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Chinese researchers: “Coronavirus came from the laboratories of Wuhan – There were no bats in the market”

According to a report by two Chinese public university researchers, the coronavirus probably came from the laboratories of Wuhan research centers as no bats were sold at the city’s fish market!

The report was published in early February but after a while … was withdrawn, because, as one researcher put it, “it was not supported by tangible evidence . ” It is important, however, that in early February the coronavirus was a more internal problem in China and not a global epidemic, with researchers being more free to publish their views as there was no risk of international outcry.

The report, written and published in Research Gate by  Botao Xiao (Professor of Biology and Industry at the University of Technology in South China) and Lei Xiao (Professor at Wuhan University of Science & Technology), which according to the authors Supported by the National Science Foundation of China, has concluded that: 

“Coronavirus may have come from Wuhan’s laboratories. The level of security may need to be enhanced in biologically hazardous high-risk laboratories.”

Below are the most important points of the report which you can find in full in pdf format here.

“Two descriptions of the virus published in Nature this week showed that the genome sequences from patients were 96% or 89% identical to the bat CoV ZC45 originally found in the genus Rhinolophus affinis.

The bats carrying the CoV ZC45 were originally located in Yunnan Province or Zhejiang Province, both of which were more than 900 kilometers away from the seafood market. The chances were very low for the bats to fly to the market. According to municipal reports and the testimonies of 31 residents and 28 visitors, bats have never been a source of food in the city and are not sold in the market.”

Was there any other possible course? We tracked the area around the seafood market and located two laboratories that conducted research on the coronavirus. Within ~ 280 meters of the market, there was the Yuhan Disease Control and Prevention Center (WHCDC)

WHCDC hosted animals in research laboratories, one of which was specialized in collecting and identifying pathogens. In one study, 155 bats, including the genus Rhinolophus affinis, were collected in Hubei Province and another 450 bats were collected in Zhejiang Province. Operations were performed on these bats. The bats’ nets thrown in the trash were possible sources of coronavirus.

The expert on the collection of viruses described in national newspapers and websites that he was once attacked by bats and the blood of a bat was thrown at his skin. He was aware of the extreme danger of infection, so he entered quarantine for 14 days. In another accident, he was quarantined again because the bats urinated on him. He was once excited because he found a bat with a live tick.

The second laboratory was ~ 12 km from the seafood market and belonged to the Wuhan Institute of Iology. This lab reported that Rhinolophus bats (horseshoe bats) were natural reservoirs for the SARS-CoV that caused the 2002-3 pandemic. The lead researcher took part in a project that created a chimeric virus using the SARS-CoV inverse genetic system and reported its potential in humans. An immediate conjecture was that SARS-CoV or its derivative could leak from the laboratory.

In short, someone is involved in the evolution of the 2019-nCoV corona. In addition to the origin of the natural recombination and the intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably came from a laboratory in Wuhan. The level of security may need to be enhanced in biologically dangerous high-risk laboratories. Measures may need to be taken to relocate these laboratories away from the city center and other densely populated areas.”

We remind you that the above have been written by Chinese Researchers of Public Chinese Universities.

The Washington Post also commented on the following report in an article  entitled ” How did covid-19 start? The original story of his origin is “bass” “,  which confirms some of the writings of Chinese researchers:

Richard Ebright, a microbiologist at Rutgers University and a biosphere specialist, said in an email that “the first human infection could have been a natural disaster”, with the virus passing from bat to human, possibly through one another animal.

However, Ebright warned that “it could also be a laboratory accident, with, for example, an accidental laboratory infection.” He noted that night bats were studied in Yuhan at the second level of biosafety, “which provides only minimal protection”, compared to the highest level 4.

Ebright described a December video from the Johannes Centers for Disease Control that shows employees “collecting night bats with inadequate personal protective equipment and unsafe business practices.”



Havana Syndrome again? CIA officers are mowed down by a mysterious disease

A CIA officer in Moscow experienced symptoms of the so-called “Havana syndrome” in 2017. This became known to The New York Times with reference to sources in diplomatic circles.

CIA officer Mark Polimepulos, who helped lead covert operations in Russia and Europe, complained about the manifestation of mysterious symptoms. According to the newspaper, in December 2017, he felt severe dizziness, which later developed into a prolonged migraine, forcing him to retire. At that time, Polymerpoulos was 48 years old.

It is noted that such a case was not the only one. Similar symptoms were experienced by the staff of the American ambassadors in Cuba and China in 2016-2018. However, the exact number of cases and the place where this happened is not named. It is alleged that the US diplomats have tried to influence in a similar way around the world.

At the same time, the US State Department was unable to establish an unambiguous reason that caused the “Havana syndrome.” Among other things, it was assumed that the diplomats may have been exposed to an unidentified sound effect.

In 2017, it was reported that, beginning in late 2016, American diplomatic officials and their relatives in Cuba began to complain of symptoms such as hearing loss, nausea, headaches and balance disorder. 

