Listen to this double speak/stupidity from THE NEW YORK TIMES. It makes NO SENSE.
The "newspaper of record" in the U.S. is the prime example of senseless journalism mimicked by every other paper out there.
The Times slammed all the FRAUD being published in "the world's top scientific journals"---including the Lancet study that linked vaccines to autism.
The Times has their selective science.
(This is the same paper that is quick to tell us "studies show no link" when the question is, Do vaccines cause autism?)
If a study shows vaccines have serious side effects, its authors are "dishonest scholars." Yet these same people are more than willing to accept a study disproving a link as legitimate journalism. (Excuse me, but neither Marcus or Oransky bring up the uncomfortable topic of BIAS AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.
It's a little hard to pretend that there is no research that shows vaccines have serious side effects. It's piling up. ...BUT...according to these two members of the media, we're supposed to believe that it's all just fraudulent science, even though it comes from places like Columbia University and the University of British Columbia.
The NY Times never asks about the conflicts in the official studies they're willing to believe. (And in the case of vaccine safety, every study disproving a link has been shown to have ties to the vaccine industry.)
"What's behind big science [and media] frauds?" ...Self-protection and lots of pharma money.
The Kerryman (Ireland)
While many Irish universities that offer teaching courses provide training to teachers on autism care in the classroom, parents with autistic children in schools want to see a more comprehensive training programme.
. . . Last year's budget saw 365 SNAs being provided, along with 480 more resource teachers. Additionally, there were also over 130 new special classes set up for the 2014/2015 school year. These changes come as the Department of Education is spending ?80 million in 2015 to provide more staff to the country's growing school-going population.
. . .The number of diagnoses for autism in Ireland is increasing - it is currently estimated that 600 children a year are being born with ASD. This places an increased demand on the education system and to meet this demand, the number of SNAs in the county is set to rise to 11,330 in 2015.
. . .In a 2011 briefing by the National Autistic Society in the UK they confirmed that the condition now affects over half a million people in the UK - that's one in 100. "There is no reason to believe that incidence in Ireland is any different," according to Irish Autism Action. "Although it is widely maintained that the increase in incidence can, in part, be attributed to better diagnostic procedures, it is apparent that the condition itself is reaching epidemic proportions worldwide."
This rise in diagnosis is mirrored in Ireland, where it is now estimated that about 600 children per year are born with ASD. Liz Swords believes that the appropriate response to this rising occurrence is a more open society.
This is more of the same bizarre reporting we're all so used to. Ireland is faced with increasing numbers of autistic children. Teachers have to be trained to deal with these disabled students. While the numbers continue to climb, there is no demand for a reasonable explanation. Thrown in the middle of this is the scary line: 'It is apparent that the condition itself is reaching epidemic proportions worldwide,' along with a vague reference to 'better diagnostic procedures.'
I guess it's not politically polite to ask what's going on. In addition, we're told that children are born with autism, all we really need to do is become "a more open society."
That's a no brainer. Since universally no one wants to do anything to stop the autism epidemic, we'll need to accommodate a significant part of the population with serious neurological problems. And of course we're all going to have to be willing to provide the financial support they'll need as dependent adults--a population that does not current exist in significant numbers.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.