Today's @washingtonpost accuses me of having worked for Russia's government.

That is FALSE. I demand an *immediate retraction.*

If this story by @pbump is not corrected, I will pursue legal action: washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/… Image
I was a Visiting Researcher at MGIMO University in Russia.

That is *not* a paid position.

It's like being an exchange student, but at the level of a PhD.
The claim that I was involved in a Russian "think tank" is also false.

MGIMO University contains multiple think tanks – just like, for example, Stanford contains the Hoover Institution.

However, I was *NOT* involved in any of those think tanks.
If the Washington Post had simply called or emailed me, this all could have been cleared up.

I know they have my contact info... BECAUSE I WROTE FOR THEM.

Instead, they went to print without making even the slightest effort to check their facts.

When was I published in the Washington Post?

WHILE I lived in Russia!

They knew that – they credited me as a "Visiting Researcher at Moscow State Institute of International Relations."

It was ok when I worked for them, but now it's sinister? Image

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May 12
The U.S. government has been paying me to build a replacement for Bitcoin and Ethereum.

It's called KRNC (@KRNCinc) and it's a protocol that upgrades the U.S. Dollar.

Here's a thread on how it works – and how it could increase the value of the Dollars in your bank account.🧵
What's wrong with the existing U.S. Dollar? Why do we need to upgrade it using a blockchain?

The main problem is scarcity. The Dollar is losing its value, because its supply is unlimited.

When new Dollars are created, they lower the value of the ones that already exist.
Bitcoin is often marked as a solution to inflation.

Central Banks can't print more Bitcoin, because its supply is limited by rules encoded in the blockchain protocol.

The maximum amount of BTC that can ever exist is limited, which lets it store value like "digital gold."
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Apr 28
The West is pushing Ukraine to attack inside Russia.
It's a great tactic – but a horrible strategy.

Putin can respond by declaring war on Ukraine, making millions of conscripts available.

The conflict would grow to an apocalyptic scale matching WW2.🧵👇 A mega-thread...
There have already been a series of mysterious fires and explosions inside Russian territory.

Many of these involve facilities needed for the war effort.

For example, Russia alleges that Ukrainian helicopters blew up an oil-storage depot in Belgorod, Russia.
And Ukrainian drones recently penetrated 140 miles into Russian territory.

At the same time, blasts at nearby Russian military facilities allegedly killed multiple soldiers.

It looks like it may be part of a targeted campaign to strike inside Russia.
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Apr 26
Journalists are claiming Elon Musk doesn't know what he's doing buying Twitter.

In reality, they're the ones who are clueless.

This acquisition will go down as one of Elon's crowning achievements – right next to SpaceX & Tesla. 🧵👇
Their primary argument is that the deal doesn't make financial sense for Musk.

Megan McArdle from the Washington Post says he paid too much and "there's no obvious way he's going to squeeze more money out of Twitter operations."

1. That's BS; and

2. It doesn't matter.
Let's start with why it's BS.

First of all, Twitter already brings in enough money to cover the cost of servicing the debt Elon took on to make the $44B acquisition.

It's going to cost ~$1B a year, and Twitter is projected to earn $1.85B a year by 2023.
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Apr 26
This is a remarkable piece of misinformation being spread by major accounts.

They claim the FSB is so dumb that it forged a neo-nazi letter and accidentally signed it "Signature Illegible."

It's amazing that stories this dumb get RTed +10,000 times... 🧵
In reality, "Signature Illegible" is the alleged moniker of the neo-nazi extremists.

Here is the cover of a piece of extremist literature where it's prominently displayed.

The meaning isn't entirely clear: it could refer to e.g. the "signature" of a criminal group.
Another book showing the same moniker is shown in the original video from the FSB.

So it's obvious this wasn't a bizarre oversight in signing the letter.

It's clearly supposed to be a moniker associated with the extremists.
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Apr 25
Today, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said America wants to see a "weakened" Russia.

It's an example of a senior Biden administration official saying the quiet part out loud.

A quick thread on the implications... 🧵
First, this is simply bad diplomacy.

Russia has always argued that the West's goal was to bring Russia to its knees.

That was part of Putin's justification for launching the invasion of Ukraine.

Publicly endorsing that strategy helps Putin by apparently vindicating him.
Second, it raises questions about America's actual goals in Ukraine.

I believe we should seek to end the conflict in order to minimize the suffering of the Ukrainian people.

But I've long argued that is not the Biden administration's policy.
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Apr 23
Many people are celebrating Ukraine's unexpected battlefield successes against Russia.

In reality, NATO assistance to Ukraine is pushing us closer to nuclear war.

There's a clear path from where we are today to the first combat use of nukes since WW2.🧵
Today, Zelensky gave a press conference inside a metro station in Kiev.

He stated that if the West provides Ukraine with sufficient weapons, then Ukraine will begin a campaign to take back all of the territory that Russia has occupied.
These were Zelensky's exact words, threatening to retake all Russian occupied territories using NATO weapons:

"All that they [Russia] occupy we will return. It is a question of weapons. If we have enough of them, we will immediately begin to return the occupied territories."
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