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More Than a Million Dead Americans?

Winston Churchill famously observed that in wartime the truth must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies. Many of my own long and most controversial articles have followed a somewhat analogous presentation, with the opening sections that sometimes run hundreds of words or longer often being rather innocuous or even somewhat off-topic. These are intended to serve as a bland or sugar-coated introduction to the far more dangerous material that then follows, which might otherwise tend to alarm and deter the casual reader if introduced too quickly.

Although I think this approach has its benefits, there are disadvantages as well. An unknown number of casual or busy readers may abandon the piece at that early stage, finding it too uninteresting to continue through to the more explosive elements. So there is probably value in extracting and highlighting some of the latter for a different sort of audience, and this may be especially true with regard to the current Covid-19 outbreak in America, which recently marked its first anniversary.

Almost exactly one year ago on March 16th, 2020, the local public health officers of the San Francisco Bay region, including Dr. Sarah Cody of my own Santa Clara County, suddenly imposed a sweeping lockdown order upon their nearly seven million residents, a government action unprecedented in American history. At that point, our country had suffered perhaps a dozen recorded deaths, and relatively little public attention had been focused on the growing danger. But experts believed that the virus was rapidly and invisibly spreading, and this dramatic Bay Area decision was quickly copied elsewhere, first in Los Angeles, then throughout the entire state of California, and soon afterward in other large states such as New York and Illinois. A temporary lockdown of three weeks was gradually extended to several months, with masking and social-distancing suddenly becoming a major part of everyday life throughout much of our country.

Not long afterward, federal health officials released a shocking warning that the new disease might eventually claim as many as 100,000 to 240,000 American lives. For over a century, nothing like that had ever happened in our country and with existing deaths still merely numbering in the dozens, these gigantic “worst case” estimates were ridiculed by various ideological camps and disbelieving individuals as absurdly inflated and alarmist. Yet today the official Covid-19 death toll stands at around 550,000, a figure more than twice as high as the upper bound of that supposedly exaggerated projection.

From the very beginning, “Covid Skeptics” have fiercely disputed such official totals. They have noted the considerable confusion between “dying from Covid-19” and “dying with Covid-19,” plausibly arguing that such postmortem diagnoses are often ambiguous, with many deaths of infected individuals having primarily been due to other factors. But it also seems quite likely that many Covid-19 deaths may not have been officially recorded as such. Given such problems of both over-counting and under-counting, the most reliable metric would be the total number of “excess deaths,” those above and beyond the normal figure for a given period. But considering these much more solid estimates for the actual death toll suffered during our current epidemic actually reveals a picture far worse than those official numbers.

Two months ago a large team of nearly a dozen Wall Street Journal reporters published a 2,000 word article entitled “The Covid-19 Death Toll Is Even Worse Than It Looks” which carefully analyzed the worldwide losses, finding that the CDC figures for total deaths during the first 11 months of 2020 suggested some grim conclusions:

In the U.S. alone, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show more than 475,000 excess deaths through early December, a time frame that also included about 281,000 deaths linked to Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The pandemic led U.S. deaths to climb at least 10% last year. Typically U.S. deaths grow about 1.6% a year as the population grows and ages.

Since that date, our official count of Covid-19 fatalities has nearly doubled, so if the same ratio of “excess” deaths has remained unchanged, well over 900,000 Americans have now died as a consequence of the epidemic. I have seen other estimates that are significantly lower, but even these still indicate that we have suffered nearly 800,000 additional deaths during the first twelve months of the disease outbreak, amounting to the greatest loss of life in American national history, far surpassing the combined total of all our foreign wars, and even exceeding the four bloody years of our Civil War, though admittedly relative to a much larger population base.

Moreover, the sluggish implementation of our national vaccination program ensures that these totals will continue to climb throughout much of the remaining year and are almost certain to break the million mark. Last spring, predictions that more than a million Americans would die despite our unprecedented disease control efforts might have been dismissed as total lunacy, but such numbers are now on the verge of becoming our actual reality. We should hardly be surprised that the CDC has estimated that by mid-2020 American life-expectancies had already dropped by a full year, their greatest decline since World War II.

A leading data website provides a convenient graph of the monthly mortality figures:

The public health measures implemented to control this severe epidemic have remained controversial in various political quarters, and I have become somewhat agnostic regarding the relative impact of the different policies such as lockdowns, masking, and social-distancing. Indeed, a very long and comprehensive recent analysis argues that lockdowns—at least the rather intermittent and half-hearted ones used throughout the West—have had little impact upon ultimate deaths. But it seems almost undeniable that without some combination of these various approaches, our national death toll would have been far worse.

I am equally ignorant of the competing merits of the different types of vaccines that have been rushed into production to control the illness, but without such vaccines, the bulk of our entire population would surely become infected over the next year or more. Although the impact of the disease is very sharply age-skewed—with the death rate of those over 60 being more than a hundred times higher than those under 40—the overwhelming majority of studies have indicated an average community fatality rate of around 0.5% to 1.0%. So simple arithmetic indicates the vast human consequences of achieving unvaccinated “herd immunity” in our population of 330 million.

Even leaving aside our huge American death toll, the social and economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak have been enormous, certainly constituting the most momentous event in our national history since the Great Depression or World War II, perhaps even since the Civil War. We are likely living through one of those massive “discontinuities” that will eventually divide one section of a thick American history textbook from the next. And the impact upon many other countries around the world has been equally substantial.

What Did the Chinese Know and When Did They Know It?

According to the widely accepted conventional narrative, the original Covid-19 outbreak began during late 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Given the catastrophic consequences both for America and the entire world, our leading media organs and their teams of investigative journalists have naturally made every effort over the last year to establish the exact chronology of those crucial early days, also prompted by the sometimes reckless accusations of the Trump Administration and its political allies. As I previously wrote in April 2020:

For obvious reasons, the Trump Administration has become very eager to emphasize the early missteps and delays in the Chinese reaction to the viral outbreak in Wuhan, and has presumably encouraged our media outlets to direct their focus in that direction.

As an example of this, the Associated Press Investigative Unit recently published a rather detailed analysis of those early events purportedly based upon confidential Chinese documents. Provocatively entitled “China Didn’t Warn Public of Likely Pandemic for 6 Key Days”, the piece was widely distributed, running in abridged form in the NYT and elsewhere. According to this reconstruction, the Chinese government first became aware of the seriousness of this public health crisis on Jan. 14th, but delayed taking any major action until Jan. 20th, a period of time during which the number of infections greatly multiplied.

Last month, a team of five WSJ reporters produced a very detailed and thorough 4,400 word analysis of the same period, and the NYT has published a helpful timeline of those early events as well. Although there may be some differences of emphasis or minor disagreements, all these American media sources agree that Chinese officials first became aware of the serious viral outbreak in Wuhan in early to mid-January, with the first known death occurring on Jan. 11th, and finally implemented major new public health measures later that same month. No one has apparently disputed these basic facts.

The WSJ continued to devote considerable investigative resources to this same issue, and in August 2020, a team of several journalists published a further report focusing upon these same developments in China, which I summarized soon afterward:

Numerous publications have documented America’s severe mistakes in combating the disease, but this 4,500 word WSJ report focused upon the serious mishandling of the original outbreak by Chinese authorities.

The article revealed that top public health officials at China’s Center for Disease Control only became aware of the situation on December 30th, when they learned that at least 25 suspected cases of a mysterious illness had already occurred in Wuhan during that month. But as the writers noted, the outbreak had certainly begun somewhat earlier:

Even a fully empowered China CDC would likely have missed the very first cases of the coronavirus, which probably began spreading around Wuhan in October or November, most likely in people who never showed symptoms, or did but never saw a doctor, researchers say.

But the most detailed and exhaustive analysis of the circumstances of the Wuhan outbreak appeared outside the traditional media, published last August and September in Quillette, a well-regarded independent webzine. The author was Philippe Lemoine, a Cornell graduate student originally from France, and his remarkable four-part 31,000 word analysis remains the definitive work on the subject:

The first two parts of Lemoine’s series exhaustively analyzed the widespread claims by the Trump Administration and its political allies that China had somehow attempted to “cover up” the initial viral outbreak in Wuhan, or unreasonably delayed reporting the crucial facts to the outside world. He seems to scrupulously follow proper scholarly methods, carefully evaluating the often conflicting sources and applying a good deal of logic and common sense. In some cases he draws clear conclusions, though more often he correctly settles for reasonable likelihoods rather than anything stronger. But the ultimate result of the investigation was his total demolition of the case made against China on these particular grounds.

Obviously, there were some inevitable delays in discovering and responding to the sudden outbreak of an entirely unknown and unsuspected viral disease, including serious bureaucratic missteps or political failures; but the same had been equally true of the American government’s reaction to our own Swine Flu epidemic back in 2009. He also notes that the American CDC has a financial budget 150 times larger than its Chinese counterpart, and a per capita staff 25 times greater; yet the subsequent American delays and errors in detecting and containing our own Covid-19 outbreak were far worse, despite our many weeks of advance warning.

Based upon these results there seems not the slightest legitimate grounds for our sharp criticism of China regarding its promptness in alerting the world to the new and dangerous disease that had erupted in one of its largest cities. The exhaustive subsequent research by Lemoine, the WSJ, and others has fully confirmed my original April 2020 verdict:

Then on Jan. 23rd and after only 17 deaths, the Chinese government took the astonishing step of locking down and quarantining the entire 11 million inhabitants of the city of Wuhan, a story that drew worldwide attention. They soon extended this policy to the 60 million Chinese of Hubei province, and not longer afterward shut down their entire national economy and confined 700 million Chinese to their homes, a public health measure probably a thousand times larger than anything previously undertaken in human history. So either China’s leadership had suddenly gone insane, or they regarded this new virus as an absolutely deadly national threat, one that needed to be controlled at any possible cost.

Given these dramatic Chinese actions and the international headlines that they generated, the current accusations by Trump Administration officials that China had attempted to minimize or conceal the serious nature of the disease outbreak are so ludicrous as to defy rationality. In any event, the record shows that on December 31st, the Chinese had already alerted the World Health Organization to the strange new illness, and Chinese scientists published the entire genome of the virus on Jan. 12th, allowing diagnostic tests to be produced worldwide.

Accusations of a Chinese Lab Leak

The claims that the Chinese had failed to warn the world in timely fashion of the deadly new threat became ubiquitous in American-influenced media, but the weakness of such blatant falsehoods soon led Trump partisans to begin promoting far more shocking claims. As I wrote last year:

I do not think these particular facts are much disputed except among the most blinkered partisans, and the Trump Administration probably recognizes the hopelessness of arguing otherwise. This may explain its recent shift towards a far more explosive and controversial narrative, namely claiming that Covid-19 may have been the product of Chinese research into deadly viruses at a Wuhan laboratory, which suggests that the blood of hundreds of thousands or millions of victims around the world will be on Chinese hands. Dramatic accusations backed by overwhelming international media power may deeply resonate across the globe.

News reports appearing in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have been reasonably consistent. Senior Trump Administration officials have pointed to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a leading Chinese biolab, as the possible source of the infection, with the deadly virus having been accidentally released, subsequently spreading first throughout China and later worldwide. Trump himself has publicly voiced similar suspicions, as did Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a FoxNews interview. Private lawsuits against China in the multi-trillion-dollar range have already been filed by rightwing activists and Republican senators Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham have raised similar governmental demands.

Within a few weeks, these claims had already become strongly embedded within American public opinion:

According to a poll taken at the end of April, a remarkable 45% of Americans believed that the deadly virus had “probably” or “definitely” originated in such a laboratory, with 74% of Republicans having that belief.

Although soon pushed aside by more recent domestic political controversies, the Wuhan Lab Leak Hypothesis has hardly disappeared from prominent public discussion. Just a few days ago, the top of the Wall Street Journal opinion page carried a piece by its leading business columnist, Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., entitled “Wuhan Lab Theory a Dark Cloud on China,” once again restating these widespread suspicions. A day earlier, a Washington Post columnist named Josh Rogin had decided to revive his previous allegations along similar lines.

Leading American media outlets had promoted these theories last year by citing government intelligence sources. In an interview, Trump himself had fingered the Wuhan lab as the source of the virus, a conclusion which Pompeo immediately claimed was supported by “enormous evidence.” Yet absolutely no such evidence was ever provided.

Indeed, oddly enough, these exact sorts of accusations had begun widely circulating in social media and corners of the Internet as early as January, beginning almost as soon as the new epidemic in Wuhan became a major source of world attention. These claims were afterward picked up and regurgitated by American outlets and pundits hostile to China, but over a full year later no substantial evidence has ever been presented. Thus, the most recent WSJ column relied merely upon innuendo and statements of suspicion without citing a single fact, an astonishing basis for such monumental accusations of Chinese culpability in more than 2.5 million worldwide deaths.

The obvious reason for such circumspection is that the actual case is extremely weak, almost non-existent. The third part of Lemoine’s Quillette series, appearing last September and running 8,000 words, almost completely demolished the purported evidence. As I wrote a week later:

In reading this analysis I was repeatedly struck by the extremely flimsy nature of the evidence being used to indict China. One of the most widely cited theories implicating the Wuhan lab was apparently based upon nothing more than unsubstantiated social media rumors, while a major article in National Review doctored its central quotes by leaving out sentences that completely changed their meaning. In recent years our media has fiercely ridiculed those lunatic conspiracy-mongers who claim that most of our mass-shootings have been media hoaxes perpetrated by “crisis actors” or that “nobody died at Sandy Hook.” But much of the main evidence pointing to Chinese culpability for the worldwide Covid-19 disaster appears just as vacuous.

Pro-Chinese Counter-Propaganda

However, absence of evidence does not constitute evidence of absence, and although there seems virtually no solid evidence for a Wuhan lab leak being the source of the epidemic, the scientific facility did specialize in bat viruses closely related to Covid-19, which has naturally raised reasonable suspicions even in the fair-minded. Lemoine may have effectively debunked a considerable assortment of extremely weak or even fraudulent claims, but this hardly disproves the controversial hypothesis.

Under these circumstances, we should not be surprised that China’s own committed partisans soon began promoting their own theories and counter-narratives, intended to firmly close the door to those Wuhan lab accusations. But in most cases, the arguments they advanced were even weaker or more ludicrous than those of their anti-China opponents, perhaps underscoring the generally poor quality of pro-Chinese propaganda.

One of the most widespread of these theories, which had begun circulating on the Internet by early March, was the suggestion that the Covid-19 virus had its origins outside of China, and had actually been present in the U.S. during much of 2019; the disease was then accidentally brought to Wuhan by American visitors, thereby producing the Chinese outbreak. Since anti-China accusations had pointed to the Wuhan lab as the likely source of the virus, China’s partisans often returned the favor, suggesting that the deadly infection had somehow escaped from Ft. Detrick, America’s premier biowarfare research facility. During summer 2019 America had seen a flurry of news stories about “vaping deaths” and these were cited as misdiagnosed Covid-19 fatalities, while Ft. Detrick’s temporary shutdown for a few months during the summer became proof of a laboratory leak.

However, this theory makes absolutely no logical sense. The single most crucial fact about Covid-19 is that the virus is extremely contagious under normal conditions, and once it has become established in a community, the number of infected individuals will tend to double every three to five days absent strong public health measures. Thus, the infection of a tiny handful of Americans in January or February had led to huge regional outbreaks by March and April, including many thousands of deaths, with overburdened hospitals containing scenes out of Dante’s Inferno. If any significant number of Americans had already become infected during late summer 2019, the gigantic resulting epidemic and huge death toll by the end of that year would have so dominated our news headlines that no one would have paid any attention to the international developments out of Wuhan.

Exactly the same argument applies to claims that a single wastewater sample revealed traces of the virus in Barcelona during March 2019. Lab tests do occasionally produce false-positives, and since no further sample was detected in that city during the eight months that followed, a one-time testing error seems the most logical explanation.

There does exist much more credible wastewater evidence that the virus was already present in Italy by December 2019 and that a Frenchman had also become infected by that date, somewhat earlier than previously had been believed. But the current assumption is that Patient Zero became infected in Wuhan during late October or early November, thereby providing a couple of months for the earliest virus carriers to have reached those other cities, which hardly seems impossible. And with the sole exception of that entirely anomalous March 2019 wastewater sample from Barcelona, there is no solid evidence of the virus anywhere in the world prior to its original appearance in Wuhan.

As an extreme example of the sort of foolish speculation sometimes promoted on the Internet, a published study suggested that fully 2% of California’s entire population had already been infected by December 13, 2019. However, one of the authors later admitted the testing method used may not have been reliable, and I certainly think that if 800,000 Californians had already been suffering from Covid-19 at such an early date, we surely would have noticed something.

Some advocates of these pro-China fringe theories have argued that the virus might originally have been harmless or only slightly contagious while it was circulating in America during 2019, and then later mutated into its currently dangerous form only after it had arrived in Wuhan; but this is obviously ad hoc reasoning. Anyway, with the sole exception of that one discordant Barcelona result, wastewater tests have failed to find any reliable traces of the virus anywhere in the world before the Wuhan outbreak.

Scientific Claims and Counter-Claims

Although circulation of such weak and contradictory attacks on the Wuhan Lab Leak Hypothesis have been confined to fringe outlets, highly reputable mainstream scientists have made more sweeping claims on the same issue, arguing that the structure of Covid-19 was clearly natural in origin, and not what would have been produced in a lab. For example, a 3,000 word article published in Nature, one of the world’s premier scientific journals, has been regularly cited as debunking any artificial origin, with the five reputable co-authors lending weight to those claims. This analysis was initially released in mid-February and around that same time The Lancet, another highly authoritative publication, also carried a public declaration by 27 scientists taking a similar position while condemning the “conspiracy theories” suggesting a laboratory origin. However, the impact of that latter statement was considerably diminished once it became known that the main organizer, zoologist Peter Daszak, had himself long been closely associated with the Wuhan lab under suspicion, and indeed had previously channeled American funding toward its viral research.

Perhaps these sweeping denials of any possible man-made origin are correct, and I lack the professional expertise in virology or microbiology to properly evaluate them. But scientists do live in the real world, and one might easily imagine that the wild charges of the Trump Administration—itself hardly popular in academic circles—would have inspired various researchers to try to defuse the potentially dangerous looming international conflict by claiming that the virus was obviously natural, even if the actual evidence seemed much less clear-cut.

Meanwhile, the backgrounds of the leading scientific advocates taking the opposite side of this contentious issue raise even more serious suspicions. There exists a large body of work on the Internet claiming that the the virus displayed tell-tale evidence of artificial bioengineering, with particular signs pointing to the Wuhan lab as the creator. But apparently the bulk of this material is either based upon the work of an anonymous group of researchers calling themselves “Project Evidence” or that of a previously obscure biotech entrepreneur and part-time blogger. Lemoine carefully examined this evidence, found the case fairly weak, and laid out some reasonable objections to those theories.

Although I cannot properly weigh such conflicting claims, my strongest doubts fall in a completely different direction. As I wrote at the time:

Lemoine seems a very cautious writer and he carefully avoids contaminating his important analysis by suggesting any bad faith or fraud in the work he is examining, but given the history of the last couple of decades we can hardly ignore that possibility. Our disastrous Iraq War was promoted by the knowingly-false claims of Saddam’s WMDs, and the equally farcical Russiagate Hoax has roiled American politics for more than three years. Governmental intelligence agencies have great resources and expertise in fabricating evidence and then effectively promoting their concoctions through their network of friendly journalists. We should hardly be surprised if such means had been employed to redirect the political blame for a multi-trillion-dollar global catastrophe.

When an entirely anonymous group of allegedly independent researchers devotes a great deal of time and effort to publishing a set of scientific findings on the Internet that so exactly match the aggressive propaganda accusations of an American president and his national security apparatus, huge suspicions seem warranted. Is this not exactly the sort of propaganda project that we would normally expect to be undertaken by our intelligence agencies, notably the CIA, which most recently had been led by Pompeo, the leading proponent of the Wuhan Lab Leak Hypothesis?

Or take the other main scientific source, an individual named Yuri Deigin, previously almost unknown to the world except through his occasional blogging in the unrelated field of gerontology. On April 22nd, just one week after Trump, Pompeo, and other top officials began making their dramatic charges, Deigin released a massive 16,000 word article on Medium, containing an ocean of colorful and very professionally-produced diagrams, charts, and graphs, making exactly the same case, but doing so in tremendous scientific detail. No other authors were listed, so we are required to assume that a single, independently-minded individual decided to put aside all his regular work and undertake such heroic efforts to investigate, write, and produce this enormous research report simply out of his disinterested concern regarding the true origins of the Covid-19 outbreak, which had only just become an important issue for Americans the previous month.

That indeed may be exactly what happened, but I have my doubts. I carefully read the entire Deigin document not long after it was released, and found it exceptionally impressive, many, many times longer and more comprehensive than the contrary article published by those five academic scholars in Nature the previous month. Deigin’s analysis was so enormously detailed and exhaustive, one might at first glance assume that it had been the product of months of dedicated effort by a large team of top professionals rather than just a hobbyist-type undertaking by a solitary part-time blogger; and I strongly suspect that the former possibility is the actual reality.

Science functions under the honor system, and a research paper should be judged on its own merits rather than dismissed if the authors happen to be anonymous or previously obscure individuals. But international intelligence agencies obviously operate under entirely different rules, and we must become very suspicious when astonishingly detailed research findings suddenly appear on the Internet that dovetail so exactly with the current goals of the CIA or its various counterparts. But if authors and their publishers already have strong established reputations to protect, we can assume that they would be far less likely to serve as the willing front-men for government-sponsored black propaganda and scientific disinformation.

 

Major political events are always competing for the transitory mind-share of the fickle American public. The massive urban political protests following the May 25th death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody soon pushed aside the controversy over the Wuhan lab, and these were then followed by the national focus on Trump’s heated presidential reelection campaign and the bitter conflict in the media over alleged voter fraud that produced an angrily disputed outcome. But on January 4th, the debate over the true origins of Covid-19 seemed about to be reignited by a major cover-story in New York magazine, only to be immediately swamped and forgotten in the wake of the Capitol Hill protests two days later and the resulting arrests and national crackdown so heavily covered by the media.

The author of that massive but largely ignored 12,000 word article entitled “The Lab-Leak Hypothesis” was Nicholson Baker, a prominent novelist and liberal public intellectual, hardly a Neocon or Trump supporter and quite unlikely to be acting as a front for American intelligence agencies. Although he did not possess professional expertise in the subject, he seemed a sincere and intelligent layman, which actually constituted a strength rather than a weakness. Instead of attempting to blind his readers with the science of a dizzyingly long collection of technical references, colorful charts, and complex graphs—which 99% of his audience would have been unable to easily interpret or verify—he instead straightforwardly reported the results of his discussions with a number of reputable academics, together with his own conclusions.

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Baker may not have been a professional virologist or expert in biowarfare, but as the Covid-19 outbreak began he had just completed Baseless, a lengthy non-fictional account of American national security secrets, which appeared to glowing reviews in July 2020. One of his major elements was an account of America’s massive 1950s bioweapons research program, which had been accorded resources and importance matching that of our nuclear weapons efforts. Based upon his years of research, the author was not a complete neophyte on biological warfare issues and was also fully aware of our own long history of laboratory accidents, which had claimed a number of lives. So he was naturally alert to the possibility that a similar accident had occurred in Wuhan, which contained China’s most secure facility of that same type.

As he discussed in his very long article, many knowledgeable scientists had had similar thoughts during the initial Wuhan outbreak, and regarded the leak scenario as a very plausible one. Indeed, one of the earliest papers raising that possibility was released by a mainstream Chinese scientist only to be quickly removed under government pressure, and an early paper by a Taiwanese researcher took the same position and soon suffered the same fate. Several perfectly respectable American scientists held similar opinions, but as one of them explained, the reckless public accusations by Trump and Pompeo had rendered such ideas “toxic” in their academic circles.

Baker seems scrupulously fair in his presentation, emphasizing that numerous other scientists have taken the entirely contrary position that the virus is most likely natural, while honest members of both rival camps acknowledged that neither case had been solidly established. But he himself strongly leaned towards an artificial origin, emphasizing the seemingly remarkable efficiency with which Covid-19 spreads itself and attacks the human body. He therefore believed that a lab leak was the most likely source, and his thoughtfully considered opinion cannot easily be dismissed.

Considering an American Biowarfare Attack

The greatest weakness of Baker’s comprehensive analysis is not the controversial theory that he carefully examines, but the even more controversial possibility that he seems to totally ignore. At one point, he notes the remarkable characteristics of the pathogen, whose collection of features allowed it to so effectively target humans and which had first appeared in a city having one of the very few world laboratories engaged in exactly that type of viral research, closing his paragraph with the sentence “What are the odds?” But other, even more implausible coincidences were entirely excluded from his discussion, and the same had also been true for Lemoine.

Both these authors seem to assume that there exist only two possible scenarios: a natural virus that suddenly appeared in Wuhan during late 2019 or an accidental lab-leak of an enhanced disease agent in that same city. But there is an obvious third case as well, clearly suggested by Baker’s focus on America’s own very active biowarfare program, which he extensively discussed both in his long article and in his highly-regarded book. We must surely consider the possibility that the Covid-19 outbreak was not at all accidental, but instead constituted a deliberate attack against China, occurring as it did near the absolute height of the international tension with America, and therefore suggesting that elements of our own national security apparatus were the most obvious suspects. Given the realities of the publishing industry, any serious exploration of such a scenario would probably have precluded the appearance of the important Baker or Lemoine articles in any respectable publication, perhaps helping to explain such silence. But as I have argued in my long American Pravda series, many historical accounts that were blacklisted for exactly those sorts of reasons appear quite likely to be true.

As I had noted in my April article:

Although the coronavirus is only moderately lethal, apparently having a fatality rate of 1% or less, it is extremely contagious, including during an extended pre-symptomatic period and also among asymptomatic carriers. Thus, portions of the US and Europe are now suffering heavy casualties, while the policies adopted to control the spread have devastated their national economies. The virus is unlikely to kill more than a small sliver of our population, but we have seen to our dismay how a major outbreak can so easily wreck our entire economic life.

During January, the journalists reporting on China’s mushrooming health crisis regularly emphasized that the mysterious new viral outbreak had occurred at the worst possible place and time, appearing in the major transport hub of Wuhan just prior to the Lunar New Year holiday, when hundreds of millions of Chinese would normally travel to their distant family homes for the celebration, thereby potentially spreading the disease to all parts of the country and producing a permanent, uncontrollable epidemic. The Chinese government avoided that grim fate by the unprecedented decision to shut down its entire national economy and confine 700 million Chinese to their own homes for many weeks. But the outcome seems to have been a very near thing, and if Wuhan had remained open for just a few days longer, China might easily have suffered long-term economic and social devastation.

The timing of an accidental laboratory release would obviously be entirely random. Yet the outbreak seems to have begun during the precise period of time most likely to damage China, the worst possible ten-day or perhaps thirty-day window. As I noted in January, I saw no solid evidence that the coronavirus was a bioweapon, but if it were, the timing of the release seemed very unlikely to have been accidental.

Consider also the preceding waves of other unfortunate viral epidemics that had recently ravaged China:

[D]uring the previous two years, the Chinese economy had already suffered serious blows from other mysterious new diseases, although these had targeted farm animals rather than people. During 2018 a new Avian Flu virus had swept the country, eliminating large portions of China’s poultry industry, and during 2019 the Swine Flu viral epidemic had devastated China’s pig farms, destroying 40% of the nation’s primary domestic source of meat, with widespread claims that the latter disease was being spread by mysterious small drones. My morning newspapers had hardly ignored these important business stories, noting that the sudden collapse of much of China’s domestic food production might prove a huge boon to American farm exports at the height of our trade conflict, but I had never considered the obvious implications. So for three years in a row, China had been severely impacted by strange new viral diseases, though only the most recent had been deadly to humans. This evidence was merely circumstantial, but the pattern seemed highly suspicious.

Another even more remarkable coincidence has received far greater distribution, becoming a staple of anti-American “conspiracy theories” and even resulting in a diplomatic incident involving the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

According to the widely accepted current chronology, the Covid-19 epidemic began in Wuhan during late October or early November of 2019. But the World Military Games were also held in Wuhan during that same period, ending in late October, with 300 American military servicemen attending. As I’ve repeatedly emphasized in my articles and comments for more than a year, how would Americans react if 300 Chinese military officers had paid an extended visit to Chicago, and soon afterward a mysterious and deadly epidemic had suddenly erupted in that city?

It surely would have been very easy for our intelligence services to have slipped a couple of their operatives into that large American military contingent, and the presence of many thousands of foreign military personnel, traveling around the large city and doing sightseeing, would have been ideally suited to providing cover for the quiet release of a highly-infectious viral bioweapon. None of this constitutes proof, but the coincidental timing is quite remarkable.

This intriguing speculation was included in a very long piece by an obscure and eccentric American ex-pat living in China that we had republished on our website on February 14, 2020. By the end of January, we had already run a dozen articles and posts on the coronavirus outbreak, then added many more by the middle of February. These pieces totaled tens of thousands of words and provoked a half million additional words of comments, probably establishing our website as the primary English-language source for this particular perspective on the deadly epidemic, with this material eventually attracting many hundreds of thousands of pageviews. The particular article suggesting that the American visitors to Wuhan had unleashed the disease quickly became one of our most popular, with over 90,000 pageviews and 110,000 words of comments, and with much of the interest coming from within China itself. Then, one week later, leading Chinese government newspapers, such as People’s Daily and Global Times began reporting the same story, citing growing speculation on Chinese social media sites. By mid-march, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman had Tweeted out links to foreign articles making these same points, which received enormous attention, leading the Trump Administration to summon the Chinese ambassador and demand a formal apology.

This latter sequence of events is carefully recounted in a massive 17,000 word, 54 page report released a few weeks ago by DFRLab, a social media-oriented research unit within the establishmentarian Atlantic Council, with the work being based upon nine months of research and preparation by a dozen staffers, together with the Associated Press investigations team. The study seemed aimed at tracking the appearance and Internet dissemination of a wide range of supposedly false or unsubstantiated “conspiracy theories” regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, and AP journalists soon publicized the results, denouncing “the superspreaders” of such allegedly spurious and potentially dangerous beliefs.

But while this project did produce a very useful compendium of the chronology and source references of the various unorthodox narratives surrounding the disease, many of which were certainly erroneous or implausible, few effective rebuttal arguments were provided, notably regarding the extremely suspicious timing of the American military presence in Wuhan. Blogger Steve Sailer and others have often ridiculed this “point-and-sputter” school of refutation, in which non-mainstream theories need only be described in order to be considered conclusively disproved.

Although the Atlantic Council/Associated Press team certainly included numerous skilled social media researchers, journalists, and editors, there is no indication that any of these individuals possessed serious national security credentials, let alone specialized expertise in the arcane topic of biowarfare. This may help to explain why the weighty report which drew upon such enormous resources was almost entirely descriptive and made so little effort to analyze or evaluate the plausibility of the various conflicting “conspiracy narratives” that it treated at great length. By contrast, the very different perspective of someone apparently well-versed in the subject was initially confined to his informal comments left on an obscure corner of the Internet.

Biological warfare is a highly technical subject, and those possessing such expertise are unlikely to candidly report their classified research activities in the pages of our major newspapers, perhaps even less so after Prof. Lieber was dragged off to prison in chains. My own knowledge is nil. But in mid-March I came across several extremely long and detailed comments on the coronavirus outbreak that had been posted on a small website by an individual calling himself “OldMicrobiologist” and who claimed to be a retired forty-year veteran of American biodefense. The style and details of his material struck me as quite credible, and after a little further investigation I concluded that there was a high likelihood his background was exactly as he had described. I made arrangements to republish his comments in the form of a 3,400 word article, which soon attracted a great deal of traffic and 80,000 words of further comments.

Although the writer emphasized the lack of any hard evidence, he said that his experience led him to strongly suspect that the coronavirus outbreak was indeed an American biowarfare attack against China, probably carried out by agents brought into that country under cover of the Military Games held at Wuhan in late October, the sort of sabotage operation our intelligence agencies had sometimes undertaken elsewhere. One important point he made was that high lethality was often counter-productive in a bioweapon since debilitating or hospitalizing large numbers of individuals may impose far greater economic costs on a country than a biological agent which simply inflicts an equal number of deaths. In his words “a high communicability, low lethality disease is perfect for ruining an economy,” suggesting that the apparent characteristics of the coronavirus were close to optimal in this regard. Those so interested should read his analysis and assess for themselves his credibility and persuasiveness.

During January, American media outlets, including those under the authority of Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo, began focusing attention on the Wuhan lab as the potential source of the viral outbreak, while journalists disputing this narrative and attempting to raise other possibilities had serious difficulties even getting their articles published on alternative websites:

Scientific investigation of the coronavirus had already pointed to its origins in a bat virus, leading to widespread media speculation that bats sold as food in the Wuhan open markets had been the original disease vector. Meanwhile, the orchestrated waves of anti-China accusations had emphasized Chinese laboratory research on that same viral source. But we soon published a lengthy article by investigative journalist Whitney Webb providing copious evidence of America’s own enormous biowarfare research efforts, which had similarly focused for years on bat viruses. Webb was then associated with MintPress News, but that publication had strangely declined to publish her important piece, perhaps skittish about the grave suspicions it directed towards the US government on so momentous an issue. So without the benefit of our platform, her major contribution to the public debate might have attracted relatively little readership.

The extensive material collected by the Atlantic Council researchers lent further support to an important point I had made last April about the curious nature of the early Covid-19 coverage:

One intriguing aspect of the situation was that almost from the first moment that reports of the strange new epidemic in China reached the international media, a large and orchestrated campaign had been launched on numerous websites and Social Media platforms to identify the cause as a Chinese bioweapon carelessly released in its own country. Meanwhile, the far more plausible hypothesis that China was the victim rather than the perpetrator had received virtually no organized support anywhere, and only began to take shape as I gradually located and republished relevant material, usually drawn from very obscure quarters and often anonymously authored. So it seemed that only the side hostile to China was waging an active information war. The outbreak of the disease and the nearly simultaneous launch of such a major propaganda campaign may not necessarily prove that an actual biowarfare attack had occurred, but I do think it tends to support such a theory.

The Smoking Gun?

All the evidence thus far presented has merely been circumstantial, strongly establishing that elements of the American national security establishment had the means, motive, and opportunity to stage a biowarfare attack in Wuhan. However, in April additional facts appeared that some have characterized as “smoking gun” evidence of that disturbing scenario:

But with the horrific consequences of our own later governmental inaction being obvious, elements within our intelligence agencies have sought to demonstrate that they were not the ones asleep at the switch. Earlier this month, an ABC News story cited four separate government sources to reveal that as far back as late November, a special medical intelligence unit within our Defense Intelligence Agency had produced a report warning that an out-of-control disease epidemic was occurring in the Wuhan area of China, and widely distributed that document throughout the top ranks of our government, warning that steps should be taken to protect US forces based in Asia. After the story aired, a Pentagon spokesman officially denied the existence of that November report, while various other top level government and intelligence officials refused to comment. But a few days later, Israeli television mentioned that in November American intelligence had indeed shared such a report on the Wuhan disease outbreak with its NATO and Israeli allies, thus seeming to independently confirm the complete accuracy of the original ABC News story and its several government sources.

It therefore appears that elements of the Defense Intelligence Agency were aware of the deadly viral outbreak in Wuhan more than a month before any officials in the Chinese government itself. Unless our intelligence agencies have pioneered the technology of precognition, I think this may have happened for the same reason that arsonists have the earliest knowledge of future fires.

According to these multiply-sourced mainstream media accounts, by “the second week of November” our Defense Intelligence Agency was already preparing a secret report warning of a “cataclysmic” disease outbreak taking place in Wuhan. Yet at that point, probably no more than a couple of dozen individuals had been infected in that city of 11 million, with few of those yet having any serious symptoms. The implications are rather obvious. Furthermore:

As the coronavirus gradually began to spread beyond China’s own borders, another development occurred that greatly multiplied my suspicions. Most of these early cases had occurred exactly where one might expect, among the East Asian countries bordering China. But by late February Iran had become the second epicenter of the global outbreak. Even more surprisingly, its political elites had been especially hard-hit, with a full 10% of the entire Iranian parliament soon infected and at least a dozen of its officials and politicians dying of the disease, including some who were quite senior. Indeed, Neocon activists on Twitter began gleefully noting that their hatred Iranian enemies were now dropping like flies.

Let us consider the implications of these facts. Across the entire world the only political elites that have yet suffered any significant human losses have been those of Iran, and they died at a very early stage, before significant outbreaks had even occurred almost anywhere else in the world outside China. Thus, we have America assassinating Iran’s top military commander on Jan. 2nd and then just a few weeks later large portions of the Iranian ruling elites became infected by a mysterious and deadly new virus, with many of them soon dying as a consequence. Could any rational individual possibly regard this as a mere coincidence?

I can easily understand why all these simple facts and their obvious implications regarding the likely origins of the worldwide epidemic might be considered extremely uncomfortable, perhaps too uncomfortable to be discussed in our media outlets, and therefore have been so widely ignored. Most of these crucial points were already presented in my original April 2020 article on the subject, which quickly began to attract enormous traffic and interest in social media. Yet just days after it ran, our entire website was suddenly banned from Facebook and all our web pages were deranked by Google, perhaps underscoring the very dangerous nature of this material, and the reasons why so few others have been willing to raise the same points.

But America now stands on the brink of recording a million “excess deaths” from this epidemic, so perhaps it has finally now become time to honestly explore the true reasons for our gigantic national calamity.

The Hypothetical Scenario of the Covid-19 Outbreak

Given the conclusions suggested above, I think it may be useful for me to provide my own summary of a plausible scenario for the Covid-19 outbreak. Although I had already presented this outline six months ago in one of my previous articles, I see no need for any revisions. Obviously, this reconstruction is quite speculative, but I think it best fits all the available evidence, while individual elements may be modified, dropped, or replaced without necessarily damaging the overall hypothesis.

(1) Rogue elements within our large national security apparatus probably affiliated with the Deep State Neocons decided to inflict severe damage upon the huge Chinese economy using biowarfare. The plan was to infect the key transport hub of Wuhan with Covid-19 so that the disease would invisibly spread throughout the entire country during the annual Lunar New Year travels, and they used the cover of the Wuhan International Military Games to slip a couple of operatives into the city to release the virus. My guess is that only a relatively small number of individuals were involved in this plot.

(2) The biological agent they released was designed primarily as an anti-economy rather than an anti-personnel weapon. Although Covid-19 has rather low fatality rates, it is extremely contagious, has a long pre-symptomatic infectious period, and can even spread by asymptomatic carriers, making it ideally suited for that purpose. Thus, once it established itself throughout most of China, it would be extremely difficult to eradicate and the resulting efforts to control it would inflict enormous damage upon China’s economy and society.

(3) As a secondary operation, they decided to target Iran’s political elites, possibly deploying a somewhat more deadly variant of the virus. Since political elites generally tend to be elderly, they would anyway suffer far greater fatalities.

(4) The deadly SARS and MERS outbreaks in East Asia and the Near East had never significantly spread back to America (or Europe), so the plotters wrongly assumed that the same would be the case with Covid-19. Anyway, since international organizations always ranked the US and Europe as having the best and most effective public health systems for combating any disease epidemic, they believed that any possible blowback damage would be very minor.

(5) Only a small number of individuals were directly involved in this plot, and soon after the disease was successfully released in Wuhan, they decided to further safeguard America’s own interests by alerting the appropriate units with the Defense Intelligence Agency, probably by fabricating some sort of supposed “intelligence leak.” Basically, they arranged for the DIA to hear that Wuhan was apparently suffering a “cataclysmic” disease outbreak, thereby leading the DIA to prepare and distribute a secret report warning our own forces and allies to take appropriate precautions.

(6) Unfortunately for these plans, the Chinese government reacted with astonishing determination and effectiveness, and soon stamped out the disease. Meanwhile, the lackadaisical and incompetent American government largely ignored the problem, only reacting after the massive outbreak in Northern Italy had gotten media attention. Since the CDC had botched production of a testing kit, we had no means of recognizing that the disease was already spreading in our country, and the result was massive damage to America’s economy and society. In effect, America suffered exactly the fate that had originally been intended for its Chinese rival.

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  1. jsinton says:

    Even counting “excess deaths from all causes” is somewhat meaningless, since the LOCKDOWNS in of themselves are somewhat dangerous and unpredictable. Deaths from such things as drug overdoses, poor nutrition, suicide, not getting enough exercise, not going out in the sun. People not getting their cancer treatments, or in fear of going to the doctor or hospital. Homicide via BLM riots or lack of police. Excess nursing home deaths from the granny killer governors. People losing hope from losing jobs. The weird disappearance of the “flu season”. We have no idea at this point the damaging effects of the upheaval of society has had on “excess deaths”. In short, how many “excess deaths” were due to COVID and how many were due to “government over reach” is a difficult question to answer. So gauging the effects of COVID via “excess deaths” is a poor indicator and would only have meaning if society were allowed to function in a “normal” manner.

  2. The juxtaposition of this article by Ron Unz and the one right next to it by Mike Whitney is a good example of why the Unz Review is so excellent.

    Whether a reader agrees or not with all of some of what either writer has to say, he can find both of their perspectives in the same publication given equal prominence. Thesis and a kind of antithesis making real thought possible and perhaps leading to a synthesis of some sort.

  3. jsinton says:

    Indeed, a very long and comprehensive recent analysis argues that lockdowns—at least the rather intermittent and half-hearted ones used throughout the West—have had little impact upon ultimate deaths. But it seems almost undeniable that without some combination of these various approaches, our national death toll would have been far worse.

    The study you cite does not make that contention that “our national death toll would have been far worse” if not for lockdowns and makes the case that “lockdowns” have had no benefit. Are you trying to gaslight us?

    • Replies: @Richard B
    , @Bill
    , @Anon
  4. This hypothesis as to the origins of the virus as a bio weapon is probably correct, as far as it goes. But Ron is missing the bigger picture. China was not the sole target. The target was the entire world. The virus was weaponized by scientific fraud, fake statistics, and endless propaganda to perform a controlled demolition of the world economy and of civil society. The goal is The Great Reset proclaimed by the World Economic Forum. It amounts to a power grab by globalist oligarchs who are establishing a technologically enforced global neofeudalism. The vaccines may or may not be genocidal but the vaccine passports are obviously going to evolve into a China-style global social credit system. All of your rights are belong to us.

  5. The US strategy seems to be retarded superficial locked downs when the hospitals are full, open up when the patients leave.

    This is herd immunity strategy 1000%.

    But then mutations happen, now what? Vaccines become useless. The virus may become seasonal like the flu.

    Even if covid 19 is the same deadliness as the flu like the retards claimed. But it spreads to every damn person within breathing distance. 60k deaths per year from the flu. with how contagious covid is we should expect few hundred thousands death every year.

    So many retards.

  6. Does COVID-19 even exist? At least does it exist as something more than a harmless or nearly harmless cold virus? Is there really a surge of respiratory disease all around the world? How do we know any of those things are true except by taking known liars in government and media at their word? I don’t believe them. These are, after all, the same individuals who tell me there is no such thing as race but that all black failures are caused by white racism, that pathological individuals magically switch genders on their own say-so, that a projected increase of 2C will make the planet uninhabitable, that Joe Biden was legitimately elected, etc. ad nauseam. In short, those who tell me COVID-19 is real and a deadly disease lie about everything and I don’t believe about anything.

  7. @jsinton

    Agree.
    I respect Ron and appreciate his unorthodox site and willingness to post countervailing views – very very much. But there are better ways to understand the truth than giving equal time to everything, sensible and not..
    I’m fatigued by explaining Covid, but I again direct interested readers to Ivor Cummins and Paul Saladino for a start. Then follow the thread of good sense, epidemiological data, and science to as many other respected professionals as your critical faculties may require, until you understand what we’ve been subjected to. By authority, rather than by nature.

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  8. Bolteric says:

    Ron,

    I am going to say you are more or less correct with your analysis and rational conclusions. I don’t think the passage of a year has revealed much new evidence, although I have yet to read the Lemoine series.

    Mike Whitney in his article back in the fall discounted the possibility of waves of the pandemic, however the virus could have been re-released as The Coronavirus v.2.0 – It’s killing everybody.

    There are way too many questions. I find it personally remarkable that this summer I was able to travel for work twice and pleasure three times, resulting in 12 separate flights, 9 different airports, 10 different states, although much of my time on the ground was not in the danger zones or in highly urban areas, save a popular and crowded gulf coast beach around the Fourth of July. How did I do it?! But the virus is clearly a wildcard, taking the life of a young Congressman-elect from Louisiana.

    The vaccine of course is a bigger wildcard, in my mind and rightly so articles by Mr. Whitney have fully aided my confirmation bias. I think there is some wisdom in unhooking the pandemic from the Trump administration, but it did serve then according to your theory as an effective unintended backdrop for the Orangeman’s removal from office.

    Regardless, barring better or information, I will have to adopt your conclusions at least provisionally (for the next several years). My thought is you have been remarkably trustworthy over the years, and I have been able to verify most of your conclusions with other sources.

    Eric

    • Thanks: Nancy
    • Replies: @lavoisier
  9. Mephisto says:

    mRNA vaccines get integrated into your genomes. It stays as long as you live. It produces viral antigen forever. Possible longterm effects are lymphoma, other cancers, autoimmune diseases, heritary defects to your offsprings. All desired effects for the Great Reset.

    • Agree: BuelahMan, Irish Savant
    • Replies: @anon
  10. Dumbo says: • Website

    It’s all a scam. I called it months ago that there would be “a million deaths”.

    The numbers are as fake as those of the election.

  11. meamjojo says:

    I think not Ron, but your article could certainly be expanded into a good SF book!

    • LOL: acementhead
  12. It’s an interesting theory and may turn out to be true, but I have trouble believing that it could be done as you say it was done.
    The net result has been a removal of Prime Minister Abe from Japan, the removal of Donald Trump from the Presidency, and unending amounts of pressure on Brazil’s Bolsonaro as well as the death within Iran’s government.
    If your theory about parts of the US spreading the disease deliberately in China is true, then China could have easily have been a target. But I find it suspicious that they not only suffered very few problems, but also now have a very China-favorable president in Joe Biden.
    My thoughts always return to this being a joint US-China operation. Both the elites and the governments of the US and of China seemed to benefit, and the only one who really suffered seems to have been Iran. As we know, the elites of the US gained tremendously, and have a very strong interest in the US-China trade relationship not being interrupted whatsoever.
    Maybe we will never know the truth though.

    • Agree: Alfred, Thomasina
    • Disagree: Mulga Mumblebrain
    • Replies: @mikael_
    , @Drakejax
  13. Wally says:

    Now ponder these:

    Normal death rates debunk ‘pandemic’ lie / Figures Don’t Lie, but Liars Figure, by Jeff Thomas: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/03/no_author/figures-dont-lie-but-liars-figure/
    – Death rates remained the same, notice that flu deaths disappeared.
    Flu Cases Counted as COVID-19: https://principia-scientific.com/epidemiologist-flu-cases-now-being-counted-as-covid-19
    New Stanford Study Suggests COVID-19 Has The Same Infection Fatality Rate As Seasonal Influenza: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/04/no_author/new-stanford-study-suggests-covid-19-has-the-same-infection-fatality-rate-as-seasonal-influenza/
    1000 German Doctors say COVID-19 is 100% a Scam: https://fromrome.info/2020/08/24/1000-german-doctors-say-covid-19-is-100-a-scam/
    The Coronavirus Fatality Rate Reported by the Media Is COMPLETELY INACCURATE. The Actual Rate Is TYPICAL OF THE FLU – MEDIA LYING AGAIN!: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/03/breaking-exclusive-the-coronavirus-fatality-rate-reported-by-the-media-is-completely-inaccurate-the-actual-rate-is-less-than-the-flu-media-lying-again/
    Great Barrington Declaration: https://gbdeclaration.org/
    Robert Redfield, Head of CDC: Lockdowns Killing Way More Americans Than COVID!
    https://canadafreepress.com/article/head-of-cdc-admits-lockdown-killing-way-more-americans-than-covid

    • Agree: Rocha, john cronk
    • Thanks: mark green
  14. kba56 says:

    i find this very plausible – both point in the same direction

    https://off-guardian.org/2021/01/22/the-old-lady-who-swallowed-a-fly/

    • Replies: @Chevrus
  15. Mr. Anon says:

    Worldwide, the death rate from COVID is still less than the death-rate from the Asian Flu of 1957-58.

    In the 1950s there was no “New Normal”. No masking requirements. No social distancing. No “Lockdowns”. People recognized that death by disease was part of the human condition.

    For that matter, nearly all of that can be said of the Spanish Flu of 1918-1920 as well, and it killed off 0.6% of the population of America. The “New Normal” that followed that pandemic was a big party called “The Roaring Twenties”.

    The official death-rate in America (which I do not believe) due to COVID is higher than that for the Asian Flu, but then America is considerably different today than it was then too – demographically different: fewer whites, less rural (i.e. more densely concentrated), fatter, more sedentary.

    COVID preferentially kills off old people. Fully 40% of the deaths due to the Asian Flu were children under the age of five. A young vital country might think that to be worse. An old country, run by geriatrics, obviously sees things differently.

    What can not be denied is that the response to COVID has exactly checked off every box on the wish-list of the neo-liberal (neo-feudal) capitalist global elite:

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    Strangling small business? Check

    Enriching big business? Check

    Making people fearful of other people? Check

    Enabling massive surveillance and regulation of the populace? Check

    Turning people into isolated, atomized consumers? Check

    Introducing UBI and turning people into dependent clients of the State? Check

    Anonymizing people behind dehumanizing face-covering masks? Check

    Stifling freedom of movement and free travel? Check

    Reducing non-traceable cash transactions in favor of traceable electronic transactions? Check

    Stigmatizing normal human social interactions? Check

    Shoehorning people into (surveillable and controlable) electronic social interactions? Check

    Rendering people neurotic, frightened, and receptive to minute control of their lives? Check

    Providing a convenient excuse for laying off millions of people – people who would otherwise eventually be layed off because of automation anyway? Check

    Is there a single thing that has happened as a result of the measures taken to – ostensibly – control COVID that does not bring joy and delight to the likes of Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab, the people who write for the Economist and MIT Technology review, and all their ilk?

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
    • Replies: @idrankwhat
  16. Alvin says:

    Ron completely missed the boat on Covid and lockdowns. He was 100% wrong and should man up and admit it. There is no evidence that lockdowns saved a single life – just look at the no-lockdown countries/states and compare – but boy, the combination of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, school closures, social distancing, and, arguably the worst policy of them all, the face mask, destroyed the world and many more lives this year alone. Give it another few years, the death toll from the government restrictions will easily be 1000x worse (if it isn’t already) than any benefit from lockdowns.

    I look at the misleading graph, assuming the data is correct, and see at most (adjusting for population growth) 500,000 excess deaths – all lockdown related. 500,000 out of a population of 330,000,000 is about 0.1%. In my opinion, the death rate from any virus (or anything for that matter) could be 100% and I still wouldn’t lockdown.

    This is the greatest hoax ever perpetuated on humans and Mr. 200 IQ fell for it.

  17. It’s very likely the origin of “Covid”, if there is such a thing, was a deliberate bioattack or (less likely) a negligent escape from the joint US-China bioweapons research program. (I have no idea why the author leaves out the fact that Wuhan’s gain-of-function biowarfare program was in partnership with the US Fauci-headed Ecohealth Alliance. Therefore any negligence in Wuhan would not be “Chinese” negligence but joint US-Chinese negligence, and any honest reportage of this fact would obliterate all neocon attempts to blame China since they’d equally have to blame themselves.)

    While the theory of a unilateral Deep State bioattack is plausible in itself, it doesn’t explain another “coincidence” not mentioned in this report, how it was that the Gates Foundation and World Economic Forum were convening strategy sessions in autumn 2019 on how to use a pandemic or the propaganda of one in order to escalate totalitarian policies, sessions which were the culmination of years of such elite globalist planning. Nor does it explain how such a vast array of Western government, media, NGO and international institutions evidently were fully pre-prepared to launch history’s most massive, intense, radical, extreme, lockstep-coordinated program of propaganda and lawless lockdown assaults.

    The very instantaneity and unanimity of it is the best proof that the whole thing was a premeditated fraud. So if it started with bioattacks in Wuhan and Tehran, the attackers were in coordination with far broader elements.

  18. JM says:

    “As We Rapidly Appoach a Million American Deaths.”

    Lol.

    In all the assorted company I keep I invariably ask each one individually or near that if they have known ANYONE who has died from it. The answer has invariably been in the negative. It’s not that it is beyond our masters, it’s just that they haven’t played with this, this time around.

    • Agree: Just another serf
    • Thanks: Mark Hunter
  19. According to the widely accepted conventional narrative, the original Covid-19 outbreak began during late 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

    We no longer need the conventional narrative. We know that Covid was endemic in the USA by late 2019, long before China’s 70,000 node network detected it.

    The CDC found Covid-19 in the US before it was in China, agreeing with findings in Italy and France. 

    Tests of archived Red Cross blood samples taken in the US from December 13 last year revealed high levels of antibodies nationwide for the Covid-19 virus–more than two weeks before the December 31 Wuhan outbreak and a month earlier than the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in the US on January 19.

    Read Serologic testing of U.S. blood donations to identify SARS-CoV-2-reactive antibodies: December 2019-January 2020. Sridhar V Basavaraju, MD, et al.
    https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciaa1785/6012472

    Since Covid was doubling every 57 days in 2019, we can safely date the first US occurrence to the early Spring of 2019.

    And since the WHO has cleared China of Covid infection earlier than December, 2019, we know we must look for another place and time to discover the index case.

    • LOL: Mike Tre
  20. 4justice says:

    Ron,
    How do we speak of case numbers when we have yet to have an accurate test for SARS-CoV-2?
    Please examine the concerns raised here.
    https://cormandrostenreview.com/
    These highly respected researchers point out that the PRC test is neither specific to SARS-CoV-2 nor immune to an extremely high rate of false positives.

    [MORE]

    What if seasonal illnesses or even no illness at all were chalked up as COVID cases?

    What if many of the COVID hospitalizations were for other respiratory illnesses?

    How did financial incentives in the medical industry for COVID cases and COVID deaths affect data quality?

    SARS-CoV-2 could have burned out last March or even more, never have circulated in the first place. We have no accurate way to know since we have yet to produce a reliable test. The test itself was made from an “in silico” virus as opposed to an isolated physical virus.

    How can we make all of these rights suspended for a new illness when we have yet to see proof that it is circulating?
    The problems with this PCR test were pointed out a year ago, but it is still the one largely in use.

    Please also consider the work of Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi. His book is called “Corona: False Alarm.” Don’t let the fact that his interviews get censored from youtube discourage you!


    I also agree with the first commenter that many other new factors have to be considered in why the all cause of death figures would be anomalous for 2020 and 2021. The deaths resulting from the lockdown policies obviously cannot be chalked up to COVID deaths.

    Please consider and I look forward to your reply.

    • Agree: john cronk
    • Replies: @idrankwhat
    , @Theophrastus
  21. Toby Jug says:

    There have not been anything like a million US Covid deaths.

    And there never will be. The real figure is likely to only be 5% (or less) of the official one – as per Italy.

    The figures have been grossly inflated by corrupt officials for political motives.

  22. GMC says:

    Excellent follow up – thanks. One of my questions/observations, was the speed of this virus getting around the world soooo fast . And Mr Unz also writes on this, with regards to the Iranian parliament ” slaughter”. The routine answer for world exposure was, commercial air travel , but if that was the source, then, why didn’t I see any media articles on the severity of the virus hitting all those pilots and flight crews ? Air travel should have been grounded right away, but the Chinese air carriers were still flying to the good ol USA . Too many countries were in on this , and some, whether they liked it or not. Thanks R U .

    • Agree: Ralphinlondon
  23. Alfred says:

    Excess deaths is almost meaningless when those who die are mostly already at death’s door.

    QALYs are the preferred outcome measure for decision making bodies such as the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE), the European Network for technology assessment (EUnetHTA), the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH) and other decision making bodies as they provide a common metric for the comparison of new interventions across the health services.

    A much more meaningful metric is Quality Adjusted Life Year

    Such a shame our kind host chooses to base such a lengthy and time-consuming article on a metric that is almost designed to mislead his readers. When a teenager commits suicide or kills himself with an overdose, that is far more tragic than a sick person of 80 dying from “Covid”.

    • Replies: @Marshall Lentini
    , @WJ
    , @Alfred
  24. Exactly the reason why, I like the Unz Review.
    I couldn’t putt, the essence of it, any better, and in such few words.

  25. theMann says:

    Lets try a logic exercise in two parts:

    Part 1: The Deaths, or perhaps…..THE DEATHS!!!

    I just spent a half hour on the WWW trying to nail down the actual 2020 number of deaths, and I got…… a giant runaround. Now it shouldn’t be that hard to find, in March of 2021, a listing of total US deaths by year, 2015 to 2020, but good luck finding such a listing. And even if you did, good luck knowing how much of the data is a deliberate falsification. And even if you did obtain the raw numbers, good luck figuring how much of the increase was the known deaths of murder, suicide, auto accidents, drug overdoses, and preventable death from diagnosed medical conditions. And of course, you can be completely confident that “the Covid” deaths are accurate, because the diagnostic tests for determining the disease are completely worthless. Oh, wait…..

    Perhaps one could proceed more anecdotally: 1 million deaths in a population of 330 million would mean that one out of every 330 people you know would have bellied up from ‘the Covid”, a truly staggering, terrifying, world altering number of deaths. Or not. So how many people do you know who died of the “the Covid”, gotta be at least three or four, right?

    Part 2: the Significance!

    Let me make this perfectly clear: I do not give a gold plated God Damn if 25% of the entire country dropped dead tomorrow, it still wouldn’t be worth wrecking the Economy, trashing the Constitution, turning 90% of the population into hysterical zombified cowards, and permanently damaging the normal development of infants and small children. And those are just the minimum known catastrophic effects of CoronaFraud so far. So Ronny Boy is saying that 1 million people have died, that would be three tenths of one per cent of the country!!!!! Holy Death counts Batman, it is the end of the World! Destroy Everything! AND, the average age of death is somewhere around age 80. Oh, the humanity! A whole lot of deaths that we can’t accurately diagnose, which in percentile terms are not exactly 1918, 1957, or 1968, and we have effectively just destroyed our Country over this. Great job, Fucktards.

    And the same day as the one Article, another is posted:

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/03/gary-g-kohls/why-you-cant-trust-the-fda-the-who-the-cdc-the-aap-merck-glaxosmithkline-sanofi-or-pfizer/

    Follow the money, or, follow the corpses.

    • Replies: @Redman
  26. It seems improbable that the US would wave a flag proclaiming that they had done it by releasing the virus under cloak of the military games in Wahun. There must have been much easier ways of doing so. If it was rogue elements they would have to be very stupid to leave such a trail of evidence including the reports of an outbreak in Wahun long before the authorities in China know about. They then helpfully incriminate themselves by leaking these reports to the press with Israel helpfully on hand to give them credence. Seems completely implausible.

    If this were a deliberate leak then the perpetrator knowing that its bio engineered to be a fast spreader must have been reasonably confident their own country was small enough to shield itself from the rapid spread of the virus and that it already had some effective cure to administer to its own people whilst at the same issuing fake causality reports to make it appear that it was suffering like every other country.

    Since the US is now a subjugated country and vassal of Israel any plot by their intelligence agencies would have to be approved by them I assume.

    • Agree: dimples
    • Replies: @JRB
    , @JWalters
  27. Has the possibility of a leak from a Russian biowarfare lab ever been mooted?
    When developing a bioweapon a vaccine is often simultaneously developed.
    If Russia had announced Sputnik 5 in January it would have been an obvious clue to the origin.
    By postponing the announcement to the first credible moment, tracking progress in other labs,
    the Russian source is covered up.
    By this simultaneous vaccine development logic, Mr. Unz’ Fort Derrick logic is undermined.

    • Replies: @Alfred
    , @GMC
  28. “Since the US is now a subjugated country and vassal of Israel any plot by their intelligence agencies would have to be approved by them I assume.”

    • Replies: @Iris
  29. Levtraro says:

    A few suggested editorial corrections.

    Where it says: “Within a few weeks, these theories claims had already become strongly embedded within American public opinion:”; should say: “Within a few weeks, these claims had already become strongly embedded within American public opinion:”.

    Where it says “March 2019 wastewater sample from Madrid, there is no solid …”; should say: “March 2019 wastewater sample from Barcelona, there is no solid …”.

    Where it says: “with the sole exception of that one discordant Madrid result, wastewater tests …”, should say: “with the sole exception of that one discordant Barcelona result, wastewater tests …”.

    Where it says: “April additional facts came appeared that some have …”; should say: “April additional facts appeared that some have …”.

    Sorry, professional bias.

  30. It’s getting quite hard to come up with excuses for American Covid incompetence. They have lots of illegal immigrants, so they couldn’t contact trace like we did. They have lots of different state governments bickering with each other. The Democrats are just as bad the Republicans. Their figures aren’t as bad as in some parts of Latin America. That’s the kind of excuses I try to come up with in conversion with non-American liberals who hate “racist, redneck” Americans, and see this as solid empirical proof that liberals are more competent than conservatives.

    However, the reality is America has messed this up big time, and the political right is just as much to blame as the political left. And this isn’t just an American problem. It’s an issue for anyone in the West who is trying to push the Overton Window in a more nationalist/conservative direction.

    I could point out that some minor nationalist states like Hungary, has done well in containing Covid, but the average English-speaking westerner isn’t exactly focusing on Covid stats in Hungary.

  31. When the jab is mandated and no alternative cocktail or pill remedy is offered, there’s only one reason why they want us to comply, this jab is a dna altering bio weapon that’s designed to kill off a certain segment of the population. Be it within hours or years, the human population is at risk of being exterminated by an evil cabal of anti white, anti human degenerates.

  32. Smith says:

    I have always been on the front that the chinese were behind it, the virus is real and they have the cure all along, which is why China remains the only country that profits MASSIVELY from it, from selling medicines to medical equipment.

    From a Cui Bono perspective, it all points to China.

  33. Hi Ron
    I like you magazine very much and its very informative to me (and the whole world i hope)
    But i think you mis something.
    Lets assume that the virus was indeed injected during the military games but the results were to slow
    So by end december a modified virus was spread wich was far more lethal but also shortlived.
    So we have two virusses one destroing the economy and one to inflict.the Panic.
    As my native language is nog english i leave iT with thuis comment
    Greetings and go on

  34. I stopped reading the article when you claimed there have been 550,000 death.

    The number is a disgusting exaggeration coming from a medical community in that has been perversely incentivized to inflate the death count.

    You are not a serious person when it comes to this subject

    • Replies: @Rahan
  35. @jsinton

    You are RIGHT on it. I tend to a tangent regarding the Trump removal project where it was specifically to make him look bad, to continue the narrative they started before he was even elected,and to create as many traps and pitfalls as possible in order to delay and deny his agenda. The hysteria,confusion,attacks on party members,riots,arson,hate,cv19, slander and outright disinformation continued by d’s around the country got just enough doubt instilled in the worlds populations to cause panic.

    They still had to cheat across the board in the election to get “the win”?

    Now,it gets worse…they’ve got it… Or maybe, it was all to save the billion$ in long term health care? Supposedly $30,000,000,000,000.00 in debt is owed to someone?

    • Replies: @frontier
  36. Refl says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I have to agree, that the range of perspective still makes the Unz Review a uniquely valuable source of information.

    However, I am still astonished by Ron Unz’s steadfast believe in corona, after a whole year of continuous missinformation scandals, destruction of liberties and of the very fabric of our “free” western societies. In fact, in pushing the corona hoax, he as a side effect makes his earlier, explosive American Prawda articles unreadable – which might be quite healthy for him and thus understandable.

    So is there a significant number of excess deaths in the US for 2020? Where I live (Germany) there is not, as in other places where I know the numbers. I would say that in a country like the US, where you hardly know how many people are in the country, death tolls can hardly be counted without a serious margin of error. And if the excess deaths are there, are they owed to the virus or rather to the measures taken? And if it should have been the virus, was it worth to have your society destroyed once and for all? I think that the answer is obvious.

    I continue to see that virus story as the dumpest of pretexts for the controlled demolition of the “free” world as we have known it, and all this is far from over. Masks destroy your soul, social distancing destroys your social environment. This is modern, hybrid warfare, and unless you have understood that, you will not be able to weather this storm.

    End of story

  37. @Buzz Mohawk

    I disagree. Ron Unz clearly states the facts, his biases and forms hypotheses based on those facts. He is careful and diligent what could be logically implied or not, i.e. he is trying to follow the scientific method by examining the strengths and weaknesses in his theories.
    Mike Whitney is a hack, desperate to get published. For example, nowhere in his screeds does he try to explain the excess deaths by providing a range of possible explanations, it’s a statement of fact that it’s not COVID19 that is the cause of it. This is where reality-based people stop caring what a dumb hack like Whitney has to say.

    • Agree: Levtraro, Bert
    • Troll: frontier, Redman
    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    , @JWalters
  38. Sabretache says: • Website

    I would be interested to see Rom Unz factor in the burgeoning systemic dollar denominated global financial problems to all this. Specifically the extraordinary August 2019 Jackson Hole Fed+major central banks meeting, at which another extraordinary money-printing ‘rescue’ package and CBDC initiatives were discussed and apparently approved. The timimg of the global ‘pandemic’ with plausible pre-knowledge by the actors who gave us ‘Event 201’ for example, appears just too00 convenient for the prosecution of this agenda to be coincidental.

    • Agree: frontier
  39. Maybe those same rogue elements in “our” government not only released an engineered CV19 in China and Iran, but also informed China so they could get jump on it and for the germ therefore to primarily blow up in America’s face? Since conjecture is what we are working with. I mean the West was not geared up like China to automatically impose such a draconian lockdown, although we sure have given it the college try!

    p.s. As regards the media, I wish this essay would speak to why the mass censorship? Why shut down Dr. Daniel Erickson, etc. etc.? And what is this nonsense about the death of George Floyd “pushing aside the controversy of the Wuhan lab”? Mainstream media did NOT just follow the fickle American public. MSM intentionally racialized that event. They poured gasoline on it. They intentionally switched the channel from Covid to Race Riots. I hope Mr. Unz eventually speaks to this. Otherwise I have to conclude American Pravda has come full circle.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Peripatetic Itch
  40. How is it that in France there is almost no excess death ( small excess due mainly to the ageing of the population)in 2020?All the studies leading to tha conclusion having been done via the INSEE official figures and by respected scientists. Where has the flu and other pneumopathy gone? What is the science behind the flu disapearance? Have people died from Covid or with covid? How can we track infection rates when the PCR tests are just giving utterly unreliable result?… Only 0,05 of people who got sick died, only people over 80 years old with comorbidities and yet much more died bacause of the massive “house arrest/lockdowns” and now we have 300% in rise of sucide in below 15 teenagers… There is even a scandal with Rivotril having been administered to elderlies in home cares leading to their death. Like Pr Raoult said, “people have became mad”

    Totalitarianism under the guise of a pandemic is on the rise, right in front of us.

    In France the rules in case of emergency have been bypassed by the macron/Rottenchild regime. A conseil scientific has made the decisions ever since the first lockdown even though it is ILLEGAL. First because of the conflicts of interest of most it’s members (stangely almost no specialists in the concerned field in the first setting) end even worst because the minutes of the debates among that so called scientific entity have never been given to the CADA which is a legal obligation. The CADA is an adminstration whose task is the archive all the public debates in “Gaule”.

    http://www.profession-gendarme.com/bas-les-masques-refus-de-la-transparence-quand-le-conseil-scientifique-flirte-avec-lillegalite/

    Mr Unz, I have the utmost respect for you and it will remain but I just can’t agree with your assessment of the “crisis”.

    Respectueusement

    PS: would you please forget the misspellings

    https://reinfocovid.fr/ . More than 30000 doctors have now gathered around organisations like this one, joined by more than 30000 nurses….

    Those who want to go further in debunking the madness should consider the must needed work of Jean Dominique Michel, Swiss antropologist of science of worlwide fame at:https://jdmichel.blog.tdg.ch/

  41. JLGS says:

    Disappointing Unz, speculating in an absurd way, under false bases and with totally absurd reasoning and criteria.
    I will not bother to refute absolutely everything he says because he does not deserve it.
    According to this man, if they do not confine the world, impose a mask and isolate us socially, producing an irreparable moral, psychological, economic and social evil, we would all be dead!
    Unz has proven to be a controlled dissident, collaborationist and useful fool of the NWO.

    • Replies: @Anon
  42. Sean says:

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-chinas-bat-woman-hunted-down-viruses-from-sars-to-the-new-coronavirus1/

    [MORE]

    I don’t think anyone serious thought that Shi Zhengli was working on a bioweapon. The Wuhan bat lady was a internationally published researcher into bat coronaviruses, and she had a lab in Wuhan. So undercover CIA operatives could muddy the matter by targeting the seafood/ live wildlife wet market not far from the laboratory of the bat lady. The epidemic starting there would have been taken as a possible lab accident with gain of function biomedical research, or a novel coronavirus arising in a wet market in the same way a had happened in China in 2002 with SARS, and had led the advanced Western democracies to press China to shut down the those wet markets. So China would have got the blame rather more for a repeat of 2002 than a lab accident. However it happening in Wuhan would have confused things in the initial investigation so that might have been a worthwhile tactic.

    According to the widely accepted current chronology, the Covid-19 epidemic began in Wuhan during late October or early November of 2019. But the World Military Games were also held in Wuhan during that same period, ending in late October, with 300 American military servicemen attending. As I’ve repeatedly emphasized in my articles and comments for more than a year, how would Americans react if 300 Chinese military officers had paid an extended visit to Chicago, and soon afterward a mysterious and deadly epidemic had suddenly erupted in that city?

    ‘Americans’ would ‘know’ in a heartbeat that the Chinese had used a bioweapon. But the CIA analysts would wonder about the Chinese army officers being a good cover identity for Chinese secret agents on a bioweapon attack mission against America.

    In effect, America suffered exactly the fate that had originally been intended for its Chinese rival.

    Yes, the CIA underestimated the termite like nature of Chinese society, and overestimated the heath and civic mindedness of Americans. But if they had stopped for breakfast on the way to their Langley offices, the truth would have been obvious.

  43. dina says:

    There is a saying among researchers “If you torture numbers long enough they will confess anything”.
    The pandemic is, or became, a political issue therefore subject to the laws of politics not science.

    • Thanks: thotmonger
  44. East Asians clearly have a higher degree of natural immunity to Covid-19. The only shared factor between the Koreas, Japan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Cambodia is a broad base of similar genes.

    This suggests that it is either a Chinese bioweapon or simply that populations indigenous to its area of origin have higher immunity.

    Unzian projections otherwise carry only the tortured substance of extreme self-recrimination

    • Replies: @Bert
  45. To somehow “believe” our government and its tentacle organizations when they lie to us as easily as drawing breath is foolish. Why would they this time tell you the truth?

  46. @jsinton

    I’m not going to search for sources now, but I heard (tv probably) that there are less cases of suicides than before the pandemics. I don’t believe that people are consuming more drugs because of the lockdown. On the contrary, because it’s difficult to travel and because less people are outside, it’s conceivable that the supply of drugs is smaller. Poor nutrition? You must be kiding. People are eating what they ate before the pandemics – supermarkets are open like before. In any case, poor nutrition doesn’t kill anyone in a few weeks, or even in a year. It’s true that people who lost their jobs have less money for food, but this has always been the case and nobody said that this affects mortality in such a short period. Not getting enough excercise? I think people are doing more exercise than before. I know people who haven’t left once their appartments for a whole year and have absolutely no health problem because of that. It’s possible that more people died with cancer, but I haven’t heard that this happened significantly. In fact, the flu season disappeared because people have less contact. Less people have died because of that, not more.

    So, what you say makes no sense. The main factor that influences mortality differences presently seems to be corona and not the measures to fight it. We see that when the lockdown is suspended there are more cases of corona, more sick people and more deaths. When the lockdown is reimposded, those numbers go down.

    • Agree: Levtraro, Brás Cubas
    • Disagree: Peripatetic Itch
    • LOL: Redman
    • Replies: @Rooster11
    , @flashlight joe
  47. chuckywiz says:

    n the age of propaganda you can make people believe anything. Building 7 collapse because of fire or one bullet changing direction in JFK assassination or anthrax hoax and now Covid-19. People who shy away from main stream media are more informed and get more skeptical as information seeps in.

    Last year after watching videos of Chinese falling dead I was concerned not to die like that. I waas more interested in knowing what the Covid victims go through and what treatment was effective for those who survived after getting affected from the flue. AS the propaganda machine was working overtime to scare the crap of citizens without providing much relevant information.

    Eventually, I found the answers by talking to recovered patients. My niece in England with great and super virus recovered. She had high temperature fever, sever cough, loss of taste, headaches, and body ache. She did not even bother to go a doctor for fear of shipped involuntarily to a hospital and put on a ventilator. Her children brought food for her and left without seeing her. She is fine now. She took cough syrup, over the counter body pain pills and ginger tea. Another case, the daughter of a friend of mine. She had to be quarantined in her own room, same symptoms, and no treatment beside cough syrups and body pain remedies. Her cough persisted for a long time. Same story of a family living in a building in Queens New York. Four members of the same family got sick, same symptoms. They were afraid to go to doctors/hospitals and get on TV news and treated like untouchables. Cough syrup, ginger tea, Tylenol, type of approach.
    Make your own conclusion.
    For me, zinc, vitamin D and antioxidants worked. Thanks to discussions on this site.

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
  48. onebornfree says: • Website

    Dear Ron, please get a clue.

    Even if the virus pandemic was genuine [which it is not – but for the sake of argument, lets assume it is], there is no constitutional authority which gives the federal government power to dictate an individuals health care choices, including useless mask wearing, useless social distancing, useless lockdowns and useless vaccines and all of the rest of the government- proscribed/”recommended” hogwash supposedly enforced to protect us all from a virus that both the CDC and Pfizer have admitted they have never even isolated. NONE.

    You could start by reading all of the S.Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s quotes given in Mike Whitney article which runs alongside your own here today.

    Excerpt: “Now let me be clear, COVID didn’t crush the economy, government crushed the economy. And then just as quickly, government turned around and held itself out as the savior, and frankly, the Treasury Department can’t print money fast enough to keep up with Congress’s wishlist. But not everyone has followed this path. For those of you who don’t know, South Dakota is the only state in America that never ordered a single business or church to close. We never instituted a shelter in place order. We never mandated that people wear masks. We never even defined what an essential business is, because I don’t believe that governors have the authority to tell you that your business isn’t essential.” (“Kristi Noem CPAC 2021 Speech Transcript”, rev.com)

    As I said, please, Ron, get a clue. 😒

    “Regards” onebornfree

    • Replies: @Jack Sparrow
  49. ThereisaGod says: • Website

    Thinking you are wrong on this one, Ron. The fundamentals on which most arguments in the public domain are founded … are false. The most homicidal lie in human history was the denial of pleomorphism (the observed reality that what are called germs and viruses originate from within the cells of our own bodies according to its defensive requirements). Tiny particles were observed by Antoine Bechamp [in the 1800s] and filmed in the process of development by Royal Raymond Rife’s astonishing microscope in the 1930s,
    These particles developed into simple, then more complex bacteria, then fungi that eventually devolves back into the tiny particles.
    In other words, illness evolves within cells of the body in reaction to the ‘terrain’ (environment) in which those cells find themselves.
    Rife was a genius but he was shut down because his work threatened to end Big Pharma as an enterprise. In the early 1930s the top medical scientists in the USA held a formal dinner to celebrate the work of Rife. They entitled the event “An End To All Disease”.

    Some hopes.

    Watch here to see the Rife story as a 2 hour documentary:
    https://odysee.com/@MichaelGleeson:e/Forgotten-Story-Royal-Raymond-Rife:c

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    There is no pathogenic virus. The medical tales we are told are false at their core. The agent that caused the original COVID pandemic was probably 5G (any new EM frequency will induce flu-like illnesses in vulnerable persons, as has been known for centuries and implicit in the origin of the word ‘influenza’***).
    The PCR “test” is a total fraud as an identifier of pathogens (as its inventor, Nobel Prize-winner Kerry Mullis, never stopped shouting from the rooftops). It is an instrument of political manipulation. Nothing more.

    As fraud was plied on fraud a whole basket of different conditions have been thrown into the COVID basket.

    Chinese and US military intelligence agencies might be party to the fraud. This is what these demons do for their Satanic masters.
    However, all narratives like this are created to distract from the looming mortal danger to all humanity that our Satanic overlords intend to use to cull the population of planet earth.

    The deadly vaccines and 5G, the thing they can use to not onlt monitor and control our every breath, but also to make us very ill any time they choose.

    *** “influenza delle stelle” (influence of the stars). Serious chest infections were so named in the 1600s because people [in Venice] realised that the illnesses occurred across many countries, even continents, at the same time at times of HIGH SUNSPOT ACTIVITY.
    We now know that during solar storms occurring on the sun’s CORONA unusually high levels of jagged EM radiation is emitted. These disrupt the body’s electrical nervous system driving the body into defensive mode, during which pleomorphic cells produce and send out exosomes and other RNA variants into the bloodstream (that medical science now calls “viruses” that have entered and “infected” the body [they haven’t]) to defend us from the perceived threat that this new [unfamiliar] EM frequency represents.

    Many doctors, who recognise the COVID fraud, still couch their condemnations in the language they were tutored into in medical school .. the idea of monomorphic cells (i.e. that every illness is the result of a PARTICULAR bacterial or viral entity invading the body and making us ill.

    This is the human body modelled by Satan, for Satan … as a “war zone”. The truth of God’s creation is quite different.

    As Antoine Bechamp said:
    “Nothing is lost, nothing is created all is transformed. Nothing is the prey of death. All is the prey of life.”

    …. or Florence Nightingale:
    “The specific disease doctrine is the grand refuge of weak, uncultured, unstable minds, such as now rule in the medical profession. There are no specific diseases; there are specific disease conditions.”

    We inhabit a universe created for our benefit and development by a benign and supporting God. All we have to do is learn to do the right things for the right reasons. Just as with the spiritual.

    Satan’s challenges are also part of God’s plan. We are living in the age of REVELATION. These particular kinds of trials will soon be over.

    How that happens is up to us.

    Deo Gratias.

    • Replies: @Spect3r
  50. Cortes says:

    Many thanks for your “state of play” summary. Perhaps the references to the anomalous Spanish wastewater example could be made clearer: the initial reference was to Barcelona which later “mutates” into Madrid a couple of times. Minor quibble.

  51. Rocha says:

    The annual mortality rate in the UK didn’t increase substantially because of COVID.
    For the last 50 years there has been an average of 500,000 deaths. 2020 was 35th on table of deaths for the past 50 years.
    Why has the USA experience been so different?

  52. annamaria says:

    “Unfortunately for these plans, the Chinese government reacted with astonishing determination and effectiveness, and soon stamped out the disease.”
    — Perhaps, they had a timely intelligence report.

    PS: The journalist Whitney Webb is a national treasure. https://muckrack.com/whitney-webb/articles

  53. SafeNow says:

    Here is a link to an article on the prevalence and severity of unusual infections suffered by Military Games participants from various countries. It also deals with the transcript and video deletions of a Q&A with Esper on this subject.

    https://prospect.org/coronavirus/did-the-military-world-games-spread-covid-19/

    Ron focuses on the coincidental timing, and location, of the military games; his hypothetical Chicago-coincidence analogy. Last year I posted a comment listing a few alleged suspicious factors in addition to timing and location. I closed by saying, Ron, I suppose you are aware of these, but do not mention them, because you see them as too circumstantial. Ron replied with an “Agree.” Ron again does not mention these. I will. Most noteworthy to me are: (1) The alleged lack of photos or video of the U.S. team; these would have exposed a “who the heck are those guys?” factor; (2) The proximity to the market of the hotel selected by the US athletes; and the sickening of hotel staff who had no connection with the market.

    • Thanks: Brás Cubas
  54. JackOH says:

    Is there any individual or institution promoting the idea of a joint House-Senate select committee on health care investigation with a wide scope of inquiry to address the concerns stated in Ron’s article?

    My views on COVID are pretty conventional, but reality is the United States spends a disproportionate amount of money on the critter called health care only to find ourselves in the top ten worst-performing countries in the world. High price and low quality combined looks like a red flag to me.

    I think I mentioned in a previous comment the iron rule for choosing committee members ought to be: no toe-rags, no whitewash. I know it’s at best aspirational to think of Senators and Congressmen who aren’t in the pockets of the health care lobbies.

    Still, advocating for a major health care investigation ought to provoke good debate, and smoke out some of America’s self-serving factions that don’t want a whole lot of questions raised about health care, or anything else for that matter.

  55. anonymous[422] • Disclaimer says:

    “[W]e have America assassinating Iran’s top military commander on Jan. 2nd and then just a few weeks later large portions of the Iranian ruling elites became infected by a mysterious and deadly new virus, with many of them soon dying as a consequence. Could any rational individual possibly regard this as a mere coincidence?”

    America is distinct from the USA. The former is composed of the governed who have no authority. The USA is animated into life by elected governors, who while in office, have only constitutionally limited authority to govern. Basically, America and the Americans that occupy America are managed by the USA.

    Please do not blame America.

    • Agree: thotmonger
  56. Ugetit says:

    Regarding the “pandemic” we, the schmucks, know only that our masters lie. Routinely, unabashedly, creatively, hugely and selfishly.

    The rest is baloney.

    I barely made it to the first graph only because the author is usually interesting.

    Can someone offer a short summary? Is Ron still a believer?

    • Replies: @onebornfree
  57. skrik says:

    During summer 2019 America had seen a flurry of news stories about “vaping deaths” and these were cited as misdiagnosed Covid-19 fatalities, while Ft. Detrick’s temporary shutdown for a few months during the summer became proof of a laboratory leak.
    However, this theory makes absolutely no logical sense

    Disclosure: I am not a virologist, and nothing that follows is new, only re-hashed. I have only just reached here, but I feel that I have to ‘jump in’ right now.

    The spike of SARS-COV-2 bears an uncanny resemblance to that of RaTG13, a bat virus genome contributed by the Wuhan Lab – with one very stark difference, the PRRA sequence is ‘missing’ from RaTG13. The PRRA sequence is an absolute *key* – it is what makes SARS-COV-2 so infective, since it forms a furin cleavage site, key to entering human cells via the ACE2 ‘vulnerability.’

    So. “Vaping deaths” could have been a test run on a chimera without high infectivity, then PRRA was inserted [CRISPR, say] then released into China. Here’s a bit of ‘reverse engineering:’

    “Furin cleavage of SARS-CoV-2 Spike promotes but is not essential for infection and cell-cell fusion”
    https://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1009246 rgds

    • Thanks: Brás Cubas
  58. 120 million Americans infected with the covid are still with us. A million deaths? Hell, make it 5 or 10 million. Measured against 330 million you still wouldn’t have noticed.

    Why would anyone in the West believe the red chinese government’s numbers? We have no idea what’s real over there (and here.) Here it can be debated, over there you follow the Party Narrative or the covid is the least of your worries.

    It’s not convincing the lockdown (a prison term) had any real effect on the covid, nor masks. On a graph of Montana’s infected, the rise and fall of the covid has the beginning and end of their mask mandate in roughly the same place on either side of the “mountain,” near the base.

    It’s been known for 100 years sunlight and fresh air kill viruses. Federal mafia’s response: “Stay isolated indoors.”

    Will the true costs of the lockdown ever be known, beyond Fraudsident biden’s turdocrat looting of the Treasury?

    Mandatory vaccines are coming. When the sheep have all been vaxxed, the corporations will still require more profits. Fucking Stevie Wonder can see this coming.

    Fk #fraudci, right in the neck.

  59. Switzerland just got the numbers for 2020.
    10’000 Covid-19 victims but no excess mortality.
    Time for the leadership to get their CV in Order. 😉

  60. For over a century, nothing like that had ever happened in our country and with existing deaths still merely numbering in the dozens, these gigantic “worst case” estimates were ridiculed by various ideological camps and disbelieving individuals as absurdly inflated and alarmist.

    It happened in our lifetime. The Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968-69 took as many as 100k American lives out of a total population of circa 200m. Some referred to this as the “Mao Flu.”

    The Asian flu pandemic of 1957-58 took as many as 116k American lives out of a total population of circa 170m.

    In neither case did we shut down economies, which is, as you point out, likely to have a far-greater lasting economic effect, and that will likely work to further degrade public health and well being for generations.

    The next American Pravda might explore how this crisis became the catalyst to reducing America’s middle class back to serfdom and the reasons this might be desirable from the viewpoint of the oligarch class. In fact, getting rid of a few billion extra people has long been on the agenda of some Green types.

    • Agree: Redman
    • Replies: @Wielgus
    , @Chinaman
  61. “Rapidly approach a million American deaths”?

    Is that a typo?

    Oh, sorry, is that part of the bodyguard of lies? My bad.

    • LOL: mikael_
  62. Anonymous[398] • Disclaimer says:

    The main impact of covid was to expose the alt-right (like unz.com) as a limited hangout.

  63. Mike Tre says:

    Just jump right to 6 million, Ron. Come on, you know you want to.

    • Agree: acementhead
    • LOL: Rocha, JKnecht, mephisto
    • Replies: @Schuetze
  64. Mike Tre says:
    @Humbert Humbert

    “our national death toll would have been far worse.”

    This is not a clearly stated fact. This is wildly irresponsible conjecture. The only one revealing themselves to be a hack is you.

    • Agree: Rocha, acementhead
    • Replies: @Pinche Perro
  65. onebornfree says: • Website
    @Ugetit

    “..our masters lie. Routinely, unabashedly, creatively, hugely and selfishly.”

    That’s the most important fact, right there.

    Evidently, as with many, many others, that particular reality penny is yet to drop for Mr Unz, and so he, as with other hopeless “true believers”, is unable to even consider the possibility that he is being lied to on a truly massive scale, and he therefor is unable to consistently maintain any skepticism regarding any part [let alone all parts] of the official “truth” with which we are all incessantly propagandized with via the MSM [ i.e. the governments propaganda wing].

    “..in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.”

    “It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. ” — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X[8]

    “people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.” (CIA)

    “There’s a sucker born every minute” P.T. Barnum

    “My first rule- I don’t believe anything the government tells me- nothing!- ZERO!” George Carlin

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @Ugetit
  66. Cking says:

    I respect Mr. Unz an awful lot, yet I never understood why he chose this tact on the Coronavirus PsyOp knowing that Bill Gates, a professed Malthusian, the notorious CDC, and Dr. Doom Fauci were in charge. All we got from China was the CCP house arrest, social distancing, and economy lockdown. No one has positively identified or isolated the Covid virus. The Covid PCR Tests, of which everything we read and hear is based on, were always wrong, meaningless. The death tolls are simply the death tolls when we keep in mind that at least three American generations are dying of near-natural causes accelerated by the Covid containment measures as the nursing and rest-home scandal informs. They are people born in the Depression era, War babies, and Baby Boomers, all dying as a result of old age. Cancer and cancer treatment is another killer. Poverty, caused by the Fed/Wall St. system, is the actual national security crisis; high cost housing, high unemployment, low wages, homelessness, unsanitary lifestyles, and loneliness are killers. We lose a Veteran a day to suicide. My worst fear are the vaccinations, made mandatory, no one knows what’s in the vaccines and how much they will or have contributed to the death toll. Then there is the total breakdown of the US economy, our existential system. A foreign enemy could not dream to do the damage the Covid driven US government has done to the productive powers of the US workforce. The national economic statistics are missing from our focus and perspective. I reference Jon Rappoport’s work on Covid statistics.

    • Replies: @durd
  67. @Mr. Anon

    Exactly. This is about herding us into the New World Order. In my opinion, this is probably a Rothschild/Rockefeller bankster operation. They’ve decided to divvy up the world into a few thousand estates owned by the new Lords and to be protected by mercenaries and drones. The rest of us are dispensable.

    It’s time to re-read the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and to read Carroll Quigley on the long-range conspiracy to unify and subjugate the world.

    The powers that be are playing for the highest stakes of all: permanent feudal hierarchy.

    This talk by Griffin is illuminating: https://youtu.be/ynVqPnMQ2sI

    • Agree: Irish Savant
  68. mikael_ says:

    Fully agree with Ron’s conclusions!
    I would only add a tiny nugget to point #6: The Chinese likely realized it is a bio weapon attack [as Metallicman suggested], and maybe –maybe– they deliberately left their airports open to help initiate that blowback damage. Which by the way was fully warranted, and totally fine with me.

    However in the lead-in of the article, I do take issue with

    a million “excess [US] deaths”

    based on the https://ourworldindata.org/excess-mortality-covid chart and it’s underlying data.
    As other (“fringe”?) websites have reported, if you’d exchange the comparison time range from 2015-2019 to for example 2001-2005 instead, we would see not excess deaths but ‘shortfall’ of deaths in 2020. (Remember those ‘dark ages’ in the early 2000s? /sarc)

    Unfortunately, ourworldindata.org doesn’t offer pre-2015 data, so I cannot make a chart from it with a different comparison choice.
    Can someone please provide a source for older data and/or charts?

    • Replies: @travel lyte
  69. Alfred says:
    @Richard Hill

    Has the possibility of a leak from a Russian biowarfare lab ever been mooted?

    If Russia had announced Sputnik 5 in January it would have been an obvious clue to the origin.

    Alternatively, the Russians have excellent intelligence and know very well what is going on in US and Chinese labs. Russia is surrounded by American biological warfare labs.

    Let’s face it, both American and Chinese researchers and administrators are easily bought.

    Here is the situation for Ukraine. But it is the same for other countries surrounding Russia.

    • Agree: Notsofast, Ralphinlondon
    • Thanks: GMC
  70. mikael_ says:
    @Barack Hussein Obama

    this [pandemic] being a joint US-China operation

    I always laugh at the naivety of such statements.
    It implies that China still now and in all future needs to fear the US (and it’s vassal states), so their only option is ‘joint operation.’

    Fact is, China only needs to continue down it’s path and wait,
    for the US will spectacularly implode soon (within the next 10 years; if they sacrifice one vassal after another maybe 15 years tops.)

  71. @Flying Dutchman

    This ought to be clear to everyone by now. You don’t get this level of cooperation and coordination worldwide amongst corporations, NGO’s, and governments without years or decades of careful planning. This is not “just happening.” There is no Santa Claus guaranteeing that organized sociopaths will not conspire to subjugate the world as soon as they see an opportunity to do so. The only question is whether for the rest of us this is 1984, Brave New World, feudalism, Pharaoic slavery, or genocide to be implemented by a new variant.

    • Agree: Flying Dutchman
  72. utu says:

    Excess deaths correlate (r=0.8) with covid deaths across many countries.

    The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
    https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/excess-mortality-across-countries-in-2020/
    Relative excess mortality in the countries we have examined ranges from -4.3% to 14.4% and is strongly positively correlated with the recorded number of COVID-19 deaths (r = 0.8). Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia and Norway experienced fewer deaths in 2020 according to our analysis. As we would expect these countries have recorded a lower number of COVID-19 deaths than other countries. For example, Iceland, Norway and Finland have all recorded fewer than 12 per 100k COVID-19 deaths. Denmark and Latvia are perhaps exceptions to this having recorded 32 COVID-19 deaths per 100k and Latvia 54 per 100k.

