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Jim Geraghty has done an amazingly good job of collecting information about the origin of the coronavirus. This is a monumental detective story. The fate of world health and world power politics may be involved. I won’t be a spoiler as there is no choice but to read it in its entirety. It’s on NRO right now. Here is the link: The Trail Leading Back to the Wuhan Labs.

Sherlock Holmes might call this “The Case of the Bat’s Blood.”

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  1. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Geraghty is on my stop-scrolling-and-read-it-now list, along with KDW and VDH.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 12:32 PM PDT
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  2. Stad Thatcher

    James Gawron: Jim Geraghty has done an amazingly good job of collecting information about the origin of the coronavirus.

    Isn’t it amazing a pundit is doing a better job reporting than all those “professional” journalists out there . . .

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    • April 3, 2020, at 1:20 PM PDT
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  3. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    I wish our government experts would have read this back in January. But they suck at their jobs.

    On February 4 — one week before the World Health Organization decided to officially name this virus “COVID-19”the journal Cell Research posted a notice written by scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology about the virus, concluding, “our findings reveal that remdesivir and chloroquine are highly effective in the control of 2019-nCoV infection in vitro.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 2:11 PM PDT
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  4. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    Sorry, but I find that account to be very, very thin on establishing any connections to prove its thesis — if it even has a clear thesis. The thesis seems to be that the virus originated in the Wuhan virus lab, and that “patient zero” was a woman named “Huang Yanling.” It doesn’t seem to provide any evidence of this. Much is made from the assertion that she has not made an appearance, though the Wuhan Lab says that she worked there through 2015 and departed in good health. That’s a good 4 years before COVID-19 “patient zero.”

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    • April 3, 2020, at 2:47 PM PDT
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  5. Unsk Member

    One of the researchers mentioned in the post at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Peng Zhou, was among those who first published a paper regarding inserting HIV into a CoronaVirus in December 2007. They have been messing around with the CoronaVirus and HIV for that long. It is not hard to see how things could go wrong. Now that there is a report that Bat urine and blood splattered on researchers at the Wuhan Institute, it is not hard to see how it could have been spread to humans. We likely will never know for sure because the ChiComs will never admit anything close to guilt. 

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    • April 3, 2020, at 2:56 PM PDT
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  6. Jim George Member

    @jamesgawron, thanks for this catch– I agree with @douglaspratt in that he has been, for some time, on my must read list, right up there with Victor Davis Hanson, Roger Kimball, Kim Strassel, and the list, thankfully considering all the propagandists we have these days who call themselves journalists, goes on and on. I would like to very highly recommend his now much-cited timeline of March 23, which has to be the most comprehensive list of its kind available — it is at https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/chinas-devastating-lies/, although I’m sure you read it a good week ago! 

    @stad, in re your comment, see above for my complete agreement, with the addendum that Geraghty is one of a pitifully — tragically? dangerously? — small and maybe dwindling daily group of that former profession still entitled to be referred to as journalists. 

    Thanks again for this great post.

    Sincerely, Jim

     

     

     

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    • April 3, 2020, at 3:55 PM PDT
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  7. Unsk Member

    More conclusive evidence courtesy of Zerohedge and a man with the moniker laowhy86:

    laowhy86: “After living and working in China for over 10 years and speaking fluent Chinese, you get to know a society pretty well… and let me tell you this – if you’re applauding or admiring the political leadership of China, you’re all deluded beyond belief.“”

     ZH: “That is how “laowhy86” begins this succinct video exploring the ‘facts’ – not conspiracies – behind the source of the coronavirus that is ravaging the earth.”

    laowhy86:”China doesn’t operate like ‘your’ country,” he warns, “the Chinese government is a face- and greed-driven government that relies on lies and bullying to maintain leadership.”

    ZH:” Furthermore, he notes, the Chinese government layers are “broken and fragile” and so it didn’t surprise him when he was able to follow breadcrumbs – as begun by our inquisition about the roles that certain individuals played in Wuhan – to discover the “very suspicious” fact that the Wuhan Bio lab had a job opening from November 18, 2019, asking for scientists to come and research the relationship between the coronavirus and bats.”

