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20 June 2013

People are tired of being killed.

Because I couldn't let this one go.

As the noose tightens around the administrative neck of the Australian Vaccination Network (in a purely metaphorical and non-death-threaty kind of way), the fallacy-ridden cries of undemocratic vilification and witch-hunting are coming thick and fast from the AVN's direction. 

A recent example on the anti-vaccination lobby group's Facebook page contained the usual frothy rant about how doctors are nasty terrorists in the pockets of pharmaceutical companies who order parents to do horrible poisonous things to their helpless children and make them sick for life and blah blah blah those bastards. 

This little bit got my attention:

"People are not stupid - they know what words (sic) and what does not and they are tired of being killed and maimed in the name of pharmaceutical profits."

People are tired of being killed! That's worth a rhyme, I says:


People are tired of being killed. It’s wearing rather thin.
Their efforts to stay alive are thwarted, much to their chagrin.
When somebody’s heart stops beating, or their breath is whisked away,
It’s rather a large disruption to an erstwhile pleasant day.
When fortune’s cruel hand decides a human’s time on Earth is spent;
It’s more than a tragic loss of life, it’s inconvenient.
It’s time to speak out! To raise a fist! To hell with due restraint!
So next time you’re killed, be sure to file a firmly-phrased complaint.