Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
In the last two days I've seen two different facebook cut and paste postings from two very different old friends. One reposted by an anti-abortion maga type purported to be a description of a chance meeting with an old man who very charmingly described how in his day America had real viruses like polio and measels, but didn't let them shut down the country. The other was reposted by a very liberal love to all mankind sort and purported to be from an ER doctor complaining about 3M and P&G not doing their part to get them the equipment they need.
Both stories were several paragraphs long. Both mentioned America winning two world wars because it was so great. Both were unsigned without noting any sort of location. Both felt like fiction from the same writer.
That's some cynical shit.
by Andhakari on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 08:52:01 PM EST
Texas: Sometimes We Are FOR Choice

Texas Anti-Vaxxers Fear Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines More Than the Virus Itself

On Friday, just after Governor Greg Abbott declared a statewide emergency in response to the coronavirus, Sarah posted a worried plea on a local anti-vaccine Facebook group. She worried that the declaration gives the government the right to "force vaccinations" on unwilling Texans.

But for anti-vaxxers, it's a question of individual liberty.

"It's our human right to be able to decide what is put into our bodies," said Jessica Davis, a mom of five in East Texas. "I will not sacrifice my family or my body so others can feel `safe' from a virus that is affecting so few people."

Winnike said the fear that men in masks will start knocking on doors and forcing people to get vaccinated is "an invention" of the anti-vaxxer movement. "It's part of their fear mongering," she said. "That's not how we do public health in the United States."

Texans for Vaccine Choice, the PAC, posted on Facebook Saturday that they're not against medical advancements, "as long as they are never, ever at the expense of informed consent, medical privacy, and vaccine choice."

Reached for comment, the PAC wrote, "It is also our position that the fast-track designation of the vaccine which began human trials today is cause for concern, as essential steps in the safety assessment process will not be undertaken before administering the vaccine to healthy individuals."

Houston-based company ready to test COVID-19 'vaccine candidate,' but doesn't have the funds

PS The survivors of a crisis never had a problem with the hard choices made ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 09:42:48 PM EST
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Everybody over here knows that the US of A won WW1 AND WW2. Also Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. Plus the Cold War. Ask anybody.
by asdf on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 11:28:34 PM EST
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