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    EcoHealth Alliance Gets Big Bucks for Risky Virus Research
    Analysis by Alexis Baden-Mayer
    September 17, 2020
    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/a...&rid=966607074

    (Good example of bad science )

    "STORY AT-A-GLANCE
    Gain-of-function research to alter coronaviruses for the infection of humans goes back to 1999 or earlier, years before the first novel coronavirus outbreak
    Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance, is a top scientific collaborator, grant writer and spokesperson for virus hunters and gain-of-function/dual-use researchers, in labs both military and civilian
    On behalf of the U.S. government, often the military, Daszak scours the globe for animal pathogens and brings them back to the lab to be catalogued, investigated and manipulated
    To learn that the closest known relative to SARS-CoV-2 has been in the care of the gain-of-function researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) for seven years does nothing to allay suspicions that the virus infected humans only after being tinkered with in a lab
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced a five-year, $82-million investment in a new global network of Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases, including gain-of-function experiments to “determine what genetic or other changes make [animal] pathogens capable of infecting humans”
    Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance, is a top scientific collaborator, grant writer and spokesperson for virus hunters and gain-of-function/dual-use researchers, in labs both military and civilian.

    Daszak works with dozens of high-containment laboratories around the world that collect pathogens and use genetic engineering and synthetic biology to make them more infectious, contagious, lethal or drug-resistant. These include labs controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense, in countries in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

    Many of these labs are staffed by former biological weapons scientists. (See Arms Watch's reports.1) Before the Biological Weapons Convention was ratified, this research was called what it is: biological weapons research. Now, it's euphemistically called gain-of-function or dual-use research.

    Gain-of-function research to alter coronaviruses for the infection of humans2 goes back to 1999 or earlier,3 years before the first novel coronavirus outbreak. On behalf of the U.S. government, often the military, Daszak scours the globe for animal pathogens and brings them back to the lab to be catalogued, investigated and manipulated.

    Daszak and others justify their research this way: If/When an outbreak of a new virus occurs, they can compare it to the ones in their labs, and maybe glean how the novel virus emerged. A recent Wired magazine article4 quoting Daszak described how a virus collected in 2012 was found to be a 96% match to SARS-CoV-2 in 2020:

    "The search for the source of SARS – which killed more than 770 people two decades ago – has given us a headstart for the current hunt.

    Wearing hazmat suits and equipped with mist nets, a team from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, together with the ecologist and president of EcoHealth Alliance Peter Daszak, ventured into limestone caves to collect faeces and blood samples from thousands of roosting bats before testing them for novel coronaviruses in the lab.

    'At the time, we were looking for SARS-related viruses, and this one was 20 percent different,' says Daszak. 'We thought it's interesting, but not high-risk. So we didn't do anything about it and put it in the freezer.'

    The group has found around 500 bat-borne viruses in China over the last 16 years, but only flagged those that most resembled SARS to the authorities – a lack of funding meant they couldn't further investigate the virus strain now known to be 96 percent genetically similar to the virus that causes Covid-19."

    Interesting though that story is, it fails to explain how SARS-CoV-2 evolved. Some scientists say it would take 50 years5 for RaTG13 to turn into SARS-CoV-2. Others propose theories6 on how the virus might have evolved so quickly, yet still suspect that it escaped from the Wuhan lab.

    Certainly, to learn that the closest known relative to SARS-CoV-2 has been in the care of the gain-of-function researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) for seven years does nothing to allay suspicions that the virus infected humans only after being tinkered with in a lab.7

    Still, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is going all-in on virus hunting. The institute just announced a five-year, $82-million8 investment in a new global network of Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases, including gain-of-function experiments to "determine what genetic or other changes make [animal] pathogens capable of infecting humans."

    Daszak's EcoHealth Alliance will receive $7.5 million9 from this grant. This is on top of $100.9 million10 that EcoHealth Alliance has received in government grants and contracts since 2003. (What was that Daszak said about how "a lack of funding meant they couldn't further investigate the virus strain now known to be 96-percent genetically similar to the virus that causes Covid-19"11)?

    Critics12 of virus hunting say scientists like Daszak could make a greater contribution to human health by going after the viruses that commonly infect humans, not the ones that never have. According to a 2018 Smithsonian Magazine report:13

    "Not everyone thinks that discovering viruses and their hotspots is the best way to prevent pandemics. Dr. Robert B. Tesh, a virologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, says we don't understand enough about zoonotic viruses to create predictive models. 'A lot of the stuff they produce is hype. … It's more PR than science.'"

    Daszak's research might be more hype14 and public relations than science, but the Department of Homeland Security's National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) has chosen to rely on it. NBIC gave Daszak's EcoHealth Alliance a $2.2-million15 contract (2016-2019) to create a "Ground Truth Network"16 of "subject matter experts" who could provide "contextual information pertaining to biological events."

    The context17 Daszak invariably provides is a compelling one. Destruction of forests and other encroachments on wildlife habitats, especially the hunting of wild animals and the sale of live animals in wet markets, is forcing humans and animals into uncomfortable proximity. This is bad for vulnerable and endangered species, as well as for humans who are at increasing risk for contracting novel zoonotic diseases.

    Who isn't shocked and appalled to learn that people eat bats, or that marvelously strange and adorable animals you've never heard of ― pangolins, civet cats ― have had their habitats destroyed and are now being sold for meat at live animal markets? Daszak's framing of the issue ― what has come to be known as the One Health approach ― has been heartily embraced by the U.S. military.

    But what if the stories being spun by Daszak and his fellow government-supported subject matter experts aren't supported by the evidence? Let's look at EcoHealth Alliance's story about Ebola and bushmeat.

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    False Narrative, Tragic Outcomes
    From 2011 to 2014, Ecohealth Alliance had a $164,480 purchase order contract from the Centers for Disease Control in Pittsburgh for "Bushmeat." No more information than that is available on that contract (HHSD2002011M41641P18), but the money likely funded a paper Daszak and his colleagues published in 2012.

    The 2012 paper,19 "Zoonotic Viruses Associated with Illegally Imported Wildlife Products," was used in August 2014, at the height of the West African Ebola pandemic, as the basis for a Newsweek article titled, "Smuggled Bushmeat Is Ebola's Back Door to America."20

    The article, which quoted an EcoHealth Alliance spokesperson, spread a false (not to mention racist and xenophobic) narrative, one that subsequently would be thoroughly debunked,21 that bushmeat smuggled to the U.S. from Africa could transmit Ebola to Americans.

