Sunday 5th of April 2020

some controversies, fake news or targeted double-cross...

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Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao has demanded US authorities reveal what they’re hiding about the origins of Covid-19, going as far as to suggest the coronavirus may have been brought to China by the US military.

Pointing to a video of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield apparently admitting the US had several deaths from Covid-19 before they were able to test for it, Zhao called on the American watchdog to come clean in a tweet posted on Thursday.

“It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan,” Zhao suggested, calling for the CDC – and the US in general – to “be transparent” and share what they know about where and when “Patient Zero” was first diagnosed.

In the video, Redfield acknowledged that some cases of coronavirus were misclassified as influenza as the medics did not have an accurate test for the new epidemic at the time. He did not elaborate on when these misdiagnosed cases first appeared – saying only that “some cases have been diagnosed that way.”


In the absence of any patients’ details or chronology of deaths, speculation has swirled. Zhao’s “theory” in particular focused on the military delegation that traveled to Wuhan in October for the Military World Games, weeks before the city confirmed the outbreak in December. The delegation was part of the 300-member group of American athletes taking part in the multi-sport event held every four years.

Zhao is not the only high-profile political figure to voice suspicions about the timing of the Games and the introduction of the coronavirus in Wuhan. Former Malaysian PM Matthias Chang offered similar speculation back in January, zeroing in on the event as the launch point for what he deemed a biological war waged by the US against China.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that what is now the Covid-19 pandemic was first reported as a coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. The search for the deadly disease’s origin has been ongoing, with conflicting versions blaming the Wuhan food market and bats – a local delicacy – sold there in particular, while others opined humans might have gotten the virus from pangolins, an endangered scaly mammal.

 

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https://www.rt.com/news/482990-china-coronavirus-us-come-clean/

 

Photo at top: Members of the US team during the opening ceremony of the 7th Military World Games in Wuhan, China... 

 

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Meanwhile, some people are suggesting that RUSSIA is stirring "war sentiments" between the US and China... The world is going crazy...

no more free-trading, especially viruses...

 

Will The Coronavirus Wipe Out The New World Order?

Free trade suddenly seems like a dangerous fantasy, as nations start putting their own people first.



by  PATRICK BUCHANAN




Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician of Congress, told a closed-door meeting of Senate staffers this week that 70 million to 150 million Americans—a third of the nation—could contract the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci testified that the mortality rate for COVID-19 will likely run near 1 percent.

Translation: between 750,000 and 1.1 million Americans may die of this disease before it runs its course. The latter figure is equal to all the U.S. dead in World War II and on both sides in the Civil War.

Chancellor Angela Merkel warns that 70 percent of Germany’s population—58 million people—could contract the coronavirus. If she is right, and Fauci’s mortality rate holds for her country, that could mean more than half a million dead Germans.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis called Merkel’s remark “unhelpful” and said it could cause panic. But Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch seemed to support Merkel, saying between 40 percent and 70 percent of the world’s population could become infected.

Again, if Fauci’s 1 percent mortality rate and Lipsitch’s estimate prove on target, between 3 billion and 5 billion people on earth will be infected, and 30 million to 50 million will die, a death toll greater than that of the Spanish Flu of 1918.

There is, however, some contradictory news.

China, with 81,000 cases, has noted a deceleration in new cases and South Korea appears to be gradually containing the spread of the virus.

Yet Italy, with its large elderly population, may be a harbinger of what is to come in the West.

As of Thursday, Italy had reported 12,000 cases and 827 deaths, a mortality rate of nearly 7 percent. This suggests that the unreported and undetected infections in Italy are far more numerous.

In the U.S., the death toll at this writing is 40, a tiny fraction of the annual toll of the tens of thousands who die of the flu.

But the problem is this: COVID-19 has not nearly run its course in the United States, while the reaction in society and the economy approaches what we might expect from a boiling national disaster.

The stock market has plunged further and faster than it did in the Great Crash of 1929. Trillions of dollars in wealth have vanished. If Senator Bernie Sanders does not like “millionaires and billionaires,” he should be pleased. There are fewer of them today than there were when he won the New Hampshire primary.

What does the future hold?

