Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.
“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.
“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.
In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.
The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.
That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.
On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.
It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.
Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.
In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.
Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.
Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.
At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.
About 20 will die.
LET THAT SINK IN.
Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.
So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?
They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.
So what on earth are you worrying about?
It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.
“of course you don’t fight fire with fire, but you do fight it by suffocating it, drowning it, or stomping it out. you dont stop fire by just standing there and asking it nicely “please dont burn my neighborhood down””—
i would pay multiple dollars to see vin diesel and dwayne johnson portray a cute affectionate couple
also they meet because vin diesel is a volunteer at the local animal shelter and dwayne johnson is thinking of adopting a kitten BUT THEN ends up with a grumpy, old, one-eyed cat named frackles because vin diesel was like “old cats get no love it’s all kitten this, kitten that, meanwhile old frackles has been here for three years” and dwayne johnson hurriedly over-agrees because omg what a cute guy omg. and then frackles turns out to be this wackadoodle, hard-drinking, peeing-everywhere, womanizing, troublemaker cat who turns dwayne johnson’s life upside-down. vin diesel and dwayne johnson have adventures like bailing frackles out of the drunk tank and trying out every possible brand of kitty litter to see if frackles likes any of them. vin diesel knits custom cat toys for frackles and leaves then on dwayne johnson’s doorstep. the end-of-second-act crisis is dwayne johnson thinking he can’t handle it and trying to surrender frackles to the shelter when he thinks vin diesel isn’t on shift buT THEN vin diesel was covering a shift for a friend who’s auditioning for a role in a local musical production and he’s like YOU’RE GIVING UP ON FRACKLES SO I’M GIVING UP ON YOU and won’t hear any of dwayne johnson’s protestations and takes frackles home himself and they get drunk and talk shit about dwayne johnson until they come back around to how much they like him even though he’s a no-fun grump. when they wake up hungover the next morning, dwayne johnson is at the door with the b-plot lady cat who frackles has been so messed up over. he’s adopted her to make frackles happy and signed up for 3 classes at the shelter for new pet parents and spent all night in his garage hand-crafting cat furniture. cut to: vin diesel and dwayne johnson getting married as frackles and booboo (the b-plot ladycat) cuddle in the front row.
“Racism is not in your intent. Your intent is immaterial in how racist your actions are. This isn’t about you BEING a racist. It’s about you DOING A THING that is racist. Your intent doesn’t change it. Your ignorance of its meaning doesn’t change it. It’s got nothing to do with you as a person and everything to do with the meaning of your action in the context of sociocultural history.”—
Well there’s a few big ones, I’m really excited to see the panels with Ellen and John, as well as Guess That Game with some find Dutch bastard friends of ours, Name That Tune, the return of Build A Mech, Valve Panel, and naturally the Hentai and especially the Yaoi Panel - hosted by the awesome Professor Bad Touch and Doc Fondle
Any parties you are looking forward to:
This is the first year I’ve been willing to attend a formal, so that’s one aspect I’m looking forward to particularly. With a performance by Ellen & John I don’t see how it could be anything but a magical night! But that aside, Kitacon are famous for their parties and this year will be no exception!
Are you taking part in the Masquerade or Omake:
Do you have a table in the Dealers Room/Artists Alley:
Anything in particular you want to buy in the Dealers Room:
Any specific goals you have for this convention:
Well you know it’s always been my dream to meet a nice girl, make an honest woman of her and settle down… And everyone knows Kitacon is where dreams come true.
Other than that, just to get the best footage and photographs I can, have a great time with my friends and meet some awesome new people!