Lisa Haven explores the credentials of Peng Zhou, a bat biologist in charge of studies at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This is a center only about 20 miles from the Huanan Seafood Market, where all of the first cases of the coronavirus orignated. Zhou’s expertise involved trying to mix the coronavirus with SARS and MERS. In other words, China was paying him to play with fire. And apparently, like a kindergarten student, that’s exactly what he did.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s beginning to look more likely that the coronavirus originated at that Wuhan lab, not the seafood market. A virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, told Nature that in order to study the virus in a lab, scientists at the Institute of Virology in Wuhan created a hybrid made of protein and the structure of a SARS virus. “If the virus escaped, nobody could predict the trajectory,” the Pasteur Institute virologist said.)
Just how long has mankind been messing around with coronavirus, trying to create the perfect bioweapon? The history goes back to 1987. Since then, there have been hundreds of cases of manipulative experiments to tweak and weaponize these coronaviruses. The Last American Vagabond winds through this perverted and largely closeted history, taking place in bioweapons labs across the globe. Also touched upon here: The arrest of Charles Lieber, the chairman of the Harvard University’s Chemistry Department, for providing bioweapons secrets to the Chinese that relate to the coronavirus.
Styxhexenhammer666 says it’s time to get prepared. Not because you’re necessarily doomed to be attacked if the coronavirus comes to your city or your region, but if it does arrive, there could be shortages. The latest tally? The coronavirus has now infected more than 12,000 people. The latest countries to report cases are Sweden, Italy, Spain and Russia, so it’s definitely making its presence known across Europe.
How do you survive a pandemic? Here are useful — and possibly life-saving — tips from Canadian author and researcher Stefan Verstappen. His works include The Art Of Urban Survival and The Way of the Warrior.
In times of pandemics, your best defense is to stay at home. To stay, you will need to be prepared, with the foods and basic supplies to last a few weeks, or a few months, whatever length of time might be required. You will need to be prepared as well to follow social distancing when you venture outside, so you can avoid exposure.
In this public service announcement Stefan Verstappen breaks down how to survive during a pandemic. Practical advice given on:
* How to avoid being infected
* What foods to store
* When to stay home
* When to go to the hospital
* What weapons are needed.
Having trouble finding proper face masks? You can make your own by transforming a bra. Another alternative: Swimming pool goggles. These might sound far-fetched, but supplies will be tight, and masks difficult to find soon.
We close with two new reports by Chris Martenson from Peak Prosperity. The first is entitled Are Men More Vulnerable To Coronavirus? The gist of the report: Yes, it appears that men, especially elderly men, are far more likely than women to contract coronavirus.
In the second report, Martenson takes a look at some of the public health officials and journalists pushing sloppy and erroneous assessments of the virus, and also does more comparisons trying to ascertain the actual rates at which the virus is spreading.