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U.S. Government had hired Wuhan Laboratory to create SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 disease

fauci lab leak coverup
© Fox News/ Screenshot
On October 23rd, the Zero Hedge news site broke to the public direct evidence, from an anonymous leaker, showing that the U.S. Government has been lying to say that it had not been funding research to find, in animal populations, viruses that could then be manipulated in laboratories to a "gain of [viral] function" (unnaturally increased communicability, and deadliness, to humans).

Back on 21 September 2021, a pro-imperialist (war-loving — especially against China) UK newspaper, The Telegraph, had headlined "Wuhan scientists planned to release coronavirus particles into cave bats, leaked papers reveal: Documents reveal researchers applied for $14m to fund controversial project in 2018", but provided no useful links to any relevant evidence, and offered only few details. However, the 21 October 2021 Zero Hedge blockbuster news-report, headlined "NIH Admits Funding Gain-Of-Function COVID Experiments; Gives EcoHealth Five Days To Report Data", was far more detailed, and included links to all of its evidence, and is therefore the big breakthrough on this enormous news-story.

Unlike the Telegraph's headline, which misleadingly pretends that this is solely a matter of culpability by China's Government, and which made no reference to the research's foreign funding (by the U.S. Government), the Zero Hedge news-report makes very clear that this research had been funded by the U.S. Government. Those funds, and U.S. Government intentions, were paying the Wuhan China biological laboratory to do this research, to find whether and how animal viruses in nature could be manipulated in a laboratory to become communicable to, and deadly to, humans ("gain of function"). Zero Hedge also provided, by way of links, the direct evidence that the U.S. Government has been lying, all along, to deny that they had had anything to do with any such "gain of [viral] function" research.

Comment: This was not 'anonymously leaked to ZeroHedge' - it was leaked to members of Congress. So we don't understand why the author is crediting ZH with 'amazing breakthrough reporting'. ZH was hysterically pro-Covid for MONTHS in 2020, and it has generally followed the CIA/MSM's lead in blaming China for it.

In any event, the ZH article in question is a decent summary of the scandal involving Fauci's NIH and gain-of-function virus research. That political psychopath is now officially outed as having lied about his involvement in such.

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Black Magic

Anthony Fauci has been abusing animals for 40 years

Anthony Fauci
The stuff you've seen on social media barely scratches the surface.

Update: A statement from the University of Georgia is included as an addendum.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the division of the National Institutes of Health run by Anthony Fauci, funded a recent experiment in Tunisia in which lab technicians placed sedated beagles' heads in mesh cages and allowed starved sand flies to feast on them alive. Then they repeated the test outdoors, with the beagles placed in cages in the desert overnight for nine consecutive nights, in an area of Tunisia where sand flies were abundant and ZVL, the disease caused by the parasite that the sand flies carry, was "endemic."

The experiment was just one of countless tests done on animals with the funding of the NIH, and of NIAID in particular, over the course of decades. Estimates of the number of animals experimented on each year in the United States range from the tens of millions to over 100 million, most of them paid for with taxpayer money. The White Coat Waste Project, a non-profit that advocates against federal animal testing, says that more than 1,100 dogs are experimented on in federal labs annually.

Comment: While animal testing can be of use in specific circumstances, repeatedly torturing them after yielding little to no results is a sure sign of pathological thinking.

Update: Here is a statement from the University of Georgia about the UGA experiment described in the story:
This particular research is being conducted on a potential vaccine, developed at another institution, that would protect humans against a disease that afflicts approximately 120 million people worldwide. Under federal rules, a vaccine must be tested in two animal species before it can be cleared for human clinical trials.

When NIAID decided to fund this research, the agency determined that the research needed to be conducted on a dog model. According to researchers at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, beagles are the standard dog model used in this type of research. Because this disease currently has no cure, unfortunately the animals that are part of this trial must be euthanized. We do not take lightly the decision to use such animals in some of our research.