    A number of eastern European countries saw little or no excess deaths in the first half of the year but have experienced significant excess mortality in the second half of 2020. Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia with Poland and Bulgaria exhibiting levels of excess mortality of the same order of magnitude as the countries in the centre of the first wave (e.g. Spain, France, England and Wales, Italy).

    The USA which has often been cited as the worse affected country (often using the total number of COVID-19 deaths) has relative excess of 12.9% which although one of the highest, is below some with even higher relative excess mortality such as Poland and Chile.

    See the table for all European countries plus Chile, Israel, South Korea and the US.

    • Thanks: Brás Cubas
  73. @Astuteobservor II

    “The virus may become seasonal like the flu.”

    As far as I can tell, it is the seasonal flu.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  74. @4justice

    The strange facts around the adoption of the obviously not fit-for-purpose PCR tests with absurdly high cycle thresholds that guaranteed extremely high false positives should be investigated by all seeking to understand what’s really going on here. The PCR testing regime, the redefining of a medical “case” to include the asymptomatic, the suppression of evidence regarding effective prophylaxis (vit D, vit C, Zinc, Quercetin, melatonin, hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin), the censorship of dissenting doctors and scientists, the lockstep irrational hyperpessimism of the anointed public health and medical “authorities”—all bespeak a sinister agenda in which vaccines and vaccination passports play a central role.

    • Agree: mike99588
    • Replies: @4justice
    , @JRB
  75. @Alfred

    Most people will dig in their heels when their worldview or ideology is challenged. Denial truly is a river in Egypt. It’s even worse when they’re high IQ; the denial just gets deeper and more comprehensive.

    The whole “bioweapon” angle is useless, as is blaming it all on China. The first premise is that China wants to kill us all, which is just a projection of preexisting boomer animus against Chinese power. The other premise is, of course, that this was truly a “pandemic”, and not simply a novel virus that did what new viruses tend to do: kill a small fraction of the population before achieving an equilibrium which humanity, until recently, could accept.

    These days, we have think tanks, foundations, universities, and “centers for disease control”, with armies of paid slobs and ghouls whose life’s work it is “to identify possible threats to public health” and give conferences about “resilience” and other airport-bestseller buzzwords. We have an entire Big Tech/medical “ecosystem” which relentlessly pursues literally every angle of “innovation”, heedless of where it could all lead, because people with PhDs have to do something, and STEM is god.

    In short, it’s another progress trap of high civilization, the law of the instrument (i.e., to a hammer everything is a nail) expressed by the “medical community” and Big Tech – and that’s really the only angle that matters, apart from Bill Gates’ role as mastermind, specifically.

    For whatever reason, Unz stays away from that completely, I guess because it just isn’t part of his narrative. If China did it, and it’s a real pandemic, what does Gates’ sudden omnipresence and godlike wisdom about it matter? All his prophesying of a “coming pandemic” going back to at least 2015 is meaningless. That Johns Hopkins (another huge beneficiary of his money) ran “Event 201” in 2019 and “SPARS Pandemic Scenario” in 2020 (about a pandemic in 2026!) – meaningless, because not China.

    I guess it’s easier from a heuristic perspective to adopt those premises. If you accept that it’s a progress trap and Big Tech singularity, what can you really do about it? Nothing. But if you say it’s a Chinese bioweapon and a real pandemic, then it at least gives you the appearance of options to fight it. And that’s what people would prefer. No one wants to feel like there’s no way out of something – unless it’s obviously deadly experimental “vaccines”, that’s just fine, apparently.

    • Agree: BuelahMan, Alfred
    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  76. Sean says:
    @idrankwhat

    This hypothesis as to the origins of the virus as a bio weapon is probably correct, as far as it goes.

    Then the novel coronavirus MERS epidemic of 2012 in South Korea, which killed a third of those infected with it and reached Canada, must also have been a bioweapon.

  77. Paul2 says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I agree.

    We need an open and honest discourse in which no opinions, arguments or factual claims are censored and in which opinions are not vilified.

    Only through such an open discourse can we build up the necessary information base to come to valid judgements.

    • Replies: @Greg Gerdes
  78. Getaclue says:
    @jsinton

    The CVirus “numbers” are all completely cooked and meaningless. The CVirus PCR “test” is a fraud as it has been used — that can be up to 90% False Positives. Widespread hysteria was purposely induced.

    An independent audit proved the CDC changed, after many decades and just because of CVirus politics, how “deaths” were calculated — in doing so they broke Federal Law and inflated “deaths” 1600%. Hospitals were paid tens of thousands of dollars extra to “code” Covid as the reason for treatments/deaths — this invited a level of fraud never seen in “medicine” before — and brought in nearly the entire “medical” establishment into fanning the hysteria. A few MDs told the truth and were censored if not tossed out of the “Profession” — this is Amerika now.

    Something was released from China, and there is good evidence that Fauci’s illegal offshoring of Gain of Function Research was probably involved (and thus will be endlessly covered up) but everything else engrafted on it has been part of the biggest hoax in human history.

    Use of “Models”, that were all prepared beforehand, and lockdowns etc. that had been “gamed” by the Rockefeller Foundation and Gates Foundation and their “Expert” lackeys — prove that everything was ready for them to enact their agenda of Medical Martial Law when the time was right — this entire thing has been political and used to bring in the NWO Great Reset Agenda. People who don’t see what is going on are blind and/or brainwashed by the Mainslime Media megaphone bought off by Bill Gates et al. Since they were wildly successful in pulling this off we can expect the next “phase” to be unleashed in the near future.

    • Agree: Nancy
    • Replies: @FoSquare
  79. The US origin theory didn’t make sense a year ago, and it doesn’t now.

    Here are just two aspects that seem obvious to me:

    Never mind that spreading a new virus just for economic “fun”, while likely exposing the entire planet to danger, would only be of interest to someone even more insane than your average neocon. If some shady cabal of mad spooks wanted to seed a new pestilence in China, wouldn’t it make more sense to hide the “anointer(s)” among the THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of tourists who were constantly visiting China before the covid insanity hit? I’m pretty sure that everything needed could be easily hidden in a backpack. Sending it in with a military man would just be… well, amateur.

    And as for explaining the early outbreak among Iranian officials, remember that the West has had fierce sanctions on Iran in place for some time. Most countries are too cowed to break the boycott. Not China. And wouldn’t contacts and negotiations between the two totalitarian countries be mostly well connected officials and their minions, and often in person, in order to stay under the NSA radar?

    Seems more and more likely to have escaped from the Wuhan lab – where plenty of Western scientists were also working, some on dangerous gain of function research – because it was cheaper and less encumbered by pesky safety rules. Sorry, I love your site, and your theory might be great for page views, but I’m not buying it at all.

    • Replies: @Exosome
    , @skrik
  80. Chevrus says:
    @kba56

    I recall reading that and thought it made a great deal of sense, at least in part.

  81. The flu has been renamed covid-19 aka certificate of vaccination ID-19, covid-19 does not exist, the flue exists, covid-19 does not exist, it has never been isolated!

    The vaccines are not a vaccine , they are an experimental operating system designed to destroy the bodies immune system and thus reduce the population of the world by billions, this is a genocide agenda ran by UN Agenda 2030, the WEF, the Gates and Rockefeller Foundations, the WHO, the CDC, etc., etc..

    This the biggest scam and psyop and crime against humanity in the history of the world.

  82. utu says:

    Idiots and truthers could have been Democrats. Trump blew it. What could have been from my December 2020 comment:

    https://www.unz.com/pcockburn/boris-johnson-is-as-incompetent-as-general-haig-at-the-somme/#comment-4358636
    I think people do not realize what a great opportunity for a nationalist movement was presented by the Covid-19. It was godsend. You had an external enemy that was China, you had an emergency that justified shutting down border and stopping immigration and proceeding with overdue deportations and you could unite people around a common good, which was saving lives of fellow Americans by fighting the epidemic that would require quick and short term strict lockdown. It was a time to emulate Taiwan if not China. It was possible even for Trump if he clearly articulated what was at stake and was the objective. If Trump went with the strategy of virus elimination he would force the hand of Democrats to play the role of idiots and covid truthers. But Trump with a great help from Democrats blew it. The only part that he did not miss was to make some noise about China’s culpability.

  83. Exosome says:
    @Beobachter

    There is no scientific evidence for a contagious particle spreading around making people sick, which is not even an organism, without nucleus, and a purely mental construct.

    That said, it may be possible to weaponize the waste products and cell debris of dying cell cultures with “vaccines” which makes the injected sick of course.

    • Replies: @Ugetit
  84. LJ says:

    It would come across better if the site cited for “death” stats wasn’t endorsed by every single major propaganda source/site in the world. NYT, CNN, BBC, WaPo, Berkley, Harvard, etc.

    As well, given the litany of “disclaimers” on their site, one could quite easily be led to believe that the “data” isn’t really data at all, rather that it’s simply more propaganda.

    I’ve seen stats to the contrary. There are any number of sources. That absolute last one that I would cite are ones aligned with the benefactors of this charade.

    Of everyone I know that “died from Cov-‘ID’,” every single one had significant health issues already or were outright slobs. This just in, if you’re going to eat like a pig and not do much to stay healthy, any number of things can push you over the top, all likely related to your lifestyle. How convenient, as now in the Cov-“ID” era, people are no longer held accountable for their horrific lifestyles that would otherwise be destined to send them to an early grave. Funny how that works.

    Either way, someone’s lying on one side somewhere. Anyone that believes that’s it’s not the side pushing this …, well, let’s just say I’d put more hope in becoming wealthy at the hands of a “Nigerian Prince.”

    People had better wake up to the big-picture here or we’re screwed in an apocalyptical way. It’s likely already too late since even the non-maskers are working on the “this thing is on the level” premise, which obviously ain’t the case for anyone that isn’t naive and gullible.

    Seriously tho Ron, sometimes you miss the big picture in extraordinary ways.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  85. Wielgus says:
    @The Alarmist

    Woodstock happened towards the end of the 1968-9 flu – photos and film of the event are not noted for their social distancing.
    https://www.rememberradio.net/2016/07/woodstock-69-like-youve-never-seen.html

  86. StewB says:

    Hmm… interesting artcile Ron, but your contention that Covid-19 can be transmitted by asymptomatic people appears to be unambiguously refuted by this study https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/asymptomatic-transmission-of-covid-19-didnt-occur-at-all-study-of-10-million-finds

    If this piece is genuine and the findings of the study accurate, then your entire hypothesis about the Covid outbreak is somewhat shaky.

  87. Chinaman says:
    @Godfree Roberts

    Flash! France has pushed the earliest SARS2Cov2 seropositive results to 2019-11-04, earlier than the seropositive and PCR results from Milan, and 50 days earlier than the PCR results from Wuhan. That is what I was looking for, pushing earliest results towards the direction to Spain

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10654-020-00716-2

    Ron conveniently omit to mention the latest studies which show earliest case of COVID have been found in France dated 2019-11-04. Source points to Spain. As our own resident scientist, dux.ie, pointed out, it is *50 days* be Wuhan.

    This study alone already destroys Unz’s article.

    I am extremely reluctant to insult our gracious host or hurt his ego but he is standing in the path of truth and someone need to call him out for his *intellectual dishonesty*. My apologies, Mr Unz.

    I made the mistake of extraploting the 2% positivity figure to the California population which was the perfect opening for Mr Unz to conjure up arguments from incredulity and Reductio ad absurdium of 800k infections in California. His whole article was to refute all the stuff I have brought up on this site.

    He is not interested in the truth or the evidence. He didn’t even bring up all the phylogenetic research that have been done by Peter Forster and Dux. ie.

    His only interest is in savaging his reputation, keeping up appreances and not looking like a conspiracy nut with the bioattack thesis.

    We can already, scientifically, prove that the virus *did not originate*from Wuhan..all the evidence is actually on this website. The commenter dux. ie have done all an amazing job compiling and analysing the data. He arrive at the conclusion that no one wants to accept which is why he is ignored. Those who know what confidence interval should understand what the plot in the graph means.

    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=dux.ie

    Thank you, dux. ie. We are all in debt to you. I hope you can step forward and debunk all this nonsense and misinformation that people are spreading here.

    • LOL: New Dealer
    • Replies: @JRB
  88. Emslander says:
    @Alvin

    I wouldn’t be so hard on Ron Unz. I greatly appreciate this heroic effort to makes sense of the vast ambiguity of SARS2Covid19 and its political, social and psychological impacts. I thank him especially for reducing his death rate number from 2 percent to .5-1 percent, which most of us all along believed it to have been. It shows that he had no particular bias among all the biased forces trying to use this disease for their own purposes for a year.

    I’d only suggest that excess deaths in 2020 aren’t primarily from CV. The deaths caused by the unprecedented international lockdown, including the very first successful international ban of the celebration of the Christian Holiday of Easter since the time of Diocletian, are very much understated.

    In addition, we used to talk all the time about the psychological effect of massive suggestive forces. Go into any classroom and start talking about the possibility of food poisoning in the cafeteria and you’ll get a sizeable percentage of the class feeling nauseous. The entire universe of opinion influencers told the world population that it was suffering from a very infectious disease and issued detailed descriptions of its symptoms. I know from my associations that this suggestive effect was powerful. It most likely led to many deaths among the vulnerable.

  89. @Refl

    So is there a significant number of excess deaths in the US for 2020? Where I live (Germany) there is not, as in other places where I know the numbers.

    I have a brother-in-law in Europe who regularly travels to Germany. Over the past year, he has told me about what he has seen there: Many times, when he walked into a business wearing a mask, he found that nobody there was wearing one. The German people in those places looked at him as if to say, “why are you wearing a mask?” Now, as far as I know, this has not been the case in every part of your country, but it has been, much of the time, where he goes.

    Yet, despite this, Germany has not, as you say, suffered excess deaths, nor anything else beyond what other countries have. Not in any meaningful way. God bless the German people for exercising some freedoms and independent thought — after all they have been through over the past 100 years!

    Again, I know this has not been the case in every part of your country, but it IS the observation of someone I know. Germans in those places, at least, have been more independent than we here in my own state of Connecticut, for example.

    In my brother-in-law’s own country, Romania, citizens have been under lockdowns. They even have had to carry papers and show them to police when they walk down the street outside, at least for periods of time.

    It is good to hear from you, a person in Germany. Europe has many small countries, just as my country has many “united” states. In both places, they all have tried different approaches to this subject of SARS-CoV-2. (This is good, because it works as a kind of laboratory, testing different methods. Here, with our federal system, we are supposed to understand this benefit, but poor education, plus immigration of millions who, in their blood cannot understand or participate in a republican form of government, have ensured that now many of our people do not.)

    In both places, your Europe and my America, it has been as much a matter of culture and blood (ancestry) as anything else. When we read about Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota in Mike Whitney’s article adjacent to this one, we are reading about an American of the Great West of my country. Liberty and self-reliance are integral to that identity. I myself come from the Rocky Mountains and share that view. Results have now proven that this approach is the best.

    Thank you for your reply.

  90. TKK says:

    When I first read Ron’s meticulously researched and written thesis that Covid-19 was more US machinations as a bioweapon, I did not want to believe it.

    Partly because the Chinese (and Korean) practice of eating dogs makes me homicidal, and I will never give them a pass.

    But this article sways me.

    However, I simply don’t think any US actor has the ‘nads to pull this off.

    I worked in the federal government (Dept of Defense) and it took months to approve new scribble notebooks and pens purchased off the GSA schedule.

    The level of logistics and scheming seems beyond the capabilities of the woke, spineless whites and feral aggressive blacks that run this demented country.

    But, they ((they???)) did mange to install a Cadaver as the pretend Commander in Chief and steal the election from Trump.

    I admire Ron Unz tremendously for bending his mind to this United States of Quagmire, this depressing mess- but I believe everyday that we are in Sisyphus nightmare in America: the blacks, the woke, the open borders, the lack of jobs, the complicit media.

    Our limited time might be wisely spent pursuing life in a more sane environment – where whites are not demonized but asked to pay for the pleasure.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  91. Chinaman says:
    @The Alarmist

    My friend died from the *American Swine flu*, which started in California in 2009!

    It was the Spanish flu H1N1 mixing with the pig flu.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  92. Exosome says:

    Invitation to Ron Unz, and basically all authors here, as well as readers.
    Authors ask the wrong questions sadly, and take a wild theory as granted without questioning the scientific base.
    Believing blindly in the official theory/dogma might be paid with your life and health, and that of your families and children and children’s children.
    The CDC state openly, men should freeze their sperm before getting the mRNA genetic modification.

    Project Immanuel critically examines the scientific background of the so-called “Corona Crisis.” With the help of the natural scientist and virologist Dr. Stefan Lanka, all fundamental publications on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 are closely scrutinised and scientifically examined in a series of posts.

    Our main objective is to make science understandable to everyone. All the necessary technical terms and scientific procedures of virology and microbiology that one needs to know and understand are explained in a way that is easy for everyone to comprehend and illustrated with many examples.

    This is a scientific project. This means, for one thing, that although we are very critical of all that has been done and has happened in the Corona crisis, we always remain neutral. We do not take sides with anyone, nor do we condemn anyone. We analyse everything from a purely scientific medical point of view.
    It also means that we emphatically ask you, the viewer, not to simply believe any of our statements! On the contrary, doubt, be critical and question us. Anyone who can refute our statements is hereby cordially invited to do so, but should do so with tangible, verifiable facts. If we have really made mistakes, we are happy to correct them.

    Behind Project Immanuel is a small group of independent filmmakers who want to help bring into the public domain scientific facts that are ignored by the majority of people only because they do not conform to the predominant worldview and accepted consensus.

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  93. “Then on Jan. 23rd and after only 17 deaths, the Chinese government took the astonishing step of locking down and quarantining the entire 11 million inhabitants of the city of Wuhan, a story that drew worldwide attention.”

    That’s because the perfidious Chinese knew what they had done… they had let the genie out of the bottle!

    “Given these dramatic Chinese actions and the international headlines that they generated, the current accusations by Trump Administration officials that China had attempted to minimize or conceal the serious nature of the disease outbreak are so ludicrous as to defy rationality.”

    That was “I eat Chinese food on Christmas Day” defense of the greatest threat ever to America!

    • Replies: @GreatSocialist
  94. Chinaman says:
    @Smith

    You are a moron. No wonder Vietnamese have always live under China’s shadows.

    Go learn to write your name in Chinese again.

  95. Seems like the “Pravda” theme would be more appropriately focused on the political & media collusion behind the disinformation surrounding the virus and the vaccine narrative.

    Given all the readily available sources, it’s hard to swallow such a blithe glossing-over of the disputes about diagnosis and death statistics, not to mention the clear and present danger of the “vaccines.”

    Speculation about whether or not it’s a US and/or Chinese bioweapon would seem like misdirection if I had any reason to suspect Mr. Unz’ motives. As it is, it’s a bit of a blow to my image of him as a truth-seeker.

    It’s a bit like reading that he believes Jussie Smollett was really attacked by white goons, and then goes digging into the issue of whether they were part of a white supremacist plot or a covert government operation.

    • Agree: Thim
    • Replies: @mcohen
  96. Sean says:

    As the coronavirus gradually began to spread beyond China’s own borders, another development occurred that greatly multiplied my suspicions.

    It spreading to the US was extremely suspicious. Because the CIA and its weak sister the DIA could have got the President to completely seal the borders of America, by using the 33% death rate of the MERS epidemic of 2012 as a rationale for announcing the total exclusion of travelers from abroad who were conceivably infected with the Wuhan disease and authorizing the use of lethal force against anyone trying to enter the country and those travelling with them.

    https://westhunt.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/the-coming-plague/
    The Coming Plague
    Posted on October 11, 2014 by gcochran9

    If r 1.0 in US conditions as well, or at least is greater than 1.0 in some subsets of the US population. Then you would want – need – to stop all travelers from the risky regions, because even one infected guy would pose a huge risk. Some say that blocking that spread would be impossible. They’re wrong: it is possible* … In fact, in that scenario, we’d be justified in shooting down every plane that _might_ carry an infected passenger.

    If Covid-19 was their bioweapon, the CIA knew enough to implement the above protocol; they presumably have some people as perspicacious as Gregory Cochran, who was once offered a job at the CIA I believe, so they could have had a contingency plan on file beforehand. Anyway, it seems Langley did not merely attack China with a bioweapon and suffer blowback, but for some logically unfathomable reason of their own the Central Intelligence Agency wanted their bioweapon to kill off as many Americans as possible.

  97. @Sean

    I don’t think anyone serious thought that Shi Zhengli was working on a bioweapon.

    Shi Zhengli may have been working (along with other scientists) with gain-of-function experiments, yet with a non-warfare-related purpose; vaccine research, for example. The type of virus they would produce would be potentially just as dangerous.

  98. hillaire says:
    @Dumbo

    This article is so wrong on so many levels….
    It should be cause for concern.

    • Agree: Ralph B. Seymour
    • Replies: @interesting
  99. gotmituns says:

    Marvelous Marvin Hagler (A great middle weight champion) just died of “natural causes” shortly after getting the vaccination, age 66, seemingly in good health before he was vaccinated – interesting. NOTHING TO SEE HERE – MOVE ALONG.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  100. @Godfree Roberts

    This debate will go on forever.

    As I said, my contribution, is that my immediate family member almost certainly contracted Covid-19 in Sept 2019, after she returned from a business trip to Vietnam. She was sick for almost 2 months, and completely lost her sense of smell and taste. She was considerate enough to isolate herself for those 2 months, thinking that she had a very bad case of influenza.

    Her other household family members did not contract the virus, or if they did, their symptoms were asymptomatic.

    As I explained many times, I believe that early variants of the virus were not as contagious as the present ones, that is why in the early days of the pandemic, a household member could get sick but the other household members would not.

    Now with the newer more infectious variants, this is no longer the case. Once one household member gets it, the whole household gets it.

    This is mentioned repeatedly by many medical personnel.

    That’s why it is possible that early variants of the virus were already circulating in the US by early 2019, but we were not aware of it, and also it was being covered up by Pompeo and the CDC.

    As I said, it’s very easy to prove. Just re-test the 17 samples from the Greenspring RC senior care home and that the other senior care home, Heatherwood RC, for Covid-19.

    These are the 2 senior care homes near to USAMRIID, Fort Detrick, which was closed down in August 2019 in a mass panic for 8 months due to a one- year-long containment breach starting from May 2018 to July 2019, with an unknown number of select agents, like bat-coronaviruses harvested from China and Asia, escaping through the wastewater.

    CDC could not identify the select agent causing the mass outbreaks and fatalities in Greenspring RC in July 2019, but now we can easily test for Covid-19. Unless CDC and Pompeo have destroyed all the samples and are covering it up.

    [MORE]

    My theory is very simple: Covid-19 was harvested in China or Asia by USAMRIID in 2013, brought back to Fort Detrick, then escaped thru negligence in the 2018 to 2019 period, infected some locals, then spread into Europe, Asia and China, where it mutated into more infectious variants, then came back from mainly Europe into the US.

    It was first detected in China because of their early warning system, and after a few days of delay due to provincial officials making mistakes, the central government reacted as fast as a gunshot, locking down Wuhan and Hubei, an unprecedented measure that would eventually ensure the massive success of China’s pandemic response.

    However, the US response was comprehensively sabotaged by Trump’s delusional stupidity, his masturbatory need for a great economy to help his election and Pompeo’s pig-like attempts to cover up the origin of the virus by blaming China. Even dumbass mandarin-speaker Pottinger, a fervent china-hater, spent all his efforts working on how to blame and punish China for the virus, instead of making any effort to protect Americans from the virus.

    Both Ching-chong Pottinger and Monkey-face Navarro were mentally paralyzed as the virus burned through the US, not having the mental capacity to deal with the pandemic, and still blinded by their masturbatory desire to punish China.

    Instead of working to protect Americans, these 2 idiots only worked at how to blame and punish China. Talk about being dumb and blinded by hatred.

    This resulted in our 600,000 deaths, a tragedy beyond belief, especially when compared to China and many other Asian countries.

    A modern Asian city of 6M like Singapore(which has an ethnic Chinese majority), only has 30 deaths from Covid-19, despite having 70,000 cases, and thousands of visitors going thru its ports and airports everyday.

    What are they doing that we cannot do? The answer is using their brains, and being disciplined which is what Americans like Pottinger and Navarro can’t seem to do nowadays.

    These 2 pathetic clowns failed in every aspect while serving in the corrupt and delusional Trump regime, and they could not have failed any worse than how they failed.

    May God protect us from utter idiots like these 2 clowns.

    This whole shitshow is such a tragedy I really don’t know what to say further about it.

    • Agree: Mulga Mumblebrain
  101. @jsinton

    re: Death-count

    I am not sure if the real Covid-death-count is as high as Ron Unz assumes because I seem to remember 2 things:
    – some countries (like Sweden and S. Korea) and apparently also some US states did not order universal and long lockdowns and even then did not have especially high death-counts.
    – the “Deep State” used the MSM (Main Stream Media) to demonize and interdict a number of old but successful medicines (HCQ, Ivermectin, Vitamin D and some others) and I believe that this certainly increased the death-count.

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
  102. Exosome says:
    @Sean

    It is much easier to trick you into believing in a bioweapon on the lose or contagious particle you need a “vaccine” against, which is in fact the real and only bioweapon and delivery method, besides from poisoning water and food supplies, or to pollute air and letting you live in a toxic EMF soup.

    Fear is used as a tool for absolute and total control over human beings, full spectrum dominance is what is coming to ignorant people.

  103. skrik says:
    @Beobachter

    would only be of interest to someone even more insane than your average neocon

    Ha, ha; like the inside-jobbers on 9/11, say?

    One of, if not *the* key to SARS-CoV-2 is RaTG13 [13 is from 2013], whose spike is ‘uncannily’ similar. The RaTG13 genome was submitted on 27-JAN-2020, which was *after* the cat got out of the bag [in Wuhan, genome submitted 17-JAN-2020], but perhaps worse, the last-listed author on the submission is “Shi,Z.-L” = the ‘batwoman’ herself = Shi Zhengli.

    Now IF SARS-CoV-2 is a chimera, including the RaTG13 spike [my own posit] THEN why did a lead investigator in the Wuhan lab reveal that she had RaTG13 in her pocket?

    PS Here is the multalin comparison of the spikes of SARS-CoV-2 and RaTG13, the closest known ‘relative:’The blue marks the differences, the black the PRRA insertion. rgds

  104. Schuetze says:
    @Mike Tre

    I was thinking that since the WSJ accepts claims of 6 million dead jews, while the International Red Cross claim 271,000 total casualties at the Labor Camps, then the WSJ has a Jewish Owned Media Exaggeration Factor (or JOMEF) of 6,000,000 / 271,000 = 22.14.

    If we apply the JOMEF of 22.14 to WSJ’s claim of 1,000,0000 Covid dead, then we come up with 45,167 Covid deaths. This sounds about right to me.

    But really, we need to also consider culpability in these deaths. Considering that the US and UK bombed the rail center in Dresden on February 13, 1945, all deaths after that date are 100% on the hands of Judea, who had declared war on Germany already in 1933.

    Judea is likewise guilty of murdering the 45,167 dead Americans with their jew-flu which they deliberately released in order to fulfill both their Talmudic prognostications, like 3000 goyim slaves for every jew, and their Noahide laws.

    • Thanks: GMC
    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  105. @Temporary Insanity

    The Chinese did the lockdown because they taught the US had attacked them with a bioweapon. That’s why they did the lockdown.

    Whatever the case, those perfidious Chinese sure did the right thing while we screwed up like royal idiots, led by a heehaw donkey called Donald.

  106. “Not long afterward, federal health officials released a shocking warning that the new disease might eventually claim as many as 100,000 to 240,000 American lives. For over a century, nothing like that had ever happened in our country and with existing deaths still merely numbering in the dozens, these gigantic “worst case” estimates were ridiculed by various ideological camps and disbelieving individuals as absurdly inflated and alarmist. Yet today the official Covid-19 death toll stands at around 550,000, a figure more than twice as high as the upper bound of that supposedly exaggerated projection”

    I thought this was going to be an interesting article but if this point is so off why continue?

    The “exaggerations” were in the fucking millions of deaths.

    https://www.cato.org/blog/how-one-model-simulated-22-million-us-deaths-covid-19

  107. @hillaire

    I gave up after the 5th paragraph. The author is cherry picking BIG time.

  108. James HAZEL says: • Website
    @Ray Caruso

    COVID is a scam. When will people wake up?

  109. Richard B says:

    There’s no question, in my mind at least, that Ron Unz’s gift to the world is the greatest website in the history of the Internet. He’s also written some very important articles. We owe him a debt of gratitude. He’s earned it. And I mean it.

    However, every now and then he let’s off a real clunker and deserves to be called on it.

    Case in point:

    Winston Churchill famously observed that in wartime the truth must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies. Many of my own long and most controversial articles have followed a somewhat analogous presentation, with the opening sections that sometimes run hundreds of words or longer often being rather innocuous or even somewhat off-topic. These are intended to serve as a bland or sugar-coated introduction to the far more dangerous material that then follows, which might otherwise tend to alarm and deter the casual reader if introduced too quickly.

    How condescending and insulting can you get? What is this, Teen Vogue?

    Judging from the comment section most TUR readers are serious adults who come here exactly because they don’t want or need anything sugar-coated.

    And whoever heard of writing a boring introduction on purpose in the hopes that people will continue reading? Good writing is the result of good thinking and no good writer ever talks down to their readers or treats them like children.

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, because it’s worth repeating. The best refutation of a Ron Unz clunker is Ron Unz’s website.

    • Agree: mark green, Emslander
  110. Mr Unz, I have to take issue with your article.

    You state that the CDC claims there were ‘more than 475,000 excess deaths through early December’.

    Well, I recall reading an article in the ever reliable website LewRockwell.com that analysed the data for the ‘ALL CAUSE MORTALITY’ in the U.S for the year 2020 and compared it to the previous years in the decade.

    From the article (and bear in mind that, as at the end of 2020 the alleged Covid deaths in the U.S stood at around 400,000) :

    ‘Most Americans seem quite willing to accept the 400,000 death count as being accurate.

    And yet we can obtain the A.M.A. and/or CDC/NCHS annual All-Cause death statistics [for the U.S] and both sources offer up a very different picture.

    Let’s have a look:

    Year Deaths Population
    2010 2,468,435 309,346,863
    2011 2,515,458 311,718,857
    2012 2,543,279 314,102,623
    2013 2,596,993 316,427,395
    2014 2,626,418 318,907,401
    2015 2,712,630 321,418,820
    2016 2,744,248 323,071,342
    2017 2,813,503 325,147,121
    2018 2,839,205 327,167,439
    2019 2,854,838 329,110,439
    2020 2,916,492 332,103,290
    .
    We can see that the death count seems to increase by about 1% each year – predictably, as the population also increases. Therefore, if there had been no coronavirus, we might have expected an all-cause death count of about 2,883,386, but the actual count for 2020 was 2,916,492, or an increase from the norm of 33,106, not 400,000.’ **

    (** Bear in mind also that the 62,000 increase in deaths in 2020 over 2019 is in fact LESS than the increases recorded in 2017 (69K increase) and 2015 (84K increase) which were NON-pandemic years.)

    Now I ask you Mr Unz, WHERE ARE THESE EXCESS COVID DEATHS THAT YOU SPEAK OF ??

    The only way that the coronavirus could be responsible for 400,000 deaths in the US in 2020 would be if at least 367,000 people conveniently ceased dying of other causes, such as heart failure, car crashes and cancer.

    You don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to see that 2020, in terms of Mortality from ALL causes, was not statistically different to any other year in that decade and even ‘Blind Freddie’ can see that people who died from other causes have been ‘reassigned’ as Covid deaths when in fact, they were not.

    • Agree: Ralph B. Seymour
  111. GMC says:
    @Richard Hill

    When the CCCP dissolved, the US bioweapons inspection teams signed off on the Soviet labs being de activated. But the US teams also knew exactly what the Russians were researching and one was Novichokov, so guess who makes Novichokov today, in one of their 500 bioWeapons labs Who made Sars I and wouldn’t an intelligent country figure out that the Americans and Israel would make a SarsII – Covid 19 shortly. The Russians figured out the next US bioweapons move – and cashed in on it. Pretty Simple – if you think about it.

    • Agree: Ralphinlondon
  112. Trinity says:
    @gotmituns

    I am wondering why one of the greatest fighters of all time has died with little fanfare. Hagler was every bit as popular in boxing and the sports world as Mike Tyson in the 1980s and nearly as popular as Muhammad Ali in the 1970s. I know that Hagler took care of himself even after retiring by swimming and bicycling and he was noted as being a maniac when it came to conditioning while competing. Saw him at an event held at IBHOF maybe 15 years ago and he looked great. I have an elderly mother and I don’t think she is going anywhere near this vaccine, I know I am not, my family is not nor do I have any relative who has taken the shot other than a cousin who HAS to take it because she is a nurse.

  113. Thim says:

    Covid was like a bad flu in late 2019. It was winding up in March 2020 when Trump decided to shut down the country. It has been gone for a year now there is nothing but fake news and fake analysis. Thousands of liars are making a good living pumping this hoax.

    • Thanks: Trinity
    • Replies: @bayviking
  114. @mikael_

    To paraphrase ZeroHedge, on a long enough timeline the excess death rate is zero.

  115. gay troll says:

    while Ft. Detrick’s temporary shutdown for a few months during the summer became proof of a laboratory leak.

    An impoverished sentence, implying that there was no laboratory leak at Ft. Detrick, or that such a leak cannot be proven. But the escape of a CLASSIFIED pathogen or toxic agent from Ft. Detrick in mid 2019 has been proven, fully admitted by the CDC as the reason for the facility’s shutdown (a shutdown which was not fully lifted for ONE YEAR, not just “a few months during the summer”). EVALI caused identical symptoms to COVID with identical morbidity and mortality statistics. Most suspicious of all, EVALI disappeared just as COVID emerged in China. The CDC was the gatekeeper for all information about the EVALI epidemic. And they literally threw the disease down the memory hole once COVID appeared.

    The CDC has yet to explain HOW vaping caused an epidemic of pneumonia or WHY the vaping epidemic started and ended so suddenly. There is no science going on here, it’s all propaganda left and right. It’s almost comical to see Unz towing the MSM line on “the science” even though every other one of his Pravda articles hinges on some variation of “everything the MSM taught me about history is a lie”. But really, it’s not comical, just disgusting.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  116. bayviking says:
    @Thim

    Nope, even the deadliest flu season, 2017-1018 only took 61,000. 2015-2016 flu took 23,000.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/how-many-americans-die-

  117. I’m wintering in the Palmetto State. The good is that we have mild, not balmy, winters here. The bad is that one of our US senators is Lyin’ Light-Loafered Lisping Lindsey. “Lockdown” measures here have been sporadic. The idiot governor closed public beaches and boat launching facilities last spring. That lasted two weeks, and was probably ended due to public outcry. The beaches were 100% open to those with waterfront property; if you lived across the road, you were notified that you were subject to arrest. I fell into the latter category, and was told by a county deputy that I’d be arrested if he found me on the beach again. In any event, public spaces swept by the constant on-shore winds off the broad mid-Atlantic Ocean weren’t carrying any significant “viral load” AKA Kung Flu Cooties. As things stand now, “mask mandates” are on a county-by-county, not state-wide, basis. We aren’t dropping like flies here in Horry County [ie. Myrtle Beach]. If the Kung Flu is so contagious, how come I can walk into Walmart nearly every day without a face diaper, and emerge alive?

  118. @Chinaman

    Hey, let’s not blame Spain for something that came from China via Chinese slave labourers imported to support the Allies’ war effort in WW1.

    Abuse and blame for everybody … Huzzah !!!

    • Replies: @Chinaman
  119. 3g4me says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    @2 Buzz Mohawk: Synthesis is not the means to the answer, just as compromise does not lead to the correct decision. Where there is truth and lies, synthesis leads to today’s murrica, a society built on the lie of equality. Where there is good and evil, compromise leads to God spitting one out of His mouth. I give credit to Unz for printing things he obviously disagrees with, but to give equal credence to these disparate analyses is merely the conservatard version of the “everyone has her own truth.” Truth is impersonal, and generally not reached through synthesis and compromise, but through conflict, violence, and death.

  120. @interesting

    Correct; “The Fouch” told us that “two to three million” Americans would be dead by about last Memorial Day. I can’t recall the exact time-frame, but the “two to three million” is a direct quote. Remember, this is the same idiot who, in the mid-1980’s, told us that by around 1990, “millions” of straight, white, middle-class Americans would be dead of HIV/AIDS because, you know, our sex lives are so promiscuous and kinky. He was claiming that a large percentage of normal-looking white guys were Gay on the Down Low, and that their white women would take it up the butt without complaint, too.

  121. anonymous[313] • Disclaimer says:

    This is the germ of an historic bill of indictment against the US state crime. A few supporting points:

    Re Claims and counter-claims: Right off the bat, Francis Boyle produced the relevant gain-of-function evidence in the Nature Medicie paper by Baric et al. Boyle pointed out that BWTC-illegal gain-of-function research was halted, then resumed in time to produce Baric’s pathogen at UNC. Boyle is the guy who wrote the BWTC into US law, and he saw this coming. Meryl Nass ably debunked the mad scientists’ panicky damage control here,

    https://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com/2020/04/why-are-some-of-us-top-scientists.html

    Re Hypothesis point (1): “rogue elements” is a triumph of internalized CIA propaganda. Note that Hollywood movies dramatize the most atrocious government malefactions, as long as they can be blamed on bad apples. A small rogue element cannot carry out kinetic and information warfare amounting to general war by banned biological weapons. The Unz bill of indictment holds up even better if you posit that the responsible entity was a state institution with impunity in municipal law. That state institution is CIA. Call them bad apples if you want, but they’re all bad apples. CIA was chartered as a criminal enterprise and now has more than a dozen get-out-of-jail-free cards in law and administrative procedure.

    Re Hypothesis point (5): CIA’s gravest crimes always involve heroic efforts to warn of adverse consequences. The canonical example is the Pentagon Papers, which CIA leaked to blame the Pentagon for losing the covert war CIA started and ran for a decade. Tenet running around with his “hair on fire,”yelling non-actionable warnings of 911 is another example. AMERITHRAX, the nearest antecedent, was foreshadowed in a concerted media campaign, (see MacQueen, The 2001 Anthrax Deception.) So CIA might well have tipped off DIA. But DI is the usual source of “We warned you!” CYA. DIA, by comparison, was instituted by John Kennedy to check CIA’s work, and maybe to supplant them, but you know, BLAM. DIA has highly capable staff with experience in Chem/Bio nonproliferation. I know some. DIA also ratted out Timber Sycamore, the CIA crime of aggression by sending armed bands and irregulars. DIA are pretty straight arrows.

  122. 4justice says:
    @idrankwhat

    Agreed, I would just add with many more agendas than just the so-called vaccine uptake and so-called vaccine passports.

    Increased surveillance data for AI by forcing everyone online, including most sadly, children schooling online. Contact tracing apps. Destruction of small independent businesses in many states. Shutting down churches and humiliating church leaders. Bringing in easily corrupted voting protocols. Suspending rent? How is that going to be worked out? The largest transfer of wealth upwards in the history of the country. Printing how much money? Replacing school curricula, rewriting history. Allowing gatherings, property destruction and even personal violence if it is promoting a woke cause.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list.

  123. Ron Unz apparently believes in fairy tales:

    AKA “official” USG Covid 19 death statistics.

    • Agree: Schuetze, Herald
    • Replies: @Kumbaresu
    , @Anonymous
  124. Cking says:

    Covid-19 Who benefits? Since 2008 and probably earlier than that, a financial coup d ‘tat in the United States occurred; $50 Trillion dollars was transferred; how and to who knows who, we don’t know. Healthcare and Pension systems have gigantic liabilities in the aging population. Only radical population reduction can alleviate this financial burden. Catherine Austin Fitts offers her perspective on what she sees and explains as an Insurance Industry Relief Plan. https://brandnewtube.com/watch/plague-laws-catherine-austin-fitts-amp-prof-dolores-cahill_tCpTbLDVpmh2fzh.html

  125. Kumbaresu says:
    @JM

    My former classmate’s parents are both in their 90s, they felt unwell for 3 days and were diagnosed with COVID. If this is biowarfare then Ron Unz is the Emperor of China.

    • Replies: @GMC
  126. Exosome says:

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/PeaPFBdx4BQH

    The virology state openly, there is no means, method and technology to distinguish between postulated viruses and exosomes. Exosomes can be easily and reproducibly isolated/purified, viruses nope.
    I’d suggest to the virologists, the emperor is naked, it is one and the same, you got it wrong. Don’t rely on software generating a theoretical genome you do not even have one live sample for. That’s fraud.

    • Agree: Rocha
  127. Kumbaresu says:
    @Ralph B. Seymour

    I am equally ignorant of the competing merits of the different types of vaccines that have been rushed into production to control the illness, but without such vaccines, the bulk of our entire population would surely become infected over the next year or more.

    Anthony Fauci is proud of you, Ron. Keep up good work.

  128. Tom Verso says:

    Wall Street Journal reporters write and CDC publishes …

    Well that certainly is the end of the conversation!

    Who could possible doubt WSJ and government sources at the CDC?

    No need to discussion statistical methodology, valid logical generalization inferences.

    Ron Unz is a very big brain number cruncher. His social statistics analysis of such phenomena as Hispanic crime, university entrance policy and a slue of other studies in his American Pravda series are nothing less than, to my mind, Brilliant.

    Accordingly, last year when the statistics of Covid began appearing in mass media I looked forward to Mr. Unz’s analysis.

    To my utter shock he was more mainstream than the mainstream. Well I thought its early in the data collection period and he hasn’t much to go on.

    Well a year later, as this article demonstrates, he is still in the mainstream bag. That would be understandable if he has brought his quantitative acumen to bare on the mass media reports.

    But as this article clearly demonstrates he is still in the mainstream bag and still wants for the critical statistical analysis of which he is capable.

    Specific Mythological Issues

    A brilliant social statistic methodologist; yet Mr. Unz does not find it necessary to comment on either the methodology of the Wall Street Journal reporters, CDC publicist or the “Human Mortality Database” produced by Max Rosen’s team.

    In short, what is the raw data used to compile the comparative death statistics?

    Is there, for example, a CDC database of yearly death certificates produced by certified officials? A database that can be accessed and analyzed by any researcher not affiliated with the WSJ, CDC or Max Roser’s team.

    If there is not such a database, have the WSJ, CDC and Roser’s team used a random sampling method. What is that randomizing method? Again, what is that database from which the random sample was taken?

    In either case, ‘actual comprehensive population database’ or ‘sample method’ what is the validity of the statistical conclusions?

    Mr. Unz wonders about the method used by the “deaths by or with Covid” statistics; but, nary a word about the methods of the WSJ, CDC and Max Rosen.

    Most importantly, the Covid issue is not JUST A MEDICAL issue. It is heavily ladened with nothing less than profound economic and political implications. All the more so is needed the hard core objective social scientific statistical analysis of which Mr. Unz is capable.

    Yet, for fascinating reasons unknown, he joined up with the mainstream ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ team!

    • Replies: @Alfred
  129. Anonymous[254] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ralph B. Seymour

    I don’t know why he’s doubling down on this bullshit, I guess he thinks his credibility hasn’t been completely shredded yet and he’s going for broke.

    • LOL: theMann
  130. Drakejax says:
    @Barack Hussein Obama

    I concur; I think it was a bioweapon operation but with a US element working with a Chinese element. The same people now run both countries.

  131. anon[225] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mephisto

    What’s transmitted to kids-to-be?

    • Replies: @mephisto
  132. Thomasina says:
    @idrankwhat

    “The goal is The Great Reset proclaimed by the World Economic Forum.”

    Yes, of which China is a willing participant.

    • Replies: @Richard B
  133. FoSquare says:
    @Getaclue

    …and lockdowns etc. that had been “gamed” by the Rockefeller Foundation and Gates Foundation and their “Expert” lackeys…

    The link below is to the Rockefeller report (2010) covering various “Scenario Narratives” including the “Lock Step” narrative (p. 18 of the report) describing a Global Pandemic and how to capitalize on it. The report begins with two prefatory letters by the President of the Rockefeller Foundation (Judith Rodin) and the consultant to the Foundation (Peter Schwartz) on the Scenario Narratives.

    Both Rodin and Schwartz are Jewish — part of the Anglo-American conspiracy (LOLOL).

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_gcPUv5nnJBBz48ixwHJU1AgGCMoELZr/view?usp=drivesdk

  134. Ron Unz says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    We can see that the death count seems to increase by about 1% each year – predictably, as the population also increases. Therefore, if there had been no coronavirus, we might have expected an all-cause death count of about 2,883,386, but the actual count for 2020 was 2,916,492, or an increase from the norm of 33,106, not 400,000.’ *

    Where did you get your numbers? The CDC tends to be extremely slow in compiling and finally releasing America’s annual death totals, but the Associated Press had reported in late December that according to the CDC we were on track to have more 3.2 million deaths in 2020, which certainly matches the sorts of figures I’ve seen elsewhere:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/covid-pandemic-turned-2020-deadliest-year-u-s-history-cdc-n1252078

    Maybe the CDC is lying. Maybe the AP and the WSJ are lying. Maybe the monthly figures displayed in the graph I provided are fictional. But otherwise, it looks like we had over 400,000 “excess deaths” during 2020, followed by the huge spike in Covid-19 fatalities after the holidays.

  135. Ron Unz:

    I can easily understand why all these simple facts and their obvious implications regarding the likely origins of the worldwide epidemic might be considered extremely uncomfortable, perhaps too uncomfortable to be discussed in our media outlets, and therefore have been so widely ignored… Given the conclusions suggested above, I think it may be useful for me to provide my own summary of a plausible scenario for the Covid-19 outbreak.

