The Lack of
Competent Leadership in the Autism
Community Exacerbates Problems...
Look At What Happened in the Vaccine
Opinion by Consumer Advocate
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
This is the fifth article in a
series focusing on the fact that Autism
is a social issue that could have been,
and should have been, solved a long time
Last year I was presented a massive
amount of information about what
happened in what was called the ""Omnibus
Autism Proceedings" (OAP) a
situation where 5,400 Autistic children
were batched together in two groups to
The OAP was started because the Vaccine Court
created by the National
Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA),
in 1987, had become overloaded with claims, and the
Special Masters running the court simply did not
want to have to trudge through the backlog of the
5,400 cases facing it over vaccine injuries. So,
they ordered that all of the 5,400 cases be
distilled down into six representative cases - three
from the "MMR
Vaccine causes Autism" argument,
and three from the "Thimerosal
(mercury) in vaccines causes Autism argument."
The Autistic children lost.
The angry homosexual "skeptics" danced
in the streets at the news. David
Gorski, who writes as Orac, I think, had
to keep a diaper on for days, to keep
from peeing all over himself in glee.
short - the so-called Special Masters decided, in
all six cases, that there was no relationship
between vaccines and Autism.
(1) For the MMR part they simply refused to allow
the MMR legal team Petitioners adequate subpoena
power to get info, and the government relied,
primarily, on the fake discrediting of Andy
Wakefield. They made Andy Wakefield the issue.
(2) For the Thimerosal (mercury) part the Special
Masters decided that the CDC studies were the only thing
they would consider as evidence.
There are simple ways to organize
problems for solution. Everybody
uses them. Businesses can't
survive without them. Even
government agencies use them.
Advocate organizations employ them.
Yet, for a myriad of reasons, the Autism
Community cannot sit down and organize a
campaign to solve their problems.
They cannot sit there and make a list of
their problems, then discuss possible
solutions. They cannot take those
possible solutions and make plans.
Consequently, they cannot execute any
plans. And, finally, they cannot
review the situation because they didn't
even start any process.
Instead, as the AutismOne meeting in
Chicago a few weeks ago shows us, they
get together, pose, position, preen, and
posture, for what few parents of
Autistic children show up for the event
- and VERY FEW are showing up these
days. The attendance is dismal -
less than fifteen hundred people
including the posers, preeners and
Then, to close the event, in front of
those same Autism parents, they get
falling down drunk at a Karaoke night,
leaving, as you might expect, a solid
impression with those parents of what
the Autism Community leadership REALLY
has to offer.
For, although there were appearances at
AutismOne by Congressman, former
Congressman, Bobbie Kennedy Jr, etc.,
NOTHING of any value occurred.
Now I'll tell you what really happened
there, and you won't like what I have to
say. For it isn't the government,
the vaccine industry, Brian Deer, stupid
media, the NVIC program, or the
skeptics, that are responsible for
Autism anymore. It is the Autism
Community itself, as a group, that WILL
NOT ORGANIZE. Will not analyze.
Will not look at possibilities.
Will not plan, Will not do any
For it is not about WHAT. It is
only about WHO. Autism leadership,
right now, is ONLY about WHO gets
to go to a meeting with a government
agency. WHO gets to introduce a
Congressman at a panel. WHO gets to
write articles for Age of Autism (AoA).
And that's not working. And I am
list the specific problems.
Last March I wrote the third article in
this series "Why Autism is
Going to Be Here Much, Much Longer... Unless
Major Change Happens... "
Then, I just walked away from the
Autism world, not appearing anywhere,
not getting involved with issues, just
doing other things. Just to let
the situation marinade - see what
It seemed for a while that things were
changing over there in the Autism world.
So I was told. That something
might happen, for new ideas were coming
forward. People were moving.
So I heard.
Then AutismOne, which appeared, at
first, to have a very good agenda,
actually happened and it became clear
that there was, in fact, no change at
all. AutismOne, like the
Congressional hearings last November, at
virtually the last minute, got co-opted
Money? Yup. $40,000 to be
What actually happened? There had
been scheduled an actual panel of
Congressman, as of May 11th, 2013,
according to this
The AutismOne & Generation Rescue 2013
Conference Congressional Panel featuring
Congressman Burton (R-IN), Congressman
Weldon, MD (R-FL) and Congressman Bill
Posey (R-FL). More information at
Some time between that May 11th video
and May 24th, the day of the panel
itself, things changed. Suddenly,
the Canary Party was sponsoring the
panel, the panel moderator was changed
from attorney Bob Krakow to Mark
Blaxill, and the panel was increased by
one member Darrel Issa, the Chairman of
the US Congressional Oversight and
Government Reform Committee.
