Courageous *and* anonymous: the official representatives of the Australian Vaccination Network.

This post will include a lot of screen captures, as I like to allow those who are the main subject to do most of the talking…by your own petard etc.

As everyone knows, the Australian Vaccination Network has its own official Facebook page. It is touted by Meryl Dorey as one of the official fora from which the AVN can spread its message of infectious disease advocacy, water as immunisation, and promotion of quack cancer cure flesh solvents, amongst the many other rounds in its arsenal of dangerous evidence denialism.

So when Meryl Dorey takes a break, who’s left in charge of the steaming ship? This post from two days ago tells us:

B52 and RR: the “excellent and dedicated moderators”.

If there is one thing for which I will credit Meryl Dorey; it is that she at least attempts a semblance of ownership of her own claims, as bad as they are. We have met the embarrassingly nasty B52 before, but she won’t be the one doing the talking today. She’s more of a running in-joke. But, B52 did make this comment for which a reply was made by someone who is all three of these things:

Oh, B52. You never fail to provide the fodder against the AVN.

I want to focus on allowing RR to do some talking. What really piqued my interest was a simple Tweet, made in response to a public comment from a doctor who replied to B52’s comment (above); that, “I am a scientist, a doctor, and a published researcher. Last time I looked, no one associated with the AVN was any of those things”.

Hmm, I thought…

This is interesting. Here we have an anonymous coward wanting to cite their qualifications, whilst anonymously supporting the AVN and all of its nefarious activities, whilst rejoicing in its official administrative roles on an official AVN fora (the AVN Facebook page).

Proud official AVN moderator

The joy of deleting those who hold a polite, contrary, evidence-based view of immunisation

David Mitchell wrote a great post about those who desire to post anonymously. Their comments are basically graffiti. I would agree mostly with his article. But, in this circumstance, this is an official representative of an incorporated association which extracts funds from the public, via donations, under the legality of holding a Charitable Fundraising Authority.

Basically, RR: shit, or get off the pot. You are an official spokesperson on an official page of an organisation, as noted above. Point to your publications; your doctorate; your science degrees. Don’t let hiding behind anonymity encumber your brevity any longer.

That’s about it. I’ll round off with three recent screen captures (in no particular order) of the courageous, anonymous AVN admin’s Twitter stream. See how the AVN is in the good hands of these “excellent and dedicated moderators”.

graffiti 1

graffiti 2

graffiti 3

And, this nice piece

They whine about this sort of thing, but, they do it? I no compute.

Don’t be shy, now.


I meant to include this paragraph in the original post. This is Professor Brian Martin, from his article, Debating vaccination: understanding the attack on the Australian Vaccination Network (page 35)first published in the Journal of Living Wisdom*: but, for some reason, it has made it onto the University of Wollongong’s publications list:

For the AVN, a key method of validation is to provide  personal information about some of its members, who for the most part are mature, responsible adults who look and behave conventionally.

Oh. Dear.

* Journal of Living Wisdom

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0 Responses to Courageous *and* anonymous: the official representatives of the Australian Vaccination Network.

  1. Gutless wonders. Sorry – not supposed to call anyone names, I know. How about we let it slide and call it “categorising” rather than name calling. Great post Hank.

  2. Daniel Sinnott says:

    ‘Steaming pile of dogshit’ is name calling – gutless wonder is just a statement of fact ….

  3. I’m not sure whether the SAVN member (or rather, person who comments on SAVN’s Facebook page, as SAVN has no actual membership per se) who RR/Martha Jones is referring to is myself or another person, as at least two of us made posts on the AVN’s Facebook wall at around the same time and experienced what appeared to be our posts sitting uncommented on for several days before being deleted. We both made mentioned of this on SAVN’s Facebook page.

    Either way, RR/Martha Jones seemed to take great delight in the fact that we weren’t aware of the mechanism by which she is able to censor posts without notification to the author and the fact that we weren’t aware that this was what was occurring until our posts were deleted.

    My response to her gloating is that I’m quite pleased that up until recently I had had no experience with Facebook’s spam marking/banning/deletion systems. It suggests that I conduct myself in a civil and reasonable manner and have until now managed to only interact with those who behave similarly. Why on earth my inexperience in dealing with the likes of those whose response to members of their group being questioned in a genuine and respectful manner is to silence somebody and mock them is anything to be laughed at is beyond me. I’m pleased to have avoided such incidents for as long as I did.

    That said, I’m also pleased to have raised my voice, made the post, shared the post on elsewhere and observed the subsequent reactions. It has all greatly strengthened my resolve not to stand quietly by and let anti-vaccination lies, misinformation and despicable actions go unchallenged. And I won’t be doing so under the cloak of anonymity.

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