“. . . the decision says, Interior Health didn't challenge Szezekpaniak's right to refuse the vaccine, but it did hold her accountable for the fact that choice left her unable to work under provincial law.”
@rlaimondas @darren given that the source of most problems in the world (from international #terrorism to wars to #ClimateCrisis denial to #antivax hysteria) is so called #Russia , learning about #Ukraine and it's fight against that same Russia is instrumental for your own struggle. It's a sort of education that can help to bring a happy and sustainable future for the mankind 😉
🚨*The first human case of swine flu detected in North #Yorkshire!*🚨
One person in the UK has been confirmed to have a strain of flu similar to viruses spreading in pigs, health officials say.
It's the first time this strain has been detected in the UK & close contacts are now being traced.
The A(H1N2)v case was detected as part of routine flu surveillance.
This comes hot on the heels of a growing #UK measles outbreak. 😳
“‘The recent outbreaks of measles in the U.S. are a stark reminder of the consequences of #vaccine hesitancy, emphasizing the need for robust public health campaigns to bolster confidence in and uptake of the MMR [#measles, mumps and rubella] vaccine,‘ Brownstein said.”
Another conspiracy marketer 2024 presidential candidate. #JillStein
If I were a foreign adversary, accelerating #antivax sentiment would seem like a cheap bet to weaken the U.S. https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/11/protective-vaccination-rates-falling-out-of-reach-in-us-exemptions-hit-record/
Childhood Vaccine Exemptions Reach Highest Level Ever — Upping Risk For Outbreaks Of Polio, Measles And More
“while the bill was easily voted down by Liberal, NDP and Bloc Québécois MPs, Poilievre’s full-throated support of it serves as a reminder of who #Poilievre is and to what lengths he will go to cater to the #antivax hardliners who support him.” Via @alandrummond2 https://bird.makeup/users/torontostar/statuses/1720092599468327215
What worries me is the high prevalence of ”the weak deserve to die of covid” -attitudes among the yoga bourgeoisie that spread within the health-conscious young.
This and notions of bodily purity as basis for policy are nothing but #farright ideas. The only place they deserve to be is thrown in the trash!
Ce mini documentaire Arte me fait philosopher à propos des croyances ; sur quelles bases érigeons-nous un message au rang d'information ?
Ce qui est sûr, c'est que les interviewés, ici, sont loins du précepte VIA (Verification, Independence, Accountability)
Citizen Facts (1/5) - Du discours antivax au conspirationnisme - Regarder le documentaire complet | ARTE
« Dès le début de la pandémie de #Covid19, des théories aux assertions souvent fausses, parfois dangereuses, émergent sur les #RéseauxSociaux. En quelques semaines, #JeanJacquesCrèvecoeur, un conférencier belge basé au Québec, devient l’une des figures emblématiques des "antivax". »
Myxomatosis went from mortality in rabbits from something like 99% to 1%, not because Myxoma became kindler and gentler. Chance genetics in the host provided protection. My memory is that Myxoma subsequently ratcheted up and then rabbits died at 30%.
To whatever degree decrease in virulence occurs, who will say that the death of many, many grandparents and parish priests in Italy was worth it?
I've run into the antivax use of the argument that viruses tend to become milder. To focus on one facet of the complicated subject of virulence and virus evolution requires a willed ignorance of both statistics and the evidence of the senses. Yes, after all those at immediate risk quickly die, the pathogen has a harder time killing the rest.
Part 147: Max Vaxx Facts
In this week’s blog, a look at the legacy of Andrew Wakefield, anti-vaxx conspiracy theories, and what it all means for autistic people.
You can read it here:
Narcissism and pandemic attitudes and behaviours
“individuals with high levels of narcissism self-reported greater non-adherence to [non-pharmaceutical public health interventions], COVID disregard, anti-vaccination attitudes, and psychological entitlement.”
No surprise but good to have scientific backing.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announces independent run for president, ending Democratic primary challenge to Biden
RFK Jr. isn’t going for “a long-shot general election bid.” He’s just found a different way to spread his antiscience lies and continue the grift.
