The JABS anti-vaccination forum has several regular posters who link to the whale.to site. This JABS thread (NB – all links on this page go to PDFs unless stated), for example, contains links to Whale posted by Rosemary and John. Note that John links to a page on AIDS – in fact, a page that is titled “The AIDS Conspiracy”. The Whale website is used on JABS as a source of information. How reliable is the information on Whale though? Well, apart from the HIV/AIDS denialism page there is also a page about a flying dolphin. Or you could read about the Illuminati and their god Lucifer. David Icke and Arizona Wilder can tell you more about the Illuminati. Whale also has very important information about the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Don Croft features on several pages on the Whale site – here, he relates a tale of the time he was held down by the feds and injected with poison (possibly radioactive, he claims). Whale also hosts a PDF on alien abduction called Taken. EDIT: A big ‘thank you’ to the kind person who emailed me to point out that there was some serious weirdness on web.archive.org and even sent me a handy link (web). Also available as a PDF: Metaphysical Ass Burning. Highlights include: a black energy line that “passed through the corner of the cellar where two nasty demonic type spirits were in residence“; a black energy line in the park – “I also burnt my ass on it some years back when I was experimenting with psychedelics, similar to a chemical burn right through my trousers, where the trousers were unscathed apart from a flattening of the cord. I thought, first, that I had been given a metaphysical kick up the backside! Perhaps I had.”; and John’s friend Kelly also “did some work on a few trees which was an experience, found a chi waterfall nearby, as well as some vortexes which he opened“. Wikipedia (web) seems to think that (apart from a PC audio accelerator chipset and a class of satellite), vortex in scientific terms relates to flow of liquid (web). I wonder what kind of vortices John and Kelly have experience of? Maybe they were discussing fluid dynamics. Maybe it was a time vortex (web). I’m not even going to guess what kind of work they did on trees or how a chi waterfall differs from any other waterfall.
Given that Whale.to is the source for much of the “information” on the JABS forum, it seems odd that the JABS collective is still seen as respectable by some journalists. The Daily Mail and the BBC recently reported on a study in the Archives of Disease in Childhood and both gave space to a spokesperson for JABS. The BBC also, shamefully, linked to the JABS website (to be fair, they did later add a link to the MMR – The Facts website – but I still feel that their link to JABS was inappropriate). Anthony Cox’s excellent Black Triangle blog looked at the media coverage of the story (website).
Links to websites: If you really have to see for yourselves, JABS is here and Whale is here. Click these links at your own risk. I’ve previously written about JABS here – an open letter to the administrators who were allowing medical misinformation to be spread by someone unqualified. The advice was reckless, to say the least. JQH has also written about JABS and their tendency to ignore inconvenient evidence.