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Plagues from the east are nothing new. The Black Death and other epidemics arrived in Europe from China during the 1300’s, killing a large percentage of its population. Much of this pestilence came from rats that stowed away on merchant ships coming from the east.

At the end of World War I, another pandemic, wrongly called the Spanish flu, killed an estimated 18 to 50 million people in Europe and North America.

Seventeen years after the SARS virus killed some 800 people in China and Canada and terrified the entire world, a new plague threatens the West: the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Officially named 2019-nCoV, the new virus has so far infected over 800 people in China. This latest plague erupted in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, population 11 million, which is located on the Yangtze River and is an important hub for national communications.

Like SARS, the Wuhan virus is believed to have come from a live animal market that specializes in exotic animals from the Himalayas or China’s remote mountain regions. Serving exotic animals at dinner parties is a big status symbol in China. Sometimes they are even served while still alive. Dog meat is a favorite in northern China.

SARS was believed to have come from civet cats. As a result, thousands of these creatures were brutally killed. But it was later determined the virus originated from bats, then spread to other captive animals. Bat soup is another Chinese delicacy.

Keeping large numbers of captive animals crammed together in cages with poor ventilation and no cleaning is an ideal vector for viral diseases. Each year, China consumes 730 million pigs. Fifty percent of China’s factory farmed pigs have so far contracted lethal swine flu. Rising living standards have boosted demand for pork.

I have seen how China raises and transports pigs. It’s a nightmare of brutality and inhuman behavior. No wonder so many of these intelligent sensitive animals fall ill and die. Swine fever could be payback for China’s terrible cruelty to pigs.

And it’s not just China. Pigs in North America are treated almost as badly. A lady where I live was actually jailed and prosecuted for having given water to a truckload of thirsty, starving, terrified pigs on the way to the slaughterhouse.

In North America, animals destined for slaughter are packed together and then dosed with heavy antibiotics to combat communicable diseases from over-crowding and mistreatment.

When the SARS epidemic erupted in South China 17 years ago, the Chinese communist party tried to hush up the crisis, allowing infected people to travel to North America and Europe.

This time, China did the right thing by jumping hard on the epidemic: shutting down all air, sea and land communications with the greater Wuhan region and 14 smaller cities – right in the middle of China’s huge new year celebrations when over 400 million people return to their homes. The epidemic could not have come at a worse time.

Some Wuhan residents have already flown to other parts of Asia and North America. Simply checking incoming air travelers for fever will not prevent the virus from spreading or identify passengers who have contracted and are developing the illness.

A better solution would be to quarantine all people arriving from Central China and even bar airlines coming from there until we better understand the new virus. We stop so-called ‘terrorists’ and Muslims from flying to our shores. Why not potentially infective people?


China must also be pressed to cease its dangerous, inhumane trade in exotic wild animals and urged to treat all animals with humanity and care. China is a major cause of species loss. Aside from a few brave animal rights groups, there is very little consciousness of our animal neighbors in China nor understanding that animals are sentient beings with emotions similar to those of humans. The Chinese are one of the most intelligent people on earth. Yet when it comes to animals, all they see is walking food.

As I’ve seen on my travels across China, it has made great strides in public sanitation and cleanliness as well as planting trees. Now, it’s time to stop abusing animals or the plagues will keep coming.

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  1. botazefa says:

    These same antibiotics then enter our food chain, causing us ever growing viral resistance

    Antibiotics don’t treat viral infections. It doesn’t seem likely that antibiotic overuse contributes to viral lethality.

    • Replies: @MarkU
  2. Alistair says:

    I understand that food and protein shortage could be a major issue for the Chinese; but nothing justifies eating exotic animals as delicacy, or worse eating them alive: serving live baby monkey in expensive restaurants, and while the animal is still alive crack opening its skull and consuming the live animal’s brain as delicacy; what sort of human consciousness could justify such barbaric behavior ?
    This is not about nutrition or subsistence food, but archaic cultural values that should not be tolerated in 21st century.

    • Agree: Sasha, fish
  3. Blankaerd says:

    I would hope so. The previous black death had an enormously eugenic effect on the European population. Let’s hope that… This time the world?