#RFKjr, an *environmental* lawyer, has been lionized by a movement that has expanded beyond #AntiVax sentiments, incl’g opposition to the mandatory #vaccination of children, to push back more broadly against state #PublicHealth measures. In recent years, his open suspicions about the government’s handling of the #coronavirus & his criticism of lockdowns & #vaccine policies gave him a new platform & earned him popularity among many Americans who wearied of the #pandemic.
come on in #twitter lovers
here at the twisted twitter we are slashin morale values in half!
come on in #musk lovers!
for those with account;
feel free to spread this on the #birdsite
As I explained previously, I'm not even going to pretend that it's my area of expertise, or that I fully understand your claim
I respect what you say, but you're quite right with what you said earlier. If 99% of scientists are in agreement, I'm highly unlikely to go with the 1% outlier
I have this same issue with my #Antivax brother who chooses to believe the 1% above the 99%. I respect your research, but how do you expect me to comment on something I'm not expert in?
Love Dr Hotez
#Vaccine Scientist Warns Antiscience Conspiracies Have Become a Deadly, Organized Movement
Peter #Hotez is no stranger to scientific backlash. The esteemed pediatrician and vaccinologist has been working to develop vaccines for neglected tropical diseases for decades and has encountered fierce opposition to his work. But in recent years the backlash has gained momentum and spread beyond vaccines to science and scientists in general
#antivax #conspiracy #fascism #covid
Since conspiracy theorists (whether sincerely mislead or troll) were claiming the covid vaccine was going to activate a zombie virus with a test of the US amber alert system today... I present (with alt text for the visually impaired) Doom: Repercussions of Evil by Peter Chimaera
#zombies #antivax #conspiracytheories #doom
🚨**Nobel Prize goes to scientists behind mRNA Covid vaccines**🚨
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Professors Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman.
The technology was experimental before the pandemic, but has now been given to millions of people around the world to protect them against Covid-19.
The same mRNA technology is now being researched for other diseases, including cancer.
“Les Vivi disent n’avoir qu’un objectif : « Renverser la société sans violence. » Mais leurs échanges sur la messagerie chiffrée laissent une tout autre impression. Les dialogues en lettres capitales matraquent la lecture. Le vocabulaire épuise le champ lexical de la guerre. Les photomontages de personnalités politiques attisent la haine.”
#Antivax : qu’on leur donne l’envie, l’envie d’être un Vivi
So I’m curious…
A prominent #AntiVax "COVID is fake" #CONspiracyTheorist friend of mine had no issues reverting to the advice of NHS Consultants when diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thankfully his operation was a success.
HOWEVER, when it comes to #Vaccines & COVID, he STILL believes he knows better than the same time served specialist doctors who recently saved his life. 😳
Go figure! 🙄
If you ever think #vaccination is a bad thing, consider the family that lived in this cosy house; out of their 13 children, 6 died. And think about the mammy's, Rosanna's, experience in the first week of May 1902, when her little girl died of TB aged 10 on the 3rd, and her little boy died of TB aged 8 on the 8th. "Mother present at death" in both cases. The BCG tuberculosis vaccine wiped out this horror. Of course, there were many opposed to it, including Church and State #AntiVax
Herd immunity dictates that 95% of the population are inoculated. The remaining 5% are those allergic to vaccines, or for whom it's ineffective.
The #AntiVax movement makes zero sense, but illustrates all that's bad about the internet.
From the initial scepticism caused by Dr Andrew Wakefield, the movement really took off with the advent of social media.
It's a novel approach! 😂😂
I get where you're coming from. I was an early #COVID sceptic (not #antivax) until a mate who was working on the vaccine put me straight with empirical evidence. I then fell foul of the #Plandemic & antivax brigade! 🙄
A friend who I repeatedly clashed with online over COVID tragically died 18 months into the #Pandemic.
Unfortunately he succumbed to the very COVID he said didn't exist. He was ill for days & refused to seek medical help. C19 got him. 😓
Officials have felt handcuffed for the past 2 years by a #GOP lawsuit over Biden’s attempt to clamp down on anti-vaxxers.
They allege The Dems violated the 1st Amendment in encouraging Social Media companies to crack down on Anti-Vax posts.
This is where free speech meets disinformation, as millions died unnecessarily.
Just a reminder @BetaCuck4Lyfe has a habit of going around and mocking vaccinated masked doctors who work with COVID infected people and catch COVID... Real piece of work.
