While everyone has their eyes on Ukraine, there's a comprehensive control system being erected all around us.

Let's count the ways. 🧵
First, there is the treaty being worked on, on the level of the WHO. The details have not been worked out yet, but the Director General of the WHO is pushing for a binding treaty with the power to apply sanctions if 2/3rds of the members agree.

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Next, Biden signed an executive order so "study" the "risks" of cryptocurrency, and begin work on the "digital dollar". edition.cnn.com/2022/03/09/inv…
The Financial Times helpfully informs us that Central Bank Digital Currencies, such as the Digital Dollar, will have to be Digital ID based, since banks are already bound by Know Your Customer and Anti-Money Laundering regulations. ft.com/content/88f47c…
It should be noted that these regulations don't actually seem very good at their stated purpose. But they do make excellent control mechanisms for law-abiding citizens.
So what are Central Bank Digital Currencies? Well, in a way, it's like turning all money into food stamps. It can allow for all sorts of constraints to be placed on currency, including where, when, by whom, and on what it can be spent.

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So if you thought Canada freezing Bank accounts linked to protests was scary, central banks are constructing a power that is far greater, an ability to intervene on every single transaction. cbc.ca/news/politics/…
In the meantime, vaccine passports are being implemented.
"IATA welcomes the EU’s effective work on establishing the EU DCC system across Europe and, at the same time, urges the World Health Organisation to build a global digital vaccine standard." schengenvisainfo.com/news/eu-uk-vac…
In the US, a similar system is being implemented on the state level. forbes.com/sites/suzanner…
And these technologies are getting implemented on technology you own and carry with you. techcrunch.com/2021/09/21/app…
And really, why not on your smartwatch? cnet.com/tech/services-…
At the same time, if you thought the COVID-19 vaccines were developed at miracle speeds, wait until you see the next generation! nejm.org/doi/full/10.10…
How far are we from a world where a pandemic is declared, and within a few months everyone is mandated to accept a medical procedure or lose access to their assets, or even the ability to buy food until they comply? cbc.ca/news/canada/mo…
In fact, you may not have to protest physically to lose basic rights. Media, tech, and "fact checkers" all proudly cooperate to control the spread of "misinformation". bbc.com/news/entertain…
And as far as the US govt is concerned, they're not going far enough.
According to the NYT: "Dr. Vivek Murthy also demanded information from the platforms about the major sources of Covid-19 misinformation. Companies have until May 2 to submit the data."
archive.ph/WPmBi
When I write about biology, I'm often told that I don't have the credentials. Well, as an academic with hundreds of citations to the work I did as part of my PhD on information systems, and as an entrepreneur working on IoT tech for over a decade, this is not looking any better.
In fact, I can tell you confidently, that the introduction of single points of control / single points of failure is exactly what we try to avoid when architecting large-scale systems, as they're well understood to be a threat to the stability and security of the system.
When people spoke about "turnkey totalitarianism", they were called conspiracy theorists and their voices were suppressed. Now it's all out in the open. There's no hiding whatsoever.
As a final thought, this isn't about left vs. right. Conservatives and Liberals, Progressives and Populists have all moved the system in one direction: Giving bureaucrats more control over the population. Stop giving them more problems to "solve", they only know one way.
Control promises efficiency, safety, while building an ever greater risk of inescapable systemic failure.

Like picking up pennies on train tracks, hoping this is not your unlucky day.

Seeing them fail with COVID, are these the people we will entrust with control of our future? Image
I wasn't planning to turn this into a pitch, but perhaps it was inevitable.

I don't know what the full solution is, but I know we'll need free expression to find it, and we need accessible technology to guarantee that.

Here's what we've been working on:
Alongside @Ry_Nomad, @theHirad, and a few others, we're working on a project to restore the public square in the digital realm, with speech being unhindered, as was originally intended.

We still have much work to do, but here's what we have for now: samizdapp.com/p/the-samizdap…
PS. The BITE model is a checklist to see if someone is in a cult: Behavioral, Information, Emotional, and Thought control. Cults combine these to control of members.

Read it and count how many we've seen deployed on us by the public health technocracy. freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-cont…
PS2. I'm encouraged to see this thread take off. If people are interested in discussing this more, set a reminder for this Space, at 9:30am Pacific Time or whatever time it is where you are: twitter.com/i/spaces/1mrGm…
It's so unnerving to see this treaty marketed as if it was a product on a shelf.

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Jul 2
Sounds like the Swiss cheese model is... full of holes.
But you know, good news, to the degree it worked, it gave the virus more reason to be more infectious, raising the herd immunity threshold, and it probably prolonged the pandemic.

Yay science.
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Jun 21
I'm not much of a writer, but here's a premise to explain AI risk that someone with more talent than me can steal.🧵
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Google's DeepMind announces DeepEnergy, its autonomous geothermal deep sea platform. DeepEnergy floats in international waters and drills the earth's crust.
The big advantage of DeepEnergy is that it contains a cutting edge AI data center on board, that is able to evolve its drilling technology. It experiments with new materials, configurations, drilling spots, cooling technologies, etc.
It has enough manufacturing capabilities to build new drills, fab chips, and make new manufacturing tools as needed, all so it can extract ever more energy from the earth's crust.

It gives energy to all nations on earth, and only asks for materials & internet access in return.
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Jun 19
In defense of cognitive dissonance🧵

"..cognitive dissonance is the perception of contradictory information. [..] The discomfort is triggered by the person's belief clashing with new information perceived, wherein the individual tries to find a way to resolve the contradiction."
That's from wikipedia, but it's good enough for the purposes of this thread. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive…

I think cognitive dissonance is the key motivating force behind curiosity, creativity, invention, innovation, self-correction, and all sorts of desirable things.
In fact, perhaps the most damaging effect of postmodernism, sophistry of all types, dogmatism, and of course most kinds of "education", religion, ideology, tribalism, arrogance, etc. is that they lead you to shut cognitive dissonance down, often giving you the tools as well.
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I've recently been zooming in on double standards as the key mechanism by which the epistemological magic trick is done.

Say you have a trial with a weak signal.

Off-patent: "it doesn't work!"

On-patent: "positive trend with significant improvement in high-risk subgroups"
Off-patent trial: "administration delay doesn't really matter. 10 days from symptoms is acceptable"

On-patent trial: "if the patient has had symptoms for more than 3 days, reject them immediately"
Off-patent trial: "investigator is conflicted: they said something nice about the drug at some point - ignore trial"

On-patent trial: "so what if the investigator receives millions of dollars from the pharmaceutical that makes the drug? This is how science works! How dare you!"
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Jun 14
OK, let's do some napkin calculations with the ACTIV-6 dosing numbers. As per the preprint, participants were given 15 tablets of 7mg and instructions how to divide them into 3 doses of ~400mcg/kg. medrxiv.org/content/10.110…

Of course there's a fly in the ointment...🧵 Image
In particular, the maximum daily dose one could take for 3 days is 5 tablets of 7mg (i.e. 35mg). 35mg is 400mcg/kg if you weigh 87kg (192lb). Anyone weighing more than that would be underdosed progressively more as their weight goes up. And with weight, risk goes up too.
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Excellent experiment by Tim Williams, with fascinating implications for much of the research on ivm.

Summary 🧵follows: doyourownresearch.substack.com/p/not-all-iver…
So, @timmy04jc got 11 different types of ivm, from the US, India, Philippines, and Mexico: Image
He then diluted the same amount of ivm from each manufacturer in a container, and added 6 planaria worms to each. Image
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