    The even simpler and more uncomfortable truths that are not being addressed here by Ron Unz are these:

    FACT: SARS-CoV-2 is alleged to be a complete, singular, visible, tangible, isolable, identifiable, characterizable, literal autonomous physical entity that has been scientifically authenticated via electron microscopy and genomic sequencing.

    FACT: If SARS-CoV-2 actually exists, it can be proven to exist.

    FACT: SARS-CoV-2 has never been proven to exist.

    FACT: Those who allege that SARS-CoV-2 has been proven to exist are lying.

    Any questions?

    https://gab.com/FightBackMontana

  136. Trinity says:

    One Covid “victim” was shot 3 times. I KID YOU NOT. You have to wonder how CARES ( Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act funds are allocated. The usual suspects in the “minority” communities will definitely receive some gibs, as well as the REAL USUAL SUSPECTS. These funds are allegedly going out for disinfecting courthouses, teller type glass panels, public safety payroll, FMLA childcare leave, see “minority communities” listed earlier, “pandemic emergency sick leave, etc. You know damn well that millions if not billions are slipping into pockets.

    I have said this from the beginning, ever since I heard the name Charles Lieber and his two Chinese nationalists buddies, this is a ZIO-SINO operation.

    Off topic but last night I watched a documentary on the pedophile serial killers “The Candy Man” aka Dean Corll out of Houston, Texas in the early 1970s and copycat serial killer “The Killer Clown” aka John Wayne Gacy. This really should be put on the Jizzlaine/Epstein article but I think ID channel will play part II tonight IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN and they will identify an organized pedophile ring that existed back then or maybe still exists. One of Corll’s accomplices was paid 200 dollars for every young boy he brought back to the pedophile/killer’s home. Two hundred dollars to a teenager was a lot of money in the early 1970s. Both of the Candy Man’s teenage stooges were charged with murder after one had shot and killed Corll. I hope I have the story right and there will indeed be a part II naming names in some large pedophile ring back in the Seventies. Seems like this group only focused on young men and not girls. Both of these guys, Corll & Gacy have nearly or at least 60 victims all young men who died at their hands. At the time, both were considered to have the largest victim list of any serial killer(s.) Of course their numbers have since been eclipsed and even dwarfed by a few others most notably, Black serial killer, Sam Little and his alleged 93 victims.

  137. @Ray Caruso

    Ray Caruso:

    Does COVID-19 even exist?

    A better question is: Does SARS-CoV-2 even exist?

    And the simple reply to that simple question is this simple fact:

    SARS-CoV-2 has never been proven to exist.

    FACT: Those who allege that SARS-CoV-2 has been proven to exist are lying.

    Any questions?

    https://gab.com/FightBackMontana

  138. MGB says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    Unz also conveniently leaves out the boomer effect, the boom starting in 1946, the earliest boomers turning 74 in 2020, and deaths being consistently well under the excess threshold for several years before 2020. The hysterics have gone from the Covid death argument, to the excess death argument (Excess deaths of course being explained by Covid, what else could it be? And round and round the circle jerk goes.) as everyone over the age of 7 now understands that the tests are useless. This article really is a weak effort on all fronts.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  139. anon[225] • Disclaimer says:
    @thotmonger

    Somewhat related: 2 dead black athletes from #19 vaccine: Hank Aaron and Marvin Hagler.

  140. Ron Unz says:
    @gay troll

    But the escape of a CLASSIFIED pathogen or toxic agent from Ft. Detrick in mid 2019 has been proven…The CDC has yet to explain HOW vaping caused an epidemic of pneumonia or WHY the vaping epidemic started and ended so suddenly. There is no science going on here, it’s all propaganda left and right.

    You seem to believe that Covid-19 leaked out of Ft. Detrick in the summer of 2019 and was responsible for those alleged “vaping deaths” among young men that year, which numbered a couple of dozen I think.

    Okay. But isn’t Covid-19 *extremely* contagious? And isn’t the death rate for individuals under 40 extremely low? So if dozens of young “vapers” had gotten infected and died, wouldn’t there have been a gigantic outbreak all across American later in 2019, with tens or hundreds of thousands of deaths? Why didn’t it happen?

    Or are you saying that back then Covid-19 had entirely different characteristics, not being highly contagious and hitting the young much harder than the old? But then it suddenly became an entirely different sort of disease after it arrived in Wuhan?

    I’m honestly confused about what you seem to believe. Please enlighten me.

  141. Exosome says:
    @Ron Unz

    I would suggest, treating healthy people wrongly leads to increase of mortality.
    Eg intubating, putting healthy human beings on ventilators and drugging their bodies with toxins will lead to death.
    Overdosing HCQ with the recommended WHO dosage, will lead to blood clods and death. HCQ is to treat against paraites. “Anti-viral” drugs are in fact a chemo therapy, “anti-biotics” is like the name suggests “against life”.

    This all tied up to financial incentives for hospitals and undertakers.
    The Pharma mafia runs this psyop, yes with real deaths, but that’s the damage of the psyop, like real suicides, real wrong medical treatment of people, real destruction of their livelihood, real stress and fear.

    The slight excess mortality is only in those countries who followed WHO HCQ recommendations, and who produced mass ventilators and have a for profit private CDC.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  142. @jsinton

    if the case to negate a leak out of ft detrick stands on the issue of increased contagion figures, it must be noted that the risk of contagion appears to increase with each new mutation. israel may prove this possibility to be worth studying. certainly the brit mutation is supposedly much more contagious.

  143. theMann says:

    As an addendum to my earlier post (sort of)

    The one Stat we need to know, and can be pretty sure of:

    The billionaires have become enormously richer in the last year.
    The 10% earners have done at least ok, most are better off.
    The bottom 90% have been absolutely devastated, many have lost everything.

    CoronaFraud, a Medical Lie, but an Economic Weapon of Mass Destruction. And WMD’s are War Crimes by definition.

  144. “the overwhelming majority of studies have indicated an average community fatality rate of around 0.5% to 1.0%.”

    That’s incorrect (and the article linked to is from July 2020).

    Even the Centers for Disease Creation have the number well below 0.5%. It’s only the scaremongers like Anatoly Karlin who continue to push the higher IFR numbers at this point:

    https://swprs.org/studies-on-covid-19-lethality/

  145. @Wally

    Ron doesn’t care. He made up his mind at the start of this thing, and he can’t reverse course now. He’s committed to his bioweapon blowback theory which is as preposterous as the 9/11 blowback theory—the official narrative. No amount of contrary information will change his mind.

    • Agree: Polite Derelict
  146. Rahan says:
    @Velvet Ant

    I stopped reading the article when you claimed there have been 550,000 death.

    Every time a post begins with “I stopped reading when I reached X” or “oh dear” or “um, no,” or “surely you don’t mean,” or “where to begin”, an angel cries in anguish.

  147. Just saying “close to a million deaths” drops your credibility. There are so many things wrong with COVID statistics. Here’s a very brief summary. The tests are flawed. The PCR in particular has a very high error rate. Health providers have financial (government) incentives to code an illness or death as COVID. Hence much validity to the frequent skeptic’s accusation: “Deaths WITH Covid, not deaths FROM Covid.” The overwhelming majority of serious illness and deaths are with people with known co-morbidities: old age, obesity, diabetes, etc. Prior to 2020 pneumonia and flu claimed a lot of these annually; why then so awful since 2020, when the flu reporting dropped to zero, and big bad Covid replaced these other diseases as the grim reaper. Nearly 3 million die in America in a normal year; when the overall death rate increases a lot, I’ll take notice.

  148. Mike Tre says:
    @Schuetze

    “Jewish Owned Media Exaggeration Factor”

    LOL!

    Not only is that great, but based on the results of plugging it into the covid numbers, fairly accurate.

    Thanks

  149. Byron Bay Australia, where ‘People Know Covid is a Scam’

    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Replies: @Wielgus
    , @Alfred
  150. mephisto says:
    @anon

    Changes in your genomes, caused by the integration of mRNA into your DNA.

  151. Stealth says:

    I don’t think Coronavirus deaths have been undercounted in the United States. Since medical facilities are given a financial incentive (whether it is intentional or not) to attribute as many deaths to Covid19 as they can, it’s very unlikely that they would miss a third or more of all fatalities. If anything, the official death toll is probably an overcount.

    I’m no expert, to say the least, but I wonder just how accurate those excess mortality figures really are. If you’re willing to believe that the Coronavirus is a bio-weapon, is it really such a stretch to believe that excess deaths are exaggerated to some extent? I mean, it’s not like that sort of thing couldn’t happen, right? I don’t think there’s much in the way of direct evidence to indicate that Covid19 was released by nefarious actors, but we do have at least one example of important people (Cuomo admin) lying about deaths related to the illness, even though in that case they were actually revising the numbers down instead of up. Still, it does demonstrate that government officials and other powerful actors are willing to lie in order to service their own agendas.

  152. Good article, covering many different issues. Here’s my “opinions”:

    SARS-CoV-2 is almost certainly of laboratory origin. Circumstantial evidence in favor: WIV was known to collect, store and research SARS-type viruses. There is published academic literature going back years. Official “cover up” at start of outbreak. Other institutions (e.g. WHO) have vested interests to downplay a lab leak as it would damage their professional standing and funding. The establishment will rightly claim I can’t prove it came from a lab. And I will counter, equally valid, that they haven’t proved it came from anywhere else either. What does Occam’s Razor say?

    The Jabs: probably well-intentioned, but thanks I’ll pass. These are all essentially experimental or at least “emergency approval” medicines of a technology (mRNA) never widely used in humans, against a class of virus for which no immunization has ever been successful, against a virus known to rapidly mutate (it’s a close relative of some cold viruses…have you ever wondered why there’s no cold vaccine? Yep, that’s why…). Oh yes, a vaccine against a disease with a very low fatality rate? I’ll check back in around 2025, when there is Phase IV or equivalent safety and efficacy data available.

    Perhaps the worst offender is the sensationalized numbers the media blares at us. UNZ isn’t exempt. [What follows I originally posted elsewhere, but it’s relevant here]

    Allow me to give you a quick class in Skepticism 101.

    In the first place the vast majority of people who get Covid never get symptoms at all or only mild symptoms. They don’t show up in the statistics. Even among the population who gets tested the test has a very high error rate.

    Secondly there is much gamesmanship on what counts as Covid death. In the USA at least medical providers have an incentive to code an illness or death as Covid because they get more money.

    Finally the 1% claim is too shaky statistically to be taken seriously. Would anyone claim that driving or operating an automobile has a high morbidity or mortality rate, merely because you observed some people end up in the ER with injuries or dead as a result from auto use? Well, the 1% fatality claim is equally ridiculous, isn’t it?

    ADDENDUM

    I get mad at folks who don’t provide data. So I thought I’d do a quick calculation. I live in “God’s Waiting Room,” near Sumter County, FL which has the highest median age of any county in the USA. You’d think we’d have a lot of deaths, with all those geezers and their inevitable pre-existing conditions, wouldn’t you? And our normal population has obesity and other bad lifestyle choices, as does everywhere in our fine nation. Plenty of potential victims for that evil virus.Googling figures gives me current (02-10-21) data of: total cases = 7436, deaths = 214. That works out to a case fatality rate of 2.9% (rounded up slightly). Sounds pretty bad, eh But not so fast. The County population = 132, 985 (2019 estimate). For the whole population, then, the fatality rate = 214/132985 = 0.16%. Not as scary, eh? I realize my figures are subject to the same criticisms I gave above, but they are the only figures available. But the whole point of this post is to defuse the anxiety over COVID statistics. You have to consider the “fallacy of the silent evidence,” which in this case is failing to consider the number of unreported (probably mild or asymptomatic) cases, which (almost certainly) swamp the reported cases. Granted, there must be some unreported deaths too, but they (almost certainly) are a fraction of the total infections.

  153. skrik says:
    @Ron Unz

    But then it suddenly became an entirely different sort of disease after it arrived in Wuhan?

    Is there some reason for you to ignore my ‘just add PRRA’ thesis? rgds

  154. @Astuteobservor II

    Assuming it’s like the seasonal flu but far more contagious, what’s a rational policy response? A policy response that balances competing interests and makes the best use of limited resources?

    Even taking most of the hysteria driven narrative at face value, I don’t see how the lockdowns make sense. It would take a Black Death like scenario to justify the lockdowns. A big driver is both the tremendous cost of the lockdowns – not just economic but quality of life – and the fact that the COVID death toll is not as costly when you consider that it kills mostly elderly people, so the total ‘lost life’ is modest. For example, when factoring in lost life the average traffic death is equivalent to many times more COVID deaths (35 years lost life compared to 5-9 years lost life).

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  155. Exosome says:

    Here is the Chinese CDC head, muzzled Dr Wu Zunyou on the phantom …

    “They didn’t isolate the virus. That’s the issue.”

    The FDA also stated that.

    • Replies: @Jon Baptist
  156. @Smith

    Why not both US, Israel, and China? Why do you think it is China only?

    Do you know that Anthony Fauci fund so much money, in US dollar, for the Wuhan Research Lab?

    Dr. Fauci Backed Controversial Wuhan Lab with U.S. Dollars for Risky Coronavirus Research
    https://www.newsweek.com/dr-fauci-backed-controversial-wuhan-lab-millions-us-dollars-risky-coronavirus-research-1500741

    Dr. Fauci Dismisses Wuhan Lab as Source of Coronavirus, Contradicting Trump and Pompeo
    https://www.newsweek.com/dr-fauci-dismisses-wuhan-lab-source-coronavirus-contradicting-trump-pompeo-1501924

    [MORE]

    Some Scientists Question W.H.O. Inquiry Into the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Origins
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/04/health/covid-virus-origins.html

    The World Elite (Israel) decides to allow China to become the new superpower, meanwhile abandoning the US, then so be it.

    While We Were Tweeting: How and Why Trump Sold U.S. Out

    Limbaugh and Fox: Tools of Malaise or Tools of War? (Antedote live on Clubhouse)

    Antedote Deepcore Text- ‘Seeds of Fire’ China and Israel Part one

    Well, well, look like China had let the US and Western access the CRISPR:

    Walter Isaacson’s New Book Looks At Woman At The Front Of CRISPR Technology | Morning Joe | MSNBC

    Walter Isaacson: We Have To Ask What We’d Do With Gene Editing | Morning Joe | MSNBC

    The whole COVID-19 pandemic is possible a Gain of Function Research. Even Barack Obama try to ban it.

    Greg Felton on “SARS-COV2: Contagion, Collusion, Corruption”
    https://www.unz.com/audio/kbarrett_greg-felton-on-sars-cov2-contagion-collusion-corruption/

    Work continues on policies for ‘gain of function’ research
    https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2015/10/work-continues-policies-gain-function-research

    • Replies: @Smith
  157. Obviously Karma is a true law of nature.

  158. JRB says:
    @Jack McArthur

    Mm, you forgot to mention the death of the Chinese ambassador to Israel in May 2020 : see https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-52696833

    • Agree: Max Payne
  159. Agent76 says:

    Mar 8, 2021 New Yorkers Must Flash “Excelsior Pass” Covid Passport to Enter Venues Under New Program

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the rollout of a new pilot program in which New Yorkers would have to flash a sort of COVID-19 passport in order to enter sports arenas, theaters and other businesses as the state continues reopening efforts.

    • Agree: Bolteric
  160. @Paul2

    Paul2:

    We need an open and honest discourse in which no opinions, arguments or factual claims are censored and in which opinions are not vilified.

    Only through such an open discourse can we build up the necessary information base to come to valid judgements.

    Building up a necessary information base starts with proving that the alleged SARS-CoV-2 even exists. One cannot make any valid judgement until that simple little detail is addressed.

    fightbackmt.org – is offering a $5,000.00 reward for proving that SARS-CoV-2 exists.

    https://gab.com/FightBackMontana

    • Replies: @skrik
  161. @john cronk

    What the fuck do you mean, or what the fuck are you saying?

    • Replies: @john cronk
  162. Wielgus says:
    @brabantian

    The two young Sheilas going by seem to prefer to get on with life, though neither is wearing a mask, thank God…

  163. @Chinaman

    You are generalizing the whole Vietnamese, sir. Not all of Vietnamese, including me, behave like him so mental illness. Yes, there are bunch of Sinophobia like Mr. Smith here but also there are bunch of Vietnamese who are not Sinophobia like me.

    Let explain some mental mindsets of the Vietnamese like him:

    1. When you call you brother, I believe I see he called you that about 4 or 5 months ago, he does not mean Vietnamese and Chinese are mutual ethnic, he means the Southern Chinese like you is Vietnamese due to the past that the large part of Southern China are belong to our ancient country Bách Việt (Hundred Yue). However, let set aside the controversial part because I know you will disagree with me and argue the part is pretty headache, even Southern Chinese is 100% pure Viet, so what, Southern Chinese is proud to Chinese now.

    2. He, same to other brainwash or less inform Vietnamese, believes that the small country or ‘losing the motherland’ people like Kurds, Jews (Israeli), Hong Kong and Ukraine is 100% good guys or deserve to be respected at least. This is reason why he is extremely overprotective on the Ukronazi and Hong Kong bandits during 2019 until now. In Hong Kong case, he support Hong Kong bandits like supporting the Vietnamese rebel again China. By the way, I know China media had spread the conspiracy Joshua Wong is Vietnamese Agent was sent by Vietnamese Government to saboteur China’s stability and I am 100% sure that it is absurd. In Israel case, he supported the existed of Israel because, like other brainwashed and less-informed Vietnamese, believe Jews or Judeo correctly are the ancient people who lose their country like Vietnamese lose their country to the Han in the ancient time, and the Vietnamese like him idol Jews on how they keep their own language and culture meanwhile Vietnamese is not good like Jews, Vietnamese does not know anything about the Khazan Empire.

    Well my suggestion you should ignore Smith on the topics outside the China and Vietnam. He is pretty good on Vietnam and China topics, you have to admire him on his challenge against the Sinophilia and Sino-sycophant in the Unz Review but he is literally ‘Dunning–Kruger effect’ on the topics outside the Vietnam and China topic like Ukronazi, Israel and China relationship, and his toxic behavior on the research papers of ‘The First Millennial’.

    • Replies: @Chinaman
  164. Mark Twain “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.”
    So let’s put aside the statistics, speculation, finger pointing and such.
    Let’s ask some rather obvious questions:

    Why can’t there be an honest and transparent discussion on these “vaccines”? Social media sites are deplatforming, demonetizing and censoring anyone suggesting evidence of vaccine side effects.

    Doctors working for the CDC must present any communications for initial review prior to making any public comment. Doctor’s who do speak out and question the ‘pandemic’ or ‘vaccine’ are being savaged by the media as ‘nuts’ and their careers ruined.

    The PCR test was never designed to detect viral loads. Yet it was used to justify COVID case counts and the follow up draconian measures. Experts claim the PCR test cannot distinguish between the common cold or seasonal flu load. The test samples were amplified 40x to yield results. Most biologists (and Faucci) admit that after 20x nothing found could be cultured back to life. Yet they have been calling anything found COVID and forcing that person into isolation.

    Masks serve no purpose other than to trap your own microbes and increase your body’s re-uptake of CO2. Why are they are still being mandated?

    Why were the big pharmaceuticals given total immunity to future law suits?

    Why are these shots even being called ‘vaccines’ when their patent filings call them “gene modification therapy”?

    Why were the vaccines rushed out when they remain largely untested?

    When in the past have they ever proposed ‘immunity passports’ (proof of vaccination) to travel?

    • Replies: @onebornfree
  165. Covid is a pysop. The PCR tests are a fraud, in that they produce meaningless false positives. The creator of the process, Dr. Kary Mullis, was clear that it wasn’t meant as a diagnostic tool, saying, ‘with PCR, if you do it well, you can find almost anything in anybody’.

    Remember the “shock and awe” videos, allegedly showing individuals collapsing in Chinese streets? Yea, so do I. I believe each country participating in the various responses to the “pandemic” have somewhat unique localized goals in mind. But, whatever they may be, it’s consistent with the “never let a crisis go to waste”.

    Who is behind this latest horror show? Obviously the same people behind every other non-natural disaster over the past century or so. If there’s money to be accumulated and power to seize, the usual suspects are at work. Besides, when was the last time government entities cared so deeply about your health?

  166. JRB says:
    @idrankwhat

    Yes, indeed very strange. Quite a few people have noticed this of course. In my country well known figures have blamed this on a collective wave of insanity sweeping through western democracies. They hope that we will all soon regain our senses and that normalcy will return. Other mostly older people with less to loose point to the Great Reset and evil elites carrying out their evil agenda’s.

  167. JRB says:
    @Chinaman

    It’s still possible that the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan between October 8th and 13th and travelled back to Mulhouse, Milano and Amsterdam end of October with military people returning from the games in Wuhan. Don’t forget that the whole world was infected from the ski-resorts in Lombardy in February 2020. This is not possible if the virus only arrived in Italy in January 2020.

    • Replies: @Chinaman
    , @4justice
  168. I enjoy Unz’s verbose style. I like the syntax, and I find the asides interesting.

    Regarding the absolute death toll as compared to previous years: while I like the methodology, it seems to me inaccurate to attribute all these deaths directly to COVID. Whenever there is economic depression or rise in unemployment, there is a concomitant rise in the death rates. With the COVID lockdowns one could expect a rise in the number of suicides plus other, less obvious factors. I personally believe that the lockdowns were managed in an absurd fashion to attack the white middle class and trump supporters. Second, the Black Lives Matter riots have resulted in many deaths directly, plus large multipliers in black on black murder rates as police were encouraged to stop enforcing the law in black inner cities. All these factors conspire to increase the death tolls in the past eleven months over and above simple biological deaths from COVID.

    This could be analyzed by comparing absolute death increases in other developed countries with ours and analyzing graphs of death rates over time.

  169. @Alvin

    I agree.
    Unz believes his own Bullshit.
    I hardly ever read anything he writes. Overly verbose, logical anality in extremis, the list of flaws is long. Unz is like the physician with expert fallacy who gets taken by financial fraudsters and then rationalizes it.

    Lockdowns were necessary even though Sweden and the whole Global South proved that false. Sure Unz. Right.

    • Agree: Schuetze
  170. Iris says:
    @Godfree Roberts

    The CDC found Covid-19 in the US before it was in China, agreeing with findings in Italy and France.

    Indeed. SARS-CoV2 antibodies were found in lung cells of volunteers who participated in a lung cancer screening trial, proving that Covid was already present in Italy in September 2019.

    This information was confirmed in a study by the National Cancer Institute (INT) of Milan; so what, such an institution would be lying, or is incompetent?

    https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-italy-timing-idUSKBN27W1J2

    • Thanks: Olivier1973
    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Godfree Roberts
  171. Treg says:

    Ron fails to ask two key questions, “Who knew” and “Who gave the green light?”…… what i want to know most is this, “Did our President Trump green light this covid-19 attack against China?”….. I somehow highly doubt Trump knew or gave the green light. I think SWAMP creatures like Brennan and others are suspicious.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  172. Trinity says:

    (((Chinaman))) the hasbara troll has popped up again. lolololol.

    • Troll: Godfree Roberts
  173. Realist says:
    @Alvin

    This is the greatest hoax ever perpetuated on humans and Mr. 200 IQ fell for it.

    Agreed…but Ron’s IQ is purported to be 214.

    • Replies: @very old statistician
  174. unwoke says:

    “Only a small number of individuals were directly involved in this plot…Unfortunately for these plans, the Chinese government reacted with astonishing determination and effectiveness, and soon stamped out the disease. Meanwhile, the lackadaisical and incompetent American government largely ignored the problem, only reacting after the massive outbreak in Northern Italy had gotten media attention.”

    Ok, so now all you have to do is identify (or ‘doxx’) these small number of individuals directly (or just indirectly) involved in this plot – or even ONE of them – & you will not only win a Pulitzer lifetime achievement prize, a cover photo in every magazine & newspaper in the world, an invitation on every cable news show, a quadrillion dollar book deal but a permanent place in history books forever. As well as the sincere gratitude of most of the world’s population. As with most conspiracies, it sounds plausible in theory but the suspects always turn up missing, Neocons is a good place to start; certainly wouldn’t put it past them. But who, which ones, how do they keep their secret from escaping anymore than their Chinese plague?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  175. mcohen says:
    @Sollipsist

    agree,but that’s the price he pays for the other stuff that is allowed to be published on unz.

    drivel on a swivel.

  176. Anonymous[244] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    FWIW, the right-wing in the US seems to have moved on from the wet market/bat eating theories that predominated early on during the pandemic last spring/summer to the view that it was a Chinese bioweapon attack against the US.

    The right wing view now is that it was some combination of a Chinese bioweapon coupled with China led lockdown propaganda designed to damage the US economy or something. This theory doesn’t make much sense though since the net result of Covid-19 is that it bolsters the agenda of China hawks in the US who wish to promote the economic decoupling and isolation of China.

  177. @Refl

    So is there a significant number of excess deaths in the US for 2020? Where I live (Germany) there is not, as in other places where I know the numbers.

    Not right. There are excess deaths in Germany. You probably don’t understand German. Here (link below) is an article in German which discusses this question and shows that there are excess deaths in Germany and in several other countries. The numbers aren’t higher because there has been a lockdown, because shops have been closed most of the time, because people don’t make vacations, because people use masks, because social contacts are strongly reduced, because there is a lot of home office, because there is social distancing.

    https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/covid-19-uebersterblichkeit-wie-toedlich-ist-das.1939.de.html?drn:news_id=1236121

    • Replies: @TheIdiot
    , @Refl
  178. Iris says:
    @Jack McArthur

    “Since the US is now a subjugated country and vassal of Israel any plot by their intelligence agencies would have to be approved by them I assume.

    Very relevant point.
    Why did the Israeli intelligence services double down, and insist that they had indeed been informed by American intelligence of a nascent epidemic in Wuhan as early as November 2019, while this was initially denied by the Americans?

    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/17/us-knew-report-says-american-intel-threat-coronavirus-was-shared-israel-and-nato

    Were the Israelis merely trying to embarrass President Trump in preparation for the election by foolishly “grassing up” their main ally over a topic so explosive?

    Or were they, relying on the American public’s naivety, trying to reinforce the “Bad China” Covid narrative so as to force President Trump to take drastic punitive measures against China?

    Knowing Israel’s deep love for false flags, triangular manipulations and long-reach imperialist strategies, the second option is much credible.

  179. Dumbo says:
    @Spender_CGB

    Yep. Especially because “the seasonal flu disappeared”.

    • Agree: Spender_CGB
  180. WJ says:
    @Alfred

    Life years is the only sold valid metric but our media and our politicians are too stupid or dishonest to even speak of it. Another number to look at is the 2 or 3 year death numbers. Almost certainly, deaths will be down significantly for the next 2 or 3 years as a result of Covid taking out the old and relatively near death.

    • Agree: Alfred
  181. Ugetit says:
    @onebornfree

    I’ve asked many people, including Mr Unz, where they get their faith. I have not received the courtesy of an attempt to answer, and if I do get an answer, I’ll eat my shoes if it makes any sense at all.

    Have we not been lied to enough yet? WTF will it take?

    Amazing.

    • Agree: Flying Dutchman
  182. Dumbo says:
    @utu

    Woe Mr. “Disinformation” Utu got a gold box. LOL.

  183. Chinaman says:
    @Unorthodox Black Sheep VN

    Thanks, brother.

    I don’t mind being Vietnamese. As I said, what we need is unity against the existential threat from the West. if we don’t put our difference aside and unite, white people will either wipe us out or assimilate us in a few generations.

  184. Chinaman says:
    @JRB

    It is actually possible that I sneaked into your house, watch you type that comment from behind and then fly back to China to respond to you.

    Read dux.ie comments. the phylogenetic evidence is the smoking gun but I am too tired to bring it up. You have heard of the variants and the UK virus now, we can actually trace it back to its origins.

    this is science, not some BS from Ron Unz.

  185. skrik says:
    @Greg Gerdes

    I’ve had it, up to the neck, with SARS-CoV-2 denialists. Kindly evaluate this:

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32237278/

    Note: “isolation … in culture … whole genome sequencing, imaging, and rapid sharing of virus from the patient.”

    “Sharing of virus” = they had live virus, which they sent to other *scientists*.

    Kindly prove it false, or kindly eff forever off.

    PS “Box 5. Electron micrographs of cell culture supernatant. A. 100 nm spherical virion displaying the characteristic crown‐like fringe of spike proteins. B. Infected VERO/hSLAM sections with membrane‐bound vesicles containing virus”

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.5694/mja2.50569

    • Thanks: Chinaman
    • LOL: Exosome
    • Replies: @Greg Gerdes
  186. Dumbo says: • Website

    I don’t think that Covid was a “bio-weapon”, certainly not to damage China and Iran. Especially because neither China and Iran seem ultimately to have been the most damaged. Mr. Unz is nice, but it seems that if a conspiracy theory is not far-fetched enough, he dismisses it and invents another more unlikely in its place.

    No, Covid-19 is a fake pandemic. The virus may or may not exist, may or may not have come from a lab in Wuhan, but that is immaterial. The whole “pandemic” was a construction from the beginning, and if you think about it, its real purpose were the infinite lockdowns, the state of emergency, the masks, the digitalization of the economy to promote a few winners (Bezos, Bill Gates, etc) and losers (the rest of us). The purpose was double: one, economic, of course. To hide a giant economic crisis and syphon money from the middle class to the rich. But then there is the second objective, which is the vaccine. In part, but only in part, his has also a profit motive. But more than that, it’s part of the plan to “accelerate” the genetic modification of humans, through this mRNA technology, which is obviously (for now) just a massive test-run for something that will soon become part of the “new normal” and mandatory.

    TLDR: The lockdown and the vaccine are the “pandemic”, not the virus.

    • Replies: @Kumbaresu
  187. Charles says:

    I believe it makes sense to ask: who benefits from the lockdowns? Whose financial, political, and social (shall we say) situations IMPROVE because of Covid hysteria? The answers to those questions I believe are the same as the answer to a different question – who actually, really controls the United States?

  188. Ron Unz says:
    @TKK

    When I first read Ron’s meticulously researched and written thesis that Covid-19 was more US machinations as a bioweapon, I did not want to believe it…But this article sways me.

    However, I simply don’t think any US actor has the ‘nads to pull this off.

    I worked in the federal government (Dept of Defense) and it took months to approve new scribble notebooks and pens purchased off the GSA schedule.

    Thanks. But my argument is that the biowarfare attack against China (and Iran) was very likely by rogue elements of our national security apparatus, quite probably a fairly small group of plotters associated with the Deep State Neocons. There’s a huge difference between the government bureaucracy as a whole being able to do something like that and a small group within the government.

    Similarly, almost no one claims that the CIA as an organization was involved in the JFK assassination, just certain elements inside the CIA.

  189. Chinaman says:
    @The Alarmist

    are you stupid or what?

    Everyone knows the Spanish Flu started in barracks of Fort Riley in fucking KANSAS, USA!

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-cases-reported-in-deadly-influenza-epidemic

  190. Mr. Anon says:
    @MGB

    Unz also conveniently leaves out the boomer effect, the boom starting in 1946, the earliest boomers turning 74 in 2020, and deaths being consistently well under the excess threshold for several years before 2020.

    This is an important point. The Baby Boomers were one of the biggest demographic lumps in American history. That generation is now passing from the scene. One would expect deaths to start piling up as this generation dies off.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  191. Ugetit says:
    @Exosome

    There is no scientific evidence for a contagious particle spreading around making people sick, which is not even an organism, without nucleus, and a purely mental construct.

    What ever happened to the prion and mad cow scares?

    I hunted up statistics, and was amazed to find that after all
    the glaring newspaper headlines concerning railroad disasters,
    less than THREE HUNDRED people had really lost their lives by those
    disasters in the preceding twelve months… and in the same
    time 13,000 of New York’s million die in their beds! My flesh crept,
    my hair stood on end. “This is appalling!” I said. “The danger
    isn’t in traveling by rail, but in trusting to those deadly beds.
    I will never sleep in a bed again.”

    -MarkTwain, The Danger Of Lying In Bed

    https://www.mtwain.com/The_Danger_Of_Lying_In_Bed/0.html

    Last I heard, the poor ‘ol sot did end up dying in bed…but that was after he quipped something to the effect that he lived through many disasters in his life, some of which actually occrred.

    SoB, I say!!!!

    • Replies: @Exosome
  192. Ron Unz says:
    @Iris

    Indeed. SARS-CoV2 antibodies were found in lung cells of volunteers who participated in a lung cancer screening trial, proving that Covid was already present in Italy in September 2019.

    This information was confirmed in a study by the National Cancer Institute (INT) of Milan; so what, such an institution would be lying, or is incompetent?

    https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-italy-timing-idUSKBN27W1J2

    I’ll admit I hadn’t been aware of that Italian report from last November, but having looked at it, I’m *extremely* skeptical that the tests used were reliable.

    According to that study, 11.6% of all healthy individuals in Milan had become infected before February, some of them as early as October 2019. Those are enormously large percentages, and if 150,000 people in Milan had been infected by January, wouldn’t we have seen an enormous wave of deaths and hospitalizations much sooner than actually occurred? Wouldn’t the disease have immediately spread throughout all of Italy? Or do people believe the virus was harmless back then?

    I think it’s similar to that flawed study suggesting that 800,000 Californians had been infected by mid-December, which apparently used unreliable tests.

    Since the report came out many months ago and I hadn’t seen any mention of it, perhaps some of its flaws were quickly noticed and its results discounted.

  193. Ron Unz says:
    @Treg

    Ron fails to ask two key questions, “Who knew” and “Who gave the green light?”…… what i want to know most is this, “Did our President Trump green light this covid-19 attack against China?”….. I somehow highly doubt Trump knew or gave the green light. I think SWAMP creatures like Brennan and others are suspicious.

    Based upon his later behavior, I think there’s 0.00% chance that Trump himself authorized the biowarfare attack or was aware of it. As I tried to emphasize in my article, it was very likely rogue elements of our national security apparatus, probably closely associated with the Deep State Neocons that Trump had moronically brought in to staff the top levels of his administration. Probably just a small group of plotters.

    Maybe Pompeo or Bolton were directly involved, or maybe not. But probably people in their general orbit.

    • Replies: @Treg
    , @Tor597
  194. Ron Unz says:
    @unwoke

    Ok, so now all you have to do is identify (or ‘doxx’) these small number of individuals directly (or just indirectly) involved in this plot – or even ONE of them…Neocons is a good place to start; certainly wouldn’t put it past them. But who, which ones, how do they keep their secret from escaping anymore than their Chinese plague?

    How in the world would I or anyone else on the outside ever be able to figure out their identities? I strongly suspect it as a small group of rogue elements associated with the Deep State Neocons, but that’s the best I can do, and even that is merely speculation.

  195. @Rev. Spooner

    I’m saying, as I’ve said before, that the response to Covid is unwarranted and harmful, and that you can understand this by starting with the references I’ve given.
    Sorry that my wording was a bit too bland – maybe I should have shouted and cussed.

  196. @Exosome

    I think that malpractice with regard to treatment of Covid-19 is worth investigating further, but

    I would suggest, treating healthy people wrongly leads to increase of mortality.
    Eg intubating, putting healthy human beings on ventilators and drugging their bodies with toxins will lead to death

    I don’t think healthy people are treated in any way, nor are those who just get a negative PCR test. Even having symptoms will not lead to the more extreme treatments. I don’t know for sure but I’d expect you have to be in quite a serious state of ill health to get on a ventilator.

    Overdosing HCQ with the recommended WHO dosage, will lead to blood clods and death.

    The WHO never recommended HCQ for treatment of Covid-19. They only had some trials which were discontinued:

    https://www.who.int/news/item/04-07-2020-who-discontinues-hydroxychloroquine-and-lopinavir-ritonavir-treatment-arms-for-covid-19

    • Replies: @Exosome
    , @TheIdiot
  197. Grant says:

    And now, we need to reconcile ‘dying from a vaccine’ and ‘dying with the vaccine’. I think the COVID standard needs to apply. Moving off at a tangent, whenever the US is caught hand in the till, they ‘double-down’, not by burning just the shop down, but torching the whole city block, at least. Rogue elements, spurred by the UK, to ensure China and US at each other’s throats for evermore.

  198. gay troll says:
    @Ron Unz

    those alleged “vaping deaths” among young men that year, which numbered a couple of dozen I think

    68 deaths out of ~2800 hospitalizations thru 2/18/2020. 15-20% placed on ventilators. Not only young men. No single category of vaping product could connect all the cases. The CDC emphasized certain associations, and implicated Vitamin E Acetate as the disease culprit while carefully disclaiming that there was zero evidence of causality. This is the same CDC that shut down Ft. Detrick after a failure of its new thermal decontamination system caused a classified agent to breach BSL containment. I don’t know if was SARS CoV 2, but I do know the breach at Detrick and the vaping epidemic were two of the biggest mysteries of 2019, and the CDC had complete narrative control over both events.

    As for how they covered it up, let us first remember that COVID, EVALI, and severe flu all have identical symptoms. Let us remember that SARS CoV 2 is a single strand RNA virus with an R0 of ~1, meaning it mutates frequently but spreads slowly. Assuming the breach at Ft Detrick occurred in early June, from patient 0, the virus propagated. The vast majority of new infections experienced little to no symptoms. Anyone who did die of COVID at that stage would have looked like a flu death. A special explanation was only needed for young, healthy victims. And thus EVALI was born. The key letter in EVALI is A (for Associated). The pneumonia was only associated with vaping. No causation was ever established. You will hear many anecdotes of Americans suffering the worst cold of their lives in late 2019.

    TPTB were probably hoping the disease would burn itself out: remember also that evolution favors the selection of less virulent strains. It is possible that SARS CoV 2 was most virulent when it leaked from Detrick, not a bio weapon in the least but a true accidental leak of a research project. When it became apparent, in September, that the virus could not be swept under the rug, three things happened. 1) the EVALI epidemic “peaked” and began its descent towards the memory hole, 2) FED began bailing out banks with repo liquidity 3) some executive in the U.S. government approved a plan to blame the outbreak of the novel coronavirus on China. When they decided to put the bug in China, they likely selected a strain that they thought would have the highest R0. And indeed, the initial reports out of China last January posited an R0 of ~4. The pandemic numbers in the U.S. have all been stage managed by CDC guidelines since day one. Just as the same agency stage managed Ft. Detrick and EVALI.

    This is why the U.S. is the global epicenter of Covid-19! Because Ft. Detrick is ground zero.

    And if not, the remedy is simple: declassify.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @lysias
  199. 1) There is no need to introduce the virus by using 300 US armed-forces member. Much easier and less obvious to send in one or two covert operatives to get the job done.

    2) Hard to believe Ron is falling for these phony excess death numbers in the USA. If there are excess deaths, they are mostly related to increased alcoholism, depression, drug use, suicide, obesity, etc, resulting from the politically motivated and psychologically destructive lockdown hoaxes.

    3) The most plausible sources for the virus are Israel, Zionists, bankers, CIA and James-Bond style tech billionaires. The goal seems to be to instill fear and obedience and to wipe out the middle class and the poor, making them dependent on governments.

  200. Ugetit says:
    @Ron Unz

    Maybe the CDC is lying. Maybe the AP and the WSJ are lying. Maybe the monthly figures displayed in the graph I provided are fictional.

    Maybe?

  201. @Ray Caruso

    And the fact that we can’t believe what the government tells us about Covid is an ancillary downside to the damage that the unnecessary response to it is doing. When a real dangerous epidemic arrives, many won’t pay attention, to their peril.

    • Replies: @Ugetit
  202. @Dumbo

    But there most likely won’t be a million deaths within the next year.

    Are you always this good at prediction?

    And please give a reference link for your “calling it.”

  203. @Alvin

    And the reason that Ron is still on the wrong track is the same one that answers many of the ‘why’ questions about this continuing circus. Sure, there’s corruption and money involved, but outright evil is a small part of the explanation. Instead, most of it involves the human tendency to be unable to change a wrong opinion about an important subject when their initial mistake had, and has, harmful consequences.
    The human psyche will do anything to tiptoe around the sense of responsibility that the realization would incur.

  204. TheIdiot says:
    @UncommonGround

    You probably don’t understand geography of your own country

    Manaus (and all those blue cemetery crosses from your local MSM) is not in Germany but in Brasil

    Besides, there is a direct link between solitary confinement (of entire nations) and mortality rates

    But as a German you have SURPRISINGLY a lot to catch up on,
    start here

  205. Refl says:
    @UncommonGround

    German is my mothertongue and I have spent my whole life here… Deutschlandfunk is one of the official, government paid propaganda outlets. So don’t expect them to tell you that the government is composed of corrupt, irresponsible perverts, who are selling out their people to make a cheap buck by forcing them to buy masks that they have imported from China.

    Here are the basical numbers:
    Death toll 2018: ~ 954 000
    Death toll 2019: ~ 920 000
    Death toll 2020: ~ 982 000
    So the number has risen slightly, corresponding to the rise in age of the population. Anyway, the number had to rise, given that the number in 2019 was below average.
    Life expectancy currently around ~83.2 years
    Average age of alleged COVID victims: ~ 84 years. So why are COVID victims OLDER(!) then the average? The only explanation that I see is that people who die young mostly die in accidents, and in such cases it is difficult to fake them as covid deaths. This can be much easier done with victims of cancer, heart diseases or pulmonia, or anything else, where you end up agonizing in hospital.

    I think this information should be sufficient. Compare average death tolls over the years and the age of those who die. That should do to unmask the lie, unless you have some additional information for me that I have not noticed in twelve months of steadfast corona denial (unlikely).

  206. @Ron Unz

    If it’s just a handful of Neocons, then why is Biden and the Neolib establishment going along with it? Surely they must know the truth. Why don’t they expose this plot and crush the other party for good?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  207. onebornfree says: • Website
    @Mark from Upper Michigan

    “The PCR test was never designed to detect viral loads. Yet it was used to justify COVID case counts and the follow up draconian measures. Experts claim the PCR test cannot distinguish between the common cold or seasonal flu load. The test samples were amplified 40x to yield results. Most biologists (and Faucci) admit that after 20x nothing found could be cultured back to life. Yet they have been calling anything found COVID and forcing that person into isolation.”

    See: “Inventor of PCR Test Said Fauci ‘Doesn’t Know Anything’ And Is Willing To Lie On Television”
    https://nationalfile.com/inventor-of-pcr-test-said-fauci-doesnt-know-anything-and-is-willing-to-lie-on-television/

    regards, onebornfree

    • Thanks: Ugetit, mark green
  208. Ron Unz says:
    @gay troll

    68 deaths out of ~2800 hospitalizations thru 2/18/2020. 15-20% placed on ventilators. Not only young men. No single category of vaping product could connect all the cases.

    I guess I’m confused about your theory…

    You seem to be saying that at least thousands of Americans had been infected by Covid-19 by summer 2019. So why didn’t the disease spread through the entire country and become a gigantic epidemic?

    Also, the Covid-19 death rate for people under 40 is extremely low, something like 0.01% I think, namely 1 in 10,000. So if many dozens of young men had died, a gigantic number must have been infected, which would have naturally produced enormous numbers of 2019 deaths among the elderly whom they infected.

    Or are your claiming that the disease allegedly spreading around the US in 2019 had entirely different characteristics, including age-fatality and contagion rates than Covid-19? But if its epidemiological characteristics were totally different from those of Covid-19, why do you think it was Covid-19?

  209. anon[223] • Disclaimer says:

    There are two weakness with this piece, that I can’t frankly see an explanation for:
    First, and the biggest weakness of this piece rests in the “smoking gun” part.

    There was an intelligence article spread to our NATO partners + Israel, yet no a single country decided to curb travel from China yet? Not a single one stopped flights from Wuhan?

    Sometimes, you have to weigh evidence with the real-world implications that they have, and it is just ridiculous to believe that the US government warned over 30 countries of a massive epidemic described as “cataclysmic”, and yet not a single one responded until *after* the Chinese government began its lockdowns. For two months they did nothing?

    The earliest country that responded to the outbreak was Taiwan, in late December, and only after they had made known of an unknown illness plaguing China, did anyone globally respond and begin taking action. The Taiwanese were warned after some people from Wuhan entered Taiwan via plane, and not by the defense memo circulated.

    Also, President Trump learned about the virus as soon as everyone else did, and yet the intelligence agencies alerted other countries, but not the US President. That is frankly a stupid thing to believe, just the sheer probability of the US informing other countries of a report release, but not the head of Government or any Congressional members.

    [MORE]

    Additionally, you miss the key point of Philippe Lemoine’s article, is that he points out that many East-Asian/South-East Asian nations did minimal to prevent the virus, with some not even taking any real substantive action nor having the resources to mitigate the disease, yet almost all of those countries curbed the epidemic. He also points out how certain policies that Westerners ascribed that would help, such as Contract Tracing, did not actually work well in those countries, yet the disease was curbed there as well.
    From his article “The truth is that, compared to Western countries, many of those places did almost nothing to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 but were vastly more successful, so clearly there must be other factors.”
    The obvious implication that he is hinting at here is genetics, and I think that the research will bore out that East/South-East Asians indeed have a sort of genetic resistance to this disease, especially since Coronaviruses are endemic to the Asian region but not Europe or the Americas. After all, aren’t Hispanics in the US and other Latin American countries dying the most to this disease per-capita despite having a fairly good life-expectancy?

    Why would the Deep State neocons unleash a pandemic that is from a pathogen that is endemic to the Asian continent, not warn the US government to take action ahead of time? Why would no NATO nation or Israel(famously self-interested) take action, despite receiving a memo detailing a “Cataclysmic” pandemic? And how do you square some of the South-East Asian countries that did virtually little to stop the disease, yet completely curbed it?

    Frankly this seems to be a classic situation of the Pilgrims and the Europeans, where novel disease formerly constrained to one continent makes its way into the other continent, causing a total wipeout of the local population. After all, developed Europe has totally curbed all their local diseases, with vaccines available for almost all of the European illness, with no such thing occurring in China, where most of their local viruses have no vaccination for them yet. After all, the big problem with COVID was that no one had managed to make a perfectly good COVID vaccine before. So, it makes sense that a virus originated in China, that the Chinese and related people had strong resistance for, and then wrecked the rest of the world, which never had contact with the illness before.

