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Noping Out of the Vaccine Experiment

"I think Black Lives Matter was the stupidest name when the system's screwing everyone exactly the same." -Tom MacDonald, "Fake Woke" (Trigger warning: no foul language, sex or violence, but delicate listeners will their need smelling salts)

It doesn't look like the US is going get 70% of its population vaccinated. Vaccinations here in Indiana have been slowing down since April and at this rate, they'll all but stop in a month. At this writing, 41% of Hoosiers 12 and older are fully vaccinated for COVID. 

Why the hesitancy? For some black people, the Tuskeegee Experiment still raises suspicions about medical treatments. Candace Owens describes the infamous experiment:


The victims of the Tuskeegee Experiment aren't the only ones who were screwed over by the medical industry. Vegan doctors lie through their teeth (see thisthis, and this), surely knowing the diet is purely ideological. Gastroenterologists are useless and sometimes harmful. Diabetics of all backgrounds were advised for decades to eat low-fat, high carb diets that made them sicker, leading to heart disease, blindness, amputations, and kidney failure. Thyroid patients are still gaslighted by endocrinologists who look at tired, depressed, cold, overweight patients with thinning hair and tell them their thyroid is fine based on inadequate tests. Statins--which don't reduce coronary calcium scores--can cause diabetes, muscle pain, and even dementia. Yet some doctors have earnestly suggested putting them in the water supply. The root of most of these problems is the huge experiment perpetrated on the American people--the low-fat diet. Coke, McDonald's and TV had all been around for decades when overweight and diabetes started shooting up--a trend that immediately followed government advice to eat less fat. More recently, we've all been put through a giant and novel experiment in quarantining a healthy population. 

As I've said before, the vaccines may be relatively safe, and I hope they are. But we have no way of knowing possible long-term effects at this point. I for one have been through enough medical experiments in my life--I'm not signing up for another one. 

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