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NEWSWEEK: Fauci Emails Show Experts Had Concern COVID Virus Could ‘Look Engineered’

Experts believed COVID-19 could have been engineered and leaked from a lab in the early days of the pandemic, but later concluded that the origin theory was not plausible, newly released emails to Dr. Anthony Fauci show.

In an email to Dr. Fauci sent on January 31 last year, Kristian G. Andersen of the Scripps Research Institute told the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director that some of SARS-CoV-2’s features “(potentially) look engineered.”

But he also noted that “unusual features of the virus” made up a “really small part” of the genome, quantifying the features as less than 0.1 percent of the genome.

“We have a good team lined up to look very critically at this, so we should know much more at the end of the weekend,” Andersen told Fauci in an chain of emails obtained by BuzzFeed News through a Freedom of Information Act request.

US Researcher With Ties To Wuhan Lab Personally Thanked Fauci In April 2020 For Dispelling Lab Leak Theory ‘Myths’

The leader of a nonprofit group with close ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology personally thanked Dr. Anthony Fauci in April 2020 for publicly rejecting the notion that the lab could be connected to the release of COVID-19.

EcoHealth Alliance President Dr. Peter Daszak’s April 18, 2020, email to Fauci was part of a 3,200-page batch of Fauci’s emails obtained by BuzzFeed News on Tuesday through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. A large portion of Daszak’s email to Fauci was redacted with a FOIA exemption indicating the text could reasonably be expected to interfere with law enforcement proceedings.

Daszak personally thanked Fauci in the email for the bravery he exhibited during a White House press briefing the day prior when he said the novel coronavirus exhibits features that are “totally consistent” with an animal to human origin and that don’t point to lab manipulation.

Fauci’s comments were framed at the time by media outlets such as Business Insider as a rejection of the lab leak “conspiracy theory.”

“I just wanted to say a personal thankyou on behalf of our staff and collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Daszak wrote to Fauci.

“From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus’ origins,” Daszak added.


Among the most revealing emails are those from wealthy or influential correspondents. In one dated 3 April 2020, Fauci refers to a conversation with the Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, about a “collaborative and hopefully synergistic approach to Covid-19” with Gates’s charitable foundation.

Gates’s foundation director, Emilio Emini, says he is “seriously worried” about the health of Fauci, then 79, given his busy schedule. Fauci thanks Emini for his concern and says: “I will try to engage as much as I can given my current circumstances.”

There are also email exchanges with the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, about the creation of a coronavirus information hub on social media, and one with the actor Morgan Freeman who offers to get Covid-19 messaging out to his 100,000 Twitter followers.

NY POST: Fauci denied being ‘muzzled’ by Trump early in pandemic, emails show

“Have you been muzzled?”

That’s the subject line of a March 1, 2020, email to Fauci from a man named Thomas Murray, who describes himself as a “nuclear/aerospace engineer who subsequently obtained an MPH [Master of Public Health degree] at the University of Washington”.

“The news media is reporting that the White House has muzzled you. Is that true?” asked Murray, who further asked Fauci to “let me know if I should stay silent or become noisy.”

“Please stay silent since I have not been muzzled,” Fauci responded. “I will be on multiple TV shows tomorrow and was on FOX this AM. No one is censoring me.”

FORMER PLANNED PARENTHOOD BOSS SAYS INVESTIGATING LAB LEAK THEORY COULD LEAD TO ‘ANTI-ASIAN HATE’… WAPO: We need to investigate the lab-leak theory — without inflaming anti-Asian hate

Over the past two weeks, as the theory has gained traction that the pandemic might have been touched off by an accidental release from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, I’ve experienced an uptick in racist hate mail, above the steady baseline levels I’ve received daily since last March. At the same time, I’ve received frantic messages from older Asian American people terrified by reports of other members of our community who have been beaten, set on fire, left for dead or murdered.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) tells me that she has been hearing an escalation of worry from her constituents. “So many are concerned that after a year of AAPIs being blamed for coronavirus, this could further hatred and discrimination,” she said. “We need to get to the truth, and we need to be careful in our messaging so as to not further stoke the flames of xenophobia.”

