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Official Title for Congressional Oversight Committee Hearings:

1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism

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Our solemn responsibility is to hold government accountable to taxpayers, ……. We will work tirelessly …. to deliver the facts to the American people and bring genuine reform ……..”

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Part 1

Chairman’s Preview Statement

2:00 P.M. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building November 29, 2012

Congress spends a lot of time discussing and debating issues that are determined by our own philosophical belief on what the role of government should be. Today we are drawing attention to something that has no political affiliation, no partisan allegiance, something much more fundamental and something much more personal.

Right now, 1 in 88 children are identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. At the start of this century, that ratio was 1 in 150. The truth is we don’t know enough about ASD.  We do know, however, that it is being diagnosed far more frequently than it was just a few years ago.

In recognition of this increase and of the reality that we don’t know enough about ASD, the Congress passed the Combating Autism Act in 2006 to establish the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee so we could facilitate an exchange of information and coordination in the hopes of raising awareness and understanding of ASD research and services. In Fiscal Year 2012, Congress directed $230 million for ASD-specific research and services.

Today, we will get a clearer picture on what is being done, what questions still need to be answered and what needs exist for those children, adults and families who live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Part 2

Part 3


Alan Guttmacher, M.D. (testimony)
Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health

Coleen Boyle, Ph.D. (testimony)
Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mr. Bob Wright (testimony)
Autism Speaks

Mr. Scott Badesch (testimony)
Autism Society

Mr. Mark Blaxill (testimony)
Board Member

Mr. Bradley McGarry (testimony)
Coordinator of the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst
Mercyhurst University

Mr. Michael John Carley (testimony)
Executive Director
Global & Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

Mr. Ari Ne’eman (testimony)
Autistic Self Advocacy Network

World Autism Pandemic – US Congressional Hearings 29th November 2012

Reposted from Age of Autism.

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Landmark Autism Hearing: “The Troops Have Landed on Normandy Beach”

Blaxill Burton HEaringBy  Dan Olmsted

Thursday’s hearing before the House oversight committee (view the autism hearing here: “US Lawmakers Look into Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism”) will surely be remembered as a landmark. By the end of the day, the government spokesmen from the NIH and the CDC seemed to be the ones people were looking at funny, while those who raised concerns about autism and vaccines seemed positively mainstream.

It didn’t help that the CDC’s Coleen Boyle testified under oath that fraudster Poul Thorsen  had only been involved in a couple of studies with the CDC. Shortly thereafter, a congressman introduced into evidence a list of more than 20 he had worked on. I feel like calling the CDC and asking: “Has Ms. Boyle retained counsel in anticipation of a possible perjury charge?”

The questions were tough and bipartisan — from Republicans like longtime thimerosal foe Dan Burton (above, with Mark Blaxill) to Chairman Darrell Issa, who said no topic would be out of bounds as the committee continues to probe. Democrat Carolyn Maloney, who has tried to get a vax-unvax study through the House for years, gave ’em the what-for once again. And while I have seen Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings on TV, I wasn’t prepared for the common-sense and deeply troubled approach he brought to the proceedings. The look on his expressive face was priceless. His comment, “There’s something wrong with this picture,” may go down in history with gems like Jim Carey’s “The problem is the problem.”

Cummings pointed out the animated, frustrated faces of the audience, many of whom I know quite well. Their collective eye-rolling served as a great backdrop for the in-credible defense of the federal response to autism and vaccine safety worries. And while CDC-types consider individuals as little more than walking anecdoctal evidence, to elected officials they are the voters who put them there and can kick ’em out.

As a general proposition, it is fair to say that the people responsible for running the country do not like hearing that we have double any other nation’s vaccine schedule, with a miserable infant mortality rate and an autism epidemic to show for it.

The interagency autism coordination committee (IACC) began to look like the villain it is in this disaster. One congressman even asked for questions that the panel could use if it decided to bring in the IACC for questioning.

It was just one day, but it had the feel of a new one. Our own Mark Blaxill did a fabulous job of presenting the key elements in the argument that autism is environmental, and that mercury and vaccines are so far the most plausible suspects. Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey asked him to submit evidence of scientists who have been blackballed or shoved aside for tackling uncomfortable subjects.

It’s been said that the only way to win this battle was to storm the halls of Congress. We saw a version of that Thursday: “The troops have landed on Normandy Beach,” Brooke Potthast e-mailed me afterward, and it seems like the perfect metaphor. “It may take more time, but today was significant and historic.”

Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism

USA Openly Starts BioWars Arms Race – With Big Pharma’s Help

Would you be happy to learn the US government has control over what appears to be being claimed is the first rapid production facility for pandemic vaccines, if you were the Premier of China, India, Pakistan, any Arabic country, Russia and many others not being one of the USA’s close allies or partners?  Might you see this as the start in earnest of an open biodefense arms race, which is one half of a bioweapons arms race?  After all, the technology is nearly at the stage where people can make their own pandemic viruses in their kitchen – albeit these would have to be sophisticated kitchens with a few added extras.  Scientific American reported 9 December 2011: Contagion:  Controversy Erupts over Man-Made Pandemic Avian Flu Virus – Two teams of scientists have independently constructed a deadly strain of flu.  Some say the results should never be published.

The national security implications of vaccines are not much discussed.  But there are national security implications.  Mostly it is focussed on crude and unlikely to be used bioweapons like smallpox.  And as CHS has reported, the “science”  behind that is shaky: Small Pox – Big Lie – Bioterrorism Implications of Flawed Theories of Eradication.

So when we have the bizarre abrupt about turn by the US and UK media to report flu vaccines are useless and don’t work on the back of the less well publicised [to Jo Public] news that Uncle Sam has cornered the market in pandemic vaccine production preparedness with its direct investment with Pharma in a brand new US$1 billion manufacturing plant all just approved by the US Food and Drug Administration it all starts to get a bit more interesting.

In the past the US has waged wars around the world with the cash registers of US arms manufacturers and commercial suppliers of logistics and support happily ringing their merry tune.  It is considered the US long involvement in the Vietnam war was possibly the first of the really large commercial money makers for the arms industries and other for-full-profit private sector war support companies.  The experience of the involvement of commercial companies in the “liberation” of Iraq is another example.

This time around it looks like for the first time the big commercial biowar opportunities have arrived for big pharma.

But wait a moment.  Hasn’t the US Pharma been involved previously in releasing deadly pandemic viruses in the EU?  Yep they sure have.  One certain way to get the Europeans to line up for their pandemic bird or swine flu vaccines is to create panic by making sure there is a pandemic.  And hey, let’s not do it back home in good old US of A but let’s make it close enough to Americans so they will get real scared and line up too.

Is this just the crazies talking or what?

Barely covered in the world’s media was the news that US Pharma company and flu vaccine manufacturer Baxter Pharmaceuticals was responsible for the “accidental” supply to the EU of a large quantity of pandemic flu vaccines which contained live pandemic flu viruses instead.  CHS covered this here with links to original sources: US Drug Company Released Deadly Virus In EU In Vaccine. Natural News fortunately also covered the story with useful links to other original sources about a journalist Jane Burgermeister endeavoured to commence legal action:  Journalist Files Charges against WHO and UN for Bioterrorism and Intent to Commit Mass Murder Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by: Barbara L. Minton Natural News.

Scary stuff boys and girls.

Who is the greater threat to our modern western society?  Is it all the enemies our governments dream up for us like Iraq and the invention of fake non-existent  weapons of mass destruction?  Or is it our governments themselves and the string pullers standing behind the bureaucracies?

And if your child and your family are suffering the serious consequences of vaccines like autism, remember, if Uncle Sam is to be able to vaccinate America in an emergency, it sure can’t have you scaring folks that the vaccines cause autism or any other serious health problems.  Who would line up for their shots?  And the same goes for other countries: make sure their populations are conditioned to be ready and willing to line up and roll up their sleeves for one of Uncle Sam’s favourite vaccines.

So if you thought it was just big Pharma on its own out there to make bucks, it looks like you were wrong.

Government Media Manipulation? – With Leveson Inquiry Reports On Murdoch and UK Media Standards Due Next Week

This is would be hoot if there was no serious side.

Up to Sunday this week the British press were in full flood about the importance of giving flu vaccines to pregnant women, little children, OAPs.  Medical professionals were being openly bullied into it with news stories about it being irresponsible of them not to have the vaccine.

Yesterday suddenly – in a complete volte face [u-turn] the British media report that the flu vaccine is useless and a waste of money.  CHS reported this here along with other vaccines which were not working either: Vaccine Programmes Failing Worldwide – Homer Simpson and The World of Vaccines

This was also reported in the New York Times and other US media three weeks ago.

Why should the US media suddenly decide three weeks ago to report that the current flu vaccines are useless?  This has been know for years and is well covered in respectable medical journal publications.  But the media have not been reporting when they should have been warning the public of the issues of vaccine adverse reactions every year with each new promotion of a government flu campaign.

