It’s Not New: Pictures Show The Fight Against Vaccines Is Well Over 100 Years Old

The gruesome early history of vaccination itself is hidden, suppressed, and denied. High child mortality from vaccination provoked massive opposition from parents as early as 100 years ago.

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In the foreword to the book by Doctor Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bistrianyk entitled ?Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History,? Dr. Jayne L. M. Donegan sums up the vaccine ?landscape? that she and all MDs enter into as they become doctors:

Despite questioning the safety and efficacity of vaccination by reputable medical men since its introduction, debate has been, and is, increasingly discouraged. Information published in scientific journals is used to support this position, other views being regarded as ?unscientific.?

It was a received ?article of faith? for me and my contemporaries, that vaccination was the single most useful health intervention that had ever been introduced. Along with all my medical and nursing colleagues, I was taught that vaccines were the reason children and adults stopped dying from diseases for which there are vaccines. We were told that other diseases, such as scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, typhus, typhoid, cholera, and so…

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Daesh and the US Share a Goal of Disrupting the Kabul-Taliban Ceasefire and the Wider Afghan Reconciliation Process

With many openly questioning links between the increased presence of Daesh troops in Afghanistan and the US attempts at covertly foiling an internal peace process, it is now appropriate to question whether the US is not repeating its Afghan strategy of the 1980s and is attempting to internationalise the terrorist aspect of the current Afghan conflict by covertly facilitating the movement of foreign fighters into Afghanistan.

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A ceasefire declared between the Afghan government and Taliban on the eve of the Islamic celebration of Eid has been devastated by an attack on a meeting between Afghan Security Forces and Taliban representatives in Nangarhar province. Already over 20 have died in the terrorist attack. This represents a further attempt by a terrorist force- almost certainly Daesh, to stall the broader reconciliation process between Kabul and the Taliban.

Images of jubilant scenes filmed prior to the attack have already emerged on social media:

In January of this year, the President of the Supreme National Defence University of Iran General Ahmad Vahidi has warned that the US will attempt to secure safe passage for Daesh terrorists to Afghanistan, the Caucasus…

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Hidden History: The Potato Famine and the Rise of Irish Nationalism

The Story of Ireland Part 4 (1801-1900)

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In 1801, the British Parliament passed the Act of Union of Great Britain and Ireland, official incorporation Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Highlights of this period include the Potato Famine (1841-1846) led one million Irish tenant farmers to die of starvation and disease and 1.5 million to emigrate to England and the US.

The Fenian Brotherhood, a revolutionary organization which began in Ireland in the 1860s, gave rise to a sister Fenian Brotherhood in the US. The latter raised major sums of money they sent back to Ireland to save poor tenant farmers from eviction.

In 1881, British Prime Minister William Gladstone passed a number of laws sought by Irish reformers, including legal protection for Irish tenant farmers against eviction and rent increases and the right to purchase their own land. He also repealed the Penal Laws that required Catholics (the majority of the Irish population) and Ulster Calvinists to pay taxes supporting the Anglican Church and preventing them from voting or standing for office.

He also supported Irish nationalist MP Charles Parnell’s bill establishing Home Rule for Ireland (Gladstone needed the votes of Parnell’s MPs to remain in office). It was defeated by 30 votes.

In 1899 when the Boer Republics revolted against British rule, numerous Irish nationalists (including Arthur Griffith – the eventual founder of Sinn Fein*) traveled to South Africa to  support the Boers in the war against the British.


*Sinn Fein is an Irish republican party formed in 1905 in support of Irish independence and unification.

Russia Dumps Half of Its US Treasury Bonds

Russia responds to tightening sanctions by selling off Treasury bonds that finance skyrocketing US debt. China also sells off $7 billion worth. If too many countries sell off their Treasury bonds, the US dollar will collapse and the US government will be forced to live within its means.

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  • Russia Dumps Half of Its US Treasury Bonds
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    Russia has held a major selloff of US Treasury bonds, dumping some $47bn-worth of papers and momentarily dropping six places on a list of major foreign holders of US securities, recently released statistics for April have shown.

    In just one month, Russia proceeded to sell $47.4 billion out of the $96.1 billion the country had in US treasury bonds in March. The latest statistics released by the US Treasury Department on Friday showed that, in April, Russia had only $48.7bn in American assets, occupying 22nd place on the list of “major foreign holders of Treasury securities.”

    China, which holds the most US Treasury bonds, also sold off some seven billion-worth of its American assets, from March to April, and now has $1.18 trillion invested in securities. Japan, which is positioned second on the list, in the same timeframe sold…

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Tourists shocked by what they see on San Francisco streets

Tourists horrified at state of San Francisco streets.

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Did nobody bother to Google the city they were about to visit? Before you make a trip to San Francisco, see the following:

From SF Gate: It’s something many San Franciscans see on a daily basis, outside their homes or offices and during their commutes. For better or for worse, locals are used to walking by crime scenes, have seen open injection drug use, and have witnessed mental health episodes firsthand.

But when a tourist lands at SFO, guidebook in hand, that reality can be shocking.

“Is this normal or am I in a ‘bad part…

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NICARAGUA AND VENEZUELA: The same script in different scenarios

The empire and the Wall Street oligarchy can’t forgive Venezuela for becoming a country free of illiteracy, thanks to the Cuban “Yes, I can” literacy method, and ensuring that the most deprived today have full access to culture and sports. They can’t forgive losing their ownership of the country’s vast oil wealth.

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U.S. strategists, who rack their brains in search of ways to end progressive governments, continue to use the same script in the quest to achieve their objectives.

This is why it is so important to know, study and take into account the experiences of different countries besieged by sinister imperialist initiatives.

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Standardized Testing Battle in Seattle: Union votes for a complete moratorium on all standardized tests!

Study after study has revealed that these tests are a better measure of family income than aptitude. These tests measure resources and your proximity to the dominant culture, negatively impacting English Language Learners, special education students, students of color, and low income students.

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I am bursting with pride for my union.

The Seattle Education Association voted at this week’s Representative Assembly to support a resolution calling for a moratorium on all standardized testing!  This vote comes in a long line of organizing and opposition to high-stakes testing in Seattle.

In 2013, the teachers at Garfield High School voted unanimously to refuse to administer the MAP test.  The boycott spread to several other schools in Seattle.  When the superintendent threatened the boycotting teachers with a 10 day suspension without pay, none of the teachers backed down.  At the end of the year, because of the overwhelming solidarity from parents, teachers, and students around the country, not only were no teachers disciplined, but the superintended announced that the MAP test would no longer be required for Seattle’s high schools.  In the subsequent years we have seen the movement continue to develop with Nathan Hale…

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