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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Homeschool vaccine survey

If you live in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Oregon and homeschool your children, please consider taking part in this NHERI-sponsored pilot study:
A lot of people feel strongly about the importance of all children being vaccinated for their own good and society’s good. Others feel just as strongly that vaccines are dangerous and do more harm than good.
Maybe you haven’t really thought about it and are rather neutral about the issue. But wouldn’t it be interesting to find out the facts about what might be going on with vaccines and the health of our children and society?
This is a great opportunity for you to participate in a study to help everyone understand this critical and controversial subject. Homeschoolers, with either vaccinated or non-vaccinated children, are in a unique position to inform this area of research.
Study participants will remain anonymous. We fully understand the importance of confidentiality and anonymity.
This should be interesting, as there has been a great deal of theorizing about homeschoolers and vaccinations without anyone actually possessing much in the way of relevant evidence concerning it.

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26 Comments:

Blogger Vidad, AKA David the Good September 26, 2012 10:46 AM  

As long as they don't send a drone over to photograph my un-vaccinated, un-registered, un-socialized kids... what's the harm?

Blogger Professor Hale September 26, 2012 10:54 AM  

Good way to find all those unvacinated "free riders".

They probably have gold coins in their basements too.

Anonymous Mr. Nightstick September 26, 2012 11:02 AM  

Why are we against vaccines around here? Is it because there's a chance it might turn your kid into a retard?

Blogger Lucas September 26, 2012 11:09 AM  

TOTALLY OT:

Vibrancy in Columbia (Wach)

"A graphic video of one of several weekend assaults in the Five Points area of Columbia has surfaced in a post on Facebook.

The video, which captures only the end of the incident, shows several men hitting and kicking Josh Bosworth."

You know what the word "men" implies in there.

Anonymous RINO September 26, 2012 11:14 AM  

"As long as they don't send a drone over to photograph my un-vaccinated, un-registered, un-socialized kids... what's the harm?"

This is obviously a thinly veiled program to create a database ... and when the re-education begins guess who they will come for first?

Anonymous CaptDMO September 26, 2012 11:14 AM  

Meanwhile, reports of "traditional" antibiotic resistant strains-incubating, thriving, and spreading, in prestiegious "health" centers, grows.
Airports, cruise ships, arenas, and dense urban housing, blamed.

Who was I. Sammelweiss?
What's all this brew-ha-ha about "shingles" if I EVER had chicken pox?

How's that avian/swine/equine/monkey "flu" eradication thing comming along?

Anonymous The One September 26, 2012 11:37 AM  

anonymous??? I would be careful with this.

Anonymous Sensei September 26, 2012 12:15 PM  

This is posted satirically, right? They'd like nothing better than a list of names of unvaccinated homeschoolers so they can swoop in and appropriate their kids the minute some vaccination decree is passed.

Sounds worse than the heavy-handed truancy law debacles that were happening in the 90's.

Blogger Spacebunny September 26, 2012 12:18 PM  

Good grief people, they aren't asking for your names or location (other than zip code.

Anonymous RINO September 26, 2012 12:24 PM  

"Good grief people, they aren't asking for your names or location (other than zip code."

IP address and whatever other online tracking they can utilize .. and they don't even need to ask for those.

Anonymous mjb September 26, 2012 12:38 PM  

OK, RINO, if you're that worried, do it from a public library 500 miles from your house...

Anonymous duckman September 26, 2012 12:43 PM  

Mr. Nightstick September 26, 2012 11:02 AM

Why are we against vaccines around here? Is it because there's a chance it might turn your kid into a retard?


Such language. The accepted term for such a condition is "dumbass".

Anonymous Josh September 26, 2012 12:51 PM  

ANTI SCIENCE!!!!!!!

POLIO!

SMALLPOX!

WHY DO YOU HATE CHILDREN?

SKY DADDY!

Anonymous Sensei September 26, 2012 12:57 PM  

Good grief people, they aren't asking for your names or location (other than zip code.

It probably sounds like paranoia, but some of us have experienced reasons for being very careful.. homeschooling is by no means loved by the nanny state. The home schooling legal defense association was formed for a reason..

Anonymous Sensei September 26, 2012 12:58 PM  

(Quote should be credited to Spacebunny...)

Anonymous stg58 September 26, 2012 1:35 PM  

I am surprised they aren't looking at Texas Homeschoolers. There are a lot of us.

Look at the organization sponsoring this. At the bottom of the website they show you who is doing the study, and invite you to vet them before you give up any information.

I think you can stop hyperventilating now. They already have your IP address anyway.

Blogger Spacebunny September 26, 2012 1:48 PM  

It probably sounds like paranoia, but some of us have experienced reasons for being very careful.. homeschooling is by no means loved by the nanny state. The home schooling legal defense association was formed for a reason.

Please, if you are homeschooling in the US they already know who you are (in most states, obviously this excludes the few states that don't require notice) for the states they are surveying. And if you are that paranoid, then you would already be aware that there are many ways to circumvent and IP tracing if that were truly a concern.

Anonymous Vidad September 26, 2012 2:37 PM  

@Spacebunny

I don't think you grasp the deep loathing, fear and distrust we have.

Blogger Spacebunny September 26, 2012 2:39 PM  

Yes, I do. And the fact that many of you belong to HSLDA makes the reaction to this study particularly amusing considering who is doing it.

Blogger James Higham September 26, 2012 2:58 PM  

I avoid vaccinations like the plague.

Anonymous The One September 26, 2012 3:37 PM  

I wouldn't give any information to CHEF's in Louisiana, but that's just me.

Anonymous Anonymous September 26, 2012 4:05 PM  

Florida, Louisiana, Mississipi bring visions of very smart people providing rigorous intellectual stimulation to their sprats. Yeah sure. Why bother at all in these places, may as well try to teach physics in the congo.

Anonymous oregon mouse September 26, 2012 10:56 PM  

This reminds me of Utah's data mining survey where they were asking people to report their gardens or their nieghbor's garden for prizes. The stated goal was to get a better idea of the states food production capacity. Creepy.
In Tenessee state employees (I don't know precisely what department) were going door to door asking to inspect people's disaster preparations and food storage to "help' them prepare better for emergencies.
Yeah, Spacebunny is right, they likely do know who all of us are by one means or another but can anyone blame us for not wanting to put our names on a list?
I will have to think about this survey a while.

Anonymous Rip September 27, 2012 2:31 AM  

In Louisiana, the state already knows who you are. We have to send a letter in every year to the Dept. of Education with the addresses, names and ages of the kids being home schooled. The people conducting this aren't in the states' pockets.

Anonymous red-headed step-child September 28, 2012 12:52 PM  

If we really want to get some good studies done, we have to start giving the information somewhere... Hopefully they'll actually use the information properly.

Anonymous red-headed step-child September 28, 2012 12:54 PM  

Mr. Nightstick - "Why are we against vaccines around here? Is it because there's a chance it might turn your kid into a retard?"

Fwiw, I don't really care what you choose to inject into your child, so long as you don't make me inject it into my child. Informed decision making is what I prefer, and the decision for my family is that it's not the healthiest choice, based on various factors, mental retardation not even being a factor once all the other issues are taken into consideration ahead of it.

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