At the Portland Press-Herald, Bill Nimitz tells the tale of a couple who went from wanting vaccination to spurning it to numbers on a list. Here’s a bit of the article:
Then they were exposed to something as dangerous as the disease itself – a so-called health practice that, according to their son, led Robert and Barbara Finch away from common-sense caution and into the shadows of dangerous quackery.
Finch is not ready to name the facility. “I’m still getting my ducks in a row,” he explained.
But he wants the world to know that if his parents could fall victim to wild, unfounded claims that the vaccines are a hoax, anyone can. And if he can stop it from happening again, that’s precisely what he’s going to do.
See the news report that Farron is discussing.
I don’t want to think Farron is correct when he says “these people are unreachable,” but I fear that he is.
I’ve known many persons who hear only what they want to hear.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Maureen Downey looks at efforts to change the names of schools honoring the Secesh and the obstacles those efforts are encountering. A snippet:
After the 2015 shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in which nine African Americans were murdered by a gunman radicalized by white supremacist websites, the Southern Poverty Law Center began to catalog all the Confederate symbols in public spaces across the country. In an update last month to its “Whose Heritage?” report, the center counted 1,747 Confederate monuments, place names and other symbols still in public spaces, including 195 schools. Georgia leads the nation in schools named for Confederates, followed by Texas with 40 and Alabama with 22.
The SPLC inventory revealed the effectiveness of a campaign by United Daughters of the Confederacy to rebrand the events of the Civil War as heroic, especially through the naming of Southern schools. “These names are living symbols of white supremacy, and there is a difference between remembering history and showing a reverence for it,” said Lecia Brooks, chief of staff for the SPLC, during a recent media briefing. “Removing namesakes that celebrate a revisionist Confederate past does not erase history; it corrects it.”
Gregory Svirnovskiy thinks Republicans have come up with a new gerrymandering strategy.
It’s a long and complex read, but, as states are starting to redraw voting districts based on the recent census, a worthwhile one.
Thom Chadbon as Charles King and John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby:
Field seems concerned that our media and, for that matter, our polity don’t have their eyes on the right ball.