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  • The Ethics of Hunting Down ‘Patient Zero’

    11/05/2016 6:39:22 PM PDT · 62 of 62
    Askel5 to Mears
    I'm so very sorry for the loss of your godson. This is personal for me too.

    the worst thing about the CDC (Canadian Development Corporation) and complicit actors in Canada's government who destroyed documentation, minutes, etc is how it never will be fully appreciated how egregious was Connaught's agreeing to fractionate US prisoner plasma in the first place.

    Canada had wisely outlawed this practice in 1971 or 72. If the US had followed suit, there never would have been such a deluge of death delivered to the only actually innocent victims whose Factor VIII, albumin, plasma and vaccines killed them. (Recombinant Hep-B vax weren't developed infill late 80s and required, in some countries if not the "here's your free medical supplies!" sorts shortly thereafter.)

    Even though I lost many very dear friends to AIDS and its host of gruesome complications, I don't consider willing bareback sex partners the same degree of victim I do the countless folks ... including children who'd never had sex and faithful monogamous spouses with families) who were infected thanks to their trust in our medical system, particularly the biologicals side.

    one of the best caches I have saved was Waalaby's post if the Philadelphia Enquirer's summary Red Cross's more despicable practices and corruption as blood broker. (That side of the business is separate from the disaster relief they provide usually for a price in contrast to the assistance of truly charitable organizations like the Salvation Army to whom I have not failed to donate since Katrina.)

    Another reason I reject the "victimhood" is right there in the book "The Band Played On" where he detailed meetings of the CDC and interested parties in Atlanta and Maryland in the early 80s where gay activists theatened to make donation an act against "profiling" gays as poor sources for plasma. The one thing on which everyone agreed, however, was that prisoner plasma was far and away too dangerous a source for the bleeding of prisoners to continue.

    That's probably why, subsequently, you have the likes of Bruce Babbitt defending the state of Arizona when a prisoner sued for damages alleging infection as a result of his participation in the bleed program there.

    If you study the findings of both the FDA and some outside groups brought in at one time to evaluate the Arkansas program upon allegations of groups mismanagement (Cummins was the model for Brubaker), it's easy to see how legitimate was the suit even if Arizona's program, unlike Arkansas's, was not a worst-case scenario of infractions including having prisoners work at the bleed ops and sell the right to bleed, fudge paperwork, fail to properly clean tools or store plasma, and regularly harvest from prisoners already infected and even jaundiced.

    You're not the only who knows better ... That this is not something we can pin solely on bathhouse sex or that is primarily a gay or African jungle sex disease.

    I guess it's some testament to faith in our fellow human beings that we'd rather believe it was the work of a Patient Zero who himself was victimized by some species-jump effected through bestiality, not the concerted work of scientists who, among them Thomas Hecht, were working on smallpox vaccines on the West Coast of Africa well after the debacle of early polio vaccines thanks to use of diseased monkeys proved fatal to so many trusting innocents.

    As a New Orleanian of 17 years, I can attest to the way Alton Ochsner is revered as some saint of of all things anti-tobacco and cancer treatments.

    not until I read Dr. Mary's Monkey did I realize that ... in a PR bid to override the objections raised by a few at the NIH/CDC that the vaccines obtained with diseased monkeys weren't safe, he jabbed his own grandchildren to prove how safe they were ... his granddaughter survived with some complications, his grandson perished.

    no one talks about that.

    Thank you for speaking up.
  • The Ethics of Hunting Down ‘Patient Zero’

    11/05/2016 3:07:51 PM PDT · 61 of 62
    Askel5 to Romulus
    I was proud to be one of the Bloodhounds, many of whom I had the pleasure of meeting, including T'wit and the dear Budge, may they rest in peace.

    I have unearthed a lot of the deleted articles and posted them elsewhere if ever anyone is interested.

    Reading a lot of the more ignorant comments here, seems doubtful folks will want to know the truth.

    exactly the reaction of some New Orleans attorneys I once knew. To be fair, the information I was handing them would have made it difficult to defend their clients who were profiting on Louisiana prison plasma through 1994, as did Arkansas. #conscience.kindasorta

    And, technically, also the reaction of "Poppy's pick to head up the Red Cross, Elizabeth Dole. (only slightly ironic given control freak Poppy's avid interest in Educating human resources about sexual stuff ...;page=1.

