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China Wuhan Lab Leak Lacks Evidence

by Oui Wed Mar 1st, 2023 at 01:35:34 PM EST

The 'Over There' Problems of a Red House

The fascist America produces new propaganda narrative beyond the "Wuhan lab leak" theory w/o any shred of new evidence. I quote Dutch excellent virologist Marion Koopmans who refused to buy into the US "science" the origin was not linked to animals. The Rupert Murdoch rag WSJ and false narrative to wage war reporter Michael A. Gordon.

The Context of The New Anti-China Campaign | MofA |

Mike Gallagher had promised [interview Fox News] strong action:

    To win the new Cold War, we must respond to Chinese aggression with tough policies to strengthen our economy, rebuild our supply chains, speak out for human rights, stand against military aggression, and end the theft of Americans' personal information, intellectual property, and jobs.

    We must recognize that China's "peaceful rise" was pure fiction and finally confront the CCP with the urgency the threat demands. To do that, House Republicans will establish a Select Committee on China in the new Congress.

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. ☮️


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

h/t MofA

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 |



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

List includes...

"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 |

BBC News today ..

President Biden says he asked for a report on the origins of Covid-19 after taking office in 2020 ...  

🤣 Geez ... sitting together with Donald in the Oval Office directing the January 6 attempt for regime change?

Something about accuracy in reporting scientific facts 🇺🇸 vs 🇨🇳

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 1st, 2023 at 07:01:33 PM EST
Pops up everywhere in mystical fashion ...

We in the NATO countries of the West are truly fortunate as our speech is protected, and excellent filters for what comes to our nerve center thru hearing. CENSORSHIP and funding #EUvsDisinfo ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 1st, 2023 at 08:09:16 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 1st, 2023 at 09:15:42 PM EST
Foundation for Defense of Democracies, 3 Feb
Rosatom's Global Dominance and the Hunt for Alternative Suppliers

The Russian nuclear industry is a pivotal supplier for every key nuclear technology, from nuclear reactors to the uranium fuel cycle. Alternative suppliers have not emerged and will take time to do so. Just as it WEAPONIZED Europe's ill-considered dependence on Russian gas, the Kremlin could exploit global reliance on the Russian nuclear industry to undermine support for Ukraine.

Rosatom CEO Alexei Likhachev noted in February 2021 that his company was "actively working" in 12 countries.
Countries Moving Away From Rosatom
Since Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine, some European countries have made efforts to reduce or eliminate their dependence on Russia for nuclear products. The [Czechia] will receive fuel for one of its VVERs from France's Framatome and the U.S. firm Westinghouse starting [POLAND] in 2024. The French nuclear fuel producer Orano announced after the invasion that it had "suspended all new shipments of nuclear materials to and from Russia." Sweden has also shifted to other mined and milled uranium and reactor fuel suppliers. In May 2022, Finland backed out of a major nuclear reactor deal with Rosatom, reportedly losing several hundred million euros, but it has other reactors that the Russian nuclear giant built and currently services.
Countries Deepening Ties With Rosatom

Countries friendly toward Russia, as well as several that have close relations with the United States, are moving forward with Rosatom projects rather than seeking alternatives.

China is a key Rosatom partner, purchasing reactors, fuel, and services, and has a number of joint projects underway...[Türkiye]'s first fleet of four VVER-1200s ...The company is also building Egypt's four VVER-1200s...Belarus, a close Russian ally, has a Rosatom reactor project ...Hungary, an EU member that maintains friendly ties with the Putin regime...Rosatom services Iran's reactor at Bushehr...South Korea signed a major deal with Rosatom...building two reactors in Bangladesh and is working on a nuclear technology center in Bolivia. ...Armenia, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, [Kenya, Rwanda,] and Brazil signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to purchase nuclear infrastructure...It also planned several other ventures, such as projects with Serbia and the Philippines.

