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  • How Race Is Weaponized


    “Do not use justice for blacks as an excuse to destroy this nation,” says Bob Woodson. A veteran of the civil rights movement, he argues that the legacy of the civil rights movement is being perverted and weaponized to punish whites. Today, we discuss the devastating human cost of the “race grievance industry” he believes is gripping America today.

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    • Live Q&A: WHO Report On Virus Origins Raises Calls for Lab Origin Investigation | Crossroads




      After the WHO released its report investigating the origins of the COVID-19 virus in China, its conclusions are now being called into question, and further investigations are raising calls for new investigations into a possible lab origin of the virus. In this live Q&A with Crossroads host Joshua Philipp we’ll discuss this story and others, and answer questions from the audience.

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      • Communism Is Harming the Entire World

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        • Peter Boghossian on Woke Ideology: ‘A Recipe for Cultural Suicide’; Case for Defunding Universities




          “We can’t just keep funding people who are playing in make-believe-land, cranking out information to inform public policy that’s completely divorced from reality. It’s a recipe for cultural suicide,” says Peter Boghossian, assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University and co-author of “How to Have Impossible Conversations.” A lifelong liberal and critic of former President Trump, Boghossian believes describing people as left or right is losing utility. It’s those who demand you think a certain way who are on one side, while those who do not are on the other. “We are facing an extraordinarily intolerant dangerous ideology, perpetuated by people who want to rob us of our cognitive liberty,” he says.

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          • FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr: ‘Glaring Loophole’ in U.S. Policy on Tech from China


            The products of Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE are used widely in America. Under Chinese law, “these companies basically have to fork over any information or data that the Communist Party might be seeking,” says Brendan Carr, a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The U.S. has implemented a “rip and replace” policy to remove such products from American systems—but there’s still a big loophole that remains

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            • 8 times more soldiers in Taiwan’s military drills; Japan criticizes China over human

              Large scale annual military exercises in Taiwan. This time, the imagined scenario is a Chinese invasion later in the year. In an unusually harsh tone, Japan expresses serious concerns over Beijing’s human rights record and territorial disputes. South Korea seeks cooperation with the Quad alliance. That’s the U.S., Australia, Japan, and India. At the same time, the German chancellor wishes for more cooperation with Beijing. The real death toll from the pandemic in Wuhan remains a mystery. Videos of packed cemeteries may tell a story different from the official version. And President Biden hasn’t spoken with Xi Jinping about virus origins. His Secretary of State says the U.S. will continue to investigate where the virus really came from.

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              • How Religion Is Being Twisted to Support Political Agendas


                If we look back over the past four years, Trump and many conservatives were criticized for their religious beliefs, and Christianity was attacked by several outlets for its traditional values. This included attacks on the religious beliefs of Amy Coney Barrett when she was being nominated as a Supreme Court justice. Now, the narrative is being flipped to an extent, and to learn more about why this is we sat down for an interview with Dr. Frank Turek, President of Summit Ministries.

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                • New US bill unveils sweeping effort to counter China aggression;




                  New U.S. legislation aims to counter communist China. The bill will confront nearly all of Beijing’s aggressive behavior. The White House says its upcoming renewable energy programs will create new U.S. jobs. But it seems the plan could make more jobs in China instead, and they could involve forced labor. The Philippines is invoking an old treaty with the U.S. It says an assault on Filipino territory is the same as an assault on U.S. territory. That’s as South Korea boosts its cost of hosting U.S. troops there. All of the new actions target Beijing’s aggression in the South China Sea. A report says an enraged homeowner killed a high profile gang member in China. That’s after authorities asked a group of thugs to forcibly tear down local houses. Now, authorities are covering up the incident. And a heartbreaking story follows a 13 year old girl as she fights for justice. Police and even her parents failed to help her after a violent kidnapping and assault. So she’s turning to social media to get her message out.

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                  • Biden Blows Off Question About China’s Pandemic Deception
                    And reporters ignore mounting evidence about the role of the Wuhan Institute of Virology


                    Commentary by Lloyd Billingsley
                    April 8, 2021 Updated: April 8, 2021



                    On April 6, a reporter asked President Joe Biden if he had ever questioned Xi Jinping about reports “that China maybe misled the world at the beginning” of the pandemic.

                    “I have not had that conversation with President Xi,” said Biden, who has not commented on reports about the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and its possible role in the release of the virus that causes COVID-19. Evidence is pointing in that direction.