    In January 2015, a meeting of the UK Bushmeat Working Group convened. The group countered Daszak's misinformation with the facts, in an article titled, "Ebola and Bushmeat: Myth and Reality."22 The article stated:

    "As the Ebola virus can remain viable in untreated carcasses for up to 3-4 days, there is a risk of transporting it to bushmeat markets (although there is no evidence of this to date).

    However, the risk of transmitting Ebola in bushmeat overseas to Europe or the USA is extremely low, given the total travel time and the fact that these carcasses are usually smoked (which probably inactivates the virus). The risk of spread to new areas lies with the movement of infected people, not infected meat."

    Tragically, the misinformation about bushmeat as a primary cause of Ebola transmission had already been communicated to West Africans in the midst of the crisis, through international health organizations, including Daszak's funder,23 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Daszak's misinformation campaign overshadowed the truth — that the only way Ebola was actually being transmitted during the pandemic was via contact with the bodily fluids of people sick with Ebola, or with their corpses.

    Perpetuating Mythical Theories
    The SARS pandemic is another instance where Daszak's theories didn't pan out. It is commonly accepted that the SARS pandemic began in 2002,24 when humans caught a bat virus from civet cats at a wet market in Guangdong, China. But Daszak and his collaborators admit they have no evidence to explain how the virus leapt from bats to civets to humans.

    SARS-CoV was found in civets at the Guangdong wet market, but civets aren't the natural reservoir of this virus. Bats are. Only the civets at the market — and no farm-raised or wild civets — carried the virus. None of the animal traders handling the civets at the market had SARS.

    When Daszak and his collaborators at the WIV25 searched the cave in Yunnan for strains of coronavirus similar to human versions, no single bat actually had SARS. Genetic pieces of the various strains would have to be recombined to make up the human version. Adding to the confusion, Yunnan is about 1,000 kilometers from Guangdong.

    So, how did viruses from bats in Yunnan combine to become deadly to humans, and then travel to civets and people in Guangdong, without causing any illnesses along the way during this 1,000 kilometer trip? No one knows. Just like no one knows how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, leapt from bats to pangolins to humans.

    (The most recent study, "Broad host range of SARS-CoV-2 predicted by comparative and structural analysis of ACE2 in vertebrates"26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,27 showed that the SARS-CoV-2, which infects human cells through binding of the viral Spike protein to ACE2, has a "very high" binding affinity to ACE2 in "Old World" monkeys apes, and humans.

    But in bats, the binding affinity is "low" and in pangolins it is "very low." The authors also noted that "neither experimental infection nor in vitro infection with SARS-CoV-2 has been reported for pangolins.")

    Daszak continues to tell his bat-origin story,28 but the science doesn't back it up. That ― along with the fact that dozens of labs conduct "gain-of-function"29 research on bat coronaviruses and there are troubling safety issues30 at these labs ― is why the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is investigating the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a lab.

    Inquiring Minds at the NIH Want to Know
    On July 8, the NIH sent a letter31 to Daszak asking EcoHealth Alliance to arrange for an inspection of the WIV by an outside team that would examine the facility's lab and records "with specific attention to addressing the question of whether WIV staff had SARS-CoV-2 in their possession prior to December 2019."

    The WIV and the Wuhan University School of Public Health are listed as subcontractors for EcoHealth Alliance under a $3.7-million NIH grant32 titled, "Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence."

    The two institutions also worked as collaborators under another $2.6-million grant,33 "Risk of Viral Emergence from Bats," and under EcoHealth Alliance's largest single source of funding, a $44.2 million sub-grant34 from the University of California at Davis for the PREDICT project (2015-2020).

    It's the $44.2-million PREDICT grant that EcoHealth Alliance used to fund35 the gain-of-function experiment by WIV scientist Zhengli Shi and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Ralph Baric.36

    Shi and Baric used genetic engineering and synthetic biology to create a "new bat SARS-like virus ... that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans." Daszak described the work being done by Shi and Baric in a 2019 interview:37

    "You can manipulate them [coronaviruses] in the lab pretty easily. Spike protein drives a lot of what happens with the coronavirus, zoonotic risk. So, you can get the sequence, you can build the protein, and we work with Ralph Baric at UNC to do this. Insert it into a backbone of another virus, and do some work in the lab."

    The work, "A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence,"38 published in Nature in 2015 during the NIH's moratorium39 on gain-of-function research, was grandfathered in because it was initiated before the moratorium (officially called the U.S. Government Deliberative Process Research Funding Pause on Selected Gain-of-Function Research Involving Influenza, MERS and SARS Viruses), and because the request by Shi and Baric to continue their research during the moratorium was approved by the NIH.

    As a condition of publication, Nature, like most scientific journals, requires40 authors to submit new DNA and RNA sequences to GenBank, the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information Database. Yet the new SARS-like virus Shi and Baric created wasn't deposited41 in GenBank until May 2020.

    Why Stop With Wuhan?
    NIH is right to require that the WIV's lab and records be opened to outside inspectors. But why is the government focusing on just one of EcoHealth Alliance's projects, when the organization has received $100.9 million42 in grants, primarily from the Department of Defense, to sample, store and study bat coronaviruses at labs around the world?

    Coronaviruses, both those that have been collected from animals and those that have been created through genetic engineering and synthetic biology, at all of these labs should be compared with SARS-CoV-2.

    Daszak's collaborators working under contracts with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) aren't allowed to conduct gain-of-function research unless specifically approved to do so by the Potential Pandemic Pathogen Care and Oversight (P3CO) committee. This committee was set up as a condition for lifting43 the 2014-2017 moratorium on gain-of-function research.

    The P3CO committee operates in secret. Not even a membership list has been released. The only information provided to the public is that Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec44 appointed HHS Senior Science Advisor Christian Hassell45 as its chair.

    It's time to open the records of the PC3O committee's deliberations and decisions to examine all gain-of-function research on coronaviruses. And every lab manipulating these viruses should have their coronaviruses compared to SARS-CoV-2.

    The Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for its Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (now called the Biological Threat Reduction Program) isn't supposed to fund gain-of-function (what they call "dual-use"46) research at all.

    It's time to determine whether this prohibition on "dual-use" funding has been adhered to, especially in light of the investments the Pentagon is making across the globe in the construction of new laboratories for the "consolidation and securing of pathogens." DTRA's mission was to dismantle the biological weapons programs of hostile or destabilized countries.

    Instead it is being used to develop new biological weapons programs in dozens of countries around the world.

