16 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-8-21

  1. https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/scientist-who-emailed-fauci-about-covid-19-being-potentially-engineered-deactivates-account_3847675.html

    “A scientist who emailed top U.S. infectious diseases official Dr. Anthony Fauci about the possibility of COVID-19 being engineered in a laboratory abruptly deactivated his Twitter account over the past weekend.

    Kristian Andersen, a virologist at California’s Scripps Research Institute, emailed Fauci in January 2020 about the possibility of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus being engineered, according to documents that were released by the federal government due to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request last week.”

    “David Baltimore, president emeritus and distinguished professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology, told The Wall Street Journal over the past weekend that the email from Andersen is a smoking gun and “a powerful challenge to the idea of a natural origin for SARS2,” referring to the CCP virus.

    Fauci, head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has frequently given interviews about the pandemic since early last year, has drawn considerable criticism in recent days after his emails were published. Critics have noted that he appeared to have had knowledge about the theory that the virus may have emerged from the secretive Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.”

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  2. Roscuro,

    You keep ignoring the obvious.

    Andy McCarthy puts it best.

    “Every good prosecutor will tell you that the best case is a strong circumstantial case — and that’s exactly what we have.”

    “‘Of course, it’s only circumstantial evidence. We may never know the truth.”

    “If I’ve heard this once, over more decades than I care to admit, I’ve heard it a thousand times. It is the rote dismissal of circumstantially based cases, and it is almost always wrong.”




  3. “3 Points the Media Is Still Getting Wrong About Wuhan Lab Theory, and the Documents to Prove It”

    Lots of receipts on this one. The documentation is there to prove their assertions.


    “Thanks to some confusing verbal gymnastics by Dr. Anthony Fauci, some in the media are giving the impression that there’s no proof that U.S. tax money funded gain-of-function research, or that perhaps the research didn’t qualify as gain-of-function. However, the evidence on this point is clear-cut.

    1. US taxpayer money did go to controversial gain-of-function research.
    A 2015 published study specifically discloses that the research is gain-of-function research that took bat coronavirus that was harmless to people—and made it infectious in humans. The study further states that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) approved continuation of the research, even amid a general ban on such studies. (See study excerpt below.)”


    “2. The gain-of-function research with China not only received US support and money through the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, but also directly.
    Many media reports refer to several hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax money sent from the NIH to the Wuhan lab via the New York-based nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance. However, research with the lab, and the lab itself, received significant additional U.S. support, including:

    Grants directly from the NIH.
    Grants directly from Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (See grant numbers highlighted below.)”


    “3. The Chinese Wuhan lab received direct US support in addition to the indirect grants from EcoHealth Alliance.

    State Department cables from January 2018 detail assistance from the University of Texas Medical Branch, including university “researchers … helping train technicians who work” in the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab. The Texas lab is supported by Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases under NIH. (See excerpt from cable below.)”


  4. Obama did the same, and the press took it for 8 years. Why would now be different?


    “Meet the new boss, same as worse than the old boss. The Washington Post protested Donald Trump’s hostile treatment of the media by adopting a black banner crying “Democracy dies in darkness.” It’s not getting any lighter under Joe Biden, publisher Fred Ryan complained last night. In fact, Ryan accused Biden’s Department of Justice of doubling down its attacks on media, calling it “an unprecedented assault on American news organizations”:

    During the final days of the Trump administration, the attorney general used extraordinary measures to obtain subpoenas to secretly seize records of reporters at three leading U.S. news organizations. After this was reported last month, President Biden rightly decried this attack on the First Amendment, calling it “simply, simply wrong” and assuring Americans that it would not happen in his administration.

    Unfortunately, new revelations suggest that the Biden Justice Department not only allowed these disturbing intrusions to continue — it intensified the government‘s attack on First Amendment rights before finally backing down in the face of reporting about its conduct.

    After Biden took office, the department continued to pursue subpoenas for reporters’ email logs issued to Google, which operates the New York Times’ email systems, and it obtained a gag order compelling a Times attorney to keep silent about the fact that federal authorities were seeking to seize his colleagues’ records. Later, when the Justice Department broadened the number of those permitted to know about the effort, it barred Times executives from discussing the legal battle with the Times newsroom, including the paper’s top editor.

    This escalation, on Biden’s watch, represents an unprecedented assault on American news organizations and their efforts to inform the public about government wrongdoing.

