Monkeypox fear porn is inundating the media as we transition to the next fad disease. Panic should never be used as a strategy to inform people – many are growing tired of the overreactions from officials. There is an impulse on the part of the public health community to try to manage public emotion rather than provide the public with facts. How really bad is the spread of monkeypox and what is the real science behind it? Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis talks with neuroscientist, Dr. Kevin McCairn and researcher, Nick St. James about POX POPULI.
If you pardon the expression, one of the stories I have been avoiding like the plague is the monkeypox fear porn. While I guess you can choose to be scared if you want — I think it is time to learn some lessons from COVID-19 and that is panic should never be used as a strategy anymore.
People have grown tired of the overreactions from public officials because we have become too cynical as the vaccines that people rushed out to get for COVID have now been proven to be ineffective against the subvariants that have been identified.
The impulse on the part of the public health community to try to manage public emotion — rather than provide the public with facts is becoming a liability to our nation’s wellbeing and I think we can all agree someone is going to have to answer for the psychological terror that was created to ensure that people follow the science instead of their own common sense.
The impulse on the part of the public health community to try to manage public emotion — rather than provide the public with facts.
And yet my newsfeed has been inundated with all kinds of stories of panic from London to the United States.
For the record and just in case anyone asks monkeypox was first identified in research animals in the 1950s, and can cause flu-like symptoms and a characteristic rash with round red blisters all over the body when it infects unprotected humans. The fatality rate has historically ranged from zero to 11 percent, according to the World Health Organization.
For decades, outbreaks among humans were rare, in significant part because the smallpox vaccine protects against monkeypox, and smallpox vaccination was common. In recent years, though, monkeypox cases have been on the rise as vaccination against smallpox, which was eradicated in 1979, began to wane. According to the CDC, Nigeria has reported 450 monkeypox cases since 2017 — not a lot, but a significant increase from case rates in previous decades.
A few days ago The World Health Organization held a second emergency meeting to decide if monkeypox poses a global health threat as cases rise to 9,200.
About 9,200 cases of monkeypox have been reported across 63 countries so far this year, up from just over 6,000 as of July 4, the agency said. Three deaths from the virus have been reported this year.
This has created the reason for an emergency meeting?
Alarmism certainly is evident within the hallowed walls of science at the World Health Organization.
I always wonder why there has been this urgency of heightened awareness from these authorities for something as rare as monkeypox — either they are creating alarm because they are using it as a health control plot — or that they know that these diseases are not occurring naturally and that mad scientists have released these maladies intentionally in a Gain of Function exercise.
The question is always –which is it?
The answers can be found in various conspiracy theories that are spun based on sound research.
When scientists investigate the spread of an infectious disease, one area they look at is the genetic sequences of the pathogen. But there’s a snag when it comes to the monkeypox virus, which is now causing an unprecedented outbreak of several hundred infections in some 30 countries where it’s not typically seen.
DNA viruses, particularly those with relatively big genomes like poxviruses (the family that includes monkeypox), generally accrue mutations much more slowly than, say, an RNA virus like SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19. That means that examining the sequences might be less fruitful in terms of tracking how the virus is spreading from person to person. There are fewer changes to the virus’ genome that might shine a light on transmission chains.
But as researchers around the world share sequences from the current outbreak, the genomes have revealed something odd: There are way more mutations happening than with a regular outbreak which makes this another suspected intentional gain of function experiment targeting certain individuals.
Even though most of us may not even come close to getting Monkey Pox at the moment — the evolution of a new breed of this disease is reminiscent of the AIDS epidemic where only certain people would contract the disease — and then through various mutations and certain behaviors many people become victims by association.
The parallels between the two infections are limited but clear. Although the monkeypox strain now in circulation is infinitely milder than HIV — zero fatalities have been reported out of the more than 1,000 cases so far — it is another virus that emerged in sub-Saharan Africa and has popped up outside the continent largely in men who have sex with men.
The echoes are loud and clear and strikes up old grudges against authorities like Dr. Fauci who was the target of ACT UP Protests in 1990.
Back then, the NIH or the acronym for the national institutes of health was changed to Negligence, Incompetence and Horror.
For months, ACT UP had been formally urging Fauci to include their members in the government’s development process for AIDS drugs.
ACT UP had formed in New York City in 1987 as an angry response to government inaction on finding drugs and treatments for AIDS patients. The group was motivated by rage, helplessness and grief.
