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John Moore skulduggery at Amazon: positive Harvey Bialy reviews vanish, new goon review posted


Strange disappearance of good “Oncogenes” write up, but its author replaces it

But two more may be gone forever

Odd goings on at Amazon, where a new review of Harvey Bialy’s “Scientific Life and Times of Peter H. Duesberg” has appeared, with all the earmarks of a John Moore colleague, or possibly even Cornell science superstar and handy HIV?AIDS front man John Moore himself under a pen-name.

Also, one positive review vanished, though it was immediately replaced by another one by the author, and two more important positive reviews are gone, in what may be a slip or worse by Amazon staff.

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NEWSFLASH: We hear that after two years a Nature review of “Oncogenes, Aneuploidy and AIDS: A Scientific Life and Times of Peter H. Duesberg” is finally in the works – by none other than paradigm guard doggie John Moore, previously known for his embarrassing Nature review of Duesberg’s book, “Inventing the AIDS Virus”, reportedly written at the behest of discredited HIV?AIDS scientist David Ho and rewarded with a premature post at Cornell, and for his more recent Op-Ed piece in the Times informing the public that peer reviewed critiques of the HIV?AIDS paradigm were “deadly quackery”. Stay tuned for confirmation.

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One H. A. Emet is anxious to tell the world that the book is both “boring and badly written” and concerns “dull and superseded subject matter”, and that “no one with an ounce of decency or intelligence should any longer believe the view that HIV does not cause AIDS.”

Of course there is that tight cabal of AIDS denialists (or whatever they are called these days) who seem content to walk on graves of the millions of poor souls who have died from this viral infection. They can spend their time making money from self-indulgent little adulations like this book. Then they will be forgotten and millions more will have died from HIV infection.

But really, the point of my review is not to argue the science. There is no argument anymore. The point of my review is to comment on this book. If you are wondering whether or not to buy this book, don’t bother unless you suffer from insomnia. As I said, it is boring and badly written and I bet this kind of brown-nosing gives even Duesberg the creeps.

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Boring and badly written, July 5, 2006

Reviewer: H. A. Emet – See all my reviews

There are some books that, even though they are badly written and boring, are worth reading because of the interesting controversial nature of the subject. There are other books that are worth reading because they are enthralling and beautifully written, even though the subject matter may be dull and superseded.

This book fulfills two of the above categories simultaneously: it is a boring and badly written book, and the subject matter is dull and outdated. No one with an ounce of decency or intelligence should any longer believe the view that HIV does not cause AIDS. Of course there is that tight cabal of AIDS denialists (or whatever they are called these days) who seem content to walk on graves of the millions of poor souls who have died from this viral infection. They can spend their time making money from self-indulgent little adulations like this book. Then they will be forgotten and millions more will have died from HIV infection.

But really, the point of my review is not to argue the science. There is no argument anymore. The point of my review is to comment on this book. If you are wondering whether or not to buy this book, don’t bother unless you suffer from insomnia. As I said, it is boring and badly written and I bet this kind of brown-nosing gives even Duesberg the creeps.

No Brit ex-pat could fail to recognize the twit in this style, which is quintessentially the throwaway, chatty and empty headed style of the Cambridge graduate Widmerpool who is too busy partying and politicking to have done his homework.

Indeed one could be forgiven for concluding that this is none other than John Moore, given his fondness for the bold usurpation of moral superiority on behalf of the ruling paradigm. For instance, in his (first?) review just below in the Amazon sequence, we read “Hence the author is writing a hagiography of one of his heroes, not a fair and accurate representation of the scientific facts and moral truths about HIV/AIDS.”

Moral truths? With more than half of AIDS patients in this country dying of drug symptoms now, and not the endless list of HIV?AIDS symptoms (padded with several symptoms that have nothing to do with immune weakness), it is a little hard to see how the morally superior position is to fight any review with any weapon that comes to hand, even the childish one of loading Amazon with negative reviews that indicate no familiarity with the contents of the book at all.

In fact, they suggest that the book is so threatening that they can’t touch it, but simply shriek in horror, as if they had found a large tarantula on their pillow. This is the response of the paleopallium, not the neocortex – emotion, not reason. Do HIV?AIDS patients wish their destiny to rest on John Moore’s deep emotional responses?

