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Author Topic: We Do Have An HIV/Aids Czar Don't We?  (Read 5236 times)

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Offline FiercenBed

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We Do Have An HIV/Aids Czar Don't We?
« on: September 06, 2007, 01:49:58 PM »
Lance Armstrong was on Meet The Press couple weeks ago. Im sure you know he had testicular cancer....yikes...and was only given a 50/50 survival chance. He discussed the need to focus on 'a cure for cancer' he mentioned that america needs a 'cancer czar'.

isnt there an hiv/aids czar? who is this guy/women? why dont we ever see them? why arnt they on Meet The Press? the last one i heard about resigned for hanging out with a prostitute.....ironic. obviously he was replaced right? what does he do? how do we reach him? obviously he dosnt try to control big pharma.

i find it hard to believe there is not some 'famous person' who has hiv who can grab the media spot light. i know i know itz a 'shameful disease' but when was the last time you heard about hiv on the nightly big 3 news? the last 'hiv hero' was that diver greg louganis. i know he wrote a book about hiv but his last book was about 'dogs' . i think he lost focus.

it seems like hiv/aids is being spinned into a dirty 'little' international problem. people w/ hiv made a lota strides in the late 80's early 90's. but it seems like we are losing focus and need to bring this problem home.

Offline Moffie65

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Re: We Do Have An HIV/Aids Czar Don't We?
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2007, 05:58:24 PM »
I am not sure just how the situation rests now,  but I did find this article on TruthDig.com

Posted on May 3, 2007
By Ellen Goodman

BOSTON—I don’t need to give the “D.C. Madam” a whole lot more attention. After all, editorial pages don’t have sweeps weeks. And the client lists she’s dropping into the media maw may have as many flaws as the beauty advice she gave her workers to use “fat cream for the thighs.”

Besides that, I try to heed the words of the Mother-of-us-all when judging the private lives of public people. Susan B. Anthony herself once said, “If a man’s public record be a clear one, if he has kept his pledges before the world, I do not inquire what his private life may have been.”

But I do think even Susan B. would give me a dispensation on the subject of Randall Tobias.

The deputy secretary of state resigned last Friday after admitting he was a client of the service described on the Web as “a high-end adult fantasy firm which offered legal sexual and erotic services.” The 65-year-old married man did not admit to having sex with those women, but said he had the $300-a-visit “gals come over to the condo to give me a massage.” It was, he said, like calling for pizza.

Well, Tobias was not just your everyday CEO-turned-bureaucrat. This is one time that “private life” and “public record” are as tightly wedded as a pizza and its toppings. As the first global AIDS czar, Tobias oversaw American public policy for foreign private lives. He was in charge of doling out sexual morality with the money.

First a caveat. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is one of the good things that has come from this administration. Some $15 billion has been targeted for treatment and HIV prevention in the epidemic’s hot spots. But from the get-go, it’s been hampered by the same moral-first, faith-based tenets that are woven through our domestic policy.

Any country that wants money from George Bush’s America has to follow the ABCs of our policy prescription: A for abstinence, B for be faithful, and C for condoms only if you belong to a high-risk group that flunks A and B. So far, a full third of the prevention money, more than $100 million, has been spent for abstinence-until-marriage programs.

Tobias was often praised as a good manager. If he was not an ideologue, he sure played one on TV and in congressional hearings. When he was finally caught on the wrong list, it wasn’t the ABCs that made him resign. It was the H for hypocrisy.

I realize that the right wing fumes about sexual immorality while the left saves its highest dudgeon for hypocrites. One blogger inducted Tobias into the pantheon of right-wing hypocrites this way: “Joining a dishonor role that includes anti-child predator predator Mark Foley and anti-homosexual homosexual Ted Haggard is Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias, a pro-abstinence zealot who couldn’t abstain from enjoying the services of D.C. Madam Jeane Palfrey’s escort service.”

But there’s something worse than hypocrisy, surely worse than finding another bureaucrat who can’t practice what he promoted. It’s an administration willfully rolling out programs that don’t work. It’s policymaking that’s evidence-proof.

Just two weeks before Tobias’ sorry exit, there was a definitive report on abstinence-only education in this country. The $1.5 billion that has been thrown into teaching abstinence-until-marriage has made no difference in delaying the onset of sex. That’s no difference, as in zero.

