I promised myself a minimal amount of Corona posts on here–unless we’re talking the beer. But I never turn down an opportunity to mock a crackpot, so I’ll make an exception this time.
I’m not a conspiracy guy, most of the time. Largely because most conspiracies are 98% BS and 25 “if you give me money I can make it all better”. Even if the evidence is later disproven, I like to at least have an idea where in reality a thing came from. If I disagree with a thing, I want to be able to point to this specific thing and say “that’s why”. Usually. But I’m also happy to make exceptions to that rule–particularly when the crackpots responsible for way too many conspiracy theories call a thing a conspiracy.
China on Friday attacked the theory that the coronavirus pandemic may have originated as a leak from a Chinese laboratory as a politically motivated lie, after the World Health Organization recommended in its strongest terms yet that a deeper probe is needed into whether a lab accident may be to blame.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian also rejected accusations that China had not fully cooperated with investigators, saying it welcomed a science-based probe but rejected any political manipulation.
He also reiterated calls for an investigation into “highly suspicious laboratories such as Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina” in the United States where China has suggested, without evidence, that the U.S. was developing the coronavirus as a bioweapon.
So let’s see. We’ve got a World Health Organization with a… less than 80% accuracy rate now trying to figure out where they screwed up. And we’ve got the primary reason they screwed up calling it a lie and politically motivated–I’m not even touching the Covid as bioweapon theory. Of the two, even if I don’t trust either completely, I can pretty much tell you which one I trust more. Hint: it’s not China.
I’m not saying the WHO is blameless for how we got where we got. They were hands off re: china for way too damn long. I am saying, and I’ll say it again, if China’s calling them out for lying… I’m now very interested in listening to what they have to say. Even if it ends up being useless, it’s got to be more useful than China.