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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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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 6 days ago at On the Banks
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 Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at On the Banks
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
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
Image: Public domain. Source. I've got an article on 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
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
The mainstream media would have you believe that parents who choose not to vaccinate their children (or even those who choose to delay vaccination, to space out vaccines, or to reject some vaccines) do so because they have listened to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at On the Banks
This is Dr. Toni Bark. You've probably never seen her, or heard her views before, and there's a reason for that. Dr. Bark is one of the doctors and scientists most of the media wants you to believe don't exist.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at On the Banks
If you are getting your information on the vaccine debate from mainstream media, then what you are getting is not "information" but something else. It sure as hell isn't journalism. Here's another fantastic piece from Jeremy R. Hammond: "The Times... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at On the Banks
A vicious ugliness had stuck its head out of a hole in the earth and begun spitting venom at us all. Even if that ugliness slinks back into the hole, nobody is now going to forget that it is there. The viciousness isn't new. We saw it immediately after the 2018 election, and probably most of us have seen it rear its slimy head at some point in our various lifetimes. But for me, for some reason, this particular incident stands out. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at On the Banks
This piece, from the Ghion Journal, is well worth a read. "What led to King’s death was a radical departure from his initial foray in the Civil Rights movement. As long as MLK was talking about just “black rights” and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at On the Banks
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at On the Banks
A friend posted some comments about the "women's march", in which some women were wondering what rights we don't have, and must march for. I can actually think of plenty of rights we don't have: The right to travel unmolested;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at On the Banks
Not that I ever trust any of these guys, but wow. Just wow. I know I'm weird. I judge people (AND politicians) by their actions, not their personalities, their graciousness, inspiring words, etc. etc. I was always gobsmacked by the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at On the Banks
I want to stress that this is not the stupidest video I have ever seen. That would be hyperbole. Especially if the 2nd & 3rd episodes of this season's #DrWho count as "videos." But it's close. It's close. So the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at On the Banks
(No, that's not her, it's me.) I can only imagine that the conversation over at the BBC went something like this: BBC Bigwig 1: Oh shit shit shit shit shit! Those SJWs have ruined everything! They’re making us have a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at On the Banks
The book itself is still in Beta, but I am starting to post some excerpts on WattPad. You can see Chapter 1 here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at On the Banks
I've just created my first Mighty Networks group. I'll let you all know right now that I have no idea what I'm doing. I am one of the least organized people I know, also one of the least social. So... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at On the Banks
Until this very moment, I think I've believed that all human life was equally worthy, that no-one has more of a right to be here than anyone else, that no-one has the right to pass judgment on the value of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at On the Banks
That's the title Magatte Wade requested for her incredible TED talk, below. The TED folks insisted on this much more milquetoast and vague title: The title change is only part of what Magatte's husband Michael Strong says is an effort... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at On the Banks
“Don’t raise your voice!” The Councillor with the stiff lion’s-mane hair bellowed into her microphone, her face shaking, but her coif remaining eternally still. Each of the guards leaned forward just slightly, their hands still on their hips. Gvtaren scribbled furiously in her notepad. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at On the Banks
When I was nine, Montessori ended for me, and I went to an "alternative" Catholic school in an all-black neighborhood. There were a handful of other white kids there, but I (until my sister joined me) was probably the only... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at On the Banks
"Helen Thomas' fate serves as a reminder of what we all know, and what the vast majority of us accept without question: That there are different rules for those in power than there are for the rest of us. Those... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at On the Banks