Contrary to the press reports and the frenzied claims of Jenny McCarthy of rally participants numbering between 8 to 10,000 it seems according to police who accompanied the rally that there were between 500 – 1,000 participants. I cannot source that quote, for which I am sorry. I hope to be able to source it very soon but where I got it from is not available just yet.
The above photo was taken at 09:15. The below photo was taken at the end of the rally.
It certainly doesn’t seem to be a very imposing crowd.
People who watched the start of the rally via webcams (my ISP decided to go down today of all days) say that a very loose straggly crowd walking very slowly took about 20 mins to pass a fixed point.
Someone else attending the rally said (again, in confidence):
There were about 500 people at the rally today, about half of whom were children. The press conference lasted for about an hour and a half. The speakers were, in order: Dr. Jay Gordon, Boyd Haley, Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, RFK Jr., Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy. RFK Jr. spoke at length about the science disproving a link between vaccines and autism. He said that all that science is paid for by the pharmaceutical industry and that top vaccine advocates such as Renee Jenkins and Paul Offit are in the pockets of these companies.
Other notables in the crowd included JB Handley, Scott and Laura Bono, the Hazlehursts and Jim Moody.
Update: seems the media are cottoning on to the low turnout. As noted by Catherina in the comments, News Channel 10 say:
Hundreds rally against child vaccinations
Seems like the saw through the pretence this wasn’t an anti-vaccine rally too. Well done them.
Apparently, the stupidest quote of the day comes from Jim Carrey:
If fire engines were running over people on the way to a fire, we wouldn’t say there shouldn’t be fire engines. We would ask the fire engines to slow down. That’s our message to the CDC – that we need to slow down the vaccination schedule.
There you have it, fire engines should slow down on their way to a fire. Jim Carrey’s other invaluable contribution was apparently taunting ‘big pharma’ for not finding a cure for autism whilst at the same time:
finding cures for “that great scourge restless legs syndrome, also known as lazy ass disease.”
Thats the same ‘lazy ass syndrome‘ that is associated with pregnancy, varicose vein or venous reflux, folate deficiency, sleep apnea, uremia, diabetes, thyroid disease, peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease and certain auto-immune disorders such as Sjögren’s syndrome, celiac disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Oh and ADHD of course. The same ADHD that is included on the front page blurb of Groups Jenny McCarthy is on the board of.
Update II: If anyone would like to pass on Carrey’s kind words to the RLS community, you can do that at their website.
Later on Carrey apparently asked the rhetorical question ‘how stupid do you think we are‘. Heh.
Here is Jim Carrey’s quotes in the full context of his speech, courtesy of Autism News Beat – once again, venturing into the heart of woo-land.
Green Our Vaccines Coverage Elsewhere
Kristina (once more)
Mike Stanton (again)