1/ I think I know where the virus came from...🤓 If you asked me who would solve it though, this would have been one of my guesses.
2/ While I can't say for sure on that I can tell you as a disinformation researcher the recent revision that happened thanks to well-coordinated messaging, that isn't the answer.
3/ There's a couple of things you should know that were very strange about it. There's that puzzling @WSJ article that made wild claims based on a 'study' that was little more than a collage of information, ideas, and graphics that verge on incoherence.
4/ That was strange. Why was this on blast based on so little? Then I recalled the coordinated activity I saw surrounding another WSJ article of equally puzzling content. Pictured are the major drivers of "Wuhan" and "China Joe"
5/ Then I spotted someone that I recalled from earlier. Dr Li Meng Yan, being amplified by the Guo network (bit.ly/3wTuC9U). Yan authored the much-discussed Sept 2020 paper that asserted the Chinese government “intentionally” released the virus.
7/ Her affiliated organizations for the study that made the bold claims, were both founded by Steve Bannon and Guo Wengui. washingtonpost.com/technology/202…
8/ Still the paper earned her a front page of the New York Post.
12/ The sudden wave of claims came with other oddities, like this. A guy speaking for all scientists saying something I had never heard anyone in infectious disease epidemiology say.
16/ I could not find one scientist that I respected endorsing the Great Barrington Declaration. The paper also concealed its funding, which came from the fossil fuel industry. novelscience.substack.com/p/coordinated-…
17/ I guess fossil fuel leads me back to this, though. Here I found an extreme, coordinated disinformation campaign. Here's who turns up in that web. Note: appearing in the graphic in no way implies nefarious behavior on the part of that person.
18/ I wandered what the bots that were now maligning Dr. Fauci, I wondered what they had spent their time doing before they decided they didn't like Fauci.
19/ That's kind of weird I thought. What else were they up to? They were talking about climate. Specifically, they were essentially denying climate change is real.

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