The irony is fairly thick. Toadies who do hit jobs in the media?!? What was that blog piece but a hit job in a form of the media?
What is strange is the repeat of the statement that the discourse should be more civil. In that, I agree with Mr. Blaxill’s commentsl. Where we part ways is in the definition of civil discourse. I just don’t think he and his team at the Age of Autism blog have promoted a civil discourse in the last year (or ever).
Dan Olmsted owns/runs the Age of Autism blog. Mark Blaxill is an “editor” blogger there and frequent commenter. They are
Shall we go down the list of the people who have been personally attacked by that blog? Peter Bearman, Tom Insel, Story Landis, Richard Grinker (and his wife), Ari Ne’eman…the list goes on.
A more civil discourse would be welcomed. Even an edgy discourse would be welcomed. I encourage Mr. Blaxill and Mr. Olmsted to put substance behind the words. Stop the hot pieces. Stop the attacks.
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So, the man running a blog that, amongst other stuff, photoshopped a picture to show 8 people sitting down to eat a baby wants a "civil discourse"?
There goes another Irony Meter.
And another Hypocrisy Meter.
Let's have a look at the current Age of Autism posts:
From "Forcing Flu Shots On Healthcare Workers: Who Is Next"
"It is not a pretty sight to watch doctors acting more like thugs than healers. When doctors threaten people with financial ruin for refusing to shut up and salute smartly, there is something wrong. Trust is replaced with fear and anger. People start asking questions. Questions like: Who will be threatened and punished next for refusing a flu shot? The answer is YOU, me, and every American. We are next in line because when doctors trade in their white coats for military uniforms, going after their own is just the first step on the road to going after the rest of us." - Civility itself!
from "Autism Speaks: From the Town of Bedrock"
"Umm..am I the only one thinking that [a proposed study looking at 22q11.2 deletion syndrome] is that it's really dumb and expensive? And when is a deletion a "syndrome?" Plus, there has been information available for years, on lead and more importantly, MERCURY, causing deletions! AS makes it sound like genes just spontaneously delete! How come they don't want to investigate that? (HERE)" - Lovely and civil. Pity about the grammar, spelling and factual errors but it couldn't have been nicer.