Covid-19 Accidental Release Theory: Maybe Not So “Batty” After All…

Advanced Warning: This article is longer than usual and contains more technical language and concepts. I created a glossary at the end to help with new terms and concepts… If anyone is more scientifically versed in this subject I’d love to hear your perspective and expertise! Also any scientific corrections if I misunderstood something 🙂

Since Covid-19 emerged a little over a year ago, it’s been pretty clear that while the virus poses a significant public health risk, much of the hype has been overblown for political reasons, many of which I covered in detail before in previous posts. Now, with several vaccines rolling out and many becoming fully vaccinated, the country is starting to open up again and becoming more cautiously optimistic. However we are not out of the woods yet, and the scientific community is doing research not only in stopping the current pandemic, but preventing future ones. This all sounds like great news, except for one not so little hurdle: Pressure to reach politically desirable conclusions! Science should be an impartial, politically neutral process of discovering more about our world and bettering humanity, but as it’s done by people it is tainted with our all too human bias more than many care to admit. Questions still remain about how the virus was able to become such a virulent strain and infect the globe.

There are two main theories for how Covid-19 originated:

1. It was transmitted naturally from a non-human animal species, in this case a bat, to humans: This theory is the “mainstream” one and supports the idea that in Wuhan, China bats being sold in the wet markets over there had the coronavirus and it jumped to humans. Many viruses do this naturally and there are numerous examples with other coronaviruses such as the earlier SARS1 which causes an outbreak in 2002 and MERS which caused an outbreak in 2012, both originating in bats. As it is very common for viruses to mutate or recombine and evolve changes so they go from one species to another, on its face, this theory seems very plausible (and the mot politically desirable!).

2. It was accidentally leaked from a laboratory studying novel coronaviruses during research: This theory is considered the conspiracy fringe theory by the mainstream media and liberal organizations such as the CDC and WHO. Why then, is it even worthy of consideration then? This is where more scientific evidence comes in, as well as political motives for favoring the natural theory. Despite mainstream rejection, there are several compelling arguments supporting the lab accident theory enough to while not “prove” it, strongly favor it.

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An article from The Bulletin titled “The origin of COVID: Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan?” lays out the case for it most likely being a laboratory accident in deeper scientific detail and is worth the read! As it has some very technical language and concepts, I’ll lay out some of the most compelling arguments they make to support the possibility it could have been accidentally released.

The Point of Origin

The mainstream theory argues that Covid-19 originated from bats in the wet market in Wuhan, China. Cases did indeed begin in Wuhan, however there is evidence potential earlier cases in Wuhan were not linked to the wet market or bats. However, the Wuhan Institute of Virology is in Wuhan, and studies coronaviruses similar to Covid-19. Other geographic concerns arise too as the closest variants of coronaviruses to Covid-19 are in a species of bat in Yunnan. Evidence would support a naturally occurring jump if people around Yunnan were among the first cases, and that species of bat doesn’t travel too far. Wuhan is 1,500 km away from Yunnan, way too far for those bats to travel. Of course, someone who was in Yunnan could have traveled to Wuhan that was infected, but why then was no one infected by them along the way for a fairly infectious virus? Geographically speaking, it is possible, but less plausible for Covid-19 to have originated in bats so far away then come to Wuhan, whereas there is a lab studying viruses just like it in Wuhan.

Wuhan, Center of Coronavirus Outbreak, Is Being Cut Off by Chinese  Authorities - The New York Times

One of These Things is Not Like The Other?

Some argue that there are no signs the virus was manipulated by humans. Indeed, in the past it was more obvious for scientists to tell if a virus’ genome was “cut and pasted”. Now however, it can be done undetectably through what is called “seamless” methods or a process called serial passage, where viruses are grown in a series of cell cultures until the right changes are made. With both methods of engineering a virus one can’t tell it whether was made in a lab or not. This sounds like evidence for the natural occurrence theory, but it also means that you can’t conclude it wasn’t lab made due to the absence of detectable signs of artificial creation. This simply means it can be done in a lab without being detected.

NIH researchers identify key genomic features that could differentiate  SARS-CoV-2 from other coronaviruses that cause less severe disease |  National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Mousey In The Middle?

Viruses that jump from non-human animals to humans often have an intermediary host. This is another species the virus evolves to infect before going onto infecting humans. In the SARS1 outbreak that host was an animal called a civet. For the MERS outbreak the intermediary host was a camel. It is less likely for viruses to do one big leap from animals such as bats, directly to humans. However, no intermediary host was found for Covid-19 in nature. The more likely explanation could be that if the virus was designed to target human cells such a leap wouldn’t be needed and there actually was a known host: Laboratory grown “humanized” mice processing the (human) target protein for the virus! The natural way for the leap to occur is not impossible, but much more implausible.

