Sunday
May242015

Anti-vaxxers never ending stalking and threats.

One of the drawbacks to combating anti-vaccination campaigners is the never ending barrage of abuse and harassment that you are subjected to. Sometimes these attacks simply come in the form of verbal (actually typed) abuse over Twitter or Facebook, which is easy enough to ignore/block but some times harassment takes a more direct approach.

Back in 2012 myself and Peter Bowditch were subjected to lawsuits designed to shut us up and intimidate anyone else who might criticise the Australian Vaccination Network, a hard line anti-vaccination "charity". The president of the AVN, Meryl Dorey dragged the court proceeding out for close to a year. Such vexatious litigation is nothing short of harassment. Of course we did win our cases in the end, but it still occupied a huge amount of time.

More recently a person whom I presume is an AVN supporter has been regularly spamming and stalking this blog. Today they began issuing what I can only interpret as a threat. Given the history of anti-vaxxer behaviour.

Clearly this person located in Perth, Western Australia thinks they are anonymous. So far they have used the following IP Addresses:

May 24 6:55 PM 106.68.217.66 106-68-217-66.dyn.iinet.net.au
May 23 8:07 PM 124.148.233.247 124-148-233-247.dyn.iinet.net.au
May 15 7:46 PM 124.148.64.228 124-148-64-228.dyn.iinet.net.au
May 14 2:24 PM 58.7.73.220 58-7-73-220.dyn.iinet.net.au
April 25 7:33PM 124.148.230.218 124-148-230-218.dyn.iinet.net.au
April 25 3:13pm 106.68.22.127 106-68-22-127.dyn.iinet.net.au
April 25 10:05am 58.7.132.151 58-7-132-151.dyn.iinet.net.au
April 23 10:47am 58.7.76.53 58-7-76-53.dyn.iinet.net.au

The following is known about their system.

They are using Firefox running on Ubuntu Linux and have a VNC client installed on port 5900. Ports 1863 and 5190 are open but I don't know what for. Their gateway is a Linksys WRV200 wireless broadband router and their network may contain a HP 4200 PSA (Print Server Appliance) model J4117A.

If anyone else has issues or information about this person I can be contacted at: Dan@danscomp.net this isn't a normal drive-by internet spammer. This appears to be an individual with a score to settle, and I will identify them.

Friday
May152015

Anti-vax organisation moves to non-existent office

Today I received an email from the Australian Vaccination Network that contained the usual anti-vax propaganda, but I did notice one small change. The postal address of the organisation has changed to Lumley House, Level 14, 309 Kent St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia.

A quick Google search reveals that this address belongs to a company offering "Virtual Offices" to any shonk and crook who might need an impressive looking mailing address to impress a mark. Unlike a PO Box the "Virtual Office" is designed to create the impression that you have an office located in the Sydney CBD. It is purely a tool of deception, one that only questionable businesses tend to use. 

Not only have the anti-vaxxers gotten themselves a bogus office, but they are paying a minimum of $60 a month. When a regular PO Box in Sydney CBD would cost $180 per year. This seems like a lot of money for a so called "Volunteer run organisation". I suspect they are going to register the "Virtual Office" as their place of business, which is one thing you can't do with a PO Box because legally your place of business needs to exist.

In addition to the deceptive address they have also handed control of the domain AVN.org.au over to Greg Payne whom I believe is married to one of the AVNs board members.

Meryl Dorey (founder) and Tasha David (president) clearly think they can minimise the legal repercussions if they spread the liability around. I think someone has been watching too many movies.

Thursday
May142015

Somebody think of the Acronyms

The Australian Vaccination Network repeatedly lies about the ownership of it's official Facebook page by claiming that the page is owned by their fans. In order to further push this lie they have now renamed the official Facebook page from "Australian Vaccination Network" to "Fans of the AVN" but they can't change the username of the page, which is still avn.living.wisdom 

So there is no denying that this is the same page owned by the same cretins. But their choice of name is an interesting one. Because there is more than one organisation going by the acronym A.V.N.

In the absence of "The Australian Vaccination Network" the only AVN on Facebook is Adult Video News, a trade magazine for the porn industry. That's them in the 3rd and 4th search result on Facebook appearing just below Fans of The AVN.

