D. Carlton Rossi



Coronavirus far more likely than Sars to bond to human cells due to HIV-like mutation, scientists say

Research by team from Nankai University shows new virus has mutated gene similar to those found in HIV and Ebola

Finding may help scientists understand how the infection spreads and where it came from

Stephen Chen in Beijing

Updated: 1:32am, 27 Feb, 2020

When looking at the genome sequence of the new coronavirus, Professor Ruan Jishou and his team at Nankai University in Tianjin found a section of mutated genes that did not exist in Sars, but were similar to those found in HIV and Ebola.

“This finding suggests that 2019-nCoV [the new coronavirus] may be significantly different from the Sars coronavirus in the infection pathway,” the scientists said in a paper published this month on Chinaxiv.org, a platform used by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to release scientific research papers before they have been peer-reviewed.The virus uses the outreaching spike protein to hook on to the host cell, but normally this protein is inactive. The cleavage site structure’s job is to trick the human furin protein, so it will cut and activate the spike protein and cause a “direct fusion” of the viral and cellular membranes.

Compared to the Sars’ way of entry, this binding method is “100 to 1,000 times” as efficient, according to the study.


                                   Mutated Coronavirus Genes

My head is turning faster than the earth rotates around its axis! A Chinese paper (which may be non-peer reviewed) released its results two weeks ago regarding the coronavirus. It suggests that a section of mutated genes of the coronavirus is similar to those found in HIV and Ebola. To a layman it seems that the coronavirus may not have occurred naturally, but may be a product of gene manipulation. One might assume that the expertise required of this work would have to be done at a biosafety level 4 (BSL–4) laboratory. It so happens that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was certified in January 2017.


                           Dr. QIU Xiangguo at the NML

It should be remembered that Dr. Qiu Xiangguo had been invited to go to the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences twice a year for two years, for up to two weeks each time. She had worked at the National Microbiology Lab (NML) in Winnipeg. In 2006, her specialty became the study of Ebola wild strains. In consequence, she helped develop ZMapp which was a treatment for Ebola.


As the first facility in the world to combine laboratories for human and animal disease research at the highest level of biocontainment

Unfortunately, Dr. Xiangguo Qiu along with her husband Keding Cheng and students from China were removed from the NML on July 5, 2019. Officially, it was due to a possible breach of policy and treated as an administrative matter. What is known for certain though was that a former researcher at the lab was convicted in 2009 of trying to smuggle genetic material from the Ebola virus across the Manitoba-North Dakota border.


At a connected lab in Winnipeg, an employee with the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) may have been exposed to the Ebola virus in November 2016. During the decontamination process he noticed a rip in his suit. He was quarantined for 21 days and may have received a vaccine after the accident. It is incumbent on the RCMP to launch a full investigation of this incident to determine if it actually was an accident as well as to disclose publically the so-called breach of policy at the NMI.

Matters concerning the coronavirus seem to move quickly except for the actual renaming of it to COVID-19 and declaring it a global pandemic. It was only on December 31, 2019 that Chinese authorities informed the WHO of a quickly spreading epidemic which may have shown first signs as early as December 1. It is remarkable therefore the speed at which the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) moved to patent a treatment for the disease.


                                            Wuhan Institute of Virology 

Thirty-six days after the WHO was notified about this novel coronavirus the WIV filed a patent. "The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) announced yesterday that it has filed a Chinese patent application covering the use of antiviral drug remdesivir to treat the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) plaguing China." This particular drug had been developed by Gilead Sciences, to paraphrase Scott Lindquist, as a novel so-called nucleotide analogue prodrug developed with the Ebola crisis in mind. One can't quite comprehend how a patent application by WIV could be successful through the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA)

Gilead had already sought Chinese patent protection for both the remdesivir compound and also its use as an antiviral, Tai says. An application published by CNIPA in July 2018 is titled “The method for treating Arenaviridae and coronaviridae virus infection” and claims the application of remdesivir to inhibit coronaviruses like SARS and MERS. Surely, China protects intellectual property as would the NML in Winnipeg due its utmost to protect IP.

Eyebrows are certainly raised when there are suspicions about the possible relationship between the Wuhan Seafood Market and the WIV. For example, were lab animals which have been experimented upon such as monkeys sold to the vendors at the Wuhan Seafood Market? Why is it that mutated genes of the coronavirus are similar to those found in Ebola? It would seem unprofitable for anyone to directly benefit from the treatment of Ebola. However, if Ebola (and HIV) were introduced unnaturally or less probably naturally into a coronavirus then one may imagine a scenario where there might be a profit motive involved in a global pandemic with an outbreak of a novel coronavirus with mutated Ebola and HIV genes.

D. Carlton Rossi                       February 27, 2020








3月5日 09:20 来自 iPhone客户端1644年3月

崇祯向大臣募捐,以凑齐军饷,让大明国延续几年。崇祯的期望值也不高,只需要100万两白银即可!在他眼里,百万两白银,对于积年贪腐的士大夫来说,不过尔尔,凑齐没什么问题! 然而,士大夫却不这样认为。

In March 1644, Chongzhen [Wanli] raised a donation from the Minister in order to assemble the army and let the Ming Dynasty continue for several years. Chongzhen's expectations are not high, it only needs 1 million pairs of silver! In his eyes, millions of silver are good for the doctors who have been corrupted for years, but Err, there is no problem!

However, scholars do not think so.

One might draw the conclusion that Li Wenliang was not corrupted by money and spoke out about a perceived medical threat to the people despite censure and admonitions from officials.


The last emperor of Ming China hung himself behind the Forbidden City, 1644.

Beginning in the 1630s in the northern Shaanxi province, a minor Ming official called Li Zicheng gathered followers from the disenchanted peasantry. In February of 1644, Li captured the old capital of Xi'an and declared himself the first emperor of the Shun Dynasty. His armies marched east, capturing Taiyuan and heading toward Beijing.

With growing alarm, the Chongzhen Emperor of Ming watched the rebel troops under Li Zicheng advance toward Beijing. His most effective general, Wu Sangui, was far away, north of the Great Wall. The emperor sent for Wu, and also issued a general summons on April 5 for any available military commander in the Ming Empire to come to Beijing's rescue. It was no use—on April 24, Li's army broke through the city walls and captured Beijing. The Chongzhen Emperor hanged himself from a tree behind the Forbidden City.

A final, huge cause [of the fall of the Ming Dynasty] was the shifting climate and disruptions to the monsoon cycle of rains. Heavy rains brought devastating floods, particularly of the Yellow River, which swamped farmers' land and drowned livestock and people alike. With crops and stock destroyed, the people went hungry, a sure-fire prescription for peasant uprisings. Indeed, the fall of the Ming Dynasty was the sixth time in Chinese history that a long-standing empire was brought down by peasant rebellion following famine.

Szczepanski, Kallie. "The Fall of the Ming Dynasty in China in 1644." ThoughtCo, Feb. 11, 2020, thoughtco.com/the-fall-of-the-ming-dynasty-3956385.


                                  Li Wenliang  李文亮









厦门大学附属厦门眼科中心  Xiamen Eye Center Affiliated to Xiamen University

The following provides a brief description of Dr. LI Wenliang's work history in Xiamen, Fujian Province along with a more personal account as given by a colleague.

After seven years of medical studies, Li Wenliang became an ophthalmologist after graduation. Since 2011, he has worked in Xiamen Eye Center, affiliated to Xiamen University.

Wu Jie (pseudonym) is a colleague and friend of Li Wenliang while working in Xiamen. They have been to the Fuzhou Branch of Xiamen Eye Center, Xiamen University. Wu Jie recalled, "I was scolded by the same director, and the case was sorted out to collapse."

At work, Li Wenliang was unambiguous. A colleague who was admitted to the hospital with him in the same batch said in an interview that for a full three months, Li Wenliang followed the hospital seniors to the grassroots level to go to Xiamen and surrounding villages to do public service and look at the villagers' eyes. At that time, Li Wenliang was very young and liked by the patients. Many colleagues impressed him as hardworking and positive.

Doctor Li Wenliang's life is busy and fun. Wu Jie told Nandu reporters that at that time, Li Wenliang was very fond of making friends, especially photos of food.

In Li Wenliang's Weibo, which belongs to Xiamen for 3 and a half years, he posted more than 1,000 Weibos. "My head is full of food, digital, and games. He is the simplest big boy I have ever met after work." Wu Jie told Nandu reporter.

In 2014, Li Wenliang decided to return to Wuhan. Li Wenliang's parents said in an interview with the media that this was to reunite with their girlfriend in Wuhan. In the eye clinic of the Central Hospital, Li Wenliang will see here.

While Li Wenliang may be most closely associated with the city of Wuhan because he graduated as an ophthalmologist from its university and later returned to work and establish a family in Wuhan while finally acting as a whistleblower in the coronavirus crisis; nevertheless, he worked in Xiamen, Fujian Province for several years. Specifically, he worked at the the Xiamen Eye Center of Xiamen University (厦门大学厦门眼科中心).

It was at the Xiamen Eye Center that this author may have met Dr. Li Wenliang (李文亮) who was an ophthalmologist. I visited the center in order to get a new pair of glasses. They had one of the most advanced optometry operations in the world at this location. One's vision was measured by computer, the lenses made on the premises and the glasses were ready within an hour. I had two, eye examinations which were on 2013/1/25 and 2014/2/24.

I also consulted with a Chinese doctor. I have a first-hand witness to the conversation. We met in perhaps the smallest office I've ever been in. It was more like a closet with a large desk in it and two chairs in front. My first impression was that he was young looking for an ophthalmologist. He was under thirty. He introduced himself to me by his English name. Therefore, I never knew his Chinese name. The doctor was quite friendly and kind. In a professional manner, he answered all my questions about "astigmatism" with which I'm afflicted. I wanted assurance that a computer examination would be accurate for this condition. He assured me it was. I was quite satisfied with his explanation and the new lenses. In retrospect, I believe there was a resemblance between the doctor I met and the picture I saw in January 2020.


I then told him that I was the first person to design a Chinese eye chart. He showed some interest. I explained that it uses the character 山 which means mountain. The character seems to point like a finger and the whole chart called 山上山 or mountain over mountain also points like a finger. The name of the chart though is not written horizontally but rather vertically like old Chinese script.

He asked me to send a copy of it to him by email. He wrote down his email address. I still have the address. I won't divulge it here due to confidentiality issues. The address includes his English name and then another well known full name in the entertainment industry which was related to the given name.

You'll see the eye chart that I sent him on my website. I call it a poem ie. a l'mage poem. It can be found at the following address:


The author is revising his understanding of this article. There are several problems with the article. First, it is based on a report presented a day earlier in the National Science Review which the author has not viewed and details of which are not presented in the article. Second, it is based on a small sampling of 103 coronavirus genomes which may have been taken between December 31 and January 7. It was on December 31 that the outbreak was announced to the WHO. The date of discovery though is not given which presumably is before December 31, 2019. Is the article trying to imply that the date of announcement and discovery were on the same day?

The article basically is justifying the use of drastic containment which lessened the prevalence or abundance of the L type. The problem with this viewpoint is that there simply was not drastic containment during the week between December 31, 2019 and January 7, 2020. Bullet trains were running. Planes were flying. Cars were travelling.

Actually, the author misread the article. He has had to draw up a chart to illustrate the viewpoint presented. It implies that the S type evolved (in a week's time?) into a more infectious and more prevalent (more abundant) L type. His misreading was partially due to a case of cognitive dissonance. The reason is that he had read a previous article published by Nankai University in Tianjin on February 14, 2020. It said that COVID-I9 shares 80% of its DNA with SARS. I'm guessing therefore that the S type mentioned in the March 05 article stands for SARS. The S type could only bind to ACE2 which is rare. However, COVID-19 is more infectious because it does not have this inhibition.

The earlier paper says that "Unlike Sars though, the novel Coronavirus has a section of genes that are absent from the Sars genome". The mutated genes in the novel coronavirus bear resemblance to genes found in HIV and Ebola. This apparently makes novel coronavirus more infectious. This means that coronavirus places the emphasis on quantity rather than quality as does SARS. It can kill more people because it can infect more people even though the mortality rate is less. The mortality rate of SARS is 11%. It is therefore much higher than COVID-19 at 2.3%.

It is necessary though to look at the mortality rate of HIV and Ebola. The fatality rate of untreated HIV/AIDS is 80-90%. The fatality rate of untreated and unvaccinated Ebola is 83-90%. The fatality rate is about equal for these diseases. However, while HIV/AIDS does not kill in a matter of days it is a fact that Ebola does.

It is difficult to understand how genes found in HIV and Ebola were introduced into novel coronavirus. The probability that it occurs naturally is remote. One can speculate therefore that it was a result of deliberate long term gene experimentation and manipulation over a period of years. Initially, the stated purpose of the project at the NMI was to find a vaccine for Ebola. It seems though that some had other motives of which the most benign might be commercial. The breach in protocol at the NMI (National Microbiology Institute) in Winnipeg which compromised national security seems to have have been mirrored as a breach of protocol at WIV (Wushan Institute of Virology) in Wuhan which jeopardizes world security. World-wide containment of the novel coronavirus is an unlikely scenario.

One can speak of containment with respect to walling off cities, but it seems that the COVID-19 with mutated genes was not contained within the highest level 4 (BSL-4) facility of the Wuhan Institute of Virology which only received its designation in January 2017. There seems to be some connection with the deportation of Dr. Qiu Xianggue on July 5, 2019 from the NMI lab in Winnipeg to apparent problems at WIV in Wuhan. It so happens that Dr. Qiu Xiangguo is an expert in coronaviruses and Ebola.

One might look at the issue in a different way. It is accepted that most cases of COVID-19 are mild. Cases may be asymptomatic, too. In most cases, recovery takes place. There is a higher incidence of fatality where a person is older and may have other underlying diseases. The immune system may already be weakened. However, one might speculate that the mutated Ebola genes with a higher fatality rate may quickly trigger the immune system in some people to overreact due to sepsis thus flooding the lungs with immune cells. The result is that a mild disease quickly transforms into a deadly one.

revised March 05, 2020


Coronavirus-hit China now reports H5N1 outbreak in Hunan province, culls 18,000 chickens

Unlike coronavirus, H5N1 avian flu rarely infects humans and is not known to be communicable. Sandhya Ramesh February 3, 2020 Bengaluru: After a deadly outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Chinese authorities have now confirmed a highly pathogenic strain of the H5N1 bird flu in Hunan province. Almost 18,000 chickens have been culled in Shaoyang city in the southern province of Hunan as a result of the outbreak, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement. The avian flu has not been reported in humans so far. Of the 7,850 chickens on the farm where the outbreak has occurred, 4,500 had died of the H5N1 avian flu.

The first report of a human infection with Asian H5N1 in the Americas was in Canada on January 8, 2014 and occurred in a traveler recently returning from China. Although human infections with this virus are rare, approximately 60% of the cases have died.


抗击疫情 ,大午在行动

添加时间:2020-02-13 09:51:04

Fighting the epidemic, noon in action

Add time: 2020-02-13 09:51:04

On January 28, Dawu Group timely called for the release of livestock and poultry transportation, leaving a life channel and reducing the adverse impact on people's livelihood caused by road closures.

On January 31st, in response to the epidemic, Big Noon Breeding Company provided free delivery service for 5 kilometers, and the price of eggs was 3.5 yuan per catty. At the same time, the food company provided all kinds of food for the employees in the group to ensure the supply.

On February 2nd, Dawu Group delivered meat and egg food (valued at 300,000 yuan) for front-line workers in Xushui District. More than 200 cadres and workers in 26 departments of the Great Wu Hospital have called for support from the front line of epidemic prevention.



Excellent Caixin piece on COVID-19: who knew what and when

Donald Clarke

February 28, 2020

This story needs to be known more widely. It tells us some very important details about the early days of the virus. They already had the genome sequencing of the virus as early as Dec 27, and were told by higher authorities to destroy all samples and keep all data secret on January 1. And on Jan 3 the central government issued Document No. 3 to ban testing of samples and disclosure of any findings without authorization from the highest authorities.

This means Beijing knew what was going on all along and chose to keep the public and the world in the dark instead of deploying serious efforts to contain the disease when it could still be contained locally. Its responsibility for causing this mess to the Chinese people and the world is undeniable, though these days they are very aggressive in mobilizing its propaganda machine to control the narrative about it globally. It is amazing to watch Beijing attacking travel restrictions and all precautionary measures by US and Taiwan etc. as overreaction and racist, while criticizing Japan, Korea, Italy, and Iran for being too slow and too complacent and blaming them for the recent outbreak there now, as if all countries in the world are either overreacting or under-reacting and the Chinese government is the only one that does the perfectly right thing.

What is even more amazing is that the WHO appears to be playing along with Beijing’s playbook, telling the world not to overreact and downplaying the seriousness of the virus instead of urging China to be more transparent in the early days, and now accusing other countries which got the outbreaks from China for not reacting quickly and aggressively enough….

The whole thing is just dismal to watch, not only in an epidemiological sense but also in a political sense.



                                              The Baibuting Banquet


一场瘟疫动地哀,十面无语问天灾!病毒若是自人祸,蔓延世界谁制裁? 后代秦人从未悔,指鹿为马毁基台。华夏百姓翘首待,反腐结出硕果来!

《Watching the Scourge》

A plague moved with sorrow, and asked nothing about the natural disaster! If the virus is self-inflicting, who will punish the spread through the world? The descendants of Qin never regretted it, referring to the deer destroying the abutment for the horse. The Chinese people are waiting forward, and anti-corruption bears fruit!


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One might begin the story of the Baibuting Banquet with a dinner party of 20 participants in the city of Xiamen in terms of contrast. It was an open meeting of activists and rights lawyers on December 13, 2019 in order to discuss administrative issues. It aroused the suspicions of authorities as any dinner party with more than five guests is subject to scrutiny and could be considered unlawful. Several participants were arrested and an arrest warrant was put out for XU Zhiyong (许志永).

Xu was the founder of The New Citizens' Movement (新公民運動). It promoted "political transformation leading to democratic rule of law, as well as a cultural movement for the renewal of political and cultural traditions". Xu was able to avoid arrest for two months while on the run. In his last post written on February 14, 2020 (or the day before his arrest) he wrote "This nationwide calamity could only happen without democracy and freedom of speech,". "While the public are distressed for Dr. Li and their country, the Communist Party hides in the shadows and acts as eyes and ears. In their hearts, there is no right and wrong, no conscience, no bottom line, no humanity."

On the other hand, the Baibuting Banquet was held for the twentieth time on January 18, 2020 in the Jiangan District of Wuhan. This district borders the Jianghan District within which may be found the The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market (武汉华南海鲜批发市场). The geographical closeness of the districts is mentioned because participants in the banquet might prepare their dishes from food found at the seafood market. In fact, the more exotic the ingredients then the more likely it would qualify for an original dish. The market was known more for its exotic, wild animals (which have now been banned for sale across China) than for its seafood.

The mayor of Wuhan was Zhou Xianwang (周先旺). Of course, he is not freely elected by the populace, but his power derives from his role as Deputy Party Committee Secretary. Zhou wanted to set a Guiness world record with the number of dishes and participants at the Baibuting Banquet. As a matter of fact, 40,000 families attended the banquet to break the record.

Three days before the banquet an organizing committee warned Zhou that a virus had been spreading in Wuhan. From his own sources he had been apprised of the cases and situation. The Deputy Party Committee Secretary said there is not enough warning and the event would continue. He becomes a figure like Trimalchio or "Thrice King" from Petronius' Satyricon who "in his drunken showiness leads to the entire household acting out his funeral, all for his own amusement and egotism."

Both Zhou and his superior Ma Guoqiang (马国强) who was Deputy Communist Party Secretary of Hubei and Communist Party Secretary of Wuhan were removed from office for dereliction of duty. Ma was removed on February 13, 2020. This was a day before Xu Zhiyong's defence of Li Wenliang (李文亮) in terms of freedom of speech.

There are currently three possible sources of transmission for COVID-19 which may be related. The first and foremost is the Wuhan Institute of Virology or WIV (中国科学院武汉病毒研究所) located in the Jingxia District which has China's only Biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) facility. The institute experiments on coronavirus genes. A team led by Shi Zhengli were the first to identify, analyze and name the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on behalf of WIV which applied for a patent in China for the use of Remdesivir--an experimental drug owned by Gilead Sciences. The team denies that COVID-19 which has unusual mutated genes of Ebola and HIV was designed by and leaked from the lab. It is conceivable perhaps that monkeys experimented upon might have been sold to the Wuhan Seafood Market.

The second possible source of transmission of COVID-19 was the Wuhan Seafood Market (武汉华南海鲜批发市场) of Jianghan District. While it sells seafood its notoriety and now one may say infamy stems from the sale of exotic, wild animals. Many of the first cases including those reported by Dr. Li Wenliang may have originated from the market.

Finally,the Wuhan Jiangan District Baibuting Community held its 20th annual food fest or banquet on January 18, 2020 which was just prior to the Spring Festival beginning on January 25, 2020. It is speculated that many of the 13986 entrants who submitted dishes may have visited the Wuhan Seafood Market to secure food. Over 40,000 families or more than 130,000 people participated in the event. It so happens that family units became the fastest way to transmit the virus. As a result, the Baibuting Residential Community in Jiangan District was hit hardest by COVID-I9.

It is said that a virus like that which causes the common cold or influenza doesn't want to kill its host, but rather to replicate or reproduce itself in other hosts. The same can be said of COVID-19. Its defining characteristic is its ability to infect rather than do away with its host. However, the virus can be quite lethal because it has mutated genes of Ebola and HIV which affects a small percentage of the population. This means the more people the virus infects the greater the number of those who succumb to it.

One might think of containment as a crude method to control a coronavirus. It may be happenstance or designed. For example, the purpose of a cruise ship is to provide a sense of luxury and leisure. However, by containing the virus like COVID-19 to a small area with improper quarantine methods leads by happenstance to a high fatality rate among older passengers who may not have before been in the best of health. That explains why on the Diamond Princess ship there were six fatalities among the 705 reported cases.

In a similar way, apartment buildings in the Baibuting Residential Area were built for the well-being of their residents. However, if older residents who were weak in body or health are forcibly contained in a building which was not intended to be a closed environment then the number of fatal cases increases. Perhaps only one in five people of a family of the banquet for families was infected with the coronavirus in an open environment such as the banquet itself or seafood market. However, when authorities improperly quarantine the family within their apartment inside a quaranteened apartment building then the fatality rate rises. This was the case throughout the Baibuting Residential area. In a more general sense, it applies to the quaranteened city of Wuhan, too.

AI, 5G, facial recognition, Smart City and Social Credit System were designed to control a population of 1.4 billion people. One might say that combined they form a grand scale re-education program. If control of an individual(s) is difficult then these technologies resort to containment and isolation.

While technologies such as facial recognition of people were not intended to control viruses such as African Swine Flu (ASF); nevertheless, they were employed on large, industrial farms of swine. The idea was to identify sick pigs by facial recognition and behaviour so that they could be culled before they infected the herd--in other words containment and isolation. The main problem with this approach is that the presence of only one pig can infect a herd of 1 million. The result was that it didn't reduce the spread of ASF in China.

These so-called smart technologies were also employed to control the spread of COVID-19 with mutated Ebola and HIV genes. Again, they were not designed to deal with a novel coronavirus which was most probably engineered in a secret,  Biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) facility in Wuhan under the aegis of the military. None of these technologies can detect the invisible, so to speak.The incubation period for COVID-19 varies from about 5 days to perhaps 21 days. Furthermore, some cases are asymptomatic meaning they present no symptoms of disease at any stage. This means that even if one case is missed then it can infect an entire population. The attempts by authorities to Red Flag individuals who show unusual patterns of behaviour (as recognized by technologies designed for another purpose) in order to contain and isolate them are bound to fail. These technologies only give the appearance of authority in order to justify what may be application of arbitrary standards to contain and isolate. They do not reduce the spread of COVID-19 in China.

Residents of the Baibuting Residential Community were particularly hard hit since many had been at the 'Ten Thousand Family Banquet'. The local hospital was full. Some patients were quarantined at a hotel. Many others were quarantined in local compounds; for example, Anju, Lily, Yikang and Kanghe. Finally, all Wuhan was forcibly contained so what ended up was containment within containment. The peoples' cries for help go unheeded. All they can do for now about the corruption is watch the scourge. Vice wears a virus crown. The thrice king crowned for life wears a corona.

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D. Carlton Rossi








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Hotel in China being used for coronavirus quarantine collapses with 70 inside, according to reports

The hotel used for medical observation of people who had contact with coronavirus patients collapsed in southeastern China on Saturday, trapping dozens, state media reported.


Mar 7, 2020

A hotel in China that was being used as a coronavirus quarantine location has collapsed with 70 people trapped inside, according to the People’s Daily, Reuters and the South China Morning Post.

The Xinjia Express Hotel is located in Quanzhou, which is part of the southeastern province of Fujian.

The building collapsed shortly after 7 p.m. local time. Thirty-four people had been rescued by about 10:30 p.m. local time the Ministry of Emergency Management told the South China Morning Post.


Probably a combination of overcrowding and "Tofu construction"

Normally speaking, in the past, I would pass through Quanzhou in the Fuzhou-Xiamen-Shenzhen corridor going either way. On one memorable night though I stopped on the outskirts of Quanzhou. It was not out of choice. I had taken a "sleeper bus" from Hong Kong to Xiamen. Since I was the only foreign passenger stopping off in Xiamen the bus driver decided to bypass Xiamen and go straight on to the smaller city of Quanzhou. It was one o'clock in the morning. However, there was more to this stop than met the eye.

It is not uncommon for bus drivers to have a "sweetheart" arrangement with taxi drivers whom they may be related to. In other words, they give each other business--even if it is contrived. That was the situation I was in at a taxi depot on the outskirts. The bus driver would phone ahead to his partner in low-level extortion. Of course, the bus driver was headed to the Quanzhou bus station to drop off his bus, but my fare did not go to Quanzhou.

I complained to the bus driver that he had missed the stop at the downtown Xiamen bus station. No explanation was provided. I was faced with a scenario where I would have to take a short taxi ride to Quanzhou and perhaps be forced to stay at a hotel of another relative or take a longer taxi ride to Xiamen. The quoted fee for the taxi ride to Xiamen was more expensive than my whole trip from Shenzhen to Xiamen!

In this kind of situation, when faced with two unpleasant choices, I look for another alternative. I said goodbye and began my walk back to Xiamen as any Chinese peasant would do. That rather shocked them. They had thought this foreigner was a patsy and pushover. They found out differently. I began my walk though with an eye on any of those drivers who might try to follow me, rough me up and steal my money. I therefore armed myself with a heavy stick. I walked two miles along the highway until I came to a toll. At that location there were taxies waiting. I hired an inexpensive one to take me to the bus station and then I took a local bus to my destination.


Is evolution fast-forwarding? Chimps seen ‘reading’ a newspaper

Global Times

January 14,  2020

The video posted by chinanews.com on Weibo, shows two chimpanzees living in the Xi'an Qinling Wildlife Park in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province holding a few pages of a newspaper and seemingly reading the text and looking at the images. In the humorous video, the chimpanzees stare at pages of the Shaanxi-based Huashang Daily while sitting on a car tire in their cage. One of them seems to finish reading part of the magazine-sized paper and then gently place it on the floor. A moment later it lies down in the tire and holds the paper up and continues to "read."

Park staffers regularly put a newspaper in the chimps' enclosure after a paper was accidentally left there and the animals seemed interested in it.


Video: 35 seconds

This video is propaganda which mirrors the evolution of the coronavirus. It also ridicules any printed free expression of rumormongers. The newspaper was not accidentally left, but was deliberately planted for a photo op. Furthermore, the video distracts and deflects from any planned experimentation which was done with monkeys (rather than chimpanzees) at the Wuhan Institute of Virology to design a super virus to evolve from S type to L type over an extended period of time. The novel coronavirus may have been accidentally released in a breach of protocol from monkeys that were sold to the Wuhan Seafood Market.

Let me present an apparent paradox for my reader to explain. Why have newspapers and newspaper readers generally declined in a country which values free speech like the United States or Canada, but have increased in a country like the People's Republic of China which censors free speech?


                                  Bubonic Plague Overwhelms Hong Kong

                                History as Perspective

If one reads or watches the news then one doesn't have a very good idea of what's going on. One reason is the issue of follow-up. One misses the follow-up or it is buried in the current news. For example, Ambassador McCallum was asked to resign a year ago from his post in Beijing. Is he still doing more and more in Hong Kong?

There is where history comes in. It provides perspective. In a sense, history resembles the experience of a senior who has seen many things before rather than looking at life through the eyes of a teenager. Generally speaking, the teenager neither follows the news nor is interested in history. He thinks he will live forever.

As both a senior and someone who is interested in history, let me try to use "perceptive perspective" with regard to the present situation concerning COVID-19. Currently, it has become the fifth flu. It differs from the previous influenzas primarily because it is more easily transmissible. It has spread from Wuhan to six continents very quickly in a matter of months. That also is aided by an interconnected world. It also differs from the previous influenze in another regard. It has mutated genes of HIV and Bubonic plague suggesting it was genetically engineered rather than occurring naturally.

In the past, what did people fear the most in terms of disease? The answer hands down was the Bubonic plague with its more serious variation called the Pneumonic plague. There were actually a series of three plague pandemics. The earliest began in 541-542 BCE at the time of Justinian who was a Roman emperor. Over a period of two centuries it killed between 25-100 million. The next was plague originating from China in 1347. It wiped out between 100-200 million.

The third plague began in the year 1855 during the fifth year of the Xianfeng Emperor of the Qing dynasty in the province of Yunnan, China. It is believed the plague infected fleas carried by the yellow-breasted rat and they in turn infected humans. It struck London between 1665-1666 and was known as the Great Plague. By 1894, it spread to Canton (Guangzhou) where it killed 60,000 in a matter of weeks. It then spread to Hong Kong where it lasted until 1929. Eventually, the plague reached five continents. It is estimated to have killed more than 12 million. It was active until 1960.

The update of an analysis of the three plagues was completed in 2010. The team led by geneticist Mark Achtman concluded they are tied together. The plagues originated from China. Western Yunnan Province continues to be a natural reservoir for the plague. "In 2013, researchers confirmed earlier speculation that the cause of the Plague of Justinian was Yersinia pestis, the same bacterium responsible for the Black Death (1347–1351). Ancient and modern Yersinia pestis strains closely related to the ancestor of the Justinian plague strain have been found in Tian Shan, a system of mountain ranges on the borders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and China." Bubonic plague isn't history.

D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi





Benedict, Carol (1996). Bubonic plague in eighteenth-century China. Stanford, CA: Stanford Univ. Press. pp. 47, 70. ISBN 978-0804726610.


End of Fang Fang's diary: I have fought that beautiful battle (March 24)


Although today is the last one, it does not mean that I will write nothing in the future. My Weibo is still my platform, and I will still express my views on Weibo as before. And I will not give up on urging accountability. Many people said in the message that the official cannot hold the blame, and there is no hope in this matter. I don't know if the official will ultimately hold the responsibility. However, no matter what the officials think, as citizens of Wuhan who have been locked in their homes for more than two months, as witnesses who have witnessed the tragic days of Wuhan in person, we have a duty and an obligation to justify those who strangled them. Whoever makes the mistake is responsible for it. If we give up accountability, if we forget this period of time, if one day we don’t even remember Chang Kai ’s despair, then I want to say: Wuhan people, you bear more than just disaster, you will also bear shame . Forget the shame! If anyone wants to easily check this off, I don't think it will ever be possible. I write them word by word, and I also write them on the pillar of history's shame.

I especially want to thank those ultra-leftists who besieged me every day. Without their encouragement, a lazy person like me might not have written for a long time, or maybe three days of fishing and two days of exposure to the net, which could not write much. And how many people will read the records that I have hand-held? What makes me especially happy is that their attacks on me have almost spelled out the entire family. Gathered all their teams, almost everyone wrote an article. But what do readers see? I saw their chaotic logic, deformed thoughts, distorted perspectives, poor writing, and inferior character. In short, they reveal their shortcomings every day and show their perverted values ​​every day. People are thinking at this moment: ah? It turns out that these extreme left big Vs are like this!

Yes, this is what they really are. The writing and thinking level of the high school student who wrote to me is about their highest level. In fact, some people already have a very accurate summary of the extreme left, which should still be available online. In recent years, despite the low level of the extreme left, they are just like the new crown virus, infecting our society a little bit, especially when they are active in front of the saddle of officials, and spread to many officials as quickly as possible. Those infected with the virus, in turn, become their protectors, helping them to grow older every day. It's so arrogant that it's as big as a triad structure. The entire network can be left to the wind and the rain, and they can humiliate dissidents at will. Because of this, I have to say time and time again: the extreme left is the existence of China's national calamity! They are the biggest resistance to reform and opening up! If this ultra-leftist force is allowed to run rampant and indulge the virus to infect the whole society, reform will fail and China has no future.


Video: 1:22 minutes (English subtitles)



Wuhan Author Fang Fang and her "Quarantine Diary" (封城日记) 

Herself in quarantine in the city, Fang Fang (方 方) began on January 25 to write her “Quarantine Journal” (《封 城 日记》), published on weixin (微 信) under the title “Journal of Wuhan of Fang Fang ”(《方 方武汉 日记》). In a context of strict control of the media and publications, it is one of the few unofficial texts on the subject which has not been systematically erased as it was published on the internet. Censorship was carried out sporadically on certain days, depending on the content, and especially on the keywords used, which themselves have evolved over time, giving the impression of a random process, as is often the case.

This is what Fang Fang humorously said at the start of his post on February 29:

天 又 晴 了。 阴阴 晴晴 , 有点 像 我 的 封 城 日记 , 开 开封 封。

The weather is good again. It’s bad one day, beautiful the next day, it’s like my newspaper, authorized one day, blocked the next day.

Diary Address: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/C7YjSL3bcO-CMgLFntq3qA

Diary as a Chinese genre: http://www.chinese-shortstories.com/Actualites_188.htm

Background of Fang Fang: http://www.chinese-shortstories.com/Auteurs_de_a_z_FangFang.htm


                            The Advancement of Rights

Xu Zhiyong ( 许志永 ) may be best known for his foundation in May 2012 of the New Citizens' Movement (新公民运动). However, the founding of the NCM may be regarded as June 2010. This corresponded with the Open Letter called The Citizens' Pledge regarding civil rights' awareness. One of the key components of the pledge was "Equal Rights for Education". One specific campaign was to abolish the hukou restriction in gaokao (college admission exam) for migrants' children in large cities.

Scholarism (學民思潮)in Hong Kong developed independently from the New Citizens' movement on the mainland. It defended the autonomy of Hong Kong's education policy from Beijing's influence. It then participated in the Umbrella Movement (雨傘運動).

Ironically, one thing that both the New Citizens' Movement and Scholarism had in common was educational policy. While certain individuals in both groups were prominent one might say that both groups were leaderless. However, they differed in the maturity of their members. The NCM was composed of an assortment of older and more mature scholars, lawyers, journalists and activists. Scholarism was composed of younger secondary students. This meant that the NCM in terms of educational policy was an inclusive movement. They wanted peasants to have an equal opportunity with the wealthy. Scholarism can be defined as being exclusive or independent of the mainland's educational system.

There is another difference in thought though in evolution of the two movements with regard to education. Generally speaking, members of the NCM had completed their education and had begun their careers. As a result, they were oriented to practical ways to meet their goals. On the other hand, demonstrations interrupted the education of the participants of Scholarism to pursue higher education. They were successful in forcing the government to retract indoctrination through moral and national education. To be summarily succinct, NCM sought "for" something to be enacted while Scholarism fought "against" something to be redacted; namely, inclusion and exclusion respectively. This meant that the defining trait of Scholarism was reactive while NCM was constructive.

However, the antecedent and precedent of the NCM with respect to Xu Zhiyong was his legal defence of the two Suns; namely Sun Zhigang and Sun Dawu. The former was a graduate of Wuhan University of Science and Technology. He went to Guangzhou to work for Daji Garment Company. He had been detained after being unable to produce his temporary living permit (暫住証) and his identity card when he was stopped by the police. He had not applied for the former and had forgotten the later in Wuhan. Within three days of his arrest he was savagely beaten by police and died. As a result, it was argued by the defence team on his behalf that the C&R law for migrant workers was unconstitutional on the grounds that it violated citizens' rights articles of the Constitution.

Xu Zhiyong was also part of the legal team that defended the private businessman Sun Dawu. This was another case that made international headlines. Sun was accused of establishing an illegal credit co-operative at the village of Langwuzhuang, Hebei. To paraphrase Sun, though, there is no legal means to raise funds. However, corporate executives among whom were his brothers were also arrested and the whole business was shut down. The author also was put under house arrest for three days beginning May 28, 2003. He was establishing a college at the site during the SARS crisis.

The Sun Zhigang and Sun Dawu incidents marked the beginning of the civil right's movement in China. There were two achievements of the movement. The first was The Open Constitution Initiative (公盟) which spoke up for rule of law and constitutionalism. The most lasting achievement was the establishment of China's first Private Entrepreneurial Constitutional System in 2004 by the Dawu Group. All workers are potential leaders whose responsibilities are to manage the business. It provides free elections every two years. Everyone must vote.

D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi





                          Fast Forward to the Past

To bring you up to speed I have to slow down and turn the clock back about a year. The African Swine Fever or Flu (ASF) hit China at the end of 2018. By the time January 2019 rolled along it was causing havoc with the swine herds. It didn't infect too many people; although, one of the exceptions was notable-- butchers.

Mysteriously, it hit the swine herd owned by a joint company with majority owner Dawu Group. For a disease that flourishes in clusters it was rather incomprehensible how this site was hit where no other cases had been reported in Hebei Province. It appears there was a cover-up by the government. The company lost 15,000 swine in a matter of weeks. When Sun Dawu commented on the situation his blog was shut-down. The whistleblower was condemned to "whisperblow".

The author then took up where Sun Dawu was forced to shut up. He looked at the impact on small farmers who suffered the most from the devastating virus. The lack of transparency of the government--to use a mild term--engendered mistrust among the peasants. Questions were raised about debt levels of the country and again the issue of transparency and trust were raised.

It was with this background that the author decided to research the area of H1NI. The most recent outbreak of this viral disease was 2009. This disease though had evolved since the time of the Spanish Influenza in 1917. At that time, it may have killed at least 50,000,000. He was also interested in the possible financial impact on China with its high levels of debt with respect to deflation particularly in the property area. In addition, one has to consider how the peasants and migrants might react to more oppression and tribulation as fear is replaced with anger.

However, the author realized that the area of the analysis could be rather explosive in terms of its content. At the beginning of the summer of 2019, he contacted a leading Chinese expert. Basically, the author wanted the expert to peer review his analysis; although, he did not divulge the subject matter. The expert failed to respond to the author's request. The result was that the author did not write the analysis.

What I find today with the outbreak of coronavirus is quite similar to the concerns I had earlier with regard to H1N1. I had speculated that the outbreak might begin in either Guangzhou or Hong Kong in the spring of 2020. The outbreak would probably be covered up like the ASF in 2018-2019 and SARS in 2003. While my views on the economy were not fully developed because I hadn't begun the actual paper; nevertheless, I had been concerned about high debt levels in a virus induced deflationary environment.

In the early winter of 2019, I was offered a teaching job for life at Dawu Group with full benefits including apartment. Because of my previous concerns about H1N1 I had a full course of inoculations for flu, pneumonia, and Hepatitis.

A little earlier I had written Dr. Jane Philpott a letter. I invited her to accompany me to China in order to see for herself the hospital of Dawu Group. I'm not aware of anything comparable to it. For example, the citizens of a nearby village called Langwuzhuang were given hospital coverage even though they were not among the employees of Dawu Group. Furthermore, the hospital offers a guarantee. If there is a misdiagnosis the patient will be financially compensated.

It was on January 14, 2020 that I notified Dawu Group that I would not be arriving. Based on British studies that I had read of the coronavirus it was apparent that there was an undereporting of the number of cases. I also warned Dawu Group that since Wuhan was in the center of China that the virus would be spread to all regions of China within six hours by bullit train at the time of the Spring Festival with its migration of 1 billion people.

While the Dawu Group is somewhat insulted from effects of the virus because it is in the countryside it did not reduce the commitment of the Group to help the people of Wuhan. Two hundred medical personnel agreed to go to the front lines of Wuhan to fight the battle.

Perhaps I was more aware of the dangers of this particular strategy because of my access to western sources. I therefore suggested that the Group choose Hong Kong as the location where their services could be best employed. At that time there were only 24 cases with no deaths. Two hundred personnel would not be overworked with 24 patients. Of course, for my own selfish reasons I knew that I could not be extradited from Hong Kong to the mainland to face imprisonment for advocating , in the past, issues of free speech, civil rights, rule of law and constitutionalism.

I personally volunteered to administer the program and provide logistical leadership. Of course, I would be with patients, too, as the poet Walt Whitman had volunteered in the Union hospitals during the Civil War. The Group though thought that Wuhan was the priority. Unfortunately, as a private concern, the government rejected their offer to help the people of Wuhan.

Earlier, I had begun a special section on this website dedicated to the novel coronavirus. The purpose was to help fill the information gap for Chinese intellectuals and activists both on the mainland and Hong Kong regarding the virus. With the death of Dr. LI Wenliang (whistleblower) the issue of free speech came to the forefront.

The author has tried for years to warn the Canadian government regarding their pollyanish attitude and behaviour to China on a multitude of issues including Huawei, national security, fentanyl and democracy etc. However, they have been consumed by wilful ignorance which in my opinion verges on negligence and dereliction of duty.

For example, it came as no surprise to learn that Prime Minister Trudeau was gallivanting and galloping about Africa to secure a unicorn seat on the Security Council of the UN. On February 6, 2020 he began his campaign in Ethiopia and Senegal. One wonders if he was even aware of or cared about the outbreak of novel coronavirus in Wuhan which would be cataclysmic for underdeveloped countries in Africa if it spread--let alone in his forgotten Canada.

Did he pick-up a copy of the newspaper Democracia in Ethiopia or the Khartoum Monitor in Sudan? It might have told him about the news of the death of Dr. Frank Plummer on February 5th who was the keynote speaker at the the University of Nairobi’s collaborative centre for research and training in HIV/AIDS/STIs. Dr. Plummer had been head of the National Microbiology Institute (level 4 biosecurity containment facility) up until his leave for personal health reasons.

That was the same place from which QIU Xiangguo and CHENG Keding had been escorted out of for "possible" breach of policy. She was an expert on coronaviruses with mutated ebola and HIV genes which made their way to the level 4 center in Wuhan. Speaking of cover-ups with regard to the virus outbreak in Wuhan, what exactly happened at the NMI? It is a matter of national security and is of utmost importance to the Canadian public with regard to the outbreak of novel coronavirus in Wuhan because COVID-19 is returning to infect the Canadian population. Haven't you noticed, too, that Beijing has provided a number of unsatisfactory explanations for the emergence of the virus in Wuhan, but has not alluded to Dr. Qiu's activities at NMI or for that matter Harvard's Dr. Lieber who had a clandestine affiliation with Wuhan University of Technology (WUT).

