If you want to know the damage that a Nobel laureate who's gone full quack can do, look no further than this @WSJ op-ed by Luc Montagnier and and Jed Rubenfeld trotting out this nonsense about mandates. 1/
One wonders if @WSJopinion knew when it accepted this op-ed that Luc Montagnier is a thoroughly disgraced quack now. He'd gone full antivax, for instance, years before the pandemic. 2/ respectfulinsolence.com/2017/11/28/the…
Indeed, when Montagnier embraced The One Quackery To Rule Them All, homeopathy, a decade ago, I coined the term "Nobel disease," to describe Nobel laureates who became quacks, cranks, and pseudoscientists in their later years. 3/ respectfulinsolence.com/2010/11/23/luc…
Luc Montagnier used to speak at antivaccine confabs back in the day, for instance the quackfest known as Autism One. 4/ forbes.com/sites/stevensa…
Six years ago, Montagnier appeared in Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree's antivaccine conspiracy movie disguised as a documentary, VAXXED, to support the conspiracy theory at the heart of the film. 5/ sciencebasedmedicine.org/andrew-wakefie…
12 years ago, Montagnier also ran an unethical, unscientific, and quacky "clinical trial" of long term antibiotics to treat autism. 6/ respectfulinsolence.com/2010/11/23/luc…
Unsurprisingly, since #COVID19 hit Luc Montagnier has embraced pandemic conspiracy theories. Indeed, he embraced a the most ridiculous version of #LabLeak, namely that it was a bioweapon engineered in a lab. 7/ respectfulinsolence.com/2020/04/21/mon…
Particularly embarrassing was where Montagnier, whose Nobel Prize was as co-discoverer of HIV, bought into the claim that HIV sequences in the #SARSCoV2 #Spike protein were evidence of "engineering." For a once-great virologist, he sure doesn’t seem to know virology any more. 8/
Seriously, I bet @WSJopinion thought it had a coup getting a Nobel Laureate to coauthor an op-ed with Jeb Rubenfeld opposing vaccine mandates, supposedly based on "science." Little did they know just what an utter crank and fraud Montagnier's become in his old age. 9/
Unfortunately, being a Nobel laureate will impress the rubes, who will take Montagnier's blather seriously, even though he long ago gave up any semblance of being a scientists worthy of the respect generally given a Nobel Prize winner. 10/
That's one big danger of the Nobel Disease; Nobel laureates who've turned into cranks and conspiracy theorists are still Nobel laureates and that alone makes them seem impressive long after they no longer are. 11/11

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10 Jan
I wonder if @brownstoneinst is aware that this article is parroting a longstanding antivaccine talking point going back to even earlier than the two decades since I've been writing about antivaxxers? 1/
Absent the reference to #COVID19 and #CovidVaccine, this article by Jared McBrady could be mistaken for any number of articles about the "horror" of vaccine mandates published on antivax blogs circa 2005. 2/
Likening vaccine mandates to slavery, Nazi persecution of Jews, Jim Crow, totalitarianism, and the Rwandan genocide, as McBrady does, is classic antivax. Absolutely classic! All that's lacking is for McBrady to liken vaccine mandates to rape. 3/
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Man, @ReelzChannel #Autopsy is one of the cheesiest conspiracy series I've ever seen. I watched the one about #DavidBowie yesterday, and the grasping for "other causes" besides cancer contributing to Bowie's death reached truly ridiculous proportions. 1/
So was the part in #Autopsy speculating that Bowie had somehow "controlled" the time of his death so that Blackstar could be released before his death. 2/
I will say that I had never seen the shots from his appearance at the Lazarus premier five weeks before Bowie died. Contrary to what the show claims, from what I saw Bowie most definitely did NOT look healthy then. 3/
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Lindsay quotes the dishonest antivaxxer @RobertKennedyJr, who lies and misrepresents what @peterhotez actually said. He said nothing about "snuffing out" antivaxxers (they are *not* "vaccine skeptics") nor did he say anything about making criticism of Anthony Fauci a felony. 1/
Contrary to what the clueless @ConceptualJames claims by citing the utterly dishonest antivaxxer@RobertKennedyJr, what @PeterHotez was referring to was not criticism of Fauci, but threats and violence against vaccine advocates. 2/ journals.plos.org/plosbiology/ar…
As for the bit about receiving grants from the @NIAIDNews, a branch of @NIH, it's very telling that @ConceptualJames thinks that these are conflicts of interest with respect to Dr. Fauci. Dr. Fauci, for instance, does not personally decide who gets grants. 3/
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Yes! #LabLeak proponents are a lot like creationists in that their entire argument is an appeal to incredulity. Because we haven't nailed down how #SARSCoV2 jumped to humans, they argue, the virus must have been "designed" in a lab by a creator or leaked from a lab.
The basic idea is that they can't believe #COVID19 could have emerged naturally or, having emerged naturally, jumped from animals to humans without the intervention of an intelligence. In the case of creationists, that intelligence is God. In #LabLeak, it's scientists.
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Note the logo of the #COVID19 minimizing, #ivermectin-pushing group America's Frontline Doctors in the upper lefthand corner.
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Ugh. This article's headline is ridiculous. The application of scientific findings to policy has ALWAYS been political. It has to be, because it's policy. bigthink.com/13-8/science-p…
Even the article about how we trust the science behind airplanes and the people flying and maintaining them because of their knowledge is off-base, as all of the safety standards behind the aviation industry have been codified as law, which is an inherently political process.
Even the PART of the article about how we trust the science behind airplanes...😂🤦🏻‍♂️
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