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Gallo corrected, Bialy triumphant on Amazon and fearless blog matador skewers sacred bull at Barnesworld

Lynn Margulis endorses Bialy and doubts

Padian is the sword in the heart

Questioners of HIV∫AIDS are currently winning the paradigm war, it seems, with advances on several new fronts. The Harpers article in March, like a beachhead in Normandy landing an army, has proved armor plated in the fact of false critique and calumny. It has now been followed up by successes on two fronts on the Web.

The Correcting Gallo “56 errors refuted” issued by Rethinking AIDS two weeks ago examined at length and rejected all the 56 objections of Robert Gallo and a group of pro-paradigm activists. Every single claim was faulty, it turned out, when compared with the scientific literature, which apparently is not bedtime reading for Gallo any more, since he doesn’t yet seem to understand that direct T cell killing by HIV has been ruled out.

Now Harvey Bialy has routed John Moore on Amazon, with Moore forced by Amazon to replace his childishly dismissive review of Bialy’s exemplary book, “Aneuploidy, Oncogenes and AIDS: A Scientific Life and Times of Peter H. Duesberg”, with a rewrite (it was against the rules to include the referral to his misleading AIDSTruth.org site), and now a new champion in the form of Lynn Margulis, member of the National Academy and alert to the unjust trashing of Duesberg for some years now. Margulis’s review is worth quoting in full:

Bialy’s message in his hotly contested book Oncogenes, aneuploidy, and AIDS. A scientific life & times of Peter H. Duesberg is of crucial importance to everyone with an interest in the science that should underlie the practice of medicine. “Oncogenes” are defined as “cancer-causing genes”, “aneuploidy” refers to any anomalous number and arrangement of chromosomes in a nucleated (plant, animal, protist or fungal) cell. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) refers to an illness, a constellation of opportunistic infections and pathologies in a patient with diminished capacity for production of the repertoire of antibodies typical of healthy people. In 1984 a virus now named the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was announced to be the cause of AIDS. Duesberg disagrees. Duesberg’s accessible, comprehensive and scientific book, Inventing the AIDS Virus that explains why is more an epiphenomenon of the controversy than its cause. Bialy defends Peter Duesberg.

Duesberg’s real sin, as Bialy reports, was his review paper in the most prestigious scientific journal in the United States, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) that questioned the data and interpretations claimed to prove that. Duesberg found a troubling lack of evidence and a number of glaring anomalies in the body of literature.

Duesberg’s paper caused such an uproar in the medical research community that it led to rewriting of the rules for submission by members of their own scientific articles for the PNAS. His questions are still valid. Lives are at stake. We find the paucity of evidence published in standard peer-reviewed primary scientific journals that leads to the conclusion that “HIV causes AIDS” appalling. No amount of moralizing censorship, rhetorical tricks, consensus of opinion, pulling rank, obfuscation, ad hominem attacks or blustering newspaper editorials changes this fact. The conflation “HIV-AIDS” may be good marketing but is it science? No. Yet certainly the political and economic implications of the term “HIV-AIDS” are staggering. (See Harper’s March 2006 article “Out of Control” by Celia Farber).

Peter Duesberg continues his splendid 35-year research career at the University of California at Berkeley where, since 1986 he has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences and hence, eligible to publish any of his own scientific work. Although his government research funds (like ours, on a far smaller scale) were cut from $350,000 per year to zero, he continues investigations into the cause of cancer with work on aneuploidy.

Harvey Bialy’s book may be hard at times for readers with little or no background in this arcane science, but its riveting narrative documents the troubling censorship and punishment of a tenacious scientist seeking answers. Unjustifiably labelled “denialists”,”homophobes”, “charlatans”, or “Nazis”, Bialy and Duesberg are foremost excellent scientists who follow David Bohm’s adage “Science is the search for truth, whether we like it or not”. It strains credulity to ascribe any other motivation to their stance.

Here one has to feel sorry for Moore and friends, for such an indictment of their own attitudes from such a sterling source has to be a source of lasting embarrassment socially for these defenders of their beneficent faith.

Just for good measure, it is backed up by Rebecca Culshaw, the mathematician who finally threw up her hands at the task of making sense of modeling HIV∫AIDS’s supposed biology and publicly announced her refusal to engage any more in this nonsense on Lew Rockwell’s site recently (see Why I Quit HIV and Why I quit HIV – The Aftermath; also Math Professor: Why “HIV/AIDS” Doesn’t Add Up):

Although some of the book’s devastating – and fascinating – moments do indeed come when Bialy is exposing some of the more distasteful tactics behind what is surely the most politicized medical issue in history, by focusing on AIDS, many reviews will likely draw attention to a book that is equally important for what it reveals regarding the politics, and the science, of cancer research.

Beginning with Peter Duesberg’s unwelcome criticisms of the single gene mutation theory of carcinogenesis and leaving the reader with an introduction to the current theory of aneuploidy on which Duesberg now focuses his attention, Bialy weaves a tale of the man and his mission, which is simply to find out truth. Would that so many scientists have similar motives.

Amusingly, the Moore brigade has responded to this magisterial judgement with a frankly dimwitted review so obviously dripping with ill motivated prejudice that it serves as Exhibit A for the prosecution:

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Mr. Bialy’s opus. Science fiction at its worst., July 19, 2006

Reviewer: Manny Kimmel (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Mr. Bialy’s journeyman’s prose never fails to bore. He creates a parallel universe in which the modern-day plague of AIDS is a fiction created by greedy and ambitious scientists, politicians, activists, Pharma executivies, and other assorted henchmen.

Against this backdrop of evil, we are given a Christ figure, played by a scientist at a California university who would save the world from the great lie that is AIDS. Oddly, Mr. Bialy’s descriptions of our hero smacks of a schoolgirl crush. Would that we had learned whether this curious realtionship was ever consummated.

Mr. Bialy takes a halfway good science fiction story idea (what if HIV were harmless??) and beats it to death with excrutiating, ham-handed detail.

Life is too short for this kind of drivel. Shame on me for wasting several hours of my life on this nonsense. Shame on YOU if you repeat my mistake.

Ahem.. “Would that we had learned whether this curious realtionship was ever consummated”? Doesn’t the homophobe detector swing wildly at that remark? Bialy is famously passionate for exotic women, Mr “Kimmel”, and married his current wife under romantic circumstances in Cuba, as you would know if you were familiar with the actors in this affair. No doubt we will find out eventually if this is a penname for Moore or some lab intern trying to curry favor, but this illiterate sally is precisely what the author of the book in question delights in, for it tends to more persuasively recommend the book as important and interesting than any direct praise can by itself. Indeed, when last heard from Bialy was in seventh heaven at the rate copies were disappearing from the warehouse.

Meanwhile, today we have yet another positive review from a respected source, Gerald H. Pollack, professor in the department of bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle:

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Stimulating and Thought Provoking, July 25, 2006

Reviewer: Gerald H. Pollack – See all my reviews

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I was impressed. I invite you to read this fascinating book and decide for yourself whether Duesberg has a point or two. I took time from a busy schedule to see quickly how the saga would end, and came away enlightened by a rich body of information about issues of profound significance that cry out for resolution. The message is quite serious, but the presentation is buoyed by abundant humor and wit – a pleasure to read. This is one of those books that will inspire unending conversations with friends and colleagues. Rarely have I been as moved by a book as by this very scientific biography.”

Honestly, could one ask for a simpler, more truthful sounding recommendation? Exhibit B, Dr. Moore! Readers can compare all these with HIV researcher Moore’s newly rewritten diatribe for sense, evidence of having read and digested the book, underlying motivation and other aspects:

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Missing the point on Duesberg, June 25, 2006

Reviewer: John P Moore, PhD (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

The author completely misses the point when writing about Peter Duesberg. His book comes across as a hagiography, not as an objective review of Duesberg’s flawed and ultimately failed scientific career. A more considered approach to the subject would have discussed why it was that Duesberg adopted foolishly contrarian and scientifically inaccurate positions on oncogenes and, a few years later, on HIV and AIDS. Were Duesberg’s thought-processes at this critical time in his career purely science-based? Or were they, as many of his scientific contemporaries believe, driven by his jealousy over the far greater career successes of his then-rivals in cancer virology (Bishop, Varmus, Gallo, Baltimore, for example)? An objective reviewer of Duesberg’s career would have explored such a critical issue. A detailed exploration of whether personal jealousies drove Duesberg’s public posturings should have been a critical component of the story; the book is the worse for such an important omission.

There is another glaring flaw in the book: Duesberg’s perceived (but, nowadays, not real) stature as a professional scientist underpins the activities of a small group of individuals who, bizarrely, deny that HIV causes AIDS (it is, of course, almost universally understood both within the scientific community and by the general public that HIV infection is the cause of AIDS). Like Duesberg, a few of the AIDS denialists are scientists whose careers fizzled out; but others are zealots with extreme political views (both on the far-right and the far-left) who find AIDS denialism politically convenient; and some are deeply troubled individuals with disturbing behavior patterns who deserve pity and professional help. Again, an objective book on this general subject area would explore the role played by Duesberg as the figurehead of the AIDS denialism movement. Why have such an eclectic gallimaufrey of people rallied to Duesberg’s banner? The present author utterly fails to tackle this component of the Duesberg story. As a result, his book is simply not worth reading. The definitive book on Duesberg remains to be written, although he’s probably not an interesting enough subject for a professional biographer to tackle.

John P. Moore

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology,

Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York

Only a man who has never met Duesberg could publicly suggest that “personal jealousies drove Duesberg’s public posturings”, or state “Duesberg’s perceived (but, nowadays, not real) stature as a professional scientist”. Only a man whose position in science leaves him clambering about in shoes two sizes two big for him, a man who is personally familiar with the motivations he suggests, a man who has not read Bialy’s book without prejudice and all the way through, could possibly write such calumny without embarrassment. Pity John Moore, who will have to face all his life the responsibility of having written such self revealing text, as the paradigm is eventually recognized for what it is.

