Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Hitler zombie smells thimerosal

Deep within a dark crypt, far beneath the ground, it slept. The air was thick and musty, and the crypt utterly silent, so silent that its heartbeat would easily have been heard, if it actually had a beating heart and if any ears were there to hear. Not a photon of visible light could penetrate the gloom, producing the kind of darkness that would drive a person insane within minutes due to total sensory deprivation. So it remained for weeks.

Then there was a stir, ever so slight, almost imperceptible, but just enough to move a small volume of dank air, producing a rare brief breeze. The tomb fell silent again.

The hunger grew. The Hitler zombie had fed well on the brains of many politicians, gorging on the brain centers controlling rational thought and sense of proportion, driving them to make ill-considered and inflammatory comparisons to Hitler, the Nazis, or the Holocaust that the brain damage from its feasting would either prevent them from recognizing as ridiculous or that they would later regret. Sated, it had finally retreated to its resting place craving only release from its hell, the real sleep of the dead that feeding on brains briefly allowed it.

Unfortunately for the not quite living Führer, politicians' brains are a poor source of nourishment, even for an undead monster that had caused the deaths of tens of millions during life. It was soon hungry again, despite its primeval desire for eternal rest. It needed to hunt. Deep within the sulci of its rotting white matter, it craved something different than the same old brains that were prone to use the same old fallacious Nazi, Hitler, or Holocaust analogies, something that might sustain it longer and allow it to sleep as dead for longer. A creature of sheer instinct and minimal residual intelligence, it just couldn't quite know what. Nearly two years ago, drawn by the rising level of ridiculously overblown rhetoric eminating from PETA, it had visited PETA's world headquarters and feasted mightily on the brains of several of PETA's leaders. The result (besides a big mess) was the infamous Holocaust on a Plate advertising campaign. Next it found one Karen Davis, Ph.D., whose brain was most satisfying to eat, resulting in an essay entitled A Tale of Two Holocausts. It had been a marvelous feast, those brains, so unlike the monotonous brains of politicians, whose only thought was power and how to use the Hitler analogy as a weapon against their enemies. The creature craved something like that again.

The Hitler zombie stirred again, this time more forcefully. It sensed similar rhetoric, rhetoric similar to what it desired. If the Hitler zombie had more sentience, it would have been surprised, as this rhetoric was coming from a most unexpected source indeed, groups advocating for autistic children. Most incongruously, they were decribing autism in increasingly horrific terms. In their unshakable and self-righteously mistaken belief that thimerosal in childhood vaccines was causing an "epidemic" of autism, activist groups were increasingly (and probably unwittingly) demonizing even the very victims of autism, calling the "epidemic" an autism "tsunami" (showing an enormous lack of respect for the more than hundred thousand dead), and even going so far as to call some of its victims "walking biohazards," "an equal opportunity disaster," or even "government mercury vaccine poisoned kids." The rhetoric was clearly accelerating to what the Hitler zombie instinctually knew would inevitably be the ultimate bad analogy, the very reason for its tortured existence. For the rhetoric to reach that end, all it would require is a little feeding, and the Hitler zombie existed only to feed.

The time was ripe. The Hitler zombie rose and started clawing his way through the dirt to the surface. It didn't take long for it to find Mark Blaxill of Safeminds.org and an altie named Dr. Mercola.

It fed deeply and well.

Mr. Blaxill then wrote this letter to Time Magazine, likening autism to a "silent holocaust," an analogy that Dr. Mercola echoed on his own website, also likening it to "pharmaceutical terrorism." The "silent holocaust" analogy spread, and was soon found in a number of publications by organizations that claimed that autism was caused by the mercury in thimerosal. The Hitler zombie was temporarily sated.

It was not enough. The Hitler zombie enjoyed this new use of the tired old Nazi/Holocaust gambit (if an undead creature such as he could be said to feel any sensation resembling "pleasure"), but still hungered for more brains and more of the analogy. It craved another receptive brain on which to feed to produce these fallacies.

The Hitler zombie hunted again.

