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Bretigne Shaffer
Interests: This is also the personal blog of bretigne shaffer, and i will include announcements about projects i am working on or have completed, interesting things i see or do, and/or "stuff i've made" to read about my films and books, and occasional musings on nothing in particular. if you're not interested in the personal stuff - and why should you be? - just click on the "punditry" or "stuff I've made" category to see only that stuff.
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During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, it was very important to denounce the right people. You had to know who the "Unhealthy Elements" were, the "Counter-revolutionaries", the intellectuals, the landlords, and those with "Bourgeuois Tendencies." It wasn't easy, because who these... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at On the Banks
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Image: Public Domain. I have an article up on LewRockwell.com today, in response to a cry for more authoritarian means to be used against parents who don't vaccinate, in the Washington Post: "It’s hard to believe that anyone writing about... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at On the Banks
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I'm always telling people not to support politicians or the political system. And they're always asking me what they should do instead. I finally told them: Even more important, though, than simply avoiding the political process, is reclaiming what it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at On the Banks
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Image: Public domain. Tomorrow afternoon, the California Senate Health Committee will hold hearings on SB 276 - a bill that, if passed, will eliminate the role of doctors in granting medical exemptions for vaccines required for school attendance, and give... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at On the Banks
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Image: Public Domain, courtesy of the British Library. In states across the country (and in other countries too), there is a concerted effort to strip away our rights to make our own medical decisions, and decisions for our children. Earlier... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at On the Banks
This is stunning. I realize that not many of my friends have had direct experience with actual totalitarian regimes that actually do control information from the top down. So maybe my comments won't ring true to many of you. But... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at On the Banks
This is quite possibly the most awesome smackdown ever in the history of smackdowns. And you need to read every delicious word of it. I'm actually beginning to feel pity for Congressman Adam Schiff, who must be looking for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at On the Banks
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I arrived in Hong Kong for the second time, after a year there as a student, in the spring of 1989. I got there about a week before the death of Hu Yaobang, the event that – thirty years ago... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at On the Banks
You remember - Season 1, Episode 13, the episode where the whole family comes down with measles and it's NO BIG DEAL. Well, now CBS doesn't want you to see that episode. They've removed it from their list of "full... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at On the Banks
I've just made two donations in support of legal action to stop NYC's recently declared forced vaccination program. First, to Children's Health Defense. According to a statement released today: In an unprecedented move, the New York City Health Commissioner on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at On the Banks
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Image credit. From the New York Times: "Another shopper standing next to him suddenly dropped the item she had been holding and clutched her child. “She was buying something, and she just threw it down,” Ms. Wingate recalled. “She said,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at On the Banks
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Image: Public domain. I talked last week with CJay Engel and Jeremy R. Hammond on the topics of medical propaganda, efforts to squash the vaccine debate - and how those efforts are going to backfire very very badly. Check it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at On the Banks
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This response, to another piece bemoaning the difficulty of trying to convince people who have done their homework, that vaccines are safe, from Dr. Ray Andrew (whose identity I haven't verified) is beautiful: I am running into increasing numbers of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at On the Banks
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Yesterday, I signed a letter opposing the emergency declaration and forced quarantine of unvaccinated children in Rockland, NY. One of the recipients of that letter, the New York State Health Commissioner, Howard Zucker, wrote back to me. I saw it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at On the Banks
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The county of Rockland, New York, has declared a "state of emergency" over what, only recently, was widely seen as a benign childhood disease: Effective at the stroke of midnight, Wednesday, March 27, anyone who is under 18 years of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at On the Banks
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(Image: Public Domain.) No, you don't have a "right" to demand that others are vaccinated. From my latest article, on FEE.org: It's hard to think of a more fundamental right than the right to determine what happens to one's own... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at On the Banks
Generally, if I watch a video on YouTube, it's because I'm doing some other task that takes 10-20 minutes or so. so I don't usually watch videos much longer than that. But I am watching this one in pieces because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at On the Banks
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No, any recent upsurge in measles cases cannot be attributed to a drop in MMR vaccination rates following the Lancet paper, because there was none. My latest, on LewRockwell.com. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at On the Banks
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From CNN: "Amazon also had not removed some anti-vaccine books that CNN Business had previously reported on, which users searching the site could mistake for offering neutral information accepted by the public health community. Titles still listed include "Miller's Review... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 7, 2019 at On the Banks
This is Charly's story. Charly was six years old and had the same genetic condition that our daughter has. Her parents were treating her seizures with THC, but had to drive across state lines to get it, and could not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at On the Banks
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I don't usually post things I haven't read, but I'm making an exception here. I literally cannot read this. I started to, and I can't. But I do know what happened, and I want others to know about this. Charly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at On the Banks
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Image: Public domain. Source. I've got an article on LewRockwell.com today, about how mainstream coverage of the vaccine controversy is little more than propaganda. From the article: It’s that season again: Another outbreak of a benign childhood disease that only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at On the Banks
This is a wonderful presentation. For those who aren't going to watch the whole thing, here is the takeaway. Although you really should watch the whole thing: "Because we seem to love nothing more than to declare other people insane.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at On the Banks
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Anne Mason, the author of this article writes: Medium just removed my "Measles Scare Tactics Hurt Us All" article from their platform. If you think free speech exists in this country, think again. If you need a valid link to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at On the Banks