Adult Video Network

I would like to congratulate Meryl Dorey and her Fans of the AVN and await the inevitable confusion and hilarity that is bound to follow from this poorly planned re-branding of a Facebook page. Thinking is something anti-vaxxers never do well, but sometimes they're good for a laugh.

Wednesday
Apr292015

Boycotting Indonesia over #Bali9 reeks of hypocrisy.

Last night two convicted Australian drug smugglers, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad in Indonesia. In response to the executions two hashtags #BoycottBali and #BoycottIndonesia have started to gain traction by people opposed to the death penalty.

Although I don't support the death penalty as a form of punishment I think it's important to point out the hypocrisy of boycotting Indonesia over the death penalty while continuing to use services from the United Sates, which also has the death penalty in 32 states.

I have been asking people to boycott the United States by deleting their Facebook and Twitter accounts since both services are based in California, a death penalty state. However rather than having the integrity to uphold their imaginary position on the moral high ground the left make endless excuses for continuing to use United States based service providers.

There is no such thing as "Defacto Abolitionist" California still has the death penalty on its books a long with 31 other states. In fact the United States has executed 10 people this year already without any moral outcry from Australia. Therefore expressing outrage over the execution of two Australian criminals to the point of boycotting the executing country only to then refuse a boycott of the United States over the death of ten US criminals is to place a higher value on the life of an Australian Citizen then on the life of a US Citizen. 

The old "not as bad as" fallacy even makes an appearance from the left.

It's true that the United States reserves the death penalty for more severe crimes, such as murder. However the Innocence Project shows us that the United States does occasionally put innocent people on death row. See: Innocence Project Cases

At least Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were guilty of the crime they were punished for. While their guilt doesn't make the execution right neither does it make the Indonesian death penalty any better or worse than the US death penalty. If you're going to boycott Indonesia for the death penalty then it stands to reason that you will also delete your Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts and refrain from using Google or watching Hollywood movies.

Unsurprisingly while the political left are happy to boycott Indonesia for the death penalty they will not boycott the United States because it causes them too much inconvenience. Some people only have principles so long as it's not too hard.

Tuesday
Apr282015

Anti-vaxxers refuse to apologise for comparing vaccination to rape.

Last week I wrote about the Australian Vaccination Network repeating their comparison between vaccination and rape. Over the past week they have been been taken to task for it by the Australian media.

Sydney Morning Herald: Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network compares vaccines to rape.

News.com.au: Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network compares vaccines to rape in Facebook post.

9News: Anti-vax group slammed for comparing vaccines to rape.

Herald Sun: Opinion: Comparing vaccination to rape is ‘revolting’

Daily Mail UK: Anti-vaccination group slammed after they compare immunisation of children to rape before claiming their advert is 'just honest'

The Guardian: Campaign comparing vaccination to rape 'repulsive', health minister says.

The Independent: Anti-vaccination group defends advert comparing immunising children to rape

Of course rather than apologising for making the post the AVN simply denies having made it.

This is clearly an outright lie because the image was posted by the user/pagename avn.living.wisdom and the post stating "We do not own the page it was posted on" is the same page that posted the offending article. You can't claim not to own the page page/account that you are currently posting to. That would be like me writing a blog post to explain that I don't own this website. It's just in my name, and under my management.

Of course the lying and back peddling doesn't end there. The lie has also been repeated by Meryl Dorey who despite no longer being the official president; is still pulling all the strings.

 

Seriously, if you're going to claim not to own the page you could at least refrain from doing so under an administrator account on the same page. As for the claim "I agree that the image was very much in-your-face and should not have been posted here". That's a stark difference from a few years ago.

So what happened? In the past the anti-vaccination lobby would never have backed down in the face of a media shit storm. This time they go running for shelter and claim not to own their official Facebook page. They are of course no less vile than they were a few years ago, but their resolve seems to be severely weakened in the past year. This is surely I sign that we are gradually winning our campaign to prevent them from spreading fear, lies and hate onto the community.

Of course after five years (and a lawsuit) I'm not not in the least bit surprised that they have chosen to blame an anonymous individual who just happens to have administrator access, rather than simply apologise for making the post in the first place.