    This wasn’t just about the subpoena for reader data from USA Today, which got made public last week. (That got withdrawn over the weekend as well.) Ryan more specifically points to a Biden administration effort to gag the New York Times from reporting or even publicly objecting to a DoJ attempt to seize records from four of its reporters. The Biden White House claimed it had no knowledge of that effort when challenged about it on Saturday:”


    “So it appears that Garland gave the order — or at least the okay — on this increase in darkness to which the Post objects. How many times does Ryan mention Garland? Zero. Ryan mentions Trump five times in his cri de coeur, although Biden gets ten. Garland’s omission in the Post, and near-omission in the NYT, seems very odd considering the complaints about a DoJ war on reporters under Garland’s watch. It certainly looks like something is rotten not just in the DoJ, not just in the Biden administration, but perhaps the media as well.”


    Orange Man Is Always Bad, remember that. 🙄

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  5. Biden built this.

    “Guatemalan President Blasts Biden’s Border Policies for Enabling Criminal Human Smugglers”

    Turns out our president is the leader of the world’s largest human trafficking ring.


    “After gifting reporters a cookie of her face, Vice President Kamala Harris has made her way to Guatemala to discuss the “root causes” of an unprecedented surge of illegal immigration into the United States since President Biden took office in January. ”

    “Ahead of her arrival, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei blasted the Biden Administration for “family reunification” policies that enable human trafficking and smuggling.

    “The message changed to ‘we’re going to reunite families and we’re going to reunite children. The very next day the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States,” Giammattei said during an interview with CBS News.

    When Harris landed, she was greeted with protestors blasting the administration for allowing criminals to thrive and bolstering corruption with mismanaged foreign aid. ”

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  6. Send. Them. Back.

    “Since 2018 US Border Patrol has encountered about 5% of Honduras’ population”


    “Vice President Kamala Harris is in Guatemala today as part of her mission to tackle the root causes of migration from the country. The Washington Post story about the visit appears to be under no illusions about how effective this will be in the short term:

    Administration officials say they recognize that any government or private investment may take years or even decades to bear fruit in a region where crippling poverty, cartel-linked crime and government corruption have long nudged people toward making a perilous 2,000-mile journey to the U.S. border…

    But the United States has crafted aid programs in Guatemala for years with the goal of deterring migration. There were efforts to help coffee farmers improve their yields and forestry management programs. There were vocational schools pointedly called Stay Here Centers.

    Through it all, the flow of migrants continued unabated.

    That’s in keeping with a piece Vox published in April arguing that there is little or no evidence that development aid reduces migration. In fact, it’s possible that development aid increases migration in the short or medium term because suddenly more people have the funds they need to leave the country. If development aid does help reduce the push for migration to the US it will probably take decades to see any significant change.

    But I was really struck by the next line in the Post’s story about just how many people from Guatemala have already chosen to migrate: “Since 2019, about 400,000 Guatemalans have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border — more than 2 percent of the country’s population.” That seems pretty remarkable, but if you look at this CBP web page you can see the total numbers from Central American countries since 2018. For Guatemala the total number of apprehensions since is about 580,000 which is 3.5% of the country’s population.

    For Honduras the number of apprehensions since 2018 is slightly lower, about 528,000. However Honduras’ population is also much smaller so that represents the equivalent of about 5.4% of the country’s population.

    For El Salvador the total apprehensions since 2018 are about 186,000 which works out to about 2.9% of the population.”


    But hey, no more mean tweets!


  7. Just gonna leave this here…..

    “Experts Assert ‘Rare’ Genome Sequencing Shows Coronavirus Bioengineered, Optimized for Human Infectivity

    Also, Chinese medical researchers created mice with ‘humanized lungs’ mere months before the pandemic began, suggesting a gain-of-function focus.”


    “Early last month, I reported on a classified study of SARS-CoV-2’s origin conducted a year ago by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists, the Department of Energy’s premier biodefense research institution. They determined the virus could have originated in a laboratory in China.

    The study has attracted serious interest in Congress due to the administration’s order that U.S. intelligence agencies report within 90 days on how the virus emerged. The research focuses on the genome, which is the complete set of genetic information on the organism and can be used to trace the virus’s genetic history….natural or otherwise.

