Tuesday
Mar042014

Anti-vaxxers resort to vandalism.

Supporters of the Australian Vaccination Network have vandalised two billboards in Western Australia that promote vaccination.

Two billboards in Fremantle promoting immunisation of children, have been defaced.

The billboards on South Street share stories of local parents who follow an alternative type of lifestyle but also immunise their children.

The campaign was launched three weeks ago by the Immunisation Alliance of WA in response to figures showing that the Fremantle area had one of the lowest rates of vaccination in the country.

Both billboards have been sprayed with red paint spelling out the website of anti-immunisation group, Australian Vaccination Network. -ABC News

So we can now list Crimminal Damage to the long list of deplorable tactics used by AVN supporters.

Anti-vax top ten tactics:

  1. False DMCA reports.
  2. False reporting of critics websites to anti-virus vendors.
  3. Threatening Politicians.
  4. Harassing, abusing, vilifying Grieving Families.
  5. Seeking Court orders to silence their critics.
  6. Abusing Facebooks report feature to get critics banned.
  7. Advocating the use of violence against critics.
  8. Calling their critics terrorists. 
  9. Registering other people's business names to confuse the public.
  10. Criminal Damage. *New*
Wednesday
Feb262014

The waiting game.

It's been very quiet lately (plus I've been busy elsewhere) as we wait for the deadline of the Australian Vaccination Networks name change order to approach. The minister for fair trading has confirmed via twitter, the AVN has until the 24th of March to adopt it's new name.

We're just waiting now to see if the AVN finally complies with the law.

Sunday
Jan262014

Australian Vaccination Network continues to register deceptive names.

The Australian Vaccination Network an anti-vaccination organisation was ordered to change its name more than a year ago to something less deceptive. After delaying compliance for as long as possible they eventually tried to register Australian Vaccination Sceptics Network but thanks to a speedy source I learned of this attempt to adopt a new inappropriate name and registered the name myself as seen in this previous post.

On January 4th the AVN embarked on a childish vendetta and have gone ahead and registered "Australian Vaccination-Sceptics Network" an identical business name to mine. Except they have added a hyphen between the words "Vaccination" and "Sceptic" as a way of exploiting ASICs automated registration process.

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As you can see in the image the Australian Vaccination Network has also registered "Australian Skeptics Network" this isn't the first time that Meryl Dorey has made attempts to steal the name of Australian Skeptics Inc. I wrote about their last attempt here. The battle to force the AVN to comply with the law is ongoing.

Friday
Jan032014

50 Suitable names for the AVN

Yesterday I put out a call for members of the public to help build a list of acceptable names for the Australian Vaccination Network.

In a single day we managed to create a list of 50 suitable names for the AVN to adopt.

Dear Australian Vaccination Network

I writing to you in order to offer some assistance in coming up with a new name. On the 24th of December my investigators notified me that you had attempted to register the name “Australian Vaccination Sceptics Network” with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission. Since it is unacceptable for you to adopt such a misleading name I saw fit to register it myself. As you can see online at: www.danbuzzard.net/journal/avn-fails-to-obtain-new-name.html 

So as an act of good faith I have asked your critics to help compile a list of names that we feel would be more appropriate for your organisation. Mine is #1, the rest have been added by members of the public.

1. Australian Society for the Spreading of Vaccine Preventable Disease
2. People Against Evidence Based Preventative Medicine, Inc
3. Friends of Pseudoscience in Medicine
4. People For Preventable Diseases
5. Friends of Infant Mortality
6. Biohazard Advocacy Network
7. we like to watch your kids die horribly from something preventable
8. The Malthus Society of Australia
9. The Society for the Preservation of Infectious Diseases
10. People Against Truth in Healthcare
11. Friends of Meningitis
12. Australian immunisation Denial Society (AIDS)
13. Mates of Mumps, Inc
14. The Society for Letting Children Get Sick
15. Bangalow Baby Killers Inc
16. I Can't Believe it's Not Homeopathy
17. People for Pathogens
18. DOUCHES - Department of Ultra Contrived Holistic Energy Services
19. Cough Bullshit Cough
20. Australians for the unethical treatment of children
21. Derek Zooland Centre For Kids Having Dumb Parents
22. Stop the Stop the AVN.
23. Australian Coalition for the Denial of Vaccine Efficacy
24. The Official Andrew Wakefield Fan Club
25. Aardvark - Australians Against Rational Discussion of Vaccines And Related Knowledge
26. M.U.M. Morons Under Meryl
27. G.L.U.M. Greggles Labouring Under Misconceptions
28. Greggles Labouring Under Mepryl
29. Liberal Australians Maming Everyone – LAME
30. Australian Sociopath Society Eradicating Science – ASSES
31. Childish Holistic Entrepenerus Entertaining Skeptics Everyday, Deliberately Instigating Child Killing & Stupidity – CHEESEDICKS
32. Anti vaccination network
33. Douchenozle – Decidedly Overrated Unscientific Conceited Hombres Enthusiastically NoticingOverbearing Zealots Lying Entirely
34. Aussie Virus Nutters
35. Centre for Unethical Negativity Towards Science
36. Centre for Natural Population Control
37. Mums for Measles
38. The Natural Selection Advocacy Society of Australia
39. Anti Vaccination Nutbags
40. Advocates for vicious nonsense
41. The Dunning-Kruger Society for Vaccine Denial
42. Australian Vaccine Misinformation Network
43. Parents for polio
44. The Polio Appreciation Society
45. Advocates for iron lungs
46. People Against Effective Healthcare
47. Friends of Endangered Microbes
48. People Imitating Medical Practitioners Stupidly (P.I.M.P.S.)
49. Advocates for Darwinism in the Kindergarten
50. CUNT - Community Under No Trust

 

Any of the above names would be acceptable.

Sincerely, 

Dan Buzzard 

PO Box 72, Northbridge 6865

-Letter to the AVN

The tracking number for this letter is 509330704010 once the AVN receives this list they will no longer have any excuse for not changing their name. We skeptics are a helpful bunch.

Thursday
Jan022014

AVN fails to obtain new name.

Anti-vaccination group the Australian Vaccination Network has failed to adopt a new name.

On the 24th of December 2013 sources monitoring the registries at Australian Securities & Investments Commission learnt of an attempt to register the name "Australian Vaccination Sceptics Network" however the registration never left "pending" status before vanishing from the record.

As a precaution I submitted an application for the same name on the off chance that the attempt may have been the AVN trying to hijack the term Skeptic.

We now know that the registration attempt was indeed made by the AVN.

THE Australian Vaccination Network, which promotes the "benefits" of measles and believes vaccines cause autism, has lost its first battle to find a new name. 

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The Australian has identified a failed attempt by the organisation to "reserve" the name Australian Vaccination - Sceptics Network with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

In the wake of the failed attempt, other members of the public rushed to register the name as well as Australian Vaccination Skeptics.

Network president Greg Beattie said he "did not care" whether the attempt at a new name provoked more attempts to expose the group as unscientific. "We have reserved the name but we haven't registered it," he said. -The Australian

How can the AVN have "reserved" a name which I now own? Another lie.

Efforts to force the AVN to adopt a non-deceptive name are ongoing.