On February 26, 2020, medical journal Lancet retracted an article by two researchers — Yan Zhen and Yingchun Zen — that was originally calling for international assistance in fighting off the COVID-19 outbreak that has rocked the world in the past few months.
The original article was published on February 24, 2020.
This piece was initially shared on Twitter by angel investor and entrepreneur Balaji S. Srinivasan on February 26, 2020.
He tweeted, “I’ve never seen an article like this in the Lancet. It’s not a study, it’s a cry for help. Chinese medical workers seem to be using academic journals as way to route around censorship and get a message out to the world.”
Srinivasan highlighted several calls for help that stood out in this correspondence.
The authors asserted that the conditions in Wuhan are much worse than expected:
The conditions and environment here in Wuhan are more difficult and extreme than we could ever have imagined.
They then called for international help:
We are asking nurses and medical staff from countries around the world to come to China now, to help us in this battle.
However, the journal would then retract the article on February 26, 2020.
It announced its decision in a statement:
On Feb 26, 2020, we were informed by the authors of this Correspondence1 that the account described therein was not a first-hand account, as the authors had claimed, and that they wished to withdraw the piece. We have therefore taken the decision to retract this Correspondence.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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