It has been two days since my previous piece on this, and the con artists continue to come out of the woodwork. And, I am amazed that anyone is still listening to these lying liars. The good thing is that I get to update my list of hoaxers who are trying to twist your mind. It also gives me a chance to show you how to identify a fraud.
I’ve been doing this for 30 years, so I have some practice at this. And, as a professional writer, I know how to turn a phrase ‘this way’ or ‘that way’ to make what I say sound more credible.
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The Wuhan Virus – Frenzy, Fraud and Foolishness
NOTE: No ShockCast for this piece. But, I will include it – Lord Willing – within the next piece. – JL
I continue to get lots of emails sharing one hysterical article after another. And, most of it is understandably foolish. Some of it is outright fraud. And, it is clear that many are still having trouble getting to the truth of what is actually happening.
I’m hopping mad over the fraud that people are sharing with me and was pondering what to write, when a reader sent me this email:
If you could…would you please give updates on what is going on with the virus? There is lots on alt media that I believe is overhyping the doom. REally need news from the area. Getting so we don’t know what to believe anymore!
That did it for me. I was going to wait until Tuesday to publish something, which would have allowed me to do a ShockCast, but I think that there’s a pressing need for something more immediate. And, since I have someone sitting next to me who is monitoring Chinese news and social media, I do have something to offer.
The first thing that you need to know is this:
THERE IS NO NEED FOR PANIC.
At the moment, this virus is less lethal than the common flu. That was true two days ago, and it is still true today. And, when people claim that there are 100,000 cases in China… it proves my point. The number of people who have died of the Wuhan Virus (2019-nCoV) number in the… wait for it …dozens. If there are only dozens dead, and a hundred thousand infections, this tells you that the flu is more dangerous.
Furthermore, this is the worst possible moment for a virus outbreak in China. Every year, those who live in the cities go home to visit family for Chinese New Year. And, the urge to do so is so strong that people will steal anything not nailed down, to get enough money to go back home. There is always a spike in bicycle and scooter theft, just before the Chinese New Year. This should give you an idea of the numbers of people flooding out of the cities and into the countryside.
They call it The Big Migration.
It is literally the largest migration of human beings, on the planet. And, it happens every year. Hundreds of millions of people make this migration, and the chance of an epidemic is higher than at any other time. People, packed close together in train cars, makes for an environment that is begging for an outbreak of something.
Fear And Cell Phone Cameras
Also, every one of these people has a cell phone with a camera on it and the free time to record anything that looks unusual. Before the Wuhan Virus, someone collapsing would merely be an unfortunate incident. Now, anyone who is coughing and sick…. well …they think that it’s the Wuhan Virus.
I’m seeing lots of hysterical footage coming out of China, along with people claiming that this coronavirus is everywhere. Take the following as an example:
I normally go to Imgur (pronounced image-er, but I still say im-gur) for humorous images and cat videos. But, this caught my attention, and it’s an example of how things can be blown out of proportion, once panic sets in.
In the above, you see a body on the ground, then packed hospital hallways, then a clip of another person having collapsed, then a third, and then the clip ends with a scared Chinese guy showing three or four isolation tents and warning everyone to stay inside and essentially telling them to panic.
The problem is that we have no idea what caused the collapse of those lying on the ground.
And, the Chinese packing the hospital hallways?
It’s just more panic. Now that this coronavirus has hit the headlines, any cough or fever is going to be labeled as The Wuhan Virus. It won’t matter that it’s more likely the flu. It will not matter that you might just have a bad case of bronchitis. Every sneeze is the dreaded Wuhan Virus in the fevered imagination of the average person.
Faith And Fear
That’s how fear works, and getting the average person to stop being afraid is next-to-impossible. But YOU are not the average person. You are a child of God with the Holy Spirit. You are destined for heaven when this life ends, so you have absolutely no reason to fear anything. More importantly, God will not let anything touch you – if it is not His will.
This doesn’t give you permission to jump off of buildings because you know that God will catch you. Testing God like that is a sin. But, it should be clear to all of you that you literally have nothing to worry about, even if this virus turns out to be THE BIG ONE.
