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  •  The vaxers are a better example because they tend (1+ / 0-)
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    to be lefties and often professionals.

    It's too easy to laugh and point at people on the other side of the political spectrum.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 06:50:35 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, anti-vaccination sentiment can be (1+ / 0-)
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      found on both the Right and Left (remember that former Congressman Dan Burton was a leading proponent of the vaccine-autism fallacy). There's no real ideological unity among vaccine opponents, and therefore vaccine opposition makes a good example for studying the problems of poor public understanding of science, simply because there's less ideological baggage present.

      Personally, as a physician, I would be very concerned at a child becoming febrile after having ingested bleach or had it shot up his rectum—Orac (Respectful Insolence)

      by ebohlman on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:47:42 PM PDT

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