The Antivaccine (Anti-Science) Party

Although there is much that is very good in the story, the overall framing is one that I see all too often (and that annoys me), namely that it’s “unexpected” that the right would ally with antivaxxers. It’s not unexpected. It never was unexpected. But the mainstream media have long labored under this delusion even though it hasn’t been even remotely true for at least several years, if not much more than a decade.

Source: One more time: The Republican Party is the antivaccine party – RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE

Massachusetts Attorney General Sues School Health Corporation Over Selling Snake Oil Theraworx Prodcut to School Districts 

Sadly the AG does not have the legal authority to sue the manufacturer of the Theraworx Protect product, Avadim Health, and get it taken off the market. Hopefully the FDA has taken notice and is working to get the snake oil hand sanitizer re-labeled accurately and the FTC will ensure the false advertising stops.

Of course Avidim Health’s other snake oil placebo products (Theraworx Releif, PHUEL, and Combat One) are almost certainly exempt from regulation in the USA. This is because Orrin G. Hatch (R–UT) made sure we have a law that specifically exempts snake-oil placebo’s from needing to be effective.

Source: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sues School Health Corporation over selling school districts $100,000 of ‘fake’ hand sanitizer – masslive.com

Hastings, Minnesota a Town That’s gone All-in on Trump Inspired Bigotry

The Trump party (formerly the GOP) continues apace at encouraging the display of the latent very, very, un-Christian bigotry of a large percentage of American Christians. The only consolation is that because they also have an anti-science stance, about a thousand of them a day are dying of Covid and many more are being financially and physically harmed. If Covid keeps evolving in dangerous ways, and they keep denying the reality, enough of them will eventually be dead or become aware of how they fell for one of the greatest con-men of the century, their messiah Trump.

Source: Hastings, Minnesota: Candidate’s child became target in school board election – CNN

Avoid Slippery Slopes

I wish I’d paid more attention to my headline on my hike Saturday ;-), but seriously Ilya’s article is must read for those concerned about constitutional rights.

If Texas’ SB 8 subterfuge works, it would be a dangerous road map for attacking other constitutional rights. The slippery slope risks on the other side are minor by comparison.

Source: Limiting Principles and the Texas SB 8 Case – Why Texas’ Law is a Greater Slippery Slope Menace than a Ruling Against it Would be – Reason.com

RFK Jr. Wields His Anti-Vax Wealth to Censor Critic

The incredibly despicable RJK Jr., consorts with some of the most damaging groups on the planet in his quest to encourage needless suffering and death. It doesn’t increase his upper class wealth enough to sue the newspapers who report on his atrocities but he’s using it against a little guy. I’m sure his Dad and Uncles are very disappointed with how he turned out.

Source: RFK Jr. Sues to Identify Blogger Critic – Reason.com

16th Birthday

No way, not me, I recently turned 3.875 times that age.

The time stamp on this post corresponds to 16 years since I setup and made my first ever blog post.

Here’s a list of my posts that have turned out to be enduringly popular: