A Surprise Change of Venue for the Democratic National Convention

The Democrats have abruptly decided to relocate this summer’s nominating convention. Here’s the story from The Washington Post:

In a surprise move, the Democratic National Committee has decided to relocate the party’s July convention to Wuhan, China.

The convention was scheduled to take place during the week of July 13th in Milwaukee. However, with the coronavirus pandemic raging through major American cities, it had become unclear whether an event of that size would be allowed to take place.

At a hastily-convened press conference in Washington D.C., DNC Chairman Tom Perez said, “Since the very beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the Democratic Party has admired the way China has handled the infection. Chinese officials acted promptly and decisively back in January, implementing stringent measures that curbed the spread of the disease. As a result, no new coronavirus cases have been reported in China for several weeks. With respect to the coronavirus, Wuhan is now the safest city to be in on the planet.

“It had become uncertain whether we would be able to hold the convention in Milwaukee in July, given the way the disease is trending. The Chinese government has made an excellent facility available to host the relocated convention. It’s a large building in Wuhan that was formerly used to manufacture funeral urns, for which purpose it is of course no longer needed.

“There will be plenty of time to refit the premises for the full participation of the international media, so you will be well taken care of there. All American journalists can expect the usual gracious Chinese hospitality — except for those malcontents who were recently expelled from the country, naturally, but that’s only a tiny minority.”

Lijian Zhao, an official spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed his government’s offer. He said further details of the arrangements will be announced in the coming weeks.

Covid in a Time of Turmoil, Part Two

Below is Seneca III’s wrap-up of his two-part essay (part 1 is here) on the coronavirus crisis in the UK, with a particular focus on Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“The rules of the world-historical game change from decade to decade, and the dogmas that we have now will probably become obsolete.”

— Freeman Dyson Mathematical Physicist, Polymath and Philosopher, 15 December 1923 — 28 February 2020, a sad loss to humanity even after such a great run.

Covid in a Time of Turmoil

Part II. Covid 19 as an inorganic socio-political enzyme.

by Seneca III

1.   A virus is made up of a core of genetic material, either RNA or DNA, surrounded by a protective coat called a capsid which is made up of protein. Sometimes the capsid is surrounded by an additional spikey coat called the envelope (see above). Viruses are capable of latching onto host cells and invading them.
2.   An enzyme is a substance that acts as a catalyst in living organisms, regulating the rate at which chemical reactions proceed without itself being altered in the process.
 

Later, for the purpose of this analysis, let us change ‘chemical reactions’ to ‘human interactions’ but first, in a very simple way, let us look at how the enzyme, furin, enables and accelerates the penetration of a living cell by a virus, followed by a short description of how mutations occur, and then a look at vectors.

First, enzymes. Enzymes have a region known as an ‘active site’ that binds to a protein or other substance during a reaction. The envelope proteins (capsids) of viruses such as HIV, influenza, dengue fever, several filoviruses including Ebola and Marburg virus, and possibly SARS-CoV 2 must be cleaved by furin or furin-like proteases to become fully functional. The human enzyme furin is encoded by our chromosome No. 15, band 15q26.1.

Some proteins are inactive when they are first synthesized and must have sections removed in order to become active. Furin cleaves these sections and activates the proteins. Furin is also known as PACE (Paired basic Amino acid Cleaving Enzyme. (Note: see mutations!)

Second, once the virus has penetrated the cell wall, aided and abetted by furin, it injects its own short-string RNA (ribonucleic acid) or DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) into the cell and supplants the cell’s own reproductive function, replacing it with its own and then reproducing itself using the resources of the original cell, thus rendering that cell dead and depriving the infected body of a part of its essential functionality.

Vector is the word used to describe the way in which infections travel (are transmitted) between living organisms. For example, the vector for Yersinia pestis, the Black Death bacterial strain, was the fleas that lived on rats and transmitted that strain to humans by biting them. The vector for malaria is the anopheles mosquito which carries and injects infected blood containing the plasmodium that causes malaria. The vectors for Covid can be personal contact, contact with surfaces with the virus still alive on them, viruses travelling in airborne aerosols from coughing and sneezing, and also from infected faeces. This is why cleanliness in all respects and social distancing reduces or precludes the chance of cross-infection.

Note: The shorter the genetic string of a micro-organism, the harder it is to kill. The converse is why we as human beings with our huge genome are so vulnerable to micro-organisms such as viruses. The human genome has over 3 billion base pairs and is organized into 22 paired chromosomes, termed autosomes, plus the 23rd pair of sex chromosomes, (XX) in the female and (XY) in the male. These large linear DNA molecules contained within the living cell nucleus are open to a variety of attack vectors and what they carry, and the latter can now be bio-engineered via the use of rRNA (recombinant RNA) techniques and other methods… none of which were invented by bats or pangolins!

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Did COVID-19 Escape From a Chinese Laboratory?

Every since news of the Wuhan Coronavirus appeared outside of China, there has been speculation that it is a bio-engineered organism that escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan. Much has been written on the topic, and I am not knowledgeable enough to comment on the likelihood of such stories being true. In recent days there seems to have been a consensus that the disease most likely escaped from the lab in Wuhan, but had not been genetically modified.

The following Italian video from 2015 discusses a coronavirus that was genetically altered in a Chinese laboratory. Numerous experts acknowledge the truth of the story, but say that COVID-19 is not that particular virus, nor is it a descendant.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

The following article from Il Giornale (also translated by FouseSquawk) examines the issues posed by the video:

Virus, the case of the RAI video of 2015: Created in a Chinese laboratory?

The program aired in 2015 on TGR on a “supervirus” created in a Chinese lab. Is it the Corona virus? Salvini announces an inquiry

by Claudio Cartaldo
March 25, 2020

Some talk of a “coincidence”, some of a big “conspiracy”. Many, on the other hand, are certain that it is proof that the Corona virus SARS-CoV-2 was created in a Beijing lab (Watch video here).

A group of Chinese researchers, explained Daniele Cerrato in the release of the program, grafted a protein taken from bats onto the SARS virus, the acute pneumonia contracted from mice. And from that came a supervirus that could infect humans. Clearly, it remains closed in a lab. It is only for purposes of research. But is it worth it to run the risk of creating a threat so big, just to be able to examine it? In his program, Maurizio Menicucci spoke of this experiment in which the scientists succeeded in grafting a superficial protein of a coronavirus found in bats, onto a virus that causes SARS (the acute pneumonia) in mice. The researchers thought that the hybrid (a chimera virus) was able to infect humans, a hypothesis then confirmed by the lab results. Not only that. The molecule ShCo-14, explained the journalist, “allows the corona virus to contaminate humans “directly from bats without passing through an intermediate species like the mouse.”

The question that many now are asking is: Is this SARS-CoV2? Is it that virus, created in a lab by scientists, and which has brought China to its knees, and now the whole world? The suggestion that had already circulated in recent days is, for now, not confirmed by official sources. But yet, the TGR Leonardo video now seems to fit COVID-19. The ingredients are all there: The bats, SARS, acute pneumonia, the virus that directly attacks humans and infects them. The coincidences seem to be many, so many that even Matteo Salvini is asking for clarity and is announcing a parliamentary inquiry directed at [PM Giuseppe] Conte.

In reality, the experiments on the “chimera virus” have already been dealt with by the Italian press. Il Fatto, for example, has brought back to light an article on the argument, also in 2015, published by the international magazine Nature Medicine (Read here). It is the same article to which the RAI program referred five years ago. According to noted debunker David Puene, “none of the experts who have studied the genome of the SARS-CoV2 have identified it with the chimerical virus utilized in 2015.” Giuseppe Ippolito, scientific director of Spallanzani [Institute] thinks the same way. “It’s always the same story, full of fantasy, which from time to time requires us to issue denials,” he told Corriere. In addition, a group of British researchers had to speak out recently in supporting the position of the English government. For Franco Locatelli, the president of the Superior Health Council, finally, “there is no evidence that this has been the mechanism at the base of which SARS-CoV2 has been generated. It is bio-terrorism fantasy. All international groups share the sequence of strains isolated from the new coronavirus, and such a scenario has never been hypothesized.”

The viral dissemination of the video on social media has also, in the end, forced RAI to take an official position. “The program of 16 November 2015, which aired under the title “Leonardo, of TGR” was taken from a publication from the magazine Nature,” says the regional director of RAI, Alessandro Casarin. “Just three days ago, the same magazine declared that the virus which the program discussed, created in a lab, has no relation with the natural virus COVID-19.” Also interviewed by Adnkronos, the moderator Cerrato suggested “not making connections with Spy Story”. The program, he says, is the result of “a research that we found four years ago through international scientific agencies. And then a portion of the research was shown.” Now to understand whether there is a link between that virus and the pandemic that is exploding now, we need to turn to the experts, the geneticists. Two days ago, a systematic study of the genetic sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 came out (Anderson KG et al, Nature Magazine 2020) which shows without a shadow of a doubt that the virus has a natural and zoological (from animals, particularly bats and pangolins ) origin, for which the story of the virus “created” in a lab is confirmed to be a colossal hoax. Be careful, therefore, not to make connections with Spy Story. Let the scientists be the ones who have the final say.

Here’s another take on the subject (hat tip Fjordman) from The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:

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A Designer Pandemic?

In the following video, the former CIA station chief Brad Johnson discusses the Wuhan Coronavirus with Vlad. The main topic of discussion is whether the pandemic is a genetically engineered bioweapon, and if so, what it was specifically intended to target.

Pay particular attention to Vlad’s annotations during the last two minutes of the clip.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for conducting the interview and uploading this video:

Coronavirus 2019-nCoV versus the Bacterium Yersinia Pestis

The Wuhan Coronavirus has been dominating the news for the last week or so. Seneca III sends this comparison between the new pandemic and the Black Death, which ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages.

Coronavirus 2019-nCoV versus the Bacterium Yersinia Pestis

by Seneca III

It is alleged that the original genome of this particular Coronavirus was stolen by a Chinese researcher at a biolab in Canada that was working to find a cure for the four other variants of this strain, the last one being SARS. She has since been dismissed and deported. SARS, first reported in China in 2002, spread to 27 countries, infecting around 8,000 people and killing 700.

Wuhan is the centre of Chinese biowarfare research. Latest reports show that the Corona 2019-nCoV did not originate in the fish market but migrated there from prior cases and has nothing to do with bat soup. Could we be facing an escaped bioengineered pathogen causing a global pandemic on a scale proportional fatality-wise to the Black Death?

And, in view if the continuing spread of this plague, it is worth asking why, during the course of the Black Death pandemic in the 14th century, did three places escape its worst depredations?

Without any doubt whatsoever Poland was far less afflicted than the rest of Europe. Whilst Poland’s relative isolation was a contributing factor, King Casimir, by closing the Polish borders and putting the country into quarantine both externally and then again internally, created a second line of defence, thus severely limiting the incursions of this virulent pathogen.

”During Kazimierz’s reign, the Black Death, a pandemic infection, swept across Europe, killing millions. But Poland established quarantines at its borders, and the plague skirted Poland almost entirely.”

— Zuchora-Walske, Christine, Poland, North Mankato: ABDO Publishing, 2013.

Also, in Poland, outside of the cities, centres of population were sparsely scattered and rural. The inhabitants were prone to a wariness of ‘strangers’ who might be disease vectors, and the fact that it took a long time for travelers to reach these semi-isolated communities often exceeded the short incubation period of the disease in humans.

(And thus, why the long incubation period of Corona 2019-nCoV is of concern to us today; the next ten to twenty days will tell us if the progress of the contagion has become or could become exponential.)

Milan and Venice also sustained low mortality rates (said to be 15% or less) relative to the rest of Europe by employing similar practices to those in Poland. Both the Milanese and the Venetians, because of their extensive trade links and greater proximity to the Asian epicentre, had advance warning of the plague. In Milan in particular, infected households were isolated and rigorously quarantined, and, as Milan was a walled city, the burghers simply locked the gates and used armed force to deny entry to the city. Food and trade goods were brought to the gates, left outside for the Milanese to collect without contact with the traders, and then they in turn left payment for the traders to collect once the townsfolk had retreated back inside.

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China: Steve Bannon Is a Demon? A Dragon? Whatev.

Talking to Fox from France, Bannon points out that the Chinese attack on him, is aimed at a now-private citizen, not a politician. Is he intended to serve as a stand-in for Trump, who scares them more?

[Don’t forget that Mr. Bannon is one of the leading lights in the action group, The Present Danger: China. That title deliberately echoes the period of the Cold War against the Soviet Union, when conservatives fought against Russia’s attempt at world hegemony while many on the left played footsie with the Kremlin.

Now the players have changed: China’s questionable deals with Joe Biden and family are being ignored in the MSM while Steve Bannon’s continuing depth charges shake China’s façade.]

So here’s the latest salvo, served and returned:

What is of great interest is Bannon’s decision to work with the nationalist movement in Europe. He was certainly doing just that job as a leading strategist in the Trump campaign; when he came on board, the tone and focus became much more oriented toward our country qua economic nation. He convinced Trump to ignore the polls and focus on the people.

But previous to that, ever since the unexpected death of Andrew Breitbart in 2012, it would appear that Mr. Bannon began to lose whatever heart he had for team sports. That loss probably made his work in the Oval Office, post-election, feel confining. It was a fiery exit.

What he is doing in Europe now is strategic assessments for a number of nationalist teams without having to belong to any one of them. His work is vital and important; he knows European history (the man has been devouring books for decades) and he has mastered the geo-strategic goals of the major world players. That’s why China is bashing him so hard. They badly need to damage him before he spoils their game utterly.

