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Following 9/11, Dan Sirotkin began his career with the NSA, where he put his Harvard degree to use working on some of their most sensitive and salient missions threatening America - or at least the ones that could also secure many hundreds of billions of dollars worth of funding.
He finished his career in Counterterrorism, where he produced analysis on one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world, despite the fact that his Arabic language skills were only about as good as those as a severely learning-disabled preschooler.
This “Ask Me Anything” post on Reddit explains the backstory behind the book he left the NSA to write, Tremble the Devil, which was first released in 2006 and argued that the most dangerous threat facing America wasn’t terrorists attacking us from the outside - but instead an inevitable 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
And after setting the youngest American ever to win wrestling gold on his course to Rio before heading off to the state prison in 2014, where his first cellmate would happily offer to murder him many times. Dan was finally released in 2018, and began his new exciting career as a waiter at various area restaurants all poorly managed enough to have become desperate enough to be forced into hiring a notorious ex-con.
However by early 2020 - long before anyone in the mainstream media was sounding the alarm about COVID-19 - he was meticulously tracking all of the emerging news around it, and doing his 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.
After being submitted way back in April, finally in August 2020 and after months of the mainstream scientific press decrying the idea as a “conspiracy theory,” became the first author to write 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.
And if you want to learn want’s coming next from this pandemic and are already familiar with the idea that COVID-19 may have been engineered in a lab, you’ll find all the missing puzzle-pieces you’ve been looking for in this whitepaper:
Golden Silkworms in Pandora's Box: Why understanding COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza as Quasispecies Mutant Swarms reveals the Quantum Origins and Cryptic Fates of Human Pandemics.
And if the idea of tinkering with viruses in the lab still seems like science-fiction, you can start with any of these for more popular approaches to the science:
No monkey ever reheated a frozen burrito: What The Expanse tells us about the COVID-19 pandemic and the long sordid history of serial passage gain-of-function research, and the decades-long effort to whitewash it.
Molecular Evidence for COVID-19's Engineered Origins: Maybe it’s time to take a moment with someone who was literally scrubbing prison toilets a few years ago, and yet can still easily explain how obviously engineered SARS-CoV-2 actually is.
Azrael’s Inoculation Against a Hardened Heart: Can the origins of the COVID-19 Pandemic be found within one of the most ancient Biblical stories?
If viral engineering and current events aren’t your thing, escape down the last rabbit-hole you’ll ever need, in the ongoing dreamers down from the mountains series that explores and then challenges absolutely everything you think you know about everything from human prehistory to the meaning of True Love:
梦想家从山上降下来 - dreamers down from the mountains - part one: The evidence that high elevation, marijuana, and our myths may hold the secrets to humanity's origins.
dreamers down from the mountains - الحالمون ينزلون من الجبال - part ii: Close your eyes and follow humanity's tale back through the fabric of the cosmos, across the gravitational rainbow, and into the myths and stories that make us who we are.
parte tres - soñadoras desde las montañas - dreamers down from the mountains: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY!! Place your hand on the past and learn what ancient fishes can teach us about the meaning of True Love, and why we've always been much closer to each other than we've been allowed to think.
And to learn more about my time behind bars and how it very directly relates to the origins of the COVID-19 Pandemic:
The Ex-con Who Kicked the Idiots’ Nest: Court documents indicate Matt Ridley and Alina Chan’s alleged involvement in a corruption and bribery scheme aimed to cover-up the origins of COVID-19.
These additional essays reflect on my experiences with different elements of the criminal-justice system:
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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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