Indeed. Worse, when this is pointed out to the doctors paddling with the current, inevitably they blame those of us trying to beat back against it for not doing science communication right, as if we are contributing to the river's flow. 1/
The doctors who prefer to rest rather than row have always been with us. Prepandemic, writing for @ScienceBasedMed, @drval coined the term "shruggie" to describe such doctors, most of whom just have a hard time believing how bad the misinformation is. 2/
Shruggies are bad enough, but at least they usually don't actively make things worse. Docs who start paddling with the flow of the river do. And then they blame those trying to stem the tide of misinformation for having "done science communication wrong." 3/3
I should have included what provoked this thread. 4/4
I also forgot to include the link to the @ScienceBasedMed post from 2008 by @drval introducing the term "shruggie." 5/5…
And then there's this...🙄🤦🏻‍♂️

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5 Oct
Yep. I was warning that #VAERS would be misused by antivaxxers this way since before any #CovidVaccine got an EUA, as were others familiar with antivax misinformation. I’ve been writing about how antivaxxers misuse VAERS since around 2006. @OpenVAERS deception is nothing new.
Provaccine advocates found it very frustrating how hardly any of our colleagues listened to took the warnings seriously, even though we had been showing how antivaxxers had been abusing #VAERS this way for two decades at least.
The only difference between disinformation efforts like @OpenVAERS and, pre-pandemic, dumpster diving #VAERS studies by antivax quacks Mark and David Geier claiming to show that vaccines cause autism is scale.
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3 Oct
I keep looking at this quote by Dr. Prasad and wondering: What history books on Nazi Germany has he read? Because the ignorance there is astounding. Hitler worked to turn himself into a dictator beginning the day he assumed the office of Chancellor or Germany. 1/
Also, President Hindenberg died in August 1934, a year and a half after Hitler had become Chancellor. (He was very old and in ill health.) The quote above makes it sound as though Hindenberg hung around until 1939, which is ludicrous. 2/
Hindenburg was complicit in Hitler's becoming dictator, too. For example, besides having appointed Hitler as Chancellor after the Nazis won a plurality, he approved the Reichstag Fire Decree, which suspended various civil liberties. 3/
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2 Oct
The only "idiot move" last night was for a comedian to pontificate so utterly confidently on science and medicine that he clearly doesn't understand.🙄
Since last night, I've been thinking. Are Daniel Whitney's "vaccine skepticism" and appeals to "natural immunity" his real views, or are they performative? After all, if your stage persona is a stereotypical redneck, your audience won't appreciate you supporting #CovidVaccine.
If your stage persona is "Larry the Cable Guy," a stereotype of the rural working man whose catchphrase is "Git 'r done!" you know your audience will expect you to spew the same sort of ignorant #COVID19 contrarianism that they believe in. Failure to do so risks alienating them.
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30 Sep
So, later this afternoon I’m going to get my 5G topped up. I’m only on one bar and fear that I’ll drop back to 4G LTE soon. (Also, spoons don’t stick to me anymore.) Can anyone tell me what to expect? Was it the same or worse than dose two?
5G reacquired.
16 hrs later, my 5G is back up to 5 bars, but that top up might have been a bit too energetic. I'm also experiencing fatigue, muscle aches, and chills. In retrospect, it was wise to schedule the booster on a day before a day when I had nothing scheduled and could stay home.
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30 Sep
As @AlanLevinovitz points out, “natural immunity” has always been an antivaccine trope with strong association with “purity.” I’ve been writing about this for years and have long liked to invoke Gen. Jack D. Ripper describing this phenomenon.
For example, nine years ago.,,…
It’s thus utterly unsurprising that antivaxxers are invoking the same “purity of essence” tropes for #COVID19.…
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11 Sep
It's so hard to believe for me that #September11 was 20 years ago. I was about 30 miles from Ground Zero, at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (now @RutgersCancer) at the time. It was VERY real to me. 1/
We normally had our breast cancer tumor board 8-9AM Tuesday morning, and #September11 was no different. near the end of the tumor board, then-director of CINJ Dr. Bill Hait poked his head into the conference room and said that a plane had hit the #WTC. 2/
It wasn't long before all non-emergency clinical activity at the cancer center and @RWJUH was halted, and all clinical staff were instructed not to leave, as we then expected mass casualties helicoptered and brought in. 3/
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