    Lawrence Livermore has considerable expertise on biological issues. Its assessment drew on genomic analysis of the SARS-COV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, they said.

    Scientists analyze the genetic makeup of viruses to try to determine how they evolved and spread in the population. Proponents on both sides of the debate over the origins of Covid-19 have cited such analysis to try to make their case.

    A spokeswoman for Lawrence Livermore declined to comment on the report, which remains secret.

    The assessment is said to have been among the first U.S. government efforts to seriously explore the hypothesis that the virus leaked from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology along with the competing hypothesis the pandemic began with human contact with infected animals.

    Now, Drs Stephen Quay, CEO of biopharmaceutical company Atossa Therapeutics Inc, and Richard Muller, a physics professor at the University of California Berkeley, assert that “rare” genome sequences prove a Chinese lab bioengineered SARS-cov-2. The Wall Street Journal published the analysis on Sunday (emphasis is mine).

    A genome is a blueprint for the factory of a cell to make proteins. The language is made up of three-letter “words” [i.e. codons] 64 in total, that represent the 20 different amino acids. For example, there are six different words for the amino acid arginine, the one that is often used in supercharging viruses. Every cell has a different preference for which word it likes to use most.

    In the case of the gain-of-function supercharge, other sequences could have been spliced into this same site. Instead of a CGG-CGG (known as “double CGG”) that tells the protein factory to make two arginine amino acids in a row, you’ll obtain equal lethality by splicing any one of 35 of the other two-word combinations for double arginine. If the insertion takes place naturally, say through recombination, then one of those 35 other sequences is far more likely to appear; CGG is rarely used in the class of coronaviruses that can recombine with CoV-2.

    In fact, in the entire class of coronaviruses that includes CoV-2, the CGG-CGG combination has never been found naturally. That means the common method of viruses picking up new skills, called recombination, cannot operate here. A virus simply cannot pick up a sequence from another virus if that sequence isn’t present in any other virus.

    Quay and Muller point to the “double CGG” sequence as the “damning fact” suggesting a laboratory origin. Natural-origin believers would have to explain it away:
    Proponents of zoonotic origin must explain why the novel coronavirus, when it mutated or recombined, happened to pick its least favorite combination, the double CGG,” they wrote. “Why did it replicate the choice the lab’s gain-of-function researchers would have made?
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    “At the minimum, this fact — that the coronavirus, with all its random possibilities, took the rare and unnatural combination used by human researchers — implies that the leading theory for the origin of the coronavirus must be laboratory escape.”

    Quay and Muller also note that Chinese researchers use mice genetically modified to have the same coronavirus receptor in their lungs as humans, called “humanized mice.” Scientists repeatedly expose the mice to the virus to encourage adaptation. This approach is a hallmark of gain-of-function research. As a result, the coronavirus appears optimized for human infectivity.”


    They created a monster, and then they let it escape the lab.


  8. He should be, and yet they never are.





  9. “Who Loses When the China Bat Cave Implodes?”

    Let’s see, China, the WHO, Fauci, Biden, Democrats, the medical community, journalism….


    “The story about Wuhan’s “wet market” is taking on water. We’ve moved well past the “trust but verify” stage. We’re now in the “don’t trust a damn thing they say” stage. In this case, “they” refers mostly to the Chinese Communist Party. But the public’s mistrust has spread to our own government’s public health experts, and to much of the Western media, as well.

    We still don’t know where the COVID-19 pandemic originated, but the more we learn, the less China’s official story sounds right. The World Health Organization’s year-long endorsement of Beijing means nothing. At this point, even the WHO is starting to say we need a more thorough investigation. Good luck with that. China has prevented independent scientists from conducting any serious, open inquiry of the pandemic’s origins. That won’t change.

    China’s secrecy tells us sometimes, but we can’t be sure what. Remember, U.S. intelligence agencies and the George W. Bush administration made the wrong inference from Saddam Hussein’s secrecy about weapons of mass destruction. Saddam impeded international inspectors to search freely for WMDs, which he possessed previously. There was no proof he had destroyed them. Yet he blocked unannounced international inspections of Iraqi sites that might contain WMDs. The natural inference was that he still had those weapons and was hiding them. American and British intelligence researched that conclusion. The CIA director famously told President Bush it was a “slam dunk.”

