Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Upper class twit of the century

I have no idea why Robert Kennedy Jr. can't let go of his obsession with the utterly false claim that vaccines cause autism, especially since he apparently doesn't know any autistic people and doesn't associate with the families of autistic people or their advocates. Dig this recent quote:

"They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone. This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country."
Then, in attempting to apologize, he said this:

"I want to apologize to all whom I offended by my use of the word [holocaust] to describe the autism epidemic. I employed the term during an impromptu speech as I struggled to find an expression to convey the catastrophic tragedy of autism, which has now destroyed the lives of over 20 million children and shattered their families."
Many people with autism are severely disabled, but others are not, nor are their families shattered. And of course, vaccines have absolutely nothing to do with autism.  He's been on this jag for years, since writing an article for Mother Jones, since retracted, claiming that the CDC and pediatric establishment were engaged in a conscious, malicious coverup.

So okay, we know he's a destructive nut. But here's what we should not have to put up with. Last week, I got a fundraising mailing from the Natural Resources Defense Council. It purported to be from Robert Kennedy Jr., whose name was featured prominently on the envelope and who signed the letter inside. As far as I know, he is still the NRDC general counsel.

The NRDC does good work which I would support. But. They don't just employ this malignant clown, they seem to be proud of it. Apparently his name trumps his loathesomeness and stupidity. So no, I cannot support, endorse, or encourage the work of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Until Kennedy no longer has any association with them.

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