It may one day be said that the coronavirus delivered the death blow to the New World Order, to a half-century of globalization, and to the era of interdependence of the world’s great nations.

Tourism, air travel, vacation cruises, international gatherings, and festivals are already shutting down. Travel bans between countries and continents are being imposed. Conventions, concerts, and sporting events are being canceled. Will the Tokyo Olympics go forward? If they do, will all the anticipated visitors from abroad come to Japan to enjoy the games?

Trump has issued a one-month travel ban on Europe.

As for the “open borders” crowd, do Democrats still believe that breaking into our country should no longer be a crime, and that immigrants arriving illegally should be given free health care, a proposition to which all the Democratic debaters raised their hands?

The ideological roots of our free trade era can be traced to the mid-19th century, when its great evangelist, Richard Cobden, rose at Free Trade Hall in Manchester on January 15, 1846, and rhapsodized: “I see in the Free Trade principle that which shall act on the moral world as the principle of gravitation in the universe—drawing men together, thrusting aside the antagonism of race, and creed, and language, and uniting us in the bonds of eternal peace.”

In the pre-Trump era, Republicans held hands with liberal Democrats in embracing NAFTA, GATT, the WTO, and most favored nation trade privileges for China.

In retrospect, was it wise to have relied on China to produce essential parts for the supply chains of goods vital to our national security? Does it appear wise to have moved the production of pharmaceuticals and lifesaving drugs for heart disease, strokes, and diabetes to China? Does it appear wise to have allowed China to develop a virtual monopoly on rare earth minerals crucial to the development of weapons for our defense?

In this coronavirus pandemic, people now seem to be looking for authoritative leaders and nations seem to be looking out for their own peoples first. Would Merkel today invite a million Syrian refugees into Germany no matter the conditions under which they were living?

Is not the case now conclusive that we made a historic mistake when we outsourced our economic independence to rely for vital necessities upon nations that have never had America’s best interests at heart?

Which rings truer today? We are all part of mankind, all citizens of the world. Or that it’s time to put America and Americans first!

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

 

 

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https://www.theamericanconservative.com/buchanan/will-the-coronavirus-wi...

god's revenge from the communists...

 

Conspiracy theories have been widely disseminated online as the COVID-2019 pandemic continues it's race across the world, with over 5,300 people dead from the contagious disease and 140,000 currently infected.

Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University - a for-profit evangelical Christian educational facility - claims that North Korea and China plotted the COVID-19 outbreak in a bid to target POTUS.

"You remember the North Korean leader promised us a Christmas present for America? Back in December [...] Could it be they got together with China and this is that present? I don’t know. But it really is something strange going on", Falwell told Fox News.

Falwell alleged earlier that US-based media was doctoring coverage of COVID-2019 to create the impression of it being Trump's fault.

In December 2019, North Korean leadership promised a "Christmas gift" - reportedly indicating a long-range missile launch - to the US unless the Trump administration reopened the stalled denuclearization talks. However, no action has been reported from Pyongyang.

North Korea - the nation that borders two coronavirus hotbeds, China and South Korea - has completely shut its land checkpoints and isolated foreigners as a means of attempting to prevent the dangerous viral pandemic from spreading. In early February, Pyongyang reportedly sent aid to Beijing to help in fight against the highly-contagious coronavirus outbreak.

 

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https://sputniknews.com/us/202003131078561948-christian-liberty-universi...

 

Jerry... Start flagellating yourself in the name of god and you shall be saved...

 

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deadly games...

Controversies[edit]

In orienteering China's teams originally captured a gold and a silver medal in women as well as a silver in men, but were all disqualified by the International Orienteering Federation after it was found out that they had been given access to secretly marked paths and received external assistance thus gaining major unfair advantage over other competitors.[25] A common protest was also held by the competitors from Russia, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Poland and Austria accusing the Chinese team for gaining major unfair advantage in the competition.[26]


After the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreakconspiracy theories about COVID-19 being the CIA's creation to keep China down were all over the Chinese internet,[27]according to The Economist. Some articles on popular sites in Chinese have accused American athletes participating in the Wuhan Military World Games to have deployed the virus. They claim the inattentive attitude and disproportionately below average results of American athletes in the game indicate they might have been in for other purposes and they might actually be bio-warfare operatives, and that their place of residence during their stay in Wuhan was also close to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where the first known cluster of cases occurred.[28][29]

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Military_World_Games

homo globalus could be totally wrong...