    It wasn’t. What Saddam was actually hiding was that he didn’t have WMDs. He was hiding that less from his Western enemies and more from his dangerous neighbor, Iran, and possibly from internal enemies in Iraq itself. That mistaken inference is worth remembering as we ponder the still-murky origins of the Wuhan virus. We know China is hiding something. What we don’t know is what it is hiding and why.

    Beijing could be hiding that a natural virus escaped from the lab.
    Beijing could be hiding that the escaped virus was artificially enhanced, made more contagious and lethal (called “gain of function”).
    Beijing could be hiding the fact that China’s military was involved in this gain-of-function project, or at least in some aspects of the lab’s research.
    Beijing could be hiding that Chinese political leaders knew, early on, that the virus spread from human to human and that it kept this crucial finding secret for months. During that period, Beijing and the WHO were falsely telling the world that the virus could not spread from human to human.
    Beijing could be hiding that Chinese leaders not only knew the virus was contagious, but that they acted on that knowledge by allowing Chinese nationals to travel freely around the world, spreading the disease, while sharply restricting travel within China from Wuhan. And, finally,
    Beijing could be hiding anything and everything simply because that’s how totalitarian regimes operate. They always hide information, control the flow, and prevent outside inspections.

    Whatever they’re hiding, they have powerful reasons. The Chinese Communist Party knows how high the stakes are if it is found responsible for a deadly lab leak and for keeping that information secret when others could have acted promptly and saved countless lives. Americans will be outraged, as they should be, and Washington will be forced to take serious action.”


  10. Move along…..

    Nothing to see here….

    “Why a Judge Has Georgia Vote Fraud on His Mind: ‘Pristine’ Biden Ballots That Looked Xeroxed”


    “When Fulton County, Ga., poll manager Suzi Voyles sorted through a large stack of mail-in ballots last November, she noticed an alarmingly odd pattern of uniformity in the markings for Joseph R. Biden. One after another, the absentee votes contained perfectly filled-in ovals for Biden — except that each of the darkened bubbles featured an identical white void inside them in the shape of a tiny crescent, indicating they’d been marked with toner ink instead of a pen or pencil.

    Adding to suspicions, she noticed that all of the ballots were printed on different stock paper than the others she handled as part of a statewide hand recount of the razor-thin Nov. 3 presidential election. And none was folded or creased, as she typically observed in mail-in ballots that had been removed from envelopes.

    In short, the Biden votes looked like they’d been duplicated by a copying machine.

    “All of them were strangely pristine,” said Voyles, who said she’d never seen anything like it in her 20 years monitoring elections in Fulton County, which includes much of Atlanta.

    She wasn’t alone. At least three other poll workers observed the same thing in stacks of absentee ballots for Biden processed by the county, and they have joined Voyles in swearing under penalty of perjury that they looked fake.

    Now election watchdogs have used their affidavits to help convince a state judge to unseal all of the 147,000 mail-in ballots counted in Fulton and allow a closer inspection of the suspicious Biden ballots for evidence of counterfeiting. They argue that potentially tens of thousands may have been manufactured in a race that Biden won by just 12,000 votes thanks to a late surge of mail-in ballots counted after election monitors were shooed from State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

    “We have what is almost surely major absentee-ballot fraud in Fulton County involving 10,000 to 20,000 probably false ballots,” said Garland Favorito, the lead petitioner in the case and a certified poll watcher who runs VoterGa.org, one of the leading advocates for election integrity in the state.

    He said the suspect ballots remain in the custody of the election officials and inaccessible from public view.

    “We have confirmed that there are five pallets of shrink-wrapped ballots in a county warehouse,” Favorito said in an interview with RealClearInvestigations.

    He and other petitioners were ordered to meet at the warehouse May 28 to settle the terms of the inspection of the absentee ballots. But the day before the scheduled meeting, the county filed a flurry of motions to dismiss the case, delaying the inspection indefinitely.”


    You smell that?

    That’s the smell of BS.


  11. It begins……

    “Nurses plan walk-out over hospital’s vaccination mandate – told to get the jab or lose your job”


    “An ongoing disagreement between a major Houston hospital’s management and its nursing staff continues. Houston Methodist Hospital is requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, with the exceptions of religious objection or health. Staffers were told to get the vaccinations or they no longer have jobs at the hospital.

