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MOUNTING EVIDENCE POINTS TO WUHAN LAB-LEAK THEORY FOR COVID’s ORIGIN

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MAY 17, 2021) — Now that the COVID pandemic shows signs of finally loosening its grip, at least here in the United States, investigators can begin to trace back its origins. This phase might be as important as the decision made by President Donald Trump to fast-track research and development into effective vaccines. Without Trump’s work, THE PLANET must remind all, COVID might be presenting a far different situation today. Instead, it took seven months instead of several years to get the needed medicine to the American people.

President Joe Biden continued the initiative begun by Trump, keeping the foot to the floor in this necessary step. If public health and safety isn’t a national security issue, nothing is. Learning how this virus might have escaped into the world could help us in the future, and make no mistake — there’s another supervirus on its way, sometime, someplace, to somewhere.

With that, THE PLANET presents a guest column on the topic: Where did it all begin and why? This article was first published in The Washington Examiner.

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By Kaylee McGhee White
a group of people wearing military uniforms© Provided by Washington ExaminerThe lab-leak theory was always the most plausible one, but those who raised it as a possible explanation were excoriated by Democrats and media know-it-alls. For no good reason at all, the intelligentsia dismissed it as a baseless conspiracy theory. Remember what happened to Sen. Tom Cotton when he dared to suggest the Chinese government was lying about how the coronavirus originated? The New York Times accused him of appealing to tin-foil-hat-wearing kooks with his “fringe theory.”
The Washington Post falsely claimed Cotton’s statements had been debunked.But the evidence supporting the lab-leak theory is there, according to Nicholas Wade, a longtime science writer who has worked for Science magazine and the New York Times. Over at Medium, Wade weighs the evidence of both possibilities: the first being that COVID-19 naturally emerged from an animal species, the second that it leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.Wade makes a few points that demand consideration. The first is that the bats that Chinese officials claimed to be the source of SARS-CoV-2 have yet to be discovered, even after an intensive search by authorities that included the testing of 80,000 animals. There is also no evidence that the coronavirus jumped from bats to people through an intermediary host, as SARS1 did in 2002 (a bat virus spread first to civets and then to people). Surely, if bats were the original source of COVID-19, scientists could identify the intermediary host through which it was spread. They’ve had no such luck.
Wade also points out a few other holes in the Chinese government’s story. For example, why, if COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan wet market, were there earlier cases of the coronavirus with no link to the wet market? And why should a naturally spread epidemic break out in Wuhan and (at first) nowhere else?

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This is where the lab-leak theory starts to make more sense. It is no secret that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was studying coronaviruses, thanks in large part to funding by U.S. agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health. However, what you might not know is that Wuhan scientists were specifically creating novel coronaviruses “with the highest possible infectivity for human cells,” Wade writes. This research wasn’t being conducted maliciously, as far as we know. Wade explains that oftentimes scientists will create and test chimeric viruses to learn how they attack human cell cultures and how they “spill over” from animal species to humans.

It is very likely that research in Wuhan produced the exact coronavirus strain, SARS-CoV-2, that has now killed more than 3 million people, according to Wade. It is also entirely plausible that this virus escaped from Wuhan’s lab, given what we know about its safety arrangements. In 2018, two years before the pandemic broke out, U.S. State Department officials warned the federal government after touring Wuhan’s facilities that the lab lacked a good number of trained technicians and investigators needed to conduct research safely. Dr. Shi Zhengli, the head of the coronavirus research project, even admitted in an interview with Science magazine that much of her work was conducted at a lower safety level than was required.

So why has much of the scientific community continued to minimize or dismiss outright the lab-leak theory? Because, as Wade points out, many of them have a financial stake in it. One of the first letters published against the lab-leak theory, for example, was published in Lancet in February 2020 and was organized and drafted by Peter Daszak, president of the EcoHealth Alliance of New York. Daszak’s organization happened to be funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s coronavirus research, which means he could potentially be culpable if it was discovered that the lab was responsible for the outbreak.

Like Daszak, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s medical adviser, has also thrown cold water on the lab-leak theory, even though many scientists and government officials have now begun to acknowledge its plausibility. But keep in mind: as head of the NIH’s Allergy and Infectious Diseases department, Fauci was one of the government officials responsible for securing federal grants for Wuhan’s coronavirus research in the first place. He is a more interested party than most people realize.

