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Celia Farber fights back

The New York Post has printed the following story today (May 9 Sat) on Celia Farber filing a suit for libel against the promoters of the HIV/AIDS paradigm who have harassed her with insults and false detractions in her long battle to report on the repressed debate on this important policy issue.

Page Six, the key gossip column in Manhattan run by Richard Johnson, has reported earlier on Celia Farber, as readers will recall, since Johnson is one of the few significant members of the press who is not swayed by the sometimes vicious attacks of the paradigm defenders who have the otherwise respectable New York Times in their pocket.

Given the abysmal cowardice and lack of professionalism of the Times and most other mainstream media in concealing by omission the important public policy issue that the AIDS paradigm may be dangerously incorrect (as readers here know all the literature of the field argues that it is quite wrong and has shown this from 1987 and increasingly since), Johnson probably deserves some kind of prize for his editorial stance.

Perhaps when Farber finally gets her Pultizer, he will share in the glory. :

Writer Hits Back at AIDS Rants

AFTER years of being attacked by a faction of the AIDS pharmaceutical/research community, journalist Celia Farber is fighting back with a libel suit.

Farber’s lawyers filed a 21-page libel complaint this week in Manhattan Supreme Court accusing Richard Jefferys, of the Treatment Action Group, of orchestrating a campaign against her last May when she was given the Semmelweis Clean Hands Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for an article she wrote in Harper’s in 2006, “AIDS and the Corruption of Medical Science.”

The Harpers article gave credence to the work of Peter Duesberg, who believes HIV is a harmless “passenger” virus and not the cause of AIDS, and questioned the value of expensive antiretroviral drugs. Jefferys and his team blitzed the Semmelweis Society with e-mails claiming Farber had altered quotes and falsely misrepresented scientific papers.

The Semmelweis Society, in turn, launched its own investigation, and concluded the AIDS industry itself has all the characteristics of a multibillion-dollar criminal enterprise that desperately needed whistleblowers. Farber, the daughter of talk legend Barry Farber, kept her award, though the battle to rescind it garnered fresh attacks, in which she was likened to Pol Pot, Stalin, Mengele, David Irving, David Duke and O.J. Simpson.

The former Spin columnist recently launched a new literary Web site called the Truth Barrier, with former New York Press editor John Strausbaugh. In appreciation for her work on AIDS, the artist Robert Crumb submitted an original drawing and a hand-written three-page letter expressing his despair over what he believes is the distortion of the AIDS story.

“Actually, Crumb’s letter was too true even for the Truth Barrier,” says Farber. “I redacted it. I don’t want these pharma-bullies attacking him next.”

The behavior of HIV/AIDS protectors

Perhaps it should be repeated for those new to this scientific debacle that Richard Jefferys is or at least was when we last checked one of the several people running the Treatment Action Group with the generous help of the drug companies which manufacture the dangerous and revolting drugs with which unfortunate gays and blacks are mismedicated for symptoms that have nothing to do with the antibodies they harbor to HIV (which itself has long left their bodies, it is clear, even if the test is a reliable indicator, which is not the case).

Jefferys is given to long and reliable sounding (to newcomers) rationalizations of the chasm between AIDS theory and AIDS facts as reported in the scientific literature, but no one should be misled. The best reference site in this field is Peter Duesberg’s site on AIDS at UC Berkeley, and the other sites listed in our blogroll on the right hand side of the front page of this blog, which have an asterisk beside their title.

The story of the Semmelweis awards given to Farber and Duesberg a year ago was written up here at the time. The report of the appalling behavior of the opponents to the awards who tried to sabotage them by discrediting the pair is at Politics briefly quash science in Washington furore

Whether the suit has a chance of success or not, it just might attract the interest of people who are not involved in the politics and science of AIDS, which is without doubt the sewer of science. In that case, in the Obama reform era where great scams and scandals are being forced into the light of day, with an administration willing to take action in cases where huge sums are at stake and people are pulling the wool over the eyes of officials and the public at large – a good description of the situation in AIDS for the last 22 years – it just might result in what the frantic hounds of hell are most desperate to avoid, a review of the field from outside.

This of course is what the defenders of the improbable nonsense that is the conventional wisdom in HIV/AIDS are always frantic to avoid, and why they are so venomous to deal with.

They will get their just deserts if Celia, having been driven finally to defend herself after two decades of calumny and vicious attacks for her resolutely objective investigative coverage of their antics, manages through this case to be their nemesis, as they have always feared.

107 Responses to “Celia Farber fights back”

  1. Truthseeker Says:

    “Even if smoked”, which is, we should note, happening in South Africa, according to the BBC, whose news story which refers to “Hallucinogenic” twice.

