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Tickling the Tail of a Sleeping Dragon – HotAir

Don’t call it gain of function. Call it creating new life or something similarly uplifting.

Whatever you call it, know that it is dangerous as hell to play God.

In the wake of a plandemic that killed millions of people, caused by a bug that likely escaped from a Chinese biolab that was funded by the US government, the Chinese have decided to double down on playing with viruses that have the power to wipe millions or billions of human beings off the face of the earth.

The arrogance is breathtaking. 100% kill rate.

This time, the Chinese have announced that they have been breeding a bug that has a 100% kill rate in humanized mice, which is pretty impressive until you realize that this is not some fancy new way to eradicate rodents but a scary new way to liquify the brains of human beings.

Chinese scientists have been experimenting with a mutant coronavirus strain that is 100 percent lethal in mice — despite concerns such research could spark another pandemic.

Scientists in Beijing — who are linked to the Chinese military — cloned a Covid-like virus found in pangolins, known as GX_P2V, and used it to infect mice.

The mice had been ‘humanized’, meaning they were engineered to express a protein found in people, with the goal being to assess how the virus might react in humans.

Every rodent that was infected with the pathogen died within eight days, which the researchers described as ‘surprisingly’ quick.

The team were also surprised to find high levels of viral load in the mice’s brains and eyes – suggesting the virus, despite being related to Covid, multiplies and spreads through the body in a unique way.

Writing in a scientific paper that has not yet been published, they warned the finding ‘underscores a spillover risk of GX_P2V into humans’.

This news immediately reminded me of the practice during the Manhattan Project called “tickling a sleeping dragon’s tail,” where scientists measured the critical mass of radioactive materials that could cause an atomic reaction. It was all done by hand, and if you screwed up the results could be deadly.

“Tickling the sleeping dragon’s tail” is a metaphor for risking severe consequences by taking an unnecessary provocative action. Its origin can be traced to the last year of the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in 1946. When investigating the critical mass of plutonium, LANL scientists usually brought two halves of a beryllium reflecting shell surrounding a fissile core closer together, observing the increase in reaction rate via a scintillation counter. They manually forced the two half-shells closer together by gripping them through a thumbhole at the top, while as a safety precaution, keeping the shells from completely closing by inserting shims. However, the habit of Louis Slotin was to remove the shims and keep the shells separated by manually inserting a screwdriver. Enrico Fermi is reported to have warned Slotin and others that they would be “dead within a year” if they continued this procedure. One day the screwdriver slipped, allowing the two half-shells to completely close, and the increased reflectivity drove the core toward criticality. Slotin immediately flipped the top half-shell loose with a flick of the screwdriver, but by then he had endured a lethal burst of fast neutrons. He was dead nine days later. Richard Feynman characterized the activities of the critical mass group as “tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon.”

There is literally no reason to play with dangerous pathogens like this, whatever bulls**t excuse you cook up. No good can come from it, but somehow the “scientists” who do this sort of thing are irresistibly drawn to it just as Louis Slotin was drawn to playing with fissionable materials in a way that could kill himself or everybody in Los Alamos.

It is pathological.

Professor Francois Balloux, an infectious disease expert based at University College London, wrote on Twitter (X): ‘It’s a terrible study, scientifically totally pointless.

‘I can see nothing of vague interest that could be learned from force-infecting a weird breed of humanized mice with a random virus. Conversely, I could see how such stuff might go wrong…’

Professor Richard Ebright, a chemist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, told DailyMail.com he wholeheartedly agreed with Professor Balloux’s assessment.

He added: ‘The preprint does not specify the biosafety level and biosafety precautions used for the research.

‘The absence of this information raises the concerning possibility that part or all of this research, like the research in Wuhan in 2016-2019 that likely caused the Covid-19 pandemic, recklessly was performed without the minimal biosafety containment and practices essential for research with a potential pandemic pathogens.’

There is no indication that this particular experiment was done with US funding, but chances are good that we built the infrastructure that made it possible or funded the precursor work.

Lest you think that it is only crazy Chinese scientists who do such things, think again. One of the reasons the Chinese are able to do this is that Western scientists decided to take advantage of the cheaper and less restrictive environments afforded them in China. Fauci and the EcoHealth Alliance partnered with these guys for that very reason.

The people who are in charge of the most sensitive and important roles in our society are sociopaths.

They are playing God, and somebody has to build Noah’s Ark.

 



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