An Epidemic of Obliviousness

Seems to me I am surrounded by people who are oblivious to many things I pay careful attention to.

Is this true for you as well?

I’ve been an environmental activist for more than 30 years now. It’s been a long time since I’ve been oblivious to issues such as climate change, toxics in air/water/earth/food, waste reduction issues, pesticides, air & water pollution, destruction of the ozone layer, cancer prevention, energy conservation, etc. etc. (for many years in there, I was oblivious to the horrific dangers of lead, & wasn’t paying much attention to nukes, either. While living in an area with 2 gigantic nuke plants, no less!? Endocrine disruption I clued into by the mid-1990s, I guess. Geoengineering – “chemtrails” – also in the 90s?). I was definitely paying attention back in 1992 when the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity came out, & was much affected by it.   

I learned about successive issues gradually, over time.. By doing lots & lots of research. Reading, you know … certainly not by counting on “the authorities” to tell me all the facts!?

Meanwhile, a very big thing I was oblivious to in my early years of activism was that my marriage was imploding right around my ears. Oops! Lesson? We can be perfectly oblivious to things that will come to bite us quite nastily on the ass. Our not paying attention to them certainly does nothing whatsoever to protect us from this!

(For the record, there were other things I was entirely oblivious to in those days as a young mother. A few of those have also bitten me pretty hard on the ass.)

Fast-forward to 2016.

By which time I was several years deep into anti-nuclear activism (always with the awareness of climate change very much present in my mind, that having been firmly planted there in the late 1980s).

But by 2012, I’d “made peace” with the likelihood that our species will be extinct before too very long. Measures to slow or halt climate change now strike me as a futile exercise in closing the barn door long after the horse has already left. It’s too late! “Tipping” points LONG since passed. I fully accept near-term human extinction. (Writings on this topic, including postings about grief, are in the Collections section of this site. & for the record, climate change is not the only issue we are facing!)

I continued working passionately on nukes, believing it critically important to shut down nuke plants & start dealing responsibly with the scary volumes of nuclear waste that is spread, sadly, all over our incomparable, stunning beautiful planet, on land & in oceans, much of the reactor/weapons waste contained in very poor-quality casks/containers located right beside bodies of water such as Lake Ontario, for a local example. (Yes! Right beside drinking water sources! Silly humans.)  Or you know, in & by the Atlantic Ocean. Pacific Ocean. Etc.

Then, in 2016 the vaccine issue galloped rudely up onto my doorstep & grabbed me right by the short & curlies!

I was 63 years old at the time. I had managed to remain oblivious to the vaccine issue for a full 63 years!

Life took me on yet another unexpected detour. (If you look at the main page of this site, on the right-hand side, under the beautiful photo taken in Algonquin Park & the quotations, you’ll see an utterly absurd # of postings under the heading ‘On Vaccines.’ The well on this topic just never quite seems to dry up for me.)

Recently, it’s begun to look as though my obliviousness to tick bites & the risk of Lyme disease may very well be the latest thing to come along & bite me on the ass!

The lesson I am (once again) picking up is this.

While Audre Lorde said

“Your silence will not protect you.” (Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches ) …& btw, I believe this to be true

I say, neither will your obliviousness!

However oblivious you may have chosen to be in the face of environmental catastrophes of myriad sorts & varieties, taking place all around us, for decades now, & all human systems/institutions being irrevocably broken...

(I refer here to our systems of:

  • government

  • medical or “health” care

  • legal (I do not call it “justice”)

  • political

  • educational

  • religious

  • etc.)

And the creeping fascism (never mind creeping; it’s GALLOPING!) that is (for many of us, at least) now impossible to ignore.

The utter takeover of our lives, politicians, bureaucrats, media!!, universities & science, now, even, by corporate forces so utterly amoral, ruthless and relentless, they are arguably insane, even! (See Science Quotes here for some backup on this.)

The damage vaccines have been doing to our children for decades (& particularly dramatically so since the U.S. Congress released vaccine manufacturers from any liability whatsoever for vaccine injury or death, back in 1986)

& the coming vaccine “mandates” for people of all ages, everywhere.

The risks of contracting Lyme disease in a country where its handling, from diagnosis to the recognition of it, even! … to treatment, I am quickly learning, is nothing short of a national disgrace. (& here I am speaking of Canada, the “true north (true?? hmmm, maybe not so much) strong (hmmmm, maybe not that so much, either) & free!” (& yeah, I guess not that anymore either).

All I’m saying is, our choice to remain oblivious – or perhaps just a tad complacent (something I think a fair number of Canadians are guilty of) – our failure to pay attention to, & be curious about, & take some kind of action on, something in this life – will not protect us.

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Hey, I know. It’s kind of un-Canadian of me, to be so passionate … eh?