Here is the link he has in his comment in the screen shot for reference:
This was in response to me pointing out some misinformation he posted to his page that would fuel anti-vaxxers, which apparently really pissed this dude off.
inb4: This was in response to me making a sarcastic comment that was clearly sarcastic in context but when shared out of context may be misleading... So be prepared im pretty sure his tactic will be to link an out of context quote but when you see the thread it is clear im arguing for the opposite. Luckily I took screenshots of his anti-vax/misinformation nonsense in case he tries this shit.
"Anti-vaxxers: give us liberty or give us death. And thanks to the rabid right, it’s entirely possible to attain both. …
Anti-vaxxers are literally dying for their beliefs—and for the disinformation that’s being thrust upon them."
~ Bill Lueders
The National Party are running a cooker in Hamilton East. He's called Ryan Hamilton, he's a long-term flouride opponent and anti-masker. And he doesn't have time for the poors.
"In social media posts, Hamilton claimed Covid deaths data had been inflated and once said poverty was not a reason to fluoridate water because "most lower socio economics filled their tap water with raro"."
Reflecting National values?
For physicians, their leftward turn is a reversal from decades past, when doctors commonly identified as Republican
The leftward shift toward the #Democrats was gradual, but was suddenly intensified by the Covid pandemic, when a large share of doctors perceived GOP politicians as displaying a sceptical antipathy toward science
"To ignore Kennedy, or his supporters, on the grounds of their holding such easily falsifiable beliefs seems extremely shortsighted. A lot of Americans believe things that aren’t true—which, given the (literally) whitewashed version of history most of us get taught, shouldn’t be surprising."
~ D.D. Guttenplan
The Herald began asking Seymour questions about Boness two weeks ago.
(Sorry for the Harold link)
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Seymour said he was not aware of anything problematic relating to Boness’ departure.
Asked whether he would check again, Seymour replied: “Probably now, yeah.”
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Another anti-vax loon or worse?
ACT -- the stinking cesspool of NZ Politics.
As MAGA flocks to Florida to escape the modern world, they are demanding that Ron DeSantis bans the COVID vaccine. Walking towards the light doesn't seem like the best life hack, but do you honestly think we can convince them otherwise?
Two of ACT's candidates have bitten the dust after being exposed as rabid anti-vaxxers.
Toxic parties attract toxic people.
Do not shrug, or dismiss this as an #antivax/#mask Twitter troll doing what trolls do. This is #antisemitism. My great grandparents and my grandfather’s four sisters and the rest of his extended family were murdered in the #Holocaust. This is the rise of #whitesupremacy in North America today. Don’t tell me to stay offline; it occurs IRL. As a Jewish school board trustee, in #Ottawa, #Canada, I need a “safety plan” to do my work at @OCDSB. Let that sink in.
“They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks. They can put spoons and forks all over them and they can stick, because now we think that there’s a metal piece to that."
All those millions of people now walking around with metal bits hurtling through the air to stick to them because theyve been vaccinated against Covid: wonderful that Sherri Tenpenny blew the whistle about this, isn't it?
"An Ohio doctor who claimed that the Covid vaccine “magnetised” people and promoted 5G conspiracy theories has had her medical licence suspended by the state’s medical board. ...
'I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures all over the Internet of people who have had these shots and now they’re magnetised,' Dr Tenpenny said at the time."
~ Kelly Rissman
This doctor said vaccines magnetize people. Ohio suspended her medical license. - cleveland.com
>Two years ago, a #Cleveland area physician strode into the House Health Committee room and told state lawmakers that COVID-19 vaccines magnetize their hosts and “interface” with cell towers.
https://www.cleveland.com/open/2023/08/this-doctor-said-vaccines-magnetize-people-ohio-suspended-her-medical-license.html #covid #covid19 #antivax #coronavirus #vaccines #vaccine #provax #maga #antivaxxer
On synthesizing and evaluating the potential superconducting properties of #LK99…
I really am starting to be convinced that live-streamed “open science” via social media is a net negative.
It seems that amateur claims and leaps have, once again, handily eclipsed competent commentary in a extremely complex field.
It erodes public trust and respect for *actual* scientific inquiry and rigor - and I would submit that the boom in #antivax “science” we see is a natural byproduct.
Hey, everyone. Quick update. The #antivaxxers said that the Pfizer #Covid vaccine would mutate my DNA. It's been almost 4 years since my first injection and I'm sorry to report I still have yet to grow Wolverine claws, super healing powers, or the ability to fly.
