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      Chinese Wet Market Virus



      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ran afoul of the language police when he publicly called the ‘coronavirus’ that has
      already killed 0.000013% of the world’s population the ‘Wuhan virus’. When challenged about this criminal violation of
      linguistic propriety he just said it again. The World Health Organisation (WHO) was shocked.

           know how Pompeo must     delayed taking public action to
          feel, because my innocent  slow the spread of the virus – like
          suggestion that we call it the  banning Wuhan residents from
      I‘Pangolin Balls Erectile     travelling elsewhere for Chinese
      Dysfunction Chinese Wet Market  New Year, for example. Why?
      Virus’ got an equally hostile  Because local government had
      reception. It broke the WHO’s  to get permission (from     US Secretary of
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                                                                 State Mike
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      rules on naming new human     Communist Party headquarters)  State Mike
                                                                 Pompeo speaks
                                                                 Pompeo speaks
                                                                 Pompeo speaks
                                                                 Pompeo speaks
      infectious diseases.          before fully disclosing      Pompeo speaks
                                                                 to the media
                                                                 to the media
                                                                 to the media
                                                                 to the media
      The WHO guidelines, issued in  information about the virus.  to the media
                                                                 about the
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      2015, say that names must avoid  Secondly, the Chinese version of  about the
                                                                 coronavirus
                                                                 coronavirus
                                                                 coronavirus
                                                                 coronavirus
                                                                 coronavirus
      geographic locations (e.g. Middle  the internet is now seething with  COVID-19
                                                                 COVID-19
                                                                 COVID-19
                                                                 COVID-19
                                                                 COVID-19
      East Respiratory Syndrome),   stories about how the United  pandemic, which
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      people’s names (Creutzfeldt-  States developed the virus in its  he referred to as
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      Jakob disease), species of    secret labs and deliberately  the ‘Wuhan
                                                                 the ‘Wuhan
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                                                                 the ‘Wuhan
      animal or food (swine flu, monkey  planted it in China. There are  virus’, at the
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      pox), cultural or occupational  conspiracy theorists everywhere,  State
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      references (legionnaires’     but in China the hundreds of  Department in
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      disease), and terms that incite  thousands of censors who man  Washington, DC,
                                                                 USA. (Photo:
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      fear (e.g. ‘fatal’ or ‘epidemic’).  the Great Firewall instantly take  USA. (Photo:
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      So you may die of it, but nobody’s  down posts that deviate from the  Scalzo)
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      feelings will be hurt. COVID-19  official line. They aren’t doing it
      may be boring, but at least   this time, which tells you all you  published an article claiming that  original source of both the  China’s ‘wet markets’ sell a wide
      nobody will think it has anything  need to know.           the virus is “a biochemical  current coronavirus and the  variety of these animals– and they
      to do with China. In reality,  Indeed, while the Chinese   weapon produced by the US to  SARS virus, is said to be good for  often sell them live, because that
      however, everybody knows that  Communist Party initially   target China.” But behind all the  restoring eyesight. Bile and  supposedly makes the ‘jinbu’
      China made a mess of this.    accepted that the outbreak   bluster and denial, China is  gallbladders harvested from live  stronger. China is not the only
      First of all, the age-old Chinese  began in China, denial is  actually doing the right thing.  bears are good for treating  source of new viral diseases, but it
      cultural tradition of blaming the  growing even in official  Folklore, superstitions and ‘old  jaundice; tiger bone, or snakes  certainly produces more than
      messenger, reinforced by the  statements. Chinese foreign  wives’ tales’ abound in every  and bulls’ penises for the  anywhere else. Yet in all the
      Communist Party’s very        ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian  culture, but beliefs about the  impecunious, are for erections.  previous epidemics, the Chinese
      hierarchical structure, delayed  complained that by calling the  power of ‘jinbu’ are unique to  Small wild animals are often the  regime did not dare to shut down
      public acknowledgement that   outbreak ‘China virus’ or ‘Wuhan  China, and explain why eating  intermediaries that transmit the  the trade in wild animals. Popular
      there was a dangerous virus   virus’ “and thus suggesting its  specific wild animals plays a  new coronaviruses to people.  belief in jinbu was just too strong.
      active in Wuhan for several   origin without any supporting  major role in traditional Chinese  The ground-up scales of  Now it has finally done it. Late last
      crucial weeks.                facts or evidence, some media  medicine. The exotic meat ‘fills  pangolins supposedly cure  month all the enterprises
      Dr Li Wenliang, the first person to  clearly want China to take the  the void’, allegedly enhancing  cancer and asthma, but are also  breeding wild animals were shut
      raise the alarm about a viral  blame and their ulterior motives  sexual performance in men and  implicated in passing the Wuhan  down permanently, markets
      outbreak on social media, was  are laid bare.”             beauty and fertility in women.  virus to human beings. Palm  have been forbidden to sell them,
      warned by the police not to   Zhao insisted that no conclusion  Yi-Zheng Lian, former chief  civets, suspected of having  and even eating them has been
      spread rumours. (He died after  has been reached on whether  editor of the Hong Kong    transmitted the SARS virus to  banned. They’re closing the barn
      being infected with COVID-19.)  the coronavirus originated in  Economic Journal, noted in a  humans, are said to cure  door after the horse has
      The mayor of Wuhan, Zhou      China, and the Chinese military’s  recent Washington Post article  insomnia when stewed with  escaped, you might say, but it will
      Xianwang, admitted that he had  online portal Xilu.com recently  that eating bats, thought to be the  snake meat.    help a great deal in the future.
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