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Note: As if to prove Nancy's point, yesterday we got this comment from Ken Reibel, "Autism News Beat" blogger, and  mocker extraordinaire. Imagine belittling families whose kids are sick, injured, maybe have died. Ken enjoys such sport. Don't be like Ken. Be human.  "I think a Vaxxed clown car would be more appropriate."

By Nancy Hokkanen

On August 25 the VaxXed bus arrived in Minneapolis, bringing Polly Tommey and driver Anu Vaidya for a second round of interviews memorializing people’s adverse reactions to vaccines. The number of interviewees’ signatures on the big black RV

Vaxxed bus looking
Craig Egan, Karen Ernst and Patsy Stinchfield view the VaxXed bus. (Photo by TEAM TMR’s Rogue Zebra.)

is more than 6,400.

During the 8-hour stop at Minnehaha Falls Park, Tommey and Vaidya were welcomed by dozens of appreciative vaccine injury victims and their families, along with local natural health practitioners and health freedom advocates. Visitors talked and networked by the bus and under a gazebo, distracted occasionally by brief showers – and for a short time by an impotent handful of misguided protesters.

The peripatetic Tommey, a compassionate autism mum, had allowed herself only a brief break following her internationally-publicized Australia trip with Dr. Suzanne Humphries. Among the complications and corruptions: the Australian Prime Minister’s wife chairs a pharma corporation that’s collaborated with Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline.

The official VAXXED YouTube Channel is home to Polly Tommey’s VaxXed bus interviews. As with other stops, Tommey live-streamed interviews on VaxXed’s Facebook page and using the Periscope app.

How does Polly continue this emotionally challenging archiving of vaccine injury testimonies? “Each sad report makes me more motivated to keep going,” said Tommey. “The next story is what keeps me going. ‘How dare you hurt that person; how dare you kill that mother’s baby’... That pain, it’s a knife right to the heart... I look into the eyes of these other parents, and I see it; it makes my heart weep every single time. We have to stop ‘people in pain.’”

Vaidya has driven about half of the roughly 40,000 miles on the VaxXed bus. Like the autism parents he meets, he has become an insightful analyst of his voluminous readings and firsthand observations. “At a certain point, anecdotal evidence actually builds on itself and becomes a large enough data set to be scientifically relevant – at which point you should be developing scientific studies and actually research it,” Vaidya said. “So to disregard anecdotal data is to say that you don’t even want to think about a hypothetical scientific discovery. Which is anti-science.”

Vaxxed mutant and proud
Protesters at VaxXed bus in Minneapolis 8-25-17. (Photo by TEAM TMR’s Rogue Zebra.)

Some Minnesota VaxXed interviews were done earlier, off the bus, such as a conversation with a doctor who formerly was staunchly pro-vaccination. Dr. Bob Zajac is a board-certified pediatrician and father of eight with 15 years in child development and special education. A self-described former “bully” about vaccines, he began noticing that chiropractic patients were healthier than his. “When I started reading vaccine inserts, I was blown away at what had been studied or not studied… It changed my life when I saw vaccines having a higher injury rate than expected.”

Without violating patient confidentiality, Dr. Zajac talked about two undeniable cases of vaccine injury in his practice. “Hard to admit that I struggled with recognizing that really happened to my patient… it opened up my eyes.” He now reads an hour a day about vaccine issues, and acknowledged the amount of information gathering done by parents: “Once your child is injured by vaccines, you’ll never stop researching it.”

Organizers of the Minneapolis VaxXed stop withheld its Mississippi River stop location publicly because of troublemakers. One was Craig Egan, a miscreant with suspect funding who boasts online about his national stalking of the bus and its grieving visitors. Nonetheless he and a handful of protesters appeared brandishing a few signs (such as the inapplicable “Mutant and Proud”), but left after some sprinkles of rain. Someone even attempted to shut down the VaxXed event by calling park police, though event organizers had a permit.           

"I wonder why Craig Egan and the rest of his trolls are trying to intimidate families who have vaccine injured children?” asked Wayne Rohde of the Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota. “He has no heart or conscience for understanding others who are living and struggling with disabilities."