A SARS-CoV-2 Infection Model in Mice Demonstrates Protection by  Neutralizing Antibodies - ScienceDirect

Signs of Artificial Manipulation

Every virus has a very specific structure that binds to a target protein on the surface of the cell it wants to infect. It is like a key to a specific lock to get inside a locked door, in this case, a cell. Once inside, the virus insets its own genetic code into the cell so the cell itself will make more of the virus. Viruses then burst out of the cell, killing the cell and go on to infect more cells repeating the process again, and again and again throughout the body. For Covid-19, it has a specific spike protein as its “key” to bind to a specific protein on human respiratory cells called ACE2. Another part of the spike protein then helps Covid-19 fuse with the cell’s membrane once let inside. These two components, called S1 and S2 respectively, need to be separated for each to do its task and the site where that happens is unique to Covid-19 compared with other coronaviruses. This very specific spot where both parts are separated is called a Furin cleavage site, but other coronaviruses split their spike proteins in a different location using a different way. Human cells have a protein called Furin that cleaves both hence the name. A mutation could have happened to Covid-19 to give it this unique site, but it is highly unlikely and not common in viruses like it. If it evolved gradually there would be evidence in case histories of people who got sick. As other viruses don’t need a Furin cleavage site to do the exact same thing, there is no evolutionary pressure to naturally select for such a site. However, the virology community is very familiar with well known literature on how to make more virulent strains by creating a Furin cleavage site in experiments to develop vaccines and get ahead of the game in anticipating naturally occurring deadlier strains.

Further oddities are in regards to the structure of the Furin cleavage site itself. As you may remember from school, DNA has four nucleic acids: Adenine, Thymine, Cytosine and Guanine represented by the letters A, T, C, and G (RNA has Uracil, or U instead of T for Thymine). A codon is a combo of three of these letters and stands in for an amino acid. Stringing several codons together which make up different amino acids, gives the instructions or recipe for a protein. In short, three nucleic acids make a codon, codons make amino acids and amino acids make proteins. Think of it like letters make words, and words make sentences and so on. Different organisms can have preferred codons for making amino acids as several different codons can code for one amino acid. A part of the Furin cleavage site has the amino acid arginine, which can made with codons CGT, CGC or CGG in humans. CGG is the least popular codon to make arginine in other viruses but is popular for humans and guess what else? Covid-19! Why does Covid-19 share a preferred codon that humans use but not viruses related to it? In fact, it has two CGG codons in a row in the Furin cleavage site and this is not found in any other coronavirus like Covid-19! Guess which codon is also popular to use in labs studying viruses in humans? CGG…

Hidden States of the COVID-19 Spike Protein - Latest News - Texas Advanced  Computing Center

Laboratory Safety Concerns and Other Cases of Escapes

Laboratories that work with such dangerous biohazards like deadly virus strains have varying degrees of stringent safety levels depending on the risk level. These go through levels 1 through 4 with 4 being the most stringent. Most scientists work in conditions below level 4, as level 4 requires a full hazmat suit and working in closed airtight chambers making work cumbersome, hard to see and twice as long to do. The labs working on coronaviruses can have safety levels around level 2, the same as the average dentist’s office in terms of biohazard safety! Even in more stringent labs, viruses have escaped and cased real harm including smallpox, and SARS1 which escaped not one, but four times from a lab in Beijing! It is very plausible for an accidental escape to happen even in the best labs, so even more so in a lab with less stringent precautions. Wuhan’s lab had level 4 facilities but these were subpar upon inspections and researchers try to work at a levels that are less stringent for convenience.

I study coronavirus in a highly secured biosafety lab – here's why I feel  safer here than in the world outside

Research into Viruses Like Covid-19 is Becoming More Common

With all the extreme risk involved and the easy potential for deadly new strains to fall into the wrong hands, why on earth would anyone want to make more deadly strains? The answer lies in being prepared ahead of time for a naturally occurring one. If we can make a vaccine for a deadlier strain we create, it would likely work on a similar deadly strain naturally occurring in the future, or at least we’d know how to make vaccines faster. The reason why we were able to get Covid-19 vaccines so fast is thanks to this type of research. Many virologists do experiments called Gain of Function Experiments that are designed to make viruses more virulent and transmissible to serve as models to make vaccines against. As explained earlier, there are several signs Covid-19 has of having been used in gain of function experiments in labs such as that unique codon sequence CGG that is commonly used in labs but not naturally occurring as well as its spike protein’s Furin cleavage site also not naturally occurring in coronaviruses like it but commonly used in such experiments. With such research being so popular, it is statistically more probable for more accidental leaks to happen for labs the world over of deadly strains. Just as it is common in nature for viruses to leap species to species, now it is probable for viruses in countless labs to be released by accident. Covid-19 shows several signs of being artificially manipulated like others in labs and while is it possible some could have sprung up naturally it is far less likely several did all at once!