    Even if these programs are purely defensive, they proliferate, around the globe, pathogens with pandemic potential, even though it's been difficult to keep these dangerous germs under control here in the U.S. (See "The Global Proliferation of High-Containment Biological Laboratories: Understanding the Phenomenon and Its Implications,"47 and the Government Accountability Office's reports, "Biological Select Agents and Toxins: Actions Needed to Improve Management of DOD's Biosafety and Biosecurity Program,"48 and "High-containment Laboratories: Comprehensive and Up-to-Date Policies and Stronger Oversight Mechanisms Needed to Improve Safety"49).

    EcoHealth's Tentacles Reach Far and Wide
    EcoHealth Alliance is very much involved in the Pentagon's proliferation of high-containment biological laboratories. It is conducting DTRA-funded work in the following countries, which are all participants in the Pentagon's Biological Threat Reduction Program.50

    •Tanzania — In Tanzania, a country that is considered only "partly free,"51 which has a history of foreign medical experimentation52 and which didn't ratify the Biological Weapons Convention53 until 2019, EcoHealth Alliance has a $5-million Pentagon contract,54 "Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever: Reducing an Emerging Health Threat in Tanzania."

    Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF)55 is a tick-borne disease, originally only infecting animals, that was discovered by Ottis and Calista Causey while working for the Rockefeller Foundation in Nigeria. There was only ever one case56 of CCHF in Tanzania, and that was in 1986.

    Gain-of-function research57 on CCHF is being conducted at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) to determine the "mechanisms of CCHF transmission including development of CCHF tick and animal infection methods and CCHF tick-animal transmission models." (The National Bio and Agro Defense Facility will take over the mission of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and become the lead facility for Foreign Animal Disease research.)

    The National Bio and Agro Defense Facility Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Disease team's CCHF Virus Surveillance Project58 is investigating "the interface between tick vectors, livestock and pastoralist and resource-poor farming communities in Tanzania" as well as the disease's "molecular pathogenesis."

    Tanzania is the origin of chikungunya,59 a mosquito-borne virus that the U.S. has long cultivated60 as a potential biological weapon. according to a patent61 held by the University of Texas for a "chimeric" chikungunya virus created through genetic engineering and synthetic biology:

    "The 39 documented laboratory infections reported by HHS in 1981 strongly suggest that Chikungunya virus is infectious via aerosol route. Chikungunya virus was being weaponized by the U.S. Army army when the offensive program was terminated."

    Tanzania is one62 of the countries where bat coronaviruses were collected for the PREDICT63 project. Tanzania has one Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) laboratory, the privately owned Ifakara Health Institute,64 which is partnering with PREDICT65 to launch "concurrent surveillance of wildlife and people in at-risk areas for viral spillover and spread."

    •South Africa — In South Africa, which had a notorious apartheid-era biological weapons program,66 EcoHealth Alliance has a $5-million Pentagon contract67 (2019-2024), "Reducing the Threat of Rift Valley Fever Through Ecology, Epidemiology and Socio-economics." This is on top of a $4.9-million grant68 (2014-2019), "Understanding Rift Valley Fever in the Republic of South Africa."

    The last human outbreak69 of Rift Valley Fever in South Africa occurred in 2010, when the government reported 237 confirmed cases, including 26 deaths from nine provinces. But there were also a few cases70 in 2018 among farmworkers who slaughtered infected animals during an outbreak in livestock. The fever can spread from animals to humans if they come into contact with the blood and other body fluids of an infected animal.

    The U.S. military has conducted offensive biological weapons research71 on Rift Valley Fever. South Africa's biological weapons program72 included the weaponization of Rift Valley Fever virus obtained from the U.S. government.

    Known as Project Coast, South Africa's biological weapons program murdered anti-apartheid activists with narcotics and poisons, and attempted a genocide of the black majority by spreading AIDS73 and by developing pathogens and vaccines74 that would selectively attack black people with illness, death and infertility.

    Dr. Wouter Basson,75 the project's top scientist, told Pretoria High Court in South Africa that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency threatened him with death, presumably to prevent him from revealing the deep connections between Project Coast and the U.S., which had forced President F. W. de Klerk to shut down the project and destroy its records.

    Basson named the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as his source of eight shipments76 of Ebola, Marburg and Rift Valley viruses, but claimed that he had obtained the viruses by posing as a medical researcher and hiding his affiliation with the South African Defense Forces.

    Surveys of bats in South Africa found no evidence77 of bats being natural carriers of Rift Valley Fever virus, but experiments have shown that bats can be infected78 with it in a laboratory setting.

    A bat coronavirus collected79 in South Africa in 2011 was thought to be the closest known relative of the MERS-CoV virus that emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012, until a 100-percent match for MERS-CoV was detected by Daszak and his colleagues in viral RNA fragments from an Egyptian tomb bat80 found near the home of one of the first MERS victims in Saudi Arabia.

    •Liberia — In Liberia, which didn't ratify the Biological Weapons Convention until 2016,81 EcoHealth Alliance has a $4.91-million82 Pentagon contract,83 "Reducing the Threat from High-risk Pathogens Causing Febrile Illness in Liberia." Febrile illnesses include Ebola, which has been the subject of some of the most controversial dual-use research.84

    While the U.S. has a sordid history of biological weapons experimentation on its own people — with conscientious objectors,85 military "volunteers,"86 and the general public87 as frequent subjects — there were some biological weapons tests88 the Department of Defense considered too unethical to perform within the continental U.S. Those tests were conducted in other countries, including Liberia.89

    Likewise, mirroring medical experimentation90 on African Americans, there is a history of colonial medical experimentation in Liberia going back to 1926 when the Firestone91 tire company financed surveys of local diseases they feared could curtail the profitability of their rubber plantations.

    More recently, a failed Pentagon-funded Ebola drug trial92 caused many Liberians to suspect that the subsequent Ebola outbreak was the fault of Tekmira, the pharmaceutical company that created TKM-100802. Doubt surrounded the official story, promoted93 by Daszak, that the West African Ebola outbreak happened because bats flew in with the Ebola Zaire virus from 2,500 miles away.

    In January 2014, the Phase I trial94 for TKM-100802 was launched, but put on clinical hold by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration due to high cytokine release in participants. In a dose-escalation, healthy volunteer study, one (of two) participants dosed at the highest level of 0·5 mg/kg experienced cytokine release syndrome.95

    Cytokine release syndrome96 is a pro-inflammatory reaction that occurs when activated lymphocytes and/or myeloid cells release soluble immune mediators following administration of certain therapeutic agents, especially monoclonal antibodies. Onset can be rapid (within hours of administration) and can be life-threatening.