RUSI | Atoms for Sale: Developments in Russian Nuclear Energy Exports, 19 Feb
Since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Western sanctions on the Russian
economy have been expanding. Nonetheless, Russia's nuclear energy exports have not come
under economic restrictions. The Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation (Rosatom), which
has a monopoly over the Russian nuclear industry, has continued exports of nuclear fuel and
other goods relevant to the nuclear energy sector. According to Russian customs data, sourced
through a third-party commercial trade data provider, Russia has exported just over $1 billion worth of nuclear energy-related goods and materials since the start of the war in Ukraine.
Politico.eu.com | Russian nuclear fuel: The habit Europe just can't break, 23 Feb
Although uranium from Russia could be replaced by imports from elsewhere within a year -- and most nuclear plants have at least one-year extra reserves, according to ESA head Agnieszka Kaźmierczak -- countries with Russian-built VVER reactors rely on fuel made by Moscow.
BULLETIN "We cannot change the geology in Europe"
The "bigger problem" across the board is enrichment and conversion [read: "processing of critical raw materials"], she added, due to chronic under-capacity worldwide. It could take "seven to 10 years" to replace Rosatom -- and that timeline is conditional on significant investments in the sector.
Sputnik | Why EU Avoids Sanctioning Russia's Nuclear Sector, 26 Feb
by Cat on Thu Mar 2nd, 2023 at 12:30:18 AM EST
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"aiding and abetting PUTIN's war effort"
by Cat on Thu Mar 2nd, 2023 at 12:37:59 AM EST
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TASS | Kaztrasoil sent the first batch of oil for delivery to Germany, 27 Feb
...Oil transit will be carried out within the framework of the agreement between the government of Kazakhstan and the government of Russia dated June 7, 2002...
Blinken warns Central Asia of dangers from war in Ukraine, 28 Feb
In Kazakhstan for meetings with top Central Asian diplomats, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said no country, particularly those that have traditionally been in Moscow's orbit, can afford to ignore the threats posed by Russian aggression to not only their territory but to the international rules-based order and the global economy. In all of his discussions, Blinken stressed the importance of respect for "sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence."
"Ever since being the first nation to recognize Kazakhstan in December of 1991, the United States has been firmly committed to the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Kazakhstan and countries across the region," Blinken said after meeting in Astana with the foreign ministers of the so-called C5+1 [2015 "working"] group, made up of the U.S. and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
CIS (1991 FTA): AM, AZ, BY, KZ, KG, MD, RU, TJ, TM, UZ , GE, UA
CSTO (1992 mil): AM, BY, KZ, KG, TJ, RU
INSTC (2000 TNC): AM, AZ, BY, BG, IN, IR, KZ, KG, OM, RU, TJ, TR, UA, SY
SCO (2001 NGO): CN, RU, IN, PK, KZ, KG, TJ, UZ, IR, AM*, AF*, AZ*, BY*, TR*, LK*, KH*, SA*, EG*
EaEU (2012 FTA): AM, BY, KZ, KG, TJ, RU, VN*, CN*, RS*
[Kazak FM Mukhtar] Tileuberdi thanked Blinken for the U.S. commitment to Kazakhstan's freedom, but signaled that his country was unlikely to adopt either a pro-Russian or pro-Western position. Tileuberdi said Kazakhstan would continue to act in its own national interest given "the complex international situation."
euronews 1 Mar 2023
G20: East-West showdown over Russia's war in Ukraine looms [over NATO]
Washington's chief diplomat has spent two days in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan warning Central Asia about the threat posed by Russia.
On Wednesday Blinken again criticised China's peace plan for Ukraine. "If China was genuinely serious about this ... it would have been spending all of the last year [inna BRUTAL COVID-19 LOCKDOWN] working in support of the restoration of Ukraine's full sovereignty," he told reporters in Tashkent. "And of course, it's been doing the opposite."
PUTIN's ally Belarusian president is in Beijing on a three-day trip
...Ahead of the trip, Beijing hailed its "all-weather and comprehensive" strategic partnership with Minsk. In an interview with China's state-run Xinhua news agency, the Belarusian leader said he was looking forward to meeting with his "old friend" Xi. He also praised Beijing's position paper as "a testimony to its peaceful foreign policy as well as a new and original step that will have a far-reaching impact all over the world", Xinhua added....
by Cat on Thu Mar 2nd, 2023 at 03:59:10 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 5th, 2023 at 01:21:03 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 7th, 2023 at 09:51:21 AM EST

New FM China Oin Gang warns China's diplomacy faced with "jackals or wolves"

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 7th, 2023 at 09:52:18 AM EST

China's Xi condemns US-led 'suppression'

President Xi Jinping condemns a US-led "suppression of China" in a speech to delegates at an annual congress in Beijing, state media reports.

"Western countries led by the United States have implemented all-round containment, encirclement and suppression of China..."

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 7th, 2023 at 09:53:23 AM EST
Unearthed genetic sequences from China market may point to animal origin of COVID-19

French scientist finds previously undisclosed data from Chinese research team

Gao's team used swabs to collect environmental samples from many of the stalls of the Huanan market between 1 January, the day it was shut down, and 2 March 2020.

The group  reported last year that some of the samples that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 also had human genetic material, but no DNA from other animals. The team concluded in a preprint posted on Research Square on 25 February 2022, that this "highly suggests" humans brought the virus to the market--a finding that Gao and co-authors wrote meant the marketplace was not the origin of the pandemic but simply amplified early spread of SARS-CoV-2.  

Did infected humans bring the virus into the Huanan Seafood Market where selling mammals such as the Raccoon Dog was illegal and denied?

Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in the environment and animal samples of the Huanan Seafood Market | Research Square - Feb. 25, 2022 |

PS Some reported research has/had not yet been peer reviewed.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 17th, 2023 at 08:28:41 AM EST

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