So, if you are afraid, it is a sign that you need to work on something in your spiritual life. We all get afraid of one thing or another. I was deeply worried for my wife when she had an operation to remove a possibly-cancerous tumor. I love my wife, and I couldn’t help myself.
By the way, thank you for all of your prayers for my wife. I am truly grateful to all of you for praying for her. God is good, and Mrs. Little is recovering well. God knows that I would be a mess without her.
So anyway, fear is normal. A little might even be useful in getting you to take wise and necessary precautions for a dark future. But, you should not be afraid. It’s not necessary, and it clouds your judgment.
Damaging God’s Reputation
Furthermore, unnecessary fear will damage the reputation of God and your ability to warn others of what is coming. If you are afraid, people will wonder why, since you keep saying that you are a child of the Most High. And then, when you warn others about real dangers, they will ignore your warnings, since you had been hysterical, previously, over nothing.
One reader made this excellent comment, in my previous post:
Consider this event to be an opportunity to consider what you need to do during a REAL plague. As in the Four Horsemen. Some pretty big numbers to crunch are available in Revelation.
When government and media OVERREACT, people get burned out on clickbait headlines and will scoff at REAL DANGER.
Let Holy Spirit be your guide.
Oh, and good old fashioned washing up will help keep you out of trouble.
Frances in NM
(Emphasis is mine)
Real danger is coming. Billions will die. Many who survive will wish that they hadn’t. And, it is our job to do our best to be a beacon of hope and sanity while everyone and everything falls apart.
Terrified people need someone who is level-headed and at peace with God, to help calm things down. Panic and terror are barriers to addressing problems. And a terrifying situation is a good time to show everyone who God is and what it’s like to be a follower of Jesus.
Back To The Virus
Now, let’s talk a little more about this virus and get to all the fraud that is swirling around.
Please remember that this is a CORONAvirus. It is the same kind of virus that gives you the common cold. And, while it is true that this virus has spread pretty far and wide in the Hubei region of China, there is no indication that it is more dangerous than influenza, which kills 600 thousand people every year. It’s one of the reasons why I believe that some of the imagery of people collapsing – is more likely due to the flu than this Wuhan Virus.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell the flu from a coronavirus, without a detailed examination and a blood test. And, with all the hysteria flooding that region of China, none of us are going to get a clear picture of what is really happening in the city of Wuhan, and the surrounding region of Hubei. But, there is one thing that we CAN look at:
Those who have made it out of the Wuhan area, with the virus.
We have a few cases here in Taiwan, and we’ve been able to track how much contact that they’ve had with other people. Other countries have similar opportunities, and so far… it looks pretty good. In a few days, we’ll know for sure whether this virus is very contagious.
We actually had one moron come from Wuhan, back to Kaohsiung, which is just south of me. Even though he had all the symptoms, he refused to check himself in, while moving around town and hitting some of the bars. We only caught this slime-ball because he spent a couple of hours with a ‘dancing girl’ at a bar. She tested negative for the virus, and helped the authorities catch this idiot. There are an estimated 84 people who came in contact with this moron, and we have no indication that anyone has gotten sick. But, we will be watching.
So, as of this moment, this is NOT a very contagious virus. The only reason why it’s a problem in China is due to the vast numbers of people involved, lack of cleanliness and the growing atmosphere of hysteria.
Fraudulent Fake News
Part of that hysteria is just plain fraud.
As I said before, I’ve been fighting information fraud for three decades, in one form or another. I started out fighting the lies about Israel, and I have moved on to fighting the lies spread by false christians and fake bloggers. It makes me mad, and when I get mad… I write. And, I am hopping mad at the lies being told by those who claim to be experts.
It’s bad enough that we have a mainstream media that cannot be trusted. It’s even worse when the alt-media spreads lies and disinformation. And, there’s so much of it that it’s hard to know who or what to believe. And, I want to take this moment to point out the lying liars and how they are able to convince you that their lies are the truth.
Case #1: Great Game India
My ‘favorite’ liar, at the moment is GreatGameIndia. I first saw their article about the Wuhan Virus, on ZeroHedge – a generally good source of information. That article didn’t make sense, so I ignored it and moved on. But, some people did NOT ignore the article and thought that it was accurate.