As more and more gay men died in the mid-1980s ACT UP would gather in Bethesda Maryland and chant their angry protests at Fauci.
Which to this day — I always wondered how he went from being a villain of the left and then a savior to them when it came to matters of COVID-19.
On May 11, 1987, The London Times, one of the world’s most respected newspapers, published an explosive article entitled, “Smallpox vaccine triggered AIDS virus.”
The story suggested the smallpox eradication vaccine program sponsored by the WHO (World Health Organization) was responsible for unleashing AIDS in Africa. Almost 100 million Africans living in central Africa were inoculated by the WHO (World Health Organization). The vaccine was held responsible for awakening a “dormant” AIDS virus infection on the continent.
In September 1987, at a conference sponsored by the National Health Federation in Monrovia, California, William Campbell Douglass, M.D., bluntly blamed the WHO for murdering Africa with the AIDS virus.
In a widely circulated reprint of his talk entitled “W.H.O. Murdered Africa” , he accused the organization of encouraging virologists and molecular biologists to work with deadly animal viruses in an attempt to make an immunosuppressive hybrid virus that would be deadly to humans.
From the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Volume 47, p.259, 1972), he quoted a passage that stated: “An attempt should be made to see if viruses can in fact exert selective effects on immune function. The possibility should be looked into that the immune response to the virus itself may be impaired if the infecting virus damages, more or less selectively, the cell responding to the virus.”
According to Douglass, “That’s AIDS. What the WHO is saying in plain English is Let’s cook up a virus that selectively destroys the T-cell system of man, an acquired immune deficiency.'”
In his 1989 book, ‘AIDS: The End of Civilization,’ Douglass claims the WHO laced the African vaccines. He blames “the virologists of the world, the sorcerers who brought us this ghastly plague, and have formed a united front in denying that the virus was laboratory-made from known, lethal animal viruses.
Today the article that has been preserved for posterity has been disparaged as inaccurate.
Full Fact a fact checking firm claims that this may have been the case in 1987 — but now due to advances in science this ia bo longer accurate.
But that is not the point — the point is the accuracy of the story of the time and the idea that AID was the result of a Small Pox Vaccine.
Critics say that the article has magically been resurrected in order to fortify the conspiracy theory claiming that Covid-19 vaccines themselves are triggering a wide range of unreported side effects which are being ignored.
These include heart attacks and recent cases of monkeypox, which some suggest are actually cases of shingles triggered by the Covid-19 vaccines.
This does not dismiss the strange behavior of this new outbreak of monkeypox.
The current monkeypox outbreak is highly unusual because it is spreading widely in North American and European nations where the virus is not usually found. Europe is the global epicenter of the outbreak, reporting more than 80% of confirmed infections worldwide in 2022. The U.S. has reported more than 760 cases across 37 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Historically, monkeypox has spread at low levels in remote parts of West and Central Africa where rodents and other animals carried the virus. Transmission between people was relatively rare in the past, with the virus normally jumping from animals to humans. The WHO has said the international community did not invest enough resources in fighting monkeypox in Africa before the current outbreak.
Countries all around the world are reporting up ticks in cases.
This is unusual.
Global News reported that Canada’s monkeypox cases had “risen by 59% in just 9 days” from 300 to 477 if you’re one of those people who likes hard figures in place of scary-sounding percentages.
According to the Associated Press, the UK’s “cases” have risen to 1735. One nursery school even shut down for the summer two weeks early…just because one their pupils may have come into contact with monkeypox.
Elsewhere in the UK press, one “expert” was “warning” that monkeypox will become “endemic” if we don’t “take action”.
The “expert” also suggests that it would be wrong to “sit back and watch” monkeypox become endemic in “men who have sex with men” since it seems to spreading fast in the gay communities.
The article that I read inferred that that if you reject monkeypox as anything to be worried about at all, you’re just being homophobic or speaking with “straight privilege”.
it is all sparking cases of Deja vu when HIV and AIDS were all over the news being called the “gay disease” that is until people got if from sharing needles while participating in risky behaviors.
Then it was spread through heterosexual sex — and much like the mask was used as a tool of oppression so was the condom being uses as a way to ensure safe sexual contact.
Later that also proved to be ineffective as people were ineffectively using them during intercourse.
NPR recently did a piece on monkeypox stating that it has been around for years and that negligence is responsible for its return.