    Ultimately, TKM-100802 proved useless97 for Ebola patients, but the Pentagon's $140-million98 investment, and the boost99 Tekmira's stock experienced on speculation that Ebola would soon spawn the next $1-billion drug,100 made many investors rich.

    Suspicions were raised because the TKM-100802 Phase I trial on healthy volunteers began in January 2014, before101 the first cases of the Ebola outbreak in March 2014.

    Later, the World Health Organization's Pierre Formenty traced the first case102 back to late December 2013, in Meliandou, Guinea. There, 50 meters from the home of patient zero, another researcher, Fabian Leendertz,103 found DNA fragments that matched the Angolan free-tailed bat, a species known to survive experimental infections with Ebola.

    Then, Daszak's EcoHealth team found viral RNA fragments104 of Ebola Zaire in a greater long-fingered bat, captured in 2016 in Liberia's Sanniquellie-Mahn District, which borders Guinea. There was a 1982 article105 in Annals of Virology in which a trio of Germans reported finding Ebola antibodies in 26 of 433 Liberians (6%). Bats aren't the only place to look for Ebola.

    There's a BSL-4 lab that was handling Zaire Ebola before the pandemic in Kenema, Sierra Leone. This is where international law attorney Francis Boyle,106 a drafter of the U.S. Biological Weapons and Anti-Terrorism Act passed into law in 1981, believes the pandemic originated.

    There's also Liberia's Monkey Island. As the Washington Post reported,107 that's where 66 chimpanzees have been since 2004, when they were abandoned by the American scientists at the Liberian labs of the New York Blood Center. From 1974 to 2004, the New York Blood Center captured wild chimps, engaged them in medical experimentation and then released them back into the jungle in a project known as Vilab II108 (Virology Lab II), which maintained a colony of 200 chimps.

    Vilab II was built from the remnants of the Liberian Institute of Tropical Medicine. Built by Firestone in 1946, the Liberian Institute of Tropical Medicine had once employed 60 scientists, but by 1974, medical doctor Earl Reber109 was there alone with eight chimps. The roots of the Liberian Institute of Tropical Medicine go back to the research begun in 1926 by Harvard Department of Tropical Medicine chief Richard Pearson Strong.

    Virus hunters like Daszak should have a keen interest in a population of chimpanzees that, for nearly 100 years, has been caught, injected with viruses and then released back into the wild, especially considering the work of the researchers who handled the chimps.

    The New York Blood Center is at the center of a theory110 on the origin of HIV/AIDS, that it came from a contaminated Hepatitis B vaccine the center distributed to gay men from 1978-1981. The New York Blood Center also tested111 its vaccine on Liberians.

    Richard Pearson Strong112 is infamous for killing 13 men when he infected a group of 24 inmates of Manila's Bilibid Prison with plague through a contaminated cholera vaccine. That was prior to his work113 in Liberia, which is only now being explored, and also involved experiments with humans as well as chimpanzees.

    •Georgia — EcoHealth Alliance has a $6.5-million Pentagon grant114 for "Understanding the Risk of Bat-borne Zoonotic Disease Emergence In Western Asia" (2017-2022).

    Arms Watch115 reports that this grant involves genetic studies on coronaviruses in 5,000 bats collected in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Jordan. The studies were conducted at the Lugar Center, a $161-million Pentagon-funded biolaboratory in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi. Russia claims116 the Georgia lab is the site of a U.S. biological weapons program.

    According to USASpending.gov,117 EcoHealth Alliance has received $2.88 million in grants for work in Georgia. The Lugar Center is one of the labs that hosts EcoHealth Alliance's Western Asia Bat Research Network.118

    •Malaysia — In Malaysia, which is only now in the process of creating a legislative framework119 for enforcing the Biological Weapons Convention, EcoHealth Alliance had a $1.6-million Pentagon grant120 (2017-2019) for "Serological Biosurveillance for Spillover of Henipaviruses and Filoviruses at Agricultural and Hunting Human Animal Interfaces in Peninsular Malaysia."

    There are no known cases of filovirus infections in humans in Malaysia. But Malaysia is the origin of the Nipah virus,121 first recognized in 1999, during an outbreak among farmers and farmworkers in factory farms and slaughterhouses producing pork.

    The virus spread to Singapore. In all, there were 265 cases of acute encephalitis with 105 deaths, and the billion-dollar pig-farming industry nearly collapsed. No new outbreaks have been reported in Malaysia since 1999.

    Nipah virus, a zoonotic pathogen for which no treatments exist, is the inspiration for the film "Contagion."122 The virus can only be experimented on in BSL-4 laboratories. The National Bio and Agro-Defence Facility in Kansas will be the first biocontainment facility123 in the U.S. where research on Nipah and Ebola (a filovirus) can be conducted on livestock.

    In 2019, Nipah Malaysia was among the deadly virus strains shipped124 from Canada's National Microbiology Lab to the WIV. Henipaviruses,125 in the paramyxovirus family, were the first emerging diseases linked to bats.

    In June 2012, in the same Chinese cave126 (actually an old copper mine where workers doing cleanup had become sick and died) in which Daszak's WIV colleagues found SARS-CoV-2's most closely related coronavirus, another frequent collaborator of Daszak's, Zhiqiang Wu of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, found a new henipavirus-like pathogen in a rat, naming it the "Mojiang paramyxovirus,"127 after the county in Yunnan province where it was found.

    Malaysia was the planned site of a BSL-4 laboratory run by the pharmaceutical company Emergent Biosolutions128 for the production of a halal version of the BioThrax vaccine. But that project failed.129

    In addition to the Pentagon funding, Dazsak obtained $1.7 million in grants130 (2002-2005) from NIH's Fogarty International Center for "Anthropogenic Change & Emerging Zoonotic Paramyxoviruses." In 2012-2014, Daszak had a $569,700 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Service for "Development of a Great Ape Health Unit in Sabah, Malaysia."

    Daszak has a new National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant,131 "Understanding Risk of Zoonotic Virus Emergence in EID Hotspots of Southeast Asia," for $1.5 million (2020). The grant is for an "Emerging Infectious Diseases - South East Asia Research Collaboration Hub (EID-SEARCH)" that "brings leaders in emerging disease research from the U.S., Thailand, Singapore and the three major Malaysian administrative regions together to build an early warning system to safeguard against pandemic disease threats. This team will identify novel viruses from Southeast Asian wildlife [and] characterize their capacity to infect and cause illness in people …"

    Other Pentagon Contracts

    EcoHealth Alliance had a $1-million Pentagon contract132 (2017-2019) for an Inbound Bio-event Information System (IBIS), "a web-based application and early warning system for global infectious disease bio-events that threaten the U.S. via international transportation networks."