It did not have far to look. It somehow found its way to Sacramento and to the Schafer Autism Report. It shambled into Lenny Schafer's office, leaving a trail of maggots and bits of rotting flesh behind it. "More braaaiiins!"* it croaked through rotting lips, and fed again. Lenny did not even try to run. Soon after, e-mailed to thousands of subscribers was the usual Schafer Autism Report. However, embedded in the e-mail was this headline, referring to an article that supposedly debunks the widely cited Danish study that failed to find a link between thimerosal and autism:

Danish Studies Roundly Clobbered
Autism holocaust deniers lack the science

Deep in the collapsing skull of the shambling undead creature, what little consciousness of the dictator that remained enjoyed this analogy immensely. Instinctively, he appreciated the dual-pronged fallacious use of the Nazi Holocaust analogy. Besides implying that autism and autistic spectrum disorders (conditions that, although often devastating, can still also be compatible with a relatively normal life for many of their victims) were akin to the Holocaust, to the intentional killing of millions of people and the attempt to wipe out European Jewry as a matter of Nazi government policy, this particular analogy had the additional irony of also equating anyone who questioned the thimerosal-autism link, anyone who looked at the scientific studies on this issue and concluded that the mercury in thimerosal-containing vaccines was not the cause of autism, with that most vile variety of anti-Semites and Nazi apologists, Holocaust deniers! Such a monumentally exaggerated analogy that simultaneously equated autism with with industrialized mass murder while also equating those who questioned an autism-thimerosal link with Holocaust deniers was not only a gross insult autistics and their parents (not to mention any who happen to disagree that mercury causes autism), but a trivialization of the Holocaust. Indeed, to the Hitler zombie, these ironies were just as delicious as the brains it had just consumed.

But there was yet another irony in this nasty analogy for the Hitler zombie to savor as it digested Lenny Schafer's brain in its putrifying intestines. People using idiotic Holocaust analogies (like Mr. Blaxill, Dr. Mercola, and Mr. Schafer) probably fail to recall that the earliest mass murders of the Holocaust occurred during the T4 euthanasia program, in which the Nazis decided to eliminate what they termed "life unworthy of life." Specifically, children and adults who were mentally ill, mentally retarded, or disabled were the targets. Indeed after 1939 in Nazi Germany, psychiatric hospitals and nursing homes gradually became feared places; families with the means to do so tried desperately to get their children out of them. Many who could not received vague and mysterious letters informing them that their family member had died of "natural causes" and that the body had been cremated for reasons of "hygeine." It is impossible to know how many autistics died through the intentional starvation, lethal injection, or in the gas chambers used this phase of the Holocaust because, before Dr. Leo Kanner described the condition in detail and developed specific diagnostic criteria for autism in 1943, autistics were usually classified as schizophrenic or mentally retarded. However, because these two groups were among the primary targets of the Nazi T4 program, it is not at all unreasonable to speculate that many autistics were probably victims of the Nazi regime's desire to rid the Volk of the mentally "defective." Likening autism to the Holocaust was thus doubly insulting to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Indeed, it even came uncomfortably close to resembling the very rhetoric that the Nazis were so fond of when it came to the mentally ill and retarded ("worthless eaters" and "life unworthy of life").

Savoring the vicious and mindless fallacies behind such a comparison, the Hitler zombie found its way back to its crypt and slept. It was starting to like the smell of thimerosal, and one day it would be back for more. Perhaps Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. would be its next victim...



*Translated from German, of course!

15 example(s) of insolence returned:


At 7/06/2005 8:11 AM, Anonymous Dave said...

I'm still laughing - oh that was funny!

 

At 7/06/2005 4:27 PM, Blogger Autism Diva said...

Thank you, Orac!

Autism Diva awarded you her highest award - 4 tiaras.

:-)

AD

 

At 7/06/2005 4:40 PM, Blogger bcpmoon said...

Great piece, but to give it Lokalkolorit, that would be "Mehr Hirn" instead of "More Brains". Or make it "Gehirn...Gehirn...Gehirn..." for a more menacing effect.

 

At 7/06/2005 5:07 PM, Blogger JM O'Donnell said...

This is just getting to the point of complete ridiculousness now with this lot. They sure don't give up easy however!

 

At 7/06/2005 5:36 PM, Anonymous sisysphusian tax said...

Orac, if this is too long, please delete it. I thought it was too funny. It has Tim Bolen, Tom Cruise, the Hitler Zombie and this Marc Sircus guy is knee deep in the autism/mercury biz. He appears to be a sort of distributor for Buttar cream. Sircus posted this on an autism/mercury board or several of them.

