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The latest expert on AIDS in Africa -Laura Bush

Starting a three-nation African tour, Mrs. Bush on Tuesday was visiting a program that works to prevent more AIDS orphans in a country where about one-quarter of babies are born to a mother infected with the virus that causes AIDS

That’s right. According to the Guardian the President’s wife is doing her bit to push the standard paradigm bandwagon over the bodies of resistors in South Africa, who in the aftermath of the counterattack on the somewhat unscientific but intuitively sensible vitamin-pushing Matthias Rath are still trying to avoid being crushed by the proganda juggernaut of the Western establishment.

Actually that merry carriage doesn’t need much help as it rolls on without pause filled with an army of scientists from major US scientific institutions, Washington officials who dispense advice and perhaps AIDS aid, doctors and health workers both indigenous and from the Western powers, the local and international media and activists organizations and everybody else interested in relieving the South Africans and especially their government and head of state Thabo Mbeki from the need to keep an open mind and a working ability to think for themselves on this matter on which everybody else save for a few independent, first class minds in science has agreed is a no brainer: does HIV really cause AIDS?

Still, every little helps since as national dictators have long shown it is always easy to mount and maintain a big lie in the short and medium term but in the long run ideas which conflict with the daily experience of the average individual sooner or later come into question. And in South Africa just as in the US dire predictions of whole populations decimated and flung into the grave and economies ruined and a whole continental catastrophe caused by the antibodies to the famous virus have not so far proved out, though the statistics have been bumped up of late by the hard working statisticians of the WHO.

There is also the little matter of malaria and TB both of which cause millions of deaths each year, and which are getting far more attention now as African problems have been put on the front burner at the G8 meeting in Scotland by the Live Aid concerts, at least until the terrorist strike in London.

So all in all it is a very good thing in the standard view that Laura Bush has shown up in the AIDS war zone to lend her intelligence, scientific knowledge, glamor, prominence and establishment authority to the bill of goods (in the skeptical view) being sold to the South Africans and neighboring populations. After all, the flow of AIDS aid and the important drugs it buys and conveys to the mothers of Africa—drugs not good enough to offer the mothers of America without considerable hesitation—is vitally dependent on stamping out any local resistance to the HIV paradigm. And who better to do it than the woman playing the role of the American Mum?

Meanwhile we note once again the insulting premise of HIV-South African AIDS ideology that the sub continent is full of men who visit prostitutes and then force themelves on their wives, and that this is the key reason that AIDS is supposedly expanding rapidly even without the help of the assiduous WHO statisticians.

Mrs. Bush is aiming to highlight how fighting domestic violence is a key part of battling the AIDS crisis in South Africa, which has more people infected with HIV than any other country, and across the continent. Many African women become infected with the disease because their husbands have unprotected sex with others and then force sex on them.

One of the most egregious aspects of HIV-AIDS-ideology is the racist assumption that it fosters in generating its rationalizations for its unscientific claims. (Science indicates that even if HIV caused AIDS, a claim which remains defeated at the level of genuine peer-reviewed science by a crushing weight of argument, including unexplained inconsistencies and anomalies, contradiction of accepted and proven science, and an admitted lack of genuine evidence of any kind for the method of its machinations, its infectiousness is so incredibly low or even non-existent that the ability of any husbands anywhere to transfer it from whore to wife would be negligible.)

If AIDS is a grand superstition adopted by the world against all sense after a theoretical kite was flown by Robert Gallo and given rocket boosters with federal funding, one which rewrites other ailments and shifts them under the overall “AIDS” umbrella and then mismedicates the patients to death, as the leading scientist who has properly reviewed the theory year after year continues to claim without any doubts, then it has revealed just how ignorant and ill informed modern societies are in both science and in sociology, despite the massive efforts of modern media to deliver a Niagara of information on every facet of modern life.

That such racism should be part of a modern scientific paradigm debate is evidence of how ignorant and ill informed we remain as long as establishment journalists fail to do their real jobs and meet their true responsibilities, which is to do more than act as lapdogs for the highly placed sources they cherish, such as Laura Bush.

See Laura Bush Calls Attention to AIDS Battle or expand below.

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Tuesday July 12, 2005 7:46 AM

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By JENNIFER LOVEN

Associated Press Writer

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – Laura Bush is shining a spotlight on the Bush administration’s many-pronged battle against AIDS in Africa.

Starting a three-nation African tour, Mrs. Bush on Tuesday was visiting a program that works to prevent more AIDS orphans in a country where about one-quarter of babies are born to a mother infected with the virus that causes AIDS.

The Khayelitsha Maternity Obstetrics Unit, part of an organization called The Mothers’ Programmes, which benefits from U.S. assistance, enlists mothers who have kept from transmitting the disease to their own children to mentor new expectant mothers.

Located in a depressed area of Cape Town, the project also helps mothers and mothers-to-be – who are often unwed and unemployed – generate extra income. Mrs. Bush was to watch women make colorful beaded cell phone pouches, lanyards and other products that will be sold overseas.

Later Tuesday, Mrs. Bush was holding a discussion with South Africans involved in the fight against domestic violence and delivering a speech to advertise a new initiative, unveiled earlier this month by President Bush, to provide legal protections for African women victimized by violence and sexual abuse.

The president said he wants $55 million over three years for that effort.

Mrs. Bush is aiming to highlight how fighting domestic violence is a key part of battling the AIDS crisis in South Africa, which has more people infected with HIV than any other country, and across the continent. Many African women become infected with the disease because their husbands have unprotected sex with others and then force sex on them.

The president has sought $15 billion over five years to combat AIDS, mostly in Africa. In 2005, anti-AIDS spending in South Africa will total $149 million, according to the U.S. Embassy.

Mrs. Bush – a former public school librarian, avowed bookworm and high-profile advocate of reading – chose the Centre for the Book as the backdrop for the second event. Part of the National Library of South Africa, it promotes indigenous writing and helps develop a culture of reading among South Africans, particularly children.

Mrs. Bush continues her trip through Africa by flying Wednesday to Tanzania. After a visit to Rwanda, she heads back to Washington on Friday

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2 Responses to “The latest expert on AIDS in Africa -Laura Bush”

  1. Robert Houston Says:

    How can Truthseeker withstand the array of authority in support of the HIV/AIDS connection? Let me remind him that Mrs. Bush is not only a former school librarian but also a reader of books for adults, unlike her husband. Furthermore, she appears to be a genuinely decent, kindhearted person – perhaps the only one in the entire leadership of the U.S. administration.But with all due deference to her wisdom, what is the relevance of HIV to domestic abuse? Have her investigations established that HIV cannot be transmitted through consensual marital relations? How does the virus know the difference and why would it care? If the difference is the use of condoms, then isn’t she out of step with U.S. aid policy? It stipulates that funds for AIDS in Africa cannot be used to promote the use of condoms or any methods of birth control except abstinence.Or is she reversing the usual myth and suggesting that African couples normally practice abstinence except when the husbands become abusive?Meanwhile, the conventional AIDS establishment acknowledges that the rate of HIV transmission from an HIV positive spouse is only 1 in 1000 contacts (see Inventing the AIDS Virus, p. 179). Subsequent studies in Africa in 1997 and 2000 have shown the same negligible rate of HIV transmission, –Robert Houston

  2. Robert Houston Says:

    Consistent with the foregoing, a new study sponsored by the NIH entitled “Rates of HIV-1 transmission per coital act…in Rakai, Uganda,” which was published in the May 1, 2005 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, found that “the overall rate of HIV transmission per coital act was 0.0012” (M. J. Wawer, et al., J. Inf. Dis. 191(9):1403-9, 2005).

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