(No time at the moment to dig up the exact names and stuff…)
The part that is so dumb is the obvious conflict of interest on the part of the early “Saying it’s from China is a racist conspiracy theory” guy.
What’s worse, the stenographers who call them selves reporters today were all like “Well, he’s a science guy, so he must be telling the truth”.
This week, the lab leak hypothesis appears to have gone from “debunked / racist / hoax” to being generally understood to be the most likely explanation.
Which brings three thoughts:
1. The public official’s credibility is only burned with those that are indeed rational observers. Jonathan Swift’s admonition about reasoning folks out of what they were not reasoned into applies.
3. Hell, the Chinese are still reporting only 102k total cases, and less than 5k deaths, as if we are to believe that they were the only nation who’s numbers stayed the same for the majority of 2020. At this point, said rational observers are wise to not believing anything coming from a Chinese official, even if the official’s tongue is notarized in Mandarin.
Drumbeat continues to build:
And worth recalling that Tom Cotton wrote this thirteen months ago:
A good working definition of “humor” being “Telling an uncomfortable truth”:
“The idea that SARS-CoV-2 was engineered in a laboratory, and then escaped accidentally, always had a certain plausibility….On 2 May, the veteran science reporter Nicolas Wade published a long, detailed account of the career of the lab-leak hypothesis. His reporting appears to have triggered a cascade of defections, not simply from a consensus that no longer holds, but from a fake consensus that is no longer enforceable….If, during the Covid fiasco, scientists have not felt free to speak their minds, then we have a serious problem that goes beyond the immediate emergency of the pandemic. Regardless of how the question of the virus’s origins is ultimately decided, we need to understand how the political drama surrounding the science played out if we are to learn anything from this pandemic and reduce the likelihood of future ones.”