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Motherboard on California banning the stupid idea of “personal belief” as an excuse for not getting vaccinated:

Last week, California’s State Assembly considered the bill, which had already been green-lit by the state senate, ultimately voting to approve it 46-30. This week, the senate approved the amendments that were added to the bill before passing it to the desk of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who signed the bill this morning.

“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” the governor wrote in a memo about his decision. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”

It’s essential to have a critical mass of people immunized if we want to achieve herd immunity, which protects those who can’t be vaccinated, like the 12 babies who contracted measles in California during an outbreak last year because they were too young to be vaccinated.

Failure to get vaccinated is a public health issue and puts the lives of every other person in danger. Sadly, America has far too many people who embrace non-science and the impact of such a belief system is going to hinder its future growth.

The Los Angeles Times on how the LAPD shot an unarmed man who had his hand wrapped in a towel while waiving down the police for help:

Los Angeles police shot and critically wounded a man after he raised his arm, wrapped in a towel, toward officers Friday in Los Feliz, police said.

Police said officers thought the man had a gun, but he turned out to be unarmed.

The man flagged down officers about 6:35 p.m. at Los Feliz Boulevard and Tica Drive south of Griffith Park, according to a police account.

“This person extended an arm wrapped in a towel. The officer exited the vehicle and said, ‘Drop the gun, drop the gun,'” LAPD Lt. John Jenal said.

Then at least one officer shot the man, officials say. He was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

After being shot in the head by the LAPD, while the victim lay motionless on the ground, literally with his brains falling out of his head (caution: graphic video), these two smart cops thought it necessary to place him in handcuffs as if he were going to escape Terminator-style.

Unbelievable.