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How did I come to be here....
Who am I?
It’s a good question. And it’s kind of a long story.
I’ve been active in the covid dissident space since the very beginning, but I’ve kept myself almost exclusively on Facebook, focused pretty tightly on Ohio’s COVID data and political situations. Why? Because I have firmly believed from the beginning that no expert or politician or knight in shining armor could save us from what was happening in society. The expertocracy structure was too broken. The only thing that could stop the madness would be when enough average citizens of the world said enough.
But how to facilitate that resistance? I am just one person, I have no fancy titles, no pertinent affiliations. And, particularly early on, everything was about credentials. You weren’t allowed to speak if you weren’t ‘properly’ credentialed.
I do have excessive education though, both academically and in what life has dealt me and my family. I attended Case Western Reserve University and Stanford and double majored in geology (planetary) and evolutionary biology, with my evolutionary biology degree focusing mainly on different aspects of human evolution, including, incidentally enough, an entire graduate level course solely on the epidemiology and evolution of human diseases. So all of this, with none of the politics of public health. The major also was heavy in the history and philosophy of science (how we know what we know, how science succeeds and where it fails). So I was hardly uninformed, just uncredentialed.
After I left academia, I started my family. And as luck would have it, my eldest daughter became vaccine-injured. Because of her rare and pretty severe diagnosis, I spent a massive amount of time reading the medical literature and slowly came to the understanding that her disease was triggered by her childhood vaccinations. Did it mean all vaccines were bad? No. But for some people with certain genetics, they can do far more harm than potential good. So when our second daughter was born, we declined all vaccinations. And we learned all about medical discrimination, and how far certain medical professionals would go to ‘punish’ noncompliants. But those aggressive medical professionals were still pretty rare at the time, happily.
Then came COVID. I knew the fearmongering was overblown. I knew, generally, what the trajectory of the disease was naturally going to be, and that we had already clearly missed the beginning of the pandemic — it was circulating all over the world before we ever realized it. And I watched as Prof. Iaonnidis stepped up to announce the exact results that one would expect — this disease had a IFR roughly in line with a bad flu — and then watched him be destroyed. I knew for certain it would be a bad road ahead then. I had also read Neil Ferguson’s Report 9 when it came out where he was quite explicit about what the plan would be. He was not coy at all about it. It would be continual shut downs for years until ‘enough’ people were vaccinated.
It was clear there would only be one way to get enough compliance with ‘vaccination’ to follow that plan, and that was by force. Mainly societal force. My family had already felt what medical discrimination felt like when no one outside the medical field cared. But what would it be like when all of society believed that anyone who wasn’t vaccinated was holding everyone else back from living life normally? Well. None of us needs to ask ‘what would it be like’ any longer. We know.
So where does this leave me? I was just one little person, a nobody with far too much knowledge in my head and a feeling of total powerlessness. Until, while obsessively watching Gov. Mike DeWine’s press conferences looking for any signs that maybe there could be an end, I discovered Facebook’s power. I hadn’t been on social media at all for decades. I wasn’t interested in it. But I quickly discovered how powerful the platform could be for complex discussions and creating cohesive communities.
In fact, I was clearly one of the more major subjects in MIT’s Viral Visualizations paper on the Facebook side (http://vis.csail.mit.edu/pubs/viral-visualizations/). They quoted me numerous times, and even lifted a full post of mine to publish in their online version. My favorite section from that paper is below. They nailed my purpose - and they quoted me right in the middle of it.
I had found my niche.
I have focused almost exclusively on Ohio, because I live here, for one, but also because I can fully understand Ohio. I understand the geography, the politics, the population distributions, the major players. There was one centralized set of rules here that we were all experiencing. The datasets I was working with were being presented using one format, one set of rules. All of the variables that confound things when comparing states to other states or between countries were limited or non-existent when you limit your scope. So I limited my scope to just here and set about thoroughly understanding all of it here.
I also stuck to just Ohio because by educating and supporting people here, I could help directly facilitate real change locally. I couldn’t change the world, but I could do something to change the trajectory where I live. I could show, consistently, how we were being lied to, and tie it locally. I could show just how nonsensical our Map of Fear was with very specific numbers explained to people who understand what the composition of specific counties was because they live there. I could directly and immediately show how Gov. Mike DeWine distorted our data to magnify irrational fear.
And by showing people all of this, consistently, more and more individuals were able to internalize it, to understand it and be able to explain the data with confidence to their friends, families and neighbors. This wasn’t something that some ‘expert’ was saying which another ‘expert’ was contradicting. This was something anyone could go check for themselves, and verify the truth or falsity of it. And that is an extremely powerful thing.
Of course, I have been censored numerous times now. Facebook has shut down two of my groups, including one with over 10k members (again, I focused exclusively on Ohio data, but had attracted many politicians and massive numbers of highly educated professionals). All in a community filled with hard-won expertise on Ohio’s data and a willingness to explain it to others just starting to look. It was a beautiful thing, so of course it was shut down. The good news is, I still have access to all of the posts I have made over the last two years, and all of the many thousands of graphs and diagrams I have made. And I have discovered that Substack has a way for me to bring the most pertinent of those old posts here for others to see what games Ohio played (and other states and countries likely did as well, if one knows to look for it).
From there, I have added video podcasts (currently, Beyond the Data is my video platform), and have involved myself in all aspects of COVID, from legislation, to litigation, connecting people with COVID treatments and now trying to assist those who have been injured. All with some simple goals - educate people to empower them, and connect those empowered people together so that they can stand up and fight the madness together.
It’s not easy, but it is simple. To end this, we need enough people to say enough.
Hopefully this has clarified who and what I am, and I’d ask for you to share it with others whom you think might find this substack interesting!