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  1. about 15 hours ago on Bob Gorrell

    Gain-of-function research continued until 2014, when the Obama administration put a moratorium on federally funded gain-of-function research. Workers at the CDC might have been exposed to anthrax; vials of smallpox virus had been left in a National Institutes of Health storeroom. At the time, controversy arose over research on the H5N1 Avian flu virus that may have contaminated ordinary influenza virus material. In response, over 200 scientists signed the Cambridge Working Group declaration arguing for an end to experimentation creating potential pandemic pathogens “until there has been a quantitative, objective and credible assessment of the risks, potential benefits, and opportunities for risk mitigation, as well as comparison against safer experimental approaches.” Three years later, the NIH lifted the moratorium and created a framework for guiding funding decisions about such research. NIH Director Francis Collins was confident that the new review process would “help to facilitate the safe, secure, and responsible conduct of this type of research in a manner that maximizes the benefits to public health.” These fears around dangerous research are not unfounded. In fact, the first SARS virus escaped from a lab in Beijing back in 2004. Alina Chan, a molecular biologist and postdoctoral associate at the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, noted, “If there are no accidents ever in the lab, that means you’re not doing any experiments.”

  2. about 15 hours ago on Bob Gorrell

    I do not need to know, even though I do know. I can read what other expert, that have nothing to gain, have said, versus those that have a lot to lose, if it is true.

    The Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP), a nonprofit educational organization of medical professionals and laypeople, defines gain-of-function as “the euphemism for biological research aimed at increasing the virulence and lethality of pathogens and viruses. … These experiments, however, are extremely dangerous.” Further, the site says, “[Gain-of-function] experiments have neither prevented a pandemic, nor provided useful information about safe and effective pandemic countermeasures. … The experimentally altered pathogens have put the entire human species at risk.”

    Wikipedia defines it as: Gain-of-function research is medical research that alters an organism or disease in a way that increases pathogenesis, transmissibility, or host range. This research is intended to reveal targets to better predict emerging infectious diseases and to develop vaccines and therapeutics.

    “Gain-of-function” is the euphemism for biological research aimed at increasing the virulence and lethality of pathogens and viruses. GoF research is government funded; its focus is on enhancing the pathogens’ ability to infect different species and to increase their deadly impact as airborne pathogens and viruses. Ostensibly, GoF research is conducted for biodefense purposes. Scientists have been doing something similar with DNA and RNA, the Lego blocks of life, since the 1970s. Through a technique called “serial passage,” researchers began experimenting with weakening viruses to learn how flu viruses evolve. “Gain-of-function” replaced the term “serial passage” around 2012 (though not all researchers agree with this terminology).

  3. about 15 hours ago on Joe Heller

    If your daughters are of age, they have the right to make their own decisions. If they are healthy, it is very likely that they will have no to mild symptoms if the contract the virus. If you are vaccinated, and you think the vaccine is the greatest thing since sliced bread, like many think it is, you do not need to worry, as you will not get sick. If you think they are putting you at risk, even after you are fully vaccinated, please tell me why did you bother, if it you think the vaccine does not work or will not protect you? Of course, you claim to have pointed out all of the “scientific” evidence, but I will bet they pointed out other “scientific” evidence, for which you ignore, since it does not fit into your beliefs or agenda, right? I will bet that you have “read” everything put out by the so called “experts,” right? Will bet those “experts” are the DNC, the DNC propaganda machine (AKA the MSMN), and the current government, right? I will bet that is the total extent of your research, unwilling or unable to do any real research. And anything told to you by anyone that has a different opinion, or has facts that do not fit into your agenda, are all “liars,” right? It is very likely that you can not give the real definition of the terms/words “liar,” “lie,” or “misinformation.”

  4. about 16 hours ago on Joe Heller

    If they had the virus, they are more immune than if they got the vaccine, dummy (you and your mommy).

  5. about 16 hours ago on Bob Gorrell

    There is no proof only for those unwilling to look. For others, that are willing to do the research, there is plenty of proof. Just read the rest of the post. Even Fassuci has admitted that some of the US funds may have been used.

  6. about 16 hours ago on Bob Gorrell

    Here’s what Dr. Fauci knew within 13 hours of receiving an email suggesting a gain of function connection to the Coronavirus:1) Dr. Fauci knew there was a lethal virus on the loose that began in Wuhan, China.

    2) He knows the American taxpayers have funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

    3) He knows that the research grant didn’t go through the required oversight board.

    4) He knows the virus, quote, ‘looks engineered’ and quote, ‘not consistent with evolutionary theory.’

    5) He knows he may have ties to this work in China… his fingerprints, in fact, might be on this.

    “Hugh, It is essential that we speak this AM. Keep your cell phone on. I have a conference call at 7:45am with Azar. It likely will be over by 8:45am. Read this paper as well as the e-mail that I will forward you now. You have tasks today that must be done. Thanks, Tony.” The attached paper was titled “A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence,” with the abstract mentioning: "Using the SARS-CoV reverse genetics system, we generated and characterized a chimeric virus expressing the spike of bat coronavirus SHC014 in a mouse-adapted SARS-CoV backbone.Dr. Fauci’s claim — made during an exchange with Senator Rand Paul — that “the NIH [National Institutes of Health] has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology [WIV]” is “demonstrably false,” according to Ebright. At least some of the NIH-funded research conducted at the WIV “unequivocally” qualifies as gain-of-function, Ebright told National Review. A research article written by WIV scientists, “Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus”, for example, qualifies as gain-of-function and was clearly a product of NIH-funding.

