There was this teenage hetero couple behind me on the bus today and every time the girl would say something, the boy would reply with something negative about it, usually an implication that whatever she was talking about was dumb. She’d immediately respond by changing her opinion to fit whatever he indicated his was or try to explain that wasn’t what she really meant.
I wanted so desperately to turn around and tell her, “quit apologizing to him for having an opinion.”
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Let’s just reiterate this: parents who refuse to vaccinate their children because of completely unfounded, disproved fears that vaccines cause autism would rather put their children (and other people’s children, let’s not forget) at risk of dying from preventable possibility of raising an otherwise-healthy autistic child.
If that is not criminal, I don’t know what is.
What vaccines are you referring to? Because for some diseases vaccination seems like the only rational solution, but that’s not always the case. For some, continuous re-vaccination is necessary, and the diseases aren’t that threatening, so refusing to vaccinate the child might be perfectly rational.
I’m talking about vaccines for preventable diseases that kill people (MMR, pertussis, etc.). I’m talking about people who ignore doctors and the scientific community because of something they read on Google or because of what Jenny McCarthy said. If you look at the CDC’s website, it has a schedule of recommended vaccines for babies and children, vaccines that prevent serious diseases that can actually be life-threatening.
There is literally nothing rational about thinking that a few Google searches makes you more knowledgeable than a scientist or medical professional.
But I think a lot of these decisions regarding vaccinations aren’t made just by scientists and medical professionals, but by pharmaceutical companies’ lobbyists. From what I know most MMR vaccines require either revaccination, or a booster at some point, and all three diseases are fairly manageable in Western countries, so the risks that come with not being vaccinated are not that great.
I’m going to let the CDC do the talking here:
Measles can be prevented by the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. In the decade before the measles vaccination program began, an estimated 3–4 million people in the United States were infected each year, of whom 400–500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and another 1,000 developed chronic disability from measles encephalitis. Widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases in the United States compared with the pre-vaccine era, and in 2012, only 55 cases of measles were reported in the United States.
However, measles is still common in other countries. The virus is highly contagious and can spread rapidly in areas where vaccination is not widespread. It is estimated that in 2008 there were 164,000 measles deaths worldwide—that equals about 450 deaths every day or about 18 deaths every hour.
It’s not about diseases being “manageable” - what is manageable one minute can be deadly the next (see my previous post with the story from Roald Dahl, regarding his daughter’s death). And this isn’t even getting into the fact that previously eradicated diseases like smallpox and polio are coming back because of the loss of herd immunity. The question is, if there are vaccines and boosters to prevent unnecessary and potentially deadly illnesses, why not protect your children AND your community?
all three diseases are fairly manageable in Western countries
A recent outbreak of Measles in Framingham MA is traced to exposures at a very popular sushi joint and Trader Joe’s.
I hope your elderly immune compromised gramma wasn’t shopping in the grocery store, and I hope you didn’t bring your young child out to dinner with you. These anti vac assholes are endangering a variety of people who literally CAN NOT have the vaccine, not just PREFER NOT.
The reason why the diseases are “fairly manageable in Western Countries” is because people are vaccinated.
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When you’re feeling particularly sentimental about a dead parent you do things like keep all the AAA road maps he got you when he knew how much you liked driving the back-country roads of Northern California on your way to Oregon even though they’re more or less useless to you now. Maybe I’ll hang them in the garage.
And you get upset about the California drought, not because it’s bad, but because you can’t call him and get really wound up for an hour about California water law and allocation rules.
(I am keeping two of the maps in the car, for emergencies when your phone GPS doesn’t work)
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we have all read fanfiction that we shouldn’t have
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I think I’m going to register for a race in order to give myself the impetus to get my ass in gear here. There is a 4.5 mile trail race run at night and lit by LED fairy lights at the end of May that sounds pretty cool.
so Charlotte Bronte read Emma by Jane Austen and was really interested in this minor character named Jane Fairfax who was poor and would have been a governess had she not married well and then Bronte wrote her own novel exploring the plight of the poor governess who married this guy named Edward Fairfax Rochester in a novel called Jane Eyre and my point is don’t let anyone tell you shit about fanfiction.
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What the hell is a canary trainer?
Gerty and I have made an executive decision that for the context it is a euphemism for a pimp in the Victorian London East End.
And with that, Sherlock Holmes pastiche will be committed.
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What the hell is a canary trainer?
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