we all know people are morons. individual people, of course, are perfectly fine, but taken as a whole, the human race is packed full of stupidity. we know and accept all of this, and just move along with our little lives. but sometimes, i get that reminder of just how horribly shitty all the sheeples are, and now i quite expect to be in a downward spiral of misanthropy for a couple of days.
last year, there were tales floating around the news about this utter moron that had been appointed the health minister of south africa. her master plan was that HIV could be adequately treated with garlic and beetroot, and all that fancy-schmancy western retroviral therapy was just an expensive waste. her bs set back the AIDS crisis in that corner of the world decades, and was obviously a damn shame. but she’s just one person, and south africa’s not exactly the first-world ivory-tower harvard medical community, so you have expect some decree of grand f-up-ery, i guess, right?
dear god, she’s not alone.
i’m reading a post off of seed today, wherein an ongoing trial in australia is described. turns out this HIV+ person went around sleeping with people telling them he had cancer instead, and now, 3 of these women are suing him. among the “expert” witnesses for the defense are a couple of bozos prominent in the AIDS-denialist faction, who are busy claiming that AIDS is in fact caused by semen oxidizing in the rectum after gay sex, not by any virus at all (apparently 13 year old Ryan White was a ninja artist of stealth when it came to hiding his double life). head bozo, when asked if she’d have unprotected vaginal sex with an HIV+ man, says, “any time.”
waitwaitwait, WTF?! AIDS DENIALISTS???? i’m sure i’m not surprising some of you, but there’s an entire movement (the politically correct-group-think of the wiki calls it “AIDS reappraisal“) that claims that HIV is all a hoax. never mind any science, never mind that Koch bozo, what evidince? pshaw! sleep around with who you want to, just avoiding the rectum like god intended, and live out your life consequence-free because that AIDS thing is just some crap the man invented so’s he could make big cash selling drugs. i’m going to go cry now.