Bush pushes for $30 billion, decks White House with 28 ft ribbon
Skeptics confounded, HIV world conquest complete
Drink hemlock, Socrates
Today is World AIDS Day 2007, and our best congratulations to Bob Gallo, Anthony Fauci, David Baltimore and John Moore are in order. Congratulations all! You and human foolishness together have conquered the world!
The top generals of the propaganda campaign for world domination of the HIV-means-AIDS scientific hypothesis, otherwise known as the AIDS meme, must be grinning like skulls over their success over the past year in stamping out the last remnants of the ridiculous and doomed resistance to their favorite and now globally accepted bad idea.
Today, they stand atop the highest pyramid of government funded research, intensely felt activism, and 100% institutional and government support, that has ever accumulated for an unproven hypothesis in the history of human disease.
Yesterday George Bush again requested Congress to double the funds for AIDS from $15 billion to $30 billion, money which will allow drug companies to send harmful potions to the dark continent for Western and African witch doctors to give African men, women and children who “have AIDS”:
But “in return for this extraordinary generosity, Americans expect results,” the president said, adding that his program demands measurable progress, accountability and the involvement of local partners. The result: The number of people in sub-Saharan Africa receiving treatment for AIDS has gone from 50,000 five years ago to nearly 1.4 million now, he said.
“We have pioneered a new model for public health,” Bush said. “So far, the results have been striking.”
In May, the last time he devoted a speech to the topic, Bush asked Congress to double the $15 billion that the U.S. committed over the program’s first five years to therapy, testing and counseling through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The program is active in 120 countries, with a concentrated focus on 15, including Namibia, in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
He also did the right thing and hung a 28 foot high red ribbon on the White House:
In honor of Saturday’s World AIDS Day, the White House hung a red ribbon â€” 28 feet tall and 8 feet wide â€” in the North Portico of the mansion to symbolize the fight against AIDS. It will stay up for two days and, on Saturday, guests who visit the White House will receive a red ribbon sticker and a fact card.
Among the “facts” to be printed on the card, no doubt, is the recalculation of how many Americans are “getting AIDS” each year, which has been raised from 40,000 to 60,000:
WASHINGTON â€” A new government estimate of the number of Americans who become infected with the AIDS virus each year is as much as 50 percent higher than the previously accepted level, sources said Friday.
For more than a decade, epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have pegged the number of new HIV infections each year at 40,000. They now think it is between 55,000 and 60,000. HIV, or the human immunodeficiency virus, causes AIDS.
Take that, UN statisticians!
Meanwhile Bishop Tutu has joined the activist march against President Thabo Mbeki in South Africa, urging his compatriots to push aside the doubts of a leading politician who so far is the only one in the world to have studied the case of HIV=AIDS and shut his door against the HIV meme. For God’s Sake Let’s Get cracking Against AIDS” says the fatuous prelate, and stop wasting time on worrying about whether we have the cause of AIDS correct:
“We are facing a monumental crisis which is being exacerbated by wasting time on futile debates on the causes of Aids.
“We are fiddling while people are dying. We need to stop arguing and start saving lives.
“People who would be alive today have died needlessly. We are to be held culpable for that.
“For God’s sake, let’s get cracking,” he said.
Meanwhile Hillary is not to be left out, and has jumped on the same bandwagon:
In an address that melded her personal faith and her campaign vow to battle AIDS, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday said that if elected, she would boost U.S. spending on the disease and encourage abstinence and the use of condoms to eradicate it.
“AIDS remains a plague of biblical proportions,” the New York senator told hundreds of church members gathered at the annual Global Summit on AIDS and the Church at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest. “Where ignorance and prejudice builds, AIDS thrives. Stigma is one of the real evils that has to be combated.”
During her lengthy appearance, Clinton cited Scripture, talked about the role faith played in her upbringing and value system, and reiterated a $50-billion plan announced days ago to fight AIDS and malaria.
The plan would increase U.S. spending to fight AIDS by about 20%, according to David Bryden, a spokesman for the Global Aids Alliance. All of the Democratic presidential candidates have committed to the same funding proposal, he said.
Foolish critics, too
All around the world, over the past year, the last ragtag remnants of resistance to this have been vanquished. What looked early last year as a possible rebel success with the publication in Harpers magazine of a 15 page exposure of drug corruption and failure of scientific theory in HIV failed to gather momentum, and is now forgotten, as East Coast media quietly reasserted the status quo, led by Michael Specter in the New Yorker.
The feisty, acutely intelligent group blog You Bet Your Life, started by a witty lawyer on the West Coast and taken over by Harvey Bialy, the fiercest and most scientifically informed of HIV=AIDS dissidents among journalists and science writers, gained considerable traction in the scientific community but eventually ran out of steam when Bialy was taken ill, and has not been resumed since mid summer. The fine contents, however, are still there for the perusal of newcomers.