 

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Indeed, any mention of the fact that the Wuhan coronavirus originated in Wuhan, or that Wuhan is a city in China, is enough to cause homo globalus to hurl accusations of racism. It is unacceptable for a virus to have originated in a particular place, the globalist appears to believe.

Demonstrably, the Wuhan coronavirus came from Wuhan. The only people disputing that are those whose heads will roll when this plain scientific fact is confirmed (namely, the communist dictator of China and his minions), as well as those who don’t like homo globalus for various other very good reasons. That includes certain people in Russia and Iran whom homo globalus has gleefully impoverished and humiliated and then mocked for their having dared to complain about it.

 

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https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/pandemic-through-the-ey...

 

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pompeo denies...

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned China not to spread “outlandish rumors” about the Covid-19 virus and accused China of trying to shift the blame for the pandemic onto the US.

In a phone call with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi, Pompeo relayed “strong US objections” to China’s recent suggestion that the virus could have been brought into the country by the US military.

Pompeo stressed to Jiechi that "this is not the time to spread disinformation and outlandish rumors," a State Department spokesperson said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao said last week that it might have been the US army "who brought the epidemic to Wuhan" and called on the US to be transparent about its "Patient Zero." Speculation soon mounted that the US delegation at the Military World Games in Wuhan in October was the source.

Zhao was not the only international figure to point the finger at Washington, however. The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards last week suggesting Covid-19 could be the "product of a biological attack by America which initially spread to China and then to Iran and the rest of the world” — though there is no proof for either of those theories on the origins of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus.

On the call, Jiechi told Pompeo that US attempts to smear China's efforts would "not succeed."

China last week accused Pompo of "slandering" the country by repeatedly referring to Covid-19 as the "Wuhan virus" — a practice Beijing said was "despicable" and stigmatized the country.

 

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https://www.rt.com/news/483269-pompeo-china-covid19-rumors/

 

 

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rod, you are an idiot...

From an imbecilic Rod Dreher:


Trump Is Right: It’s China’s Fault.


I get why people are bothered by the president calling it the “Chinese virus.” It is impossible in our language to discern between Chinese ethnicity and Chinese nationality. A Chinese-American reader e-mailed me last week:

blah blah blah


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However, what many Americans don’t understand is that the People’s Republic of China has been running a coordinated propaganda campaign, through its ministers and its ambassadors, to blame the United States for the virus. The New York Times has a great short documentary detailing how they’ve done it. Whatever you think about Trump, I strongly encourage you to take three minutes and watch this excellent work...

 

Why bother with idiocy? 

 

Actually, we don't know... Read from top. It's an interesting MAJOR coincidence that the virus started in a large Chinese city where Worldwide Military Games HAD JUST BEEN STAGED... The virus did not start in Beijing or Shanghai, or in country areas where they feed on Pangolins and bats. So nothing is clear cut. It could have been a virus that escaped from the said city MILITARY BIO-LABS, who knows... at this stage let's blame the bats and the pangolins BUT...

 

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disinformation from the ruskies...?

Is Russia using the coronavirus pandemic as a chance to incite unrest in the West by spreading fake news and misinformation? EU observers of Russian media say that's what it looks like.

 

The Russian news outfit Sputnik claims "very smart biologists and pharmacists" in Latvia invented the new COVID-19 coronavirus. Other sources close to the Kremlin say it was made in the British military's Porton Down facilities.

Russia observers from the European Commission have so far analyzed 80 different reports containing false or misleading information about coronavirus published by official Russian state media sites as well as platforms and authors with close ties to the Kremlin. But does that activity constitute a deliberate campaign, or is it just part of the ongoing propaganda war between Russia and the West?