It doesn’t take much to string together the available facts. What we need now is definitive proof, as Wade argues, but that proof lies in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The Chinese government is doing its best to keep the lab under lock and key, and the global scientists who funded its research are helping them do it.

But one day the evidence will emerge, and the scientific community will have a lot of explaining to do.

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Terra Sauraustrump
Terra Sauraustrump
1 month ago

This is the stuff Quaaludes were made from.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Donald Trump LIED about the novel coronavirus, and journalist Bob Woodward had it on tape recordings for his book. Why didn’t Woodward immediately release his voice recordings of Donald Trump stating that novel coronavirus was deadly? How many innocent lives would have been saved? NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo LIED and covered up his mismanagement of the novel coronavirus, which led to tens of thousands of senior citizens dying from it. Why didn’t Cuomo’s staff – similar to Bob Woodward – immediately come forward to the news media about Cuomo’s LIES and coverups? It is not just China who LIED and covered up their role in novel coronavirus. But, all career politicians LIE to the people they supposedly represent for a living. Politics equals propaganda to fool the people into following the career politicians government schemes that mostly screw over the proverbial Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski family.
On another subject, Trump’s BIG LIE scheme is not only about Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, but it is also a strategy for the Republican Party to suppress votes and rile up Trump’s base to vote in large numbers in the 2022 midterm elections that are predicted to see the Republican Party retake control of both chambers of U.S. Congress from Speaker Pelosi and Senate President Schumer. The Republican leaders ousted Liz Cheney from her leadership position last week to unite Trump’s base behind the BIG LIE as one of their main strategies to gain seats in U.S. Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. Again and lastly, that is how career politicians operate: by LYING for a living!

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Voters are riled up with out needing Trump or anyone else to do it. Just 4 months in and even Biden voters are riled up about what direction things are going in. When you hit the voters in the pocketbooks that is when you get “riled up”from R’s D’S and I’s.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Hello Patrick Fennell,

Thank you for responding to my latest email letter about career politicians’ lying that led to many thousands of deaths during the novel coronavirus pandemic. I believe there was some voting fraud in the 2020 presidential election where Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump, but I don’t believe it was systemic and broad enough to change the will of the American voters. I could be wrong, but that is just my opinion.

The U.S. Secretary of State was on CNN news today calling Hamas a terrorist group who is at war with Israel. President Joe Biden should join Israel to destroy the terrorist group Hamas once and for all. The Democrats in U.S. Congress who are critical of Israel should also condemn the terrorist group Hamas. The war in Israel and the Gaza Strip is carrying over to a new week with no end in sight. Many innocent people, including many women and children, are still being killed. This is a tragedy!

I believe all law enforcement authorities need to be checked for misconduct and political meddling. The FBI has had a dark history of both misconduct and political meddling over the years. We put a lot of faith in law enforcement to do the right thing by society, and there are a lot of good law enforcement officers who work to protect us from crime.

I received your email about Biden’s historic stimulus spending bill being welfare for the rich with all of the earmarks and bailout funds for big business. My response to you, Pat, is that the real Capitol Hill is on K Street in the Swamp where all of the corporate lobbyists buy votes from PAC Man Richie Neal and many other corrupt Members of U.S. Congress. The federal minimum wage, which is still at $7.25 per hour, since 2009 – for the past 12 years now – is ridiculous in the real economy, but the ruling elites would not begin to understand the plight of the working poor because they are all very well taken care of by the taxpayers and PAC Men lobbyists.

Lastly, I am still upset that during the 2008 financial crisis, both political parties bailed out Wall Street with trillions of taxpayer dollars, as well as foreign banks with hundreds of billions of dollars. Then, the banking elites gave themselves huge bonuses after tanking our economy into the worst recession since the Great Depression in the 1930s. The U.S. national debt is nearly $28.3 trillion and counting higher on Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 13:40. The economic and financial system only benefits the ruling and corporate elites, while the rest of us get the proverbial shaft.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Melle

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

There is only one club and politicians work hard to create the illusion that there’s two, primarily to keep all of us divided and distracted from what they are doing behind the scenes.

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The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Things are going great.Democrats are very happy.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago
Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
1 month ago

Awwww but trust the science until it goes against what we want people to believe. Now that the infection rate is below 1% why is everything still closed? Let’s open up society so people can enjoy life, isn’t that what the CDC said? Talking about Wuhan maybe we can sue China the cost of life and our reparations could be to eliminate our financial debt to China.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Fire Fauci!
And why is Andrew Cuomo still Gov. of New York after he made such disastrous decisions which resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly?

https://thefederalist.com/2021/05/12/lockdown-mongers-can-point-fingers-but-the-science-is-in-theyre-to-blame/

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

because he was elect, Duh!

