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    Facebook, Instagram Now Flagging Tucker Carlson’s Coronavirus Posts as ‘False Information’

    Facebook, Instagram Now Flagging Tucker Carlson’s Coronavirus Posts as ‘False Information’

    Twitter suspended Dr. Li-Meng Yan’s account.

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    How close are social media giants like Facebook and Instagram to the communist Chinese government?

    It might be worthwhile asking the question as both “platforms” are now flagging a post that Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson made of his video with Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan. She appeared on his show to discuss her revelation that the Chinese government manufactured and released the coronavirus.

    Yan said directly that Chinese government intentionally manufactured and released the COVID-19 virus that led to mass shutdowns and deaths across the world.

    Carlson specifically asked Dr. Li-Meng Yan whether she believed the Chinese Communist Party released the virus “on purpose.” “Yes, of course, it’s intentionally,” she responded on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

    Yan said more evidence would be released but pointed to her own high-ranking position at a World Health Organization reference lab as a reason to trust her allegation.

    “I work[ed] in the WHO reference lab, which is the top coronavirus lab in the world, in the University of Hong Kong. And the thing is I get deeply into such investigation in secret from the early beginning of this outbreak. I had my intelligence because I also get my own unit network in China, involved [in] the hospital … also I work with the top corona[virus] virologist in the world,” she said.

    “So, together with my experience, I can tell you, this is created in the lab … and also, it is spread to the world to make such damage.”

    The whistle-blower fled from Hong Kong to America in fear of her life after Chinese authorities threatened her after she spoke out about the Wuhan Coronavirus.

    Now Facebook and Instagram have flagged posts of this exchange as false information, saying that they repeated information about Covid-19 “that multiple independent fact checkers say is false.”

    The show posted a video on the social media platforms on Tuesday night with the caption “Chinese whistle-blower to Tucker: This virus was made in a lab & I can prove it.” The posts feature a segment in which Mr. Carlson interviewed Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist who claims that the virus “is not from nature.”

    Intelligence agencies have been skeptical that the pathogen can be conclusively linked to a lab. Scientists who have studied the genetics of the virus agree that it began as a bat virus and likely evolved to jump to humans. Many have dismissed theories that the virus infected researchers in a lab accident.

    On Tuesday night, Facebook and Instagram placed screens of varying levels of opacity over images of the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” video along with a “false information” warning while also allowing users an option to watch it.

    One of those “independent fact checkers” our media loves to cite is Dr. Anthony Fauci, Coronvirus Task Force member and Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease. This organization gave the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is the center of discussions about potential coronavirus origins, several million dollars for research.

    But just last year, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the organization led by Dr. Fauci, funded scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other institutions for work on gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses.

    In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that included some gain-of-function work. The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4 million.

    During his show the next evening, Carlson blasted the move by tech giants and laid into the media for its complete disinterest in the potential lab origins of the pathogen. Carlson also noted the “fact checks” used by the platforms were months old, did not directly address issues brought up by Yan, and included information irrelevant to the entire segment.

    For those of you with a scientific background inclined to read research papers, the first of Yan’s revelations has been released and is available here. Essentially, it is a deconstruction of the parts of the coronavirus, with theories on how each component could be assembled with known technologies and techniques. Given how accurate “anonymous sources” and “independent fact checkers” have been (especially in the last four years), I would love to hear the comments of virologists who have no connection to China review Yan’s work and comment openly.

    It should be noted that Yan is well-credentialed. She received a medical degree from Xiangya Medical College of Central South University and a doctorate from China’s Southern Medical University. Her research includes coronavirus studies as well as the challenges in developing a universal influenza vaccine. Yan seems more credible to many than either the World Health Organization (who initially denied human transmission occurred) or China (whose representative accused the US military of creating the virus).

    One final note: Twitter has also suspended Yan’s account…hiding behind “independent fact checkers”.

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    Never attribute to a clever conspiracy what can easily be explained by incompetence on an epic scale. Calling C19 a manufactured viral threat is highly problematic, because a *real* bioweapon would be designed to have higher lethality, there would be an existing vaccine to give to high-ranked individuals in the Chinese government, and it would be more contagious.

    My personal theory was that the Wuhan lab was messing around with the virus and managed to screw up, then screw up the fix, then screw up the cover up, then screw up the explanation when it got into the public… They *might* have glued on a protein or two, but there’s no way they intended on releasing it. (at least until they had finished messing with it and developed a vaccine.)


       
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      txvet2 in reply to georgfelis. | September 17, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      There’s no more reason to believe this was due to incompetence than there was to believe that it originated in the “wet markets”. There is furthermore no reason to believe that the purpose would be high lethality. The virus could just as well have been intended to do just what it has done – damage Western economies to China’s benefit – not to mention affect the upcoming US elections.


       
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      DaveGinOly in reply to georgfelis. | September 18, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      “High lethality” is exactly what one expects from a weapon, or at least a weapon made to kill. It is not what one would expect from a weapon made to disrupt.

      Biological and chemical weapons often fall into the “disruptive” category. Even on an actual battlefield, disruption can be as valuable as lethality. A neutron bomb’s radiation could penetrate armor. It’s purpose was to disable Soviet tank crews in the event of an invasion of western Europe. The bomb’s effects would kill the crews in two to four days, but that wasn’t the point. The point was that it would make them so sick that they would stop fighting within hours. It didn’t really matter if they died later.

      An engineered and highly lethal virus may also be more easily identifiable as engineered. Mutations necessary to make a virus more transmissible or more lethal rarely occur together, because a change in each characteristic might require two or more point changes in a virus’s DNA or RNA. The more point changes necessary, the less likely they are to naturally appear together in a short period of time. So you find a virus that already has some of the characteristics you’re looking for (say, “infects mammals”), and fewer alterations are necessary to make it “transmissible to and between humans.” You may not end up with a super weapon, but that may not be necessary. But you will end up with a virus that, from a scientific and statistical POV, will appear indistinguishable from a naturally-mutated pathogen. Or at least one less likely to be positively identified as an engineered weapon.

      A smart opponent would engineer a Goldilocks virus – just lethal enough to be disruptive, but with the barest minimum of alteration to avoid looking unnatural.

    Independent Fact Checkers = Media Matters.


     
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    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 18, 2020 at 1:09 am

    How much do the Communist Chinese own in Australia?

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/watch-australians-chant-freedom-covid-riot-cops-shut-down-food-market

    Watch: Australians Chant “Freedom!”

    As COVID Riot-Cops Shut-Down Food Market

    So, given that Carlson is a journalist, isn’t claiming the video is “false” a potentially slanderous claim? Doesn’t that speak directly to his reputation?

    (This woman might not be the hill to fight on with that claim, though.)


     
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    DaveGinOly | September 18, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Governments around the world have had in place plans for actions such as those taken in response to the alleged threat posed by COVID at least since the threat posed by bird flu. Considering this, if China did intentionally release the virus, why should we presume China did so alone, and without the consent or consensus of other players? Because obviously, many players have benefited, and will continue to benefit, from COVID. So when China covers its own ass, that may not be the only ass being covered.


       
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      DaveGinOly in reply to DaveGinOly. | September 18, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      I should also say that when a smoke screen is thrown up to provide cover for China, that smoke screen may obscure other actors as well, either collaterally or intentionally.


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