D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi


Li Wenliang: 'Wailing Wall' for China's virus whistleblowing doctor

BBC News

Yvette Tan

June 23, 2020

'Wailing Wall lasted four months'

Even the trivial posts were meaningful, said Professor Wu.

"Mundane reflections and simple greetings as the way to commemorate Dr Li, though different from expressions of anger and indignation, contain their own power to keep the memory and dissonance alive," she said.

"[It] forms a sense of communal solidarity that is really outside of the official norm that calls for solidarity around images such as national prowess."


As I have mentioned before Dr. Li Wenliang was my ophthalmologist in Xiamen before he went to Wuhan.  I am deeply saddened by his passing away.  He is my hero and the hero of millions.


Dr. Van Kerkhove said that the estimates of transmission from people without symptoms come primarily from models, which may not provide an accurate representation. “That’s a big open question, and that remains an open question,” she said.

Scientists had sharply criticized the W.H.O. for creating confusion on the issue, given the far-ranging public policy implications. Governments around the world have recommended face masks and social distancing measures because of the risk of asymptomatic transmission.

“All of the best evidence suggests that people without symptoms can and do readily spread SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19,” scientists at the Harvard Global Health Institute said in a statement on Tuesday.


Who can believe the WHO or anyone from the WHO? China through the WHO would very happily have us believe that it is not spread by those who are asymptomatic because otherwise how does one control it? China claims it has controlled and furthermore contained COVID-19. However, Pandora's box has been opened at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. One can't get the evil back and it continues to look for ways through mutation to avoid any measure of control and containment. Its goal is propagation rather than to spread by propagandization.


China Defends Coronavirus Action at W.H.O. Meeting: Live Coverage

New York Times

May 18, 2020

Fighting foreign pressure to account for the initial spread of the coronavirus, the Chinese Communist Party deflected in one of its leading journals, saying in effect that the virus could have come from anywhere.


Asteroid with novel coronavirus hits Wuhan near the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It came from out there--somewhere or anywhere. Miraculously, there is no evidence of a crater, but exact location is unclear while the dust settles.


How China’s ‘Bat Woman’ Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus

Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out there

Jane Qiu

April 27, 2020

The mysterious patient samples arrived at the Wuhan Institute of Virology at 7 P.M. on December 30, 2019. Moments later Shi Zhengli’s cell phone rang. It was her boss, the institute’s director. The Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention had detected a novel coronavirus in two hospital patients with atypical pneumonia, and it wanted Shi’s renowned laboratory to investigate. If the finding was confirmed, the new pathogen could pose a serious public health threat—because it belonged to the same family of viruses as the one that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a disease that plagued 8,100 people and killed nearly 800 of them between 2002 and 2003. “Drop whatever you are doing and deal with it now,” she recalls the director saying.

Shi, a virologist who is often called China’s “bat woman” by her colleagues because of her virus-hunting expeditions in bat caves over the past 16 years, walked out of the conference she was attending in Shanghai and hopped on the next train back to Wuhan. “I wondered if [the municipal health authority] got it wrong,” she says. “I had never expected this kind of thing to happen in Wuhan, in central China.” Her studies had shown that the southern, subtropical provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan have the greatest risk of coronaviruses jumping to humans from animals—particularly bats, a known reservoir. If coronaviruses were the culprit, she remembers thinking, “Could they have come from our lab?”



Inadequate PPE for the technician and seals that leak on the refrigeration unit at the Wuhan Institute of Virology


My life is hard now’: As China prepares for worst quarter in decades, shadows deepen for consumers

Nathan VanderKlippe Asia correspondent


April 16, 2020

On Friday, China said its economy in the first quarter contracted by 6.8 per cent compared to 2019, its worst quarterly economic performance since 1976, in the bloody tumult of the Cultural Revolution.

But the depth of the economic shock has prompted them to reconsider the annual targets that have driven more than four decades of growth. China should consider adopting a “relative growth rate,” whereby its performance is compared with the broader global economy, said Liu Shijin, vice-chair of the China Development Research Foundation and a former senior figure of the cabinet-like State Council, in an interview published Wednesday by the Beijing News.

“If the global growth rate is 2.5 per cent in 2020 and 3 per cent in China, the relative growth rate is 5.5 per cent, which is higher than last year,” he said. He cautioned about a long-lasting second wave of shocks that will take a greater toll than the first wave.

Misinterpretation of relative growth rate?


“The world economy’s growth was 2.9 per cent in 2019 and China’s growth rate was 6.1 per cent, resulting in a ‘relative growth rate’ of 3.2 per cent,” Liu wrote. “But if the world economy contacts by 2.5 per cent while China can achieve a 3 per cent growth, the relative growth rate would be 5.5 per cent. 



Full text of Wuhan's notification on revising numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths

Source: Xinhua

2020-04-17 12:54:21   Editor: huaxi

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wuhan as of the end of April 16 was revised up by 325 to 50,333, and the number of fatalities up by 1,290 to 3,869.

Aiming to leave no COVID-19 case undocumented, the authorities have worked....


Why does an official Chinese news agency in the interest of full disclosure not document the names of authorities or to put it another way, why does it quote an unnamed official at Wuhan’s epidemic and prevention and control headquarters?  



Dispatches from a Quaranteened City

Wuhan Diary

Fang Fang

translated by Michael Berry


Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City Hardcover – Aug. 18 2020 by Fang Fang (Author)

$23.99 Hardcover

ISBN-10: 0063052636

ISBN-13: 978-0063052635

Publisher Harper

My book is titled "Wuhan Diary-The Forbidden City?" "Record", because I didn't know how many days it would be sealed, and did not write numbers.

I asked for my opinion on the English cover, but I didn't know that the title would change because I didn’t understand English. Mr. Bai Ruiwen also ignored the small print (some people said it was a neutral word). After discovering the problem, Mr. Bai Ruiwen also apologized to me, and immediately asked all publishers to respect my original title. I certainly haven't seen the cover of German. The German translator is Mr. Ackerman. Like Mr. Bai Ruiwen, they are very friendly people to China. Now that the sellers are promoting, there may be a problem of deflection. I don't have the ability to read foreign languages. But these can be corrected in time. It has been negotiated so far, and it is required that the text must be read to the translator before submitting to me for confirmation. Both covers have been changed.

By the way, there are more than ten publishing houses in China that wanted to publish this book, but because of the extreme left (I want to explain, there are only a few people in the extreme left, and I have not said that they are extreme left , They swear by themselves), at present, all domestic publishing companies are afraid to go out. My publisher is still working hard at home, hoping to get ahead of publishing abroad. They are very dedicated and I am very touched.




As the epidemic subsides, nationalism and xenophobia spread in China
New York Times

王月眉, AMY QIN


Foreigners are not the only goal of China's growing nationalism. The Chinese, who are considered to have insufficient admiration for the government, were also subjected to fierce personal attacks launched by the Chinese "Little Pink" online. "Little pink" refers to young digital fighters who launched a fierce attack on any online criticism of the Communist Party. These people have recently stared at the novelist Fang Fang. For two months, she has been publishing a diary in Wuhan, where the epidemic broke out, describing life in the city. She wrote down the bravery of ordinary people around her, and vowed to hold local officials in charge of dereliction of duty.

When news came out last week that her diary would be translated into English and published, she was faced with overwhelming abuse, and some accused her of helping foreign governments to destroy her country's reputation.

Fang Fang likens this kind of personal attack to the Cultural Revolution she experienced in the 1960s and 1970s when she was a child. During the "Cultural Revolution", anyone who was suspected of saying bad things about Mao Zedong was at risk of being tortured or imprisoned.



Exclusive — Federal Health Officials Investigating Wuhan Lab Suspected of Leaking Coronavirus, Taxpayer Grants to Lab

Matthew Boyle

April 27, 2020

A letter from Dr. Michael Lauer, the NIH’s deputy director for extramural research, to Kevin Olival of EcoHealth Alliance and Naomi Schrag of Columbia University, obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, informs them the matter is under investigation.

“EcoHealth Alliance, Inc. is the recipient, as grantee, of an NIH grant entitled ‘Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergency,’” Lauer wrote in the letter, dated April 19. “It is our understanding that one of the sub-recipients of the grant funds is the Wuhan Institute of Virology (‘WIV’). It is our understanding that WIV studies the interaction between corona viruses and bats. The scientific community believes that the coronavirus causing COVID-19 jumped from bats to humans likely in Wuhan where the COVID-19 pandemic began. There are now allegations that the current crisis was precipitated by the release from WIV of the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. Given these concerns, we are pursuing suspension of WIV from participation in Federal programs.”



The Conservative Investor Daily

Washington Post

April 24, 2020

Trump is exhibiting all the symptoms of a hydroxychloroquine overdose

First, it is scientifically obvious from Trump’s enthusiasm for hydroxychloroquine that he has been using it himself. While taking the drugs, he has not succumbed to coronavirus. He has concluded, therefore, based on his study population (N=1), that the drugs prevent coronavirus 100 percent of the time.

To this I can add clinical evidence, derived from searching the Mayo Clinic’s website for side effects of azithromycin, hydroxychloroquine and its cousin, chloroquine. Among them, I found: “change in hair color” (Trump has recently faded from orange to gray), “discoloration of the skin” (originally and mistakenly attributed to tanning beds), “trouble sleeping” (see his overnight tweets), “noisy breathing” (that gasping during his Oval Office address), “difficulty with speaking” (whenever using a teleprompter), “runny nose,” (the sniffing!) and “unusual facial expressions” (‘nuff said).

Also, consider the mental side effects the drugs can cause: Irritability. Confusion. Aggression. Anger. Hostility. Quickness to react or overreact emotionally. Unusual behavior. Unsteadiness. Severe mood or mental changes. Restlessness. Paranoia. Depersonalization (an emotional “numbness”). Feeling that others are watching you or controlling your behavior. Feeling that others can hear your thoughts. Feeling, seeing or hearing things that are not there.



Why Some People Get Sicker Than Others

COVID-19 is proving to be a disease of the immune system. This could, in theory, be controlled.

James Hamblin

April 2020

“There’s a big difference in how people handle this virus,” says Robert Murphy, a professor of medicine and the director of the Center for Global Communicable Diseases at Northwestern University. “It’s very unusual. None of this variability really fits with any other diseases we’re used to dealing with.”

This degree of uncertainty has less to do with the virus itself than how our bodies respond to it. As Murphy puts it, when doctors see this sort of variation in disease severity, “that’s not the virus; that’s the host.” Since the beginning of the pandemic, people around the world have heard the message that older and chronically ill people are most likely to die from COVID-19. But that is far from a complete picture of who is at risk of life-threatening disease. Understanding exactly how and why some people get so sick while others feel almost nothing will be the key to treatment.


America was already broken

We Are Living in a Failed State The coronavirus didn’t break America. It revealed what was already broken.

Special Preview: June 2020 Issue

George Packer

Staff writer for The Atlantic

This was the American landscape that lay open to the virus: in prosperous cities, a class of globally connected desk workers dependent on a class of precarious and invisible service workers; in the countryside, decaying communities in revolt against the modern world; on social media, mutual hatred and endless vituperation among different camps; in the economy, even with full employment, a large and growing gap between triumphant capital and beleaguered labor; in Washington, an empty government led by a con man and his intellectually bankrupt party; around the country, a mood of cynical exhaustion, with no vision of a shared identity or future.

The author has included a summary of two articles from The Atlantic. The reason is that he sees something of a parallel between the two. Dr. Robert Murphy explains that the environment at the community level has failed many people. "Ultimately, people who are unable to take time off of work when sick—or who don’t have a comfortable and quiet home, or who lack access to good food and clean air—are likely to bear the burden of severe disease." This makes them susceptible to any disease such as COVID-19. In a similar way, George Packer argues that the macro environment or America is a failed state. The virus is not the cause of the failure, but it brings out those failures and magnifies them. Among those failures are decaying communities.

Robert Kiyosaki says self-isolation is making people realize they got “screwed” by system


March 25, 2020

The market crashes from the pandemic has shown that some assets are “fake” said best-selling author Robert Kiyosaki, as “manipulated” assets are finally showing the American public how corrupt the capitalist system is.

“The good thing is, people as they sit in quarantine, as they lose their jobs, their homes, their pensions, their businesses and all this, I think they’re waking up at [the fact that] they’re being screwed,” Kiyosaki told Kitco News.

Crony capitalism is about to be held accountable in China, United States, Canada and world-wide and I don't mean as a slap on the wrist.


                                   Ambassador Dominic Barton 鲍达民

        Where is the go-to, go-go capitalist of McKinsey fame?


The above picture shows the Fourth London General Hospital in 1918. 

My grandfather was conscripted in the Canadian army in 1917. My grandfather and grandmother were married in the church across the street where they lived. The next day they honeymooned in Niagara Falls. The day after he was sent to Midland, England. 

My grandfather contracted the Spanish Influenza which was H1N1 based. He survived the experience, but reported that there was a fatality in every one of two beds in the hospital. 

My grandmother worked at a butcher's store in Port Colborne, Ontario. She relates how the butcher was a huge strapping, healthy fellow. In two days, he was dead. My grandmother survived. 

To put matters into perspective, more U.S. soldiers died of disease (63,114), primarily from the Spanish flu, than in combat (53,402) during WWI. Its origin was clearly linked to overcrowded conditions in barracks and trenches. You'll find the following account of interest regarding the first outbreak among American soldiers at Camp Funston, a U.S. Army training camp in Kansas. 


Emergency hospital at Camp Funston, a U.S. Army training camp in Kansas

Yet, the first outbreak generally considered caused by 1918 pandemic influenza occurred at Camp Funston, a U.S. Army training camp in Kansas.
In the beginning of March 1918, Chinese contract workers at Camp Funston presented with influenza. Subsequently, the disease spread across the camp requiring hospitalization of over 1100 soldiers within three weeks besides thousands more receiving treatment at infirmaries around the camp. Between early March and the summer, five consecutive outbreaks occurred in the camp, coinciding with the arrival of large numbers of new recruits. From Camp Funston on, influenza jumped to other U.S. Army training camps and travelled to Europe aboard troop ships before it subsided in the summer of 1918.  In all, 11·8% (143 986) of over 1·2 million men in U.S. Army training camps were hospitalized for respiratory illness in March–May 1918, although death rates from respiratory illness showed only a limited increase in that period.



Two cargo planes return empty to Canada from China without medical supplies

The Globe and Mail

Steven Chase

April 21, 2020

Two cargo planes chartered by Canadian governments to procure medical gear from China were forced to return home empty this week amid traffic jams at and around an airport in Shanghai as countries from around the world rush for supplies to fight COVID-19.

“There are severe restrictions on the ground in China in terms of how long a plane can actually stay in their airports before having to leave – whether it’s full or not,” Mr. Trudeau said. “At the same time, supply lines and shipments to the airport are difficult and interrupted by checkpoints and quarantine measures,” he said.

Empty promises.  Empty planes.  The Chinese sold it to the highest bidder.


Raymond J. de Souza: When the going got tough due to COVID-19, Justin Trudeau showed his true authoritarian colours

Coronavirus, Father Raymond J. De Souza

March 28, 2020

Canada has moved from debating whether it is an abuse of office not to use power when it is needed, to whether it is an abuse of office to seek unlimited power in times of need.


Dorothy asks "Now which way do we go?


The Scarecrow answers "Taxation is a nice way to go"


"It's pleasant down that way with spending powers, too."


"Me, myself and I always go with taxation and spending powers with no oversight".


Erin O'Toole


Mar 23 Justin Trudeau is using a national crisis to give himself special powers and subvert democracy until 2021.

Canadians cannot allow this to happen.

Michael Chong

@MichaelChongMP ·

Mar 23

1/ Just arrived in Ottawa after six hours of driving from my home in Wellington County to attend Parliament.

Also just read the Globe and Mail story.

To say I’m shocked is an understatement. Michael Chong @MichaelChongMP · Mar 23

/ If the government thinks it can do this, it is mistaken.

The government requires the unanimous consent of the House of Commons to do this.

If they propose this, I will be voting “no”.

Andrew Scheer


Conservatives are focused on what Canadians need right now and today we passed measures to help. The Liberal government should not have tried to use this crisis to grant themselves unprecedented new powers.

Trudeau's attempt to establish taxation and spending powers without oversight reminds the author of the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank on Dec. 23, 2013 following a banking crisis. One of the main critics of the passage of the Federal Reserve Act was Republican Senator Eihu Root. He said that the "Federal Reserve does not provide elastic currency. It provides an expansive currency, not an elastic one. The temptation to expand the currency might cause the Fed to encourage the very cycles it was supposed to prevent."

This month the Federal Reserve announced unlimited quantitative easing. In effect, it can print as much money as it wants to. This is simply an extension of the method used in the sub-prime mortgage crisis a decade ago. As a result, fiat currency has been so diluted that it literally has no meaning. It is a Ponzi or pyramid scheme. Trudeau wants to spend money which the government  does not have over a short-term period and the Federal Reserve wants to print money it does not have over an "infinite" period  with no oversight. 


Trudeau secures the "critical and pivotal" vote of Senegal for a Security Council Seat.

Trudeau is seen in this picture as a model of reflection. If only you pondered more and pandered less to 大熊猫! Enough is enough.

Senegal (as of today) has 99 cases of COVID-19

Ottawa faces criticism for sending 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment to China in February

Steven Chase

March 25, 2020

Updated 6 hours ago

On Feb. 9, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne’s department announced that since Feb. 4, “Canada has deployed approximately 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment, such as clothing, face shields, masks, goggles and gloves” to China.

Amir Attaran, a professor at University of Ottawa’s school of epidemiology and public health and its faculty of law, said he was surprised to learn Global Affairs shipped personal protective equipment (PPE) to China.

“It was absolutely certain in early February that we would need this equipment,” he said. "This decision went beyond altruism into high negligence and incompetence because Canada did not, and does not, have surplus equipment to spare.”


Thanks for reminding us Steven Chase. February 4th was the very time at which Justin Trudeau was in Africa glad-handing with leaders of Sudan and Ethiopia and other despotic countries.

Ghazi Suleiman, a lawyer and economist in Khartoum talks about China like a lover, describing economic investment in terms of kisses. "If someone is exchanging with you kisses," Suleiman says, "you don't like him?" With regard to Ethiopia one critic has asked why China has the need to send tens of thousands of its citizens to the country for various infrastructure projects if not for economic colonialism.

China has with subtlety endeared itself to many of Africa's tin-pot dictators in order to put their countries into dependent and subservient relationships. One purpose is to gain their support on votes at the United Nations. When Trudeau visited countries like Sudan and Ethiopia he was serving China's interest--not Canada's--in securing a seat at the Security Council of the UN. With Canada's seat China could gain the swing vote on the Council!

The eight day trip to Africa took place at a critical point in the novel coronavirus epidemic in China. It should be noted that the head of the World Health Organization is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a health expert from Ethiopia. It was Ghebreyesus who delayed until March 11 calling COVID-19 a global pandemic. The delay was undoubtedly at China's insistence and persistence.

Did the donations of medical supplies expedite the Canadian government's return of its citizens from Wuhan?


Did the donations secure the return of Kovrig and Spavor as the Canadian government had hoped?


When China reported that cases in its country had flattened did it help Canada by sending medical supplies on Canada's request?


Three strikes you're out. Actually, that idiom is not quite appropriate for idiocy. You were never really in the game!

Trudeau's Chinese Junket to Sudan and Ethiopia was followed by a visit to the Bermuda Triangle--again to secure a Security Seat. Did he cut short his trip because of COVID-19? NO NO NO
He returned because natives and environmentalists were blocking the railways. It does seem that it is the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau which is derailed if not deranged.


De retour d’un séjour à Londres , Sophie Grégoire Trudeau présentait depuis mercredi soir des symptômes semblables à la grippe et une faible fièvre

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada

The first case of the 2019–20 coronavirus in Canada was confirmed on January 25, 2020, when a man returned to Toronto from travelling in Wuhan, China, and two days later, tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019, caused by SARS-CoV-2. As of March 13, 2020, there have been 198 cases of coronavirus reported in Canada with 1 death in 7 provinces and 2 cases have been reported of the passengers who have travelled on the Grand Princess: Ontario (79 cases), British Columbia (64 cases, 1 death), Alberta (23 cases), Quebec (17 cases), Manitoba (3 cases), Saskatchewan (2 cases), New Brunswick (1 case) and Grand Princess (2 cases). Almost all cases had recent travel history to a country with a substantial number of coronavirus cases. Of these cases, nine (four in BC, five in Ontario) have recovered.


Please explain, Mr. Prime Minister, how novel coronaviruses with mutated Ebola and HIV genes walked out of a level 4 Bio-security lab in Winnipeg to a level 4 Bio-Security lab in Wuhan.

Excuse me. You have just returned from a trip to Kenya and the Caribbean to secure a seat on the Security Council and you are telling Canadians not to travel abroad?


Wife seeks autopsy of Canadian husband who died in China amid virus outbreak

The Globe and Mail

Xiao Xu (Vancouver Bureau)

March 3, 2020

The wife of a Canadian who travelled to Beijing in January and died there is desperate for help from the federal government to find out whether her husband succumbed to the coronavirus.

Ms. Yu said her husband, 57, departed Canada for Beijing on Jan. 13. But two weeks later on Jan. 23, Ms. Yu was informed by RCMP that her husband had died in his company’s apartment in Beijing. Global Affairs Canada soon told Ms. Yu through an e-mail, viewed by The Globe and Mail, that Chinese police excluded criminal activities as the reason for his death and their preliminary assessment was “sudden death for natural reasons.”

But Ms. Yu raised her doubts.

“David’s boss and colleagues are all from Wuhan, Hubei. The company has close business relationship with Wuhan on daily basis,” she stated in a letter via e-mail. “David was experiencing coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, those are similar symptoms with Covid-19 infection,” the letter reads.

I am very sorry to hear about this case. It is always better to have an answer if one is available and accessible. If I were in a similar situation seeking answers then I would hire the services of a big Bay Street law firm in Toronto with offices in Vancouver and Beijing; meanwhile, I would not sign any documents with your husband's former company until I had sought expert legal counsel. I wish you and your family peace of mind.

D. Carlton Rossi


Renowned Canadian Epidemiologist to Lead Coronavirus Study Team

By The Canadian Press

February 11, 2020

OTTAWA—Renowned Canadian epidemiologist Bruce Aylward will be leading a team of World Health Organization experts in China to study the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Aylward arrived in China today to lay the groundwork for the larger international team tasked with learning more about the virus and China’s public health response to it.

Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, says the team’s mission will be to learn what investigations into the virus have already been carried out in China and to understand what has been one of the largest public health responses in history.

But first, Ryan says Aylward and his team will be looking to the origin of the virus and the severity of the disease.



First case of coronavirus in Canada identified at Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital, province says

The Toronto Star

Marco Chown Oved

January. 25, 2020

The first “presumptive” case of coronavirus in Canada has been identified at Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said Saturday.

A 50-year-old man, who returned from a trip to Wuhan, China, on Wednesday, called 911 the next day and was taken by ambulance to Sunnybrook with a fever and cough. Tests came back positive for coronavirus on Saturday and the man is now being treated in isolation in a “negative pressure” room at the hospital.



Jan. 27, 2020: The National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg confirms that a man in quarantine in Sunnybrook Hospital is Canada’s first documented case of the new coronavirus.

Jan. 31, 2020: Toronto man hospitalized with the novel coronavirus is well enough to go home. Sunnybrook Hospital says he’ll continue to recover at home, where his wife is also in self-isolation.


Canadian doctor once posted to Beijing ignored by Ottawa after offering help with COVID-19 response

Nathan VanderKlippeAsia correspondent


April 10, 2020

Denis Balibouse/Reuters

For seven years, Felix Li served on the distant front lines of Canadian public health, in China. As a doctor posted to Beijing, he fostered ties with health authorities that let him peer beneath the official rhetoric of a country that has been the source of multiple viral epidemics in recent decades.

When Dr. Li returned to Canada in 2015 and retired from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) after 23 years, he was not replaced.

“I offered to go back to Ottawa to work with them on this. I needed to help, to save lives,” Dr. Li said in an interview.

In the e-mail, he described his knowledge of the Chinese system and the contacts he maintains there.

“I got an e-mail back saying, ‘We’ll talk about it and let you know.’ But I never had any response after that.”

But critics have questioned the relationship between the WHO and China, whose response the WHO has praised effusively. The health organization has raised few public concerns about the reliability of information provided by Beijing, despite evidence suggesting Chinese authorities have significantly under reported the death toll from the outbreak.


One explanation for the lack of interest in Dr. Frank Li's offer to help the Public Health Agency of Canada is that it runs the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg. In July 2019, Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, Keding Cheng, and some students from China were removed from Canada's Level 4 virology lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba. There is suspicion that vials of viruses had made their way from the lab over a period of time (perhaps in breach of policy) to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in Wuhan, Hubei Province. It is a known fact that NML also sent viruses to WIV in March 2019 as part of a co-operative health effort. It is also a fact that Konan Michel Yao who was hired by the Public Health Agency of Canada was charged with smuggling 22 vials of Ebola virus and HIV from the NML into the United States over the Manitoba-Dakota border in May 2009. *

*   https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/winnipeg-researcher-charged-with-smuggling-ebola-material-into-u-s-1.774725


82% of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have been in long-term care, new data reveals

The Star

Tonda MacCharles

May 7, 2020

The National Institute on Aging says that as of May 6, 3,436 residents and six staff members of long term care settings had died of COVID-19, representing 82 per cent of the 4,167 deaths reported as of Wednesday.

In Canada, provinces are responsible for health and long term care services. Long-term care is not covered by the Canada Health Act, so there are no federal or national standards or guidelines.

The number of deaths in Canada from COVID-19 now exceeds the number for China.

Whom do we thank in China?


Bring back the House: We need the return of Parliament now more than ever

John Ibbitson

Published April 17, 2020

Second, Canada needs to reconsider its relations with China. There is growing evidence the government in Beijing suppressed information on the virulence of the coronavirus. If so, all of us have paid the price, some with their lives.

Political leaders in Washington, London and Paris have openly criticized China’s secrecy. But on Friday, Mr. Trudeau dodged repeated questions from reporters on China, as he has in the past. The national parties must debate how Canada will deal with China going forward.



Terry Glavin



I realize it won't be Justin Trudeau, but I do wonder if there is anyone at all in his government who might have the courage and the decency to be honest with the people of Canada for once about the squalor and the cowardice of the tyranny in Beijing. I really wonder sometimes.


Coronavirus outbreak: Freeland grilled on ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence regarding early COVID-19 warnings

April 11 2020

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre grilled Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland on Saturday during a special sitting of the House of Commons on when the Prime Minister and members of cabinet had seen, and who among them had seen, “Five Eyes” intelligence allegedly indicating the true extent of the dangers posed to Canada and the world by the COVID-19 virus.

Video: 3 minutes


Coronavirus outbreak: Freeland says she’s not at liberty to discuss details of Canada’s intelligence on COVID-19

Global News

April 16, 2020

Speaking to a reporter in Ottawa on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland said she was not at liberty to discuss details of when Canada’s intelligence community first became aware of the risk posed by the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China.


If you are not at liberty to speak then Canadians are not at liberty to listen. You cannot speak and Canadians cannot listen. Do you turf out the truth? It's now a matter of life and death--not politics.


Ottawa funds COVID-19 research project that is collaborating with Wuhan virus lab

The Globe and Mail

Steven Chase and Robert Fife

April 16, 2020

Asked to explain why Wuhan is part of this, university spokeswoman Hallie Brodie said the project began in February, when the majority of global cases were diagnosed in Wuhan. She said the research collaborators in Wuhan have extensive first-hand experience in performing the COVID-19 tests currently used to identify infected individuals.

1. What possible benefit was this mini PET project for Canadian taxpayers or for the health of Canadians? Is the Ministry of Health aware in today's news that test kits manufactured in China on behalf of a US company are being held up for delivery by China's bureaucracy!

2. Of course, it is an obvious fact that the majority of cases were diagnosed in February. What is not so obvious to the Canadian Ministry of Health is that the virus may have started at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. While this particular project did not involve the exchange of vials which was quickly asserted to deflect possible criticism it was reported that in March 2019 there were vials sent to the WIV by the National Microbiology Institute in Winnipeg.

3. It is said that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was short of technicians during an inspection in 2018? Is that because Chinese technicians are abroad seeking Federal funds?

4. One feels rather numb from the dumb, continuous bombardment of pro CPC announcements and news from the Trudeau minority government. How does it serve the interests of the majority of Canadians who are ham-strung by pork barreling on behalf of Chinese interests and security? My guess is that disclosure of this co-operative project at this time was to diffuse the impact of a forthcoming leak.

5. How many other projects went to China, Chinese in Canada or Chinese abroad? Benefit of a doubt is no longer given by Canadians with regard to China, but rather there is doubt of a benefit to Canadians with respect to any involvement with China. Decoupling and disengagement is imperative!



Former Liberal justice minister urges sanctions against Chinese officials who covered up early COVID-19 outbreak

The Globe and Mail

Stephen Chase, Robert Fife

April 15, 2020 Former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler, a leading international champion of human rights, is blaming the Chinese government for the scale and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he believes transmission of the novel coronavirus could have been dramatically reduced if China had acted earlier.

“For 40 days, President Xi Jinping’s Communist Party of China concealed, destroyed, falsified and fabricated information about the rampant spread of COVID-19 through its state-sanctioned massive surveillance and suppression of data; its misrepresentation of information; its silencing and criminalizing of its dissent; and its disappearance of its whistleblowers,”



Federal health committee again calls on WHO advisor to testify amid concerns over false Chinese data

Canadian opposition members have raised concerns that the WHO’s reluctance to appear critical of China has in turn put Canadians' health at risk

Jesse Snyder

April 15, 2020

OTTAWA — A Parliamentary health committee on Wednesday repeated calls for the World Health Organization to explain its handling of the pandemic, amid mounting criticism that the United Nations’ agency relayed faulty Chinese data about the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

The federal Standing Committee on Health passed a motion, put forward by Conservative MP Matt Jeneroux, that invites senior WHO official Bruce Aylward to appear before the committee by the end of month. Aylward “abruptly” cancelled earlier plans to appear before the committee on Tuesday, according to the motion.


Trudeau says he doesn't want to be drawn into the WHO row. He is already in it up to his neck. WHO is JUSTIN TRUDEAU? He's certainly not C****a's. He's C***a's.

Of course, it's all about a temporary UN Security Seat. China wants another seat to match its permanent seat. Trudeau sacrifices Canada's health security during the COVID-19 crisis for China's National Security. The "Don't ask don't tell" policy of Trudeau regarding WHO's conduct during the crisis and China's faulty data and delays is designed to get China's support of its African bloc in the UN for the Security Council seat. Trudeau's behaviour is Machiavellian. While his father was accused of clever Machiavellian--dumb Machiavellian is quite another thing. The Opposition if not Canadians will see through his double duplicity.

It didn't matter what Trudeau said or didn't say to African despots. It didn't matter what Trudeau did or didn't do for African autocracies. It also didn't matter whether Trudeau smiled or shook hands in photo ops. The fix is in with China's support of Trudeau at the UN.

A united opposition can stop the perversion of Canada's traditional, peacekeeping role at the UN. It can do so not by withdrawing funds from the WHO, but rather by forcing Trudeau to withdraw from the UNSC seat competition. Obviously, Canada cannot be an impartial arbitrator at the Security Council in negotiations resolving protracted conflicts with its hidden, China agenda under Trudeau who has given no justified reason for Canada's participation other than that, he, Justin, wants it.

And now Bruce Aylward (Canada's WHO representative) refuses to participate in a Federal Health standing committee regarding the WHO's acceptance of China's dubious health data and the WHO's delay in declaring a global pandemic. It reminds one of how the Liberal government did not want to hear from the Ethics Commissioner at a Parliamentary Committee concerning Trudeau's handling of the SNC-Lavalin Affair. In both cases, it all boils down to ethics or rather lack thereof.

State-run outlets such as Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, and China Daily showed clips of Aylward at a Feb. 27 press conference in which he said: “If I had COVID-19, I’d want to be treated in China.” Who can seriously believe the WHO representative? Surely he was aware of the abysmal conditions in Wuhan's hospitals. His hypothetical is hypocritical.

In a similar vein, Aylward refused to answer questions of a reporter from the public broadcaster RTHK. The questions involved Taiwan's membership status in the WHO. At the beginning of the year, Taiwan had warned the WHO of the outbreak of a SARS like virus. It has also handled the novel coronavirus crisis much better than China.


You don’t stop a virus by bleeding democracy

The Globe and Mail


April 14, 2020

Along with tens of billions of dollars in aid for Canadians in need, the bailout legislation also included clauses that would have given the government the power to raise or lower taxes, and to spend money, without going through Parliament. These extraordinary powers were to last until Dec. 31, 2021.

The opposition, along with many in the media, this page included, were having none of it. By the end of the day on March 23, the government relented. It removed the offending clauses, the opposition offered its backing and, the next day, the bill became law. n Alberta, the United Conservative Party of Premier Jason Kenney used its overwhelming majority to push through a bill on April 2 that gives cabinet ministers unilateral power to write and enact new laws in public health emergencies, with zero oversight by the provincial legislature.

Under Bill 10, the only requirement for enacting a new law is that the relevant minister “is satisfied that doing so is in the public interest.” The only limit on that power is that a new offence cannot be applied retroactively.


The chaos caused by COVID-19 shines a light on hidden realities and intensifies trends.

The Gathering Storm of Canada's COVID-19 Crisis

One can say that Trudeau did not understand the "scale of risk and act accordingly" with regard to the novel coronavirus crisis. It's all about image and brand for Trudeau. He had been criticized about several black-face incidents in his early years and his predilection to wear costumes--especially on official foreign visits. He would not make those mistakes again; so, instead, he wears business suits, colors his hair brown, grows a distinguished looking beard and appears statesman-like rather than just as a politician. Therefore, in this guise or should one say disguise he would pursue his liberal, global agenda for a Canadian seat on the Security Council of the UN by trying to appease African despots. Of course, Canada would not actually sit on the seat. Who would it be, but his life-long friend and advisor Gerald Butts or Katie Telford who is a master political strategist and replacement for Butts as Chief of Staff for the Prime Minister and regarded as the most influential woman in Canada?


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a joint press conference with President of Senegal Macky Sall at the Presidential Palace in Dakar, Senegal.

In his mission to secure a seat for unfathomable reasons, he was in Senegal. He says that the Security Council deals with the most pressing issues, but it seems that authoritarian China whom he has had unbounded admiration for did not regard a health issue as sufficient reason to convene the Council. It might be safely said that COVID-19 did not surface as an issue in Senegal; although, Trudeau did make some PET points to promote his soft political agenda for his base of minorities back home.


Justin Trudeau and Harjit Sajjan were confirmed participants at the Munich Security Conference which followed handshakes with African despots. If they had heard H.E. Wang Yi's speech then they surely would have been aware of China's "war without smoke" against the novel coronavirus. What the Canadian delegation wouldn't have asked themselves though was about the smoke from the crematoria working 24/7 indicating the death toll is much higher and the number of cases for China is underestimated with the flight of 5 million Wuhanese from the city before the quarantine took place. Canadian delegates would also be aware of the emptiness of Pompeo's words on February 15 that "The West is winning" which was repeated several times to a silent audience.

One month later, with coronavirus deaths in Spain, Italy and the United States exceeding China's "official" numbers and their economies collapsing along with Canada's, it is eminently evident that the West is not winning with politicians spouting empty platitudes while a pandemic is raging and ravaging. It is also not winning by lavish, ill-planned spending through unlimited quantitative easing which will only guarantee hyperinflation and stagflation to fend off a deflationary depression. Do not be misled. Inflation is an indirect form of taxation.

Notice how the word "security" has already come up two times in the term "Security Council" and "Munich Security Conference". It would come up a third time as it was expected that Trudeau would make a decision on the Huawei 5G network while Parliament was in recess. Critics were warning of possible "security risks" in Huawei's network as well as its cozy relationship with the CPC. However, Trudeau did not frequently if ever use the terms "national security" or "economic security" as it applied to COVID-19. The term "economic security" was used by Trudeau in his talks with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on February 8, but not with respect to COVID-19.

Canada's three major airports were wide-open to Chinese nationals during the novel coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan--one of the main transportation centers of China. Flights were open from China to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Flights were not limited by the government, but restrictions were only put in place by the airlines with respect to cancellation of flights. One can opine that Trudeau did not fully understand the health implications of a fast, vast spread of coronavirus nor its effects on the economy.


Sophie Grégoire Trudeau had travelled to London about March 4 to give a speech. She also attended the Wembley Arena We Day. Sounds important. No more important though than the International Women's Day Conference in the afternoon. She went to the event with her daughter and mother-in-law Margaret Trudeau. Hugs and kisses all around. No talk of coronavirus. No worry about coronavirus. That is, no talk or worry until she arrived home with coronavirus.

It was at this point that Justin Trudeau realized that he and Canada had a problem. Yet, it is clear that he did not realize the full nature of the virus. He said he didn't have to be tested because he had no symptoms. Yet, it was well known that many had been infected in China without showing symptoms--they were asymptomatic. Some of those asymptomatic carriers were headed from China to Canada--or for that matter, symptomatic carriers were headed from London to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.


Prime Minister returns to Canada to address issues of land rights, rail blockades and the economy as House of Commons reconvenes on February 18, 2020 to close again on March 11, 2020 because of novel coronavirus.

Finally, let's not forget that Trudeau's quest for the Holy Grail of a seat on the UNSC was to be expanded to the Caribbean with his trip to Barbados. This trip was to allow the PM to talk at the CARICOM conference on February 17-18 about everything except the spread of novel coronavirus. For example, he would have talked about climate change. Did he cancel his whirl-wind vote-seeking campaign visit to Barbados because of novel coronavirus? No. He hastily returned to Canada to talk about the indigenous blockade of railways. The blockades were not only affecting oil shipments but also commuter, rail traffic both in and out of Toronto and Montreal.

However, the flights from China to Canada as well as from other countries such as Italy, Spain and Iran continued as symptomatic and asymptomatic coronavirus passengers arrived at Canadian airports. The decision to close borders to most non-citizens and stop ill travellers from boarding inbound flights was belatedly made on March 16. Trudeau encouraged Canadians and permanent residents to return to Canada--potentially bringing with them COVID-19. During the period from March 16 to 20, more than 1 million Canadians and foreign residents returned by air, land and sea. Yet, mandatory self-isolation for international travellers entering Canada took place on March 25. To use an old fashioned idiom "a miss is as good as a mile". From March 16 to March 25 Canadian and permanent residents entering Canada were potentially roaming around From Sea to Sea.

D. Carlton Rossi
D.卡尔顿 罗西


Dr Davison: Hong Kong govt’s use of hotels for Covid-19 quarantine is a recipe for disaster

by Dr Ariane M. Davison

April 30, 2020

Morning arrivals into HKIA would be allowed to wait at the airport for their test results, but afternoon arrivals, regardless of their port of origin, would now to be transported by bus and held overnight at the Regal Oriental Hotel in Kowloon City to await their test results.

Hong Kong was one of the first countries to mandate universal testing for all arrivals, and one of the key factors that supported this was the utilization of AWE, with its unique size, structure, and proximity to the airport.

The facility also allowed for appropriate social distancing, is highly ventilated, and easy to disinfect fully as the key surfaces – plastic and cement – are non-porous.

In contrast, hotels are not suitable for use as quarantine centres. It is highly disturbing that the Government has made this choice, apparently having forgotten the frightening lessons learned during the 2003 SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, when a SARS-infected individual staying in a room of the Metropole Hotel in Kowloon infected seven other people on the same floor of the hotel.


To use an unsuitable hotel seems to be a classic case of feather-bedding.


In Hong Kong, officials work to stop another kind of outbreak: democracy

Michael Bociurkiw

Special to The Globe and Mail

April 20, 2020

But the crackdown appears to be more of an attempt to tamp down dissent ahead of anniversaries in June and July, as well as crucial Legislative Council elections in September.

The roundup – the largest of pro-democracy leaders in Hong Kong in a single day – is a clear signal that Beijing, and its obedient administrators in Hong Kong, will not allow the COVID-19 pandemic to dull its ability to quash dissent, whether in the former British territory, Xinjiang or elsewhere. Since the outbreak of protests last year, police have arrested more than 7,800 people, including many on rioting charges that carry jail terms of up to 10 years.



14 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures arrested in latest police round up, party says

Hong Kong Free Press

Rachel Wong

April 18, 2020

Last year, the police had declared that demonstrations in various districts on China’s National Day were riots. They also warned protesters to evacuate after they had occupied main roads following a large-scale assembly at Causeway Bay’s Victoria Park on August 18. The unrest came during months of “leaderless” demonstrations against a now-axed extradition bill.



Coronavirus: Hong Kong shipping firms under fire as face mask frenzy causes weeks-long delivery backlog


Kelly Ho

March 07, 2020

People who have ordered face masks online are complaining about delays to their parcels, while freight consolidators say they are working flat out to keep up with a huge increase in demand for their services.

The mask-buying frenzy quickly cleared shelves on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon US and Japan, Rakuten Global Market and Gmarket. Since some sellers would only ship their products domestically, or charge expensive rates for international shipping, many people in Hong Kong had to rely on local consolidators to send their face mask orders home in bulk.



Ex-localist leader Edward Leung transferred to maximum-security prison

HKFP March 6, 2020

Rachel Wong

Leung was the spokesperson of the now inactive localist party Hong Kong Indigenous which advocated Hongkongers’ “self-determination” for the city’s future. He ran in the Legislative Council New Territories (East) By-election in 2016 and was convicted of rioting as he campaigned during the unrest in Mong Kok in 2016. During the Lunar New Year festivities, bloody clashes broke out between protesters and police, triggered by the authorities’ attempts to clear street hawkers.

The news of his transfer first emerged on Wednesday as opposition lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai, chair of Civic Passion, said on Facebook that an inmate had received enough letters and Christmas cards to fill a suitcase. He speculated as to the reason for the transfer: “Maybe there was sensitive content, maybe some maniacs said they would break into the prison, maybe the Communists set him up, maybe the Department made a great deal out of it… To conclude, after receiving these cards the inmate was transferred to a Category A prison with maximum security…”

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China tries to calm ‘nationalist fever’ as calls for invasion of Taiwan grow

Loud calls on social media urge Beijing to strike while world is busy with coronavirus crisis, but observers say the authorities do not want to be rushed

Minnie Chan

May 10, 2020

Some former military leaders have argued that the United States – which is bound by law to help the Taiwanese government defend itself – is presently unable to do so because all four of its aircraft carriers in the Pacific have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Some legal commentators, including Tian Feilong, an associate professor at Beihang University, in Beijing, have called on the government to consider the use of force and argued that an “anti-secession” law ratified in 2005 gives it the legal authority to do so.


All news in mainland China must pass the censors. There is a reason the censors have allowed these comments. It serves the Party's purpose.