    Getting high on HIV drugs in S Africa by Alka Marwaha BBC News

    Anti-retroviral drugs used to treat HIV/Aids are being bought and smoked by teenagers in South Africa to get high. Reports suggest that the drugs are being sold by patients and even healthcare staff for money. Schoolchildren have been spotted smoking the drugs, which are ground into powder and sometimes mixed with painkillers or marijuana. Aids patients themselves have been found smoking the drugs instead of taking them as prescribed. Anti-retrovirals are used to boost the immune system of people with HIV and to suppress the virus in the blood.

    “I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked at first, these were school boys in their school uniforms,” documentary-maker Tooli Nhlapo told the BBC World Service’s Outlook programme. “They take a pill and grind it, until it is a powder. Some also mix it with painkillers and others mix it with marijuana,” said Ms Nhlapo. “They showed me how they roll it and smoke it.”

    Hallucinogenic

    When the South African Broadcasting Corporation documentary-maker first investigated the story, she was told to wait until school finished, so she could actually see how young some of the users were.

    The pills are crushed and mixed with other ingredients, like marijuana. “I thought I was going to go to a tavern and see older drug addicts doing this, but I was shocked when I saw school children,” she said. “One who spoke to me very frankly was only 15 and the oldest person I spoke to was 21, but it’s mainly youngsters, teenagers.” Smoking the pills has a hallucinogenic and relaxing effect….etc

  2. Maria angus Says:

    HA! TRUTHSEEKER CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

    I posted all the answers he sought. But he censored me AGAIN!

    Good readers, understand that free expression is not tolerated on this website. It is time to throw off the yoke of the so-called truthseeker. He can’t stand the truth, and he continues to censor anything he doesn’t want.

  3. MacDonald Says:

    Hi Maria,

    You are clearly not Todd Deshong because there are several sentences in your rants that make sense taken individually. It only becomes a mess when you start putting them together. Perhaps you are Todd Deshong on a drug holiday?

    I am especially impressed by your tale of redemption. DeShong could never have comeup with something as moving as this:

    I started out as a devoted re-thinker. But Clark has turned me back. I’ve never encountered such censorship and such bullying. I thought this was a community that cared about AIDS victims. Instead, it just tears apart anyone who deviates from Clark’s thinking.

    All good Americans love stories of sin, redemption and forgiveness. As you know, Clark Baker is also a repentant and redeemed ex-liberal. You have much in common, and you should be grateful that Clark has shown you the right path even if His ways are mysterious to you.

    Since you are a strong woman, or a “bottom” as we call it, I’d be interested to know what you think about the state of the porn industry in postmodern society. When answering, please remember to use metaphors and euphemisms, so as not to offend the new FilthTrap software, which btw is fully automated and therefore non-discriminatory with regard to race, creed, colour and political leanings. Its criteria are purely aesthetic, Aesthetics being an inherently censorious field, much as life itself.

  4. Maria angus Says:

    MacDonald,

    You are way, way off topic. How dare you bring up such filth? The issue is Clark Baker, and why it took him so long to figure out who I am! Every client of this so-called “detective” must now demand a refund!

    Clark and I are opposites. He is a censor and a bully. I dare the so-called “truthseeker” to let readers of this blog read the truth! MacDonald, you must be Clark Baker on a drug holiday!

  5. MacDonald Says:

    Maria,

    Did I not just tell you that Clark’s ways are mysterious? First you must get on your knees and understand what it is He has done for you, then you might be able to appreciate what He is now doing for all of Celia’s other supporters.

    I can see you’re back on the drugs again because the real issue can’t both be why Clark didn’t recognise you and Celia Farber at the same time – unless of course you secretly wish that you were Celia Farber. Maria, are you trying to communicate that your underlying issue is vagina envy, and that you are yearning for the day when you no longer have to attempt to get pregnant through your ear, as was the case with your namesake (a unique case by all accounts. Don’t get your hopes up in that regard)?

    If that so I will contact my good friends, Onan and Lector H. MD. They have a more liberal view of drugs, porn and the Immaculate Conception than I do, but they would be able to contact your mum in a professional capacity before the bricks get auctioned off.

    Please advise.

  6. jtdeshong Says:

    I took a much needed break from the lunacy of this site.
    Michael Geiger, you are just an idiot.
    JTD

  7. Truthseeker Says:

    Dear Mr Todd,

    There is no lunacy on this site, Sir, one reason being that it is devoted to exposing lunacy in others, such as those who subscribe to absurd and unsustainable paradigms as if they needed them to be true for psychological or pecuniary reasons. Since it is our purpose and duty to carry on this work despite the self sacrifice it demands, we allow lunacy from time to time to enter its comment columns, in order to demonstrate its existence in regard to silly and entirely incredible conventional beliefs which have misled the otherwise reliable editors of the New York Times etc.

    That was why we allowed the above series to stand rather than cart it all off to the special section entitled Science Guardian Comment Troll Trap, where most of the nonsense purveyed by HIV paradigm defenders is instantly sent by the software we have implemented here, Troll Trapper (pat. pending).

    Quite why the series suddenly halted when your extraordinary mind turned its attention elsewhere we have no idea. But it was not the doing of Troll Trapper.

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