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An interesting article from Politico discussing the origin of the pandemic.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/03/08/josh-rogin-chaos-under-heaven-wuhan-lab-book-excerpt-474322?utm_source=pocket-newtab

In 2018, Diplomats Warned of Risky Coronavirus Experiments in a Wuhan Lab. No One Listened.

... By April, U.S. officials at the NSC and the State Department had begun to compile circumstantial evidence that the WIV lab, rather than the seafood market, was actually the source of the virus. The former explanation for the outbreak was entirely plausible, they felt, whereas the latter would be an extreme coincidence. But the officials couldn’t say that out loud because there wasn’t firm proof either way. And if the U.S. government accused China of lying about the outbreak without firm evidence, Beijing would surely escalate tensions even more, which meant that Americans might not get the medical supplies that were desperately needed to combat the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States...

... What they were worried about was something called “gain-of-function” research, in which the virulence or transmissibility of dangerous pathogens is deliberately increased...

... This pattern of deception and obfuscation, combined with the new revelations about how Chinese labs were handling dangerous coronaviruses in ways their Western counterparts didn’t know about, led some U.S. officials to become increasingly convinced that Chinese authorities were manipulating scientific information to fit their narrative. But there was so little transparency, it was impossible for the U.S. government to prove, one way or the other. “If there was a smoking gun, the CCP [Communist Party of China] buried it along with anyone who would dare speak up about it,” one U.S. official told me. “We’ll probably never be able to prove it one way or the other, which was Beijing’s goal all along.” ...

The Rise and Fall of Joss Whedon

An article that I found quite sad.

https://theattic.jezebel.com/the-rise-and-fall-of-joss-whedon-and-the-myth-of-the-h-1846288271

Personally, I loved Firefly, Dollhouse, Avengers, and more from Whedon.

So sorry to see he's a jerk. Alas, much of this has been known for a while.

(Another reason I'm posting this is that he destroyed Justice League, and I'm still pissed about that. I think when Mr. Whedon sees the four-hour JL miniseries that Zack Snyder is creating for HBO, he will be rightfully humiliated!)

I just saw the Borat movie. How come no one here thought to call him "McDonald Trump"?

Borat refers to him in the movie as "McDonald Trump" at least twice.

In the past, he has served McDonalds food at the white house to visiting high school students.

Yet still, it did not occur to me to call him McDonald Trump.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN just said unequivocally, "The president is sicker than they are telling us."

And he goes into detail about the announcement of medications and the timing of events.

The debate drinking game -- add your own rules

Pour yourself a cup of your favorite beer, wine, or whatever. Have your next cup handy – things can get going fast. (Feel free to substitute the term “hit” for “sip” and “blunt” for “cup”.)

These rules are just a starter set. Add your own rules in the comments section.

1 sip
Trump says "Believe me"
Trump mentions "Hunter Biden"
Trump spontaneously sniffles
Trump says “Open the schools”
Trump says “Sleepy Joe”
Trump says “Fake news”
Trump mentions “Antifa”
Trump says “Biden is beholden to leftist extremists (or socialists)”
Trump interrupts Biden on Biden’s time
Biden mentions "Trump's taxes" or “Trump’s debt”
Biden says the words “unfit for office”

Anyone says “$750” in any sentence
Anyone mentions the name “Putin”
Anyone mentions the phrase “Black Lives Matter”

2 sips
Trump claims to be religious
Trump uses the words “testing” and “cases” in a single sentence
Trump accuses Biden of being on drugs
Trump slurs two words in a single sentence
Trump mentions “Crazy Nancy” or “Crying Chuck”
Trump says he saved millions of lives from COVID with his quick response
Trump says he pays millions of dollars in taxes (in the present tense)
Trump talks more than 30 seconds passed his time
Trump argues with Chris Wallace for more than 20 seconds
Biden talks more than 10 seconds passed his time
Biden says “That’s a lie” (must be the exact word “lie”)
Biden interrupts Trump on Trump’s time
Wallace says “That’s not true”

Drink half a cup
Trump slurs more than three words in a single sentence
Biden calls Trump a liar (must be the exact word “liar”)
Biden makes a significant gaffe

Drink whole cup
Trump invades Biden’s physical space
White chunks of Adderall fly out of Trump’s nose
Trump challenges Biden to fisticuffs

Drink six pack
Biden accepts challenge



The protests have begun. Here's a link to live streams.

This will be much more intense after dark. That's when the agents provocateurs come out.

https://woke.net/

There are protests every night, most notoriously in Portland, since the death of George Floyd.

It's become in vogue to be a live streamer.

Protests in Portland are back. People squaring off against cops. Live now.

https://woke.net/

Various live streams. This is intense!
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