I do not apologize.


p.s. “First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.” – Pastor Martin Niemoeller (1892-1964), a Nazi victim who was imprisoned at Sachsenhausen & Dachau

p.p.s. I guess if I were a more “spiritual” person (whatever that means), I would not become so deeply impatient with my fellow humans’ stubbornly sheep-like nature. Ah well. I’m just not very spiritual, I guess.  

A Few Quotations That Spring to Mind

“The saving of the world from impending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of the non-conforming minority.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“Non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as cooperation with good.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968.   ** more MLK quotes

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” – Edmund Burke

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

“Evil thrives on apathy and cannot exist without it.” – Hannah Arendt

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.” – Carl Sagan (I found it here)

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark  

“The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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*** Quotations about truth

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the one most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

 “A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” – John F. Kennedy

“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forbears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

“I don’t fight fascists because I think I’ll win. I fight them because they’re fascists.” – Chris Hedges, as quoted by Guy McPherson

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“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” George Orwell

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.” – George Orwell

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell

p.p.p.s. I know, I know! Soooo many quotes here from men; soooo few from women. I am not oblivious to this! Here is a doozy from a favourite writer of mine:

 “There is not much truth being told in the world. There never was. This has proven to be a major disappointment to some of us.” – Anne Lamott in the Prelude to Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith

*** Quotations about truth

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Vaccine Makers: Geez These Guys Are Smart!

Vaccine Makers: Geez These Guys Are Smart!

**Note: see full graphic about cognitive dissonance at the end of the post.

1. First came the release granted from liability (granted by U.S. Congress in 1986). Yes. Their products were losing them money in lawsuits (DPT vaccine was a killer!), so they went to the U.S. Congress for a “Get out of jail free” card. (Details here & also here.)

2.     Then, they bumped up the childhood vaccine schedule. (“In 1983, the CDC’s childhood vaccine schedule included 11 injections of 4 vaccines. As of 2017, the CDC’s childhood vaccine schedule includes 56 injections of 30 different vaccines.” (From VACCINE SAFETY - Introduction to Vaccine Safety Science & Policy in the United States.)

3.     & are not even required to carry out proper safety testing for vaccines! (Nope. Not making it up. Explained here (see page 4) & also here … about 8 minutes in).

4.     No marketing budget is required; they just get CDC to add more & more vaccines to the schedule & Bingo! Instant market for their products! (The CDC is whole other rather large topic. If you are keen to go down the CDC rabbit hole, find many items about it in this A- Z posting.)

5.     Release from liability!! (Did I already mention that??) Doesn’t matter how many they kill or maim; they have ZERO incentive to question or improve their products!

6.     Then, they buy the media with all the money saved from not having to actually market their products.

7.     Then, they go after government subsidies (that is to say, taxpayers’ money) for their already-wildly-profitable industry! (See below for some recent right-here-in-Ontario examples.)

8.     They make sure to keep quiet about the $35 Billion the Big 4 pharmaceutical companies have paid out for non-vaccine drug-related deaths, injuries, fraud, etc.

9.     They savour the cognitive dissonance that their purchase of governments (& media) & clever PR gimmicks & spin have created among the overly trusting, insufficiently skeptical members of the populace & finally …

10.   Then they get to sit back & enjoy those profits!!

Laughing All the Way to the Bank: Vaccine Makers and Liability Protection—Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health: Part III


Global Vaccine Market Forecast to Surpass $50 Billion by 2024

*** Please! Take the time to read this document VACCINE SAFETY - Introduction to Vaccine Safety Science & Policy in the United States on the ICAN (Informed Consent Action Network) site. It’s long. But hey! It is super-enlightening.

The Current Ontario Scene:

1.      CBC announces on April 12, 2018 “Toronto will be home to a new state-of-the-art vaccine manufacturing facility thanks to a $500-million investment by a French drug company.” “Navdeep Bains, Canada's minister of innovation, science and economic development, and Steven Del Duca, Ontario's economic development minister are expected to join the company at the announcement on Thursday.”  SOURCE

2.      Liberal MP Michael Levitt’s Facebook page kindly informs us on April 12th (last year) that the federal & provincial governments have kicked in $70 M of our tax dollars to help out poor old Sanofi Pasteur. See also the news release from the provincial government on this, also from April 12th 2018.

3. Canada and Ontario offer CAD 70 million towards Sanofi's new facility <Incentives Monitor, April 26/18>

4.     In July 2018, Sanofi Pasteur goes hat in hand to the City of Toronto for yet another handout. (Looks like they were given $15 Million by the City. You can find the details here - you just have to know off the top that the address given is the Sanofi facility. Which is made clear in the letter from Sanofi.)

5.     Toronto’s Board of “Health” passes draconian vaccine recommendations up the line to the province & the feds. This happened just last Monday (Sept. 23/19.)




