More Trumpish anti-science: The Donald reportedly asked anti-vaxxer to head panel on vaccine safety

Those of us who feared the worst when Donald Trump was elected President of the USA are discovering just how bad the “worst” can be.

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I’m not quite sure what these articles from theWashington Post and Scientific American mean, but they augur yet more anti-scientific attitudes from the incoming Trump administration, which will take over in (horrors!) only nine days. (The words “President Trump” still stick in my craw.) From Sci Am we hear about a position reportedly offered to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., son of Bobby Kennedy and thus the nephew of JFK. RFK Jr. is an environmental activist but has some wonky ideas about vaccines:

WASHINGTON—Outspoken vaccine critic Robert Kennedy Jr. has accepted a position within Donald Trump’s administration as chair of a panel on vaccine safety and scientific integrity—the clearest sign yet of the president-elect’s suspicions about vaccines.

The offer, which came in a Wednesday meeting between Trump and the scion of America’s most prominent Democratic family, is likely to concern scientists and public health experts who fear the incoming administration could give legitimacy to skeptics…

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Vaccines

The web is full of nonsense and most of it is of no consequence whatsoever. Websites, Blogs and Forums are full of the rants of birthers, truthers, tenthers and every other variety of conspiracy theorist imaginable. They’re not important. They are incoherent, often incomprehensible, and irrelevant because they lack any sort of purpose or strategy. They have no impact on the lives of individuals or on society as a whole. There is one group however, who pose a real threat to society. The celebs, quacks and cranks who make up the anti-vaxxers are undermining the health of individuals, especially children. The last year or so has seen an alarming increase in the number of children suffering from Whooping Cough.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/us/24cough.html

California has seen a dramatic increase in the number of cases of whooping cough as have parts of Australia.

http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2009/01/20/2469770.htm

The deaths of children can be attributed to the activities of the anti-vaxxers.

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