BIDEN ATTACKS MANCHIN & SINEMA DURING RACISM SPEECH… Biden Takes Swipe At Two Democratic Senators For Voting ‘More With My Republican Friends’ During Speech

President Joe Biden took a dig Tuesday at two Senate members that he said “vote more with” his “Republican friends” during remarks commemorating the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

During one portion of the speech, Biden highlighted the “right to vote.” He referred to efforts “to replace nonpartisan election administrators and to intimidate those charged with tallying and reporting the election results” as a “truly unprecedented assault on our democracy.”

The president continued on to urge Congress to act on voting rights and responded to apparent questions from “all the folks on TV” about why he hasn’t gotten “this done.” Biden in part seemed to blame two members of his own party, presumably Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, for supporting the filibuster – though he did not call them out by name.

“I hear all the folks on TV saying, ‘why doesn’t Biden get this done?’” the president exclaimed. “Well, because Biden only has the majority of effectively four votes in the House and a tie in the Senate, with two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends. But we’re not giving up.”

BIDEN GIVES HARRIS SOMETHING ELSE TO FAIL AT: UNDERMINING VOTER INTEGRITY LAWS… HILL: Biden puts Harris in charge of efforts to protect voting rights

President Biden on Tuesday tasked Vice President Harris with leading his administration’s efforts to protect voting rights, adding an urgent and complex issue to her growing portfolio.

Biden made the announcement during a speech in Tulsa, Okla., where he marked the 100th anniversary of a massacre in which a white mob killed hundreds of Black people and destroyed a thriving community known as Black Wall Street.

The president pointed to the systemic challenges facing Black Americans 100 years later, including threats to the right to vote as multiple states debate and pass laws that experts say will make it more difficult for minorities in particular to cast their ballot.

BIGOTRY OF LOW EXPECTATIONS… BIDEN: “…young black entrepreneurs are just as capable of succeeding given the chance as white entrepreneurs are, but they don’t have lawyers, they don’t have accountants…” (VIDEO)


HILL: Biden formally ends Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ immigration program

The Biden administration on Tuesday formally nixed the “Remain in Mexico” program, the latest in a series of moves to dismantle the Trump administration’s restrictive immigration policies.

The program, known formally as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), was a cornerstone of Trump’s border management policy; it forced potential asylum seekers to stay in Mexico to wait out the result of their case in U.S. immigration court.

In a memo ending the program Tuesday, Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said the MPP did not help with enhancing the border management.

The move was first reported by Reuters.

JD VANCE: Just idiotic. “Remain in Mexico” was one of the smartest immigration policies of the last 30 years. A president who cares about his own people dying of fentanyl overdoses doesn’t do this.

AXIOS: Obama: Biden is “finishing the job” of my admin, Trump benefited from my economic policies

The former president told NYT podcast “The Ezra Klein Show” that it’s “hard to just underscore how much the bank bailouts just angered everyone, including me,” following the 2008 financial crisis, which he noted stimulated a “long, slow recovery.”

“Although the economy recovers technically quickly, it’s another five years before we’re really back to people feeling like, ‘OK, the economy is moving and working for me,” Obama told host Ezra Klein.

“Let’s say a Democrat, a Joe Biden, or Hillary Clinton had immediately succeeded me, and the economy suddenly has 3% unemployment, I think we would have consolidated the sense that, ‘Oh, actually these policies that Obama put in place worked.’

War Memorials Vandalized Over Memorial Day Weekend, Police Say

Two war memorials on opposite coasts of the country were vandalized over Memorial Day Weekend, Fox News reported Tuesday.

