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Harassment and silencing of vaccine and GM critics by the University of Exeter

image from ngw.nlBy John Stone

I am publishing this brief correspondence to highlight how our higher educational institutions are becoming the enemies of freedom of speech and intellectual curiosity, not to mention purveyors of falsehood. I am not suggesting that Exeter University is particularly unusual: there are lots of publications of this kind from many academic sources, arguing how to limit and close down debate while using ad hominem tactics posing as hard science. It is interesting to note how the university dealt with this matter. The vice-chancellor and CEO, Sir Steve Smith - who is an expert in the politics of globalisation - handed the matter on to the provost, Prof Janice Kay, a cognitive neuropsychologist, who does not really tell us what she thinks, but passes the buck to the politics department, the publishers and the peer reviewers. She must however know that our schools are by now drowning in unprecedented and unexplained neurological impairment. It seems that the university's coat of arms with the motto  lucem sequimur 'we follow the light' has fallen into disuse, and frankly the spirit of enlightenment is dead as GSK and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation take over the world.

From: John Stone .....
Sent: 24 October 2018 16:20
To: Vice Chancellor.....
Subject: Harassment and silencing of vaccine and GM critics

To Prof Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and CEO University of Exeter

Dear Sir Steve,

I would like to express grave disquiet regarding the paper by Lyons et al and the additional publicity given to it by your university. It really will do no good to target people while not addressing their arguments - it is to say the least an open question who is indulging in "innuendo" as your publicity department put it.

A case in point would be the paper's attack on the competence and integrity of Robert F Kennedy Jnr. The article does not address any specifics of Kennedy's argument in his article while labelling him as "a conspiracy theorist". In this regard it is worth noting that by 2004 the British government, without of course admitting any error, had removed mercury from vaccines - the subject of Kennedy's article - and it was only to make a return to doing so in the highly unfortunate and still unaccounted Pandemrix episode. The safety of using the mercury salt preservative thimerosal/thiomersal has been criticised in many scientific publications.

A further problem is that if people are not allowed to express their concerns - or even their unpleasant experiences - a class of product becomes protected and the hazards to the public increase. There can be no automatic assumption that products are safe, and what is proposed is the intellectual and social suppression of views, experience and knowledge inconvenient to global interests and governments. This does not mean that all opinions are equally valid but it does mean that public debate should be tolerated. The very failure to tolerate debate places a question mark of the motives of the people trying to deny it, and it leaves the public in a dangerous position. It is always possible that this or that product has been slandered, but it does not mean that all products or all public bodies meet the standard, and we cannot proceed on this basis.

I believe by promoting "research" of this kind the University of Exeter is placing itself in an invidious historical position, and I look forward to your views.

Yours sincerely,

John Stone, UK and European Editor, AgeofAutism.com


On 26 Oct 2018, at 15:18,

Dear Mr Stone, (if I may?)

Thank you for writing regarding article ‘Not Just Asking Questions: Effects of Implicit and Explicit Conspiracy Information about Vaccines and Genetic Modification’.

This piece has been written by academic colleagues in our Politics Department and is part of a wider research project about scientific communication. The article focuses upon perceptions of the public about news coverage they read about controversial science and theories around Zika and vaccines were used as part of the study.

I can assure you that Health Communication, which has published the article, is an international, peer-reviewed journal which includes “blind” peer review by two reviewers.

I hope this is helpful.

Best wishes


Janice Kay CBE

Provost & Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology


26 October 2018, 8.25pm

 Dear Prof Kay,

Thank you for responding. However, I am not sure that it helps to put the responsibility on the journal which published the article (and its peer reviewers), rather than what goes on in the University of Exeter. The question is one of intellectual freedom and the manifest intention of de-legitimising, marginalising and censoring opinions with which the authors disagree. You make the point that the authors are from the university’s politics department, so perhaps they are only deferring to authority, but that is not good either.

You mention Zika and it is certainly not surprising that gene editing is a controversial topic which ought to be freely discussed, but I raised as an example from the article (because it was relatively simple but just as germane) the treatment of Robert F KennedyJnr and his concern as a long term environmentalist about injecting mercury in quantities into humans, and infants in particular. The article characterised Kennedy as “a conspiracy theorist” ie someone concocting paranoid theories for possibly improper political advantage or otherwise incompetent, but the article did not even begin to establish this is true, nor have you so far defended it. It was as far as I can see pure ad hominem and the tenor was that of reducing debate about important scientific issues to a “four legs good, two legs bad” level - how do today’s technocrats trounce anyone who comes in their way, without necessarily understanding the issues themselves.

