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What I’m Reading – February 15, 2015

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Vaccines

– “No matter what other lofty ideas of toxins and vaccine-related injury anti-vaxxers try to float around in their defense, that’s really what all of this is about: we’re facing a massive public health crisis because a disturbing number of people believe that autism is worse than illness or death. My neurology is the boogeyman behind a completely preventable plague in the making. I’m Autistic, And Believe Me, It’s A Lot Better Than Measles (h/t @allisonkilkenny)

– “You know what vaccines protect your children from? Pain. Suffering. Irreparable harm. Death. And you would be the first to line up if you had an inkling of what the death of a child feels like. You would be crawling through the streets on your hands and knees, begging, begging to get that vaccine into your precious babies because that is what I would have done, if I could, to save my daughter.” My 15-Day-Old Son May Have Measles (h/t @BreeSmithWx)

Islamophobia

– “As such, the shooter was portrayed as an irrational, lone killer who does not represent atheists. However, the shooter — who was transparent in his contempt for religion and religious people — was undoubtedly inspired by the Islamophobic rhetoric espoused by radical anti-theists communities represented by Dawkins, among others.” How the ‘Muslim Menace’ Steals Muslim Lives (via @roqchams)

Sports

– “But if Edelman was checked, it likely did not conform to the establish protocol. Shortly after the hit, Edelman was still in the game and scored the go-ahead touchdown.” Doctors Told Patriots That Wide Receiver Should Be Checked For A Concussion, But He Stayed In Game (via @ThinkProgress)

Labor

– “Gentles, who had Asperger’s syndrome, “experienced severe emotional distress” following the incident, according to the lawsuit. Three days later, he killed himself by jumping from the roof of a hotel.” Target workers claim ‘walk of shame’ that allegedly led to a suicide is a widespread practice (h/t @jordanbks)

Recreational Substances

– “Media reports and anti-pot legalization advocates have hyped the idea that “drugged driving” would wreak havoc on the roads now that states are beginning to legalize marijuana. In fact, highway fatalities have gone down since Colorado legalized marijuana.” Marijuana Doesn’t Make You More Likely To Crash Your Car (via @ThinkProgress)

Health Care

– ““The prohibition on physician-assisted dying infringes the right to life, liberty and security of the person in a manner that is not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice,” the high court said in a unanimous ruling.” Canada’s high court legalizes physician-assisted suicide (h/t @ACLU_WA)

Immigration

– “There is not one family that doesn’t send money back home. It is a part of our culture to take care of our relatives, no matter how distant they may be,” explains Ahmed, “My little brother and sister have nothing to do with terrorism. They deserve to eat and to go to school. The money we send helps with that. Now they no longer have access to that.” Why Seattle Should Give a Damn About Somali Remittances (via @strangerslog)

Police Brutality

– “Surveillance footage first obtained by Northeast Ohio Media Group showed Tajai running to her brother’s side after Timothy Loehmann fired two shots at the boy, who was carrying an airsoft-style gun. As the girl neared her brother, Loehmann’s partner, Frank Garmback confronted her and forced her to the ground. Loehmann rushed over, and the two knelt beside her as she rolled on the ground. Eventually the officers handcuffed the girl and placed her in the back of the police cruiser, less than 10 feet from her dying brother.” Tamir Rice’s sister says Cleveland police lacked ‘decency’ and ‘respect’ in detaining her after shooting (h/t @Copwatch)

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