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“The strategic intelligence of Bialy’s detractors is evidently not up to this level of perception, however, possibly because of their daily involvement in preaching a paradigm which reviews have always indicated left reason behind from the first paper it produced.

It must be hard to think straight if your fundamental assumptions have for twenty three years made no genuine sense whatsoever.

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If anything points to the abandonment of science in this affair, this sad trio of adolescent scripts does. These responses to the book are precisely the opposite of the scientific method, where reason and evidence combine to add to knowledge about the real world. They are religious in nature, saying no more than “Get thee behind us, Satan!”

Meanwhile, it is not impossible that Moore has prevailed upon the powers-that-be at Amazon book reviews to do the truly immoral in his moral cause, which is to make one or more of Harvey Bialy’s positive reviews vanish. “Dr Chipper” of California’s review, a glowing corrective to the HIV?AIDS goon squad’s sudden appearance in this space, a review which suggested that the writer had actually read the book, suddenly vanished today. We reproduce it here for reference:

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Bialy’s book is must reading!, June 29, 2006

Reviewer: Doctor “Chipper” (California) – See all my reviews

Reading the blustery, hot air fulminations by John Moore it is hard to imagine that his review was actually written by a scientist.

As an AIDS dogmatist, Moore displays ignorance, prejudice and amnesia in denying the flaws, inconsistencies, errors, and failed predictions that have marred (or characterized) the Church of AIDS Pseudoscience since its inception 25 years ago.

Bialy has written a superb book that exposes the rigidity and sclerosis that make the infectious viral hypothesis about AIDS such a perfidious and empty explanation for what makes some people ill.

Moore reacts with abusive venom and sputtering rage because he knows that Bialy’s book shows what a tragic farce and waste of time his devotion to the HIV hypothesis has been.

Writing in the New York Times in early June, Moore (a biologist in New York) and Nicoli Nattrass (an economist in South Africa), neither of whom ever had access to the medical records of a young girl who died suddenly in Los Angeles, displayed unprofessional dishonesty and unbridled pomposity by making public pronouncements on the cause of the child’s death.

By so doing, Moore demonstrated anew how much he remains in the grip of the absolute deadliest of quackery.

Read Bialy’s book, and see for yourself.

Alerted by the ever vigilant author, Harvey Bialy, to this sudden disappearance, “Dr. Chipper” moved swiftly to replace it by writing another, which immediately got posted, but with a date of June 29, not today (July 5 Wed). No explanation has yet been forthcoming from Amazon as to how this possibly could have happened, and it is difficult to make sense of it.

We would hope the original gets put back. It was just as good as this one,

Bialy’s Book a Blockbuster, June 29, 2006

Reviewer: Doctor “Chipper” (California) – See all my reviews

Bialy writes with clarity, brevity and accuracy.

His book is a welcome mine of data and logic.

Bialy has amassed numerous examples to destabilize the errors, contradictions and outright dishonesty that typify the “sky-is-falling,” culture of fear that characterize the looney-tunes world of John Moore and his ilk.

The AIDS Establishment will cringe at Bialy’s devastating expose and surely throw a temper tantrum.

To see why they are so upset and overcome with rage, read Bialy’s book and learn more about one of great deceptions of the modern era.

and in the circumstances Chipper deserves to have both up. Any such interference is a moral outrage, as we are sure John Moore and his friends, with their refined moral sensibilities, would agree.

However, it doesn’t matter that much. The comparison between the long string of articulate and informed positive reviews and the vulgar little hatchet jobs by Moore and his friends is clear enough. We like the little verse by Francis Bacon, who captures what should be the lay reader’s response in a nutshell:

Ode to a true scientist, September 1, 2004

Reviewer: Francis Bacon (NY) – See all my reviews

Every day I read the Times,

For news of AIDS and other crimes

But now I see that what I read

Is not the sparkling truth I need.

I’m stunned to learn the news they gather

May be, in part or whole, just blather.