The believers continue to insist that abstinence is the only 100 percent sure way to prevent pregnancy and disease. But 95 percent of Americans have sex before marriage. In real life, that’s a 95 percent failure rate.

As for our AIDS programs, both the Government Accountability Office and the Institute of Medicine report that the abstinence-only earmarks on AIDS prevention funding are undermining success. Why are we exporting our failures to become theirs?

For the past six years, the Bush believers have been drawing ideological blueprints in Washington—whether for Iraq or for the homeland, in foreign policy or domestic. When this money doesn’t pave the way to success, their solution is to widen the road into a highway. When that doesn’t get us any closer to the destination, they widen it into a superhighway and call it a surge.

In his book, “At the Center of the Storm,” former enabler and belated reformer George Tenet writes, “Policymakers are entitled to their own opinions—but not to their own set of facts.” If that’s true for the policies in Iraq, it’s true everywhere.

Tobias was hoisted on his own pizza. The price he’ll pay for his “gals” is humiliation. But the biggest flaw in the world of this president and his enablers is not hiding their eyes from human frailty. It’s refusing to face facts. 

Ellen Goodman’s e-mail address is ellengoodman(at symbol)globe.com.

© 2007, Washington Post Writers Group

and the link is, http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/aids_czar_caught_with_his_pants_down/

If you google AIDS czar, this nightmarish man is all over the internet.  He was also a  Baptist minister, and the former CEO of Eli Lilly.

The Bible contains 6 admonishments to homosexuals,
and 362 to heterosexuals.
This doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals,
It's just that they need more supervision.
Lynn Lavne

Offline thunter34

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Re: We Do Have An HIV/Aids Czar Don't We?
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2007, 06:21:05 PM »
He was also a  Baptist minister, and the former CEO of Eli Lilly.


Boy, that's an interesting combo.  You can moralize to them on one end & then profit off of them (when the moralizing inevitably fails) on the other!
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline FiercenBed

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Re: We Do Have An HIV/Aids Czar Don't We?
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2007, 07:21:05 PM »
okay okay so this evil dude tobias is gone.......but who took his place? someone had to? even Moffie65  states, " im not sure how the situation rest now"

when i google 'aids czar' all the hits are old. has the new guy done nothing since 2006?  is there any focal point to our activism? are we sitting around waiting for the government to do something?


Offline Moffie65

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Re: We Do Have An HIV/Aids Czar Don't We?
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2007, 07:57:05 PM »
Truth is, "We" as a movement are so disenfranchised from the "core" of HIV work, and there is so very much benign denial; there is little focused work going on now.  NAPLA, the one heavily funded group is so wound up in squieezing all the money they can out of the drug companies to provide the grease to make their very top heavy organization work, that they forgot to ask the troops for help. 

I can't slam anyone for doing anything these days, but it seems more and more every day that "AIDS Inc." has truly taken over, to fill the gap of total denial by the populace on a national level, down to our town.  Unfortunately, this plays into the hands of the drug companies, who keep the wheels going but not paying any attention to the real urgency suggested by the growing infection rate in the population at large.


P.S. if I have time, I will try to find your answer tomorrow.
The Bible contains 6 admonishments to homosexuals,
and 362 to heterosexuals.
This doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals,
It's just that they need more supervision.
Lynn Lavne

Offline VeggieBooty

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Re: We Do Have An HIV/Aids Czar Don't We?
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2007, 02:27:12 AM »
okay okay so this evil dude tobias is gone.......but who took his place?
Yes, the information is hard to find, but Ambassador Mark Dybul is the current Global AIDS Coordinator.  As a measure of how high of a profile he has, he took over the position last year. 

(A careful re-reading of the Ellen Goodman piece helped me realize that Randall Tobias was the first GAC, not the most recent one.)

The Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy was Carol Thompson - another official with a stealth profile. She apparently left her position in 2005.

Perhaps as a sign of its deep interest,  the White House hasn't bothered to update its information on the Office of National AIDS Policy. Maybe they think no one will notice.

As far as I can tell, President Bush hasn't named anyone to replace Ms. Thompson.


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