Hal, The evolution and emergence of the virus has been …

Comment on Pine Gap and Five Eyes: what did they know about COVID-19? by Charlie Carter.

Hal, The evolution and emergence of the virus has been tracked at a molecular level. It came from a related virus in bats. It is as certain as science can be.
In a paper published on March 17, 2020 by scientists from Scripps Research Institute in California: “Summary – An analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or otherwise engineered.”
Suggestions to the contrary are typical Trump anti-Chinese lies designed to take the focus off his own criminal lack of action.
The same research paper reported: On December 31 of last year, Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization of an outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus causing severe illness, which was subsequently named SARS-CoV-2.
WHO made this information available to the world.
Much has been made of the delay in using the word “pandemic”. However, a bit of inquiry reveals that the use of this word has been carefully limited by the member nations of WHO to tread the fine line between “panic” and timely serious action.
Payne and the Morrison Government are jumping on Trump’s bandwagon to cover their own “I’m off to the footy tomorrow” tardiness.

Charlie Carter Also Commented

Pine Gap and Five Eyes: what did they know about COVID-19?
John: I have no idea of the source for the claims you present, or when they were allegedly made so I can’t really comment.
However “the Bat Woman of Yunnan” tag does not exactly inspire confidence in the source, it sounds more like a social media post than reliable information.

Pine Gap and Five Eyes: what did they know about COVID-19?
Hal: My original post was quoting a peer reviewed paper in a leading scientific journal.
My latest post was explanatory.
50,000 deaths in the USA, and you think Trump’s bullshit and conspiracy theories are “good fun”?

Pine Gap and Five Eyes: what did they know about COVID-19?
Hal and John: Neither of you have addressed the evidence I mentioned.
I realise it is complicated, so I only covered it briefly.
My doctorate is in evolutionary biology, so I was able to follow the scientific evidence in the Scripps paper.
For years biologists have been able to track evolutionary pathways by elucidating the step by step changes in the DNA (or RNA in the case of Coronavirus).
It is a very robust form of evidence, and to see how the RNA in one form of virus differs from another is a very strong indicator of the evolutionary relationship between the bat virus and the COVID 19 virus.
To propose a different pathway for the origin of the virus would involve a very complex conspiracy.
But of course the great thing about a good conspiracy theory is that any evidence against it can be dismissed as part of the conspiracy.

Recent Comments by Charlie Carter

Aboriginal participation needed to Close the Gap: Mundine
@ Jack1: I don’t need to google Blackfella”. it is widely used and socially acceptable in The Centre.
I refer you to the iconic Warumpi band anthem “Stand up and be Counted”.
There is no local broad Aboriginal language term like Koori or Nyoongar because there are half a dozen languages in use all of which have their own word.
The Western Desert “Anangu” is just one.
It should have been obvious from the content of the post that it was not used in a derogatory way.
My Aboriginal friends use it as a self descriptor.

Architect & heritage campaigner to run in Araluen for Federation Party
Good on you for throwing your hat in the ring Dom, but I have no idea what the group’s policies are.
Ken Lechleitner has stood before for some forgotten short lived party.
And what the hell is the name supposed to mean?

A touch of light: Winter woodland


Your nomenclature had me a bit confused there Mike.
You have labelled, and referred to, V tristis as (a) pygmy goanna.
Gambold and Metters refer to it as “black headed monitor” but it’s head isn’t black. And they cite you as one of their sources.
I’ve also seen it called “black tailed monitor” which is at least an accurate description.
The perils of common names.
However, we are fortunate in having a resident one (pictured).
S/he gets out into the yard, and that’s where I first saw it.
It was only when I saw it up the walls of the house that I twigged that it was returning to the roof cavity.
And mice are rarely seen.
[ED – Turn your laptop 90 degrees to the right. Charlie says the reptile is not sitting on the windowsill but climbing up the wall.]

Aboriginal participation needed to Close the Gap: Mundine
@ Hermann Weber: Really Hermann?
They had good quality secondary education in Warrabri in 1957?
Blackfellas were still counted with the livestock in those days, and certainly didn’t get equal wages.
Probably beef and blankets.
And I didn’t say or imply anything about magic bullets. “A start” was the phrase.
And history is only “a start,” not an echo, things have changed a lot in those 63 years.

Aboriginal participation needed to Close the Gap: Mundine
What a litany of neo-liberal motherhood statements.
Not a single positive concrete idea in the whole piece.
Of course Mundine was Tony Abbott’s hand picked Aboriginal “representative” and is now married into the CIS, which is a right-wing neo-liberal propaganda outfit.
Decent housing, affordable food, and high quality experienced teachers would be a start, none of which is likely to be provided by “private sector investment and commercial businesses”.

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