It's been a hectic week following the Moore Follies. I've received some fascinating blog comments, direct correspondence, and indirect correspondence. Here's a sample.
James MacAllister is a professional documentarian. Here's his website. Jim produced the animated movie Eukaryosis for Prof. Lynn Margulis of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which presented her Serial endosymbiotic theory (SET) of evolution.
Here's MacAllister's sober, thoughtful and well-reasoned comments on Barnes-ville regarding this AIDS mess:
Like most people, I assumed that AIDS was caused by a virus called HIV and dismissed Duesberg out of hand without even reading his book. Eventually, I read Bialy, then Duesberg, then everything I could find. I will be the first to admit, there's a lot of technical stuff I do not understand in the literature. I do not know if HIV causes AIDS or not. But what I do know (subjectively as a writer who had to translate complex medical topics into plain English) is that the folks who question the HIV-AIDS hypothesis do a much better job of presenting clear, logical arguments with citations to the primary science literature than do the folks who do not question the HIV-AIDS hypothesis.
I note that to be science, the research on HIV-AIDS would be as interested in falsifying the hypothesis as proving it. I could be wrong, but that does not seem to be the case. Duesberg on the other hand, suggests ways of testing his ideas.
I also note that things that might cast doubt on the veracity of individuals, such as Robert Gallo's "co-discovery" of Montaigne's virus or his lucrative patent from the AIDS test are strangely absent when the folks who believe that HIV is the cause of AIDS are telling their truths.
The absence of citations to primary scientific literature in the NIAID Fact Sheet "The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS", not to mention the misrepresentations and omissions it contains just smells funny.
I also think that designation of the HIV virus as the cause of AIDS and the patenting of the AIDS test preceding the evidence being published, peer reviewed, and reproduced is not a practice that gives me great confidence. What are the odds of this being a lucky guess?
I'm not convinced that the various AIDS tests are proof of infection by HIV because I cannot find any study that documents HIV being purified. Given the manufacturers' disclaimers on these products, their use as diagnostic tools is clearly "off label". I wonder if this fact is shared with people being given their status as HIV+?
So you see, I have doubts, intuition, questions, appraisals and curiosity. Like you, I await convincing evidence.
Jim, we share your doubts and
want demand to see the evidence as well!
Next, we have a correspondent, from Bangkok, a fellow named, Claus, who wanted to express some of his direct observations of events in that exotic city:
Over the course of several years now, embedded in the great not-so-adult entertainment centres in Bangkok and on Phuket, I've never been able to observe or otherwise confirm a single case of AIDS among the omnipresent 'pleasure models', many of whose lives and careers I've had the privilege of following for several years. I know this is all anecdotal, but still: NOT ONE SINGLE CASE in all the houses of extraordinary repute or the small villages the girls are supposed to return to die.
Neither do these people seem to die from anything else, apart from traffic accidents, until it's time for them to go more or less the way everybody else goes –– killed at a ripe age by some fumbling idiot of a doctor.
Be that as it may - I confess I haven't been to every secret room in every single hospital to find the AIDS ward –– there is NOTHING here like the hype I read in articles from Africa –– nothing whatsoever!!
In fact the correlation is clear and plain to see even for the ordinary tourist: the harder the girls party, drink, smoke the less healthy they are and look. Whenever they take a break from this, either to go home to their family, or when they find some 'good heart' sponsor, as they put it, to stay with, they IMMEDIATELY improve.
Contrary perhaps to some reports, harder drugs than alcohol are NOT a big problem among them, apart from some relatively random 'ia-baa' use. Those who're most into drugs and hard partying are, (surprise) the gays and especially the 'lady boys', who are also (surprise again) the unhealthiest, unhappiest looking individuals, and the ones that are most often rumoured to have AIDS.
The general population is of course incessantly pumped full of cheap over-the-counter antibiotics, I guess in a bid to break down their, in my experience, generally strong natural resistance. So its quite surprising that infectious diseases don't take a higher toll than is the case.
At any rate, I think if Duesberg or anybody else were looking for cheap, easy, enjoyable testing of their criticisms of the paradigm or their own theories, here's all kinds of parallel experiments set up and ready for any observer to follow. You suppose Bill and Warren could spare a few millions for this mmmm. . .?
Hang in there, Claus! More importantly, write to us again!
Finally, we have a correspondent from Nigeria, a fellow named, Toye Omotoye, trying to make sense of African AIDS and expressing some doubts thereto:
I am a second year sociology student at UniCal, and last semester my biology Prof. told us some of the reasons he thinks that AIDS is not an African problem. This came as quite a surprise to me because since I was in secondary school I have heard about the sex epidemic and warned that I was not to frequent any of the "hotels" in my town. But after his lecture I began to think that in the 10 years I can remember getting such good advice about the devil's playground a few doors down from our flat, I never saw any of the girls who lived in the hotel get sick let alone die from the AIDS, and none of my friends who were not as obedient as me ever got AIDS either. So I am now thinking that maybe my biology Prof. wasn't so crazy, and maybe neither is Prof. Duesberg, and maybe the definition of AIDS that the traditional doctor from Oyo gave so many years ago that Prof. quoted is really true. "AIDS = American Invention to Discourage Sex".
AIDS=American Invention to Discourage Sex.....and scare a lotta folks into taking dangerous drugs, while scientists and Big Pharma line their pockets with self-righteous cashola!
So, there you have it. A few smart, curious, friendly folks from Amherst, Bangkok and Calabar, employing a skeptical eye on some of the AIDS dogma from around the globe. Kinda intellectually refreshing, no?
Tell me your thoughts on the matter, folks.