Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Children's Health Defense

From the Children's Health Defense:

APRIL 10, 2019

NYC Mandatory Measles Vaccination Violates NY State Law, CHD Challenges Legality.

Yesterday, 60 New York vaccine safety advocates and religious leaders visited the office of Assembly member Jeffrey Dinowitz, author of A2371, a bill that would eliminate religious vaccine exemptions state wide.
CHD PRESS RELEASE, NEW YORKApril 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The New York City Commissioner of Health declared a public health emergency yesterday, ordering all people who live, work or reside in four Brooklyn zip codes to be vaccinated with the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine declared to be “effective and safe.” Non-compliance with the order is a misdemeanor subject to criminal and civil fines, including imprisonment. Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that residents have 48 hours to get the vaccine or face a $1,000 fine. Only those with documented immunity, medical contraindications or infants under six months are exempt from the vaccine mandate.
This order primarily affects Orthodox and Hasidic Jews living in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn who do not vaccinate because it violates their core religious beliefs. The MMR vaccine is manufactured using WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts obtained from aborted fetal tissue. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in response that is was “legally questionable” whether people can be forced to get vaccinated if it violates their religious beliefs.
Children’s Health Defense (CHD) is supporting a legal challenge to this dangerous, unprecedented overreach.  While the City has unquestionable authority to control disease outbreaks, it may not violate the bedrock principle of prior, free and informed consent to all medical interventions, including vaccines. This is a fundamental human right. The City may quarantine, isolate, trace contacts and strongly urge vaccination, but it may not impose such a draconian mandate without demonstrating necessity, reasonableness, proportionality, harm avoidance, non-discrimination, due process and equal protection. The Commissioner has failed to do this; the City’s actions violate New York State law.
“I am shocked that Mayor De Blasio would resort to such police state techniques to control an outbreak of measles. I don’t believe the City’s actions will withstand legal scrutiny,” said CHD Board Member Mary Holland, JD. The City is requiring that people receive Merck’s MMR vaccine, even though the outbreak is only for measles. The MMR II product insert acknowledges that death is a potential side effect from the vaccine, along with a long raft of other potential permanent injuries. A review of claims submitted to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program of identified 48 cases of encephalopathy following MMR vaccine. Of those, eight children died, and the remainder had mental regression and retardation, chronic seizures, motor and sensory deficits, and movement disorders. The authors, all associated with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program concluded that a causal relationship between measles vaccine and encephalopathy may exist as a rare complication of measles immunization.
Robin Stavola, a member of CHD, commented on the order saying “I regret every day of my life that I was not given full informed consent about the MMR vaccination as my healthy and beautiful daughter, Holly, suffered for days before dying at 5 years old from encephalopathy as a result of her MMR vaccine required before entering school.” Her family cautions that the order has the potential to create long-term adverse health consequences that may be worse than what it purportedly prevents.
“This case goes beyond a dispute over religious freedom,” said CHD Chairman Robert F. Kennedy Jr. “Thanks to the Merck federal whistleblower litigation, we now know that Merck’s MMR should have never been approved, much less mandated. To get its license Merck allegedly ordered its scientists to falsify efficacy data to fraudulently conceal the fact that the mumps component quickly wanes, triggering dangerous outbreaks in older populations where it can cause sterility in men and women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 150 outbreaks resulting in 9,200 cases of mumps in fully vaccinated adults, dwarfing the recent measles outbreaks. We are confident that no American court will allow government bureaucrats to force American citizens to take risky pharmaceutical products against their will.”
Children’s Health Defense looks forward to the opportunity to have a neutral arbitrator scrutinize the legitimacy of the City’s order.
Concerned citizens are encouraged to donate to Children’s Health Defense legal efforts.

Religious freedom?  Looks like it's taking a hit yet again.
"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  Remembering who launched fake news in the 21st century.

Why is Congress voting to make it harder & more expensive for Americans to do their taxes? Follow the money. Special interests, PACs, & corporations continue to purchase legislation like this. It's time to put people over PACs, country over corporations.

He is noting this article by Justin Elliott (PROPUBLICA) which opens:

Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system.
Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass.passed the Taxpayer First Act, a wide-ranging bill making several administrative changes to the IRS that is sponsored by Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa.
In one of its provisions, the bill makes it illegal for the IRS to create its own online system of tax filing. Companies like Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, and H&R Block have lobbied for years to block the IRS from creating such a system. If the tax agency created its own program, which would be similar to programs other developed countries have, it would threaten the industry’s profits.

