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#Information cascade alert!

The US #intelligence agencies are supposed to reveal all information they have with respect to the #OriginOfCovid

I wanted to use the opportunity to explain exactly what you will see happening in the media, no matter the content of those reports
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First, let's talk about expectations.

From the get-go, it is absolutely clear that there is no #smoking gun or similar to be expected.

The intelligence services all had access to the same information and most assessments are low confidence, with 4 agencies favoring #zoonosis. Image
Within the 'manmade' mythology, too many unverified stories are taken as gospel truth.

Overall, the best LLs can hope for is that the IC can verify some #circumstantial evidence that they have spun into their #mythology; but honestly, I highly doubt that.
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"That the #Anthropocene, at its core, is a fundamentally bourgeois concept should surprise no one. After all, it tells us that behind the current, disastrous state of world affairs is the #Anthropos. It’sa trick ...… #history #capitalism #ideology
... as old as #modernity – the rich and powerful create #problems for all of us, then tell us we’re all to blame. But are we? And just who, in any case, is ‘#we’?"
"The #Anthropocene concept has graced the cover of The Economist magazine and received the blessing of The New York Times’ editorial board – for the very sound reason that anthropogenic arguments obscure capitalogenic realities." #Science/#Society
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#Origins: "The Energy Department now joins the Federal Bureau of Investigation in saying the virus likely spread via a mishap at a Chinese laboratory. Four other agencies, along with a national intelligence panel, still judge that it was likely ...… #Covid
... the result of a natural transmission, and two are undecided."

"The Energy Department made its judgment with “low confidence,” according to people who have read the classified report."
"The FBI previously came to the conclusion that the pandemic was likely the result of a lab leak in 2021 with “moderate confidence” and still holds to this view."
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Special Christmas episode everybody.

We sat down with Professor Edward Holmes to put him to task about his evolutionary research, his role in finding the #origins investigations, proximal origins, collaborations with China, and much, much more.

Some context:

Prof. Holmes is involved in many scientific papers related to origins research; studying how RNA viruses (including HIV, Ebola, SARS, Hantavirus etc) jump species boundaries for many years, and working with Chinese scientists since 2012, he was perfectly...

positioned to contribute to the rush for more understanding when Covid started; among his many scientific achievements, he was the first to get the SARS-CoV-2 genome published, he was involved in studies finding SC2 relatives in the wild, he has been at the Huanan market in...
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First, kudos to the Chinese authors doing this work & a shoutout to @edwardcholmes also involved

I already flagged this Wang et al. preprint yesterday but it is worth explaining its significance to both the #origins discussion and the related pandemic #prevention discussion

First: Origins

One thing that goes often down in all the noise surrounding #lableak is the fact that SARS-CoV-2, and actually all CoVs, possess #mosaic genomes.

This is because CoVs evolve not only through mutation but also through exchanging genetic elements with other CoVs
This exchange is called '#recombination'.

One can imagine CoV genomes like colorful Lego brick walls, and recombination as taking one brick from a different virus and putting it in the wall of another; changing the color while keeping roughly the function.
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Let me show you something & explain:

Having lost the battle to sabotage scientific consensus formation for #zoonosis, LLs can only invoke 'research cartel' tropes & target individual scientists.

They hope people will not realize hundreds of scientists produced the evidence.
The emergence of a scientific consensus is dependent on the body of scientific #evidence, and not on who has the loudest microphone.

There are dozens of papers with evidence directly related to the #origins question, and that evidence is created by hundreds of scientists from
all over the world. Talking about a 'research cartel' or 'conspiracy' is a ridiculously stupid idea & should be laughed out of the room.