So what has changed?

Two days ago the US FDA approved a new kind of vaccine technology: AP news story – Flucelvax, A Flu Vaccine Made With Cell Culture Technology Approved By FDA.

Follow The Money

Who is behind this new vaccine technology? The US Department of Health and Human Services has invested in the US$1 billion facility for manufacturing flu vaccines with Swiss drug firm Novartis and using a completely new type of vaccine technology totally different to competitor current vaccines [emphasis added]:

Novartis has partnered with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority for the development of the cell-culture manufacturing technology, as well as for construction of the state-of-the-art facility in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Total public or private investment in the technology development and facility is more than $1 billion. Flucelvax will be produced in Holly Springs once the facility is ready for full-scale commercial production. The facility is the first-of-its-kind in the US and also allows for enhanced domestic pandemic preparedness.

Novartis gets FDA nod for influenza vaccine 21 November 2012 News By BioSpectrum Bureau.

So clearly a great idea for the US DHHS to make sure they trash their competitors products with their new vaccines to be on stream shortly.  Would the US DHHS have had some idea three weeks ago the US FDA was going to approve the new vaccine technology they had invested so much money in?  Surely they could not have been living in ignorance.

So what was the origin of the news story that existing flu vaccines are useless?

University of Minnesota Press Release and Report

On 15th October a news release  was issued by University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP): New U of M led analysis finds urgent need for new influenza vaccine.   It was accompanied by a report: The Compelling Need for Game-Changing Influenza Vaccines: An Analysis of the Influenza Vaccine Enterprise and Recommendations for the Future  and an executive summary.

As flu vaccination is a big thing with the US CDC and hence the US public, this report was news.    The key theme was that current vaccines provide sub-optimal benefits and that

Only with new game-changing vaccines can we ever really be prepared for the next influenza pandemic.”

The news release and report was ignored by the media.  Nothing was published.  This has the appearance that editors are not willing to run stories critical of vaccines – including vaccines which do not work and are useless and especially ones government agencies engage in active campaigns to promote.

Then it seems, and CHS will be happy to be corrected, that a New York Times blog on 5th November openly reported the story but not in a news report.  The story was then picked up by other US news outlets and reported more widely.

Clearly, there was no need for any contact between CIDRAP and any other agency nor is it suggested there was.  It could all be coincidental.

At the same time the whole thing has a curious appearance to it.  The story was a good news story on 15th October but did not run.  It goes out on an NYT blog on 5th November some three weeks later.  It then takes another 2 1/2 weeks to get into the British media.  And it all coincides with the US DHHS rolling out this new US$1 billion flu vaccine manufacturing facility using what looks like it might be promoted as the kind of “game-changing” technology CIDRAP called for.

Maybe a journalist or three whose work can be trusted might seek to get to the bottom of this.  If there is no collusion and it is all coincidental then fine and dandy.  But if that is not the case then the US public and people in other countries should be informed.

Vaccine Programmes Failing Worldwide – Homer Simpson and The World of Vaccines

Are some docs and health officials the Homer Simpsons of vaccines?  Or is it worse?

CHS looks at recent news on both sides of the pond and asks is real life and fiction distinguishable in the crazy mixed-up world of vaccine promotions, sales and marketing?


Location:  Simpsons’ home. TV on:

DR NICK: Hi everybody, its Dr Nick Riviera and  Professor John Nerdelbaum Frink, Jr. here to tell you all about all the new vaccine shots we are planning for you.  These new ones are because they did not work the first time ….. or the second time ….. or the third time.  Hey, they probably won’t work again, but whats the big deal? If it only keeps docs in a job and off the streets and in their pools and hot tubs its worth it. 

Times are tough and your little ones are helping our economy big time – Merck, GSK, big and small pharma everywhere are really grateful.  Heh.  You thought the banks screwed you.  Wait ’til you find out what our vaccines have been doing – you’re going to love it – no, really.

So moms and dads, when the little ones are asleep – you keep up the good work in the middle of the night.  We need more and more junior citizens to help the economy – so do your duty.  Uncle Sam needs you.  Don’t ask what can America do for you, but what can you do for America.  And hey, so what if the ceiling needs painting – what you doing with the lights on anyways.”  