I don't know why I think that the "we" is just "me" and that Sircus is talking to himself.

"Mark Sircus Ac., OMD" wrote:

Dear IMVA,

Consumer advocate Tim Bolen wrote in May, "There are those, in the world, like world renowned Matthias Rath MD, that suggest that Big Pharma is, in fact, the rise of the Fourth Reich. He makes a good case for it."[i] This is the kind of comment that many people shrink away from, anything that ties to Nazi history. We cringe from such associations yet it does seem every day that this is really what is going on. What else can you compare injecting kids with known poisons with and Codex that so completely wants to control what we put into our bodies? Dr. Fred A. Baughman Jr., a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, captured the dark heart of Big Pharma quite succinctly when he said, "Tom Cruise has done incalculable good for the American people, who are drugged to the gills in the name of "treatment" for invented, fictitious "chemical imbalances."

This weekend Codex went from being a draft to being put into concrete and it looks like this is the shot that will be heard around the world. Not happy to poison the worlds populations with their toxic drugs they now want to deny humanity natural remedies, treatments, vitamins and minerals, all important treatments against declining nutritional food values and the increasing toxicity that we all are facing. There seems to be three camps in the USA, those that don't know, those that know but don't believe it will ever happen here, and those who are panicking and or are ready to fight. Some believe that the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) will keep America safe from Codex restrictions but people like Tim Bolen is saying that if the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) passes, DSHEA will be nullified and the dismantling of the North American supplement Industry will begin. It is through this CAFTA that the Pharmaceutical industrial complex hopes to bypass the DSHEA and obligate the United States and Canada by treaty to harmonize to the harshly restrictive Codex vitamin-and-mineral standards. CAFTA has already passed the Senate in a 54 to 45 vote on July 1st. CAFTA is set for a vote in the House of Representatives on July 11th.

Bolen said, "Codex Alimentarious is a plot to inflict `the German Model' of health care on all of Planet Earth. The primary targets are Europe (almost completed), Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. The plot was hatched in Germany, I believe, and frankly, reeks more of a "world domination" scheme than a movement towards standardizing health care on Planet Earth. The current version of what's known as "Western Medicine" has its roots, I'm embarrassed to admit, in Nazi Germany's Death Camps. Let's not forget that Mengele, and the boys, did the so-called "basic research," and established the philosophy "Western Medicine" operates by today. For the most part, I believe, Planet Earth's pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) is a direct descendant of Nazi Germany's I.G. Farben, a company that was forcibly split up into four parts during the Nuremberg trials. Those four companies, not only still exist, but control the significant part of the world's pharmaceutical drug trade."



There are many people beginning to respond about what Codex represents,
warfare against the human body. It seems exactly like a war, reminding me
of the politics around wars in my lifetime. Humans have had much of their
power stripped by the Police State that has developed worldwide.
Dr. Ralph Wilson



It seems that as the next few weeks and months pass a clear picture will develop. It looks like the Pharma people have finally gone too far and a real battle for health freedom and medical sanity will ensue. We will become much more effective in protecting ourselves and our young when we realize in mass that we are battling pharmaceutical terrorists. To live with illusions about whom and what we are up against is not constructive. In this case the truth is going to bite down very hard and the point will be driven home for millions when their freedom to choose the amount and type of Vitamin C is taken away from them. If you have not seen We Become Silent, the documentary on Codex, please do at:
http://herballure.com/Special/WeBecomeSilent/QuickTime.html



This letter to the IMVA is an introduction to an essay called Intellectual Prostitution that will follow later today. It is part of the continuing writings on the vaccine and thimerosal issue, which is really not a separate issue from Codex and the issues Bolen is raising above. You will see in the essay that a key word is research and the kinds of research that the medical industrial complex challenges. Bolen says, "It goes like this - Drug companies on the one hand, with their "researchers" and their money men, want to keep the Mengele-like testing standards in place - and use them when they can, and where they can, to the chagrin, and the distaste, of the organized medical community and the worldwide Health Freedom Movement." The kinds of research being used and passed down to us as solid science are perfect tools and lessons in medical and pharmaceutical terrorism. They are being deliberately used to manipulate both doctors and the general public.