73 Indian Pharmacist Illustrations & Clip Art - iStock

Science isn’t The Only Thing In This Debate

Sadly scientific controversies are often beyond just scientific: When Galileo had his dispute with the Catholic Church, you can bet it wasn’t just theology on the table! Politics and science have had a very troubled past and science is not free by any means from the desires of others without pure motives of inquiry and discovery. By arguing Covid-19 was accidentally leaked from the Wuhan lab, it puts China in a very bad light and had deep political ramifications for international relations with China. As it was clearly seen early on in the pandemic, associating Covid-19 with China at all was deemed politically incorrect including calling it Wuhan virus despite many other pathogens being named after places, such as Zika virus, Ebola, Spanish Flu, Lyme disease etc… Of course unfairly scapegoating one place or people is wrong as said before, ANY lab can have a leak, not just labs in China! However the WHO has ties with China and others who denounced an accidental release theory have had conflicts of interest with labs like Wuhan’s involving funding and grants which could be jeopardized if they come to unsavory conclusions. However covering it up to protect the interests of one group only hurts the global community as if it is true it was accidental and not naturally occurring, other labs around the world should learn from their mistakes so it won’t happen again. With so much pressure to deny an accidental release possibility, the adamant refusals to even consider such a possibility are not based in science but political bias and unethical coverup.

These are just a few points brought up in that very long but excellent article! To read further into the arguments in detail and probably explained better than I’ve done, go take a look 🙂 I’ll leave you with this though: They clearly state from the beginning there is no conclusive proof either way for Covid-19 being naturally occurring or a laboratory leak. Just strong evidence pointing towards what they argue, to be an accidental release by a lab. So I’ll leave it with you to decide for yourself what you think happened. You can easily find arguments against their analysis by any mainstream media, the CDC and WHO. But don’t let arguments from authority sway you: Let the science do the persuading!


Glossary

ACE2: The protein on the cell’s surface Covid-19’s spike protein binds with to infect the cell.

Amino Acid: Building blocks that make up proteins, made with codons. Humans have 20 different types to make our thousands of proteins.

Biohazard Level: Laboratory safety levels according to risk of biohazards such as deadly pathogens. These levels go from 1 to 4, 4 being most stringent.

Codon: A string of three nucleotides that code for an amino acid. Importantly in this case, different organisms can have different preferences for which codons to use to code for specific amino acids. Example: CGG is preferred to code for arginine in humans but not naturally in other coronaviruses except Covid-19, and it is common in labs to use human codons.

Coronaviruses: A family of virus species Covid-19 is part of along with others such as MERS and SARS. Research has been done pre-Covid with other coronaviruses that helped with Covid-19 research.

DNA: Deoxyribonucleic Acid. The “building block of life” and carries genetic instructions for organisms.

Furin Cleavage Site: The site where Covid-19’s spike protein can be split into two separate units, one to bind with the target protein on the cell’s surface and the other to fuse with the cell membrane afterwards. Other coronaviruses use a different site than Covid-19. Furin is the protein on human cells that separates both parts.

Gain of Function Experiment: An experiment done in laboratories to make a virus more potent and contagious so it can be used to develop vaccines for deadly strains.

Humanized Mouse: A laboratory bred mouse that has the human version of the ACE2 protein Covid-19 binds with to infect the host organism used in research. This is an ethical alternative to testing on human subjects.

Intermediary Host: An animal that is the organism between a virus jumping from the initial host species to humans. This was not found yet for Covid-19 but known for other coronaviruses. Example: SARS1 jumped from bats, to civets, then to humans. Civets are the intermediary host.

Mutation: A change in the genetic code of an organism often by accident that alters it. Viruses mutate often creating various strains.

Natural Selection: A process where certain traits are selected for in nature if they give an organism an advantage over others without the trait. Viruses can develop traits that give it an edge over a competing strain, but it is more random and less precise than specifically targeted traits created in labs.

Nucleotide: Basic building blocks of DNA and RNA, three make a codon to code for an amino acid. They are Adenine, Thymine, Cytosine and Guanine. Uracil takes the place of Thymine in RNA.

RNA: Ribonucleic Acid. Some viruses use RNA instead of DNA. RNA can be coded into DNA and vice versa so scientists take advantage of this as it is easier to work with DNA.

Seamless Methods: Ways to alter viral genomes without it being obvious the virus has been artificially manipulated by scientists.

Serial Passage: A method in laboratories for developing viruses by growing them successively in a series of cultures until desired traits are achieved. Both seamless methods and serial passage can make it unknowable if a virus has been altered by humans so one cannot conclude it was not altered simply by lack of signs of human intervention.

Spike Protein: A specialized protein on the surface of a virus to allow it to gain entry into a cell.

Target Protein: A protein on a cell’s surface the virus binds to in order to infect the cell.

Virology: The study of viruses.

