NBC Narratives: The Science Around the Lab Leak Theory Hasn’t Changed. But Here’s Why Some Scientists Have

Give it to me straight, doc.

Sorry, we can’t do that because the truth about COVID might stoke “racism” and “xenophobia” and would embolden the “far right” and help Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

NBC Narratives:

“Chan said there had been trepidation among some scientists about publicly discussing the lab leak hypothesis for fear that their words could be misconstrued or used to support racist rhetoric about how the coronavirus emerged. Trump fueled accusations that the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a research lab in the city where the first Covid-19 cases were reported, was connected to the outbreak, and on numerous occasions he called the pathogen the “Wuhan virus” or “kung flu.”

 “At the time, it was scarier to be associated with Trump and to become a tool for racists, so people didn’t want to publicly call for an investigation into lab origins,” she said.

Now, more scientists are comfortable confronting the gamut of plausible theories — particularly given China’s opacity about the topic — although many still caution that entertaining the idea of a lab leak requires clear scientific proof, which hasn’t materialized.

“There has been no new evidence over the past 16 months that the virus had a lab origin,” said Maciej Boni, an associate professor of biology at Penn State University, who specializes in tropical disease epidemiology and viral evolution. …”

Well, that’s reassuring.

Everyone who suspected that “science” was being mixed up with politics and that the public health establishment wasn’t being completely candid and that “conspiracy theorists” might have a point have been vindicated. By all means, what bullshit would you like us to believe next?

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  1. “The Science Around the Lab Leak Theory Hasn’t Changed. But Here’s Why Some Scientists Have ”

    In watching such a situation, I am reminded of several things I always bear in mind :

    #1. I cannot ever know all of the truth.

    #2. That which I do come to think, after an investigation, I might get not correctly conclude.

    #3. Even if I do found out, and come to understand, what is essentially true in a situation, a high percentage of the populace will be heavily invested in NOT finding out, because they really do not want to know the truth.

    #4. Even if everyone wanted to know the truth, investigated carefully, and then came to the exact same conclusion, after the government-media-disinformation artists got through with us, we would fall out and fight each over what it meant, like a bunch of Indians…

  2. “First they come for the silk; then they come for the stone. Lastly, they come for the flesh and bone.”

  3. BTW, the current site banner is totally inappropriate. Your #1 site rule to commenters is not to promote violence, yet you advertise your view that killing Lincoln is a fine way to settle disputes. Do not be a hypocrite like our shared opponents. If we act and speak like them, we have no moral right to complain when they promote violence. Life is predicated on the mirror principle: it will reflect back on you what you project out onto others. Social Psychology 101. As compared to legitimate self-defense: force should be met with force, up to and including death. An eye for an eye is Social Psychology 102.

  4. The semantic way they are going to get around this is simple enough. WIV and Wuhan CDC employ roughly 1000 people between them. Many of them are collecting samples spelunking inaccessible batcaves that humans have never stepped foot in. They’ll admit that some field researcher tracked in on shoes or inhaled a particle that started it. They will claim it is a “natural” infection. We know that the disease requires somewhat close face to face contact breathing in a sneeze or cough. An afternoon in a damp dark cool bat cave collecting tick and lice samples would be a very likely species jump event. But it’ll be a non binary Lab v Farm infection. Neither a lab event nor a transmission in a pig farm from a bitten sow. That’s the word play leading up to the inevitable conclusion I’ve noticed in publications.

    • Re: the spelunking bat virus collectors:

      “Only three live viruses have been collected in the nearly 20 years since the SARS-CoV-1 epidemic. It also took more than 15 years after SARS-CoV-1 was discovered for the animal origin to be identified. There is nothing unusual in this. For instance, Ebola is thought to have a zoonotic origin (derived from nature), but its natural reservoir remains unknown 40 years later. The argument that the pool for SARS-CoV-2 has yet to be uncovered and, therefore, by Wade’s troubled logic, it must have been manufactured in a Chinese lab, is a false one generated for political purposes….”

      One snippet of a MUST-READ article that more than balances, negates, the Murdoch Sky News/ Fox News/ New York Times, etc. – “Wuhan lab leak” hybrid war propaganda.

  5. “Wuhan lab leak,” “Wu-flu,” “Kungflu,” etc. are politically correct because it is propaganda for the hybrid war against the remnants of ethnonational socialism/communism in China, and because it distracts and deflects blame for the very poor handling of the pandemic (millions have died unnecessarily) by the U.S. Empire and its satellites while executing the largest worker-to-elite transfer of wealth in world history..

    It is a popular opinion in China that the U.S. deliberately released it in Wuhan during the international military games in October, 2019.

    The propaganda is adamant about Chinese culpability but must remain vague or uncertain about whether it is a natural virus leaked by sloppy collecting and handling by the Chinese, or the deliberate product of engneering, because if it is engineered, the U.S. could also have done it, and the U.S. certainly does not want to curtail its biological weapons program or any other weapons.

  6. Approximately half of Americans polled now believe the “Wuhan lab leak” LIE that is being pushed by mainstream media and right-wing and synthetic-left independent media.

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