Dangerous Documentaries

Thalidomide first began being sold in 1957. The drug was advertised as “completely safe” for everyone, including mother and child, “even during pregnancy.” But by 1961 Thalidomide began being associated with severe birth defects in newborns: many of them were born with phocomelia, resulting in shortened, absent, or flipper-like limbs. [1]

The “Thalidomide babies” was a big scandal at the time. I remember from when I was about 10-years-old seeing the shocking photos in Life magazine. Back then, no one was sneering about “conspiracy theories” linking Thalidomide with birth defects.

But something has changed. A recent article in Slate magazine warns readers about dangerous documentaries available on Amazon Video. [2] Ersjdamoo, of course, immediately took notice of their titles and began to watch them. The first of these viewed, Vaxxed, suggests a link between the MMR vaccine and skyrocketing diagnoses of autism. (Background: Autism Epidemic, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, May 5, 2018.)

The Slate article wishes the dangerous documentaries were not available on Amazon Video. Before they disappear, you might want to view them for yourself. Here is a partial list of Slate’s dangerous documentaries:

  • Shoot Em’ Up: The Truth About Vaccines
  • We Don’t Vaccinate!
  • Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe
  • The Greater Good
  • Endgame
  • Zeitgeist
  • Patient Seventeen

This is only a partial list. Other dangerous documentaries listed in the Slate article are on Netflix. See source number 2 (below) for the complete list, although you will have to wade through the author’s own theorizing about the “conspiracy theories.”

——- Sources ——-
[1] “The Thalidomide Tragedy: Lessons for Drug Safety and Regulation”, by Bara Fintel, Athena T. Samaras, and Edson Carias. Helix Magazine (online), July 28, 2009. https://helix.northwestern.edu/article/thalidomide-tragedy-lessons-drug-safety-and-regulation
[2] “Streaming Services Have a Conspiracy Theory Problem”, by Alan Levinovitz. Slate (online), May 3, 2018. https://slate.com/technology/2018/05/the-insidious-conspiracy-theory-documentaries-on-netflix-and-amazon-prime.html


About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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