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World AIDS Day: The forgotten victims

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Today is World AIDS Day. Michael Fumento writes in Forbes about how former Surgeon General Koop is mistaken when he speaks about AIDS as being “forgotten”,
On World AIDS Day, Let’s Remember the True Forgotten Victims

As to “forgotten but not gone:”

Yet HIV/AIDS will receive over $3 billion in the 2011 federal research budget. That doesn’t include an entirely separately funded “infectious disease” category.  Granted, it’s shy of the 100 billion gagillion that Dr. Evil wanted in order to ransom the earth, but:

  • HIV/AIDS gets about $200,000 per patient death in the NIH research budget, according to calculations from the FAIR Foundation (Fair Allocations in Research). We spend 21 times more per AIDS death than cancer death. Pancreatic cancer will strike about 43,000 Americans this year and is essentially a quick death sentence. It gets 1% of the funding per death as AIDS.
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are the nation’s sixth and 14th-leading causes of death of death respectively, yet HIV/AIDS gets 34 times and 25 times more per fatality respectively.
  • The disparity is all the worse when trends are considered. While AIDS cases and deaths remain level, those of Parkinson’s inexorably climb while Alzheimer’s fly off the chart.

The forgotten victims? The people suffering from illnesses other than AIDS denied of research and treatment due to the disproportionate spending on that illness. Go read the whole article.

Related thoughts from John Derbyshire.

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Michael Fumento talks about Toyota UPDATED

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

This morning’s podcast topic: The Toyota Prius story. Special guest Michael Fumento updates us.

UPDATE
Read Mike’s latest article in today’s Philadelphia Enquirer,
Toyota’s indispensable new role: Hobgoblin
The carmaker plays the villain while officials ignore a much greater danger – bad driving

Link also at his blog.

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A Good Friday to remember

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

A must-read:
A Good Friday to Remember, by Michael Fumento

UDPATE, Sunday 4 April
Michael posted the essay with photos at his blog. Go read it.

Michael Fumento in today’s podcast

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Today at 11AM Eastern, Michael Fumento joins us to talk about his investigation of the Toyota Prius hoax, the cancer cluster and other subjects.

You can listen live, or the archived podcast at your convenience here.

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Stossel & Fumento on the swine flu hysteria

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

John Stossel has an article on Swine Flu Hysteria which points out what Michael Fumento has been saying all along:

Michael Fumento writes that the facts on swine flu hardly live up to the months of hype

What Michael has been saying is,

Hidden within the latest edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
FluView was this sentence: “The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza was below the epidemic threshold”…

You may recall all those additional deaths we were supposed to suffer as a result of swine flu – 30,000 to 90,000, according to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (a number I previously disputed)…

But like New Zealand and Australia, the United States can actually expect considerably fewer overall flu deaths because of the swine flu…

Only 161 new infections were reported to CDC-monitored labs last week, compared to 11,470 at the epidemic’s mid-October peak.

Michael adds,

in addition to the usual bureaucratic desire for growth in power and budget, the WHO was seeking to cover its tracks for an earlier hysteria – that of avian flu. Moreover, it has been remarkably open (Even if I’m the only one to report on it) about seeking to exploit swine flu to engineer hard-left political change including the redistribution of wealth between countries and instituting “social justice.”

That‘s what the fuss is really about.

Mexicans shanghaied in China over swine flu

Monday, May 4th, 2009

The latest headline on the swine flu: China Forces Dozens of Mexican Travelers Into Quarantine

The A/H1N1 flu outbreak is leading to a potential diplomatic row between China and Mexico, as Chinese health authorities round up and quarantine scores of Mexicans — only one of whom is thus far reported to be sick — as they fly in on business and holiday trips.

Mexico’s foreign minister said Mexican citizens with no signs of infection had been isolated in “unacceptable conditions” in China. Patricia Espinosa told a news conference Saturday that such measures were “discriminatory and ungrounded” and that the government is advising Mexicans to stay away from China.

She also criticized four Latin American countries — Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Cuba — for suspending flights coming from Mexico against the recommendation of the World Health Organization.

More than 70 Mexicans are in isolation around China, according to Mexican officials, and that number is rising as Mexican travelers call in to their embassy to report their plight.