Unhappy to report that #lableak conspiracism is going down the exact same route as the tobacco industry

They invent conflicts of interest
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Read 👇 Dear Journalism:Does this pass muster @VanityFair? Innuendo, implications, Eban teases as breaking story. Zero new evidence. Lots of fmr Trump admin people saying there's a cover up, with no evidence. How is this not just spreading misinformation?…
YES we need more info on #COVID #Origins. Yes a lab leak is a possibility, but as many have said it has not been high on priority b/c there is quite literally no evidence for it. Eban doesn't find any either. But she does fall for all sorts of canards...
For example, Eban falls for the one about how @WHO didn't appoint US officials suggested for the independent expert team. This has been being shopped around by Trump admin folks for months. Eban takes the bait, reports it as if it's a shocking piece of new information. But...
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 10/01/2020…
The emergence of strategic capitalism: Geoeconomics, corporate statecraft and the repurposing of the global economy | FIIA – Finnish Institute of International Affairs…

#economy #emergence #capitalism
Back to Basics — Values Transfer into Intelligent Systems through Conway’s Law | It's About Empathy – Connection Ties Us Together…

#empathy #basics #values #ties #connection #transfer #law #systems
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 09/09/2020…
We need to shift our focus from competencies to agency | by Esko Kilpi | Medium…

#agency #competencies
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 07/30/2020…
Evolutionary origins of the SARS-CoV-2 sarbecovirus lineage responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic | Nature Microbiology…

#pandemic #evolutionary #origins #microbiology
Strike 1: Gold; Strike 2: Dollar; Strike 3: Inflation Expectations – Alhambra Investments…

#inflation #gold #expectations #investments
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As a scientist, I'd like to note that it's impossible to study a bat coronavirus for 7 years within a research lab where they were known to recombine different viral fragments, and not end up having evolution happen that perhaps wouldn't have happened in the wild. Just saying.
Recombining viruses, you say? Wuhan, 2017.

Hu, B., Zeng, L. P., Yang, X. L., Ge, X. Y., Zhang, W., Li, B., ... & Luo, D. S. (2017). Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus. PLoS pathogens, 13(11).
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#Occupy: A #MUST (long-) #READ !
Search for Truth on #Origin of #COVID19.
#Questions needing #Answers.

The #Truth has to come out.
We need ONE MORE #Brave #Edward #Snowdon
or #Chelsea #Manning, another #HERO
to leak the information.

>… <-via @veteranstoday
#Occupy: Serial: "The #Crumbling #Empire".
Episode: "#Final #Blow by a #Feral #Biowar-#Virus".

Despite #WHO obligations, the Empire's #CDC
refuses to #Show its #COVID19-#Origin-Patient Zero,
#Attacks the WHO itself & anyone requesting that information.

#Occupy: In Search of #Truth on the #Origin of #SARS_CoV_2.

The original #Strain, "A"
is not the Main-strain in China (= "B")
and is also found in the #US & #Australia.

#Genetic network analysis provides "snapshot"
of #COVID19-#Pandemic #Origins:

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Origins TrumpRussia Investigation

FISA Russian Banks & Carter Page

FVEYs, USIC CounterInteligence & FBI’s CrossFire Hurricane Investigations
April (2016) the CIA director was shown intelligence that worried him. It was - allegedly - a tape recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign.…
🔑The taskforce included six agencies or departments of government. Dealing with the domestic, US, side of the inquiry, were the FBI, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Justice.…
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☀️ Ça y est! Toulouse au soleil

#ENFIN @VisitezToulouse
📷 Passage obligé au @MSR_Tlse pour une (première) visite de #AgeOfClassics ! ⬇️
⁉️ Reconnaissez-vous ces personnages de la mythologie grecque ?

Un indice #Mythemoji



Réponse en fin de thread... 😉
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There is nothing I have hidden from you all. My whole life is on the TL if you read deeply. My names are Abdul Lateef Adesegun Oluwasegun Omotayo Omogbeminija and several others that didn’t make it into the birther. My grand dad was an Imam we own Mosques & give scholarships.
But even with my Islamic Education I grew up to embrace Christianity not as a religion but as an intrinsic walk with the master. My parents were Christians yet the knowledge of Islam was potent. There’s this story my granddad told me & I will share it with you today.
An emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children, he decided something different. He called young people in the kingdom together one day.
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