Friday, March 31, 2023

China Suspends Access to Western Scientists Searching for COVID Origins; The Week in whoppers: The Atlantic’s COVID-Origins Miscues, Rep. Bowman’s China Blinders and More, and other C-Virus related stories

China Suspends Access to Western Scientists Searching for COVID Origins:
Western scientists researching the origins of the coronavirus pandemic had their access to an international database suspended due to a complaint from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that they scooped data from a Chinese study.
The scientists—from the U.S., U.K., Canada and France—on Monday published a paper which said analysis of data from the start of the pandemic leant itself to the theory that COVID-19 emerged from a live animal in a wet market in Wuhan, a theory China supports.
The data, which itself caused controversy after being kept from the international community for three years, mysteriously disappeared from the database shortly after being uploaded in January this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The Chinese CDC contends researchers had removed the data to update their own paper.
The latest controversy only adds to the mystery over the origins of the pandemic, the search for which has been frustrated by obfuscation by China, Western officials have previously said. It comes as a growing number of U.S. intelligence agencies and medical experts are entertaining the possibility that the virus spread into the human population as a result of a lab leak. --->READ MORE HERE
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The week in whoppers: The Atlantic’s COVID-origins miscues, Rep. Bowman’s China blinders and more:
Diary of disturbing disinformation and dangerous delusions
This headline:
“The Strongest Evidence Yet That an Animal Started the Pandemic”
The Atlantic, Mar. 16
We say: If this is “strongest evidence” COVID started with “animals,” then the lab-leak theory looks likelier than ever. The new info comes from an analysis of genetic sequences collected from the Huanan Market in Wuhan, China. Yet a WHO official notes that the virus in question wasn’t actually found in any animal, nor did the study uncover proof that animals infected humans. Yes, The Atlantic headline is technically correct that the virus likely started with animals — but not necessarily a raccoon-dog, as it wants you to think; it could’ve also come from a bat infected with a bug brought to the lab.
This tweet:
Look, I think you should be able to be a billionaire if you can earn it, but just pay your fair share.
I think you ought to pay a minimum tax of 25%.
It’s about basic fairness.
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 18, 2023
We say: Biden keeps repeating this lie hoping folks will buy it. But as readers note in a warning Twitter slapped on his tweet, that 3% figure is based not on income but investment gains that could well turn into losses. Even if they don’t, they’re taxed when they’re sold and become income. Indeed, the average billionaire’s taxes is actually about 25% of his income, not 3%.

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