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Professors offer $10,000 + for proof that Michele Bachmann’s story about HPV is true

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Earlier, I posted a video of Lizz Winstead having some fun at Michele Bachmann's expense on the subject of her outlandish statement about a woman who claimed that her daughter suffered "mental retardation" after getting the vaccine for HPV. (Bachmann later said she had "no idea" if it were true.)

But kidding aside, lies are not funny and can be downright harmful, especially when unsuspecting (read: uninformed, misinformed) voters take Bachmann's lies seriously and possibly put their own kids' health at risk.

Did Michele refuse to get her 23 foster kids and 5 biological children inoculated against polio, tetanus, mumps, etc? Has she herself been inoculated? And while we're at it, can we get inoculated against her lies?

But I digress:

Two bioethics professors have offered to pay more than $10,000 for medical records that prove the anecdote Bachmann told after Monday night's Republican presidential debate is true, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. [...]

"'These types of messages in this climate have the capacity to do enormous public health harm,'" [Steven Miles, a U of M bioethics professor] said of why he made the offer. 'The woman, assuming she exists, put this claim into the public domain and it's an extremely serious claim and it deserves to be analyzed.'"

Praying disease away doesn't work, Ms. Bachmann. And spreading lies or rumors about the effects of a vaccination about which you know nothing is dangerous and stupid.

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Air Force Threatens to Expel Kids Who Don't Get H1N1 Vaccine

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By GottaLaff

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One of my Twitter pals, Allen McDuffee, has a rather eyebrow-raising post up at Truthout. Please read the whole thing, but here is the gist:

About 25,000 children in on-base Air Force daycare centers will be forced to receive the H1N1 vaccine or face being barred from school, Truthout has learned following reports from concerned parents. [...]

A parent at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL, speaking on condition of anonymity out of concern for reprisal against herself and her husband, was disturbed by the complete lack of confidence and answers from the center's administrators.

"What I got was a lot of 'shoulds.' It 'should' be fine. There 'should' be no problems with the vaccine."

"If they're not sure," she said, "why should I be?"

Please read the rest here.

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Blackout: Military Personnel Banned From H1N1 Vaccine Sites

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By GottaLaff

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My pal Allen McDuffee has a post up that he wanted to share, and with good reason. It's pretty disturbing.

Here are some excerpts, but please read the whole thing:

Shortly after the Pentagon announced that all Armed Services personnel would soon be facing a mandatory H1N1 vaccination program, I started receiving email from soldiers, airmen, marines and sailors because of a previous story I had written on the anthrax vaccine.

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With a vaccine that was so new and little known about it, like many Americans, troops were heading to the web to find answers to their very legitimate questions -- not only for themselves, but for their families who have the option of receiving the vaccine on base. What they found instead is that several websites and blogs with key information asking critical questions had been blocked from their viewing.

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sites, however, are all available for military personnel. The official word from governmental agencies is welcome but critics, regardless of whether they were considered experts, are not.

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Making sure that servicemen and servicewomen consent to the vaccine and are informed is apparently not a concern for the Department of Defense. But the message is very clear for one service member who contacted me: "All you need to know is what we're telling you, so shut up and take the vaccine with no questions asked."

Nass, one of the experts whose site has been blocked, points out the real shame in all of this: "It's unfortunate that the service members who are defending our civil rights are not afforded the same consideration."

Please read the whole thing here. Then please talk me down.

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Video- Don Imus' Wife Deirdre: "Obama's Daughters Should Be H1N1 Vaccinated On TV"

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Your morning load of hooey. How many kids a year get "ammonia" Sean?

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