    How else to explain her husband's settling for bimbo eruptions (the stupid laughable, "well whaddya expect dragging a dollar through a trailer park" kind, not the Serious kind of victim litany a warm-up comic like Cosby or a headliner like Trump have).

    Justice Horace Krever's commission in Canada already had documented the transfer of tainted Cummins Arkansas prisoner plasma to Thomas Hecht's Connaught Labs in Canada for fractionation into the red gold of derivatives .... Factor VIII, albumin, HEP-C VACCINES, etc.

    Can you imagine the stir that might have caused? 1400 units a month on the average, $7, a couple Percodan to the prisoner, $30-80 bucks a unit at market with only a pittance being kicked back to the prison? Leonard Dunn, whose plasma ops Bill Clinton re-upped three times after the FDA shut him down in the 80s, wasn't the only making bank in the millions.

    I bet it would have been bigger, even, than having Ms. Heinz-Kerry insult the entirety of the Education Establishment by starting on the eve of the election that Laura Bush had never had a real job.

    you can imagine what it's like for poor ole Askel this election ... I don't think Trump ever will get his due for all he did to get his pal Hillary elected AND innoculate the nation against her raft of treasonous incompetence and personal criminality.

    Not NEARLY as easy as it used to be back when one could squander a 97% approval rating, good economy and Gulf War laurels by whining how you don't like broccoli or campaigning and - READ MY LIPS - working over the last of the greatest generation with scare tactics.

    anyway ...

    have you seen the adverts lately encouraging ALL boomers to get checked? I found that verrrry interesting.

    Last but not at all least,

    I hope this finds you and yours well. I was sorry I couldn't make it uptown for a longer visit but it was cool to see your mom after mass while I was there in April. (ever) hopeful I'll be back soon. it was a glorious week and seemed like a month. my favorite thing about New Orleans being the way she's wise to the conceit that is Time.

    Give my regards to those who may remember me at St. Pat's.

    Good to "see" you, Romulus. Thanks for the heads-up.
  • The big business of baby-part sales (Pres Clinton signs lucrative trafficking bill)

    07/28/2015 8:19:27 PM PDT · 19 of 19
    Askel5 to aposiopetic

    Spiked almost entirely.

    So good to see your name, aposiopetic! Trust all is well with you and yours.

  • Ad Multos Annos: FR Member's Ordination and Request for Prayers: Catholic Caucus

    07/28/2015 8:18:00 PM PDT · 51 of 52
    Askel5 to Romulus

    Love in the Ruins was the first book I read in New Orleans, no furniture, out on the St. Peter balcony. I’m guessing it’s that time, then, if you’re decamping all but Camp Street.

    All best with the move and new digs and please give my best to those I know and love and miss very much.

  • Ad Multos Annos: FR Member's Ordination and Request for Prayers: Catholic Caucus

    07/20/2015 11:05:46 PM PDT · 49 of 52
    Askel5 to Romulus

    Such wonderful news!

    Got licensed as a caregiver last fall and now working doing something I know for a fact I’d do for free.

    It’s nice to have something more along the lines of a vocation.

  • In Search Of The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief (built 6 permanent homes)

    06/06/2015 9:53:15 AM PDT · 27 of 27
    Askel5 to aposiopetic

    HEY! Thanks for the heads-up!! I missed this!!

    Trust all is well with you and yours, aposiopetic

  • "A Final Adios from DrSteveJ" - It's Been Ten Years to the Day

    08/11/2014 6:03:38 PM PDT · 133 of 136
    Askel5 to DaxtonBrown; annalex; fishtank

    you just remember OWK was brilliant? heh.

    I miss all those cats too. I think it’s hilarious Demidog’s remembered as a possible perv. Even though having kids surely was a de facto purely self-interested move on his part (alas, man has no choice for selflessness) I suspect his views may have changed somewhat.

    Fun thread, Fishtank.

    Thanks for the heads-up, Annalex. Hope this finds you well.

  • Are FreeRepublic jackets still sold?

    07/30/2014 1:30:51 PM PDT · 9 of 12
    Askel5 to Varmint Al

    I have a large I’d sell you. Mint ... save for removing my handle, which i
    I’d let you or whoever’s patching it handle. All my jackets have hoods now that I’ve lived Northwest.