    • Agree: Kratoklastes
    • Replies: @Hail
  4. MarkU says:

    A very good point well made. Is it really too much to ask that columnists stick to subjects where they have some expertise?

  5. KO says:

    Well, you’re just pissed at China for it’s animal brutality, aren’t you. What about Muslims? If they ate pork there wouould be fewer swine around to get sick and spread disease. I know my idea makes no sense but it’s one you can understand based on your article.

  6. 7,000 Americans have died of influenza this season and that’s not newsworthy?

    40 Chinese–all born during WWII, malnourished and carrying a heavy disease burden–have died from a novel virus and that’s an epidemic?

    China’s Public Health Service is probably the most efficient on earth, which is why Chinese children will live longer, healthier lives than their American contemporaries. But that’s not news.

    And 142,000 Americans died due to drug use in 2016, but that’s not news, either.

  7. melpol says:

    Piles of feces in Chinese small villages are not carted away to be treated. Flys and hogs eat the feces and spread the plague. This is the cause of many diseases in China. Providing less food to the Chinese population will result in less piles and curb much of the disease. Modern sanitation systems will also help.

  8. Annual Flu Deaths: The Big Lie.
    Every year, just prior to the impending “flu season,” the CDC and their acquiescent media pawns terrorize the American public with false claims regarding annual flu deaths. The CDC boldly asserts that 36,000 people die every year from the flu. Such scare tactics are calculated to increase flu vaccine sales. However, according to the CDC’s own official records documented in National Vital Statistics Reports, only a few hundred people die from influenza (flu) on an average year. And many of these deaths occur in people with preexisting conditions, weakened immune systems, and the elderly. For example, in 2002, 753 people died from the flu. The year before, in 2001, just 257 people died from the flu. (Fifty-nine percent of these deaths occurred in people 75 years or older; 75 percent occurred in people 55 years or older.) To put these numbers in perspective, 3,454 Americans died from malnutrition in 2001 — 13 times greater than the number of flu deaths! That same year, there were 4,269 deaths attributed to asthma, a condition some studies have linked to vaccines.

    To rationalize this discrepancy between the true number of deaths caused by influenza every year (as documented in the CDC’s own National Vital Statistics Reports) and the outrageously exaggerated bogus number of flu deaths promoted by the CDC, officials claim that flu often leads to pneumonia and that many deaths from pneumonia are really deaths caused by flu. Apparently the CDC has a secret formula for estimating how many pneumonia deaths (officially listed in the CDC’s own National Vital Statistics Reports as deaths from pneumonia, not flu) are really deaths caused by flu. Adding to the confusion, influenza is caused by a virus; pneumonia is caused by bacteria. The CDC’s own website takes great pains to emphasize their differences. More importantly, the CDC has a pneumonia vaccine. So why doesn’t the CDC promote their pneumonia vaccine? In 2002, 65,231 people died from pneumonia; in 2001, 61,777 people died from pneumonia. If everyone took a pneumonia vaccine, especially the elderly and others most susceptible to the disease, wouldn’t they be protected? Why is the CDC promoting a flu vaccine to protect against pneumonia, especially when one disease is caused by a virus and the other by bacteria? Also, how many people who died from pneumonia received a flu vaccine? How many received a pneumonia vaccine?

    There are three main types of flu virus, and each type can mutate, or change, from year to year. Thus, there are literally thousands of possible strains. (Each strain is thoroughly analyzed and given a proper name, often a title associated with the place where it was initially discovered.) Every year health officials produce a new flu vaccine containing three mutated strains of flu virus. To determine which strains to use, officials travel to China at the beginning of the year to assess circulating flu viruses in that region of the world. They try to guess which strains will reach the United States by the end of the year. Production begins, and the new vaccine is usually available by October.

    Flu “experts” often guess wrong. For example, in 1994 they predicted that Shangdong, Texas, and Panama strains would be prevalent that year, thus millions of people were vaccinated with a flu shot that contained these viruses. However, when winter arrived, the Johannesburg and Beijing strains of influenza circulated through society. The vaccine was ineffective. This happened again in 1996, and again in 1997. More recently, the vaccine created for the 2003-2004 flu season contained flu strains that did not circulate through society that year. Officials were once again forced to admit that millions of people were vaccinated with an ineffective vaccine. Yet, flu fatalities did not increase during these years. For example, in 1996, 857 people died from the flu; in 1997, 745 people died from the flu — typical annual numbers.