    ZH: However, after ZeroHedge was permanently suspended from Twitter for daring to suggest anything but the official narrative handed down, laowhy86 notes that another job opening appeared on December 24th (remember this is before any news broke of the virus publicly), which basically says ‘we’ve discovered a new and terrible virus and would like to recruit people to come deal with it’..

    This last post regarding December 24th job opening that says”we’ve discovered a new and terrible virus and would like to recruit people to come deal with it’.. Pretty much seems like the smoking gun for Wuhan Institute of Virology involvement. 

     

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    • April 3, 2020, at 7:14 PM PDT
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  8. James Lileks Contributor

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    Sorry, but I find that account to be very, very thin on establishing any connections to prove its thesis — if it even has a clear thesis. The thesis seems to be that the virus originated in the Wuhan virus lab,

    Do you find this more or less plausible than the Wet Market explanation? 

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    • April 3, 2020, at 10:07 PM PDT
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  9. Architectus Coolidge

    Unsk (View Comment):
    courtesy of Zerohedge

    ZeroHedge has been at the forefront of making information available on the Wuhan Coronavirus topic. You can read the various accounts and make your own decisions, rather than having stories filtered by a know-nothing mainstream press.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 11:24 PM PDT
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  10. Architectus Coolidge

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    Sorry, but I find that account to be very, very thin on establishing any connections to prove its thesis — if it even has a clear thesis. The thesis seems to be that the virus originated in the Wuhan virus lab,

    Do you find this more or less plausible than the Wet Market explanation?

    With the amount of Chinese cover-up being, well, uncovered, it sure makes one think that there is a lot there at the lab to hide.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 11:28 PM PDT
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  11. kedavis Member

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    Sorry, but I find that account to be very, very thin on establishing any connections to prove its thesis — if it even has a clear thesis. The thesis seems to be that the virus originated in the Wuhan virus lab,

    Do you find this more or less plausible than the Wet Market explanation?

    Is it really supposed to be just one or the other? The idea that research animals at the lab were being sold in the “wet markets” so the scientists could make a little extra money, could easily link the two. Just for one example.

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    • April 4, 2020, at 4:13 PM PDT
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  12. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Sorry, but I find that account to be very, very thin on establishing any connections to prove its thesis — if it even has a clear thesis. The thesis seems to be that the virus originated in the Wuhan virus lab, and that “patient zero” was a woman named “Huang Yanling.” It doesn’t seem to provide any evidence of this. Much is made from the assertion that she has not made an appearance, though the Wuhan Lab says that she worked there through 2015 and departed in good health. That’s a good 4 years before COVID-19 “patient zero.”

    Jerry,

    I just got back online.

    You need to ask yourself a few questions. First, how could Geraghty possibly get perfect conclusive proof of this? He can only demonstrate a strong plausibility for his story. The original origin story looks fishier and fishier. First, they weren’t selling bats at the wet market. Second, there aren’t any bats within 900 miles of Wuhan. Third, the information about the virus research and researchers at the Wuhan Lab, although only circumstantial, places a strong possibility of the virus emanating from the Lab front and center. As Sherlock Holmes used to say, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

    You bet we want conclusive proof but you must start somewhere. I think this is a very plausible starting place.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • April 4, 2020, at 6:14 PM PDT
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  13. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Architectus (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    Sorry, but I find that account to be very, very thin on establishing any connections to prove its thesis — if it even has a clear thesis. The thesis seems to be that the virus originated in the Wuhan virus lab,

    Do you find this more or less plausible than the Wet Market explanation?

    With the amount of Chinese cover-up being, well, uncovered, it sure makes one think that there is a lot there at the lab to hide.

    I agree, I like the Wet Market explanation better just by the logic of occam’s razor. But the way the Chinese government is acting – it makes me believe that they either had an accident at their lab – or they believe they did. I imagine with a lot of these virus things – you may not know you’ve had a problem for days or weeks afterwards.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 2:58 AM PDT
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