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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tom Nichols: I am (or at least think I am) an expert. Not on everything, but in a particular area of human knowledge, specifically social science and public policy. When I say something on those subjects, I expect that my opinion holds more weight than that of most other people. I never thought those were particularly controversial statements. As it turns out, they're plenty controversial. Today, any assertion of expertise produces an explosion of anger from certain quarters of the American public, who immediately complain that such claims are nothing more than fallacious "appeals to authority," sure signs of dreadful "elitism," and an obvious effort to use credentials to stifle the dialogue required by a "real" democracy. read more

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Michael Hiltzik: Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti-vaccination movement ... from a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map of "vaccine-preventable outbreaks" worldwide 2008-2014. ... Measles is endemic in the underdeveloped world because of the unavailability of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. But in the developed world it's an artifact of the anti-vaccination movement, which has associated the vaccine with autism. That connection, promoted by the discredited British physician Andrew Wakefield and the starlet Jenny McCarthy, has been thoroughly debunked. But its effects live on, as the map shows. read more


Wow zack. You're clearly getting worked up to a level that's unhealthy. Careful you don't stroke out.


And to be generous, a counter article.


But I've yet to see anything mitigating the fact that he's been delinquent on paying grazing fees for over 20 years and has lost 2 court cases with his bogus reasoning.

So even though there does appear to be politics afoot, this guy is also a freeloading, self-righteous, entitled scumbag.

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