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A lot of funny stuff happens in Canada.
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it can be done in Canada too
*How to Legally Get a Vaccine Exemption in the US *

As of 2011, all 50 states have enacted vaccine laws that require proof children have received certain vaccines in order to attend daycare, middle school, high school and college.

However, in most states citizens currently have the legal right to opt out of using vaccines.

All 50 states allow a medical exemption to vaccination (medical exemptions must be approved by an M.D. or D.O.); 48 states allow a religious exemption to vaccination; and 18 states allow a personal, philosophical or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination.

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What’s the solution here? Can we teach people not to bully and assault others just because they’re different? Should goths “tone it down” to make themselves less vulnerable? (Answer at the blog!)

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Update: Arrest Made in Ancient Neolithic Stone Circle Destruction Probe...A man has been arrested for bulldozing the Priddy Circles, a set of Neolithic earthworks in southwestern England. “What has happened is outrageous, this sort of vandalism is shocking. It is serious, we will never be able to get this back,” said MP Tessa Munt...The rare circular earthworks are thought to be ritual monuments created during the Stonehenge era, between 2500 and 2180 BC, are considered to be one of the most important prehistoric monuments in Somerset. A man has been arrested and bailed in connection with the partial destruction of the set of four circular Bronze Age earthworks. The man's arrest follows a joint investigation between English Heritage and Avon and Somerset police, though the two organisations remain tight-lipped over the man's identity.

>Is it just me, or should there be much MUCH stricter laws about this sort of thing? In an instant this man has destroyed 4 thousand years of history--our history--we will never get back. And he is already out on bail?! I'm sorry, but I find this disgusting. I think he should be punished appropriately so he will realize the gravity of what he has done! A slap on the wrist will not suffice anymore. Invaluable sites like this are disappearing every day! And we can never get them back. Its sad.
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Police Brutality at UC Davis

This piece about police brutality at the Occupy protests at UC Davis is a sad reminder of how lightly many in the US hold the values of free expression that our country was founded on. The opening photo in the story below reminds me of Hannah Arendt's comments about "the banality of evil."

You wonder whether these people think when they look at the photos and videos of their actions, and what they think about the judgment of history. I remember 30 years ago, we all watched Richard Attenborough's Gandhi and wondered how the British could have committed the atrocities they did. (The memory of the scene in which the protesters march up to the factory gate two by two, expecting and enduring the moment when they will be clubbed down, still brings a lump to my throat.) Now we know.

As +Keith Fahlgren (@abdelazer) said on Twitter: "YouTube sure makes it easy to hate the police." And that's a terrible thing for a society, when those whose job it is to protect the values of our society turn against it.

There's a moving and courageous denunciation of the actions by the UC Davis administration by an assistant professor there that is well worth a read:

http://bicyclebarricade.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/open-letter-to-chancellor-linda-p-b-katehi/

After a detailed description of what happened, Nathan Brown focuses on the cognitive dissonance between the statements of the university and its actions:

"On Wednesday November 16, you issued a letter by email to the campus community. In this letter, you discussed a hate crime which occurred at UC Davis on Sunday November 13. In this letter, you express concern about the safety of our students. You write, “it is particularly disturbing that such an act of intolerance should occur at a time when the campus community is working to create a safe and inviting space for all our students.” You write, “while these are turbulent economic times, as a campus community, we must all be committed to a safe, welcoming environment that advances our efforts to diversity and excellence at UC Davis.”

"I will leave it to my colleagues and every reader of this letter to decide what poses a greater threat to “a safe and inviting space for all our students” or “a safe, welcoming environment” at UC Davis: 1) Setting up tents on the quad in solidarity with faculty and students brutalized by police at UC Berkeley? or 2) Sending in riot police to disperse students with batons, pepper-spray, and tear-gas guns, while those students sit peacefully on the ground with their arms linked? Is this what you have in mind when you refer to creating “a safe and inviting space?” Is this what you have in mind when you express commitment to “a safe, welcoming environment?”

"I am writing to tell you in no uncertain terms that there must be space for protest on our campus. There must be space for political dissent on our campus. There must be space for civil disobedience on our campus. There must be space for students to assert their right to decide on the form of their protest, their dissent, and their civil disobedience—including the simple act of setting up tents in solidarity with other students who have done so. There must be space for protest and dissent, especially, when the object of protest and dissent is police brutality itself. You may not order police to forcefully disperse student protesters peacefully protesting police brutality. You may not do so. It is not an option available to you as the Chancellor of a UC campus. That is why I am calling for your immediate resignation."
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