This article came into my email yesterday. Thank for Lord I wasn't mid-coffee sip. I'd have choked or had a major keyboard clean up laughing. If you'd like to have a frank conversation with the vast majority of us who have kids with vax injury and who have dedicated and sacrificed to try to prevent others from falling into the same rabbit hole, check out the tax returns of the non-profits. The kitchen table non profits. Age of Autism? We file the post card tax return every year. Google it. Most of the orgs doing on the ground work have salaries that could fill a thimble and leave room for your thumb. Do we deserve to make a decent salary? Hell yes. I made more money when the Apple Mac was the new kid on the block. This work is a labor of agony and love and a refusal to quit. Stubborn. That's what we are. Too stubborn to walk away and make more doing unfulfilling work. Too stubborn to leave behind friends who've become family. Our autism family. Sure, the big orgs like Autism Speaks, who were never about to jeopardize funds by pursuing the V is for Verboten topic, had huge salaries. Maybe other orgs we know do too. God bless them. The orgs that have fought for more than 15 years for every individual with autism that I know and respect operate on shoestrings. Some have partners who help support our work. Others successful non-autism businesses that allow them to rock the autism work. And thank God for that.
Are there shysters and opportunists? Yes. And we've seen some come and go over the years. But I will tell you in no uncertain terms, we do not get rich doing this. WE GET BROKE.
We were here through H1N1 Swine flu. Antivaxxing. We were here through Ebola. Antivaxxing. (By the way, the Ebola vaccine was announced just before Covid, and went into hiding I guess.) And we'll be here during and after the Covid hysteria. Because autism doesn't wax or wane. It's here and even if it disappeared tonight, our loved ones have a long life ahead of them and they need us.
The article below has one mission. Protect the Covax. Become one of the Vaccinointed and you too can join the choir.
How COVID-conspiracists and anti-vaxxers are getting organised and making money
By Sanya Burgess and Victoria Elms, reporters
It's easy to dismiss conspiracy theorists who say COVID-19 doesn't exist, or that we are all living through a "plandemic" - an event orchestrated by the evil and powerful.
But NHS workers and the police have told Sky News the people who spread those theories are a "genuine problem", whose "fake news" may damage generations to come.
The Police Federation told Sky News currently around three quarters of protests are against lockdown restrictions. Worryingly, the remainder are largely organised by COVID-conspiracists and anti-vaxxers.
Sky News took a detailed look at those promoting COVID conspiracy theories in the UK - online and offline.
We found endless groups and pages circulating conspiracies, but three organisations dominate the landscape - Stand Up X, Stop New Normal and Save Our Rights UK.
These groups seek to generate money, often through donations. The leader of one group has amassed at least £45,000 from the public. Other groups have launched paid-for social media platforms and a shop.
Our investigation into these three groups shows they push an array of conspiracies including that coronavirus is less harmful than science says, to denying COVID-19 exists at all, to the debunked dangers of taking the vaccine. Read more here.