Meanwhile, Bannon is attempting to support a refuge in Italy for the future of Judeo-Christian culture. This video from German media tries to undo the work of Trisulti. Given the continued rise of economic populism in the smaller countries of Europe, all left-wing media repetitions of “ultra-conservative”, “obsessive cults of identity”, etc, ad nauseam, is spitting in the wind of reality. Globalism is on the wane.

You will be hard put to find a reasonable media explanation for Bannon. I couldn’t find nary a one through three pages of searches. Acres of vitriol and venom, though. He could be even more demonized than Trump…may he enjoy his dragon costume. Thanks to Fox for giving him a small window from which to speak.

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Conservative Tree House hat tip for the Fox video.

The Chinese Threat Is Existential

It was bound to come to this. As usual, Washington’s administrative state has been diverting attention from the real problem by entertaining themselves with adolescent scary stories about Russia’s interference in our elections. As if…

This is a hot mess and it could become a radioactive hot mess in the not-too-distant future. Global warming is looming?? No, China is looming and looming large. Steve Bannon lays out the problem, a greater threat than the Soviet Union ever was, and we are much weakened by our elites who would sell us out for their own bottom lines:

The Center for Security Policy is sponsoring the ‘Committee on the Present Danger: China’ (CPDC). Its name harkens back to Soviet Russia and the now-dead Cold War.

From Bill Gertz at The Free Beacon:

China under Communist Party rule poses an existential threat and must be countered with stronger defense, economic, and political measures, according to a new committee of experts.

Former government, military, and intelligence leaders joined by business leaders and human rights advocates warned during an inaugural press briefing that Communist China poses the most dangerous threat to the United States and the world.

Creation of the Committee on the Present Danger-China follows three earlier iterations of the storied organization that played influential roles in American national security policy beginning in the 1950s and throughout the Cold War and after.

The panel includes a blue-ribbon roster of 43 experts including former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, former Education Secretary William Bennett, former Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence ret. Lt. Gen. Gerald Boykin, and former Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.).

Other notable figures include University of Pennsylvania China specialist Arthur Waldron, strategic missile defense expert Henry Cooper, Chinese Christian activist Bob Fu, former Voice of America China broadcaster Sasha Gong, and retired Navy Capt. James Fanell, former intelligence director for the Pacific Fleet.

One of the first actions by the committee was to issue a warning on the anticipated U.S.-China trade deal that is said to be close to being completed.

“The trade deal the Trump administration is now negotiating with China is expected to address its Communist Party’s longstanding practice of stealing American intellectual property—the life-blood of our information-based economy and a key component of our national security,” the statement said.

“It remains to be seen whether any new commitments from the Chinese to end this practice will be honored since past ones have not.”

Frank Gaffney, vice chairman of the Committee, said even if a trade deal is reached and China honors its commitments, “we are still facing a world of hurt at their hands.”

“We must address these other dimensions of the problem that ultimately emanate from the character of the communist regime, mainly that it is ruled, brutally, in a totalitarian fashion, by the Chinese Communist Party,” Gaffney said.

Committee chairman Brian Kennedy said the independent, non-partisan group will seek to educate and inform the American public and government policymakers regarding the threat from China ruled by the Communist Party of China.

The threat includes a large-scale military buildup, active information and political warfare that targets the American people, business, political, and media elites, and Beijing’s aggressive cyber and economic warfare.

“The Committee takes no ideological point of view, rather it relies on the facts as reasonable people can understand them,” Kennedy said. “Armed with these facts, the Committee believes the common sense of the American people will demand from their elected officials that all reasonable measures be taken to defend the United States, our economic interests, and the security of the American people.”

Woolsey, former CIA director in the administration of Bill Clinton, said China is seeking to defeat the United States according to the dictums of the ancient Chinese strategist Sun Tzu—without having to engage in a major conflict.

“We have to be able to turn away Chinese domination of our Internet,” Woolsey said, noting efforts by China’s Huawei Technologies and other firms to control the emerging 5G telecommunications technology.

Boykin, undersecretary of defense for intelligence in the George W. Bush administration, said the Chinese intelligence threat has increased rapidly and through cyber attacks stolen or reverse-engineered large amounts of advanced American technology.

The Chinese strategy against the United States was outlined in a 1999 book by two People’s Liberation Army colonels called Unrestricted Warfare. The book called for using all forms of warfare—military, diplomatic, economic, financial, and even terrorism—to win wars.

The book “laid out the absolute road-map for how they intended to take over America, and they are in the process of doing everything they said they wanted to do in that treatise,” Boykin said.

Boykin said a counterintelligence briefing he received at the Pentagon revealed Chinese intelligence agencies had planted spies throughout the United States.

As I’ve suggested in the past, learn Mandarin. Or teach it to your children. They may need it to survive in the future.