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To deny the "lab leak" COVID theory, the NYT and WPost use dubious and conflicted sources

Peter Daszak
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Peter Daszak, President of EcoHeath Alliance, speaking in 2017
A bizarre and abrupt reversal by scientists regarding COVID's origins, along with clear conflicts of interest, create serious doubts about their integrity. Yet major news outlets keep relying on them.

That COVID-19 infected humanity due to a zoonotic leap from a "wet market" in Wuhan — rather than a leak from a lab in the same Chinese city — was declared unquestionable truth at the start of the pandemic. For a full year, anyone dissenting from this narrative was deemed so irresponsible that they were banned from large social media platforms, accused of spreading "disinformation." No debate about COVID's origins was permitted. It had been settled by The Science™. Every rational person who believed in science, by definition, immediately accepted at the start of the pandemic that COVID made a natural leap from bats or pangolins; that it may have escaped from a lab in Wuhan which just so happens to gather, study and manipulate novel coronaviruses in bats was officially declared a deranged conspiracy theory.


Papers reveal what CIA did to captives in Afghanistan

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New published documents have shed fresh light on the CIA's detention and interrogation program in Afghanistan, describing in alarming detail some of the extreme techniques used by officers that resulted in deaths in captivity.

In a recent legal filing, the lawyers of Abu Zubaydah - the Guantánamo Bay detainee almost tortured to death by the CIA, held without charge by the US for nearly 20 years - urged that their client be released, given Washington's wars in Afghanistan and with Al-Qaeda are finally over.

Writing to a DC district court, they argued that these developments meant there was no legal justification for keeping him captive, and he must be immediately discharged. What the petition omits to mention, however, is that Zubaydah's detention was, from day one, intended to be permanent in order to keep the CIA's criminal maltreatment secret and ensure his abusers were insulated from prosecution in perpetuity.

Arrow Down

Berlin dismisses Tehran's proposals on nuclear talks as unacceptable

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Negotiations to revive Iran's nuclear program in Vienna
Germany's Foreign Ministry has said that it does not consider Iran's proposals regarding its nuclear program acceptable and expects Tehran to return to international negotiations with "realistic" bargaining positions.

A ministry spokeswoman said on December 6:
"We reviewed the proposals...carefully and thoroughly, and concluded that Iran violated almost all compromises found previously in months of hard negotiations. The proposals were not a basis for a successful end to talks."
Negotiations in Vienna aimed a resurrecting the stalled 2015 nuclear deal got off to a rocky start last week.

The United States, which left the agreement in 2018 but which is open to rejoining the pact under President Joe Biden, accused Iran of not being seriously interested in a new deal.

Comment: Iran had this to say about the negotiations:
Iran's lead negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani has said Iran expects further talks on its basis of its draft proposals, which require lifting US 'maximum pressure' sanctions levied since the US left the JCPOA, before Iran reciprocates. Bagheri Kani said this would clear the way for Iran to scale back steps taken extending its nuclear program since 2019.

The German foreign ministry spokeswoman said it was unacceptable for Iran to continue such nuclear activities while talks continued, and that while Berlin remained "committed to the diplomatic path...the window of opportunity is closing more and more." It was not clear whether the German reaction to the Iranian proposals reflected a common position of the 'E3,' the three western European JCPOA powers, who have generally coordinated their approach.

A senior Iranian official said Sunday that a US reluctance to lift sanctions imposed on Iran since 2018 was the main challenge in reviving the JCPOA.

With JCPOA opponents in the US demanding a 'plan B,' Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the US would pursue other options over Iran diplomacy failed.

In a call for military action Monday, Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli prime minister and JCPOA critic, tweeted that Israel should "act independently against Iran's nuclear program...without any 'heads-up'..."

Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Monday Iran had no 'plan B' to pursue "simultaneously as we negotiate." He spoke after meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in Tehran.

Iran has said it expects talks in Vienna to resume once details are agreed with Enrique Mora, the EU official chairing the talks. Amir-Abdollahian flatly rejected claims, attributed by Axios to a "US source" with supposed knowledge of an Israeli intelligence briefing, that Iran "could take that dramatic step soon" of enriching uranium to 90 percent "in an attempt to gain leverage in the Vienna talks."

Under the JCPOA, Iran enriched to 3.67 percent, but increased to 20 percent February and subsequently to 60 percent after attacks on its nuclear facilities widely attributed to Israel.


Soros' network of woke DA's bankrolled in cities across the US: How billionaire Dem megadonor gave Kim Foxx $2M, Philly's DA $1.7M

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George Soros • Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx • Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner
Billionaire Democrat donor George Soros has bankrolled District Attorneys in America's most crime ravaged cities, where criminals are being allowed to walk out of jail on low cash bonds or aren't even being charged.

Soros, the most prolific Democratic donor, is most known for giving to Presidents Clinton and Obama but he has also been pumping money into a far-left effort to overhaul the criminal justice system by giving millions to a network of woke prosecutors in Democratic races.

Among them is Kim Foxx, the State's Attorney for Cook County, Chicago, where murder is at its highest in nearly 30 years. In 2020, Soros donated $2million to a PAC that backed Foxx in her re-election campaign. She won the race and has since offered deferred prosecutions and softball deals to criminals.

