ON THE ONE HAND, THIS IS GOOD NEWS: “The United Nations’ top AIDS scientists plan to acknowledge this week that they have long overestimated both the size and the course of the epidemic, which they now believe has been slowing for nearly a decade, according to U.N. documents prepared for the announcement.” On the other hand, it’s a major error, and calls into question other alarmist scientific statements from the same source. Money quote — er, literally — “There was a tendency toward alarmism, and that fit perhaps a certain fundraising agenda.”