China has been rounding up all travelers aboard an AeroMéxico flight that arrived Thursday in Shanghai from Mexico with a 25-year-old Mexican man, who is now ill with human swine flu in Hong Kong. He is the only known Mexican sufferer in China to date. However, Mexicans on other flights say they have been singled out for harsh treatment.

Gustavo Carrillo, a 36-year-old manager of a Mexican technology company in China who lives in Beijing, was taken off his Continental Airlines plane Saturday and rushed into quarantine at a Beijing hotel. He had traveled to the U.S. from China on a business trip and hadn’t visited Mexico.

Mr. Carrillo said health officials took the temperatures of other passengers after the plane landed, but didn’t check his after they saw his Mexican passport. Instead, they led him down the aisle past gawking passengers. “It was embarrassing and humiliating,” he said.

Mexicans who were on the flight to Shanghai with the 25-year-old flu victim complain about how China has enforced its quarantine, offering little information and only basic medical testing. Among them is a family of five, including three young children, who transited to Beijing. They were roused from their hotel room in the Chinese capital in the early hours of Saturday and whisked to an infectious diseases hospital. There, according to the father, Carlos Doormann, AeroMéxico’s finance director, they were isolated in a room with bloodstained sheets and what appeared to be mucus smeared on the walls.

While this is happening, James Fallows reports that

the relief flight to take stranded Chinese citizens back home from Mexico, announced yesterday, has been canceled because of trouble reaching “landing agreements” with Mexican airport authorities.

The hysteria continues.

And no, I couldn’t resist that post title.

In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern Michael Fumento talks about his article, The Price Of A Porcine Panic: A gut punch to the economy.

Michael, who has written several books on pandemics, has kept an eye on the swine flu news:
Early Calculations Show Swine Flu Hard to Transmit
Mexico’s Devastating Failure to Compare Swine Flu to Seasonal Flu
So just how lethal is swine flu?
More posts at Fumento.com

You can listen to the podcast here, and it’s archived for your convenience.

It’s not the Surge, it’s the CounterinSURGEncy

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Blackfive has an excellent post that you must read:
Counter-InSURGEncy, a primer on our impending victory

The Surge is not our strategy and he is correct that it is not responsible for the tremendous success in Baghdad, the surrounding belts, Al Anbar, Diyala and now even in some of the Shia tribal areas as well. Our strategy is Counter-Insurgency (COIN) and the additional troops, known as the Surge, are simply part of that effort along with every other military member and civilian over there. Read LTC Kilcullen for an elegant primer on COIN in the Small Wars Journal.

COIN is completely different than the nation-building and national institution-building that we had been doing since toppling Saddam and up until the beginning of this year. We had hunkered down on the FOBs heading out on patrols and then back inside the wire. Now we cleared areas and then stayed and lived side by side with the Iraqis, and once they saw that we were staying they “awakened” and determined that al Qaeda brought death and destruction and the Americans brought electricity and water, not to mention security.

Yesterday Michelle Malkin was noticing the news in The Australian

There have certainly been several days in the past month when no US or British soldiers were killed.

During a five-day stretch between October 19 and 23, there were no deaths among coalition forces.

Take a look at the weapons caches turned in by the Iraqis in the past year.

In The First Ten Months Of 2007, Coalition And Iraqi Security Forces Have Found And Cleared 5,364 Caches”

“That Is Twice The Volume Of Material Found And Cleared In All Of 2006.

The Democrats are tripping over themselves not to acknowledge that the COIN is working. To the contrary; Yesterday they were saying that the real reason behind the falling casualty rates in Iraq was that Muqtada al-Sadr had declared a six-month ceasefire.
Today they’re saying that If violence is decreasing in Iraq, it may be because insurgents “are running out of people to kill,”

For more on the real story on Iraq, please listen to these two podcasts where Matt Sanchez and Michael Fumento talk about Iraq.

They’ve been there.

Matt’s writing about the media’s Iraq con job. Go read it. The WaPo‘s shedding a dark light on the news.

James Tarranto talks about the death count in Iraq.

