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Friday, March 01, 2019

A new bill would ban the Texas health department from tracking vaccine exemptions -- a move medical experts say would curb their ability to identify outbreaks ... Texas state Representative Bill Zedler doesn't understand the fuss over the resurgence of infectious diseases. "When I grew up, I had a lot of these illnesses," he said, listing measles, mumps and chickenpox.



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Jesus wept.

#1 | Posted by Angrydad at 2019-03-01 08:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'"

Isaac Asimov

#2 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2019-03-01 11:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Republicans cheer Alternative Facts.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-03-01 12:02 PM | Reply

Bear in mind, this 'stable genius' is on the Public Health Committee.

#4 | Posted by SunTzuMeow at 2019-03-01 12:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And yet the right continues to vote in absolutely stupid lawmakers. Or is it lawmakers who pander to the stupid? Both?

I continue to be flabbergasted by not just the ignorance bout outright STUPIDITY of anti-vaxxers. I am serious. In a day and age with much better medicine and decades of evidence on the effectiveness and side effects of the vaccine vs the disease how can you make an argument to NOT vaccinate? They base their whole argument on a scientific paper proven to be a fake and who's author admitted to faking it. "It's a conspiracy." What is worse is secondary bacterial infections are now becoming resistant to medications and that will only continue to get worse. It makes me want to set some of these people down to live a few years in remote Pakistan where polio is still a possibility and ask them if they would like a vaccination...

Right: "All Human Life Is Precious" does not equal "So what if some people die and it is mainly young children from entirely preventable diseases"

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-03-01 12:23 PM | Reply

Fat Nixon loves the poorly educated. He said so. They cheered when he said it.

#6 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-03-01 12:30 PM | Reply

We should give these anti-vaxxers their own private island - somewhere in tbe Aleutians - and let em fend for themselves. Once there, no return to mainland unless quarantined & vaccinated. It'd be a right wing paradise.

#7 | Posted by HeeHaw at 2019-03-01 12:31 PM | Reply

God righties are so dumb, both those they elect and themselves for electing them.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2019-03-01 01:07 PM | Reply

Maybe this will cull the stupid of America.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2019-03-01 01:27 PM | Reply

The Texas Republicans are so dumb, amazing. Now you all know why Texas Repubs refuse to fund education any more than the national average per capita: they like our kids dumb.

#10 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-03-01 01:54 PM | Reply

Happy Extinction!


#11 | Posted by cbob at 2019-03-01 04:16 PM | Reply

"I worry that, especially as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudoscience and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. Where have we heard it before? Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us - then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls.

The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir."

― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (1995)

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-03-01 06:32 PM | Reply

Now you all know why Texas Repubs refuse to fund education any more than the national average per capita: they like our kids dumb.

#10 | POSTED BY E1G1 AT 2019-03-01 01:54 PM | REPLY | FLAG:BINGO

Yep... that way they keep their pay scale low... Texas often boasts good employment figures at the same time they boast high poverty rates... makes you wonder what they pay all those working people.

#13 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-03-02 06:57 AM | Reply

"Zedler doesn't understand the fuss over the resurgence of infectious diseases. 'When I grew up, I had a lot of these illnesses," he said, listing measles, mumps and chickenpox.'" Great logic there Mr. Zedler. Let's apply it to my life: I don't understand what the big deal is about getting hit by a car. I was hit by a car and I didn't suffer any serious injury. Obviously, it's not dangerous to be hit by a car.

The articles says this guy has been in the "health care industry", but he doesn't know that viral diseases can't be treated by antibiotics? That's beside the fact that antibiotics have a long list of side effects and many people are allergic to them. Even if they did work, they are far more likely to have negative health consequences than any currently used vaccine. A long-time member of the Public Health Committee, and worked in the "health care industry", and he doesn't know some very basic medical information? Truly disgusting.

#14 | Posted by StatsPlease at 2019-03-02 09:25 AM | Reply

The republican party is pro-plague.

#15 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-03-02 11:08 AM | Reply

Pro plague? They are a plague.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2019-03-02 03:32 PM | Reply

When I see garbage like the TX Repug said I feel sorry for JPW.

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2019-03-02 04:04 PM | Reply

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