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  1. So What Really Happened on January 6, 2021?
    So they say that on January 6, 2021, a mob of insurrectionists forced its way into the U.S. Capitol building and congressional office buildings and engaged in acts of vandalism, looting, and violently attacked Capitol Police officers..
    It’s possible that the Trump-supporters fell into a trap on that day? .
    Maybe the protestors should have remained outside the building., and maybe things would have turned out better?
    But of course with Antifia and Black Lives Matter infatuating that group of protesters, with their history of Burning, and Looting Street Thugs, they would have tried something else.
    What I’d like to know is which of the “Protesters” or “Rioters” as the Democrats called them were charged with a “insurrection” ? Or are you Democratic-Socialists just stuck on full stupid and can’t help lying even in the face of all the facts that there WASN’T ANY “INSURRECTION”!?
    It was more like a mob of clueless clowns mixed in with “mostly peaceful protesters, many of whom were apparently were even welcomed into the Capitol by the Capitol Police themselves.
    Blaming Trump for egging them on and sending them in and trying to overthrow the Government by mob force is simply ridicules

    Trump may have excited them, and talked about marching down with them, but that was all, he never told anyone to “Storm” the place, or to cause any Violence, or damage. In fact he wasn’t even there at all.

    The Bottom Line is those that took part in the Malay thought they were taking part in a Protest. Remember that word “Protest” ? The Democrats ought to be very familia with Protests, they have been doing these Protests ALL Summer long without ONE Single word for the Democratic Leadership? So why now?

    Yes, I do think that they ought to be man enough to say that they did it, and they should be guilty as charged. But Charging tem, and sentencing for taking part in a “Insurection” should be harsh to discourage the foolish from attempting to attack their country again and to discourage others from such foolish, destructive, unpatriotic acts against our country.
    .
    As far as I can tell, nobody was armed, and nobody had a plan to take over the Government, at all. Most were “peaceful protesters” and taking souvenirs and selfies on their phones. The damage to the building was minimal and not comparable to the wanton destruction we have seen in Portland, Oregon where the .Antifia and Black Lives Matter took over a part of the city and just about burned it the ground

    We saw that Nancy Pelosi and others deliberately lye to the American public about the gruesome beating death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, that was “supposed” to have been beatened to death with a fire extinguisher . It was obvious from the time Sicknick’s body was found that he hadn’t had his head bashed in by a fire extinguisher. Because there wasn’t a mark on his body that would indicate any blunt force or any marks of being beaten. And, as they found out from the autopsy, Sicknick died of natural causes, two strokes.

    The only person killed that day was shot by someone identified as a Capitol Police Officer, whose identity was deliberately withheld by Nancy Pelosi and the progressive communist democrats. And Ms. Babbitt was shot, while she was unarmed, and standing next to three armed police officers and a fully-staged SWAT response team nearby, with men in suits with ear-phones standing in the crowd just observing.

    We saw a member of Black Lives Matter and Antifa wearing MAGA hats standing next to Ashli Babbitt when she was shot and killed by a Capitol Police Officer . Another Capitol Police Officer was CLEARLY seen t urging the crowd to enter was seen in several videos. Another individual was caught on camera changing clothes from a backpack before leaving the scene.

    Knowing of the possibility of violence, one must question whether or not House Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuckie Schumer created an anti-Trump situation by allowing this to staged event to happen when it just as easily could have been prevented.

    If the federal Government knew of a potential for violence and did nothing to stop it, one might question why would agencies, or their leadership, do nothing and let the attack happen on purpose? Were they acting under orders? Considering that we are now finding that most events portrayed in the media as “conspiracy theories” were, in fact, true, one needs to wonder if we can trust our government’s premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies?

    And to think that all this was done to damage President Trump’s chances of a potential 2024 election win.

    By the way, does anyone else remember that DISGUSTING CHANT from the Peaceful Democratic Marchers….”What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now!”
    Well I remember it very well.
    The Capitol and The Southern Border are a EXAMPLES of incompetent Democrat leadership.

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  2. Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis Announces that he will send Florida Law Enforcement To Assist at the Border, as he blasted the Biden Administration for doing NOTHING!

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  3. Was Nancy Pelosi for occupying the Capitol Building before she was were against it?
    Ten Years Ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went ON the record PRAISING the storming of the Capitol as an “Impressive Show of Democracy in Action” — the 2011 invasion of the Madison, Wisconsin., State Capitol Building.
    Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful person in the US Congress, and just about the BIGGEST Critic of Donald J. Trump, and his administration, in fact she was a very oped Critic of Every Republican that supported President Trump.
    Well there is lots of evidence that Ms. Pelosi KNEW ALL about the storming of the Washington Capital before it actually happened, and did, and said nothing about it.
    She knew about the invasion of the Madison, Wisconsin., State Capitol Building and said nothing as well…
    But when it came to Washington’s storming of the Capitol, that was different, that was an Insurrection ACCORDING to Ms Pelosi. WHY? Yes, WHY?
    Several doors and windows were broken, BUT there were NO death threats, NO one was shot, except a Young Lady who was Shot and Killed by the Capitol Police, and NOT by the “Invaders”.
    Why weren’t there any Protests or Riots Over the Police Shooting and Killing an UNARMED Woman who happened to be a Air Force Veteran. ?
    It was a protest that grew and anytime the Republicans are involved, there are probably death threats and more, according to Nancy Pelosi. But not this time. In fact No One was even Armed! What kind of “Insurrection” could it have been if No One was Armed?? .