As a closing note I would like to share something a reader wrote to me the other day: "You're blowing a clear trumpet during a time of confusion. Most doctors are not aware of what they are doing. They unfortunately truly believe that they are doing what is best for their patients when they give them the jab." It is an auspicious moment for humanity, a time when good men come to the aid of their brothers and sisters who are all struggling under the yoke of a carpet bombing of chemical and drug induced toxicity. We at the IMVA are totally committed to the struggle for medical freedom and medical sanity and to the protection of the young from harm. In this regard we will continue to publish penetrating essays on the issues at hand and will soon publish The Vaccine Book online and give it away freely as we did Cry of the Heart two years ago.



Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
Director International Medical Veritas Association
http://www.detoxchelationclinic.com
http://www.imva.info
http://www.worldpsychology.net
+(his phone number is Brazil?)
www.skype.com ID: marksircus

 

At 7/06/2005 6:32 PM, Blogger Orac said...

Oh my goodness! I really wish I had known about this letter before I composed this piece. It looks as though at least two more victims of Herr Hitler are in it: Dr. Matthias Rath (who is clearly has just the sort of brain the Hitler zombie craves, where just a little nibble sends him over the top with apocalyptic Nazi rhetoric), and, of course, Mark Sircus.

Whether Tim Bolen is the third victim remains to be seen, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he were.

Look at the websites, everyone, particularly the second one, if you want to see how the same sort of looniness that the mercury-autism crowd embraces has its origins in the anti-amalgam movement.

 

At 7/06/2005 6:34 PM, Blogger Orac said...

AD: Thanks for the award. I humbly accept.

bcpmoon: If I knew enough German to do that, I would have done it. However, I may well alter the story accordingly, to make it more menacing. ;-)

 

At 7/06/2005 7:50 PM, Anonymous Zola said...

Absolutely glorious.

Thank you :)

 

At 7/06/2005 11:00 PM, Blogger Bartholomew Cubbins said...

One of the many problems with someone like Sircus is that he and his followers make a bad name for the many parents of autistic children who are actively searching for biomedical markers and interventions whether it be through lit searches and either supporting or conducting bench science.

I wish these guys were simply making the majority of us look like fools in a manner similar to those dressing up as spiderman and climbing buildings in the name of fathers' rights. But the snake oil pushers take it farther by selling crap to desperate parents. How depressing.

And as aggravating as it is, I admit that I'm in awe of the volume of this guy's prolific diatribes. I guess carpal tunnel god looks the other way given the lack of coherence, logic, and brevity - maybe s/he can't bear to watch. -BC

 

At 7/06/2005 11:36 PM, Blogger Orac said...

Actually, I thought the guy dressed up like Batman, but apparently my memory isn't what it once was. ;-)

But you're right. Rhetoric like that sheds far more heat than light.

 

At 7/07/2005 12:28 AM, Blogger JM O'Donnell said...

I think that was a seperate incident or there may be multiple superhero copy cat dads.

 

At 7/07/2005 12:38 AM, Anonymous HCN said...

As any participant in Usenet knows... once you invoke comparisons to the Nazi's: you lose by default.

It is Godwin's Law (and I tried putting in HTML tags, but I failed.. so just cut and paste!):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

 

At 7/07/2005 2:10 AM, Anonymous Kristjan Wager said...

"Danish Studies Roundly Clobbered
Autism holocaust deniers lack the science
"

Interesting that they choose to use those words when talking about a Danish study. Holocaust denial is virtually unknown in Denmark, and I probably don't have to explain Denmark's role during WWII in regards to the Holocaust.

Orac, is it possibly to get you to forward that e-mail to me at public@kristjanwager.dk? I don't feel like signing up to the mailing list.

 

At 7/07/2005 3:42 AM, Blogger OutEast said...

Orac, as they say: you owe me a new keyboard.

Thanks!

 

At 7/07/2005 8:15 AM, Blogger bcpmoon said...

Re Sysiphusian tax: "World renowned Matthia Rath" is a bit odd, since even the german tabloid "Bild" is quite critical of him, as he killed a child last year through his treatment with vitamins. The child had cancer and the parents are facing a trial now. Renown indeed.
Re "IG Farben": It would be news to BAYER, BASF, Hoechst that they control the worlds pharmaceuticals (or even still exist, see Hoechst, resp. Aventis, resp. Sanofi) The letter is complete BS.

 

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