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CDC Whistleblower: Isn’t this like, y’know, news?


Celia Farber, who is covering the CDC whistleblower story over on her blog, (here) challenged my statement from my previous blog post that I don’t really care about this story by suggesting that perhaps I do.  I have to admit, she’s right.  I do care.  The vaccine whistleblower story is one that I can’t really stomach.  People have been deliberately causing harm and misery for profit.  I do care about that.  And I want to help put an end to it.

You can read the full story on the Epoch Times, which is the first large media outlet to cover the story.  (Here.)

Here’s the short version of what’s going on:  On August 19th, Focus Autism, an advocacy group, sent out a press release stating that a whistleblower had led Dr. Brian Hooker to evidence that a major CDC paper commonly used to show that there is no link between vaccines and autism was based on fraudulent data.  (here)

Thompson guided Hooker until he finally got to a document, secured through a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request that demonstrated that the data had been fudged.  Hooker published a peer reviewed paper using the newly obtained correct data.

UPDATE 9-13-14:  The original link to the peer reviewed paper was removed with this note:

This article has been removed from the public domain because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions. The journal and publisher believe that its continued availability may not be in the public interest.

I found a new link to it.

A woman who goes by “Bobby Dee” online published the story on CNN’s iReport, a non vetted outlet for reader submitted stories.  From there the story has been removed and re-instated several times.  (Here.)  The story is making the rounds of the alternate press, but has been ignored by major media outlets.  Whistleblowers and government fraud generally make the news, so what gives?

Stories about skeptic misbehavior and psi research are legitimately obscure topics, but not this one.  This is a topic of national interest that’s frequently been in the news over several years.  And this breaking news story deals with the very heart of the issue.  In short, there is absolutely no excuse for media silence.  For my part, I sent in a tip to sfgate, a local news source.  We’ll see what happens.

I am suggesting that everyone submit tips about this story to your regional newspaper.  Maybe if enough regional news sources carry the story, the national news sources will be forced to deal with it.

Let’s do this . . .

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For the children.

P.S.  Speaking of autism, there was an amazing telepathy experiment that was presented at the Parapsychology Association conference earlier this month.  I just haven’t had time to follow up on it yet.  More later.

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13 comments on “CDC Whistleblower: Isn’t this like, y’know, news?

  1. Thomas Jespersen
    September 8, 2014

    I see that the corrected peer-reviewed paper you linked has been removed http://www.translationalneurodegeneration.com/content/3/1/16/abstract

  2. Sheila Joshi
    August 31, 2014

    Thanks for publicizing this very important and outrageous issue.

    A similar cover-up is going on regarding psychiatric medications and their egregious adverse effects, side effects, and withdrawal effects for fetuses, children, teens, and adults.

    http://antidepressantwithdrawal.info/forum/showthread.php?846-Toxic-psychiatry

    As commenter Tom Butler mentioned, exposure to these meds in utero increases the risk of autism, but pregnant women are still having them prescribed by the cartload.

    Like psi, it’s another inconvenient truth.

  3. Rabbitdawg
    August 28, 2014

    Snopes gave this story a rating of Probably False.
    Huh? Probably???
    It doesn’t help that the explanations they list just seem to muddy the waters even further.
    http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/cdcwhistleblower.asp

    • Mark
      August 28, 2014

      Unfortunately, snopes.com seems to have ties to the pseudoskeptic movement. They quoted a pseudoskeptic named Joe Nickell when talking about The Amityville Horror case when Nickell should not have been trusted.

  4. celiafarber
    August 28, 2014

    I wrote a long nice letter and it disappeared!! Will write again tomorrow. Thank you for this.

  5. Mark
    August 27, 2014

    “Whistleblowers and government fraud generally make the news, so what gives?”

    I think that I may have an idea as to what gives. When media organizations report on stories in a way that shows that they are very (sometimes absurdly) confident that the reporting is correct, the last thing that these same media organizations want to do is to have to report that they were wrong for being so confident. Rightly or wrongly, having to go back on a story that they were very confident about will hurt their credibility. An example of this is the Jamie Leigh Jones story. Remember her? She was the evil and/or delusional woman who claimed that she got raped and locked in a shipping container. Except that it never happened. You can read about the whole, long story here:

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/november_december_2013/features/the_war_of_rape047355.php?page=all

    By the way, the author of the article linked to just above is not some conservative of the type that you would think would be more likely to write such an article. The author is a liberal woman who originally supported Jamie Leigh Jones, despite the fact that she had no good reason to do so. I believe that the article is too light on apology, which there should have been more of, seeing as how the author CLEARLY did the wrong thing by believing Jones without doing anywhere near enough homework. However, the article, at least, does explain the whole situation, and it shows how the media organizations, perhaps because they were worried about feminists giving them a hard time, did not do their proper homework and believed Jones despite the fact that they should never have believed Jones. It also shows how the media organizations were in no rush to publicize the fact that they got all of this so wrong.

