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To begin this section, let’s take another look at President Biden’s inaugural speech. This paragraph precedes his reference to Psalm 30:

My fellow Americans, in the work ahead of us, we will need each other. We will need all our strength to persevere through this dark winter. We are entering what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus. We must set aside the politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation. (Emphasis added)

In recent months, this same phrase, “dark winter,” coupled with the idea of a pandemic, has slowly propagated throughout numerous speeches from the Democratic camp, almost always referring to our present COVID-19 challenge, both as a country and as part of the new global village.

Here are a few examples:

  • The Dark Winter of COVID-19 Overshadows the Debate (The Nation)[i]
  • Dark Winter Coming (Minot Daily News)[ii]
  • Plunged into Virus “Dark Winter,” Biden Must Lead Us Out (ABC News)[iii]
  • US Plunges into Coronavirus “Dark Winter” (Chattanooga Times Free Press)[iv]
  • Sending Vaccine to Cities One Way Out of “Dark Winter”(Express News)[v]
  • Governments Need to Keep Providing Support through “Dark Winter”: IMF Economist (Yahoo Finance)[vi]

This is just a tiny sampling of headlines of news articles, editorials, and social media posts regarding “dark winter,” beginning in the final weeks of the presidential debate season. It’s unlikely that multiple sources suddenly decided en masse that the phrase “dark winter” would resonate with voters.

For those who’ve lived through decades of Oval Office changes, the idea of “talking points” is familiar. Consider the infamous “talking points” memo that Monica Lewinsky gave to Linda Tripp regarding President Bill Clinton’s sexual conduct. We all know about it, because this same memo was presented as evidence in his impeachment trial. Some of you might hear “dark winter” and think of the tagline HBO chose to use to promote its drama series Game of Thrones, but the very moment I discovered the media repeating the phrase “dark winter”—each one echoing Joe Biden’s use of it—I connected the phrase with something else, and it’s very much virus-related.

On June 22 of 2001, one day after the summer solstice (a high pagan holy day), the following political power brokers assembled to consider a tabletop exercise dubbed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security as “Dark Winter.”

Each of these well-known individuals played a name-role in a mock government response to the theoretical crisis:

  • US President: The Honorable Sam Nunn
  • National Security Advisor: The Honorable David Gergen
  • Director of Central Intelligence: The Honorable R. James Woolsey
  • Secretary of Defense: The Honorable John White
  • Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff: General John Tilelli (USA, Ret.)
  • Secretary of Health & Human Services: The Honorable Margaret Hamburg
  • Secretary of State: The Honorable Frank Wisner
  • Attorney General: The Honorable George Terwilliger
  • Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency: Mr. Jerome Hauer
  • Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation: The Honorable William Sessions
  • Governor of Oklahoma: The Honorable Frank Keating
  • Press Secretary of Governor Frank Keating (OK): Mr. Dan Mahoney
  • Correspondent, NBC News: Mr. Jim Miklaszewski
  • Pentagon Producer, CBS News: Ms. Mary Walsh
  • Reporter, British Broadcasting Corporation: Ms. Sian Edwards
  • Reporter, The New York Times: Ms. Judith Miller
  • Reporter, Freelance: Mr. Lester Reingold

The scenario for the Dark Winter exercise is described thusly at the Johns Hopkins website:

With tensions rising in the Taiwan Straits, and a major crisis developing in Southwest Asia, a smallpox outbreak was confirmed by the CDC in Oklahoma City. During the thirteen days of the game, the disease spread to 25 states and 15 other countries. Fourteen participants and 60 observers witnessed terrorism/warfare in slow motion. Discussions, debates (some rather heated), and decisions focused on the public health response, lack of an adequate supply of smallpox vaccine, roles and missions of federal and state governments, civil liberties associated with quarantine and isolation, the role of DoD, and potential military responses to the anonymous attack. Additionally, a predictable 24/7 news cycle quickly developed that focused the nation and the world on the attack and response. Five representatives from the national press corps (including print and broadcast) participated in the game and conducted a lengthy press conference with the President.[vii] (Emphasis added)

It sounds eerily similar to our current pandemic crisis, doesn’t it? Quarantine, isolation, possible bioterrorism (we still don’t know the true origin of the initial outbreak, though the World Health Organization insists that China engaged in no subterfuge—really?). But we also get a hint in the phrase “tension rising in the Taiwan Straits.”