  • Liberty Follows Virtue: How Personal Values Ordained the Rise and Fall of Rome

    05/21/2014 6:49:24 PM PDT · 98 of 105
    Askel5 to Carry_Okie

    Oh my gosh ... WHAT happened to your little girls?!?! What beautiful young ladies they’ve become!

    I’m so happy for your family. Well done, Carry_Okie!

  • Passing of a Member

    05/06/2014 10:58:29 PM PDT · 10 of 16
    Askel5 to Tijeras_Slim

    JeanS, rest in peace.

  • Passing of a Member

    05/06/2014 10:57:38 PM PDT · 9 of 16
    Askel5 to rambo007

    So sorry to hear this. Happy for him.

    bittersweet Freegards ... prayers for his loved ones

  • We Lost AGreatPer Last Year

    04/13/2013 8:33:45 PM PDT · 83 of 84
    Askel5 to kristinn

    Very sorry to hear about Raoul ... keeping all of you who’ll feel his loss most keenly in my heart. All best, Kristinn.

  • We Lost AGreatPer Last Year

    04/13/2013 8:32:40 PM PDT · 82 of 84
    Askel5 to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    Thanks for keeping me on your ping list. I’d have missed the news about Dr. Raoul also.

    Met AGreatPer at the SpurtzBar in what seems lifetimes ago. Sweet man.

  • Farewell to the Doctor of Freep

    04/13/2013 8:30:53 PM PDT · 147 of 150
    Askel5 to GunsareOK

    Since you’re RIGHT HERE above me ... just let me say Hi (in case you remember me, I remember you =) and remark on how lovely it is just seeing so many old handle go by.

    All best! Glad you were there to represent. DC Chapter rocks.

  • Farewell to the Doctor of Freep

    04/13/2013 8:07:16 PM PDT · 146 of 150
    Askel5 to Jimmy Valentine's brother

    Very sorry to hear this. Raoul spot me a sausage biscuit and gave me a little tour before my first visit to the White House gate with him and the DC Chapter. Fun days.

    “THIS WASHINGTON ONE IS FREE!!!” (riff on a Pimp Corps cheer)

    All best to the gang and comfort to his loved ones.

  • "The Church universal needs Anglicans" - Pope Francis

    03/16/2013 8:35:15 AM PDT · 22 of 23
    Askel5 to Wonder Warthog

    Thanks Warthog! Much appreciated. I’m weak on the minutia of rulz as a rule so the gist is exactly what I needed.

  • "The Church universal needs Anglicans" - Pope Francis

    03/15/2013 9:58:42 PM PDT · 20 of 23
    Askel5 to Wonder Warthog

    ===== The “Book of Common Prayer” and the King James Bible have some of the most beautiful English language material ever written. The modern RC version of the 23rd psalm is garbage by comparison, as just one example. “.....verdant pastures....” blyech!

    It’s an odd choice for a Catholic First Communion gift, perhaps, but I have my great grandfather’s Book of Common Prayer, still bound in a canvas cover which he carried with him throughout WWII in the Pacific and have been holding it for my nephew’s first communion since his dad, like my great-grandfather, was a convert to Catholicism.

    Could you please explain the Ordinariate to me?

  • UPDATE: Rorate Caeli’s diatribe against Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    03/15/2013 9:04:20 PM PDT · 44 of 51
    Askel5 to ELS; Romulus

    Hey you two! Hope all is well with you both.

    Ran into Fr. Klores Saturday evening and I was hoping your Mom would stop for coffee on Epiphany, Romulus. Please give her my best.

  • UPDATE: Rorate Caeli’s diatribe against Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    03/15/2013 8:55:30 PM PDT · 43 of 51
    Askel5 to Dr. Brian Kopp; NYer
    Thanks for your comments on this thread. I was happy to see yours over at Rorate Caeli yesterday, Brian, and appreciated very much your reply to LovedSinner, NYer.

    I'm one of those who's wary in the extreme but having caught his first appearance and blessing live, my heart's been full of joy from the get-go and I continue to be impressed by what I'm reading. Very hopeful.

  • Original Sin- Gramsci (FR-1998)- The most profound article ever posted here.

    11/07/2012 12:57:33 AM PST · 24 of 39
    Askel5 to Revel

    thanks for this ... and never despair.