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Science explains why so many otherwise rational people oppose vaccines

by 1389AD ( 145 Comments › )
Filed under Medicine at February 22nd, 2015 - 7:00 am

The Science of Anti-Vaccination

Published on Feb 19, 2015 by scishow
Fewer children in the United States are getting vaccinated. That’s bad news for those kids, and also for public health in general. Often, the response is to argue and debate and get angry at people who are we see as making terrible, irrational decisions. Instead of doing that, let’s use science to understand why this is happening in the first place.

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Meta-Analysis of the Safety of Vaccines: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/134/2/325
The Internet and the Psychology of Vaccination Decisions: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=19849
Naturalness Bias: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18319507
Omission Bias and Vaccines: http://mdm.sagepub.com/content/14/2/118
Difficulty in changing minds once they’re made: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/02/25/peds.2013-2365
Onset Patterns of Autism: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2857525/
Bad is Stronger than Good – Negativity Bias: http://assets.csom.umn.edu/assets/71516.pdf
Parental Vaccine Decision Making: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24011751
Read more about Risk Perception: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_perception
And Explanatory Style: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explanatory_style

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#Caturday, August 30, 2014: Is the black lion real?

by 1389AD ( 18 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Open thread at August 30th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

On YouTube:

Published on Jul 3, 2013 by Animal Wire
Is the Black Lion Real? Tales of the black lion have been rumored from all around the globe. And several photos of black lions have been floating around the web. Is it possible for black lions to exist?

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The Day After Earth Day

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 48 Comments › )
Filed under Climate, Humor, OOT, Open thread, Satire at April 23rd, 2012 - 11:00 pm

This 2009 vid sums up my opinion of the pointless inanity of “Earth Day.”

The first Earth Day, in 1970, was named after the best Cat Woman in the schlocky Batman TV series, Eartha Kitt. Yeah, Julie Newmar was hot, but Eartha was somehow hotter. On that day, the hippies and environmentals collided, and debated endlessly on the topic of global cooling vs. global warming, and what to do about it. Since the data available at that time showed a cooling trend, they chose global warming after a coin flip. Eartha won the toss. She was arguably hotter. “Eartha Day” was misspelled in a Washington Post article, and “Earth Day” was born. [via]

That description was part of a hoax I was invited to assist with several years ago – classic sockpuppetry of the best kind, presented for conspicuous consumption on The Overnight Open Thread.


Libelous BDS Propaganda in Japan Targets…Hello Kitty?

by 1389AD ( 3 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-semitism, Headlines, Islamic Supremacism, Islamic Terrorism, Israel, Japan, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Liberal Fascism at June 25th, 2011 - 9:27 am

Hello Kitty holding a letter

Yes, you heard that right – the Fakestinian terrorists and their supporters are abusing Hello Kitty, that lovable Japanese cartoon character.

And no, this is not the regular Caturday thread, but rather, a hard news story about enemy propaganda.

I first heard about blogger Toshie in her letter, published at ハーパー政権へ-Blazing Cat Furの要求リスト-, in which she warned of the possibility that a Human Rights Commission may be set up to restrict freedom of expression in Japan. I clicked a link in her letter and left a comment in English on Toshie’s Japanese-language blog.

Toshie replied by email; I was surprised to learn that she was already familiar with 1389 Blog, and that her husband is also a counterjihad blogger (at BlogWrath, on the blogroll at 1389 Blog).

Toshie also mentioned that the Japanese company, Sanrio, was getting ready to open some stores in Israel (see Ynet Money: Hello Kitty making aliyah), but that some left-wing/pro-Palestinian activists calling themselves “The Japanese Information Center on Palestine” had been spreading vicious and false propaganda – including a doctored photo from the Mohammed al Dura hoax – to try to stop Sanrio from opening the stores.

It had never occurred to me that the Palestinians and their supporters were spreading propaganda in Japan. This is part of their boycott/divest/sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel; evidently, the worldwide jihad reaches everywhere these days. So I wrote back suggesting that she write an article, in English, about this matter.

Toshie and her husband immediately got to work on the article, and published it on BlogWrath. Please click the following link, read it all, and check out the funny pictures there as well!

BlogWrath: Hello Kitty Martyr Brigades

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Blazing Cat Fur – Hello Kitty Martyr Brigades