When CHS was engaged in charity work educating some of the poor delusional characters who seem to number amongst those who visit the cranky  pseudo-science world of Dr David Dorski’s Science Blogs dot Com a question arose.  Could it be possible that some government health officials around the world involved in selling vaccines on behalf of the drug industry to you and your kids might be like some of Dr Gorski’s cranky Dorkskis?

Yep, you all know how some of them zombie-like follow the dribbling scribble written there and post abusive comments to satiate the personality types some sadly appear to suffer the rest of us with.  Epidemiologically it must be something to do with them being mainly under 25 childless males.

So let’s cut to real-life?  Or is it?  Is this all just a delusional dream.  Are these things going on in the real world?  Can it be true?

The Whooping Cough Vaccine Which Isn’t Working – So Lets Shoot-Up Pregnant Moms Instead

This follows from the recent news of the panic measures by health officials that pregnant moms are to get the whooping cough vaccine.  This is supposedly to “protect” their unborn child.  The reality of course is that there are outbreaks of whooping cough in the vaccinated populations.  This is because the vaccine does not work.  Yep even in all those who have already had four and sometimes more shots of it as children and sometimes as adults.

Sadly folks, the promises of eradication of basic childhood diseases like whooping cough are all false – all those wasted decades when the Dr Nick Rivieras and  Professor John Nerdelbaum Frink, Jrs. of “science-based medicine” should have been working on effective treatments instead.

Now history has told us with Thalidomide and all else that one thing we should avoid is medicating pregnant moms.  But does that put these guys off?  Nah.  Who ya kidding?   The solution of the Homer Simpsons of the vaccine world instead is – give them more shots.  And hey, when it comes to flu vaccines, the multi-dose vials have a massive mercury laden dose which is toxic and neurotoxic in parts per billion.

Why keep on with something that is failing and seriously toxic to kids and adults?  Isn’t this beginning to look to you like the crazy pseudo-science world of Dr David Gorski’s cranky Dorkskis?   Zombiefied they will keep going until they get you.  There is no escape.

It gets worse.  And this is aside from all the adverse vaccine reactions which go massively unreported, ignored and buried by health officials the world over so that the claims of safety for vaccines are little more than hype.  A general benchmark for under-reporting in all drugs and not just vaccines is 98 in every 100 adverse reactions – so multiply by 50: Spontaneous adverse drug reaction reporting vs event monitoring: a comparison: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Volume 84 June 1991 341.

Millions of third world children still die despite vaccines when if we had effective treatments they could be saved.   Those kids die because of modern mainstream medicine and our drug industry.  Those guys have been killing those kids as surely as if they went over there and did it themselves – whilst of course living well and relaxing in their hot tubs and pools.  So when Bill Gates accuses anyone concerned about vaccine safety of being murderers, its time for Bill to buy a mirror  He’d better hurry before he gets too old and loses his looks.  But hey, maybe he won’t like what he sees – true – we mean, well, do you like it?

The ‘Flu Vaccine Which Isn’t Working – So Lets Shoot-Up Pregnant Moms And Little Kids Instead

Guess what else has happened recently?  We originally had proposals – repeated again this year – that pregnant moms and all kids are to get the flu shot [see eg. US CDC and UK Daily Mail and Telegraph].

This is medically unethical – because it was being done supposedly to protect the elderly – and that was because the vaccine also did not work for them either – yes – truly so.  But hey, why let a little thing like ethics and lack of health benefits hold back the roll out of vaccines?  It sure is nice in the hot tub.  Looks like docs and health officials just don’t want to give them up.

But of course that did not stop health officials giving the British Media completely false massively exaggerated figures on the thousands who die annually when in many years there are no deaths and an average when there are is 33 in a population of 66 million with 600,000 deaths overall annually: British Press Association Publishes Known-To-Be-False UK Government Flu Death Figures – In A Story To Promote Known-To-Be-Ineffective ‘Flu Vaccines To UK Elderly.

The US CDC does the same – CDC claims like 36,000 die in the USA annually from flu are out of Alice in Wonderland – so what is in those funny looking cigarettes some of those CDC guys smoke.  The United States Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management asked similar questions but in a different way in their report condemning the US$11 billion pa budget CDC as useless:  CDC Off Center.  The report is :

a review of how an agency tasked with fighting and preventing disease has spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars for failed prevention efforts, international junkets, and lavish facilities, but cannot demonstrate it is controlling disease.”

We also had the news about the EU and Canadian bans on ‘flu vaccines following from the quite separate withdrawal of Crucell vaccines.  The bans went pretty much unreported in the British press although covered by CHS – see eg.