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Fire ALL the doctors that think Covid is a real thing! And make them pay their own colleg loans. Bassards!

Annulgas
Annulgas
1 month ago

No edvidence whatsoever though that the Chinese had anything to do with the Jan 6 insurrection of our captol building. I do not think they are in any hurry to destroy America but may be happy to sit back and watched us destroy ourselves. It is cheaper and less of their people will be put in harms way.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Annulgas
1 month ago

I believe they like selling thing to us and all their cheap labor corporations exploit is great for the wealthy.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

One reason they are moving forward and we are moving backward, is because their governement is not obsessed with tearing itself apart. They govt. may be communism but right now it is functioning better than Democracy is in America.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Annulgas
1 month ago

Because China is working overtime to destroy us from within with Marxism.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

None of the facial recognition cameras showed any Chinese at the Jan 6 insurrection at the Capitol mall though. So they get a tip of the hat for that.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Annulgas
1 month ago

They just make and sell us the cameras and we supply what’s captured on them across our country.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Annulgas
1 month ago

Sorry, but what happened on Jan. 6th is not what is destroying our country. Getting rid of police, teaching racism in our schools, destroying our oil and gas industries so we have to depend on unreliable windmills and solar. That is just the tip of the iceberg of what is really destroying our country.

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The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

None of that is happening.The middleclass is tired of carrying the load for Rupert Murdoch, Trump,Gates and the rest of the 1% class.Trup gave them 2 trillion and tried to cancel affordable healthcare then build a wall that an acetylene torch cuts a hole in in 10 mins.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Actually Pat, what happened on Jan 6th did not really happen at all. Ask George Orwell. In fact, I don’t think there was a Jan 6th this year. Leap year up sumptin.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Saw it on Fox loop

Teecha Teecha
Teecha Teecha
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Does anyone else find it ironic how much YOU watch Foxnews compared to most of us?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Teecha Teecha
1 month ago

TSC is a ratings booster for Fox no doubt.

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

Trump made the right decision and Im wondering what were the other choices?

Terra Sauraustrump
Terra Sauraustrump
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Uh,prevent Covid?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

He screwed up bad.

Atleasithougtsew
Atleasithougtsew
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

I recommend Lakeside Restaurant. Chicken Parm was flawless.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

CDC now reporting that only 6% of reported deaths were caused by covid alone. Rest of death toll attributed to underlying causes/comorbidities. In other words – fear mongering!

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/05/boom-cdc-director-finally-admits-covid-cases-hugely-counted-just-gateway-pundit-donald-trump-reported-august/

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Finally something true.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
1 month ago

So my question for tonight is, if you call something by where it originates is that considered racist and hate speech?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
1 month ago

Biden should state everyday the unemployment numbers came from Trump.The virus came from China.The overthrow of democracy came from Trump on 1/6/2021

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Unfortunately his handlers won’t let him speak because then he just threatens people like the ones that aren’t vaccinated. He could talk about the speakers treason or how good a job the Ho is doing. TSC is Anulgas your other personality

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

There are 2 Smitty Pignatellis. The first Smitty Pignatelli is known by the proverbial little guys. That Smitty Pignatelli acts like an arrogant buffoon around the proverbial little guys. The second Smitty Pignatelli is known by the big wheels like Speaker Ronny Mariano, PAC Man Richie Neal, and other big shots. That Smitty Pignatelli is a brown nose who kisses their dirty behinds for money and power.

There are 2 Adam Hinds aka Chrome Dome. The first Adam Hinds writes wonderful op-eds in Western Massachusetts liberal newspapers. The second Adam Hinds votes himself and his Beacon Hill career politicians huge pay raises, as well as votes to give hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax breaks to big business with no public input or public hearings.

There is only 1 Richie Neal. He is known by K Street corporate lobbyist as “PAC Man” because he eats up all of the special interests’ lobbyist dollars he can on Capitol Hill.

On the minimum wage and working poor, I think it is all wrong, especially when politicians give the wealthy so many tax breaks and the like. I believe there should be a living wage where every worker makes at or above the poverty level in the area where they live. I do NOT believe that a worker should have to work without the economic and financial incentive to earn a living at or above the poverty line in the area where they live. Our economic and financial system is supposedly founded on economic and financial incentives for working people to be able to achieve a rewarding life out of poverty.