And we're opening with Beto again because of that hideous 'fact check' by Glenn Kessler (see yesterday's snapshot).

The US government has been at war with Iraq through several administrations.  Beto noting this had Glenn in a tizzy.  It was time to whore and Glenn whored big but did so in a way that should make clear that the task of fact checking is far beyond his abilities.

He confuses a drawdown with a withdrawal.  Having done so with regards to 2011, he then has Barack Obama sending troops back into Iraq in 2014.  Poor Glenn, as Nanci Griffith notes, it's a hard life wherever you go (first appears on her album STORMS).

Glenn, the 'fact' checker, says Barack sent US troops back in when?  2014.  Strange though, Tim Arango (NEW YORK TIMES) reported September 25, 2012:

Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.        

Glenn whored big time.  On the Press Slut Meter (Glenn, a colleague of yours came up with that yesterday -- you should thank him), we'll give Glenn four dildos and a large, vibrating egg.

Glenn isn't up to the task of fact checking but he rushed in because Beto was talking truth, that the current, ongoing war is a part of a larger war with Iraq that has gone on throughout one administration after another.  And you can be sure the Iraqi people are aware of that.  Glenn manages to be not only dishonest but also xenophobic.  Quite the hat trick, Glenn.  He disgraces himself and, as we've seen many times before when the press disgraces itself on Iraq (see the disgraced Micheal Kinsey trying to downplay The Downing Street Memo), it's attempting to distract the American people from the reality of the war.

Grasp that the current wave of the war, which began with the 2003 invasion, could not have happened without the US press selling the Iraq War with one lie after another.  If you missed it War Whore Christiane Amanpour declared this month that journalism was being hurt by charges of fake news.  Whores like Christiane make those claims a lot -- they don't own up their Iraq War coverage -- which was nothing but fake news -- but they make those claims a lot.

War whore enough and you'll be employed by CNN, ABC and PBS.  And you can use your posts -- as she has -- to advocate for war -- as she has.

There was never any accountability for the lies the press told to start the Iraq War.  Judith Miller was made the sacrificial goat but she wasn't the only problem and, let's remember, Judith believed the lies herself.  Many who knew better repeated the lies.

There was no reckoning for those lies, for that press failure.

And Glenn shows up this week to lie about Iraq and will probably get away with it because that has been the pattern.  Hell, he'll probably be rewarded for it because that has been the pattern.  Lie about Iraq and you will have a long, long press career.

Beto is running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and talking truths about Iraq is resulting in some really ugly press.  (See March 30th's "Beto talks Iraq and Edward-Isaac Dover is in a tizzy.")  The truth must not be told on Iraq.  Were it to be told, the press whores might be held accountable.  Amanwhore couldn't hop on her high horse and blather on about how 'fake news' charges hurt her profession.  No, you stupid idiot, what hurts your profession is the whoring you've done.  And you deserve every criticism and more, people are dead because of your whoring.


The war’s financial and human costs have been astronomical. Brown University’s “Costs of War” project contends that the United States spent over $800 billion in direct war appropriations in Iraq through 2016, with billions more having been requested since. Nearly eight thousand U.S. servicemembers and Department of Defense contractors were killed, with another thirty-two thousand wounded. Several hundred more NATO troops have perished alongside U.S. forces, amid the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and security personnel that were killed in combat and from war-related causes. In total, the death toll likely surpasses half a million.

In Iraq, the flooding remains an issue.

PM : We are monitoring closely developments in areas of Iraq affected by recent floods, and have mobilised resources to assist the communities impacted and help them recover. We are also acting to channel much of the flood waters to reservoirs.

  • PM holds his weekly press conference in Baghdad, briefs media on measures to support areas affected by recent floods, combating corruption and Iraq’s foreign relations.

    AFP reports:

    Iraq's water ministry sought on Tuesday to quell fears that dams could collapse, as the country's main water reservoirs reach or near capacity after a very wet winter.

    "We are in control of the dams and reservoir levels", said water ministry spokesman Aoun Diab.

    "We are not worried about their safety or stability," he told AFP.

    Weeks of rain — compounded by melting snowcaps in neighbouring Turkey and Iran — have almost filled Iraq's four central reservoirs and swelled its two main rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates.

    The Dukan reservoir in the northeast is holding more than its seven billion cubic metre capacity, with excess flowing out, Diab said.

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