Why did I ignore the article?
NO ONE would EVER try to weaponize a coronavirus.
The article in ‘GreatGameIndia’ claimed that a Chinese scientist stole this virus from a Canadian lab and weaponized it. It was clearly a lie and an utterly stupid one, at that. It should have been ignored, but it wasn’t.
A well-intentioned reader shared this YouTube video with me:
This video is basically someone reading that ‘GreatGameIndia’ article. The person doing reading was probably impressed by the fact that it showed up on ZeroHedge and had no idea that it was a complete fake. But, since it turned up in my inbox, I did some digging.
I went to the original article, and immediately saw a problem in the first paragraph:
Last year a mysterious shipment was caught smuggling Coronavirus from Canada. It was traced to Chinese agents working at a Canadian lab. Subsequent investigation by GreatGameIndia linked the agents to Chinese Biological Warfare Program from where the virus is suspected to have leaked causing the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak.
Can you see the ‘red flag’?
It’s this sentence:
Subsequent investigation by GreatGameIndia linked the agents to Chinese Biological Warfare Program from where the virus is suspected to have leaked causing the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak.
This phrase, ‘Subsequent investigation’ screams deception. It’s a phrase that you would only use if you had staff and funds to do investigations, and it’s clear that ‘GreatGameIndia’ does NOT have access to those kinds of funds. But, I didn’t stop there and discovered their ‘investigation’.
It’s this article:
You’ll notice that the ‘GreatGameIndia’ article does NOT link to this one. In fact, GreatGameIndia was very careful to make sure that there were no links to ANY article that pointed to the two Chinese researchers that were accused of smuggling dangerous viruses to China.
BECAUSE IT WAS NOT A CORONAVIRUS!!!!
The virus that the Chinese scientists were smuggling was something completely different than the Wuhan Virus. They literally had nothing to do with anything that is happening right now.
What was that virus?
What ‘GreatGameIndia’ did was a classic case of fraud. They took the current hysteria and built a case for even greater hysteria by linking it to a situation in Canada, from July. And all that they had to do was change just one word.
Please remember this. If you have to, put it on a post-it note. All that you need to do, to create an awful lie, is to…
Just. Change. One. Word.
That’s all that these foul and disgusting people at ‘GreatGameIndia’ had to do. Just change Ebola to Coronavirus, and they had a flood of clicks to their lying lie of a website.
One of the things that makes me really mad is that this evil article has passed over into Chinese social media. My wife is seeing versions of their claims spreading all over the place. Mrs. Little is actively fighting back against this lie, in Chinese, on Social Media, but as Mark Twain is claimed to have said:
It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
He might not have said it, but it has the ring of truth.
Case #2: Hal Turner
Then, someone sent me this ‘article’:
CHINA BARRICADING PEOPLE ** IN ** INFECTED CITIES! Roads being Blocked with Piles of Dirt, Phone Lines off, Hospitals OUT of Supplies
Hal Turner, in that moronic article claimed that 112 thousand people were already dead. I couldn’t believe that someone would tell such an outrageous lie, but when it comes to Hal Turner… you can tell when he’s lying – because his lips are moving. I’ve caught this guy is lie after lie, so much so that I’ve had to stop counting.
He claims that there are already 112 thousand people dead from the Wuhan Virus, and there is absolutely no way that this is possible. Not only would we have heard about this, but there would be pictures of mass graves full of bodies. You cannot get that number of people dying in Hubei province without everyone knowing about it.
But, there’s one thing that Hal Turner is depending on, and that is your ignorance. To you, China is some far away place where anything could happen. Yes, it’s far away, but it still follows all the rules of reality that every other country must follow. And, when everyone has a cell phone, pictures and video will show up when something really bad happens.
If you listen to Hal Turner, you are literally asking for lies. He is a lying liar that cannot be trusted to report on the weather, let alone events in China.
Case #3: BeforeItsNews
Also, people have been sending me lots of posts from the website BeforeItsNews.com. The garbage on that site has already been piled so high that it’s hard to know if there is ANYTHING of substance to that site. Every crackpot theorist has something stupid to say on BeforeItsNews. Aliens, Flat Earthers, Space Lizards, Satanists, Skin Color Nationalists and David Icke are all on Before Its News.
