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Journalist; Former Investigator U.S. Senate; Former Safra Ethics Center, Harvard.
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Mar 28 10 tweets 3 min read
1. New email calls into question October Senate Interim Report & @propublica story parroting it. Critics say both ignored NIH funding for Wuhan research to protect lobbying gigs and biodefense "contract racket."

Follow the money to K Street lobbyists Image 2. FORMER CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATOR: October interim report made no mention of Anthony Fauci nor "gain-of-function research" and only passing reference to NIH. Why?

“You can’t trash the agency you need for lobbying contacts and contracts with, right?”
Mar 15 10 tweets 3 min read

According to a Cochrane statement and internal emails, Zeynep Tufekci falsely accused a recent Cochrane review author for misinterpretations of the review on masks.

What will the @katiekings w/ @nytopinion do? Image 2. Cochrane found no evidence that masks work, then put out a clarification which Tufekci seized upon to claim masks do work. She then trashed 1 of 12 Cochrane scientist, even though Cochrane's Karla Soares-Weiser took full responsibility.
Mar 14 14 tweets 4 min read
1. How Congress Can Investigate the Pandemic Origins Cover-up: I ran congressional investigations into the National Institutes of Health for several years, forcing NIH reform and new laws.

Here's my advice. 2. Do not "follow the science," because virologists and NIH officials gamed the science. Just like tobacco did!

Follow the documents, follow the money.
Mar 10 6 tweets 6 min read
1. Instead of reporting, #scicomm writers like @sciencecohen were narrative enforcers for Tony Fauci and other virologists. I'm sure Cohen is hopping mad, but @AshleyRindsberg just went through the emails.… 2. After reading this, a source told me @sciencecohen is like a hockey goon, who skates onto the ice and immediately starts throwing punches.

Nothing elegant about this guy

As I explained last summer, Cohen and Fauci protect and promote each other.
Mar 8 6 tweets 2 min read
I'm glad this hearing is being televised and recorded. As more evidence comes out pointing to a possible lab accident, we must look back on Ranking Member @RepRaulRuizMD opening statement and hold him accountable.

Unacceptable to ignore evidence and promote partisan sniping At the @COVIDSelect I have yet to see a single member hold up an email showing what scientists knew and when they knew it.

What is going on?
Mar 7 6 tweets 4 min read
1. Pandemic Reporting Failed to Seek Facts While Favoring Biopharma Public Relations…
Rolling Stone's Miles Klee leaves us miles from the truth. (@TexasLindsay_ flushes @MilesKlee) 2. I've never read Miles Klee and ignore @RollingStone since @mtaibbi left. But Klee has a weird toilet fetish, as Lindsay Jones discovered.

But she was really interested in documenting his lack of reporting skills.
Mar 4 6 tweets 2 min read
1. CORDONIZ EN ESCABECHE: Get all your ingredients together. I'm adding in vegetables and I chose apple vinegar, but you can choose another vinegar. Image 2. Salt, pepper and brown the quail halves. You're browning, not cooking. In and out on high heat with plenty of oil. Image
Mar 1 13 tweets 7 min read
1. Long Before Suspicions Arose About A Lab Leak, Government Scientists Were Fiddling With Bugs to Make Them More Deadly…

Interview w/ filmmaker and author @krisnewby 2. In the book “Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons”, Newby pulls together historical documents and personal interviews w/ the man who discovered Lyme disease.

(photo of tick collection at Rocky Mountain Labs)
Feb 27 7 tweets 3 min read
1. WSJ's report on Department of Energy conclusion that lab accident started the pandemic, created a lot of Twitter threads that left out critical information.…

First, this is really a second set of DOE scientists, from a different lab than in the past. 2. In June 2021, WSJ reported that DOE Lawrence Livermore's "Z Division" pointed to a lab accident, see foto…

I'm told yesterday's news was based on a report from another DOE lab: Los Alamos, which researches pandemic preparedness…
Feb 26 5 tweets 2 min read
1. EXCLUSIVE: Not hard to fathom why insiders are going to the WSJ reporters w/ fresh intel. Science writers at the NY Times, WashPost, Nature & Science have turned themselves into stenographers for the NIH--#scicomm is not journalism.

We now know FBI has an open investigation. 2. The Energy Department made its judgment with “low confidence”, FBI with “moderate confidence” and this will be ignored by #sccomm ideologues covering the NIH.

