Please be warned what you are going to read could be disturbing. That is how Capitalism is - very disturbing. I am a very lazy blogger and only things with great seriousness behind them can move me to write. This is an attempt to let you know what Capitalism has done and can do to us. So beware!
What caused the AIDS epidemic?
If you wikipedia this you will find a lot of theories. Some are downright funny and some are unbelievably fantastic but what I am going to tell you is horrendous! So one of the theories is that trials of polio vaccines caused the AIDS epidemic ! Now let us talk a bit about polio vaccines. If you are not very young you probably were inoculated with Salk's vaccine. Salk's vaccine consisted of killed polio virus which alerted the body's immune system against the polio virus. This vaccine eradicated polio from the US and many other countries. Salk was so selfless he did not patent the process of preparing this vaccine! How could this be.. maybe because he was partly Russian.. ha ha that was just a joke! Now comes the horrendous part.. you and I who were innoculated by Salk's vaccine are doing fine and so are our friends but big drug companies in US saw a big opportunity - the capitalist giants of pharmaceutical industry. Just imagine what could be better than that sale of millions not billions of vaccines all over the world but they had to better Salk's vaccine! Three guys got onto producing 'better' polio vaccines these were Cox, Hilary Koprowski and Albert Sabin. Of these Mr. Koprowski backed by a very big US drugs firm was the guy in a tearing hurry. While Salk's vaccine trials were conducted in full public knowledge Mr. Koprowski conducted his vaccine trials in regions which roughly correspond to Burundi, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo some of the poorest countries not only in Africa but the world. This could be a co- incidence but those three countries mentioned before have the highest density of population infected with AIDS virus!!!!!!!!!! This theory has been analysed in very great detail by a British journalist Ed Hooper in his book The River . He has spent nearly 2 decades researching this theory and has been threatened and cajoled at every step to wrap up his work as it would show the whole of the west in a very bad light. So what really went wrong! It seems the great hurry with which Mr. Koprowski conducted his trials let to jumping of Simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIV) from Chimpanzees to humans which later caused AIDS .. you can read more about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPV_AIDS_hypothesis . Later Sabin's Oral Polio Vaccine which contained a live but greatly weakened virus largely replaced Salk's vaccine. Sabin's vaccine is safe according to WHO and Hooper agrees with it.
Now the point is why this sudden change ? Why the hurry? The point is not whether Ed Hooper's theory is right or wrong. It could be just sensationalism but is such a situation impossible? Is it absolutely impossible that events could indeed have happened as Ed Hooper thinks they did?
I do not need to tell the readers here about the reach and might of big pharmaceutical companies. Recently when I was in tremendous pain I got to know that my GP had been sent on a free holiday to Australia, Bangkok and Singapore by a pharmaceutical company. Are you confident that the drugs you are using are indeed safe and if they are why are certain drugs banned after very few years of their use. What the hell is going on ? Drugs which are banned in US are being administered in India like http://hubpages.com/hub/BANNEDDRUGSUSEDININDIA
This is capitalism for you - this is what happens when green backs are laid so thickly on eyes of decision makers that they become blind and sign on the dotted line. This is capitalism for you and let us pray it does not overwhelm our country.
By the way the above was published as a newspaper article about nine years ago in TIMES OF INDIA, Lucknow edition and was of course written by me.
Can a minor teenager be sentenced to months in a correctional facility by a judge for a prank on myspace - the answer is yes?
Now you may boo me as much as you like but this is something which is only possible in a capitalistic society.. it is unimaginable in India.. well that is my opinion coz if someone attempted that the public would tear that guy to shreds. But it happened in US. To cut a long story short two Your Honour type judges hearing cases of juvenile offenders who often did something as insignificant as stealing loose change from cars and creating a page on my space to mock an assistant principal, sent these 'offenders' to long 'sentences' in correctional facilities newly set up. It later emerged that these judges were paid per youth per day by the owner of the facility. Do you think this could have happened in India.. I don't think so.
You may read more about this at
Also I must give credit where it belongs - I first got wind of the above scandal by watching Michael Moore's movie Capitalism - A Love Story !
So well that was Capitalism III... I know it is full of errors but I could not afford to waste more time in polishing up this post coz I wanted to warn you as soon as possible.