Posts Tagged ‘vaccine’

Ridiculous “Personal Belief Exemption” Spreads Whooping Cough in Marin County

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Here’s the thing about rich Marin County – the people there are generally healthy but the vaccination rate for kids isn’t as high as it used to be.  So the news of 2010 is how high the rate of whooping cough is in Marin. This is directly related to their substandard vaccination rate, with some schools leaving most of the student body unvaccinated.

What’s wrong with you people up there?

“Vaccination is based on the medical fallacy that our bodies are stupid,” said Corte Madera chiropractor[!] Donald Harte. “The truth is that the body has a nearly infinite capacity to protect itself against infection as well as other diseases. When I was a kid, everybody got measles, mumps or chicken pox, and nobody died.”

(O rly? Doctor Chiropractor, heal thyself. IRL, people died. Moving on…)

Comes now the Marin Immunization Coalition with a possible solution. You can see it here with the H1N1 ad campaign they put up on Golden Gate Transit buses:

So, instead of joining some No-Vaccine Movement because you heard about it over lunch in Mill Valley, you can Join the Herd and Build Community Immunity. The Bandwagon Effect that’s killing rich kids (with diseases that should have been wiped out by now) gets twisted around so that getting your kids their shots is a kind of movement all its own.

How about that?

Swine Flu Vaccination Conspiracy Theorists Descend Upon Our First Free H1N1 Shot Day

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The long wait ended yesterday when San Francsico government workers and volunteers threw open the doors of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in Civic Center yesterday morning in order to dose thousands of people for the H1N1 virus. See?

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photo from SFGate shows that it was pretty crowded early on, but later in the day you could have just walked right in.

But look who showed up to hand out literature and home-made CD-Roms: a crew of conspiracy buffs! (You know, when your JFK assassination and your 9-11 controlled demolition and your chemtrails conspiracy hobby starts to run out of steam, it’s nice to have something new to pamphlet about.)

Almost all of those in line took the flourescent yellow handbills, but a good portion dumped them off ASAP, thusly. Everything that’s not colored bright goldenrod, canary, saffron or paella is official government literature:

Conspiracy theorists love vaccination campaigns – just ask conspiracy-monger (and windmill hater) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. about it, if you want.

And let’s hear from Louis Farrakhan:

“On 10/21/2009, Farrakhan told an audience in Memphis he believes the swine flu vaccine was developed to depopulate. During a gathering to observe the Nation of Islam’s Holy Day of Atonement, which also marked the 14th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported Farrakhan as saying:

The Earth can’t take 6.5 billion people. We just can’t feed that many. So what are you going to do? Kill as many as you can. We have to develop a science that kills them and makes it look as though they died from some disease.”

O.K. then.

But the conspiracy people really need to use larger type next time. Srsly:

Thank Gaia this operation wasn’t called Virus Connect or Vaccine Connect or whatever. Yish.

Now I didn’t get a shot personally (as I don’t fit into any of the categories listed) but I hung out long enough to conclude that this was the best-run one-day government operation I’ve ever seen within the 47 square miles of San Francisco County.

Should RFK, Jr., the NIMBY Quimby, Head the EPA?

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Would Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr. be an appropriate choice for heading up the Environmental Protection Agency in the Obama administration? Some think not. Why’s that?

Well, for starters, he’s the most famous Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) representative on the planet. We can’t have a wind farm close to the Kennedy Compound? Apparently. What’s so wrong with the idea of windmills at Yosemite or Cape Cod?

What’s the deal with turbines? Why does he hate them so? This issue would be an albatross around his neck from the get go.

Artists conception of the NIMBY Quimby as head of the EPA:

The other big deal is the whole thimersol /mercury / vaccine thing. Like maybe we should have a scientist instead of a lawyer at the top of EPA?

via Erik R Bishoff’s photostream

Science damn you, RFK, Jr.!

But hey, if Hillary Clinton vacates her Senate seat to work for Obama, then RFKJ would have a shot at a job where he could do less damage to the cause of Science.

There we go.