    In April, Houston Methodist Hospital CEO Marc Bloom announced that the vaccination mandate is in place for every employee of the hospital. His reasoning is that the medical establishment should lead by example. It isn’t the first time the hospital staff has been required to receive a vaccination – in 2009, for example, mandatory flu shots were policy. Those who do not get COVID-19 vaccinations will be suspended or fired.

    Houston Methodist Hospital employs about 26,000 workers. At the end of April, 84% were already vaccinated. The hold-outs are an exception, not the majority of employees. One nurse was fired for not complying in May. When her request for an exemption was denied, as the deadline approached, she was told to hand in her two weeks notice. She went to the local media and told her story. The deadline for those wanting to claim exemptions was May 3.

    At the end of May, 117 staffers filed a lawsuit against the hospital.

    The complaint, filed in state court, says Houston Methodist’s vaccine mandate violates a set of medical ethics standards known as the Nuremberg Code, which was designed to prevent experimentation on human subjects without consent. The code was created after World War II in response to the medical atrocities Nazis committed against prisoners in concentration camps. “Methodist Hospital is forcing its employees to be human ‘guinea pigs’ as a condition for continued employment,” the complaint states. It adds that the mandate “requires the employee to subject themselves to medical experimentation as a prerequisite to feeding their families.” Elsewhere, it falsely characterizes the coronavirus vaccines as an “experimental COVID-19 mRNA gene modification injection.” Experts said the notion that the vaccines were “experimental” or based on an untested technology was incorrect.

    The lawsuit is still pending, no decision has been handed down.

    The deadline for employees to get vaccinated is today, June 7. With that in mind, and absent a court decision, some of the nursing staff has decided to hold a walk-out at the end of their shift today. Protests have been held in recent days outside the hospital but this will be the first walk-out. One of the nurses embroiled in the dispute is organizing the protests. The same nurse is leading the walk-out at one of Methodist’s locations.”


  12. “U.S. reportedly concluded Covid virus may have leaked from Wuhan lab”


    “A report on the origins of Covid-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis of a virus leak from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation, The Wall Street Journal said on Monday, citing people familiar with the classified document.

    The study was prepared in May 2020 by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and was referred to by the State Department when it conducted an inquiry into the pandemic’s origins during the final months of the Trump administration, the WSJ report said.

    Lawrence Livermore’s assessment drew on a genomic analysis of the Covid-19 virus, the Journal said. Lawrence Livermore declined to comment on The Wall Street Journal report.

    President Joe Biden said last month he had ordered aides to find answers to the origin of the virus.

    U.S. intelligence agencies are considering two likely scenarios – that the virus resulted from a laboratory accident or that it emerged from human contact with an infected animal – but they have not come to a conclusion, Biden said.

    A still-classified U.S. intelligence report circulated during former President Donald Trump’s administration alleged that three researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, U.S. government sources have said.

    U.S. officials have accused China of not being transparent about the virus’ origins, a charge Beijing has denied.”


  13. Publish it.

    All of it, regardless of political affiliations.


    “Today, ProPublica is launching the first in a series of stories based on the private tax data of some of our nation’s richest citizens. We obtained the information from an anonymous source who provided us with large amounts of information on the ultrawealthy, everything from the taxes they paid to the income they reported to the profits from their stock trades.

    In the coming months, we plan to use this material to explore how the nation’s wealthiest people — roughly the .001% — exploit the structure of our tax code to avoid the tax burdens borne by ordinary citizens.

    Many will ask about the ethics of publishing such private data. We are doing so — quite selectively and carefully — because we believe it serves the public interest in fundamental ways, allowing readers to see patterns that were until now hidden.

    Tax experts have long understood that the wealthiest Americans reap outsized benefits from the federal tax code’s emphasis on taxing income rather than assets like stock holdings and property. Yet, when The New York Times disclosed in 2020 that President Donald Trump had amassed so many deductions he paid no taxes in 11 of 18 years, it was assumed that his case was an anomaly, reflecting the unique breaks real estate developers receive under our tax system.

    It is now clear that there isn’t just one such taxpayer — there are many, in multiple industries. We believe that disclosing the identities of billionaires who paid little to no taxes in years their fortunes grew by billions of dollars will help readers understand the magnitude of the tax advantages the ultrarich enjoy.

    We also believe that disclosure of specific figures about the tax returns of people like Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett and Elon Musk will deepen readers’ interest and understanding of this complex and arcane subject.”


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