I checked the temperature this morning at 8 am it was 18 degrees outside.
At 10 it was 24.
At 12 it was nearly 30.
By noon tomorrow it will likely be 174 degrees outside!
I checked the temperature this morning at 8 am it was 18 degrees outside.
I'm not a homeschooler (all my kids are in public), but I've known a few. One of my best friends is a family practice doc. His family homeschools because they believe they can give a better education than the local schools in his small town, but he's adamantly in favor of vaccination.
Homeschooling absolutely doesn't imply anti-vax (although the Venn diagram does overlap a fair bit).
Did you miss the lower bad outcomes risk than the vaccine?
I did, but the math (and severity of outcomes) were off so I ignored it.
That's a pretty legit-sounding reason not to trust that particular doctor. I wouldn't hesitate to look for another doctor and get a second opinion.
And you would most assuredly be wrong. Certainly not recently. We are quite careful about what we eat, tending only to eat those things God fashioned and directed us to eat.
God provided me with a cheeseburger yesterday, and it was aluminumally delicious.
Yes, I'm making fun of you. All opinions aren't equal, and yours is incredibly naive and dangerous. You're endangering your kids for no legitimate reason, you're a bad parent, and I have no desire to be tactful about this idiocy anymore.
I skipped the second M of the MMR (mumps), as my sons exposure risk was minimal and it's very treatable with lower bad outcomes than the vaccine.
Have you ever seen the mumps? What kind of sadistic bastard would rather see his kid suffer through that than a 5-second injection?
Punishing the victims.
You misspelled "willful accomplices". Everyone's heard that vaccines are good and safe. Rallying against that is exactly like arguing that cigarette smoke is harmless when it's well documented and universally understood to be the opposite.
Anti-vaxxer here. Convince me that I and my entire family should vaccinate.
That's not our collective job. Convince me that you should have the right to spread diseases that could otherwise easily be eradicated.
I don't want all the toxins
Full stop here. "Toxin" is something that a bacteria squirts out, like botulinum toxin. That's the only thing it means. The only people who use "toxin" in any other context are the ones who want to sell you treatments to remove them from your body. No doctor or scientist refers to toxins as meaning anything else.
and animal byproducts used in creating these vaccines injected into me or my children. Nor the aluminum components.
Why aluminum, specifically? I just drank a can of highly flammable hydrogen in compound with ridiculously dangerous oxygen, containing among other things a hell's blend of reactive sodium and deadly chlorine. And it tasted good. You've probably had many a pickle brined in vinegar (acetic acid! corrosive!) and alum (aluminum, potassium, sulfur, and oxygen again!), so why is aluminum as one chemical in a compound of many a particular concern in this context?
You probably wouldn't want to sit down and eat half a pound of aluminum powder by itself, but you and your kids have almost certainly ingested some as food ingredient recently.
Nor many others. Why do any vaccines need monkey kidneys in it?
Because that's a more convenient incubator for poliovirus than a human kidney.
Not remotely. Public health has long been accepted as a legitimate concern of the government.
Stupidity, ignorance, religious preference (which I know a lot of people 'round these parts will lump in with stupidity), lack of access, distrust of the government, distrust of doctors, etc.
Of these, lack of access is the only legitimate excuse and it's self limiting and easy to address. Many places offer mobile free vaccination clinics.
Look, bud, if you don't like living in a country that promotes and supports individual liberty, you're free to either try and amend the Constitution or expatriate.
I can just about guarantee I'd win a "more Libertarian than thou" contest, but your idea of individual liberty is severely flawed. That old saying about your right to swing your fists ends where my nose begins? Well, your right to carry around dangerous pathogens for the hell of it ends where my immune system begins. You don't have the right to willfully take steps to make people around you ill.
Neither of those are at all true. Plenty of pediatricians (like ours) refuse to treat willfully unvaccinated kids because of the high risk they present to other patients. If you're taking a two week old baby into the doctor's office for a well baby checkup, the last thing you want to see is some moron's measles vector sitting in the same waiting room. "First, do no harm" nicely dovetails with "by condoning and tolerating anti-science Luddites spreading disease through your office."
This isn't uncommon and most doctors who feel this way make no attempt to hide it. If nothing else, if a patient doesn't trust their doctor when recommending safe, prudent vaccinations, will they trust that same doctor to recommend emergency surgery or other invasive treatments? If there's not a trust relationship, why even bother with it?
Anti-vaxxers should come to expect that their rejection of science leaves them to see only homeopaths and other witch doctors because science-based ones won't touch them with a 10 foot pole. If they want to practice voodoo, why should they want or expect to receive all the other benefits of legitimate medicine?
..well, so pretty much have all the FUD-spreaders in the CDC, government, and NGOs who've been all telling us that "any moment" we could get a "deadly flu" since the (ha ha ha) Sars "epidemic".
All I've ever gotten is the "Cry Wolf" heebie jeebies.
Seems to depend on a case by case basis.
My math worked out great. Previously I paid 50% of the premium for my company's blue cross PPO group health insurance plan to the tune of $400/mo. It had a $60 copay, $60 drug copay, and $5000 annual deductible.
Now I pay $350/mo for a blue cross Silver PPO with the same doctors I had before. It has a $30 copay, $150 drug copay (the drug copay seems to be where the insurance companies are really jacking up prices, I guess since they can't stop you from signing up if you're already sick) and I think a $4000 annual deductible. Thanks to my employer not being an asshole and giving me the other $400/mo it used to contribute towards my insurance, I'm coming out on top even after the extra $150/mo for my meds.
If I have a $7.6 billion cushion, I frankly don't care if you knock me from my perch.
Granted this was beta, but here's what I found:
- a slavish determination to mimic World of Warcraft's aesthetic. Unsurprising, since the dev team AFAIK largely came from Blizzard. IMO this is a little too slavish, coming off like "WoW sci fi with guns". To me it's jarring that you have nicely-detailed characters with hi-rez textures, but you're running around a world with a klunky geometry that screams "this is all computers can handle in 2004". TF2 showed that you could adhere to a non-representational, 'cartoony' theme without necessarily deliberately going so far as to mimic the design compromises of a decade ago.
- Obviously this is entirely subjective, but there's a very fine line between quirky/kitschy and cheesy. The "bad guys" n00b island story line in Wildstar is cheesy; the good guys story is cheesy AND sappy. WoW had a certain sort of self-referential humor to a lot of what it did (at its best), and that has seemed to dominate latter releases *cough* *cough* Pandas *cough*. Wildstar continues this unfortunate narrative/editorial choice, with everything from animations to storyline being so "over the top" that it has to be self-mocking (with the 'good guy' side adding a further drippy saccharine layer of narrative - the tutorial quest has you saving a guy's pregnant wife...)
- They've already very much adopted the modern-mmo paradigm of "go to quest hub, get a bunch of quests, complete those quests, move to next hub". There's almost never (at least in the first 12-15 levels) a point where you go backward, for any reason. Everything is very conveniently placed; when you hit a place where you level up, there's a new-skill trainer already waiting for you.
- Some clever design ideas in UI, communicating what enemies are doing and what you're doing (and the area effects) clearly and intuitively.
It's WoW40k, nothing more, nothing less. Personally, I don't find the modern design choices in MMOs for 'everything to be easy' to be interesting or engaging, but that's not Wildstar's fault at all. They're very solidly in the current mainstream.