The Context of The New Anti-China Campaign | MofA |
Mike Gallagher had promised [interview Fox News] strong action:
The committee itself can not do much about the issues and its attempts to go against China will mostly be diverted into deregulating U.S. environmental protection:
Meanwhile, in 2019, approximately 90% of the world's rare earth metals, alloys, and permanent magnets were produced in China. The Select Committee will expose our dangerous dependence on China and advance policies to build secure sources for critical supply chains, either in the United States or in partnership with like-minded allies.
Media mogul's admission in Dominion Systems election case that he let
cable network broadcast falsehoods stuns observers
"Fall from disgrace is not foreseen." 😂
Where are the righteous men of courage in the United States? Lost in the endless bickering between Red and Blue, a new North and South divide ...
What goes with the protection guaranteed under the UN Charter to secure peace with one's neighbouring states? Borders and sovereignty of states, their right to follow cultural differences and choose their own form of government? Are we to return to country borders from writings in history or biblical times hundreds and thousands of years ago through warfare? The ruins of fascism and devastation on the European continent are still fresh on the memory of the older generation. Stop hate, stop all wars. ☮️
ALARM PHASE 4
Awaiting the final critical endorsement to Alarm Phase 5 by the Supreme War Hawk talking nonsense from the Oval Room ...
FBI director Wray endorses theory Covid-19 virus may have leaked from Chinese lab | The Guardian |
The energy department also concluded in a classified intelligence report that Covid-19 most likely resulted from a laboratory leak, but made this assessment with "low confidence", while the FBI reached the same conclusion in 2021 with "moderate confidence", the Wall Street Journal [and other media] reported.
Some scientists who have studied the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic have pushed back against the endorsement of the lab leak theory by US agencies. Scientists have also noted that, unlike peer-reviewed scientific studies, the US intelligence assessments being debated do not provide public transparency about how they reached their conclusions or the evidence they accumulated.
'We'll never know' - Canadian expert plays down lab leak Covid-19 pandemic conclusion | The Nation Thailand |
"I think the real story here is about the media and how they're covering this, as opposed to any real shift in risk assessment by the US government," Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota told Reuters.
"When they put this new assessment forward, they set it with `low confidence', which if you're in this business, you know, that means that may very well not even have any factual basis upon which to say that," Osterholm added.
Someone needs to come forward with irrefutable scientific evidence to produce the Wuhan Lab scenario and how the research came about, who funded it because of the international ties to China's virology labs.
Joe already was gung ho on a subset of plots to undermine the trustworthiness and credibility of that rising global economic foe ...
Statement by President Joe Biden on the Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19 | May 26, 2021 |
As of today, the U.S. Intelligence Community has "coalesced around two likely scenarios" but has not reached a definitive conclusion on this question. Here is their current position:
"while two elements in the IC leans toward the former scenario and one leans more toward the latter - each with low or moderate confidence - the majority of elements do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other."
The United States will also keep working with like-minded 🤣 🤣 partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.
Statement by President Joe Biden on the 90-day Report on Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19 | Aug. 27, 2021 |
Critical information about the origins of this pandemic exists in the People's Republic of China, yet from the beginning, government officials in China have worked to prevent international investigators and members of the global public health community from accessing it. To this day, the PRC continues to reject calls for transparency and withhold information, even as the toll of this pandemic continue to rise. We needed this information rapidly, from the PRC, while the pandemic was still new.
Since taking office, my administration has renewed U.S. leadership in the World Health Organization and rallied allies and partners to renew focus on this critical question. The world deserves answers, and I will not rest until we get them. Responsible nations do not shirk these kinds of responsibilities to the rest of the world. Pandemics do not respect international borders, and we all must better understand how COVID-19 came to be in order to prevent further pandemics.
The United States will continue working with like-minded 🤣 🤣 partners around the world to press the PRC to fully share information ...
How did the global community and the US react to the first SARS outbreak and alert in 2002?