The Associated Press received audio footage of the attack and described the harassing sounds as “the high-pitched sound of crickets combined with fingernails scratching on a board.” Then the American government suggested that Russia or China could be the culprit.

Many victims are still undergoing rehabilitation. Specialists from the University of Pennsylvania performed magnetic resonance imaging and revealed visible changes in the structure of the brain in the diplomatic missions.

Differences were found in 23 men and 17 women who complained of health problems while on diplomatic duties in Havana. Scientists have yet to figure out what causes the unusual symptoms.

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How Russia and the United States nearly started a nuclear war in 1995

The Norwegian meteorological rocket incident remains the only time in history that the Russian president has activated his nuclear briefcase.

On January 25, 1995, Doomsday could have come in the world: the Russian Federation was preparing to launch a nuclear strike on the United States. How did it come about that the states that left the confrontation of the Cold War in the past and had just normalized relations with each other found themselves on the verge of mutual destruction?

The beginning of the war?

The cause of the crisis was an ordinary Norwegian meteorological rocket. Its launch from the small island of Anneia at 7 am local time (10 am Moscow time) towards Spitsbergen caused a stir in Russia. 

Black Brant XII.

Black Brant XII. Legion Media / ZUMA Press

Equipped with scientific equipment to study the aurora borealis, the Black Brant XII was similar in size to the nuclear-powered American Trident D-5 ballistic missile, intended for launch from submarines. In addition, it flew along a trajectory along which, as the Russian Defense Ministry believed, American missiles would fly in the event of a nuclear war. 

In December 1994, Norway informed 28 states, including Russia, about the planned launch, but did not give a specific date, limiting itself to specifying the period: from January 15 to February 10 of the next year. Due to bureaucratic delays, this information did not reach the Russian Missile Warning System, which sounded the alarm.

Decisive minutes

An emergency meeting with the country’s top political and military leadership was convened in the Kremlin. Defense Minister Pavel Grachev, Chief of the General Staff Mikhail Kolesnikov and President of the Russian Federation (as Supreme Commander-in-Chief) Boris Yeltsin had three strategic missile forces control terminals activated – the so-called nuclear suitcases.

Vladimir Sayapin / TASS

The military believed the lone missile could have been fired to create an electromagnetic pulse that knocked out Russian radars and communications systems. Following it, a massive blow could be expected.

For several tense minutes, as leaders watched it flight, it was decided whether Russia would launch a nuclear strike against the United States. 

“Little is known today about what Yeltsin said at the time, given that it could have been some of the most dangerous moments in the entire history of the nuclear era,” The Washington Post journalist, David Hoffman wrote three years after the incident : “They make it clear that the Cold War nuclear readiness system continues to operate, and how catastrophic its consequences could be, despite the fact that the feud between the great powers is already over.”   

The situation was discharged only when it became clear that the rocket had gone towards Spitsbergen (not far from which it fell into the ocean). The nuclear cases have been deactivated. Russian President Boris Yeltsin (center) and Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (right).

Russian President Boris Yeltsin (center) and Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (right). Igor Mikhalev / Sputnik

The incident with bringing Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces to combat readiness, soon became the property of the world community. When, four years later, the Norwegians were about to repeat their launch of Black Brant XII and reported this to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the US additionally warned all key Russian military departments about it through their channels. As a result, this time there were no unpleasant surprises. 


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Germany conducted exercises in case of nuclear war

Bundeswehr / Birthe Brechters

The Bundeswehr with partners in the North Atlantic Alliance ( NATO) trained in operations in a nuclear war.

The German army, together with Italian, Belgian and Dutch colleagues, conducted exercises in the event of a conflict with the use of nuclear weapons.

The location of the exercise “Steadfest Noon” was chosen airbase “Nörfenich”, where the tactical squadron of the Luftwaffe 31 “Boelcke” is located. Together with the Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr, the air forces of other NATO countries, in particular, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, took part in the exercises.

According to a report by Bild, the exercise scenario involved training procedures for safely removing nuclear weapons from storage, delivering ammunition and installing them on aircraft. The training flights took place without nuclear weapons, and in parallel with the aviation exercises at the Büchel airbase, where the tactical squadron of the Luftwaffe 51 Immelman is located, the Resilient Guard air defense systems were trained to protect the airfield from air attacks.

The training sites for the Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr were not chosen by chance, since the Nörfenich airbase is a reserve storage site for the B61, a hydrogen bomb that forms the basis of nuclear weapons of the US strategic nuclear forces. 

Some of this ammunition is stationed at NATO bases in Europe. The exact number of hydrogen bombs that are stored at European sites and which ones are not reported. In Europe, the B61 is carried by Panavia Tornado fighter-bombers (pictured) and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters.

Recall that the B61 thermonuclear bomb is the main weapon of the US strategic nuclear forces, although it entered service in 1968. Since 2012, a new guided version of the B61-12 has been under development, which will replace all B61 and B83 bombs that have been in service since 1983. It can be used both on strategic bombers and tactical aircraft. About two billion dollars were spent on the development of the 12th modification of the aerial bomb.

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