    The only reason that Pelosi became speaker was that she was the most corrupt Democrat in the House. And that is very tough to do in a party shus as this one.!

    We Republicans need to be absolutely brutal in crushing these cowardly, Socialist rejects. This women sides with the Ant-Semitic “Squad “ rather tan with long time colleagues, because of their Republican stance.
    The SQUAD who is made up of 4 Women, 3 of whice are Muslim women, Yes Muslims the same people who Flew Airplanes into the World Trade Center and Murdered over 3,000 innocent people
    Muslims from countries where they Chop off Heads, Stone Women to Death, throw Gays off the Roof Tops, and Gas Girls at Schools. Not to mention fly planes into buildings.
    And it’s not only her beliefs, but her lying, her poor ethics, abuse of power,, but directing your tax dollars towards her husbands pocket and abuse of her military private jet to fly back and forth from San Francisco to Washington D.C with her entourage at $22,000 per hour of your tax money while accomplishing nothing but further damaging this country. And how about her going to her Hair Dresser in San Francisco, when EVERYBODY else’s Hair- Salons were supposed to be CLOSED! And directing Chinese tourists to San Francisco’s Chinatown during a Pandemic!

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  4. Yes… they say “America is back”… but they qualify that with the addendum “….but “Back” to what?
    Back to the Obammy flying those Giant transports full of CASH in the darkness of night to hostile nations. Nations that are shouting “Death to America”?

    The low-class ignorant arrogant incompetent Sineil, Delusional Baboon , who’s Son has been taking Cash in his Senile Fathers name! .Back to a Old Fuddie Dud that sits there signing Executive Orders that he doesn’t even know wheats in it?
    Back to a Moron who calls the man that he’s going to be sitting with to Iron out things a “KILLER”?
    Back to a PUTZ that killed off Ten’s of Thousands of American Jobs in his first week of taking office?
    The only reason they’re saying that We’re back is because they konw that the new President is a GLOBAL JOKE…and they were so fearful of Donald Trump that they would welcome anyone.

    But I’m confident that the pansy-a$$ed Democrats will screw things up as well, with their goddamned Woke agenda, and force folks into their party to soon be nothing more than a memory. .

    When that happens, the country may shift again towards the re-birth of the Trump agenda in a heartbeat.

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  5. I’m “America First”.Fan, I want what’s best for America, and I know that, as the world leader, what’s good for us is good for the rest of the world. And it’s clear that when Trump was the President we were an America First, but it just isn’t so today with Delusional Joe as our Commander in Chief.

    So, I know that isolating ourselves from a rapidly changing world and insulating ourselves into our own little static rabbit hole are the worst things we can do for America.
    Joe Xiden has proven to be a China First, and Russia Second, and America a far third, trailing by a mile and a half.
    I know the world is advancing quickly, all around us. I know that we have long-standing relationships with MANY other countries that we can leverage in our self-interest. Sometimes that will involve carefully using some of our vast resources as we lead the way. That’s what leaders do. They don’t hide and desperately hold on to what’s theirs, like spoiled children.

    Just as in the business world, the best leaders are those who help others achieve their potential. They don’t mock or insult or attack those people. They lean in and be a part of the growth. And, selfishly, they know they also benefit from the growth of others.

    Others claim to be America First, but to them it just means behaving like those spoiled children. You can’t have the America First slogan as your own, any more than you can have the American Flag as your own. You don’t own either one, because you don’t really respect them.

    America is Far Behind…
    By The Way , have you seen the unscripted comments from Joe Xiden at the G7 summit? It’s Real Scary Stuff just how lost he really is. You don’t care, but I am quite sure other world leaders are laughing very hard behind our backs, but of course LOVING it to our faces as long as we keep writing them checks. And did you see the way that he got lost coming out of the Mens Room? “Doctor” Jill had to find him and lead him back to his place.

    It was a very BAD mistake electing this guy. You know it, and I know it, and we all know it.
    So you can stop pretending Biden is a “return to normal” guy… it is not normal to elect an elderly person who is clearly, at the very least, well into mental decline.
    We have a Vice President who is making a Fool out of Herself, who can’t even answer a question from a reporter who is on her side, and a President that the whole world sees as a Sorry Old Man who, unfortunately, is losing his mental abilities, aka his marbles . And we elected him as President? Are we Nuts? .
    The Whole World Thinks We Are All Nuts!