Another empathy-challenged intruder was Karen Ernst of the faux consumer group Voices for Vaccines, who showed up to



Make American Vaccinate again
Karen Ernst of Voices for Vaccines and Craig Egan laugh it up while vaccine injury victims, families and advocates visit the VaxXed bus in Minneapolis 8-25-17. (Photo from Egan’s site.)

lurk and smirk. Though the VaxXed bus is a travelling monument recognizing health damage and deaths caused by vaccines, photos taken that day indicate she found the gathering amusing. Her disturbingly inappropriate affect is profoundly disrespectful at an event commemorating the sick and dead, their caregivers, and their mourners.

Adding insult to vaccine injury, Ernst approached the bus with Patsy Stinchfield, a long-time Children’s Hospital nurse, media favorite and (per Linkedin) “Infection Preventionist” who’s pushing to add a third MMR shot to children’s vaccination schedules. “I was shocked to see Patsy Stinchfield attend with a paid troll who has made serious violent threats to the VaxXed crew,” said Patti Carroll of the Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota. “This supposed ‘professional’ took part in harassing people who were telling their vaccine injury stories.”

Rather than listen to victims’ health realities or suggest medical treatments, Nurse Stinchfield patronized them by proposing what amounted to irrelevant “alternate facts.” “Stinchfield actually tried to suggest alternative diagnoses for them — without knowing anything about their medical history, which vaccines were received, or what their health status was at the time of the vaccine injury,” Carroll said. “This is a perfect example of the callous disregard shown by the medical establishment toward those who are harmed by vaccines."

That same day the self-serving Stinchfield apparently made a YouTube video with Egan, who to all but the cognitively Craig YouTubedissonant appears at times emotionally unstable. Also that day, Minnesota officials declared that state’s measles epidemic ended. Though the Internet abounds with Stinchfield’s quotes about measles, she is suspiciously quiet regarding Minnesota’s epidemic of mumps in vaccinated people – whose etiology likely hearkens back to vaccine failure and the Merck whistleblower “Protocol 007” lawsuit in Pennsylvania.

To victims of iatrogenic injury, being perversely subjected to cruel harassment by a pharma-friendly nurse should warrant professional repercussions. "Why does Patsy Stinchfield berate and ridicule parents of vaccine-injured children, who are waiting in line to share their story?” Rohde asked. “That is not professional; that is not what a caring medical practitioner would do. Maybe the state medical board should review her actions.”

As a VaxXed driver Vaidya has interacted with a variety of protesters at the bus who’ve been misinformed about Tommey’s intent, and/or don’t realize the evidentiary value of the myriad vaccine injury recordings. “What we’re out here to do is these stories; it’s not about making a big public statement,” said Vaidya. “And so situations like today where we have people show up that are protesting, it just doesn’t make any sense – the argument being that since it’s anecdotal, it should be disregarded.” In describing evaluation of scientific evidence Vaidya cited historical examples such as Galileo and Babylonia, adding, “The truth of the matter is that most discovery science has started from an anecdotal perspective.”

Why is Minnesota such a hot-button stop for the VaxXed team? Because it’s a financially entangled hub of vaccine promotion, home to:

- Merck researchers Dr. Gregory Poland and Dr. Robert Jacobson, at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic;

- pharma-funded faux consumer groups Immunization Action Coalition and Voices for Vaccines, whose members publish scientific inaccuracies and malign vaccine injury victims online, and whose board members have financial conflicts of interest;

- CIDRAP, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota; in fall 2012 director Michael Osterholm angered many by suggesting influenza vaccinations need an extensive, expensive “Manhattan Project” revamping;

- America's Health Insurance Plans' Vaccination and Immunization Working Group member Dr. James Nordin, whose hot-button studies include flu shots, Tdap and HPV vaccines during pregnancy (why?); wheezing in asthmatic children after nasal vaccination (now withdrawn); and race/ethnic disparities after vaccination (think #CDCwhistleblower).

- former ACIP member and measles alarmist Kris Ehresmann, the state’s infectious disease division director who has an autistic son.

