More real threats to public health

Let’s play a mental exercise. In this exercise you are a parent of a child. There is a virus out there that can give your child some nasty sores which can get infected with things like MRSA, a high fever, and make them feel like crap. Furthermore, because there are many people out there with compromised immune systems from things like HIV, treatment for auto-immune disease, or in treatment for cancer, you do not want that virus to be anywhere near them. It could be deadly to other people and cause your child to be sick. As a good parent, you want to protect your child and your community from this virus. So what do you do?

Do you immunize your child with a vaccine that has been shown to be safe and effective? The chances of a bad reaction from the vaccine are one-in-a-million, if that. Maybe there will be soreness at the site of the injection. Maybe, if your child is very young, he or she will be fuzzy and have a slight fever. Maybe. There won’t be any pustules, rashes, high fevers, or chance of death.

Or do you continue to propagate the virus with the flawed thinking that immunity this way is somehow “safe” or more “effective”? Do you do what this worthless excuse of a parent did:

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That’s right. This parent went and got a lollipop from a person infected with chickenpox and gave them to their child. A lollipop that was licked by a sick child was given to a healthy child. Because THAT is safer than a vaccine?

It doesn’t stop there. The same group has other gems very openly displayed on their Facebook page:

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Bullshit! The chickenpox vaccine is not given until 12 months of age. But truth has never been something these psychopaths can deal with.

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In case you missed it, these so-called parents knowingly and willingly expose their otherwise healthy children to an infectious agent that causes a disease capable of killing their children. But, you know, vaccines are the real evil in their world. I’d try to argue some sense with them, but this is the typical response you get from the anti-vaccine activists among them:

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Who can argue with reasoning like that?

If you picked the vaccine for our mental exercise, then you’re a reasonable and caring parent who looks after the health of their children. If you picked the infected lollipop, then you might as well hand over your children to people who will really care for them and step away before you kill them.

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Sometimes enough is enough

Before you watch the following video, let me set it up for you. There’s a guy called Bart Sibrel who likes to question the authenticity of the trips to the moon. He spews some nonsense about radiation and God’s will and such. If there were him and a dead loon on the road, I’d assume that the loon was on his way to a gig while Sibrel was on his way to harass Buzz Aldrin. Because that’s where this video takes us. It takes us to the last few moments when Buzz Aldrin walks out of the hotel where Sibrel lured him for a fake interview. Sibrel (or his people) told Buzz that they were filming a children’s science show, so Buzz showed up. Instead of a children’s show, he was cornered by Sibrel and… Well, watch the video:

God, that was a satisfying punch!

Sometimes enough is enough. Buzz was trying to get away from this jerk and not give him the pleasure of an “interview” or even a statement, but the jerk kept calling Buzz names. I’m not normally one to respond with violence, but I cannot fault Buzz at all for punching this guy. Enough is enough. You can only allow lies and insults so much before you need to stop it. Some of us respond with insolent, albeit reasonable, blog posts. But I guess Buzz is not much of a blogger. And there is nothing wrong with that.