Here are the full Margulis and Culshaw reviews, if you don’t want to click to the complete list at Amazon:

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Riveting narrative documents the troubling censorship and punishment of a tenacious scientist seeking answers, July 17, 2006

Reviewer: James MacAllister “Lynn Margulis and James MacAllister” (Univerity of Massachusetts Amherst) – See all my reviews

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The embroilment of Harvey Bialy and Peter Duesberg in controversy came to our attention when we read George Miklos’ glowing review of Bialy’s book. Mentally meticulous Miklos, a colleague and a hard-nosed critic (even of our own scientific work) is a focused, profoundly educated cell biologist. We read Bialy with scepticism but with the open-mindedness mandated by the severity of criticism both Bialy’s book and Miklos’ review provoked. Demand for evidence and criticism are intrinsic to the scientific enterprise.

Bialy’s message in his hotly contested book Oncogenes, aneuploidy, and AIDS. A scientific life & times of Peter H. Duesberg is of crucial importance to everyone with an interest in the science that should underlie the practice of medicine. “Oncogenes” are defined as “cancer-causing genes”, “aneuploidy” refers to any anomalous number and arrangement of chromosomes in a nucleated (plant, animal, protist or fungal) cell. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) refers to an illness, a constellation of opportunistic infections and pathologies in a patient with diminished capacity for production of the repertoire of antibodies typical of healthy people. In 1984 a virus now named the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was announced to be the cause of AIDS. Duesberg disagrees. Duesberg’s accessible, comprehensive and scientific book, Inventing the AIDS Virus that explains why is more an epiphenomenon of the controversy than its cause. Bialy defends Peter Duesberg.

Duesberg’s real sin, as Bialy reports, was his review paper in the most prestigious scientific journal in the United States, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) that questioned the data and interpretations claimed to prove that. Duesberg found a troubling lack of evidence and a number of glaring anomalies in the body of literature.

Duesberg’s paper caused such an uproar in the medical research community that it led to rewriting of the rules for submission by members of their own scientific articles for the PNAS. His questions are still valid. Lives are at stake. We find the paucity of evidence published in standard peer-reviewed primary scientific journals that leads to the conclusion that “HIV causes AIDS” appalling. No amount of moralizing censorship, rhetorical tricks, consensus of opinion, pulling rank, obfuscation, ad hominem attacks or blustering newspaper editorials changes this fact. The conflation “HIV-AIDS” may be good marketing but is it science? No. Yet certainly the political and economic implications of the term “HIV-AIDS” are staggering. (See Harper’s March 2006 article “Out of Control” by Celia Farber).

Peter Duesberg continues his splendid 35-year research career at the University of California at Berkeley where, since 1986 he has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences and hence, eligible to publish any of his own scientific work. Although his government research funds (like ours, on a far smaller scale) were cut from $350,000 per year to zero, he continues investigations into the cause of cancer with work on aneuploidy.

Harvey Bialy’s book may be hard at times for readers with little or no background in this arcane science, but its riveting narrative documents the troubling censorship and punishment of a tenacious scientist seeking answers. Unjustifiably labelled “denialists”,

“homophobes”, “charlatans”, or “Nazis”, Bialy and Duesberg are foremost excellent scientists who follow David Bohm’s adage “Science is the search for truth, whether we like it or not”. It strains credulity to ascribe any other motivation to their stance.

“Cancer keeps more people alive than it kills” claimed a colleague who compared the ample federal budget for cancer research to that for “exobiology” i.e., all NASA’s life sciences investigation except manned spaceflight. Bialy’s “aneuploidy” in the title of his superb account of the state of life science funding refers to Duesberg’s turn of attention to the concept that “genes cause cancer”. Peculiar genes, touted to be responsive to other genes that reverse their action are called “oncogenes”. (As “onco..” refers to tumors, oncology is the study of cancer.) The other genes, to which oncogenes are responsive are called tumor-suppressor genes. Voilá, the onco.. gene causes the tumor, add the suppressor gene and the tumor disappears. This sort of facile equivocal language added to the universally agreed upon fact: tumor cells are aneuploid with high frequency, led Duesberg to pursue not prizes, just scientific truths.

Cells, in their nuclei, in the bodies of animals and plants are “diploid”. Nearly all of the billions of cells contain two sets of chromosomes. In humans the distinctive staining bodies, the chromosomes (made of protein and DNA) are present in pairs: 23 pairs to a total of 46 where one member of a pair is inherited from the mother and the other member from the father. Diploid here means “normal”. When sperm are made in men’s testes and eggs are produced in the ovaries of women the number of chromosomes per cell is halved such that the sex cells have only a single set. They are haploid, also normal. Fertilization (23+23=46) restores the number to the fertile egg that becomes the embryo. Aneuploidy refers to abnormalities, excursions from either haploidy or diploidy: 47 chromosomes, broken small extra chromosomes, etc. Cancer cells are aneuploid. Tumors form in the body at sites of chemical (nicotine, lungs) or mechanical (metal plates) irritation. The cells in those tumors tend to aneuploidy, all different kinds of aneuploidy that become more extreme as the tumor cells proliferate. Duesberg begins with these observations in his recent cancer research and ignores the kind of nonsense that Bialy exposes.

In Bialy’s “Hoofbeats on the road to the prize” (chapter 2) Bialy quotes an article by R.A. Weinberg, “The action of oncogenes in the cytoplasm and nucleus that summarized years of work and cost enormous amounts of money:

“This review attempts to synthesize much of the currently available data on these issues. It is written with the belief that much of the information about oncogenes will eventually be understandable in terms of a small number of mechanisms and that the outlines of some of these are gradually becoming apparent.” Science 230:770-776 (1985)

And Bialy, who supports Duesberg’s contention that there is as little evidence for oncogenes as there is that HIV causes AIDS, comments: “Even for those who have raised equivocal language to new standards, the escape clause in this [Weinberg’s] last sentence is truly extraordinary. With promises like these it is not surprising that twenty years later we are still waiting for the first biochemical pathway whose disruption by …a [point or otherwise] mutated oncogene or genes is necessary, let alone sufficient, “for the crud to get its start”(Bialy, p. 47).

As both Bialy and Duesberg emphasize, let us see the research results of those who show that cancer is “caused by an oncogene”and that “AIDS is caused by the rapidly mutating HIV virus”. Please point us to the published evidence.

Lynn Margulis and James MacAllister, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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More to Duesberg than AIDS, July 12, 2006

Reviewer: Rebecca Culshaw – See all my reviews

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Many of the recent reviews posted on this page have been criticisms written by people who show no evidence of actually having read this book, but rather feel compelled to attack the book for the mere fact that it reports Duesberg’s controversial (but compelling) views on HIV and AIDS.

Although some of the book’s devastating – and fascinating – moments do indeed come when Bialy is exposing some of the more distasteful tactics behind what is surely the most politicized medical issue in history, by focusing on AIDS, many reviews will likely draw attention to a book that is equally important for what it reveals regarding the politics, and the science, of cancer research.

Beginning with Peter Duesberg’s unwelcome criticisms of the single gene mutation theory of carcinogenesis and leaving the reader with an introduction to the current theory of aneuploidy on which Duesberg now focuses his attention, Bialy weaves a tale of the man and his mission, which is simply to find out truth. Would that so many scientists have similar motives.

Bialy does his readers the service of never insulting their intelligence, so be warned that this book does get technical at times, but it’s worth the effort. Unexpectedly, it’s also quite funny and had me laughing aloud at times.

With the result of John Moore’s attempted slander on Amazon a total rout, Cornell’s Times Op-Ed writer and favorite son of David Ho and John Maddox has a further humiliation to worry about in the form of a defeat at the hands of Hank Barnes, anti-HIV blogger extraordinaire.

Lawyer uses Padian to defeat all comers, routs Moore

For last week Hank Barnes of Barnesworld, the alter ego of a busy lawyer in real life, reeled in his biggest fish to date, and it was none other than John Moore of Cornell. Moore seemed unable to escape Barnes’ net, and the blogger has been happily spearing this thrashing porpoise of HIV∫AIDS at will in their email/blog exchange, apparently now concluded, with Moore retired injured:

July 24, 2006

Curtain Call for the Moore Follies! (Say Goodnight, Gracie)

With the 4-part installment of the Amazon Wars, (also known as the “Moore Follies,”) we have taken a rare glimpse into the mindset of the modern-day, AIDS scientist activist. Specifically, we have engaged (or, more precisely, been engaged by) the haughty, insufferable, highly perturbable John P. Moore from Cornell University, by way of Cambridge, by way of H.Salt Fish & Chips.

So, what did we learn? Well, it’s hard to say. Ignoring his television drama-show gaffes, sarcasm, poorly attuned sense of wit , and overall dyspeptic demeanor, we learned one salient feature:

We have a scientist, who refuses to “discuss or debate” science.

Is this not a rarity on par with the finding of an offspring of a Dodo Bird?

If he were alive today, would Einstein be ducking simple questions about relativity?

Anyway, NO, we are not comparing the great Albert Einstein, to the not-so-hot, John P. Moore – we are illustrating the absurdity of self-professed “Colonels” in the AIDS War, who get awful shy and tempermental when asked to explain their opinions, bases for said opinions, and references to the scientific literature (not gov’t websites, John) that support these opinions.

Instead, all we get is a strange repetitive mantra: “HIV causes AIDS. You’re a denialist. HIV causes AIDS. You’re a denialist. HIV causes AIDS…..”

Moore must be unused to having his efforts at email putdown kicked out of the way with such despatch. Barnes will not let up. He is cleverer than Moore, wittier, and merciless – and a good deal bouncier. Moore struggles to keep up, while Barnes is behind him kicking his butt in between chortles and pirouetting 360 degrees before sinking another boot in:

Out of good cheer and perhaps a bit of devilish mischief, right before the weekend, I e-mailed Moore with the links to the aforementioned “Moore Follies.”

