This comic is a fantastic overview of the “Mumps, Measles, & Rubella Vaccine Vs. Autism” situation.
It’s my feeling that a lot of the needle-hysteria that went around during last winter’s H5N1 scare was born out of the paranoia that Wakefield and his followers have fostered – if it hasn’t happened already, it’s just a matter of time before this kind of Luddism gets some sick kid killed.
Even if you don’t know anything about the issue, I encourage you to check out the piece: consider it a mental vaccination against a particularly vicious strain of bunko.
(A tip o’ the bowler to forgetomori for the original link.)
A combination of the waning populations of the dual Sea-Monkey colonies we maintain, and our impending move, have me really interested to have a go at this self-contained biosphere project.
It would be fantastic for the kids to maintain some of the life of our pond even as we relocate back to civilization.