Imagine the Daily Telegraph raging against conspiracy theories. I don’t know about you but I look at Rupert Murdoch and his crazy network of loons, kooks, and misfits at News Ltd, Fox News, the Daily Telegraph, Sky, and even his (supposedly) halfway-respectable Australian as major stains on Western democracy. Funded for a lengthy time of course by his Saudi benefactor, and of course we know the Saudi’s, in turn, were great friends and business partners of the Bush and Thatcher families who in turn….sorry I digress, burrowing too deeply down another rabbit hole. Amazing where the conspiracy can take you.
Most of us, however, would agree that our generation’s major fuck-ups were the Iraq wars. 1 or 2 take your pick. My vote goes to Iraq War 2 – Saddam’s Weapons Of Mass Destruction, The Empire Returns. How do you combat mass destruction without a little mass destruction? The Murdoch Empire was like a rabid dog in it’s push for both wars, his networks full of shiny medalled Generals arguing the case. We’d be pussies not to go right? Especially after what Saddam and Osama did to the World Trade Centres and all those Patriots on September 11. America!! Fuck Yeah!!! Oh wait, hang on Saddam doesn’t even like Osama and there ain’t no WMD here. Shut up Pussy and drop them bombs we got mountains of cash to make and oil to burn, move along peoples, no conspiracy here, nothing to see. So when you look at the Middle East today don’t forget Murdoch and his Saudi benefactor but please don’t use the conspiracy word, people will think you are a kook.
Murdoch has given his full backing to war, praising George Bush as acting “morally” and “correctly” and describing Tony Blair as “full of guts” for going out on a limb in his support for an attack on Iraq. On the war Mr Murdoch was equally unequivocal.”We can’t back down now. I think Bush is acting very morally, very correctly, and I think he is going to go on with it,” he said. “The greatest thing to come out of this for the world economy, if you could put it that way, would be $20 a barrel for oil. That’s bigger than any tax cut in the any country.”
As you can see not only is this guy an arsehole, he is a stupid arsehole. How did that $20 a barrel oil pan out Nostradamus ?
Who could possibly forget Murdoch’s infamous phone hacking scandals in the USA and the UK. Murdoch’s mob hacked grieving parents, kidnapped children, politicians and of course Rupert left them all to hang out to dry. Honour amongst thieves maybe but that obviously a code that doesn’t extend to media moguls. Conspiracy? Na.
“The reported hacking by News Corporation newspapers against a range of individuals – including children – is offensive and a serious breach of journalistic ethics. This raises serious questions about whether the company has broken U.S. law, and I encourage the appropriate agencies to investigate to ensure that Americans have not had their privacy violated. I am concerned that the admitted phone hacking in London by the News Corp. may have extended to 9/11 victims or other Americans. If they did, the consequences will be severe.”
Murdoch has also waged war on the working men and women of the West for his whole career. He attacks on unions and unionism in general have been consistent and ferocious. Who could forget his destruction of the UK print unions aided and abetted by that psychopath and fellow War Monger, Margie Thatcher. Why any trade unionist would be seen dead with any shite Murdoch rag in his or her hands is beyond me. Any Australian that believes in true democracy should boycott Murdoch today. And while union leaders lately have made it easier to stomach this assault just remember that if it wasn’t for unions our children would all still be chimney sweeps. Well not Rupert’s children, just yours and mine.
Getting back to specifics though, Mr Murdoch’s latest ‘campaign’, along with picking our latest Prime Ministers, is his Daily Telegraph’s No Jab No Pay assault on a parent’s choice to decide the vaccination protocols families decide upon. Some families may decide vaccination is not for them at all, some families may decide to partially vaccinate, they will vaccinate against polio and measles only but look at other vaccinations like HepB and rotavirus as unnecessary. Some families might delay vaccination until their child’s immune systems have matured more. Rupert doesn’t like irresponsible behaviours like this and believes if you do not vaccinate on time, for the whole schedule, your family should be punished through a loss of tax benefits and social services.
Murdoch and (coincidentally) some US State Governments decided, after a measles outbreak at Disneyland where nobody died and nearly half those that contracted the disease were fully vaccinated, to mandate the vaccination schedule in the US and pseudo mandate via denial of services in Australia. His crazy rag started the campaign and our crazy PM, Tony Abbott, and his equally demented Social Services Minister, Scott (Fuck The Boats) Morrison jumped to Rupert’s call with an ill-conceived and bulldozed legislation. Once again, not sure if it’s just me or not, but surely anything a creep like Murdoch thinks is a great idea needs a long close look don’t you think?
Tanya Plibersek who I have a great level of respect for on most matters jumped enthusiastically behind two of Australia’s greatest political disasters with the Merck/GSK mantra, “Vaccines are safe and effective”, “the science is settled”. Oh dear ! No surprises there though as Labor is known these days as Another Liberal Party. The great old Labor Party died many years ago and although there are still a great many Labor politicians around, the machine is too big and beyond their control and so they tow the party line, which has seen their primary vote melt like an ice cream on New Year’s Day. The bulk of their greatest supporters have had to leave for Greener pastures.