With so much pressure from vaccine promoters, Minnesota is also home to:

- ever-increasing numbers of educated parents of vaccine-injured children working to prevent others’ injuries;

- including a disproportionately large population of Somali immigrant families whose children suffer a high rate of autism caused by the MMR vaccine;

- established health freedom activists united with other groups across the state, nation and internationally;

- organized pushback maintaining one of the strongest vaccine exemption policies in the U.S., including a philosophical exemption.

Though the VaxXed crew is performing a crucial public outreach service by archiving medical experiences for posterity, they do not receive state or federal funding. The VaxXed website provides a wealth of vaccine safety information; one important file is downloads of the CDC autism/MMR files released by CDC senior scientist Dr. William Thompson.

Davenport, Iowa was the next stop for the VaxXed bus, followed by stops in Missouri and then safely back to Texas. The bus’s home base is about 200 miles northwest of Houston, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

To help bring an end to vaccine injuries, Tommey advises everyone to report their families’ vaccine injury observations online. “Join us on social media; join our team,” Tommey said. “And go out on their social media, and go out on everywhere, because we have to. We have to shout, and the best shouting is out on social media these days. Contact us; if anybody wants to be an ambassador, they just contact [email protected].”



Joy B

I wonder if Egan is the same chap I ran into on reddit a few weeks ago who claimed to be writing a book on "conspiracy theories" and had attended the antivax cruise for "material", he directed me to his blog which seemed like a rent-a-blog, like they all do...

Like someone said below, these types are often employed by security/strategy companies and they have multiple "missions". You'll see them defending GMOs, the MIC, and Vaccines all under the same handle. Sloppy if you ask me, but then again look at their idiot employers.


Thanks, Nancy -- great article!


"Frumpy demented old clods"



First one heartless person generated misinformation, another person repeated it without investigating it, then others replicated and published it. All at the expense of the injured, the dead and their loved ones.

Certainly sounds familiar.


Thank you all for continuing to take the vaxxed bus around the country. It is only one way we can make people aware; since corporations and government own the text books, the education system, the newspapers, the TV news. actually got all their bases covered to just to lie.

Grace Green

Pondering Carol's quote from that very tragic case of what we in the UK call Cot Death, I'm wondering how They can expect us to believe that They don't know what causes SIDS. Death can never be a "syndrome". And if They admit that in this case it was caused by JB's vaccines, Someone must have administered those vaccines, under instructions from Many Others, which makes it look to me like manslaughter, as we call unintentional murder.


Ah yes, little Kenny Reibel. His now defunct Autism News Beat website was an cesspool of uneducated opinions and hypocrisy. Fortunately, everyone realized that this uneducated cretin was incapable of formulating his own opinion, much less his own thoughts, so they quit visiting his site. And now his site is gone, whereas this one is still going strong.

Let's look at his comment...

"I think a Vaxxed clown car would be more appropriate."

Will you be driving it, Kenny?


Just curious: Any attempts to approach Craig and have him give a calm, collected interview with the Vaxxed team, as a way of overcoming the stalking. My guess is he would refuse.

Gerardo Martinez

Age of Autism,
Thank you for all that you do. I spent 3 tense nights here in the Houston Area in our home. Just me and my 10 year old nonverbal son and three dogs. My wife and other 3 children were stuck in Austin, due to the flooded highways. Kept monitoring the water level on our street and backyard. My bedtime was late 1 am-2 a.m. My worst fear was planning for getting my son and I on top of our roof plus our three small dogs. Thank God we are safe and the plan was never implemented. The constant hard rain at night was indeed terrifying.

To those "people" protesting the Vaxxed bus- get real! Did you not notice all the signatures and names of the vaccine injured on the bus??? Goodness, why would they make it all up. My beautiful one year old son Sam, who was verbal and so healthy up to you got it the MMR at 12 months old. We pretty much lost him after the MMR- Speech was gone within 4 months and all of a sudden food allergies, head banging and GI issues. Got parts of him back after some HBOT and chealation treatments.
Vaxxed protesters why would I make this up??? Shame on you. Acknowledge there is vaccine injury/deaths. And your safety studies are lacking a real scientific approach. Iv'e read AoA for the past 6 years and this is my first post. Keep up the great work.
God is Love.

