Meryl’s massive overestimation

In July 1998 Meryl and the Australian Vaccination Network predicted that the Australian Measles Control Campaign, then about to kick off nationally, would result in more than 330,000 adverse reactions to vaccination and 3 deaths. In fact the actual result was only 14 adverse reactions and no deaths.

Any self-respecting medical expert who made a gross error, such as overestimating the number of side effects from vaccinating 1.7 million children by 24,000 times, would hang his or her head in shame and make the world a better place by quitting the profession. Fortunately our Meryl has no shame – being proven wrong again and again does not even slow her down. Oh, Meryl!

April 17, 2010

Meryl the “skeptic”

Meryl has long complained about skeptics organisations pointing out obvious errors in her claims, but interestingly she decided to register some domains named after those organisations. Later she complains further about the very behaviour she indulges in herself…

Meryl the conspiracy theorist, the Illuminati and microchips in vaccines

In the midst of the Swine flu pandemic, Meryl got rather excited and published a blog post titled “Flu is not the Biggest Danger it’s the Vaccine“:

These are challenging times and we need to stay calm and think things through – not just panic and react. Fear, panic and emotional reaction got us into this mess and it is certainly not going to get us out of it.

We also need to realise – here, now – that we have long crossed the line into a fully-fledged fascist dictatorship. It has hidden itself to most people this far, but it is about to lift the veil.

It is no longer an option to do nothing or passively acquiesce to authority out of fear or apathy. Or, at least, it’s not if we care about our freedoms and, most importantly, those of our children and grandchildren who will have to live almost their entire lives under a global jackboot of sheer, undiluted evil.

The word ‘evil’ is much overused and I don’t say it lightly; but we are dealing with evil in the sense that the word is the reverse of ‘live’. Those behind the conspiracy to cull the human population and turn the rest into little more than computer terminals are anti-life. They have no respect for it and no empathy with those who suffer the consequences of their actions, no matter how appalling.

So Meryl appears to have gone a little nutty with paranoia – doesn’t everyone now and then? No? Well, anyway the funniest part of her blog post was an innocuous link at the end…reading “Here is a link to read more“.

It becomes apparent that Meryl has just copied & pasted from a truly whacko article on the Pakistan Daily website – a short read reveals classic conspiracy theorist fodder: a shadowy, secret organisation called the Illuminati is planning to take over the world using tiny microchips injected along with vaccines. There’s a lot more, have a read – the whole thing is hilarious!

Meryl has indeed drunk deeply on the conspiracy theory Kool-aid and looks more than a little unbalanced afterwards. Remember, this is not a spoof that Meryl’s sending up – she is taking it all very seriously and promoting it through the official mouthpiece of her organisation. Oh, Meryl!

August 4, 2006

Meryl says “one at a time now”

In the magazine she publishes (Informed Voice, Winter 2006, page 48), Meryl wrote:

It is a fact that we will only ever contract one disease at a time

I guess that will come as suprising news to anyone who has ever contracted pneumonia as a complication of flu, or any of the usual complications that go with AIDS (caused by HIV), to name just two examples. Oh Meryl!

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