A doctor that appeared on NPR claims that “the warning signs were there” with monkeypox for over a decade, and the only reason we never did anything about it is that it only affected poor African nations.
Again another divisive statement where we would have beat monkey pox if we weren’t all racists.
Now it becomes a disease that if you do nothing to prevent it you are a homophobe with white privilege.
New York is apparently experiencing “urgent” vaccine shortages amid “rising cases”…so says the Drudge Report.
They recorded 336 infections but that is unlikely to reflect the true numbers, according to the city’s Department of Health.
Official cases rose from 267 on Tuesday, up from 223 the day before.
Anyone can get and spread monkeypox but many cases have been found in men who have sex with men according to The new York health department.
Just to add a bit of cynicism to the mix it was reported that biotech companies are now benefitting from this new form of fear porn.
China’s ZJ Biotech has seen its share prices increase by over 10% in just a day after the WHO announced a supply deal with the tech firm to manufacture monkeypox test kits.
So many mutations in such a short amount of time signal that something is not adding up.
Most notably, there are a whole lot of mutations that appear across the new sequences. The genomes from the current outbreak share 40-some mutations with each other that distinguish them from their closest relatives, which were from around 2018.
Based on normal evolutionary timelines, scientists would expect a virus like monkeypox to pick up that many mutations over perhaps 50 years, not four.
We tend to think of mutations as the result of haphazard mistakes that occur as genetic material is copied. Some mutations don’t have any real effect on the virus, some can actually be harmful, and some can give it an advantage over other strains.
Some mutations force multiply and become super spreaders but again this is not the case with monkeypox in general — now we can see that this type of monkeypox is not normal.
One pressing mystery about the current outbreak has been whether the virus took off because it did evolve to be more transmissible, or because it got into networks of people who were having lots of close contacts with lots of other people.
Maybe it had a bit of a boost due to experiments and gain of function exercises.
This would again explain how public health officials have decided to manage our feelings about outbreaks.
We are big boys now and we have seen the clowns and how they managed public opinion with COVID. We need tio be assuree that there are measures being taken to contain the monkeypox outbreak, and prevent the next monkeypox outbreak, and prevent the next outbreak of something much, much worse than monkeypox.
But of course, given to its old lazy habits, the media will try to manage public opinion and the political divisiveness of racism and homophobia.
After all the story is that it started in Africa, and is the result of homosexual encounters.
The whole thing gives us a feeling of deja vu.
Monkeypox just might become the new AIDS epidemic.
How do you get tools and information about the disease to those who need it without wrongly implying that only that group is at risk, or publicly associating an unfamiliar disease with an already stigmatized community?
The notion that HIV was a “gay plague” was actually a moniker that was attached to the HIV /AIDS virus by the gay press, who were the first to cover the disease in 1981.
The Moniker backfired and eventually was called a punishment from God.
Monkeypox isn’t transmitted sexually but by close contact with the disease’s pustules. Experts have emphasized that, although it happened to latch onto this network, it could have easily latched onto other groups some say there may have been a Gain of function release during Spring Break.
This would certainly get people to pay attention to who they may have had sexual contact with — especially when mid cases of Mokeypox have been around since 2017.
This new strain may be a force multiplied cousin of the milder strain.
But officials can’t simply ignore that in the U.S. and Europe the virus is primarily spreading among gay and bisexual men. To stem the outbreak, officials need people who are most at-risk to be on watch for symptoms and to mitigate their risk.
But there is a delicate line that us being observed here, The WHO does not want to offend the LGBTQ community –and recently the WHO was forced to change its monkeypox pictures, after advisors and African doctors pointed out that, despite a global outbreak, they were all of Black people.
In fact, that it was even suggested that the term, monkeypox, is even racist.
Authorities have even stated that the problem they have is that when people think about monkeypox they are adding are adding something else to an already ongoing issue that is tied to stigma and racism and social determinants of health.
We will all be standing around arguing over who we offend when a virus does not respect color or any sexual orientation.
SHOW GUESTS: DR. KEVIN MCCAIRN AND NICK ST. JAMES
Dr. Kevin McCairn is a Neuroscientist with over 20 years of experience and was the principal investigator for the Korean Brain Institute. He uses deep brain stimulation to treat neuropsychiatric and motor disorders. Dr. McCairn has also been analyzing the COVID-19 vaccine and the blood of those who are vaccinated. His website is McCairnDojo.com.