Let Taiwan into the WHO and stop indulging Beijing – lives depend on it

Guest Contributor

by Joshua Wong, Glacier Kwong

April 22, 2020

As the world is busy helping each other out of the pandemic, China has been just as busy with attention-seeking behaviour – requesting expressions of gratitude from other countries whilst also engaging in a sinister disinformation and propaganda campaign. Beijing is very determined to keep all the spotlight on itself, ensuring that no-one else – especially Taiwan – takes any praise from the international community.

Despite Taiwan’s apparent success in responding to the outbreak and its generosity in seeking to help, many remain afraid to engage with Taipei because they know it would upset China. Taiwan’s success stems from its distrust towards China – it was able to avoid a massive outbreak without much panic in society.



If We Must Build a Surveillance State, Let’s Do It Properly

As we develop new apps to track the coronavirus, the best model isn’t the U.S., China, Germany or South Korea. It’s Taiwan.

By Andreas Kluth

April 22, 2020

That’s why the most successful data model in the world so far is not South Korea or Singapore but Taiwan. For lack of a better term, I’ll call its approach “participatory self-surveillance.” Like South Korea, Taiwan enforces quarantines with cellphone tracking and has stitched together various government databases, such as travel and health records. But Taiwan and its people added a twist.

In effect, the whole country voluntarily partnered with the government to create a protean network of databases in which information flows both from the bottom up and from the top down. To make new online and offline tools for fighting the virus, “hacktivists,” developers and citizens have been collaborating with the government of Taiwan, a sort of online democracy town hall and brainstorming site. One tool, for example, prevented a run on face masks by mapping where the stocks were and allocating them wherever they were most needed. By involving people in the solutions, rather than just dictating policies to them, the process is transparent and inspires trust, even civic pride.


An interesting comparison of various international methods to collect data.


2nd wave of COVID-19 a ‘statistical certainty:’ infectious disease expert


June 23, 2021

World-renowned infectious disease expert Dr. Gabriel Leung was among the first to predict the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic in January and he says the worst is far from over.

Video: 7:20



62 Nations Back Australia’s Demand for Chinese Coronavirus Probe

Simon Kent

May 17, 2020

Australia’s demand for an investigation into the World Health Organization’s bungled response to the deadly Chinese coronavirus pandemic now has the backing of 62 nations, all willing to support a draft resolution addressing the issue Tuesday at a meeting of the World Health Assembly.

Australia’s motion includes more robust language than that contained in an earlier watered down European Union version. It is supported by key nations including India, Japan, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Indonesia, Russia, Mexico and Brazil, and all 27 E.U. member states amongst others.

The Australians have also been among the most outspoken critics of China’s dangerous refusal to close the live animal “wet markets” seen as spawning grounds for the viral pandemic, and of the W.H.O.’s baffling endorsement of their reopening:


Our immune systems weaken with age. Researchers want to solve that.

Washington Post

Jonathan Wosen

May 03, 2020

The ebbing of resistance to infectious disease with age is particularly clear when looking at studies of vaccines. During 2018-2019, for example, the seasonal flu vaccine was effective for roughly 3 of 5 children 17 and younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The same vaccine was effective for only about 1 of 4 adults 50 and older.

Scientists have rushed to start trials for a vaccine against coronavirus. But even when they succeed in developing an effective one, University of Pennsylvania immunologist Michael Cancro worries that any coronavirus vaccine may be less effective for older adults — just as current vaccines are for other diseases.



What happens if a coronavirus vaccine is never developed? It has happened before

By Rob Picheta, CNN

Updated 9:39 AM ET, Sun May 3, 2020

But there is another, worst-case possibility: that no vaccine is ever developed. In this outcome, the public's hopes are repeatedly raised and then dashed, as various proposed solutions fall before the final hurdle.

Instead of wiping out Covid-19, societies may instead learn to live with it. Cities would slowly open and some freedoms will be returned, but on a short leash, if experts' recommendations are followed. Testing and physical tracing will become part of our lives in the short term, but in many countries, an abrupt instruction to self-isolate could come at any time. Treatments may be developed -- but outbreaks of the disease could still occur each year, and the global death toll would continue to tick upwards.

"We've never accelerated a vaccine in a year to 18 months," Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, tells CNN. "It doesn't mean it's impossible, but it will be quite a heroic achievement.

However, it is the testing process -- not the development -- that holds up and often scuppers the production of vaccines, adds Hotez, who worked on a vaccine to protect against SARS. "The hard part is showing you can prove that it works and it's safe."


This article has a wealth of information.



Virus Likely to Keep Coming Back Each Year, Say Top Chinese Scientists Bloomberg News

April 27, 2020

Chinese scientists say the novel coronavirus will not be eradicated, adding to a growing consensus around the world that the pathogen will likely return in waves like the flu.

It’s unlikely the new virus will disappear the way its close cousin SARS did 17 years ago, as it infects some people without causing obvious symptoms like fever. This group of so-called asymptomatic carriers makes it hard to fully contain transmission as they can spread the virus undetected, a group of Chinese viral and medical researchers told reporters in Beijing at a briefing Monday.


1.  COVID-19 shares about 86% of its genome sequence with SARS. It is therefore designated SARS-CoV-2. This novel coronavirus is therefore likely to spread until a vaccine(s) are developed in about a year.

2.   COVID-19 has mutated genes of HIV which has no vaccine. This may imply no vaccine will be 100% effective.

3.   It is likely that COVID-19 will mutate in a year's time. There is debate among scientists whether or not a virus is living. Basically, life is defined as something that reproduces and evolves over a period of time. It may be said therefore, at this point, that COVID-19 is not alive, but once it evolves or mutates one might say that it is alive.


Report: Russian Doctor Falls Out Window During Tense Coronavirus Argument

Ben Kew

April 27, 2020

A top Russian doctor plunged 50 feet from her office window during a government conference call on Saturday after being told her hospital would have to take in Chinese coronavirus patients without the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), according to local media reports.

Dr. Yelena Nepomnyashchaya, 47, reportedly objected to plans proposed by the regional Minister of Health Boris Nemik to give 80 beds to coronavirus patients because of an “acute shortage” of PPE for her hospital’s doctors and nurses.

The mother-of-two, who runs the Krasnoyarsk Regional Hospital for War Veterans in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, fell from the building as the discussion ensued.

As in most countries, the issue of PPE shortages has caused conflict within Russia’s medical community, with several top doctors quitting their jobs in protest. This anger has been exacerbated by the fact that Moscow is preparing to send another 40-ton shipment of medicine to the Maduro regime in Venezuela, which relies heavily on the Putin regime for its survival.

This type of political assassination is called "defenestration".

Prof. Elena Musikhina was afraid she would either disappear or be killed in this region of Siberia.



Released in 1964, "The Last Man on Earth" is considered to be the most faithful adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel, "I Am Legend".

Vincent Price: Black and White Sci-Fi Movie

1:26 minutes


Money Is Losing Its Meaning

By throwing trillions of dollars at the coronavirus problem, governments risk undermining trust in currencies.

By Jared Dillian

April 15, 2020

The dollar has no real intrinsic value, backed only by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.

You have been distracted by the lure of a bright and shiny object with respect to free cash through unlimited quantitative easing.
If money has no intrinsic value it is worthless. If you measure yourself only in terms of how much money you have or make then what are you worth?





An open letter to Chinese citizens and friends of China at home and abroad





David Da-i Ho (Chinese: 何大一; born November 3, 1952) is a Taiwanese-American doctor and HIV/AIDS researcher who has made many scientific contributions to the understanding and treatment of HIV infection.

His group was the first to demonstrate protective efficacy of a long-acting antiretroviral drug as pre-exposure prophylaxis in rhesus macaques. In fact, one such agent, cabotegravir, has been advanced into Phase-3 efficacy trials in high-risk populations, in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline. In parallel, Dr. Ho's group has also engineered exquisitely potent antibodies that neutralize divergent strains of HIV. The most promising neutralizing agent is a bispecific monoclonal antibody that entered a first-in-human clinical trial in 2019 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Ho Lab is funded by two NIH grants to pursue the use of engineered antibodies to purge the viral latent reservoir as a part of the international HIV cure effort. Currently, the Ho lab is funded by the Jack Ma Foundation to work on coronavirus projects.

Video: 2:15 minutes




Farage: Coronavirus Exposes Western Supply Chain’s Dependence on China

Nigel Farage has said that the Chinese coronavirus has exposed the West’s dependence on China in its supply chains, and he hopes the pandemic inspires Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reconsider his decision to allow Huawei to help build Britain’s 5G network.

Criticising those who benefit from ties with China, the Brexiteer added: “I have pointed out before that many members of our big business class, of the civil service, and indeed of our political class are increasingly in the pay of China.

“I think what it is showing us is that while the ‘just in time’ supply chain in the global economy may provide us with efficiency in the global economy, it doesn’t provide us with resilience in the global economy. I think that’s something we will need to look at after because it’s clear that now the concept of ‘over there’ does not exist in a global economy, and a disruption in one part will very quickly become a disruption elsewhere,” Former international trade secretary Dr Liam Fox said earlier this month.

The Conservative MP added that the outbreak should prompt the UK to look at making more ourselves — “import substitution” — as well as to reevaluate “the trend to run down stocks and run down warehousing” in order to “increase resilience should we face something like this in the future, which is likely, because pandemics are the norm in human history, not the exception”.


It is much easier to associate the word "china" with the word "chain". China chains.

Figure: Timeline of transmission between 5 patients in Germany; only two patients had contact with the index patient.

Infected people without symptoms might be driving the spread of coronavirus more than we realized

Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent

Updated 3:32 PM ET, Sat March 14, 2020

The role of asymptomatic transmission

Several experts interviewed by CNN said while it's unclear exactly what percentage of the transmission in the outbreak is fueled by people who are obviously sick versus those who have no symptoms or very mild symptoms, it's become clear that transmission by people who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic is responsible for more transmission than previously thought.

"We now know that asymptomatic transmission likely [plays] an important role in spreading this virus," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, expressed concern about the spread of the disease by people who haven't yet developed symptoms, or who are only a bit sick. "There is also strong evidence that it can be transmitted by people who are just mildly ill or even presymptomatic. That means COVID-19 will be much harder to contain than the Middle East respiratory syndrome or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which were spread much less efficiently and only by symptomatic people," he wrote, using the scientific word for the disease caused by the virus.

A study posted Sunday by Belgian and Dutch researchers shows that between 48% and 66% of the 91 people in the Singapore cluster contracted the infection from someone who was pre-symptomatic. Of the 135 people in the Tianjin cluster, between 62% and 77% caught it from someone was pre-symptomatic.


People who are infected but asymptomatic can spread disease efficiently. They are hardy and mobile. They have no reason to avoid crowds or kissing. They don't know they are sick, and no one else does.    NY Times

This article and comment provide one answer as to how COVID-19 spreads. Young people are generally strong and healthy. This means that if they are infected that they might either be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. However, if they were to infect older people then the situation changes. Generally, the immune system of older people is not as strong. This means that they are easily infected. They are particularly susceptible if they have weakened immune systems. When infected they take much longer to recover. While recovering, of course, they can infect other people. One suspects also that older people retain the virus in their respiratory tract between 20 and 37 days after they have shown signs of recovery. This period is probably much longer than with young people. Therefore, they can infect caregivers and family. All of this means that the fatality rate for older people is higher than young people.


We Predicted a Coronavirus Pandemic. Here’s What Policymakers Could Have Seen Coming.

Last year we ran a disaster scenario shockingly similar to the news now. Here’s what experts realized the world is getting wrong, and how they can fix it.

The news of a highly contagious new virus jumping from China to the U.S. has caught many Americans by surprise. For us, the outbreak was more like déjà vu: Last October, we convened a group of experts to work through what would happen if a global pandemic suddenly hit the world’s population. The disease at the heart of our scenario was a novel and highly transmissible coronavirus.

For our fictional pandemic, we assembled about 20 experts in global health, the biosciences, national security, emergency response and economics at our Washington, D.C., headquarters. The session was designed to stress-test U.S. approaches to global health challenges that could affect national security. As specialists in national security strategic planning, we’ve advised U.S. Cabinet officials, members of Congress, CEOs and other leaders on how to plan for crises before they strike, using realistic but fictional scenarios like this one.

The principal conclusion of our scenario was that leaders simply don’t take health seriously enough as a U.S. national security issue. Congress holds few hearings on the topic, especially in the defense committees, and the White House last year eliminated a top National Security Council position focused on the issue.


Cladex: A Pandemic Exercise

Clade X is a day-long pandemic tabletop exercise that simulated a series of National Security Council–convened meetings of 10 US government leaders, played by individuals prominent in the fields of national security or epidemic response.

Drawing from actual events, Clade X identified important policy issues and preparedness challenges that could be solved with sufficient political will and attention. These issues were designed in a narrative to engage and educate the participants and the audience.

There are four separate videos. In total, there are about five  hours of viewing time.



CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations Dr Richard Hatchett explains the long-term dangers of the Covid-19 coronavirus - saying it's the scariest outbreak he's dealt with in his 20-year career.

Channel 4 News

March 06, 2020

Video: 19:52




Coronavirus news: Can you get coronavirus twice?

Person reinfected in Japan

CORONAVIRUS could remain dormant in those who have recovered, health officials have warned as a person in Japan has become reinfected by the disease.

By Sean Martin

UPDATED: 14:08, Thu, Feb 27, 2020

A tour bus operator who is in her 40s in Osaka has tested positive for the coronavirus strain for the second time, with 189 confirmed cases in Japan and at least three dead.

The woman was first diagnosed with coronavirus in late January and was discharged from hospital on February 1.

However, she has been reinfected leading to fears many of those who have recovered could be struck down once again.

Philip Tierno Jr, professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University, said: “Once you have the infection, it could remain dormant and with minimal symptoms.


Seasonality, explained: What warm weather could mean for the novel coronavirus

Wall Street Journal

March 04, 2020

President Trump has repeatedly suggested warm weather could slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. It appears he is referencing seasonality, which describes how active a virus is depending on the climate. In other words, the idea that people get sick more often in the winter.

Health experts say that for this strain of the coronavirus, which continues to spread across the globe, it’s too early to know if seasonality will have an impact. There are still too many unknowns to predict what will happen to the virus in warmer months.

Even if the novel coronavirus does dissipate in the currently impacted areas, it may find new life in the tropics and southern hemisphere. And that migration between hemispheres can actually prolong the lifespan of the disease. Experts say this means the virus could exist year round.

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLr09SVhqsQ

In Astounding Test, Scientists Revive Damaged Lungs for Transplant

Injured and unusable lungs were restored with respirators and pig blood. The procedure one day may increase the supply of organs for transplant.

The New York Times

Gina Kolata

July 13, 2020

They were damaged, swollen and soggy with fluid. Like 80 percent of lungs offered for transplant, these were just too far gone for the operation.

But researchers at Columbia and Vanderbilt saw an opportunity. They had been working for eight years on a system to restore damaged lungs.

They put each lung in a plastic box and attached it to a respirator so it could “breathe.” Then they connected each lung to a large vein in the neck of a live pig, so that its blood flowed through the vessels.

The results, reported on Monday in Nature Medicine, seem like pure science fiction: Within 24 hours, the lungs looked viable, and lab tests confirmed they had been resuscitated.


New syndrome in children thought to be linked to COVID-19 yields surprising test results

Kelly Grant

June 09, 2020

MIS-C, which the Canadian Paediatric Society sometimes calls PIMS-TS, is generally marked by fever, intestinal distress, elevated inflammation levels on laboratory tests and the overlapping symptoms of toxic-shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease, a rare childhood illness that inflames the blood vessels, most dangerously in the heart.

“It’s very, very interesting for us, because we continue to think that this is related to SARS-CoV-2,” said Elie Haddad, the head of pediatric immunology at Sainte-Justine. “When they told us that only four patients were positive in serology, we were surprised.”


Researcher identifies link between COVID-19, selenium


April 29, 2020

Using cumulative COVID-19 outcome data from Feb. 18, the study found that in the city of Enshi, which has the highest selenium intake in China, the cure rate (percentage of COVID-19 patients declared “cured” by that date) was almost triple that of the average for all the other cities in Hubei province. In contrast, in Heilongjiang province, where Keshan is located and selenium intakes are among the lowest in the world, the death rate from COVID-19 was almost 5 times as high as the average of all the other provinces and municipalities outside of Hubei.

“A role for selenium may also help explain phenomena such as the recently reported blood clotting in COVID-19, because selenium is known to have an anti-clotting effect. There have also been reports of heart problems like myocarditis, which is reminiscent of Keshan disease, which was a viral myocarditis,” said Ethan W. Taylor.



The recommended dietry allowance (RDA) of selenium is 55 milligrams daily. Brazil nuts contain a high level of selenium so that one can meet the RDA with only two nuts per day. One wonders though if selenium helps boost the immune system and prevent blood clotting then why are there so many deaths from COVID-19 in Brazil. By the way, don't gulp down a handful of Brazil nuts as selenium can be toxic.


'This is going to produce cognitive deficits': Famed neuroscientist Adrian Owen launches COVID-19 brain study

Sharon Kirkey

June 23, 2020

The online COVID-19 Brain Study aims to recruit 50,000 people with a confirmed, positive diagnosis of the virus. Using questionnaires and pop down menus, Owen and his collaborators will collect information, “completely anonymized and secure,” asking participants about their medical history, any underlying heart, lung or other health issues, the extent of their COVID-19 diagnosis and what happened to them.

However, a recent review article raised the question of whether SARS-CoV-2, the pandemic virus that has killed nearly half a million globally and sent millions of other lives into free fall, is neurotropic, meaning toxic to brain tissue and to what extent it’s capable of damaging the central nervous system.

High doses of some sedatives in the ICU can contribute to delirium, a kind of brain dysfunction that can lead to a serious state of confusion and even paranoid delusions that the brain lays down as “real” memories. Early evidence suggests that one-third of COVID-19 patients of all ages, and two-thirds of those with severe disease, show signs of delirium, according to Harvard Medical School researchers.



Coronavirus: 'Baffling' observations from the front line

Chris Morris BBC Reality Check

May 23, 2020

Inflammation and blood clots

Everyone agrees that unprecedented levels of inflammation in the lungs make this a very different disease. When the lining of blood vessels gets inflamed, the blood is more likely to clot. And Covid-19 creates incredibly thick sticky blood in seriously ill patients.

"We find small clots in the small arteries of the lungs but also big clots in the big arteries of the lungs," says Hugh Montgomery. "More than 25% of patients have significant clots and this is a real problem." And the stickier the blood, the bigger the problem.

"You're much more prone to having deep vein thrombosis," explains Beverley Hunt, which usually means a blood clot in your leg. "And pulmonary embolism, when one of the deep vein thromboses travels around the body and blocks the blood supply to the lungs, adding to the problem of the pneumonia."



Could a simple gas produced by our bodies be used to treat COVID-19? Canadian trials underway

Avis Favaro

CTV National News

June 1, 2020

In the race to find an effective, low-cost treatment for COVID-19, a powerful molecule that has long captured the attention of medical researchers is gaining popularity.

Nitric oxide, a two-part nanomolecule made in the cells that line the blood vessels, is being examined as an experimental treatment for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Studies show it plays a role in helping to relax blood vessels and open the airways in the lung -- critical in treating those with advanced cases.

SaNOtize's nasal spray is designed to “disinfect” your upper airway using nitric oxide. Initial tests of the company's product suggest that the spray inactivated more than 99.9 per cent of SARs-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, within two minutes during laboratory tests.

One of the studies suggesting it may have potential as a tool against COVID-19 is a report by Dr. Roham Zamanian, a pulmonologist at Stanford Health Care in California. His team gave nitric oxide to a woman suffering from pulmonary arterial hypertension who had also developed COVID-19.



More evidence emerges on why COVID-19 is so much worse than the flu

Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post

Updated: 40 minutes ago

In larger blood vessels of the lungs, the number of blood clots was similar among COVID-19 and flu patients, the researchers wrote. But in COVID-19 patients, they found nine times as many micro-clots in the tiny capillaries of the small air sacs that allow oxygen to pass into the blood stream and carbon dioxide to move out. The virus may have damaged the walls of those capillaries and blocked the movement of those gases, the researchers wrote.

They also found inflamed and damaged cells in the lining of blood vessels in the COVID-19 patients.

Most surprising was evidence that the lungs of people attacked by the SARS-CoV-2 virus grew new blood vessels.

"The lungs from patients with COVID-19 had significant new vessel growth," a discovery the researchers described as "unexpected." In an interview, Mentzer speculated that may have been an attempt by the lungs to pass more oxygen to hypoxic tissue.



Relief for the COVID Kidney Threat?

Stockhouse Editorial

55 minutes ago

As hospitals across the United States continue to bring in waves of new patients with the COVID-19 coronavirus that has infected 1.9 million people in the country to date, the public remains focused on the damage the disease causes to our lungs, but a new study has found that more than a third of patients treated in a large New York medical system also developed severe and acute kidney injury.

This is where a biopharmaceutical company like XORTX Therapeutics Inc. (CSE: XRX, OTCQB: XRTXF, Forum) comes in to play, as it falls right under the criteria where its team is specializing.

With solid intellectual property rights, along with established proof of concept through independent clinical studies, XORTX is Click to enlargeworking to advance its clinical development stage products that target xanthine oxidase to inhibit production of uric acid. The Company has three very relevant products to this need in clinical development.