    And you are missing another key part. The Deep State Neocons are very pro-Israel, and Israel is the most popular country in China for its “anti-Muslim” nature:
    https://qz.com/1290584/israels-very-popular-on-weibo-thanks-to-chinas-online-islamophobia/
    Why would the Deep State Neocons hurt China? Chinese are strongly pro-Israel anyways. If the Israelis managed to get the Chinese strongly anti-Muslim, why does it matter that the Chinese are rising to #1? They can still use American dollars even if China is #1 or not. And they can probably manage to get some good trades with China anyways. There was no reason for the Neocons to sabotage China like that.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Godfree Roberts
  210. JimB says:
    @idrankwhat

    Just as the Silk Road brought the Black Death to Europe, China’s Belt and Road neo imperialistic debt trap diplomacy brought COVID-19 to the rest of the world. Maybe it’s time for the world to shut the door on trade and population exchanges with China for a few hundred years.

    • Troll: Mulga Mumblebrain
  211. Iris says:
    @Ron Unz

    Since the report came out many months ago and I hadn’t seen any mention of it, perhaps some of its flaws were quickly noticed and its results discounted.

    Well, the report is available and hasn’t been withdrawn, and it seemed credible enough to be published by the Italian society for cancer research:

    Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the prepandemic period in Italy

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33176598/

    It is understandable that few people heard about it. The original study was targeted purely at lung cancer, at a time nobody even knew about the coming Covid 19 disease. The authors only retrospectively realised that they could also check their historic bio-samples for SARS-CoV2 antibodies.

    The WHO has been informed and hasn’t discarded the Italian report:

    The WHO said it would contact the paper’s authors “to discuss and arrange for further analyses of available samples and verification of the neutralization results”.

    https://news.trust.org/item/20201116114303-b4p3g

    This information does not contradict your main thesis anyway, but it indicate that one has to be careful with regard to the specific virus variants and their respective contagion-rate.

    The phylogenetic study of Cambridge’s Pr Forster did conclude that the daughter Strain B that struck Wuhan was much contagious; it remains possible that a more benign Strain A had been silently circulating in the US from the summer 2019.

    • Replies: @Tor597
    , @Tim too
  212. skrik says:
    @Ron Unz

    So if many dozens of young men had died, a gigantic number must have been infected

    Unless they got a slug of ‘pure [without PRRA insert]’ virus in their ‘special, limited edition’ vape-liquid. rgds

  213. lysias says:
    @gay troll

    Both I and a friend of mine had very bad colds in October 2019. We live less than a mile from the Forest Glen annex of Fort Detrick, with the Senator Daniel Inouye Building that houses the Walter Reed Army Institute of (biomedical) Research. The annex is located in Silver Spring right outside D.C.

    • Replies: @Iris
  214. TheIdiot says:

    There are significant and obvious methodology problems with this Unz post:

    1. Not raising the “Cui Bono” question, not seeing even the early “Cui Bono” outcomes
    2. Not mentioning documented bio warfare virus in Europe and US well before Wuhan
    3. Not working back from the status quo to the status quo ante (beyond US, to Zone B)
    4. Not questioning the testing methodology and Kary Mullis own view on PCR as no-test
    5. Not questioning the mRNA gene therapy, by scientific definition not a vaccine

    I could continue with the list, but you can see for yourself where this is going –
    Devil’s advocate post? knee jerk? arm twist? au countraire evidence collection?

  215. Exosome says:
    @Commentator Mike

    I don’t think healthy people are treated in any way, nor are those who just get a negative PCR test. Even having symptoms will not lead to the more extreme treatments. I don’t know for sure but I’d expect you have to be in quite a serious state of ill health to get on a ventilator.

    Look, the PRC “test” is a manufacturing process utterly useless and meaningless in medical diagnostics. It is totally abused in this psyop, it is criminal in intend, because this is a well established fact.

    You can amplify any molecule with PCR, with an insane amp cycle of say 40, you could even “test” water for “covid”, basicaly anything that has slightest traces of genetic material, apple juice, a paw paw, a goat.

    What are the symptoms? The WHO have basically created a new disease by putting several diseases under this new label, the common cold among these which is printed in medical dictionaries as “corona virus” since about the 1970ies.

    So if the only criteria these days to deem people “infected” is a useless PCR “test”, how can you claim only sick people are treated? Even sick people require proper treatment or the it will cause harm to the patient.

    You do realize the problem with not having even isolated/purified any virus?

    The joker who posted this funny link to alleged isolation reads “virus culture” ie dying cells, anitbiotics added, which makes them produce exosomes. That is not isolation of a particle that is an alleged pathogen.

    • Replies: @Ugetit
  216. frontier says:
    @goldgettin

    Supposedly $30,000,000,000,000.00 in debt is owed to someone?

    Right, to retirees, I’m predicting the glorious vaccine will be made mandatory before retirement as a condition for being payed… problem solved.

    • LOL: Iris
  217. SZ says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    The provisional data for deaths are published only until Sep 2020:
    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/provisional-tables.htm

    Where did you get your numbers, especially the number for 2020?
    And no, a news and commentary website like rockwell is NOT a data source.

  218. @Truth Vigilante

    Spot on Sir,

    Very disappointing article from Mr Unz,

    Here in Ireland it’s the same shitshow, every death somehow manages to be classified as a covid death,

    Our national team of buffoons from our health service stooped to a new low when they included in the daily covid death figures a number of still born children,

    A doctor in a hospital alerted the authorities to these deaths because the mothers had tested positive for covid using that much discredited test,

    And so the show goes on,

    Not even a mention from Mr Unz about following the vaccine money,

    Hard to know what to make of it really.

  219. @Buzz Mohawk

    Not just excellent, the best site imo.

  220. Alfred says:
    @Tom Verso

    what is the raw data used to compile the comparative death statistics?

    Almost 50 years ago, I worked for what was then one of the biggest manufacturers of car components in the world. We were considering building a factory in the USA.

    I was assigned the job of looking at all available data about cars sold in the USA. I was amazed to find that they had an excellent database on cars sold in all previous years. For each car, there were at least 15 variables in this database. I could access it over a telephone line from a terminal in London. I could produce printed reports.

    Now, after a massive improvement in data processing and the appearance of the internet, the USA seems incapable of recording what people died of and allowing access to this information. This is not incompetence. This is intentional. The raw data is there somewhere.

  221. Save yourself some time. My nominations, at this point in time, for the best responses:
    1,5,6,13,16,20,21,23,34,40,41,67,76,86,97,115,149,156,183, 189,203,207,210

  222. @4justice

    I have run out of ‘Agrees’ but you are completely correct here.

    Presenting the rebutall of Corman-Drosten as you’ve done has been my approach exactly. All the talk about ‘excess deaths’ and ‘infection fatality rate’ serves only to strengthen the official narrative, because it assumes at least part of that narrative to be true a priori.

    Whereas, as you’ve pointed out, the fundamental pillar for that official covid story is the Corman-Drosten test, and that test has been completely exposed as an utter fraud, and thus why should anyone believe any part of a narrative that is based on an outright lie?

    Questions abound concerning what has actually happened, but instead of hypothesizing with incomplete data I prefer to determine which are the lies, and the covid test is exactly that: an utter lie.

    • Agree: idrankwhat
  223. @Iris

    If Ron accepts the broad brushtroke depiction of Neocon=Israel then ….

    It could be entirely coincidence ref the military-games/Wahun/bio-lab location or something trying to stir conflict between the two superpowers i.e. the US blames China because of the biolab in Wahun and China blames the US because because of the military games. This diverts attention away from the real source if you buy into the deliberate release scenario.

    If the necons (meaning dupes of Israel) were doing a Doctor Strangelove (JFK remarked about some of the crazies he met) then the question arises are they stupid enough to do such a thing and from what little I have seen in this century with the destructions of entire countries then the answer has to be yes.

    If it could be determined that the virus was purely a natural phenomena then that shuts down any speculation about its deliberate release.

    • Replies: @Iris
  224. Alfred says:
    @brabantian

    The photo made me a bit homesick for Australia. Got two teenage daughters there. 🙂

  225. TheIdiot says:
    @Commentator Mike

    This is as good as you can find on PCR (patent own by Big Pharma Roche)
    and Kary Mallis (inventor) who explicitly was against it as a test
    But you have to have the patience of reading it all through
    https://uncoverdc.com/2020/04/07/was-the-covid-19-test-meant-to-detect-a-virus/

    Beyond that first half when you get to read that:

    “So, in this group of 18 people, the majority of people went from positive, which is normally read as “infected,” to negative, which is normally read as “uninfected” back to positive—infected again. So how do you interpret this? How do you have a test if a test act is actually, you know, 100% positive for detecting infection, then the negative results must’ve been wrong? And so, one way to solve that is to move the point from 37 to say 36 or 38. You can move this, this cycle of numbers. It’s an arbitrary division up or down. But there’s no guarantee that if you did that, you wouldn’t still have the same thing. It would just, instead of going from, from 36 to undetectable and back to 36 or back to 45, it might go from 33 to undetectable to 30 or something like that. Right? So, you can’t solve the problem by changing this arbitrary binary division. And so basically this says that the test is not detecting infection. Because if it was, like if you’re infected, and then you’re uninfected, and you’re in a hospital with the best anti-infective precautions in the world, how did you get re-infected? And if you cured the infection, why didn’t you have antibodies to stop you getting re-infected? So, there’s no explanation within the mainstream that can explain these results. That’s why I think they’re so important.”
    “It’s like fingerprints. With PCR you’re only looking at a small number of nucleotide. You’re looking at a tiny segment of gene, like a fingerprint. When you have regular human fingerprints, they have to have points of confirmation. There are parts that are common to almost all fingerprints, and it’s those generic parts in a Corona virus that the PCR test picks up. They can have partial loops but if you only took a few little samples of fingerprints you are going to come up with a lot of segments of RNA that we are not sure have anything to do with corona virus. They will still show up in PCR. You can get down to the levels where its biologically irrelevant and then amplify it a trillion-fold.”

    And this is just for the real life fun of it – the “PCR comedy” call it (at the top level)

  226. Pruckus says:

    Astonishingly stupid article, Ron. Are you trying to sabotage your own site? Or is this some misguided attempt to deflect heat?

  227. One need only take note of the hate-crazed and utterly Evil campaign by the West to concoct a ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang out of lies and thin air. The West is driven by a basically racist Messianism that brooks NO impediment to the Western ubermenschen’s ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’ over ALL humanity, forever. Seres delenda est.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
  228. Iris says:
    @lysias

    Did you loose the sense of smell or taste? It seems a recurrent symptoms among several young people I know who tested positive to the virus but remained asymptomatic.

    • Replies: @Exosome
  229. @thotmonger

    They intentionally switched the channel from Covid to Race Riots.

    You could almost see it coming. They made a big deal about the higher death rate of blacks from Covid-19, attributing it to structural racism as opposed to the obvious co-morbidities of increased obesity and Vitamin-D deficiency among the black population.

    Then there was the 1619 Project, which had been pushing the narrative that all white Americans are oppressors and all Black Americans are victims for the previous nine months.

    The whole thing was a plot well worthy of the Protocols.

  230. Rooster11 says:
    @UncommonGround

    Yes, because they are attributing more deaths to covid. It’s a simple statistical slight of hand. Take a look at MN recently, who started telling hospitals that postmortem PCR tests with a Ct over 40 will not count towards the covid death count. By making small administrative changes, they can greatly impact the overall “cases and deaths”. Furthermore, they typically don’t disclose the Ct to the public, so theoretically they could be sliding the counts up and down on demand.

    • Replies: @Flying Dutchman
  231. HZ says:
    @jsinton

    >Even counting “excess deaths from all causes” is somewhat meaningless, since the LOCKDOWNS in of themselves are somewhat dangerous and unpredictable.

    That would have been hardly an issue early on but you as you can see, the deaths still spiked.

    • Replies: @taylorseries
    , @Fl
  232. @Iris

    I hadn’t realised that Dr. Strangelove intersects with a subject you might be interested in.

    https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-xpm-2013-nov-22-la-sh-strangelove-president-kennedy-assassination-kubrick-20131122-story.html

    Not wishing to divert the topic of this article – no further comment.

    • Thanks: Iris
  233. I see you are pissing your little pants over covid again Unz… Well son… if you are so worried you should be doubly worried since a group of super spreaders is walking across the border again..

    Makes your little illegal cholo loving heart skip a beat doesn’t it, Open Border Schmuck?

    That’s right… you don’t think Central Americans bring crime to the US, so you certainly won’t think that they are spreading covid from their time walking across the border…

    You got your President to Open up the border in place.. so now enjoy the covid it brings here, asshole.

  234. Exosome says:
    @Iris

    “asymptomatic” means healthy people, no clinical symptoms, only a meaningless “test”.

    Loss of smell or taste? Seriously? Can range from the sniffles to pollen to other allergies,trauma, stress, fear, EMF radiation, and have these “asymptomatic” children been “vaccinated”with yummy foreign cell material and adjuvants, too-toot?

    • Replies: @Iris
  235. 4justice says:
    @JRB

    Many things are possible.
    But without a test that exclusively tests for SARS-CoV-2, it is also quite possible there was never proliferation of SARS-CoV-2 at all.

    No good data, no ability to understand anything about what is really happening, which measures are helpful and so forth.

    • Replies: @TheIdiot
  236. Treg says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks for your reply, Ron.

    We need a real-life, Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew who could bang out a 20,000-word essay on who most likely it could be. I suspect Brennan as the kingpin, you suspect Pompeo or Bolton, but who really knows? It could easily be Neocons as you say. It could be just a few Deep State swamp creatures who have been around since the end of time and think they know better and do not need an American President to get a green light. That is, they know best (wink, wink or is it cough, cough?).

    These Deep State swamp creatures could also be highly connected to the “Global Health Mafia” too…. Over a year ago, this real-life Nancy Drew puts her finger on the “THE GLOBAL HEALTH MAFIA PROTECTION RACKET”

    Ron, I love your American Pravda series and you have all my respect for this brilliant website! Perhaps the last vestige of free speech on the web today.

    Please carry on.

  237. Redman says:
    @theMann

    Well said. I don’t know which to blame more. The venal corrupt leadership class (“global elites”) or the populations of predominantly scared sheep who fell for it.

    The latter are just cowards. But cowards can cause a lot of damage for the rest of us. They can turn a perfectly good country into a shit hole pretty quickly.

    • Agree: Rocha
  238. Kumbaresu says:
    @Dumbo

    I don’t think that Covid was a “bio-weapon”, certainly not to damage China and Iran. Especially because neither China and Iran seem ultimately to have been the most damaged. Mr. Unz is nice, but it seems that if a conspiracy theory is not far-fetched enough, he dismisses it and invents another more unlikely in its place.

    The bio-weapon conspiracy theory is preferred by global elites as it instills more fear in people than a naturally occurring virus. People have been conditioned for decades to be terrified of bio-weapons. In reality biowarfare is overrated as a weapon of mass murder but may be used effectively to intimidate political opponents as it was during the 2001 anthrax attacks. As far as the gain of function research, supervised by Fauci, most likely it was an utter failure, which is expected from a malignant cocksucker like him.

  239. @HZ

    Yes, largely because of negligent, if not criminal, treatment of senior citizens in unnecessarily overcrowded nursing homes and hospitals.

    • Agree: Iris
  240. durd says:
    @JM

    A doctor who says he has never seen anyone sick with Covid.

    https://drtrozzi.com/dr-trozzi-covid-19-testimony/

  241. @chuckywiz

    I had the same reaction as you. Much more interested in staving off the worst effects. Got my vitamin D up. Snagged some Ivermectin from farm supply, some bromhexine from Russia, some famotidine and Betadine from the pharmacy, quercetin and zinc from my health-food supplier, and I was good to go.

    I came down with a sore throat, some diarrhea, a cough and a headache five days ago. Upped my dosages of the above and played it by ear. Could be just a cold but it’s been nothing more than a bit of discomfort so far. Not about to get tested. Or vaccinated.

  242. Exosome says:
    @Ugetit

    Reminds me of the polish doctor Rogiewicz, who publicly mocked the “deniers” on YT, then took the “shot” and died from the shot. I mean, its already in the language, such stupid people.

    https://freedomfirstnetwork.com/2021/03/doctor-who-mocked-coronavirus-vaccine-refusers-dies-days-after-getting-jabbed

    • Thanks: Ugetit
    • Replies: @UncommonGround
  243. TheIdiot says:
    @4justice

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/10/jon-rappoport/the-smoking-gun-where-is-the-coronavirus-the-cdc-says-it-isnt-available/

    “The CDC document is titled, “CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel.” It is dated July 13, 2020.

    Buried deep in the document, on page 39, in a section titled, “Performance Characteristics,” we have this: “Since no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV are currently available, assays [diagnostic tests] designed for detection of the 2019-nCoV RNA were tested with characterized stocks of in vitro transcribed full length RNA…”

    The key phrase there is: “Since no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV are currently available…”

    Every object that exists can be quantified, which is to say, measured. The use of the term “quantified” in that phrase means: the CDC has no measurable amount of the virus, because it is unavailable. THE CDC HAS NO VIRUS.

  244. The Covid circus continues apace. Sure, there are bad people pushing it, motivated by corruption, money and power. But most of the people keeping it going are simply uninformed and ignorant, and/or compromised because their livelihood and circumstances depend on belief in the accepted narrative.
    And crucially, even when faced with the evidence, the human psyche will do anything to tiptoe around the realization that one has made a mistake that is causing harm.
    The harm that the Covid regime is doing can be thought of as a giant touchy-feely self esteem program, helping all those who perpetuate it to continue to feel good about themselves. At our considerable expense.

    • Replies: @Exosome
  245. Iris says:
    @Jack McArthur

    If it could be determined that the virus was purely a natural phenomena then that shuts down any speculation about its deliberate release

    That’s another very relevant point.
    The rate of mutation of a virus can be calculated when enough data is available about its mutations over time

    According to geneticists’ research, the human SARS-CoV2 virus and its closest natural counterpart we know of, which is the bat’s RaTG13 virus, are genetically about 5 decades (50 years) apart !!
    See 5: 40 in the video:

    Such long time gap would imply that this virus, although belonging to a Corona group particularly dreaded and studied worldwide, would have silently evolved, undetected for 50 years, before suddenly causing a pandemic across the planet. This sounds unlikely and hard to believe, and so is the hypothesis of a natural origin.

    The fact that the virus caused an outbreak in a town hosting a bio-lab, but that the strain involved in Wuhan was only a daughter form of a more ancient, pre-existing strain found in the US, Australia and Southern coastal China, points at a fabricated and clumsy attempt to incriminate the bio-lab.

    I don’t know whether the NeoCons=Israel are stupid; I think they don’t care making gross mistakes because they know it is the US who ultimately takes the blame on the international stage anyway.

    • Thanks: Tor597
  246. Skeptikal says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Well, the first year of the baby boom was 1946. Those people have just turned 74. That is not really that old.

    Many baby boomers, at least the early years, are in pretty good health, having been born and grown up in the era when before the total conquest of the American diet by processed foods, and when kids regularly did PE in school and rode their bikes around the neighborhood after school and played outside instead. Also, the general environment was a lot more healthy during their childhood in the late forties and early fifties.

    I don’t know what the statistics are for deaths of those born in 1946 and the following years.
    Maybe they are leading the pack.
    But I wouldn’t just assume that baby boom deaths are having a huge impact on death statistics.
    In fact, younger cohorts may have more comorbidities, etc.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  247. There have been some things in the media that suggest a foreknowledge or perhaps a revelation of the method where COVID is concerned. If you have watched the movie Contagion, it’s either excellent science fiction or whoever wrote it knew about the rise of COVID. It’s even spread by bats to humans in the movie! The book The Coming Plague. Are these psiops to mentally prepare us for something like the COVID pandemic?

    It’s analogous to all the weird presages of 911 that people have come up with. When you know the groups involved, this sort of “revelation of the method” is common with them.

  248. @skrik

    skrik:

    I’ve had it, up to the neck, with SARS-CoV-2 denialists.

    One cannot deny that which doesn’t exist or has never been proven to be true.

    skrik:

    Kindly prove it false, or kindly eff forever off.

    The ball is in your court skrik.

    fightbackmt.org – is offering a $5,000.00 reward for proving that SARS-CoV-2 exists.

    Note: If you do not meet the eligibility requirements listed above, but honestly believe that you can irrefutably prove that a novel corona virus named – SARS-CoV-2 – has in fact been conclusively proven to actually exist, please contact Greg Gerdes and request information about the wager option for this challenge.

    https://gab.com/FightBackMontana

    I’ll be looking for your email skrik.

    I can’t wait!

    • LOL: Rocha
    • Replies: @Nancy
  249. Trinity says:

    Covid 19 will be this generation’s “holocaust.”

    I have not met one person that I know of in my small social circle who has contracted this virus and I only know a handful of people who I know by casual association who claim to have had some sort of illness that they think MIGHT have been the coronahoax. I talked to a receptionist the other day at my ophthalmologist’s office who “claims” she was hospitalized for 5 days due to the ALLEGED “coronavirus.” haha. She looks to have rebounded quite well. Granted she looks to be about 30 something. I told her that she was my first OFFICIAL ALLEGED covid victim that I have encountered. Think of the number of people you know people, how many have been hospitalized with the coronavirus and how many of those cases were probably just the flu or some other illness that the hospital lied about to FUDGE their $tat$.

    Did the vaccine contribute to the death of Marvin Hagler? Hagler was relatively young and probably in great shape, at least great shape for a man of 66-68 years of age. Hagler’s true age has always been disputed. Did this vaccine contribute in any way to the death of the 80 something Hank Aaron? IF this vaccine can do in Hagler, what is it going to do to 80 something year old granny? Granted old and feeble Honest Joe took the shot but who the hell knows what Joe takes and what you might take.

    • Agree: Richard B
    • Replies: @Greg Gerdes
    , @TheIdiot
  250. Voltara says:

    But Ron, if things were as bad as you seem to believe why would those who claim to be protecting us need to lie? Why would they need to push illogical and ineffective precautions? Why would they suppress discussion and use of alternative treatments?

    None of us has access to enough unbiased data to be certain of anything about Covid-19. But we can study the process and note that we’ve seen similar manipulation and deception in the past by the same people. That is enough for me to be skeptical about the official claims.

    • Agree: gay troll
  251. @Wally

    Thank you Wally. I don’t know what is going on with Ron Unz and this topic.

    This paragraph is so messed up it could have been written by an NYT “journalist”.

    Not long afterward, federal health officials released a shocking warning that the new disease might eventually claim as many as 100,000 to 240,000 American lives. For over a century, nothing like that had ever happened in our country and with existing deaths still merely numbering in the dozens, these gigantic “worst case” estimates were ridiculed by various ideological camps and disbelieving individuals as absurdly inflated and alarmist. Yet today the official Covid-19 death toll stands at around 550,000, a figure more than twice as high as the upper bound of that supposedly exaggerated projection.

    First of all, the Imperial College, funded by Bill Gates was predicting millions would die, not 100k to 240k. The also predicted that the fatality rate for infection was 3 or 4 or 5%!!! And of course it’s at most 1/10th of 3%.

    Secondly, in a bad flu year, the CDC claims that close to 100k die. So what’s with this “for over a century nothing like that has ever happened…”? Come on Ron WTF?

    Ron – you need to start following Robert Kennedy Jr. You need to follow Dr. Mercola. You need to follow Sayer Ji at Greenmedinfo.com and read Wally’s links! I’ve been surprised that your coverage of the Covid Plandemic has been so accepting of mainstream narratives. You above all should not be susceptible to such BS.

    And please Ron Unz and all readers here – check out what Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche has to say. He is as pro-vaccine as any one on earth having held senior positions at GAVI and teh Bill & Melinda Gates foundation.

    He has this to say:

    “I cannot emphasize enough how passionate I am about vaccines, but I cannot accept that we use vaccines which, instead of mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic, are now at risk of dramatically aggravating it.”

    Title of his Letter posted on LinkedIn: The science behind the catastrophic consequences of thoughtless human intervention in the Covid-19 pandemic
    Link to the letter:
    https://media-exp1.licdn.com/dms/document/C4D1FAQG4uUor_dt9uA/feedshare-document-pdf-analyzed/0/1615659141527?e=1615827600&v=beta&t=x9ptTblpRRlwrjuo4TLEsMKS_woULoXoRLMFgfgbCho

    Del Bigtree sharing an incredible interview w/ Bossche:

    https://thehighwire.com/videos/a-coming-covid-catastrophe/

  252. Anonymous[370] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pruckus

    Probably the former. Basically, Ron’s become a shill for the CCP.

    • LOL: Iris
  253. @Pruckus

    Agreed 100% Pruckus, an “astonishingly stupid article”. Pretty depressing to Mr. Unz so incredibly wrong on such an important topic.

    • Replies: @Stonewall Jackson
  254. @Ron Unz

    How in the world would I or anyone else on the outside ever be able to figure out their identities?

    Actually, a lot of people “on the outside” know more than we do by now, if your theory is correct. If a report was produced by the DIA, and it was widely distributed “throughout the top ranks of our government”, and also to NATO and Israel, all those people necessarily know that your theory is true. Also, presumably the people who wrote the report are known by those who read the report. Those writers in turn probably have to know or be the alleged perpetrators.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  255. Anonymous[321] • Disclaimer says:

    Two typos in pdf version…

    p. 5…

    The China Syndrome Part I: Outbreak[15]
    The China Syndrome Part II: Transmission and Response[16]
    The China Syndrome Part III: Wet Markets and BioLabs[17]
    The China Syndrome Part IV: Did China Fudge its Data?[18]
    Philippe Lemoine • Quillette • August 24-September 6, 2021 • 31,000 Words

    TYPO: You mean 2020, not 2021.

    pp 8 and 9…

    Exactly the same argument applies to claims that a single wastewater sample revealed traces of
    the virus in Barcelona during March 2019[35].

    And with the sole exception of that entirely anomalous March 2019
    wastewater sample from Madrid,…

    TYPO: You mean Barcelona, not Madrid in second sentence.

  256. @Trinity

    Trinity:

    Covid 19 will be this generation’s “holocaust.”

    Exactly.

    https://thisisaboutscience.com/

  257. Exosome says:
    @john cronk

    Very true.
    Besides the scientific base or the lack thereof, the motive is also openly published.
    It is about redoing everything, including the human being.

    Take “Event 201” that war game they held right before “covid” simulation started.

    https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/about

    They talked about “flooding the zone” and censorship for a dedicated hour, here we are.

    There is the 2010 Rockefeller Lockstep document, which pretty much describes in a war game scenario what we see now, surveillance, censorship, lockdowns etc.

    http://www.nommeraadio.ee/meedia/pdf/RRS/Rockefeller%20Foundation.pdf

    Then there is the WEF website, which published the entire enormous psyop depth, its aims, the social engineering, the AI control, robotics, and the human being linked up to the cloud, via the synthetic gene and some augmented reality device the silly mask ritual trains the circus animals.

    https://intelligence.weforum.org/
    https://intelligence.weforum.org/topics/a1G0X000006O6EHUA0?tab=publications

    There is Microsoft international patent number 06 06 06, which is in short a patent on using body activity data and biometrics to generate crypto credits. Brave new world, this “great reset”. ID2020 is also linked, “immunity passports”, brazenly also called “freedom passports”.

    https://patents.google.com/patent/WO2020060606A1/en

    The Seattle space needle light show on TV told something to the aware observer.


    Nothing to see here people, move along. 😀

    • Thanks: Schuetze
  258. TheIdiot says:
    @Trinity

    people will die of mRNA therapy/”vaccinations”
    this has been predicted
    and scientifically explained here:

    an individual with an IQ well off the scale and NO interest in current affairs
    short walk and an update on what is happening in the real world
    he said:
    “this is has been designed for you all, but and also, some of us, to die
    except for the few of some of us”

    “us” meaning the 2% on the right hand side of the IQ Bell diagram

    first wave of deaths is here
    https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1217508.shtml

  259. Chinaman says:
    @Ron Unz

    You have been *extremely* skeptical of every piece of empirical independent evidence that contradicts your pet theory.

    We now have 3 reports of COVID antibodies founded in 3 different countries from sept to Dec 2019 involving *thousands* of samples.

    Any unbiased and intellectually honest investigator would at least evaluate these studies before dismissing such important results with arguments from incredulity and passé Reductio ad absurdum …these study should be read at least in anticipation of people who would use it to attack your pet theory.

    You have been unable to articulate exactly what you are skeptical about…is it the sample quality, contamination, storage?

    You have been unable to pinpoint issues with the methodology or highlight potential confounders that might led to false positive in these studies.

    All you have is your own preconceived notions, your paranoid and your ego which would not let you accept the reality that your theory is just wrong…

    Now, it is ok to be wrong and it is ok to admit you are wrong, especially given the uncertainty surrounding such matters. Everyone get mislead sometimes no matter how smart they think they are.

    What is not ok is to become enamoured and beguiled by some hypothesis and ignore the facts that is staring in your face.

    • Agree: Godfree Roberts
    • Replies: @Iris
  260. Iris says:
    @Exosome

    Stop with this “Corona-is-a-hoax” nonsense. Don’t you have any family members working in hospitals that could light a bulb in your head?

    There is no doubt that the Covid 19 pandemic is being weaponised to further a covert agenda, possibly the infamous economic “Reset“. But denying its reality is pure lunacy and doesn’t help getting our freedoms back.

    • Replies: @Exosome
  261. anon[131] • Disclaimer says:

    Re 142. I think the two points of view here can be reconciled by distinguishing between exponential growth and diffusion or contagion. They are two different processes. One is stochastic, one is not. The curve of a contagion process has an ankle and a knee. It starts slowly until localized outbreaks coincide and accelerate contagion. You could have SARS-COV-2 percolating in the population for a good long while, killing sick geezers with what looks like the old man’s friend and spreading mildly among younger people and maybe some stoners.

    That is all the more possible when you bear in mind that the cognizant CDC official was ROD ROSENSTEIN’S SISTER. Let that sink in. Focal point extraordinaire Rod Fucking Rosenstein’s sister.

    https://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com/2021/03/if-you-dont-collect-adverse-event-data.html

    Messonier personally fucked up CDC’s diagnostic testing. Did she get fired? No. She was there to hide the spread while CIA mad scientists gave their frankenstein germ a taste for human flesh.

    • Replies: @Iris
  262. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Bolteric

    RU is one of the best investigative journalists of our time.

    Fearless and principled.

    • Thanks: Bolteric, Nancy
  263. Iris says:
    @Chinaman

    “Chinaman”, the “Chinese” man member of the Reset Global Implementation Hasbara Brigade, Ness Ziona, Occupied Palestine, comes to the rescue of the “virus natural origin” theory.

    Ergo, Israel is in it up to its neck. What a super-surprising surprise.

  264. Johan says:

    Let’s take all the priests and oracles of statistics, deport them to a pleasant island where they can continue their useless hobby. Throw a few mega computers at them, so they can toy around there forever, don’t let ‘m escape though.

  265. durd says:
    @Cking

    I continually read that no one has isolated the virus AND that the virus has been given “gain of function” attributes. How does one slice and dice, or whatever it is they do, to a virus that can’t be isolated ? And I also read the virus is an extremely small non living thingamacrown why is it then purportedly being experimented and researched in biolabs instead of labs dedicated to invisible non locatable elements?

    Sort of makes one think that “virus” is a term for a non existent thing that somehow when you get it, or not, parasite and arthritic meds can alleviate the symptoms.

    That’s my summary. Make sense?

  266. Anon[147] • Disclaimer says:
    @JLGS

    Did it really take you this long to realize unz is a tool of the establishment and this is a honey pot ? . the blood matzah articles weren’t enough to convince you ??

    • Replies: @JLGS
  267. Tom Verso says:
    @Alfred

    Thank you for sharing that Auto data experience.

    It brings to mind my experience as a city public school research analyst. I was charged with developing summary statistics for the district’s ‘Free Lunch Programs. There was a large accessible database of numbers of free lunches on various demographic variables.

    But, when I tried to ascertain where these numbers came from; how accurate they were, they were not verifiable.

    Importantly, government grants are in part based on poverty and one measure of poverty in schools is the number of free lunches.

    Gee! Wonder why there were no verifiable measures of free lunches?

    All of this goes to why a masterful statistical analyst like Ron Unz is so blasé about verifiable measures of Covid deaths.

    • Agree: Dieter Kief
  268. Exosome says:
    @Iris

    Stop with this “Corona-is-a-hoax” nonsense. Don’t you have any family members working in hospitals that could light a bulb in your head?

    I do, and I can state, these are empty, many closing, nothing spectacular going on.
    You are certainly aware of the work of Mr Füllmich, arent’t you?

    Switch off your TV, don’t read and consume freaking msm, and the “pandemic” is over, educate yourself.

    I cannot “deny” a “virus” which has never been isolated and purely has a computer generated genome, with filling in generated blanks.
    Mr Drosten is a criminal and scientific fraudster, and he is being legally charged already.

    As for the rest, I refer you to my post on projekt immanuel.
    https://www.projekt-immanuel.de/Startseite/English/index.php/

    How did human kind survive before big pharma, mass media and “vaccines”?

  269. @jsinton

    I want to think covid hardly killed anyone. We keep saying it’s hardly lethal. I guess what I would want to know first about the death figures for 2020 is the age upon death….is it mostly all extremely elderly? Were they denied routine care? Will this year’s death numbers be below average because so many elderly would have died last year? As another questioned, was the fact that states outlawed use of hydroxychloroquine part of the death surge?

  270. Dear Mr. Unz;

    I really like your site, and I think you deserve much credit for letting all points of view be expressed, but I think you are missing the bigger picture with this article. That is, however, to a very large extent weighed up by you allowing commenters to provide additional points to the analysis, or to contradict it.

    The fact that there is evidence suggesting widespread prior knowledge among many elites of this outbreak (take Event 201 as a blatant example, or the Rockefeller “Lockstep” document, or all those things that look like clear predictive programming), and the fact that proven therapies such as HCQ, Ivermectin and Vitamin D are heavily suppressed almost everywhere, as well as the widespread and extensive suppresion of the many medical professionals who contradict the narratives of both the dangers of the virus and the needed political responses, is to me a clear sign of collusion between world elites, media, and scientific journals.

    It is not so important where the virus was actually created (that it was deliberately created, and released, seems an unavoidable conclusion) – it might have been created in Englands Porton Down biolab for all we know – what I think is more important is what the consequences of it is, and especially what is said about it. Psychologically speaking, at least, we are to a large extent story-driven creatures, and those who wish to manipulate others know this well. The word “mythomaniac”, indeed, the teller of myths, or stories, is another word for a liar. And lies are the currency of manipulators.

    On the mainstream level, there is the common narrative: wet-market, dangerous, be afraid, submit to authority, submit to “science”, allow tracking, wear masks, get vaccine, demonize dissenters, don’t listen to “unauthoritative” sources, etc.

    On a higher level, we have: “bioweapon, leaked from chinese lab”, and (told to the other side): “bioweapon, brought by Americans”. The setup of American soldiers in Wuhan just before the pandemic allows for both of these conflicting narratives to be told – one to one side, one to the other, creating great tension.

    As Ezra Pound said: “The technique of infamy is to tell two lies at once, and then get people to fight over which one is the truth”.

    And on a higher level again, we have – the overall consequences:
    Mass confusion, broken economies, civil tensions, justifications for war, more money for military spending, tighter control, more surveillance, lockdown precedents, sickly populations from virus, vaccines, fear, coming loss of life due to economic destruction and supply chain disruptions, etc.

    Cui bono?

    As unpalatable as it is to think about – all of these things work towards depopulation, and tighter, more centralized control everywhere. And since there are powerful people who openly profess a wish for these things, and who have done so through time, I think that this is the logical conclusion that we must arrive at. The virus, and the response to it, has benefitted elites everywhere and made the lot of the common man and woman harder.

    To end on a positive note, here we are, and people are writing about it – and the situation has also led many to question what is going on – that’s a start. Where there is life, there is hope, as they say!

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  271. I know maybe 20 people who’ve had it. Mild to severe cold for a couple of days for all except one guy who’s extremely obese and another guy in his 80s. This is out of the couple hundred people I regularly interact with. None of them died, all are back to life as usual as it gets these days. Nobody in my family has had it, including my niece who works with covid patients. Pandemic, sure. World-ending plague that justifies lockdowns and dehumanizing masks (that even Fauci admitted aren’t necessary early on)? I haven’t seen it, and I don’t live in the middle of nowhere. There’s something else going on, whether it’s social engineering, 5GW, or incompetence.

    • Agree: gay troll
  272. anonym25 says:

    Ron Unz, you should read a series of articles written by a japanese american at rense.com since the beginning of the outbreak in early 2020 where he describes that Covid19 is a bioweapon created and released at the Wuhan military games targetting the soldiers participating in it. He believes this bioweapon was precisely released at the Wuhan lakes. Those responsible for the creation of this bioweapon according to him were Japan, UK, Israel and the US all together plotting to contain or possibly to take down China. Also, they were targetting military unit personnels as a way to weaken the participating countries’ military projection.

    So not only China is an intended target but also other countries participating in it. This coincides with the fact that Japan, UK and Israel were not participating at the Wuhan military games. The US is a special case because the US did have a military delegation at Wuhan but Trump didn’t prepare accordingly and ended up destroying the US economy and inflicting serious damage to the US military according to Biden in a september 2020 rally where he declared that around 6’000 US soldiers were killed by this virus. Trump was angry at the Chinese in january 2020 because he had asked the Chinese to let a team of US scientists to conduct an investigation, which they categorically refused. Then, in order to punish the Chinese for their lack of cooperation, he started talking about the “China Virus” and also spreading the rumor that it came from the Wuhan lab. Diannelle Anderson, a western scientist working at the Wuhan lab during 2019 categorically denied that this virus was leaked in a CNN interview in early 2020.

    Also, the pioneering works of Covid19 began at the university of Madison in Wisconsin by a japanese microbiologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka in 2011. He performed gains-of-function research on HIV strands and influenza A viruses at the end of which he was able to confer more virulence to the byproduct. He then maintained a close relationship with Frank Plummer, then head of the Canadian Fort Dietrick in Manitoba to continue their clandestine biological experiments when the Obama administration had placed a ban on gain-of-function researchs in the US. They were hoping to insert Tuberculosis strands on top of this previously created chimera.

    SARS-COV-2 is a chimera between SARS-COV1, HIV and TB strands. The Tuberculosis strand is responsible for attacking the immune system by taking over the macrophages. Those macrophages are turned into antigens which would ensure a stronger immune system reaction. However, the immune system is attacking itself and this creates the so-called citokyne storm. HIV strands were placed in SARS-COV-2 to increase its transmissibilty accross human target cells.

    Russia pinned the blame down on Porton Down, UK in february 2020 which happens to be the place where the Skrippals were poisoned. I guess we understand why the Brits poisoned the Skrippals and laid the blame on Russia. A march 2020 Daily Telegraph article succinctly presents Russia’s accusation incriminating the British Establishment.

    I guess you check out what this guy has to say about Covid19.

    • Replies: @JRB
  273. Smith says:
    @Unorthodox Black Sheep VN

    Mostly because the US and Israel have mishandled it astronomically, for simple logic, if the US and Israel were behind it, they would have the cure.

    Since China gets out pretty much unscathed and makes massive money after the pandemic, it remains the prime suspect.

    The other prime suspect is the international corporatist billionaire class, they also made billions after this pandemic and pretty much lose nothing.

  274. Ron Unz says:
    @anon655437657

    If it’s just a handful of Neocons, then why is Biden and the Neolib establishment going along with it? Surely they must know the truth. Why don’t they expose this plot and crush the other party for good?

    Well, Biden and Trump obviously hate each other, but his administration is filled with Neocons, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Biden Neocons are friendly with the Trump Neocons.

    After all, Neocon Robert Kagan was one of the most influential foreign policy experts in the Bush Administration, and after Obama was elected in order to reverse all of Bush’s policies, Kagan’s wife, Neocon Victoria Nuland, became one of the most influential foreign policy people in the Obama Administration.

    Also, admitting America was behind the unleashing of Covid-19 might have such horrific consequences for American prestige, it would transcend the Democrat/Republican divide, and would never be revealed, just like Jeffrey Epstein seems to have been entirely bipartisan. Similarly, the Biden people are mostly continuing Trump’s policies on Iran and China.

    I also think it’s actually possible that almost none of the Biden people are aware that of the biowarfare attack, and those who are wouldn’t want to tell them. I personally think it was probably just a small group of rogue elements behind the plot.

  275. Ron Unz says:
    @Brás Cubas

    If a report was produced by the DIA, and it was widely distributed “throughout the top ranks of our government”, and also to NATO and Israel, all those people necessarily know that your theory is true. Also, presumably the people who wrote the report are known by those who read the report. Those writers in turn probably have to know or be the alleged perpetrators.

    Yes, the secret DIA report is certainly the key. If someone managed to obtain a copy, at the very least that would confirm that it existed, and probably also provide all sorts of other clues that might lead to the guilty parties.

    I very much tend to doubt that the authors of the report were among the plotters. They were probably completely sincere, but there’s a good chance that the people who passed them the “information” that there was a “cataclysmic” disease outbreak occurring in Wuhan were part of the plot or at least their confidants, and so working up that chain would be the way to unravel it.

    But I’d assume that once the ABC News story came out, people noticed the dates, and said “Oops!” there was a major effort to track down and eliminate all copies of that report.

    • Thanks: Brás Cubas
  276. Iris says:
    @anon

    Re 142. I think the two points of view here can be reconciled by distinguishing between exponential growth and diffusion or contagion. They are two different processes. One is stochastic, one is not. The curve of a contagion process has an ankle and a knee. It starts slowly until localized outbreaks coincide and accelerate contagion.

    You are making an excellent point: if an accidental bio-lab “leak” caused the pandemic, the initial spread of the disease cannot be modelled by the mathematical models used for a “natural” epidemic.

    The natural course of a pandemic is people falling ill after being in contact with other sufferers, either in small social circles, or in super-spreader events (large gatherings) that greatly accelerate the process. This is how forecasts are calculated.

    But if the initial viruses were accidentally leaked through contaminated air or contaminated water escaping from a bio-lab, possibly even at completely distinct stages over several days or weeks, they would have contaminated random people unrelated to one another, at a rate and virulence unknown. This spread would have been an unnatural process, where all the parameters at play are unknown.

    The early pattern of contamination cannot therefore be expected to have followed the “natural spread” mathematical model, not until the disease establishes itself for good through 100% human contamination.

    An artificial process cannot be modelled if we don’t know its operating variables.

  277. Tor597 says:
    @Ron Unz

    I think Bannon would be a prime suspect.

    He knew that if we didn’t confront China militarily in the next 4 years, America would lose its window to ever threaten China going forward.

    Releasing a virus on China would have been one way to avoid a shooting war, but achieve the same goals.

    No surprise that immediately afterwards Bannon and Guliani were very aggressive in trying to pin this on China.

    Giuliani and Bannon were both photographed with reporters from the Epoch Times with stories that corroborated that China was to blame.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  278. Ron Unz says:
    @anon

    There was an intelligence article spread to our NATO partners + Israel, yet no a single country decided to curb travel from China yet? Not a single one stopped flights from Wuhan?

    Well, no Western country stopped plane flights when the SARS or MERS epidemics broke out, and we didn’t have any problems, so people had gotten a little cocky about our being immune from those sorts of outbreaks.

    Also, I’d assume there are *huge* numbers of secret reports being distributed all the time, warning about all sorts of horrible dangers that never come to pass, so probably most top people just ignored the DIA report like they did all the others.

    Additionally, you miss the key point of Philippe Lemoine’s article…The obvious implication that he is hinting at here is genetics, and I think that the research will bore out that East/South-East Asians indeed have a sort of genetic resistance to this disease, especially since Coronaviruses are endemic to the Asian region

    I didn’t get any sense of that from Lemoine’s articles, and I’m pretty skeptical about the theory. Back in January, many people suspected that Asians were especially, almost uniquely vulnerable to Covid-19, and we even republished several articles raising that idea, backed by some genetic evidence, but it turned out to be mistaken.

    However, I think there’s zero evidence that Asians are significantly less vulnerable. For example, in the US their recent death rates seem to be considerably higher than those for whites, though it’s likely due to non-genetic factors:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/in-the-current-year-covid-kills-asians-hispanics-far-more-than-blacks-whites/

    And you are missing another key part. The Deep State Neocons are very pro-Israel, and Israel is the most popular country in China for its “anti-Muslim” nature…Why would the Deep State Neocons hurt China?

    Not really. There are various different factions of what I would call the Deep State Neocons. For example, Pompeo and Bolton were Trump’s top two Neocons, and both were fiercely anti-China, the leading architects of our anti-China policy. Lots of other Neocons and Neocon publications have been attacking China for years, even decades. Now Biden has brought in his own Neocons, and they seem pretty set to continue the anti-China policy.

    Meanwhile, Israel itself is pretty friendly towards China. But Israel is also generally fairly friendly towards Putin, and the American Neocons regard Putin as the Supreme Lord of Evil. So the whole thing is pretty complicated.

    • Replies: @Anon
  279. geokat62 says:

    Concluding paragraph to Wall Street Journal article, The Lockdowns Weren’t Worth It: There’s a reason no government has done a cost-benefit analysis: The policy would surely fail.:

    The coronavirus lockdowns constitute the most extensive attacks on individual freedom in the West since World War II. Yet not a single government has published a cost-benefit analysis to justify lockdown policies—something policy makers are often required to do while making far less consequential decisions. If my arguments are wrong and lockdown policies are cost-effective, a government document should be able to demonstrate that. No government has produced such a document, perhaps because officials know what it would show.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-lockdowns-werent-worth-it-11615485413?redirect=amp#click=https://t.co/oMOG9xPibM

  280. Tor597 says:
    @Ron Unz

    I too see problems with the scenario where it was in America before China, but here is one possibility I’ve been thinking of.

