Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.

“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.

In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.

That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.

On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.

It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.

Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.

In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.

Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.

Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.

At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.

About 20 will die.

LET THAT SINK IN.

Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.

So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?

They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.

So what on earth are you worrying about?

It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.

Roald Dahl, 1986

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TEAM VACCINE

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NINETEEN EIGHTY SIX.

roald dahl was calling out the anti-vaccination movement as self indulgent bullshit //thirty god damn years ago//.

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Over 1,000 preventable deaths and 128,000 preventable illnesses since 2007 and counting

And this is only in recent history. I can’t imagine the numbers if we had data all the way back to 1986.

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And thanks to anti-vaxxers, measles is back in the United States.

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southshoreadornments:

Another piece we finished yesterday is this neat little 6mm Philtrum plug in delrin with a black onyx cabochon, set in brass and fully hardward set as always.

southshoreadornments:

Another piece we finished yesterday is this neat little 6mm Philtrum plug in delrin with a black onyx cabochon, set in brass and fully hardward set as always.

mynaturalsistas:

But are you paying attention to what’s going on??? My heart is so heavy….. so heavy…
An attorney for the family of John Crawford III, the man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart store, says surveillance video contradicts the police department’s version of events. Officers say Crawford refused to drop the pellet gun he was holding, but the video allegedly shows them gunning him down “on sight.”
Crawford, 22, was shopping at the Beavercreek, Ohio store on Aug. 5 whenpolice responded to another customer’s report that Crawford was carrying an AR-15 rifle. He was actually holding a pellet air rifle he had just picked up from a shelf in the store’s toy department.
Attorney Michael Wright says he viewed surveillance video that shows Crawford was facing away from the cops and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when police spotted him, and didn’t have the toy gun raised. Hetold WDTN Crawford probably didn’t see or hear the officers before he was shot.
"John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,"Wright said, according to Reuters.
#johncrawford #rip #justice #dontshoot

mynaturalsistas:

But are you paying attention to what’s going on??? My heart is so heavy….. so heavy…

An attorney for the family of John Crawford III, the man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart store, says surveillance video contradicts the police department’s version of events. Officers say Crawford refused to drop the pellet gun he was holding, but the video allegedly shows them gunning him down “on sight.”

Crawford, 22, was shopping at the Beavercreek, Ohio store on Aug. 5 whenpolice responded to another customer’s report that Crawford was carrying an AR-15 rifle. He was actually holding a pellet air rifle he had just picked up from a shelf in the store’s toy department.

Attorney Michael Wright says he viewed surveillance video that shows Crawford was facing away from the cops and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when police spotted him, and didn’t have the toy gun raised. Hetold WDTN Crawford probably didn’t see or hear the officers before he was shot.

"John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,"Wright said, according to Reuters.

#johncrawford #rip #justice #dontshoot

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420dongsquad:

justskippingalong:

THE FADE TO BLACK OH MY GOD I LITERALLY CAN’T BREATHE RIGHT NOW

6TTHIS IS THE BEST VIDEO OF ALL TIME

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My daily dose of ignorant hateful, fat shaming and misogynist twats..

More then enough of my dai

Anonymous said: Reading about Body Art Forms I'm getting a mixture of yays & nays. Your opinion?

skin-rivets-tyler:

don’t waste your time. 

They carry quality jewelry right next to low quality.  You will have to wade through the shit to find the good stuff. Most of the good stuff is preorder anyway which is often times longer than had you ordered something through your local piercing studio. Not only would buying from a local studio support your local studio and help keep their doors open so that way they can provide not only you but everyone else with quality jewelry. Plus you can’t beat the service of a reputable piercer that can appropriately size and insert jewelry for you. 

"Conversely some of these so-called free thinkers who are pushing this separatist agenda find themselves attempting to justify their feelings based on the assumption that they have a relation to the groups represented"

luisgpiercing:

The truth is out there!  

First, this collage is swiped from @piercertales on twitter.  Here’s the deal:  the top image is a screencap from a certain terrible piercing and tattoo show of a 71 surface anchor project done by a certain piercer that pretends to know what he’s doing, and thinks he’s above everyone else.  This piercer then shopped that crap “3 months no rejection” emblem on there when he used it in his social media. 

The bottom two images are photos taken by the actual client.  The after shot is what that project looks like today.  This is the truth of what giant surface anchor projects tend to turn into once they get to 6-12 months old.  Especially on an area like an upper leg.  

Don’t fall for the hype, this is the reality, not the so called “reality” shown in these shows.

Fuck Chris Saint

luisgpiercing:

The truth is out there!

First, this collage is swiped from @piercertales on twitter. Here’s the deal: the top image is a screencap from a certain terrible piercing and tattoo show of a 71 surface anchor project done by a certain piercer that pretends to know what he’s doing, and thinks he’s above everyone else. This piercer then shopped that crap “3 months no rejection” emblem on there when he used it in his social media.

The bottom two images are photos taken by the actual client. The after shot is what that project looks like today. This is the truth of what giant surface anchor projects tend to turn into once they get to 6-12 months old. Especially on an area like an upper leg.

Don’t fall for the hype, this is the reality, not the so called “reality” shown in these shows.

Fuck Chris Saint