HIV/AIDS Skepticism

Pointing to evidence that HIV is not the necessary and sufficient cause of AIDS

HIV/AIDS makes for happy work

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/08/03

On July 17 over eastern Ukraine, a missile shot down a Malaysian aeroplane carrying nearly 300 passengers, some of them in transit to Australia for the International AIDS Conference.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Channel TV) of July 21 quoted one of the organizers of that AIDS Conference: through the deaths of these people “the normally ‘cheerful mood’ at the AIDS Conferences will now be absent”.

Thus, commented Colbert, the Russian separatists who shot down that aeroplane have managed to make AIDS depressing (as it had not been earlier, presumably).

This gallows humor points to a significant aspect of contemporary research, very much including medical science: Researchers are far removed from the impact and wider significance of what they do.
Not that they are in a traditional Ivory Tower, because that imagined people driven by nothing but an interest in plain truth. Today’s researchers are just employees, hired hands, doing what they’re paid to do, “theirs not to reason why” *. Their “truth” is a very narrow one, restricted to what works in their test-tubes, even if that has no direct application outside those tubes and even if the results make no sense outside the tubes because the work is too oversimplified, not representative of the real-world issue to which it is supposed to apply. A drug might kill a pathogen very nicely in a tube, for example, but it might also have toxic “side” effects that make it useless in medical practice.

Today’s universal measure of value is not truth value but economic value.
Academic researchers are judged by their own university according to how much grant money they bring in.
Within drug companies, no one has the job of making overall judgments, whether aims and projects serve anything except the companies’ profitability. Technical staff and sales people do their jobs without concern for the wider or ultimate significance of what they do. CEOs are answerable only to their shareholders.
Drug companies are evaluated by how great their profits are. Hospitals are for-profit. Doctors are increasingly hired hands within clinics and large (and bureaucratic) “health-care organizations”.
There is no work done on vaccines against Ebola virus because there’s not enough potential profit in it.

National economic growth in the United States is welcomed universally as a good thing, even as a major part of it comes from health-care costs increasing at 4 times the rate for everything else for several decades without improvement in health outcomes compared to other countries.

People at International AIDS Conferences can have a grand old time, even while millions of people continue to be misled about what it means to be “HIV-positive” and to be consigned to toxic “treatment” by antiretroviral drugs.
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* If you don’t recognize the phrase, please look up Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

 

8 Responses to “HIV/AIDS makes for happy work”

  1. david m burd said

    These “AIDS” professionals killed/murdered by wartime missiles is so Quixotic: Their beliefs and efforts actually kill millions of people via their toxic antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), but they think they are saving lives. Basically they were “useful idiots” but now killed by flying to a Conference that promotes their lethal agenda.

    • Henry Bauer said

      david m burd:
      I think you mean ironic, not Quixotic?

      Here is what John Lauritsen wrote about Joep Lange in 1992:
      [About the alternate AIDS conference held in Amsterdam in mid-May 1992. From Chapter
      XXX: “AIDS Criticism in Europe” in the 1993 book, “The AIDS War”, pp. 406-7].

      “In the panel on ‘non-toxic therapies’, an Amsterdam physician, Joep Lange, maintained
      that AZT was beneficial, and that the AZT studies were good research. When other members
      of the panel attempted to confront him on these assertions, the chair intervened to silence them.
      This outraged a number of members of the audience. One man said that he had not come all
      the way from Argentina to hear AZT promoted on a panel about non-toxic therapies. ‘Why can’t
      we have an impartial chair?’, he demanded. The next day Lange and I were scheduled to
      appear together on a panel on ‘pharmaceutical research and AIDS’. I came prepared for a
      confrontation, but Lange failed to show up. That evening on Dutch television Lange denounced
      Peter Duesberg as ‘a lunatic’. It was not an accusation he had dared to make at the conference.”

  2. What’s in a word? Sometimes a great deal -other times -not so much.

    Quixotic: adjective
    exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical : a vast and perhaps quixotic project.

    Thesaurus:
    “many dismissed his missionary work as imprudent and quixotic”: idealistic, romantic, visionary, Utopian, extravagant, starry-eyed, unrealistic, unworldly; impractical, impracticable, unworkable, impossible.

    quixotic idealistic visionary
    attempt youth leadership
    quest dream leader
    campaign rhetoric work
    gesture student artist
    venture belief thinker
    pursuit philosophy poet
    mission generation architect

    • Henry Bauer said

      Walter Kemble:
      Yes, HIV/AIDS research is a Quixotic pursuit. That some were killed is ironic (as well as sad).

  3. rftr said

    hello Mr Bauer,

    Is that true that “HIV is one of the most changeable viruses discovered to date”?

    I found it here:
    http://www.hvtn.org/en/science/science-feature-story.html

    • Henry Bauer said

      rftr:

      Th notion that “HIV” mutates at an extraordinary rate is a misinterpretation of the evidence. All so-called “isolates” of “HIV” are actually mixtures of many different substances which is misinterpreted as a single substance mutating. See sections 0.1.1 and 3.1.3, especially 3.1.3.8, in The Case against HIV.

      • rftr said

        Thank you for your prompt response. what about this?

        “Dr Khalili and his team have successfully removed the HIV virus from various human cell cultures in the lab”
        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-cut-hiv-directly-out-of-the-human-genome-using-molecular-tools-9621495.html

        What is your interpretation?

      • Henry Bauer said

        rtfr:
        They worked on “human cell cultures” that may well ahve actually produced what mainstream researchers misidentified as “HIV virus”
        Since authentic “HIV virions” have never been isolated from blood, even from individuals supposedly in viremia (lots of virus), the nature of the genome of the supposed virus is also highly uncertain.
        Etienne de Harven has pointed out that everything about “HIV” can be explained in terms of circulating bits of DNA or RNA and HERVs (Human Endogenous RetroViruses): “Human Endogenous Retroviruses and AIDS Research: Confusion, Consensus, or Science?” Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 15 Number 3 Fall 2010; http://www.jpands.org/vol15no3/deharven.pdf

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