In essence this remains a question for your university and many others at the present time: will there be open and respectful debate about public issues - even if they are technical - or are you as an academic establishment going down the route of hate rhetoric and suppression of inconvenient opinions (which is what this article does)? It does not seem that academic institutions are held by traditional standards anymore. And you have not answered.

Yours sincerely,

John Stone (UK Editor, Age of Autism)


Jeannette Bishop

This is terribly oppressing...



Thanks John , another well pointed out dispute in basic common sense .
Guideline stoodgies galore is the ideal for workplace equiblibrium . Equality and diversity is a great thing but when it is being applied as overall sameness for all people in all situations ,that sounsd like a hive mentality wanting a compliant herd compliant population with a motto indoctrination that the needs of the many outway the needs of the few ?
so them pointing the finger of conspirosy theories etc might want to stop and reflect for a moment as if they point a finger at someone there is three fingers pointing straight back at their own silly we selfies .

Susan Welch

e.a. greenhalgh

Why do you assume that we 'whine' but 'do nothing? You have no idea what we do as individuals.

I find your comments somewhat offensive.



Hi all,
John Stone, thank you so much for your measured and to the point letters that call organizations out. It is such a comfort to know that you are out their taking on giants politely , in ways that they have to respond to.
E A Greenhalg; Probably many of the people here were busy caring for or raising their disabled children during the time period you are referring to. Some may choose to visit your, no doubt informative, website, but it isn't a requirement , and those who choose not to aren't necessarily or even probably "hypocrites". As per your comments, you seem to indicate that so far your approach hasn't actually changed anything yet.
Maybe it will take a lot of people, with lots of different approaches, for change to occur.
Things have happened and changed that once seemed impossible ( the Berlin wall coming down is one I never thought would happen in my lifetime) so change and improvement can happen even when the situation seems insurmountable.


HA HA HA HA .Goodness gracious, you do go on.In 1988 I reported NIH scholarship fraud at teh University of Waterloo and had peer review from Dr.G.L.Nicolson, then Chair at theM.D.Anderson Cancer Center .Long story short, there was a RCMP/FBI/DOJ /RICO investigation which theUniversity of Waterloo had squashed .It is alleged that they bribed former US Pres.Bill Clinton with a million dollar speaking engagement fee to OBSTRUCT JUSTICE and close down the investigation.I have a letter of apology from the US Surgeon General ,Dr.Jocelyn Elders ( see letter posted on www.cancerfraudbadbiotech.com ) . I was blacklisted and suppressed .I sent out dozensof research proposals outlining the theories. It is alleged that the Nobel prize won by Dr.James Allison at Sloanne Kettering Cancer Center was outlined to him and others. Neat eh ? And shortly after this the destruction and slander of Dr.Wakefield occurred. Uh, people, where were YOU ??? Do you really think all this chit chat back and forth on"ethics" and decorum will accomplish anything ? You have NO idea the amount of money involved in the :Centers of Excellence " scheme which is involved with universities and government turning over tax payer funded research to private interests .BILLIONS which I prove if you read the reply from the CEO s of the major pharma companies on the website .They "promised " in return for patent protection to do basic research in Canda .They did NOT ! and that amounts to BILLIONS in Canada alone. Do YOU care!!! Then read my website and tell other academics about it .If you don't and you are a bunch of phonies, frauds and hypocrites, then you will do NOTHING.And then down the road, you'll whine that you have no academic freedom . Thank you .E.A.Greenhalgh MSc ,HBSc

Jenny Allan

It's interesting to see Janice Kay CBE, Provost & Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology, at Exeter University, effectively 'passing the buck' back to the Politics faculty and the journal which published this paper. Psychology is properly classed as a science and Professor Kay will be well aware of the deficiencies in the Lyons et al paper, in particular the paid online responses from Amazon Mechanical Turk, used as the basis for the paper
"The Internet Is Enabling a New Kind of Poorly Paid Hell
For some Americans, sub-minimum-wage online tasks are the only work available."

When one to one questioning of participants is a part of the study, this needs to be done under controlled conditions, usually with the questioner behind a screen to prevent any subliminal messages being picked up by the participants and influencing their responses, since participants might give answers which they perceive as being the wanted responses. The online responses used as a basis for the Lyons et al paper are effectively worthless for any kind of proper scientific analysis. These have the same dubious scientific value as those political ‘opinion polls’ which are often wrong in their predictions.