It was a nice e-mail. It was very short. It consisted of 6 words in the subject heading:

“John & Tara, Check out Barnesville”

So, how do you think he responded? A polite “f@%@ off, Hank”? A non-response? No, he again tried to engage with meaningless, pitiable, self-abasement. Here’s his response, in full:

Moore: I don’t waste my time reading your Blog myself, Hank, but we do monitor them, and sometimes we do pick up some useful information from there that helps us counter more influential AIDS denialists in areas where WE think it matters (trust, me the Blogsphere is not where the real fight is being played out). This particular exchange will probably not lead to any useful information, as we’ve already got enough on the kinds of people who have the time to read and respond to your Blog postings. But hey, you never know, so thanks for trying on our behalf, even if you don’t realize what you’re doing (or, more to the point, what WE’RE doing). We don’t publicize our successes, but if you did you would be surprised at how helpful you and your fellow Bloggers have been to us. In reality, as I say, the real fight is being fought elsewhere. You guys just don’t realize it – yet.

And I really don’t give the proverbial rat’s ass if the kind of people who read your Blogs have a laugh at what they think is my expense. If I cared about what you and your internet buddies think, I would never have entered into any email exchange with you (nothing in emails ever stays private unless they’re between close and trusted friends, in academia or in any other walk of life; you think I maybe don’t realize that at my age?????).

So, post away, do whatever you like. If I think there’s something useful to be gained from communicating with you, I’ll let you know. In the mean time, what’s the phrase? Knock yourself out, buddy!

John

Nicely disdainful and cavalier, but a big mistake when dealing with pit bull Barnes, who rips it into small chunks and chews it up item by item:

Moore: “I don’t waste my time reading your Blog myself, Hank,…”

Hank: Well, you DO waste time reading and writing Amazon reviews of Duesberg’s biography, right?

You DO waste time writing a whole buncha letters and e-mails to the editor of Harpers’ right?

You DO waste time lurking at Aetiology, right?

What’s the difference?

Moore: but we do monitor them, and sometimes we do pick up some useful information from there that helps us counter more influential AIDS denialists in areas where WE think it matters (trust, me the Blogsphere is not where the real fight is being played out).

Hank: Who is this ubiquitous “WE” you keep blabbering about? The same incompetents who wrote that unreadable, unpublishable “grid” rebuttal to the Harpers’ piece?

Why not simply stand alone – like a man. Why do you need a buncha AIDS sychophants and lapdogs around you at all times to “monitor” people? This ain’t the goddam Soviet Union, you know?

Moore: This particular exchange will probably not lead to any useful information, as we’ve already got enough on the kinds of people who have the time to read and respond to your Blog postings.

Hank: Yes, but it’s quite witty and enjoyable.

Moore: But hey, you never know, so thanks for trying on our behalf, even if you don’t realize what you’re doing (or, more to the point, what WE’RE doing). We don’t publicize our successes, but if you did you would be surprised at how helpful you and your fellow Bloggers have been to us. In reality, as I say, the real fight is being fought elsewhere. You guys just don’t realize it – yet.

Hank: What successes? The vaccine success. The success with Mbeki. The success in spiking the Harpers’ piece. The successful strategy to scare and kill a lotta gay men with AZT in the 80’s? Your only success has been to waste a lot of tax-payer $$, shut down scientific discussion, and hornswoggle a small claque of gays into joining the bad guys to oppress the vulnerable guys. This ain’t gonna last forever, John. The Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Big Tobacco came tumbling down. Merck is a bit wobbly over Vioxx. You’d best be thinking of an exit strategy, when it gets ugly, my friend.

Moore: And I really don’t give the proverbial rat’s ass if the kind of people who read your Blogs have a laugh at what they think is my expense.

Hank: Well, the mirth-meter is pretttttty high today, I must say. As for the kind of people, do you care whether Dr. Lynn Margulis and her colleagues read the blog. If you had ANY cojones whatsoever, you’d call them “Denialists” in public. In fact, by now, you’ve read (or had your flunkies read to you) the Margulis review of Bialy’s book. A salient excerpt for you: “We find the paucity of evidence published in standard peer-reviewed primary scientific journals that leads to the conclusion that “HIV causes AIDS” appalling. No amount of moralizing censorship, rhetorical tricks, consensus of opinion, pulling rank, obfuscation, ad hominem attacks or blustering newspaper editorials changes this fact. The conflation “HIV-AIDS” may be good marketing but is it science? No.”

Any written response to her, or just that same awkward silence, when you get flustered?

Moore: If I cared about what you and your internet buddies think, I would never have entered into any email exchange with you (nothing in emails ever stays private unless they’re between close and trusted friends, in academia or in any other walk of life; you think I maybe don’t realize that at my age?????).

Hank: Well, I don’t know your age (late 40’s?), but that’s not what you said Wednesday at 2″13 p.m. Do you remember this:

Moore: “Yes, I object to you publishing what I believed was a private exchange. John”

Hank: You’re a wily fellow, John. We should play chess sometimes. I didn’t go to Cambridge, but I bet $500 bucks I’d whip ya. Even with black.

Moore: So, post away, do whatever you like. If I think there’s something useful to be gained from communicating with you, I’ll let you know. In the mean time, what’s the phrase? Knock yourself out, buddy!

Hank: This is the second time you’ve utterly wasted 7 good words with a meaningless, tautological platitude. Post away, do whatever I like? Well, gee, John, don’t I always?

Best,

Hank.

p.s. I construe your statement “So, post away, do whatever you like” as permission for me to publish this exchange too. You don’t mind, do you:)

This concludes the Moore Follies. The curtain is down, the lights are on. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. Good day, my gentle readers.

As Barnes, says, this exchange (there are three previous postings in the saga, with a selection from other mail today ) was an unprecedented look inside Moore’s mind and rather revealing. In the comments Moore’s “we” versus “you” framing of the discourse was highlighted, since it suggests so clearly that Moore views the debate not as scientific but as a political battle, with patients’ needs rather low on his list.

This particular exchange will probably not lead to any useful information, as we’ve already got enough on the kinds of people who have the time to read and respond to your Blog postings. But hey, you never know, so thanks for trying on our behalf, even if you don’t realize what you’re doing (or, more to the point, what WE’RE doing). We don’t publicize our successes, but if you did you would be surprised at how helpful you and your fellow Bloggers have been to us. In reality, as I say, the real fight is being fought elsewhere. You guys just don’t realize it – yet.

“Got enough on the kinds of people….the real fight is being fought elsewhere….” Does Moore realize the extent to which such phrasing gives the game away to onlookers? It is certainly not science or medicine.

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Comments

“We don’t publicize our successes, but if you did you would be surprised at how helpful you and your fellow Bloggers have been to us. In reality, as I say, the real fight is being fought elsewhere. You guys just don’t realize it – yet.”

Hank, who are the “WE” Mr. Moore refers to? Fellow scientists? If so, he mentions them fighting…fighting for what? And what are these “successes”? Are they medical successes? It would be obvious if there were. I’m guessing if they exist at all, he’s talking about PR successes.

So, this is about a FIGHT. Strange, I thought it was about helping people. He and his “WE” can fight all they want. I want to help people, help them out of this horrible medical nightmare.

Posted by: Dan | July 24, 2006 at 10:17 AM

Dan,

Exactly. They are fighting to get more drugs to more people. Period. However, they are oblivious to the notion that more drugs may make matters worse.

Hank

Posted by: HankBarnes | July 24, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Stop being cruel to AIDS babes, Hank. At least leave them a shred of tattered dignity.

He certainly is a faithful reader of your blog. Cannot imagine why he would want to deny it. The reason is surely that those who stand on a deep fault line must pay attention to know when the quake comes.

The rumbling seems to be getting louder and louder, John. Well, just cling to Bob. He is good in emergencies. We were once stuck in an elevator with him for 40 minutes and he behaved very well.

Posted by: TS | July 24, 2006 at 01:10 PM

Nice going, Hank. What do you think, could we get as much mileage out of Tony Fauci?

Hatchet Day is drawing near, you know.

Posted by: Wilhelm | July 24, 2006 at 03:37 PM

I recently heard from a student of a former colleague the following explanation for why the (often strenuously) peer-reviewed papers of Duesberg must be wrong: If they were not, then they would have persuaded the majority of scientists.

Simple. Incontrovertible. Idiotic.

Perfect for Moore to add to his “Johnny One Note” arsenal of argument.

Posted by: George | July 25, 2006 at 08:05 AM

I wonder what Moore has in store for us. Are we all going to be rounded up as terrorists for attempting to spread a virus we don’t believe exists? (or maybe we really do believe it exists, but being scientific psychopaths, we’re trying to encourage people to spread it around). I just hope when the big shot dissidents get arrested that I do too because, after all, this is only an attention getting device (questioning AIDS, that is) and I’d hate not to get the attention of others!

Posted by: David Crowe | July 25, 2006 at 01:22 PM

David Crowe,

Hah! I have 2 good friends at home who ain’t gonna let ole’ Hank get rounded up by nobody!

HB

Posted by: HankBarnes | July 25, 2006 at 01:35 PM

Moore apparently has finally learned better than to tangle with Barnes, and now disappeared for good. This is a great pity, since Barnes’ feisty, barnyard style (he knows how to take advantage of a pseudonym) allows him to make fast, pithy points which nail HIV∫AIDS escape artists before they can say “We don’t debate denialists”.

After starting a ThinkPad blog in December last year, Barnes has upset the hens in the HIV∫AIDS coop with shot after shot. One nailed David Baltimore:

February 19, 2006

Irony Meter!

“It’s no accident that we are seeing such an extensive suppression of scientific freedom. It’s part of the theory of government now, and it’s a theory we need to vociferously oppose.”

Strong words, No?

