It’s time for all of us to step up and step in and lead once again in California, just as we did in 1996. We did just that with medical marijuana. But for almost 20 years now, we’ve sat back admiring our accomplishment while the world, the nation, and states like Colorado and Washington have passed us by … It’s time to legalize, it’s time to tax, it’s time to regulate marijuana for adults in California.
This is not a debate about hippies. This is not a debate about stoners. We can’t diminish this issue or the people involved in this debate by belittling them and trivializing them. Let me be clear: you can be pro-regulation without being an advocate for drug use. —
California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom making a passionate case for marijuana legalization
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Not to mention the tax money might finally dig CA out of their fiscal hole.(via tymethiefslongerthoughts)
Yup. I’ve never taken any illegal drugs but am completely pro legalization now.
Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.
“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.
“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.
In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.
The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.
That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.
On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.
It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.
Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.
In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.
Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.
Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.
At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.
About 20 will die.
LET THAT SINK IN.
Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.
So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?
They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.
So what on earth are you worrying about?
It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised. —
Roald Dahl, 1986
NINETEEN EIGHTY SIX.
roald dahl was calling out the anti-vaccination movement as self indulgent bullshit //thirty god damn years ago//.
Over 1,000 preventable deaths and 128,000 preventable illnesses since 2007 and counting
And this is only in recent history. I can’t imagine the numbers if we had data all the way back to 1986.
And thanks to anti-vaxxers, measles is back in the United States.
Now all I have to do is get better at portion control and I will have officially run out of rational reasons for why I look and feel like shit.
If I don’t feel and look better in a year I’m officially blaming that employee who put a curse on me in 2003.
Apparently the one hour time shift caused by going to Daylight Savings Time disrupts two parts of the brain. The part of a child’s brain that regulates when they should get up and when they should go to bed and the part of a parent’s brain that makes them think I care.
People who think Fritos smell like feet…
And people with no sense of smell.
A special new Ducky post this week...
Yeah. I know. It’s more mature than I expected too.
Amy van Gilder working on Wembley Fraggle
So if I know tumblr at all it’s just a matter of time before this starts getting reblogs with comments like “OMFG! How can you people celebrate someone kicking A BOOK?!”
(Source: ForGIFs.com, via professionallush)