And of course the medical professions were rejecting the vaccine in droves but whilst CHS covered this properly, the British media spun it the other way – about how irresponsible they were to refuse.  Here is the CHS article:  Most UK Medics Refusing Flu Vaccines – UK’s New Chief Medical Officer Resorts To Bullying

The Sudden Big Vaccine “U-Turn”

At the beginning of November headlines in USA were about the flu shot not working.  Yes, really.  Its true.  See for example the New York Times.  CHS covered the story November 7.

Well hey, cut to big headlines in the UK yesterday – after only a small delay of two to three weeks later.  The British media finally got around to telling the truth about just one of the vaccines – ‘flu – reporting what the scientists say and that the ‘flu vaccine programmes are a waste of taxpayers’ money: eg. Independent, Telegraph, Daily Mail.

So what is wrong with that?  First, this has been known for years.  Whilst the British press was not covering this, CHS has repeatedly as have others on the web.  So the reality is people are getting the real news from the web because the press just don’t report it either at all or properly.

But there is worse.  Right up to last week there was a mountain of articles pushing the flu vaccine and how healthcare providers should have it and the at risk groups ie elderly and those with respiratory conditions. There was concern that none of the groups were reaching the target uptake and there was a definite attempt at a further push to get everyone on board.

And this was even though the news was out in the US three weeks ago, the British press was silent on it.

But hey, suddenly they’re now allowing publicity (which clearly was not being permitted previously) pointing to the fact the ‘flu vaccine  isn’t the numero uno top of the range vaccine they hyped it up to be.

So what might be behind this?  Is there another vaccine in the pipeline to replace the failing flu vaccine?  The drug industry realising its mistakes wants to create the good vac/bad vac scenario to get people to switch and readily accept the new one as if that is the one which really works and we can forget about the old rubbish flu vaccines.

The idea that they’ve suddenly had a prick of their conscience and want to be honest about the true state of things re the flu vaccine doesn’t sit well with the history of all this.  What’s cooking behing this sudden burst of honesty?  How come after years of silence, not be covering the story …………….. they would just ignore it, suddenly in just a couple of weeks it is all change.

Part of the reason without doubt is that the credibility of all vaccine programmes with the world’s public is getting hit with all the vaccines which are now being shown not to have worked.  After all it’s a bit like the health officials shouting ‘rotten fish‘ for sale.

Its enough to make you a conspiracy theorist – right Homer?  But just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you – heh.

Mumps and Other Vaccines Failing Too

If you want to see health officials actively discussing the introduction of vaccines for adolescents, precisely because the vaccines don’t do what they are supposed to, you can see the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation discussing a raft of vaccines to be introduced for adolescents at one of their many meetings: JCVI sub-committee on adolescent vaccinations meeting: January 2012

Now, what is interesting about this development is that it was predictable years back.  The vaccines even then were not working as they were claimed to and just do not confer lasting protection.  So what is going on?

Follow the Money

This has less to do with protecting children and adults from disease.  It is much much more about the drug industry making money.  And we are being let down badly by the mainstream media.  They are like puppets and their strings look easy peasy for the well-heeled to shell out what is to them pocket change to get those strings pulled.

And you do not have to go far to find out what is behind all of this but the British, US and other media are letting us all down badly.  And they are paying the price for it.  Why read their manipulated tosh stories when you can get the real news off the up and coming websites on the web.  Maybe you might like Alex Jones Info Wars Site for example?

It is not like they have to go far from their own screens to get hard info.  They can like you, read upon on the pharma trade press on vaccine markets and they and you can see stuff like this:

… vaccines ….. have become the darling of many drug manufacturers’ portfolios over the past few years …. With vaccines continuing to be the big success story for the pharmaceutical industry, the world market for preventative vaccines reached $22.1 billion in 2009, up from $19 billion in 2008. Kalorama Information predicts the market will increase at a compound annual rate of 9.7% during the next five years, reaching $35 billion by 2014, as new product introductions continue and the use of current products expands further.

Vaccines Continue to Bolster Pharma Market By Andrea Hiller, Kalorama Information Thursday, December 2, 2010

So there you have it folks.  The crazy cranky world of Dr David Gorski’s dorkskis over at Science Blogs dot Com does not look isolated but a reflection of some of the bizarre world of some health officials the world over.

Even if in health terms the vaccines are failing – for the drug industry and the medical professions who make lots of money out of them – they have never had it so good – the cash registers are playing their tune loud and clear the world over.

