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Dec 31, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
1/2 Scientism is the (non-scientific) claim that science is the only valid form of knowledge. Since this premise cannot be proven scientifically, and thus contradicts itself, scientism is a resolution of the will rather than a conclusion of reason. 2/2 Scientism must hide its first philosophical premise, and so it is necessarily mendacious. Scientism can therefore only advance through force and defamation of its adversaries and critics.

Scientism is thus necessarily totalitarian.
Dec 28, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
1/ The defining feature of all totalitarianisms is neither concentration camps nor secret police nor constant surveillance—though these are all bad enough. The common feature is the denial of the universality of reason. 2/ With this denial, all truth claims are interpreted as historically or materially determined, and thus, as ideology. This leads to the assertion that there is no rationality as such—only bourgeois reason and proletariat reason, or Jewish reason and Arian reason...
Dec 16, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
What a scam. They mandated the vaccine for students, purged any unvaccinated students. Now they are closing campus for everyone due to “cases” (+tests) without a single case of severe disease. "While I want to provide reassurance that, to date, we have not seen severe illness in any of our infected students, we do have a role to play in reducing the spread of the disease in the broader community," [University President] Pollack said.
Dec 14, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
1/ Anatomy of Coercion.

Someone remarked that a bureaucracy is an institution that exercises enormous power over you but with no locus of responsibility.

The CDC makes vaccine recommendations. But the distinction between a recommendation and mandate immediately collapses... 2/ ...when institutions (government agency, business, employer, university, school) requires vaccination based on the CDC recommendation.

Try to contest the rationality of these mandates, e.g., in federal court: the mandating institution just points back to CDC recommendation.
Dec 12, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
1/ Japan's ministry of health is taking a sensible, ethical approach to Covid vaccines. They recently labeled the vaccines with a warning about myocarditis and other risks. They also reaffirmed their commitment to adverse event reporting to document potential side-effects. 2/ Japan's ministry of health states: "Although we encourage all citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, it is not compulsory or mandatory. Vaccination will be given only with the consent of the person to be vaccinated after the information provided."
Dec 12, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
First bolus of Pfizer vax data from our FOIA request yields alarming adverse event findings: "Cumulatively, through 28 February 2021 [less than three months], total of 42,086 case reports (25,379 medically confirmed and 16,707 non-medically confirmed) containing 158,893 events. More data to come, stay tuned. Here's the link to the relevant Pfizer document. phmpt.org/wp-content/upl…
Nov 29, 2021 11 tweets 2 min read
1/ The Covid pandemic has been used as an opportunity for elites with particular global economic and political interests to accelerate the process of arranging the infrastructure for a new biosecurity surveillance regime. 2/ This novel paradigm of governance will be directed and managed largely by unelected technocrats. This regime will increasingly demand ever more intrusive and burdensome interventions into the lives and bodies of individuals.
Nov 25, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
The feature common to all totalitarianisms is not concentration camps or jackbooted soldiers using force--though the deployment of coercion over consent is always a characteristic feature.

The most central feature is the silencing, the forbidding, of certain questions. Dissent becomes impossible not because of physical constraints, but as a result of psychological habits induced by a steady stream of propaganda and psyops. Totalitarianism operates then no longer on the physical, but on the moral, level.

Conscience is thus silenced.
Nov 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
1/ An AP fact checker reached out and inform me that this tweet is false: two cardiologists confirmed that 70% of myocarditis cases are mild or asymptomatic. But the term "mild myocarditis" is misleading to the lay public. 2/ Imagine a physician saying to a patient or parent that 70% of the heart attacks caused by a proposed medical intervention are mild or minimally symptomatic. The patient would still quite rightly be concerned: attaching "mild" to "heart attack" does not allay this concern.
Oct 17, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
1/ The largest population-based study comparing the unvaccinated/naturally immune to the vaccinated found that vaccinated people were 6 to 13 times more likely to get infected, 27 times more likely to get symptomatic infections, and 8 times more likely to be hospitalized. 2/ These findings are not surprising, since infection with the virus allows our body to form an immune response to many parts (epitopes) on the virus, whereas the vaccines expose us only to one part, the spike protein.
Oct 16, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
1/ Much of the debate on natural immunity focuses on questions about antibody levels, but these are of variable clinical relevance: 2/ antibody levels do not necessarily correlate with long-term immunity. Circulating antibodies always drop over time, whether after infection or vaccination.
Sep 30, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Ideas are not viruses. You won't expose yourself and "catch" something deadly by reading, talking to, or considering the viewpoints and perspectives of those with whom you have strong disagreements. Be open and willing to learn. Admit that you don't yet have all the answers. I want to follow my own advice here. Engage me if you think my claims expressed here or elsewhere are mistaken. Give reasons, cite evidence, ask difficult questions. I will engage and try to respond in kind, so long as there are no bad faith arguments or ad hominem attacks.
Sep 29, 2021 16 tweets 4 min read
1/ @mdlizs and @DrSandman11 I have never encountered someone who is "advocating for 'natural immunity' over vaccination." I certainly have never done so. This is a straw-man argument, but a telling one. I advocate for those who have *already recovered* from Covid. 2/ I have never suggested anyone deliberately try to get infected with the virus. This mischaracterization is telling, for it reveals one of the key reasons that so many public health officials and physicians refuse to acknowledge what research shows about natural immunity.
Sep 22, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
1/ From my colleague Carl Truman at @EPPCdc:

