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David Icke Shouts Out: 'There Is No Bloody Virus!'
The Corona Conspiracy, Part 27
Lab Leak Revisited
Recently David Icke released a video blog about this lab leak theory, with his characteristic mix of eloquence and lunacy.
In the past few weeks the lab leak theory has made some kind of come back. While it has been mostly the exclusive narrative of conservative and conspiracy circles, especially since Donald Trump jumped upon this anti-Chinese story from the beginning of the pandemic, with his demise the picture has changed. The lab leak theory (not to mention the bio-weapon theory) is now seen as a legitimate option that requires proper investigation. In the WHO investigation report it was classified as "extremely unlikely", but soon after their report was published, the head of the WHO said that although a lab leak was the least likely cause, more research was needed, if not to prove it then at least to rule it out for good.
Many independent researchers on Twitter have argued for months that there is a lot to be said for the idea that the virus leaked from the Wuhan lab. They have now grouped themselves into an organization called DRASTIC, which lists 24 authors on their website. While it is very interesting to follow these lines of underground research, there is no way you and me can assess their validity so we have to rely on experts (who don't always agree either, but most still adhere to the natural origin paradigm). I do hope these findings are incorporated in the search for the origins of SARS-CoV-2.
A concerned letter was posted by a group of researchers in Science arguing for more independent research into the lab leak question. It prompted an article in Nature arguing that this renewed focus on a possible lab leak would hinder instead of help objective research, due to its geopolitical implications. Republicans have, in the spirit of Trump, jumped upon this opportunity to point the finger, again, to China.
We would do well to distinguish between four possible options here:
But this is not the purpose of this chapter. Virus denialists have been perplexed and even somewhat jealous of this recent upsurge of media attention towards the lab leak theory (or for the die-hards: the bio-weapon theory, see Part 17). They see it as a non-issue, for in their scientific universe viruses don't even exist, let alone artificially manipulated viruses. True to their conspirational spirit, they have suggested that we are misled by the authorities into another Psy-Op or orchestrated narrative meant to keep us in a permanent state of fear: if the virus has a natural origin or leaked from a lab makes no difference here. We are frightened to death anyways and fearful people can easily be oppressed.
‘A Calculated Diversion’
Recently David Icke, who is a virus denialist pur sang, released a video blog about this lab leak theory. In a hour-long casual talk from his home he presented, with his characteristic mix of eloquence and lunacy, his opinion that it is all a "calculated diversion". It is worth going into, for Icke reaches a huge online audience, even though these ideas are not reflected in the mainstream scientific (natural origin) or even dissident-scientific (lab origin) literature. These are the real options, if we believe the virus denialists, and only the third one is valid.
That the virus might have escaped from a lab, is a "load of crap", says Icke. What should raise a red flag, he says, is that both the authorities and the media start moving in the same direction of making room for the lab origin theory (where it was for a long time dismissed as "conspiracy"). And since these institutions have lied to us from the start, why, he rhetorically asks his listeners, would they all of a sudden tell us the truth?
"There is no virus. It is a scam on that level. And when you grasp that, the whole house of cards comes down, not a single one of them still standing."
He suspects that the renewed interest in the lab leak theory serves only to reinforce the belief in a dangerous virus. "There is not." Icke says he had looked at the lab leak theory and it made no sense to him, because doctors and scientists ("who had done their homework") convinced him that there was no virus. This idea that there is no virus, "while it sounded absolutely ludicrous" when he talked about it in the Spring of 2020 (see Part 1), had gained some traction, he feels. But the media seem to have made a 180 regarding the lab leak. Why? To make us believe that there is a virus. To his disappointment, even Tucker Carlson bought the Wuhan lab leak (see Part 17).
So if you are still with me, we now have a conspiracy 2.0, a meta-conspiracy, that transcends the usual dichotomy so hotly debated in the press now of a natural origin vs. a lab leak paradigm clash. But we can turn Icke's logic on its hand too: if there is a virus, his whole conspirational house of cards will come tumbling down.
We have covered Icke's reasons for not believing in the existence of viruses many times (see Part 1), so we will not repeat that here. But it boils down to the old notion of exosomes looking very much like viruses (Part 2, Part 3 and Part4) under the microscope and viral genomes being arbitrarily put together from human genetic material (see Part 6). Icke is clueless about modern genomic technologies, nor does he care (and here he is in the company of Kaufman, Cowan, Lanka and Scoglio).
Kary Mullis comes along in this talk, who allegedly said the PCR test can't detect a virus (and here Icke sees parallels with the HIV/AIDS debate). Mullis, inventor of the PCR test and Nobel prize winner, in later life became an AIDS-denierthough not a HIV denier. Icke claims that, as was the case with AIDS, neither AIDS nor COVID-19 are a single disease, but a long list of ailments one can normally die of. With a positive PCR test, it is concluded one dies of the virus, but without such a positive test, one just dies of one of these very same diseases, he claims. But are AIDS and COVID-19 not identifiable syndromes at all? As it was said back then, one dies from the consequences of AIDS. Likewise, one dies of the many consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which are legion. Virus denialists always love to use this ploy.
It is Tom Cowan who features in the second half of Icke's talk, so let's see how he fares with this "science authority" (see also Part 19). Cowan, remember, wrote the book The Contagion Myth, together with Sally Fallon Morell, and both of them co-authored with Andrew Kaufman the "Statement on Virus Isolation" (see Part 23). Cowan, and in his wake Icke and Kaufman, calls into question that any virus can cause any disease. Cowan describes how in viral cell culture, the cells are mixed with antibiotics and starved of nutrients, so they start to disintegrate. And how can you see that the resulting cell damage (called "CPE" or the "cytopathic effect") is the result of a virus and not of the very method of starvation? This is Stefan Lanka's thesis (see Part 7) in a nutshell.
Says a random page on viral culturedoesn't really look to me as a starvation diet:
Cell culture media often includes a range of salts, vitamins, hormones and other growth factors, amino acids or proteins, glucose, antimicrobial agents, a buffering system, a pH indicator, and non-specific sources of nutrients such as foetal bovine serum.
Icke has apparently listened to Stefan Lanka, for he too mentions the need for control experiments, when virus is cultured in cells. This will prove, he believes, that the damage to cells is caused by the process, not the virus. Lanka has announced decisive experiments to prove his point, but these have not been completed or published. Icke also believes the virus=exosome story spread by Kaufman: when cells are under stress due to toxins, radiation, 5G, environmental pressure, they emit particles called exosomes, as part of a detoxification and a means of communication to other parts of the body, signaling there's a problem. Researchers, seeing these particles in their microscopes, mistake them for viruses, and erroneously think their existence has been proven. Icke concludes: "And on that nonsense, the world has been transformed."
As we have described earlier, there is one major problem with this narrative: worldwide exosome-experts find them laughably incorrect (see Part 3 and Part 4). Some viruses may look similar to exosomes under a microscope, but others definitely do not. Not to mention the fact that viral genomes have been established in exquisite detail, which has enabled researchers to related them to similar viruses in genealogical trees, and produce vaccines in record time, based on their sequence patterns. This, however, remains a black box for virus denialists, who cannot understand how this has been accomplished (see Part 26).
Icke concludes in an appropriately low voice:
The bio-weapon is not the virus, it's the vaccine. The illusion of the virus is to justify the vaccine. Which isn't a vaccine but a genetically manipulated, a genetically transformative, synthetic gene therapy.
Cowan's book The Contagion Myth offers more details about his ideas, so I looked up some critical reviews. One of these, by two authors of the Nature Instituteso not really a mainstream and materialistic sourceoffers more than a few glimpses into how Tom Cowan selectively reads scientific literature to make his points. They give many examples of how Cowan misrepresents scientific studies (from Koch's research on tuberculosis, to experiments with animals to prove SARS-CoV-2 infection, to research into the electomagnetic signals sent by bacteria). Koch's Postulates (see Part 16) feature prominently in Cowan's book, but here too, the reviewers point out that a rigid adherence to these postulate doesn't apply to viruses (something even Koch himself clearly understood). They quote Rivers, who formulated principles specifically applicable to viruses, as saying "progress having left behind old rules requires new ones which some day without doubt will also be declared obsolete." Cowan and company prefer to remain stuck in the nineteenth century.
The authors of the review conclude with sane judgment:
Cowan and Fallon Morell continue in a similar vein when it comes to the question of the isolation of viruses. They present one “gold standard” technique from a thesis of a German virologist, Stefan Lanka (1989). The hundreds or probably thousands of virologists who claim to have isolated viruses are all wrong, according to Cowan and Fallon Morell, because they use other methods to isolate viruses than the one Lanka developed. Lanka's technique is impressive, but it is not the only one. If you look in the literature, you find that there is no one “gold standard” for viral isolation...). We are not virologists and cannot assess their respective strengths and weaknesses. But we see no reason to think that all these scientists are deluded or making fraudulent claims, which is what Cowan and Fallon Morell believe they have shown.
Cowan and Fallon Morell write that “the entire world of medicine, virology, and immunology” is mistaken in believing that “many of our common diseases are viral in origin” (p. 67). Is there reason to believe that people who say “a disease is caused by infectious agents” are oversimplifying a highly complex relationship between a virus, its host organism, and the environment? Absolutely. Is it justified to dismiss 150 years of research that focuses on one aspect of that relationship? We don't think so.