    EcoHealth Alliance also had another $4.5-million Pentagon contract (HDTRA115C0041133) for 2015-2017. No other information is available on this contract other than that it is for "Applied Research/Exploratory Development" in the "Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)."

    •Department of Homeland Security Contracts — EcoHealth Alliance has a $566,300 contract (2019-2021) with the Department of Homeland Security for the Rapid Evaluation of Pathogens to Prevent Epidemics in Livestock (REPEL) project134 "to apply biological-based, pathogen agnostic medical countermeasure vaccine and diagnostic platforms to develop foreign animal and emerging zoonotic livestock disease vaccines."

    •Department of Health and Human Services Funding — Daszak obtained a $300,000-grant135 in 2012 from NIH's Fogarty International Center for research on "Comparative Spillover Dynamics of Avian Influenza In Endemic Countries." While most of the research listed in the "results" section of the grant are flu-related, it also includes the WIV's paper,136 "Isolation and Characterization of a Bat SARS-like Coronavirus that Uses the ACE2 Receptor."137

    Daszak was given $3.7 million in grants138 (2002-2012) from NIH's Fogarty International Center for "The Ecology, Emergence And Pandemic Potential of Nipah Virus in Bangladesh."

    The grants Daszak used to support the work of the WIV were a $3.7-million grant139 (2014-2020) "Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence," and a $2.6-million grant140 (2008-2012) "Risk of Viral Emergence From Bats," each from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

    •U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Funding

    In Thailand, EcoHealth Alliance has a $647,200-grant141 for "One Health Workforce - Next Generation" (2019-2020).

    Alexis Baden-Mayer is political director for the Organic Consumers Association (OCA). www.organicconsumers.org To keep up with OCA's news and alerts, sign up here: https://advocacy.organicconsumers.or...03/subscribe/1
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    Very interesting astrological report from Ang Stoic this week which pertains to some issues that have been central to this discussion.
    I've posted the whole report here:
    http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...61#post1378561

    But have quoted a bit from it as follows:

    "We are feeling enormous pressure to remove obstacles and distractions from our lives, focus our attention on more efficient methods and means by which to improve our personal path. However, we are also challenged by the evolutionary needs and soul desires of the collective as a square for this lunation to the Lunar Nodes reveals a severe misalignment between our individual ego and common humanity's quest for truth. Is truth something that is objectively definable or, in the post-modernist sense, subject to each individual's perceived interpretation? This question rattles us as a sentient species. The imbalance created here at this point in history merely tests how much our individual aims, as indicated by the Virgo Supermoon, are currently out-of-sync with what the universe is wanting from us. This creates an enormous disconnection and divisiveness between us."

    ( And here is a little addendum to this past week's astro report from Ang, which is retrospect, is spot-on for me, at least...):

    https://angstoic.com/2020/09/sun-opposition-neptune/


    "Be mindful that the world is subtly shifting into turbocharged hypercriticism.

    While tangible in the short run, heightened discrimination, belligerent pedantry, threatening-by-numbers, medical bullying, death-alarmism and all-round do-gooder freakouts contribute to an atmosphere of micro-tyranny and intimidation.

    Ultimately, this shuts down creativity, destroys momentum, ceases productivity and, although not visible, causes long term psychological damage. If you’re the sensitive, artistic or ‘spiritual’ kind or just really insecure, be discerning where you plonk yourself."
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    Title of thread
    I posted this: "I noticed that the title to a thread that I started has been changed.
    (I thought the thread starter was supposed to be consulted before that happens, but maybe I was wrong.)
    The new title is Scientific Materialism vs. Truth (re Covid-19). The last part (re Covid-19) was just tacked on yesterday, I think.
    I really didn't intend for the thread to be limited to Scientific Materialism vs. Truth just as it relates to Covid-19.
    Could we change it back again to the way it was?
    Thanks."
    here:http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...=1#post1378554

    (I see it was changed back quickly. Any feedback, suggestions re a better title welcome. )
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    Natalie (and all),
    I think the point of how many (all) of our experiences at the moment are twisted up in the covid plandemic is important and seems to deny all logic (mine anyway). When something so deviously destructive is so neatly packaged, that demands questions and WE HAVE THEM.

    How did one "grouping" of ideas based on one approach modeling of a worst case scenario, one POV of the steps to take become gospel?
    Why are all differing views being officially squelched by those governmental bodies (including the "scientific bureaucracies and effectivly what are communication public utilities MSM, Google/facebook/twitter ETC.)
    What is the motivation of a simulataneous global rescinding of common sense (being that when the worst case is seen to be WRONG, then the emergency is scaled back).
    WHO made themselves the boss (including W.H.O) of our personal "health" and When DID this seeming "Conspire piracy" of our basic rights begin?

    The Title of the thread works on many levels, if one is asking about the Truth of a situation which has obliterated Prosperity, divided Community, undermined Trust and seems to have landed us in Crazy Town and Country. BUT also, it works because IMO scientific Materialism denotes a clockwork reality which is denied (God is in parenthesis because I cannot say God without knowing how little I know of God) as the organizing principle... an intelligence behind matter means there is (God). This has been orchestrated by a Spirit that IMO hates a Creator larger than oneself. I think "the threat to the system of control" is because there is a Communicative Intelligence (God) we can access as Consciousness (yes, I admit that is my belief based on my experience) and be uncontrollable.

    If (God) exists despite ideas about "Who?What?How?Why? When?Where? IS Creator", that Truth cannot really be erased. Best to create an alternate so Science which is open ended becomes Scientism and is made GOD. Scientism created a belief, in OUR MINDS, in it's power and declared Science MUST NOT BE CHALLENGED by us ordinary men and women. That creation of a Science is Religion which is to be worshipped, means inconvenient Truth is Heresy and Heretics are to be shunned. I am paraphrasing many who think this is the case, so I am in a huge company of others.

    I already questioned like many why Science and (God) should not be coherent? Intelligent design is OBVIOUS in nature. I know that once upon a time, RELIGION became a BOSS of us and was/is horrifically evilishly controling. Now Scientism becomes that control and gatekeeper. Our personal ability to discern the difference between Truth and the Bureaucratic party line is also OBVIOUSLY anathema to the agenda. I am happy about one thing. The worse it gets, the more people cannot just ignore the horror. I saw this today about intelligent Design.

