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Sar-Chasm…

… the gap between my wit, and what passes for yours …

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Flu Shot? Not on Your Nelly…

Read what Bill Maher says about the Flu Shot.

Much of what’s said here is US-centric (and I’m not maligning that – far from it), but there are definite parallels with what we see in the UK media – what’s touted as the almost heretic dissent of not taking the flu shot, and the subsequent pillorying of those dissenters. The govt, media, and places of work are paranoid, but the truth of the matter is that no-one has died OF THE FLU, it’s always been from a combination of flu and something else as well. It’s not a killer pandemic – it’s just flu… I’ll take my shot when it’s wiping out people in their thousands, but it’s not even at dozens yet. Actually, strike that – I’m NOT going to take my shot. Ever. It arrived too quickly for me to have any faith in its efficacy, or in the safety of the contents. I’ve worked for a pharma-related company in the past, and I have never seen anything come to ‘market’ as quickly as this flu shot (even usual seasonals come a tad after the fact, IMHO).

Almost 39 years on, and the words of Bertand Russell continue to ring true…

The tragedy of the people of Palestine is that their country was “given” by a foreign power to another people for the creation of a new state. The result was that many hundreds of thousands of innocent people were made permanently homeless. With every new conflict their numbers increased. How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty? It is abundantly clear that the refugees have every right to the homeland from which they were driven, and the denial of this right is at the heart of the continuing conflict. No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled en masse from their own country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate? A permanent just settlement of the refugees in their homeland is an essential ingredient of any genuine settlement in the Middle East. We are frequently told that we must sympathise with Israel because of the suffering of the Jews in Europe at the hands of the Nazis. […] What Israel is doing today cannot be condoned, and to invoke the horrors of the past to justify those of the present is gross hypocrisy.
Bertrand Russell, 31 January 1970