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Fabulous Monsters: Lin, Palin, Alice, HIV, etc.

February 20, 2012

A link to a NY Times reference to spotting a unicorn playing point guard for the Knicks has reminded me of various alledged fabulous monsters.

The suddenly celebrated Lin is a four-fer: a God-fearing, Asian-American, Ivy League, benchwarmer who has changed the fortunes of the New York Knicks. That’s a lot of glorious idiosyncrasy in one camera-ready package, especially in a town teeming with copy-hungry journalists. Add in the fact that he is an actual team player wearing a Knicks uniform and it’s like spotting a unicorn playing point guard at Madison Square Garden.        Since cracking the starting lineup because of an injury and other unusual circumstances, Lin, a 23-year-old, undrafted, unheralded, twice-cut player, has torn up the league, setting records for a first-time starter.  [My emphasis.]

It should not be suprising that Asians, generally noted for high intelligence and quickness, should excel in a position of floor leadership in a fast and complex sport.

Or that a mind qualified for high office would be found in the point guard who led a small town high school team to state championship. Her fabulousness and monstrosity are a twenty-first century media and political myth.

Fabulousness and monstrosity, are, of course, in the eye of the beholder.

‘What — is — this?’ [the Unicorn] said at last. [/] ‘This is a child!’ Haigha replied eagerly, coming in front of Alice to introduce her, […] ‘We only found it to-day.  It’s as large as life, and twice as natural!’ [/] ‘I always thought they were fabulous monsters!’ said the Unicorn. ‘Is it alive?’ [/] ‘It can talk,’ said Haigha solemnly. [/] The Unicorn looked dreamily at Alice, and said ‘Talk, child.’ [/] Alice could not help her lips curling up into a smile as she began: ‘Do you know, I always thought Unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!’ [/] ‘Well, now that we have seen each other,’ said the Unicorn, ‘if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you. Is that a bargain?’ [/] ‘Yes, if you like,’ said Alice.

The Lion looked at Alice wearily. ‘Are you animal —or vegetable — or mineral?’ he said, yawning at every other word. [/] ‘It’s a fabulous monster!’ the Unicorn cried out, before Alice could reply. [/] ‘Then hand round the plum-cake, Monster,’ the Lion said, [- from Lewis Caroll]

Unicorns undoubtedly find it comforting to believe that human children are fabulous monsters. It is well known that unicorns can only be captured by a certain sort of human. And a character based on the middle daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, in the age of Victoria Regina, certainly was of that sort.

Many important political factions find it comforting to believe that great change-of-the-millennum medical mythological monster is NOT fabulous. Despite the actual rational peer reviewed science. Despite the huge cost in money, lives, and suffering, of denying reality. The fabulousness of its monstrosity is rather obvious to any reasonable persistent and educated inquirer. And the evidence for non-fabulousness of its existence is exaggerated. See “The Invention of the AIDS Virus” and Conner H. (AK) (San Francisco, CA)’s review of Inventing the AIDS Virus and and this easily-just-found example of what I have termed a “persistent, intelligent, educated inquirer”:

This amazing book makes a good case that HIV is NOT the cause of AIDS. Duesberg is not a crank. He is a major cancer researcher, and he is supported by a number of Nobel Prize winners. [/] Here, for example, is the 1993 Nobel winner in chemistry, Kary Mullis: “We know that to err is human, but the HIV/AIDS hypothesis is one hell of a mistake. I say this rather strongly as a warning. Duesberg has been saying it for a long time. Read this book.” [/] The fact that Duesberg was greeted almost entirely by ad hominem attacks rather than factual rebuttal reinforced my suspicion that the establishment has it wrong on this question. The house of cards is gonna come down before long, and when it does, Duesberg will look like a prophet.

It is more likely that the establishment will continue to remove one card at a time. Replacing each with more truthful substitutes so that decades from now nothing will be superficially amiss. The establishment is too heavily invested in the myth. Gradually they continue to lessen the killing of thousands through criminally negligent official standards of practice, and spin, spin, spin, the lies away without ever admitting the guilty truth.

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