"Technology has served to fuel humanity’s belief in, if not its own omnipotence, then at least in its ability to achieve anything it wishes by the deployment of instrumental reason and technical know-how. 2/ "In this context, it is interesting to notice the panic, perhaps even mass hysteria, induced by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been faced with an enemy which cannot be immediately defeated and which brings the reality of mortality closer to us than has been typical of our age,
Sep 21, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
1/ Over the past century, an arrogant, technocratic positivism sought to elevate empirical science as the only valid form of knowledge. With a kind of totalitarian impulse, this negated entirely other domains of inquiry: ethics and metaphysics were declared nonsensical. 2/ Certain questions simply could not be raised. The point was not to understand the world but to transform it. Within this impoverished philosophy, which knows only impersonal forces, a critique of violence becomes impossible.
Sep 20, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
News from the UK: a new mutation is associated with immune escape – suggesting the virus is coming under pressure from highly vaccinated population inews.co.uk/news/politics/… "Although case numbers are very low, the presence of E484K – known in virology circles as “Eeek” because of its vaccine-dodging qualities – is a cause for concern and Public Health England have classed it as a 'signal under investigation'."
Sep 20, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
1/ Yes, the pandemic revealed and amplified what was already there. At every step our response to the virus has favored the laptop class over and against the working class. Some populations have remained entirely invisible. 2/ Here’s just one example: children with autism or other cognitive disabilities and their parents. During lockdowns, their day programs were shut down and their social routines completely disrupted. These routines and services are essential for their stability.
Sep 17, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
1/ A fellow physician recently reached out expressing support for my lawsuit and shared the following with me:

"I was ill for about 3 months or more after my first Pfizer shot in February 2021. 2/ "I never knew I had Covid but suspected my reaction was amnestic, especially due to the lump at the injection site that reminded me of a positive PPD [tuberculosis skin test], and persisted beyond when I was scheduled for the second shot. I declined the second shot.
Sep 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Regarding asymptomatic testing, the distinction between vaccinated/unvaccinated makes no scientific sense, since both can be infected with and transmit Covid.

The scientifically defensible categories should be: 1. Fully Immune (Covid recovered)
2. Partially Immune (vaccinated)
3. Non-Immune (everyone else)

For #1, no need for testing, since there is not a single case reported of transmission in naturally immune.

For #2,3, test only if symptomatic.
Sep 15, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
From the outset, this pandemic was an affront to the idea of unlimited Progress, our ability to dominate nature through science and technology, through our pragmatic ingenuity. But then nature (or perhaps science itself) threw a virus at us that we fundamentally couldn't control. This is one reason why natural immunity cannot be acknowledged as a major contribution to herd immunity and the pathway out of the pandemic. For us to reassert the idea of Progress requires that the solution be of our own making--scientific progress must offer the sole fix.
Sep 14, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
1/ The 1905 Jacobson v. Massachusetts SCOTUS ruling is often cited by proponents as the basis for compulsory vaccine mandates and other emergency pandemic mitigation public health measures. But Jacobson was a narrow ruling at the time and the precedent it set was modest. 2/ Justice Harlan’s decision in 1905 upheld the State’s, not Federal government's, power to impose a nominal fine ($5, the equivalent of $155 today adjusted for inflation) on a person who refused to be vaccinated against smallpox during an outbreak in Boston.