*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***
+ JOLT News: Take steps to get ‘Flood Smart’ this Flood Awareness Week – Here are some specific suggestions for people who live in flood plains.
+ JOLT News: Public invited to nominate tourism leaders – New award named for Patrick Knutson to honor “legend” of tourism
+ Experience Olympian and Beyond: Annual State of Tourism Meeting will be held at Yelm Cinemas Nov. 18
+ JOLT News: County official proposes redistricting – County district maps would have non-contiguous boundaries under a plan proposed by County Manager Ramiro Chavez
+ Prestige Senior Living Yelm: Rosemont will be holding a free webinar dedicated to answering the community’s questions on cognitive health, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Enroll for the online webinar is October 28 at 2 p.m.
+ The Seattle Times: Alaska Air Group turns its first unaided profit since 2019
+ KING-5 TV News: Impacts of another potential La Niña winter already being felt in western Washington – This would be the second La Niña in a row, which could make for a colder, wetter fall and better snowpack in the winter.
+ The Seattle Times: Western Washington’s first Black U.S. attorney, Nick Brown
+ South Sound Business: BaseHubs, a new app aimed at connecting JBLM families and veterans with local businesses, has officially launched in Pierce County to help drive the region’s economic recovery.
*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***
FOX News: NIH acknowledges US funded gain-of-function at Wuhan lab, despite Fauci’s denials – Fauci has repeatedly denied that the U.S. funded gain of function research in Wuhan
The Points Guy: After telling people to stay home, Hawaii is ready for travelers to come back next month
*** POLITICAL NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***
Former RNC Chair Michael Steele on MSNBC’s Deadline White House: The Republicans would throw over the filibuster in a second if meant more power for them. The GOP counts on Dems being feckless. [start @ 5:50]
Associated Press: Texas GOP leader pays illegal voting ‘bounty’ to Democrat [poll watcher who reported illegal voting by a Pennsylvania Republican]
Daily Kos: AT&T has yet to answer for its support of OAN, and customers have had it
CNBC: Biden’s support fading fast, as CNBC survey finds concerns on the economy, Covid and inflation
*** TRUMP NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***
KING-5 TV: Which 9 Republicans joined Democrats in holding Steve Bannon in contempt? [Ed. note: Jamie Herrera Beutler of region south of Yelm in WA’s. District 3.]
MSNBC’s The Reidout: Ex-KKK leader David Duke takes credit for Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson -During his recent podcast, Duke said both men stole his racist ideas about “white replacement” and made them mainstream.
Daily Kos: Rep. Gohmert asks why Rep. John Lewis wasn’t treated the same as Jan. 6 insurrectionists [Ed. note: White, Christian, Male-Dominated society’s best, eh!]
CNN: TRUTH Social: 3 reasons why Donald Trump’s new social media company is doomed to fail
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The Fox News NIH article is (per usual) leaving out important data. At issue is the term “gain of function”, and whether that research caused the pandemic. But because of the technical nature, and the tendency to cherry-pick data to support a viewpoint — along with unfortunate, misunderstood statements by Fauci, the NIH, and several others — the issue is almost beyond the ability to debate.
The fact that the WIV and WHCDC labs are in Wuhan, and it is also where the outbreak originated, is for too many “conclusive evidence” that the pandemic was caused by a lab accident, or that it was nefariously let loose. It’s the classic “guilt by association” argument.
But the simple, overarching fact is that virus’s mutate and jump from animals to humans all on their own. We do “gain of function” research in order to get ahead of the curve. It is this research that found and isolated the “spike protein” portion of the Coronavirus DNA and enabled a vaccine to be made so quickly. FYI: the “spike protein” is the main characteristic of Coronavirus’, of which there are many.
There has been a lot of debate about the risks of “gain of function” research and it was paused from 2014 to 2017 in order to create safety and oversight protocols. Most globalized countries have known it was inevitable that some kind of pandemic was going to happen at some point. The growing emergence of “species jumping” in nature is why the rewards of “gain of function” research far outweigh the risks.
There is no conclusive evidence that Covid-19 was created in a lab. The prevalence of “species jumping” in nature makes that the most likely root. Also, Fauci did say it was genetically impossible that the Coronavirus’ they were studying could lead to Covid-19. He did also say NIH did not fund “gain of function” research, which apparently the organization doing the research did not have complete documentation. It really shouldn’t be a big deal to fund this research.
Also, I think scientists pushed back strongly on the “Lab theory” because they wanted to invalidate Trump’s assertion that the pandemic was China’s “fault”, and mitigate the cursory fallout seen in the Asian community.
In my opinion, the “Lab theory” is moot. A pandemic was going to happen at some point. The conversation should center around — and never stop centering around — the abject failure of the Trump Administration to deal with it, and the fallout of his “Cult of Personality” in refusing to wear masks, or get vaccinated.
Here is some further reading:
In the book Ending Plague – A Scholar’s Obligation in an Age of Corruption, internationally recognized & acclaimed immunologist Dr. Frank Ruscetti (credited around the world as one of the founding fathers of human retrovirology), along with co-authors Dr. Judy A. Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively, described their 30+ years in virology and spoke of NIH’s gain of function involvement and the lies of Fauci, Collins and others. I highly recommend reading this book for an opposing, yet experienced and informed view.
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