They should have claimed it came from a horndog like Clinton.

More believable.

Expand full comment

You guys are such racists... This didn't come from a lab! It came from the disgusting garbage that weird Chinese people eat!! I hope you all catch global warming!

Expand full comment

Hog badger, Complex-toothed squirrel, Beauty Rat Snake, Red Large-toothed Snake, Monocled Cobra, Big-eyed Rat Snake? These are the most awesome names in history. If I ever get back in to online gaming I am making a Monocled Cobra avatar, or maybe a complex-toothed squirrel? Man those are great.

But what actually interested me in the report is that it said, 'Some would prove to be PCR positive for SARS-CoV-2, mostly in the western corner where many animal stalls were located', if all of these people are getting sick, if this is a pandemic that spreads rapidly through humans, why after multiple people are sick are surfaces near the animal stalls where the virus MOSTLY is?

So, Wuhan in December appears to have highs around 10C which is colder than any tests I can find of 'the virus' on surfaces, but almost any UV appears to wipe it out. If we are generous and assume very little sunlight then the viral source was less than a week old on those surfaces, any sun and it had to be there that day basically. But anyway, the whole thing makes no sense. There is no claim of surface transmission, the claim is that someone ATE the animals still right? Unless we picture a sick raccoon dog or bat coughing up their lungs around the stall all day what is supposed to be the takeaway from these surface swabs?

Expand full comment

When the story first broke, I made the following prediction on Twitter:

"Fearless forecast:

Within 24 hours, there will be a dozen news articles extolling the importance of the new article, whenever it gets published.

This will include press releases from authors' universities and most will have direct quotes."


Within 13 hours, there were 18, lol. Once a couple of the puff-pieces were syndicated, there were more than 100 a few hours after that.

Expand full comment

That's nothing. I found H2O molecules at Loch Ness!

Expand full comment
Mar 21, 2023Liked by Brian Mowrey

My apologies for using Twitter shorthand, but:


Expand full comment
Mar 21, 2023Liked by Brian Mowrey

A brutal truth from retired former head of research for a global energy trading firm:

The Everything Crisis



Even the most cursory glance at economic and financial history will reveal a litany of bubbles and booms, crashes and crises. We’ve seen numerous instances of speculative manias, real estate bubbles, market collapses and banking crises. Even the dot-com bubble of 1995-2000 wasn’t really ‘a first’, since there’s at least one previous instance – the Railway Mania of the 1840s – of the public being blinded to reality by the glittering allure of the latest vogue in technology.

You’d be wrong, though, if you concluded that “there’s nothing new under the Sun” about what we’re experiencing now. The coming crunch – for which the best shorthand term might be ‘the everything crisis’ – sets new precedents in at least two ways.

First, it’s unusual for all of the various forms of financial crises to happen at the same time. Even the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2008-09 wasn’t an ‘everything crisis’. Now, though, it’s quite possible that we’re experiencing the start of a combined stock, property, banking, financial, economic and technological crisis, with ‘everything happening at once’.

Second, all previous crises have occurred at times when secular (non-cyclical) economic growth remained feasible. This enabled us to ‘grow out of’ these crises, much as youngsters ‘grow out of’ childhood ailments.

No such possibility now exists.

The true story of modern economic and financial history involves, on the one hand, the ending and reversal of centuries of economic expansion and, on the other, an absolute refusal to come to terms with this reality.

What follows is an attempt to tell that story as briefly as possible.


Expand full comment
Mar 21, 2023Liked by Brian Mowrey

Hall monitors. Yep. I think they would have taken the hall monitor job in school if available. Feels empowering to have your hands on some levers of control.

Expand full comment
deletedMar 21, 2023Liked by Brian Mowrey
Comment deleted
Expand full comment