                    In February, Karen Pauls of the CBC reported that Canada had dismissed Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, a virologist from Tianjin, China, from the National Microbiology Lab (NML) in Winnipeg. As Pauls explained, in 2017–18 Qiu made at least five trips to China, including one to train scientists at the WIV, “which does research with the most deadly pathogens.”

                    According to Canadian government officials, Qiu was acting in response to the WIV’s request for virus samples when she exported some to the lab in 2019.

                    As Pauls noted, the samples included Ebola Makona (three varieties), Mayinga, Kikwit, Ivory Coast, Bundibugyo, Sudan Boniface, Sudan Gulu, MA-Ebov, GP-Ebov, GP-Sudan, Hendra, Nipah Malaysia, and Nipah Bangladesh.

                    As Tom Blackwell of Canada’s National Post explains, Nipah is transmittable from animals to humans and “also able to jump between humans – it can cause acute breathing problems and encephalitis, potentially fatal brain inflammation.” Blackwell cited a 2018 NML paper warning that Nipah’s “threat to cause a widespread outbreak and its potential for weaponization has increased.”

                    According to government documents obtained by the CBC, Qiu’s trips to the Wuhan lab were “third-party funded” but the name of the party was redacted. Also blacked out were names of Qiu’s collaborators during her September 2017 trip to China.

                    Last June, University of Ottawa law professor and epidemiologist Amir Attaran told the CBC that Qiu “sent one of the deadliest viruses on Earth, and multiple varieties of it to maximize the genetic diversity and maximize what experimenters in China could do with it, to a laboratory in China that does dangerous gain of function experiments. And that has links to the Chinese military.”

                    Gain of function research, as Nidhi Subbaraman explains in Nature, “involves making pathogens more deadly or more transmissible.” The National Institutes of Health (NIH) banned such research in 2014 but revived it in 2017, and the NIH and State Department also approved the WIV as a collaborator. U.S. funding for the WIV was channeled through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci since 1984.

                    Fauci earned a medical degree in 1966 and hired on with the NIH in 1968. His bio shows no advanced degrees in biochemistry or molecular biology, so strictly speaking he is not a virologist. Fauci is uncritical of China and praises World Health Organization boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who in turn praises China’s response to the pandemic as an example to the world.

                    Fauci contends the coronavirus was not engineered in a laboratory, but the NIAID boss has been evasive about what, exactly, went on at the Wuhan lab. WHO mouthpiece Peter Ben Embarek, a food safety and nutrition specialist, says it’s “extremely unlikely” that the virus causing COVID-19 leaked from the WIV. A March 30 WHO report contended likewise, and China’s communist regime denies that the WIV was the source of the pandemic. Others remain curious.

                    In February, House Republicans called for an investigation of NIH funding for the WIV. The GOP members want an independent watchdog of Health and Human Services to find out when the NIH was first aware that coronavirus experiments were conducted at the WIV and whether the NIH coordinated any messaging about the lab leak hypothesis.

                    The lawmakers also seek to know how much NIH support the WIV has received and when its funding eligibility ends. Meanwhile, north of the border, the quest for evidence continues.

                    Last month, a committee of Canada’s House of Commons ordered the Public Health Agency of Canada to turn over all documents related to the firing of Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng. The committee also wants documents “related to a transfer of Ebola and Henipah viruses to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology,” according to The Canadian Press. The results should be of considerable interest to people around the world but probably not at the White House.

                    During the 2020 campaign, Biden said the Chinese communists are “not bad folks,” and “not competition for us.” When President Donald Trump imposed a ban on travel from China in January 2020, Biden called it “xenophobic.” So the Delaware Democrat is not likely to press Xi Jinping on China’s role in the pandemic any time soon, if ever.

                    Lloyd Billingsley is the author of “Yes I Con: United Fakes of America,” “Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation,” “Hollywood Party,” and other books. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Frontpage Magazine, City Journal, the Wall Street Journal, and American Greatness.

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                    • ‘It All Began in China’—Book Excerpt From ‘COVID-19: The Politics of a Pandemic Moral Panic’

                      Barry Cooper
                      Marco Navarro-Génie
                      April 9, 2021 Updated

                      Timelines associated with the spread of COVID-19 have changed over the past several months and, with new information, may change again in the future. There seems to be widespread agreement in publicly available sources that individuals with odd flu-like illnesses were observed in China as early as August 2019. Nothing was confirmed until a 70-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease was diagnosed in late December 2019 in Wuhan. According to the Lancet, which, despite recent irregularities, remains a flagship English-language general medical journal, the symptoms of this first patient presented around Dec. 1, 2019. There also seems to be agreement that by late 2019 the “novel” coronavirus had jumped from an animal to a human being; this is called a zoonotic transmission. At this point, narrative agreement breaks down. Some observers said the transmission from an animal, not yet specified, to a human took place in the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, also in Wuhan. It was called a “wet” market not simply because it sold slaughtered live seafood that requires water to live. It was also the site of the live slaughter of pangolins, wolf pups, hares, snakes, raccoon dogs, porcupines, badgers, pigs, chickens, and peacocks.