Don’t ya just love if folks.

CHS Medical Myth Smasher #1 – “The Plural of Anecdote is Data” – Is The Correct Original Quotation

As we have recently been examining the science-free zone over at Science Blogs dot Com, here is another howler from the pseudo-science pseudo-skeptics over there.  Science Blogs dot Com is the home of bloggers like Dr David Gorski and P Z Myers [and he is supposed to be a professor of biology – ha!!].

There are hundreds of references on Science Blogs dot Com to the phrase “the plural of anecdote is not data“.  They repeat it like a religious mantra to slap people down when they give examples of numerous personal experiences.

It seems they do not like the fact that what they seem to think is anecdote – namely the oral testimony of human witnesses – is in fact the primary source of evidence in common law jurisdictions around the world.

So what is the real quote?  And why is it relevant?

You see if human testimony can be reliable – and it can be and is – and it can be tested and is tested – including in Court – then medicine should take note of it.  Medicine should therefore also take note of case series even when based on oral testimony of patients.  You see when you have 10 people coming along separately and independently telling pretty much the same story but of what each of them experienced personally, you have to sit up and take notice.  But drug companies don’t like that.  You see, if medics had to take notice of oral accounts, then it would be much easier to establish a particular drug caused a particular adverse effect.  No fancy tests needed – just careful analysis of the accounts of the victims, their parents and/or physicians and maybe clinical history and any documentary and other witness corroboration.

And yep you guessed it – the pseudo-scientists like Gorski misquote the quote to say it is the opposite of the original quote.

So why would anyone want to do that?  Why would anyone running a set of blogs claiming to provide reliable information on science want to mislead everyone about something so basic?

The correct quote is “The plural of anecdote is data“.

So where is the correct quote recorded?

Raymond Wolfinger’s brilliant aphorism “the plural of anecdote is  data” never inspired a better or more skilled researcher”

Nelson W. Polsby PS, Vol. 17, No. 4. (Autumn, 1984), pp. 778-781. Pg. > 779.

And how do we know that is a true account of the original?  It is confirmed in an exchange of emails between Wolfinger and Fred Shapiro.

 Fred Shapiro happens to be Editor of The Yale Book of Quotations, The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations, and several other books and was clearly checking his sources.  If you want to see confirmation of the source from an original source document here it is in a listserv post by Shapiro – you can click on the listserv link and look it up yourself:-

Subject: Re: “Plural of anecdote is data” (Ray Wolfinger)
From: Fred Shapiro <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 23:21:27 -0400
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On Tue, 6 Jul 2004 [log in to unmask] wrote:

> Nelson W. Polsby PS, Vol. 17, No. 4. (Autumn, 1984), pp. 778-781. Pg.
> 779: Raymond Wolfinger's brilliant aphorism "the plural of anecdote is
> data" never inspired a better or more skilled researcher.

I e-mailed Wolfinger last year and got the following response from him:

"I said 'The plural of anecdote is data' some time in the 1969-70 academic
year while teaching a graduate seminar at Stanford.  The occasion was a
student's dismissal of a simple factual statement--by another student or
me--as a mere anecdote.  The quotation was my rejoinder.
Since then I have missed few opportunities to quote myself.  The only
appearance in print that I can remember is Nelson Polsby's accurate
quotation and attribution in an article in PS:  Political Science and
Politics in 1993; I believe it was in the first issue of the year."

I also e-mailed Polsby, who didn't know of any early printed occurrences.

What is interesting about this saying is that it seems to have morphed
into its opposite -- "Data is not the plural of anecdote" -- in some
people's minds.  Mark Mandel used it in this opposite sense in a private
e-mail to me, for example.

Fred Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro                             Editor
Associate Librarian for Collections and     YALE DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS
  Access and Lecturer in Legal Research     Yale University Press,
Yale Law School                             forthcoming
e-mail: [log in to unmask]     

Ginger Taylor’s List of Research Linking Vaccines to Autism

Over at Adventures in Autism, Ginger Taylor has compiled an impressive list of research linking vaccines to autistic conditions.

You can find it here: “No Evidence of Any Link“.

And if that is not enough for you, she says that:

TACA has blown my puny list out of the water with their master list that is approaching 600 citations.  So if you have exhausted my list, and are hungry for more, they should keep you busy for quite some time

And I don’t want to hear “No evidence of any link” ever again!”.

You may want to make a note of Ginger’s site for the list and she also does write some exceedingly good factual blog posts.