The Atlanta Vaccination War of 1897

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The Atlanta Vaccination War of 1897

When discussing vaccine in the black community, the Tuskegee Experiment almost always comes up. Truth be told, vaccine hesitancy in the Black community goes back a lot further than that. Check out this New York Times article from December 7, 1897.

Reading that article made me curious to learn if there were other vaccine hesitancy events in history. I looked around and found this article published on Science News. Here’s a quote…

In 1809, Massachusetts passed the world’s first known mandatory vaccination law, requiring the general population to receive the smallpox vaccine. Resistance began to grow as other states passed similar laws. Then the U.K. Vaccination Act of 1853 required parents to get infants vaccinated by 3 months old, or face fines or imprisonment. The law sparked violent riots and the formation of the Anti-Vaccination League of London. Vaccine resisters were often poor people suspicious of a forced medical intervention since, under normal circumstances, they rarely received any health care. Anti-vaccination groups argued that compulsory vaccination violated personal liberty, writing that the acts “trample upon the right of parents to protect their children from disease” and “invaded liberty by rendering good health a crime.”

Anti-vaccination sentiment grew and spread across Europe until an 1885 demonstration of about 100,000 people in Leicester, England, prompted the British monarchy to appoint a commission to study the issue. The resulting 1896 report led to an 1898 act that removed penalties for parents who didn’t believe vaccination was safe or effective. The act introduced the term “conscientious objectors,” which later became more commonly associated with those who refuse military service on religious or moral grounds.

Across the Atlantic, most U.S. residents had embraced Jenner’s cowpox protective, leading to a precipitous drop in smallpox outbreaks. But with fewer outbreaks, complacency set in and vaccination rates dropped. As smallpox outbreaks resurfaced in the 1870s, states began enforcing existing vaccination laws or passing new ones. British anti-vaccinationist William Tebb visited New York in 1879, which led to the founding of the Anti-Vaccination Society of America. The group’s tactics will sound familiar: pamphlets, court battles and arguments in state legislatures that led to the repeal of mandatory vaccination laws in seven states. The 1905 Supreme Court decision Jacobson v. Massachusetts upheld a state’s right to mandate vaccines; it remains precedent today.

Funny, isn’t it? The more things change, the more they stay the same. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun. Check out this article on the history of anti-vaccination movements as well. Very informative.


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Only one thing is keeping America from becoming Australia

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Only one thing is keeping America from becoming Australia

Do you know what is going on in Melbourne, Australia? In an effort to protect the country from Covid-19, it has become a police state. Here are some tweets showing what the mainstream media is keeping from you.

Show your papers, or else!

If you protest lockdowns, you are branded a domestic terrorist.

If police see you not wearing a mask, extreme measures are allowed.

And being an elderly woman will not protect you from the police brutality.

You not only have to guard your body in Melbourne but, your wallet as well. If you violate one of their many Covid safety rules, your bank account will suffer.

And if you do comply, that is no guarantee that the police will not make a housecall.

I assure you that what I shared is only a glimpse of recent events in Australia that expand beyond Melbourne. When I look at the footage, I am grateful for the one thing that keeps America from becoming Australia, at least in the near term. We have a second amendment right to bear arms. A right so many on the left are fighting to take away.

If they are successful, how soon before America becomes Australia?

Not long at all.


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Sorry, I have to say it. I told you so!

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Sorry, I have to say it. I told you so!

Every now and then, I am vindicated for stories I shared in the past. Why? There are times when I share news that is being censored or ridiculed only to be accepted as facts later. Case in point, here is a quote from Politico.

Ben Schreckinger’s “The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power,” out today, finds evidence that some of the purported HUNTER BIDEN laptop material is genuine, including two emails at the center of last October’s controversy.

A person who had independent access to Hunter Biden’s emails confirmed he did receive a 2015 email from a Ukrainian businessman thanking him for the chance to meet Joe Biden. The same goes for a 2017 email in which a proposed equity breakdown of a venture with Chinese energy executives includes the line, “10 held by H for the big guy?” (This person recalled seeing both emails, but was not in a position to compare the leaked emails word-for-word to the originals.)

MORE: Emails released by a Swedish government agency also match emails in the leaked cache, and two people who corresponded with Hunter Biden confirmed emails from the cache were genuine.

