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The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield
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A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy. As ever, I'm sure a few spelling errors have slipped past me. Feel free to point any out so I can correct them.

The reference links for the strip are in the next blog entry.

Now! Let's have a heated debate!

2013 update. Since I wrote this blog entry, this cartoon strip as well as many others on such subjects as homeopathy, chiropratic, evolution, and the supposed NASA Moon hoax landings, have been published in a book: Science Tales in the UK (Myriad Edtions) and How To Fake A Moon Landing in the US and Canada (Abrams). Here's the link to my main blog.

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I am Darryl Cunningham and this is my main blog.

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Wow, excellent comic! The manipulation of the photo-copied images adds a real dimension to the storytelling. I am a terrible speller, though, so I can't help with that...

It's unfortunate that the conspiracy angle against vaccination has gained such headway; once anything like that gets out, any attempt to counter it comes across as more conspiracy. It doesn't help that it's Big Pharma in the spotlight-- they don't have the best track record.
It's also sad that we'd have to rely on journalists, editors and newspapers to keep us informed about these things. This is the twenty-first century, after all, and we may not have those things around much longer.

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Well there are sources of news and there are "sources of news." And there are more and more digital voices that call themselves journalists, but have none of the training or ethic. If the discussion is about how to best translate and present science news to people, I don't think I'm being unreasonably pessimistic. The comic portrays an excellent example of this: even though the Lancet has recalled the paper and the original stories have been debunked, those same sources are used all the time by the anti-immunization movement. Most of the actual journalists I know would know better than to cite them now. But there is no comparable set of standards on re:re:re: forwarded emails and "OMG did you know?" shock posts.

I'm not saying that digital technology is going to destroy us all-- I'm pointing out that digital technology is contributing to the issue discussed in the comic.

Unfortunately, many of those who have the training, don't have the ethic. At this point, calling someone out because they're making money on one side or the other is rather bogus, I fear, as *BOTH* sides tend to get paid to make their case however they can. I think this is part of a larger flaw in the US system, at least, where in our legal system pits two sides in a dispute against each other, missing the fact that there may in fact be a third side that is true. The prosecutor is not paid to find out the truth - he's paid to make sure the person is found guilty. The defense attorney is not paid to find out the truth, he's paid to make sure the person is found innocent. Even the police, perhaps theoretically paid to find out the truth, in effect are not - they're (or they perceive themselves as) paid to find the evidence the prosecutor needs to convict, *AND* to "solve" the case as fast as possible - where "solve" is taken to mean to get a conviction (which means they did find the guy who did it) or an acquittal (which is taken to mean they found the guy who did it, but he got off on a technicality).

Democracy doesn't work. Socialism doesn't work. Libertarianism has never really been tried, but it would require a much more educated and motivated population. We have a lot of work to do to find something that *WILL* work.

Socialism has never been tried! As a libertarian socialist, i'd even say genuine democracy hasn't really been tried, either.

Libertarianism, imo, is often "partly" tried out; where it supports big business interests, or attacks public spending, lobbyists often become libertarians.

The fact that the mainstream media is owned by the same people who own 'big Pharma' makes any and all medical facts suspect. The relationship between facts and truth has never been established. I agree of course that we should treat facts without any evidence as suspect but that is the problem with facts how much evidence does one need before we honor the fact with truth status? And how do we recognze the difference between facts which have since been disproven and facts that are the real truth!? For an example of a fact that has been disproven think about the bacteria that is now known to cause some kinds of stomach ulcer and the previously well known fact that bacteria cannot survive in the Stomach. So, when does the truth become patently false and how is it that your facts are at once the truth and patently false?

We don't have to rely on journalists & Newspapers, we can do research ourselves on this magic box called a computer. Just be sure to use varied & reputable sources. Who funds the site you get your information from? Are they biased? What affiliations do they have? etc... Check sources world wide, you'd be surprised by what does not get reported in the USA.

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