Joe Biden wants to grow the federal government too big to fast, which is hurting the economy in the short-term. Joe Biden should use incremental steps to achieve his long term goals of economic growth instead of spending trillions upon trillions of taxpayers on everything under the Sun.

Lastly, Massachusetts is a very financial and classist state where some communities have very high 6-figure median incomes and others have very low median incomes. Smitty, Chrome Dome, and PAC Man Richie Neal only make the severe economic inequality worse with their top-down and corporate politics.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

JM you are backsliding, a while ago you mentioned how big government isn’t the answer yet now that is what you are calling for. Remember you moved to a state that is doing it right. Enjoy community involvement, small government and more independent freedoms than the people of Mass will ever get to see. I hope you can see the damage one party rule can cause and fight to make sure all voices can be heard.

Thomas Betit
Thomas Betit
1 month ago

I’m from the government & here to help.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
1 month ago

Just read the local hate rag and I am trying to figure out how they can get away with their hate speech and lies. Why is our supposedly peaceful community endorsing such filth. I can’t help to wonder how much nicer this community would be if the hate rag would focus on all the issues of Berkshire County with their own reporters instead of just copying hate articles from national liberal lying(which is proven) hate rags. I also find it funny this morning that all of a sudden a switch was flipped and everyone can go back to normal…wtf? Why all of a sudden can we ditch everything…is this science or politics?

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
1 month ago

Zero Hedge has an excellent article on the covid coup;

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/10-things-we-have-learned-during-covid-coup

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Thanks Fritz,
The reasons made sense, but this one really stood out to me.
If they don’t hold the power then they hold nothing.

#3 The system will stop at nothing to hold on to its power and, if possible, increase its levels of control and
exploitation.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
1 month ago

It did not escape. It was unleashed by the Chinese government on purpose to take America down.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
1 month ago

Yah, not sure why they unleashed it on the whole rest of the goddamn world though huh? Were they trying to take the whole world down?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Annulgas
1 month ago

Yes, but our country is the main target, but they wanted to weaken the entire world, but take us down and toppling the rest of the world is easy. All of the civil unrest in our country is also being fueled by foreign influences. They are playing on all of our basic idealism and fairness and distorting it so that enough people believe our country is evil and racist. Combine that with the virus and it’s obvious we are fighting for our lives against China, radical Islamists, and a powerful group of people who want total control of the world. These 3 groups are duking it out to dominate the planet. At some point they may join together if they haven’t done so already.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

So can you tell me which side Batman and Robin are on?

Syndicator Fraud
Syndicator Fraud
1 month ago

Syndicators are individuals or entities that ostensibly organize groups of investors to pool their money into large funds which then purchase real estate for investment purposes. While such a practice is of course not fraud per se, this type of scenario where the actual buyers (the people who pay into the syndicate) and sellers of real estate have limited visibility of one another can be one in which unscrupulous actors can take advantage of both sides of the deal. A syndicator may collect investment money and suspicious fees from customers where there is not actually a legitimate investment opportunity. Likewise, they may dupe buyers into deals where adequate capital for the purchase is not actually available.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Syndicator Fraud
1 month ago

Is this what is happening in Lee where nothing is happening except articles on how the government is throwing money at it?

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

Trump lied about the Chiner virus.Trump lied about having a healthcare plan.Trump lied about the cheat.A journalist would never support the lie about voting.A journalist requires reporting the truth……

Joe Taxpayer
Joe Taxpayer
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Journalists don’t exist in the MM. There all activists. Biden starting lying so much the Washington Post stop their fact checking column. It was taking up to much print and resources.

Joe Taxpayer
Joe Taxpayer
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

In Bumbling Joe’s defense, is it lying if you don’t know what your saying?

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Joe Taxpayer
1 month ago

Good question for Rudi Guliani.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago
Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  The school committee
30 days ago

Very good sarcasm or comic relief

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Why are masks suddenly not needed?
“O’Biden is Jimmy Carter, Part Deux. Hiding the death of the American Dream.”

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/05/wayne-root-great-biden-mask-scam-2021-real-reason-biden-allowed-us-dump-masks/

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
30 days ago

why do we continue to have a clown in if they don’t take the time to ask questions about the $200,000,000.00 budget and they don’t try to reduce our tax rate