Hi. My name's Rebecca, although I'm going to post here as "Becky". That's what most of my friends call me. To be honest, that's what a lot of people who don't like me call me too.
They're the nice ones.
Why am I starting this weblog? Well... Have you got a few minutes?
I'm the mother of a little girl. I'm not going to give her name out here, but if I ever need to refer to her, I'll call her "the tiny person".
She was coming up for her MMR vaccine, and I'd read scary stuff about MMR, so I thought I'd research it a bit more closely.
I came across an internet forum called "JABS" - "Justice Awareness and Basic Support" (they didn't have the decency to put a comma in there...)
It claims to support the parents of vaccine damaged children. I joined the forum, hoping to discover more useful information about MMR.
I should say, right now, that before I had the tiny person, I spent a lot of time looking at, and "researching" conspiricy theory websites. The real lunatic fringe - 9/11 (or 11/9 as we Brits like to think of it) was a US Government Plot, Chemtrails, Free Energy... Loonies, the lot of them.
However, I wanted to know more about MMR and the supposed links to autism, and this group seemed to be supporting parents of kids who'd been definitely, *definitely* damaged by the MMR.
Obviously, I did other reading, rather than just a parents group. I did a lot of research. I have a fairly heavy science background, so I've got a pretty good idea about what constitutes good evidence, and what constitutes rubbish.
The forum at JABS is populated by the worst kind (remember, I've met some nutters online) of shit-for-brains mentalist. I mean, real "heads down no-nonsense mindless WOOOOOO!!!!" idiots.
The scary thing is, the BBC links to the site whenever there's a story in the news about the "MMR Controversy".
So. The purpose of this weblog is to show quite how batshit bonkers the JABS forum is, by posting a (hopefully) daily quote from one of its regular contributors.
I'm sure one or more of the regular contributors at JABS will point out that I used to be a regular contributor to JABS, but was banned. This is true. I've emailed the site administrator (a lady by the name of Jackie Fletcher) to ask why, but she won't reply to me.
Anyway, I've banged on for long enough, now I should post some examples of the utter stupidity that is JABS...