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We Help Someone For Chicken Feed

I confess, after all the ‘chat’ on my latest post, it was the word vaccines which initially attracted me to Rumbidzai’s application. That, and I really like eating chicken.

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Vaccinations Raise Many Questions

Why is it, the more outrageous the conspiracy theory, the more people are prepared to believe it? The moon landing. Shakespeare. Area 51. Vaccinations.

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Samantha Stephens - September 17, 2014 - 7:33 pm

Bruce!
Great post; littered as usual with gems of clear rational thought hidden within humour.
If all all internet posts on vaccination filled with such clarity.
Cheers Sam

Ash - September 17, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Awesome awesome post. Not much gets me angry, but anti-vaxers do! Thanks

Belinda - September 17, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Love it! An excellent post about a topic that I feel very passionately about!

Amanda - September 17, 2014 - 8:51 pm

My hero!

rin - September 17, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Thank you for this post. It seems that people in developed countries don’t always realize what a privelge we have in our society to have free vaccinations. People in developing countries could only dream of having such a blessing to save their children’s lives.

Regina - September 17, 2014 - 10:40 pm

MOre power to you to make medical decisions for your family. I would never wish my current life as a mother of 6, including one special needs child on anyone, not even my worst enemy.

Oh and vaccines aren’t FREE, they are government subsidized. A portion of vaccine sales goes into a fund that has paid out nearly 2 billion dollars in damage claims. So vaccines aren’t free and legally have been proven to be damaging.

But you keep on keeping on, hopefully, your choices won’t result in the life altering damages my children have received.

Spiffy - September 17, 2014 - 11:53 pm

It would be nice if people stopped saying anti VAX and start saying pro choice. It would be nice if people stopped trying to force a medical decision on my family. It would be nice if people understood that not all of us made our choice based on autism. I didn’t know that was an issue until years after we stopped vaccinating our kids. When babies are born, they aren’t born with all of these diseases inside of them just waiting to “go off”. Both sides need to stop fighting and come together in the name of freedom. If the government starts forcing medical decisions on us it won’t stop at vaccines!

Rebecca Heidenreich - September 18, 2014 - 3:58 am

There is a good deal of misinformation in this blog post. It is unfortunate you didn’t research this topic further before posting on it. I am one of many that has received vaccines, and still got many of the diseases they were supposed to prevent. I also have vaccine injured family members…and friends…and children of friends. Pretty much all of the ingredients are toxic in ingredients, “deactivated viruses” can reactivate (so injecting “attenuated” polio, you can get polio, etc.) and you blindly follow “by the people who know, actually know, about these things”…I have a science education degree, I can read medical journals with the best of them…so I think I “actually know” what I am talking about….no amount of injected, bio-accumulative aluminum is safe. No amount of aborted fetal cells is safe. NONE of the diseases vaccines are for are un-treatable by either western or eastern (natural) medicines! Aluminum adjuvants haven’t been thoroughly tested, and on and on I could go. You are welcome to blindly follow the bought and paid for medical field…but please don’t encourage others to, or expect others to. There’s about 1000 reasons I don’t vaccinate…

Samantha Stephens - September 18, 2014 - 4:47 am

Spiffy,
It would be nice if you acknowledged that herd immunity is helping your family. It would be nice if you understood germ theory and how diseases are transmitted.
I used to agree to disagree with people with opinions like you but that has led to outbreaks of preventable diseases and people suffering needlessly and others dying. Vaccinations save lives.

Anonymous - September 18, 2014 - 6:38 am

It would be nice if none of these diseases existed… but that can’t happen because people ‘choose’ not to vaccinate. Thanks, from a woman who can’t be vaccinated for rubella…

Bruce Devereaux - September 18, 2014 - 7:29 am

Here are some facts on Polio from the World Health Organisation – http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/polio/en/

Bruce Devereaux - September 18, 2014 - 8:52 am

Here’s an interesting piece on vaccines and autism. All rubbish, of course. Stupid science community with their lack of googling and insistent on results and facts http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/huge-meta-study-vaccines-reveals-no-link-autism

Bruce Devereaux - September 18, 2014 - 9:25 am
Rebecca - September 18, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Bruce, I wasn’t looking to be educated…I am already rather educated….and the links you posted are outdated, full of conflicts in interest, and/or not valid research…here is one that links autism and fetal cells, published THIS MONTH I a medical journal…hope this helps you! http://www.ms.academicjournals.org/article/article1409245960_Deisher%20et%20al.pdf

Bruce Devereaux - September 18, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Sorry this took a while to come up, Rebecca. I’ve okayed your comments but you must have done something different because it needed me to approve you again.

