Glenn Beck: Spotlight on Science - Autism

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GLENN: He wants to make sure that we set science in her place. He said last night in the speech that he's just going to look at the facts and the figures. So here we go. The doctor who sparked the scare of the safety of the measles vaccine of children changed and misreported the results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism. This is due to studies in the U.K. Sunday Times in an investigation. The research was published in 1998 in an article in the Lancet medical journal. It claimed that families of eight out of twelve children attending a routine clinic at the hospital had blamed MMR for their autism. Although the research paper claimed that problems came within days of the inoculation, only one case did medical records suggest that this was true and in many cases medical concerns had been raised before the children were vaccinated. But what does it mean? Basically that this scare started from just one of 12 patients. Despite involving just a dozen children, the 1998 paper's impact was extraordinary. After its publication rates of inoculation fell from 92% to below 80. The result? In England 24 times the amount of children are getting measles than they did in 1998 when the study came out. Scientists have now spent years trying to replicate this one study at one clinic with only 12 patients. No researchers have been able to replicate the results produced by Wakefield's team in the Lancet study. Some use statistics to see if autism took off in 1988 when MMR was introduced. It didn't. Others used virology to see if MMR caused bowel disease, a core suggestion in the paper. It didn't. Yet more replicated the exact Wakefield tests. They showed nothing. The doctor denies now any wrongdoing but it is possible that one idiotic doctor in a peer review journal with all the credibility of science being put in her rightful place has created a worldwide panic for parents and has misled millions in research that could have been used to study autism in another way. Now who knows w hat the truth is. Autism is so difficult for doctors to get a handle on and parents, their hearts are just ripped out of their chest. Maybe they will find something later on that backs this up. However, this medical journal has been involved in at least one other study that at least I know of that was massively wrong. It has fueled a whole generation of wildly inaccurate misinformation and even influence on public policy makers, not to mention Rosie O'Donnell and even Osama Bin Laden. The Lancet was also the journal that produced the study claiming that over 600,000 people had died in Iraq during the Iraqi war, a fact parroted in endless amounts of propaganda in the Middle East, not to mention Hollywood, that has undoubtedly resulted in countless deaths of U.S. troops and innocent civilians despite the fact that every other study found 1/10th of that figure. The study was later discredited but it is still repeated endlessly on liberal blogs and therefore because of the copy-and-paste feature probably on Keith Olbermann's show as well, although I'm only basing that on studies of only one Keith Olbermann. So maybe the sample size just isn't large enough.

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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