This post is a companion piece to episode 243 of my podcast. The cast was recorded first, so is much less researched and more funny. Whether that's funny "haha" or funny "uh-oh" is in the ear of the behearer.
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Some of you may recall, I was one of the first people to put forward the lab leak hypothesis from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Technically, it was lab flight, and it was, well, bat shit insane. I mean, they were EVERYWHERE.
Of course, back then, such wrongthink would get you put in the Burn Book of the Mean Girls coalition of Democrats and corporate press, so many kept quiet.
This sentiment was, of course, backed by journalists and entertainers, who we all know are the most credible people when it comes to scientific examination, and definitely would never muddy the waters with race in order to further whatever world-view or political end they are beholden to above Truth with a capital T.
If making fun of Asians leads to violence against them, then Ken Jeong's performance in the Hangover movies has lead to their mass murder, or shall we say, fried wonton slaughter.
We had this exchange between Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci two weeks before Fauci's emails were FOIA'd, where Paul asks Fauci if he still supported the NIH funding of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and specifically about gain of function research (translation: virus fuckery).
After his emails were released two weeks later, here he is doing damage control. He's suddenly more open-minded, eyes wide open to the speeding bus he's being thrown under.
When truth is not a value, but rather who is telling it, we allow authoritative voices to bypass our own critical thinking skills, and turn us into slogan parroting propagandists. Think of the oft-repeated phrases, "trust the experts" and "follow the science." The "science" and the "experts" are who people trusted for things like racial eugenics, the lie that marijuana was dangerous and the subsequent Drug War that overwhelmingly targeted the poor, the War on Terror that has cost untold death, destruction, and $6 trillion, and the economic effects of the pandemic lockdowns as well as the insidious class-based normalization of masks.
Now the language of the corporate press has changed from demonizing or ignoring evidence of SARS-CoV-2 having a non-zoonotic origin to stating that the evidence is now coming from "credible" sources. By "credible," they mean "people we like."
The cherry on top of this gaslight is that the most credible journalist the world has ever known, Jon Stewart, helped to normalize the narrative pivot, so that duh, we knew this was the right think to think all along!
The laughter of the audience is the catharsis of cognitive dissonance, from being coerced into maintaining the rightthink narrative despite the gnawing suspicion that something was awry, to finally being given permission by a credible thought leader to make real the absurd incongruities of the past year and a half into an involuntary physical release. Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert attempts to keep the façade of the medical and hygiene theater we have been subjected to.
The about-face of the corporate media and normalization of evidence once demonized, and prevented scientists from voicing out of fear of political retribution, tells me that there must be some kind of evidence coming down the pipeline that cannot be ignored, or perhaps it's a signal that the military industrial complex is finally completing its pivot to Asia.
Man, if only there was some sort of institution dedicated to informing the public by forming an adversarial check on the information disseminated by the corporate war state, like "speaking truth to power," or something, I don't know just spitballing here.