Bruce Devereaux - September 18, 2014 - 4:03 pm

I’ve been trying to find some information on that report and the people who conducted it. I thought it strange that this is the first I’ve heard of it, if it’s so controversial and a real game changer for the vaccination debate. I have found this, which is interesting – http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2014/09/09/religious-fundamentalists-try-to-prove-fetal-dna-in-vaccines-causes-autism-and-fail/

How Bike Riding Almost Ruined My Sex Life

I’m not a cycling fanatic. In fact, my preparation for this ride was an exhausting four and a half kilometer ride to my friends place on the previous Thursday, so he could check the oil and water and load it on the car.

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Karen - September 16, 2014 - 10:13 pm

You were actually only about 5 minutes behind me crossing the finish line, although you didn’t stop for a drink at Peregian like I did. And you also weren’t flouting the doping rules by dosing up on Pseudo-Echo-drine like me. Luke was well in front but he was riding a bike made out of air and pipe cleaners, or some other fancy material that has no weight, so he cheats. You, on the other hand, were riding a two wheeled tractor; it’s bloody heavy. So well done :)

Bruce Devereaux - September 16, 2014 - 10:23 pm

I’ll accept all the excuses you care to make for me, Karen :) Was a great day! Tanks!

My Kids Start Acting Out

“We played Charades last night,” Grandma told me when she dropped Master9 and Miss7 home from a sleepover. “It was…interesting.”

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Our Kids Discuss Tracey’s Boobies

Suddenly, our bedroom door swung open and Master9 stepped into the room. “Can I…,” he started to say, but then finished with an, “AHHHH!” and ran from the room clutching at his eyes.

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Cari - September 10, 2014 - 8:37 pm

OMG BEST post ever!!!

Iain - September 10, 2014 - 10:16 pm

My wife and I are in hysterics Bruce!!!
Love it!!

Bron Slorach - September 10, 2014 - 10:28 pm

O.M.G. I wish I had had one boy now(I have 5 daughters)….the tears are running down my legs…..

Todd - September 10, 2014 - 11:23 pm

This was great and brought back lots of memories…six kids (four girls and two boys) and lots of similar experiences…like the time my then four-year-old (now 22) told her mom I had a really big vulva after walking in on me getting out of the shower (at least it was really big!)

KezUnprepared - September 10, 2014 - 11:30 pm

Miss 10 sounds like a riot!!!

Kerri - September 11, 2014 - 8:54 am

I have two brothers and two sisters and we all had our “naked” moments that bored into our very souls!! My father was in the bathroom getting dressed after a shower and I walked in to wash my hands. He went off his rocker! Mind you, I had knocked and no one answered. Ahh, the memories. Thank goodness we now have locks on the door!

Rebekah - September 11, 2014 - 7:14 pm

omg that was one of your best posts yet! I love it! hahahahahaha

Renee - September 12, 2014 - 1:07 am

Thank you for sharing this. As the mom to 14 kids, I can certainly relate. Now your son has something to talk about in therapy!

Bruce Devereaux - September 12, 2014 - 7:53 am

My kids have way too much to talk about in therapy. All of them. Poor pets lol

Proud_Mummy - September 14, 2014 - 7:44 am

Funny! As the only female in the house even with my boys only being 3 and 1 we’re having moments. On a recent trip to Briabane involving me and Mr3 we stopped for a pit stop. We were sharing a cubicle when he declared loudly, ‘That’s your hairy gina, Mummy.’ I was mortified to come out to a full bathroom. But then his younger brother tried to outdo him. I was dressing for work when Mr1 must have noticed Mummy’s different from everyone else – cue chasing Mummy to pull her undies down and laugh manically.