    The American government was absolutely working on gain of function experiments on the Corona Virus.

    It’s possible that a strain that was particularly lethal escaped the lab in Fort Detrick. This strain may have had a greater effect of younger people and a higher fatality rate. A fatality rate so high that it was not effective in spreading too far since the people died to quickly. SARS and MERS burned itself out partly because of its lethality.

    A more advanced bioweapon would actually have a lower fatality rate which would let it spread wider.

    So it’s possible that the leak at Ft Detrick in 2019 was an early version of the virus that they were working on that they wanted to “improve”.

    Once they had a virus with a sufficiently high transmission rate and a lethality rate that was high, but not so high that they died before they could spread it the virus was ready to be released on China.

  281. Tor597 says:
    @Iris

    Or it may be possible that there was a MORE lethal strain of the virus in America. One that killed a lot of kids and was blamed on vaping.

    It may be counterintuitive, but a more lethal strain of the virus may have been the reason why America was able to contain it. People died too fast for it to spread widely.

    The virus could have then mutated to be less lethal but more contagious.

    I still think Unz theory is the most plausible but I hope they look into the history of the virus in America thoroughly to rule this possibility out.

    • Agree: Iris
  282. geokat62 says:

    As I’ve repeatedly indicated, this isn’t the Black Death (estimated to have killed 30% to 60% of Europe’s population) …. it’s not even the Spanish flu (estimated to have killed about a third of the world’s population).

    According to worldometer, this thing has reportedly killed around 2.7 million people out of a total world population of 7.8 billion. That’s ~0.03% of the world’s population. And, even if we were to double the death rate to align more closely with the “excess deaths” metric, the overall mortality rate would still be a whopping ~0.06% of the world’s population!

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  283. Ron Unz says:
    @Tor597

    I think Bannon would be a prime suspect.

    I doubt Bannon was a key figure in the plot. Remember, he got purged from the Trump Administration more than two years before the viral outbreak in Wuhan, and he anyway wouldn’t have had connections with the CIA or other national security elements that Pompeo and Bolton did.

    But Bannon was certainly one of the most active early promoters of the Wuhan Lab Leak propaganda, so maybe the plotters brought him into their effort to quickly frame China for the virus.

  284. gregor says:
    @Ron Unz

    This CDC link has provisional total death count for 2020 of 3,362,725. This is 118% of baseline.

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/COVID19/index.htm

    A good corroborating source of data would be insurance industry data. If there is a significant pandemic, insurers should be paying out more death claims than normal.

    I have done some googling on this and the best source I can find is a survey of most of the large group life insurers in the United States. It says that for Q2 and Q3 2020, claims were about 12.9% above baseline expectation. This could be further investigated by reviewing the financial statements of the major insurers, but the possibility these companies are engaging in massive falsification of claims data all to show a decrease in their own profitability is remote to say the least.

    https://www.soa.org/resources/experience-studies/2020/group-life-covid-mort-survey/

    Additionally, there were many reports, especially early on, of strain on morgue capacity, burial services, cremation facilities, etc in New York City, Milan, and other places. This is yet another source suggesting deaths were elevated well above normal, at least at certain times and places throughout the year.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/nyregion/coronavirus-deaths-hart-island-burial.html

    • Thanks: Ron Unz, Brás Cubas, JackOH
  285. Well, most of the comments spicily challenge Unz’ implicit position that Covid-19 is not a hoax. The central point of the article though is his continued support for the Rogue-Neocon attack hypothesis. I don’t have any problem with expecting the worst from neocons in the American deep state. But, relying on Nicholson Baker and those he cites (Unz observes that “his thoughtfully considered opinion cannot easily be dismissed”), I contend that the lab-leak hypothesis is best supported.

    Not always, but often, the simplest explanation, the one that relies on the fewest less-than-certain assumptions, is the better explanation.

    *Zoonotic. The semi-official view but implausible in comparison to alternative hypotheses. The bats that carry SARS are a 1000 miles from Wuhan, but the lab imported those distant bat specimens to Wuhan. The virus genome has 4 gain of function mutations, most unlikely in the wild. Those most loudly propounding this hypothesis have gross conflicts of interest. And more.

    *Accidental Chinese lab leak
    Baker:

    I keep returning to the basic, puzzling fact: This patchwork pathogen, which allegedly has evolved without human meddling, first came to notice in the only city in the world with a laboratory that was paid for years by the U.S. government to perform experiments on certain obscure and heretofore unpublicized strains of bat viruses — which bat viruses then turned out to be, out of all the organisms on the planet, the ones that are most closely related to the disease. What are the odds?

    *Planned Chinese lab leak
    Why would China start a biowar beginning with its own population? It had the capability to launch the pandemic, say, in Central America.

    *Rogue-Neocon attack at World Military Games (Oct 18-27, 2019)
    Me: Some World Military Games athletes stayed at the Oriental Hotel, in close proximity to the wet market and the Wuhan lab – this area the apparent locus of outbreak
    Unz: Emerged at the worst possible time for diffusion through China, Lunar New Year
    Unz: China had other mysterious disease outbreaks in agriculture
    Unz: Neocon enemy Iran was struck hard

    By the second week of November, says Unz,

    It…appears that elements of the Defense Intelligence Agency were aware of the deadly viral outbreak in Wuhan more than a month before any officials in the Chinese government itself. Unless our intelligence agencies have pioneered the technology of precognition, I think this may have happened for the same reason that arsonists have the earliest knowledge of future fires.

    This crucial argument necessarily assumes that Chinese officials were unaware of the outbreak in early November. Why assume their public claims are sincere? First, they are a government. Second, they are communists. Third, if they lied in the early days they have a lot to lose in terms of world prestige. Moreover, the ABC News story that Unz relies upon says,

    The report was the result of analysis of wire and computer intercepts, coupled with satellite images. It raised alarms because an out-of-control disease would pose a serious threat to U.S. forces in Asia — forces that depend on the NCMI’s work. “Analysts concluded it could be a cataclysmic event,” one of the sources said of the NCMI’s report.…

    The NCMI report was made available widely to people authorized to access intelligence community alerts. Following the report’s release, other intelligence community bulletins began circulating through confidential channels across the government around Thanksgiving, the sources said. Those analyses said China’s leadership knew the epidemic was out of control even as it kept such crucial information from foreign governments and public health agencies.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/intelligence-report-warned-coronavirus-crisis-early-november-sources/story?id=70031273

    Unz should explain why he finds the part of this ABC report central to his argument true and the the part about Chinese deception that refutes his argument false. Also, notice that the report is not about a vague DIA source, but the (NCMI) National Center for Medical Intelligence (and its methodologies are briefly referenced).

    Harvard and BU public health scholars:

    Abstract: The global COVID-19 pandemic was originally linked to a zoonotic spillover event in Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market in November or December of 2019. However, recent evidence suggests that the virus may have already been circulating at the time of the outbreak. Here we use previously validated data streams – satellite imagery of hospital parking lots and Baidu search queries of disease related terms – to investigate this possibility. We observe an upward trend in hospital traffic and search volume beginning in late Summer and early Fall 2019. While queries of the respiratory symptom “cough” show seasonal fluctuations coinciding with yearly influenza seasons, “diarrhea” is a more COVID-19 specific symptom and only shows an association with the current epidemic. The increase of both signals precedes the documented start of the COVID-19 pandemic in December, highlighting the value of novel digital sources for surveillance of emerging pathogens.

    https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/42669767/Satellite_Images_Baidu_COVID19_manuscript_DASH.pdf

    If Covid-19 showed in China as early as August and September, the World Military Games could not be its origin.

    A June article in American Prospect proposed that the World Military Games event was a “vector for spreading disease in the U.S. and around the world.” It claims that early U.S. outbreaks are correlated with “U.S. military facilities that are home bases of members of the U.S. team that went to Wuhan.” Further, returning personnel transited through SeaTac airport, and Washington had an early, serious outbreak. The Pentagon denies all.
    https://prospect.org/coronavirus/did-the-military-world-games-spread-covid-19/

    Iranian athletes attended the World Military Games.
    https://en.irna.ir/news/83522302/Iran-attends-7th-CISM-Military-World-Games
    Iranian athletes died of Covid-19.
    https://en.radiofarda.com/a/eleven-athletes-in-iran-have-died-of-coronavirus-infection/30502659.html

    Unz: emerged at the worst possible time for diffusion through China, Lunar New Year
    Did the Rogues clandestinely schedule the date of the Military Games?

    Unz: China had other mysterious disease outbreaks in agriculture
    Maybe, but two problems. First, if Rogues could clandestinely seed plagues without detection, why would they be so blatant about launching the big one at the World Military Games? Second, I suspect that in any large country there would be numerous reports of disease outbreaks in agriculture; comparative analysis based on strong data is required.

    *Accidental U.S. lab leak (commenter gay troll #201):
    Not parsimonious compared to Wuhan-origin hypotheses, requires too many ad hoc assumptions compared to leading alternatives.

  286. geokat62 says:

    Concluding paragraphs to, How Phony Coronavirus “Fear Videos” Were Used as Psychological Weapons to Bring America to Her Knees:

    It all started with those early videos out of China. They were the very first building blocks of a coordinated marketing campaign to reboot America.

    Just look at the totality of what happened as a result of the pandemic and ask yourself who benefited most from all of those “perfectly-timed” events. I think if you do that, and also consider the well-crafted fear campaign that was foisted upon all of us, you will agree that my “working theory” holds water.

    https://www.revolver.news/2021/02/how-phony-coronavirus-fear-videos-were-used-as-psychological-weapons-to-bring-america-to-her-knees/

  287. Jett Rucker says: • Website

    (A) virus exacts poetic justice. Who’d a thunk?

  288. Richard B says:
    @Thomasina

    Yes, of which China is a willing participant.

    Exactly!

    Though all of the analysis offered the world over in the last year, often in conflict with each other, is superfically very complex, underneath it all can be discovered the usual reasons. In this case, power.

    And with power comes resource competition, geopolitical competition, and a corresponding need for compromise so as to avoid catastrophe. In this case, the obvious partners in crime are China and Israel.

    Though just about all of the analysis is of a contemporary nature, at this point it might be more useful to call anthropology, cultural history and philosophy to our aid and take a deeper look. Because when cultural patterns emerge its easier to see who is doing what and who isn’t.

    For example, here at TUR there’s a great book titled simply Ethics by Dewey and Tufts that was pubished in 1908. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter II Early Group Life.

    https://www.unz.com/book/john_dewey__ethics/

    The two examples are from the Chinese and Jewish people respectively. As you can see from the excerpt fundamentally their way of handling things has changed little over a very, very long period of time. In short, they’re both still cultures of blind obedience to authority. Or, as a Jewish friend once said, “How can anything Jewish be democratic?”

    Only in the geographical areas of Western Europe and North America, emerging slowly 500 years ago and them much more rapidly since the late 18th and early 19th century, was there ever an attempt to offer something different, namely, a culture of individual conscience. This is what accounts for the extraordinary dynamism of these cultural areas.

    It is exactly this that the other two cultures easily infiltrated and subverted so as to revert back to a culture of blind obedience to authority.

    The re-establishment of this culture of blind obedience and its imposition on a global scale from these two partners in crime is what the last 100+ years has been all about. Obviously, China having joined later, as it made its first steps to join their partners nearly 50 years ago and in a formidable way only in the last 20, or so.

    The point of this comment is to simply direct attention to important areas of cultural life whose roots go way back, and allow us look at current events through a wider frame of reference than that offered by a more contemporary perspective.

    • Agree: idrankwhat
  289. RestiveUs says:
    @Flying Dutchman

    9-11 played out the same way. They had an immediate explanation and response ready before the dust had cleared.

  290. @Smith

    If you take a look from the video ‘The Seeds of Fire’ and the spooky bromance relationship between China and Israel, I think you will suspect that Israel (the World Elite) had decided to make China to become superpower. Donald Trump is just a Manchurian Candidate which was installed to make US weaker than ever.

    Remember one thing, Wuhan is also working with the US too.

    The whole China vs. US (and AngloZionism) thing is nothing more than a theatre.

    The whole pandemic is some kind of Gain of Function research. I think so. This is reason why the US also produce the COVID-19 vaccine only after 1 year.

    China has vaccine but the Cambodia, who is currently friend to China now, does not dare to use the China COVID-19 vaccine.

    Israel, US and Western intentionally mishandle the COVID-19 pandemic because they want to kill the ‘useless eater’, especially the Trump fans and COVID-19 deniers as much as they can without dirty their hand.

    • Replies: @Smith
  291. @Sean

    for some logically unfathomable reason of their own the Central Intelligence Agency wanted their bioweapon to kill off as many Americans as possible.

    Good comment. Whoever planned this, if it was planned, had its consequences thoroughly gamed out before they started. As Ron suggests, however, the CIA is not a unitary organization. Theoretically, at least, it has a huge number of distinct fiefdoms, all capable of acting together or at cross-purposes.

    We know it has been infiltrated by Chinese-friendly and Trump-hostile factions. When Trump asked for the report on foreign interference in the election, the CIA stonewalled like crazy. DNI John Ratcliffe alleged that intelligence about China’s election interference was suppressed by management at the CIA, which pressured analysts to withdraw their support for the view.
    https://100percentfedup.com/bombshell-intelligence-report-cia-scrubbed-china-election-fraud/

    The epidemic had the very real effect of enabling the election steal, cutting into Trump’s popularity and justifying the mail-in ballots, which among other things cut about 10 days off of his already limited window to challenge the steal. It also worked to engender hostility among blacks, who were portrayed as being victims of structural racism in the epidemic, and helped set up the riots.

    Even the timing of the first impeachment trial had the look of being gamed out, with Pelosi holding back on delivering it to the Senate for weeks on end. Its delivery in January distracted Trump and the nation from the developing danger in China.

    • Agree: Skeptikal
    • Replies: @Sean
  292. Ugetit says:
    @john cronk

    And the fact that we can’t believe what the government tells us about Covid is an ancillary downside to the damage that the unnecessary response to it is doing. When a real dangerous epidemic arrives, many won’t pay attention, to their peril.

    Yup.

    Even schoolkids learn, very early, not to cry wolf, and Aesop hisownself recognized the folly, if not criminality, of it a long time ago. But I guess our “saviors” are exempt from such rules, and the believers keep on believin!!

  293. @Question Mark

    the “Deep State” used the MSM (Main Stream Media) to demonize and interdict a number of old but successful medicines (HCQ, Ivermectin, Vitamin D and some others) and I believe that this certainly increased the death-count.

    The lock-downs also kept people inside, out of the sun, where they would have got their normal yearly dose of Vitamin D. The mask mandate effectively blocked the last little bit of the skin’s Vitamin-D machinery from the sun. I predicted back in May that such measures would be setting us up for a much worsened second wave.

    The bans on HCQ and Ivermectin were just deliberate mass murder.

  294. Mr. Anon says:
    @Skeptikal

    Well, the first year of the baby boom was 1946. Those people have just turned 74.

    That’s about three years shy of male life expectancy. They aren’t going to live forever. At some point they will start dropping off in large numbers and that likely will have an impact on death statistics. It might have already.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  295. Skeptikal says:
    @LJ

    Ron is exercised to appear reasonable—kind of like the arbiter-adult-monitor in the room.
    Unconsciously I think in order to set the Overton Window at a spot where implications are “containable.”

    The pattern of his “attack” is quite consistent and perceivable: After not being particularly interested in some subject of burning interest to much of the world, he suddenly decides that he is going to take a look after all.

    And then, gee whiz, he becomes the instant expert. But one of a particular sort: because of his “casual” dispassionate/unpassionate attitude, you can believe him! He has no dog in the fight. He is not wedded to any point of view. Just weighing up the evidence forensically. That is the stance.

    Except of course he is. Wedded to certain points of view.

    He is very open-minded and generous in providing a platform for all kinds of views, and that is of course great. But he he doesn’t stray too far in his own writings.

  296. Ugetit says:
    @Exosome

    You can amplify any molecule with PCR, with an insane amp cycle of say 40, you could even “test” water for “covid”, basicaly anything that has slightest traces of genetic material, apple juice, a paw paw, a goat.

    That can not only be done, but already has been. Last summer, in fact.

    President John Magufuli has cast doubt on the country’s coronavirus testing process after he allegedly submitted secret samples from invalid subjects, including a goat and a papaya (yes, the fruit), that came back as “positive” for the virus.

    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/tanzanian-president-blames-lab-after-goat-papaya-test-positive-for-coronavirus/ar-BB13HmDh

    • Replies: @Exosome
  297. denk says:

    William Cohen 1997

    Alvin Toeffler has written about this in terms of some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes, remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.

    https://educate-yourself.org/cn/cohendodearthquakecapabilitytestimony28apr97.shtml

    Others are doing it..

    For the benefit of HIQ gringos,

    FUKUS watch rule no 1
    Whenever they accuse others of doing some shitty stuff, you bet they’r already up to their eyeballs in it themselves.

  298. Joe Wong says:
    @New Dealer

    “Infected US consulate employees in HK reportedly reject quarantine, sparking public outcry”
    https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1218439.shtml

    The above news showed that the US government has yet given up to inflict severe damage upon the huge Chinese economy using biowarfare.

  299. BigTony says:

    The best thing we could of done in response to cv19 was Nothing!. Sweden was much better off than hard lockdown England and Florida is much better off than king coumo’s new york. Only a fool could believe that mass house arrest would lead to a victory in man’s endless battle with microbes.

  300. denk says:

    PNAC 1997

    refers to key allies such as the UK as ‘the most effective and efficient means of exercising American global leadership’; [checked]

    l describes peace-keeping missions as ‘demanding American political leadership rather than that of the United Nations’; [checked]

    l reveals worries in the administration that Europe could rival the USA; [checked]

    l says ‘even should Saddam pass from the scene’ bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will remain permanently — despite domestic opposition in the Gulf regimes to the stationing of US troops — as ‘Iran may well prove as large a threat to US interests as Iraq has’; [checked]

    l spotlights China for ‘regime change’ saying ‘it is time to increase the presence of American forces in southeast Asia’. This, it says, may lead to ‘American and allied power providing the spur to the process of democratisation in China’; [checked]

    l calls for the creation of ‘US Space Forces’, to dominate space, and the total control of cyberspace to prevent ‘enemies’ using the internet against the US; [checked]

    l hints that, despite threatening war against Iraq for developing weapons of mass destruction, the US may consider developing biological weapons — which the nation has banned — in decades to come. It says: ‘New methods of attack — electronic, ‘non-lethal’, biological — will be more widely available … combat likely will take place in new dimensions, in space, cyberspace, and perhaps the world of microbes … advanced forms of biological warfare that can ‘target’ specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool‘; [checked] ??

    l and pinpoints North Korea, Libya, Syria and Iran as dangerous regimes and says their existence justifies the creation of a ‘world-wide command-and-control system’.[checked]

    https://www.wanttoknow.info/020907pnacprojectnewamericancentury

  301. @Ron Unz

    Ron Unz and SZ asked where I got my ‘All Cause Mortality’ Covid stats from for the U.S.

    It came from the following article which appeared in LewRockwell.com titled ‘Figures Don’t Lie, but Liars Figure’ :

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/03/no_author/figures-dont-lie-but-liars-figure/

    As the author of the article says himself, these numbers were obtained from the ‘A.M.A. and/or CDC/NCHS annual All-Cause death statistics’.

    Meanwhile, I’m in Australia and my congrats to you Mr Unz on your excellent website which I’ve been reading for many years.

    And, for the benefit of U.S and international readers who are not familiar with the Covid situation in my country, let me fill you in.

    Australia has six states and two territories. Our second largest state is Victoria which comprises 27% of the total population.

    I live in Sydney (largest city in the country) which is in the most populous state.

    I have NEVER worn a mask for even one second in the entire time during the Covid Deception and have never been refused entry to any premises – retail or otherwise.

    [MORE]

    Yes, we had some temporary lockdowns, temporary closures of non-essential businesses (all of which were quickly lifted) and there were some mask mandates for entering shopping malls, supermarkets, hair salons etc (all of which I neglected and went about my business – like quite a few others).

    All of the above is typical for ALL the other states and territories (more or less) EXCEPT for one state – the state of Victoria.

    That state was subject to prolonged lockdowns, draconian movement restrictions, ongoing mask mandates. (Many of you will have seen the videos on You Tube coming from Australia of Police officers manhandling women and such over trivial Covid infractions etc – this ALL came out of the state of Victoria).

    So then, bearing in mind that the rest of Australia went about business pretty much as normal, with everything open for most of the time, you’d expect the state of Victoria to have the best outcomes, right ?

    DEAD WRONG.

    The state of Victoria has 27 % of the population yet accounts for around 80 % of all Covid deaths.

    HOW can that be, you ask ?

    Simple enough. The rest of Australia DISTINGUISHES between deaths FROM Covid and deaths WITH Covid.
    (The state of Victoria has adopted the U.S practice of registering any death as Covid, no matter it’s cause, if that individual had tested positive for Covid in the preceding month or so).

    In other words someone who suicided, someone who died in a car crash or evidently died from cancer, was recorded as a Covid death if their bogus PCR came up as postive.

    Now Mr Unz, I’m sure you’re aware that Australia has a first world standard of living and, allowing for currency fluctuations, has more or less a similar median per capita GDP and similarly advanced healthcare system.

    The TOTAL COVID deaths in Australia since this deception began are around 1000. (ONE THOUSAND – that’s no typo).

    Yes, we have a smaller population than the U.S – we’re about one-thirteenth your size.

    So, one would expect the U.S to have THIRTEEN TIMES (13) more Covid deaths, right ? (Around 13,000 perhaps ?).

    Yet the U.S has 500,000 !!

    Surely Australia, where the bulk of the states (except for Victoria) have had some of the least restrictive Covid stipulations on the planet, should be having WORSE per capita results than in the U.S ? But in fact the EXACT OPPOSITE is the case.

    Mr Unz, the explanation is obvious.

    The U.S Covid statistics are pure B.S !! Even Blind Freddie can see that.

    • Agree: Schuetze
    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @utu
  302. @Ron Unz

    Ron,

    One can survey the damage following a year of coronavirus from another angle, that of cui bono, to whom the benefit? Covid was likely a US attack on China, but can it be said that the US benefitted by use of such a biological weapon? China was only lightly damaged while the US economy has ground to a halt in most places and US dead now stands at 550,000. Yet I agree with your analysis that elements of the CIA likely introduced the virus into China at the military games in November 2019. But I’m not sure this was done with the ultimate goal of damaging China. Rather it seems that this was part of a complicated regime change plot in the US, possibly the most intricate such operation ever attempted, involving many different facets of which the coronavirus was only one. Introducing the virus into China only provided plausible deniability for the CIA responsibility for millions of covid deaths, conveniently provided by a biological weapons lab located in the vicinity of Wuhan. The real goal all along was removing Trump from office. If this is true, how ironic that the Trump Administration did all it could to discredit China for releasing the virus, they only provided cover for those elements within the Deep State responsible for its release. Since the virus is likely a bioweapon, those responsible for releasing it would most likely have known that Asian populations would not be impacted to the extent that those in the US and Europe would be. The pandemic, the lockdowns, the anxiety, and many other elements, all part of a complex color revolution. Trump would likely have cruised to re-election absent the coronavirus. So, cui bono? Not Trump. The evidence, as you have shown, points to the US as the ultimate source of the virus and regime change was the reason.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  303. denk says:

    Race specific bioweapon,
    If it looks like a duck…..

  304. Ron Unz says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    Ron Unz and SZ asked where I got my ‘All Cause Mortality’ Covid stats from for the U.S.

    It came from the following article which appeared in LewRockwell.com titled ‘Figures Don’t Lie, but Liars Figure’ :

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/03/no_author/figures-dont-lie-but-liars-figure/

    As the author of the article says himself, these numbers were obtained from the ‘A.M.A. and/or CDC/NCHS annual All-Cause death statistics’.

    Okay, but that’s just some guy writing something on a website somewhere.

    Upthread, a very helpful commenter actually went to the CDC/NCHS website and located the actual total there, which turned out to be 3,362,725 for 2020:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-covid-19-its-impact-and-origins-after-one-year/#comment-4528327

    I went to the CDC website and confirmed that number. So the fellow you were quoting was off by 450,000, and the correct “excess deaths” figure for 2020 was almost 500,000, just like the WSJ article had suggested, and fully consistent with the Associated Press article.

    Maybe you shouldn’t believe everything you read somewhere on the Internet…

    • Agree: utu
    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  305. Our lovely coronavirus has NEVER been isolated, ever. Ron should know this.

    Yes, some strain of flu made a lot of people sick. But regular “influenza” has all but disappeared.

    Gee, after all those years of propaganda to “get your flu shot,” even apparently mandatory for healthcare workers, and now influenza just up and disappears.

    Ron, your graph of increased death from COVID-19 has a straightforward cause – all the extra deaths are from RECATEGORIZED deaths elsewhere. Bye bye, influenza! What a joke.

  306. utu says:
    @Ron Unz

    About the Italian antibody study:

    Italian study suggesting COVID predates China outbreak sparks scepticism
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-timing/italian-study-suggesting-covid-predates-china-outbreak-sparks-scepticism-idUSKBN27Y1LN

    Much ado about nothing,” Antonella Viola, professor of general pathology at the University of Padua, told Reuters.

    Both Italian scientists said the antibody test was in-house designed and never validated by other researchers in a peer review.

    “I think we need a really conclusive demonstration that those samples are picking up the COVID-19 virus and that those antibodies were not actually triggered by another virus,” Andrew Preston, reader in microbial pathogenesis at the University of Bath, told Reuters.

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Chinaman
  307. Ron Unz says:
    @Weston Waroda

    One can survey the damage following a year of coronavirus from another angle, that of cui bono, to whom the benefit? Covid was likely a US attack on China, but can it be said that the US benefitted by use of such a biological weapon? China was only lightly damaged while the US economy has ground to a halt in most places and US dead now stands at 550,000.

    If you look upthread, you see that I think there’s a 0.00% chance Trump authorized the biowarfare attack or was aware of it. It just very likely just a rogue operation by individuals associated with the Deep State Neocons.

    Regarding your other points, sometimes cui bono applies and sometimes it doesn’t. Here’s a comment providing my own perspective:

    …here’s my analogy…

    Suppose two neighbors are feuding, and one of them has a psychopathic teenage son, who sneaks out late at night and starts an arson fire next door to “teach them a lesson.”

    But the victimized family smells smoke, wakes up, and using heroic effort puts the fire out with only fairly minor damage.

    Meanwhile, the fire spreads back to the teenager’s own house, and since the family is too lazy and incompetent to bother doing anything, the house catches on fire and burns to the ground, killing several relatives and leaving everyone homeless.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/arguably-wrong-potential-american-deaths-range-from-5k-to-5-million/#comment-3772963

    I posted that comment exactly one year ago to the day, and my suspicions haven’t changed, but I think that an enormous amount of additional evidence has since come out to support them.

  308. Von Rho says:

    Superficial and childish article, which repeats the same pro-Chinese litanies. The alleged plotters would certainly know that in the lunar new year, the Chinese also travel abroad, including to the United States.

  309. Tor597 says:
    @Ron Unz

    I’m aware of that.

    But my conceptual view of the deep state is that Bannon could have contributed significantly to this even out of office.

    He had to have known all the players from previous work plus his time in the white house.

    Even after he was let go, he could have still maintained contact with a rogue element and he still had people on the inside he could turn to like Guiliani.

    Just a guess of course, but most beurocrats strike me as very conventional thinkers. To pull off something like this you need someone who thinks outside the box and Bannon is the closest I can think of.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  310. @New Dealer

    With the admission that I am not entirely convinced of Ron Unz’s hypothesis, there are some things that proponents of other hypotheses might want to clarify.

    You wrote:

    This crucial argument necessarily assumes that Chinese officials were unaware of the outbreak in early November. Why assume their public claims are sincere?

    Months ago, I agreed on the plausibility of that argument and wrote a comment to that effect. I still think that way, but I have doubts about why the American government denied the existence of the report. If it doesn’t incriminate them, and they can prove it, isn’t the risk of lying greater than that of telling the truth?

    As for the lab leak, which you consider the most plausible hypothesis, I am of that opinion too. Nevertheless, I still would like to hear from people with greater knowledge than mine the form in which they think that leak could have occurred. Was it through contact with live animals which they keep inside the lab for experimentation? How likely is that? Or was it through an accident with the isolated virus, through a spill on a surface, for example? This is of course a possible event, but how likely is it that one should become infected in that manner, with this particular virus? Also, how likely is it that a person infected in this latter manner would not take the utmost precaution not to infect anyone else?

  311. @Ron Unz

    I see several issues here and I think gay troll has the better of it on them. First, vaping has been an established practice for quite some time and has, I’m told, never been linked to such cases of pneumonia before. So any attempt to link this “vaping” epidemic to actual vaping through something like Vitamin E acetate seems like the same ad hockery you complain about.

    An ad hoc hypothesis is one used and formulated to save a theory from refutation, but which has little or no independent corroboration. That seems to apply here in full with regards to the connection between vaping and the pneumonia cases in the U.S. from 2019. Further, you are using the postulated connection to save your own theory that the pandemic started in Wuhan in October or November.

    In response you make two somewhat more justified critiques of the theory that these vaping cases were instances of Covid-19. The first was that the age-distribution of the vaping deaths was quite different from that of Covid-19. Gay troll says, I think, that many of these were subjected to ventilator treatment. High-pressure ventilator treatment was the standard of care for advanced Covid-19 patients in the current epidemic until it became known that it was killing large numbers of its subjects. That takes it out of the ad-hoc category immediately.

    Secondly he says older patients dying of the same condition would have been classed as influenza deaths. This seems uncontroversial as few postmortems are ever done on older victims of pneumonia.

    Your second objection, that with the infectivity of Covid-19, the vaping epidemic should have exploded soon after is more interesting. Gay troll explains it as a mutation, whether naturally or artificially induced, that enhanced the infectivity. That would at least be consistent with the current dogma that the recent new strains are more infectious. So not entirely without foundation.

    I would put it down to the innate resistance of the population to seasonal infections in the summer when Vitamin-D levels are high and people are spending their time out of doors. That is consistent with what we know about seasonal infections and human dependence on Vitamin D. It is also consistent with the low level of Covid-19 cases throughout last summer and fall.

    There is a rather immense literature on the iatrogenic sources of disease and morbidity. And only somewhat less on the perfidity of the medical community in covering up their faux pas.

    Good discussion. Thanks for permitting it.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  312. Ron Unz says:
    @New Dealer

    Unz should explain why he finds the part of this ABC report central to his argument true and the the part about Chinese deception that refutes his argument false. Also, notice that the report is not about a vague DIA source, but the (NCMI) National Center for Medical Intelligence (and its methodologies are briefly referenced).

    Obviously the DIA people had to provide some half-plausible explanation of how they discovered the ongoing disease outbreak in Wuhan during November. They couldn’t say “We know there’s an epidemic because our operatives told us they’d successfully released the bioweapon.” So they claimed “satellite info” and that sort of thing. That’s utter and total garbage, as is that Harvard paper you linked.

    Wuhan is a city of 11 million and that was the peak of ordinary flu season. You’d have needed many tens of thousands of Covid-19 infections at that point for anything unusual to become visible by electronic means, and since no special public health measures were adopted, the number of infected would have doubled every 3-5 days until mid-January, leaving many millions infected across all of China. But that’s not what happened, so the “satellite image” story is ridiculous.

    Six months ago I addressed this entire issue, including the Harvard paper, in a very long comment, so go read it if you want more details:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/31000-words-missing-from-the-atlantic-and-the-new-york-times-sunday-magazine/?showcomments#comment-4156583

    You’ll notice that the Harvard paper was produced not long after the gigantic “Oops!!!” involving the ABC News disclosure of the secret DIA report. Presumably, some people in intelligence agencies got desperate about arranging a second line of “plausible explanation” after Israeli TV confirmed the existence of that report.

    • Replies: @JMMorgan
  313. @Ron Unz

    Point taken Mr Unz.

    That said, the source of the data was the CDC – not exactly an entity that is an impartial arbiter.

    It would be nice to have All Cause Mortality stats sourced from an independent entity with a track record of integrity.

    Meanwhile, let’s assume for arguments sake that mortality was indeed up in the U.S for 2020.
    Has it occurred to you that a good chunk of excess mortality was due to the lockdowns / restrictions / destruction of businesses deemed non-essential that resulted in a plethora of ‘Deaths of Despair’ ?

    As Libertarian extraordinaire Tom Woods says in his recent newsletter, referencing the costs of lockdown in the U.S :

    “A recent study confirms that up to 78% of cancers were never detected due to missed screening over three months. If one extrapolates to the entire country, up to a million new cases or more over nine months will have gone undetected. That health disaster adds to missed critical surgeries, chemotherapy, organ transplants, presentations of pediatric illnesses, heart attack and stroke patients too afraid to call emergency services, and others, all well documented.

    Beyond hospital care, CDC reported four-fold increases in depression, three-fold increases in anxiety symptoms, and a doubling of suicidal ideation, particularly among young adults – college age – after the first few months of lockdowns, echoing the AMA reports of drug overdoses and suicides. An explosion of insurance claims for these psychological harms in children just verified this, doubling nationally since last year; and in the strictly locked down Northeast, there was a more than 300% increase of teenagers visiting doctors for self-harm.

    Domestic abuse and child abuse have been skyrocketing due to the isolation and specifically to the loss of jobs, particularly in the strictest lockdowns. ”

    Anyway Mr Unz, what I was referencing in my earlier post when comparing the Covid deaths in the U.S Vs Australia (the U.S has THIRTY EIGHT times more Covid deaths per million population than Australia – and keep in mind that the majority of Australia had some of the LEAST RESTRICTIVE Covid mandates applied and most Australians go about their day to day business WITHOUT A MASK), how do you explain that ?

    I’ll tell you how.

    Statistical sleight-of-hand and creative accounting chicanery in abundance in the U.S.

    Not here in Australia (other than in one state).

  314. @Ron Unz

    Maybe too they intended damage against our own economy and society. The lockdowns have had the effect of fumigating the local economies and strengthening the big box chains like Walmart. Perhaps they seek a shift to a more top down civilization with higher levels of totalitarian control. Perhaps they wanted to weaken Trump and destroy his “economy.” Neocons don’t like trump much either. It could all be according to plan.

  315. Ron Unz says:
    @Tor597

    But my conceptual view of the deep state is that Bannon could have contributed significantly to this even out of office…

    Just a guess of course, but most beurocrats strike me as very conventional thinkers. To pull off something like this you need someone who thinks outside the box and Bannon is the closest I can think of.

    Sure, that’s possible. I’m fuzzy on the different personalities involved and also their relationships with each other. But Pompeo and Bolton strike me as much more likely suspects if we’re looking for names, especially given the former’s immediate past position as CIA Director. Plus Pompeo seemed the most vocal administration advocate of the lab-leak narrative, which would have been closely connected with the attack.

  316. @Ron Unz

    I posted that comment exactly one year ago to the day, and my suspicions haven’t changed, but I think that an enormous amount of additional evidence has since come out to support them.

    The CIA and FBI infiltrate criminal organizations, why not infiltrate rogue elements of their own organizations? We can assume ignorance on the part of the Deep State NeoCons for the viral blowback in the US and Europe, as you do with the analogy of the teenager setting the neighbor’s house on fire that ultimately damages his own. But in the higher circles, those that stand behind the NeoCons, there would have been access to expert virologists, there would be a whole chain of custody for the pathogen. I’m using all of your work, I’m just adding another layer behind what might seem to be an obvious attack on China in November 2019, the goal of a color revolution in the US in 2020.

  317. Ron Unz says:
    @Peripatetic Itch

    Your second objection, that with the infectivity of Covid-19, the vaping epidemic should have exploded soon after is more interesting. Gay troll explains it as a mutation, whether naturally or artificially induced, that enhanced the infectivity. That would at least be consistent with the current dogma that the recent new strains are more infectious. So not entirely without foundation.

    I guess I’ll make another couple of points on this hypothesis, as best as I can understand it.

    The idea seems to be that some Americans had been infected by Covid-19 during summer 2019, and then a few of them just happened to travel to Wuhan in October for the Military Games, starting the epidemic there. But consider the contradictions:

    (1) If hundreds of thousands of Americans had been infected, the gigantic number of deaths would have been in all the newspapers. So at most, maybe just a few thousand had been infected, something like 0.001% of the population. But isn’t it *extraordinarily* unlikely that these individuals happened to be the Americans who traveled to Wuhan? And if the government deliberately sent them there to spread the infection, surely sending perfectly healthy operatives to secretly release a virus would have made much more sense. This isn’t the Middle Ages when nobody understood diseases and you needed to send plague-victims to the camp of your enemies.

    (2) If thousands of Americans had been infected with Covid-19 in August, millions or tens of millions would have infected by October. So the virus could not have been highly contagious at that point, and must have only mutated into Covid-19 after it got to Wuhan. But if 99.9% of the infected were then in America, isn’t it unlikely that the key mutation would have taken place in Wuhan?

    Like I said, this pro-China propaganda is so totally illogical and ridiculous it actually makes the anti-China propaganda seem very plausible by comparison.

    • Troll: gay troll
  318. utu says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    “I have NEVER worn a mask for even one second “ – Why out of 25 million Australians who are rational, reasonable and conscientious just you felt compelled to share his ‘wisdoms’ and ‘insights’ about Australia? An example of the super Pareto statistics that 1% of idiots are responsible for 99% of idiocy?

    Australia did very well by opting for virus elimination strategy. Combination of lockdowns and contact tracing worked.

    Hard lockdown and a “health dictatorship”: Australia’s lucky escape from covid-19
    https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4910

    It was this second outbreak that eventually triggered, on 7 July, one of the world’s toughest covid-19 lockdowns, lasting 112 days, in Melbourne. The city’s five million residents were subject to the strict stay-at-home orders that one media report described as an entire city put into a form of protective custody.4 Police had been used to stop around 3000 residents living in some of the most deprived areas of Melbourne from leaving their tower block apartments.

    In April the whole of Victoria had just 57 contact tracers including public health clinicians, logisticians, phone operators, and data entry staff. As the crisis worsened the state government was forced to increase staffing to over 2000.

    Despite all this, most people across Victoria complied with the lockdown. Bennett says the response of ordinary Australians was remarkable. “They trusted in the scientific advice they were given; they trusted the leadership. Even if they didn’t believe they were at risk themselves, they understood the harm that could be caused to other people.”

    Melbourne’s hard lockdown ended on 27 October. The second wave, which began in June, had at that point killed 905 people (mainly in aged care), making up 95% of Australia’s total covid-19 deaths. But the restrictions worked: “Covid zero” was achieved in Melbourne, across Victoria, and throughout Australia. The term “double donuts”—days when there were no new cases, no deaths—became familiar.

    One Case, Total Lockdown: Australia’s Lessons for a Pandemic World. The country’s short, sharp responses have repeatedly subdued the virus
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/01/world/australia/perth-lockdown.html

    Here an example of rapid response when virus ‘escaped’ from a quarantine hotel. No cases of in-community infections were found. All contacts were traced, isolated and testes.

    Two million Australians in lockdown after one coronavirus case found
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-australia/two-million-australians-in-lockdown-after-one-coronavirus-case-found-idUSKBN2A111U

    About 2 million Australians began their first full day of a strict coronavirus lockdown on Monday following the discovery of one case in the community in Perth, capital of Western Australia state, but no new cases have since been found.

    Authorities ordered a five-day lockdown of Perth after a security guard at a hotel used to quarantine people returning from overseas was found to have contracted the virus.

    “In total 13 close contacts have now tested negative and of those 11 high-risk contacts have been moved into hotel quarantine as an extra precaution,” Western Australia state Premier Mark McGowan told reporters in Perth.

    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  319. Gary M2 says:

    Covid most likely escaped from the Wuhan lab where Fauci was funding gain of function research.

    The excess deaths are because people die by the millions when lockdowns prevent their surgery, cancer treatment etc. I almost died because of that.

    Covid death counts are vastly padded and fake

    -Paying hospitals more if a death is labelled as covid.
    -Adding people who did not die of covid as covid deaths if they tested positive.
    – calling all respiratory diseases covid and claiming the flu, common cold, bacterial infections and pneumonia cases disappeared. It was all covid.

    • Replies: @Flying Dutchman
  320. Gary M2 says:
    @jsinton

    They almost killed me. I needed cancer treatment. The lockdowns locked everyone out of hospitals, and the fear kept people away.
    When you can’t get surgery etc. or are afraid to go you die………….millions died.

    • Replies: @jsinton
  321. @I'm allwhite thanks

    This topic is nothing compared to his stupidly clinging to his horseshit ideas about immigration. Or crime and the Cholo in America..

  322. utu says:
    @utu

    Responses to Giovani Apolone et al. “Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the prepandemic period in Italy” article:

    Could Italy host the new coronavirus before China?
    https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.02.24.432649v2.abstract

    We determined an early portion of the epidemic curve representing unhindered exponential growth which fit the exponential model with high determination >0.97 in both countries. We suggest that the day-zero in China and Italy was 8 December (95% CI: 3 Dec., 20 Dec.) and 22 January (95% CI: 16 Jan., 29 Jan.), respectively. We could with high confidence reject that Italy encountered the virus earlier than China (p <0.01).

    Based on our analysis we oppose the findings published by Apolone at al. and view the proposed pre-pandemic presence of the virus in Italy as very unlikely.

    No evidence of SARS-CoV-2 circulation in the framework of influenza surveillance between October 2019 and February 2020 in Lombardy, Italy
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1477893921000430?via%3Dihub

    In contrast, a study on stored sera from oncologic patients dated back early antibody seropositivity to SARS-CoV-2 to September 2019 [5]. This study reported that several individuals across Italy had antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 weeks or months before the first outbreak in Lombardy, while it remains unexplained why the epidemic did not evolve simultaneously in multiple regions [5 – Apolone et al].

    Comments on: “Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the prepandemic period in Italy”
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0300891621992430

    The immunoglobulins detected in this study are almost entirely IgM, which are known to have poor reliability and cross-reactivity with other infections.4 In the work by Apolone et al.,1 the age of the tested subjects is between 55 and 65; they are smokers, and smoking can lead to increased production of rheumatoid factor (RF) immunoglobulin and middle to high level of RF-IgM could lead to false-positive reactivity of SARS-CoV-2 IgM.

  323. Gary M2 says:

    In early 2018 in Canada I suffered a bad corona virus with the most terrible symptoms of covid 19. I went to the hospital and at that time they cared little about virus patients.

    Later I read about two Chinese spies who stole a virus from Canada. I think covid might be the virus I had.
    Even with Canada’s sweeping attempt to inflate covid deaths the numbers dying of it in Canada are small, probably because many people had it back in 2018.

  324. Half Back says: • Website
    @Truth Vigilante

    Just found a research article that assists your view.
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348550612_A_Critical_Review_of_CDC_USA_Data_on_Covid-19_PCRAntigen_Tests_Cases_Reveal_Herd_Immunity_Only_Do_Not_Warrant_Public_Hysteria_or_Lockdow

    Table 7: Number of People Dying Each Year in the USA, All Causes, with Annual Increases From the Prior Year All-Cause Annual Covid-19 Life Year Deaths1 Increase Deaths Expectancy2 2010: 2,468,435 78.49y
    2011: 2,515,458 47,023 78.64y
    2012: 2,543,279 27,821 78.79y
    2013: 2,596,993 53,714 78.94y
    2014: 2,626,418 29,425 78.91y
    2015: 2,712,630 86,212 78.89y
    2016: 2,774,248 61,618 78.86y
    2017: 2,813,503 39,255 78.84y
    2018: 2,839,205 25,702 78.81y
    2019: 2,854,838 15,633 78.87y
    2020:3 3,171,9133 317,0753 313,1714 78.93y2 .

    1.https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/nvsr.htm “Deaths: Leading Causes for (year)” 2. Life Expectancy & Other Data. For 2020, estimated without Covid-19: https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/USA/united-states/life-expectancy 3. Provisional 2020 data from 1 Jan 2020 to 2 Jan.2021. 4. or 400,000 ?? https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.ht

    It is a good paper full of academic conclusions in regards to propganda/narrative pushed by our political masters and and their pals the media. See also
    https://dark-network.net/cdc-data-dump-adds-270000-all-cause-deaths-for-2020/

    • Replies: @utu
  325. @utu

    Hey ‘Utu’, there are a TON of Australians who are rational, reasonable and conscientious (like me), who are critical thinkers and have done countless hours of due diligence to ascertain that Covid is no worse than a typical flu season in most countries (and actually MUCH LESS SO in countries like Australia where LESS people died in 2020 than the average of the previous 5 years):

    https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/causes-death/provisional-mortality-statistics/jan-nov-2020

    The statistics above only cover the period Jan 1 – Nov 24 2020 but taken from the article :

    ‘126,974 doctor certified deaths occurred between 1 January 2020 and 24 November 2020 and were registered by 31 December. This compares to a baseline average of 127,872 over the past 5 years. ‘

    That’s right. Despite the INCREASED suicides and deaths of despair from the pointless lockdowns, even after factoring that in, Australia had LESS DEATHS from all causes in 2020.

    Meanwhile, there are still too many Australians like you ‘utu’ who lap up every nonsensical statement about Covid dished out by our controlled and corrupt mainstream media.

    And unfortunately, we have some states who are led by Labor governments (our equivalent of your Democratic Party), who have imposed these token lockdowns from time to time to appease their Deep State controllers.

    Even so, these temporary lockdowns in Labor controlled states (with the exception of Victoria) were very short and just a bit of theatre.