                      A second narrative began with the infection of the wife of the patient with Alzheimer’s who showed symptoms of pneumonia at the end of the first week in December. She was then hospitalized in an isolation ward. She had no known history of exposure to the Wuhan wet market. Some observers then turned their attention to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, some 12 kilometres away from the market. Others looked at the even closer (280 metres) Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. The Wuhan virology lab, which happens to have close ties to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, was built by a contractor for the People’s Liberation Army and is associated with the Academy of Military Medical Sciences. It was intended to be a top-level security laboratory (as well as a top-secret one) that would be capable of handling safely the deadliest human pathogens. The Chinese certified it as meeting Biosafety Level Four, the highest security rating available, but many scientists outside China viewed this information skeptically. In 2017, an article in Nature raised questions about the safety protocols in Chinese microbiology labs, adding historical weight to the possibility that the virus may have escaped from the Institute of Virology into the human population that frequented the market.

                      In January 2018, the United States sent scientists with diplomatic status to visit the Hunan virology lab. They discovered that SARS-like coronaviruses from bats could interact with the human receptor for SARS coronavirus, which “strongly suggests that SARS-like coronaviruses from bats can be transmitted to humans to cause SARS-like diseases.” The Americans also found that the lab personnel did not follow or practice Level Four security protocols but were closer to Level Two.

                      The Institute of Virology was controversial for another reason. Virologist Shi Zhengli was nicknamed the “bat lady” for directing a team that had accumulated an extensive collection of coronaviruses from the bat caves of southern China. She has also conducted experiments on bat viruses “to find out how they might mutate to become more infectious to humans.” These experiments are called “gain-of-function” or GoF experiments. As the name implies, they are intended to generate viruses that may be more pathogenic and/or transmissible than wild viruses or even to generate viruses with attributes that do not exist in nature. That such experimentation is controversial is an understatement. For that reason, the United States has banned GoF experiments from time to time and they have not been conducted in the Winnipeg lab. They were reinstated in the U.S. on Dec. 19, 2017 after having been discontinued since October 2014.

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                      A medical staff member tests a paramilitary police officer for COVID-19 in Shenzhen, China, on Feb. 11, 2020. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

                      Shi provided a different account. For context, two matters should be borne in mind. First, the Wuhan Institute has been studying bats and bat diseases for a quarter-century. At the time, they were concerned with discovering the origins of SARS-1. It turned out that the cross-species infection from bats to humans was discovered relatively early. The Chinese scientists eventually traced the origin of the SARS-1 virus to a cave in Yunnan province, over 1,200 kilometres south of Wuhan. The nearest relative to SARS-CoV-2 is also a coronavirus that the Wuhan lab isolated from a horseshoe bat found in Yunnan in 2013. This virus, then called RaTG13, shared 96.4 percent of its genome with SARS-CoV-2. The 3.8 percent of genetic difference is equivalent to between 20 and 50 years of natural evolutionary change. But, as we shall see, that is not the whole story. In any event, how a bat in Yunnan led to an infection in Wuhan has yet to be definitively accounted for. The second contextual factor is the adversarial geopolitical relationship between the United States and China. Specifically, Shi said that President Donald Trump “owed us an apology” for suggesting that SARS-CoV-2 escaped from the Wuhan lab.

                      On July 15, 2020, Shi emailed Science with a reply to a series of written questions. When asked if a bat “in or close to Wuhan” might have infected someone, she said that she favoured the theory that the virus spread through an intermediate host. She did not speculate on what that host might be, but others have mentioned pangolins, which are found in southern China, are also smuggled into China from Southeast Asia, and are sold for food and traditional medicine in the Wuhan wet market. Nor did she indicate whether any zoonotic transmission took place in Wuhan or elsewhere. She did, however, repeat the observation of an Australian expert on virus evolution noted above, that the divergence in genome sequence between SARS-CoV-2 and RaTG13 was between 20 and 50 years of natural evolution.

