Combating Vaccine Extremism In America

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Article by Barbara Loe Fisher and published in National Vaccine Information Center Health Magazine.

2016 will be my 34th year as a vaccine safety and human rights activist. For more than 20 years I have been warning that the day would come when vaccine extremists and profiteers would move to legally force Americans to buy and use all government mandated vaccines and punish those who refuse. 

Still, it was a shock to see it happen in California this year, even as I know that preparations are being made by vaccine extremists to attack the religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions in more states next year.

But knowing and predicting what will happen is very different from watching it actually happen.

Born in Minnesota to a mother, who was a nurse, and a father, who fought on the beach at Anzio and then re-enlisted in the Army after returning from World War II,  I was raised with a deep respect for the values and beliefs upon which this Republic was founded and for the natural rights and principles of democratic government outlined in the U.S. Constitution. 

Like so many others who are grateful for freedom of thought and religion in this country, my abiding faith in a Creator of the natural order sustains me during my life’s journey and I believe Americans will not give up the natural rights and cultural values that define who we are as a nation without a fight.

Earlier this year, when vaccine extremists and profiteers used a few cases of measles at Disneyland to attack freedom of speech, thought, religious belief and assembly, my heart sank. It was painful to watch good people be demonized for simply criticizing poorly tested vaccines and inhumane one-size-fits-all vaccine policies.

Then, when dozens of pharmaceutical and medical industry-backed bills were introduced in multiple states to eliminate religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions so citizens could be tracked, discriminated against, segregated and punished for making vaccine choices that do not conform with government policy, I held my breath.

What would the people do? Would they bow down and cower before their oppressors, or would they stand up and defend their natural rights and civil liberties?

In a remarkable display of outrage, common sense and courage, we witnessed mothers, fathers and grandparents from every walk of life in California show up by the thousands to testify in legislative hearings and hold rallies in Sacramento opposing a forced vaccination law that was rammed through the legislature, despite the biggest public protests in that state Capitol since the Viet Nam war.

The same thing happened in Vermont, where industry lobbyists strong armed enough legislators to eliminate the philosophical belief vaccine exemption despite overwhelming public opposition, even as spirited citizen action in Texas and nine other states was successful in blocking the passage of bills stripping away personal belief vaccine exemptions.

Continue reading: http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/December-2015/combating-vaccine-extremism-in-america.aspx

THE RAP

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The roiling action of Ernest Brawley’s novel The Rap takes place in and around a penitentiary much like San Quentin. The time is the early 70s, when George Jackson, Angela Davis and others were agitating for prison reform, and the authorities were doing everything they could do to thwart them. A young, sympathetic guard, Arvin Weed, attends night classes at a local college in pursuit of a dream to break away from his worst nightmare: working at the prison forever, like his father.

But his reputation as a Vietnam vet rifle marksman draws him unwittingly into a conspiracy to murder revolutionary, black militant leader, William Galliot, who’s just been sent to prison. Arvin’s evil cousin, Wasco Weed, also a recent arrival to the prison, fancies himself a criminal genius, and has, in fact, been directly tapped by conservative political eminences to assassinate Galliot, the revolutionary.

Wasco shrewdly manipulates everyone in his orbit, including his voluptuous wife, Moke, an almost supernatural creature given to midnight swims in the ocean and driven by a ferocious craving for money and power; Fast-Walking Miniver, a young guard and the warden’s scapegrace son; Big Arv, Arvin’s loutish father; Lobo Miniver, the urbane and opportunistic warden; and even Wasco’s own mother, Evie, the bawdy proprietress of a whorehouse. Moving from the tragic to the comic, the obscene to the exalted, the real to the surreal, The Rap is the ultimate American saga.

The Author

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Ernest Brawley is a native Californian. His father was a prison guard, and he was raised on the grounds of several penitentiaries. He worked his way through college as a forklift driver at a tomato packing shed, a switchman on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and as a guard at San Quentin Prison, where he saw duty in the Gun Towers, the Big Yard and Death Row.

He attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and San Francisco State University, where he was granted several writing scholarships and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since then, he has spent his life writing novels and film scripts, teaching, and traveling the world. He has published three novels, THE RAP, SELENA, and THE ALAMO TREE. THE RAP and SELENA will be republished soon by Little Machines Press/Roots Digital. His latest novel, BLOOD MOON, will soon be published by Roots Digital as well.

Brawley has taught at the University of Hawaii, Hunter College, New York University and the Pantheon-Sorbonne. He has lived and worked in Argentina, Spain, France, Italy, England, India, Thailand and Japan. And once in his youth he hitchhiked all the way around the world. He is a recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature and served for several years on the Fiction Award Committee of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington.

 Kirkus Review of his novel THE RAP:

The definitive prison blockbuster — raw and brawling — perhaps necessarily overlong as it piles details and encounters and endlessly intertwined relationships into a powerful and engrossing first novel by a writer in the James Jones tradition. “”The rap”” refers as much to the guards as the inmates they supposedly protect both from society and each other — for they are as much locked into prison life as the convicts. Specifically this applies to Little Arv, son of a prison sergeant, and his pal and brother-in-law, Fast-Walking Miniver, son of the warden, who both exist in the shadow of Little Arv’s satanic cousin Wasco Weed, Arv’s feared (yet perversely admired) childhood bully companion.