Who said this and where, I ask?

Well, golly gee, it’s Dr. David Baltimore at the New York Times.

But the first was the most brilliant. It brought up the Padian study, which he has since repeatedly used as a bazooka to blast the squawking chickens of HIV∫AIDS into clouds of feathers at every opportunity.

Anyone who is unfamiliar with the Padian study should read Barnes’ deft, hilarious lead in and summary of this remarkable mainstream HIV∫AIDS project, which all by itself is enough to defeat the global HIV∫AIDS pandemic and expose it as utterly specious, since it removes its main pillar. Nancy Padian showed that HIV positivity is not transmitted by heterosexual sex. (In fact, her results indicate that it isn’t a homosexually transmitted virus either, if its logic is pursued).

Mebbe, Fumento is only half-right. Mebbe, it ain’t a heterosexually transmissible disease, nor a homosexually transmissible disease.

Mebbe, this damnable disease has not a damn thing to do with sex — of any kind!

Enuf, sez ‘ole Hank. We gotta get to the bottom (no pun intended) of this mystery

I need to see some epidemiology.

No, I don’t want dumb-ass reports by gov’t bureuacrats at the CDC, NIH, FDA.

No, I don’t want dumb-ass literature from the local Planned Parenthood.

No, I don’t even want to take Fumento’s word as gospel.

I want the source. I want to see the peer-reviewed published literature. ‘Ole Hank spends a fair amount of time reading, the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. This boy ain’t a rookie.

But, where is the American Journal of Epidemiology? Ahh, here it is.

Padian, Heterosexual Transmission of HIV in Northern California: Results from a Ten-year Study, Am. J. Epidemiol., Vol 146: 350 – 357. (1997)

(Note to my friend, Dale aka Daf9: The title says Ten!)

So, what did Dr. Nancy Padian find? Well, lemme offer a few salient quotes:

1. “To our knowledge, our study is the largest and longest study of heterosexual transmission of HIV in the United States. The consistency of results over the 10-year duration argues for the validity of our results.” (Padian, page 354.)

2. “We followed 175 HIV-discordant couples over time for a total of approximately 282 couple-years of follow-up.” (Padian, page 354.) (Discordant couple means one is HIV+, one is HIV-)

3. “We observed no seroconversions after entry into the study.”(Padian, page 354.) Huh, run that by me again?

4. “Forty -seven couples who remained in follow-up for 3 months to 6 years used condoms intermittently, and no seroconversions occurred among exposed partners.”(Padian, page 354.)

So, lemme understand this, Nancy:

1. Over 10 years, a lotta HIV+ folks had the audacity to continue having sex with their beloved uninfected partners, ……and none contracted HIV;

2. Some used condoms, ….and none contracted HIV

3. Some refused condoms, ….and none contracted HIV

4. Even some – about 38% – had anal sex, ….and still none contracted HIV. (See Table 3, pg 355.)

So, Nancy, I gotta ask: How do you have a sexually transmitted disease, that ain’t transmitted by sex?

I mean when you write, “We observed no seroconversions,” doesn’t that mean, ahem, no seroconversions?

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February 15, 2006

Cargo Cult Science: AIDS & Sex

“Yikes,” says the casual reader, “I like sex, but I’m afraid of AIDS. Better use a condom. Better yet, let’s just not talk about it.”

For 25 years now, we’ve been taught that AIDS is caused by a virus, mostly transmitted by sex.

Millions of people believe this. Aren’t folks dying in Africa from all this sex and all this AIDS? Shouldn’t we help them? Shouldn’t we send them billions of $$ for medicine?

Slow down, Pal.

Take it easy.

Take a breath.

Fact: The human species is at least 500 million years old. That means……shhh…… people have been having sex for a long time. Not decades, not centuries, not millenia, but millions of years. China has a population of 1 billion people. So, ahem, that means — a heckuva lot of fluids being exchanged!

Even my Grandma from Salzburg, Pennsylvannia — unpleasant imagery notwithstanding — was once having sex.

I was taught that sex is a good thing, not a bad thing.

I was taught that sex breeds life, not death. Ask my wife and 2 beautiful children, if you don’t believe me.

So, in addition to right-wing nuts Jerry Falwell and Phyllis Schafly preaching to me about the dangers of sex, this little left-wing twit at the Public Health department is gonna lecture me about the “life-or-death” decision to use condoms?

Huh?

So, how did a supposedly fatal virus (HIV) emerge from the bath houses of the Castro and Greenwich Villiage circa 1981 to kill multitudes of innocent people and, more importantly, wreck our sex lives?

Well, the first crack in this fog of propaganda came from Michael Fumento in The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS. He simply looked at the numbers, and found that 95% of the AIDS victims in USA were (a) homosexual males and/or (b) drug users. Less than 10% of said victims were women.

Hmmm. How can a stupid, little 9 kilobase virus (HIV) discriminate between men and women? That makes no sense. Don’t women get the flu, herpes, chicken pox, too?

So, Fumento says, Hey, you heterosexuals out there — don’t worry, you can enjoy sex again! It’s mostly a “gay” disease!

“Hmm,” says ‘Ole Hank. This don’t sound right. Mebbe they have been exaggerating the risk of heterosexual transmission, but for good motives — they don’t want to stigmatize gay folks. Hell, I don’t wanna stigmatize gay folks. Hell, I don’t wanna stigmatize anyone. The Fumento book refutes all this hype and exaggeration about hetero sex, but sheesh, does that really make it a “gay” disease? I mean, on a purely numerical basis, there are millions of more straight women, (about 141 million) than gay men (4.5 million). If only 1/10 women enjoy a good bugger every now and then, that would still exceed the frequency of anal sex by homosexuals.

Yeah, it’s a little awkward to ask, but I will: Why aren’t many more women contracting AIDS thru anal sex?

Mebbe, Fumento is only half-right. Mebbe, it ain’t a heterosexually transmissible disease, nor a homosexually transmissible disease.

Mebbe, this damnable disease has not a damn thing to do with sex — of any kind!

Enuf, sez ‘ole Hank. We gotta get to the bottom (no pun intended) of this mystery

I need to see some epidemiology.

No, I don’t want dumb-ass reports by gov’t bureuacrats at the CDC, NIH, FDA.

No, I don’t want dumb-ass literature from the local Planned Parenthood.

No, I don’t even want to take Fumento’s word as gospel.

I want the source. I want to see the peer-reviewed published literature. ‘Ole Hank spends a fair amount of time reading, the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. This boy ain’t a rookie.

But, where is the American Journal of Epidemiology? Ahh, here it is.

Padian, Heterosexual Transmission of HIV in Northern California: Results from a Ten-year Study, Am. J. Epidemiol., Vol 146: 350 – 357. (1997)

(Note to my friend, Dale aka Daf9: The title says Ten!)

So, what did Dr. Nancy Padian find? Well, lemme offer a few salient quotes:

1. “To our knowledge, our study is the largest and longest study of heterosexual transmission of HIV in the United States. The consistency of results over the 10-year duration argues for the validity of our results.” (Padian, page 354.)

2. “We followed 175 HIV-discordant couples over time for a total of approximately 282 couple-years of follow-up.” (Padian, page 354.) (Discordant couple means one is HIV+, one is HIV-)

3. “We observed no seroconversions after entry into the study.”(Padian, page 354.) Huh, run that by me again?

4. “Forty -seven couples who remained in follow-up for 3 months to 6 years used condoms intermittently, and no seroconversions occurred among exposed partners.”(Padian, page 354.)

So, lemme understand this, Nancy:

1. Over 10 years, a lotta HIV+ folks had the audacity to continue having sex with their beloved uninfected partners, ……and none contracted HIV;

2. Some used condoms, ….and none contracted HIV

3. Some refused condoms, ….and none contracted HIV

4. Even some – about 38% – had anal sex, ….and still none contracted HIV. (See Table 3, pg 355.)

So, Nancy, I gotta ask: How do you have a sexually transmitted disease, that ain’t transmitted by sex?

I mean when you write, “We observed no seroconversions,” doesn’t that mean, ahem, no seroconversions?

Oh, C’mon Hank, just because the fact in this large, epidemiological studycontradicts our theory on HIV, doesn’t mean we have to jump ship. Hell, we estimate that heterosexual transmission is merely low, male-to-female is 1/1000, and female-to-male is 1/10,000. We won’t even mention the lack of seroconversions in the abstract — Hell, most folks don’t even read these damn papers anyway.

And, more importantly, Hank, wear a condom for goodness sake!

Joking aside, in my humble opinion, the findings of this one paper obliterate almost 75% of most of the AIDS dogma we’ve been taught for over 25 years. Some (all?) of those of folks should have become infected over the 10 years of the study. None did. No explanation is offered by the authors. Further, the authors note that 38% of the people engaged in anal sex, but no explanation is given as to why these women did not contract HIV.

There is only one reasonable, logical, scientific conclusion: The retrovirus HIV isn’t transmissble by sex of any kind.

Much obliged

Posted by HankBarnes on February 15, 2006 at 12:35 PM

Since February Barnes has been using this study as it should be used – to whack into stunned silence anyone who suggests that there is a global pandemic (or, as he has noticed, anyone who suggests that “HIV” is sexually infectious among gays either).

He has played especial havoc with Aetiology, the popular blog on the SEED magazine blog site run by Tara Smith, a young epidemiologist and curvaceous brunette (judging from her picture in what looks like a swimsuit or the equivalent form fitting attire) with too ready a faith in the mainstream view. Barnes has since March confounded her utterly with the Padian study, despite much waffling escapism in response.

Barnes won the latest round ten days ago, reducing the unfortunate Tara to what looks like quivering jelly:

[Partially] Banned at Aetiology!

Our favorite Science Babe, Dr. Tara Smith, has banned my ass at her blog. Here’s the recap:

1. Smith wrote this typical, ignorant throw-away line — straight outta AIDS talking points memorandum:

One of the major scourges in the countries they’re targeting is AIDS, and one of the most successful prevention strategies is regular condom use.

2. I needled her a bit about the Padian Paper, reminding her that the longest American study of heterosexual transmission of HIV found “no seroconversions.” This carries frightful implications for AIDS Cult members. If the risk of HIV transmission is ZERO, then obviously condoms add nothing to the equation.

So I asked her:

If Padian remains the “largest and longest study of heterosexual transmission of HIV in the United States” (Padian, pg 354), How come none of the HIV+ folks having sex without condoms transmitted HIV to their partners?

3. Smith got mad, responding:

Hank, all that was extensively covered in the post and comments of that discussion. I didn’t dodge anything–you just keep misrepresenting both the paper’s intent, and the very data within it. I’m sick of it. Stick to the topic here, please–you have your own blog if you want to continue discussion of the Padian paper. Otherwise, I’ll treat them as spam.

“I’M SICK OF IT.” — yelps the frazzled Sorority Girl of Epidemiology:). I love that!

4. I continued needling her, she deleted a few of my posts, I accused her of dodging, she accused me of lying and misrepresenting Padian, then, finally, she answered with some long-winded tripe, which contained these nuggets:

I didn’t dodge anything. For those of you who didn’t read the prior post (which apparently includes Hank), I addressed that in the post: [Blah, blah, blah]

Seroconversion was found in the retrospective study. For the prospective portion, there were a number of limitations that reduced their ability to find seroconversions:

Attrition was severe.

Couples were counseled to use condoms and avoid risky sex practices (and indeed, condom use went way up and anal sex went down).

The vast majority of couples were followed for only a short time (~ a year).

There was a low rate of infection with other STIs in the study population.

And finally, Hank, if this study disproves sexual transmission of HIV, why isn’t the author in your camp? Maybe you can answer this at your own blog; don’t bother to here. Go ahead and cry “censorship,” but I’ve allowed you to repeat yourself on here dozens of times already. Bring something new to the table and I’ll retain the comment

5. Then I wrote a tour de force (which was deleted and got me banned:)

Reduced their ability to find seroconversions?!!? I’m laughing my ass off:) You sound like one of those Bush flunkies trying to explain a “reduced ability to find” non-existent weapons of mass destruction:)

Look, Tara, the prospective study was the whole ball of wax.

Let me remind you that the authors wrote:

“To our knowledge, our study is the largest and longest study of heterosexual transmission of HIV in the United States.” (Padian, pg 354.)

Let me remind you that the authors wrote:

“We observed no seroconversions after entry into the study.” (Padian, pg 354.)

Let me remind you that the authors wrote:

“Nevertheless, the absence of seroincident infection over the course of the study cannot be entirely attributed to significant behavior change. No transmission occured among the 25 percent of couples who did not use condoms consistently at their last follow-up nor among the 47 couples who intermittently practiced unsafe sex during the entire duration of follow-up” (Padian, pg 356.)

The authors found “no seroconversions,” tried to attribute this surprising result to increased condom use, but didn’t know what to do with the 25% of HIV+ folks who refused condoms, but still did not transmit virus.

So, Why did all these reckless, condom-free, HIV+ sex maniacs not infect their partners in the study?

The problem, Tara, is that the FACTS of Padian, conflict with your THEORY.

Honest Hank Barnes

New rule: Whenever you hear some B.S. artist yap about AIDS and condom use, remind them that the largest epidemiological study of sexual transmission of HIV in America, showed that NOBODY got HIV. The HIV+ folks with condoms didn’t spread the virus, but neither did the HIV+ folks without condoms. ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.NIL. Surely, after at least 6 years of condomless sex with an HIV+ person, you’d expect at least ONE person to have contracted the virus. But none did. Oops. There’s goes the paradigm!

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July 13, 2006

[Partially] Banned at Aetiology!

Our favorite Science Babe, Dr. Tara Smith, has banned my ass at her blog. Here’s the recap:

1. Smith wrote this typical, ignorant throw-away line — straight outta AIDS talking points memorandum:

One of the major scourges in the countries they’re targeting is AIDS, and one of the most successful prevention strategies is regular condom use.

2. I needled her a bit about the Padian Paper, reminding her that the longest American study of heterosexual transmission of HIV found “no seroconversions.” This carries frightful implications for AIDS Cult members. If the risk of HIV transmission is ZERO, then obviously condoms add nothing to the equation.

So I asked her:

If Padian remains the “largest and longest study of heterosexual transmission of HIV in the United States” (Padian, pg 354), How come none of the HIV+ folks having sex without condoms transmitted HIV to their partners?

3. Smith got mad, responding:

Hank, all that was extensively covered in the post and comments of that discussion. I didn’t dodge anything–you just keep misrepresenting both the paper’s intent, and the very data within it. I’m sick of it. Stick to the topic here, please–you have your own blog if you want to continue discussion of the Padian paper. Otherwise, I’ll treat them as spam.

“I’M SICK OF IT.” yelps the frazzled Sorority Girl of Epidemiology:). I love that!

4. I continued needling her, she deleted a few of my posts, I accused her of dodging, she accused me of lying and misrepresenting Padian, then, finally, she answered with some long-winded tripe, which contained these nuggets:

I didn’t dodge anything. For those of you who didn’t read the prior post (which apparently includes Hank), I addressed that in the post: [Blah, blah, blah]

Seroconversion was found in the retrospective study. For the prospective portion, there were a number of limitations that reduced their ability to find seroconversions:

Attrition was severe.

Couples were counseled to use condoms and avoid risky sex practices (and indeed, condom use went way up and anal sex went down).

The vast majority of couples were followed for only a short time (~ a year).

There was a low rate of infection with other STIs in the study population.

And finally, Hank, if this study disproves sexual transmission of HIV, why isn’t the author in your camp? Maybe you can answer this at your own blog; don’t bother to here. Go ahead and cry “censorship,” but I’ve allowed you to repeat yourself on here dozens of times already. Bring something new to the table and I’ll retain the comment

5. Then I wrote a tour de force (which was deleted and got me banned:)

Reduced their ability to find seroconversions?!!? I’m laughing my ass off:) You sound like one of those Bush flunkies trying to explain a “reduced ability to find” non-existent weapons of mass destruction:)

Look, Tara, the prospective study was the whole ball of wax.

Let me remind you that the authors wrote:

“To our knowledge, our study is the largest and longest study of heterosexual transmission of HIV in the United States.” (Padian, pg 354.)

Let me remind you that the authors wrote:

“We observed no seroconversions after entry into the study.” (Padian, pg 354.)

Let me remind you that the authors wrote:

“Nevertheless, the absence of seroincident infection over the course of the study cannot be entirely attributed to significant behavior change. No transmission occured among the 25 percent of couples who did not use condoms consistently at their last follow-up nor among the 47 couples who intermittently practiced unsafe sex during the entire duration of follow-up” (Padian, pg 356.)

The authors found “no seroconversions,” tried to attribute this surprising result to increased condom use, but didn’t know what to do with the 25% of HIV+ folks who refused condoms, but still did not transmit virus.

So, Why did all these reckless, condom-free, HIV+ sex maniacs not infect their partners in the study?

The problem, Tara, is that the FACTS of Padian, conflict with your THEORY.

Honest Hank Barnes

New rule: Whenever you hear some B.S. artist yap about AIDS and condom use, remind them that the largest epidemiological study of sexual transmission of HIV in America, showed that NOBODY got HIV. The HIV+ folks with condoms didn’t spread the virus, but neither did the HIV+ folks without condoms. ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.NIL. Surely, after at least 6 years of condomless sex with an HIV+ person, you’d expect at least ONE person to have contracted the virus. But none did. Oops. There’s goes the paradigm!

UPDATE!

Anticipating the rhetorical response — What about Africa? — I commend y’all to read the great work of Dr. Gisselquist on the subject. He’s way more diplomatic than I’d be!

UPDATE: II

Tara has arrived to scold me in the comments. As if I don’t get enuff hen-pecking at home from the missus….

Posted by HankBarnes on July 13, 2006 at 12:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (25)

Comments

The Padian study is the paradigm-killer.

I think that’s why there’s so much anxiety coming from the paradigm promoters whenever Padian is brought into the conversation.

Posted by: Dan | July 13, 2006 at 12:46 PM

Hey Dan the Man,

My sole ally at Tara’s blog!

Have you ever seen that woman squirm and worm and weasel as she did?:)

Ask often:

How come NONE of HIV+ folks tranmitted the virus?

It bugs ’em!

HankB

Posted by: HankBarnes | July 13, 2006 at 12:51 PM

Actually, Liam showed up with a righteous, ass-whooping comment as well. So I had 2 allies!

Hank B

Posted by: HankBarnes | July 13, 2006 at 12:55 PM

COMMENTS

Hank,

Even if you accept that the tests are able to determine infection with something called HIV, the fact that there were no seroconversions effectively kills the paradigm.

Liam also makes a broader observation that includes Padian:

“Nowhere in Padian is the algorithmic/subjective/non-standardized methodology for so-called HIV test interpretation discussed. The results are accepted, a priori, as they are throughout AIDS eugenics.”

Posted by: Dan | July 13, 2006 at 01:12 PM

Tara, huh? Wasn’t that Scarlet O’Hara’s summer home and didn’t she routinely hide her head in the sand too. I see a connection here.

LS

Posted by: Lawstud6 | July 13, 2006 at 01:14 PM

Dan,

That’s exactly right. Padian ASSUMES that there is a virus HIV, and it can be detected, by reliable tests.

So, that’s why its so effective (in my view).

Lawstud6,

Our Tara is more like Scarlet O’Horror!:)

HankB

Posted by: HankBarnes | July 13, 2006 at 01:50 PM

Hank,

You are correct David Gisselquist challenges the empirical evidence linking HIV to sexual behaviors and belief that sex is the primary mode of hiv transmission in sub-saharan Africa.

