“Vaccines lead to shark attacks.” I said it, it must be true. Scientists and the government say it is not true, therefore it must be true.
The anti-vaccine crowd are killing and maiming other people’s helpless children who can’t get the measles vaccine because of *real* medical conditions. They are also victimizing their own defenseless children as surely as anyone who beats their kids with switch. The notion that vaccines cause autism has no scientific foundation. It makes as much sense as the fear that vaccines lead to shark attacks. I worry that our habit of tolerating people’s sincerely held, but utterly fantastical, religious beliefs has made us defenseless as a society to this secular lunacy. We have slipped from the admirable stance that everyone is entitled to their own opinion to a popular culture where people think they are entitled to their own facts.
We have no herd immunity to bullshit, and now in California we have no herd immunity to Measles. A disease we thought we had defeated for good in 2000, or so we thought.
I am that burning feeling of rage as the computer freezes, then restarts with the last 15 minutes of beautifully crafted prose about the definition the the Transmit clause under the Copyright Act lost forever.
I switched to a Mac to avoid this feeling.
Post Script: Dealing with a problem in the startup file seems to have resolved this instability.
There are many amazing charities worthy of your support — the American Cancer Society is one of them. I am raising money for the ACS again this year because I believe in their mission and I think they do a great job.
Cancer research is saving lives and making lives better every single day. My Chicago Marathon race will help save lives and I’m hoping you’ll support me in my efforts.More than 11 million Americans who have a history of cancer will celebrate another birthday this year. My uncle Ivan Sag died of cancer last year. Ivan was a powerful intellect, a leader in his academic field, a music lover and a party animal. We miss him.Please support me with a donation so that together, with the ACS, we can help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Last year I ran the Chicago Marathon in 3:44:48 and raised over $2,000 — please help me run even faster and do even more to support this great cause this year.
Every donation of $13.1 (50 cents per mile) or more entitles you to nominate one song* for my Marathon playlist. Try to think of something awesome, that I might not have considered. I will be listening and think of you during the race and during my many many miles of training runs.
You can donate by following this DONATIONS link.
Thanks for your support!
* Songs longer than 7 minutes and 30 seconds, songs featuring Katie Perry, country music, opera or that are otherwise unbearable will be included solely at the runner’s discretion.
The Marathon Playlist so far:
- Eye of the Tiger – Surviver
- In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins