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Max Blumenthal wrote a pretty good piece 18 months ago on the Lab Leak hypothesis and it being used to push a new Cold War with China.

https://thegrayzone.com/2020/04/20/trump-media-chinese-lab-coronavirus-conspiracy/

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Good article except for the part about the origin of the coronavirus. The "thin evidence that covid-19 originated from a lab in WuHan" is much stronger than the natural origin theory, for which there is no evidence whatsoever. It's just a possibility, but there are scientific factors making it highly improbable, surrounding mainly the notorious furin cleavage site. The Wuhan Institute of Virology had no record of experiments involving the insertion of furin cleavage sites into bat viruses prior to Covid-19, but that is precisely the kind of experimentation that Peter Daszak of the US-based EcoHealth Alliance had proposed to DARPA and got rejected. EcoHealth's work at the Wuhan institute at the very least raises questions. Daszak's instigation of the Lancet labeling anything other than natural origin as a conspiracy theory was patently self-interested. NIH through Daszak's close friend Anthony Fauci provided the funding for EcoHealth and their research, which Fauci insists was "not gain-of-function" (whatever). This all became apparent after Max Blumenthal wrote his article in April, 2020, but there's no excuse for Alex Rubenstein writing in June of this year not to at least be suspicious. Using the lab leak against China without citing US involvement is indeed warmongering anti-China rhetoric, but that doesn't negate that the lab leak is the most probable origin of Covid-19.

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The Lab Leak hypothesis isn't actually sinophobic, although many have tried to weaponize it as such. The Lab Leak hypothesis actually implicates the US, Dr. Fauci, and Peter Daszak as conspirators in Gain of Function research at Wuhan.

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Alex Rubinstein and Max Blumenthal have both done really good pieces on the origins of the Lab Leak theory and how it's being used.

https://realalexrubi.substack.com/p/lab-leak-theory-mainstreamed-by-journalistic

https://thegrayzone.com/2020/04/20/trump-media-chinese-lab-coronavirus-conspiracy/

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Yes, both are excellent pieces that helped me understand why this narrative was being pushed.

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Occam's Razor supports the virology lab origin versus the zoological origin. It's absolutely not just a conspiracy theory.

Grayzone's Blumenthal also is on many of Jimmy Dore's anti-vax vids. Both Blumenthal and Dore recently asserted that viral loading in infected individuals is the same regardless of vaccination status, for one of a multitude of examples. I would not trust the Grayzone at all on this topic.

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