Halifax Companies Developing a Face Mask That Can Detect COVID-19

Omri Wallach


1 hour ago

But the immediate need and urgency for COVID-19 testing solutions meant that the Company could look at expanding the use of the virus detection technology. On Apr. 17, Sixth Wave (SIXW) announced it had filed for a second virus detection patent application to encompass a broad spectrum of devices, delivery systems and appliances. Where the first patent focused on the virus-detecting Accelerated Detection MIPs (“AMIPS”) platform, the second combines the sensor with practical devices to significantly alter the virus-detection landscape.



China's new outbreak shows signs the virus could be changing

Bloomberg News

May 20, 2020

Chinese doctors are seeing the coronavirus manifest differently among patients in its new cluster of cases in the northeast region compared to the original outbreak in Wuhan, suggesting that the pathogen may be changing in unknown ways and complicating efforts to stamp it out.

Patients in the northeast also appear to be taking longer than the one to two weeks observed in Wuhan to develop symptoms after infection, and this delayed onset is making it harder for authorities to catch cases before they spread, said Qiu, who is now in the northern region treating patients.

Qiu said that doctors have also noticed patients in the northeast cluster seem to have damage mostly in their lungs, whereas patients in Wuhan suffered multi-organ damage across the heart, kidney and gut.




May 20, 2020

DNA vaccine protection against SARS-CoV-2 in rhesus macaques Jingyou Yu et al.

Research Article | Science Date: 20-May-2020 DOI: 10.1126/science.abc6284

SARS-CoV-2 infection protects against rechallenge in rhesus macaques Abishek Chandrashekar et al.

Research Article | Science Date: 20-May-2020 DOI: 10.1126/science.abc4776


2 hours ago

Two studies in monkeys provide some of the first scientific evidence that surviving COVID-19 may result in immunity from reinfection

In a positive signal for vaccine development, two peer-reviewed studies published in @ScienceMagazine on Wednesday showed that rhesus macaque monkeys who recovered from COVID-19 were later immune when they were re-exposed to the virus. More research is needed to determine if immunity also applies to humans. Lead author of the studies, Dr Dan Barouch, said: “These data increase our optimism that natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity can be achieved in humans.”


Coronavirus: Hong Kong researchers find three-drug combination suppresses virus nearly twice as fast as drug held up as major hope against pandemic

Elizabeth Cheung

Updated: 11:24pm, May 9, 2020

The findings of the research, led by University of Hong Kong academics and published in The Lancet on Saturday, could signal progress in the search for a standard form of therapy for Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes the Covid-19 disease .

It discovered that using the antiviral drugs interferon beta-1b, lopinavir-ritonavir and ribavirin together was “safe and more effective” in reducing the duration of viral shedding – when the coronavirus is detectable and potentially transmissible – for patients with mild to moderate symptoms, while accelerating their recovery.



Scientists Create Antibody That Defeats Coronavirus in Lab

Tim Loh

May 4, 2020, 10:01 AM EDT Updated on May 4, 2020

The antibody known as 47D11 targets the spike protein that gives the new coronavirus a crown-like shape and lets it enter human cells. In the Utrecht experiments, it didn’t just defeat the virus responsible for Covid-19 but also a cousin equipped with similar spike proteins, which causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.

Monoclonal antibodies are lab-created proteins that resemble naturally occurring versions the body raises to fight off bacteria and viruses. Highly potent, they target exactly one site on a virus.

Two such antibody therapies show promise against Ebola. Companies such as Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. are also working on possible antibody treatments for the coronavirus.




The groundbreaking way to search lungs for signs of Covid-19

Chris Baraniuk

May 5, 2020

When Covid-19 was at its height in China, doctors in the city of Wuhan were able to use artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to scan the lungs of thousands of patients.

The algorithm in question, developed by Axial AI, analyses CT imagery in seconds. It declares, for example, whether a patient has a high risk of viral pneumonia from coronavirus or not.

A consortium of firms developed the AI in response to the coronavirus outbreak. They say it can show whether a patient's lungs have improved or worsened over time, when more CT scans are done for comparison.


Coronavirus Causes Damaging Blood Clots From Brain to Toes

Jason Gale

Updated on May 5, 2020,

Viruses including HIV, dengue and Ebola are all known to make blood cells prone to clumping. The pro-clotting effect may be even more pronounced in patients with the coronavirus.

The problem is visible in clots -- doctors call them thrombi -- that form in patients’ arterial catheters and filters used to support failing kidneys. More pernicious are the clots that impede blood flow in the lungs, causing difficulty breathing.

Clotting disorders in Covid-19 patients were noted by researchers in China in February, but their gravity has since become clearer. While doctors had thought the vast majority of lung damage was due to viral pneumonia, they’re now looking more closely at clotting.

In Italy, the first European country gripped by the pandemic, it was after Covid-19 patients died from acute pulmonary emboli and other clotting-related events that doctors moved to inflammation-blocking treatments, such as tocilizumab, sold by Roche Holding AG as Actemra, said Frank Rasulo, a head of neuro critical care at Spedali Civili University Hospital in Brescia.

Some doctors are starting to see Covid as less of a typical respiratory disease, and more of one that involves dangerous clotting, said Rasulo, who is also an associate professor of anesthesia and intensive care. “That’s quite frightening when you think of it, because we didn’t know what we’re up against until we were in a later stage.”



February 08, 2020

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Speaking the truth is guts, listening to the truth is weight!



Painful sleepless nights, resentment and grief interweave, mourn and pay tribute to heroes! Learn heroes to tell the truth and receive admonitions to get to the front!

——Sun Dawu


                                 Cantonese Opera  Hong Kong

February 09, 2020

The author has today made a personal commitment to Sun Dawu of the private enterprise company called Dawu Group. He volunteers to accompany any medical team sent to Hong Kong to treat patients during the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia crisis. He will apply his experience learned at ground zero in Beijing during the SARS crisis of 2003. He stands by the right to free speech and the people of Hong Kong in their time of trial and tribulation.

D. Carlton Rossi






[Anti-epidemic situation of Noonday Hospital] More than 200 medical staff are invited to fight-willing to go to the epidemic area!

"All medical staff in the emergency department are willing to go to the front line to fight with comrades-in-arms in Wuhan, obey arrangements, obey orders, and fight the epidemic!

The Department of Emergency Medicine of Dawu Hospital wrote a "competition letter" to support medical care in Wuhan. It was later learned that such a written application had received 41 copies of the office of Dawu Hospital, involving more than 200 people from 26 departments.


With the development of the new crown pneumonia virus pneumonia epidemic, on February 4th, Noon Hospital set up an "emergency medical team" to respond to the emergency work of the epidemic and various future emergencies.






Someone asked: There are many forms of challenge. You can stick to your post and fulfill your duties; you can go to the front line of prevention and control to do your best; you can also support local hospitals nearby ... why can the medical staff of Dawu Hospital apply for the front line ? Why dare to give up in front of an epidemic?

This is because Dawu Hospital relies on the Dawu Group to run a doctor with good heart, dares to invest and pays the doctor. The hospital requires doctors to fulfill the "Sincerity of the Great Doctor", "If you are in distress to ask for help, you must not ask the rich, the poor, the rich or the poor, the young and the young, the grieving relatives, the good friends, and the Chinese people. "Go for help." In this way, the doctor has dignity, and Dawu Hospital creates a new style in the medical industry. Not only does the best hospital be built in the countryside, but it also leads the industry. This is the pursuit of Dawu Hospital.

Dawu Hospital is a clean and pure team of cadres who do not receive red envelopes and no rebates. Therefore, in the face of patients, we can go to the rescue; in the face of the epidemic, we dare to move forward!

-Mobilizing speech at Dawu Hospital

In Coronavirus Fight, China Sidelines an Ally: Its Own People

The outbreak has exposed the powerlessness of private charities, civic groups and others who could help the effort but whom the Communist Party considers rivals.

The New York Times

Li Yuan

February 18, 2020

“The traditional management mechanism of ‘big government’ is no longer efficient, and is even failing,” Duan Zhanjiang, a management consultant, wrote in an article about managing the epidemic. “The government is very busy but not effective. The social forces aren’t being utilized because they can only stand on the sideline, watching anxiously.”

Mr. Duan suggested the government restrain its urge to be in charge of everything and focus more on supervision.

The Communist Party has never liked or trusted civil society. It is suspicious of any organization that could potentially pose challenge to its rule, including big private enterprises. It has cracked down on nongovernment organizations like rights groups and charities as well as churches and mosques. The party wants nothing to stand between its government and China’s 1.4 billion people.

That “big black hole” is the Red Cross Society of China. Unaffiliated with the Red Cross elsewhere, the Red Cross Society is one of two government-controlled organizations through which Beijing monopolizes philanthropy. The Wuhan government has insisted that all donations go through the local chapter.

The Red Cross Society is notorious for corruption and inefficiency. The Chinese media have reported on many of its scandals, including one nine years ago when a person who reportedly held a senior position there shared pictures of her opulent lifestyle online.











































我们站在一起,万众一心, 齐声喊:送瘟神!

Sending the Plague God

Sun Dawu

I pray every day,

Pray for God to visit Huaxia;

I curse every day,

Curse the plague god who made the coronavirus!

Yes, you have not infected my family.

I am far away from Wuhan and I am in the countryside,

But my family, loved ones, and fellow citizens,

Are scared and afraid of you,

You hateful plague god!

For more than ten days, I stared at my phone all the time, forgetting to eat and sleep!

Time is slow, my heart is beating, every minute per second.

Watching you raging wildly, sweeping the world,

Fengcheng, Fengxian, Fengcun.

Yes, you are great! You made thousands of patients!

Yes, people are afraid of you—

But I have to say, I'm not afraid of you!

You abominable plague god!

Your evil is just bullying honest people!

Come to me if you have the ability!

I challenge you, dare you take me away?

Can't take me away, you don't want to take someone around me.

I can do it:

If you infect my family,

I will kiss them

If you infect my loved ones,

I assume the responsibility of never giving up!

You're attacking my countrymen now,

I want to say aloud, get away, God of Plague!

There is no place for you between heaven and earth!

Let me know, please walk away quietly, we will give you a tribute!

I don't know how to beat you.

Because God is the heart, mankind will last forever!

Heaven and hell I have passed, I am not afraid of you,

I am qualified to die with you!

Let go of my compatriots, my loved ones,

Billions of pigs and chickens have become your sacrifice.

The paper boat candles are all burned to you, God of Plague!

God will bless us!

We stand together, with one heart,

Shout in unison: Send God of Plague!


              SUN Dawu imprisoned during the SARS crisis of 2003

孙大午 . 中外历史上多少英雄豪杰、仁人志士舍生忘死地追求"均贫富,等贵贱"的人类梦想,经过几千年的血雨腥风、朝代更替,只有到了现代的工商时代才在一些发达国家实现了"等贵贱"的理想。

Sun Dawu. In the history of China and foreign countries, how many heroic heroes and philanthropists have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of the human dream of "both rich and poor, noble and low". Some developed countries have realized the ideal of "equality and nobility".


A new coronavirus epidemic has led to a suspension of economic activity. A hotel in Wuhan, Hubei Province was unoccupied on January 29, 2020.

Hebei Private Entrepreneur Sun Dawu asked for help on Weibo: "Continued, will affect the national supply of livestock and poultry eggs in a few months, cause market panic, affect social stability, and call on the government to take immediate measures."

Affected by the epidemic, Sun Dawu had to close a hot spring resort and leave 1,500 workers on vacation. It is estimated that he would lose more than 49 million yuan.


The Bloated Bell


2月10日 11:11 来自 iPhone客户端

一个人唱戏,费力不讨好,所为何来?O崇祯为什么亡国? 当危机来临的时候,所有人都...

Singing alone is hard work, why not come? Why did Chongzhen die? When the crisis comes, everyone

Chongzhen is a reference to the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty. The Chongzhen Emperor (Chinese: 崇禎; pinyin: Chóngzhēn; 6 February 1611 – 25 April 1644), personal name Zhu Youjian (Chinese: 朱由檢; pinyin: Zhū Yóujiǎn), was the 17th and last Emperor of the Ming dynasty as well as the last Han Chinese to reign as Emperor of China. He reigned from 1627 to 1644. "Chongzhen," the era name of his reign, means "honorable and auspicious".

Zhu Youjian was son of the Taichang Emperor and younger brother of the Tianqi Emperor, whom he succeeded to the throne in 1627. He battled peasant rebellions and was not able to defend the northern frontier against the Manchu. When rebels reached the capital Beijing in 1644, he committed suicide, ending the Ming dynasty. The Manchu formed the succeeding Qing dynasty.

Note: The retweet is misdirected to a third party and then to the address below.


(Do not click on this website!!!)

Yes, the redirect does say assassins!!

 raven-3.26.2.min.js:2 异常值 (outliers)

All on this site are outliers!! ie. those who do not tow the party line or kow-tow to an emperor.  

The first story on the assassins news site is how the number of new coronavirus cases was the lowest this month in Hubei Province. This is a classic case of trying to change the narrative through selective choice of information or disinformation.

湖北新增病例出现两连降 10天来首次降至2000以下


环球网 02-12 09:09

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【环球网综合报道】据湖北省卫生健康委员会2月12日发布的省内最新疫情数据,11日0时-24时,湖北新增新冠肺炎病例1638例。截至11日24时,湖北累计报告新冠肺炎病例33366例。 环球网梳理湖北省2月以来每天的疫情数据发现,11日的新增病例数为本月以来新低,并连续两天出现下降态势。此外,11日的新增病例数自2月2日以来首次降至2000例以下。

[Global Network Comprehensive Report] According to the latest provincial epidemic data released by the Hubei Provincial Health Committee on February 12, 1638 new Hubei pneumonia cases were added from 00:00 to 24:00 on the 11th. As of 24:00 on the 11th, 33,366 cases of new coronary pneumonia have been reported in Hubei. World Wide Web combed Hubei Province's daily epidemic data since February and found that the number of new cases on the 11th was the lowest since this month, and there has been a downward trend for two consecutive days. In addition, the number of new cases on the 11th fell below 2000 for the first time since February 2.

https://c.m.163.com/news/a/F563F4330001899O.html? from=today-news

Warning: Do not click on the above address!!! 



China’s age of anxiety

Rowan Callick

 August 07, 2018

Chinese lawyer with a higher degree from the University of Melbourne has issued a rare, powerful critique of China’s “New Era” — the period of increasing centralisation, control and personalisation of power since Xi Jingping became president. Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Tsinghua University, one of China’s half dozen top higher-education institutions, published the powerful 10,000 character essay, “Our Dread Now, and Our Hopes,” on the website of the Unirule Institute of Economics, a liberal think tank that has challenged the return of authoritarianism.

“Yet again,” Xu writes, “people throughout China — including the entire bureaucratic class — are feeling a sense of uncertainty, a mounting anxiety both in relation to the direction the country is taking as well as in regard to their personal security. These anxieties have generated something of a nationwide panic.”

The feelings are prompted by the fact that China’s recent “national orientation” has betrayed the principles of the reform-and-opening period (1978–2008) initiated by Deng Xiaoping following the Cultural Revolution. For Xu, these principles “reflected a minimum consensus that was understood by the entire populace for the sake of peaceful co-existence.”





Hello everyone, welcome to the special program "Internet Game" of Radio Free Asia. I am the host of the show, Xiao An.

Audience friends, recently, Professor Xu Zhangrun, a well-known liberal jurist of Tsinghua University, has been widely concerned by international public opinion because of the repression of his speech. 57-year-old Xu Zhangrun published an article in July last year, listing various signs of retrogression in Chinese society, such as revising the constitution and canceling the term of office of the supreme leader. On March 25 this year, the news that Xu Zhangrun was withdrawn from all positions by Tsinghua University and suspended for investigation was spread overseas. Tsinghua University has set up a working group to focus on investigating his articles published after July 2018, which is widely reported by overseas media in recent days.

mp3 audio in Mandarin 15 minutes


                                    The walls are closing in-- in Wuhan


                                                        A. F. Moritz

A.F. Moritz (Albert F. Moritz) is the author of more than 15 books of poetry; he has received the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Relit Award (for Night Street Repairs, named the best book of poetry published in Canada in 2005), an Ingram Merrill Fellowship, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. A Canadian citizen, Moritz was born in Ohio and moved to Canada in 1974. He is a professor at Victoria University of the U of Toronto.

The Little Walls Before China

By A. F. Moritz

A courtier speaks to Ch’in Shih-huang-ti, ca. 210 B.C.

Highness, the former walls were helpless. They

stood alone in the middle of small fields

protecting nothing. A single peasant’s holding

engulfed each one as it ran briefly, straight

from noplace off to noplace, with ruinous steps

of broken stone at both ends. Only head-high,

without the towers, gates and towns of your great wall,

they stuck where they were, never rising over hills

or curving through valleys: nothing but shoddy masonry

and a mystery: who built them, how long ago,

what for? They seemed to have no role but balking

the reaper and the ox; their bases made

islands in the flashing scythe-strokes, where wild flowers

and shrubs sprouted.

continued in 3 stanzas

Albert Frank Moritz, “The Little Walls before China” from Rest on the Flight into Egypt. Copyright © 1999 by Albert Frank Moritz. Reprinted with the permission of Brick Books. Source: Rest on the Flight into Egypt (Brick Books, 1999)

                           A Tale of Two Cities

            Hong Kong                            Wuhan






Sun Dawu

Today at 09:06 from the iPhone client

Concealed deliberately, will it continue?

Just now, the Beijing News disclosed a shocking news: As early as mid-December last year, the relevant parties already knew about the new crown virus and learned that it will spread from person to person.

According to an article just published by the Beijing News: A new study on the transmission kinetics of a new type of coronavirus pneumonia shows that interpersonal transmission has occurred between close contacts in mid-December 2019. In addition, seven medical staff were infected from January 1 to 11. It was reported that the above research report was published in the New England Journal of Medical Journal (NEJM) on January 30, Beijing time, entitled "Initial Dynamics of New Coronavirus Infected Pneumonia in Wuhan, China". The authors are from China CDC, Wuhan CDC and other institutions.


今天 09:06 来自 iPhone客户端



据刚刚新京报刊发的文章说:新一项针对新型冠状病毒肺炎的传播动力学研究显示,2019年12月中旬密切接触者之间就已发生人际传播。此外,1月1日至11日已有7名医务人员感染。 报道说:上述研究报告于北京时间1月30日发表于医学期刊新英格兰杂志(NEJM),题为《新型冠状病毒感染肺炎在中国武汉的初期传播动力学》。作者来自中国疾控中心、武汉疾控中心等机构。




Amid Deadly Virus Outbreak, China Tried to Hold World’s Largest Banquet

John Hayward

January 26, 2020

The outbreak of the Wuhan virus has become a major political problem for China’s dictator Xi Jinping as accusations of bureaucratic paralysis, reckless policies, and dangerous secrecy fly within China and around the world.

On Thursday, the mayor of Wuhan noted that a huge banquet with over 130,000 guests was held on Sunday, days before the Chinese government suddenly reversed course and quarantined the city.

Channel News Asia noted Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang has been criticized for handling the virus outbreak badly. He responded by complaining that he and other local officials were not given adequate warning, so they proceeded with events such as a massive banquet in the Baibuting district of Wuhan.

“The reason why the Baibuting community continued to host the Banquet this year was based on the previous judgment that the spread of the epidemic was limited to humans, so there was not enough warning,” Zhou said, evidently meaning that early assessments said the Wuhan virus was not spread by human contact.

The banquet in question was a jaunty event presented as an early celebration of Lunar New Year, which begins this weekend. The annual banquet, now in its 20th year, allegedly featured almost fourteen thousand different dishes prepared by attendees and sponsors, a feat organizers hoped would set a world record for most dishes served at a single meal. Smaller versions of the Baibuting banquet in previous years set Guinness records.

“Having a big event like this at a time of an epidemic amounts to a lack of basic common sense,” Shanghai respiratory disease specialist Li Xinzhou remarked dryly to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

The Journal noted that some of China’s top epidemiologists arrived in Wuhan on the same day the banquet was held and made the determination that the coronavirus was indeed spreading from humans to humans, instead of being spread entirely by animals as previously believed. In fact, they determined a single Wuhan virus patient was able to infect over a dozen medical staff. While they were reaching this conclusion, thousands of people were sitting shoulder-to-shoulder at the Baibuting banquet and feasting on a wide variety of meats.

“People close to the Wuhan government, including advisers and business executives with which it consults, said officials remained overly optimistic that the outbreak would be contained while they focused on other priorities, including annual Communist Party meetings there,” the Journal wrote.


1:53 minutes in length















                                                     Marie Antoinette

It’s one of the most famous quotes in history. At some point around 1789, when being told that her French subjects had no bread, Marie-Antoinette (bride of France’s King Louis XVI) supposedly sniffed, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”—“Let them eat cake.” With that callous remark, the queen became a hated symbol of the decadent monarchy and fueled the revolution that would cause her to (literally) lose her head several years later.

这是历史上最著名的名言之一。 大约在1789年的某个时候,玛丽·安托瓦内特(法国国王路易十六的新娘)被告知法国的臣民没有面包时,他sn之以鼻地问道:“奎尔·曼特·德拉奶油蛋卷”-“让他们吃蛋糕。” 有了那冷酷的话,女王成为了the废君主制的可憎象征,并推动了革命,使她几年后(字面上)失去了头。


                                                    Sun Yat-sen and Family

The Wuchang Uprising was an armed rebellion against the ruling Qing dynasty that took place in Wuchang (now Wuchang District of Wuhan), Hubei, China on 10 October 1911, which was the beginning of the Xinhai Revolution that successfully overthrew China's last imperial dynasty. It was led by elements of the New Army, influenced by revolutionary ideas from Tongmenghui.[1] The uprising and the eventual revolution directly led to the downfall of the Qing dynasty with five millennia of imperial rule, and the establishment of the Republic of China (ROC), which commemorates the anniversary of the uprising's starting date of 10 October as the National Day of the Republic of China.