Not that human weakness is confined to the supporters of the HIV meme by any means. The first court case attracting world wide attention to this topic, in Adelaide, saw the judge dismiss a knowledgeable pair of Perth dissidents as unqualified to give him an opinion on the merits of HIV as cause of AIDS, as part of the defense of the unfortunate Parenzee, whose crime was to make love to women without informing them of his HIV meme status.
What ruined the credibility of the two otherwise knowledgeable commentators, who have published well informed critiques of the paradigm even though they work outside the field, like most of its critics, was their insistence that the very existence of HIV was still unproven, a stance of such political naivete that it guaranteed the outcome of the case, whatever the merits of their argument.
Meanwhile, the blog AIDSTruth.org run by John P. Moore of Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York, whose microbicide research is well funded by a drug company to the tune of $500,000, so far in vain, has flourished, printing copious stories in a spirit of defeating all critical thought in the arena, though inadvertently provoking questions by carrying apologia by mainstream researchers which seemed to confirm rather than deny the revelation of their studies that there were great flaws in the paradigm, the best example of this being Nancy Padian confirming that heterosexual transmission of HIV was as low as once in 10,000 bouts.
All in all, the year has been a triumph for John Moore, however, and we congratulate him and the other promoters of the HIV=AIDS paradigm for establishing the supremacy of this belief with an overwhelming defense against any and all dangers of critical inspection and doubt.
No doubt it will be easy for them to conquer the remaining one third of the population of the developed world who as yet have not heard much if anything about their glorious triumph of scientific activism.
United Nations, (PTI): One in three people in the world’s major industrialised countries “know little or nothing” about the deadly HIV/AIDS pandemic and 25 per cent believe that the problem has been “greatly exaggerated” by the media, a poll said….
The World Vision “Index of Concern,” a tool for understanding the level of concern each country feels towards the issue, finds that Canada leads the seven nations surveyed for the highest level of empathy its residents feel toward those affected by HIV and AIDS globally, with Japan ranking last. The others in order are France, Germany, US, Italy and UK.
After all, they have persuaded the local population here that AIDS is a bigger problem than global warming. In this report,Survey finds Americans more concerned about AIDS than climate, we learn that they would be willing to pay even more in taxes to support the Bob Club in the manner to which they have become accustomed:
A telephone survey has found Americans are more concerned about the global AIDS epidemic than climate change. But 25 years after the first confirmed case of the disease, 30 percent of Americans say they know little or nothing about it.
The survey of 1002 Americans was conducted by Canadian research firm IPSOS and paid for by Christian humanitarian organization World Vision. The survey was conducted in September, but the results were released to coincide with World AIDS day, which is Saturday.
Americans ranked the war in Iraq, poverty and hunger, and the global economy all above AIDS, when read a list of issues.
Half the Americans surveyed said they would be willing to pay more in taxes to help pay for prevention, treatment, research, and care for AIDS patients, but the same number said they have no personal connection with AIDS.
Perhaps that $30 billion can be expanded, as Hillary promises, if she gets into the White House.
World AIDS Day 2008 looks like being an even more glorious celebration than today, for the generals of HIV=AIDS.
Drink up, Socratic enquirers: why dissidents may never win
All this reminds us of the death of Socrates, who drank hemlock after an Athenian court convicted him of alienating the youth of the city by teaching them to question the beliefs of their betters. While the dissenters from HIV=AIDS may not have to kill themselves, it seems pretty certain that they will have to find something else to do if things continue this way.
It may be that the world doesn’t wish to be saved from the belief that HIV=AIDS. Just as Socrates exposed the sham foundation of the civic virtues of Athens, and had to be expelled from the body politic, so dissenters may be exposing far too many of the human motives of politicians, officials, editors, writers, doctors, health workers, and activists, let alone scientists, to be acceptable to responsible people.
There comes a point where a cover up is necessary, when too much would tumble down in an enquiry. Perhaps some members of the leadership of this society might be persuaded to look long enough at HIV=AIDS and its empty rationale to understand its lethal absurdity, but they will probably also decide that we cannot afford to change the story.
After all, at the cost of a few thousand lives of gays in America and Europe, and a few million ill people in Africa and elsewhere, we can preserve the dignity and authority of Bishop Tutu, Nelson Mandela, President Bush, President Clinton, Bono, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, and Magic Johnson, as well as their scientific advisors Anthony Fauci, Mark Wainberg, David Baltimore, John P. Moore, John Maddox, Daniel Koshland and the current editors of Science, Nature, the New York Times, the New Yorker and every other magazine and newspaper mentioning the topic of AIDS.
Is this not a fair deal? The senators of Athens thought so, and Socrates took his hemlock like a man, not disagreeing with them. if you don’t believe us, read The Death of Socrates by Emily Wilson, the latest biography of Socrates, reviewed here by Adam Kirsch:Welcoming a True Trial of Conscience.