Sunday, June 5, 2011

30 Years Ago ...

  History of AIDS

AIDS was first reported June 5, 1981, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recorded a cluster of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (now still classified as PCP but known to be caused by Pneumocystis jirovecii) in five homosexual men in Los Angeles. In the beginning, the CDC did not have an official name for the disease, often referring to it by way of the diseases that were associated with it, for example, lymphadenopathy, the disease after which the discoverers of HIV originally named the virus. They also used Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections, the name by which a task force had been set up in 1981.

30 years after first AIDS cases, hope for a cure   AP - June 3, 2011

Sunday marks 30 years since the first AIDS cases were reported in the United States. And this anniversary brings fresh hope for something many had come to think was impossible: finding a cure.

Special Report: An end to AIDS?   Reuters - June 3, 2011

Dramatic scientific advances since HIV was first discovered 30 years ago this week mean the virus is no longer a death sentence. Thanks to tests that detect HIV early , new antiretroviral AIDS drugs that can control the virus for decades, and a range of ways to stop it being spread, 33.3 million people around the world are learning to live with HIV.

June is Gay Pride Month.

Solara Eleven Eleven

Today I sent birthday greeting to my friend Solara, who goes by Solara Eleven Eleven on Facebook. I interviewed Solara on the my TV show "The Metaphysical Experience" in 1991 around the time she began her journey to enlighten the world about 11:11.

The Doorway of the 11:11 opened on January 11, 1992

and is undergoing a major transformation near the end of 2011.

Solara lives in Ollantaytambo, a town and an Inca archaeological site

in southern Peru some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco.

Ollantaytambo is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level in the district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba, Cusco region. During the Inca Empire, it was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca buildings and as one of the most common starting points for the three-day, four-night hike known as the Inca Trail - the journey of Machu Piccu.

South of Peru we find Chile ...

  Chile: Puyehue volcano chain erupts, forcing evacuation   BBC - June 5, 2011

Chile volcano eruption causes ash cloud - June 5, 2011

Southern Chile's Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century, prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina, authorities said. The erupt sent an ash cloud more than 6 miles high that blew over the Andes and forced more than 3,500 people living nearby to evacuate. Authorities initially said the Puyehue volcano was involved, but later said the eruption was occurring about 2 1/2 miles from that peak. A rift more than six miles long and three miles across was torn in the earth's crust. Witnesses experienced earthquakes then saw fire coming from the volcano.