The story about Hunter Biden’s laptop being filled with evidence of corruption that he and his father was involved in was censored by the mainstream media and social media. Why? If proof (not conspiracy theories, actual proof) of the scandalous business dealings of the Biden became common knowledge, it would have nuked Biden’s presidential campaign. That’s how much the news media and the elites hated Donald Trump. They thought it better to cover up provable crimes by Hunter and Joe Biden than risk another term with President Trump. I talked about it on my Things I Think About Podcast on October 17, 2020. Here is the podcast description.

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The NY Post published the political equivalent of a nuclear bomb this week. Based on emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop, they have found credible evidence of Joe Biden’s corruption when he served in the White House under President Obama. As amazing as this is to me, what is even more surprising is how this information has been banned from social media and censored in the mainstream media during this critical Presidential election season. What does that say about the state of our American democracy? I discuss it all in this episode. 

Once the election was over, news about other Biden scandals began to leak but were quickly shut down. I compiled a list of 5 of them and made a podcast about them as well. Hmm… I wonder how long it will be before I am vindicated on that reporting as well? Here is the podcast description from February 26, 2021.

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A popular search term on DuckDuckGo is “Biden Crime Family.” Why is that search trending? The mainstream media has done a really good job at suppressing news that would be global headline scandals if they involved President Donald Trump and his family members. A recent poll proved that one in six Biden voters would have changed their vote if they had known about the scandals suppressed by the mainstream media. So, just what are those scandals? Well, I discuss the ones I know about in this episode. Tune in now before big tech deletes my podcast. 

So, what is the next Biden scandal that will likely be suppressed by the mainstream media or touted as conspiracy theory? My guess is it will be the tax scandal that just broke. Here is quote from Daily Mail.

A non-partisan government report indicates that President Joe Biden could owe as much as $500,000 in back taxes to the IRS after it reported that he avoided paying for Medicare through a tax-code loophole for years.

Biden is pushing for a $3.5 trillion bill to fund childcare, education and health care by targeting tax-fraud and increasing taxes on higher incomes so the ‘rich pay their fair share.’ 

A House Ways and Means Committee draft of the bill would end the tax-avoidance trick apparently used by Biden and boost audits done by the IRS. 

However, the report drafted by the Congressional Research Service and obtained by the Dailymail.com, suggests Biden owes taxes under current rules, according to the congressman who requested the research institute to look into the allegations.

‘Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by $2.1trillion while claiming the rich need to pay their ‘fair share.’ 

But in 2017, multi-millionaire Joe Biden skirted his payroll taxes — the very taxes that fund Medicare and Obamacare,’ said Representative Jim Banks, of Indiana, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

‘According to the criteria CRS provided to my office, he owes the IRS and the American people hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes.

Every American should know about Joe Biden’s tax hypocrisy,’ Banks added.  

If this had happened to Donald Trump, it would be the leading story on all the major networks and the focal point of every late-night TV comedian – for days. However, since Biden is the center, expect this story to fade from notice. (That is called “liberal privilege.”)

As a point of curiosity, survey the news over the weekend and on Monday morning to see how much fuss has been made over Biden owing half a million dollars in back taxes. I suspect it will be little to no coverage; certainly not the stuff of detailed and deeply researched reporting. And once you realize this, reflect on my next statement…

Sorry, I have to say it. I told you so!



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Why were we surprised by Biden’s immigration policy?

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Why were we surprised by Biden’s immigration policy? 

Presently, the United States has no southern border. Many people are surprised by this, only because they have not been paying attention to what President Joe Biden has been saying since at least 2019. Follow the timeline.

September 19, 2021

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton slammed Biden on the border crisis, saying his policy has enabled the ongoing crisis.

July 15, 2021

NY Post reported, “Data shows illegal border crossings on pace to top 1M this month.” Here is a quote…

More than 1 million illegal crossings of the US-Mexico border will have been attempted over the first seven months of 2021, preliminary data indicates — defying expectations that the illegal immigration crisis would ease as temperatures climbed.

While US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have yet to release the official number of border encounters that took place last month, The Washington Examiner reported that initial calculations put the total at 188,000, an increase of just over 4 percent from the 180,034 apprehended in May.

If confirmed, the number of southwestern border stops would be the most in any month of June for at least 21 years. It would also be an 80 percent increase over the number of apprehensions in June 2019 and a whopping 469 percent increase over the number of encounters in June 2020, when migration patterns were affected by the coronavirus

October 22, 2020

Candidate Joe Biden promised a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants during the 2020 Presidential Debate

June 27, 2019

Biden says immigrants whose only crime is being in the country illegally “should not be the focus of deportation.”