The incidents occurred in Lane County, Oregon, and Providence, Rhode Island, according to Fox News. At the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial at Skinner Butte Park in Lane County, Oregon, “I refuse to glorify imperialism” was spray-painted on the memorial, local CBS affiliate KVAL reported.

Local law enforcement officials received a call about the graffiti on Sunday morning, shortly before a group of veterans arrived at the memorial to commemorate Memorial Day, according to KVAL.

The Providence War Memorial was also vandalized over Memorial Day weekend. Providence Police Department received a call early Monday morning that four stones with the names of Providence residents killed during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War were vandalized with black spray paint, the Boston Globe reported. The spray paint was reportedly cleaned up Tuesday morning by the city.

‘It’s Scary To Me Now’: Longtime Los Angeles Resident Goes On Viral Tirade Blasting Homeless Crisis (VIDEO)

A longtime resident of Venice, California, went on a viral tirade Thursday blasting the homeless crisis in the city, according to ABC7.

The woman told Venice Intel she has lived in the city for over 45 years, but that “it’s not safe anymore.” “My grandkids, who I adore, are afraid to come and visit me. Do you understand that? That is hell for me,” she said.

“Living on the boardwalk is not ok. Get the darn tents away from here because you know what? It’s not safe. Nobody feels safe. It isn’t fun anymore,” she added.

The woman added that it is “scary” for her to walk to the waterfront amid all of the homeless tents. “I go walk down to that water every day, and I have for over 40 years, and you know what — it’s scary to me now. I don’t think it’s fair. Please, please, please. We do not want tent people living here. It’s gotta stop!”

A large number of homeless encampments have appeared in Venice in recent months. The city has seen many violent incidents, including fights, fires, and a shooting on the Venice Boardwalk in early May, according to ABC7.

Pentagon Requests Blowout Budget To Fight ‘Climate Crisis’ And ‘Extremism’ Among Troops

The Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2022 totals $715 billion, and among the Defense Department’s stated priorities are fighting the “climate crisis” and “extremism” in America’s armed forces.

The funding requested by the Pentagon under Biden continues a trend set under Trump who ballooned the military budget from just $582 billion requested by the Obama administration in 2017. The newest 2022 budget request increases the budget by $11 billion in comparison to 2021.

The 2022 budget proposal highlights climate change as a “national security priority,” stating that DoD will “elevate climate as a national security priority” and integrate “climate considerations” into “policies, strategies, and partner engagements.”

Funds will be reallocated to bolster “climate resiliency” and invest in clean energy. The request allocates $617 million for ensuring military installations can operate efficiently and recover from infrastructure disruption, R&D for new energy technologies and “climate-informed” wargaming, analysis and contingency planning.

Rooting out the supposed extremism within the military is another focus of the budget, with almost $31 million requested for strengthening tools to “identify and address extremism.”

‘You Can’t Be Cowed’: Ron DeSantis Drops The Hammer On ‘Woke Corporations’ After Banning Biological Men From Women’s Sports (VIDEO)

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that he refused to be pressured by “woke corporations” or other organizations and not sign a bill banning biological males from participating in women’s sports.

“I think as these bills were going through various legislatures, I remember the [National Collegiate Athletic Association] put out a statement saying any state that enacts this, we’re not going to hold events there and so I called the Speaker of the House in Florida and I said ‘Did you hear what they said?’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah’ and I said, ‘We’ve definitely got to get this done,’” DeSantis told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“You can’t be cowed by these organizations, particularly by woke corporations, from doing the right thing and so my view was throughout this whole time, we have to protect our girls,” he told host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson.

‘I Will Not Let You Down. I’d Rather Drink Weed Killer’ — Sen. John Kennedy Announces Reelection Bid (VIDEO)

Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy formally announced Tuesday that he will be running for reelection in 2022.

In a video released on Twitter, the Louisiana Senator said, “I promise I will always be your voice during the good times and the bad. Come hell or high water, your values will be my values. I will never be silent when the radical nut jobs tell me to sit down and shut up.”

