“Populist politics and vaccine hesitancy in Western Europe: an analysis of national-level data | European Journal of Public Health | Oxford Academic” (1)
I was reading the above listed study on Vaccine Hesitancy and was looking at the information and starting thinking that the word “Populist” just wasn”t the right word. I then thought of one of my favorite songs – Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven”. In the song written by Jimmy Page there is a sentence that reads:
“‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings” (2)
That led me to look up the term populist in various dictionaries, and yes, it can have two meanings. As the afore-mentioned article states “Conclusion: Vaccine hesitancy and political populism are driven by similar dynamics: a profound distrust in elites and experts” (1). It is my belief that the word “Globalization” is the correct word for this article. In this country, many feel that a University, in this case Oxford University, is one of homes of the “elites and experts” and as such is distrusted by the masses. They can’t blame themselves for this mistrust, so they use the term “Populist” in the right-wing, anti-government usage instead of the term “Globalization”. As “Globalization” also has “two meanings”, the one meaning that fits in this case, by Dictionary.com, “The process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on am international scale: Example: So the process of what’s called globalization is the process of centralizing power.” (3)
Now, why I feel this is important.
Politics pure and simple and the drive to consolidate world power into the hands of a few “Elites and Experts”. We’ve watched Obama of the United States, Macron of France, Trudeau of Canada and others preach the “One World” message and all power to the United Nations for years, and have realized that governmental globalization is just as corrupt and self-centered as business globalization.
There is also the misunderstanding by the “Elites and Experts” of the basic human desire to be a part of something local, of like-mindedness and local community-based HOME. Old school psychologists understood this, but as the elitism of the Universities and Governments continued to evolve into what has truly became “We are smarter than you so we deserve to have all of the power” people resist. Is this surprising? Only to those whose sociopathic mindset can’t understand how “the unwashed masses” could resist “their greatness”.
While I could go on, I think the “Elites and Experts” should watch Simon Pegg’s movie “The World’s End” (4) to get an idea of what they don’t understand of human nature.
Of course, it is probably to “Low Brow” for them.
1) “Populist politics and vaccine hesitancy in Western Europe: an analysis of national-level data | European Journal of Public Health | Oxford Academic” https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/advance-article/doi/10.1093/eurpub/ckz004/5364298
2) Stairway To Heaven
4) “The World’s End”
Written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, produced by Relativity Media, Studio Canal, Big Talk Productions and Working TItle Films 2013
Update to blog from February 19, 2019
84 year old “Master Herbalist” Timothy Morrow was found guilty of charges relating to the death of a 13 year old Type 1 diabetic boy he recommended “HERBS” for instead of insulin. His “treatment” caused the death of this boy.
His punishment included:
120 days in Jail
Practicing medicine without a license
48 months of “informal” probation
Fine of $5,000.00
Pay for the cost of the boy’s funeral
“Warning” labels on his herbal products
1 year counseling program for child abuse
No manslaughter charges or anything really relating to the death of the boy. What a farce!
Macintyre CR, Heslop DJ, Nand D, Schramm C, Butel M, Rawlinson W, Baker MG, Kiedrzynski T, Nelson C, Rosewell A, Fotualii L, Yeo K, Elsgaard J, Fonua L, Lane JM. Exercise Mataika: White Paper on response to a smallpox bioterrorism release in the Pacific. Global Biosecurity, 2019; 1(1).
Does not turn out well but is illuminating on how much work needs to be done on Biosecurity.
Now, just imagine if the current measles outbreak was smallpox.
Photo taken from YourErie.com – Posted February 28, 2019
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is in a small family of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) Prion illnesses. Prions are cellular proteins and their function are not completely understood.
These diseases are characterised by long incubation periods followed by degenerative brain changes. In other words, it can take several years for the illness to manifest and is always fatal. No treatments are available.
Basic definition of what is a Prion
A prion is a protein with a specific sequence of amino acids. Not a virus or any other previously known infectious agent, but rather an unconventional agent. Prions are thought to transform normal, benign protein molecules into deadly ones by the “folding” of these sequences into a pathogenic agent.
A Little history of some of the best known Prion Diseases
While most of the 11 known variants are fairly recent developments (as far as is known) one, SCARPIE, has been around for at least 3 centuries. 2 types of SCARPIE (Classical and Atypical) generally infect sheep and goats with some thoughts it could present in animals closely related to sheep and goats.
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is better known as “Mad Cow Disease” Most of us older adults will remember the PANIC this cause around the world several decades ago and how it is still feared.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) – a HUMAN Prion Disease – might be remembered from the reports concerning the ZIKA epidemic which is still going on.
I’ve been seeing reports on CWD for several years now but over the past year – year and a half there seems to have been an explosion in cases in numbers and affected areas. We might be looking at an almost extinction level event for a number of hoofed mammals in this country. Remember – it can take several years for symptom manifestation and it is NOT treatable.
I’Ve added a hopefully temporary page to my blog – India/Pakistan – with news update and so on at https://docwesspublichealthtriage.blog/india-pakistan.
In this file image, Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighters fly in formation on Jan. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)
So, last Saturday, February 23rd, I posted that the tensions were rising between India and Pakistan. Now, it seems that Indian Air Force Mirage Jets hit terrorist camps inside Pakistan during the past 12 hours.
This is being covered very well by the foreign press but not so much here. I did find one story by CNN about today’s developments but not much else:
India strikes Pakistan as hostilities rise between nuclear powers – CNN
Maybe the American Press will get over it’s political infighting once outright war starts and they have to pay attention to it but I doubt it.
More Reading for you from the past 12 hours:
Pakistani villagers shaken awake as Indian warplanes drop bombs near madrasa | Reuters – posted 2/26/19
India Says Air Strike Hit Major Terrorist Camp Inside Pakistan – posted 2/26/19
India just bombed a target within Pakistan — and both nations are nuclear powers – posted 2/26/19
Indian rupee falls for first time in days after jets attack Pakistan camps – posted 2/26/19
Live updates: Tension mounts after Indian Mirage fighter jets cross Kashmir frontier, bomb camps – posted 2/26/19