Posted by Curt on 20 November, 2007 at 9:38 am. 4 comments already!


First it was “AIDS is gonna get you!” from the UN.

Now it’s “Global warming is gonna get you!”

The result?  Lots of cash rolling in to fund “special projects”. 

And now we find out that the UN has overestimated the number of AIDS cases for years, which is another way to say they were fearmongering for cash.

The United Nations’ top AIDS scientists plan to acknowledge this week that they have long overestimated both the size and the course of the epidemic, which they now believe has been slowing for nearly a decade, according to U.N. documents prepared for the announcement.

AIDS remains a devastating public health crisis in the most heavily affected areas of sub-Saharan Africa. But the far-reaching revisions amount to at least a partial acknowledgment of criticisms long leveled by outside researchers who disputed the U.N. portrayal of an ever-expanding global epidemic.

The latest estimates, due to be released publicly Tuesday, put the number of annual new HIV infections at 2.5 million, a cut of more than 40 percent from last year’s estimate, documents show. The worldwide total of people infected with HIV — estimated a year ago at nearly 40 million and rising — now will be reported as 33 million.

Having millions fewer people with a lethal contagious disease is good news. Some researchers, however, contend that persistent overestimates in the widely quoted U.N. reports have long skewed funding decisions and obscured potential lessons about how to slow the spread of HIV. Critics have also said that U.N. officials overstated the extent of the epidemic to help gather political and financial support for combating AIDS.


For years, UNAIDS reports have portrayed an epidemic that threatened to burst beyond its epicenter in southern Africa to generate widespread illness and death in other countries. In China alone, one report warned, there would be 10 million infections — up from 1 million in 2002 — by the end of the decade.

Piot often wrote personal prefaces to those reports warning of the dangers of inaction, saying in 2006 that “the pandemic and its toll are outstripping the worst predictions.”

But by then, several years’ worth of newer, more accurate studies already offered substantial evidence that the agency’s tools for measuring and predicting the course of the epidemic were flawed.


James Chin, a former World Health Organization AIDS expert who has long been critical of UNAIDS, said that even these revisions may not go far enough. He estimated the number of cases worldwide at 25 million.

“If they’re coming out with 33 million, they’re getting closer. It’s a little high, but it’s not outrageous anymore,” Chin, author of “The AIDS Pandemic: The Collision of Epidemiology With Political Correctness,” said from Berkeley, Calif.

Now lets look into the future:

YEAR – 2015

Meanwhile we have Al Gore spewing:

“It is a mistake to think of the Climate Crisis as one in a list of
issues that will define our future. It is the issue. Everything else
must be viewed through that lense.”

As he gets richer:

Al Gore just won a Nobel Prize for teaching the world to think green, but he’s
also showing he knows a thing or two about another kind of green: money. Since
2000, according to published reports, the former veep has transformed himself
from a public servant with around $1 million in the bank to a sparkling private
consultant with a net worth estimated to be north of $100 million. He’s a senior
adviser to Google, a board member at Apple and now a newly minted general
partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the Silicon Valley
venture-capital firm that made billions investing early in Netscape, Amazon and

And so does the UN.

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