“I will not let you down. I’d rather drink weed killer,” Kennedy said in the video.

THE HUNT FOR UFO INFO TAKES A TURN… JAZZ SHAW: Pentagon deletes all emails of former AATIP director

Hang on to your hats because this is going to sound like something out of a Tom Clancy movie, but it’s absolutely real. If you’ve followed our coverage of the Pentagon’s secret UFO study program (AATIP) and the anticipated June 25th release to the Senate Select Intelligence and Armed Forces Committees from the UAP Task Force (unidentified aerial phenomena), you are already familiar with the name of Lue Elizondo. He ran AATIP for a number of years before retiring in 2017 and taking his fight for an end to government secrecy on the subject of UFOs to the public. That fight continues to this day. […]

First of all, John determined pretty much conclusively that even if Lue Elizondo had been a department employee responsible for nothing more critical than tracking the maintenance of the copy machines at the Pentagon, his emails should have been kept for seven years before being destroyed. He retired four years ago.

As suggested above, email records from anyone that might be considered of “historic” significance should never be destroyed, but instead transferred to the National Records Center. I’m not going to give away too many spoilers here, but as Greenewald discovered, not only was Elizondo in charge of a secret UFO program, the office he worked out of dealt with matters as significant as the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), the 9/11 mastermind. How in the world could Elizondo’s emails not be considered of historic significance? This is as close to a smoking gun in terms of a government coverup that I’ve ever heard of and much of this story is still flying under the MSM radar, though that seems to finally be changing. And does all of this have anything to do with the imminent Inspector General’s Office investigation of the DoD and what they’re doing in terms of UAP investigations?

New Star Wars Movies Are ‘Mediocre And Schlocky,’ Ninth Circuit Court Rules

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the new “Star Wars” movies under Disney’s watch are “mediocre and schlocky.”

“That is like George Lucas promising no more mediocre and schlocky ‘Star Wars’ sequels shortly after selling the franchise to Disney,” the summary from Judge Kenneth K. Lee read on Tuesday about the sequels in the “Star Wars” franchise. “Such a promise would be illusory.”

The comments were noted by the director of litigation with the Hamilton Lincoln Law institute, Ted Frank, in a post on Twitter.

“[T]he Ninth Circuit makes it official, holding that, as a matter of law, Disney’s THE LAST JEDI was ‘mediocre and schlocky,’” Frank’s tweet read.

The ruling was for the case of Briseno v. Henderson in an underlying lawsuit that alleged “Wesson Oils were falsely marketed as ‘100% natural’ under the laws of several states,” a press release about the ruling from the Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute read. The reason it wasn’t true was because the “oils were derived in part from genetically modified crops.”

Artist Gets Over $18,000 For Sculpture That Doesn’t Exist, Says It’s Invisible

A 67-year-old Italian artist has auctioned off an invisible sculpture for about $18,300.

The artwork “Io Sono” — which translates to “I am” in Italian — was made by Salvatore Garau, an artist from Santa Giusta, Italy, Newsweek reported. The sculpture is described as “immaterial,” meaning it does not exist, or if it does, it exists in its creator’s mind, as.com reported.

However, despite the criticism, the artist reportedly refuses to acknowledge that he is selling nothing. Instead, he argues that he is not selling ‘nothing’ but a “vacuum.”

“The vacuum is nothing more than a space full of energy, and even if we empty it and there is nothing left, according to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, that nothing has a weight. Therefore, it has energy that is condensed and transformed into particles, that is, into us,” Garau said, according to Newsweek.

Garau provided instructions for placing his artwork, stating that it should be placed in a space free from any “obstruction” within a private house, Italy 24 News reported. The instructions said that the space should be approximately 150 x 150 centimeters, according to the outlet.

The only physical item the person who buys Garau’s artwork will get is the certificate guaranteeing the sale. The catalog, instead of showing a tangible piece of art, only shows an “absolute white space,” Italy 24 News reported.