In newly FOIA'd emails, there are at least two instances of Fauci sending colleagues a paper about "gain of function" research potentially being relevant to COVID. Back when mentioning this prospect got you banned from social media and labeled a conspiracy theorist pic.twitter.com/2anDbJK9MI— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 2, 2021
Thomas Frank asks an excellent question.
If the lab leak hypothesis turns out to be true, what are the implications for liberalism which has wrapped itself in the cloak of technocracy and smug professional class expertise? What if it turns out those people are corrupt, self serving liars who have been laundering their politics as “science”?
“There was a time when the Covid pandemic seemed to confirm so many of our assumptions. It cast down the people we regarded as villains. It raised up those we thought were heroes. It prospered people who could shift easily to working from home even as it problematized the lives of those Trump voters living in the old economy.
Like all plagues, Covid often felt like the hand of God on earth, scourging the people for their sins against higher learning and visibly sorting the righteous from the unmasked wicked. “Respect science,” admonished our yard signs. And lo!, Covid came and forced us to do so, elevating our scientists to the highest seats of social authority, from where they banned assembly, commerce, and all the rest.
We cast blame so innocently in those days. We scolded at will. We knew who was right and we shook our heads to behold those in the wrong playing in their swimming pools and on the beach. It made perfect sense to us that Donald Trump, a politician we despised, could not grasp the situation, that he suggested people inject bleach, and that he was personally responsible for more than one super-spreading event. Reality itself punished leaders like him who refused to bow to expertise. The prestige news media even figured out a way to blame the worst death tolls on a system of organized ignorance they called “populism.”
But these days the consensus doesn’t consense quite as well as it used to. Now the media is filled with disturbing stories suggesting that Covid might have come — not from “populism” at all, but from a laboratory screw-up in Wuhan, China. You can feel the moral convulsions beginning as the question sets in: What if science itself is in some way culpable for all this? …”
There are really only three possibilities:
- COVID jumped naturally from a “smoking bat” even though there are none of these bats anywhere close to Wuhan
- COVID escaped from the Wuhan lab where gain of function research was being performed
- COVID was created in a lab somewhere else with gain of function research and was released to undermine China
There is one thing we know for sure.
If COVID jumped naturally from the “smoking bat” that no one has been able to find, then its spike protein has a row of four naturally occurring amino acids with a positive charge.
“Dalgleish and Sørensen claim that scientists working on Gain of Function projects took a natural coronavirus ‘backbone’ found in Chinese cave bats and spliced onto it a new ‘spike’, turning it into the deadly and highly transmissible SARS-Cov-2.
One tell-tale sign of alleged manipulation the two men highlighted was a row of four amino acids they found on the SARS-Cov-2 spike.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Sørensen said the amino acids all have a positive charge, which cause the virus to tightly cling to the negatively charged parts of human cells like a magnet, and so become more infectious.
But because, like magnets, the positively charged amino acids repel each other, it is rare to find even three in a row in naturally occurring organisms, while four in a row is ‘extremely unlikely,’ the scientist said.
‘The laws of physics mean that you cannot have four positively charged amino acids in a row. The only way you can get this is if you artificially manufacture it,’ Dalgleish told DailyMail.com. …”
How likely is that to have emerged naturally?
The people who do not believe in miracles made an exception for this one.
Why would the political and medical establishment dismiss this possibility out of hand? Dr. Robert Redfield who ran the CDC under Trump didn’t and said he believes it escaped from a lab. Trump himself raised the possibility that it escaped from a lab based on intelligence sources.
The true reason seems to be that the possibility that the lab leak theory was true was ruled out of bounds on the basis Trump Derangement Syndrome and the obsession with antiracism and that Fauci was weak and went along with the prevailing sentiment of the progressive herd to own Trump. The original Democrat position in January / February 2020 had been that “racism” is the real virus which they returned to after the death of George Floyd when public health experts endorsed the protests.
This was from June 4, 2020:
It was obvious at the time that “science” was being conflated with politics:
Note: The CDC declared that “racism” is a threat to public health in April.