A. J. Strata has more metrics on success in Iraq.

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Michael Fumento writes about Hollywood’s War on the WOT

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Hollywood’s War on the War on Terror

Critics have labeled the new movie “Rendition” a “political thriller.” Whether it thrills or not is subjective. But “political”? Absolutely. It’s merely the latest in an unbroken series of major films about the war on terror that range from those seeking to assure us that Islamist terrorism isn’t the threat we might think, to those depicting the terrorists as no worse than those who fight them – and by implication the American people as a whole.

Michael mentions The Sum of All Fears:

Consider, too, the odyssey of the conversion of Tom Clancy’s massive best-selling 1991 book, “The Sum of All Fears,” in which a nuclear bomb destroys an American city, into the 2002 film of the same name. In the book and the original script, the bad guys were Islamist terrorists. Little did Mr. Clancy know how realistic his choices of villains were: Federal court hearings in February 2001 revealed that as early as 1993, Osama bin Laden offered $1.5 million to buy uranium for a nuclear weapon.

But ultimately the Paramount movie depicted the bomber as yet another comic book character villain, an Austrian neo-Nazi. (Though at least he never says, “Vee haff vays uf making you talk!”)

Thank goodness for that. The villain was played by Alan Bates, my idol, fresh from his part on off-Broadway’s The Unexpected Man.

Michael continues,

Mr. Clancy, who unfortunately had no control over the process, took a swipe at director Phil Alden Robinson on the special features section of the DVD. Mr. Robinson, for his part, made the incredible claim on the DVD extra that the change was in the name of realism.

In reality, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) had lobbied to change the villains and won. “I hope you will be reassured that I have no intention of promoting negative images of Muslims or Arabs,” Mr. Robinson wrote to them, “and I wish you the best in your continuing efforts to combat discrimination.” Paramount’s CEO at the time, Sherry Lansing, also suggested that she would steer clear of movies with Muslim villains.

Ed Driscoll notices Hollywood’s nihillism:

I’m not sure when such a worldview developed; though James Piereson would argue this was the flashpoint. But in any case, the mindset that fuels Hollywood’s dangerously self-destructive cocktail of nihilism and a punitive blind spot regarding America and its role in the world is surprisingly similiar to the elite news media’s long-running sense of aloofness and cosmopolitanism.

As Glenn Reynolds points out,

“THE PROBLEM IS NOT WITH THE PEOPLE THAT STARTED THIS. THE PROBLEM’S WITH US.” That’s a Robert Redford breakout line from the trailer to his new war-on-terror movie that just appeared on my TV. It certainly sums up a certain worldview.

Indeed.

Audiences aren’t buying it.

Michael Fumento was my podcast guest last March, when we talked about his work as an embed in Iraq. You can listen to the podcast here.
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Confederate Yankee = APDD antidote

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Updated, Wednesday 11 July

A while ago I defined Associated Press Deficit Disorder as
Associated Press Deficit Disorder: the innatention of Associated Press and other news agencies to the actual words said by a person who doesn’t fit what AP wants to hear.

This week’s antidote to Associated Press Deficit Disorder? Confederate Yankee

Go read his posts
When Does a Massacre Matter?
A Hunting We Will Go
Associated Press Prints Immediate Correction
AP Responds to DecapiGate
AP: Screw the Facts, Protect the Narrative

Forget about AP.
Go read the guys who are there now, or who have been there recently:
Michael Yon in Iraq
Matt Sanchez in Iraq now, and Afghanistan
Michael Totten, who is heading to Iraq right now.
Michael Fumento is back from Afghanistan

Read their articles, look at their pictures, get the real story. And please, contribute to their blogs through PayPal if you can.

UPDATE, Wednesday, 11 July
Laws, Sausages and Journalism, and Second Chances
And Security operations in Basra, the second largest city in Iraq, soon to be transferred to Iraqui forces

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Matt Sanchez reports from Iraq as an embed

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Matt Sanchez isn in Iraq, and has a great article, Outside the Wire–A day in the Life with photos.

Go read every word.

Michael Fumento has a great series of posts in his Afghanistan Diaries chronicling his experiences when he was an embed in the country last March. He also has great photos.

Update, Friday 15 June
Don’t miss also Michael Fumento’s The Other War:
Afghanistan is Winnable, but Victory Can’t be Taken for Granted

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