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Breakfast Scramble (Friday)

DavidL's Breakfast Scramble
Robert Reich comes up short, from Puffington Post [1]:

Public servants are convenient scapegoats. Republicans would rather deflect attention from corporate executive pay that continues to rise as corporate profits soar, even as corporations refuse to hire more workers. They don’t want stories about Wall Street bonuses, now higher than before taxpayers bailed out the Street. And they’d like to avoid a spotlight on the billions raked in by hedge-fund and private-equity managers whose income is treated as capital gains and subject to only a 15 percent tax, due to a loophole in the tax laws designed specifically for them.

Two points, one being on the public payroll does not equate to being a public servant.   Two, if you think the CEO of say Ford makes too much money, then don’t buy a Ford.   It is just that simple.   On the other head  if  you think your local sewer department stinks,  refusing to pay their salaries will sand the state’s thugs after you.    Paying a private sector CEO is strictly voluntary.   Whereas you forced by law to pay the salaries of public employees.

Autism study:  Hoax:

(CNN [2]) — A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.

An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.

More, Jill,  Pundit & Pundette [3]:

[4]But even if there was never a hint of fraud, isn’t it remarkable that one tiny study, involving only 12 children, and never replicated by anyone else, could have had such an impact? Someone somewhere is surely writing a book about how this came about, and our scientific illiteracy will be a big part of the story. We need to teach our children to look closely at the studies behind the claims, the questions behind the poll numbers, the original sources behind the history texts. It takes a lot of time and effort, but the lazy way isn’t working.

These jokers are killing people.   Scaring parents into not having their children immunized leads to disease and death.