#ReadVaccineInserts (you can find inserts for vaccines used in Canada here & U.S. ones here and here.)

P.S. & As for the trustworthiness of Sanofi Pasteur:

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p.s. ** plenty more on Big Pharma here Big Pharma & Connecting the Dots

p.p.s. there are now many-many postings about vaccines on this site. All are listed neatly under the heading ‘On Vaccines’ on the right-hand side of the main page, underneath the picture & the quotations.

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Side Effects/Possible Outcomes: Encephalitis / GBS / Multiple Sclerosis

To me, one of the most startling things about the widespread, pretty much knee-jerk buy-in of the vaccine paradigm is this:

Information about vaccines’ potentially very serious (even deadly) side effects is provided to us (i.e. doctors & patients) by the vaccine manufacturers (i.e., the pharmaceutical industry) right upfront. They are right there in the product “monographs” or “inserts” (printed material sent in the boxes with vaccine vials) provided by the industry.

We can easily access the information right from the horse’s mouth.

But we don’t! (We don’t even know that we can. & should!)

Our doctors/”health” professionals do not provide us with this information. The vaccine “inserts” are neither read out to us, nor handed to us, whether in the MD’s office, or at a school vaccination clinic. Nor do “health” professionals provide links to the monographs on-line.

In other words, we are actually not even able to provide our “informed consent” to vaccination … because we have not been informed!

I don’t quite understand how this came to be so, but that’s how it is.


However, once we prick up our ears & start paying attention (rather than just accepting the vaccine orthodoxy), we find out that these monographs/inserts are readily available to us.

It would be pretty foolish of us not to read them … wouldn’t you say?

Locating Vaccine Monographs

To locate monographs for vaccines used in Canada, go here.

Find plenty more about all things vaccine in Canada (e.g. which vaccines are used at different ages in all the different provinces, how to have your child attend school without being fully vaccinated, etc. etc.) on the Vaccine Choice Canada Web site. If you would like to read what “Health” Canada tells us about vaccines, visit this location. (For which vaccines are recommended for particular age groups, read up on Vaccine Choice Canada’s site here, &/or on the “Health” Canada site, here.)

To locate the monographs for the U.S., you can take a slightly meandering route here on the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) site, starting here. The advantage to this meandering route is that there is lots of information there about the various individual diseases. Or, you can go right straight to a list of monographs linked to on this FB page. Here is another source for U.S. monographs.

If you’ve never read a vaccine monograph, you’re likely in for some surprises.

I must also add that these information sheets are very long, & are broken down into many different categories. It’s important to read them all the way through. There are generally several different sections that include contraindications, warnings and precautions, complications, adverse reactions, possible side effects, & then maybe “postmarketing” information (i.e., outcomes that occurred after the vaccine went on the market). In general, you will find a statement near the end to the effect that the monograph has not included ALL possible side effects, and that if you want more information, you should “talk to your healthcare professional.”

Encephalitis / GBS / Multiple Sclerosis

Why did I pick these? I picked just these 3 possible outcomes for this posting because:

a) each is very serious

b) many people have no idea they are risking these when they get a shot

c) they’re illustrative of the serious risks inherent (but hidden) in the vaccine paradigm.

There are many-many-many additional serious possible outcomes to different vaccines. Anaphylaxis. Arthritis. Bell’s palsy. Cerebrovascular accident. Meningitis. Kawaski disease. Transverse myelitis. Etc. etc. etc.

I am going to suggest that you, the reader, do some of your own research, so as to uncover this for yourself.

** My main source of information for this posting is Neil Z. Miller’s hugely informative book Vaccine Safety Manual – For Concerned Families and Health Practitioners, with an equally hugely informative Foreword by Russell Blaylock, MD (retired neurosurgeon). As well, I have vaccine inserts (in hard copy) for several infant/childhood vaccines (Pediacel, a five-in-one with Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Polio, Hib); Prevnar (Pneu-C-13); Rotarix; MMR; & several different flu vaccines.  I also use the links I’ve provided above to go digging into some of the information online. Note that in Miller’s book, information is included not just from vaccine inserts, but also from injury reports lifted from VAERS (the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. More about VAERS in this posting).

Looking into vaccine monographs is certainly not rocket science! Anyone can do it. If you can read, you can research vaccines. If you have access to the Internet, you have access to the same information as I do. You can also research the VAERS database if you feel so inclined.


