Essential Reading

Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

Ever feel you’re
being conned?

Oh, the irony! On the final pages of the just-released minority report on the origins of COVID-19, pieced together by Republican members of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, a series of reproduced documents makes fascinating reading. The first is a group public statement decrying the notion that the virus is the result of mischief or negligence in Wuhan’s infamous bio lab. Perish the thought!

We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that 2019-nCOV does not have a natural origin,” is how the signatories put it.

Well the real conspiracy, as subsequent documents obtained under FOI demonstrate, is the provenance of the statement itself, which began life as an effort by researchers with intimate and long-term Wuhan ties to get the heat off their Chinese friends.

“I spoke with Linfa last night about the statement we sent round. He thinks, and I agree with him, that you, me and him should not sign this statement, so it has some distance from us and therefore doesn’t work in a counterproductive way.

Jim Hughes, Linda Saif, Hume Field, and I believe Rita Colwell will sign it, then I’ll send it around some other key peopple tonight.

We’ll put them out in a way that doesn’t link it back to our collaboration so we can maximise an independent voice.”

That note is signed by Peter Daszak, pictured above with two Wuhan colleagues, one of whom is Shi ‘Bat Woman’  Zhengli.  Daszak just happens to be the consultant/contractor who funded the Wuhan lab’s research on SARS-related bat coronaviruses with subcontracts of $200 million in USAID funding and $7 million in NIH funding.

Once again, as been so often the case through the past 18 months of death, panic, lockdowns, economic havoc and allegedly ‘expert advice’ that all too often begins with the curtailment of traditional liberties, what the public was told was in diametric opposition to the truth.

You won’t hear much about the minority report in the mainstream media, so feel free to pore over its 83 pages, of which the Daszak deception is, alas, small potatoes in the grand scheme of things.

The report can be read in its entirety via this link.

If you have grown weary of chief medical officers blathering that Australian Rules footballs carry the virus, closing schools for no better reason than that they can while seemingly incapable of settling on a firm and definite age range for recipients  of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the House Republicans’ investigation might be the closest thing to common sense you’ll have encountered in the past miserable year and a half.

— roger franklin

Insights from Quadrant

The experts say…

Kurt Schlichter, one of the better commenters on US events and well worth bookmarking, has been thinking not so much about COVID-19 itself, but of the past 18 months of decrees, edicts, censorship, spin and chief health officers who, almost without exception, occupied their pre-COVID days with alarmist bleatings about the ‘climate crisis’. Then, while the real smarties brandished the China Virus as purported evidence of “our war on nature” , the alleged experts to whom our elected leaders have handballed all responsibility switched seamlessly and en masse to the pandemic. Schlichter writes:

…and then there are the revelations about where it came from. They first blamed the innocent pangolin. But it looks like it was our elite’s buddies, the Chi Coms, except when people raised that notion earlier, they got banned by social media. Our establishment limited our ability to speak about something true. Think about that. And they want to do it again.

And that’s where the vaccine hesitancy comes in.

The smart set squanders its trust then is shocked to find that its trust has been squandered. People are seeing side effects from the vaccine. Those were always going to happen. But our elite is unwilling to level with people about them and let individuals manage their own risks. Instead, our garbage elite dismisses people with questions as “anti-vaxxers” instead of engaging with them and earning their trust. See, we peasants are unworthy of engagement. How dare we seek to choose for ourselves? The nerve of us serfs! . . .

… The establishment has squandered its credibility, which is why its demand that everyone take the shot is getting shriller and the attempts to force people more punitive.

Imagine if they had been honest from the beginning. Imagine if they had been held accountable. But to do that, you have to imagine having a ruling class that doesn’t suck. And that’s more imagination than anyone can muster…

Schlichter’s piece can be read in full here

Essential Reading

Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

Ever feel you’re
being conned?

Oh, the irony! On the final pages of the just-released minority report on the origins of COVID-19, pieced together by Republican members of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, a series of reproduced documents makes fascinating reading. The first is a group public statement decrying the notion that the virus is the result of mischief or negligence in Wuhan’s infamous bio lab. Perish the thought!

We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that 2019-nCOV does not have a natural origin,” is how the signatories put it.

Well the real conspiracy, as subsequent documents obtained under FOI demonstrate, is the provenance of the statement itself, which began life as an effort by researchers with intimate and long-term Wuhan ties to get the heat off their Chinese friends.

“I spoke with Linfa last night about the statement we sent round. He thinks, and I agree with him, that you, me and him should not sign this statement, so it has some distance from us and therefore doesn’t work in a counterproductive way.

Jim Hughes, Linda Saif, Hume Field, and I believe Rita Colwell will sign it, then I’ll send it around some other key peopple tonight.

We’ll put them out in a way that doesn’t link it back to our collaboration so we can maximise an independent voice.”

That note is signed by Peter Daszak, pictured above with two Wuhan colleagues, one of whom is Shi ‘Bat Woman’  Zhengli.  Daszak just happens to be the consultant/contractor who funded the Wuhan lab’s research on SARS-related bat coronaviruses with subcontracts of $200 million in USAID funding and $7 million in NIH funding.

Once again, as been so often the case through the past 18 months of death, panic, lockdowns, economic havoc and allegedly ‘expert advice’ that all too often begins with the curtailment of traditional liberties, what the public was told was in diametric opposition to the truth.

You won’t hear much about the minority report in the mainstream media, so feel free to pore over its 83 pages, of which the Daszak deception is, alas, small potatoes in the grand scheme of things.

The report can be read in its entirety via this link.

If you have grown weary of chief medical officers blathering that Australian Rules footballs carry the virus, closing schools for no better reason than that they can while seemingly incapable of settling on a firm and definite age range for recipients  of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the House Republicans’ investigation might be the closest thing to common sense you’ll have encountered in the past miserable year and a half.

— roger franklin

Insights from Quadrant

The experts say…

Kurt Schlichter, one of the better commenters on US events and well worth bookmarking, has been thinking not so much about COVID-19 itself, but of the past 18 months of decrees, edicts, censorship, spin and chief health officers who, almost without exception, occupied their pre-COVID days with alarmist bleatings about the ‘climate crisis’. Then, while the real smarties brandished the China Virus as purported evidence of “our war on nature” , the alleged experts to whom our elected leaders have handballed all responsibility switched seamlessly and en masse to the pandemic. Schlichter writes:

…and then there are the revelations about where it came from. They first blamed the innocent pangolin. But it looks like it was our elite’s buddies, the Chi Coms, except when people raised that notion earlier, they got banned by social media. Our establishment limited our ability to speak about something true. Think about that. And they want to do it again.

And that’s where the vaccine hesitancy comes in.

The smart set squanders its trust then is shocked to find that its trust has been squandered. People are seeing side effects from the vaccine. Those were always going to happen. But our elite is unwilling to level with people about them and let individuals manage their own risks. Instead, our garbage elite dismisses people with questions as “anti-vaxxers” instead of engaging with them and earning their trust. See, we peasants are unworthy of engagement. How dare we seek to choose for ourselves? The nerve of us serfs! . . .

… The establishment has squandered its credibility, which is why its demand that everyone take the shot is getting shriller and the attempts to force people more punitive.

Imagine if they had been honest from the beginning. Imagine if they had been held accountable. But to do that, you have to imagine having a ruling class that doesn’t suck. And that’s more imagination than anyone can muster…

Schlichter’s piece can be read in full here