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More on the Virus

(bloomberg) It’s worth a read. The implications raise the concerns about Coronavirus carriers moving about and spreading the virus with no visible symptoms.
In case you missed it, Federal Agents arrested Dr. Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, charged with lying to the Department of Defense about secret monthly payments of $50,000.00 paid by China and receipt of millions more to help set up a chemical/biological “Research” laboratory in China. Also arrested were two Chinese “Students” working as research assistants, one of whom was actually a lieutenant in the People’s Liberation Army, the other captured at Logan Airport as he tried to catch a flight to China – smuggling 21 vials of “Sensitive Biological Samples” according to the FBI.
The research lab the professor had helped set up is located at the Wuhan University of Technology. Make of that what you will. DRJIM might be right. They’re trying to recreate “The Stand”.
As far as I know, United, Lufthansa and Delta are the only airlines to suspend travel to China, but there may be more.
152 years ago, Monday, January 27, 1868, an obscure Polish-American bartender and general laborer by the name of Frank “Rocky” Fiegel (1868-1947) was born in Poland. Late in his life, Rocky Fiegel became somewhat famous as the real-life inspiration for E. C. Segar’s ever-popular cartoon character Popeye The Sailor.
According to Wikipedia:

Local folklore in Chester, Illinois, Segar’s hometown, claims that Frank “Rocky” Fiegel was the real-life inspiration for the character Popeye. He had a prominent chin, sinewy physique, characteristic pipe, & a propensity & agile skill for fist-fighting. Fiegel died on March 24, 1947 never having married. His gravestone has the image of Popeye engraved on it. The town of Chester erected a statue of Popeye in Fiegel’s honor, which still stands today.

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  1. It isn't just this instance. Just about EVERY Chinese national here for "work, "study" or "business" is a part of the Chinese industrial espionage effort. They aren't going to be allowed to leave China and go to ANY western country unless they agree to be a spy of some sort…..with family back home at risk of punishment for any that don't obey.

  2. What Dan said, and include how many are family of ComParty Elite or PLA?

    I did admissions processing at the local university (a rather famous one in North Central Florida (okay, UF)) back in 1992 and back then the joke was it was the University of Beijing at Gainesville. Got so bad over admitting foreign (Com Chinese) students that the FL Legislature had to step in and 'encourage' the U to reconsider their admissions.

    As to Corona-Chan… As of around 10pm on Tuesday 1-29-20, over 7100 official cases with an official death toll of 170. This is not including many cases of pneumonia or old people cacking from the virus. Word is bump up the official stats by at least doubling to be on the safe side, to at least 10x, maybe far worse.

    I don't trust Mao China. Not as far as I can drop a space rock on them. They've never been trustworthy. Ever. Why we normalized relations with them I just don't know.

  3. One Harvard professor arrested is good, but there are still all those other professors out there… Sure, maybe they aren't spying for the ChiComs, but the lies they get paid six figures to teach kids are outta the park.

    Also, I'm just shocked that a college in the People's Republic would be full of Chinese spies. Shocked, I tell you.

  4. First Secretary Khrushchev said: "About the capitalist states, it doesn't depend on you whether or not we exist. If you don't like us, don't accept our invitations, and don't invite us to come to see you. Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!

    "Don't invite us to come see you"

    We have a nation of fuzzy thinkers who believe if we can just know each other, we will have peace. Some of their chickens are now coming home to roost. The Chicoms only want victory on their terms, IMO.

  5. Yes, the state pre-briefs these 'foreign students' and they pay for them to study abroad. They want a return on that payment. I have had interesting discussions on this. The PRC actively pursues the 'overseas Chinese' who have taken the 'king's shilling' and then don't go with the program. In areas such as Los Angeles, they often kidnap these reluctant folks and extort them or in extreme cases re-patriate them. Often they hire ethnic Chinese police officers to accomplish this on their behalf.

  6. There are a lot of PLA, a lot of family Chicom, and other students who are luminaries and can obtain access because they're simply smart people. The state sponsored programs have yielded great results. Sometimes they're penetration agents like Senator Feinstein's driver. Sometimes access agents who have self-embedded at universities.

  7. There are a lot of corrupt professors. Elizabeth Warren was but one example. $400K a year to teach a class. Of course, she was their prize Native American hire that they could trot out to show that they hired for diversity.

  8. It's a little more complicated than that. Witness the turmoil in Russia. Additionally, all PRC students are not spies. However, there are enough that it's problematic. There are also situations where those students become recruited assets of American intelligence who return home and self-embed. So the game of spy vs spy continues.

  9. The great thing about this post is that a Harvard prof got arrested. Why so great? It shows the world that Satan's Vatican isn't impregnable.

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