I was one of them. I resigned from the ALP and joined the Greens years ago after the ALP supported the Iraq war. The Greens are a great party full of great people and great politicians. I’m proud to have contributed to the campaigns of Kerry Nettle, Lee Rhiannon, Sylvia Hale, and the incredible Bob Brown. I had a little dustup with Dr Richard Di Natale at a Senate Inquiry into the No Jab No Pay legislation and it did not come without some personal pain. I love the Greens and I love what they stand for and I admire Dr Di Natale on most issues but on this issue Richard is out of order. He is a doctor and he should and would know better. As a scientist you just cannot say “the science is settled”, especially in the case of vaccines where it is so far from settled it’s not funny. Einstein would not have the arrogance to say the science is settled and when I hear a scientist utter these words I cringe every time. You just cannot scientifically say “vaccines are safe and effective”. All vaccines? All of the time? To all people? Hogwash!
Close scrutiny to Murdoch’s vaccine agenda is instructive. Rupert has close links to the pharmaceutical industry as you will see from William Newton’s investigations.
“Andrew Wakefield was a respected British gastroenterologist who began research into digestive problems in autistic children in collaboration with other doctors in the UK, after being called by parents seeking help. His work indicated severe digestive issues and he asked for more investigation of the MMR vaccine.
Brian Deer is the reporter who savaged Dr Wakefield from the pages of the Sunday Times, a paper managed by Rupert Murdoch’s son James Murdoch who is on the board of GlaxoSmithKline which makes the MMR. Deer researched his case with the help of Medico-Legal Investigations, a private enquiry company whose only source of funding is the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Deer was both the journalist writing on Wakefield and the person who brought a case of fitness to practice medicine to the General Medical Council, and then wrote about the proceedings as well.
Parents whose children were treated by Wakefield were denied the right to be heard before a real court on claims against the vaccine manufacturers. The High Court judge who denied them was Sir Nigel Davis, whose brother is an executive board member of Elsevier, publishers of the Lancet which removed Wakefield’s 1998 paper on the subject, and is on the Board of GlaxoSmithKline.
With the London Times giving Brian Deer free reign to attack Wakefield, media closed in like shark. Coincidentally, the head of Reuters serves on the Board of Merck, and Miriam Stoppard who writes at the Daily Mirror newspaper is married to Sir Christopher Hogg, who was Chairman of GlaxoSmith Kline in 2004. Dr Kumar, the Chairman of the GMC Fitness to Practice Panel who ruled against Dr Andrew Wakefield, would not answer questions about his shareholdings in GlaxoSmithKline, and said there was no such thing as vaccine damage and that any parents who claimed that their children had suffered such would be treated with scorn and contempt.”
This however is not about the safety and efficacy of vaccination. This is about the right to choose what vaccinations, if any, to administer to your child and at what age you want to administer them. It is also about your rights, as a parent, to question and have addressed any fears you may have about the procedure without being ridiculed by the likes of Claire Harvey, Jane Hansen, or the feeble Mia Freedman. If the science is so sound and robust why, 150 years down the track, are we still seeing the same concerns over and over again? And not just from kooks and quacks and helicopter mums but immunologists, doctors, scientists, nurses etc. Why can’t those voices be heard without the ad hom attacks from all the usual suspects. The science-less Skeptics, a lonely group of Star Trek fans with no friends and too many cats, whose fearless leader is a failed old magician obsessed with Uri Geller. Then you have the Friends of Science in Medicine, funded by the same sad old Skeptics, who really should just be called the Friends of Merck & GSK. Ha! And their criticism of myself and other Naturopaths are that we were “trying to protect our business model”. You gotta love these guys. If they weren’t killing hundreds of thousands of people a year that is.
I’m sorry but in a free and civil society every citizen has the right to discuss and question ideas and science (and, shock horror Governments and pharmaceutical companies) without the childish and feeble shouting down we see from the likes of Murdoch, the awful Mamamia, and the ignorant contempt from non-science TV commentators like (the most of the time wonderfully pleasurable) Carrie Bickmore. Real science does not support your non-productive commentary. And to be frank, I’m not sure many of the media types mentioned would know what real science was if it bit them on their Logies. Or their Walkleys .
Just because you believe mercury and aluminium are perfectly safe heavy metals to inject into your child doesn’t mean I have to do. I mean honestly what genius came up with the idea that mercury would be a good preservative for an injectable product? For a 2kg infant! Or aluminium for that matter? A fat soluble metal with an affinity for brain, nerve, & kidney tissue. Awesome! Chuck it in there, she’ll be right and even if she isn’t who cares? No legal liability for vaccine manufacturers or the dodo that administers it. Thanks President Reagan!
Just because you believe the polio vaccine was the greatest medical intervention known to man doesn’t mean I should be forced into vaccinating my one day old infant for HepB. Does it? What about rotavirus? Oh that too? What’s rotavirus you might ask as might you should.
Just because you think your poor baby can mount a robust antibody response to an antigen before the age of 1 years old doesn’t mean I do.
Just because you believe that the flu shot is a great idea every year even though the flu vaccine virus mutates faster than a Tony Abbott backflip doesn’t mean I have to get one. Does it?
Just because you believe that herd immunity theory can be applied to a vaccine like whooping cough where ‘immunity’ can wear out after two years (yes, please read the fact sheets) doesn’t mean I have to.
Just because you believe that same whooping cough vaccine stops transmission of the disease even though it was not designed to doesn’t mean I can’t point that out to you does it?
You see most of these hopeless souls telling you the science settled really don’t have a clue themselves and the ones that do have a clue and are still saying it? Well it is bullshit and they know it is, so the real question to ask is why are they still saying it?
As for Murdoch, well the science is settled. This shrivelled up, demented old muppet should be just drop kicked to the kerb. The damage he has been directly responsible for to western democracy and global justice is probably beyond compare. This man is a menace to a free society. Boycott the turd.
Quack Conspiracy Theorist & Herd Immunity Skeptic.