Brockovich meets Tourette’s in Leroy, N.Y.

by Walter Olson on February 3, 2012

“In non-Western countries, demons and witchcraft are still sometimes blamed for outbreaks of fainting and fits [PDF]. Pollution, poisoning, chemical weapons, and other environmental concerns are dominant in the West (a fact that makes Brockovich something of a mass hysteria machine). Some bloggers are now claiming that the upstate New York girls fell ill because of the HPV vaccine or fracking.” [Ruth Graham, Slate]


1 Jesse Spurway 02.03.12 at 11:29 am

looks like at least 1 of the reporters touting HPV would have asked the girls if they were given the shots. I don’t see that in any of the related articles.

2 Richard Nieporent 02.04.12 at 12:06 pm

I blame it on Global Warming!

I didn’t realize that that charlatan is still going around blaming whatever chemical they can find in the environment as the cause of some mysterious disease.

3 smart dude 02.05.12 at 1:53 am

From the Salem Witch Trials onwards, mass hysteria brings out every charlatan and con-artist to join in the festivities.

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