But you make a HUGE error in thinking or announcing that Gisselquist supports the notion that HIV CANNOT be heterosexually transmitted. Gisselquist claims no such thing.

”For more than a decade, most experts have assumed that more than 90% of HIV in African adults results from heterosexual transmission. In this exercise, we show how data from studies of risk factors for HIV can be used to estimate the proportion from sexual transmission, and we present our estimates. Calculating two ways from available data, our two point estimates – we do not estimate confidence intervals – are that 25-29% of HIV incidence in African women and 30-35% in men is attributable to sexual transmission; these estimates assume 10% annual epidemic growth..” David Gisselquist Int J STD AIDS. 2003 Mar;14(3):162-73.

Posted by: McKiernan | July 13, 2006 at 03:29 PM

“But you make a HUGE error in thinking or announcing that Gisselquist supports the notion that HIV CANNOT be heterosexually transmitted. Gisselquist claims no such thing.”

McKiernan,

it doesn’t look like Hank is making the error you accuse him of at all. I’m willing to bet that he’s pointing this out for those critical thinkers out there to ponder.

I think Padian slays the paradigm all on its own, playing by the paradigm’s own rules. If heterosexual transmission is non-existent for white folk, then it’s non-existent for darker-skinned folks…unless “HIV” harbors some kind of racism? I’ve heard “HIV” described as “angry” and “furious” before, so who knows?

Posted by: Dan | July 13, 2006 at 03:40 PM

I may have to retain Dan as my alter ego on these matters:)

McK,

I know this is difficult for you, but, jeez, stop making up claims. Gisselquist has done heroic work in Africa. He, like others before him, have been stonewalled and ignored.

He thinks HIV is not spread sexually in Africa, but mostly by dirty needles and sloppy hospital practices. He probably saw what happened to Duesberg — so he’s not gonna jump on that same limb to be sawed off.

He’s trying, valiantly, to be diplomatic — on this one discreet issue. I doubt he has examined the entire enchilada of HIV causation. If he has, he probably sincerely believes HIV causes AIDS. I haven’t claimed otherwise, you old goat!

If you read his papers, you would learn something. Try Google Scholar — type in “Gisselquist”

HankB

Posted by: HankBarnes | July 13, 2006 at 03:59 PM

Hank, can you ever be straightforward? You’re not banned; I simply said I’d send your repetitive, incorrect, off-topic, many-times refuted posts on Padian into the spam box. Note your comments on the obesity post from today are still up. Not that I’d expect honesty from you, I suppose.

Posted by: Tara | July 13, 2006 at 04:20 PM

Ack!

It’s like a surprise visit from my grade school principal to further scold me!

Well, I was banned on the topic that mattered!

Hey, I have a suggestion, Scarlet O’Tara. Why not let me interview you about science and stuff here by e-mail and let me publish here?

I promise to behave!

HankB

Posted by: HankBarnes | July 13, 2006 at 04:30 PM

“Hey, I have a suggestion, Scarlet O’Tara. Why not let me interview you about science and stuff here by e-mail and let me publish here?”

I think you may only get the sound of crickets chirping from asking that question, Hank.

You might want to go back and check out Tara’s blog. Looks like the place to be today!

Posted by: Dan | July 13, 2006 at 05:24 PM

Hank, I wonder when they will ever get it? If HIV truly causes AIDS, I don’t think that my husband could sleep at night as we have had unprotected sex for many years. Why doesn’t he have HIV or AIDS? The answer is simple, because AIDS is due to immune deficiency of the person. AIDS cannot be passed to anyone any more than a toothache can be passed to another.

Posted by: noreen martin | July 14, 2006 at 06:16 AM

If anyone is up to it at the moment, I could use some help with Tara, Jefferys, and a few others on the Aetiology blog, under the post “The boredom of debating Denialists”.

Posted by: Michael | July 14, 2006 at 12:17 PM

More on the topic:

http://liamscheff.com/blog/2006/07/14/africa-malthus-and-eugenics/

Come on everybody, it’s fun!

Posted by: LS | July 14, 2006 at 04:45 PM

Libel and Refusal to Answer: It’s AIDS, Inc!

Of note:

I challenged Tara Smith (a Seed Magazine blogger, Univ. Iowa epidemiogy PhD’er) to the Incarnation Children’s Center test: would you do what is/was done there to your children?

She refused to answer, multipley, then stated that she did not have to answer because the ICC story was made up(!!), then closed down the blog thread, disallowing comments, as far as I could tell.

It’s her “Gates and Buffet as supervillians” blog – have a look.

http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2006/07/against_gates_adn_buffet.php

She is truly warped, and a complete and utter coward.

And a libelous skunk to boot.

But what’s new?

Posted by: LS | July 15, 2006 at 01:24 AM

Liam,

I only hope that there are people in medicine and science that are reading this thread of hers and are seeing that she can’t answer such simple, hypothetical questions.

She mischaracterizes your questions and refuses to answer them for emtional/personal reasons(?!)

By not answering your questions, getting in the last word and then shutting down the thread, she’s sending out some powerful messages, the biggest would be her lack of credibility now. Quite the desperate move on her part.

Posted by: Dan | July 15, 2006 at 07:09 AM

Looks like our favorite epidemiology-babe is clamping down! I’ve just been banned too. I wasn’t even commenting on “AIDS”!

Posted by: Dan | July 15, 2006 at 08:57 AM

The frazzled sorority girl has banned us all!!!!:)

Hank Barnes

Posted by: HankBarnes | July 15, 2006 at 10:45 AM

Tara libels and pseudo-recants:

Well, she’s a pseudo-scientist.

Celia Farber put it to her:

http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2006/07/coming_soon_to_a_store_near_yo.php#comment-170891

“No[w] I understand Tara Smith has claimed that the catastrophe at ICC in which orphans were hurt and in some cases killed by life-saving drugs tubally cut straight into their stomachs was a fabricated tale? (Liam Scheff’s story.) I worked on the documentary that aired on BBC and across Europe on this. I stood on the mass grave and collected each name, and checked the death records, and got two death certificates, which repudiate the NYT lie that “no children died.” Those two were only the ones I was able to secure, after months of work.”

“Are you really not embarassed to take truth and break it in your bare hands Tara? Does nothing inspire you to look, seek, question, investigate?”

Tara defensiv-ates back:

http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2006/07/coming_soon_to_a_store_near_yo.php#comment-170928

“Once again, Celia, putting words in my mouth. I’m doing exactly what you suggest–being skeptical and questioning.”

Was she just being skeptical? She was libeling:

http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2006/07/against_gates_adn_buffet.php#comment-170274

“He then extrapolates that to ask if I’d treat my children in that manner, when he’s the source of the story that any children are being treated in this manner. He can pout, throw insults and make ridiculous accusations about me, but I’ll not play his game, thank you.”

I’m the source? I’m the reporter – the sources are here:

http://www.nypress.com/18/30/news&columns/liamscheff.cfm

http://www.larryflynt.com/notebook.php?id=111

http://www.altheal.org/toxicity/icccont.htm

http://www.altheal.org/toxicity/house.htm

My response to the girl:

http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2006/07/coming_soon_to_a_store_near_yo.php#comment-170967

Naw Tara,

you’re not being skeptical, you’re being a corporate whore.

And you’ve libeled me, the NY Press, A&U Magazine, Hustler magazine, the BBC, the Associated Press, GNN, CruxMag, the NY Post, the UK Observer, Jonathan Fishbein, Vera Sharav, the producer and director of the BBC piece, and more.

You’re not skeptical, you’re a bloody coward. You refuse to answer the very clear question – would you do what has been done to these children, to your own.

If you doubt the veracity of the research, princess, come with your best fucking shot. My books are open.

Liam Scheff

Posted by: LS | July 15, 2006 at 11:23 AM

My comment that will not post at Tara’s blog, which I will attempt to post later:

Just to let everyone in on the joke.

I asked Smith many months ago to answer the ‘would you do to your children what is done at ICC’

She did not answer. I asked and re-asked. She deflects, as is her skill and wont, and I asked again.

She then decides to imagine that the story is not true:

http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2006/07/against_gates_adn_buffet.php#comment-170274

“But it’s not that simple. Liam is suggesting that all children given antiretrovirals are treated in an abusive manner when the drugs are administered, based on an exposé written by none other than…himself. He then extrapolates that to ask if I’d treat my children in that manner, when he’s the source of the story that any children are being treated in this manner. He can pout, throw insults and make ridiculous accusations about me, but I’ll not play his game, thank you.

Tara then shuts down the thread, perhaps knowing that you just put your entire blog at risk for suit.

Tara, I’ll offer you some schooling, dummy, First, I’m not the source of the story. I’m the reporter who broke the story, and, as Celia illustrates with the heartbreak that dogged and scarred every fucking person who had to cover this goddamn monstrosity born out of your beloved paradigm, I am but one of the people who brought it to public attention, who interacted with the children and the moms, the docs and the ACS, the city and the state, the NIH and the CDC.

You can find the sources of the stories and the reference information in any number of the stories from various authors and published in various outlets.

You can trace back through the grizzly files of clinicaltrials.gov to look up each and every one of the trials that was conducted –

The trials that are still being conducted, under your obscene enforced death-paradigm.

That’s www.clinicaltrials.gov , you illiterate corporate shill.

And if you find that you haven’t been robbed of your ability to read, along with your ability to think before you act, you can find reference after bloody reference, personal story, interview, etc throughout.

You want to say you don’t believe it?

What do you believe in, angel? Santa Claus? That Anthony Fauci doesn’t know and understand that he’s sitting on the ugliest medical lie since…I won’t even say it.

You bloody people are practicing eugenics. You target the poorest of the poor, blackest of the black,

you give them your make-believe bloody tests,

you enforce your needful sex-death-curse right on them, for ever and ever,

And when the little negro crack babies don’t take the drugs – well, what’s the point. You’re being ‘skeptical!’

