With so many scandals and questions lingering about climategate-http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1946082,00.html and vaccinegate, it is disgusting Tiger Woods affairs are the lead story in the news. We thought a diversion might be in order and found this off Broadway play- The Affair, faithfully adapted by Ronald Millar from the novel by C.P. Snow. It played in 1962 according to the review, but would make one hell a remake. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,940107,00.html#ixzz0Z6ZHdRlV
1962 was long before anyone every questioned the science behind global warming, vaccines or who our President or anyone of importance was having an affair with. A time when one did what was told, ‘get your shots and shut up’, Coppertone was for only kids, and we were at war.
As The Affair begins, the High Tables of the university are still rocking with an intellectual scandal that will not down with the port. Donald Howard (Keith Baxter) has been judged guilty of scientific fraud, having apparently faked a research photograph in his fellowship thesis, and a court of dons deprives him of his fellowship.
Impeccably performed, it pungently evokes its donnish milieu and nobly invokes man’s tireless quest to make justice prevail.
Will justice prevail in Copenhagen, in the truth about vaccines, or for Tiger Woods family?
The international scandal of leaked e-mails from prominent climatologists and the pandemics push for pharmaceutical companies to release vaccines with little clinical trials before approval is familiar 47 years later. This time it is not a play, but real life players dealing with decisions that will affect your health and living standards. Oh yeah, your pocketbook too.
Ironically enough, the main character in the play was performed by Keith Howard. In real life, a Dr. Keith Howard sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification. SACGM for short. http://www.hse.gov.uk/biosafety/gmo/acgm/acgmcomp/index.htmCurrently Dr. Keith Howard is the Head of the Preclinical Research Group at Baxter Innovations GmbH in Orth, Austria supporting the manufacture of vaccines for interpandemic and avian influenza, and the development of new vaccines against emerging viral diseases http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/meetings/committees/sacgmcu/biography.htm. Baxter has been myriad in controversy, if you have been living under a rock, type Baxter in the side search bar to learn more about them releasing live viruses, getting patents for H1N1 vaccines prior to the pandemic and other suspicious happenings.
SACGM says of Genetically Modified things that:
There are no longer separate containment levels specified for work with GM animals and plants (Containment Levels A and B) – appropriate measures must be put in place to control the risks to human health and the environment. http://www.liv.ac.uk/safety/work_area_hazards/Biosafety/Genetic_Modification/Containment_and_control_measures_for_work_with_GMOs.htm
Clinical studies published by Baxter’s own scientific team suggests that adjuvants are at best useless and documented that there is no increase in antibody response, yet Baxter is manufacturing vaccines containing adjuvants for the H1N1 vaccine. From the New England Journal of Medicine http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/358/24/2573 “Results The vaccine induced a neutralizing immune response not only against the clade 1 (A/Vietnam/1203/2004) virus strain but also against the clade 2 and 3 strains. The use of adjuvants did not improve the antibody response.”From The World Health Organinzation: http://www.who.int/vaccine_research/documents/Report_on_consultation_on_adjuvant_safety_2.pdfSeveral adjuvants have been shown to permit dose-reduction and enhanced breadth of immunity for influenza vaccines in clinical studies. In light of the recent outbreak of influenza A (H1N1)v, there may be a need in the future to immunize large population groups. Adjuvants could potentially expand the supply of available influenza vaccines. While we have no evidence yet of the immunological benefit of adjuvants for vaccines against the H1N1 virus, a discussion of potential safety issues at this stage will facilitate planning and clinical trial design.
I do know that the affairs of Tiger Woods are becoming public knowledge. Will the misguided affairs of climate change and vaccines risks have greater public awareness than Tigers? Since The Affair is long off Broadway, I think I’ll see 2012 the movie.
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