#10yrsago Get ready for the big bang as #3DPrinting #patents expire https://qz.com/106483/3d-printing-will-explode-in-2014-thanks-to-the-expiration-of-key-patents
#10yrsago Some phones can be pwned by sending 2 SMS messages to them https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/technology/encryption-flaw-makes-phones-possible-accomplices-in-theft.html
#10yrsago Woo with a body-count: measles epidemic follows #AntiVax scare https://science.slashdot.org/story/13/07/22/0319243/fifteen-years-after-autism-panic-a-plague-of-measles-erupts
#10yrsago Legally binding “buzz-off” letters for #DebtCollectors https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/debtcollection/
'Disinformation can kill': How RFK Jr. 'had everything to do with' a measles outbreak in American Samoa - Alternet.org https://www.alternet.org/amp/disinformation-can-kill-rfk-jr-2662326330 #uspolitics #antivax Murderer!
RFK Jr's conspiracy theories and Republican supporters
"the unusual backing he is receiving from right-wingers and his history of amplifying conspiracy theories has raised suspicions about his motivations.... Further compounding misgivings about the rebel Kennedy is that he is unusually close with the Trump wing of the Republican Party."
London is at serious risk of an epidemic outbreak due to its density of population and the fact that in some parts of London the In some parts of London, coverage of the first anti-measles vaccine at two years of age is as low as 69.5%.
The WHO says that coverage of 95% or greater of two doses of measles vaccine is needed to create herd immunity.
In the UK, measles were considered to be eliminated in 2016-7, but since 2018, they're back. As Hannah Devlin writes,
"Between 1 January and 30 June this year there have been 128 cases of measles, compared with 54 cases in the whole of 2022, with 66% of the cases detected in London, although cases have been seen in all regions."
Based on funding sources alone, it's clear RFKjr is a cutout puppet for MAGA interests to split the Dem vote.
Regardless, his anti-vaxx and pro-virus message is irrational, illogical, and downright dangerous. Rolling Stone has a disturbing feature on RFKjr and his many anti-science views.
One of my colleagues in the UK is taking the GMC to court in an attempt to hold them to account for their inaction on registered doctors that spread vaccine falsehoods - if anyone wishes to donate, the link is here:
@gyamey - wonder if you might be able to publicise 🙏
It’s Not Possible to ‘Win’ an Argument With Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
“You can come armed with all the facts in the world, but when you’re dealing with a conspiracist, there’s no real way to ‘win’ an argument. For people whose views aren’t anchored to facts, winning is simply getting attention — and when you publicly argue with someone like Kennedy, you’ve already lost.”
Stop the witch-hunt against vaccinologist Peter Hotez!
Fight for Free Speech and truth in science!
Fascists stalked Hotez at his home on Sunday. He regularly receives antisemitic and antivax death threats. He is publicly vilified by Steve Bannan, Joe Rogan, Elon Musk & RFK Jr.
*Led efforts to develop a low-cost, patent-free vaccine for COVID-19.
*Public opposes right-wing pseudoscience.
*Calls proponents of anti-vax propaganda neo-fascists
A #nexus between #Antitrans and #Antivax ideas is especially visible; major #Antivaccine figures like #SherriTenpenny and #StewPeters share #news articles and posts on their #Telegram channels stoking #Hatred and #Panic about #Trans #issues
#Women #Transgender #LGBTQIA #SocialMedia #Hate #Bigotry #Transphobia #MoralPanic #HateSpeech #StochasticTerrorism #Hatecrimes https://www.vice.com/en/article/93ky48/americas-most-influential-conspiracy-theorists-are-going-all-in-on-transphobia
@TEG Yeah, I agree. I put those practices to use already. I think, at least in the US, there are a lot more people susceptible to mis/disinformation because of how bad our education system is. Kids aren't taught media literacy or to have skepticism. Something like 15-20% of the country believes in #QAnon conspiracies, and even more are #AntiVax.
"Hodges, the BMC editor, said in a statement: “We take our responsibility to maintain the accuracy of the scientific record very seriously..."
No, you very clearly don't, otherwise we wouldn't be here now, would we? As academics we pay a stupid amount of money to publishers, precisely because they claim to protect us from exactly this bullshit.