Only a few weeks ago, CNN gave us this headline: “China Flies Warplane Close to Taiwan in Test of Biden.”[viii]

A very long enmity exists between mainland China (the People’s Republic of China [PRC]) and Taiwan (called the Republic of China [ROC] since 1949). The PRC lays claim to the island, using the phrase “one-China policy” to preclude any notion of a separate and non-Communist Republic of China. President Jimmy Carter initiated the one-China policy in 1979 by refusing to recognize the ROC. This lack of action affirmed our support of China’s hegemony over Taiwan. This remained our official US position until President Trump, whose political views on China varied. The Associated Press reported this in February of 2017:

President Donald Trump sharply reversed himself Thursday after months of suggesting he wouldn’t hold himself to the long-standing “one China” policy, under which the United States only maintains unofficial ties with Taiwan.[ix]

President Trump’s views of the one-China policy may never have been codified into law, but it’s well known that President Joe Biden is a friend to China, and may very soon have to decide HIS policy on Taiwan.

China has recently tested the new president by flying sorties over the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan responded by deploying missiles. The island nation of Taiwan is just one hundred miles from the mainland of China, but it’s also a strategic military and shipping lane, leading into the South China Sea. China sees any US resistance to their dominance of this shipping lane as contrary to their military options, for the strait is a choke point, which leads to access of islands of the central Pacific such as Guam and the Marianas. Japan claims governorship rights to parts of the South China Sea, and Japan is our ally. Therefore, any mounting military tension in the region could lead to another Pacific War.

It’s possible that we are headed into the same geopolitical conditions as those of the June 2001 smallpox scenario, Dark Winter.

Remember, my friends, that an attack of a different sort came to our country just a few months following the Dark Winter exercise: September 11, 2001. There was no release of smallpox, but in the wake of the World Trade Center Towers attacks, we saw many releases of anthrax, which caused everyone to look carefully at incoming mail for signs of tampering. Even a misaligned stamp or unknown sender caused hundreds to return the envelopes unopened to the post office for investigation. Most of America was terrified—which, of course, was the point.

The limitations of a single chapter preclude a recitation of the many domestic incidents of “intentional release” of biological agents—not by a foreign entity, but by our own government—so I recommend the book Clouds of Secrecy: The Army’s Germ Warfare Tests Over Populated Areas by Leonard A. Cole[x] to learn more about a very dark history that’s escaped the notice of most.

Returning to our earlier question, one has to wonder why the Biden team chose to use “dark winter” as a key talking point for debate and media articles. Yes, it evokes the popular phrase “winter is coming,” used repeatedly in the HBO series Game of Thrones, but as the expression is linked to our current pandemic, it’s far more likely that “dark winter” is a troubling hint at what may soon be coming to the real world: a severe and sudden biological attack of biblical proportions. After all, the Democrats claim the so-called coup on January 6 was a desecration of their temple (one that worships the goddess Justitia, presumably—but also deifies George Washington in its rotunda), and their language evokes the last days.

When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7–9, emphasis added)

The Greek word translated as “pestilence” in the English Standard Version is actually thanatos, which means “death.” But since death is implied already, there must be an alternative meaning to the word. The Septuagint authors, who translated the Hebrew Old Testament into Greek, translated the Hebrew deber into Greek as thanatos.[xi] According to The Dictionary of Deities and Demons, deber (“pestilence” or “plague”) was actually the name of an entity. For more on this idea, see the books Veneration and Giants, Gods, and Dragons.

Now, as terrible as SARS-Cov2 has sometimes seemed, there are other deber weapons that are far more destructive. Smallpox is a particularly nasty kind of pestilence. In the twentieth century alone, it killed at least three hundred million people worldwide. Presumably eradicated in 1980, this DNA virus has slept and given mankind decades of relief from its ravages. Yet, frozen reserves of smallpox virus are maintained by the United States and Russia. Presumably, these are secured in armed freezers and are tightly inventoried and controlled, right?

Not necessarily. Rumors abound of thefts in Russia during the confusing and chaotic (there’s Chaos again) transition period from the Cold War days of the USSR to today’s bold, new Russian Federation (cue President Vladimir Putin astride a massive brown bear). Defectors like Dr. Ken Alibek,[xii] formerly of the Russian biological weapons program Biopreparat, insist that thefts and inventory “mistakes” have occurred, which could have placed smallpox samples into the hands of other countries, known as “state actors,” but also into the hands of terrorist organizations, either state-sponsored or independent. It is, therefore, plausible to assume that a sudden terrorist event could occur involving the intentional release of smallpox virus or of some other deadly biological agents here in the United States.

One way would be to infect a person with the disease and then send him or her to one of our largest cities. Or a pathogen might be released into our water systems. Cholera and typhoid fever proliferate in water and spread rapidly, as do dysentery and Hepatitis A. Smallpox, anthrax, and even Ebola could be released in aerosolized form.

By the way, in case you’ve missed it, Ebola has reared its ugly deber head in Africa once more. As of this writing, there are ten cases with five deaths in the West African country of Guinea, with another 125 individuals being monitored for symptoms. Simultaneously, in Congo, eight people have been diagnosed with Ebola, and three have died. It’s believed that patient zero in Congo was infected through sexual contact with her husband, an Ebola survivor. If this mode of transmission is new to you, understand this: The virus has been found in breast milk and semen as long as two years following recovery.