Thomas C Petrie

- pharma-funded faux consumer groups Immunization Action Coalition and Voices for Vaccines, whose members publish scientific accuracies and malign vaccine injury victims online, and whose board members have financial conflicts of interest;

Even as an ADHD adult, I like to read ALL the words so I understand everything. So it looks like we mean "publish scientific inaccuracies.'

Just saying.

Great article! Hard to imagine the level of insensitivity these two idiots are showing by protesting the VAXXED bus! Just sick, demented and rude. I wonder who paid for those stupid t-shirts?


As usual, the trolls have nothing to say other than blather. No facts, no insights. Just vacuity.

These creatures' thoughtless mentality resembles those responsible for the 2013 Asiana Airlines crash TV debacle. First one heartless person generated misinformation, another person repeated it without investigating it, then others replicated and published it. All at the expense of the injured, the dead and their loved ones.

Then again, that also sounds like the people who brought us Thimerosal.

Michael Potvin

Craig Egan is the Fred Phelps of stalking. He thinks it's funny to follow a bus.

Does Craig realize how stupid he looks? Probably not. You're not going to change minds by waving your stupid signs.


"Mutant and Proud"??? Say what?

Are they protesting Vaxxed or the Trask Industries Sentinel program?

Is this all a big joke to these people? Do they not see the irony?

Managing Editor for Truth Coward

"Truth" comment?

Aaaaaannnnnd more proof. Sometimes this job is just too easy.


Angus Files

The truth always wins.This bus malarkey sending cowardly pharma trolls out to hassle? Real panic material is it not?If the moronic pharma handlers are telling them to get out and stop that bus Pharma must be really scared of Polly and the parents.

Funny side offit is, that it brings back memories of the Banana Splits and"Hooold that bus" seems the Banana Splits had more sense about them though!

Pharma for Prison


The Truth

Wow... you're all a bunch of psychopaths.

Because "science"

Craig Egan doubles as a GMO advocate which strongly suggests he's paid by a Stratton-like security company contracted by pharma and Monsanto as well as the government. Trolls are created by the "plausible deniability" of "public-private" contracts like this, meaning they're a neoliberal phenomenon. Without privatization, they would not be able to hide their ties for long or get away with harassment.

What's funny is that such an enormous, moneyed operation can only get these frumpy demented old clods to fill the job.

By his attire, he's clearly not paid very well. Times are tough though and he toils for his lunch money.

Tim Lundeen

@carol Thanks. I reposted on FB through my tears. "On September 2, 2011, J.B., a healthy 5mo old boy, got five vaccines. The next day he was dead."


When anyone thinks that a product of any kind needs a "voice," and works to give a "voice" to that product even if that product kills and harms babies, children and adults, that is proof positive that they are off their rockers, or paid industry whores, or both. Ernst, Egan, and Stichfield lack the morals and intelligence to understand that no one can pick on the disabled, the deceased, or their parents and somehow come away untainted and unstained. They will be judged by One with real power one day, and when that happens, they will each come to understand that they actually have none, not even the power to persuade. What complete idiots-- and assholes!


Cait from Canada:
Thanks, you are correct -- the word should read "inaccuracies."

Ten years ago former U-Kentucky chemistry chair Boyd Haley, PhD tried to school MDH's Kris Ehresmann on her inaccuracies regarding mercury toxicity. However she's chosen to repeat party lines claiming Thimerosal is safe, or that it's out of vaccines.

Managing Editor for Johnny Coward

Dear Johnny Coward,

We published your dreck to prove Nancy's point. Thanks for that.


David Weiner

These protesters should put in applications with the Westboro Church. Their qualifications can not be doubted.

Johnny no name

Keep up the good fight Craig! You are super awesome.

Jeannette Bishop

Thank you for this write-up. Polly is doing a miraculous work. I've tried to follow all the injury stories and just couldn't continue. Though part of me wants to view each one (and I may eventually).

