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Apr 21 15 tweets 17 min read
My project to immortalize Team Reality, in the form of a print book that we could keep for years. Maybe gift to others or to our kids.

To show that among all insanity, some stayed sane...

At long last, it is here...(1/x)
The idea was that we would all be gone from Twitter one day, but the fight had to be documented so it is not forgotten.

What we all did and witnessed here was simply too precious to disappear.

As I worked on it, it evolved into something more than just a keepsake... (2/x)
The tweets I began curating were telling a very important story.

In the words I used in the book, they were "telling the story of how massively the “experts” failed, over and over and over, but were never held to account." (3/x)
They were telling "how the society lost all perception of risk and fell victims to hysteria constantly pumped by said “experts”...

How lockdowns and school closures were policies with catastrophic consequences yet were constantly pushed by said group of “experts”. (4/x)
They were "telling these stories convincingly with data and charts and resources, instead of with emotional pleas and scare tactics like was common during COVID times."

They were simply too precious to let go... (5/x)
So I did my best to capture as many of them as possible, put them in a timeline, and turned the whole thing into a book.

I know what I did isn't even scratching the surface, as there are many more people who fought the good fight here on Twitter. (6/x)
But, in the words from the book again ⬇️ (7/x)
When you click on the link for the book, you will see that there are two versions.

The paperback is on white paper and NOT in color.

The hardcover version is printed in color (and apparently costs a lot more to print!)

Check them out here ⬇️ (8/x)
Below, I am listing the people who allowed me to use their tweets. To all of you, a big heartfelt thank you!

Also, thank you for all you have done. You had a much bigger impact and helped many more people than you can imagine... (9/x)
Finally, another announcement that comes with the book, is that @Rational_Ground is starting a publishing initiative, and I am proud to announce that we are launching this as their inaugural publication!

Many more to come! (10/x)
I would like to send my special thanks to @erichhartmann, @AJKayWriter, and @justin_hart, who offered their support and suggestions to take this project to the finish line.

#RationalGround (11/11)

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Apr 23
When I started my Twitter account, I made a pledge - that I was going to deactivate it when “life returns to normal”.

Every once in a while, I thought about this promise and whether it was time… (1/x)…
Then one of these times, it struck me: I was going to deactivate my account, and all my tweets would be lost. Forever. Many others in Team Reality would do the same.

Almost everything we had written over the past two years to fight the insanity would be lost… (2/x)
Many times during the past two years, I have seen numerous instances of someone replying to one of my tweets and saying how I and others in Team R helped them stay sane.

Our tweets gave people assurance that they were not alone in calling out the insanity. (3/x)
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Apr 20
Ten lessons I learned from the pandemic:

1. Most people are not that smart. Those who are smart can easily be scared into believing whatever is told to them. People who are both smart and can continue thinking critically during crises are gemstones. (1/x)…
2. Our brains still operate under the assumption that being ostracized could mean death. While this is generally not a big problem, it can lead to insanity prevailing during crises. (2/x)
3. While a competent government could be a great asset during a crisis, an incompetent one that gets bigger and bigger does more and more damage unless there are checks and balances in place. (3/x)
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Apr 11
Why did women shift more Democrat while men shifted more Republican during the pandemic?

Mask wearing is more common among women - but why?

It is all psychology. (1/x)…
There are differences between men&women in the Big5 personality dimensions, some bigger than others.
Women score higher than men in agreeableness, which “involves the tendency toward cooperation, maintenance of social harmony, and consideration of the concerns of others”. (2/x)
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Apr 10
As we are approaching the peak of "the wave that wasn't" in the NE (chart is for NY), I wanted to share some thoughts about the future of COVID.

I think the peak is here because that's when it happened in 2020 & 2021. (1/x)
The short version is the thread below. The longer version is in my Substack (linked here).

TLDR - Yes, there will be waves. No, it will not matter. (2/x)…
I had been predicting that we would have a sizeable Spring wave in the NE.

That seems to be happening, kind of, but at a much smaller scale than I was expecting.

So what is happening? (3/x)
Read 8 tweets
Apr 9

Not unexpectedly, Amazon is asking me to prove that I have publishing rights.

I told them that I have permission from all tweet owners and I could share screenshots. Below is the response ⬇️ (1/x)
It is possible that if I provide them with the messages I exchanged with the tweet owners, they might approve. But I am getting the feeling that they won’t.

Not sure if this is disguised censorship or genuine copyright concerns. (2/x)
Now I have three options (I think):

1. Get a substack and publish there

2. Try to find another publisher to publish as a book

3. Try to convince Amazon that I have the copyright

(Poll coming after some discussion below) (3/x)
Read 8 tweets
Apr 8
Just submitted to Amazon for approval.

Let’s see what happens.
From the preface…
Here is a preview of what it looks like ⬇️
Read 4 tweets

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