Note to readers: I am officially backing away from this post until I have more and better information. There are people of sound mind and good reasoning skills on both sides of the “virus” issue. I have to get up to speed, and it may take weeks or months.
The comments on this blog have been both numerous and insightful, but some of them lean towards political. We here been accused of not “believing” in viruses. However, any path of discovery has to weigh all options.
I have been searching now for years to the answer to that question, do viruses really exist? The answers I’ve gotten, that head colds are a result of varying temperatures around us, or undefined “toxins”, are unsatisfying. The fact that I got a head cold in January during the peak of cold and flu season means that others got it too and for the same reason: our bodies were invaded by a pathogen. It was probably a virus. No other explanation makes any sense. Maybe there is another answer, maybe I will stumbled on it down the road.
There are problems associated with virology, as seen around us now. Fauxlex will be addressing that problem, what is Covid-19?
Other problems -viruses are given magical powers, as with HIV and HPV, to linger in our bodies (sometimes for decades) and create massively insulting and life-threatening diseases, such as AIDS* in both sexes and cervical cancer in women. The problem … most of us carry within us HIV and HPV, and those who have AIDS or cervical cancer are often without the virus. I think of this as magical treatment of viruses, using them for other reasons such as a fake blood and sex plague, or maybe just to market a vaccine.
ZIKA is an interesting virus, said to have been discovered in 1947. Back in the early 1990s Noam Chomsky wrote of children being born with small brains and skulls in certain provinces in Brazil, and this had some correlation with use of pesticides in those areas. ZIKA came to the fore in 2018, coincidentally in the same year as the Olympics in that country. Cases of micro-encephalitis, or small heads and brains (and later Barr-Epstein, mononucleosis) were laid at the feet of ZIKA. What this meant to me was that large corporations, one named Monsanto, would never be subject to class action or public interest lawsuits because of the emergence of ZIKA. It was used, in my view, as a political tool to cover some powerful asses.
So viruses have been used for other purposes. Stefan Lanka offered 100,000 euros to anyone who could prove that the measles virus really existed. He was taken up on that challenge, and the case went all the way to Germany’s highest court. Lanka won. But this did not prove that a measles virus did not exist, only that virologists and pharmaceutical companies that developed the vaccine now given to millions were sloppy, failing to follow scientific protocol in the process of development. Lanka himself claims to have a discovered a harmless virus in seawater. He knows viruses exist. So do I, now, but it has taken time to understand how they are both real, and yet also political and monetary tools. It is not a simple yes-no answer.
So the challenge given us in comments here that we do not believe in viruses (some commenters do not) is a political tactic. Nothing more.
Viruses are real.
*That statement needs to be clarified: The definition of AIDS is to have one or many from a list (last I saw, 28, but it changes) diseases AND test positive for the HIV retrovirus. So if you die of , say Kaposi’s sarcoma, it will be listed as a cancer death. However, if you die of the same cancer and test positive for HIV, they chalk it up as an AIDS death. The whole AIDS enterprise is corrupt in this manner.