                      However, as just noted, that was not the whole story. Both Shi and the American Defense Intelligence Agency (ADIA) said that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not genetically engineered. The Americans also said that there was “no credible evidence” that the virus was intentionally released as a biological weapon. The Wuhan lab was, however, capable of conducting cut-and-paste genetic engineering experiments and evidently, in 2015, took a piece of SARS-1 virus and replaced it with a piece from a SARS-like bat virus to make it infectious for humans. However, such changes are easily detectable, “like a contemporary addition to an old Victorian house.” The Americans’ conclusion, that it was not intentionally released is, obviously, speculative: that there was no evidence of such an action is not evidence of the absence of action. That the Chinese denied doing so was entirely to be expected.

                      There remains yet another problem: about a third of the original cluster of Wuhan cases had no exposure to the wet market, which meant that COVID-19 was already spreading through inter-human contact. Here is where the circumstantial evidence regarding the Wuhan Institute of Virology needs to be considered. First, as part of an international program, partly funded by the United States, the institute had been undertaking GoF research. As noted, such research is controversial, especially when conducted in labs with less than stellar safety records, including those in the U.S.

                      One explanation involves the technique used in GoF experiments often called “animal passage.” In 2010, a Dutch virologist, Ron Fouchier, was working on a flu virus called H5N1. It was mainly transmitted by humans handling infected birds and was often lethal. Fouchier wondered what it would take to change H5N1 into a virus more easily transmissible among humans and conducted his GoF experiment using ferrets, not cell cultures, to mutate H5N1. Ferrets are, with respect to viruses, genetically close enough to humans so that if a mutated H5N1 virus could be transmitted between infected and uninfected ferrets, the same thing would likely be possible between humans. The mutation occurs naturally in the ferret’s body: infect the first animal with pure H5N1, wait till it gets sick, and then infect a second one with a nasal swab, then a third, and so on. With each iteration, the genetic content of the virus is slightly changed. After the 10th iteration of the animal passage, Fouchier observed that an infected animal could transmit the virus to another one in an adjoining cage and not through a direct swab. Animal-passage techniques employed in a GoF experiment, again to state the obvious, can eventually produce a novel and, for that reason alone, a dangerous virus.

                      Fouchier claimed the GoF experiment was essential to demonstrate causal relations among genes, mutations, and disease. Thus, it was useful for the preparation of future anti-viral medicines. For whatever reason, by 2020 animal-passage GoF experiments had become both widespread and routine; most were conducted in BSL-4 labs, though Fouchier’s was rated at BSL-2. According to Colin Carlson, an expert in emerging infectious diseases at Georgetown University, such GoF experiments helped virologists isolate and classify SARS-CoV-2 shortly after it appeared. Others, notably Richard Ebright at Rutgers, disagreed. Granted, animal-passage GoF experiments, like so many other technical activities, have dual uses. In terms of the accumulation of circumstantial evidence of such GoF activity in the Wuhan lab, however, the important thing is that, compared to cut-and-paste genetic engineering, animal passage experiments are much more difficult to detect. To revert to the Newsweek image, they are like new Victorian replica additions to an old Victorian house.

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                      People line up to be tested for the COVID-19 in Daxing district, Beijing, China, on Jan. 26, 2021. (Stringer/AFP via Getty Images)

                      Consequently, animal-passage techniques results are often indistinguishable from the evolution of a virus in the wild. A bat-sourced coronavirus passing thorough 10 ferrets would be difficult, to say the least, to distinguish from a naturally evolved one. It’s possible that the Wuhan lab never undertook animal-passage GoF experiments, though this seems highly unlikely. More credible is the notion that such experiments were routinely but secretly conducted. Perhaps more interesting is another consideration. Kristian Andersen of Scripps Research published a widely cited account in Nature Medicine that argued “that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct of purposefully manipulated virus.” The authors went on to discuss “two scenarios that can plausibly explain the origin of SARS-CoV-2.” The second, natural selection in humans following a zoonotic transfer, is less significant than natural selection from an animal host prior to a zoonotic transfer.

                      The authors do admit that “in theory, it is possible that SARS-CoV-2 acquired … mutations … during adaptation to passage in cell culture,” but the evidence of SARS-CoV-2-like viruses in pangolins “provided a much stronger and more parsimonious explanation” of how SARS-CoV-2 acquired its new transmissibility features, namely inter-human infection. The authors did not consider the possibility of animal passage in a laboratory. But as Ebright noted in an email to Newsweek, mutation in a laboratory using animal-passage GoF techniques is “identical apart from location” and human intervention, from wild “pangolin-passage” scenarios. Ebright thus concluded that Andersen’s reasoning was “unsound” because there was no reason to favour wild-pangolin over other laboratory-based animal-passage events.

