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Where Will They Land?

By Dennis E. Powell | Posted at 11:53 PM

The bats are coming home to roost.

Last week in a closed hearing of a congressional committee looking at the pandemic and governments’ handling of it, the former head of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, admitted that much of what his agency and others told the country was just pulled out of thin air (literally), and that his agency and others under his control tried to quash any talk of the likely origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

This came a week after “I am the science” pop-culture figure Anthony Fauci, a former government official and purported scientist reporting to Collins, admitted much the same, also in a closed hearing. In his testimony, Fauci repeatedly claimed not to remember important details of the government response to the virus. He led that response.

The prevaricating pair both testified under oath that there isn’t the slightest scientific basis for the widely enforced six-foot social distancing they had recommended during the pandemic. They recommended other nonsensical things, too, such as face masks, still occasionally seen as the virtue-signaling face diapers worn by committed loons, who invariably remove them when they have to cough. (Masks can do some marginal good if you are sick and do not remove them when you cough. They are of no use if you are not yourself sick and are afraid of those who are. Why? Because they will catch most of a sneeze or cough while it is still close to the person who sneezed or coughed, when the droplets are still large enough to be trapped by the mask.)

The two “scientists” also admitted that the virus very possibly came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, even though they had led the campaign to discredit that explanation. (We should wonder why they did this.)

Both Collins and Fauci are expected to testify in public later this year. I predict that they will be surrounded by lawyers.

Collins and Fauci were in lockstep in their word games about whether the United States had funded development of the virus at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, arguing over the definition of “gain of function” research. Such research alters an existing virus to make it more virulent or its effects more severe. The agencies the pair headed funneled money to the Chinese government/military research center through a shadowy nonprofit organization called EcoHealth Alliance. The arrangement resembled money laundering to avoid scrutiny.

Just today it was revealed that a Chinese researcher submitted the genetic sequence of the virus to a database run by the NIH two weeks before the Chinese government announced the existence of the pathogen — and the NIH rejected it! The genome was accepted when the Chinese government officially released it two weeks later. That’s two weeks during which the virus spread unabated.

The original submitter, Chinese virologist Lili Ren, worked for “a subgrantee of the EcoHealth Alliance nonprofit, the organization that previously awarded NIH grants to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and came under scrutiny during the pandemic,” according to The Hill. That scientists paid by EcoHealth Alliance had their hands on the inner workings of the virus before anyone else did ought to raise eyebrows. As should the NIH’s rejection of the heads up. Whistling past the graveyard?

It is now widely accepted that SARS-CoV-2 came from the Wuhan lab. It seems increasingly likely that it was created there — despite turn-every-rock searches, it hasn’t been found to exist in nature. U.S. gain-of-function research, and government funding thereof, has been banned, unbanned, rebanned repeatedly over the last decade. Fauci and Collins split hairs over what constitutes research that makes pathogens stronger.

For example, a preprint study published earlier this month has this chilling abstract: “SARS-CoV-2-related pangolin coronavirus GX_P2V(short_3UTR) can cause 100% mortality in human ACE2-transgenic mice, potentially attributable to late-stage brain infection. This underscores a spillover risk of GX_P2V into humans and provides a unique model for understanding the pathogenic mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2-related viruses.”

Here’s the story: Scientists in China extracted a coronavirus related to SARS-CoV-2 from a pangolin, or scaly anteater. They grew it through a succession of laboratory cultures until there was a version that would kill “humanized” mice 100 percent of the time. Humanized mice are genetically modified so their organs, particularly their lungs, are similar to human lungs — what infects them infects us. Unlike SARS-CoV-2, while spread through the lungs this virus’s target is the brain. Death comes in days.

Growing many generations of a virus in the lab so that it becomes stronger probably does not fit Fauci and Collins’s strained definition of gain-of-function, but function is certainly gained.

Please pause for a moment and let this sink in. Scientists from the place that unleashed COVID-19 upon the world have come up with a new and improved version that would kill anyone who contracts it. The researchers make no mention of taking any special precautions to prevent the release of their new bug.

(It sounds unspeakably horrible, doesn’t it. Let’s turn the heat up a notch. The accomplished ethicist Wesley J. Smith reports on a paper advocating human extinction, published in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. In it, Finnish bioethicist Matti Häyry suggests that human extinction is a good idea. Let’s hope this guy doesn’t know the Chinese virologists who have cooked up a way to bring about just that. My response to researchers and Häyry is: “You first.”)