    As for your ridiculous assertion, implying that ‘Covid Zero’ was achieved in Australia due to the proactive actions of those wise overlords who rule over us, the fact is that the lockdown epicentre of Australia was the state of Victoria and it accounted for around 80 % of alleged Covid deaths !!

    The rest of Australia which, by and large, had next to no significant restrictions for most of the time and where all the rational, responsible and conscientious people went around MASKLESS for much of the time (and a significant few like me NEVER wore a mask at ANY time), had DEMONSTRABLY BETTER OUTCOMES than the state of Victoris.

    ‘Utu’, do the right thing and quit your card carrying membership of ‘Covid Team Apocalypse’.

    Actually sit down and READ the output of the world’s leading independent scientists that are not beholden to the cabal at the Great Barrington Declaration that can demonstrate that lockdowns are killing FAR more people than are attributed to Covid :

    https://gbdeclaration.org/

    Scientists like lead signatories of the GBD : Professors Martin Kullforff (Harvard), Jay Bhattacharya (Stanford) and Sunetra Gupta (Oxford) – all world leaders but Gupta in particular is regarded as the WORLD’S LEADING INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGIST.

    Do the right thing ‘utu’ and abandon the dark side. Time for you to examine the ACTUAL science.

  326. JWalters says:
    @Humbert Humbert

    I agree that Ron Unz is exceptional in his attention to detailed facts, his clarity in stating what he knows and does not know, and his care in drawing inferences from the data. A great many writers have their intelligence derailed by their emotions. They present a fact from here, another from there, and then draw broad conclusions, often indignantly proclaiming the conclusions are obvious. As someone who has spent a lot of time immersed in detailed data, it seems to me most people without that experience do not appreciate how much time and work is required to fully investigate complex situations. Their reference frame seems to be movies and TV shows, where the hero routinely makes large conclusions based on a small amount of data, restricted by the duration of the movie or TV show. Whitney’s article, while I assume was well intentioned, seemed to me of that sort.

  327. JWalters says:
    @Jack McArthur

    The consideration of Israel is clearly warranted. The anthrax attacks that accompanied 9/11 were initially blamed on Iraq, until it was determined that the anthrax had come from Fort Detrick. Since the evidence is overwhelming that the Israelis did 9/11, they probably also did the accompanying anthrax attacks. Given the Israelis overall history of false flag attacks, and their control of America’s press, politicians, and military, they are the most likely candidate for the mastermind behind this virus attack. Further, even if COVID is an intentional plot, to increase mass surveillance and economic control (like the 2008 economic crisis), there is no reason to assume the virus itself is fake. A nothingburger virus would be a very weak link in such a plot.

    Whitney Webb has several articles documenting Israel’s infiltration of American tech and biotech industries, which is consistent with that hypothesis. For interested readers, some of her key findings are reviewed in
    “War Profiteers and Israel’s Bank”
    https://warprofiteerstory.blogspot.com/p/war-profiteers-and-israels-bank.html

  328. Chinaman says:
    @Ron Unz

    1) If hundreds of thousands of Americans had been infected, the gigantic number of deaths would have been in all the newspapers. S

    It was in all the newspapers but you just choose to ignore it.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/03/the-flu-has-already-killed-10000-across-us-as-world-frets-over-coronavirus.html

    COVID was misdiagnosed as the flu for most of 2019 until China bothered to sequence it. Simple as that.

    That’s was 2019 was the worst flu season of a decade. You are overstating the death rate since there are many asymtomatic cases that were never diagnosed. A case of adverse selection and survivor bias where death rate were exaggerated because the denominator is perhaps an order of magnitude smaller at the start. The death rate in Asia is miniscule.

    • Agree: acementhead
  329. @geokat62

    it’s not even the Spanish flu (estimated to have killed about a third of the world’s population).

    The Spanish flu is estimated to have infected 500 million or a third of the world’s population but estimates of those killed range from 20 to 100 million with 50 million being the most commonly cited, so about 3.33% killed.

    • Thanks: geokat62
  330. Chinaman says:
    @utu

    Ok. What about this ? 50 days before Wuhan.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10654-020-00716-2

    While you are castigating anti-masker and herd immunity psychopaths as idiots, you should be very careful to falling into their ranks by refusing to acknowledge the mounting evidence that is staring at you. You are in a cognitive blindspot.

    What evidence do you need to convince yourself that COVID begun in late 2019 and before Wuhan ? We know COVID is in europe so the matter is just when. The phylogenetic evidence unequivocally shows that the strains in the Europe is genetically older than the strains in Wuhan. Barcelona being the oldest and closest to RatG13, the bat coronavirus.

    I don’t know how COVID originated. However, I am quite certain it didn’t begin in Wuhan, China.

    I am not smart enough or qualified to pass judgement on these matters. I am humble enough to say * I don’t know*, unlike the hundreds of idiots on Unz unthread who have absolutely convinced their pet conspiracy theory is right even though they have absolutely zero evidence except their own convictions. Perhaps be it is a lab leak or a bioattack at the end but the evidence is almost non existence.

    What is important is that we remain objective, evidence base and unbiased in this discovery process.

    • Replies: @utu
  331. Exosome says:
    @Ugetit

    You know, when I read all these silly comments, which “flood the zone” with unscientific nonsense, I think to myself, these people should urgently consider getting the mRNA genetic modification(s), this will be a process of injections annually at least.

    They should take part in this human field experiment as a lab rat, and the world would be a much better place somehow, and many problem would solve themselves, especially naive gullible people mindlessly regurgitating what they hear and mnindlessly perpetrating a crime on their fellow human being.

  332. @idrankwhat

    If the experience of Marek’s Disease, with a virus provoked into increasing virulence by vaccination efforts that merely eliminate some of the viral variants present, is replicated with SARS CoV 2, we’re in for a rough old time of it. This could be the Final Solution for the Useless Eaters Problem.

    • Agree: idrankwhat
  333. Alvin says:
    @steinbergfeldwitzcohen

    It’s mind-boggling that a brilliant man like Ron, who is much more intelligent than I am, didn’t follow the data out of China and Korea that came out in February, and data from Japan, Taiwan, and Grand Princess Cruise Ship in March. What did this data show? A 0.2% death rate, equivalent to a bad flu back then. Now, it’s more like a low grade flu. Nothing to panic and destroy the world economy over.

  334. JRB says:
    @anonym25

    Is it now clear what the cause of death of Frank Plummer was ? Was it a heart attack or something else ? see https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51317386

  335. @Ron Unz

    But if its epidemiological characteristics were totally different from those of Covid-19, why do you think it was Covid-19?

    If the epidemiological characteristics attributed to “Covid” are indistinguishable from a strain of influenza, why would you assume there’s such a thing as Covid; or if there is such a thing, why would one assume that it’s the cause of whatever excess deaths from a respiratory disease actually exist?

    Why would one assume any of these things to be true other than out of an underlying desire to believe the system propagating these notions? After all, there’s no “evidence” for any of it other than the testimony of known pathological liars, and these liars make no attempt to argue their case but just issue proclamations and censor any questioning or criticism. The censorship itself is proof that everything they say is a lie.

    • Replies: @acementhead
  336. @Sean

    The only ‘termite’ here is you Sean, with your insect mentality.

    • LOL: utu
    • Replies: @Sean
  337. GMC says:
    @Kumbaresu

    L had the real virus that everybody is talking about and it doesn’t last just 3 days. I knew the pcr test was a fraud so I asked the doctor from our nearest hospital { who has patients with covid that did die} to come make a night visit. He concluded that yep, you got it and prescribed injections with a anti-biotic, steroid and other goodies. I’m 70 and in good shape { not in the US or EU } and this was not the same type of flu- virus I have had several times in the past. BioWeapons aren’t just made to kill but they are used for food destruction/contaminations, infections, etc. etc. etc. So, what do you think the US, Israel, Germany and the Brits do in their 500+ bioweapon labs – all day ? Play cards? 12 BioWeapons labs next door in Ukraine – send your parents over here and we will see how they do. No offense.

    • Agree: Ralphinlondon
    • Thanks: Iris
    • Replies: @Kumbaresu
  338. @utu

    ‘ Evidence-Based Medicine’? What a quaint concept!

  339. The US bioattack theory is important to emphasize since we’re up against a revivalist religious movement. We can’t persuade wingnuts with reason and evidence, but it’s possible they could convert to an opposite position – fanatics sometimes do.

    If in their state of psychological fever and what must be mounting ambivalence they were aware of the possibility that the very government which has inflicted all this fear and hardship upon them* was also the original deliberate source of this pandemic they believe in, they might flip and turn on the Covid regime as abruptly as they first embraced it.

    For that purpose even the moronic way of speaking that “Covid caused [social and economic effects]” (when of course Covid never did anything, societies chose 100% of their own free will, as a purely political matter, to do these things – the much better alternative of doing nothing except to protect the vulnerable elderly was always available), a mode first handed down by the propaganda machine and which very quickly became so “normal” that even skeptics often lapse into it, even this mode of expression could become useful if enough people began to think in terms of “Covid = US government bioweapon attack.”

    *From the POV of Americans, direct infliction, and from the POV of others, infliction by the Western globalist system (WHO etc.) which the US controls.

  340. @Rooster11

    Furthermore, they typically don’t disclose the Ct to the public, so theoretically they could be sliding the counts up and down on demand.

    They surely do. Their procedure has been purely cynical manipulation all along. At the top level, in January the WHO issued instructions for testing to use fewer PCR cycles in order to generate falling “case” numbers which then can be claimed as success for injections and lockdowns.

    The corruption is so rife that where it comes to the fake trials for the Pfizer and Moderna injection products, I don’t assume they used the same number of PCR cycles for the injection group and the placebo group. They’re definitely capable using a lower number for the trial group and a higher one for the control group, in order to generate lower and higher “case” numbers for those respective groups.

    Such experimental fraud would be only marginally more extreme than standard practice where it comes to harmful profitable products, and perfectly in line with the massive diagnostic fraud the “Covid” regime has engaged in from the start.

    • Replies: @Nancy
  341. Steven80 says:

    It is funny to google the Covid-19 pravda:

    When you try “coronavirus US biolab” the first results is “Did the Coronavirus Escape from a Chinese Lab”
    If you type “Is covid made in the USA”, the first result is “For China, the ‘USA Virus’ Is a Geopolitical Ploy”

    Of course, there are totally different results in yandex and duckduckgo for the same searches.

    10 years ago, the admins in google were only removing from search results popular sites for book downloads and torrents. Now this. I wonder what will be allowed to appear on this search engine in 10 years?

  342. @Iris

    Notice that, as the dates get pushed further and further back into 2019, the story line remains unchanged: “How did it get there (Italy, Spain, US..) from China?”

    All ignore the fact the the WHO investigation found no signs of the virus in China prior to December, 2019. https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/who-finds-no-evidence-covid-19-outbreaks-wuhan-december-2019

    • Troll: GeneralRipper
    • Replies: @Iris
  343. Schuetze says:
    @Ron Unz

    The 50-page transcript of the interrogation of a founder of the Communist International in 1938, Christian G. Rakovsky, who was facing execution for plotting to overthrow Stalin, dubbed “The Red Symphony” explains precisely how these campaigns against humanity work. Numerous Rabbi’s, Freemason lodges, Bankers, and other key players knew that WWI, WWII and Zionist Israel were coming years before actual outbreak of these wars. They didn’t know the details, they didn’t have to, because that precise information was something that their liege lords did not want them to know. With the passage of time various letters and writing clearly prove this. These people knew beforehand, and they had specific roles to play and tasks to perform before the actual event finally occurred. 9/11 is another great example were hundreds of people had foreknowledge of the event, but not the details, and were perfectly positioned, both financially and physically, when the 3 towers were demolished. What is clear from Red Symphony is that the instigators of these disasters are always 2 or more layers of “plausible deniability” removed from any real actors.

    If we look at the key actors in this plandemic, understanding that through these people that self proclaimed true owners of this planet execute these campaigns, we can get a broader perspective of its origins and its goals.

    Klaus Schwab definitely had foreknowledge. His book “Covid and the Great Reset” came out in April 2020 with perfect timing, but would have taken several months to write, edit and get published. His famous video, “you will own nothing and you will be happy”, was released in 2016 IIRC. Additionally, vaccinations and pandemics was a constant theme he was pushing at his WEF global elite conventions. Undoubtably he was telling certain WEF attendees about these plans, if only in vague terms.

    [MORE]

    A. Fauci clearly also knew that a plandemic was coming. He was even financing the gain of function research in the Wuhan lab. I doubt he was/is aware of the exact details, he is far too loose lipped to be trusted with this information.

    Likewise Bill Gates clearly also knew that a plandemic was coming. From patents to investments he was perfectly positioned. I would consider it quite likely that he knew many details and the timing of the release.

    Steve Bannon came out of Naval Intelligence and has many deep state connections. It is conceivable that he had knowledge of some plot being afoot without ever even being invited to partake in it. It is also conceivable that he had full knowledge of what was going on, perhaps even the timing.

    The Pope and the Vatican certainly had foreknowledge.

    Jacob Rothschild likely not only knew about the details and the timing of the plandemic, he is almost certainly one of the parties that signed off on it.

    • Agree: GeneralRipper
    • Thanks: Morton's toes
  344. Chinaman says:
    @Ron Unz

    Like I said, this pro-China propaganda is so totally illogical and ridiculous it actually makes the anti-China propaganda seem very plausible by comparison.

    Excuse me, sir. you are the one spreading pro-china propaganda -that even the Chinaman cannot support- by claiming that the Deep State did it.

    I am… of course…pro-china so your various narrative is perfect for Chinese propaganda. We are both against US imperialism and hegemony. It is good for both countries and the world You might remember I wanted to translate your articles to Chinese! I totally understand what you are trying to do here and not letting this crisis goto waste by spinning a narrative on the Deep State’s evil.

    However, I am also data-driven and *honest*…to a fault. I cannot lie when I am staring at the data and empirical evidence. Here’s the problem. your bioattack theory do not *FIT THE DATA*. With the knowledge I have gained on the matter, it is easy for me to find ways to support your narrative but my integrity won’t allow me to do this.

    It makes me no different from the liars and psychopaths here that I despise. My apologies, I cannot do that.

    I follow the evidence and given the uncertainty surrounding the issue at this point, we simply do have not enough evidence to determine the origins of COVID. Science is useful for falsifying hypotheses but not very useful in confirming them due to the problem of induction.

    What we can say for *CERTAIN* is that COVID did not originate from Wuhan because it has been spreading in Europe and the US a few months before Wuhan. That much is clear. My focus is in exonerating China’s role in the pandemic and not in using it to blame someone else.

    • Troll: GeneralRipper
  345. @Ron Unz

    Last November thirty-four CDC scientists found Covid-19 endemic in the USA in December 2019.

    When I wrote this up you made the same objection, “The numbers are too high! If they were accurate there would have been millions of deaths”.

    What about the almost certain existence of a low-lethality Covid strain?

    NIH Director Francis Collins’ specifically allowed for this in March last year: “The virus might have been spreading quietly in humans for years, or even decades, without causing a detectable outbreak.”

    Serologic testing of U.S. blood donations to identify SARS-CoV-2-reactive antibodies: December 2019-January 2020. Sridhar V Basavaraju, MD, et al. https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciaa1785/6012472

    • Troll: GeneralRipper
  346. Sean says:
    @Peripatetic Itch

    You have raised an excellent point about the timing. The temporal propinquity to the election means if the Wuhan pandemic was done deliberately, then Trump’s prospects of reelection absolutely must had been a primary consideration in the design of the operation by whatever clique within the CIA planned it. However, it does not necessarily follow that once the Wuhan Disease began to spread, it could not have been made use of by anti Trump forces.

    To turn the pandemic to their advantage, a conspiratorial group, political party, country or an unspoken alliance of them had no need to have deliberately originated the Covid-19 virus, but once it existed they could improvise with an eye to how a disaster would affect Trump’s prospects of a second term. For all Trump’s enemies, foreign or domestic, once the pandemic got started, the more Americans it killed in the run up to the election the better; that much would have been immediately obvious in January 2020.

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
  347. @Gary M2

    Covid death counts are vastly padded and fake

    -Paying hospitals more if a death is labelled as covid.
    -Adding people who did not die of covid as covid deaths if they tested positive.
    – calling all respiratory diseases covid and claiming the flu, common cold, bacterial infections and pneumonia cases disappeared. It was all covid.

    Also, in many jurisdictions governments bestowed legal immunity from malpractice claims if a health professional can claim to have been dealing with a “Covid case”, but not e.g. a case of influenza.

  348. @anon

    The Chinese are not anti-Muslim. They are anti-terrorism, especially when the terrorists are trained and paid by the US.

    Says US Ambassador Chas. H. Freeman, Director for Chinese Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 1979-1981: “The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang. There were similar efforts made with the Uyghurs during the Cold War that never really got off the ground. In both cases you had religion waved as a banner in support of a desire for independence or autonomy which is, of course, is anathema to any state. I do believe that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones applies here. I am part American Indian and those people are not here (in the US) in the numbers they once were because of severe genocidal policies on the part of the European majority”. 8/31/18

    https://supchina.com/podcast/legendary-diplomat-chas-w-freeman-jr-on-u-s-china-strategy-and-history-part-3/

  349. Smith says:
    @Unorthodox Black Sheep VN

    I agree somewhat, volumes of trade between USA and China have only increased, this is not like USSR vs USA, it’s just smoke screen with heated war of words. Meanwhile, Russia and North Korea are actively sanctioned and cut-off.

    Whatever happen, we Viets should steer clear of this whirlwind and treat this virus as a bioweapon just to be safe. Our only allies remain the Russian and Eastern Europe, we can only hope the USSR comes back.

  350. @Alfred

    This is a crucial point on data.

    If one cannot get data there is a reason.

    It is possible to track stolen cars in America but not missing children. People at the very top don’t want you to see frequency or distribution.

    Young men disappear from National Parks. Why? Good luck. Federal pay wall for data.

    Data seekers have managed to determine that children disappear at very high rates in the fall in the Washington, D.C. area. It is a recurring pattern.

    • Agree: Alfred
  351. @Skeptikal

    Thanks.

    You have precisely identified the Unz m.o.
    He never seems to vary from this feint. He is predictable and not believable at the same time.

    I don’t read his stuff much because it is so boring and predictable but I enjoy watching him fail in his lane attempts to defend his position.

    He is currently babbling about ‘Trump Neocons’ and ‘Bidet Neo-Cons’ as though there are factions. There are no neocon factions, just Jews and servants.

    Unz should stick to archive programming.

  352. JLGS says:
    @Anon

    I have known this site for a short time and I found it interesting but only the fallacies and concealments contained in this article by Unz qualify him as a puppet and an unintelligent person (although he must believe that he is very intelligent) and not valid to face the future, of which he clearly does not understand a word.

  353. Skeptikal says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Sure.
    But that is the future.
    You were talking about the past.
    You hypothesized that the baby boomer death bump was already significantly affecting death statistics of the past year.
    I doubt this, except to the extent that some baby boomers might have been in nursing homes.
    But I believe most nursing home deaths were also in the over-75 or over-80 older age cohort.
    And that is just the first year. The baby boom lasted until until 1964. Thus, the following edge of this demographic label are under sixty.

    I expect that to you the baby boom generation seems like the dark ages.

    I guess you might assume that all baby boomers are ancient, senile, and can no longer think logically, and can’t even count.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  354. @Ron Unz

    The idea seems to be that some Americans had been infected by Covid-19 during summer 2019, and then a few of them just happened to travel to Wuhan in October for the Military Games, starting the epidemic there.

    This is a classic straw-man argument. In no way are the Military Games crucial to an accidental-release theory. One of the lasting lessons I learned from college math was that you can fit an infinite number of defined curves to any finite number of data points, no matter how large. Likewise you can formulate an infinite number of theories to fit any finite number of observations.

    Similarly a study of history shows that any position whatsoever can be plausibly supported by connected postulates. A study of history also shows most theories turn out to be wrong. Most societies bark up the wrong tree on most questions most of the time. The connection of theory to objective reality is very tenuous.

    What is important is when and where the virus first made its appearance. That means you can not dismiss the “vaping” epidemic with a wave of the hand. You can make some arguments that it would have been in all the newspapers, but such arguments are among the weakest type of arguments one can make.

    this pro-China propaganda is so totally illogical and ridiculous it actually makes the anti-China propaganda seem very plausible by comparison.

    I take it as a given that all regimes lie like crazy. Pompeo has admitted such, as did William Casey, CIA Director from 1981 to 1987, who said, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” The Chinese do the same.

    A priori, an accidental release by either side seems quite reasonable. The research being done for defensive purposes. No one trusts competing countries.

    If hundreds of thousands of Americans had been infected, the gigantic number of deaths would have been in all the newspapers.

    You are stuck in the perception that the PTB in America are actually trying to figure this thing out. But more important, that the only way you can get a change in the death rate or infectivity rate is through a change in the virus. That ignores the very real possibility of a change, or variations, in the terrain, in the susceptibility of humans and human populations to the disease. IMO there are three such mechanisms seemingly available to explain such variations: first, antibody-dependent enhancement together with previous immunization campaigns, second Vitamin D status, and third medical treatments.

    Medical treatments I discussed in my previous post. High-pressure ventilation was the standard treatment for advanced SARS patients and now stands accused of killing them. Just another iatrogenic cause of death in a litany of such failures.

    Antibody-dependent enhancement will never be proven because the records that would establish it are in the hands of those with a vested interest in concealing it. It has been said that massive influenza immunization campaigns were previously conducted in both Wuhan and northern Italy, however.

    Vitamin D has now been shown to be a major protective factor in ameliorating the severity of the disease. It is also likely to reduce the viral load in those infected and thus the viral loads expelled in the vicinity of other people. Infectivity, in other words. That’s just basic physiology, a subject dear to my heart these past 58 years. Not included in your standard epidemiological models.

    Vitamin D is severely restricted by a lack of sun in the winter, but its level in the body lags the seasons by some weeks. It is also restricted by the melanin content of your skin, the clothes you wear and quite severely by air pollution (not the CO2 kind). Both Wuhan and northern Italy were plagued by intense air pollution.

    So Vitamin D status can explain the limited propagation of the vaping phase of the epidemic in the U.S. in 2019 as well as the rapid propagation in Wuhan in November and December. Iatrogenic ventilation pressure together with medical neglect of mild cases and older victims can explain the age-distribution of “vaping” deaths.

    As for the perhaps millions who did come down with the disease, those who went to their doctors were told they had a bad cold: “Just deal with it”. No statistics, no headlines.

    And again you cannot hold a bioweapon explanation without explaining the “vaping” epidemic, or at least admitting to saving it with an ad-hoc hypothesis. Your explanation would have to show a clear experimental link between vaping or a constituent of the vaping gases and the pulmonary signs of the disease.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  355. Bert says:
    @Not Only Wrathful

    East Asians clearly have a higher degree of natural immunity to Covid-19. The only shared factor between the Koreas, Japan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Cambodia is a broad base of similar genes.

    Well no, you need and have another shared factor: exposure over thousands of years to coronaviruses transmitted to Asians from horseshoe bats, for example Rhinolophus affinis.

    Which raises the question (N.B. not begs) of whether Asians would have done better than Europeans if the genetically-based immunological playing field had been level.

  356. Excellent article! Great summary with links to important seminal papers.

    However, there is an important fact which you only briefly touch on. As noted in Nature (August 28, 2020),Covid-19 is a disease of the Elderly (and 5% of deaths among those with severe serious medical conditions). If you are age 80 and infected, you have a 1 in 6 chance of dying. If you are under age 50, according to the Nature article, even with comorbidities, you have almost ZERO chance of dying from Covid-19. 95% of global deaths from Covid-19 are in those over age 60. For the young and healthy, Covid-19 is asymptomatic or the common cold. For the Elderly it is deadly, and survival may be accompanied by serious sequelae.

    So assuming that Pompeo sanctioned the release of SARS-COV2 in Wuhan at the World military games, to both disrupt Chinese economy and give them the blame for the pandemic. NYC and the US could have been easily protected by simply closing borders to the infected IMMEDIATELY as Asian countries did, but that was not allowed to happen. Moreover there was no quarantine of NYC and the epicenter of the epidemic early on, which ANY country would have done, as simple Public Health policy dictates. Why not? I submit that people far above Pompeo (and idiot Trump) wanted the virus here! 2.2 million people over age 65 die in the US each year. If 95% of the 550,000 American deaths are over age 60 (525,000 Covid-19 deaths) who benefits? While there is some overlap with “natural” deaths, Social Security and Medicaid/ Medicare costs ending with death would drop another 25%! More importantly it is well understood that the Elderly control most money in the US (median wealth of those 65-74 is $224,000; average is $1,217,700: https://www.cnbc.com/select/average-net-worth-by-age/), young people have no money. As the Covid-19 victims (95% old) are buried, how much of their wealth is “stolen” by government, Wall Street, and other swindlers? This is a windfall!

    In Europe, excess deaths are only seen among the oldest populations (excess deaths among the young haveDECREASED!) In third world countries, there are excess deaths among the young, but not directly from Covid-19, rather due to deaths of despair and adverse economic effects from lockdowns, and even starvation from effects on food distribution. The US is not the only country where losing your job means no money and no food.

  357. thordaddy says:

    The third option is a “virtual virus.”

    Because no one with real means would wait for a “novel virus” to randomly appear. And unleashing a bio-weapon is both too obvious and also unnecessary where mass profiling/surveillance and social engineering/depopulation via “mandatory vaccination” are the real aims.

    A “virtual virus” best explains nearly every lie, exaggeration and deception surrounding the “Covid-19” crime syndicate.

  358. Kumbaresu says:
    @GMC

    You stated that PCR test is a fraud, perfect. Please, be advised, that this is how people are diagnosed with COVID. There is no other way to diagnose it.

    • Replies: @Blackjack
  359. The only, and I mean ONLY, thing that really matters is that lockdowns were little more than the result of a criminal conspiracy to destroy small businesses and concentrate wealth in the hands of oligarchs.

    If you don’t agree, then you are either a traitor or an idiot.

    Thanks for nothing, Fauci, Birx, and Pence! https://www.aier.org/article/how-the-white-house-covid-task-force-sank-the-trump-presidency/

  360. @steinbergfeldwitzcohen

    Ron has been right about most things he writes about in this otherwise brilliant Our American Pravda series. But you’re correct to say he completely whiffed on lockdowns. One can only wonder why he denies such obvious evidence against them.

  361. Anon[213] • Disclaimer says:

    An Internet search for “french chemistry nobel prize covid man made”, or “Luc Montagnier covid” will provide more backing to the “COVID was engineered” claims than the other sources cited in the article.
    It’s worthy to watch the video where the man itself speaks, to gauge what man of integrity he is, as well as how simple the issue is.

  362. Anon[245] • Disclaimer says:

    it wouldn’t surprise me if the Biden Neocons are friendly with the Trump Neocons. [Ron Unz]

    LOL

  363. utu says:
    @Half Back

    Do you really want take lunatics like James DeMeo = Orgone Laboratory seriously?

    CCD deaths from all causes in 2020: 3,361, 745
    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm

  364. Sean says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    In a reply to me in 2012, the late Professor Harpending said “Hamilton sums up for each individual what he does to other people. The other way is to sum up what everyone else does to an individual.”

    https://www.unz.com/book/john_dewey__ethics/
    “A Chinese aided by his wife flogged his mother. The imperial order not only commanded that the criminals should be put to death; it further directed that the head of the clan should be put to death; that the immediate neighbors each receive eighty blows and be sent into exile; that the head or representatives of the graduates of the first degree (or B.A.) among whom the male offender ranked should be flogged and exiled; that the granduncle, the uncle, and two elder brothers should be put to death; that the prefect and the rulers should for a time be deprived of their rank; that on the face of the mother of the female offender four Chinese characters expressive of neglect of duty towards her daughter should be tattooed, and that she be exiled to a distant province; that the father of the female offender, a bachelor of arts, should not be allowed to take any higher literary degrees, and that he be flogged and exiled; that the son of the offenders should receive another name, and that the lands of the offender for a time remain fallow.” (J. H. Gray, China, Vol. I., pp. 237 f.)

    If you are serious you go after the family, the clan and even the neighbours of the culprit. But Western liberal individualism thinks that is wrong, and Daniel Dennett in the NYT reviewing Why Are We in the West So Weird? by Joseph Heinrich explained why:-

    According to Joseph Henrich, some unknown early church fathers about a thousand years later promulgated the edict: Don’t marry your cousin! Why they did this is also unclear, but if Henrich is right — and he develops a fascinating case brimming with evidence — this prohibition changed the face of the world, by eventually creating societies and people that were WEIRD: Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic.

    The Christian prohibitions against consanguinity, have created unique societies that are advanced and creative, but as the chaotic response to the pandemic has shown, placing so much emphasis on the value of the individual that they lack cohesion. Trump advocated killing the families of terrorists.

  365. @Exosome

    Reminds me of the polish doctor Rogiewicz, who publicly mocked the “deniers” on YT, then took the “shot” and died from the shot.

    What’s really stupid are the many cases of people who mocked corona saying that it doesn’t exist or is just a cold and afterwards got sick with corona and died.

    Yesterday German tv (ARD) had a reportage filmed in the university hospital in Berlin (Charité) showing a bit of the reality in a hospital treating such cases, letting patients appear, physicians, nurses. Impressiv and shocking. One of the physicians spoke of the worse time after Christmas when dozens of patients died.

    • Replies: @Exosome
  366. utu says:
    @Chinaman

    The serological evidence from 2019 samples in the US and the EU is inconsistent with epidemiological dynamics. There might be methodological problems with serological tests. The French paper you linked to has zero citations. The Italian paper (see one of my comments here) has been criticized and methodological issues were brought up. The California paper (I wrote about it last year) after close scrutiny shows that only one sample was positive on the most reliable test.

    • Replies: @Chinaman
  367. Richard B says:
    @jsinton

    Are you trying to gaslight us?

    Could be.

    After all, faithful TUR readers and commenters don’t need to compare Ron’s essays to those of others they might prefer over his. Not at all. They can compare Ron with Ron himself.

    For example, Ron’s essays on WWII are, in my humble view, required reading. When one is reading them they’re on solid ground. When they move into his essays on Covid, however, the ground beneath them begins to give way.

    Perhaps this is the real reason for his hesitancy, for his admitted failure to get straight to the point, as he himself states at the beginning of this essay. In short, Ron writes some great essays that his readers can then compare to his, well, less than great essays.

    Here’s an exmaple from this article (italics mine):

    Yet today the official Covid-19 death toll stands at around 550,000, a figure more than twice as high as the upper bound of that supposedly exaggerated projection.

    You mean like the official 911 Commission Report?

    The whole point of life today for all of us the worldover is that the official take on anything of great import has become literally unbelievable exactly because we’re not allowed to question it!

    In short, the use of the word official has lost its authority.

    As anyone who moves through the world with eyes open can see, the consequences of this are immense.

    That’s why everywhere you look today all hell is breaking loose, or about to. It’s also why everyone from committed social critics to the more sharp-eyed observers in the general public (and there are more of them than one might think), are all being silenced, threathened, or pressured. A fact which simply reinforces our lack of trust in the offical account of anything!

    From this perspective Ron’s use of the word official is, in regard to his believe that Covid truly is a pandemic, self-refuting. Or, at best, speculative. To use a word Ron uses himself at the essay’s conclusion.

    Speaking of which, the irony of this article is that when Ron moves away from a belief in the Covid as Truth and toward his own speculations as to the who and why of it all, he returns to the more solid ground he provides for us in his WWII essays.

    Perhaps it would be wise for him to stay on that solid ground in the future, and not just him, but us as well.

    • Agree: idrankwhat
  368. @Sean

    Exactly. I couldn’t have expressed it better.

  369. Hans says:

    Del Bigtree presents Geert Vanden Bossche interview – http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=229611

    Bossche’s extensive credentials are presented at the start. Very grim.

  370. Iris says:
    @Godfree Roberts

    The Italian report is not the only one pointing at early Covid19 dissemination in Europe.
    Doctors in the French Alsace region, the worst hit by Covid-19’s first wave, have also reported to having retrospectively detected several cases dating back to 16 November 2019.

    https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20200520-scans-show-french-patients-were-sick-with-covid-19-in-mid-november-doctors-say-colmar-haut-rhin

    The retrospective findings came after radiologists at the Albert Schweitzer hospital decided to review 2,456 chest X-rays looking for Covid-specific lesions.
    Their findings were taken very seriously since scanners are now one of the main diagnostic tools used to confirm cases of Covid-19 coronavirus.

    According to the Chief Radiologist, the virus has been circulating in Alsace since November 2019 and has spread through Christmas markets and the holiday season before exploding at a religious gathering in Mulhouse end of Feb 2020.

    So this clinician endorses a hypothesis of slow progression, with the contamination going unnoticed for over 3 months until it exploded at a super-spreader event and could not be ignored anymore.
    The hospital has passed on its results to the CNRS, France’s main scientific body.
    Hypothesis have been made that the virus could have been brought by French military returning from the Wuhan games.

    https://www.fondation-diaconat.fr/images/Presse/2020/CP-HAS-Imagerie-mdicale-7-mai-2020.pdf

    These conclusions raise the possibility that Covid has simply been mistaken for the flu for months onwards, until a cluster of cases made its specificity too obvious. The French Government cannot recognise it for it shows its carelessness compared to the Chinese fast reaction, and opens the floodgate of legal proceedings.

    The questions of Covid’s real infectivity and subsequent speed of detection is not simple, as it has critical political and legal implications for all governments involved.
    It is extremely naïve to expect that European governments will happily recognise to having missed the signs while China didn’t.

    • Replies: @glib
    , @Godfree Roberts
    , @JRB
  371. Spect3r says:
    @ThereisaGod

    If 5g is the cause, then why Iran, which has no 5G, was affected the way it was?
    Not saying you are wrong, just trying to understand the idea behind it.

    • Replies: @ThereisaGod
  372. I finally read through this drivel. It mirrors his other crap about immigration and the stuff he’s publSshed about how it’s no big deal because Latinos.. who are not accurately counted in crime stats…don’t commit crimes anymore than the white population so therefore, immigration away.

    So.. the US as incompetent as it is now… cooked up a virus to hurt China… but low and behold!!! China thwarted the US!!! Because they lock down better than we do…

    It was just a handful of evil doers… So that the plot wouldn’t be uncovered… I can’t really follow your arguments because you never come to the point in under ten thousand words.. but how exactly would a CIA that hated Trump be able to pull this off? I mean and not tell the Democrats about it…

    And the Deep State as run by oligarchs loves China…

    No Unz.. most likely the Chinese fcked up… they want to develop their own bio tech ability and they were screwing around with a virus.

    • Replies: @Schuetze
  373. Exosome says:
    @UncommonGround

    The ARD are as credible as Santa Claus coming from the north pole.
    And the Charite is the place where Mr Dorsten is employed.
    The RKI is being lead by a veterinary, Wieler, with shady ties to the WHO and Pharma mafia.

    The “health minster” Miss Spahn is a banking clerk who sells patient data via his male “wife”, and who is totally corrupt and a moron.

    Enough said.

    Seriously, are you so thick or do you “flood the zone”?

    • Agree: acementhead
  374. Schuetze says:
    @Stonewall Jackson

    “most likely the Chinese fcked up… they want to develop their own bio tech ability andthey were screwing around with a virus.”

    In the Wuhan Institute of Virolog bioweapon lab, linked to GlaxoSmithKline, built by the French, and partially financed by A. Fauci. It was researching gain of function genetic manipulation of Covid RNA. Even worse, apparently this research was moved to China after the US fort Detrich lab was shut down due to virus leaks and new US legislation.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11507231/dr-fauci-7-4-million-funding-wuhan-lab-blamed-covid-19-conspiracy/

    https://fort-russ.com/2020/04/revealed-dr-faucis-niaid-gave-3-7-million-to-wuhan-lab-to-create-mutant-coronavirus/

    https://www.ibtimes.sg/glaxosmithkline-owns-wuhan-institute-virology-pfizer-too-linked-chinese-lab-heres-truth-54047

    This whole plandemic is a globalist operation, as is proved by the synchronized panic caused by global the media blitzkrieg, the globally synchronized lockdowns, and now the globally synchronized vaccine shit storm.

    • Agree: DCThrowback, idrankwhat
  375. Mr. Anon says:
    @Skeptikal

    Sure.
    But that is the future.

    No, it isn’t. It is the present.

    74 is old. Old people die. There will be a distribution of deaths from the Baby Boomers. It won’t be a delta function where they all suddenly drop dead in 2026. That die off has already started.

    I expect that to you the baby boom generation seems like the dark ages.

    Given that I’m a member of that cohort, no. but the oldest tranch of that demographic group is now……….old.

    I guess you might assume that all baby boomers are ancient, senile, and can no longer think logically, and can’t even count.

    You seem to have problems with logic and counting.

  376. gay troll says:
    @New Dealer

    Actually my explanation is extremely parsimonious because it also explains the events at Fort Detrick. If the virus leaked from a lab then we should assume it leaked from Ft Detrick – because Detrick was the only BSL facility on Earth with a documented containment breach in 2019. It also explains the EVALI epidemic, which perfectly connects the breach at Detrick to the beginning of the COVID pandemic. One virus explaining all three events: that is parsimonious. Otherwise you have to explain what caused EVALI (hint: you can’t, nobody can) and also identify what leaked from Ft. Detrick (hint: you can’t, it’s classified). The COVID response must be viewed as a cover up first and foremost. TPTB have tried to spin events to their advantage, but none of this was planned from the get go.

  377. @Alvin

    I agree.

    However, by violating a medical norm they are creating a massive death toll to come. Let me explain: a top vaccine guy, Dutch PhD researcher, claims that you never should use a vaccine during an epidemic. He argues that it leaves people vulnerable to the virus and variants, which occur every 10 hours, as opposed to just allowing herd immunity to occur then trying to vaccinate down the road. I’m probably not explaining this well.

    So what he says is that after vaccination there will be a plateau then a huge spike in cases leading to many more deaths than if you just leave the situation alone. So his action was to publicly call for an end to vaccinations.

    We shall see. When a guy who used to work for Gates is arguing AGAINST getting a shot it is proof to me that my skepticism was warranted.

    The tide is turning. Vaccines are killing and maiming. People are now starting to publicly attack the decisions made to lock-down whole countries a d the cry for blood is not going to let up. I expect to see ugly and public law suits that go on for years

    • Replies: @Exosome
  378. gay troll says:

    Why are the numbers provided by the CDC more reliable than any other number fed to us by our government? Ron sounds like a normie clutching the Warren Report.

    The CDC began its pandemic response by strictly dictating who was allowed to get tested. The positivity stats were thus controlled by the CDC from the beginning. They let the case statistic grow at their desired pace. By late 2020 they were testing as many people as possible. But in the beginning they purposely only tested a few. This is blatant gatekeeping.

    The CDC also dictated what counted as a COVID death. Their guidance stated that even if COVID was only suspected of contributing to death, it should be coded on the death certificate. Meanwhile influenza deaths disappeared. Ron is right to assume that excess mortality will tell the real story, but again, numerical data is only as trustworthy as its source. Furthermore, we know that some excess mortality has resulted from the lockdowns and not the virus.

    The biggest problem is that the pandemic is invisible; if not for the news media most people would not see any evidence of a “killer” virus. Another problem is that COVID statistics took a U turn as soon as Joe Biden was inaugurated.

  379. Ron Unz says:
    @Peripatetic Itch

    This is a classic straw-man argument. In no way are the Military Games crucial to an accidental-release theory.

    The problem is that the various supporters of the theory that the virus was endemic in the US during 2019 and was then brought to Wuhan don’t usually clarify what they’re actually advocating. Lots of them focus on the World Military Games as the vector, but maybe some of them don’t. I just can’t figure out what they’re saying.

    By contrast, I was careful to explicitly provide my own reconstruction of the outbreak, though I’m certainly not claiming all elements must be correct:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-covid-19-its-impact-and-origins-after-one-year/#the-hypothetical-scenario-of-the-covid-19-outbreak

    Here are a few simple questions for the people I’m criticizing:

    (1) Under normal conditions, Covid-19 infections seem to double every 3-5 days. Do they believe that the American virus in 2019 was tremendously less infectious?

    (2) On average, Covid-19 seems to have a fatality rate of 0.5-1.0%. Do they believe the American virus in 2019 was tremendously less dangerous?

    (3) The Covid-19 fatality rate is hugely age-dependent, producing almost no fatalities for individuals under forty but very dangerous for older individuals. Do they believe that the dangers of the American virus in 2019 had an entirely different age-skew?

    (4) During 2020, the gigantic Covid-19 epidemic in America led to almost 500,000 “excess deaths” and huge levels of hospitalization, just like the Wuhan virus. Since nothing remotely like this had happened in 2019, any circulating virus must have had totally different characteristics, as in (1), (2), and (3). So how and when did the hypothetical American virus of 2019 develop the entirely different properties of the Wuhan virus of 2020?

    (5) Suppose the American virus just mutated into the Wuhan virus. If huge numbers of Americans had the non-dangerous American virus and only a couple of them happened to travel to Wuhan, isn’t it enormously implausible that the crucial mutation would have taken place in that city?

    (6) If CIA or whomever deliberately transferred the American virus to Wuhan, we’re really talking about something similar to my own hypothesis. But they certainly would have used healthy operatives rather than sending sick people to Wuhan who went around coughing a lot.

    (7) My impression is that except for a couple of very doubtful exceptions, there’s virtually no evidence of any genetic traces of Covid-19 anywhere in America prior to the end of 2019. But if tens or even hundreds of thousands of Americans had been infected during 2019, wouldn’t there be such traces? Or is the claim that the American virus had an entirely different genetic structure than the Wuhan virus? But if its genetic structure was entirely different and its epidemiological characteristics were also entirely different, why would anyone call it the same virus?

    (8) Since I can’t figure out what these people are actually claiming (and maybe they themselves don’t really know), my criticism isn’t really attacking a “straw-man.” It’s that I’m fighting a phantom.

    My impression is that the pro-China propagandists like “Chinaman” and Godfree Roberts just sort of randomly throw a lot of alleged “facts” on the wall in a haphazard fashion, just trying to challenge the conventional theory that the virus first appeared in Wuhan during late 2019. And they do this without bothering to try to formulate any consistent hypothesis of their own (as I did above).

    Frankly, their pro-China propaganda is of such poor quality I think it tends to discredit the pro-China side and make people much more likely to accept the anti-China Lab-Leak propaganda that the Trump people had been promoting.

  380. Mr. Unz:

    A friend and I are both avid readers of the Unz Review and many of the articles which you prepare for it. We are grateful for the service which you provide. My friend asked me, as a retired epidemiologist with some remaining insider sources of information, to comment on your latest column.

    I’m attaching the contents of the email I sent back to him. My apologies in advance for the snarks. I do respect you and very highly but I thought that this latest column reflects poorly on you. I found it hard to restrain my annoyance the further I plowed into it:

    the new disease might eventually claim as many as 100,000 to 240,000 American lives. For over a century, nothing like that had ever happened in our country

    BS. Past flu pandemics have been every git as bad when valid estimates of mortality and morbidity are used

    today the official Covid-19 death toll stands at around 550,000

    The official count is based on absurd estimation procedures, as even Ron notes in the next quote

    “Covid Skeptics” have … noted the considerable confusion between “dying from Covid-19” and “dying with Covid-19,”

    But it also seems quite likely that many Covid-19 deaths may not have been officially recorded as such.

    the most reliable metric would be the total number of “excess deaths,” …. But considering these … reveals a picture far worse than those official numbers.

    WSJ ArticleThe Covid-19 Death Toll Is Even Worse Than It Looks
    3,000,000 worldwide ???
    This is probably a significant overestimate AS THE WSJ ITSELF NOTES IN THIS UNDERSTATEMENT “Some of those excess deaths came from indirect fallout, from health-care disruptions, people avoiding the hospital and other issues.”
    And even if one accepts the 3,000,000 figure one should note that the 1968 Hong Kong Flu Pandemic was probably far worse: “The 1968 flu pandemic resulted in an estimated one million to four million deaths, far fewer than the 1918–19 pandemic, which caused between 25 million and 50 million deaths.” https://www.britannica.com/event/1968-flu-pandemic

    the sluggish implementation of our national vaccination program

    !!!!! Get real! In truth the rollout of these vaccines was overly quick to the point of recklessness

    We should hardly be surprised that the CDC has estimated that by mid-2020 American life-expectancies had already dropped by a full year, their greatest decline since World War II.

    Mostly due to other causes than Rona, i.e. the demoralization of the native-born, White, working class

    The public health measures implemented to control this severe epidemic have remained controversial …. But it seems almost undeniable that without some combination of these various approaches, our national death toll would have been far worse.

    BS!! The data are in. States without these policies did much better than states with. NY and California have been disasters as a direct result of some of these policies, as is just now becoming clear.

    I am equally ignorant of the competing merits of the different types of vaccines that have been rushed into production to control the illness, but without such vaccines, the bulk of our entire population would surely become infected over the next year or more.

    More BS. Most people who’ve been infected with SARS-COV-2 before the vaccine experienced no readily noticeable symptoms. Most presumed cases of Covid-19 before the vaccine were less debilitating than a moderate case of the flu. we were already burning our way towards herd immunity back in the Fall of last year.

    Even leaving aside our huge American death toll, the social and economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak have been enormous, certainly constituting the most momentous event in our national history since the Great Depression or World War II, perhaps even since the Civil War.

    These are not consequences of SARS-COV-2/Covid-19 but rather of the disastrous “public health policies” our ruling classes put in place as a result of Rona Panic

    Unz’s speculations on the source of SARS-COV-2 lay out the many alternatives. It’s a well known fact that the Chinese lab in Wuhan was doing a lot of work on enhancement of function with Corona viruses, a major concern for the Chinese since there are many reservoirs of potential zoonotic viral diseases in China. The violations of lab protocols and safety procedures in these labs are notorious. IMHO, an accidental leak of something the Chinese scientists shouldn’t have been playing with is the most plausible theory. All the rest is largely blather.
    Beginning here:

    (1) Rogue elements within our large national security apparatus probably affiliated with the Deep State Neocons dec…

    I think Unz’s train of thought jumped the rails. Godfree Roberts is a wack job apologist for the rulers of the PRC. Any analysis starting with anything he has asserted is already beyond the bounds of reason.