    In 2004, flu vaccine manufacturers were unable to produce enough flu shots to accommodate everyone who wanted a flu vaccine. (Several batches were contaminated and had to be destroyed.) Thus, only half of the population that is normally vaccinated against influenza (approximately 45 million people versus 90 million during an average year) received the vaccine. If influenza is truly a deadly disease, as officials claim, the 2004-2005 flu season should be catastrophic. If, as the CDC claims, 36,000 people die every year from the flu when 90 million people are vaccinated against the disease, how many more will die when only 45 million people are “protected?” I predict that flu fatalities will not increase. In fact, flu (and pneumonia?) fatalities may even decrease during this rare period when the American population is “under-vaccinated” against influenza.

    Note: The article above was written in early 2005. On December 10, 2005, the British Medical Journal published a report acknowledging the veracity of this article by substantiating the claim that CDC flu death figures are completely bogus, hyper-inflated to scare the public and sell more flu vaccine.

    “Vitamin C Basics” by Suzanne Humphries, MD. Internist and Nephrologist.

    • Thanks: The Scalpel
  9. Looks like a Yellow Death

    • Replies: @eastkekiisawhiteguy
  10. “It was a common expression during the war that “more soldiers were killed by vaccine shots than by shots from enemy guns.”–E. McBean

    “The 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’ started in American military Camp Funston, Fort Riley, USA, amongst troops making ready for W.W.I – taking on board vaccinations, recruit training and all. It eventually killed about 40,000,000 people worldwide. That flu strain only appeared briefly once again, according to the US Atlanta CDC. This was in 1976 and again it struck at the US army camp Fort Dix, USA, amongst recently vaccinated troops (and no one else EVER); Fort Dix is known to have been a vaccine trial centre. Was the world’s greatest ‘influenza’ scourge another well-hidden vaccine disaster?”—John P Heptonstall.

    Why do we believe something? Is it because everyone else believes it? Is it because our family and community believe it? Is it because we were told to believe it by someone in a position of power and respect? Were we taught to believe it in school? Do we believe it because the idea has existed for a long time?

    What if what we believed was nothing more than an illusion?

    It wasn’t long ago when infections plagued the Western world. Smallpox, scarlet fever, measles, typhoid, diphtheria, whooping cough, and other diseases were once considered a tragic part of life. Starting in the mid-1800s, there was a steady drop in the deaths from all these infectious diseases, decreasing by the mid-1900s to very low levels. The elimination of these diseases is one of the most amazing, yet unsung, public health revolutions in history.

    That journey from disease cesspool to our modern world is a tale of plagues and famine, crushing poverty and filth, lost cures, individual freedoms versus state might, protests and arrests, and much more. Dissolving Illusions paints a historic portrait with quotes from the pages of long overlooked medical journals, books, newspapers, and other sources to reveal a startling history that has been disregarded. With this historic information and originally researched data in the form of myth-shattering graphs, Dissolving Illusions shines new light onto issues that are assumed to be clear-cut and settled long ago.
    (Also available as a pdf download)

    • Thanks: Paul C.
  11. No. China is an environmental cesspool, and it’s a wonder more epidemics haven’t occurred. And the numbers posted in a country of billions aren’t significant. More of the news media doing their chicken little act. Greta and Meghan Markle have worn out their welcomes apparently. Back to what the MSM does best…. Spread fear

  12. Hail says: • Website

    The previous black death had an enormously eugenic effect on the European population

    Citation requested.

    A well-known claim backed by some evidence is that it raised wages, but a eugenic effect?

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  13. Biff says:

    Aside from a few brave animal rights groups, there is very little consciousness of our animal neighbors in China

    Pfft. China is always to fall guy in the west when it comes to animal abuse, but a closer look exposes the fact that it is bad all around:

    THERE IS A largely hidden, poorly regulated, and highly profitable industry in the United States that has a gruesome function: breeding dogs for the sole purpose of often torturous experimentation, after which the dogs are killed because they are no longer of use.

