Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Is AIDS Too Big to Fail?

Since issuing my report on AIDS last year, I have been drawn into a debate with scientists and journalists around the world on the best way to unravel and expose the initial fraud that has resulted in nearly 30 years of misdirected US AIDS policy.

After a question was raised regarding the best way to approach Barack Obama over the issue, I sent this answer:

Unless Obama’s objective is to completely tank the US economy, I doubt he will want to know about, or take action to change, US AIDS policy. I also suspect that this debate is much deeper than the mere scientific corruption related to HIV and AIDS.

It’s clear that the United States and Europe have profited politically and financially by the ongoing rape of Africa’s mineral resources, and AIDS plays a huge part in America’s ability to create and exploit its resulting social and political instability.

Under the pretext of AIDS, US and European taxpayers send billions to Africa’s corrupt leaders who, in turn, allow companies like DeBeers and Shell Oil to mine and drill the continent’s precious mineral resources. AIDS mythology, the systematic poisoning and death with AIDS treatments, and the desperate economic conditions that come from it allow US and European companies to exploit Africa’s cheap labor force at slavery wages. When those workers get sick from pollution and exposure, those companies convince their mostly illiterate workforce that sex is killing them and that, unless they accept treatment with deadly AIDS medications, they will die. Their eventual mortality is then used to convince well-meaning US taxpayers and politicians that AIDS is killing Africa’s population, providing the necessary political pressure to convince US politicians to perpetuate additional AIDS funding.

While I don’t believe that most US politicians are aware of their unwitting complicity in this program, it’s clear that any reticence or reversal to support US and African AIDS projects poses a greater political risk to them personally than does the intellectually honest examination of domestic and foreign AIDS policy.

If I were an enemy of American capitalism, I would present AIDS as Exhibit A. AIDS allows the United States to exploit Africa’s desperate population, forcing them to endure brutal dictators and oppressive working conditions for the profit of US and European interests. In turn, the US profits from Africa’s treasure while avoiding the political challenges that would otherwise require Americans to mine and drill US domestic resources.

Without AIDS, the US, Europe, and their companies will be hard-pressed to explain what has actually been killing Africa’s workers. This would also provide political capital to hostile regimes that have been forced, until now, to rely on manufactured propaganda.

If and when this scam is discovered, I sense that AIDS will eventually stain the US and Europe as deeply as the Holocaust has scarred Germany. I believe that the disclosure of AIDS could result in an existential blow to the America’s financial, moral, and philosophical standing.

Like the banking, housing, and auto industries, AIDS may also be too big to fail.


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Shortly after I posted this analysis, I received this email from the CDC about their new program to re-educate Americans about HIV. As stated, this program assumes that HIV infects someone every 9 1/2 minutes. As you read this email from the CDC, I'd like you to think about how afraid you are of AIDS and if you know someone who has allegedly been infected with AIDS.

Chances are that you don't know anyone who is dying of AIDS. If you know someone who is allegedly HIV positive, he or she is healthy if they are not taking drugs or they are getting sicker if they are taking toxic AIDS drugs. Allegedly Keep in mind also that allegedly HIV positive people like Magic Johnson, who advocates HIV drug testing in the black community, has accepted $60 million from Abbott Laboratories (the makers of HIV drugs). Read the email below and, if you don't believe me, write or call the CDC for a copy of their report that describes exactly how scientists proved that HIV attacks cells and causes AIDS.

If they send you something, please forward it to me - I've asked them for proof since last July and have received no evidence that anyone has ever proved it. CB


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  • From: hiv-updates@cdcnpin.org
    Subject: Launch of Act Against AIDS Campaign
    Date: April 7, 2009 11:57:56 AM PDT
    To: XXX@XXX.XXX

    April 7, 2009

    Dear Colleague,

    Today, White House officials will team up with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to announce a new national domestic HIV/AIDS campaign called Act Against AIDS. The campaign will be released at a press event scheduled for 1:00 pm EDT and Webcast live at http://www.aids.gov/. If technical difficulties prevent the event from being broadcast live, it will be recorded and made available at a later date on this Web site. So that you are informed about these activities, this letter has information about the new campaign and some of its components, as well as where you can access information to learn more about and how to participate in the campaign.

