Sunday, November 25, 2007

An Inconvenient Admission
I saw this news article on the UN admitting that they have overhyped the global AIDS epidemic.
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.
They also dramatically revised downward their math:
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.
The problem is a few million less than we said it was. But who's counting?

A critic of the UN's science speaks the truth here:
"There was a tendency toward alarmism, and that fit perhaps a certain fundraising agenda,"
Hmmm. So what other consensus science is the UN pushing? Given the track record, we should immediately discount almost by half anything that they say about global warming, and then go from there.


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