There were two revolutionary groups in the Wuhan area, the Literary Society (文學社) and the Progressive Association (共進會). These groups, led by Jiang Yiwu (蔣翊武) and Sun Wu (孫武) respectively, worked closely together as commander and chief of staff of the revolutionary efforts in Wuhan.[10] Beginning in September, 1911, these two groups began negotiating with the Tongmenghui (同盟會) for possible collaboration in the next uprising. The date was originally set for 6 October, on the Mid-Autumn festival. The date was later postponed, due to inadequate preparations.

In the same month, Sun Yat-sen returned to China to participate in the provisional presidential election and was elected.[19] Representatives from the seceding provinces met on 1 January 1912, and declared the founding of the Chinese Republic as Sun was sworn in as the first president.[20] The new republic then negotiated with Yuan Shikai to pressure the Qing government to surrender, offering the presidency in the process. On 12 February 1912, Empress Dowager Longyu, on behalf of Puyi, announced the abdication of the Qing throne, marking the end of the dynasty.


                Lily Sui-fong Sun 孫穗芳 (copyright D. Carlton Rossi)

One of the five temples at the new Sun Temple Complex.
Lily Sui-fong Sun who is the granddaughter of Sun Yat-sen (孫中山 孫逸仙) along with Sun Shuo and members of the extended Sun family pay homage to the founder of the Republic of China at a temple built in his honour.

In the city of Noon, the strong Chinese culture and ideas are spread here. Among Chinese historical figures, Sun Dawu likes two people most, Confucius and Sun Yat-sen. He believes that Confucius is a benevolent government, and Sun Yat-sen is a man of justice and virtue.

Sun Family


Remind us, why does Canada want a seat on the UN Security Council?

Eugene Lang and David Perry

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published May 6, 2018

To date, Canadians have been given no reason why the government is going to such lengths to win a Security Council seat. What is the agenda Canada wants to pursue through membership on the council? The absence of a rationale leaves the impression that for Canada a seat on the Security Council is an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. A more cynical interpretation is that this is motivated by a Canadian conceit and sanctimony that the world – and hence the Security Council – simply needs more Canada as its Moralizer-in-Chief.

There are only 5 useful seats on the Security Council.3 of these can and regularly do stop the UN from doing anything,especially in their spheres of influence. The other 2 have the US position. Their veto would only matter if the US, China and Russia all decided to do something, which rarely happens, and then if the UK or France decided to stop the other 3, which has likely never happened.


With the dearth followed by the death of Canada's foreign policy one is left to speculate as to the reasons that Trudeau continues to pursue with energy and enthusiasm a symbolic seat on the UN security council. As the deciding vote, does Canada intend to block a resolution of the United States in support of China and Russia or to support a resolution of China and Russia to oppose the United States?


Gerald Butts, then-principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaks to Trudeau’s chief of staff Katie Telford in July 2018. Butts will appear before the House of Commons justice committee, Telford will not.

It is never really appropriate though to look for anything deep with respect to motivation in the mind of Justin Trudeau since it simply is not there. The question to ask may not be "why"  but rather "who" or "whom". Whom does Trudeau want to sit on that seat? Who is so close to Trudeau over the years and has helped him win the election in 2015? Whom does he owe?


Chinese police detain fugitive rights activist Xu Zhiyong during ‘coronavirus check’

Xu found at home of Guangzhou lawyer on the weekend, two months after going into hiding

Homes of other friends searched as authorities tighten restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19

Guo Rui 
Feb 17, 2020

Activist Xu Zhiyong was detained in Guangzhou on the weekend after two months in hiding.

A Chinese rights activist in hiding since December was detained in the southern city of Guangzhou after police mounted “coronavirus prevention checks” on the homes of friends and sympathisers, according to other activists.

Xu Zhiyong, 47, had been in hiding since attending a gathering in Xiamen , in the southeastern province of Fujian, to discuss “democratic transition in China”. Four other activists – Ding Jiaxi, Dai Zhenya, Zhang Zhongshun, Li Yingjun – were detained soon after the gathering without access to lawyers.




2月16日 09:49 来自 iPhone客户端


Some people say that the news that can be reported is not news, it is advertising! Reporting news that cannot be reported is news, but requires "coronal virus" verification!

To fight coronavirus, China seizes hospitals and expels patients with other diseases The measures have left some people with life-threatening diseases without critical care, creating what one relative of a cancer patient described as a 'humanitarian' disaster



On February 14, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Canadian Foreign Minister Shang Pengfei in Munich.


Wang Yi said that China and Canada have a tradition of supporting each other in difficult times, and we are willing to carry forward this tradition with Canada. This year is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Canada. We are willing to take this opportunity to strengthen communication with Canada, work together to resolve some existing bilateral issues, and promote China-Canada relations and cooperation in various fields to return to the track of healthy and stable development at an early date.


From where did this Shang guy appear as if from nowhere?  Let's drink a toast of champagne to him!

One must try to examine the intentions and reasons for Canada's recognition of China in 1970 and its free-trade talks with China about forty-five years later. It was under Pierre Trudeau that Canada recognized China. His intention was to rile the United States so it was bad. His reason was sound as China was a populous country which was awakening economically.


In the same manner, the basis of Justin Trudeau's intention to proceed with free-trade talks with the United States was also bad because it was primarily aimed at riling the United States as his father had done rather than diversifying trade. However, Justin Trudeau's reason was unsound since Canada had had a free-trade agreement with the United States which has been a free country while China has not been a free country, but has continued to be an authoritarian country since 1949.

Canada's free-trade talks with China effectively came to an end on November 30, 2018 when the USMCA (with its China clause) was signed in Buenos Aires. A day later, Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver at the request of the US Justice Department based on rule of law. In retaliation, China arrested Spavor on December 10th followed by Kovrig based on rule by law.



2月14日 10:38 来自 iPhone客户端


I also want to know where the recent haze weather came from?

老百姓很纳闷,这到底谁干的? (retweet)

Original 我是参考君 河北参考 6 days ago




People are wondering, who did this?

Original I reference Hebei 6 days ago

All parts of the country are doing their best to prevent epidemics, and this "year" has also become a "year like a year".

People were all at home, cars stopped, factories stopped, commercial stores stopped, and streets were deserted.

However, every morning I look out the window. It's unbelievable that everything stopped. It's always been: haze!




2、过年了,绝大部分工厂都放假了,仍在开工运转的那些工厂该环保改造的也交钱改造了,这雾霾还和工业污染有关吗? 3、同样因为过年,各地的工程都停了,工地一片静悄悄。即使仍在运转的工地,也都按环保局的标准在施工,这雾霾还和工地扬尘有关吗?









After watching the weather push, another wave of polluting days is coming, and I'm bored. What do the experts mean by the haze that the researchers spent so much money on? Normally, tail numbers are restricted, or even single and double numbers are restricted. You said that it is. There are few cars daring to go on the road now. Why is there a smog?

Let's ask one by one:

1. People are all housed up, and there are cars along with them. Even the "three jumpers" in many 3,456,778 cities have stopped. Is this smog still related to motor vehicles?

2. For the Chinese New Year, most factories are closed. Those factories that are still in operation should pay for environmental protection. Is this smog still related to industrial pollution?

3. Also because of the New Year, the projects around the place were stopped and the construction site was quiet. Even the working sites are still being constructed according to the standards of the Environmental Protection Agency. Is this smog still related to the construction site dust?

4. No matter how fast the coal-to-gas and coal-to-electricity projects are completed, after all, they have all been changed. The only coal that has been burned is also clean coal purchased by the relevant departments. Is this smog also related to coal heating?

5. Fireworks and firecrackers have to be set off in the Spring Festival in previous years, and firecrackers will not be allowed in various places this year. There are only a few places that are unconscious, but they are sporadic. Is this smog still related to those fireworks?                           

6. No one gathers, and even a fart is gone on the street. Even in the big cities such as Beishangguang, the crowds are scattered to their hometowns. Is this haze related to the dense crowd?

7. The restaurant is closed, the toes are free to go, and the oil fume over the frying spoon is gone. Is this smog still related to food pollution?

8. The big trucks are not running anymore. They have to be quarantined for 14 days. The train drivers are all dumb. Is this smog still related to the exhaust of road transportation?

9. Even pigs have been banned in the countryside, and there is no place for pig farts. Is this smog still related to pig farms?

It doesn't matter anything, but the smog still can't be taken away. May I ask experts, where did it come from?

Medical experts are busy fighting the virus, and environmental experts are not idle. Come out and take two steps to answer these questions?



The passage in Mead’s essay that probably triggered Beijing hardest condemnation was his concern that China’s economy, which is much more fragile than the Communist Party wants to admit, could be pushed into a tailspin by the epidemic:

The Global Times predicted history would not record criticism like Mead’s in a “positive way.”

“Their voices will smell like stinky farts, making people frown and walk away.

With few people working it appears that the foul belch and stinky fart index is at an all time high with belching mouths and farting butts of critics.


There is nothing more intimidating than having a gun pointed a few inches from one's forehead by a guy in a hazmat suit. It may just measure temperature effectively or ineffectively according to circumstances in a Russian roulette fashion; nevertheless, it is perceived as a threat to one's safety and security which results in extreme anxiety.


孙大午 2月16日 09:49 来自 iPhone客户端


Some people say that the news that can be reported is not news, it is advertising! Reporting news that cannot be reported is news, but requires "coronal virus" verification!


Coronavirus: China expels Wall Street Journal journalists for article it deemed racist

China has ordered three foreign journalists of the Wall Street Journal to leave the country over an opinion piece it said was "racist".

The article published on 3 February criticised the country's response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.


In 2019 Reporters Without Borders ranked the country 177 of 180 countries for press freedom, after measuring media independence, respect for safety and freedom of journalists, and pluralism


大午医院抗疫情】200余名医护人员请战——愿赴疫区! “急诊科全体医务人员愿意赴前线与武汉医护人员战友共同作战,服从安排,听从指挥,共同抵抗疫情!” 大午医院急诊科写下了到武汉疫区去支援医护“请战书”。后来得知,这样的请战书,大午医院办公室已陆续收到了41份,涉及26个科室的200余人。

[Anti-epidemic situation of Noonday Hospital] More than 200 medical staff are invited to fight-willing to go to the epidemic area! "All medical staff in the emergency department are willing to go to the front line to fight with comrades-in-arms in Wuhan, obey arrangements, obey orders, and fight the epidemic! The Department of Emergency Medicine of Dawu Hospital wrote a "competition letter" to support medical care in Wuhan. It was later learned that such a written application had received 41 copies of the office of Dawu Hospital, involving more than 200 people from 26 departments.

随着新冠病毒肺炎疫情的发展,2月4日,大午医院成立了“应急突发事件医疗队”,用以应对疫情后续突发性工作及未来各种应急突发事件。 With the development of the new crown pneumonia virus pneumonia epidemic, on February 4th, Noon Hospital set up an "emergency medical team" to respond to the emergency work of the epidemic and various future emergencies.  

有人问:请战的形式有很多,你们可以坚守本职岗位,尽职尽责;可以到防控一线尽一份力量;还可以就近支援本地医院……大午医院的医护人员为什么能自愿申请到抗疫一线?为什么在疫情面前勇于献身? 这是因为,大午医院依托大午集团,善心办医,敢投入,敢给医生买单。医院要求医生做到《大医精诚》里所讲的“若有疾厄来求救者,不得问其贵贱贫富,长幼妍媸,怨亲善友,华夷愚智,亦不得瞻前顾后,护惜生命,一心赴救。”就这样,医生有尊严,大午医院创医疗界新风,不仅把最好的医院建在农村,还要领行业之风,这就是大午医院的追求。 大午医院是一支不收红包、没有回扣,干净、纯洁的干部员工队伍。所以,面对患者,我们能一心赴救;面对疫情,我们敢勇往直前! ——大午医院动员

As the number of coronavirus cases rises, epidemiologists around the world look at maps, flight bookings and population data to estimate the size of the outbreak—and explain why their results are higher than China’s official tally.

Video 4.55 minutes



Lung Biopsy of Deceased China Patient Shows SARS-Like Damage


February 18, 2020

(Feb 18): Doctors studying a 50-year-old man who died in China last month from the new coronavirus found that the disease caused lung damage reminiscent of two prior coronavirus-related outbreaks, SARS and MERS.

The patient died on Jan. 27 after a two-week illness that left him increasingly breathless. His heart stopped following damage to his alveoli, tiny grape-like sacs in the lungs that help bring oxygen into the blood and expel carbon dioxide. Blood tests showed an over-activation of a type of infection-fighting cell that accounted for part of the severe immune injury he sustained, doctors at the Fifth Medical Center of PLA General Hospital in Beijing said in a study released Sunday.

The case study of the Chinese patient, published in the Lancet medical journal, provides new insight into how the virus hurts patients. Such analysis has been made difficult because of “barely accessible autopsy or biopsy” data, the authors said. Chinese authorities have locked down the province of Hubei, where the outbreak has been centered, and limited access by non-Chinese experts to the front lines.

Although his fever eased after the drug regimen began, his breathing worsened and his blood-oxygen levels plummeted in his final day of life.

“He was immediately given invasive ventilation, chest compression, and adrenaline injection,” according to his doctors. “Unfortunately, the rescue was not successful, and he died at 18:31 Beijing time.”

Although corticosteroid treatment isn’t routinely recommended for pneumonia related to Covid-19, the doctors’ pathological findings of pulmonary edema and injury suggest that “timely and appropriate use of corticosteroids together with ventilator support should be considered” for severe patients, to prevent the development of a potentially fatal complication known as acute respiratory distress syndrome.




2月17日 10:35 来自 iPhone客户端


Faithfulness is conducive to action!



                               Professor Gabriel Leung

Coronavirus 'could infect 60% of global population if unchecked'

The Guardian International

Sarah Boseley Health editor

Feb 11, 2020

The coronavirus epidemic could spread to about two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled, according to Hong Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist.

His warning came after the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said recent cases of coronavirus patients who had never visited China could be the “tip of the iceberg”.

Prof Gabriel Leung (Chinese: 梁卓偉), the chair of public health medicine at Hong Kong University, said the overriding question was to figure out the size and shape of the iceberg. Most experts thought that each person infected would go on to transmit the virus to about 2.5 other people. That gave an “attack rate” of 60-80%.

“Sixty per cent of the world’s population is an awfully big number,” Leung told the Guardian in London, en route to an expert meeting at the WHO in Geneva on Tuesday.


             Wuhan Seafood Market                                    Wuhan Virology Institute

I wonder why no one has as yet publically asked the following  questions.

Did the The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market (Chinese: 武汉华南海鲜批发市场) in Jianghan District of Wuhan sell live or dead animals (used in experiments) to The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) 中国科学院武汉病毒研究所 located in Jiangxia District, Wuhan, Hubei or vice versa? Is it also possible that there was human to human contact between infected individuals at either of these two locations with the sale of animals?

D. Carlton Rossi            February 20, 2020


Chinese research lab ‘badly hurt’ by rumours linking it to ‘man-made’ coronavirus crisis

Wuhan Institute of Virology says conspiracy theories have ‘seriously interrupted the emergency research we are doing’

They include that the virus strain was ‘leaked from the WIV lab’ and it was ‘taken over by the military’

Liu Zhen in Beijing

February 20, 2020

A Chinese research institute in the city of Wuhan – ground zero of the coronavirus outbreak – has again dismissed rumours suggesting it is linked to the public health crisis, saying it has been “badly hurt” by conspiracy theories circulating online.

“The rumours … have caused severe damage to our researchers who have been dedicated to working on the front line, and seriously interrupted the emergency research we are doing during the epidemic,” the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which is affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said in a statement.

Those rumours included that the new virus strain was “man-made”, “leaked from the WIV lab”, that “the WIV was taken over by the military”, “a WIV researcher died from the leaked virus”, “a WIV student is patient zero”, and “a WIV researcher reported to authorities that the WIV chief was responsible” for the epidemic, the statement posted on its website on Wednesday said.



Coronavirus Exposed, Part 1: Communist Coverup, or Pandemic Bioweapon of Mass Destruction

UPDATE — JANUARY 29, 2020: What’s also odd, and outright suspicious, is that as of January 29, 2020, the location of Wuhan Institute of Virology (where the National Biosafety Laboratory is headquartered) on Google Maps has inexplicably moved since I first viewed it on January 24, 2020 and published this article on January 27, 2020. Its new location is now over twice the distance from the claimed epicenter of the novel coronavirus, Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Even its satellite imagery of the original site has been altered as well. Good thing I took screenshots.



A previous study published on peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet revealed that three out of the first four coronavirus patients had no connection to the seafood market in Wuhan

First coronavirus patient had NO connection to Wuhan seafood market - so did the disease start elsewhere?

Daily Mail

February 20, 2020

The first coronavirus patient was a bed-bound man in his 70s, BBC reported He had no connection to the market where Beijing says the outbreak began An earlier paper said 14 out of the first 41 patients were not linked to the place BBC's report comes after social media accounts pointed the origin to a virus lab Wuhan Institute of Virology said relevant allegations were false and rumours

The first patient diagnosed with the novel coronavirus has been reported to be a bed-bound pensioner who had no connection to a food market in Wuhan where Beijing's officials say the outbreak began.

The revelation, made by BBC, echoed with the information disclosed in a previous medical research, which has prompted Chinese people to speculate about the possible alternative sources of the deadly disease.

According to public notices released by Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, the first coronavirus patient appeared on December 8 and most of the initial patients were linked to the seafood market.

But BBC reported that the very first sufferer, also known as the 'patient zero', was a pensioner in his 70s who was bed-bound due to a stroke and suffered from dementia.

The unnamed man fell ill on December 1 - a week earlier than officials' claims - and had not been to the seafood market prior to falling ill, a doctor told BBC.

The team surveyed the first 41 coronavirus patients who fell ill between December 1 and January 2 and discovered that 14 out of the 41 patients were not linked to the market.

Notably, among the first four cases treated between December 1 and December 11, only one of them had connection to the market.



Did China Steal Coronavirus From Canada And Weaponize It?

Submitted by Great Game India

Last year a mysterious shipment was caught smuggling Coronavirus from Canada. It was traced to Chinese agents working at a Canadian lab. Subsequent investigation by GreatGameIndia linked the agents to Chinese Biological Warfare Program from where the virus is suspected to have leaked causing the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak.

Last year a mysterious shipment was caught smuggling Coronavirus from Canada. It was traced to Chinese agents working at a Canadian lab. Subsequent investigation by GreatGameIndia linked the agents to Chinese Biological Warfare Program from where the virus is suspected to have leaked causing the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak.

The NML scientist who was escorted out of the Canadian lab along with her husband, another biologist, and members of her research team is believed to be a Chinese Bio-Warfare agent Xiangguo Qiu. Qiu was the head of the Vaccine Development and Antiviral Therapies Section in the Special Pathogens Program at Canada’s NML.


In 2003, Xiangguo Qiu joined Special Pathogen Project of the National Microbiology Laboratory  ie. to investigate SARS.  The special 4 level lab in China was actually authorized in 2003, but not implemented until later.


The Wuhan Institute of Virology has been studying coronavirus since at least 2016.


By himalaya_hawk

January 27, 2020

A growing body of evidence suggests the Wuhan coronavirus may have leaked from the institute.

According to travel documents obtained by the Canadian CBC, Qiu Xiangguo traveled to China at least five times in 2017-2018, including providing training program for science and technology personnel in a newly established P4 laboratory in China, which is engaged in the most deadly pathogen research.

The Canadian Mounted Police investigated Qiu Xiangguo in July and took her away from the laboratory. Newly exposed documents show that Qiu Xiangguo was invited to the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for two consecutive years, twice a year for up to two weeks at a time. Public Health Canada says Qiu’s actions could be “violating policies.”

The document obtained by the CBC showed that “Qiu’s visit was funded by a third party”, but the third party’s name was erased from the document. During her trip from September 19th to 30th, 2017, she also met with collaborators in Beijing, and the names of the participants in the meeting were also erased.


'Toxic work environment' plagues National Microbiology Lab: workplace report

CBC News

Karen Pauls

October 18, 2019

Donais's report was conducted before an RCMP investigation into what's being described by the Public Health Agency of Canada as a possible "policy breach" at Winnipeg's Level 4 lab, where two scientists and their students from China had their security access revoked in July.

Some of the people on the lab side also have a reputation for being disrespectful, pushy and inconsiderate of the roles played by other employees. The report notes there is an increasingly fine line between disrespectful behaviour and harassment in workplace law.

There is little acknowledgement of the contribution of the NML's administrative side to the success of the science side, the report found, a "serious red flag" that needs to be addressed.

Donais noted that 21.8 per cent of the employees in the NML's program services division indicated they are currently experiencing mental health challenges that could affect their productivity.

He found the logistics division is "clearly a work group that is in serious trouble."




                                          Sky Soule

Misery infects virology lab: deadly pathogens, toxic workplace Winnipeg researchers producing brilliant science — including the Ebola vaccine — but current, former staff reveal litany of problems inside walls of high-security, high-pressure federal facility

Dylan Robertson

September 27, 2019

The bacteriologist was renowned for her work preparing labs across Canada for bioterrorism threats, and working with the RCMP to secure sites such as the Vancouver Olympics.

But after 16 years of working at Canada’s highest-security lab on Arlington Street in Winnipeg’s West End, Soule’s mental health began to deteriorate. She told friends senior managers were ostracizing her.

Normally known for her style and quick wit, she had been showing up to work in T-shirts and yoga pants, at times smelling of alcohol. Two months after the breakdown, she died in a coma after stumbling down a flight of stairs at home.