Not the crystal spring I trusted,

My faith in Pulitzer’s quite busted

Before this book I’d peace of mind

Now I know not where to find

The facts secure I seek to base

My love of God and human race

I must doubt the word of man

And find my moorings where I can

Oh dreaded task – give me a drink,

Clearly I must learn to think.

But having read this book I know

Where for better facts to go

Beware of reading Bialy through,

It will flip your whole world view.

While not on the elevated and informed level of the others, this verse does engagingly tell the Amazon truthseeker that the book is what it is, an insider’s corrective to the suspiciously unscientific enthusiasm of Moore and his minions for a paradigm now obviously so tattered that it cannot even rise from the runway after the never refuted, never peer disputed (on an equal peer-reviewed basis in the same elite journals) reviewing of Duesberg has finished blasting holes in it.

Of course, the book review that counts more than any other is by Nobel winner Kary Mullis. It has the special poignancy of being written by one of the few scientists who is a genuine peer of Peter Duesberg’s in originality and independence of mind:

45 of 51 people found the following review helpful:

A well-told tale with the humor of his protagonist, August 26, 2004

Reviewer: K. B. Mullis (Newport Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

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Oncogenes, Aneuploidy and AIDS, A Scientific Life and Times of Peter H. Duesberg

by Harvey Bialy

reviewed by Kary Mullis

Why has Peter Duesberg, one of the smartest, imaginative, hard working, and honest biological scientists of the last fifty years, had such a rough time convincing other people and spreading his irrefutably superior ideas in the areas of cancer and AIDS? Why is Peter not incredibly successful and loved as an indefatigable thinker and keeper of the scientific faith? It is a mystery why this man is not a famous and well-funded director of an influential institute leading our young scientists.

Harvey Bialy has been around Peter and molecular biology for forty odd years, observing and collecting notes, and now he tells the intriguing story. I think it is important, because Peter is one in a million never to be repeated again.

His story, predicted by Jean-Paul Sartre when he pronounced somewhere that we all make our own hell out of the people around us, is told up-close and brilliantly by Bialy.

It is about humans taking on a vast responsibility, with the usual suspects – money, glory, and stubbornness. Unfortunately only an insignificant fraction of them seem concerned with the mission of saving lives. Bialy tries to remember it all, with some of the raw edges chewed back by time as he wisely allows the unsavory characters to hoist on their own inelegant petards.

It is a well-told tale with the humor of a sympathetic observer, a humor that reminds me not a little of the same incorruptible humor of his protagonist, Peter Duesberg – head and shoulders above the competition in so many ways, but unable to pull it off. He seems to know that something has damned him to that space, but maintains nevertheless a vital resignation in that razor sharp cortex, which misrepresents nothing and would never in a fair hearing be called on to answer for misdeeds. We meet a lot of the contenders in this well researched and deeply considered book, their powers and their fallibilities – their own statements a most readable report.

I recommend it to anyone who cares to be entertained or educated in the details of how the science of cancer or AIDS has been done in this last half century. But it is far more than that. It is a window cracked not just on Peter’s travails but on all of the science and sorcery since the invention of money. A long winter’s tale.

What appears more heinous and deadly is that two other important positive reviews of the Bialy book seem to have been erased, one by the Australian scientist and consultant, George Miklos, and one by Albin Tsycki (spelling uncertain), which is all that Bialy recalls of the other poster, a retired university professor from New York who knew Francis Crick, Max Delbruck and Erwin Chargaff, heroic pioneers of gene research and members of the old guard who pursued science rather than profit, of which group Peter Duesberg and Harvey Bialy are among the few left.

Here is a copy of George Miklos’s review.

Galileo’s cat and the HIV AIDS pigeons.

George Gabor Miklos.

Secure Genetics.

Two years after the publication of Bialys stimulating book Oncogenes, Aneuploidy and AIDS, some bewildering commentaries on it have now emerged from two members of the academic woodwork, Professors Moore and Stevenson. Both exhibit the lemming-like mentality of the orthodox HIV equals AIDS community which continues to mindlessly polish the same edifice with a finer and finer grade of jewellers rouge while concomitantly attempting to stifle debate. These two self-styled “know it alls” now preach from their self appointed pulpits on HIV AIDS and remind readers that reading Oncogenes, Aneuploidy and AIDS, is in essence, not only detrimental to ones health but that any deviation from the standard manifesto of HIV equals AIDS is not to be tolerated. Stevenson in particular conveniently forgets his own words of a few years earlier, “the reasons why HIV infection is pathogenic is still debated and the goal of eradicating HIV infection remains elusive”, (quoted from Chapter 5 of Bialy’s book).