Nearly every advancement in medicine, medical devices and surgical procedures has depended on research involving animal subjects. The university adheres to all of the humane standards of the Animal Welfare Act; the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals; the National Research Council Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals; policies of the university as well as the University System of Georgia; and other guiding organizations.

Additionally, the university has earned and maintains third-party accreditation from AAALAC International.

Over the decades, UGA research has advanced the development of treatments that improve the lives of people, pets and other animals. These include treatments for:

- Breast and other cancers.

- Infectious diseases such as rabies, Zika, hepatitis B, influenza and coronavirus.

- Neurological disorders, such as stroke, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

- Chronic diseases such as hypertension and obesity.
Update 2: Contrary to UGA's claims, Amy Meyer points to recent violations of the Animal Welfare Act at the university:





Attention

Out-Thought, Out-Bought, Out-Fought: Why the '9/11 truth' movement failed

Never Forget
© Unz.com
Sometimes you have to lie to others to buy time to deal with a problem.

But never lie to yourself. -Lt. Gen Bernard C. "Mick" Trainor, USMC (Ret.)
I have cited my late friend "Mick" Trainor's words elsewhere, and kept them in mind since he said them to me in the late 1980s.They ought to be graven in granite in the minds of everyone of good heart in public life. They are also an indictment of the "9/11 Truth" movement as a whole, which tried to speak the truth about this atrocity to the people as well as to those in power, but increasingly lied to itself about the effect it was having. It finally ended in complete failure, lacking only a decent funeral oration.

An Overview

It gives me no pleasure at all to write these words. I personally came to the movement late in 2009, then met many excellent people and worked with many fine editors at a time when overt censorship was still minimal. The best of the "Truthers" shared one thing in common: they were right that the US Government explanation of the 9/11 attacks was singularly flawed, in whole and in all its major parts. But they - and I include myself here - were never able to convey that message in a politically significant way to enough of the American public to matter.

The net effect is that despite innumerable articles, speeches, seminars, videos, protests and the like by tens of thousands of activists, the 20th anniversary of 9/11 came and went with barely a whimper. It was preceded by the collapse of the 9/11 lawyers effort in New York City on which so many had staked their hopes, and the dismissal of Richard Gage - the founder of the seminal "Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth" - from his own organization by his own board. It is tragic enough when evil triumphs, which is what the real planners and perpetrators of 9/11 did. It is even worse when the collapse of the efforts to expose them and to bring them to justice ends in farce.

Newspaper

Sudan's army seizes power in coup and detains prime minister, thousands flood the streets in opposition

Sudan

Protesters march in Khartoum after Sudan's military launches coup
Sudan's military has seized power in a coup, arrested leading civilian politicians including the prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, and declared a state of emergency as thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Khartoum in opposition.

The Sudan Doctors' Committee said late on Monday that three protesters had been killed and 80 people wounded after security forces fired on demonstrators. As night fell in Khartoum, witnesses described gangs of young men armed with sticks reportedly beating anyone found on the streets.

Sudan has been on edge since a failed coup plot last month unleashed recriminations between military and civilian groups who have been sharing power since the toppling of the autocrat Omar al-Bashir two years ago.

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No Entry

Manufacturing Ignorance: Keeping the public away from power

Prominent authoritarian
© Ben Stauffer Illustration
The Authoritarian: Government • Coronavirus • Foreign Policy
In their classic book on the news media, Manufacturing Consent, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky presented a 'propaganda model' of how the major broadcasters and newspapers operate. Whereas the 'mainstream' media declare that their aim is to educate, inform and entertain the public, their actual societal purpose 'on matters that are of significance for established power' is to avert any 'danger' that the public can 'assert meaningful control over the political process'.

