Like a drawn-out expulsion of rancid air from a sick horse’s anus, I’ve found Meryl Dorey’s vaccination soap-boxing simultaneously hard to ignore and highly unpleasant. The first time I had the misfortune to be exposed to such a concentrated cloud of stupidity was during Mighty Meryl’s now-infamous interview on “Sunday Night.”
“Bugger me sideways,” I thought to myself, “that’s a whole lot of stupid. It has texture. You can taste the stupid.”
I initially found Mighty Meryl’s seemingly limitless ignorance on any topic more complex than “sandwiches” equally amusing and repugnant, but gradually the balance began to ever-so-slightly tip in favor of amusement. I watched her pontificate on things she knew absolutely nothing about, while the thin patina of foam around her lips turned a darker shade of brown by the second. (I swear, there were audible “plops!” when she employed words of greater than four syllables.)
After the interview had finished – and presumably before the clean-up crew moved in to shovel up all the shit information Meryl had vomited disseminated – I switched channels, and didn’t give her anti-vaccination banner-waving further thought. I – somewhat naively – assumed that Ol’ Crazy would be tarred, feathered and summarily ignored by the greater population.
This, sadly, has not come to pass.
Not only are great deal of people tolerating the stinking horse’s arse that is the AVN, some are actively seeking it, scrabbling over each other in an effort to suckle at the puckering sphincter of ignorance. Take a quick look at the article by 6minutes.com staffer, Jared Reed. Reed’s article is a short, concise piece on the complaint brought against the AVN with the New South Wales H.C.C.C, yet the comments in support of Meryl continue to pile up. Taking a quick scroll through the page reveals such molten bronze droplets of wisdom as:
“… Doctors have always tried to badger me into doing what they think is right – not what is right for my family …”
Those bastard medical professionals, eh? Always wanting their own way, stubbornly refusing to listen to you as you insist, nay, demand medical investigation for your headache; after all, you googled “headache” and the top result was “brain tumor.” Likewise, who the hell does your GP think he is, telling you to vaccinate your kids? What makes THEIR advice so good, huh? Anyone would think that a trained medical professional knew more about your body than YOU do!
HOT TIP: Buying a car doesn’t automatically make you an expert in car maintenance. Similarly, being alive doesn’t automatically make you an expert on physiology. Dipshit.
Of more concern was the following comment from someone claiming to be a registered nurse:
“The AVN is there to provide information that is not provided by doctors or drug companies. People only get 1/2 of the story from them. I’m a former Peds nurse and have seen vaccine injury. Why is that antibiotics and all drugs are known to have side effects and cause injury and death and it is acknowledged, but vaccines are supposed to be safe for everyone.”
I must admit a certain level of curiosity as to what this individual classes as “vaccine injury”; I’m reasonably certain it’s not the vaccines fault if you slip and stab yourself in the eye with the pointy-stabby-thingy… whatsit… NEEDLE, yeah, Needle. Also, just by saying something is a vaccine injury doesn’t make it so. It seems that over-valuing your qualifications and abilities isn’t confined to Meryl alone.
Understanding the people who cry out in support of Meryl and the AVN is simply beyond me. The only semi-plausible explanation I can come up with is a serious case of chip-on-the-shoulder; I imagine the thought process sounding a little like: “You can’t tell me what to do. // Just because you’re a doctor doesn’t mean you’re better or smarter than me. // And anyway, my mum says that I’m smart.” Regardless of reason, there’s no excuse for being willfully ignorant, especially where the lives of children are concerned. Both doctors and scientists are human and therefore fallible, but it’s not the human element that is the basis for advocating vaccination – it’s the decade upon decade of clinical trials and studies. Errors do happen, but you don’t see medical studies with a 95% confidence limit, now, do you?
If you would rather put any child’s life in the hands of an ignorant, attention-seeking conspiracy theorist you should be beaten to death with your own genitals. Just saying.