Closing Thought–20Feb20

Cotton And The Virus

There is not much Sen. Tom Cotton can say that I would believe as well informed opinion….personally I think he is a media whore that will say stuff and/or make up stuff just to get that face in the news for a day or more…..

His latest conspiracy theory is that the new pandemic inflicting the world was started by the Chinese government lab…..

Sen. Tom Cotton over the weekend again floated a controversial theory about how the coronavirus came to be. On Fox, the Arkansas Republican suggested the outbreak is linked to a Chinese biochemical lab in the city of Wuhan. “We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there,” said Cotton, “but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says, and China right now is not giving evidence on that question at all.” The problem? As both the Washington Post and the New York Timespoint out, scientists have rejected the idea that the Chinese government is somehow responsible for the outbreak as a conspiracy theory with zero evidence to support it.

“There’s absolutely nothing in the genome sequence of this virus that indicates the virus was engineered,” a Rutgers chemical biologist tells the Post. “The possibility this was a deliberately released bioweapon can be firmly excluded.” And the World Health Organization has called such claims part of an “infodemic” of faulty information. Cotton previously suggested the idea earlier this month, earning a rebuke from the Chinese ambassador to the US, who said that such “rumors” will only create panic. Later Sunday, Cotton issued a series of tweets clarifying that he thinks the idea is only one of a number of “hypotheses” that warrant investigation. He added that the idea of a “deliberate release” is “very unlikely,” though he said it can’t yet be ruled out. The Times notes that another China critic, Steve Bannon, also has been a prominent purveyor of the theory.

If it were anyone else I might pay closer attention to this theory……Cotton is a media whore that does not let facts in the way of his run to the news cameras…….or his chest thumping antics.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

8 thoughts on “Closing Thought–20Feb20

  1. I read something like that at the start, and there are biological warfare labs close to the outbreak site in Wuhan. However, there was independent testing of the virus (UK, France, etc) that confirmed it is a ‘natural strain’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Oh I know that we can take comfort in the fact that China would realize absolutely no benefit from a weakened America at the hands of some kind of accidental release of some bio weapon and we know that China has all the integrity and honesty in the world and would inform us immediately in case such a disaster were to occur and no cover up of any kind would ever take place ….Just like Fukushima …. and, of course, there will never again be any suggestion of some form of “Pearl Harbor” at the hands of somebody who is more of an enemy than a friend. Oh yes, I know we can take perfect comfort in all this confidence. We can take comfort in these propositions because, after all, China is a communist regime whose morality and integrity is beyond reproach, right?

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