Very brief post, just to say that I’ve been following the JABS reaction to the new study replicating Wakefield’s original study and showing that the MMR jab is not linked to autism. Their reaction is to call people ‘prick’ and ‘puff’. Very grown-up, very sensitive and not at all homophobic or intolerant.
[Digression] John Stone’s reaction was to kick up a bit of dust around whether the 1998 O’Leary results were now somehow vindicated by the use of the O’Leary facilities in completing the new study. I think Orac put it best when he said “I’ve also heard rumblings from the anti-vaccination underground that the talking point will be that this study is a “two-edged sword” in that it supposedly the fact that the O’Leary lab performed competently now somehow exonerates its horrible performance several years ago. It doesn’t. Bustin’s deconstruction of the methodology in use at the O’Leary lab at the time was devastating, demonstrating a level of incompetence beyond belief. What is far more likely is that O’Leary was forced to clean up his act and tighten up lab discipline in order to be included as one of the labs in this study.” [Digression ends]
The main point of this post was to relate the response of JABS regulars. I will now quote Cybertiger: “‘tom puff’ (aka tom pr*ck)” and “Is Deer Brian a gay-boy too?” are included in two of his comments.
I saved the pages that included these Cybertiger posts as PDFs – note that the second PDF does not contain the words “prick” or “puff” and that Cybertiger’s post does not give any indication that it has been edited. I imagine this is because the forum admins have secretly ‘sanitised’ his efforts in a bid to maintain what little respectability the forum may still possess. They need to go back and get rid of the homophobic abuse aimed at Deer too now. They need to do this, because they are still pretending to be a support group, still pretending to be reasonable pleasant and still pretending not to be anti-vaccine – what bullshit.
Here’s the saved pages in PDF format: jabs-forum-abuse and jabs-mysteriously-disappearing-homophobia-and-abuse. EDITED TO ADD: I’m not saying that the JABS admin approves of Cybertiger’s abuse – but they certainly don’t condemn it. It keeps popping up and only disappears if it is commented on in the Bad Science forum or a specific complaint is made to JABS admin about the abuse. If you refuse to condemn someone who systematically abuses people and makes homophobic comments you will soon be seen as condoning them – whether you actually do condone them or not. Perhaps JABS moderators should consider this when reading Cybertiger’s abuse and maybe ask him to cut it out? I’m not suggesting they ban him, but they could at least censure him, rather than silently deleting his most offensive remarks – which, frankly, seems a bit dishonest to me.