'Confusion' is the message

Excerpts of those reports, which can be seen on the website EU vs. Disinfo under the title, "The Kremlin and Disinformation About Coronavirus," are at times astonishing. The authors note that it is easy to get the impression that the reports are entirely contradictory. For instance, the Oriental Review, an e-journal with ties to the Kremlin, wrote: "When the panic is over, COVID-19 will have killed less people than a normal flu." The article argues that current fears about the new coronavirus are racially-fueled.

Alexander Dugin, a Russian nationalist and a very public supporter of the Orthodox Church, claimed exactly the opposite at Geopolitica, another Russian e-journal. Dugin said when the virus finishes its "victory march across the planet" it will have destroyed the existing world order. In his moral and religious castigation of Western lifestyles he often draws on symbols such as vengeful ancient gods or biblical plagues.

But is there some sort of plan behind all these contradictory claims? EU observers suspect the aim of the campaign is to confuse European citizens by, "sowing disunity and mistrust." Peter Stano, lead spokesman for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the EU, explains: "We have seen an increase in the amount of misinformation originating outside the EU. Some has been Russian, spread by Russian providers and pro-Kremlin sources." Stano says Russia isn't the only source of foreign misinformation, before adding that wherever such misinformation is coming from, "it threatens people's lives."

 

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https://www.dw.com/en/is-russia-running-a-coronavirus-disinformation-cam...

 

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At this stage, it is unimportant to figure out where the virus originated... We have to isolate, practice social distancing, pray to the scrooges in the temples, hoard a few products and hope for the best.

 

russia is "plotting EU apocalypse"?...

While the world is combatting COVID-19, a real pandemic, it seems the European Union is worried about a fake virus – the omnipotent, omnipresent, all-encompassing “Russian disinformation.”

News of a brand-new EU report, still-secret yet seamlessly leaked to the likes of Reuters and the Daily Mail, made over a hundred headlines throughout Europe in the last few days. 

The report is said to be produced by the European External Action Service, and although the EEAS – probably abiding by social distancing guidelines – didn’t feel like sharing the paper with RT, anecdotal evidence suggests that our channel is an essential part of it. At the very least, no major news media coverage of the report has resisted the urge to write about RT. This is what they dug up:

The Daily Express accused Russian media of murderous plotting and objected to vital factual reporting on social behavior during a pandemic: “Russia plots to boost coronavirus death toll in Europe with fake news […] A recent report from Kremlin-backed Russia Today showed Britons ignoring the shutdown while visiting the Spanish seaside resort of Benidorm.” 

The Financial Times found the true menace in ‘advancing apocalypse’ – RT’s popularity: “RT Spanish — an outlet of the Russian state-backed news agency formerly known as Russia Today — registered more than 6.8m shares across Facebook, Twitter and Reddit for coronavirus content between January 1 and March 12, the analysis says. That made it the 12th most popular source among a basket of domains surveyed, ahead of some big western media outlets.” 

Reuters, the most reserved of the bunch, ventured into tone policing: “Russia too is clearly stepping up its own efforts to shape the international narrative. […] The most-read story on Russia Today this weekend featured the dramatic scaling back of the upcoming U.S.-led “Defender 2020” NATO military drills in Europe, mocking the United States for being unwilling to risk infection to demonstrate its commitment to the continent.” 

And The Independent reaffirmed establishment paranoia writing: “EU accuses Russia of looking to destabilise west with coronavirus disinformation campaign. The European analysis suggests Kremlin-funded media like RT have consciously pushed “apocalyptic stories.” […] It quotes “fake news” created by Russia in Italy, the western epicentre of the crisis, which reported health systems elsewhere would be unable to cope – and people left to die.” 

I will get to Italy in a moment, but bear in mind that the Independent’s report came just four days after fellow British paper the Guardian ran the following headline: “Coronavirus may force UK doctors to decide who they’ll save. A lack of resources could mean that younger, healthier patients are prioritised, while others are left to die.” 

The cognitive dissonance is giving me whiplash. 


To sum up: mainstream media ran hundreds of news articles about the threat of Russian disinformation, placed RT front and center, yet failed to provide a single example of a “fake news” story, an error, inaccuracy or said ‘disinformation.’ No shred of evidence, however miniscule, has been offered to link RT to any such activities in any article – because there is none. Now you tell me who is really in the disinfo business. 