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  6. Wake up people, we have been had!
    We are living in the Socialist world that the Marxist, Socialist’s, Progressives have created to scare the daylights out of us people with a virus. They have already placedus in quarantine. The media, and the Politicians are count the number of deaths every second of every day in every news headline. That have told us that we MUST close all businesses. And that created over 40,000,000 out of jobs. The unemployment numbers have sky rocketed. They closed ALL the means of entertainment: the parks, the gyms, the Hair Salons, all of the Bars, Restaurants, and Sports arenas have closed . No more dating. No touching. People have been mandated to wear Masks . Dehumanize them. We hac to close all of the Temples and Churches. People are depression and anxiety and depressed because we can’;t see our Children, or Grand Children. Or even our Neighbors. The Supermarkets ran out of necessities like Water, Toilet Paper, and other things. And I they have them, they are rationed.
    They even emptied the prisons and now the streets are filled with criminals. who have the Virus. Send in Antifa, and Black Lives Matter to vandalize property, and Loot the stores, as if they are freedom fighters. Undermine the law. Loot. Fuel Higher Anxiety and more Fear in all Americans. Divide us all. Attack the law enforcement, and Defund the Police, the Governors tell the Police to stand-down. We are all being baited by adversarial governments who want to destroy America – China, Iran, Russia. Have the Far Left abuse the racial wars to fuel the fires. And, in an election year, have Democrats blame all of it on the President.
    Spread false news and extreme Propaganda all over Social Media. Create false narratives. Spread Conspiracy Theories. Make sure that NO ONE trusts anyone. Divide everyone.
    They Can’t beat America in a war, but they can destroy it from within.
    We are being conditioned, manipulated, and programmed by multiple agendas as never before…..time to DO OUR OWN RESEARCH and MAKE UP OUR OWN MINDS rather than eating everything being spoon-fed to us by these Lefties who stole the election from us..

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  7. An Oldie But Goody…

    Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment,.
    The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”
    The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”
    The older lady said that she was right our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on toexplain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
    But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day. Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.
    But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then. We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.
    Back then we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.
    Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
    Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
    In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.
    When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
    Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
    We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
    We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
    Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the “green thing.”
    We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
    But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?
    Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person. We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off… Especially from a tattooed, with a Ring pierced through her tongue, and another through her nose, and a third through her eye brow smartass who can’t make change without the cash register telling her how much change to give..

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  8. The “SQUAD” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar , Ayanna Pressley, and Rash Tlaib gets it all wrong; these loony Tunes have Freedom of Speech and LYING to their fellow Americans completely mixed up… they think that Freedom of Speech means that they can say anything, even defamatory lies, and be protected by the Speech or Debate Clause in the United States Constitution . What Rash Tlaib and IIhan Omar and their ilk want is Freedom of Criticism as they continues to fight for criminalizing ill-defined “hate speech.” I’m Still waiting for Omar, Tlaib, and others to condemn the terrorism of Hamas, Fatah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and others. I wonder in which Muslim country you really have free speech.
    Controversy has even split the Democratic party over the resolution that IIhan Omars recent remarks and the fallout after her being so critical of Israel. Especially after her tweet “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” a line about $100 bills from a Puff Daddy song.
    Her Critics jumped on the tweet and said Omar was calling up a negative and harmful stereotype of Jewish Americans.
    Soon after, Omar named the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, saying it was funding Republicans support for Israel..
    Abd speaking at a forum at a Washington, bookstore with her fellow Israeli Hater Rashida Tlaib , she said that she fears everything they say about Israel is construed as anti-Semitic because they’re Muslim. She said that prevents a “broader debate” about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
    This tweet received a backlash, and Omar was widely accused of anti-Semitic speech
    This was not the first time the House voted on a resolution denouncing hate speech following controversial comments by Omar that the Congress said was anti-Semitic
    This is what happens when you send a Socialist Democrat to do a Republican’s job
    Ilhan Omar is the female equivalent of Hunter Biden. Criminal and corruption allegations swirl around her, many of them backed by evidence that will withstand scrutiny in a court of law. Still, it is all ignored because she is a Democrat, a woman, and considered a “person of color”, and a “Person of Color”, or a “Muslim” can do NO wrong! Like when you expect an 80 Year Old Fart who can Barely Walk or Talk, confuses his Sister with His Wife, Gropes Children, and needs page with Pictures of the Reporters he’s addressing in his notes to make it through a Pre-screened Interview!

    Unfortunately as we are seeing now what we knew a long time ago, even before the election…, and pardon my french, but KAMALA HARRIS IS NOTHING BUT A, Canceling A-Hole, she has NO business being in any office, let alone the office of the Vice President of the United States of America. And she’s there for all of the WRONG REASONS, and she does everything all the wrong ways. This is what happens when your selection is based on Color and Gender.

