Sounds Familiar

NYT

YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Patients with unexplained pneumonias started showing up at hospitals; within days, dozens were dead. The secret police seized doctors’ records and ordered them to keep silent. American spies picked up clues about a lab leak, but the local authorities had a more mundane explanation: contaminated meat.

It took more than a decade for the truth to come out.

In April and May 1979, at least 66 people died after airborne anthrax bacteria emerged from a military lab in the Soviet Union. But leading American scientists voiced confidence in the Soviets’ claim that the pathogen had jumped from animals to humans. Only after a full-fledged investigation in the 1990s did one of those scientists confirm the earlier suspicions: The accident in what is now the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg was a lab leak, one of the deadliest ever documented.

The Mask Debate

Although this debate was held nearly a year ago, it’s worth watching just to see how Denis Rancourt skillfully handles his opponent on the issue of mask mandates. Rancourt’s calm demeanor clearly gets to  Kyle Johnson, and in the last few minutes he is frustrated enough to resort to the “conspiracy theorist” epithet.

This Is Not Your Grandma’s Humane Society

Surely the foreign rescue dog racket was suspended due to the pandemic, yes?

No.

A rabid dog imported into the United States this month has sparked a public health investigation across several states.

Health officials say a dog brought to the U.S. from Azerbaijan that ended up with a family in Chester County, Pennsylvania began acting strangely. It later tested positive for rabies and was euthanized. At least 12 people were exposed to the animal.

The dog was one of 34 animals — 33 dogs and one cat — imported by an animal rescue organization from Azerbaijan to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on June 10.

That’s not a typo — Azerbaijan.

Shenanigan’s Afoot

Ridley

One of the subtexts of the debate over the origin of the pandemic concerns the role of the scientific journals. The magazines that publish scientific papers have become increasingly dependent on the fees that Chinese scientists pay to publish in them, plus advertisements from Chinese firms and subscriptions from Chinese institutions. In recent years observers have noticed that the news coverage of China in these magazines has begun to look a little less objective than it once did.

Unprecedented Increase

Dr. Roy Spencer

Secondly, since we don’t have good global energy imbalance measurements before this period, there is no justification for the claim, “the magnitude of the increase is unprecedented.” To expect the natural energy flows in the climate system to stay stable to 1 part in 300 over thousands of years has no scientific basis, and is merely a statement of faith. We have no idea whether such changes have occurred in centuries past.

Uninformed Consent

Western Standard;

At a press conference on the lawn of a Saskatoon high school, University of Saskatchewan Professors Dr. Francis Christian and family physician Dr. Chong Wong said students needed informed consent prior to COVID-19 vaccinations.

“The principle of informed consent is being consistently violated in this province for the m-RNA vaccine for our kids. I have not met a single vaccinated child or parent who has been adequately informed and who then understands the risks of this vaccine or its benefits,” said Christian, a clinical professor of general surgery.

Christian presented eight points he believed are required for informed consent. He said m-RNA vaccines were an experimental design never used on people before, and have never received full approval. In Canada, they have “interim authorization,” and in the U.S. it is “emergency use authorization.”

He questioned the emergency, given the average age of Canadian COVID-19 deaths was 83.8 years and the chances of a child dying of covid was under 0.003%.

Related; We’re so lucky you’re there to protect us, anonymous 25 year old CTV headline writer

When The FBI Does It, That Means That It’s Not Illegal

Glenn Greenwald;

The axis of liberal media outlets and their allied activist groups — CNN, NBC News, The Washington Post, Media Matters — are in an angry uproar over a recent report questioning the foreknowledge and involvement of the FBI in the January 6 Capitol riot. As soon as that new report was published on Monday, a consensus instantly emerged in these liberal media precincts that this is an unhinged, ignorant and insane conspiracy theory that deserves no consideration.

The original report, published by Revolver News and then amplified by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, documented ample evidence of FBI infiltration of the three key groups at the center of the 1/6 investigation — the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and the Three Percenters — and noted how many alleged riot leaders from these groups have not yet been indicted. While low-level protesters have been aggressively charged with major felonies and held without bail, many of the alleged plot leaders have thus far been shielded from charges.

The implications of these facts are obvious.

Margin Of Fraud

Georgia investigator’s notes reveal ‘massive’ election integrity problems in Atlanta

The bombshell report, constructed like a minute-by-minute diary, cited a litany of high-risk problems such as the double-counting of votes, insecure storage of ballots, possible violations of voter privacy, the mysterious removal of election materials at a vote collection warehouse, and the suspicious movement of “too many” ballots on Election Day.

“This seems like a massive chain of custody problem,” the contractor Carter Jones warned in the memo delivered by his firm Seven Hill Strategies to Raffensperger’s office shortly after the election.

That glaring notation was written around 4:00 p.m. on Election Day, when Jones observed absentee ballots arriving at the county’s central absentee scanning center at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena “in rolling bins 2k at a time.”

The document is here (pdf)

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