Furthermore, the chosen ‘conspiracy’ that GM mozzies spread Zika virus by a company with links to the pharmaceutical industry, in order to promote the need for a Zika vaccine is ridiculous. Zika is universally acknowledged to be a very mild transient infection. There was a lot of publicity at the time of the Brazil outbreak about Zika possibly causing fetal microcephaly, if pregnant mothers caught Zika, but again I could find no mention of this in the Lyons et al paper.

John please go back to Professor Kay and ask her what she thinks about the Politics department producing so called ‘scientific’ papers in what is definitely the ‘domain’ of the Psychology department. Even better, in her reply to you she talks about ‘colleagues’ in the Politics department, Was this paper a collaboration between the departments? If not why not? I would guess Prof Kay is attempting to distance herself from this.
Don't let her!!

Susan Welch

Fantastic article, John. Thank you so much for posting your correspondence with Exeter University.

It must be a surprise to them that you are challenging them I imagine they think they can get away with anything. How I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when they had to decide how to tackle your complaint.

Please keep doing what you are so good at

Jenny Allan

John and False Scientists :- A huge expansion of the number of UK Universities during the last 2+ decades has resulted in an over supply of persons with degrees, not matched by job opportunities. Persons with masters and PhDs are often now finding themselves unemployed with a mountain of dept.
There's currently plenty of jobs for Doctors, Teachers, Nurses and those with specialist IT skills, but the 'social sciences' including 'politics' are struggling. Potential students are belatedly realising they are better off with apprenticeships where they earn a wage whilst learning 'on the job'. As a result universities are struggling financially. Some are said to be facing bankruptcy.

These days Universities encourage everyone to be a 'scientist' regardless of their academic backgrounds. Lecturers and academic staff are obliged to produce 'Research Papers', in order to secure a slice of UK and European research cash. The Horizon 2020 fund awards grants to 12% of applications, but the subject matter has to comply with the current agendas of the current governments. This has resulted in Politics and other Social Science faculties becoming psychologists. The psychologists have become neurologists and evolutionists. As for the science faculties - they are more or less forced to 'toe the line'. Independent research and original thinking is discouraged.

It's a long time since my own science studies, but I was taught to critically evaluate research papers, taking nothing at face value. Dominic Sandbrook's 'Micky Mouse' assessment of some university courses these days, extends in my opinion to a large number of those so called 'scientific papers' which have proliferated in recent years. So called 'peer reviews', mostly anonymous, have become meaningless.
As three universities teeter on bankruptcy, former lecturer DOMINIC SANDBROOK says an explosion of Mickey Mouse courses and student places have led to idiocy of the first degree
PUBLISHED: 00:04, 2 November 2018
"I can already hear the howls from university managers. According to their adverts, university gives students unique 'transferable skills'.
Graduates, they claim, will earn a 'premium' of £100,000 over their lifetime, thanks to a degree certificate.
The first of these points is, to be frank, a complete lie. A history degree gives you no skills that you would not get from a degree in plenty of other subjects.
It certainly gives you little that you would not also get from A-level studies, training in all kinds of white-collar jobs, or just reading a book and being a reasonably intelligent adult."

John Stone

False Scientists

I am not sure that the old catergories apply - these are in my opinion totalitarian global corporatists. Anything which stands in the way of the machine (and group think) must be wiped out.

False scientists

John, Fantastic challenge to Exeter U’s pathetic non-defence of their agenda-driven garbage. All of the uni’s have unfortunately become nothing more than Marxist factories. It will take some time before true academics return, but I am hopeful that the Dan is bursting and their ugly agenda is being laid bare to see.

Hans Litten

Posted by: annie | November 03, 2018 at 07:36 PM

Annie - we are the heroes ! You & I & JDS of course !
We are all in this together, & i know we are winning now.

From Offit to Dame Sally Davies to Exeter Univeristy. (Dont forget Dr demented !)

Cant you taste and smell their fear - they are being overrun now.
Poland & Italy sent sb277 packing. Hopefully california can fight back.
Australia has no end of trouble all the time thanks to some great resistance there .

They are globalists who dont want our movement to go global.
They dont want us crossing borders or commuicating (google & farcebook in lockdown).
But Whatsapp is killing them ! I hear in India whatsapp is destroying them.

We are global - we are international - when we are done with vaccines , we can move onto cancer.
Cos Chemo & radiation therapies are more of their lies ! (euthanasia in my view)
Ty Bollinger is a legend and he has been viewed by millions.

Pharma Harma's days are numbered now - writing is on the wall.

Jenny Allan

Why people believe in conspiracy theories
13/02/2018 / ESRC
by Benjamin Lyons, Vittorio Merola, and Jason Reifler

Conspiracy theories are finally out of the shadows.
Quote:-"(for example, people who see the world as a battle between good and evil are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories) and situational reasons (for example, people who experience a loss of control are more likely to believe conspiracy theories).

