Introducing ‘Keepcalmandcarryon’: Is he a “friend” of the ARV-promoting South African "brown shirts", the Treatment Action Campaign?
When looking at Wikipedia, you may have assumed that it is an independent child of the internet age, run by a small army of volunteers committed to spreading truthful and independent information. This may be so – except when you challenge the interests of the multi-billion dollar investment business with pharmaceutical drugs.
How the facts aren't welcome on Wikipedia when you challenge the interests of the multi-billion dollar drug industry
Between February 2008 and April 2009, aided by some willing assistants, we attempted to correct some of the key factual errors and blatantly biased statements in the Wikipedia article on Dr. Rath. It proved to be an eye-opening experience.
Is 'MastCell' David H. Gorski?
Wikipedia: Free access to the sum of all human knowledge, or just another way of supporting the scientific, political and social status quo?
By effectively forcing its editors to rely on medical journals, books published by "respected publishing houses" and mainstream newspapers for their references, the reality is that much of Wikipedia's healthcare-related content is essentially just supporting the same pro-pharmaceutical and corporatist ideologies as are pumped out on a daily basis through the world's Big Media and publishing outlets.
Any embarrassment Jimmy Wales might feel when asked about his controversial attempts to rewrite the past and paint himself as the sole founder of Wikipedia must surely pale away into insignificance compared to the public humiliation he suffered in 2008 following the breakup of his liaison with onetime Fox News pundit Rachel Marsden.
The Soros Connection
One of the most notable of the Wikimedia Foundation’s supporters is the so-called “Open Society Institute”, founded by the chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC, George Soros.
Since the “demise” of ‘MastCell’, one of the main so-called “editors” who has taken his place as a self-appointed gatekeeper to the Wikipedia article on Dr. Rath is known as ‘Keepcalmandcarryon’.
Although Keepcalmandcarryon apparently doesn’t want to tell us anything about himself, a little detective work turns up quite a lot.
For one thing, he would appear to hail from one of the key pharmaceutical drug trafficking hubs in the developing world; namely, South Africa. This is evidenced by his writing, in September 2008, that he had “been confused by the DA flap from last summer, in which DA officials accused Rath of misrepresenting himself as a doctor”.
The acronym “DA” refers to the Democratic Alliance political party in South Africa, which clearly suggests that Keepcalmandcarryon lives in that country – otherwise he would be very unlikely to have used the “DA” abbreviation or to have assumed that the person he was writing to would know what it meant.
Even more significantly, the list of Keepcalmandcarryon's earliest edits shows that his primary interest on Wikipedia is the issue of HIV/AIDS. In this respect, it seems by no means impossible that he may perhaps be connected with the so-called “Treatment Action Campaign” (TAC), as he is by far the most frequent contributor to the Wikipedia article on that organization and continues to edit AIDS-related articles on a frequent basis.
In addition, close examination of his very first edit on Wikipedia shows that, for a supposedly first-time editor, Keepcalmandcarryon was remarkably adept at using its editing system – thus clearly suggesting that he has an expert knowledge of computers.
As such, and bearing all of the above in mind, it would not surprise us at all if Keepcalmandcarryon turned out to be none other than Nathan Geffen, a member of the TAC’s secretariat and management team who has taught in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Regardless however, and as is also the case with ‘MastCell’ – with whom he communicates frequently, via his talk page, and from whom he he has received at least one email (resulting, only minutes later, in his posting this) – an analysis of the hours Keepcalmandcarryon works on Wikipedia would appear to suggest that whoever is paying him is apparently very sympathetic towards his spending large amounts of his time editing Wikipedia. That is, of course, always assuming that his boss even knows about his Wikipedia “habit”.
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