    Americans frequently express horror at festivals in countries such as China and South Korea where dogs are killed, cooked, and eaten. Mainstream media outlets in the U.S. routinely report, with a tone of disgust, on the use of dogs in those countries for food consumption.

    But in the U.S. itself, corporations and academic institutions exploit dogs (as well as cats and rabbits) for excruciating experiments that are completely trivial, even useless,

  14. Dr Haley vs Dr “For Profit” Offit (holder of patents on Vaccines) – A Virtual Debate About Vaccines – The Greatest Medical Controversy Of Our Time.

    Dr. Alvin Moss, M.D. testifies at the West Virginia Education Committee the morning of Saturday, March 18, 2017. He responds to the question, “What is in vaccines?” (The majority of claims for vaccine injury are from Flu Vaccines).

  15. Roger says:

    Some observations here.

    First, which animals is Margolis talking about when he claims that “…animals are sentient beings with emotions similar to those of humans.”? Pigs? Monkeys? Bats? What about earthworms and snakes? Or maybe mosquitoes and house flies? Certainly the higher order of animals exhibit some sense of “emotion”, but it’s a stretch to state that they are on a par with those of humans. Where is the evidence for this? Can Margolis cite any scientific studies to back up his claim? If he can, why doesn’t he post them?

    Second, his statement that “when it comes to animals, all they see is walking food.” is presumptuous, since it is impossible for him (or anyone else) to know what every Chinese person thinks about when they see an animal. In fact, this statement might very well be completely wrong. There may be (probably are) some Chinese people who are actively engaged in a campaign to end animal abuse within the country. We just don’t hear about them.

    Third, abusing animals does not cause plagues. Stopping the abuse of animals will not cause plagues to cease. His statement to that effect is a good example of what happens when a person’s emotional opinions and beliefs get in the way of scientific facts. Flu mutations and epidemics will occur whenever people and animals are crowded together in less than ideal conditions.

    Fourth, he mentions that the Black Death of the 1300’s in Europe was caused by rats arriving on merchant ships from the East. Actually, it was caused by a virus which was carried by fleas which “hitchhiked” on the rats and transferred the virus to humans. Would it be considered “animal abuse” to have killed the rats? It has been speculated that prisoners in Europe were largely free of the disease BECAUSE THEY ATE the rats as soon as they showed up in the prisons.

    Fifth, did the (so-called) Spanish Flu originate in Fort Riley, Kansas, USA, as BDS Always has attested to in a comment above, not from the slums of Chinese society. If this is true, that would explain why Margolis says it killed 18 to 50 million Americans and Europeans, but makes no mention of Chinese deaths. To equate the Spanish Flu with the current outbreak is like comparing apples to oranges. And besides, if it originated in Fort Riley, it would destroy his argument since the only animals which might have been on the base would have been horses. Or perhaps an occasional wild bat which no one would have thought about killing and eating.

    Sixth, raising the issue of American practices of raising animals in close confinement for human consumption has absolutely no bearing on the current flu virus, but is just more breast-beating guilt manipulation in an attempt to make us feel bad about the way we treat animals.

    Margolis really needs to make a decision about the way he reports and writes. Either it will be factual with readily available and provable sources or it will be his own opinion, in which he can write whatever he wants. But it can’t be both.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
  16. @Hail

    It seems clear that the highest mortality rates were among the urban poor – crowded together, living in relative squalour, with shit running in the streets (and rats absolutely abundant). Plus, they were (generally) malnourished and physically enfeebled. And dumb as fuck: they were literally the detritus of society.

    In the countryside, lower population density and (relatively) higher levels of hygeine reduced the ability of the disease to spread; better diets, (relatively) higher general levels of physical robustness made rural people somewhat less likely to succumb.

    Seems likely that it’s eugenic if something benefits yeoman-farmer types at the expense of urban hovel-dweller types; I hold it to be self-evident.

    At the top of the social hierarchy – urban or rural – the death toll was much much much lower than for the urban poor.