CDC SARS Response Timeline 2002-2012
S A R S -- How a global epidemic was stopped | WHO - 2006 |
I proposed this book because I believe that by identifying the successes and failures of the fight against SARS, our Member States, partners, and WHO will leave an enduring legacy for those who face similar challenges in the future. Already, since SARS, avian influenza has spread across South-East Asia and beyond to pose a new threat to mankind. What will come next? There is, of course, no way of knowing, but one thing is certain: We must all be better prepared than we were when SARS was unleashed.
One way we can do that is to better understand why the SARS coronavirus and the avian influenza H5N1 virus crossed the species barrier from animals to attack humans. What caused this strange migration? The explanation, in my view, lies in part in the way animals are raised for food in Asia, where increasing prosperity has led to a greater demand for meat, and, in some cultures, a taste for the flesh of exotic animals.
In markets where wild animals are sold for the table, creatures that would never meet in their natural habitat are kept in proximity to one another, setting the conditions for the emergence of new viruses. A similar threat lies in the way that chickens, ducks, and pigs are raised together, often in unhygienic conditions and usually with no barriers between them and humans. Such husbandry practices must change, or more viruses are likely to emerge from the animal world.
I don't know if one can decently say that SARS had a silver lining, but if it did, it was that it awakened the global public-health community from a kind of slumber. Before SARS, communicable diseases had been given insufficient attention, with doctors more interested in high-tech fields such as neurosurgery and molecular biology. Awareness levels were low and infection-control procedures had become slack. In sum, public-health systems were simply not ready for what happened.
The silver lining is that since those days many countries and cities have invested extensively in public health. New hospitals have been built. Health- care workers have been drilled in infection-control measures. Better surveillance systems are in place. And research has been intensified. SARS, for all the fear and suffering it caused, has left public-health systems greatly improved.
SARS was the first emerging disease of the age of globalization. I believe that, had it occurred in a time before mass international travel, it would probably have remained a localized problem, with few consequences for global health. But the virus travelled around the world on passenger jets [see the account in Chapter 15 of the consequences of one single flight between Hong Kong and Beijing], making it a true disease of the 21st century. To fight this 21st-century disease, Member States applied 19th-century measures such as contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation. As old fashioned and labour intensive as they were, these measures slowed the virus's spread, and, in the end, contributed to its containment.
Due to a new more serious outbreak of the SARS virus in 2019, the new identification became SARS CoV-02 and the Western World was I'll prepared for a truly global pandemic. Accusation and complot theories seemed more important than communicating and polling research. Trump made the early accusations naming the tragedy the "China Virus" and dropping out of the WHO as they should have been more alert. Getting pretty sick and tired of this American bull$hit ...
(Retweet from Marion Koopmans)
To do the task of research on virology emerging infections has become a life threatening job. Stop the populism and rightwing false accusations based on disinformation based on just plain fear of the unknown ... superstition and stupidity.
Hypothesis from China's province Taiwan Feb. 2020 ... even before Trump & Co. admitted the China virus had penetrated America and threatened its National Security. Years before "BalloonGate" 😄 🤡 there are no walls high enough to protect American cultural heritage.
A professor at the National Taiwan University claims the highly infectious Covid-19 virus could be 'synthetic' | Taipei Times - Feb. 23, 2020 |
ESCAPED? Given China's poor track record with lab safety management, the virus is likely to have escaped from a facility, public health researcher Fang Chi-tai cited the opinions of other researchers as saying
Humans likely synthesized COVID-19, although more studies are needed to be certain, National Taiwan University (NTU) public health researcher Fang Chi-tai (方啟泰) said yesterday as he cited the opinions of other researchers.
During his presentation at a disease-prevention education seminar held at NTU by the Taiwan Public Health Association -- which invited several public health study professors and researchers to give presentations that were also broadcast live via Facebook -- Fang addressed numerous hypotheses that have been raised by foreign researchers, including the possibility that the virus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
He has heard of many US and Europe-based researchers who are asserting that the virus was inextricably linked to the institute, Fang said, adding this assertion was highly possible as the facility's biosafety level 4 laboratory houses samples of SARS, Ebola and other deadly viruses.
Analyses of COVID-19 have shown that is has a 96 percent genetic similarity with an RaTG13 bat virus at the institute, he said.
While viruses need to be at least 99 percent similar to call them "the same," it is the differences in particular that have led researchers to speculate that COVID-19 was manufactured by modifying RaTG13, he said.
