The Curious Case of Antarctic Chickens: A Deep Dive into Australia's Bird Flu Outbreak

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In a shocking turn of events, over 500,000 chickens were culled in Victoria, Australia, due to an alleged outbreak of bird flu. However, a closer look at the evidence reveals a tangled web of vested interests, military funding, and questionable scientific practices that raise more questions than answers.

The Curious Case of the Geelong Chicken Cull: Unraveling the Tangled Web of Bird Flu, Military Funding, and Pandemic Preparedness

In June 2024, the Australian government made the drastic decision to cull over 500,000 chickens in Victoria, citing an outbreak of the H7N3 strain of bird flu.1 While the measure was presented as a necessary precaution to protect public health, a closer examination of the facts reveals a more complex and troubling picture. In a recent blog post, Dr. Ah Kahn Syed delves into the curious case of the Geelong chicken cull, exposing a tangled web of vested interests, military funding, and questionable scientific practices.2

The Antarctic Chicken Connection

One of the most puzzling aspects of the Geelong chicken cull is the claim that the outbreak originated from Antarctic chickens. As Dr. Syed points out, the notion of bird flu spreading from Antarctica to Australia is highly improbable, given the lack of direct migration routes between the two continents.2 Furthermore, the H7N3 strain found in the affected farms is not typically associated with Antarctic birds, raising questions about the true origin of the outbreak.

The Role of the CSIRO

The article draws attention to the proximity of the affected farms to the CSIRO, Australia's equivalent of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Dr. Syed highlights the CSIRO's history of involvement in the emergence of "new" viruses and its ties to controversial gain-of-function research.2 The author suggests that the CSIRO's experiments with live H5N1 influenza during the relevant time period may have played a role in the outbreak, given the institute's track record of manipulating pathogens for research purposes.

OneHealth and the Politics of Pandemic Preparedness

Dr. Syed's investigation also uncovers the involvement of OneHealth, an umbrella organization that coordinates pandemic preparedness efforts across multiple institutions. The article exposes the close ties between OneHealth, the CSIRO, and the U.S. military, which provides substantial funding for viral research through programs like DARPA and USAID.2 The author argues that these entanglements create a conflict of interest, as the very organizations responsible for preventing pandemics may be inadvertently contributing to their emergence.

The Endemic Virus Explanation

An alternative explanation for the Geelong chicken cull is the presence of endemic H7 strains in Australia. Dr. Syed cites a recent paper co-authored by researchers from the CSIRO and other institutions, which suggests that H7 is already widespread among Australian birds.2 This raises questions about the necessity of the mass culling, as well as the government's lack of transparency regarding the testing methods and criteria used to justify the decision.

Conclusion

The curious case of the Geelong chicken cull, as presented by Dr. Ah Kahn Syed, paints a disturbing picture of the complex interplay between scientific research, military funding, and pandemic preparedness. While the culling of over 500,000 chickens was framed as a necessary measure to protect public health, the evidence suggests a more nuanced and troubling reality. As the article concludes, it is crucial that we demand greater transparency and accountability from the organizations entrusted with safeguarding our well-being, lest we find ourselves trapped in a never-ending cycle of manufactured crises and questionable interventions.


References

1: Syed, A. K. (2024, June 10). One Flew over the Chickens' Nest. Arkmedic's Blog. https://arkmedic.substack.com/p/one-flew-over-the-chickens-nest

2: Ibid.

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