As media analyst Lance Bennett wrote:
'The public is exposed to powerful persuasive messages from above and is unable to communicate meaningfully through the media in response to these messages.... Leaders have usurped enormous amounts of political power and reduced popular control over the political system by using the media to generate support, compliance, and just plain confusion among the public.'
Thus, rather than manufacturing public consent for elite policies and priorities, manufacturing public ignorance is the more desirable and effective goal. After all, explicit public 'consent' is typically not required for the UK government, for example, to attack the welfare system, underfund and carve-up the NHS for commercial purposes, sell arms to Saudi Arabia to bomb Yemeni civilians, sabre-rattle in the Indo-Pacific to 'counter' China, or increase its nuclear weapons arsenal by 40 per cent.

Significant public activism and opposition to state-corporate power need to be rooted in widespread shared public knowledge. But, in the absence of adequate public knowledge, and thus the reduced 'threat' of an informed populace participating in a real democracy, power is more or less free to do as it pleases.

Cross

Doug Wilder, black former Virginia governor, rips Kamala Harris's church ad for McAuliffe

Harris/Wilder
© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
US VP Kamala Harris • Ex-Virginia Governor Doug Wilder
Douglas Wilder, the only black governor in Virginia's history, is no fan of the video endorsement Vice President Kamala Harris made for Terry McAuliffe, which is being played Sundays in hundreds of the Old Dominion's black churches.

The ad, which ethics and legal experts say is a clear violation of IRS rules, is set to continue playing right up until the Nov. 2 gubernatorial election, as the Democratic Party pulls out all the stops to ensure black turnout. But a thumbs-down from the 90-year-old Wilder, a Democrat and highly respected voice in Virginia politics for decades, is significant.

Referring to the Johnson Amendment, a rule that prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations, such as charities and churches, from engaging in any political campaign activity, numerous cases had been filed against both liberal and conservative groups, Holman said:
"Well, it's very good for her to do that, causing these churches to lose their tax-exempt status. If this is legal, then it's surprising to me."
In Branch Ministries v. Rossotti , the plaintiff was a church that lost its tax-exempt status after publishing two newspaper advertisements urging people not to vote for Bill Clinton, deemed electioneering.

Comment: The US VP has a touted legal background but for her, privilege and personal publicity is more important than rules and regulations. The consequences to ignoring them do not apply. And the beat goes on:
Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University who testified for Republicans during Donald Trump's impeachment proceedings, said on Fox News:
"Tax-exempt groups 'are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of [or in opposition to] any candidate for elective public office."
Jan Baran, a partner at Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky & Josefiak PLLC, suggested to Fox News that the Johnson Amendment may not apply to this video as it is not an endorsement from church leadership itself.
'This assumes the church is speaking. Are the pastors making the statements or Harris?'

Earlier this month a video of a teleconference meeting between McAuliffe and supporters surfaced in which the Virginia governor appeared to try and distance himself from the flailing Biden administration and its crises.

'We've got to get Democrats out to vote,' McAuliffe said in a 12-second video clip of a teleconference. 'We are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington, as you know.'

'The president is unpopular today unfortunately here in Virginia so we have got to plow through.'
See also: Shock waves in the Virginia gubernatorial election, can Biden help?


Folder

Tara Reade: Why exactly are Trump's records from January fair game but Biden's decades-old Senate files not?

Biden
© Reuters
US President Joe Biden
The University of Delaware is refusing to release Biden's Senate records which were donated in 2012. Meanwhile, the Trump White House's communications apparently can be released to the January 6 commission. I find this...curious.

The Roman Empire had its own megalomaniacs and the United States is no different. Congress and the White House are trying to hold on to every ounce of profit and power squeezed from its citizens' labors in a manner not dissimilar to Caesar. As such, I have no interest in defending oligarchs, Republicans, Donald Trump, or Democrats, and they certainly do not require it. However, the Department of Justice working on behalf of Joe Biden, like a litigious Praetorian Guard, to go after certain individuals is a political hypocrisy deserving of criticism.

