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?
There are plenty of alternatives for whatever platform you're using. Pick one and learn to love it. After all, the most convenient password is the one you never have to type.
It's because the naysayers are the ones more actively working in the field and closest to the experimental and theoretical results and are trying to actually accomplish these kinds of tasks.
More actively than Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google in charge of machine intelligence? Very few people in the world are more active in AI-related fields than he is.
They've even invented protocols for sharing information between themselves.
Following the law literally and blindly is not a good idea.
I couldn't disagree more. I don't give a whit about intention - I care about what's actually written. I think most programmers should be familiar with this concept.
The alternative is a completely, utterly unjust world where laws are fluid and impossible to comply with because there's a difference between their wording and their meanings. If the law says "it shall be illegal to do X" and I don't do X, then I should not have broken that law. I can't imagine living in a society that said "well, you didn't technically do X, but we don't like you anyway so it's off to jail".
You must work in the medical industry.
No. I'm just capable of reading and understanding the news.
There were times where employees were basically instructed to use fear tactics to sell TAP, where they would play out scenarios for the customer like "You don't want to open this new monitor and find out there's a dead pixel do you? We can't return it if you don't purchase TAP!"
To which I once replied with a horrified "how much of a piece of crap is this thing if it's that likely to die on the drive home?", then walked out with a stammering salesman chasing me. It's not usually a good idea to convince your customers that your products are disposable junk.