More than one million Americans have died in the pandemic that began more than three years ago.
Feb 22 11 tweets 4 min read
1. COVID Made McDonald’s a Public Health Savior…
Obesity made COVID outcomes worse, so governments partnered on jabs with the junk food chain, because of course. Image 2. Back in 2004, the film "Super Size Me" shamed McDonald's into removing large sized options from its menu. Artist Ron English lampooned the company w/ an obese Ronald McDonald, a version of the clown who ate only McDonald's. Image
Feb 20 6 tweets 2 min read
Thin spaghetti, pancetta, parmesan, eggs, salt, pepper grinder 2. Render the fat in the pancetta
Feb 19 6 tweets 5 min read
1. Gerald Parker, associate dean for Global One Health at Texas A&M, will never see his name in a story by @carlzimmer @JoelAchenbach @sciencecohen or @SmritiMallapaty b/c he uses neutral language that does not promote a #scicomm agenda.…

Some examples: 2. Parker describes "two plausible theories" although "neither proves direct and definitive evidence."

This language violates #scicomm which finds that a lab leak is "speculation" that "lacks direct evidence."

Maybe Parker doesn't have a NY Times subscription?

Here's more:
Feb 7 4 tweets 2 min read
1. Researchers Find No Evidence (Again!) Of Mask Effectiveness, Yet Self-Styled Experts Continue Promotion…
My interview with Cochrane Review author Tom Jefferson, who says governments "don’t have the science to back up what they claim." 2. Jefferson dismisses mask promoters like @DFisman & @trishgreenhalgh as overnight experts.

"They engage in personal attacks, have all this certainty and think they can see the future. They're not scientists because uncertainty is the engine of science."
Feb 4 6 tweets 2 min read

1) Get your spice rub together. Here's the ones I used. Regardless, you must make about 1/4 of the volume salt. 2) Here's the rub in a jar, spices shaken together.
Feb 1 4 tweets 3 min read
1. Imagine @sciencecohen, @amymaxmen or @DavidQuammen being forced to do a journalism and write something like this. Being forced to report would likely give each of these #scicomm writers an aneurysm… by @christacbryant 2. @garyruskin: “In 35 years of doing this, I have never personally bumped up against a stonewalling effort as I have from the NIH regarding the origins of COVID-19”

@JsnFostr has found the same and was forced to sue the NIH to comply w/ #FOIA…
Jan 31 5 tweets 4 min read
My interview w/ @silkiecarlo about British "misinformation" units spying on journalists, politics .. and YOU, then censoring them on #COVID-19 policies.… You're not going to believe this unless you read it and see the Orwellian documents. /1 Members of Parliament have asked these units what they do, and they won't answer. They won't disclose their budgets, staffing, or what they even do.

They are a government within the government.

They have even tracked the "threat" when members of Parliament joined Parler /2
Jan 30 6 tweets 4 min read
.@HirokoTabuchi has a new investigation into Julie Goodman, a toxicologist w/ the science for hire firm Gradient.… Goodman is paid by the gas industry to give talks supporting natural gas stoves, playing down the health dangers of natural gas. /1 You may be surprised to learn that Gradient's Goodman helped develop expert court testimony for Philip Morris, portraying Marlboro Lights cigarettes as being safer for smokers.… Yep. Gradient has worked for tobacco. /2
Jan 27 5 tweets 2 min read
Three Cup Chicken: It's called that because the sauce is equal parts rice wine, soy sauce, and sesame oil. (And the chicken has been velveted in egg white and corn starch) /1 Fry broccoli in sesame oil, until somewhat soft.

Continue to add oil as needed throughout cooking process. /2
Jan 24 6 tweets 3 min read
Environmental activist @vixenvalentino examines Monsanto troll Mary Mangan of Sommerville, MA, who uses copyright claims to hide her deceit for the agrochemical industry.… /1 .@mem_somerville AKA Mary Mangan has long been a Monsanto troll. One of her favourite targets has been journalist and author @careygillam In one instance, Mangan showed up at a Gillam book talk and had to be led outside. Here's the Mangan video /2
Jan 17 11 tweets 5 min read
NEW EMAILS: Biden White House Behind Facebook Censorship of The BMJ’s Pfizer Investigation… Months before The BMJ released investigation, Facebook emailed the White House they would take action against “true content” on vaccines /1 Neither of the two White Officials on the email have any background in science or medicine. @RFlaherty46 is a Biden campaign official, now White House director of digital strategy. @ASlavitt is a businessman who now runs a podcast. /2