    Act Against AIDS

    The domestic HIV epidemic is far from over. As referenced by CDC’s “Estimates of New HIV Infections in the United States, August 2008,” the HIV epidemic is worse than previously known. Further, the data confirm that the most severe impact is among gay and bisexual men of all races and African American men and women, in particular.

    http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/factsheets/pdf/incidence.pdfYet there continues to be a sense of complacency about the epidemic among individuals and communities throughout the United States. A recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that the percentage of the American people who say that they have seen, heard or read a lot about HIV/AIDS in the United States has fallen from 34% five years ago to just 14% today, and the percentage of African Americans reporting this has fallen from 62% to 33%.

    Act Against AIDS is intended to continue to address the urgency given these data and also the decreased attention given to the domestic HIV/AIDS crisis and the complacency that has developed in this country. The campaign recognizes that although HIV and AIDS affect some populations disproportionately, the epidemic is an issue for all people in the United States and as such, we share a collective responsibility for stopping this epidemic. It is a 5-year, multi-faceted communication campaign that is being planned and released in phases. Each phase will have its own unique objectives and target audiences and will utilize mass media and direct-to-consumer communication channels to deliver important HIV prevention messages in a manner designed to be compelling, credible, and relevant. Some campaign phases will influence knowledge and information-seeking behaviors, while other phases will influence complex prevention and testing behaviors. The campaign is designed so that CDC partners can access campaign materials for use in their state and local communities.

    Nine and a Half Minutes

    Every 9 1/2 minutes, another person in the United States becomes infected with HIV. This resulted in over 56,000 new HIV infections in this country in 2006 alone.

    The initial phase of the Act Against AIDS campaign, called Nine and a Half Minutes, will raise awareness of the severity of the domestic epidemic and includes a series of video, audio, and print materials. Beginning with two short videos for the internet, a radio PSA, an online banner, and transit ads, the campaign will deliver the simple message that every nine and a half minutes someone in the United States becomes infected with HIV.

    A consumer-oriented Web site
    www.nineandahalfminutes.org) will be launched at 1:00 pm EDT and will contain resources for individuals and partners who want to use these materials as part of their HIV prevention and awareness efforts.

    The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative

    Africans Americans make up just 12% of the US population, but represented nearly half of the new HIV infections that occurred in 2006 and half of the more than 14,000 AIDS deaths in recent years.

    To help ensure the widespread delivery of campaign messages within African American communities, CDC is implementing the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI). This $10 million, five-year partnership with 14 of the nation’s leading organizations serving the African American community seeks to harness the collective strength and reach of traditional, longstanding African American institutions to increase HIV awareness. The names of these organizations are included in the attached list. While many of the AAALI partners have longstanding commitments to addressing HIV among African Americans, the new initiative will enable each group to make HIV prevention a core component of its day-to-day activities. The AAALI is an outgrowth of CDC’s prevention philosophy of empowering partners to work within their
    communities.

    Partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation

    Because successfully reducing the impact of HIV in the United States will require action from both within and beyond heavily affected African-American communities, CDC will partner with the Kaiser Family Foundation – a leader in health policy and communications – to enlist support from the media and entertainment industries in broadly disseminating these and other HIV prevention messages.

    CDC and Kaiser will establish a coalition of entertainment, print, online, and other media organizations interested in providing support to Act Against AIDS. There will be an emphasis on partnerships with media that are uniquely positioned to reach specific populations starting with African-Americans, given the heavy burden of HIV in this population.

    For more information

    CDC is very excited about the Act Against AIDS campaign and its associated initiatives. The multi-pronged structure of the campaign will enable us to reach multiple and diverse at-risk populations while also working on the national level to raise overall awareness of the HIV epidemic. To find out more about the campaign after 1:00 pm on April 7th, please visit
  • www.cdc.gov/hiv/aaa for information about Act Against AIDS
  • www.nineandahalfminutes.org for information on the 9 1/2 Minutes phase, useful consumer information on the epidemic, what you can do to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and tools you can use to spread the word and participate in this campaign.
In the coming weeks, CDC will be reaching out to you directly to participate via teleconference to ensure you fully understand this campaign. It is our hope that you, too, will work within your communities and within your networks to Act Against AIDS. Because every nine and a half minutes, right here in the United States, someone’s brother, sister, father, mother, friend, co-worker, or neighbor becomes infected with HIV. We know how to prevent new HIV infections from occurring. We just need to make sure that everyone understands the importance of prevention and the importance of doing their part to stop the spread of HIV.

Sincerely,

Richard Wolitski, Ph.D.
Acting Director,
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS,
Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention

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