    I’m not saying that Unz’s train of thought here doesn’t merit further investigation. We know that our ruling classes are every bit as incompetent and vile as Unz suggests here. But until that occurs the accidental escape theory remains the most plausible.

    • Replies: @Chinaman
  381. Nancy says:
    @Flying Dutchman

    Yes, plus this January the NIH (or CDC? FDA? I’m old and confuse easily 🙂 objection to prescribing Ivermectin for Covid was removed… so docs can prescribe without fearing lawsuits. Again, diabolically manipulating the numbers of deaths. Same thing in the spring with the outlandishly inexplicable attack on HCQ – resulting in needless deaths. There is so much blood on so many hands.

    I think Ron will catch up with this aspect of the ‘horror’, but I also find his theory on the inception of this ‘planned pandemic’ very convincing … as usual : )

    • Replies: @Flying Dutchman
  382. Exosome says:
    @steinbergfeldwitzcohen

    These are no “vaccines” in the classical sense of their definition.
    Moderna and Pfitzer are both genetic modifications, which require further injections, granted you survive the initial experiment phase.
    The mRNA is the delivery vehicle only to insert an artificial computer generated gene, which replaces one another. It does not exist in nature, it is compute generated code.

    This is why isolation is so crucial, because in fact, these people have no idea what is gonna happen with people injected with mRNA, short term, mid term, long term.
    This the plan to track and trace the lab rats for at least two years, as “Warspeed” reads, which is done by oracle and microsoft.

    [MORE]

    All animal trials with mRNA lead to the death or very sick animals.
    As it stands, death rate in Feruary with these experimental technologies is ~30% in the above 80 category. Astra zeneca poison was stopped in Germany, too much damage.

    Lawyer Füllmich, who filed a class action lawsuit against Drosten, has collected with his colleagues 9181 minute of video of testimonies, so far, whistle blowers from WHO, hospitals, care homes, collected documentation etc…

    https://corona-ausschuss.de/

    We are in WWIII, the few and against the many, but sadly, many of the many side with the few, against their own best interests, because they don’t ask (the right) questions.

  383. Ron Unz says:
    @gay troll

    Why are the numbers provided by the CDC more reliable than any other number fed to us by our government? Ron sounds like a normie clutching the Warren Report.

    Okay, so you’re saying that we can’t believe the CDC figures giving the total number of Americans who died of all causes during 2020 because it’s a government agency (actually that commenter upthread compared them with insurance company data, and they seemed to check out).

    So why can we believe the CDC figures for annual American deaths in past years? Maybe they’re all fraudulent as well.

    And isn’t the US Census a government agency? How do we really know that our population is around 330 million? Maybe it’s only 150 million and the government is lying.

    Maybe many of the other countries around the world don’t actually exist and are just invented by our governmental leaders for nefarious reasons.

    • Replies: @gay troll
  384. @utu

    I assume that you, like the AP, are the kind of person who try to use “individual choices” to explain why lockdowns are a medical failure bar one.

    https://apnews.com/article/public-health-health-florida-coronavirus-pandemic-ron-desantis-889df3826d4da96447b329f524c33047

  385. gay troll says:
    @Ron Unz

    Yes and maybe the Earth is flat Ron but we can all be reasonably confident that JFK was shot from the front, the Zapruder film doctored, two autopsies conducted on the body at Bethesda, the entire MSM leveraged to conceal Federal complicity in the crime, and the cover up sustained for the last 57+ years?

    Who do you think the CDC works for?

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
  386. Tim too says:
    @Iris

    thank you Iris: that article was cited by others, among which are more reports of possible early detection:

    Cited by
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/citedby/10.1177/0300891620974755#top-content-scroll

    COVID‐19‐related dermatosis in November 2019: could this case be Italy’s patient zero?

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjd.19804

    Evidence of early circulation of SARS-CoV-2 in France: findings from the population-based “CONSTANCES” cohort

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10654-020-00716-2

    Since samples exist for large numbers of people, in many places covering time, more info will probably come out, about early detection.

    “Reserve judgement, and collect data.”

    • Replies: @Chinaman
    , @Iris
    , @Tim too
  387. @gay troll

    funny you should mention that… https://jdfor2020.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/adf864_165a103206974fdbb14ada6bf8af1541.pdf

    “On March 24th the CDC published the NVSS COVID-19 Alert No. 2 document instructing medical examiners, coroners, and physicians to deemphasize underlying causes of death, also referred to as pre-existing conditions or comorbidities, by recording them in Part II rather than Part I of death certificates as “…the underlying cause of death are expected to result in COVID-19 being the underlying cause of death more often than not.” This was a major rule change for death certificate reporting from the CDC’s 2003 Coroners’ Handbook on Death Registration and Fetal Death Reporting and Physicians’ Handbook on Medical Certification of Death, which have instructed death reporting professionals nationwide to report underlying conditions in Part I for the previous 17 years. This single change resulted in a significant inflation of COVID-19 fatalities by instructing that COVID-19 be listed in Part I of death certificates as a definitive cause of death regardless of confirmatory evidence, rather than listed in Part II as a contributor to death in the presence of pre-existing conditions, as would have been done using the 2003 guidelines. The research draws attention to this key distinction as it has led to a significant inflation in COVID fatality totals. By the researcher’s estimates, COVID-19 recorded fatalities are inflated nationwide by as much as 1600% above what they would be had the CDC used the 2003 handbooks,” stated All Concerned Citizens.

    Last spring the CDC created covid-19-exclusive rules that violated federal law by outsourcing data collection rule development and wrote new rules to count probable cases without any definitive proof of infection. The new rules also allowed tracers to practice medicine without a license while disallowing any measures to be put in place to prevent a patient from being counted multiple times.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/cdc-exposed-inflated-covid-deaths-1600-throughout-election-violated-multiple-federal-laws-peer-reviewed-study-finds-state-local-governments-must-act/

  388. Chinaman says:
    @utu

    I know you had discussion with dux.ie in the past on the origin of COVID.

    I want to know what you think of his analysis which is based on phylogenetic networks. Do you think he is just making stuff up?

    • Replies: @utu
  389. Swedish review of excess deaths from 2020.

    Worth noting the statistical anomalies from COVID and otherwise.

    https://softwaredevelopmentperestroika.wordpress.com/2021/01/15/final-report-on-swedish-mortality-2020-anno-covid/amp/

    “500000 deaths” – I have a feeling the final tally, after the research above (see my above comment) from the CDC forcing death certs growth as well as some further rigorous statistical looks, that number will be reduced in the long term look.

  390. MGB says:
    @Mr. Anon

    I was born in ’62, but I reject membership in the Boomer class. The Boomer reaction to the Covid is appallingly narcissistic. Any consideration of their impending death sets them clutching their pearls, oblivious to the mayhem caused to younger generations. Yes, there are 74-olds who are dying, and more of them than from previous generations simply as a consequence of volume. One other B-commenter here had reached the conclusion that any 80-year old who died as a consequence of Covid had lost 8 quality years, because if you’ve reached 80 then you are expected to live another 8 years on average. (Well, he said eyeballing it, maybe it’s only 4 lost years). Fucking brilliant stuff. No consideration of who these particular 80-year olds were, for example making the reasonable assumption that many/most were nursing home residents, octogenarians of a different type than those living independently, playing 9 holes of golf everyday. It almost makes one wonder whether or not this whole ‘crisis’ was planned to coincide with the great onset of Boomer mortality, knowing how self centered they are.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  391. @jsinton

    further to my previous reply: i believe, as does my gp, that i contracted covid19 or a precursor in late sept 2019 in WA. my mil was in a nursing home & essentially all the occupants died of what was diagnosed as pulmonary fibrosis. pompeo ordered all medical records from WA to DC so my gp could no longer access them. i have been curious how it could appear in WA…perhaps some of the military shipped out from WA?

    • Replies: @The Real World
  392. Chinaman says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    an accidental leak of something the Chinese scientists shouldn’t have been playing with is the most plausible theory.

    The coronavirus strain, RatG13, which was researched at the Wuhan lab is 1200 mutations from COVID and would take 50 years of evolution to cumulate enough mutation to become COVID.

    If it was a lab leak, then it happen before the Wuhan lab was built. May be the one that Fauci was playing with at fort Detrick?

  393. Chinaman says:
    @Tim too

    Thank you. Most people have a tendency to jump to conclusion and make leaps of logic to a demon haunted world.

    I am reserving judgment because we don’t have good data 3rd world countries and also from China..it seems that there are variants that are popping up all the time. Some of them are so far away from the existing phylogenetic tree which would indicate much earlier origins.

  394. kemerd says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Comparing an idiot like Whitney to Unz is an insult to our intelligence!

    • Agree: utu
  395. utu says:
    @Chinaman

    Do you think he is just making stuff up? – Good question but I do not know and am not in position to verify it. But w/o publishing at some website and leaving track of his activities he won’t be taken seriously.

    Besides history reconstructions by means of phylogenetic networks are not definitive or unique.

  396. @UncommonGround

    ” In fact, the flu season disappeared because people have less contact. ”

    I am interested in how you determined this cause. The other explanation is that flu is being coded as covid in the electronic patient records. It would be easy to give evidence for or against this hypothesis by analyzing the electronic patient records.

    Don’t know how you would make a decent study and conclude less flu is due to “less contact”. Sounds like another propaganda spin to re-enforce the official covid story. “No, we are not coding flu as covid – the flu has “disappeared” this season. Must be due to the lockdown.”

    Yea, right.

    • Replies: @Iris
    , @Ron Unz
    , @UncommonGround
  397. Iris says:
    @gay troll

    Why are the numbers provided by the CDC more reliable than any other number fed to us by our government?

    Thanks for questioning and keeping a healthy critical mind.
    To be fair, the excess deaths figures have been calculated for many countries other than the US, and show a good correlation with the Covid deaths.

    Check out the little Oxford study below, just simple statistics. The figures of excess death have been standardised to account for the considered population’s age-distribution, and calculated for 32 countries.

    Countries with the highest age-adjusted excess mortality by 100,000 inhabitants rank as follows: the worst is Poland, followed by Chile, than the USA and Spain in third position.
    The excess death figures calculated present a good correlation coefficient of 0.8 with the declared Covid deaths, so this indicator is definitely a good proxy.
    The US figures do not particularly stand out among other countries, they are bad but similar to Spain’s and Belgium’s, so they look very plausible.

    Belgium : 12.2% – Bulgaria: 12.0% – Chile:13.8% – Czechia: 9.7% – England & Wales: 10.5%
    France: 6.7% – Italy: 8.7% – Netherlands: 7.2% – Poland: 14.4% – Portugal: 6.8%
    Scotland: 7.5% – Slovenia: 12.0% – Spain: 12.9% – USA: 12.9%

    Conversely, a few countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia and Norway) have witnessed less death (negative excess death) over 2020, while East European countries have seen most of their excess death occurring during the 2nd half of 2020, as their Covid first wave was delayed.

    https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/excess-mortality-across-countries-in-2020/

    • Replies: @gay troll
  398. Iris says:
    @Tim too

    Thank you; this is what I was trying to convey.
    There is far too much spontaneous reporting from European doctors and patients alike that they have experienced Covid19 in the last quarter of 2019 for their claims no to be taken seriously. Many are professionals who have come forward with their evidence to be judged; they cannot just be discarded.

    Our European governments, on the other hand, have every reason to cover up these early cases.
    First, they walk the NATO line: recognising early European contamination automatically clears China, Wuhan and its lab.

    Second, they have to deal with explosive socio-economic situations, that will reach an apex if people find out that a simmering pandemic was casually ignored for 3-4 months. The legal and political impact would be major: there already is a class action initiated against the French government for much less than such negligence.

  399. It’s very disappointing that Ron and Co. aren’t responding to the major criticisms of the “Covid pandemic” presented in this comment section—the phony PCR test, lack of virus isolation, disappearing flu, reliance on stats from a vaccine company (CDC), media/government/pharma lying in lockstep, and of course, the overarching NWO new normal technocratic agenda to vaccinate the entire world. It seems they’d rather speculate about vaping deaths.

    • Replies: @Kevin Barrett
    , @gay troll
  400. Iris says:
    @flashlight joe

    Don’t know how you would make a decent study and conclude less flu is due to “less contact”. Sounds like another propaganda spin to re-enforce the official Covid story.

    In all fairness, France’s epidemiologist Pr Didier Raoult, an early-hour critic of governments’ demented Covid measures, staunch supporter of Hydro chloroquine and hero-worshipped by the Covid sceptics, says the same.

    That the lockdown and separation measures, combined with mandated hygiene in collective places, would logically have this result: a sharp decrease in deaths caused by ordinary flu.

    • Replies: @Exosome
    , @utu
  401. Vidi says:

    @RonUnz

    I agree with your conclusion that Covid-19 was probably a biowarfare attack on China. The timing of the outbreak, on the eve of Chinese New Year, is extremely suspicious.

    I would like to discuss a minor point, which does not affect your conclusion.

    You dismiss the possibility of a leak from the biowarriors of Fort Detrick, in the mid-2019 time frame. Your argument is that Covid-19 is too infectious: if there had been a leak, the disease would have spread too widely to suppress.

    But what if the leak infected only a few people at the start? Exponential growth can be very slow in the beginning. For example, at one point in 2020, the doubling time was 3 days. If we assume that the Fort Detrick leak had the same doubling time, then in one month we would have 30 days / (3 days/doubling) = 10 doubling periods. If the virus infected one person and spread unchecked for a month, or ten doublings, only 1024 people would be sick at the end. This is not too much to stop, especially in an isolated community like the Greenspring retirement home. Note that the deaths at Greenspring occurred in July, 2019, and the Fort was closed a month later.

    Of course, we could have a leak from Fort Detrick AND a later biowarfare attack on Wuhan with the same virus. The two hypotheses are not mutually exclusive, which is why I continue to agree with your conclusion.

    • Agree: emersonreturn
    • Replies: @Smith
  402. Alfred says:

    As We Rapidly Approach a Million American Deaths 🙂

    Well, here is the data for UK compared to previous years – minus MSM spin. Does anyone still believe the official nonsense coming out of the USA?

    Kindly note that Covid-19 deaths only started after the beginning of the lockdown – as in so many other countries and states.

    Studies on Covid-19 Lethality (Swiss Policy Research)

    • Replies: @Vidi
    , @Stephane
  403. Skeptikal says:
    @MGB

    I await your and Mr. Anon’s providing some reliable data on the number of baby boomers (born 1946–64) who have died of covid-19,
    and the percentage of covid deaths they represent.

    Not obnoxious anecdotes about elderly people and how selfish they are for not dying when you think they should. Perhaps you have a problem with your parents.

    As for the narcissism of baby boomers—this projection of narcissism on bb’s is getting old. No one can help when they are born. As for rejecting membership in the bb demographic, what a dumb statement. Tell that to the judge. No one can change the year they were born. So you are a baby boomer whether you like it or not. I must say, you two both sound pretty narcissistic yourselves. Projection.

    Many of the baby boomers I know are pretty unconcerned with covid, and that includes me. Some acquaintances who are older are more eager to get the jab. They know that I do not plan to get it, and prefer to let my own immune system deal with SARS-CoV-2. Also never had a flu shot. Never had flu that I know of, or I survived it on my own. But I expect that is “selfish.” If I had caught the flu I could have required some medical treatment that someone else deserves more.

    It has been infuriating to see how supposed concern for elderly people has been a pretext for lockdown with its greater harms to the young. I did not ask to be used in this way by governments. I have repeatedly stated, I believe also on this site, that if I as an older person could end the mass hysteria by just getting the illness and dying, I would gladly sacrifice myself so that younger people would not have to have their lives and futures blighted by the current madness, which affects them the most.

    But I can see that no matter what a BB says or does you and your pal will interpret it as narcissistic while demanding special labels for your own precious selves.

    Please, you and Mr. Anon, STFU (that is baby-boomerese for STFU).

    • Replies: @MGB
    , @Mr. Anon
  404. Skeptikal says:
    @Mr. Anon

    “No, it isn’t. It is *the present*.

    74 is old. Old people die. *There will be a distribution of deaths* from the Baby Boomer”

    Looks like you can’t differentiate between past, present, and future after all.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  405. Exosome says:
    @Iris

    The only thing we have is a PCR epidemic and fudged data. Stop PCR and the “pandemic” is no more, fall back to traditional anamnesis, ie clinical symptoms.

    I can only repeat, using PCR for diagnosis is criminal in intend, the WHO agree by now, it is not to be used.

    I mean, Dr Birx fraud told you all in your face how they manioulate the numbers.

    Unlike Some Countries, “If Someone Dies With COVID-19 We Are Counting That As A COVID-19 Death”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/04/08/dr_birx_unlike_some_countries_if_someone_dies_with_covid-19_we_are_counting_that_as_a_covid-19_death.html

    “Died with” and “died from” is legally relevant btw.

    • Replies: @Exosome
  406. utu says:
    @Iris

    Don’t know how you would make a decent study and conclude less flu is due to “less contact”.

    Simple. Just look at Japan and Taiwan which had low covid infection rates and deaths which means that they could not hide and mask flu cases as some people here think that the covid cases are the hidden flu cases.

    Starting with the week 9 in Taiwan they practically had no sever cases of influenza (see Fig. 1). They conclude that since they did not increase vaccination rate in 2019 the only explanation are anti-covid countermeasures which is masking, social distancing and improved hygiene in Taiwan.

    One benefit of COVID‐19 measures in Taiwan: The reduction of influenza infections and severe complications
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/irv.12778

    Taiwan had only 990 covid cases and 10 deaths.

    We could defeat flu holistically with masks and social distancing and w/o vaccine. One reason there is so much anti-masking clangor is because historically Big Pharma was not interested in the non-pharmceutical countermeasures as they are in the business of selling medications and vaccines. This translated to anti-masking paradigm in CDC and WHO which we could see in early 2020. All anti-vaxxers who often happen to be anti-maskers are actually are doing a very good job for the Big Pharma. Even idiots want to be useful and appreciated. That’s why we have so many useful idiots.

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  407. @utu

    I do not know how to undo the gold frame.

    Anyway, Why not single out Sweden? Why are they not in the middle of the dart board? They did everything wrong. Or so the western media SCREAMED. Grade schools remained open. Small businesses remained open. People, for the most part, did not bother to wear masks… Such ignorance, greed, and irresponsible behavior, as the MSM clamored, certainly should have made Sweden the planet’s black hole of excess deaths. What in fact happened in 2020?

    A. Sweden did not have much at all in the way of “excess deaths”. CV19 had its signature, but in terms of the whole population and other contexts, like age demographics, the real effect was a far cry from all the media fire alarms. Good analysis (posted fyi RU twice before) here:

    https://softwaredevelopmentperestroika.wordpress.com/2021/01/15/final-report-on-swedish-mortality-2020-anno-covid/

    Also includes some fun facts like in 1993 Sweden had 4300 ICU beds, whereas in 2018 the count was 574; might that partly explain the headline “Our hospitals are at risk of becoming overwhelmed!“?

    Wake up USA.

  408. Exosome says:
    @Exosome

    Let me extend this point, so even the most clumsy thinkers can follow.

    The template for the “covid” PCR used worldwide was made by Mr Drosten, whose “covid” paper does not match any scientific standard. He also has no real scientific accreditation, but already was instrumental in the 2009 “swine flu” scare, a dry run for “covid”. PCR was used back then too.

    This leads again back to isolation. How can you make a “test” for something you do not have any original for? Well, that’s where the software programs com into play.

    Due to the fact, that what virology claim “isolate” is not reproducible, and software generates the alleged virus genome from fragments only they claim to be part of the virus genome, they constantly come up with different “covid genomes”. This is then called a “mutation” or “variant”, and the masses buy this BS.

    Merkel stated openly, “covid” is a political agenda.

  409. @Nancy

    Their campaign to suppress effective treatments for whatever this illness is directly contradicts their sky-is-falling propaganda. If they really believed there was such an existential crisis, they’d be willing to try anything at all plausible and/or “allow” others to try it.

    Thus we have another proof that the whole terror-lockdown-injection assault using “pandemic” as a pretext is a scam.

    (Plus the government’s disinformation campaign of deliberately fraudulent HCQ “tests”.)

  410. gay troll says:
    @Iris

    Thanks and to be clear I do think the virus is causing excess deaths. My main point is that CDC concealed the early prevalence of COVID in the United States by tightly restricting testing eligibility. I also think it is possible that the fatality numbers in the U.S. have been inflated due to CDC reporting guidelines.

    • Replies: @Iris
  411. @Ron Unz

    is the claim that the American virus had an entirely different genetic structure than the Wuhan virus?

    Most scientific disputes are at cross-purposes because each side tends to recognize a different set of facts to be explained, with more or less overlap. One side may feel the pertinent facts are A, B and C, while the other side says A, B and D. The first side will say fact D is insignificant, or irrelevant or corrupted, or doubtful. The other side says the same things about fact C. When you listen to their expositions you may not even notice the omission. (That is your contention with regard to the “vaping” epidemic.)

    These are all acceptable stratagems, at least in theory and so long as you are honest in saying why you thought the omitted fact could be disregarded. So yes you can argue that CDC stats are unreliable if you can make the case that it’s infiltrated by special interests and show how it corrupted its stats. You might even argue that some country, say Tanzania, is fictional or at least irrelevant because its president proved that motor oil could give a positive PCR test. But if you argue that Peru doesn’t exist solely because you dislike the relevance of its pandemic record for your theory, you risk being laughed out of the room.

    That said, Chinaman and Godfree can be overly exasperating when they go on about China. But that doesn’t by itself make them irrelevant. What they have to say is sensibly in the same nature as those facts C and D.

    So I think you are justified in asking them to prove their contention about the different genetic structures of the American and Wuhan viruses, or at least to explain why it doesn’t require different genetic structures. On exactly the same logic, Gay Troll is justified in asking you to explain why the 2019 “vaping” epidemic does not prove the existence of SARS-CoV2 in the summer of 2019.

    My point, which you have not addressed, was the obvious seasonality of Covid-19. Obvious to me at least. In most countries the first wave peaked at the end of the winter last year while the second wave began at the beginning of this winter. This is a common property of pretty much all corona, rhino and adeno-viruses.

    Now establishment virologists explain this by the tendency of nasally expelled droplets to dry out more in one season than another, which to me sounds like a modeled result. Nutritionists, on the other hand, would argue it derives from differential susceptibility due to exposure to sunlight and Vitamin D production in the skin, which is now a proven protective factor for Covid-19.

    There is never just two competing theories to be compared and evaluated. The seasonality issue goes a long way to addressing your question.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  412. @anon655437657

    COVID denialists are right about “the overarching NWO new normal technocratic agenda” but mostly wrong about the rest. Briefly, point-by-point:

    *”Phony” PCR tests? They aren’t phony, but can give high false positive rates. That creates more “cases” which lowers the apparent fatality rate. So anyone arguing against PCR tests on that basis is saying the actual COVID fatality rate is higher than the official CFR.

    *Lack of virus isolation? Absolute BS, as cursory fact-checks (and the incoherence of the denialist arguments) show.

    *Disappearing flu? Sure, flu has been out-competed by COVID, so instead of flu killing 30,000 Americans, COVID is killing closer to a million.

    *CDC and vaccine company stats unreliable? Yes, that’s a problem, but it doesn’t greatly change the overall big picture.

    *Media/government/pharma lying? Yes, they lie about some things, not so much about others. The biggest lie is that COVID is either (a) natural, or (b) from WIV. As Ron shows in this article, the unspeakable third possibility is almost certainly the truth.

  413. Syd Walker says: • Website

    Superb essay! I think your scenario makes more sense than others.

    Now to read the comments..

    Incidentally, biologists Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying recently discussed the origins of COVID-19 in the second half of the podcast below. Weinstein favours the accidental lab leak hypothesis, but as far as I can tell is either unaware of the theory you propose or unwilling to give it even a cursory mention. In either case, your article is based on a more complete analysis and – to me at least – comes to a more plausible conclusion.

    Weinstein and Heying appear to be liberal intellectuals in full revolt against neo modernism, censorship and Cancel Culture – which is, I think, much to their credit. But like so many intelligent liberal-minded people, they seem oblivious to a disturbing reality just in front of their noses for decades.

    How can American intellectuals who lived through the 2001 anthrax attacks not be aware that the USA’s own bioweapons program had to be at least included on the suspect list in the event of subsequent episodes such as this COVID-19 pandemic?

    • Replies: @Ember
  414. Vidi says:
    @Alfred

    Well, here is the data for UK compared to previous years – minus MSM spin. Does anyone still believe the official nonsense coming out of the USA?

    Kindly note that Covid-19 deaths only started after the beginning of the lockdown – as in so many other countries and states.

    Studies on Covid-19 Lethality (Swiss Policy Research)

    You are comparing apples to oranges.

    The green and black lines (the total deaths from all causes) clearly use cumulative numbers, as the lines keep rising.

    The red line (the Covid-19 deaths) is just as clearly NOT cumulative; if it were, it would be saying that there were no deaths from Covid-19 from approximately June 15, 2020 to Sept 11, 2020 — which we know cannot be true.

    There are other problems with your graph.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  415. Blackjack says:
    @Kumbaresu

    I’m a retired MD and still have contact with the medical community. I’ve asked various critical care MD’s how they can tell the difference between influenza and COVID in their critically ill patients. The answers vary, with all relying on PCR testing to some extent in their diagnosis. However, even then, pulmonologists I have spoken to understand the importance of count thresholds (CT) in interpreting PCR test results and have volunteered that ICU patients’ PCR results include the CT while outpatient PCR results are simply positive or negative with no CT info. Furthermore, these critical care doctors feel strongly that COVID patients have a distinct clinical picture that differs from the usual influenza, even if both contain many aspects of ARDS (acute respiratory distress disorder).

    • Replies: @MGB
    , @Kumbaresu
  416. Rocha says:

    A list of institutions that have been approached to confirm that they have isolated the virus. They have all admitted that they have not. The virus does not exist.
    https://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/fois-reveal-that-health-science-institutions-around-the-world-have-no-record-of-sars-cov-2-isolation-purification/

    • Thanks: Exosome
  417. gay troll says:
    @anon655437657

    It seems they’d rather speculate about vaping deaths.

    Ah yes, how silly to compare one never before seen outbreak of pneumonia to another never before seen outbreak of pneumonia, especially since both of these diseases emerged within four months of each other, and both were defined by identical symptoms. It might help if there was a way to test for EVALI, or if we knew what caused the disease, but there isn’t, and we don’t. In fact the CDC stopped keeping track of EVALI at the end of February 2020. Consider this: anyone who died of EVALI since February would have been counted as a COVID death. Because the diseases look exactly the same, but only one can be explained and tested for. They could only ever diagnose EVALI by ruling out all other known causes of pneumonia.

    • Replies: @Jiminy
  418. Anonymous[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    Regarding your other points, sometimes cui bono applies and sometimes it doesn’t.

    I think that if it was indeed some sort of US Deep State operation against China, one of its chief objectives would have been to sway US and foreign public opinion against China in order to gird the public for greater confrontation with China, including possible military confrontation. In that respect it has succeeded:

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  419. MGB says:
    @Skeptikal

    oh. we hit a nerve. for your information, asshole, boomer refers not just to a birth date, but a cultural type, a state of mind, which you have lustily embraced. as for dead 74 year-olds, take a look at the obit page of any newspaper and you will find people who passed away in their mid-70s, maybe some from Covid, and maybe some from not-Covid. it happens regrettably. and no one, including you smart ass, will ever really know how many of those BBs have died of Covid, or will have died from skipping their colonoscopy in the midst of the Covid crisis. government incompetents and the medico-pharmaceutical industry have made sure of that.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  420. Thank you for a useful review of the cv19 phenomenon, Ron Unz.

    I concur that it was an attack on China by USA, with similar “swine flu”-etc, the attempt to make HK ungovernable, war moves re Taiwan … certainly as you suggest instigated by Pompeo and similar … same on Iran govt following the assassination of Gen. Qasem Soleimani, a despicable act of unvarnished terrorism by any standards.
    Syria, Iraq, Libya, Central & South America, Somalia, Afghan, VN ….

    The simple reason that USA is engaged in terrorism is that it is a “Mad Dog”, a rabid terrorist State, a Gangster, and has been so for a fair percentage of its short history, most notably the last 100 to 150 years.

    The patterns are too well established over time to miss anymore.
    Zio-bolshevik-freemasonic piracy, a sordid and openly corrupt “government” at apparently all levels … the partner or maybe dupe of Perfidious Albion.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  421. @Kevin Barrett

    Are you really using the phrase “Covid denialist” on a webzine that has featured many prominent Holocaust denialists including the editor-in-chief himself? Don’t you see how incredibly dishonest, hypocritical, and small-minded that is?

    The PCR test does spit out false positives when the cycle threshold is set too high. The FDA recommended 40 cycles last I checked. Fauci said anything above 35 is too much. The entire pandemic rests on this test, so I don’t see how the fatalities could be higher. The creator of the test himself was highly critical of its use as a viral diagnostic. The test doesn’t measure viral load, can’t tell if anyone is sick, can be contaminated, and reads positive for other coronaviruses.

    Virus isolation is a big problem, but it’s a bit above me, so I’ll concede this point.

    The flu is identical in symptoms to the Covid. You don’t think it’s possible they are getting mixed up with all the emphasis on the latter? Again these numbers are all suspect.

    The unspeakable possibility is that Covid doesn’t exist (or is rather harmless for most of the population), which is obvious by you ridiculing anyone who even engages with this idea, using the class buzzword “denialist.”

    The most important point is how the agenda has taken over any genuine health crisis that might’ve existed. Lockdowns, masking, and distancing have never been show to be effective for controlling the virus, and they are far more deadly and destructive than the actual disease. It doesn’t really matter exactly how Covid originated. It’s not nearly as deadly as we were led to believe.

    • Agree: Emslander
  422. Mr. Anon says:
    @Skeptikal

    *There will be a distribution of deaths*

    This is a common enough use of English, you nitwit. I am referring to the present, not the past, you’re idiotic “gotcha” notwithstanding.

  423. MGB says:
    @Blackjack

    They include the CT? What does that mean? Do the ICU doctors tell you if they have any control over the CT to begin with? Can they tell the lab to limit the CT to 30 to ensure a more accurate result? If I recall correctly, many of the public health agencies in the Canadian provinces have published data on PCR test interpretation and cycle thresholds, but the provinces still use CT standards far above established limits of accuracy. This a little better than what the US does, but not much.

  424. Mr. Anon says:
    @Skeptikal

    I await your and Mr. Anon’s providing some reliable data on the number of baby boomers (born 1946–64) who have died of covid-19, and the percentage of covid deaths they represent.

    Here you go.

    https://pulmonarychronicles.com/index.php/pulmonarychronicles/article/view/755/1651

    Lots of deaths in the Boomer category. Though not as many as those who are older because………..this disease mostly kills off the old – as we have always maintained. Which is one reason why it is not the apocalyptic plague it is made out to be, nor does it justify the tyrannical measures taken to combat it.

    As for the narcissism of baby boomers—this projection of narcissism on bb’s is getting old.

    It isn’t narcissism. It’s observation. All the people I know who are freaked out about COVID – really freaked out about it – are boomers. The zoomers aren’t freaked out about it as much, though they seem to be largely onboard with the totalitarianism because they have been raised to be a generation of incurious order followers.

    The World is still mostly run by boomers. Mind you, I don’t think this is all being done in reaction to the night-terrors of a dying generation. It is an agenda that is consciously being pursued by a global over-class.

  425. Alfred says:
    @Vidi

    There are other problems with your graph.

    The only problem is that you don’t accept reality. It is quite obvious which curves are cumulative. That was done so as to be able to compare with previous years. It shows clearly that there is no significant difference.

    The important point is that lockdown preceded the rise in deaths. That is clearly shown on the non-cumulative graph.

    It is worth keeping in mind that after many years of keeping suicide statistics, the UK stopped doing so in sync with instituting the lockdown. The reason is obvious.

    The Cost Of Vaccines – Catherine Austin Fitts And Professor Dolores Cahill


    • Replies: @Vidi
  426. Ron Unz says:
    @flashlight joe

    ” In fact, the flu season disappeared because people have less contact. ”

    I am interested in how you determined this cause. The other explanation is that flu is being coded as covid in the electronic patient records…Don’t know how you would make a decent study and conclude less flu is due to “less contact”.

    Because of past immunity and the nature of the virus, Covid-19 is vastly more contagious than the ordinary flu, and they seem to spread in similar ways. So any combination of factors—changes in personal behavior, lockdowns, masking, social-distancing—that would greatly reduce the spread of Covid-19 would almost completely stamp out this year’s ordinary flu.

    Anyway, in recent years we’ve supposedly had 12,000– 61,000 annual flu deaths. Meanwhile, we had almost 500,000 “excess deaths” during 2020. So even if some of the ordinary flu deaths are mislabeled as Covid-19, that hardly would make a huge difference.

  427. @utu

    Interesting considerations, but I think they should be addressed to flashlight joe, not to Iris.

  428. Ron Unz says:
    @Peripatetic Itch

    My point, which you have not addressed, was the obvious seasonality of Covid-19. Obvious to me at least. In most countries the first wave peaked at the end of the winter last year while the second wave began at the beginning of this winter.

    We only have 12 months of evidence, but so far as least I don’t see much clear seasonality in the Covid-19 waves. For example, here’s that chart I included showing total monthly deaths in America:

    The first big peak was in late spring and the second even bigger one was in winter, plus a smaller peak in the middle of summer.

    I’m sure weather factors do play a role, but I think in the case of Covid-19 they’re overwhelmed by behavioral factors, as the public gets worried then gradually relaxes and gets hit again.

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
    , @Tor597
  429. Exosome says:
    @anon655437657

    Virus isolation is a big problem, but it’s a bit above me, so I’ll concede this point.

    Example, you got a bag with potatoes, carrots, onions. You are tasked to isolate the potatoes from the rest.
    Would you accept a potatoe soup cooked from all ingredients, if you only want the potatoes?

    It doesn’t really matter exactly how Covid originated

    What does matter if Sars-Cov2 exists, and if it is contagious. 2 criteria not proven at all, see Koch’s postulates.
    Because if it does not exist, all the measures, like destroying entire economies and lives of people. wrongly treating patients that causes death, messing up an entire generation of children who are scared of nature and people, scaring them to death into taking an experimental genetic modification, would warrant criminal charges, right?

    Afaik, human experiments are prohibited globally, all countries signed on.

  430. @anon655437657

    Someone who denies a fact, because of ideological fanaticism, stupidity, pig ignorance or some other reason, has to be called something. ‘Denialist’ is fair enough, because it comes with added, and in the case of anthropogenic climate destabilisation denialism, well-merited stigma.

    • Replies: @anon655437657
  431. Tim too says:
    @Tim too

    And another early detection in France, December 2019,

    “SARS-​CoV-​2 was already spreading in France in late December 2019”

    Deslandes A; Berti V; Alloui Chakib; Brichler S; Tandjaoui-Lambotte Y; Carbonnelle E; Zahar J R; Cohen Yves
    International journal of antimicrobial agents
    Volume55
    Issue6
    Pages106006
    “The COVID-​19 epidemic is believed to have started in late January 2020 in France. Here we report a case of a patient hospitalised in December 2019 in an intensive care unit in a hospital in the north of Paris for haemoptysis with no aetiological diagnosis. RT-​PCR was performed retrospectively on the stored respiratory sample and confirmed the diagnosis of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-​CoV-​2) infection. Based on this result, it appears that the COVID-​19 epidemic started much earlier in France.”

  432. @Arthur MacBride

    ‘…TREACHEROUS unvarnished terrorism..’ Soleimani et al were in Baghdad on a diplomatic mission requested by the USA. The stench of Zionazi perfidy and blood-lust hangs heavy over the killing, and the mephitic odour of the Gadarene swine, Pompeo.

  433. @Anonymous

    The pigs are easily led to slaughter. No-that’s insulting to pigs. Merkans NEED external enemies to keep them from butchering one another. A trail of blood and tears, worldwide, since 1776. Truly ‘Exceptional’ in its Evil and self-delusion.

  434. Iris says:
    @gay troll

    My main point is that CDC concealed the early prevalence of COVID in the United States by tightly restricting testing eligibility.

    Very relevant. The CDC did far worse, since they actually put in place roadblocks that deliberately prevented and stopped US private laboratories from testing for Covid 19, at a time where China was in public panic mode and frantically deploying extraordinary health measures.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/09/politics/coronavirus-testing-cdc-fda-red-tape-invs/index.html

    In practice, the CDC put on hold the US Health system for weeks, at a time where a prompt reaction was most needed to save lives.

    So why did they do it? For greed, so they could assemble and sell their own flawed test kit?
    For political motives, cynically sacrificing American patients to get to Donald Trump’s election bid?

    Or because they were ordered to hold on by NeoCon decision-makers, so as to hide a developing epidemic situation known only to those insiders, with the aim to pin its origin solely on China?

    • Agree: Vidi
  435. Anon[223] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    Well, no Western country stopped plane flights when the SARS or MERS epidemics broke out, and we didn’t have any problems, so people had gotten a little cocky about our being immune from those sorts of outbreaks.

    Also, I’d assume there are *huge* numbers of secret reports being distributed all the time, warning about all sorts of horrible dangers that never come to pass, so probably most top people just ignored the DIA report like they did all the others.

    Maybe, but there are some things that I am skeptical about. For one, even though Western countries did not stop plane flight for SARS or MERS, they still instituted screening for flights from China, yet with it came to a disease labeled as “Cataclysmic”, there was absolutely nothing that was done about it.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7148758/

    Secondly, Intelligence agencies often share information with intelligence agencies other countries, so I really find it hard to believe that no country, especially some like Czech or Turkey, which are strongly allied with China, did not follow up on that report with the Chinese authorities. As that ABC and Times report indicate, there was much discussion within the US government itself and within other countries government, yet absolutely nothing came out of it, nor did the Chinese find out until December or early January, which implies no one informed them of a “Cataclysmic” epidemic. The Times report indicates that the highest level authorities in Israel were made aware , but did absolutely nothing nor warned anyone.

    Third, Taiwan was the first nation to react to COVID, quickly setting up measures as soon as they found out via Weibo and from the infected people who came into Taiwan from Wuhan. Taiwan is the linchpoint of the US conflict with China, and I find it hard to believe that the US agencies informed *Turkey* of the epidemic and not *Taiwan*, the one country the rely most on in a war of aggression with China.

    [MORE]

    And there are the issues that focus on why the Pentagon didn’t move to protect the American embassy in Wuhan, nor why they didn’t help our troops that were stationed in nearby countries, despite their grave concerns as the ABC report claims. After all, this same Pentagon sent troops in Syria without Trump’s approval nor bothered to inform him of the change, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t act for a much more severe issue.

    However, I think there’s zero evidence that Asians are significantly less vulnerable. For example, in the US their recent death rates seem to be considerably higher than those for whites, though it’s likely due to non-genetic factors:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/in-the-current-year-covid-kills-asians-hispanics-far-more-than-blacks-whites/

    I think this is more or less incorrect. The problem with Steve’s chart is that it is showing the % different from the traditional death rate. If you have a low death rate, like the Asians, who have the highest life expectancy, then a small increase in deaths will have a high % rise in the death rate. This is the same trickery that the media uses to prove that Transgender murders are up 500%, and there is a great epidemic of violence and bigotry against them.

    According to the CDC, life expectancy tells quite a different story
    https://www.statnews.com/2021/02/18/u-s-life-expectancy-fell-by-a-year-in-the-first-half-of-2020-cdc-report-finds/

    Black life expectancy is down roughly three years at 72
    Hispanic life expectancy is down roughly two years at 79.9
    White life expectancy is down roughly .8 years at 78
    Overall life expectancy is down roughly one year at 77.8
    Native American life expectancy is estimated around 73-74 years.
    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00083-9/fulltext

    Under Steve’s chart, it shows that Blacks did better at figuring things out than Hispanics, but the life expectancy data shows them getting hit even harder than Hispanics. Hence, this is the benefit of looking at the life expectancy data.

    The CDC didn’t bother breaking out Asian figures, since they were likely unchanged, but from the publicly available data, we can derive their life expectancy with the % of the population by race + life expectancy given by the CDC:
    77.8 = (72*.13(Black)) + (78*.6(White)) +(79.9*.184(Hispanic)) + (73*.016(Native)) + (x*.065(Asian))

    Asian life expectancy is around 87-88 years, based on the available data, which is completely unchanged from before, thus providing very *strong* proof that Asians, particularly East and South-East Asians have strong immunity and resistance to COVID.

    Of course, I could be reading this life expectancy data wrong, but it is publicly available, and I see no evidence of an Asian drop in life expectancy. If there was, surely our media, concerned with the plight of Asians being abused, would proclaim that across our media platforms.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  436. @Exosome

    Yes!

    Ron Unz is doubling down because he is too proud to admit he is wrong! Also Unz looks over The Great Reset agenda.

    One question to make this as simple as possible. Kary Mullis, devised PCR and is a Nobel winner because of it. He said, that PCR “doesn’t tell you that you’re sick.” If this is the case, why is this test being used?

    No virus isolated and a test implemented that doesn’t reveal sickness.

    “Where’s the Evidence?” https://www.unz.com/article/the-emperors-new-mask-where-is-the-evidence/

    • Replies: @Exosome
  437. @Spect3r

    Sorry, don’t know how Iran was affected nor whether any fixed or mobile transmitters exist within the country. There might be other possible causes of serious chest infections.
    A “cause” is anything that alters the body’s inner terrain chemically, electrically (or emotionally, but won’t apply in this case. The brain continuously sends electrical signals to the body. If those signals arise from trauma and are intense then cell physiology can be seriously affected. Read ‘German New Medicine’ for a thorough [and startling, regarding causes of cancer] exploration of this issue).

    Even the real experts have to guess at some details of how illness at the base level works. A very telling sequence in the Rife documentary relating to this occurs at 21mins:40s.

    • Replies: @Spect3r
  438. Skeptikal says:
    @MGB

    If boomer means asshole, you are certainly in the cohort.

    Still no stats forthcoming on actual covid deaths in those under 74, which is what your pal Mr. Anon was going on about. So this is hot air, the kind that comes out of an AH.

    An informational fart.

  439. Vidi says:
    @Alfred

    There are other problems with your graph.

    The only problem is that you don’t accept reality. It is quite obvious which curves are cumulative. That was done so as to be able to compare with previous years. It shows clearly that there is no significant difference.

    So you completely fail to address my criticism of the Covid-19 line in your graph, and resort to insult. That line could easily deceive anyone who merely glances at it without doing much thinking.

    Your graph is garbage in other ways. For example, traffic accidents usually cause about half the annual deaths in the UK. Obviously, if people are locked down and staying home, these fatalities should go down quite dramatically. Your graph ignores this potentially significant factor.

    • Replies: @acementhead
    , @Alfred
  440. Skeptikal says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Suddenly it’s
    “Though not as many as those who are older because………..this disease mostly kills off the old – as we have always maintained. ”

    Wow, welcome to where we, or rather I, started.

    As for who is freaking out, and who is responsible for that, no one of any particular age among the citizenry is responsible for the machinations and lies that we have all been and are being subjected to. But you seem to be freaking out more than most.

    In addition, your seething resentment and vicious comments against persons unknown to you and who have done nothing to you is quite startling. So I’ll say again that you must have a problem with your parents.

    Go wash your mouth out with soap.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  441. CanSpeccy says:

    The Covid pandemic is a SCAD (State Crime Against Democracy).

    Its purpose is to:

    (a) Justify locking down the workers, despite the fact that 96% of all Covid19-related deaths are among non-working people over 70 years of age.

    (b) The lockdowns and consequent mass unemployment provided justification for massive money printing, which will mean massive inflation, which will mean massive real income reduction across the most developed nations, thus as Prince Charles put it:

    Setting ourselves on a new and more sustainable course (meaning a lower standard of living for you, but not for Prince Charles, obviously)

    (c) Habituate the workforce to work-from-home, which will become permanent for many, e.g., BP has just made 25,000 workers permanent part-time work-at-homes. This will be followed by a transition from regular employment to short-term contract employment, which means any worker can be let go at any time (how Gates sweated Microsoft techies years ago).

    As for the “vaccines” here’s what the WHO has to say about them:

    We do not know whether the vaccine will prevent infection and protect against onward transmission. Immunity persists for several months, but the full duration is not yet known. These important questions are being studied.

    LOL. But don’t worry. After several months the scammers will have another “jab” for you.

    The real function of these pseudo-vaccines is to justify ending the lock-down (and collecting the cash for the shots, obviously), since nothing in the way of public health has changed since people were needless and criminally locked up.

  442. Exosome says:
    @Jon Baptist

    One question to make this as simple as possible. Kary Mullis, devised PCR and is a Nobel winner because of it. He said, that PCR “doesn’t tell you that you’re sick.” If this is the case, why is this test being used?

    To simulate a “pandemic”, that simple.
    It can be pretty conveniently controlled with the number of tests and CT(amplification cycles), eg 40, 2^40 molecules copied. The higher the CT, the higher the error factor in the copies, and you get positives even without a genetic material.

    It is why it is a “test” epidemic in each country only, and tons of wrong medical treatment because of the reliance of this meaningless “test”.

    As long as PCR is used, we never gonna get out of lockdowns, and as long as the virus theory isn’t challenged, this thing will repeat in 2025 with “spars” they already wargame.

    I regard the abuse of the PCR a 4th gen warfare weapon, to instill fear (of other people).

    Listen to this W