Wasco has been promised he’ll be let off a murder rap if he only offs William Galliot, a black militant leader in the clink on trumped-up charges. Waste uses his wife, an other-worldly (but definitely not ethereal) Hawaiian water freak named Moke to sucker in Arv — who, knowing this, goes along anyway, loving her with crazy passion — as she sets him up for official blackmail by getting him to smuggle in letters to Galliot. But even the best-laid plans of cons and criminal bureaucrats go wrong.

As Moke falls for Arv, the blacks use their escape plan in the nick of time, and Arv — the presumed hatchet man — has the choice of shooting his cousin or Galliot. As a former guard, the writer presents an enormous amount of authentic fascinating info on stuff like prisoner hierarchy (as complex and corrupt as the one outside) and pimping; his characters are both improbable and believable, and the writing is as tough and gritty as it should be — and then

http://www.amazon.com/Ernest-Brawley/e/B001HPR4E2/

Beneath The Rock

In This Unique Novel, Tommy Birk evokes the anguish of combat veterans who leave their wars but whose wars don’t leave them. He explores their helplessness to stop the strange osmotic process by which their pain passes on to their families.
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In this passionate and powerful story, Ernie and Gunny Balbach, who had fought on opposite sides during WW2, are now jointed by Ernie’s son, Timmy – an equally damaged veteran of the still-in-progress Vietnam War – and live as outcasts at Piankashaw Rock, where they feel safe in the company of other misfits.
Ernie and Gunny, sustained by the women who love them, and Timmy, in love with the beautiful but conflicted Maria, all prodded by a mystic priest with his own dark secrets, come to realize they and their families will escape the vicious circles of history and find redemption only when they take on and defeat the evil that haunts them.
The Author
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Tommy Birk‘s interests include the history of German and other waves of emigration to America. Tommy reads novels and histories, and he studies cutting edge and futuristic science. He particularly enjoys fictional writing which includes real historical events and, at times, imagined future events.
          He traces his fascination with woodlands back to his German forbears from Bavaria and the Black Forest. Tommy’s family owns forested lands and these spark many of his ideas. But his writings go further. Tommy has been an activist of the type that embraces a changing world which struggles with new questions of right and wrong almost daily.
         His writings reflect these feelings. Tommy lives in Jasper, jogs and lifts weights to stay in shape, and indulges his passions for writing, law, government, and politics. Tommy Birk is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Engineering and the Vanderbilt University School of Law.

 

Loganaden Ramalingum: My Letter To CNN’s Christiane Amanpour

Dear Christiane Amanpour of CNN, people like you, William Hague, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Barack Obama and all the others in the West, will never understand Russian Patriotism and Russian Spirit. I can feel how you manipulate people in your programs to suit your American and English masters, how you persuade TV viewers to feel a certain way by showing them particular pictures or pieces of documentary films rather than giving hard facts.

That’s because Westerners don’t really know what’s happening on the other side of the world. Dramatic footage of the situation in Donetsk, Lugansk, Slavyansk and Odessa is tailored to enrage people in the west by appealing directly to their emotions. As they are not really aware of what is going on in Eastern Ukraine, they can’t weigh the pros and cons of the situation and are not subsequently given a balanced view. In other words they are misled by CNN, BBC, ABC and so on. This is because the power of the visual image is very strong and more powerful than the written word.

CNN cuts off Russian diplomat’s remarks in favor of Syria rebels

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, behind one of the media many don’t trust, thus; losing its credibility. They strive to shine, but hold the truth, including Aids and Ebola from the public.

School children in the USA and the UK, for example, don’t know that more than half of Europe and Berlin were liberated from German fascism by the Soviet Union in 1945 and Soviet soldiers hoisted the Soviet flag over Reichstag. The so-called allies opened the second front on 6th June 1944 when the Soviet Army was almost near their threshold. Let the Soviets and the Germans kill each other, then we will come and dictate our conditions. The Soviet Union lost 28 million people in the Great Patriotic War 1941-45.

The people of Eastern Ukraine are fighting for freedom and the right to live together with their Russian compatriots. The two Germanies (FRG and GDR) reunited in 1989 and the Germans are happy to be together again. Similarly, the Crimeans are pretty happy to be back home. The West supports the heavily armed forces of the Kiev junta and the banderovsty (Ukrainian fascists) who are murdering unarmed civilians and burned many innocent citizens of Odessa to death in the Trade Union Complex on 2nd May 2014. Those unarmed citizens are called terrorists by the West.

Dear Christiane, you fled Iran because you were afraid for your life. The Bahais fled Iran because they were afraid for their lives too. The people of Eastern Ukraine have no intention of fleeing their motherland. They are fighting those armed forces of fascist Kiev with their bare hands. They will win because Russian Patriotism and Russian Spirit are deeply ingrained in their minds.

I don’t know whether the Iranian government considers you to be an Iranian patriot or a traitor serving your American and English masters or not. But I’d like to tell you one thing: You look very disgusting on CNN.

I’d like to quote two examples to prove to you that you will never be able to shape my opinion and those around me. American Saints (not terrorists) burned so many innocent Vietnamese ( including women and children) to death with napalm during the Vietnam War in the 60’s and 70’s and Syria has been reduced to ruins and many innocent people have been killed and crippled with the help of the USA. American Presidents are audacious enough to end their speeches with “God Bless America!”

The Writer

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Mr. Loganaden Ramalingum

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