Q. How do you research the weaponizing of diseases without, you know, breaking all those international agreements and violating civilized norms of decent behavior?
A. By calling it "gain function" research, and claiming you're trying to "predict mutations" to simplify the creation of future vaccines!
This line is patent bullshit; it's like trying to send a message to someone you cannot see or speak with by the both of you rolling dice, hoping the numbers will match. Even with just a single die, what're the odds?* What are the odds the Dr. Strangelove's gonna hit on the next Spanish Flu mutation ahead of time (and given CDC's track record, what're the odds he'll lose track of a live sample?) Nope. It's weapons research, on a nice long deniable leash.
To make matters worse, these are the guys saying it's safe to bring ebola cases home. At least their HQ is in the same city as the hospital; perhaps they'll be on the front lines if it gets out, mumbling, "Oops." Bad enough they're working on biological weapons -- and they are, no matter how they want to portray the activity --but they're careless about it.
Y'know, me concluding free-market capitalism is the economic system offering the greatest freedom and upward mobility is not the same thing as me concluding the inept and/or wicked types in control of our government and loading down its bureaucracy are okey-dokey a-number-one fine. And voting for another set of villains and fools won't fix it.
* 1 in 6. That's five misses for every match -- and no way to tell matches from misses. Scale accordingly, Dr. Virus-Predictor.
7 months ago