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Coronavirus Update: Following the Money

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The Coronavirus is still the big-ticket news item, with confirmed cases now covering 11 countries. ELEVEN!

Most of the mainstream media are doing that, saying the number of countries rather than the number of people. I suppose because it carries the implication that, somehow, everyone in all those 11 countries is under some kind of imminent threat.

As of the time of writing, the real (or at least reportedly real) numbers stand at 1407 cases, 41 deaths. Which means the mortality rate is now actually below 3%.

For comparison's sake the death rate of the Ebola virus is 90%, Bubonic plague 40-60%, Smallpox was ~30%, and the 1918 Spanish flu between 10 and 20%. So we're hardly dealing with a big-hitter here.

Even the hysterical-nothing burger that was SARS had a (reported) death rate approaching 10%. [For more on the links between SARS and the Wuhan outbreak see John Rappoport's excellent work on the subject].

For anyone doubting that, whatever the truth of the situation on the ground, this is being hyped to spread fear: The Guardian has a big red "LIVE BLOG" for the disease today. Counting up the death toll very slowly, and with what I would call a rather unseemly amount of enthusiasm.

China are building a whole new hospital, we're being told. There are "bodies in the streets", apparently:

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The Daily Mail is reporting that an Australian research team is "racing against the clock" to engineer a vaccine. The researchers claim it will take them 6 months (a very fast turnaround for vaccine development, which usually takes years).

If the disease carries on its current trajectory, by the end of that six months roughly 7200 people will have been infected, around 250 of whom will have died.

In the same timeframe, about 15,000 people will have been injured in car accidents, and around 900 of them will have died"in the UK alone.

Based on that, you could argue the resources poured into the "race against time" would be better spent inventing stronger seat-belts or funding an anti-drink driving campaign.

After all, any good this hypothetical vaccine might do needs to be off-set against the potential dangers of injecting thousands even millions of people with a vaccine that will have had no long term safety studies whatsoever.

Of course, the Daily Mail doesn't mention that.

Another thing The Daily Mail doesn't mention is that the vaccine being developed by Queensland University is a cooperative project with Philadelphia-based Inovio Pharmaceuticals, who received a grant of $9 million to combat the Wuhan outbreak.

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It is reported that that cases of this virus the patients did not visit this Seafood Market in Hankou. click here


There is a Level 4 Bio weapons lab just across the Yangtze River. click here


Beijing's lab has experienced several unintended releases of SARS in the past. click here


My wife's family in Chengdu are receiving more reliable news from us through WeChat than what the CCP are divulging to the public.


The more governments get their citizens to fear, they will relinquish security and allow those in power to monitor the public easily. Could this have been a test of the system? Mostly the elderly have died and China's rapidly growing geriatric population is going to tax the system.


Many more dots need to be connected to deduce the intent of this outbreak.





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This article sounds like anti-vax propaganda, which has no place on legitimate publications.

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That's right, Don stifle debate. Typical attitude in this new age of politicaly correct mind control.

The article gives references and is perfectly logical.

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Fortunately, Don is an exceptional, indispensable person with keener insights than the rest of us into what we should and should not read. He understands that differing opinions clutter the conversation and result in stress and substance abuse. Is there a Nobel Prize for Enlightened Censorship?

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You should watch the documentary Vaxxed - loaded with hard statistics and research. vaccines are largely contaminated. especially the MMR which has maimed millions of children. Get your facts before you start beating up a writer.

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The director of "Vaxxed" is the disgraced former medical doctor Andrew Wakefield, whose claims about the dangers of vaccines have been repeatedly proven to be fabricated. click here

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Each of these 'new' infectious outbreaks reminds me of what we have learned, over the last three decades, about how the AIDS virus was introduced into Africa. It was 'planted' in the small monkey population of central Africa, where those monkeys were a large part of the local diet, and were/are known as 'bush-meat'. It took several years for it to spread, and, because of its slow generation in an infected individual, more time for an alarm to spread. If that can be done in Africa, it can be done anywhere.

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Thank you for reminding us of this sick fact. I recall an article in, I believe, 1979 in the NYT stating that Fidel Castro had registered a complaint with the World Health Organition that claimed the US was involved in germ warfare in West Africa. Castro maintained the US had infected Cuba's elite troops that Castro had sent to Angola to assist the MPLA in its fight agianst Jonas Savimbi and the US backed counterrevolutionary group, UNITA. Also around that time, another broadcast news article described a whistleblower complaint from a science tech involved in a military research unit at a Bethesda hospital who claimed that safety precautions around a retrovirus experiment (which we now as AIDS) were grossly inadequate, and that she had contracted the disease as a result.

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I think the people who are dead would say this outbreak

is infectious. If this is a "conspiracy" as the author suggests then shame on them. I've never had a flu shot,and wouldn't take a shot for this current "flu".

So I don't have to worry about anybody making money

off me.

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Concerning germ warfare: I have no doubt that this sick

approach to war exists. It is believed that Lyme disease

originated on Long Island, NY. Some pre-infected ticks

escaped or were intentionally released. That's why you

see such a high concentration of Lyme disease in the

RI/CONN. area.

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The US dropped tons of germs and infected insects on the North Koreans over several years. An international team of germ warfare researchers confirmed it. I would not be surprised if the US, Britain, and Israel were behind this overhyped outbreak.

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