Friday 13 March 2020

The Three Stooges

Larry, Curly and Moe
Pumpy, Trumpy and Joe. 
Pumpy has a go at China, calling it the “China virus”. Winnie the Pooh gets upset and sics his tame Troll, Joe (Zhao Lijian), on the case. Joe quotes a conspiracy website claiming America was the source of the virus and that its man-made. The website quotes Joe, giving his site more “credibility”. And so it goes. One “verifies” the other. The vortex of truthiness. Twitter goes bananas and it’s off and running. While Trumpy continues his own trolling. Saying it’s “China’s fault”. 
So is the virus man-made?
On one side you have three stooges, Trumpy, Pumpy and Joe.  
On the other side, saying it’s not man made, is The Lancet (Britain’s top medical journal), the New England Journal of Medicine, saying 
Of course, scientists tell us that SARS-CoV-2 did not escape from a jar: RNA sequences closely resemble those of viruses that silently circulate in bats, and epidemiologic information implicates a bat-origin virus infecting unidentified animal species sold in China’s live-animal markets.
Plus a slew of medical experts all of whom say it’s a natural pathogen. Not man made. Not an escaped bioweapon. Nasty, not nice, but natural.
And, running the “common sense ruler” over it: why would you release something that killed your own people? And… all other major viruses like Spanish flu and Ebola were also transferred by bats.

So, who to believe? Hmmmm… tough one…