Well now you know folks!!

The experiment concentrated on what these researchers called a real conspiracy belief; (quote):- "The belief that the Zika epidemic in Brazil was caused by the release of genetically modified mosquitoes by a subsidiary of a pharmaceutical company that was hoping to profit from a future vaccine." More than 1000 participants were given limited information, including the actual release of GM mosquitoes and the apparent need for a vaccine, and asked if they thought the conspiracy theory was true or believable. Only the control group was told the GM mozzies were released after the event and the company involved had no links to the pharmaceutical industry.

In fact, the Zika outbreak in Brazil was very soon over. Some babies were born with microcephaly, but it is difficult to find accurate numbers, and it is now admitted more research is needed to prove a link to the Zika virus. Some pharmaceutical companies were keen to develop a vaccine, against Zika, but funding issues and the time taken to develop such a vaccine meant this could not be an immediate priority.

This stuff is what passes for 'science' in universities these days and everyone is out for a slice of the funding. In this case something called the European Horizon 2020 fund with nearly 80 billion euros to give away to 'researchers'.

Quote:- "Within H2020 Societal Challenges are projects seeking solutions for challenges within society. Grants are available for:
 Health, demographic change and wellbeing
 Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research
 Secure, clean and efficient energy
 Smart, green and integrated transport
 Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
 Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
 Secure societies"

I think that covers everything including such contentious issues as vaccines, GM foods and environmental controls and of course, climate change.
It's a nice big trough for researchers to feed from. Roll on Brexit!!


Dr Lyons-Weiler standing up to NYU's Art Caplan:


You gentlemen are truly heroes! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Gary Ogden

Thanks, John, for everything. Hold their feet to the fire.

Angus Files

Superb article John and thanks for highlighting this.It sent me on a quick search for globalisation and education.I came up with the paper below from Leeds another great place of debate and learning at one time.Very scary how it explains that the whole continent of Europe must roll over for the corporate giants.No wonder there rabid attacks on anyone who questions corporate -globalism.Anyone who supports Globalism is are not anyone's friends especially on here.

As submitted to the powerful 1922 Committee


Pharma For Prison


John Stone


Many thanks - I was just checking out the quote on Wikiquotes and found this commentary:

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
"This is probably the most quoted statement attributed to Burke, and an extraordinary number of variants of it exist, but all without any definite original source. They closely resemble remarks known to have been made by the Utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill, in an address at the University of St. Andrew (1 February 1867) : Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. The very extensively used remarks attributed to Burke might be based on a paraphrase of some of his ideas, but he is not known to have ever declared them in so succinct a manner in any of his writings. It has been suggested that they may have been adapted from these lines of Burke's in his Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770): "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." (see above)
"This purported quote bears a resemblance to the narrated theme of Sergei Bondarchuk's Soviet film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, produced in 1966. In it the narrator declares "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing", although since the original is in Russian various translations to English are possible. This purported quote also bears resemblance to a quote widely attributed to Plato, that said "The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." It also bears resemblance to what Albert Einstein wrote as part of his tribute to Pablo Casals: "The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it."

So lots of people almost said it including Burke. There are lots of other interesting things Burke also said listed in the entry. I particularly liked:

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."

bob moffit

"I am publishing this brief correspondence to highlight how our higher educational institutions are becoming the enemies of freedom of speech and intellectual curiosity, not to mention purveyors of falsehood."

John .. greatly appreciate your untiring effort to challenge and engage those failing to uphold the trust and confidence of the people they have been tasked with "educating" but voluntarily chose to "indoctrinate" instead. The vast majority of today's universities major in "sophistry" .. which Webster's defines as: "misleading but clever reasoning" .. as evidenced by the sophist response you received.

Unfortunately .. the collapse of academia is just one of the numerous collapses of institutions throughout the developed world .. public health, military, science, religion, journalism, entertainment, sports, on and on. At my advanced age .. by now a confirmed cynic .. I cannot think of a single institution that has maintained the respect and confidence I had as a much younger man .. NOT ONE.

I none-the-less remain hopeful our struggling institutions are not lost forever .. as long as good men like YOURSELF .. continue to speak truth to power .. personifying that old Edmund Burke saying:

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" ..


Well done John, superb as always!

At one point Exeter was seen as a respected university, they need to retract this immediately to show they are not compromised.

One would have expected an improvement there after Edzard Ernst retired, but unfortunately it hasn't happened.

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