    It wasn’t zero at the top end, of course – aristocrats and landed people died, but in relatively low numbers. From memory only one European king died, although a few lost members of their family. Probably because of accidental proximity to hordes of unwashed, vermin-infested paupers.

    So to the extent that hereditary aristocracy is genuinely kratos (Gr κράτος: ‘rule’) by the aristos (Gr ἄριστος: ‘excellent; best’), then the low death toll is additionally eugenic ‘vertically’ (proportionally fewer of the ‘best‘ died, than of the GenPop).

    I’m willing to be generous and say that in general, European aristocrats were ‘better’ genetic specimens on average than the rest of society – although I don’t agree that they were superior to the average rural person: just that the ‘non-aristocrat’ gene pool was numerically dominated by urban hovel-dwellers.


    Possibly the biggest eugenic effect, dynamically: the Black Plague effectively ended serfdom.

    Serfdom is a system that does not allocate based on merit, and that permits obviously bad allocations to persist (and to thrive).

    So it is at least mildly dysgenic: key benefits of strong genes (higher productivity) are disproportionately captured by someone else – e.g., some inbred hunchbacked cunt with cross-eyes and a gimpy leg who just happens to have inherited the land being worked by the strong-gened serf, for example.

    So ‘Lord’ Quasimodo the Cross-Eyed of House Gimp gets his life (and therefore his reproduction) subsidised – and also gets to squirt his toxic loads into the local peasant daughters whenever he feels like it, passing on parasitic hunchback cross-eyed clubfoot genes.

    Bad outcomes in ‘heritors’ might have been relatively rare, but they had a disproportionate impact because they affected everyone under their thrall.

    A bit like political life today: megalomaniacal parasitic sociopaths are today’s answer to mediaeval hunchbacked cross-eyed clubfoots. They are relatively few in number, but they impose a burden on the yeoman that is equivalent to supporting another full yeoman, at a higher standard of living than the average.


    Eastern Europe – less densely populated, less urbanised – was far less affected by the Black Death, and as a result serfdom persisted far longer. Sucks to be them.

    • LOL: Sasha
  17. Franz says:

    The Black Death and other epidemics arrived in Europe from China during the 1300’s, killing a large percentage of its population. Much of this pestilence came from rats that stowed away on merchant ships coming from the east.

    False and proven so for over three decades.

    The “pestilence” was spread by cloth bags, sacks, clothing and other types of weaved material. Several reports on this, quite easy to find.

    Two, for example:

    Before rats were blamed, Jews were. A massacre of Jews took place in Toulon in April, 1348.

    That same year, 1348, Pope Clement VI told Christians to halt the massacres (there were more than one and not only in Toulon) and told the Christians that they had been seduced by the Devil.

    The “rat” theory is still quite alive. But it’s considered an old wives tale by epidemiologists, who see no way a rat can infect a human in this case.

  18. Realist says:

    Yes, the bastards are sick.

  19. anonymous[251] • Disclaimer says:

    I highly recommend the Savitri Devi book:

    “Impeachment of man”

    This is in my opinion THE best deep ecology book that addresses the human dominated world view of alien Middle Eastern religions – Judaism, Judeo Christianity and Islam and other secular religions/systems like Communism.

    In the better forms of Hinduism – a good animal is better than a bad human and much better than hundreds of millions of bad humans breeding, polluting, destroying nature.

    don’t most of us admire the beautiful African lion and the African elephant? Would’t we like to live in an fantasized world of the Taylor Swift video where it’s just beautiful her and a handsome White actor from the 1920s in beautiful Africa with beautiful animals and not tens of millions of humans that looked and acted like Idi Amin and Robert Mugabe.

  20. @Alistair

    It would have been proper if you would have referenced some proof of your disgusting accusation regarding eating live monkeys.

    • Replies: @Alistair
  21. Alistair says:

    … You just have to Google it — nevertheless, here is a link to one of the website about eating Raw foods in Chinese culture. ( Attention Graphic Contents !!! )

  22. Jimmy1969 says:

    China has poor sanitary conditions and regulations. Some countries have poor engineering standards and they get hurt with minor earthquakes. I have listened to thousands of ancedotal comments for decades about how dirty the Chinese are and how they put their pigs next to their restaurants etc . It is time to boycott China until they clean up their Augean Stables

  23. Very informative article below from Jon Rappaport followed by an audio interview with Jon from today which is excellant.
    I agree with Jon that it is another fake Psy-Op.

