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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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People often ask me for a single article or video that encapsulates the basics of the vaccine debate. I usually tell them there isn't only one - you've got to read a lot of articles, even books, to get a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at On the Banks
OK, so maybe more than one blow was involved. It's still pretty impressive. Del absolutely owns the debate here. And those politicians may go on to vote away more of their constituents' freedom - but they can no longer pretend... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at On the Banks
(This is another brief comment on the hit piece by NBC's Brandy Zadrozny, who attacked a mother whose child had just died because she sought information from an online group that questions Beach Balls and discusses alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at On the Banks
You may have seen NBC's hit piece on the mother whose son had just died – the piece that uses the family's tragedy as an excuse to go after Larry Cook's FaceBook group "Stop Mandatory Vaccination." That piece is titled:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at On the Banks
If anyone ever wonders why I have zero time, and zero respect, for the "Women's Marchers" - this video from Joshua Coleman is why. I've been battling with people on both the left and the right ever since high school.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at On the Banks
My father passed away on December 29th of last year. He had been sick for a while, but none of us realized how sick he was until the day before he died. So it was a huge blow to all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at On the Banks
I'm very behind updating my blog, but I've been busy: Launching Annabel Pickering and the Sky Pirates (you can still get it before Christmas!), working on new projects, and visiting with various people on their podcasts to talk about my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at On the Banks
Back in 1991, when I was just getting started as a journalist in Hong Kong, I wrote this piece for the foreign-policy journal Orbis (published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute.) If I get to it, I may write a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2019 at On the Banks
Image: Public domain. From my article on LRC today: It’s like reading something out of Solzhenitsyn: A courtroom that is nothing more than a stage for a grotesque parody of justice, some sort of theater meant to satisfy God only... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at On the Banks
You may know my friend Tomasz, from some of the awesome videos he has created: George Ought to Help, Edgar the Exploiter, and You Can Always Leave are some of the most well-known, although this one – How Government Solved... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at On the Banks
Image: J.W. Waterhouse, public domain. I noticed the police officer standing just to the side of the young lady who scanned our tickets as my husband and I went to see “Joker” this past weekend. Part of me was glad... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at On the Banks
By unknown, held by The Granger Collection, New York -, Public Domain If you're not familiar with the "Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates", it is a principle dating back to at least 39AD, and formally articulated by Christian pastors... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at On the Banks
I was on Michael Storm's podcast, Toward Anarchy, on Sept. 22nd. We talked about... what else? BEACH BALLS! ...and some other stuff. Check it out! Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at On the Banks
Photo used with permission. From September 17, on Something extraordinary happened in Sacramento last week. The people protesting California’s increasingly draconian vaccine-mandate legislation—most of them mothers of vaccine-injured children—stopped playing by the rules. On Monday, Senate Bill 714—the companion... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at On the Banks
Photo used with permission. I had a piece up on a few weeks ago, about the concerted effort to censor any conversation on social media about vaccines that strays from the official line: Recently, the news and opinion site... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at On the Banks
This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, on so many levels: Here's the text: The Johnson-Goldwater Election of 1964 was most memorable to my grandfather, Butler Shaffer, because it was the election he was most... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2019 at On the Banks
Photo, public domain, via GoodFreePhotos. Actually no, we talk about vaccine mandates, liberty, pirates, and the incredible protests going on all over the world now against medical tyranny. See to the whole thing here! Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at On the Banks
This is for my CA friends who don't yet realize what has happened here (and what will very likely happen elsewhere, for those of you not in CA): NOBODY is able to get medical exemptions for vaccines required for school... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at On the Banks
Earlier today, California lawmakers pushed a draconian bill through the CA Assembly, that would make it near-impossible for anyone to ever get an exemption from any of the vaccines required for school (whether public or private.) I, and others, have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at On the Banks
I remember my first trip to Shanghai, in the winter of 1986. It was like a ghost town, but one filled with people–all shuffling around in their identical clothes, looking miserable, as if everyone was being dragged down by some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at On the Banks
A very few of the people who come into your life connect with you in a certain way, and get to know you well enough, that they carry a piece of you with them. It's almost as if that piece... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at On the Banks
So... that whole thing about how you'll still be able to get medical exemptions under SB276, if you "really need them"??? And in accordance with the CDC guidelines? Nope. You can't even get one NOW. Here's the reality: Doctors who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at On the Banks
I have an article on today, about the attempts by the folks pushing vaccines to paint those who are critical of vaccines (or who just don't want the government forcing them on people) as "violent." From my article: The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at On the Banks
Image: Public domain. You may have heard that California Senator Richard Pan was "assaulted" earlier this week by an "anti-vaccine activist" - An act that every single vaccine critic I know has strongly condemned (committed by a man who very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at On the Banks