There are, of course, cases of misinformation, disinformation and old-fashioned erroneous reporting on the coronavirus pandemic. American magazine Foreign Policy for example, debunked three such stories back in January – all sourced from American and Canadian media. 

This phenomenon is, unfortunately, not atypical in the face of any new, fast-growing, barely understood threat and leaves no part of the world, nor media of any country, immune. 

So, why RT, why Russia? Russia didn’t birth hand sanitizer memes, although we now share them with just as much delight as our American and German brethren while we fastidiously stock up on buckwheat. Russia did not invent the UK’s herd immunity proposals, nor reports about Italian hospitals so strained for resources they had to prioritize patients by age and likelihood of recovery.

What we can glean from the EEAS paper, leaks, and subsequent press headlines is their combined core premise: that Russia is deliberately engaging in an ephemeral “disinformation” campaign to make Europe look bad, undermine the public trust, and terminally lead to the failure of the ‘European project’. 

Let’s leave aside the absurd paranoia from which one’s poor mind must be suffering in order to divine this Evil Russian Grand Plan, and consider this: if the aforementioned stories, however damaging to the European image, are based on reality, how is any of that Russia’s fault? By framing responsible, factual reporting and any insufficient genuflection before Brussels as a foreign disinformation campaign, the EEAS and the mainstream media are acting like their biggest problem is the PR, not the pandemic.

To understand the cause of this rather troubling dissonance it is important to understand who, or what, is behind the incendiary report. The EEAS, which spawned East Stratcom Task Force that in turn spawned the spurious EUvsDisinfo, has clearly relied on the work of these divisions. As the Daily Mail put it: “information analysed by the Mail were collated by EUvsDisinfo, a project of the European External Action Service (EEAS), which is funded by the European Union”.

In its own words, “EUvsDisinfo is the flagship project of the European External Action Service's East StratCom Task Force.

EUvsDisinfo started out with a stated goal of tracking, combatting and correcting – you guessed it – disinformation, which by their definition was any fact or opinion that undermined the EU talking points. In their view, any dissent from the “it’s always sunny in Brussels” narrative posed an existential threat to the EU project – especially if it’s coming from Russia.

Its reputation suffered a major blow a couple of years ago, when it labeled as “fake news” three separate reports on Ukraine by independent Dutch media. The reports were unimpeachably factual and objective, and dealt with issues of corruption, LGBTQ rights and far-right extremism in Ukraine. Except according to EUvsDisinfo, any acknowledgement of such problems in an EU-aspiring country amounts to Kremlin Disinformation, and the reports were giddily slapped with a “fake news” label. 

The Dutch media, with support of their government, sued – and won. Since then EUvsDisinfo recalibrated, to only track “Russian disinformation” by obsessively watching mostly domestic Russian talk shows and meticulously logging into their spreadsheet any time someone isn’t being deferential enough to the EU. 

EUvsDisinfo is purely a political ‘thought police’ with no pretense of balance or even common sense, masquerading as an impartial observer. In their view, all EU problems are simultaneously the result of Kremlin disinfo and are Kremlin disinfo. The rigor of their analysis is akin to going into LA’s Chinatown, finding two men with coronavirus, one of whom has died, and declaring that Covid-19 only affects Asian males on the US West Coast and has a mortality rate of 50 percent. Myopic, willfully blind, broadly ignorant. 

Final fun fact: RT entries, however dubious, amount to a paltry 2 percent of the total in EUvsDisInfo’s extensive database. Yet, the TaskForce’s talking heads and press releases never fail to mention our channel as their raison d'être and the main menace to civilization when lobbying for the next round of financing. These guys know good PR. 


Whatever the forecasts, the coronavirus pandemic is already too real a challenge for the world to chase a phantom one. And for the first time in ages, from South Korea to Russia to Italy to the US, we are together in laughing at toilet paper memes, crying about sick loved ones and worrying about short-term social isolation and long-term economic impact. This is the time to embrace truly global understanding, cooperation and support. Instead, the EEAS’s efforts to sow discord between peoples and nations are not just shameful, but dangerous. 

 

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https://www.rt.com/op-ed/483553-eu-spin-coronavirus-disinformation-russi...

 

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