    Having openly anti-America, anti-White, anti-Semitic legislators expressing their own opinions rather than reflecting the values of their American constituents is dangerous because it cancels out the trust in those who govern us, and,in our Politicians in general, and in our country.
    Her latest remarks not only raises the question of her anti-Semitism, but it is also deeply insulting to the millions upon millions of patriotic Americans, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who stand by our Democratic ally, Israel.”
    Label me what you want but I can’t see any moral or legal justification for asking me to commit National suicide by tolerating those who would destroy us in a heartbeat, because I know that these people have MORE interest in their former “Home-Land” then they have in this country.
    And unfortunately, and regrettably the Republican “pussies” in Congress are too afraid to call these people out as the Progressive. Communist, and Socialist Democrats that they are in our nation’s Congress, the Intelligence, and even in the Law Enforcement Agencies. So if you believe that domestic spying is a myth and political blackmail stopped with J. Edgar Hoover, you need to do is to think about Crackhead Hunter Biden, or Eric Swalwell who had a relationship with a Chinese spy, Christine Fang, Fang, and who Nancy Pelosi refused to deal with, and just let the entire matter slide!..
    Somehow, Congress has lost its ability to reason and lost its common sense it had in the past if they can’t recognize the danger and the significance of having our enemies in a CLOSE relationship with our Congressmen who may even be a traitor
    And the difference Between Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Criticism. As far as I’m concerned, I’d rather express MY Criticism of that Bunch.

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  9. Police officers are hard-working middle-class government employees yet there wasn’t a single middle class white male much less a middle-class white male of chauvins age on the jury!!

    I assume Derek Chauvin was on the government’s hit list and they simply used this opportunity to have the people do their dirty work or much like starbuks they knew the employee was following the rules as they were written but didn’t want to take responsibility for the potential realities of police work in one of America’s most dangerous cities… the “liability prophylactic” mentality

    the simple fact is this jury didn’t even vaguely represent a jury of his peers and are largely activist in their decision making

    then again I know everything he did was completely legitimate and George Floyd would have died no matter how he held him down but I would have voted him guilty also so the angry ravenous lynch-mob wouldn’t murder me and my whole family

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  10. Do the Democrats hate Donald Trump because he is a truthful Non-Politician ? Or Do the Democrats hate Donald Trump because he is just to smart to belly up to their nonsense. And tells it like it is?
    I actually think that the Democrats, Liberals, Progressives ,and all the other Psychopaths, Sociopaths, and all other maniacs, lunatics, and unstable people with mental disorders and their sycophants in the media attack and lie about Donald Trump because he is his OWN MAN who doesn’t follow their orders. This is the real reason he is being attacked.. He proves that you don’t need the slave masters of the Lunatic Democrat party to become successful.

    The lunatics in the media, as well as the Lunatic Democratic Hate groups, with their Media outlets, their Blogs, their Facebook comments and what have you have been reading 24/7 to back-up all the lies, the damaging made-up stories, and the Race cards that the Hillary Faithful can either dig up or make up.

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  11. By the way, Right-wingers didn’t just dream up : all the things that are destroying this country!
    In fact we have been warning you against it for all those years that Obama was in office.
    I keep thinking about the quote whenever anyone claims that the Obama administration was scandal-free. How many more times are we going to hear people make this claim and see it go unchallenged?
    Think of all the disasters that happened in all of Obama’s Presidentcy.
    The destructive economic trade policies, the Iraq War, the housing bubble, the banks that were “too big to fail,” mortgage-backed securities, the Hillary Clinton campaign of 2016 — all of these disasters brought to you by the “First African American self-assured, highly educated man”. And how about people that served in Obama’s administration, the ones who are supposed to know what they’re doing, plus the total complacency of the highly educated people who are supposed to be supervising the Wonder Man, the Magnificent, the Messiah!.. the man who NEVER had any “Scandals “. Yeah Right!
    I guess that sending a Terrorists Nations Billions in Cash in the dark of the night is “Normal ”?

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  12. Anybody care to guess what this week’s Progressive Talking Points are?
    That’s exactly Right! Gun Control, and Climate Control !

    See how simple that was!

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  13. Does ANYONE really believe that the Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was beaten to death by a Fire Extinguisher, even thought that’s what they told us, when they had pictures showing that NO physical injuries was found,.
    The very same people who remain strangely silent about a militant Antifa/Black Lives Matter agitator dressed in MAGA Republican clothing standing right next to Ashli Babbitt when she was shot and killed by a UN-Named Capital Policeman. .

    And, the very people who are treating “innocent until proven guilty” Americans as hardened Domestic Terrorists, keeping many of them held in terrible conditions, including solitary confinement, to coerce confessions out of them, or guilty pleas. This is ABSOLUTELY UN-American, but so is the modern Democrat Party ever since former President Barack Obama, and now the Delusional, Joe Biden.
    And if it weren’t for the perverted Gestapo rules we saw in the two fake House impeachment attempts by Nancy Pelosi and that Loud Mouthed Chuck Schumer non of this would have happened
    This is what we can expect at the Democrat’s 2022 midterm election campaign at public expense and with the full mainstream media’s participation..Exactly what we saw in the two phony impeachment hoaxes.

