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As an addendum to our post yesterday, we have learned more about vaccines in Canada.

A ‘University of Toronto’ (actually the Scarborough Campus, which, in the time I worked there, didn’t even bother to pretend that it was anything other than a cynical attempt to cash in on the first and second generation Canadians in the area who wanted to go to school close to home) ‘professor’ (actually a spousal hire– her husband is a dean) is using the school’s imprimatur to push ‘alternative vaccines’ and a whole suite of homeopathic garbage.

And yes, it is garbage.  But the thing is, you already knew that.  So does Rona Ambrose, the Minister of Health who flatly refuses to stop completely inert bottles of water from being sold as “homeopathic vaccines.”  Both the University and the Ministry of Health are showing us one of the inherent problems in determining your course of action by algorithm.  Without bothering to reconstruct it, I am willing to bet any amount of money that their data analysts have found that people brainwashed into believing in homeopathy– and the criminals who exploit them by selling distilled water for $1000/litre– will absolutely change the way they vote or donate money based on your stance re: homeopathy.  On the other hand we ‘non-stupids’ generally can’t be arsed to care, because it’s just too dumb to think about. So the algorithm will always say you should cater to the stupids– especially the extreme-stupid fringe.

Should we expect better from public servants and public institutions?  Yes.  Will we get better?  No, not while there is money to be had from being awful.