    I think that we may be having a similar situation with the issue presented in the main post. The mainstream media organizations have, directly or indirectly, reported on the main issue in a way that shows that they are VERY confident that vaccines do not cause autism. Mainstream media organizations are going to be in no rush to admit or publicize the fact that they were dead wrong.

    • Linda Murray
      August 28, 2014

      Is it not more simple than that – they are owned and not allowed to do stories that conflict with their owners? Come on we all really do know the truth – don’t we?

      • Mark
        August 29, 2014

        Yes and no. I think that what you posted is a part of the problem. There are real conspiracies at work within the mainstream media organizations. However, I think that what I posted is also a part of the problem. There may also be other things at work in all of this, as well. Which stories the mainstream media organizations cover and do not cover is a complex thing, with multiple factors that influence the decisions that the mainstream media leaders make as far as which stories to run with and which stories to ignore.

  6. Tom Butler
    August 27, 2014

    Craig, I have noticed a government tendency to discard objections in other areas that it takes a lead in managing for the “general good.” For instance, the use of food additives and antibiotic/pesticides embedded in food packaging are challenged with some pretty good science. I heard once (not verified) that organic milk distributors were not allowed to advertise their milk as not coming from cows given growth hormones.

    Then of course, there is the irrational city planner’s tendency to let home be built in potential valcanic discharge zones such as Seattle, or 100 year flood planes such as Sacramental at Arco Arena (http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2008/101507challenge.pdf).

    As I have seen it, these “cover ups” appear to be real, but intended to assure food on the table for the greatest number of people or a place to live where people are needed. I expect the MMR vaccine is intended to avoid plagues in schools. Not a bad idea considering how waves of colds and flues cases seem to radiate from schools.

    These “cover ups” look more like the kind of mainstream academic momentum I have seen with frontier subjects such as psi research.

    Virtually all medical practices have an underlying risk of more damaging side effect than what is being cured. Given that the National Autism Association notes that “A study found that children born to mothers who live within a 1000 feet of freeways have twice the risk of autism,” perhaps we should outlaw freeways, or petroleum based fuels or rubber tires or children living close to freeways.

    Given the desire to serve the greater good I think academic momentum is reasonable, but at the same time, I thank everyone who speaks out against the penalties those “goods” come with. Decent is important to change momentum.

    MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella) Vaccine: What You Need to Know
    ( From: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mmr.html)

    The National Autism Association believes:
    (From: http://nationalautismassociation.org/about-autism/causes-of-autism/

    Vaccinations can trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children, especially those who are genetically predisposed to immune, autoimmune or inflammatory conditions.

    Other environmental exposures may trigger, or exacerbate, autism in certain children, especially those who are genetically predisposed to immune, autoimmune or inflammatory conditions.

    Mainstream research has identified other contributing factors, including:

    Pesticide Exposure: Scientists think that chemicals in pesticides may adversely affect those who are genetically predisposed to autism, leading them to develop the full-blown disorder

    Parental Age: A study found that women who are 40 years old have a 50 percent greater risk of having a child with autism than women who are between 20 and 29 years old.

    Pharmaceuticals: Babies that have been exposed to certain pharmaceuticals in the womb, including SSRI’s, valproic acid and thalidomide, have been found to have a higher risk of autism.

    Freeway Proximity: A study found that children born to mothers who live within a 1000 feet of freeways have twice the risk of autism

    Limited Prenatal Vitamin Intake: Women who reported not taking prenatal vitamins immediately before and during a pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism, one study found.

    • craigweiler
      August 27, 2014

      Those are very good points and they point to the need for full disclosure. After all, the problem is not vaccination, which is, of course, very important, but rather the repression of studies that point to the need to refine those vaccinations to make them safer.

      What we have now is a full blown controversy in which people are forced to go all in on vaccinations or not at all. It’s a false choice because there are much better options available, but only if there is trust, honesty and integrity.

      What the government and mainstream media are teaching is that they can’t be trusted to tell the truth. This erosion of trust creates anarchy and reduces overall stability in our society. already we have a two tiered information system. The mainstream version and the real one. This can only make it worse.

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