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Long before anyone in the mainstream media was sounding the alarm about COVID-19, I was meticulously tracking all of the emerging news around it and doing my best to sound the alarm about all of the anomalous characteristics carried by its genetic signature, and analyzing the ensuing geopolitical implications of its spread. Realizing that gain-of-function research was plausibly behind its origins, I began a petition to reinstate the moratorium against this far-too-risky research method, which is all the more important as American and Chinese finger-pointing has intensified we seem to be headed towards an intractable cycle of blame and geopolitical escalation, instead of focusing on the risks presented by allowing further gain-of-function research to occur.
And after being submitted back in April, finally in August 2020 and after months of the mainstream scientific press decrying the idea as a “conspiracy theory,” my dad and I became the first authors to publish a peer-reviewed paper arguing that COVID-19 may well be the result of a viral gain-of-function research experiment that leaked out of a lab. Since the last time I formally studied science was 20 years ago when I took AP Bio, although I did the research and writing my dad served as a technical sounding board, basically acting as a thesis advisor and editor would.
My father and I would end up working with a rag-tag bunch of internet strangers, with the two of us forming the nucleus of what would become D.R.A.S.T.I.C. Research throughout 2020.
Prior to my incarceration, I’d spent my college summers and a bit of time afterwards working as an analyst for the NSA (a position I might have left a bit hastily) where I realized that the most dangerous threat against America wasn’t terrorists attacking us from the outside, but instead a socioeconomic implosion due to the racial inequities perpetuated by the various policies that have bulwarked inequality throughout almost all of our history, most recently the War on Drug’s destruction of the black family. So I left to write a book to dispel the myth of the Die Hard-esque super terrorist and explain the phenomenon as the inevitable response to widespread social inequality, you can find Tremble the Devil available in its entirety free online.
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Subscribe to my Substack so that you’re first in line to get my thoughts and impressions about the next story that will change everything before the mainstream media has any clue what’s unfolding, as 2020 becomes a defining year for all of us. You’ll also be helping fund my writing (and treats for everyone) as I document my reflections on my time behind bars from the little room I rent out above a garage in Harvard to the Big House, a memoir about how my life lead to prison, how to keep as many others as possible out, and what my time coaching everyone from JV linebackers living in Section 8 to Kyle Snyder taught me about how to use sports and other hallmarks of American meritocracy to find a way off of the horrifically dangerous path the American discourse about race and equality is currently going down.
If the 20 months I spent as my prison’s special education tutor - teaching and mentoring young inmates ages 18-22 with educational disabilities - taught me anything, it’s that the current race-baiting public discourse would be utterly baffling to those young men, that (for reasons I’ll explain in my writings) if anything hurts them more than helps them.
What Critics Say About Dan’s Writing
“Cuts through the media blather to give an honest accounting of the sort of complexity inherent in analyzing and understanding the phenomenon of terror.”
“An eye-opening read, deeply philosophical and scathing in the best way.”
“Go back to your desk and re-do that worksheet, I have no idea what you’ve written.”
Mrs. Mongelluzzo, my second-grade teacher.
“…but the incoherent style and lack of straightforward structure makes for painful reading. I was unable to finish it. Was this text not worth editing? What was the motive for writing this book? Why did the author choose to remain anonymous? Why is the book obviously aimed at a male audience?”
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