Reminds me of 100 Years of Solitude.
There’s currently a measles outbreak occurring in Williamsburg and Borough Park in Brooklyn. There have been 34 cases, 8 of which were in adults.
Here’a brief history of measles in America. This is what effective vaccines do:
Measles is coming back because of a quack of a doctor in the UK who admitted to publishing blatantly false data for fame and notoriety. He falsely connected autism with the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine. He’s since admitted it and has been banned for life from practicing medicine in the UK. Rightly so. The body count is up to 1155.
Measles is also coming back because of the anti-science movement (hipsters in Williamsburg?). The anti-vacciners are on par with the Christian Scientists believing that prayer will save your diabetes. If you are not vaccinating your children, you are simply rejecting science and one of the most remarkable inventions of humankind. On the same level as rejecting cars, planes, elevators, etc..
The issue of vaccinating your kids has very little to do with your kids, and everything to do with protecting the health of your community. Vaccinate your kids, and you’re doing your kid, your family, and your community a social favor. Don’t vaccinate your kids, and you are selfishly anti-social putting your kids, yourself, and your community at unnecessary risk of death.
To be fair, Liz, I don’t think it’s just conservatives, or even mostly conservatives. NY’s 12th congressional district, which Williamsburg is part of, voted 93.9% in favor of the Democratic candidate in 2010 and 80% for the Democrat in 2012 (a different candidate after NY was redistricted). I think it’s mostly, if you’ll pardon my using this slew of terms, crazy organic-yuppie-hipster parents who think they’re in-the-know and ahead of the general populace in terms of keeping their kids healthy, but who haven’t fully done their research (or done it correctly).
I feel like they’re the same type of people who, in their attempts to be “environmentally-conscious” will eat organic food shipped all the way across the country but won’t eat local produce if it’s a Roundup Ready variety (or anything from Monsanto).
But yes, these people are idiots. And this is why I think there should be specific laws against falsifying scientific data, and why the peer review process needs to be followed more closely.
true true, didn’t think about that
so we have conservatives who are behind science
and we have people who think they’re ahead of science or better than science for some reason
both fucking crazy :P
— also I read a book about how people will opt for food grown locally, even if the local environment is shitty for that food (so it’s grown in a greenhouse that requires lots of energy for temperature control), instead of buying food that’s from farther away and grown in the optimal environment and actually requires less energy in the end. it was interesting.
Totally not relevant, but eating locally is a lot more than optimal energy efficiency (which I’m suspect of, since a large portion of food energy requirements have to do with transportation and refrigeration to retard spoilage). You eat local to support local farmers, to boycott chains, to get in touch with your community, to get in touch with the seasons; the list goes on.
Also, Penn & Teller did an episode on the anti-vaccination movement. Nothing you don’t know, but it’s pretty good (as all of their episodes are).
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Wealth Inequality in America - ThinkReality
“Fiscally conservative but socially liberal” is a hip, trendy way of saying “I still think poor kids are being too grabby with this whole ‘wanting food’ thing, but I also like weed.”
This is one of the dumbest political things I’ve seen a good long while.
To This Day Project - Shane Koyczan
I can’t imagine seeing anything too much better than this any time soon.