    New China virus, Swine Flu hoax, history matters.
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but…history matters.

    When you see a new story on the horizon, and it looks a lot like an old story you know was a hoax, you have to dig up that history and report it.

    Yes, many people hate history. It tends to stretch their attention spans, which are rooted in the present, where the action is: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram—little crumbs of NOW and NOW and NOW.

    Jon Rappoport is a fearless writer who has written on health matters for decades. John joins Richie to discuss the Corona virus and why he believes it is a hoax. John takes us on a journey over twenty years to other pandemics that amounted to nothing after creating a massive public scare. Who is behind these hoaxes and why? The answer is shocking. Read John at

  24. @Godfree Roberts

    Godfree, in your determination to defend China your reply elides Margolis’s fundamental issue here on the abhorrent treatment of millions of highly sentient animals, raised and transported in unsanitary, high-concentration conditions, confined to a miserable existence, many of them (pigs) sick at time of slaughter (he also implicates the US in this obscene practice); and that for those with no moral/ethical compunctions about it, who might think of animals only as “walking food”, this latest virus – if it doesn’t become an epidemic on the scale of earlier human epidemics – may at least be occasion to consider the practical sense of a decent regard for animal welfare (and of the risks of the cottage industry in exotic wildlife) concordant with a modern notion of civilization.

  25. How is that worse than our own abhorrent treatment of billions of highly sentient animals, raised and transported in unsanitary, high-concentration conditions, confined to a miserable existence?

  26. anon[191] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t feel sorry for the Chinese who get this disease, they’re disgustingly uncivilized people and they deserve some payback for what they do to animals. We just need to contain them and keep them from spreading their disgusting diseases to the rest of the world. We accept their cheap manufactured junk, then their overflowing population, and now their disgusting diseases.

  27. Duke84 says:

    I hope so.Life is meaningless and stupid.

  28. @Godfree Roberts

    They call all be news, Godfree.

    Yes, it’s an epidemic, which is why 5M Wuhanese have left Wuhan. Which is why the Chinese gov’t slapped up a hospital. Which is why a lot of things are happening. Because epidemic.

    Now go eat some coronavirus consumee and calm down.

  29. lavoisier says: • Website

    Hard to see Chinese as anything but savages given how they treat animals.

    Shameful and barbaric people.

    • Replies: @anonymous1963
  30. lavoisier says: • Website

    Get with the modern world. Animals are sentient creatures. You would have to ignore evolution and biological adaptation to argue otherwise.

    If you think a pig or a dog does not know fear or feel pain you would have to make your argument based on something other than biology. We share significant biological features even with animals that one would think are very distant. Even mice share about 90% of their DNA with human beings.

    If humanity is able to survive its stupidity and its ignorance, our descendants will look back on our violation of the non-human animal world with horror.

    We are bad enough. The Chinese are terrible and they should be ashamed of their savagery.

    Just as I boycott all things Israeli for their treatment of the Palestinians and manipulation of our government, I boycott all things Chinese for their treatment of the helpless animals under their savage control.

    • Replies: @Roger
  31. Roger says:

    You have issued an ‘ad hominem’ statement in which you have attacked the source (me), but never bothered to discuss the arguments I made. “If you don’t like the message, shoot the messenger.”

    I made six separate statements about Eric Margolis’ article. If you care to reasonably debate any or all of them, then we can talk about it. However, if all you want to do is make emotional accusations toward me, then we are finished.

  32. Lurker says:

    We stop so-called ‘terrorists’ and Muslims from flying to our shores

    Except when we don’t.

    • Agree: anonymous1963
  33. The Chinese are legendary in their terrible and inhumane treatment of animals.

  34. @Priss Factor

    “BRITISH BRAIN SIZE 1325cc He He” i deleted all my comments so as not to put you into depression.

  35. Well… it’s about time.

  36. anon[104] • Disclaimer says:

    I vow to treat, every chinaman I meet,
    the same as they treat their animals.

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