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World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. Light a Candle. A pretty good idea for a tribute website I must say.

On another depressing note…

Does this bother anyone else?

Ambassador Randall L. Tobias
United States Global AIDS Coordinator

Among his honors, Tobias was named Pharmaceutical Industry CEO of the Year by the Wall Street Transcript in 1995, and CEO of the Year in 1996 by Working Mother magazine. In 1997, he was named one of the “Top Twenty-Five Managers of the Year” by Business Week, Magazine. He was also named the “Norman Vincent Peale Humanitarian of the Year” in 1997.

[Source: Whitehouse @ 12/1/2004 10:30 AM EST]

Emphasis mine.

So we have the “Pharmaceutical Industry CEO of the Year” as the US Global AIDS Coordinator? Could this play any role in how terrible the AIDS effort is worldwide? So who is this guy loyal to? His Pharmaceutical buddies who think AIDS is a blessing providing their companies with decades of solid income. Or AIDS patients who desperately need medication, but can’t easily obtain it?

Sorry, but anyone with such high affiliations with the Pharmaceutical Industry, the same industry that makes such gross profits on medications, while seniors in the US constantly debate between food, or medication… doesn’t serve a purpose with this job. Give it to someone who actually would benefit the AIDS victims.

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