We don’t have capitalism, we have a mixed corporatist/mercantilist economy where regulators are either captured by special interests or ideologically insane and technically incompetent
May 22 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Important to note that we don’t know what monkeypox mortality looks like in a population that has experienced significant T-cell depletion. The mouse studies aren’t reassuring (100% mortality). Thankful to be unvaxxed and unboosted.
We also don’t know for sure: how it spreads, when the infected become contagious, which demographics will be affected, what the R value is.
I would be surprised if it’s anywhere nearly as contagious as Covid.
May 21 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
ECDC source tells me that the preliminary analysis of monkeypox indicates that it is “a third lab strain with unknown characteristics” and that there is chatter about this being somehow related to Moscow’s charges against U.S. biological activities in Ukraine.
A Russian-Chinese joint task force has been tasked with establishing: where it originated, whether it is detectable in research conducted by the US in Ukraine, Georgia; whether there is a link to biological research conducted by the US on smallpox in Ukraine.
May 16 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
As bad as gas prices are, diesel is the big story. The average price is $5.62 a gallon and rising. Diesel supplies are the lowest they’ve been in 20 years. Pilot Flying J and Love’s are warning of actual shortages.
Without diesel, the big rigs can’t run.
If the big rigs can’t run, the deliveries can’t be made.
The entire supply chain in the affected areas could shut down.
Will the Biden admin take action now? Or will they wait until it happens, as in every other crisis.
May 3 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
The summer 2020 riots/protests happened because people had been locked inside for months and were going crazy and it was an excuse to get out. I was just at the Supreme Court and the crowd was 50/50 celebrating/screaming. The prolifers were just not emotionally incontinent.
If big protests do happen, the right can and should mobilize their own protests. March for Life turns out hundreds of thousands every January in the freezing cold. Don’t back down to hysterics. Don’t be afraid to win. Winning is good.
May 2 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
Due to the fertilizer shortage we are going to see a big expansion in municipal sewage being sprayed on fields as a fertilizer.
This is the most pollutant rich man-made substance on earth. It contains everything from PFAS to pharmaceuticals to viruses to heavy metals.
Harmful forever chemicals do not belong in our food
This is happening in a lot of occupations all at once. Including the military. Training exercises deferred, maintenance cut back. Brass followed strict lockdown strategy to disastrous results. One colonel told me “my entire base is circling the drain”.
Seeing more dysfunction at all levels of economic organization. Customer service nonexistent. Quality of everything from food to construction materials is noticeably worse. People are burned out and apathetic. Spiritual depression leads to economic depression.
Apr 30 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Tornados touching down all around me, wild
Apr 26 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
You can’t really evaluate treatments with a placebo trial because placebos actually work. When people believe in a treatment, their change in mental state has a powerful effect on their body’s resilience to disease.
One of my aunts died of ALS. The disease progression was very slow until a doctor told her that it was hopeless and described in detail the horrible death that awaited. It terrified her. From that point onward she deteriorated rapidly. That doctor administered the poison of fear.
One of the best things we could do for the environment would be to end planned obsolescence. My dad’s chest freezer has ran continuously since the late 60s and is still doing the work. Bring back quality manufacturing. There are creative ways this could be incentivized.
Right to Repair is one legislative tool that could stretch the lifespan of goods. Another would be to implement something like the Austrian mark of quality, which grades goods on their durability and repairability.
Apr 18 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Tucker Carlson has lost his mind…for making the same claims as the New York Times
Alex Jones was mocked relentlessly over the “gay frogs” bit…but the New Yorker was saying it even earlier newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…
Apr 5 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
Focusing on Omega 3/Omega 6 ratios is a bad way to think about healthiness of fats.
In state of nature, unsaturated fats include cofactors like vitamin E, selenium, polyphenols, etc which protect from oxidation.
It all comes back to quality.
I have seen some bizarre misplaced olive oil slander on the timeline. But this only applies to bottom shelf refined olive oil, which none of us use.
Apr 2 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
Great thread. Most baby boomers have been through some very hard times and seen a lot of changes.
This reminds me of one I met at my first job out of college. We’ll call him Chuck.
I graduated into the Great Recession. Had a good record, some internships. But the job market was terrible. In the meantime I had worked construction for day labor wages.
It took about a year for me to finally snag a salaried job. Was in a different field but at that point, ok.
Apr 1 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
If they aren't stopped, Pharma giants are about to destroy independent pharmacies and the patients they serve. Important reporting by @matthewstoller
They are pushing everyone to get their prescriptions through the mail because the markups are higher. Now makes sense why Cigna has been calling me weekly to sign up for mail-order refills.
Apr 1 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
This goes so hard. It would be like Pinochet live-streaming from helicopter flights. Powerful energy. (El Caudillo Bukele recently declared a “State of Exception” to deal with violent gangs)
It gets even wilder. Metabiota, the company Hunter secured funding for (for what he called his “science project”), has been a longtime partner of Ecohealth Alliance and the USAID PREDICT project which sponsored bat coronavirus research at Wuhan Institute of Virology.