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Duesberg suggests strange effect of Montagnier’s misleading Nobel

Paradoxically, truth’s chains may be loosened, some suggest

Duesberg, saluted by flurry of email from supporters, gives reaction

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The Nobel for medicine given Luc Montagnier and Francoise Barré-Sinoussi for her detection of what was later labeled HIV in the blood of French AIDS patients lances a certain boil in the body politic of science.

No longer will Montagnier and Gallo have to fret over why they have been so long ignored by Stockholm – was it because of their undignified public battle over priority, or more specifically, because of the bogus work said to have been carried out in Gallo’s NIH lab?

Now Montagnier’s priority is correctly recognized by the Karolinska gong, and Gallo can retreat to the firm ground of not having to make claims which tread the thin crust of suspension of disbelief over the bog of proven scientific insanity.

But what of the larger context? Is this part of a larger trend in the twentieth century of virus hunters galloping far along a track into the desert in pursuit of a mirage, and still awarding themselves the Nobel for achievement in medicine when they return empty handed?

Some might say this is what Duesberg means when he wrote the following email reply today to an earnest enquirer who wanted to know if the Nobel was justified or did the HIV/AIDS tale remain unproven, posing his question as follows:

Although I am not a scientist, I have been convinced that you have been right all along regarding the AIDS virus and HIV. However, I now see that two Europeans (whom I presume you know) have been awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering the HIV virus.

“In its citation, the Nobel Assembly said Barre-Sinoussi and Montagnier’s discovery was one prerequisite for understanding the biology of AIDS and its treatment with antiviral drugs. The pair’s work in the early 1980s made it possible to study the virus closely.

That in turn let scientists identify important details in how HIV replicates and how it interacts with the cells it infects, the citation said. It also led to ways to diagnose infected people and to screen blood for HIV, which has limited spread of the epidemic, and helped scientists develop anti-HIV drugs, the citation said.

“The combination of prevention and treatment has substantially decreased spread of the disease and dramatically increased life expectancy among treated patients,” the citation said.

So basically they are receiving the Nobel prize for assuming that HIV is the root cause of AIDS, which gave rise to wrong-headed attempts to cure it based on an incorrect premise. Unless HIV is no longer a passenger virus? My question is, did these two gentlemen actually observe an HIV virus infecting another cell? If HIV is a passive passenger virus that 11% of the population is born with how can it infect other cells? Now that these gentlemen’s work has been given the imprimatur of the Nobel Committee, I am afraid there is less hope than ever for a real cure for AIDS.

So, have things changed? Was HIV proven to be the cause of AIDS?

To which Duesberg, possibly the world’s leading expert on viruses, cancer and AIDS politics, replied:

You are right, the HIV-AIDS hypothesis remains unproven but hundreds of thousands are prescribed inevitably toxic anti-HIV DNA chain terminators on its basis. Likewise the HPV-cervical hypothesis is unproven, but hundred thousands are now vaccinated against the predicted cancer 30-50 years (!) after infection. Indeed this is the 7th Nobel in the last 50 years for viruses causing cancer (Rous, Temin, Baltimore, Dulbecco, Bishop, Varmus and now Zur Hausen), although cancer is not an infectious disease!

Ever since funding for research has been nationalized in the US and elsewhere, just like licensing and even paying for drugs and vaccines, science is controlled and judged by majority/political consensus, rather than by scientific evidence. The national HIV-AIDS and HPV-cervical cancer programs and the resulting Nobels are perfect examples.

We are treating with DNA chain-terminators a virus that has yet to be proven to cause AIDS, and we are vaccinating against another virus that has yet to be shown to cause cervical cancer 30-50 years after infection.

There is, however, an olive twig for the rest of scientists after a Nobel prize: Since the pressure to win the prize and justify the treatments is gone, there are new opportunities for post-Nobelists to speak up and make “unexpected” discoveries on why the vaccines and drugs didn’t work.

By the last remark we take him to mean that with the Nobel finally in hand, Montagnier, who has always been inclined to pursue co-factors as the explanation for the mysterious absence of any proof that HIV actually does anything at all to man or beast or cell, may open the lid to that Pandora’s box of alternative explanations for AIDS in its various manifestations, which so remarkably match the symptoms of familiar causes of illness and ailments of all kinds.

Gallo, after all, may be in the same boat in a sense, since now having to give up any hope of a Nobel, he too is freer to cook up an alternative mental framework in which to view the familiar symptoms of AIDS, each of which can then be caused by something else other than HIV.

After all, Duesberg reminded us today, Gallo is the one who kept saying early on in this grand paradigm dispute, “Peter doesn’t understand co-factors!”.

That of course was before Gallo and Fauci and the rest of the HIV-at-any-cost/AIDS gang ran Montagnier out of town in the San Francisco AIDS Conference for daring to come up with a cofactor in the form of a mycoplasma and present it to the media.

Montagnier flew in from Paris and wound up having to address the press in a hotel room far outside the annual “it’s The Virus Stupid AIDS Conference and then, finding no one who would have dinner with him among this disreputable lot, had to fly back to Paris.

Viewing the current developments from this long perspective, one can see that this Nobel might in a paradoxical way amount to a crack in the massive monetary-governmental pyramid that is HIV/AIDS, a crack just wide enough for a little light to creep into the tomb of good science that it marks.

We wish Duesberg had time to write a new and slimmer book now, lest his contextual wisdom be lost, but he is too busy fighting a new Stalingrad, he says, taking a moment from our conversation to inspect his latest lab result.

The forces protecting the oncogene paradigm are busy counter attacking him for his incontrovertibly promising aneuploidy theory, which if it had money attached to it in the same proportion as the oncogene paradigm defense fort would prevail in an instant, since as far as we can tell every good honest scientist at the top of the field is interested in pursuing it if only they can find a way.

Meanwhile, his email says it all about the day’s headline.

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