DRASTIC actions - miles to go before we sleep
Postcards from the [leading] edge of COVID insanity
*Note — My current focus is researching COVID-19’s origins, as part of the D.R.A.S.T.I.C. team of scientists, journalists & researchers. Recent news: D.R.A.S.T.I.C.’s research forms a large portion of the basis for investigations begun by the US Senate, House & National Institutes of Health. Recent appearances and/or discussion on 60 Minutes, The Joe Rogan Exp., Fox News, JRE [again], Bill Maher, & CNN.
The D.R.A.S.T.I.C. ensemble: @TheSeeker, @Harvard2H, @DaoYu15, @RolandBakerIII @BillyBostickson @CZilcho @Daoyu15 @franciscodeasis @ydeigin @gdemaneuf @AntGDuarte @Harvard2H @uacjess, @MonaRahalkar @quay_dr @Rossana38510044 @still_a_nerd @luigi_warren @ZoonoticSkeptic @FrancescoEsp33 @jjcouey, @CharlesRixey @angoffinet
I’ve been neglectful of my blog, but I feel like I’ve got a decent excuse, lol.
I’ve decided that, in addition to an article I’m working to finish & publish tomorrow, it would be beneficial to provide some examples and insight into the various activities that have kept me busy. The biggest has been my research into Dr. Fauci & censorship in general, because the sudden release of thousands of his emails both validated the primary hypothesis of my Prometheus & Pandora series and made clear that the media had completely missed the true significance of the story - for a second time.
But, more on that in a bit.
First, I wanted to highlight the livestream I took part in, as a guest on the YouTube channel hosted by a fellow member of DRASTIC - the group of scientists and researchers I’ve been directly working with for most of 2021. Dr. J. J. Couey, a neurobiologist at the University of Pittsburgh, is one of the founding members of DRASTIC, and as an active professor has seen the impact of scientific censorship about COVID-19’s origins up close. He’s also seen the suppression of debate over the new mRNA vaccines. and recently decided to take a break from his day job to be able to focus on sharing his concerns on both fronts.
Having sacrificed some things recently myself in support of this effort to push our leaders to demand accountability for the origins of the pandemic, I have great respect for all of the members of DRASTIC, who’ve had to sacrifice career progression and face institutional pressures simply for the ‘crime’ of questioning the party line of the scientific establishment. It’s been a privilege to witness the recent paradigm shift that seemingly overnight has pushed the lab-leak ‘conspiracy theory’ into the mainstream, and if my efforts could [in some tiny measure] contribute to the ultimate success of this crazy-ass journey, all the insanity will have been worth it. I know that the veterans have more than earned it.
“Nature will rise to this challenge”
My Thursday-night discussion spanned an hour and a half and several topics, but was far more efficient than any article could be, especially within the length limits of Substack. I highly encourage anyone, when time permits, to watch this video, because you’ll hear about the latest developments in the origin investigation, directly from the ‘unique’ crew on the front lines. To close my introduction, here’s a succinct microcosm of what awaits:
Missing the Forest for the Trees
In the livestream, JJ & I cover a lot of ground, but we end up at the topic that I never wanted to investigate, but now find myself forced to do so out of necessity - Dr. Fauci. It’s not that I don’t find him important; rather, I’d always considered him to be a peripheral in the origin narrative. Much ado has been made of the NIH’s longstanding grant funding of EcoHealth Alliance - the NY non-profit that has funneled money and collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology for more than a decade.
However, Fauci controls an annual research budget of nearly $4 billion, spread across thousands of research projects, so making that fact the cross to crucify him upon is a waste of time. It was only after I uncovered a detail that no one else had noticed that I realized that there was potentially far more to his story than anyone had considered. By choosing to go through each of the now-94,000 pages of FOIA documents across several websites, I began to see patterns in the chaos.
Two projects ultimately arose from my research - one was the compilation of hundreds of sources regarding the origins of the pandemic virus in SARS-CoV-2 Origins Research Reference List - "The Arc of Inquiry bends towards Enlightenment"; once I had about 350, I decided to categorize them based upon where they sat on the spectrum from supporting natural origin or lab leak.
The result was a crystal-clear picture of the impact of the early censorship, as well as the scope of the shift away from natural origins-research & commentary:
I also used this in the pre-print I posted to ResearchGate that was the result of four months of going through and gathering [print screen+cropping+PDF snippets] the most relevant emails from those 94,000 pages, so that there could be a reference that condensed and organized the documents in a usable way. Now, anyone can go through 173 pages of the primary source documents, and also have 100 pages of my raw articles as a loose narrative/introduction:
Prometheus Shrugged: Censorship & the Legacy of COVID-19
A Mad Mad World
How crazy has this pandemic been?
15 months ago, my MBA was paused [along with everything else] when the lockdown began in Texas. Today, still just 4 credits shy of graduation, my PDF reference guide of emails, paired with 90 pages of my personal commentary, is the most-read ‘publication’ on ResearchGate from my school, Southern Methodist University last week:
It did so despite only being there for the last 3 days of the week. It also would’ve been in the top 3 at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, MIT, Texas, etc. That’s pretty awesome, since it means that my work on academic censorship is, in part, reaching its best audience - academics who’ve been censored, or known colleagues who were. And, the message is finally reaching a broader audience:
The lesson for all of us is that persistence in pursuit of truth can overcome a world of opposition. I’m proud to have been able to see that proverb in action up close, as DRASTIC’s efforts have finally stemmed the tide - and now, the momentum has stunningly shifted in the opposite direction.
Take, for example, a study released in the last 48 hours, which shows that many of the sequences suppressed or deleted [from samples taken from very early patients from Wuhan] are of the lineage that pre-dated those from the Huanan Market, proving that specific files were targeted for deletion because they ran counter to the narrative. It’s exactly the type of study, from a ‘mainstream,’ high-profile virologist, that Dr. Fauci’s cabal suppressed for a year and a half [Early Wuhan Sequences retrieved after deletion]:
The road goes ever on and on
Nevertheless, recent successes don’t mean that the battle is over - I know I speak for the group in saying that if anything, there’s more work to do than ever. Among the projects I’m currently working on are
a) extracting, organizing and analyzing evidence from the early pandemic, to compare with the ‘official’ epidemiological records, as provided by Chinese officials. Due to the nature of the evidence, I’m only going to show an image at large scale for now:
I’m also collaborating with DRASTIC organizer @BillyBostickson and others on one of the volumes of our collection of evidence [also posted on ResearchGate] . Other events:
-More future podcast appearances
-A more complete study of Wuhan’s outbreak epidemiology [here’s a sneak preview]
-Analysis of a newer set of FOIA releases for inclusion into my reference collection
-More links added to the current 520 on the origins source list
-in all likelihood, significant levels of sarcasm for the foreseeable future
-An analysis of U.S. data from the pandemic, to extract lessons to be learned
-A letter to be submitted for peer-review that questions the methodology and application of projections and their models in communicating the likely trajectory of the pandemic in the U.S.
-A narrative of DRASTIC’s exploits
Given the miles to go before I can sleep, I’ll end with my final thoughts from the livestream:
Still more promises to keep,
-C. H. Rixey
I have some the interpretation of the "ACE2 and TMPRSS2 polymorphism analysis" paper referred to in your recent interview.
When checking the metadata and not being concerned about race specificity is looking at only immediate death. The paper refers to the polymorphism risk. The polymorphism in the paper is regarding the misfolding and wont show up for some time in the metadata. Background: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3904311/
This is the paper that was brought up today: https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-020-01673-z
Nobody seems to understand this paper correctly. Everyone seems to interpret in terms of acute effects. Incorrect!