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  14. First the racist, senile Dimwit claimed if blacks didn’t voter for him they ain’t black………..now he threatens America with continued violence if we all don’t vote for him.

    Then Biden Tells Voters Violence Will Continue Unless They Vote For Him

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  15. Having been around for several pandemics over the years, including the first SARS, MERS, etc., I well remember attempts by the media and medical “experts” to get everyone to panic. It didn’t work. This time, it did, and I think a lot of it had more to do with hatred of Trump than anything else. When Trump first tried to take measures to slow or prevent the virus from spreading into the US, the Dems and TDS sufferers made light of the virus and accused him of racism, and did everything they could to sabotage his efforts. Then they made a complete reversal, making the virus out to be the deadliest thing ever, and blaming Trump for not doing anything to stop it. Add to that, the definition of a pandemic being changed, the focus on “cases” instead of deaths and hospitalizations (they tried that with H1N1, too), the CDC padding the numbers and the media rolling out the propaganda machine, etc., it makes it increasingly hard to find the facts on anything. That simply questioning the narrative results in attacks as being conspiracy theorists, anti-science, and you just want to kill grandma, is actually very telling.

    This ideological and political narrative, fueled by Trump hatred (even in other countries; here in Canada, questioning the narrative almost immediately gets met with accusations of being a Trump worshiper) has done a lot of harm. We should be able to examine where a pathogen came from without being accused of racism, etc. Viruses don’t have political opinions. So why are these people so dedicated to prevent questions and searching for the truth? What are they afraid would happen if it did turn out to be from a lab in Wuhan?

    I follow a blogger who was an infectious disease expert in another life. One of the things she recently pointed out is that a virus that kills its host is a failed virus. The purpose of a virus is to survive. It can only do that by getting a host cell to duplicate it, then spread to another host as quickly as possible. If the host dies, the virus “dies” too (they’re not really alive to being with). Respiratory viruses are actually quite fragile. They can’t exist outside of a host for long, before it’s lipid shell begins to degrade and it’s no longer viable. This particular strain isn’t even very good and transmission. It doesn’t spread through surfaces, outdoors or casual contact. It needs sustained contact in an indoor setting to spread. Which makes “stay home, stay safe” a lie.

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    • Good comment. The only thing I might add is that practically every bit of health advice recommended by the so-called “medical experts” actually imperils your health. The reality is that modern medicine is not geared towards actual “health care” (improving one’s health) so much as it is geared towards symptom care (treating illnesses resulting from poor lifestyle choices), because it is more profitable to treat the sick than teach the benefits of remaining healthy via the adoption of proper nutrition and exercise.

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      • So true. The medical field has always been quick to adopt trends and fads, too. We have advanced so much in our knowledge, and yet not really grown or improved with it.

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  16. Very good presentation, well done! I’ve read a lot about this as well and am convinced it was from a lab. I just don’t understand why this triggers people in to crazy world like the commenter above. The real scandal is the U.S. and other Western nations doing so little investigation on it. Whether or not it was intentionally leaked or an accident is what we need to know.

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  17. Thank you for an excellent explanation. You brought up several thing that I didn’t know. A molecular biologist stated recently that when a virus jumps from another species to humans it goes through genetic changes to adapt to humans. The molecular biologist pointed out that the Wuhan virus did not go through such changes. Your point about the Furin cleavage explains why. The virus was already specifically adapted to humans so it did not need to change. Given that, I wonder how transmissible the Wuhan virus is in bats.

    It would be one heck of a coincidence for a virus so well adapted for human infection to arise spontaneously from bats in a wet market rather than from the nearby lab where they were conducting “gain of function” research that would produce that sort of virus. At the very least, it shifts the burden of proof to the Wuhan lab to prove that they weren’t the cause. If it came from the lab, the only question that remains is whether the lab was researching cures or creating bioweapons.

    I was amused by the first comment to your post. He/she admits to not bothering to read your post before disagreeing with it. “As usual, I got 1 line into (it) before I lost interest.” Forming a judgement prior to looking at the facts is the definition of prejudice. It does provide an interesting contrast. On one hand, we have a detailed position outlining the facts behind it and the Lady invites correction if someone with technical knowledge disagrees. On the other hand, we have a supercilious, arbitrary dismissal from one who didn’t bother to read the article. Facts and logic on one side. “Orange Man Bad!” on the other. Although the commenter doesn’t shed any light on the origins of the virus, he/she does illustrate the relative merits of each side of the current political divide.

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  18. As usual, I got 1 line into the “battyness” before I lost interest. “Much of the hype has been overblown for political reason?” WTF? 570,000 ++++ dead Americans! You are pathetic. Yes, overblown maliciously by the Orange Con Man you so devotedly worship that is about as empty a suit as one will ever meet.

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