If you read stuff on that site, you do not care about the truth.
And yes, it really is that simple.
We are Christians. We are followers of Christ. Everything that we are, should be connected to The Truth. We are commanded to love it. We are to hold onto it, no matter what the cost.
If you love the stories told by BeforeItsNews, you are in rebellion to the whole idea of truth itself. And, I know how easy it is for lies to take hold in your mind, even when you know that they are lies. You might tell yourself that you don’t believe the lies, but they will still affect you.
If you truly love the truth, then you should never ever read or listen to what anyone says who lies or passes on lies.
Case #4: The Mainstream Media
Then there’s an example from the mainstream media. It’s interesting, and probably even more clever than my first example. And, it’s rooted in our own fascination with the incredible and catastrophic. As the old newspaper saying goes…
…If it bleeds, it leads.
‘Fluffy the Cat’ will never make front page headlines because every newspaper editor knows that war, epidemic, violence, mass murder and every kind of catastrophe is what sells newspapers. That’s why bad news will always be sensationalized. Always. And, the more mundane truth will be buried where few will ever see it.
I saw this great example in this article:
Here were the first lines:
BEIJING (AP) — A new viral illness being watched with a wary eye around the globe accelerated its spread in China with 80 deaths so far, while the U.S. Consulate in the city at the epicenter announced it will evacuate its personnel and some other Americans aboard a charter flight.
China’s health minister said the country was entering a “crucial stage” as “it seems like the ability of the virus to spread is getting stronger.”
But, the biggest, most important truth was buried at the very end:
It is not clear how lethal the new coronavirus is or even whether it is as dangerous as the ordinary flu, which kills tens of thousands of people every year in the U.S. alone.
This is the disgusting truth about the mainstream media – and us. If we weren’t focused on the sensational to the exclusion of the boring truth, it is doubtful that the mainstream media would get away with lying to us. All that the media needs to do is promote the sensational and bury the truth, and we will never know what the truth is. And, this is where my favorite line on the ‘independent press’ comes in:
There is no such a thing in America as an independent press, unless it is out in country towns. You are all slaves. You know it, and I know it.
There is not one of you who dares to express an honest opinion. If you expressed it, you would know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid $150 for keeping honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should allow honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, I would be like Othello before twenty-four hours: my occupation would be gone. The man who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street hunting for another job.
The business of a New York journalist is to distort the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to villify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or for what is about the same — his salary. You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting an “Independent Press”!
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities, are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
– John Swinton, 1880.
We have been sold into slavery by a media that likes its fame and fortune. The rich men of this world had the money, so the newspapers wrote what the wealthy wanted us to believe.
One of my favorite videos is titled:
YouTube has been taking down that video, but lots of people keep putting it back up. So, if that link doesn’t work, search for it elsewhere. Francis Richard Conolly is the narrator and writer, and I can confirm that 95% of what he says is true. His comments on religion are not.
Okay, That’s It For This Update
I could go on, but I hafta stop. This article is already way too long. So, let me end the same way that I ended the last time.
Let’s all take a deep breath and calm down. Don’t get caught by the morons spreading hysterical theories about how this virus will kill millions and destroy the world. And, this is only one of many hysterical topics that people need to step away from.
Yes, we ARE in the Last Days. One day, things will get really bad. And, I have been warning you about them. Ezekiel’s Fire really is coming and billions really will die. But, if you are driven hither, thither and yon by every hysterical headline, you will soon be unable to prepare for the truly difficult days ahead. You will also lose all credibility in the eyes of those who might listen to you.
Do you want to help your family, friends and fellow Christians survive the dark days ahead?
Then, start now by being rational and level-headed. And, Paul said something along the same lines, here:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
You cannot help those who need it most, if you have discredited yourself. Please start right now to demonstrate that following Christ means being sober, levelheaded, sensible, stable, prudent, wise and unafraid. After all, He that is with us, is greater than any microscopic bug.
Oh, and please, above all… share the Good News of Jesus Christ, with EVERYONE!
I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. – Proverbs 22:3
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