Monday, January 15, 2007

BC on Autism 27: California isn't special

David Kirby tries to reduce the impact of the fact that the California autism rates aren't going down in accordance with a severely reduced exposure to Thimerosal by claiming that California is different because California is getting poisoned by mercury from China.

What a load.

Running time ~ 10 minutes.



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9 Comments:

At 1/16/2007 2:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do I hear Kirby's not so subtle suspicions about the Chinese plume of pollution out to destroy California and see visions of a demonized yellow horde instead of the usuall mockery of the "hidden horde" of missing autistic adults? I see bigotry in his words, and it's gross.

I understand he also slid in some kind of remark about "immigrants" doing something, bringing viruses or maybe it was more mercury with them. We'll know in a couple of weeks when we get to see the DAN! edited version, to be followed they say by the UCSD edited version.

 
At 1/16/2007 8:56 AM, Blogger Bartholomew Cubbins said...

It's ignorance and distilled rhetoric, pure and simple. That China has a mercury problem is incontrovertible. That China's mercury is causing problems in California, and California alone, is ludicrous.

 
At 1/16/2007 9:46 AM, Anonymous isles said...

I love that you are able to maintain a professional attitude in in your refutation of such monumental stupidity. David Kirby's ridiculous little ass-o-genic idea doesn't deserve the time of day from you, but thanks for providing it anyway.

 
At 1/16/2007 10:21 AM, Blogger Joseph said...

Autism Diva's analogy about a show "jumping the shark" is perfect to describe this, the forest-fires-cause-autism hypothesis and the crematoriums-cause-autism hypohesis. It's a turning point in autism history I think. We can call it "the day vaccine nonsense jumped the shark".

 
At 1/16/2007 4:54 PM, Anonymous Tse Tung in Cheek said...

Yeah, Kirby is almost as cool as the Fonz on water skis.

Maybe he can sell the EOH movie rights in China once it goes straight to DVD in the US. Naah, the Chinese will probably make bootlegs and sell them at DAN! conferences as coasters.

 
At 1/16/2007 5:41 PM, Anonymous anonimouse said...

I can't imagine Evidence Of Absolutely Jack Squat would be much of a success in the theaters. Sure, you'd get J.B. Handley, Lyn Redwood and few dozen of their black helicopter-fearing money grubbing friends to go to the premiere.

I'm sure Brad Whitford would make an excellent David Kirby, but he's no A-list star anyway. I don't care if he was a big deal on the West Wing, I never liked that show much anyway except for part of the last season.

Actually, I wish Handley and Generation Not Rescuing Anybody From Anything would go ahead and fund a movie. If there's any justice in the world, the movie will flop and Big Head will lose everything.

 
At 1/16/2007 8:47 PM, Blogger Bartholomew Cubbins said...

you guys are killing me. I forgot about the home movie being whored. I'm sure it'll be as scientifically accurate and as successful as Glitter.

 
At 1/18/2007 4:17 PM, Blogger David N. Andrews MEd (Distinction) said...

Nice one, Bartholomew!

I'm not really up on environmental biosciences, but one of my clients is (and so is my ex; they both help sometimes).

I love these lecturettes!

 
At 1/29/2007 5:54 PM, Anonymous AutismMomCA said...

I think that was a pathetic attempt by Kirby to plagiarize Al Gore's movie (An Inconvenient Truth).

 

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