    Quote MindMatters: Opening One's Mind to the Implications of Intelligent Design
    Corey Schink, Harrison Koehli, Elan Martin
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    Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00 UTC


    One of the most profoundly enlightening and potentially life-changing areas of study one can pursue today is that of intelligent design: the idea that life, in so many of its forms, is so complex - and on so many levels - that it couldn't possibly have come into being without the information injected into it by some form of 'higher intelligence'. While one cannot say with absolute certainty what that 'higher intelligence' may actually be, or whence it comes (or how it 'designs'), the conclusion that human beings - and much of physical reality itself - is no mere series of accidents is now quite clear. Anyone paying attention to the data, science and logic of ID research can plainly see it.

    All of this understanding, however, begs for more questions. For instance: If the 'information system' hypothesis of reality is correct, then what does that say about the nature of the mind and its relationship to information? If information is 'non-material' in the sense that we understand physical reality, what does that suggest about the state of reality itself? And does the dogmatic, materialistic, neo-Darwinist worldview effectively block one's mind from assimilating real knowledge of the world and expanding on our understanding of consciousness itself, and of ourselves, as carriers of information? The implications for these lines of inquiry are as staggering as they are endless. And considering how limiting and damaging the 'accidental worldview' - and all of its offshoots are - perhaps it's time that humanity at large now comes to know what's truly at stake.

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    Hypnosis is about making an illusion come real, or seem real
    This can be used for good or otherwise.
    By implication, it enlists the subconscious which can not tell the difference between truth and falsehood --if you dont believe this read the late Dr David Hawkins book "Power vs Force"

    So what is happening just now is mass hypnosis.
    Do the right thing --wear a mask-- get the test --oh wait a minute we have run out of tests -- this creates demand.
    When you are tested you are taking a step to normality. You can go to work.
    It will be necessary for you to be tested regularly -- establishing a routine.Join the que with mask on.
    Be responsible get vaccinated --its the only way that you can go to --you name it.
    Of course you will need the new app -- I mean passport to freedom.
    If it shows green then you are safe to mix, of course maintaining the two-meter distance still wearing a mask of course.

    Top scientists not named in UK are strongly suggesting a two week total lockdown in October --least inconvenience as the schools have a break then.
    What small buisness can survive this stop go. Open close.
    80% 0f the population UK employed in small businesses.

    Online firm expanding

    The moment you turn on local radio in UK your are assaulted with "Get tested, save a life, control the virus" or similar sound bites,
    These are adverts paid for by you.

    Got the NHS letter get the flu jab now -- the best reason for coming out of the house -- honestly thats what the letter said.

    Hypnosis NLP relies on repetition -- what we have now is pure propaganda propelled by fear.
    The lie propagated to create fear is that this virus is novel -- its exceedingly dangerous, it has after affects, every cold flue etc can have all of this put on it.
    The current virus has similar mortality to seasonal flu.

    So the whole economy of the world is trashed --why why why?
    Well the saviour is coming --Global reset, Vaccine, One world unelected Government.
    AND people will welcome all of this as they are in a trance state manufactured by what I have said here.

    The antidote follow the suggestions of David Icke.
    Listen to him repeatedly --even if you dont believe all he says.
    Dont acquiesce etc.

    Hypnosis is a science that is proven to work -- it is very effective.

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    Quote Posted by Jayke (here)
    Quote Posted by silvanelf (here)
    metaphysics, a branch of philosophy which is based on rational thinking, but it has no support in empirical facts

    Some major topics which belong to the field of metaphysics:
    • questions about space and time
    • the relation between the mental and the physical
    • free will
    • ethics
    • aesthetics
    With the exception of maybe free will, the other items on the list are measurable with empirical facts, so they’d just be classed under ‘physics’ rather than metaphysics.

    Space is measurable i.e. volume.
    Time i.e. Versor algebra (music)
    Relation between mental and physical i.e. neuroscience.
    Ethics i.e. character analysis, a subset of neuroscience.
    Aesthetics i.e. geometry and proportion (classical art).

    You can discuss these things philosophically of course but they all have a basic set of physically measurable principles behind them. I’d find it curiously unscientific to suggest otherwise.
    Your reflections on these topics look pretty shallow to me. Here are just two of these topics:


    Questions about Space and Time

    I used the wording "questions about space and time" for a reason -- here are some remarks taken from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

    Quote One can ask whether space is (a) a real thing—a substance—a thing that exists independently of its inhabitants, or (b) a mere system of relations among those inhabitants. And one can ask the same question about time.

    [...]

    There is also the question of temporal passage—the question whether the apparent “movement” of time (or the apparent movement of ourselves and the objects of our experience through or in time) is a real feature of the world or some sort of illusion. In one way of thinking about time, there is a privileged temporal direction marking the difference between the past, present, and future.
    https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/metaphysics/#SpaTim


    Ethics

    Quote Posted by Jayke (here)
    Ethics i.e. character analysis, a subset of neuroscience.
    You are using a strange interpretation of the word ethics. Here is the usual meaning of "Ethics", it has nothing to do with "character analysis":

    Quote Ethics (or Moral Philosophy) is concerned with questions of how people ought to act, and the search for a definition of right conduct (identified as the one causing the greatest good) and the good life (in the sense of a life worth living or a life that is satisfying or happy).
    https://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_ethics.html

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    Quote Posted by silvanelf (here)
    Your reflections on these topics look pretty shallow to me. Here are just two of these topics:


    Questions about Space and Time

    I used the wording "questions about space and time" for a reason -- here are some remarks taken from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

    Quote One can ask whether space is (a) a real thing—a substance—a thing that exists independently of its inhabitants, or (b) a mere system of relations among those inhabitants. And one can ask the same question about time.

    [...]

    There is also the question of temporal passage—the question whether the apparent “movement” of time (or the apparent movement of ourselves and the objects of our experience through or in time) is a real feature of the world or some sort of illusion. In one way of thinking about time, there is a privileged temporal direction marking the difference between the past, present, and future.
    https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/metaphysics/#SpaTim


    Ethics

    Quote Posted by Jayke (here)
    Ethics i.e. character analysis, a subset of neuroscience.
    You are using a strange interpretation of the word ethics. Here is the usual meaning of "Ethics", it has nothing to do with "character analysis":

    Quote Ethics (or Moral Philosophy) is concerned with questions of how people ought to act, and the search for a definition of right conduct (identified as the one causing the greatest good) and the good life (in the sense of a life worth living or a life that is satisfying or happy).
    https://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_ethics.html
    What madness is this??



