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Manhattan quietly infiltrated by radical science group


Revolutionaries plan further gains in HIV?AIDS row

As an answer to the UN “AIDS at 25” celebration last weekend (which was described to this author today at the UN by an official there in the following terms: “Did you ever see such a job creation machine?”), the members of the Committee for the Reappraisal of HIV/AIDS flew into New York City from Europe and the West Coast this evening to meet at the Roosevelt Hotel, a midtown holdover from the past and therefore suitable for modern samurai fighting for old fashioned standards in science to rest their heads.

Currently the best choice in hotels in New York for anybody who understands that long etablished is good, the Pakistani owned hotel is still splendid in an old fashioned way, with its personable staff and marble floors and polished brass and wood and fleur de lis carpets and one of the city’s best kept secrets, its bar, which is grand and cosy at the same time. Apparently when asked for an Internet connection to a meeting room it charges through the nose for a T1 line, the staff not yet having heard of wireless.

After a sojourn at said bar to gather their wits and energy, twelve of the core members and a couple of guests moved to the Jewel of India, a spacious curry restaurant along from the Harvard Club, where they bonded in preparation for two days of concentrated discussion on future strategy in the information war in this field, which has resisted free debate on the cause and cure of HIV?AIDS for two decades.

Among the highlights of the sessions at a nearby location will be a Sunday morning presentation by the renowned scientist, amiable, joking and very sharp Peter Duesberg, which invited guests will also attend, including four filmmakers at last count, with cameramen.

Other members of the board at the meeting will include Neville Hodgkinson, the London Sunday Times correspondent who wrote a huge series exposing the problems of the field and its science in the mid nineties, the diminutive bombshell Joan Shenton, who has made several award winning documentaries on the topic for independent TV in London, the slim progressive Christine Maggiore, whose book has long been the best rundown for the layman who wishes to know what is going on, tall, mustachioed David Crowe, who runs the Alberta group of independent thinkers on AIDS, hardbitten renegade Frank Lusardi the distinguished designer of million dollar dot com boom websites, long dark haired Bryan Owen, Alabama webmaster of the Committee for the Reappraising AIDS website, the Panlike Claus Koehlein a medical authority from Germany who has just published a book on “Virus Mania”, unfortunately so far still in German, and the very tall San Fransciscan angel Robert Leppo, the investor who has backed Duesberg’s research on the same principle as the start ups he finances, which is that he believes in him personally.

A number of journalists and authors in the field and out of it will be attending the open session also, including Celia Farber of Harpers’s who just published the LA CityBeat clarification of the Maggiore tragedy, Anthony Liversidge a science freelancer who is writing a book on the abuse of trust in modern science, Marcus Cohen, who has devoted seven columns in the past year in the Townsend Letter to the topic of HIV?AIDS and its errors, and Robert Houston, the independent medical authority in cancer who has heavily researched HIV?AIDS, and others.

Special note: If anyone here wishes to attend, they should email us, since we have been given several invitations to pass on.

4 Responses to “Manhattan quietly infiltrated by radical science group”

  1. Mark Biernbaum Says:

    Gosh, I’d love one of those invites, Truthseeker. Can I get one from you?

  2. DB Says:

    Sounds exciting! I’d be quite pleased just to meet all of these people.

  3. noreen martin Says:

    Me too, what a wonderful support group!

  4. HankBarnes Says:

    Well Done, Truthseeker! Take a bite outta the Big Apple for me. Great buncha folks ya got there.

    Hank Barnes

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