In Oncogenes, Aneuploidy and AIDS Bialy set out certain findings, together with the normal warts and all triumphs and failings of human endeavor in the fields of cancer and HIV research. He challenges readers to think for themselves, free of the shackles of orthodoxy, but not free from the scientific constraints. The increasingly shrill parroting of the conventional interpretations by conventional HIV – AIDS researchers is understandable after 25 years of empty promises and billions of dollars poured into a broken research machine.

Two years ago I published a very positive review of Oncogenes, Aneuploidy and AIDS, not as an internet posting, as generalized by Moore, but in Nature Biotechnology one the worlds most respected, prestigious and high impact journals, (Miklos, G.L.G., 2004, Nature Biotechnology, 22, 815-816). Neither Moore nor Stevenson chose to reply to it within the same august pages. Given this, it is important for the readers of Amazon to access original material and to then make up their own minds, free from unscientific zealots who wish to censor what one should or should not read. Moore and Stevenson could perchance take notice of a well known adage; “it’s what you learn after you know it all, that’s important”. Therapeutic progress in clinical medicine requires objective evaluation of data, not impoverished rhetoric.

A rereading suggests that the Amazon gatekeeper may have decided to bump it since it attacks another review, which is nominally against the rules, though it is often done. Perhaps the move came with a nudge from the goon squad?

Not that Bialy is overly concerned now. “I can’t wait for Mario’s other brother to post a new one”, he says. His sales ranking has not been as high since his book was originally praised in Nature Biotechnology by Miklos’s original notice, which acknowledged that “Oncogenes” confirmed in his mind that in both cancer and HIV?AIDS, paradigm replacement was long overdue. Miklos should know. The Australian scientist consults internationally on the prospects in scientific fields.

This information will be updated when we learn more, or if the censored reviews reappear.

Update: Blogmaster Dean Esmay of Dean’s World, has added a positive review as follows, which does him credit since he risked more material on this debate earlier than any other independent blogger, including famously humunguous threads in which paradigm enthusiast Brit twit Nick Bennett mounted his best defense until he was banned for using misleading data. Dean achieved this, despite suffering the usual jeering claque of baby docs and medical students too young to realize their texts are now investment proposals as much as medical lore, and their assumption that their expertise is biblical in authority may be naive: A must for grad students and anyone interested in the dark side of bioscience today, July 6, 2006

Reviewer: Dean Esmay (Westland, MI United States) –

After a glowing review full of praise in the pages of Nature/Biotechnology, this wonderful book has been shooting up the sales charts. Having read this book myself about three times, I can’t say I recommend it for the casual reader, but anyone with a reasonbly good background in biology should have little trouble following it–and then wondering how the twin boondoggles of the oncogene hypothesis of carcinogenesis, or the HIV-AIDS hypothesis, came to be so lavishly funded without anyone stopping and asking hard questions like, “have we gone off in the wrong direction?”

What is most telling about books like this is the response of establishment “scientists” who choose name-calling (like “AIDS Denialist,” a clearly anti-semitic reference to the Holocaust) and bluster as a response to cogent arguments and well-referenced criticism. One may see that in action in many reviews: never do they attack the substance, apparently because they cannot. And so they attack the messenger, and anyone who would dare associate with the messenger. Which is almost as informative as this book itself is.

Two Nobel laureate biologists, and quite a few other world-famous scientists, have endorsed this book. That’s all you should need to know to realize that strange things are afoot, and that Peter Duesberg is a man whose name more people should know and respect.