                      To summarize: the Wuhan Institute of Virology was in possession of the virus RaTG13, which shared 96.4 percent of its genetic material with SARS-CoV-2. A 3.8 percent genetic divergence may provide a challenge to an animal-passage bridge, but it would be far more likely than a natural evolutionary series of mutations. Second, the denials Shi published in response to questions Cohen raised in Science were, as Ebright said, “formulaic, almost robotic, reiterations of statements previously made by Chinese authorities and state media.”

                      Accordingly, they should be given the same validity as bestowed upon Chinese authorities and state media.

                      Indeed, politics as much as science has informed any accounts of the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that cast the slightest doubt on the official Chinese version.

                      Copyright Frontier Centre for Public Policy with authors’ permission. Excerpt from “COVID-19: The Politics of a Pandemic Moral Panic.”

                      Barry Cooper, Ph.D., is a political science professor at the University of Calgary. Marco Navarro-Génie, Ph.D., is a senior fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and president of the Haultain Research Institute.

                      https://www.theepochtimes.com/it-all...c_3769619.html


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                      • China Plans to Replace US Dollar as Global Reserve Currency



                        The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “believes in a zero-sum game,” says U.S.-China commentator Solomon Yue, who escaped China in 1980 some years after Red Guards raided his home and threatened his life during the Cultural Revolution. “Why take a slice of our pie if they can take the whole thing?”—is the CCP’s mentality, he adds.

                        This could offer a hint to the agenda behind its Belt & Road initiative— China’s global infrastructure development plan.

                        The CCP wants to replace the U.S. dollar as the go-to international currency with China’s RMB. As it trundles along its Belt & Road path, extending its tendrils into largely developing countries, the CCP aims to win the young lives along the way—embroiling them in the cycle of taking CCP money and feeding it back into the CCP’s economy.

                        What is its overarching agenda?

                        Hosted by freelance reporter, Brendon Fallon, Wide Angle is following the latest political developments in the United States and abroad, and finding the connection between these and the larger global trends of our times.

                        Wide Angle is an NTD show available on YouTube and on the NTD website.

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                        • Officials Speak Out After Being Sanctioned by China | Discussion on China’s Sanctions on Europe


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                          • Is China Ready to Invade Taiwan? The West Needs to Deter CCP’s Military Aggression | James Fanell



                            Tension in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait area has never been higher. Is the Chinese Communist Party making serious preparations for an invasion to Taiwan? What will be the consequence if the West cannot deter CCPs military aggression and expansion? How is it relevant to average Americans? In this episode, retired US Navy Captain James Fanell explained why the current situation in the area is so dangerous, and how it would affect the entire world. He also offers suggestions on how the US and its allies could deter CCP’s military aggression. Captain James Fanell is a former director of intelligence for the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet, with nearly 30 year career as a naval intelligence officer, specializing in Indo-Asia Pacific security affairs.

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                            • China Using Political Warfare to Fight Unseen War On Taiwan & the World—Interview w Kerry Gershaneck



                              The Chinese government is advancing its plans to overtake Taiwan. This comes amid frequent incursions into Taiwanese air space, the positioning of warships near the island nation, and renewing threats against it. This strategy includes a broad array of tactics tied to political warfare, which China is using not just against Taiwan, but much of the world as well. To learn more about this we sat down for an interview with Kerry Gershaneck, author of “Political Warfare: Strategies for Combating China’s Plan to ‘Win without Fighting.”

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                              • Hammer-wielding intruders attack HK Epoch Times; Blinken warns of China’s actions against Taiwan



                                ​​​​​​​The Epoch Times’ printing house in Hong Kong was attacked last night. Intruders swung hammers to smash printers. The paper’s spokesperson suspects Chinese authorities are behind the attack. Tensions around Taiwan are on the rise. The U.S. Secretary of State warned Beijing that it would be a “serious mistake” to try to change the status quo by force. Beijing’s aggression in the disputed South China sea is also ramping up. Chinese navy vessels there reportedly chased a Filipino civilian ship loaded with members of a news crew. Chinese shopping giant Alibaba’s shares are on the rise. That’s after Chinese authorities fined it for limiting market competition. We look at why the company actually thanked the Chinese regime for the $3 billion penalty. And a protester in Burma is pleading for help in the middle of a bloody crackdown. He tells us about what he witnessed.

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