Encephalitis (brain swelling) is named in the following vaccine monographs (or in reports submitted to the VAERS vaccine injury reporting system):

  • Chickenpox

  • Flu

  • DTap / DTP / Tdap (I find this vaccine’s acronym a bit tough to keep up with)

  • Hep A

  • Hep B

  • Measles

  • Mumps

  • Pertussis

  • Rabies

  • Rubella

  • Smallpox

  • Yellow fever

“The principal cause of encephalitis in the United States today, and in other industrial countries as well, is childhood vaccination programs.” - Harris Coulter

Medical historian Harris Coulter, quoted in the Miller book Vaccine Safety Manual – For Concerned Families and Health Practitioners (Coulter is co-author with Barbara Loe Fisher of the 1985 book A Shot in the Dark).

GBS – Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Feel free to consult the Internet for a definition of Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

Miller’s book describes it as “a debilitating ailment characterized by muscular incapacitation and nervous system damage – symptoms that are virtually indistinguishable from polio.” (Miller book, page 52)

I note that online sources never mention that GBS may be associated with the following vaccines:

  • Chickenpox

  • Flu

  • Gardasil (i.e. HPV vaccine)

  • Hep A

  • Hep B

  • Hib

  • Japanese encephalitis

  • Measles

  • Meningococcal

  • Mumps

  • Pertussis (whooping cough)

  • Pneumococcal

  • Polio

  • Rabies

  • Rubella

  • Smallpox

  • Swine flu

  • Tetanus

  • Typhoid fever

  • Yellow fever

Multiple Sclerosis

MS is mentioned in the monographs (or as a side effect in the VAERS system) for:

  • Chickenpox

  • Hep A

  • Hep B

  • Rabies

  • Smallpox

** Interestingly on this, I consulted the Hep B monograph here, which I’d come to somehow through the NVIC site, which first landed me here (these searches can get a little dizzying & difficult or impossible to re-construct later).

I could not easily locate info about Hep B on the Canadian vaccine info site. Another day…

On Page 6 it says, in Section 5.8:

“Multiple Sclerosis

Results from 2 clinical studies indicate that there is no association between hepatitis B vaccination and the development of multiple sclerosis, and that vaccination with hepatitis B vaccine does not appear to increase the short-term risk of relapse in multiple sclerosis.”

But then on Page 8, in the section Nervous System Disorders, under the Heading Postmarketing Experience from the previous page, there is multiple sclerosis! Along with a great many other surely-to-be-avoided-at-all-costs possible outcomes.

Parenthetically, Hep B vaccine is given to newborn babies in the U.S. (and here in Canada, in New Brunswick, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) on the day of their birth (go here & scroll down to find info on vaccines given in Canada’s different provinces/territories).

Does this strike YOU as a good idea?

To Conclude

I now believe that herd mentality is our problem, vis-a-vis the vaccination paradigm. Not “herd immunity.”

We need to learn to do our own thinking, & to conduct our own research. Of course, now that searches for vaccine-related information are being censored/choked on the Internet/Facebook, it’s become more difficult to do this.

I suppose this is all the more reason why those of us who know a little more about the vaccine scene than the “average” citizen, have an extra responsibility to keep on talking & talking & talking about it … since our doctors are not telling us the truth. And other “health” professionals are not telling us the truth. & the mainstream media are certainly not telling us the truth.

We have to be our own truth-tellers & spreaders … no??


p.s. 2-month old babies in Canada are given this combination of vaccines at the so-called “well baby” visit.

  • DTaP-IPV-Hib - 5 vaccines in 1 shot (i.e. diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib) - Pediacel combo insert here.

  • Pneumococcal C-13 (unable to locate this insert at the link for vaccines used in Canada. Could this be the one they are using?)

  • Rotavirus (oral) live virus vaccine (this one??)

In order to inform yourself about possible outcomes for your tiny 2-month old infant, it seems to me you would need to read each of the monographs for each of these vaccines, one by one. Then, you would need to feel comfortable taking all those risks from 7 different vaccines, all mixed up together – knowing that no science has ever been done to establish the safety of this practice of combinations. Combining Vaccines at One Visit is Not Safe (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Summer 2016) I learned from many years of activism (e.g. on the pesticide issue) that mixtures are impossible to assess for their synergistic effects. They act together in quite unpredictable ways.

You can find out what vaccines are given (in Canada) by starting here:

1. Vaccine Choice Canada site

2. Click on Resources in the list running across the top of the main page.

3. You will come to this page, where you can go province by province. (You can also go to the Government of Canada site here for this info.) In the U.S., you can consult this site, which does not appear to be up-to-date.

p.p.s. I knew none of this when my own children were babies. Heck, I only began learning about the truths of the vaccine paradigm 3 ½ years ago. It’s been a very steep learning curve. 

Additional Resources

There are many-many postings on this site, under the heading ‘On Vaccines’ on the right-hand side of the main page. The Vaccine Quotes & Science Quotes pages are likely relevant. I heartily recommend all these sites, as well:

** There are simply tons more great information sources out there! Still, each of these is a great starting place.

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