Midweek Mashup: A Little Help, A New Look, A Big Sneeze, Battle Casualties, and a Vision of Hell on Earth
By Dan Olmsted
Hey everybody – tell your psychiatrist to call me --I need help in a hurry. Well sort of – I’m renewing my request for a member in good standing of the American Psychiatric Association to request some material for me from the APA library. The library is perfectly happy for me to go that route – they just need a member request. Email: Olmsted.email@example.com.
Another request – I’d like to speak to someone who knows enough chemistry to talk me through arsenic and its variations in a fairly detailed way. Again, please email me.
How are you liking our redesign? I like the overall look and feel a lot, but there are tweaks to come, and we want everyone’s viewpoint as we go about it. For reference sake (and because I’m kind of proud of it!) here is my original sketch for the new look that we adopted last week.
As you can see, I have no one to blame but myself, as what we ended up with is a pretty faithful rendering. But there is something a little “loose,” at least to my eye, about the way it looks on the actual screen.” It’s not quite as elegant as I’d like it to be. Is the type too big? The logo too small? Should we move up the comments on the right and move down the search function? In all of this the goal is to create a clear and calm – and intelligent, and irreverent, and funny, and moving, and all that -- corner of the world for like-minded people to hang out (and for the rest of the world to slowly be convinced we are right…).
Just don’t suggest messing with the red i, as in iconoclast.
Do you know that feeling when a cold is coming on but hasn't quite arrived? A certain scratchiness in the back of the throat, that first sneeze that kind of hurts your ears – not your normal idle sneeze sneeze – followed by the desire to watch Law and Order SVU reruns and rustle around for that last can of chicken soup in the pantry? I have perfected a version of this early warning system when it comes to articles that are heading in the direction of mentioning vaccines and autism as a crazy conspiracy theory. I can feel it coming on well before it arrives.
Usually they start with a mention of our susceptibility to Internet nonsense – Ahhhhhh --- and then talk about global warming deniers – Ahhhhhhhhhhh – and then come right out and tell me what an idiot I am for thinking there is a connection between vaccines and autism – CHOOOOOOO!
Here is the latest rhinovirus: I subscribed to The Week recently, a small newsmagazine that I hoped would serve up information without too much spin, spice and slant added. And generally, it delivers. But the editor’s letter this week began this way: “We’ve been a paranoid country from pretty much the beginning.” …. Ahhhhhhhhh …. “Long before the 9/11 truthers and the Obama birthers” …. Ahhhhhhhh …. “the black helicopter and the grassy knoll” --- AHHHHHHHH – “conspiracy theories were woven into our political fabric.”
By now I’m anticipating the sneeze, aren’t you? It comes at the end of the paragraph. “People who scoff at the notion that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim may believe that vaccines cause autism – or that the government is hiding evidence of alien visitations to Earth.”
Why oh why must publications I pay good money for put me in between Obama-is-a-Muslim and space aliens have landed? Why must they make my throat tickle, my ears hurt – why must they make me sneeze uncontrollably? Why?
Speaking of press coverage, I hate hearing how our veterans deserve so much better – which they do – when the handfuls of bad drugs the government has given them are never, ever mentioned as a reason they are so bad off.
This especially goes for Lariam, or mefloquine, which I’ve written about many times and will only mention here as a case in point. It is known to trigger suicide; that risk is known to last forever; tens of thousands of U.S. troops were ordered to take it in Iraq (briefly) and Afghanistan (for many years); now the military has backed off using it; and there is no question that there is a fearsomely high suicide rate among veterans.
Is the logic so hard to follow here? An urgent effort to stop suicides by veterans needs to look at mefloquine and other drugs soldiers were given. And it needs to do what are called forensic case histories to try to understand the role they’ve played in the thousands of deaths that have already occurred – deaths that deserve to be compensated as service-related injuries.
A decent government would have put that issue squarely on the table by now, if for no other reason than an aggressive press would have forced them to. There have been plenty of suicides directly due to Lariam, and there will be many more, in large measure because those with the responsibility – and in some cases, the culpability – would rather talk about warm hugs and faster wait times. Yes, by all means, hug more and work faster, but don’t forgot we gave these folks a drug that causes suicide and now they are killing themselves!
At least we’re a bit ahead of Canada and Britain. Thestar.com reported this week:
“A controversial drug that has been given to thousands of Canadian soldiers and is still in use in the military was deemed too risky for British troops in a landmark report released Tuesday
“The report by MPs on the U.K. parliamentary defence committee recommended that the British military use the anti-malaria drug mefloquine only as a drug of last resort, due to the risk of severe psychological side effects.”
Laura Hayes offered her take on Memorial Day this year. I admire her moral clarity a great deal:
Those of us who are parents of vaccine-injured and vaccine-killed children often reflect not only on those who have fallen in the line of duty on Memorial Day, but also how our children have fallen at the hands of our very own government and medical community. Memorial Day often causes us to reflect on all that our children, and families, have lost, due to vaccinations, vaccine propaganda, vaccine mandates, and non-stop vaccine lies that taunt and offend us every single day, be it on TV, at the grocery store, on billboards, in magazines, in hospitals, or at doctors' offices.
The vaccine propaganda which has overtaken our country cannot be escaped, and causes daily hurtful reminders of what was done to our children, and what continues to be done to children, despite mountains of evidence that vaccination is a barbaric, dangerous, completely unnecessary, and potentially-fatal procedure. It is not health-inducing in any way, shape, or form.
This week John Stone passed around a story that he properly called “terrifying” – an adult in Australia who suffered a ghastly vaccine reaction and is trapped in a nonfunctional body and mind, surrounded by his devastated family in the middle of nowhere. The temperature often hits 115 degrees.
It is about as complete a vision of hell on earth as I can imagine, and – precisely because it has nothing to do with children, nothing to do with the United States – it is a stark reminder to me how very serious, how personal, how irrevocable vaccine decisions are, and how the only people with the right to make them are the ones who receive them. Nobody should have the power to ruin your life simply because they think it will make someone else’s better.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.