So, based on all the above news footage, one should not be surprised by the border crisis. Indeed, it could be argued that Biden knows exactly what he is doing in dissolving the southern border. It is not incompetence as I (and so many others) once believed. How can I make that claim? By holding Biden accountable to his own words. It has always been his plan to dissolve the border and in effect, destroy our national sovereignty. For what is a country if it has no borders?

Now for giggles, let’s flashback to 2007 when Senator Joe Biden said this at the Rotary Club in Columbia, South Carolina. To quote The Huffington Post

“Folks, I voted for a fence,” the then-senator from Delaware can be heard saying, referencing his backing of the Secure Fence Act. “I voted, unlike most Democrats ― and some of you won’t like it ― I voted for 700 miles of fence. But, let me tell you, we can build a fence 40 stories high ― unless you change the dynamic in Mexico and ― and you will not like this, and ― punish American employers who knowingly violate the law when, in fact, they hire illegals. Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing.”

Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton ― both of whom were senators at the time ― also supported the bill.

Continuing, Biden, who launched his 2020 bid last month, raised several talking points currently championed by the man who may be his challenger, President Donald Trump.

“Now, I know I’m not supposed to say it that bluntly, but they’re the facts, they’re the facts,” Biden told the crowd during his previous 2008 bid for the presidential election. “And so everything else we do is in between here. Everything else we do is at the margins. And the reason why I add that parenthetically, why I believe the fence is needed does not have anything to do with immigration as much as drugs.”

Biden then stated that “people are driving across that border with tons, tons, hear me, tons of everything from byproducts for methamphetamine to cocaine to heroin, and it’s all coming up through corrupt Mexico.”

Wow! That’s quite a difference from the President Biden of today, isn’t it? And just in case you think that quote is a bunch of malarkey, watch the video for yourself.

I wonder what happened to transform the then Senator Biden into the President Biden of today? I also wonder if its possible to switch him back? America needs more of “Senator Biden” who wanted to protect America’s border; he sounded a lot like Donald Trump.


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Does being albino increase your white privilege?: An interview with Jeff Gray

The Things I Think About Podcast

108 – Does being albino increase your white privilege?: An interview with Jeff Gray

Jeff Gray is visually impaired and albino yet, he has managed to achieve an amazing career in Human Resources. In this candid interview, Jeff gets personal about his life experiences and how personal accountability has been a driving force in his life. Topics discussed in this podcast:

  • Myths about the visually impaired debunked.
  • The Rise of the Easily Offended
  • I’m blind and Albino. What’s your excuse? 
  • Does being albino increase your white privilege? 
  • Nothing excuses away personal accountability
  • Character defines you, not your disability
  • If you’re blind, how do I know you can find your way to work?
  • That day people spat on me for being extra-white
  • For some people, color is everything. Making segregation great again. 
  • Has remote work increased the employment of disabled workers?

So, what is your excuse for not achieving your dream? 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jeff Gray has over 25 years’ experience in the Talent Acquisition field. He is currently Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition for a fast growing tech company called ServiceNow, which was recently named by Fortune as the top tech company for the future. He has previously worked at other companies such as Amazon, Hewlett Packard and Cisco System. Jeff has led global TA teams up to 175 members across 30 different countries, accounting for in upwards of 5,000 global hires in a year. Additionally, Jeff has 2 Master Degrees, one in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and the other in Human Resource Management.

Jeff is also legally blind. He was born with Albinism which not only impairs his vision but he also has no pigment. Jeff has dealt with discrimination, bullying, etc from childhood onward. However, this doesn’t stop Jeff in living his full life. Jeff brings a unique perspective to the topic of discrimination. While there are bad people in society, Jeff believes we live the most amazing country history has ever scene. Jeff’s general philosophy is regardless of your background (race, gender, disability, socio-economic, etc), if you focus on being accountable for your life, make reasonable life choices, work hard, treat others with respect, show empathy and have even just a little bit of intelligence, chances are quite high your life will turn out well. Jeff is married, with no children. His wife suffered a severe stroke in 2011, and in addition to being disabled himself, he likewise spends each day caring for his disabled wife while working full-time. Jeff lives in the Portland, Oregon area and is a huge Oregon Ducks sports fan.

Find Jeff Gray online: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-gray-23870/ 

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