Sound impressive? Wow, Darrell
Issa was coming? Now we'll get
something done? Wrong.
all just another "Ken and Barbie" show.
Issa was there because, my informants
tell me, Mark Blaxill's girlfriend,
Jennifer Larson, donated $40,000, at the
last minute, to Issa's Republican Party
PAC to get him there.
Those at the meeting found that Issa
committed to nothing. In fact, in
his talk, he was singularly uninformed.
Bringing Issa was a waste of time -
especially since the only obvious reason
was to put Mark Blaxill on the stage
once again - just like Ken and Barbie's
money removed Brian Hooker from last
November's actual Congressional Autism
hearing, and inserted Mark Blaxill, in
front of that same US Congressional
Oversight and Government Reform
Committee. Isn't that all so
Do you suppose Ken and Barbie both
bought new outfits to wear for the
event? (sarcasm intended).
Bobby Kennedy Jr. thing...
I hold the Kennedy family in
high regard. It doesn't surprise me one bit
that Bobby Kennedy Jr.. would be involved in
important social issues. It is in the family
blood, and they, as a family, have paid for that
social interest in blood. Their own.
Bobby, according to his
presentation at AutismOne, has written a book about
the Autism problem, and has given copies of the
tome, prior to publication, to key people. He
says it is revealing. He claims to have audio
recordings of key government officials stating that
they knew about the problem and covered it up.
He, according to others sources, is saying that
unless the government takes action to remove
Thimerosal from ALL vaccines within a year, he will
release the book publicly.
Bobby, just release the damn
book. If you actually have that stuff, and I
certainly believe you do, let's begin the process of
criminally indicting those you recorded, for, for
sure, they are guilty of a form of genocide.
What are we waiting for?
Then, I see that Bobby has been
having a conversation about the book with a writer
over at Slate magazine, and the writer is dubious
about what Bobby says is in the book, and has
written about it in Slate magazine. My
question is "Why would Bobby Kennedy even TALK to
Slate magazine?" Slate magazine is more
corporation power oriented than Forbes magazine, by
far. When the US Supreme Court recently
decided to not allow the patenting of human genes,
Slate magazine vomited all over itself in complaint
about that, calling the US Supreme Court justices
Talking to Slate magazine about
vaccines is like trying to convince Stephen Barrett
that Doctor's Data's heavy metals test is a good
thing. They are not what one would call
The Abysmal Attendance at AutismOne...
There were four main groups
promoting AutismOne, and frankly, the fact that less
than 1,500 people attended the event is a very
telling statement about the effectiveness of those
groups to get out the message. AutismOne
itself, Generation Rescue, TACA and Age of Autism (AoA)
were the promoters.
1,500 people when there should
have been 25,000. Not very impressive.
If we accept the premise that
there are now four million Autistic children in the
US then simple math tells us there are eight million
parents, and sixteen million grandparents very
directly involved in the problem - total
twenty-eight million people to reach. Add all
the Special Education people from the US school
districts, and the State people involved in trying
to fund, and care for, all those damaged children
and the numbers get even greater.
28,000,000 minus 1,500 means
that there were 27,008,500 people who should have
been invited, or, at least, told about the event.
So, for sure, I think the Autism community needs to
re- think their "Ken and Barbie" show in favor of
something that would interest the real world of
Autism and autistic parents. Maybe watching
Mark Blaxill get falling down-drunk, one more time,
at AutismOne's karaoke night doesn't actually have
the appeal to parents of autistic children, they
think it does.
The Autism Community has given up...
There is NO GRAND PLAN. There are,
to me, only three activities organized
by the Autism community that, at this
point have any merit, and are worth
(1) Brian Hooker's efforts to nail
(2) Andrew Wakefield's Texas
lawsuit against Brian Deer and The BMJ.
(3) Mark and David Geier's lawsuit
against the NVIC attorneys. I'll
be telling you this story shortly.
Of course there is. Recognizing
the problem is half way to solution.
I wasn't at AutismOne. All of my
information came from those that were
there, and were angry enough to call me.
Believe me, the anger in the Autism
ranks is building. And, about
Tim Bolen - Consumer