    Ummm, hate to burst your bubble SilvanElf, but if you knew anything about the neuroscience of character analysis, you’d see it has everything to do with ‘right conduct’, ‘the good life’, ‘happiness’ etc. Seriously read Wilhelm Reichs books on ‘The Function of the Orgasm’ and ‘Character Analysis’ before advertising your ignorance any further. It’s definitely not I who has a shallow understanding of these concepts, I can assure you that. These things are perfectly empirically measurable. A lack of insight and investigation into a science doesn’t automatically demote it to metaphysics status. That’s as shallow as me saying spaceshuttles fly on witchcraft because I haven’t studied ‘combustible chemistry’.

    How about instead of looking in an ‘encyclopaedia of philosophy’, you look in the ‘journals of science’, since this is a discussion about science and not philosophy. Time and Space are perfectly measurable dimensions in scientific circles, even if you can find them discussed from a philosophical perspective.

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    Metaphysics means 'beyond science' so I wouldn't call it a demotion.

    The title, framed as it is, is a negative discussion, since if the truth is the side of opposition then materialism must already be untrue. Cased closed.

    So the discussion is about agreeing with the op or not.

    And, ethics, is merely the modification of a moral stance to suit a lifestyle or questionable choice. Ethics is the excuse for immoral behavior, whether justified or not. The way the word might be dissected in a scholarly setting is moot.

    Both space and time are reference frames, where one proves the other. Time especially, is considered, from a physics standpoint, to be arbitrary. Space has the same difficulty, since Einstein removed the ether. You can't isolate a piece of time or space for study.

    Things in the same realm as space and time:
    electron, photon, magnetism, strong and weak force, consciousness, god
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    Default Re: Materialistic Science, Scientific Materialism... and Truth

    This was not my intention:
    Quote The title, framed as it is, is a negative discussion, since if the truth is the side of opposition then materialism must already be untrue. Cased closed.
    So the discussion is about agreeing with the op or not.
    You have to remember that in the OP, I was using the term "scientific materialism" as it applies to the use of science and/or "junk science" for profit or for the furtherance of questionable goals rather than legitimate and ethical goals.
    Therefore, I wanted to look at the battle between scientific materialism and science that is truly in positive service to life, including the gray areas. of which there are many.
    Straying too far into "pure science", scientific theory, philosophy, etc. is what has given Bill reason to think the thread needs to be split, and he may be right.
    Although the discussion about how spirituality can get left out of scientific materialism as defined both ways, is still on topic, and created an interesting expansion.

    Quote See: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/materialism
    Definition:" the philosophical theory that regards matter and its motions as constituting the universe, and all phenomena, including those of mind, as due to material agencies."
    Also:
    "preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values."(--thus leaving out the higher faculties of intuition, imagination, conscience. )

    So actually, the term as it is defined both ways dovetail quite nicely and fit very well into this discussion, imho.

    Also, the focus should be on when lies are being told by omission--that is, when things like 5G or vaccines are claimed to be safe and the science proving it to be "settled" when there have been no legitimate studies at all that have actually proven that. Especially when the studies that have supposedly proven safety have been shown to be inaccurate, the facts skewed, or facts omitted or obfuscated.)
    The above was posted here: http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...=1#post1378337

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    The title, framed as it is, is a negative discussion, since if the truth is the side of opposition then materialism must already be untrue. Cased closed.

    So the discussion is about agreeing with the op or not.
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    Requesting that Jayke and Silvanelf take their debate to a different thread, starting around here:
    http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...=1#post1378852
    ...as they have strayed too far off topic.
    This thread was not intended to be focused solely on pure science, science theory, etc. Thanks.

    update: I was thinking about an alternative title for this thread and came up with "Junk Science, Censorship, Lies and NWO Agendas"
    But given how much of the discussion has already been about scientific materialism, I think changing the title at this point would just cause more confusion, especially to new readers.
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    Okay, Onawah, I get it. I remember what spun off this thread, now.

    The problem seems to be in the interpretation of the data collected in general. The data is immediately tagged with the current bias, and no alternative can be discussed because if it is all it does is cause noise in an otherwise clear signal. The working model cannot accommodate anti-synthetical arguments. Its purpose is to synthesize data, to absorb it into the whole.

    In a purely mechanistic universe the rules are different, the laws act differently, than they do in an electrical universe. The reason has to do with the electron itself, and for that matter the photon as well, and the definitions of space and time, and Einstein`s Theories, and the counter intuitive quantum constraints on logic itself. The mechanistic world view is the old view, the view of the 18th and 19th centuries. The 20th century has been about the changing of the old guard, but they will not go quietly into the dark night. Instead they rage against the fury of the truth and ravage her in the name of their egos. This will change.

    The mechanistic world view is a bias, a cult, that has changed the world and now the world believes in its promise. It is a cult because we go through 17 years of institutionalized instruction, intended to rewire the brains of the young, albeit with good intent. But all institutions indoctrinate, as part of the natural survival mechanism of the institution, whose survival is paramount, obviously. An institution cannot be wrong in its mandate, or else its reason for existence will be threatened - along with the livelihoods of the many who depend on the institution for survival. There is strong resistance to change, even small ones. Foundational change is impossible...until it isn`t, and becomes obvious to all.

    That day is drawing near thanks to people like you who keep battering against the fortifications. Like the walls of Jericho, they will give way under the relentless assault.

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    Free Energy in itself would free the Truth! Thanks Ernie--good points, and putting it all in perspective!

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    I just noticed that this thread was moved from the "Alternative Science" sub-forum under "General Discussion" to the sub-forum "Covid-19 (the coronavirus)".
    As I've explained several times, from the very first post and after, it was not my intention to focus the discussion on Covid-19.
    So I am requesting that the Mods please move it back to Alternative Science. It was a difficult choice to make, but I think it was the right one.
    Thanks!
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    (Or maybe "Materialistic Science, Scientific Materialism... and Truth" would better cover all the bases.)

    Speaking of Materialistic Science, check out:
    http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...=1#post1378837

    About The Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination: “Protecting Health & Autonomy in the 21st Century,” sponsored by NVIC, which will be held online October 16 to 18, 2020


    And check out the list of talks, among which are the following great examples of how Materialistic Science is running amuck in our world today (and this is just in the realm of vaccines!):

    Jacob Puliyel, M.D. — Redefining Vaccine Reactions to Erase Evidence of Harm

    Alan Kassel — Consensus Science Is Not Science Because Science Is Never Settled

    Meryl Nass, M.D. — From Anthrax to COVID-19: What You Need to Know About One Company Making a Coronavirus Vaccine

    Theresa Deisher, Ph.D. — Ethical Vaccines and The Use of Human Fetal Cells to Make Vaccines

    Michael Farris, J.D. — Why Homeschooling Is Under Attack and What You Can Do About It

    Rabbi Michoel Green — Ethical Questions on Mandatory Vaccination: Respecting Life and Guarding Your Soul

    Bishop Joseph Strickland — Rejecting the Culture of Death to Embrace the Sanctity of Life

    Eric Metaxas — The Role of Freedom of Conscience for Martin Luther and the Protestant Religion

    Stephanie Christner, D.O. — The Shrinking Medical Vaccine Exemption Handcuffing Doctors and Increasing Vaccine Risks

    Alvin Moss, M.D. — Why and How Vaccine Mandates Violate the Ethical and Legal Right to Informed Consent

    Larry Palevsky, M.D. — The Physician's Duty to First Do No Harm

    Bob Sears, M.D. — When Public Policy Invalidates Professional Judgment: A Pediatrician's Experience

    David Brownstein, M.D. — Since When Did It Become a Crime to Support the Immune System?