One recent interview I saw that may have been in Minnesota has the mother trying to describe how her baby died with protestors honking some clown horn in the background. I was crying both because of her story and because of the timing of the rain. I'm sure the rain was Heaven sent and crying with her.


Egan and Ernst would find this vaccine court decision hilarious, no doubt:

"....After carefully analyzing and weighing all of the evidence and testimony presented in this case in accordance with the applicable legal standards, the undersigned finds that petitioners have met their legal burden. Petitioners have put forth preponderant evidence that the vaccines J.B. received on September 2, 2011 actually caused or substantially contributed to his death from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Furthermore, respondent has failed to put forth preponderant evidence that J.B.’s death was in fact caused by factors unrelated to the vaccines. Accordingly, petitioners are entitled to compensation."

On September 2, 2011, J.B., a healthy 5mo old boy, got five vaccines. The next day he was dead.


Well done Age of Autism and Team Vaxxed . A welcome breath of fresh air for the public and professionals alike ,but oh dear,Health and Social care Professionals now demonstrating by their actions,in public as well that they have shifted their ethical and moral goalposts right off their own playing fields ,aye right off it! .Commercialization of ethical and moral professional basic standards now in direct crossed swords conflict with normal/usual professional codes of conduct . You will spot the onsies with a hive mindset usually taking selfies on the losing side of the playing field a mile away .They are the ones who leave their professional codes of conduct in the bed pan preperation area beside the last one on the shelf . We used to call it His and Hers corridor Queen mentality with "so called BEST INTERESTS " tick box questionnaire with clip board and usually tripping over their own self importance halfway along the hospital corridor with the latest longitudinal rampant controlled Fool's gold standard study . Professionals who are not ethically and morally anchored in "The Basics" are about as much use to humanity as a lighthouse in the middle of a hot as hell desert . Vaccination products with no health and safety risk assessments available "Can hold that last result , because their balls are up on the slates ,so their games a bogie ! We are not playing their game so they will be left alone on the playing field with only their own silly wee selfies to play with !

Hans Hitten

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — When a child has a serious reaction to a vaccine, the chances of it happening again are slim, a new analysis suggests.

The review, of 29 studies, found that severe vaccine reactions recurred rarely, if ever, when a child received the same vaccine again, or one with similar ingredients. Those reactions included seizures and a potentially dangerous allergic response called anaphylaxis.

Paul Offit the Scoundrel response :
“This is one of the most common questions I get,” he said.
He is calling it “welcome information.”

Hans Hitten

The BBC and the privately owned WHO are very worried about the Arsenic levels in the drinking water of tens of millions of people in Pakistan (natural Arsenic contamination apparently).

But at the same time neither of these bodies are at all alarmed at the deliberate fluoride contamination
in the drinking water of hundreds of millions of their own citizens\subjects .
The Nazi aligned Public Health England even going so far to add Fluoride to the school milk of infants in the very same year the Lancet and other scientific publications finally admitted Fluoride is a neurotoxin on a par with or worse than Lead Pb .

Cait from Canada

Nancy, what do you man by "publish scientific accuracies" or is this an error? (2nd point under why Minnesota is a hot-button stop)

Hans Hitten

The Intelligence Authorization Act – if passed – will not only do grave damage to the First Amendment and the freedom of the press, but will also criminalize the exchange of information.

Telling the truth about the Vaccine Fraud will end in a 10 year stretch in Pentonville .
and Police Heliopters are going to become a thing of the past , Drones will be used across our cities to fight resistance , sorry my mistake, I mean to fight crime .

bob moffit

"One was Craig Egan, a miscreant with suspect funding who boasts online about his national stalking of the bus and its grieving visitors."

I suspect Craig Egan is a well-financed member of a growing industry of "smear merchants" .. an industry whose only purpose is to cause as much disruption and chaos at events .. sponsored by whomever the industry has "targeted".

Common sense suggests these people would not take the time .. nor make the effort .. to "stalk the bus" .. unless THEY WERE BEING WELL PAID TO DO SO.

Hans Hitten


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