Coronavirus epidemic news

Jerry Russell

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Sirotkin had already posted an excellent review of the case for lab origins as of Jan. 31, 2020. As I remember, that blog post was widely referenced in the alt media at that time, including at Zero Hedge. So it may well have been the actual cause of the hubub in the emails.
This isn't what happened. The Sirotkin post wasn't quoted at Zero Hedge until this article "Sudden Militarization of Wuhan's P4 Lab Raises New Questions About The Origin Of The Deadly Covid-19 Virus" appeared on Feb. 13, 2020. (This article establishes that if the Wuhan lab wasn't a military lab before the outbreak, it certainly became such a lab afterwards.) Earlier articles appeared on Zero Hedge on Jan. 24th, Jan. 26th, and Jan. 29th.

The email discussion between Fauci and Anderson explicitly mentioned only an article in Science Magazine, "Mining coronavirus genomes for clues to the outbreak's origins", dated Jan. 31, 2020. The article discusses zoonotic theories, but the narrative demonstrates that the zoonotic source, if any, was elusive. The author goes on to mention that "conspiracy theories also abound", and says that Richard Ebright of Rutgers generally supports the possibility that lab-leak theories could be correct, but that Peter Daszak disagrees. The question is not decisively settled, at least not in this article.

...[Sky News video] ...more fascinating revelations about Fauci...
The 2012 paper seems to be in the "everybody knew but me" category.

I can't find where the featured interview with Fauci came from, though. Of course Sky News is a Murdoch outlet, like Fox in the USA. And they don't say where the interview came from, though I doubt they would stoop to creating or endorsing a deep fake.

I suspect the original source might be One America News Network? They seem to have taken down the vast majority of their videos from YouTube, presumably in hopes of avoiding censorship. And I can't find the videos on Bitchute or Odysee,

Jerry Russell

Staff member
For some reason, comments on Carrier's website seem to be closed for this particular essay of his.
Well, that was my error. There's a tiny little comment box that appeared as if disabled (at least when viewed in my browser.) But it grows when you click on it, and it does allow "Patrons & Select Persons" to comment. And so I've done that.

[Those who have read Carrier's entire post, and my reply, might enjoy this interlude....]

Carrier's article makes the point that peoples' views on topics like vegetarianism, or Fauci, can be heavily influenced by their cognitive biases and preconceptions. This is certainly true about the lab-leak hypothesis! Nicholas Wade posted an article strongly arguing that the virus was a result of GOF research, which is widely credited as the cause of the renewed level of interest and credibility for the topic. That is, along with US intelligence claims that three researchers at the Wuhan lab sought hospital care for respiratory symptoms in November 2019.

Rather than reply to any of Wade's substantial arguments, the WSWS chose to attack him because of his 2014 book "A Troublesome Inheritance", which they denounce as "racist pseudo-science". I'm not going to defend Wade's 2014 book; I haven't read it and I don't agree with the reported conclusions. But I feel it's safe to say that the WSWS has not evaluated Wade's arguments scientifically, any more than they've seriously looked into the science behind the lab-leak theory. In both cases, they are reacting purely on the basis of their evaluation of the political consequences of the theories.