Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Wuhan lab leak theory: How Fort Detrick became a centre for Chinese conspiracies


You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.”


 – Lou Holtz 


China CDC Weekly: The new coronavirus can spread through aerosols in the “handshake building” What China Reads

Racked With Guilt, Some COVID-19 Survivors Are Asking, 'Why Me?' 

The Drowned and the Unsaved

He survived, of course.

But also he was drowned.

He was about to blame himself for the darkness
for the rest of his life.

Truth on the reality of the exile slowly seeps through ...

Indeed, why your displaced dreams ache to go home, Jozef.

Far better to strip the reality naked and force it out into the open
where the whole world can ponder at the irony of a life about

One Man Survives the Iron Curtain Crossing

Niccolò Machiavelli taught that politics is an alien universe, unstable and inconsistent – dominated by chance – in which appearance, not reality, defines success. It does not matter who politicians really are. What matters is how people perceive them. Because public opinion is fickle, politics a gamble and the political universe unstable, successful leaders need minds that change with “fortune and changing circumstances”. And because “people are ungrateful, fickle, feigners and dissemblers”, the politician must necessarily also be a “great feigner and dissembler”. Dishonesty – and indeed any other immoral conduct – is justified, for Machiavelli, provided that it leads to dominion over a powerful state. The end justifies the means (“accusandolo il fatto, lo effetto lo scusi”). 

When the flawed succeed: Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings and the corrosion of morals Times Literary Supplement

Theoretically, this douchebag is a medical authority (one wonders about that). His  opinion regarding social media is just that. He might want to take a refresher course on the First Amendment — and maybe a course in American history. And maybe even go to some totalitarian place he would find  more congenial. He should also be fired.

I mean, what the hell qualifies this guy to make a sociopolitical judgment regarding free speech? Free speech means the right to shoot your mouth off  even if you’re wrong. This clown has no trouble exercising it. He just doesn’t want anybody who he doesn’t agree with to exercise it.

 We know this happens every day, but it doesn’t lessen the obligation to bring sunshine to all of it.

Recovering the Wonder of Flight: “Little Prince” Author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on Finding the Miraculous in the Mechanical

“In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.”

Depression is why I’m writing this. Shame is why I’m writing it under a pseudonym

Dr Nolan Zane: ‘You maintain face by carrying out the roles ascribed to you by one culture and one society.’

My Asian parents, like many, did not understand my depression or anxiety. Today, talking about how it affected me openly is still treacherous terrain

Wuhan lab leak theory: How Fort Detrick became a centre for Chinese conspiraciesBBC. As we’ve said repeatedly, China has made a huge domestic push to depict the US as the source of SARS-Cov-2. So any China origin, be it zoonotic or lab leak, is very damaging politically. Hence the refusal to cooperate in investigations. 

First US COVID Deaths Came Earlier Than Previously Thought Mercury News