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Feb 4 18 tweets 14 min read
Today's Twitter threads (a Twitter thread).

Inside: A covid vaccine for your airways; Rail monopolies destroyed the American supply chain; and more!

Archived at:…

#Pluralistic 1/  Image: Jeremy Sutcliffe (modified)
A covid vaccine for your airways: The promising science of nasal spray vaccines.

2/  Image: Jeremy Sutcliffe (modified)
Rail monopolies destroyed the American supply chain: Heads they win, tails we lose.

#10yrsago Bulgarian MPs wear Guy Fawkes mask for ACTA session…

#5yrsago Mobile recharging station operators in India sell tens of thousands of women’s phone numbers to stalkers… 4/
#1yrago Stop the "Stop the Steal" steal…

#1yrago Organic fascism… 5/
Yesterday's threads: Money is power; When crypto-exchanges go broke, you'll lose it all; and more!

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My latest book is Attack Surface, a sequel to my bestselling Little Brother books, now in paperback, wherever books are sold.

Signed copies at @darkdel:… 7/
My book "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is a critique of Big Tech connecting conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies (proposing a way to deal with both) is now out in paperback:…

Signed copies here:… 8/
My ebooks and audiobooks (from @torbooks, @HoZ_Books, @mcsweeneys, and others) are for sale all over the net, but I sell 'em too, and when you buy 'em from me, I earn twice as much and you get books with no DRM and no license "agreements." 9/
Upcoming appearances:

* @boskonenews 59 (Feb 18-20)…

* Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical SF, 1950 to 1985 (@CityLightsBooks), Feb 27…

* Emerging Technologies For the Enterprise, Apr 19-20 10/
My first picture book is out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt @MCRockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.… 12/
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My latest @Medium column is "The Inevitability of Trusted Third Parties"… 15/
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Feb 5
Today's Twitter threads (a Twitter thread).

Inside: How to design an anti-monopoly interop system; and more!

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A historical accident made Massachusetts a lab for studying how tech can serve monopolies, and the moves, countermoves and counter-countermoves show how businesses, tinkerers, governments and the public can liberate themselves from seemingly all-powerful monopolists. 1/ A Monopoly board upon which...
If you'd like an unrolled version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:… 2/
It all starts with #RightToRepair. Companies love to monopolize the repair of their products. If the only place to get your broken stuff fixed is at its manufacturer's authorized depots, the manufacturer can move all kinds of value from your side of the deal to their own. 3/
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Feb 5
One of the core claims of #RaceRealism (AKA #ScientificRacism) is that white supremacy is genetic - things like the mutation that let northern Europeans drink cow-milk (nevermind that African groups who herd cattle have the same mutation).

Their theory is really wild - like the genes that produces the enzymes to consume lactose drifted over from the yeast cultures that ferment milk into other dairy products.

Basically, they're claiming that Swede genes are made of cheese.

(Who am I to disagree?)

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Feb 4
I'm not really a visual person and I can't draw worth a damn but for 20-some years I've been building multiple, daily collages to illustrate blog posts, using The Gimp and public domain and CC sources. I don't claim these are great art, but I'm very happy with today's!
How do you illustrate a nasal vaccine?

Jeremy Sutcliffe (modified)……


MathieuMD (modified)…

CC BY-SA 3.0:… 22/ A closeup looking up a gaping pair of nostrils. In each nost
It took me a while to find Jeremy Sutcliffe's trove of CC-licensed, beautifully painted wargame minis, but once I did, the whole thing came together:…
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Feb 4
The rail barons were the original monopolists, whose ability to make or break whole industries based on their parochial needs spurred the first American antitrust laws. For generations, railroads were tightly regulated to ensure resiliency, competition and fairness. 1/ A vintage editorial cartoon depicting a giant squid labeled
If you'd like an unrolled version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:… 2/
Today, the monopolists are back, and their greed has shattered American supply-chains. The pandemic has seen massive failures in rail service - late deliveries, waves of derailments, huge backlogs. But rail *profits* have soared, as have the prices of carrying freight. 3/
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