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Dinosaur Wrecks
Your resident Neanderthal, Michael Sragow, has reviewed Crash (Movie Capsules, March 19) in his customarily erudite but clueless way.

Crash is actually an engrossing film, quite wonderfully ... pardon me while I pull in front of this speeding truck, then pound my brakes and ....

Virginia Newhall

Chop Job on ACT UP S.F.
I've attended many ACT UP S.F. meetings in the last year. Tara Shioya's article ("Men Behaving Viciously," March 19) is a hatchet job that relies on omission rather than outright lies to accomplish its purpose. What's left out are the unprintable, the unspeakable, "dangerous lies" of the AIDS dissident movement that are the underpinnings of Michael Bellefountaine and David Pasquarelli's rage.

Maybe it's safe for an independent journal like SF Weekly to just mention them, so here goes: "AIDS" is not an infectious disease. It is not caused by a virus. It is not sexually transmitted. It is possible to be "HIV-positive" and have a long, healthy life. AZT and the other nucleoside analogues have no benefit and are in fact extremely toxic, causing the very conditions they are claimed to "delay" (nobody even claims they prevent "AIDS"). The vaunted protease inhibitors are also useless and dangerous.

I don't condone the kind of personal attacks Bellefountaine and Pasquarelli have done, but I think they are insignificant misdemeanors compared to the ongoing atrocity of these poisons being sold to a brainwashed public in the name of public health.

John Klein
Noe Valley

Separate Acts
Thanks for the illuminating article on ACT UP S.F. ("Men Behaving Viciously"). I only wish the distinction between ACT UP S.F. and ACT UP Golden Gate (AUGG) had been more prominent. I have friends involved in AUGG, and their focus as far as I can see is to broaden access to new therapies by spreading information, monitoring drug trials, working with drug companies to lower prices, and caring for their infected friends.

What's wrong with that? Seems to me analogous to the pro-choice perspective. Abortion's legal and available if you need it; don't get one if you don't. I'm surprised "liberal fag" David Pasquarelli sees information and availability as a problem. Everyone's free to make up his or her mind.

Lee Anne Snedeker
Pacific Heights

Tara Shioya replies: SFWeekly made several attempts to include ACT UP Golden Gate in the article, but unfortunately the group declined to be interviewed.

Hook, Line, and Sinker
It's too bad Curtis Bonney went all the way to Newfoundland and couldn't write a sensible piece on its alternative music culture ("Take the Bait," Music, March 19).

Instead, he used an excruciatingly typical broadside, putting his "characters" in oil skins, having them eat turnips and herring (as if there weren't a Gap, and Pepsi and McDonald's -- and, yes, even indoor bathrooms). A charitable view is that he is attempting the famous Newfoundland satiric humor -- in which case he has a long way to go.

Barbara Rieti
Walnut Creek


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