Whee, got back from my now god-daughters baptism in Ohio. It was a hoot, and she was adorable!
Spent most of the weekend reading Randy Shilt's And the Band Played On. It's a great book, I don't think anybody could've dreamed a more convoluted plot than this. People are really stupid. I think a quote from the book itself will probably serve better than another angry rant from me, but I can assure you that each phrase corresponds to chapters worth of petty bickering and politics.
"Later, everybody agreed that the baths should have been closed sooner; they agreed health education should have been more direct and timely. And everybody also agreed blood banks should have tested blood sooner, and that a search for the AIDS virus should have been started sooner, and that scientists should have laid aside their petty intrigues. Everybody subsequently agreed that the news media should have offered better coverage of the epidemic much earlier, and that the federal government should have done much, much more. By the time everybody agreed to all this, however, it was too late.
Instead, People died. Tens of thousands of them." pg 491.