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Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

Thank you for being courageous enough to continue to speak out even after being watchlisted. I resist and will hark back to this story often to harden my courage. I don't know if it even makes sense or is counterproductive to the occasion, but if you do meet them, don't go alone. They won't, and you might need witnesses. I have been disgusted by our leaders in the past, but I've not been afraid till now. I am afraid for us all.

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Posted by Catherine Lynn Perry on 12/20/2016 at 1:10 AM

Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

The list can help those of us who stand for human rights and social justice to unite, support each other and further the cause. Thank you for your thoughtful, well reasoned essay.

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Posted by JanetMelke on 12/19/2016 at 6:41 PM

Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

Thank you for your courage and integrity. It's good to know that your students have been taught to be critical thinkers.

I would just add that we are seeing the same kinds of threats everywhere these days, just with different targets.

Those who criticize the medical/pharmaceutical industry, for example, particularly in regards to vaccine safety, are mocked, demeaned, and polarized; that's the entire reason the pejorative "anti-vaxxer" exists. Ironically, most of those who criticize vaccine safety actually DID vaccinate their children and witnessed serious, sometimes deadly side effects. Reporting those effects, and calling for better safety makes them targets.

Read the Washington Post article by "medical ethicist" Arthur Caplan, who calls to remove the medical licenses of doctors who allow children of concerned parents a slower, more gentle schedule (as opposed to 70 vaccines by age 18, 25 by age 1).

Read the articles by law professor Dorit Reiss, who suggests suing the "unvaccinated" when the vaccinated get sick, rather than suing the vaccine manufacturers....but wait. The vaccine manufacturers CANNOT be sued. Neither can health care providers. They are protected by the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The ones who aren't protected: those whose family members have been injured by vaccines, and who want to protect their remaining children.

It's not difficult to find blogs that exist to shill for the pharmaceutical industry. Some of them have FaceBook pages as well, which maintain...lists.

One such list is directed against actress and author Jenny McCarthy, who went public with her child's seizure reaction to vaccines and subsequent brain damage, which was diagnosed as autism. In spite of the fact that the US government has conceded and compensated 83 similar cases, and in spite of the fact the Ms. McCarthy has repeatedly stated that she is not "anti-vaccine," but simply wants safer vaccines, there has been one hell of an attack waged towards her, including an entire website that blames her for the "body count" of every child who died from a disease, whether vaccinated or not.

Others take aim at every doctor and researcher who express concern over the skyrocketing number of vaccines (which have tripled since 1986...see the connection?), pointing out that the skyrocketing incidence of seizure disorders, neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders, intestinal disorders, and other issues have more than a temporal link to the increase in number of vaccinations. These doctors have also pointed out that vaccines are not subject to the gold standard of safety and efficacy tests required by every other pharmaceutical product, and that reporting and monitoring of adverse reactions is inadequate.

But when they go public with such concerns, they are lambasted and threatened for it.

Apparently, McCarthyism is not only alive and well, but it permeates every facet of our society.

Our only hope lies with teachers like you.

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Posted by Allie Fujito on 12/19/2016 at 4:05 PM

Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

Tobin, thank you immensely. As a retired professor, who taught history among other subjects, I want to say that you your voice is not going unheard. There are thousands who stand with you, each one of us willing from our own "classroom" to speak truth to power despite those who have allowed power to silence any semblance of truth. Will Campbell has meant much to me for the same reasons you cite. I once referred to the "bastard" passage during a sermon I preached thirty some years ago. Rather than quote it directly, I highlighted it in red, then placed the open book on the communion table and invited anyone who wished to know what Campbell had said about his theology (and about us) to come forward after the service and read it. The entire congregation processed to the table in a silence that extended until everyone had solemnly left the sanctuary. --Your friend in faithful truth-speaking, Charles Davidson

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Posted by charlesnd on 12/19/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

Two of my undergrad Profs are on the list. I've always wanted to be just like 1 of them. Would love to come teach with you ... and have your back. Beautifully written, important work. Thank you.

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Posted by R. Self on 12/19/2016 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Who’s calling the shots on Missoula’s gun ordinance?

Anyone who has walked or driven the streets and parks of Missoula and seen bike riders and dog walkers ignore light and leash laws with not even a second look from police shouldn't have to worry about this ordinance.

Posted by erlyirn on 12/18/2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Saint Ignatius Fitness & Community Center

What days are they open? And what are the hours?

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Posted by Liam on 12/18/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

If the good folks among the Germans had stood up against Hitler when he had all Jewish professors dismissed, maybe the Holocaust would not have occurred. We must resist the Trump agenda on all fronts without civility and despite our fear.

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Posted by Barbara Lyons on 12/18/2016 at 7:32 AM

Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

What I would LOVE to see is to turn this whole thing on its head. Develop an online learning tool with videos of inspiring and challenging lecture series from each professor on this list of 150 Notables.

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Posted by Leslie W. on 12/17/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

Some Guy, why do you hide behind a made up name? Come out of the shadows.

You missed the whole point of the article. Read it again and try to see the big picture.

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Posted by Professor Watkins on 12/17/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

JR, show me the evidence. Any baboon can spout crazy opinions.

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Posted by Professor Watkins on 12/17/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

I opened the Professor Watchlist site. Weak. Poorly designed. Sad. Wrong. Incorrect. Low energy.

I would advise those of you tempted to go there to refrain from doing so. All it does is give them more clicks and encourages them. So weak.

All there is are lists of names of professors and their institution name. Very weak. Misspellings. Sad.

I recommend you look at the following article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/professor-watch-list-addmyname_us_58534ba1e4b0d5f48e164e23?ncid=engmodushpmg0000000

I request that you support your colleagues against this kind of trash. Rubbish. Dirt. Cowards. Weak.

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Posted by Professor Watkins on 12/17/2016 at 8:58 AM

Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

I'd be honored to be on the watchlist, too! Our resistance to the idea we'll throw the old, infirm, and poor on the trash heap like wrinkled rinds needs to be provocative, widespread, and civil.

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Posted by Keith Ensminger on 12/17/2016 at 7:27 AM

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