In 2021, there were more murders in Chicago than in any other year since 1994. Soros bolstered her re-election campaign by donating to the Illinois Justice and Public Safety PAC.


Violence as French far-right TV pundit holds campaign rally

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Supporters of candidate Eric Zemmour at candidate's first rally
Eric Zemmour has joined the race for the country's presidency on an anti-immigration and anti-Islam stance.

Anti-racism activists were beaten up on Sunday as far-right former French TV pundit Eric Zemmour held his first presidential campaign rally near Paris, a few days after he formally declared his candidacy in a video highlighting his anti-migrant and anti-Islam views.

Mr. Zemmour has drawn comparisons in France to former US president Donald Trump because of his populism and ambitions of making the jump from the small screen to national leadership in France's presidential election in April.

The 63-year-old, who has multiple hate-speech convictions, unveiled his campaign's slogan, "Impossible is not French", a quote attributed to Napoleon. Mr. Zemmour said:
"What's at stake is huge. If I win that election, it won't be one more (political) changeover, but the beginning of the reconquest of the most beautiful country in the world."
Protest against Zemmour
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Protesters demonstrate against presidential candidate Eric Zemmour in Paris on Sunday.

Comment: See also:

Anti-NATO French presidential candidate attacked at first rally


Another one: Georgia judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors

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R. Stan Baker, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, put the brakes on Executive overreach by the Biden administration
A federal judge in Georgia issued a nationwide injunction that prevents the U.S. government from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on federal contractors, temporarily shutting down the last remaining vaccine requirement by the Biden administration.

U.S. District Judge Stan Baker in Savannah, Georgia, said Congress did not clearly authorize the president to use procurement to impose a vaccine requirement on contractors that will have "vast economic and political significance."

The lawsuit was filed by the states of Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia as well as a trade group for contractors.



Psaki declines 'basic transparency' about Hunter Biden Chinese divestment

Jen Psaki
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to commit to “basic transparency” about President Biden’s son Hunter divesting from a Chinese fund.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday refused to commit to "basic transparency" about Hunter Biden's alleged divestment from an investment fund controlled by Chinese state-owned entities or confirm that the first son's infamous lost laptop is authentic when pressed by The Post.

Hunter Biden's attorney said last month — less than a week after President Biden's virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping — that his client had finally divested his 10 percent stake in the firm, called BHR Partners, but offered no further details on the identity of the buyer or the transaction terms.

The Post asked Psaki at Monday's White House briefing if she would "commit to basic transparency about that transaction, including the name of the buyer, the dollar amount and the timing."

"The president's son is not an employee of the federal government," Psaki shot back. "So I'd point you to his representatives."


'Mentally fragile' State Department officials broke down over disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal

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As has been extensively chronicled on Revolver, the American regime is a crumbling edifice. Every day, it becomes less able to win wars, maintain a border, or even keep the lights on. Every day, it drifts further away from anything resembling a real meritocracy. The result? A politically-sifted ruling class that is not only incapable of finding objective truth, but incapable of tolerating truth when it finds it.

But on the bright side, as the regime decays, it at least looks very funny while doing so. The dystopia playing out before our eyes is a tragedy, but it's a tragedy in clown's makeup — often literally so. Men in dresses are trotted out as trailblazing "female" admirals. Barely-literate Congresswomen babble incoherently about why the police should be defunded as they enjoy taxpayer-funded security. Fifteen FBI agents are sent to investigate a garage door pull to see if it might be a noose. To modify the old proverb: Those whom the gods would destroy, they first will make ridiculous.

And no part of the Globalist American Empire is more ridiculous than the State Department.

Black Magic

Corrupting science: Shunning forensic expertise, the OPCW has left Douma murders in Syria unsolved

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The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) headquarters in The Hague The Netherlands.
In its probe of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW shunned the critical investigative area of forensic pathology and censored a recommendation to pursue it. The Douma killings remain unsolved.

(This is part two of a Grayzone series. Read part one here.)

In its probe of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) shunned the critical investigative area of forensic pathology, leaks obtained by The Grayzone reveal.

Forensic pathology - the study of the cause and manner of death - could have helped solve the mystery surrounding dozens of civilians who died in Douma. Instead, senior OPCW officials thwarted any attempt to deploy the science and suppressed an internal recommendation that it be pursued.


Eye 2

Fauci grits teeth, says early reports 'encouraging' about mild omicron variant

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.
U.S. health officials said Sunday that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations.

President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told CNN's "State of the Union" that scientists need more information before drawing conclusions about omicron's severity.

Reports from South Africa, where it emerged and is becoming the dominant strain, suggest that hospitalization rates have not increased alarmingly.

"Thus far, it does not look like there's a great degree of severity to it," Fauci said. "But we have really got to be careful before we make any determinations that it is less severe or it really doesn't cause any severe illness, comparable to delta."

Comment: Poor Fauci, He'd dearly love to ramp up the fear about the new variant, but he can't without looking like a fool. Viruses gonna virus, and that means that new iterations of a group tend to attenuate in lethality, as they find a balance in their hosts. Epidemiology 101. However, that hasn't stopped tyrannical governments playing on their populations' ignorance about the facts.