I’d like to illustrate denialism for everybody.

Tara thinks that this

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/105/6/e80

and this

http://www.altheal.org/toxicity/icccont.htm#Q7:

does not exist.

And that these people:

http://www.nypress.com/18/30/news&columns/liamscheff.cfm

do not exist.

And that these people:

http://www.larryflynt.com/notebook.php?id=111

do not exist.

And these people:

http://www.altheal.org/toxicity/orphans.htm

And these studies:

http://www.altheal.org/toxicity/icccont.htm#Q2:

And these studies:

http://www.altheal.org/toxicity/icccont.htm#Q13:

And this practice:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=11366843

Do not exist.

In fact, in Tara’s world, none of it can really exist,

so that Tara, the eugenicist, denialist, libelous fool,

does not have to think that it might, so that she does not have to consider who and what she is defending so vigorously.

Libel, Tara.

That’s a big, expensive word.

Posted by: LS | July 15, 2006 at 11:25 AM

I am the latest member of the band, I mean banned club. I have just been banned from Aetiology. I am a naughty, naughty boy. I posted some rather graphic descriptions under her heading titled “The Boredom of Debating Deniers”. Well Gee, I was just trying to liven it up a bit. I hate to see Tara bored. She gets soooo cranky!

I did however, after being banned, send her the following email:

Dear Tara.

I noticed that you are preventing anything from being posted by me. I believe I can understand why. Am I being an obnoxious brute to those that don’t agree with me? I would have to answer affirmative. But am I really being much more of a brute than the 15 people, including yourself, whom

wish to label me and others whom share my usually humble opinions as some kind of freak and subversive, and, your favorite term, “denialist”, and whom would place me in a box with holocaust deniers? I lost my grandparents

in the holocaust. How dare any of you make such thoughtless assumptions.

Gee, can you think of anyway to provoke me a little harder?

And yes I am bright enough to know that my vivid descriptions of sexuality are shocking and appalling. I consider it to be more of a statement to those whom ignore the basic points involved. A kind of “Can you HEAR ME NOW”?

As a gay man, I am shocked and appalled myself that these behaviors continue in the gay community. Although I do believe that it is much lessened than 10

years ago. I also post these outrageous descriptions to bring about an awareness of the facts of what a minority of gays have lived and that some are still living (btw, it is pretty much the only subset of gays that are

presenting major disease based (not HIV drug based) illness. I am also appalled that those behaving in these ways, do NOT share it with their doctors, nor researchers. Perhaps you do not think the research community

has a right to these facts? As ugly as they are? Most of the affected gays do not believe this should be shared, as not too many are going to take much pity upon them after hearing it. It might even cut their subscriptions

to the SSI Check of the Month Club, and other vast benefits of the gravy train that many of these people (most healthy and only diagnosed AIDS due to a questionable T-cell count) have lived off of for the last 20 plus

years.

I don’t really care if you post my messages or not. I don’t think any message really goes anywhere unless it happens to be one the receiver wants to hear, but at least I have been able to express myself and my frustrations, if to no-one else, but you.

Thank You, Yours,

Michael Geiger

Board Member HEAL SAN DIEGO

PS let me know if your ever in town, we’ll do lunch and I will be glad to introduce you to some very well known scientists that fully agree with the re-thinker movement, but are unable to come out of the closet due to their

perceived threat of a loss of funding and being Duesberged out of financial existence. Although they have no qualms about one on one discussions as long as they are not public.

Posted by: Michael | July 15, 2006 at 11:35 AM

My final comment in this go-round on Tara the libelous coward’s blog:

http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2006/07/coming_soon_to_a_store_near_yo.php#comment-171041

We’re ‘waiting for blog owner to approve second half of this comment,’ you can read it here, for your edification:

http://barnesworld.blogs.com/barnes_world/2006/07/banned_at_aetio.html

“That’s it for me, unless you have anything useful to say in terms of backup for you libel.

I’m sure we’re all waiting with baited breath, to see you unravel the mysteries of gastric tubes and NIH orphanages for us. Won’t you just show us the way, Tara? Cleanse us of what we’ve seen, and make it all better?

Or maybe just answer the question, you fucking coward.

Would you do what they do there, to your own children?

You already gave the answer –

You wouldn’t even think about it. You couldn’t even consider it. It’s just too goddamn barbaric and inhumane.

You bloody hypocrite. Stick your aids,incorporated, up your ass.”

Posted by: LS | July 15, 2006 at 11:50 AM

Great letter Michael,

I’d love it if you’d get over to my blog and sign up, we want to hear the stories you know, have seen, have lived, have observed.

http://liamscheff.com/blog/wp-register.php

It’s reality from the ground up that I’m interested in, not pseudo-science fiction from the sky down, that never reaches the earth…like our friend the Cowardly Libel.

She really is over the freaking rainbow.

Posted by: LS | July 15, 2006 at 11:55 AM

Not surprised, but Tara closed down another thread.

I’m noticing a pattern…

Posted by: Dan | July 17, 2006 at 08:22 AM

The comment string is distinguished by a heartfelt expression of disgust by Liam Scheff, the reporter who broke the appalling story of the HIV drug experiments on tots without guardians at the Incarnation Center. Scheff’s blog Liam’s World is worth a read on this and other topics.

As his opponents are finding out, however, Barnes, a lawyer versed in logic and debate, is the most dangerous man to tangle with just now. He’ll flip a weak argument into a quick somersault and flat on its back in a second. Moreover, he is unperturbed by verbal violence – the rudeness, the putdowns, the refusal to reply, the scorn, or the referrals to un-peer-reviewed Government sites or the new Cornell center for misleading HIV∫AIDS science, AIDS Truth. To Barnes this is just more catnip.

What’s striking is how he puts the Padian study to good use. Padian utterly refutes any idea that HIV or whatever it is that actually causes an AIDS test to score positive is passed between heterosexual couples. Over six years, of hundreds of discordant couples she studied, not one couple managed it. This is the paradigm killer. Hank wields a mean pen, but Padian will do the trick for anybody who uses it. It is unanswerable. That is all that any newcomer needs to know to realise that the paradigm remains as hollow today as it was when Gallo first launched it on the basis of papers which contradicted it.

Barnes’ pithy, razor sharp, amusing, shorthand style punches through to the empty core of HIV∫AIDS in a way that anybody can follow.

Exit the paradigm, at least the huge part of it represented by the heterosexual pandemic sweeping the world through sex according to Laurie Garrett of the Council of Foreign Relations and other less than scientific authorities, and almost certainly the gay HIV epidemic too.

Exit Tara Smith, exit John P. Moore, exit paradigm, leaving center stage, Hank Barnes, paradigm killer.

Someone call up Bill Gates and let him know the url. It’s Barnes World. It’s a very easy read, and he’ll probably enjoy it.

66 Responses to “Anti HIV campaigners winning on all fronts”

  1. Martin Kessler Says:

    Thanks, I appreciate the response to my query. It does answer my question about seroconversion. Since there are 70 plus disease and non-disease conditions that yield a positive result with the antibody tests (which are documented elsewhere), the statistics for HIV (unlike Chlamydia ) are probably whole cloth – i.e. we really don’t know what the epidemiological statistics really mean, because the data is useless except for political purposes.An interesting anecdote: Rock Hudson lived with Marc Christian his lover for 10 years. Hudson was never (to the best of my knowledge) a “receiver”, hence Christian was on the receiving end without a condom for 10 years. If Hudson wasn’t a receiver, how did he get “infected”? (I don’t believe he was ever “infected” but died from AZT poisoning). Christian on the other hand never got sick never even tested “positive” assuming he was tested but to the best of my knowledge, he never got sick (unless anybody out there knows his where abouts). He did successfully sue Hudson’s estate because of his fear of possible HIV infection.

  2. Michael Says:

    Hello Martin. To be sure you are clear, as no one directly answered you, the term “Seroconversion” refers to either a previously HIV negative person turning up positive, or an HIV positive reverting to negative. Thank you for summing up quite eloquently that due to the multitude of variables in factors known to cause testing to be falsified at worst, and highly variable at best, as well as the other obvious problems of isolation, EM magnifications, lack of agreement as to what protein antigens are exclusive to HIV, etc, all discussion of actual HIV “infection” is speculative only, and useless for anything other than political purposes, and perhaps, self fulfilling prophecies.

  3. Martin Kessler Says:

    Thank you. What this is leading up to is that if the arguments presented on for instance the Padian study about HIV infection rates are to be taken seriously, we should be sure about whether or not the subjects were really infected with HIV. If this is not the case, much of the arguments presented are of academic interest only. Sort of like arguing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. As long as those arguing about such a thing believe in angels, i.e. they agree that angels exist, and that they can be in some fashion quantified, everyone is happy to continue presenting their logical arguments on the subject. Those who don’t believe in angels are excluded from the conversation – why would an AZT treatment group want to include someone who believes that AZT is poison and HIV is harmless – they only want to talk about how much an how often. What’s really frustrating to me is a lack of logical consistency even in Duesbergs books, for instance on one hand he talks about HIV antibody testing credibility and on the other uses the same data to make a point. Prior to using the data to make the point, Duesberg did not offer a caveat on the credibilty of the data.

  4. Truthseeker Says:

    We beg distinguished contributors to please not devote too much comment to an analysis of why other discussants seem to be obdurate and irrationally immune to enlightenment, even while they (those accused) debate with reason and evidence as if they were fellow truthseekers.

    This is the all too common phenomenon which rules both sides in this affair, although for some reason of course it always applies far more to the other side than to our own. And yes it is very annoying. But this is just the way the brain works, according to the researchers who have used fMRI to examine its workings in recent years. So any complaint is useless, since it is just trying to change human nature.

