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Hey, how about some Science Nice Time? California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state's new vaccine requirement into law today, over the cries of "Government Oppression!" and "Big Pharma! Big Pharma! Big Pharma!" from anti-vaxxers. The bill eliminates exemptions for personal and religious beliefs, even though many Californians will be sad because their precious unvaccinated disease vectors will not be allowed to attend public schools.


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The San Jose Mercury News -- if you want to piss off anti-vaxxers, that's the newspaper name that'll do it -- reports that "California now joins only two other states -- Mississippi and West Virginia -- that permit only medical exemptions as legitimate reasons to sidestep vaccinations." We're hoping that number increases, even if it results in some butthurt from people who think vaccines are rape or maybe that they're made from dead babbies.

The elimination of the religious and "personal belief" exemptions were prompted by a massive measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and eventually caused 136 cases of the disease in California alone, according to state health officials; cases related to that outbreak were also reported in seven other states, as well as Canada and Mexico. Or, as the head of the California State Assembly's GOP put it, a "one-time incident"

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Yr Wonkette would like to join biologist Steven Salzberg in welcoming California "back into the modern age," and while we're at it, we'd like to bet Robert Kennedy, Jr. that he was wrong when he predicted that passage of the vaccine law, SB 277, would murder all the children. Back in April, Kennedy, whose own six kids are all vaccinated, saw a movie about the Vaccination Threat, and said to an anti-vaxxer audience:

“They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone,” Kennedy said. “This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”

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Mind you, Kennedy did later apologize for the "holocaust" comparison, but not for the loony anti-science part of what he said. It was just that he really, really wanted to warn people about the (nonexistent) link that he thought the movie showed between vaccines and autism:

“I employed the term during an impromptu speech as I struggled to find an expression to convey the catastrophic tragedy of autism which has now destroyed the lives over over twenty million children and shattered their families,” Kennedy said in a statement. “I am acutely aware of the profound power attached to that word and I will find other terms to describe the autism crisis in the future.”

So, sorry about the offensive metaphor, but not about spreading pseudoscience. In any case, Yr Wonkette is willing to bet Kennedy a Blu-Ray copy of Schindler's List that in 10 years, California's autism rate will remain about the same, but that the state will see a sharp decline in measles and other infectious diseases: In 2012, thanks to anti-vaxxers, California also had its worst outbreak of whooping cough in 70 years.

We realize we're putting a lot on the line here -- not just our reputation, but also the possibility that in 10 years nobody will be selling Blu-Ray discs.

[San Jose Mercury News / Forbes / Sacramento Bee]

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Nancy Pelosi is making news again today after her weekly press conference, mostly because she said this about yesterday's nutbag performance from President Stable Genius:

[T]his time, another temper tantrum — again — I pray for the President Of The United States. I wish him and his family, his administration and staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.

She prays for him. And she's just kind of suggesting that maybe the president is unwell, in his brain. She's being very subtle!

When Glenn Thrush asked afterward what kind of "intervention" she might be talking about, she suggested that Article 25 would be just fine.

But many folks out there right now are saying "BUT WHAT ABOUT INPEACH! They are not going to do an intervention, because the intervention is called INPEACH!" (They are taking her words very literally, it would seem.) Every other damn day lately, there is news about how "NANCY SAID INPEACH IS BAD" or "NANCY SAID TRUMP'S ACTIONS IS SELF-INPEACH-ATORY, WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN, NANCY!" and whatever else, we don't know, because we have muted all of Twitter until further notice. (Here is some news about the House Democrats' weekly meeting yesterday, most of which was about Democrats yelling INPEACH! while Nancy Pelosi gave them cold showers.)

Here's the thing:

In today's presser, Pelosi was clearer than ever about her feelings on impeachment -- she doesn't like it, and she'd really hate for the nation to get to a place where that's inevitable, she is just saying it would be truly terrible for them to have to do that -- but they might just be FORCED to go there. And wouldn't that be just terrible? Nancy Pelosi is praying about that just like she is praying for Trump, under a big oak tree that casts all the shade she threw at Donald Trump for her entire fucking presser.

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Happy Throwback Thursday! Remember Paul Manafort? He's still in jail, don't worry. But it looks like he might be getting some company soon from his old pal Stephen Calk, who just got indicted today by the Southern District of New York.

Calk was a simple CEO and COB at the Federal Savings Bank of Chicago, but he had big dreams. He'd been an army pilot and a money guy, so he figured he was competent to be either Secretary of Treasury or Secretary of Army. He'd take Commerce or HUD, or even a cool ambassadorship to France, or the UK, or the UN -- he wasn't picky. Just any old position befitting a guy who is 100 percent going to be played by Michael McKean in the movie version of this nightmare.

Luckily Calk knew a guy on the inside. Sure that guy had recently been You're Fired from the Trump campaign for ratfucking the Ukrainian election, but Paul Manafort was still waving his bits all over Trumpland in the summer and fall of 2016, so Paul Manafort had the hookup that Calk needed. Luckily, Calk had what Manafort needed, which was MONEY. Manafort's fountain of untaxed cash had dried up since the Ukrainians gave his guy Viktor Yanukovych the boot, and he was in danger of losing multiple investment properties to foreclosure. So naturally Calk stepped up to the plate with $15 million in loans to keep the wolves at bay, because what are friends with more political ambition than scruple for, right?

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