A Case of Inverted Logic
A peculiar reversal of logic is demonstrated by most of these conspiracy thinkers. In the science view, the world encountered a pandemic last year, which required tests to be developed at lightning speed (which was accomplished) and vaccines at a comparable speed (which was accomplished as well in about a year). Conspiracy theory has it exactly backwards: the agenda of the Elite is to vaccinate all of humanity (why actually?), so that Big Pharma can get super-rich, which requires tests to be developed that produce false positives, so the evil governments of this world can always find reasons to prolong the lockdowns. And Big Pharma gets super-rich? Well, only a handful of the hundred companies working on vaccines. It's more a winner-takes-all situation.
And why would the Elite want to vaccinate everybody if there is no virus and no pandemic? Well, we get chipped if not sickened, and are registered so we can be tracked wherever we go. The non-vaccinated become second-rate citizens. Apartheid! Fascism! Dictatorship! Psychopaths! Do you see the lunatic logic at work here?
Reiner Fuellmich, the lawyer who is preparing a class action suit against scientists (like Drosten) and politicians, for the damage done due to lockdown measures, adheres to the same inverted logic. For him, too, the pandemic is a planned phenomenon, a plandemic, based on PCR tests that have been specifically and intentionally designed to produce false positives (see Part 20 and Part 24). He also spreads the notion that PCR tests strictly speaking cannot determine if somebody is infected or infectiousoverlooking the fact that in case of law a suspected infectiousness is enough to keep someone in temporary quarantine, for the sake of his own health and that of his fellow human beings.
Fuellmich is the main player in the much hyped "Nuremberg 2.0" event (named after the original Nuremberg trials, a series of military tribunals held after World War II by the Allied forces under international law and the laws of war), which supposedly will accuse and convict many famous scientists and politicians for "crimes against humanity". What crimes?
Recall that QAnon followers also cherished these overheated fantasies of their opponents (especially "pedophile" Democrats) being put on trial for alleged crimes of child abuse (see Part 18). We all know what came of that, now that Trump has virtually disappeared from the political scene, and QAnon, which saw Trump as their savior, is in full disarray. When prophecy fails... some will double down even more.
Fuellmich has raised high expectations too, but his fame is restricted to the conspiracy underground scene. True, the economic and human costs of the lockdown measures have been substantial (see Part 22), but to compare the sincere efforts of scientists and politicians to prevent a deadly pandemic from spreading to the crimes committed in World War II is beyond ludicrous. Though Fuellmich doesn't go so far as to deny the existence of the virus, he uses the same logic as those who do, and denies its severity. It is an almost religious and apocalyptic fantasy of judgment and retribution, strongly resonating in the conspiracy world.
 "Coronavirus: More work needed to rule out China lab leak theory says WHO", bbc.com, March 31, 2021.
 Jesse D. Boom et al., "Investigate the origins of COVID-19", Science, Letters, May 14, 2021.
 Amy Maxmen, "Divisive COVID 'lab leak' debate prompts dire warnings from researchers", Nature, News, May 27, 2021.
 "Wuhan Lab 'Virus' Leak: A Calculated Diversion From The Simple Truth - There Is No 'Virus' - David Icke", davidicke.com, May 31, 2021.
 The video, which is hosted on banned.video, has received almost 300.000 viewers in 5 days (and is available from other conspiracy platforms as well).
 "Personal Study: Virus Culture", Simullab Testing Laboratory.
 Stefan Lanka, "Dr Stefan Lanka's Latest Control Experiments on the Cytopathic Effect Refute Viruses", www.bitchute.com
 Craig Holdrege & Jon McAlice, "Some Comments on The Contagion Myth", www.natureinstitute.org, 2021.
 "Video: "Crimes Against Humanity": The German Corona Investigation. "The PCR Pandemic"", www.globalresearch.ca, October 2020. A video lecture by Fuellmich, explaining his view of the plandemic and his legal plan of approach.
 Fuellmich doesn't seem to be very successful in court. Here's the verdict ("Aviles v. De Blasio, Feb. 3, 2021") of a New York judge about the reliability of the PCR test:
Source: "Füllmich und die Klage in New York … abgewiesen (Update)", anonleaks.net, March 15, 2021.
83 Vaccine Myths from docbastard.net
To all those who claim SARS-CoV-2or any virusdoes not exist: the virosphere consists of 4 realms, 9 kingdoms, 16 phyla, 2 subphyla, 36 classes, 55 orders, 8 suborders, 168 families, 103 subfamilies, 1421 genera, 68 subgenera, 6590 species. Take that. https://talk.ictvonline.org/taxonomy/
A summary of early parts of this series has appeared in the Dutch magazine Skepter 33(3), September 2020, as "Viruses don't exist" (covering Parts 1-5). German: Skeptiker (December 2020); English: Skeptic.org.uk (January 2021)
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