    Since the distinguished Nick Bennett popped in this week to make the same complaint, having spent years trying to establish that criticism of the paradigm was misplaced, and by his own account having failed to win any significant converts, and was immediately accused by another commentator of suffering from it himself, it is time to do a post on the topic, it is clear.

    Perhaps he won’t mind if we call it the Bennett syndrome, since it is so important and universal.

  5. McKiernan Says:

    Oh, darn,Can’t we call it the Barnes-contortionists-confab ? After all, it u people with the problems.Serously, it would be insultive to Dr. Bennett.Can Catch-22 come to the conference ?

  6. Truthseeker Says:

    Seriously, it would be insultive to Dr. Bennett

    But he detected the problem in others first. The discoverer usually gets to name the new star in the sky.

    Entirely up to him. If he objects, we can call it something else.

    I have engaged in online debate with AIDS denialists for over 8 years. I frankly started off naively expecting to change everyone’s mind. It didn’t happen. It seems that if you’re convinced HIV is harmless there’s no helping you. I have “converted” literally a handful over the years, if the emails are anything to go by.

  7. SA Says:

    Michael — just so you know, i’m in full agreement with everything you said, but an interesting point I think I did make — statistics are easily manipulated — see how easily I could manipulate them? They are actually, unlike what you said, all about “probabilities” — not possibilities. They can only make estimates with the data they are given, and when that data is quesitonable, as it is with the HIV antibody test, then so are they. That’s why I don’t pay too much attentio to studies like Padian’s to argue either point — because you can argue either point with statistics — that’s why Bennet can look at Padian and see one thing and you can look and see another, and from a statistical perspective, both of you could make a decent argument. Don’t assume I’m having a personality issue, friend. Give me the benefit of the doubt every now and then. Studies like Padian’s are useless and it would be foolish to conclude anything from them either way — essentially, that’s the point I was trying to make. Epidemiological studies have a lot in common with viral load, if you get my drift. When any of us plays a guessing game as to what the psychological motivations of another post-person are, we are most likely going to be wrong (and that is a statistical truth as much as it is a practical one)!

  8. Michael David Says:

    Speaking of Bennett: I believe he is the same Nick Bennett who posted this on DW over one year ago? ***Nick Bennett (www): Russell – NP. Believe me when I say I’m impressed at the analysis you did, and I think I’m ahead on the learning-something-from-someone-else scale. Cheers Bennett ***How can he expect anyone to take him seriously when he endorses utter nonsense like that?

  9. Dan Says:

    Maybe this is just too simple to comprehend…Where is the research that shows that HIV is sexually-transmitted?

  10. Michael Says:

    Hello Dan. We all know that you are asking a question that we well know there is no research to back up and insufficient proof for. It is almost as silly as asking where is the proof that HIV is spread sexually. There is no research or evidence to back these claims up with any reaonable degree of probability, only a smidgeon of possibility in an unlimited realm of possibility. What is a better question to ask, is why do so many human beings believe that there is proof of HIV causing AIDS OR being sexually transmitted?Another most fascinating behavior is that of the believers in these unproven theories, to ask or demand that the dissent community either prove or show proof of these statements to be wrong, when they were never proved to be right to begin with. One cannot “prove” a negative, because the negative is the originating foundation in and of itself, UNTIL proved differently. If I were to claim that the sun is lit up so bright because there are 10 bazillion invisible angels all balled together holding very bright hydrogen candles that I detected with my self proclaimed angel detector, which doubles as a light meter, it is not up to those who disagree with me to prove there are no angels holding these eternal candles, or prove that my light meter can not detect angels, it is on me to prove there actually are said angels, and prove that my light meter actually does find them. Until then, you can either believe my claims if you so choose. You can also confidently reject my claim outright as based in falsehood and unproven. However, my belief in angels lighting up the sun, can always be kept alive as a possibility, that we just can’t quite prove. Perhaps I could even get the church to fund my angel research. Those whom are holding out for proof that HIV does NOT cause AIDS or wanting proof that HIV is NOT sexually transmitted, are going to be waiting eternally, as the statement of “Not Proven” is the starting foundation of reality. It will always be the foundation until this foundation is proven to be incorrect. Those who want or wait for this “proof of not” are simply not standing on a foundation of reality to begin with. They are merely standing on an increasingly shaky foundation of possibility.

  11. Michael Says:

    NOT PROVEN is always the foundation of REAL SCIENCE as well.

  12. HankBarnes Says:

    Hey Boys!Returning to Padian. It was the longest and largest epidemiological study on heterosexual transmission. So, any doofus who tries to claim that it lacked sufficient numbers of subjects or follow-up is, well, a doofus.Also, I never said that HIV CANNOT be spread by sex. I assume any microbe CAN be spread by a multitude of different ways.The fact remains that Padian found “no seroconversions” after 6 years of sex with hundreds of HIV+ people.I doubt there are any studies of people sleeping with chlamydia-infected folks to see how many get the disease. If there is such a study, I bet the mortgage you will get a number of infected folks GREATER THAN ZERO.Michael David nails it, when he says: It cannot be the basis for a sexually transmitted epidemic — anywhere. The key word is “epidemic”The remarkable lack of HIV transmission by sex has greater implications. It means that many folks who are HIV+ have not gotten it (whatever it is) thru sex, but probably got it through birth. Of course, this would greatly extend the asymptomatic latency period by several decades causing much headaches and ad hoc pretzel-like explanations by the bungling AIDS experts.That’s my view, anyhow.The link though between sex and immune deficiency oughta be smashed.Barnes, Hank

  13. Dan Says:

    Michael, I asked the question because it’s so incredibly basic, and because I still haven’t found out where this leap of faith actually began.This whole thing “started” with gay men. To be honest, we should have been skeptical about that from the get-go. GRID, by definition only affected gay men. This thing had homophobia written all over it. We should have questioned that. But bit by bit we let this thing envelope us…from GRID, to pre-HIV AIDS, to HIV/AIDS.Gay men were an easy target in the beginning. Already shunned, shamed and even hated by our homophobic culture, we seemed to be poised to accept this death sentence that comes from sex. Larry Kramer has said “we are murdering each other”. As a prominent gay leader, this statement speaks volumes about a gay mindset. What a horrible thing to believe…and why does he believe it? And what good can occur from someone in his position to be expounding this?So here we are today. It started with a group of people who already felt diminishment, a lack of self-esteem and who were defined by their sexuality. Once they were sold on the idea that a sexually-transmitted pathogen caused disease, how difficult was it to convince the rest of the world?

  14. Michael Says:

    I am quite convinced that the foundations for belief in HIV/AIDS is to be found in the fear so prevalent in the gay community for decades. 25 years ago, many gays began to come out of their closet, which was terrifying in and of itself to most. They were in this closet to begin with due to their own fears. Fear of being found out gay, fear of being arrested, fear of being rejected by their families, friends, and workplace, fear of being gaybashed. The fears that nobody discussed became a “normal” way of life. An easy escape from the overwhelming feelings of fear and inferiority became alcohol, drug and sex addiction. As the avoidance of increasing fear combined with feelings of shame and guilt increased, addictions increased in an attempt to counter them. Followed by increased std and pathogen exposures, and increased use of massive amounts of antibiotics. Eventually all of this took a toll physically, as one can not live this way without the body responding to the increasing assaults. Yet gays avoided facing these fears, or experienced increased levels of fear if they did face them, the ultimate fear of death soon superceded, spurred on by fear that god really does hate them and wants to punish them. Now the toll rises to extreme physical illness. Enter Grid and then AIDS, and the belief in HIV. Fear of testing positive and the ultimate egoic fear, the fear of death, soon prevailed and became the lifestyle. Very few recognised all this fear as an unnatural and unhealthy state of mind and very few put words to it or faced it for what it was, or shared their feelings with others where they could see this unrational fear for what it was. More drugs, more sex, more alcohol, more pills please….Gay culture has lived in fear for a very long time, and HIV/AIDS is just an increase in the level of fear. Fear itself is contagious and paralyzing. Although the fears are somewhat lessened today overall, they are still quite dominant and still paralyzing to the gay community.One can not make rational decisions nor be a healthy sceptic when overwhelmed by fear. One will do anything to escape overwhelming and constant fear when there is no obvious fight or flight to solve the dilemma, including jump at the chance to take something, anything, a pill, even if toxic, to escape and find relief from the overwhelming feelings of fear. Just to find something or someone to trust, as one has determined in their state of fear, that God itself, is not to be trusted, and life is very dangerous. If there is no place to escape to when confronted with an invisible fear that is real only in one’s own head, and never goes away, one eventually becomes a willing victim to anyone whom suggests a viable direction, just to possibly escape the discomfort of the emotions. The perception from the level of fear is one of being a victim. A victim perceives their problems to be external, as in “out there” and can only accept a solution that is also external, from “out there”, such as a pill to fix what is wrong “in here”. Such is the working of the human mind on the level of fear and victimhood. The only escape from fear is courage. As one stands in the Entrance to The Doorway to Courage, one is absolutely overwhelmed by feelings of fear, but courage intends to move forward regardless, and from there one can walk into the higher levels of energy which are available on levels of courage, acceptance, willingness, rationality, healthy scepticism, self acceptance, love for self and others, or even higher levels of spirituality such as joy, peace, or enlightenment. But alas, this is much easier said than done.

  15. Dan Says:

    I doubt there are any studies of people sleeping with chlamydia-infected folks to see how many get the disease. If there is such a study, I bet the mortgage you will get a number of infected folks GREATER THAN ZERO. How dare you try to insist on reason, sanity, common sense and logic.When you bring up valid points, observations and even quotes from the Padian study, the nervous paradigm promoters tell us to look away. We’re supposed to discard the obvious in lieu of that which helps to protect the paradigm.

  16. Truthseeker Says:

    We’re supposed to discard the obvious in lieu of that which helps to protect the paradigm. Dan, you are putting things very well. How about an essay on Lee Rockwell?You could title it the Look Away Paradigm.

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