A children's ‘comic book’ from 1904, against vaccination for smallpox

You might have thought the anti-vaxxers were a recent phenomenon, but no, these clips are from the ‘Buster Brown’ comic strip, published in the New York Herald in 1904, when smallpox was endemic throughout the world

I am the ruling virus
That now strikes fear in you
My armies come in numbers
beyond your means to know

I’ve allowed you all to live here
for a million years or more
you’ve abused my hospitality
and all others in my care

You are now a problem
To others…

floods, hurricanes, plagues.

these are all narure’s incursions that disturb our status quo

what we have difficulty understanding and accepting, is that these have a single factor in common: they are manifestations of the unlimited power that nature possesses. …

The sideswipe of disaster
Was bound to come one day
We thought it would be warfare
Or a strike from outer space

Instead the smallest of us
Those we cannot see
Know that we have done enough
To bring Earth to her knees

So they’re rising up to save her

When I crossed the Canada-US border last week — -it took 85 minutes to process me — -with paperwork, passport etc in perfect and unquestionable order, all registered electronically. I’m white and English. I do not pay homage to any god of the infidels. There were no crowds of would be immigrants. It was nearly midnight.

The same crossing in 2006 took just 5 minutes (and we thought that was long time), so the bureaucracy now is not a remnant of 9/11. Each crossing since 2006 has got longer and more obstructionist, the questions more surreal: Was I or had I ever been a member of…

Norman Pagett

co-author of The End of More, in paperback and kindle on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D0ADPFY email njpagett@gmail.com

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