Judicial Watch, joined by other media groups, is suing the University of Delaware to open up Joe Biden's Senate files to the public. In those files may be the written sexual harassment complaint I filed with the Senate and notes regarding the events in 1993. Biden donated his voluminous collection of almost 2,000 files spanning the last three decades for safekeeping to his alma mater in 2012. The case for opening the files is now awaiting a decision from the Delaware State Supreme Court.


Comment: Biden has been operating within Washington's inner circles for decades. Trump, new to the system, was a liability to the status quo.


Seismograph

Shock waves in the Virginia gubernatorial election, can Biden help?

Biden McAuliffe
© Unknown
US President Joe Biden • Virginia governor candidate Terry McAuliffe
With 10 days to go before Election Day, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are locked in a close battle for governor of Virginia...

GOP Gains in Governor's Race

Highly respected pollster Monmouth University reports GOP Gains in Governor's Race

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are locked in a close battle for governor of Virginia. The last Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll of the race before the election marks a gain for the GOP candidate from prior polls. Youngkin's improved position comes from a widening partisan gap in voter engagement and a shift in voters' issue priorities, particularly around schools and the pandemic.

Youngkin (46%) and McAuliffe (46%) hold identical levels of support among all registered voters. This marks a shift from prior Monmouth polls where the Democrat held a 5-point lead (48% to 43% in September and 47% to 42% in August). A range of probabilistic likely electorate models* shows a potential outcome - if the election was held today - of anywhere from a 3-point lead for McAuliffe (48% to 45%) to a 3-point lead for Youngkin (48% to 45%). This is the first time the Republican has held a lead in Monmouth polls this cycle. All prior models gave the Democrat a lead (ranging from 2 to 7 points).

Comment: Pity the Democratic candidate who has the 'A' team out to rally for them.

See also: Doug Wilder, black former Virginia governor, rips Kamala Harris's church ad for McAuliffe


Footprints

Turkey to expel 10 ambassadors who called for activist's release

Erdogan/Kavala
© DPA/THISDAYLIVE
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan • Osman Kavala
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told his foreign minister to expel the ambassadors of 10 countries including Germany and the United States who appealed for the release of a jailed civil society leader.

The envoys issued a highly unusual joint statement on Monday saying the continued detention of Parisian-born philanthropist and activist Osman Kavala "cast a shadow" over Turkey.

The escalating row with the Western countries - most of which are also Nato allies - caps a torrid week for Turkey in which it was added to a global money-laundering and terrorism-financing blacklist and its currency plunged over fears of economic mismanagement and the risk of hyperinflation.

Erdogan, referring to a term used in diplomacy which signifies the first step before expulsion, stated:
"I have ordered our foreign minister to declare these 10 ambassadors as persona non grata as soon as possible. They must leave here the day they no longer know Turkey."
The ambassadors of the US, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden had called for a "just and speedy resolution" to Kavala's case.

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Arrow Down

Facebook takes down Bolsonaro video over false vaccine claim

Bolsonaro
© picture-alliance/dpa/Marcelo Camargo/Agencia Brazil
President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
Facebook late on Sunday removed a video by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro from its platforms, in which the far-right leader made a false claim that COVID-19 vaccines were linked with developing AIDS.

"Our policies don't allow claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill or seriously harm people," a Facebook spokesperson said on Monday.

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), COVID-19 vaccines approved by health regulators are safe for most people, including those living with HIV, the virus that causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS.

In July, Alphabet removed from Bolsonaro's YouTube channel videos in which the Brazilian president recommended using hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin against COVID-19, despite scientific proof that these drugs are not effective in treating the disease.

Since then, Bolsonaro has avoided naming both drugs on his live broadcasts, saying the videos could be removed and advocating "early treatment" in general for COVID-19.

Comment: Facebook has become one of several gatekeepers invested in narratives, not facts. It wants you to think that to refute its claims is futile. OANN is a mouthpiece, not a research network. It reports what it is told - and apparently so does Brazil's president.