The stupidity of politicians never ceases to amaze me…

goat_defaultThe ignoramus of the week (so often bestowed upon politicians) goes not to Inhofe who brought a snowball into congress, or the representative from Idaho who thinks you can do a gynecological exam by swallowing a camera, but to New York’s Thomas J. Abinanti who has NO CLUE how vaccines work and just strung a few whiz bang buzz words together because it sounded sciencey (thus the crazy goat picture, which I adore).

Defying Science And Common Sense, New York Bill Would Ban GMOs In Vaccines – Forbes.

The introduced bill A01706:

PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF VACCINES CONTAINING GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS.

1. NO PERSON SHALL BE VACCINATED WITH A VACCINE THAT CONTAINS GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS.
2. “GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM” SHALL MEAN: (A) AN ORGANISM THAT HAS BEEN ALTERED AT THE MOLECULAR OR CELLULAR LEVEL BY MEANS THAT ARE NOT POSSIBLE UNDER NATURAL CONDITIONS OR PROCESSES, INCLUDING RECOMBINANT DNA AND RNA TECHNIQUES, CELL FUSION, MICROENCAPSULATION, MACROENCAPSULATION, GENE DELETION AND DOUBLING, INTRODUCTION OF A FOREIGN GENE, AND A PROCESS THAT CHANGES THE POSITIONS OF GENES, OTHER THAN A MEANS CONSISTING EXCLUSIVELY OF BREEDING, CONJUGATION, FERMENTATION, HYBRIDIZATION, IN VITRO FERTILIZATION, OR TISSUE CULTURE; AND (B) AN ORGANISM MADE THROUGH SEXUAL OR ASEXUAL REPRODUCTION, OR BOTH, INVOLVING AN ORGANISM DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, IF POSSESSING ANY OF THE ALTERED MOLECULAR OR CELLULAR CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ORGANISM SO DESCRIBED.

Oh. My. Gosh. He might have asked someone who knew what the f**k they were talking about before embarrassing himself like this. Vaccines are created by modifying the virus so that it will provoke the necessary immune response but NOT make you sick. If you use the unmodified organism, the risk would be tremendously higher and the procedure much less safe.

From Forbes:

The technologies that would be banned are exactly the ones that allows scientists to make vaccines safe, said Offit. In the early 20th century, vaccine scientists made genetic modifications with cruder techniques – altering viruses by infecting eggs, embryos or animal organs, allowing viruses to proliferate and using trial and error to find versions that protected people with relative safety. Now we have precision techniques for eliminating dangerous parts of viruses and including those that prompt protective immunity.

I am appalled by uneducated buffoons who seek to make LAWS for the people they represent. Granted, a lot of dumb bills are proposed and, like this one, will go nowhere and be forgotten. Let’s not forget this, though. Extremists ideas of all sorts can do harm. If Abinanti is your rep, please contact his office and ask if he intended to kill people with this law? And then ask him if he would like to buy a clue. How vaccines work.

Tip: Society for Science-Based Medicine

  18 comments for “The stupidity of politicians never ceases to amaze me…

  1. Steve
    February 27, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    This is really hard to believe, according to his bio at http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Thomas-J-Abinanti/bio/ his wife is a science research teacher and his daughter is a M.D. It would seem he wouldn’t have to go farther than the family dinner table to get feedback on this bill.

    This at least is a New York state issue, Senator Inhofe is far more dangerous (IMHO) because he affects federal and international (by voting for treaties) issues.

  2. RandyRandy
    February 28, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    Anyone knows that goat’s only crazy because of all the vaccines and GMOs and gluten and bad energy vibes that Big Brother/Monsanto forced upon him. Also, his chakras are obviously misaligned. FREE THE GOATS!!!

  3. RandyRandy
    February 28, 2015 at 1:00 AM

    NEW RULE:
    Any politician or public service worker who flunks science, or who lacks a basic high school equivalency of science education and competency, shall be prohibited from serving in public office or in any official capacity whatsoever where their decisions affect the general public.