Consider, too, the potential for weaponization of this newly developed bug. All that remains is either a vaccine or a way to limit its spread. (I’d get very nervous if China decided to close its airports and borders.) Or maybe it could simply threaten an island nation it has its eye on. There’s a reason that just this week a third U.S. carrier battle group was sent to the waters near Taiwan. If you were China and you saw the United States flailing around ineptly in its involvements all over the world, wouldn’t you be tempted to wonder if now isn’t the right time for China to scoop up anything it wants?

I have digressed and do not apologize for it. There’s a lot going on and we should all be paying attention to all of it, but that in itself would be a full-time job. We’re talking about how sunlight is beginning to cleanse the opportunistic, dishonest, and/or inept behavior of people we’re supposed to be able to trust, during the recent pandemic, so let’s get back to it.

Pfizer, which made billions of government dollars on the “vaccine” most widely and ineffectively used during the pandemic, has been saturating YouTube and other media with ads for a site it has set up to encourage old people to get pumped full of Pfizer vaccines for COVID-19 and other diseases. Pfizer is in trouble and it knows it. Not only is its mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine ineffective in preventing either the disease or its spread, it can impart side effects that can be fatal. Messenger RNA is a potential technology that pharmaceutical companies have hoped for decades to develop. SARS-CoV-2 provided the necessary opening at a time when Fauci and Collins, whose complicity in Wuhan lab research was danger of being found out, were eager to urge emergency approval of any damned thing that could be called a vaccine.

That’s before we even begin to look into whether contaminants in the vaccine make it unsafe.

Donald Trump has been called many things, but “thoughtful” is not among ‘em. You may remember when he proposed on live national television that bleach might do the trick (as indeed it would, just not in an acceptable way). Having declared his own God-like omnipotence, he’d be as close to embarrassed as Trump can be if he failed o bring forth the cure, so he was happy to have anyone claim to have a vaccine.

Then it didn’t work.

But wait, there’s more. People saw that the Pfizer vaccine did no good and even killed some people. This didn’t make people reject just the Pfizer COVD-19 vaccine, it made them reject the whole idea of vaccination. Just as Fauci and Collins and their co-conspirators made science untrustworthy, Pfizer made vaccinations of all kinds untrustworthy.

So Pfizer is going crazy trying to get people to submit to any of its vaccines, COVID-19 or otherwise. If you look at the company’s share prices you’ll notice that they’re headed steadily down even as corporate share prices over all are headed up. It was down again by six-tenths of a percent today. While Pfizer itself cannot be sued for injury resulting from use of its vaccine as given emergency government approval, the company’s stockholders can demand and obtain the heads of those responsible.

And while it is not widely covered — most science can be trusted, as can most vaccines, but the same cannot be said of most news media — reports are starting to come out having to do with vaccine after effects:

Post-Vaccination Syndrome: A Descriptive Analysis of Reported Symptoms and Patient Experiences After Covid-19 Immunization “We included 241 individuals aged 18 and older who self-reported PVS after covid-19 vaccination and who joined the online Yale Listen to Immune, Symptom and Treatment Experiences Now (LISTEN) Study from May 2022 to July 2023. We summarized their demographics, health status, symptoms, treatments tried, and overall experience.”

COVID-19 vaccine-associated mortality in the Southern Hemisphere is a Canadian study that looked at 17 countries in the Southern Hemisphere and concluded “The overall risk of death induced by injection with the COVID-19 vaccines in actual\ populations . . . is globally pervasive and much larger than reported in clinical trials, adverse effect monitoring, and cause-of-death statistics from death certificates, by 3 orders of magnitude (1,000-fold greater).”

Is the US’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System broken? The British Medical Journal found that Americans — including physicians — attempting to report bad effects from the vaccines were unable to do so on a site the U.S. government set up for the purpose.

Sadly, this is an election year, and our government, our “news” media, even our society itself, is more interested in winning than in doing the right thing. But there are a few congressional representatives who are interested in finding the truth, and it is out there for those who seek it. Once you do, you can’t help but think that heads should roll.

The bats — originally and erroneously blamed for SARS-Cov-2 — are coming home to roost. It’s important for all of us to see where they land.

Dennis E. Powell is crackpot-at-large at Open for Business. Powell was a reporter in New York and elsewhere before moving to Ohio, where he has (mostly) recovered. You can reach him at

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