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October 13, 2009

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Maybe those conservatives who wrongly rail against swine flu vaccination will change their tune now that Fox News Reporter Major Garrett has contracted H1N1. At least, I hope so.

Note that Maher said not only wouldn't he get the swine flu vaccine, but he wouldn't get ANY vaccine. And THAT is really scary. To hear a guy who is usually on the side of science talk about this issue like he's some kind of cave man who's afraid of fire is discouraging.

Brendan links to Christopher Beam's article in Slate. Beam points out, "In the 19th century, people thought the cowpox vaccine would cause pieces of cow to grow out of their arms." This was udder foolishness. Today people who stubbornly oppose the swine flu vaccine are being pig-headed.

I don't agree with Mr. Maher's reasoning that the flu vaccine is dangerous, but I do believe there are significant doubts about the effectiveness of ANY flu vaccine.

Some amazing research has been done on this subject, though the authors are treated like pariahs because their findings contradict the accepted wisdom.

You can read the entire article here: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200911/brownlee-h1n1

Why would conservatives "change their tune" about the swine flu vaccination because Major Garrett has contracted it, David?

This is pretty uncharacteristic of Bill Maher. I was a fan of his up until a couple of years back, but he was known pretty much for being "Johnny-on-the-spot" with his information and grasp of the issues.

In this regards, he's no better than Jenny McCarthy or Oprah. And that's quite a drop in credibility.

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