15 August 2022 gotranscript audio test passed

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There’s a lot of stuff in the news cycle right now about a new and worrisome disease called Monkeypox. It’s definitely alarming given that there have been other diseases in the past, which had the suffix pox, such as smallpox, which killed untold millions of people until a vaccine was developed. Even our animal friends aren’t immune from the dreaded foxes.

In 1798, cowpox ravaged the countryside, causing pusillus sores to frequently appear spontaneously on the nipples of our poor Beaubien friends, some duty doctors of the time thought there might be some kind of correlation between cow and smallpox. But it took many years and many deaths, both human and animal to test that theory, and act accordingly. It will probably come as no surprise to you that even when a smallpox vaccine was finally developed, there were those who resisted, claiming that doctors were trying to spread the disease rather than prevent it.

Some people thought that the vaccine was immoral because it was developed from animals. In our own day, at least 1500 service people in the US Navy have refused the COVID vaccine for similar reasons. Strangely enough, though, even people who resist the vaccine, nine out of 10 of them have no problem cashing those 1500 bucks stimulus checks. Not surprisingly, there’s also a correlation between low IQ and anti-Vaxxer sentiment. While the IQ vaccination comparison has not yet been scientifically proven.

A 2020 study by Texas Tech University concluded that some people find vaccines risky because, “they overestimate the likelihood of negative events, particularly those that are rare”. That’s all rather depressing. So let me just close by answering a question posed by the late great Madeline Kahn in the classic film, Blazing Saddles, in which she asked, perhaps rhetorically is Bismarck a harrowing? Yes, Madeline? Yes, it certainly is.

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