It’s unclear what set Soule off during her last day at work, on Oct. 21, 2016. Colleagues saw her stumbling down a hallway, swearing at the top of her lungs. Managers tried to calm her down. The on-site nurse walked her out of the building.

Two months later, Soule stumbled down a flight of stairs at home. She died in a coma on Dec. 27 at HSC.



How deep-brain stimulation treats disorders: “It’s given me my life back”

Wency Leung

Published December 16, 2019

Updated December 19, 2019

Dr. Plummer said he relied on alcohol over the years to deal with daily life, from stress to grief to happiness. Since alcohol use is common and socially accepted, and because he limited his consumption to evenings after work, he did not realize his drinking was problematic until he learned his liver was failing in 2012.

Today, he said, he is not completely abstinent – that is not his goal – although he no longer drinks every day and does not crave it. With his newfound energy, he is writing a book and working on developing an HIV vaccine.

A former scientific director of the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg involved in the development of an Ebola vaccine, Dr. Plummer is the first patient with alcohol-use disorder to participate in the trial at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; researchers are hoping to get a total of six. It is believed to be the first trial of deep-brain stimulation for alcohol-use disorder in North America.


From 2000 to 2014, Dr. Frank Plummer was the Scientific Director General of the National Microbiology Laboratory

In 2003, Xiangguo Qiu joined Special Pathogen Project of the National Microbiology Laboratory


                        Dr. Charles Lieber arrested at Harvard

Harvard Professor, BU Researcher Among 3 Charged With Illegal Ties To China

CBS Boston

January 28, 2020

BOSTON (CBS) – Three people tied to universities and a hospital in the Boston area were indicted on charges they lied about their ties to China or tried to help the Chinese government. Among them was Dr. Charles Lieber, the chair of Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

Prosecutors said Lieber had a contract with Wuhan Institute of Technology. He also ran a group that had contracts with the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health.



COVID-19 – What We Know and What We Don't Know

In Foreign, Science

Faye Higbee

February 18, 2020

On December 9, a Chinese National named Zheng Zaosong, 29, was detained at Logan Airport in Boston for attempting to smuggle biological material. The South China Morning Post noted: “21 wrapped vials containing a ‘brown liquid’ that appeared to be ‘biological material’ were found in a sock during an inspection of his checked baggage.”

Zheng Zaosong allegedly lied to Customs officials about the vials. He eventually confessed that he stole 8 of the vials from the Beth Israel Hospital research lab in Boston, and replicated 11 others (SCMP says 21 vials). He also had a laptop belonging to another Chinese national that contained research material. He said that the laptop “wouldn’t fit” in his friend’s luggage.

He claimed to be taking the vials to Sun Yat-sen Memorial University for research, intending to publish a paper for himself. The Govt did not release the contents of the vials, just stating that they contained “DNA.” The University has a satellite school in Wuhan, although it is NOT KNOWN if that was his destination.

His “friend,” Yanqing Ye, 29, turned out to be a Chinese Army Lieutenant in the PLA and member of the Communist Party. (Via Universal Hub). She was under the direct control of China’s military. She was indicted by the Federal government, but had flown back to China in April of last year. She allegedly was spying on behalf of China, and allowing her superior officer access to her credentials so he could snoop around.

he Justice Department says Lieber, 60, lied about his contact with the Chinese program known as the Thousand Talents Plan, which the U.S. has previously flagged as a serious intelligence concern. He also is accused of lying about about a lucrative contract he signed with China’s Wuhan University of Technology.

In an affidavit unsealed Tuesday, FBI Special Agent Robert Plumb said Lieber, who led a Harvard research group focusing on nanoscience, had established a research lab at the Wuhan university — apparently unbeknownst to Harvard.

“Many stories have promoted an unverified theory that the Wuhan lab discussed in this article played a role in the coronavirus outbreak that began in December 2019. Nature knows of no evidence that this is true; scientists believe the most likely source of the coronavirus to be an animal market.”

The problem with that statement is that the Wuhan wet market, while definitely a possible source of the disease, was inspected two months before the outbreak, according to John Cote at Special Forces Report.




Coronavirus may be the ‘disease X’ health agency warned about


February 22, 2020


The World Well being Group cautioned years in the past {that a} mysterious “illness X” may spark a global contagion. The brand new coronavirus, with its capacity to shortly morph from gentle to lethal, is rising as a contender.

From current experiences concerning the stealthy methods the so-called Covid-19 virus spreads and maims, an image is rising of an enigmatic pathogen whose results are primarily gentle, however which often — and unpredictably — turns lethal within the second week. In lower than three months, it’s contaminated about 77,000 folks, principally in China, and killed greater than 2,200.

Not like SARS, its viral cousin, the Covid-19 virus replicates at excessive concentrations within the nostril and throat akin to the frequent chilly, and seems able to spreading from those that present no, or gentle, signs. That makes it inconceivable to regulate utilizing the fever-checking measures that helped cease SARS 17 years in the past.

Li Wenliang, the 34-year-old ophthalmologist who was one of many first to warn concerning the coronavirus in Wuhan, died earlier this month after receiving antibodies, antivirals, antibiotics, oxygen and having his blood pumped by way of a synthetic lung.

The physician, who was in good well being previous to his an infection, appeared to have a comparatively gentle case till his lungs grew to become infected, resulting in the person’s loss of life two days later, mentioned Linfa Wang, who heads the rising infectious illness program at Duke-Nationwide College of Singapore Medical Faculty.



         Professor Gabriel Leung (Dean of Hong Kong University)

Coronavirus 'could infect 60% of global population if unchecked'

The Guardian

Sarah Boseley

Health Editor

February 11, 2020

Exclusive: Public health epidemiologist says other countries should consider adopting China-style containment measures

The coronavirus epidemic could spread to about two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled, according to Hong Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist.

Prof Gabriel Leung, the chair of public health medicine at Hong Kong University, said the overriding question was to figure out the size and shape of the iceberg. Most experts thought that each person infected would go on to transmit the virus to about 2.5 other people. That gave an “attack rate” of 60-80%.

Even if the general fatality rate is as low as 1%, which Leung thinks is possible once milder cases are taken into account, the death toll would be massive.

He will tell the WHO meeting that the main issue is the scale of the growing worldwide epidemic and the second priority is to find out whether the drastic measures taken by China to prevent the spread have worked – because if so, other countries should think about adopting them.

Experts also need to know whether the restrictions in the centre of Wuhan and other cities have reduced infections. “Have these massive public health interventions, social distancing, and mobility restrictions worked in China?” he asked. “If so, how can we roll them out, or is it not possible?”

If China’s lockdown has not worked, there is another unpalatable truth to face: that the coronavirus might not be possible to contain. Then the world will have to switch tracks: instead of trying to contain the virus, it will have to work to mitigate its effects.



Coronavirus incubation could be as long as 27 days, local government in China’s Hubei province says

In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, photo, medical workers in protective suits gather at a temporary hospital at Tazihu Gymnasium in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province.

A 70-year-old man in China’s Hubei Province was infected with coronavirus but did not show symptoms until 27 days later, the local government said on Saturday, meaning the virus’ incubation period could be much longer than the presumed 14 days.

A longer incubation period could complicate efforts to contain spread of the epidemic that has so far killed more than 2,000 people and spread outside China.

The man, only identified by his family name, Jiang, on Jan. 24 drove his car back to Shennongjia, in northwestern Hubei, from eastern Ezhou, where he had close contact with his sister, who had been infected, according to the government website of Hubei, the virus epicentre.

He had a fever on Feb. 20 and tested positive for coronavirus a day later, according to the government statement.



Coronavirus spreads in Chinese prisons, over 500 infected

By Alexandria Hein | Fox News

February 21, 2020

A spike in the number of coronavirus cases reported in China on Friday includes hundreds of prisoners who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. As a result, prison and security officials, as well as others in Hubei, have been fired over failing to disclose information and for allowing the virus to spread.

Justice Ministry official He Ping said more than 500 cases of the novel coronavirus had been confirmed within the country’s prisons. A majority of the 271 cases involving prisoners in the Hubei Province occurred at the Wuhan Women’s Prison, He told reporters, according to Agence France-Presse. Another 200 prisoners tested positive for the virus in Shandong Province, and dozens more were confirmed in Shilifen prisoners in Zhejiang Province.


‘Massive disaster’: Fears coronavirus could rapidly spread through Xinjiang concentration camps


Gavin Fernando

January 31, 2020

There are fears the Wuhan coronavirus will spread across to another region where it risks spiralling out of control.

There are over 400 camps spread across the region, according to research by the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement activist group.

Past detainees say up to 45 people can be confined to a single room, with one plastic bucket between them for toilets, in rooms so small people have to take turns sleeping.


Sayragul Sauytbay, who escaped from a camp in March 2018, told Haaretz: “The food was bad, there weren’t enough hours for sleep and the hygiene was atrocious.

“There were almost 20 people in a room of 16 square meters … each room had a plastic bucket for a toilet. Every prisoner was given two minutes a day to use the toilet, and the bucket was emptied only once a day.”

Dolkun Isa, president of the World Uyghur Congress, warned there would be “serious implications” if the Wuhan virus made its way into the camps, adding that “the lives of millions of people will be at stake”.

“We know for a fact that the conditions in the camps are horrible – many people have contracted serious sicknesses due to the overcrowded and filthy conditions,” he told Radio Free Asia. “China should do everything in its power to prevent the spread of the Wuhan virus into any camps because the consequences will be catastrophic, resulting possibly in the deaths of tens of thousands of Uyghurs arbitrarily detained.”


Release the "trainees" in "re-education camps" who are arbitrarily confined before the coronavirus contagion spreads as it has in three Chinese prisons. 


People with QR codes coloured in red are not allowed to enter public venues such as subway stations, restaurants or shopping malls for at least 14 days.

How big data is dividing the public in China’s coronavirus fight – green, yellow, red

Cutting-edge technologies and old-fashioned surveillance are being used to decide who can and who can’t go back to work

But the smart technology is not always that intelligent


February 22, 2020

Chinese state media has reported that the system covers three provinces – Zhejiang, Sichuan and Hainan – and the municipality of Chongqing with a total population of nearly 180 million, and will soon cover the entire country.

Maya Wang, a senior China researcher with Human Rights Watch, said the government’s existing surveillance infrastructure, built to crack down on crime, is increasingly being used to regulate other aspects of people’s life, including tracking their health status.

“In China it’s particularly problematic because there is not only no law on the practice of surveillance and there’s almost no mechanism to challenge the mass surveillance,” she said, citing the lack of freedom of expression and an independent judiciary.


Generally speaking, Chinese authorities don't care about the 5% minority whose rights might be infringed upon; for example, the Uyghur minority is one of the 5%. Eventually, though, many in the majority become like one of the 5% because of the application of pervasive surveillance with its secret, indiscriminate application which cannot be challenged.

One is reminded of the failure of the facial recognition technology during the Swine Flu Crisis in 2018-2019. At big farms, this technology which was designed to recognize the faces of people was applied to pigs. The technology was adapted on the fly to pick out symptoms of distressed pigs. All it takes though in a large swine herd is for one pig to be infected to contaminate the whole herd. The application of facial recognition technology was simply a distraction from the failure of the government to disclose the relationship of clusters of infected animals so that it could control the narrative rather than the disease.

It seems that in this authoritarian system people are treated either like animals or machines--anything but people who have souls. Patients are herded from hospitals into gymnasiums only to be neglected to death. On the other hand, doctors are overworked as one would overheat a machine running at 100% capacity for weeks at a time. Whether one is looking at either patients or doctors it is all about the numbers which can be arbitrarily manipulated for clandestine purposes. There is the greatest surveillance and data collection, but the least transparency and disclosure. In this war on the front lines, truth and trust are the first victims.



China bans trade, eating of wild animals in battle against coronavirus


February 24, 2020

Fast-tracked decision to prohibit consumption of wildlife comes into effect immediately

China’s wildlife trade and consumption industry is valued at 520 billion yuan (US$74 billion), according to a government-sponsored report published in 2017

China bans trade, eating of wild animals in battle against coronavirus

Demand for such meat has created a breeding industry in China for animals such as civet cats. The epidemic 17 years ago of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or Sars, which killed more than 800 people worldwide, has been linked to consumption of civet cats in China by the World Health Organisation.

Why did it take 17 years for a centrally planned economy to ban wildlife markets after the SARS crisis in 2003-2004? 

Maybe they were waiting for the return of the cicada in 17 years!

Then they waited more than 2 months after the first COVID-19 victim appeared?  When "why" can't be answered you know it is "who".


WHO Chief Says Ebola Response 'Did Not Match' Scale of the Outbreak

By Vivienne Walt

October 30, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has morphed into one of our biggest health crises in years, with at least 4,900 known deaths among more than 13,000 cases and experts warning the worst could be yet to come.

Despite a growing international effort to combat the virus, outside health experts say the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO)—the only worldwide health institution—has been slow to react. They stress that there’s plenty of blame to go around, including with the U.S. and other regional governments, who were tragically sluggish in responding to Ebola. Still, critics complain that WHO has failed to lead the global fight—exactly the kind of crisis it has aimed to efficiently handle or prevent since its founding in 1948. In general, many say it’s “too politicized, too bureaucratic… too overstretched and too slow to adapt to change,” according to a report by the London think tank Chatham House, citing health experts and some former WHO staffers.

Why has the WHO not declared a global pandemic in the coronavirus crisis when for all intents and purposes there is a global pandemic?  It's political--stupid. 


                                                        Nosferatu (1922)

Fear of Coronavirus, Rather Than Virus Itself, Hits Economies

Wall Street Journal

Greg Ip

February 24, 2020

"Traditionally in public health, the interventions we know work to slow disease down are things like diagnostics, isolation at home or in the hospital, protecting health-care workers," said Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University. "Larger measures like things China has done have no precedent."

"There's a lot of speculation about effectiveness and about negative consequences, without historical data, of those kind of macro interventions, like locking down a city, banning travel from one part of the country, or from a country altogether," he added.

Lawrence Gostin, director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, said, "We've lurched from complacency to panic and doing things that are overbroad and not evidence-based, with massive impact on the economy." Peter Berezin, chief global strategist at BCA Research, an investment advisory, estimated global growth would fall to zero in the current quarter and then rebound, for a full-year hit of about half a percentage point. But he also sketched out a more pessimistic scenario.



How epidemics like COVID-19 end (and how to end them faster)

A coronavirus, recently named COVID-19, has infected more than 70,000 people since it was first reported in late 2019. To predict how big the epidemic could get, researchers are working to determine how contagious the virus is.

Graphic Presentation

By Joe Fox, Youjin Shin and Armand Emamdjomeh

Feb. 19, 2020



Expert: Chinese Scientists Sell Lab Animals as Meat on the Black Market

John Hayward

Feb 20, 2020

Population Research Institute President Steven W. Mosher wrote at the New York Post on Saturday that China’s coronavirus epidemic could have been unleashed by researchers who sold laboratory animals to the notorious “wet markets” of Wuhan for extra cash.

His theory cited as evidence the release of new guidelines from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology calling for “strengthening biosecurity management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus.”

The novel twist to Mosher’s theory is that Chinese lab technicians have an unfortunate history of selling experimental animals to vendors such as the ones that ply their trade in Wuhan’s wet market:

Instead of properly disposing of infected animals by cremation, as the law requires, they sell them on the side to make a little extra cash. Or, in some cases, a lot of extra cash. One Beijing researcher, now in jail, made a million dollars selling his monkeys and rats on the live animal market, where they eventually wound up in someone’s stomach.

The novel twist to Mosher’s theory is that Chinese lab technicians have an unfortunate history of selling experimental animals to vendors such as the ones that ply their trade in Wuhan’s wet market:


The author was the first to present a similar hypothesis on February 20, 2020 by posing two questions.   See Coronavirus 6.

I wonder why no one has as yet publically asked the following questions.

Did the The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market (Chinese: 武汉华南海鲜批发市场) in Jianghan District of Wuhan sell live or dead animals (used in experiments) to The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) 中国科学院武汉病毒研究所 located in Jiangxia District, Wuhan, Hubei or vice versa?  Is it also possible that there was human to human contact between infected individuals at either of these two locations with the sale of animals?

D. Carlton Rossi                   February 20, 2020


Chinese pig farm jams drone of crooks spreading African swine fever Criminals drop contaminated pork products as part of racket to profit from the health scare.

By Reuters

Dec. 20, 2019

BEIJING — One of China’s biggest animal feed producers said it had used a radio transmitter to combat crooks using drones to drop pork products contaminated with African swine fever on its pig farms, as part of a racket to profit from the health scare.

In July, the country's agriculture ministry said criminal gangs were faking outbreaks of swine fever on farms and forcing farmers to sell their healthy pigs at sharply lower prices.

A state-backed news website, The Paper, reported Thursday that a pig farming unit of Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co Ltd had run foul of the regional aviation authority, as its transmitter had disrupted the GPS signal in the area.



                                              Marcus Licinius Crassus

The question is "what is the real motive behind the crime syndicates deliberately infecting swine herds and then selling contaminated meat?"  This author argues that their ultimate goal is  to purchase farm properties at distressed prices  having bankrupted the farmers. One is reminded of the practices of Marcus Crassus who was a wealthy businessman in the first century BCE and member of the first Triumvirate. He would offer fire insurance to wealthy Romans. If they did not purchase it then someone was sent to burn down the buildings so that he could purchase the properties at fire sale prices. In this way, he amassed a huge fortune equivalent to 229 tonnes of gold.







Chinese migrant workers are in a difficult situation 

Blockade and discrimination in epidemic seriously affect employment


The strict controls imposed by the authorities across the country have had the most severe impact on migrant workers. Some of them have been banned from entering the city, some have been driven out of their rental houses by their landlords, and some have fallen into the streets. Due to the factory shutdown, many people have difficulty finding work.

However, severe blockades throughout the country make it difficult for migrant workers to return to cities; according to official statistics, only one-third of migrant workers have returned. Many workers were trapped in the countryside after returning home during the Spring Festival last month.

"The pressure on migrant workers is generally high," Yang Chengjun said. "To make matters worse." Local officials have made their situation worse. These officials are pushing the notion that migrant workers pose a threat to public health and should be considered potential carriers of the virus.

According to social media reports, in some cities migrant workers have been forced to undergo quarantine in government-managed facilities. In places such as Wuxi in the east, workers from far away have been banned from entering and warned that the rebels will be "seriously dealt with."

Many migrant workers are former farmers who have been forced off their land due to urbanization or into manufacturing which is now in a temporary tailspin. 



The Chinese Zodiac

The study of the Chinese Zodiac is a pseudoscience akin to phrenology so one might say that those who believe in it should have their heads read. Nevertheless, the superstitious believe that the zodiac controls one's life in twelve year cycles. It may be surprising to some that the anniversary of one's Ben Ming Nian or Zodiac Year is not propitious but rather ominous. Coincidentally, recent Zodiac years matched what might be called plague years.

The year of the Rooster ended on February 15, 2018, However, a day before the WHO was notified by the the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of one case of avian influenza or H7N4. One might keep in mind that for over a year, the Chinese government withheld lab samples of this rapidly evolving influenza virus from the United States -- specimens needed to develop vaccines and treatments. If one expects transparency from the Chinese government in the recent COVID-19 outbreak it may not be surprising that one faces opacity instead.

The true believers in the Zodiac might have to overlook the year of the Dog. In this year, there were no rabid dogs running around the streets of Beijing; although one's pet pooch might have been "dognapped" and served as the main dish. On one occasion, the author gave an assignment to his students to compare or contrast their personalities with those attributed by the Zodiac. One student approached him and said that her Zodiac sign was a Dog, but that she was terribly afraid of dogs because one had bit her. I asked her if she were afraid of kittens and she said no. I then asked her if she were afraid of puppies. She said no. Then, I said to her to think of her year (and dogs) in terms of the year of the Puppy.

The year of the Pig began on February 5, 2019. By that time, Dawu Group's co-operative joint venture had lost 15,000 swine in a matter of weeks. When he pointed out to the government that it was hard to understand how the Group's case was the first to be reported by the government in Hebei Province and yet scientifically it was believed that ASF were found in clusters his free speech was curtailed with the censorship of his blog site for a full year up until the present time.

The year of the rat began with the COVID-19 crisis. It may have originated with a bat virus transmitted to a civet and then transmitted to a human, but no one knows for sure. The virus is causing widespread panic which is spreading faster than the easily transmissible virus. The wild card is that in some cases a seemingly mild reaction can transform into a severe case where the body is fighting itself.

The hardest hit segment of the population and economy through these virus outbreaks have been farmers and farming. It is a particularly dire situation for China's food supply when Chinese farmers in small business enterprises cannot feed themselves. How can they feed China when they cannot feed themselves? Food shortages and rising prices throughout China do not bode well for stability, security and sustainability in a milieu of anger, distrust and fear which swells from the bottom up.

D. Carlton Rossi

Leaked documents show China lied about Covid-19 case totals and mishandled pandemic

Justin Vallejo

The Independent

November 30, 2020

China underreported Covid-19 numbers by more than half as it downplayed the severity of the virus and their failure to quickly diagnose cases in the early stages of the pandemic, according to leaked documents.

A series of revelations in 117 pages of internal documents from the Hubei Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, obtained by CNN, shows how the Chinese Communist Party withheld vital information as the world grappled to contain the rapidly spreading virus.

On 10 February, China publicly reported 2,478 new confirmed cases while privately reporting 5,918 new cases - a 139 per cent difference. The documents also showed an undisclosed outbreak of influenza from December 2019 in Hubei province, more severe in Yichang and Xianning than in Wuhan.

The internal data showed a 2,059 per cent increase over 2018 that had not been previously reported


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