    Marco Cáceres — Tyranny of the Experts: Who's Fact Checking the Fact Checkers?

    State Sen. Heidi Sampson — Under the Influence: The Vaccine Mandate Lobby Influencing State Legislatures

    Sheila Ealey — When Mothers are Silenced, Children Suffer

    Andrew Kaufman, M.D. — Psychological Warfare in the COVID-19 Era

    Vera Sharav — Doctors Guilty of Medical Atrocities: From Auschwitz to Tuskegee, Willowbrook and Beyond

    The article continues on as follows:
    "There was a very bad vaccine bill [that] passed in Virginia, one of the worst that has ever been passed. That is a bill that would codify into law the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendations without public hearings, without input really to the legislators, without a vote by the legislator.

    Whenever the ACIP makes a recommendation that children should use a certain vaccine, in Virginia it will automatically be put onto the state mandated list [of vaccines] for children to attend school.

    The Board of Health will do a review, but the Board of Health is politically appointed. So, basically, what Virginia did is they cut the people out of the process. No longer will there be a vote. So, all the advocacy work that we're encouraging, that's how they're going to try to cut it off.

    I predict they're going to try to go state by state with this legislation they passed in Virginia and make every state that way, cutting the people out of the legislative process, which is a direct threat to democracy.”

    COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Are Expected
    Fisher is convinced any COVID-19 vaccine, which makes it through licensing approval by the FDA and is eventually recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, will eventually be mandated by state governments for all children. Clearly, the COVID-19 pandemic is unquestionably one of the greatest threats to freedom and liberty we’ve ever faced in modern history.

    The way that they will do that is [through] social sanctions. They will try to get businesses to make it a requirement that you have to have a COVID-19 vaccine in order to work in an office. They will make it mandatory for anyone entering a public space. That's what their goal is. Whether they achieve that or not is up to us. It's up to the people ...

    What they have done is unprecedented. This has never occurred in the history of the world and what is so remarkable is that, when you take a step back and look at it, you see that it is highly orchestrated.

    How in the world did all the governments, including the U.S. government, decide to shut down their societies — causing widespread, catastrophic, global economic ruin, unemployment at unprecedented levels, small businesses being destroyed?
    They [small businesses] will never come back, or it's going to take a long time to come back. Mental health issues and suicides are up, anxiety and depression rates are up, child abuse and spousal abuse rates are up. Hotlines are not able to manage all of the callers because people are in a state of shock and they're suffering — for what?

    Yes, you can die and you can be injured by this COVID-19 infection, just like any other infectious disease. But the fear and anxiety that has been created, the pathological fear of being near anybody, ‘Don't touch anybody. Don't be near anybody.’ You would think it was Ebola and people were literally bleeding out in the streets.

    This is like influenza or other respiratory infections. But look at Sweden’s per million death rate. They did not lock down. Their chief epidemiologist said, ‘We need to allow controlled herd immunity to take effect. This is an infection. It's going to go through the population. You cannot stop it. You have to manage it, but let's get herd immunity.’2

    They [in Sweden] have a lower per million death rate than the United States where we tried to lock everything down. So, the science is not all in and, yet, they're rushing to bring these vaccines out using messenger RNA and DNA technology that has never been licensed for humans. There are all these calls to mandate, to make sure that every man, woman, child takes this vaccine.

    This is a coronavirus, it's in the family of coronaviruses that cause the common cold. There are studies showing that it looks as if you can have a mild case of COVID-19 and still get T-cell memory helper cells that are resisting the COVID-19 infection … They also know that you can have a mild case, and it looks as if you can get immunity without even having high antibody levels.3 To me, this is a game changer.

    They are having clinical trials and the standard, the measurement they're using to measure proof of immunity, is antibody titers, when the truth is — for this virus — you can have T-cell immunity and no antibodies, but still be immune!4

    The other issue is, we could have herd immunity already in the U.S. A lot of asymptomatic people won't be counted as being COVID-19, so you could have herd immunity in this country already, or getting close to it, but they simply aren't measuring for it.”


    It couldn't be more clear that this is Materialistic Science at its worst, threatening the health and lives of an entire generation of children, and coming soon to adults as well, if they get their way.
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    This may seem off-topic, but it moved me so much, and is such a wonderful example of where science (and all of us!) need to be going, instead of trying to dominate, engineer, alter, improve upon, and/or simply eliminate the natural world, we should be learning to hold it more in reverence, respect, and understanding and FEELING our oneness with it.
    Thanks to rgray222 who first posted it here:http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...=1#post1379126

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    Something which I think belongs here too, posted first by Helvetic at :
    http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...=1#post1379385
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    I’ve noticed something very interesting today through my contemplations. It’s kindly humorous as well as to the topic.

    We are always complaining about changing stories and information being forever incomplete. But a pick a story from your life you are perfectly familiar with, a person or event to decipher and observe the story studiously everyday for as long time you need to take.
    Every time you place your mind on that story, truth, Dharma, teaching, theory or hypothesis it becomes slightly different story,
    not only that it becomes more complicated and longer story with characters more protruding and data giving new shocking sense,
    with some of it out of time so much you know it’s solutions will be only found in faraway future.

    Thus: information is not a “set” but a a flow, a stream that expands on both ends transforming itself to new ornamental data sets,
    like embroided patterns on the canvas of cosmic data stream.


    In short ..

    every pundit has a theory (but also quirks).



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    I think we have the title right now and the placement is back to the original. Hopefully the discussion itself will continue on unabated.
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    The Lancet changes editorial policy after hydroxychloroquine Covid study retraction (The Guardian)

    One of the world’s leading medical journals, the Lancet, has reformed its editorial policies following a shocking case of apparent research misconduct involving the study of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19.

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