Dissolving Illusions: Vaccination Past And Present

Guns and Butter: Aired: June 24, 2015

Co-authors of “Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History”, Dr. Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk, talk in depth about the history of disease and vaccination, primarily in relation to smallpox and polio, and how these diseases actually affect afflicted populations. Paralysis has many causes. Do childhood diseases serve a useful purpose? Does vaccination itself cause disease? Herd immunity is explained.

California Lawmakers Approve Strict Vaccination Requirement

California lawmakers on Thursday approved one of the toughest mandatory vaccination requirements in the nation, moving to end exemptions from state immunization laws based on religious or other personal beliefs.

The measure, among the most controversial taken up by the Legislature this year, would require more children who enter day care and school to be vaccinated against diseases including measles and whooping cough.

Those with medical conditions such as allergies and immune-system deficiencies, confirmed by a physician, would be excused from immunization. And parents could still decline to vaccinate children who attend private home-based schools or public independent studies off campus. …

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-vaccine-mandate-bill-up-for-vote-thursday-in-california-assembly-20150624-story.html

A World Without Work

…. In the past few years, even as the United States has pulled itself partway out of the jobs hole created by the Great Recession, some economists and technologists have warned that the economy is near a tipping point. When they peer deeply into labor-market data, they see troubling signs, masked for now by a cyclical recovery. And when they look up from their spreadsheets, they see automation high and low—robots in the operating room and behind the fast-food counter. They imagine self-driving cars snaking through the streets and Amazon drones dotting the sky, replacing millions of drivers, warehouse stockers, and retail workers. They observe that the capabilities of machines—already formidable—continue to expand exponentially, while our own remain the same. And they wonder: Is any job truly safe?Futurists and science-fiction writers have at times looked forward to machines’ workplace takeover with a kind of giddy excitement, imagining the banishment of drudgery and its replacement by expansive leisure and almost limitless personal freedom. And make no mistake: if the capabilities of computers continue to multiply while the price of computing continues to decline, that will mean a great many of life’s necessities and luxuries will become ever cheaper, and it will mean great wealth—at least when aggregated up to the level of the national economy.

But even leaving aside questions of how to distribute that wealth, the widespread disappearance of work would usher in a social transformation unlike any we’ve seen. If John Russo is right, then saving work is more important than saving any particular job. Industriousness has served as America’s unofficial religion since its founding. The sanctity and preeminence of work lie at the heart of the country’s politics, economics, and social interactions. What might happen if work goes away? ….
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/07/world-without-work/395294/
The author transforms the deliberate impoverishment of the middle class into a problem of maintaining social control.  In any case, he paints a pretty alarming picture of the future.

Another Angle on Stopping the Fascistic TPP

From: david@davidswanson.org

It’s time we signed this petition to our representatives and senators:

If you don’t oppose and vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, I will oppose and vote against you in every future primary and general election in which you are a candidate.

Please sign it here.

The House and Senate have rammed through Fast Track.

Here are the senators who voted for Fast Track:
http://1.usa.gov/1GtAdTH

And the House members who voted for Fast Track:
http://1.usa.gov/1GAl1TT

We always said this would virtually guarantee passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But it doesn’t absolutely guarantee it.

One way to stop it would be to pull out a seldom-used tactic in the United States that is indispensible in other nations. We could threaten consequences at the polling place for TPP supporters.

Yes, yes, yes, yes, I know — No, not kidding, I actually know — that in some small percentage of cases this could end up meaning that you’ve committed to voting against someone who faces in a future election someone else who looks even worse. But fear of that has in fact produced a pattern of, in fact, worse candidates followed by even worse candidates for years now. How, pray tell, do you propose to ever get any better candidates?

The TPP is a disaster that towers over considerations of gentility and lesser-evilism. This is Congress, as our supposed representatives, giving the power to overturn its own laws to corporations. Why would you care whom you elect to a body that no longer has the power to make laws? It’s already given up the power to stop wars.

The TPP is NAFTA on steroids, economically and environmentally destructive at home and abroad. Most of it has nothing to do with trade, but is rather about empowering banks and corporations with powers that couldn’t be passed separately or transparently because they’re too terrible and unpopular.

It’s time we take a stand against wrecking the world, even with corrupt politicians who can find someone slightly more corrupt to run against.

It’s time we signed this petition:

If you don’t oppose and vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, I will oppose and vote against you in every future primary and general election in which you are a candidate.

Please sign it here.

Sign up for these emails at http://davidswanson.org/signup.

Eugenics: Obama signs ‘Monsanto Protection Act’

United States President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that was written in part by the very billion-dollar corporation that will benefit directly from the legislation.

On Tuesday, Pres. Obama inked his name to H.R. 933, a continuing resolution spending bill approved in Congress days earlier. Buried 78 pages within the bill exists a provision that grossly protects biotech corporations such as the Missouri-based Monsanto Company from litigation.

With the president’s signature, agriculture giants that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds are given the go-ahead to continue to plant and sell man-made crops, even as questions remain largely unanswered about the health risks these types of products pose to consumers….

http://rt.com/usa/monsanto-bill-blunt-agriculture-006/

Combining this willful ignorance with trade pacts like the TPP one could easily foresee a time when it would be nearly impossible (illegal?) to buy non-gmo food.   Given that people are more than willing to pay more for real food, it should be clear that this agenda has nothing to do with profit, it has to do with control.   Forcible vaccination would complete the picture of putting us all at the mercy of the fascist eugenicist establishment.

To the extent that  corruption is simply a form of spontaneous self-organization in government, it’s exponentially related to the complexity (i.e. “size”) of the system.   That’s why localization is essential to survival.

Interesting Perspective from the Backwoods

Regarding what he says about history, I know enough history to know that most of what I was taught about it was lies. My guess is that his “traditional knowledge”, probably passed down to him through his local culture, is probably closer to reality than any glossy textbook written by a corporate-foundation-endowed professor, at least in his neck of the woods.  Education was taken over by the robber barons well before I was born. I think his judgements about current events and the role of the fascist establishment (TPP will enshrine fascism in law in this country) in fomenting racism and division is spot on. In any case, we’re all adults here so take what bits of wisdom you find and ignore the rest. Speaking of “adult”, turn down the speaker if there are kids in the room.