Two forces have ruled my life. One is a disease; the other is a tendency of humans to organize the world as if it were in a Franz Kafka novel.
I will call the disease The Pandemic and the tendency Kafka-nature. Soon you will see why I use my own names.
You might not have heard of The Pandemic at all.
It has been a long time since I read Kafka, but the reference is inadequate. Many sufferers of The Pandemic would propose that you add Orwell, Alice in Wonderland, Job, and Mickey Mouse.
I shall explain, in part, why this is so.
Any human can get The Pandemic. It can affect nearly every part of your body. It is always immunological and neurological. The vast majority of people never recover.
Knowledgeable physicians have compared the suffering to late-stage, untreated AIDS. A distinguished scientist and physician of both diseases stated matter-of-factly in the New York Times that she would rather have HIV.
Severity varies. In the early stages, many pass for normal, while others are fed through tubes in their stomachs, bedridden, or housebound; millions are in constant pain; many die.
The death count remains unknown. Statistics have not yet been required to list The Pandemic.
Researchers estimate 17 million sufferers. About a million are in the USA. This is similar to HIV/AIDS.
We don't yet know whether to call The Pandemic a pandemic in the strictest technical senses that apply to HIV/AIDS. For example, we don't know the growth rate in any region.
Of course, it's just a word. To preclude cavil, I use it in one of its loose dictionary senses until we discover more:
an epidemic that is geographically widespread; occurring throughout a region or even throughout the world
The Pandemic occurs throughout the world sporadically and in outbreaks.
Now let's turn our attention to Kafka-nature.
The key thing to know is that The Pandemic is ruled by Kafka-nature.
Governments do not research it, but they claim to, using disease definitions that describe unrelated conditions.
Studies use subjects who do not have The Pandemic.
The official treatment in some places is a program expressly designed to make you believe that you do not have a disease.
Some organizations, which state that they represent sufferers, accept money from those governments. They promote those claims.
The Pandemic is so perfectly ruled by Kafka-nature that the disease does not have a recognized name that applies to it alone.
The simple and everyday act of using a name inherently spreads confusion — because it has been used for other things.
Taking their cue, doctors and the public assume that The Pandemic is no more serious than hay fever. Those who fill out death certificates rarely think to list it. Instead they merely list the organ that failed.
One result is denigration. You will find that medical staff throwing a child who was unable to move into a swimming pool is only the beginning.
Progress has been made despite the efforts of denialists. Science has happened.
In peer-reviewed research in top journals, The Pandemic is associated with an HIV-like virus (a retrovirus, which integrates into your genome) and related retroviruses at high rates.
In published and unpublished research, the same retroviruses are associated with other serious diseases.
The same retroviruses, when found, have been found in blood donors and control subjects in North America, Europe, and Asia, at rates between 1.7% and 6.8%,1 prognosis unknown. The blood supply is not screened.
Governments have known for a year and a half that the retrovirus has been isolated and is infectious.
They have funded zero clinical trials.
[Note from later: the above is outdated. The role of exogenous retroviruses in the disease, if any, has not been settled. Meaningful levels of rigorous disease-aware research are critical.]
This blog exposes both Kafka-nature and The Pandemic. Neither goes away when you ignore it.
It has been a long time in the making. I wrote an article years ago called "The Kafka Pandemic" and others since then. I planned to publish one or two of them traditionally, but a blog is better for many purposes. Most of these posts are the result of months or years of working on them, a few minutes at a time.
There are connections to biomedically-related diseases and other persecuted diseases. I will try to include them, and I invite your help. For example, tell me about another disease that is related to what I am writing about. In my view, these connections are critical in science and politics.
The double meaning in "The Kafka Pandemic" is deliberate,2 but for now I only intend to talk about Kafka-nature as it applies to The Pandemic and related diseases.
I want this blog to be accessible, easy to read, and easy to use. I might change the design. Now is a good time to tell me your opinion.
Who we are
If you have not yet joined our struggle, I hope you do. We are no longer isolated from one another, no longer even a community with highlights of action against the sheer edge of futility, but a rapidly accelerating, intelligent global movement coming into our own. We shall command respect from every power we need to deal with. To do this with us, you must learn, climb far above the lies, because truth is what holds us together, truth is how we coordinate our decentralized projects, and truth is how we will prevail.
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I want to thank my reviewers, who gave valuable feedback and encouragement.