Meanwhile, in Guinea, the index case was an infected nurse, whose funeral provided the context for the subsequent infections. One of these managed to enter Liberia before that country closed its borders, and she is being monitored for signs of Ebola. Liberia is right to be cautious. During the West African outbreak of 2014–2016, more than 11,300 people died of Ebola virus disease (EVD).

COVID-19 has provided the impetus for worldwide change and a prelude to the Great Reset, but imagine something as deadly as Ebola running through the densely packed high rises and slums of our first-world megalopolises. Indeed, the 2014–2016 outbreak caused panic here in the US—all because one man decided to fly to Texas.

Now, let me add one other, little known, exercise to this possible future scenario. It’s quite likely that you’ve read or heard about the October 2019 Johns Hopkins exercise called Event 201, which explored the possible consequences of the intentional release by a terrorist group of a novel coronavirus in multiple locations. But there’s another coronavirus scenario that may have escaped your notice.

In 2017, the team from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security prepared an exercise booklet called the SPARS Pandemic Scenario, described as a:

[The] self-guided exercise scenario for public health communicators and risk communication researchers covers a raft of themes and associated dilemmas in risk communications, rumor control, interagency message coordination and consistency, issue management, proactive and reactive media relations, cultural competency, and ethical concerns….

Its purpose is to prompt users, both individually and in discussion with others, to imagine the dynamic and oftentimes conflicted circumstances in which communication around emergency MCM development, distribution, and uptake takes place. While engaged with a rigorous simulated health emergency, scenario readers have the opportunity to mentally “rehearse” responses while also weighing the implications of their actions.



Feel like your head just exploded? Well, you’re not alone. Mine certainly did when I found this booklet. The big takeaway from this exercise is that it’s training regional and local authorities to govern response to an outbreak by using media propaganda and rumor control. This is precisely what we’ve seen during the COVID-19 outbreak! Interestingly, the pathogen imagined in this fictional scenario that commenced in in Minnesota was dubbed SPARS.

Here is the scenario as described on page 4 of the booklet:[xiii]

In mid-October 2025, three deaths were reported among members of the First Baptist Church of St. Paul, Minnesota. Two of the church members had recently returned from a missionary trip to the Philippines, where they provided relief to victims of regional floods. The third was the mother of a church member who had also traveled to the Philippines with the church group but who had been only mildly sick himself. Based on the patients’ reported symptoms, healthcare providers initially guessed that they had died from seasonal influenza, which health officials predicted would be particularly virulent and widespread that fall. However, laboratory tests were negative for influenza…. A week later, the CDC team confirmed that the three patients were, in fact, infected with a novel coronavirus, which was dubbed the St. Paul Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SPARS-CoV, or SPARS), after the city where the first cluster of cases had been identified.

You’ll notice that the disease is named for the area where it first occurred, which is normal for such events. Why COVID-19 doesn’t include a reference to Wuhan, China, is an indication of how much clout China really has in our world.

It’s all about using a crisis to force the Great Reset.

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[i] Jeet Heer, Dark Winter of Covid-19 Overshadows the Debate, published online at The Nation on October 23, 2020.

[ii] Robert Lebacken Reynolds, Dark Winter Is Coming, published online at Minot Daily News, January 23, 2021,

[iii] Associated Press, published online at ABC News on January 18, 2021,

[iv] Associated Press, Chattanooga Times Free Press, posted online on January 20, 2021,

[v] Editor, Sending Vaccines to Cities One Way out of “Dark Winter,” published online at Express News,

[vi] Brian Cheung, Governments Need to Keep Providing Support through Virus “Dark Winter”: IMF Economist, published online at Yahoo Finance, January 6, 2021,

[vii] Dark Winter exercise page at Johns Hopkins website,

[viii] CNN staff, China Flies Warplanes Close to Taiwan in Early Test of Biden, published January 25, 2021 by CNN,

[ix] Associated Press, A History of Trump’s Statements on the “One China” Policy, published February 10, 2017 at,

[x] Leonard A. Cole, Clouds of Secrecy: The Army’s Germ Warfare Tests Over Populated Areas (Rowman and Littlefield, January 1, 1990). Available at Amazon in print format only:

[xi] This idea comes from Barnes’s Notes on the Bible. You’ll find this information capsulized at,

[xii] Ken Alibek served as the first deputy director of Soviet Russia’s Biopreparat facility, where the scientists prepared WMD biologicals for warfare. While there, Alibek (real name Alibekov) created a “battle strain” of anthrax. He defected to the US in 1992. He is the author of Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World—Told from Inside by the Man Who Ran It, (Random House, ISBN 0-385-33496-6)

[xiii] SPARS Pandemic Scenario Booklet, pdf available at (accessed December 27, 2020 and February 20, 2021).

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