  4. One Eyed Jack
    February 28, 2015 at 1:05 AM

    For all that we may lament over ignorant politicians, we elected them (that’s the collective we, as in all voters). Our politicians are a reflection of our aggregate will, or lack of will considering the perpetually low voter turn outs.

    I had a lot more written out, but I deleted it after it began to depress me. When I considered how uninvolved and uneducated our electorate is and how diseased the US political system is with special interest money, all I could do is groan.

  5. Haldurson
    February 28, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    It’s not just science that we have to worry about. There should be a special remedial class required for all politicians wanting to get on a ballot. Certainly, it should include modern science, but also geography, law, comparative religion, ethics, history, ethics, technology, economics, logic, and, of course, ethics.

  6. eddi
    February 28, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Don’t forget ethics!

  7. MrClean417
    February 28, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    An incompetent politician is indicative of a lazy electorate.

    “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

  8. Me
    February 28, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Maybe it’s *because* he’s got these people in his household, that he thinks that he has absorbed enough information to make these statements.. A little information can be a dangerous thing. 🙁

  9. MisterNeutron
    February 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Bum rap on the Idaho lawmaker. He may be a RWNJ, and wrong about almost everything, but he doesn’t think you can swallow a camera and get a gynecological exam. It’s very clear that he was, in fact, making a rhetorical point, i.e., that while you can use a small camera to provide some remote diagnostic capabilities for colonoscopy patients, you can’t do the same thing for gynecological exams – therefore, the comparison is inapt.

  10. azportsider
    February 28, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Don’t forget civics. The great majority of our would-be and wannabe politicians seem to have absolutely no knowledge of the Constitution beyond the Second Amentment. I suggest that anyone who wants to run for office should have to take and pass the naturalization examination

  11. Headless Unicorn Guy
    February 28, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    GMOs as in FRANKENSTEIN(TM)?

  12. Bill T.
    March 1, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Given that Mendel wasn’t even born until 1822, Frakenstein’s Monster in Shelly’s story was not “genetically modified”.

  13. kiljoy616
    March 1, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    The stupidity of politicians never ceases to amaze me…

    Actually I have no issue with crazy politicians they are what they are. What disgust me is the voters and how much more brainless they are.

  14. David H
    March 1, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Knowledge by osmosis rarely works out well.

  15. Haldurson
    March 2, 2015 at 3:06 AM

    People DON’T get the politicians they deserve. They get the politicians that they trust, and politicians are very effective con artists. When it’s the politicians who control the agenda, and who are the trusted arbiters of what people ought to value, and play to emotions instead of rationality, they get elected, simply because people in general are more trusting of those they perceive as being like them. It’s a con game, and you should NEVER blame the victim of a con game. It’s actually the victims’ best qualities which ensures their trust.

    Here’s the problem — almost everyone believes that they are good judges of lies vs. truth. It doesn’t matter how intelligent you are, everyone believes that they are above average at that skill. And when you are dealing with people who REALLY ARE skilled at lying, everyone is susceptible to the lie. And if a poorly educated populace is what got a particular con man/politician elected, it’s in their best interest to maintain that status quo, whether it’s cutting financial aid, or paying no more than lip service to problems in public education.

  16. RandyRandy
    March 2, 2015 at 3:42 AM

    Good point. At the very least, our politicians should undestand basic biology, immunology, and human reproduction. Strong ethics and civics knowledge should also be required, at minimum (as stated below).

  17. RandyRandy
    March 2, 2015 at 3:58 AM

    Perfect. You just described American politics 2015 to a T. That last line especially explains why our US Congress and states are now slashing education and public services across the board. It’s not random, ignorant, or just to be mean. It’s systematic strategy.

  18. Russian Skeptic
    March 3, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    What sheer NONSENSE! Do they really believe that gene deletion does not happen in the wild?

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