Gruesome forces

Stephen Lewis, final address


UN: Millions Not Suffering AIDS Now Doomed to Drown

UN: Millions Not Suffering AIDS Now Doomed to Drown
by Scott Ott for ScrappleFace · 7 Comments

(2007-11-20) — Top United Nations’ scientists plan to acknowledge this week that they wildly overstated the size and the spread of the AIDS epidemic, but that all the millions of people who don’t actually have AIDS will soon drown in the rising tide caused by man-made global climate change.

Faulty methodology caused the scientists to miss the fact that AIDS has been in decline during the same decade when U.N. reports about its rapid, unchecked spread boosted AIDS funding 30-fold, to about $10 billion per year.

“No matter how you look at it, the news is tragic, and more funding is needed,” said Peter Piot, the Belgian scientist whose U.N. AIDS agency reports have driven fund raising. Mr. Piot has previously reported that …

* “the pandemic and its toll are outstripping the worst predictions”
* the epidemic threatens to burst beyond its epicenter in southern Africa to generate widespread illness and death in other countries
* in China alone, there would be 10 million infections — up from 1 million in 2002 — by the end of the decade.

Now, Mr. Piot said, the fate of countless millions has gone from bad to worse.

“A man who might have died quietly in his bed of AIDS,” said Mr. Piot, “now faces the terrifying specter of watching his neighbors slip from their rooftops one-by-one, screaming until the rising deep muffles their voices, knowing that he faces the inevitable moment when his fingers slip from the chimney, the brine subdues his own shrieks and the sea becomes his tomb.”

Mr. Piot denied accusations that he makes alarmist statements to serve a political and fundraising agenda rather than following rigorous scientific processes.

“My alarmist statements have resulted in billions of dollars in funding for research,” Mr. Piot said. “I’m making sure scientists get paid. What could be more scientific than that?”

Get over yourself.

”  Doing the math, that means as of today—– over the past 5 years, while millions of mostly white and middle to upper class human beings with internet connections engaged in arguments about the minute details of a terrorist attack that occured in the United States on September 11th, over 60 million children have died. Because of starvation. I had breakfast today, how about you?” 

Criminal Congress

Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

– 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
– 7 have been arrested for fraud
– 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
– 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
– 3 have done time for assault
– 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
– 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
– 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
– 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
– 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year

Can you guess which organization this is?

Give up yet?

It’s the 535 members of the United States Congress. The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.

Humanitarian Imperialism


by Tod Davies

We’re being bullied now into thinking that we have a ‘moral duty’ to intervene in other people’s governments when they don’t meet our human rights standards.  But as Jean Bricmont points out in his book Humanitarian Imperialism (translated from French by Diana Johnstone), imperialism has a way of using everything it can to further its own ends.  And since it’s power that gets to define what a human rights standard is, the powerless don’t get much of a look in

That bullying is effective.   For example, how many Democrats do you know who would challenge their own party when it says, sanctimoniously, that we can’t just ‘cut and run’ now that Iraq has descended into chaos?  How many people hesitate to argue when someone at a dinner party passionately urges military intervention to solve some problem somewhere else?  How many people, even though well meaning as hell, have become completely blind to the fact that, in the world, we the privileged ones are not the Subject that brings Peace, Democracy, and Goodness to the rest of the world, which is then reduced to an Object that we’re supposed to maintain?  Just about everybody you know, probably.  I certainly get confused about it.

Fortunately, Jean Bricmont has painstakingly separated out the confusing threads that make up our present tie to militarization.   He talks about how ideology rather than force is the preferred invisible instrument of control in a democratic society.  He lays out the costs of the imperialism we practice without naming it, even to ourselves.  He sets out a series of questions to those who would use human rights as an argument for war.  For example, he wants to know if they are willing to accept responsibility for torture.  Torture, as Bricmont points out, is a direct result of war.  “An army that finds itself the target of resistance fighters who are like fish in the sea is inexorably led to try to gain information by force.  If one calls for military intervention, one is calling for war and occupation, and in that case, in effect calling for torture.”  And Bricmont is not fuzzy minded about torture:  he knows that it works.   The French dismantled the rebellion in Algeria using torture, even if it didn’t help them to maintain ultimate control.  And it certainly has worked in crushing rebellions against American interests in Latin America.  But, as he points out, in those scenarios, “no serious person can see bright prospects for human rights.”  So the question is:  if you’re for preemptive and ‘humanitarian’ war, are you prepared to take the responsibility for what it sure to follow?  Rape, massacre, torture — these are not the result of the brutal military mind.  These are the inevitable (indeed, traditional, historical) results of war.  If you want it, you got it.

 Bricmont, with blessed ruthlessness, dissects our prevailing ideology:  the ideology of the dinner party, of the glossy magazine, of the cult of personal growth, of everything that just wants to think of itself as good while letting its government get on with the murderous business as usual that lets us lead such pleasant lives here at home.  He points out that imperialism (that’s us, guys, yep, that’s right, take a look at ourselves, that’s us, not the underdog no matter what stories we tell ourselves — the Empire) has a way of using everything it can to further its own ends.

“To function as an instrument of domination,” he says, “the human rights ideology calls for rewriting history, selective indignation, and arbitrary priorities.”  In other words, only the powerful get to say what’s a violation of human rights and what’s not, with the inevitable result that, by definition, what the powerful does is not an abuse.  But, he says, there’s also hope:  “The paradox is that the more ethics advances toward a genuine universality — and the human rights ideology constitutes an advance in relation to previous ideologies — the more hypocritical the dominant power becomes.  The current dominator powers have a more universalist discourse than, say, Genghis Khan; as a result, they need to be more hypocritical.”

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Loose Change final cut

Loose Change Final Cut is the third installment of the documentary that asks the tough questions about the 9/11 attacks and related events. This movie hopes to be the catalyst for a new independent investigation, in which the family members receive answers to their questions, and the TRUE PERPETRATORS of this horrendous crime are PROSECUTED and PUNISHED