U.N. Warns of “Worrying and Dangerous” Conspiracy Theories

The United Nations would like everyone to be on the lookout for &;worrying and dangerous&; conspiracy theories &; especially those that might lead people to the conclusion that COVID-19 escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China&; you know, the thing the  could very well be the case, and which Sen.  (R-KY) has  into.

Some background

Before we get into the UN&;s latest salvo in the war over narratives (feel free to scroll down if you&;re a regular reader); We know from government contracts, , and leaked emails that the US government was conducting risky gain-of-function research on US soil until former President Obama  over ethical questions raised by the scientific community. The &;research&; included manipulating bat Covid to be more transmissible to humans, and following Obama&;s ban, was funneled overseas through New York nonprofit, EcoHealth Alliance &; whose CEO Peter Daszak secured  to study and manipulate bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China four months before Obama&;s ban. Daszak was the guy behind The Lancet&;s &;it couldn&;t have come from a lab&; Natural Origin statement &; for which he reportedly engaged in a &;&; &; before generating significant controversy over  involving many of its authors and co-signatories, to which the Lancet later admitted. The first installment of EcoHealth&;s $3.7 million NIH grant was paid in June 2014, with similar  through May 2019 under the &;Understanding The Risk Of Bat Coronavirus Emergence&; project. Then, in 2017, a subagency of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) &; headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci &; resumed funding a controversial grant to genetically modify bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China without the approval of a  body. Notably, the WIV &;had openly participated in gain-of-function research in partnership with U.S. universities and institutions&; for years under the leadership of Dr. Shi &;Batwoman&; Zhengli, according to the &;s Josh Rogin. We also know (thanks to a FOIA lawsuit by The Intercept) that Daszak wanted to release &;&; Into Bat Populations Using &;Skin-Penetrating Nanoparticles,&only for the &;DEFUSE&; proposal to be denied by DARPA on the grounds that it was too risky. Further reading:
  • ;Sadly, It Starts With Two Lies&;: Peter Daszak&;s Latest Wuhan Screed Shredded
We challenge the UN to &;debunk&; any of the above. Now that you&;re up to speed Enter the UN&;s new  campaign, which helps people &;learn how to identify, debunk, react to and report on conspiracy theories to prevent their spread.&; To aid gullable individuals navigate the information highway without hitting any conspiracy potholes, UNESCO provides some helpful infographics &; one of which thanks Stephen Lewandowsky &; Australian psychologist and co-author of a March 2022  report complaining about how &;The Lab-Leak Hypothesis Made It Harder for Scientists to Seek the Truth.&; So the default position of those behind the UN&;s &;watch out for conspiracy theories&; campaign is that the lab leak is a conspiracy theory. Right. They recommend taking action when you&;ve &;identified a conspiracy theory,&; but that you don&;t get lured into an argument with a conspiracy theorist. &;Any argument may be taken as proof that you are part of the conspiracy and reinforce that belief,&; which will cause the conspiracy theorist to &;argue hard to defend their beliefs.&; So what to do? Show &;empathy,&; and avoid &;ridiculing them.&; &;If you are certain you have encountered a conspiracy theory,&; you must &;react&; immediately and post a link to a &;fact-checking website&; in the comments. In short &; this (from 2020):
Stay safe out there citizen! Republished from with permission
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John Titor

The United Nations would like everyone to be on the lookout for ‘worrying and dangerous’ conspiracy theories – especially those that might lead people to the conclusion that COVID-19 escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China… you know, the thing the 

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