A French research team that examined the gene sequence of COVID-19 has discovered that it has four more amino acids than other coronaviruses, he said, adding that this makes its transmission easier.
The findings have led some in the research community to speculate about whether China's scientists intended to develop a virus more difficult to contain than SARS, he said.
If that was their intent, they appeared to have succeeded, Fang added.
Taiwanese professor says Wuhan coronavirus likely man-made | Taiwan News |
On the positive side, Fang said that if it is an artificially generated virus, it means it does not occur naturally in the ecosystem. Therefore, after the last patient is cured, it should not become a seasonal illness such as the flu, which is generated naturally in the environment.
After being contacted by Taiwan News for comment, Fang denied making the previously cited statements and said that he "does not support the highly popular man-made theory on the origin of this virus."
The video of his presentation has mysteriously been taken down. When Taiwan News asked the Taiwan Public Health Association why the video had been removed, it issued the following statement:
"It has been taken down for a certain reason, In the future, it will be re-uploaded when appropriate. Thank you for your understanding."
Political mood in Taiwan ...
Poll says 72.5% of Taiwanese willing to fight against forced unification by China ... caveat, unless the foe is China. 😂
My earlier posts in diary ... "CIA's Research in Behavioral Modification"
Link Between Iraq's WMD and China's Covid Lab Leak
How is the U.S. Energy Department (which is the 'intelligence' here) qualified to make such conclusions? Is Michael A. Gordon, famous for Iraq WMD claims, an author qualified to write more than garbage? [demoted from NYT to Murdoch's WSJ 🤡]
Lab Leak Most Likely Origin of Covid-19 Pandemic, Energy Department Now Says
U.S. agency's revised assessment is based on new intelligence
By Michael R. Gordon and Warren P. Strobel
Updated Feb. 26, 2023 4:29 pm ET
Xinhua Commentary: Discredited American reporter plays disinformation game again | 2021-06-01 |
THREATS AND RESPONSES: THE IRAQIS; U.S. SAYS HUSSEIN INTENSIFIES QUEST FOR A-BOMB PARTS | Source NY Times |
By Michael R. Gordon and Judith Miller Sept. 8, 2002
More than a decade after Saddam Hussein agreed to give up weapons of mass destruction, Iraq has stepped up its quest for nuclear weapons and has embarked on a worldwide hunt for materials to make an atomic bomb, Bush administration officials said today.
Judith Miller departs New York Times | The Guardian - Nov. 10, 2005 |
In a letter to the editor published in the paper, Miller - who was criticised for her role in a Bush administration intelligence leak scandal - said she had resigned because she had become the news herself.
"I am honored to have been part of this extraordinary newspaper and proud of my accomplishments here - a Pulitzer, a DuPont, an Emmy and other awards - but sad to leave my professional home," wrote Miller, who spent 28 years at The New York Times.
Miller spent 85 days in jail for refusing to reveal her source for the information that Valerie Plame, the wife of a government critic, was a CIA agent. She was released after she admitted her source was the vice-president chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who has been charged over the incident.
Miller was also criticised for reporting in the build-up to the war that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, a false claim that boosted the case for war.
Judith Miller Carried Water for the USA's Worst Debacle Since Vietnam | 2015|
A publicity blitz aimed at reputation rehabilitation revives a telling personal memory for one journalist
Author of Wall Street Journal "Wuhan lab" story wrote lies about Iraqi "Weapons of Mass Destruction" | WSWS - June 2021 |
On May 23, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled "Intelligence on Sick Staff at Wuhan Lab Fuels Debate on Covid-19 Origin." Citing unnamed "current and former officials," it claimed that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology "went to hospital in November 2019, shortly before confirmed outbreak" of COVID-19.
Over the subsequent decade and a half Michael R. Gordon continued to serve as a conduit for fabricated "intelligence" emanating from the White House, the Pentagon and the CIA.
The 13 Best Books The Army Wants Its Leaders To Read
"The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama" by Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor
Also on the reference literature list ...
A Gentle Occupation: Dutch Military Operations in Iraq, 2003-2005 | first ed. Leiden University Press, 2014 |