Aha! The irrepressible professor Albin Taszycki has made a swift comeback with what may be a rewritten review twice as powerful and sure of himself as the original:

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

500,000 Americans now dead of DEADLY AIDS QUACKERY!, July 4, 2006

Reviewer: Albin Taszycki “Albin Taszycki” (New York) – See all my reviews

READ IT! Why? Because people are dying and need to be properly diagnosed, and not scared nor poisoned to their death or disfigurement by lifelong toxic drugs while the actual causes of their illness are ignored. Those making a comfey living from the 50 billion dollar give-away, the HIV research and drug industry, are shaking in their shoes at the public release and promotion of this book. Don’t believe me? Just research the names of anyone whom dares to write negative reviews of it! You will find they are fully funded by the government give-away and the HIV drug manufacturer’s that have made a fortune selling the very drugs that will cause disfigurement or immune dysfunction! With the release of this book, no longer can the AIDS Industry ignore the real causes of immune system dysfunction. Bialy’s book will become a textbook for future generations of aspiring scientists, as it points out how in the long run, it is only integrity and honesty that will further real science. You too will know why NO-ONE in science will debate Peter Duesberg on the issue of THE TRUE CAUSES OF AIDS. They know it would publicly expose the shoddy science, false dogma, corruption, and the lack of integrity of those whom continue to scare people into hopelessness and self-fulfilling prophesies of death by being scared into taking toxic drugs. While the false “HIV, The Virus That Causes Aids” Mantra has fearfully brainwashed most people, fortunately it has not done so for Dr. Bialy or Dr. Duesberg. The book is a True and Nonstop Thriller, which exposes and documents the sleazy underbelly of HIV research and drug development. Now that hundreds of NIH directors and scientists have been caught taking funding and stock from big pharma, and the worst offenses having taken place in the National Institute of Health’s Department of AIDS research, now that HIV tests are proven and documented to show false positive results for dozens of often common and non HIV causes, it is crucial that Americans break free of their fear, and brainwashing, and courageously wake up to the honest, even if painful facts about HIV and AIDS. Bialy demands the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and he has every single word being backed up in documented provable facts. Hopefully this spells the Beginning of the END of the lies, cover-ups, bribery, and shoddy science behind the worldwide debacle and scam of HIV as the cause of AIDS. With anti-HIV drug related causes being the proven Number One Cause of Death in HIV Positive Americans, it is crucial that EVERYONE round the world READ THIS BOOK, get Informed, avoid and end the iatrogenic poisoning of people by those whom make a comfey living from the peddling of their false beliefs and deadly drugs. Other excellent and current companion books to this are “Positively False”, “Inventing The AIDS Virus”, and “What If Everything You Thought You Knew About AIDS Was Wrong”, and “Serious Adverse Events”.

A very well expressed post, which says it all.

This is the interesting thing about John Moore’s original diatribe, as its target, Harvey Bialy, cleverly saw straight away. Such a silly smear just results in a) demonstrating your fallibility to all comers b) arousing the suspicion among onlookers that something fishy is afoot and c) sparking much better and more powerful statements of the flaws in your case from those who disagree, who now have a target to aim at.

The strategic intelligence of Bialy’s detractors is evidently not up to this level of perception, however, possibly because of their daily involvement in preaching a paradigm which reviews have always indicated left reason behind from the first paper it produced.

It must be hard to think straight if your fundamental assumptions have for twenty three years made no genuine sense whatsoever.

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Update: Frank Lusardi, the Web site designer and coder who run’s Darin Brown’s AIDS Wiki, has added his own seal of approval to the Bialy book for good measure:

A model scientific biography, July 6, 2006

Reviewer: Frank Lusardi – See all my reviews

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With wit, grace, and a mastery of the literature, Bialy has penned what will no doubt serve as a model for future scientific biographies. It is to be hoped that his courage will also serve as a model, inspiring others to seek out and chronicle today’s Galileos, the genuine scientists whose insights America’s Corporate-Scientific Complex is so ruthless in suppressing. In challenging any reigning scientific dogma, the first question is always: “How could so many smart people be so wrong?” Both Bialy and his subject are rare examples of thinkers who can not only answer such questions but do so with exuberant and cheerful ease.

As those who read the all-important comments on this site know, Lusardi is a lucid observer of the HIV?AIDS debacle.

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