  7. about 16 hours ago on Bob Gorrell

    Newly surfaced emails show connections among a U.S. health agency headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, EcoHealth Alliance, and Chinese scientists. The recently exposed documents also show that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were scrambling to find disinfectant and asked a National Institutes of Health official for help.

    Judicial Watch obtained 301 pages of emails and other records from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases officials who had connections with the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. According to the documents that were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, the NIAID gave at least nine grants to EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S. nonprofit organization focused on finding unknown viruses and infectious diseases in nature. EcoHealth Alliance reportedly used those NIAID grants to work with Chinese scientists on research such as probing the emergence of a bat coronavirus — years before the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The recently emerged emails also show that scientists at China’s Wuhan lab were scrambling to find disinfectant for equipment, including positive pressure personnel suits.The physical facilities of the Wuhan Institute of Virology were completed in January 2015, which made it China’s first biosafety level 4 laboratory. BSL-4 laboratories are “used to study infectious agents or toxins that pose a high risk of aerosol-transmitted laboratory infections and life-threatening disease for which no vaccines or therapies are available,” according to the U.S. Health and Human Services. “Laboratory personnel are required to wear full-body, air-supplied suits, which are the most sophisticated type of PPE,” the HHS states of BSL-4 labs. “All personnel shower before exiting the laboratory and go through a series of procedures designed to fully decontaminate them before leaving.” The emails from 2016 that were recovered by the FOIA request show a conversation where Wuhan Institute of Virology vice director

  8. about 16 hours ago on Bob Gorrell

    As recently as 2018, Fauci celebrated the lifting of the “pause” on such research (gain of function). With government in “upstream” control of funding, guidance, and publications, he argued, what could go wrong? Testifying before the Senate on May 11, Fauci was asked by Rand Paul: “Do you still support [National Institutes of Health] funding of the lab in Wuhan?” “Senator Paul,” replied Fauci, “with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect.” Few in the audience would have known that Fauci’s NIAID did funnel money, through a grant to a North Carolina virologist, Dr. Ralph Baric, to support gain-of-function research on bat viruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Further into his exchange with Paul, Fauci offered some reassuring words: “Dr. Baric is not doing gain-of-function research, and if it is, it is according to the guidelines, and it is being conducted in North Carolina.” Well, is he or isn’t he? Because if he is doing that research, who would know better than Fauci? Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has repeatedly denied any NIH money went to such research in Wuhan, but his organization has given millions of dollars in grant money to the EcoHealth Alliance, a research nonprofit that funneled at least $600,000 to Wuhan coronavirus research. Over the past few weeks we’ve seen Dr. Fauci and his boss Dr. Collins lie and lie and lie again over their potential role in the origin of the pandemic. Fauci lied to Congress. Dr. Richard Ebright of Rutgers University gave an on-the-record statement contradicting the Fauci and Collins claim. Jim Jordan used Fauci’s emails to connect the dots, and the picture they are painting is a damning one. The time frame Jim is describing here begins on January 31, 2020, when the world was still barely seeing the leading edge of the storm that was to follow.

  9. about 18 hours ago on Al Goodwyn Editorial Cartoons

    To all that think “voter ID” is racist. First, every American citizen is required to have a SS number. Every American citizen alive today has as legal birth certificate. Every American citizen alive today can get a FREE ID at their local state/county/city office, the same place they have to go to register to vote in the first place. As some of you stated, you needed a legal ID (or proof of citizenship ie. birth certificate or other legal way to prove you are who you say you are and that you have a legal right to vote) to register, so why would you not have one now, when it is time to vote? As for the requirement to show ID when you vote, that is to prove the person who is casting the ballot, is the person they claim to be. There are many reports that people went to cast their vote, only to be denied, with the election officials stating they voted by mail. They state that they did not vote by mail, but was denied the right to vote. This happened to me in Colorado, where they usually mail out ballots to all registered voters. I did not receive mine (stolen?), so went to the polling location to vote. They claimed my ballot had been received and counted already, even though I never received it and did not vote it. So who voted for me, and did they vote for the candidate of MY choice, or was the ballot ever mailed? They refused to allow me to vote, claiming it would be a double vote. They also could not void the ballot that was mailed in as they did not know who was marked on the ballot (after all, it is a “secret” ballot, right?).

  10. about 20 hours ago on Stuart Carlson

    So, it is ok for pelosi to put people on the “commission” that have already decided that it was all President Trump’s fault, and will do no actual investigation. But it is bad to have someone on the “commission” that will require they actually look into what the real cause was? This entire “commission” is a farce and waste of money, The dems have the report already written, and no amount of evidence (if they were to actually look for any) will change it. They might as well stop the BS now and send out the report they wrote back on January 6th.