From DC to Texas, An Anti-Vaccine Loon Goes Pro (Kinda)

It is with mixed feelings that I report to you that our favorite American Loon has graduated from George Washington University with a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology. (Why he writes of himself in the third person is still a mystery.) That is the sad part. The exciting part is that he is now a PhD candidate at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He hasn’t mentioned which campus, but it will probably be close to his deity, his god-on-Earth, his Jesus-Gandhi figure, one Andrew Jeremy Wakefield.

As to why the University of Texas would accept such an outspoken anti-vaccine loon advocate like him, one needs to know only one thing. This person here in this link is our loon’s anti-vaccine advocate’s uncle, on his mother’s side. That person is on the board of regents of the University of Texas system. I’m sure this is just a coincidence, since conflicts of interest is something “Loony” has learned to hate (though not understand). Worse yet, the uncle has been a big supporter of Texas Governor Rick Perry, who, according to popular anti-vaccine lore, was in the pocket of Big Pharma because he mandated the HPV vaccine for girls in Texas.

I’ve asked “El Loono” to explain his three degrees of separation from Big Pharma (Perry-Uncle-Loon), but he is yet to respond. Now that he’s at program not even ranked in the top ten in the nation (unlike my friend Ren, who is at the top program), we can expect nothing but continued “loonacy” with a tinge of validation that only the devout anti-vaccine followers will swallow hook, line, and sinker. You, my dear two or three readers, know better, thank God.

8 thoughts on “From DC to Texas, An Anti-Vaccine Loon Goes Pro (Kinda)

  1. Yes, lilady, you can only call yourself a candidate once you have completed your coursework and have begun the process of writing your dissertation. Often times you have to pass qualifying exams. He moves fast. Ah, nepotism.

    • Wouldn’t you love to have been a fly on the wall, when the kid’s application for that doctorate program was being reviewed? 🙂

      • I hope he puts it on job/research/funding. Because it’s a lie and they’ll call him for it.

      • Forgot the word “applications.” Job/research/funding applications. Me no brain so good before 8am.

  2. Hmmm, Jake’s post about his MPH-Epidemiology degree awarded from GWU is the topic all over the internet. Everyone is wondering what about the topic of his Master’s thesis is. It would be wonderful if *someone* could provide that topic and post that topic on Respectful Insolence.

    “Ph.D candidate” ? Isn’t that phrase used when a person has successfully completed all the prerequisite course requirements?

    Yeah, to paraphrase one of Jakes’s favorite themes “Alex’s your uncle”.

    • Definitely. PhD candidate means you’ve finished everything but your dissertation, and if you’re, say, putting it on job applications, you danged well better be using it correctly. (Although, to be fair to the Kid, he probably doesn’t realize what the word means, as many people outside academia don’t understand the difference. Why am I being fair to the Kid? So he can be criticized for better reasons, like entering a field of study with the intent of sabotaging it.)

  3. I find it curious that Jake felt so compelled to keep his thesis defence so quiet. Was he worried that he would find himself in the line of fire as he has put so many of us in? Any one of us could have told him he could make an arse of himself completely unfettered. Nothing in Texas ever made any sense to me so the bestest American Loon should be right at home there.

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