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The Twitpocalypse, JFK Docs, Tesla Q2, Ice Cube, Vax Debate
Twitter News Digest for the week of 6/28-7/4
This week’s digest covers the Twitpocalypse, the JFK documents, Tesla’s Q2 delivery data, Ice Cube’s F-the-gatekeepers tour, and the latest on the public vaccine debate. Don’t miss the memes at the end, and please subscribe!
The Data Wars and the Twitpocalypse
Last Friday, Elon tweeted that Twitter user seconds had hit another all-time high
The some day, Twitter implemented temporary restrictions to prevent non-account-holders from viewing tweets.
Elon explained the decision was made to prevent organizations from harvesting Twitter’s data.
Saturday morning, Twitter began limiting the number of tweets users can view. Later in the day, the limits increased.
The limits provided an opportunity for haters to once again eulogize Twitter, and caused a variety of Twitter-related topics to trend throughout the day.
Lost in the hysteria was the reality that Internet is undergoing a seismic shift, brought on by the emergence of consumer-facing AI.
In the new online landscape, data is the world’s most precious resource because it is required to train AI models.
With Twitter, Elon is sitting on a goldmine of data.
No other website captures the zeitgeist in the world of technology, finance, and journalism quite like the bird app. Many of the worlds brightest thinkers use the platform to share their unfiltered thoughts.
If you want to build an AI product that’s keeps pace with Internet culture, you’ll have to find some way to get your hands on Twitter’s data. It’s no surprise so many companies were so keen on stealing it.
Outside the predictable declarations of Twitter’s demise, Elon’s gambit produced a number of interesting reactions.
IT expert Mike Benz posted a fascinating video about the impact of Twitter’s new policy on online censorship.
Benz claimed that the censorship industry has been building an “AI Censorship Death Star” that requires Twitter’s data so it can know what to censor.
Absent this data, censors will not be able to keep pace with the breakneck evolution of public discussion. From this perspective, Elon’s choice to turn Twitter into more of a walled garden could be part of a larger plan to preserve free speech on the Internet.
In another post, an IT architect gave more detail about the reasons why some entities could be after Twitter’s data.
The post claimed that state-level actors (such as China, Canada, or the US), political Super PACS, and corporations use data scraping to spin up bot farms that push authentic-seeming propaganda/advertising.
The outcome of the data wars might seem like a niche topic today, but it is bound up in the global financial system itself.
Virtually all of the stock market’s gains so far this year can be attributed to AI, and venture capitalists are pouring money into AI startups like never before. Whoever controls the data stands to make trillions.
Already, Elon’s gambit looks like the opening volley in a rapidly escalating situation.
Meanwhile, Facebook parent company Meta will launch its Twitter competitor Threads by the end of this week.
As the Twitpocalypse reached peak intensity over the weekend, Former CEO Jack Dorsey encouraged people to go outside and (as the meme goes) touch grass.
Elon made a similar plea to put down the phone and enjoy quality time with loved ones.
For better or worse, the Twitpocalypse isn’t going anywhere.
Friday night, the White House posted a memo once again delaying the release of classified JFK assassination documents.
All documents related to the JFK assassination were scheduled to be released by 2017.
That year, President Trump delayed the full release of the records at the recommendation of the intelligence community. The government has been kicking the can down the road ever since.
RFK Jr took to Twitter to criticize the latest decision, questioning what the intelligence agencies could possibly be hiding about a crime committed over half a century ago.
In 1964, the Warren Commission concluded that JFK was killed by a lone assassin.
However, the Commission’s report was marred by controversy, including the participation of JFK’s CIA adversary Allen Dulles.
In polls taken since the Commission disbanded, between 75 and 80% of Americans have expressed doubt about its conclusion that a “lone gunman” killed Kennedy.
Despite public skepticism, JFK’s assassination is still treated as a “conspiracy theory” by most news outlets.
The narrative has gone largely unchallenged until RFK Jr came out last year and accused the CIA of killing his uncle, a claim he has repeated several times since.
RFK’s campaign against the CIA has not been limited his own family.
Tesla Smashes Q2
On Sunday, Tesla released its second quarter delivery data.
Q2 turned out to be another record-breaking quarter for the world’s leading EV company. Tesla hit new all-time highs in both vehicles manufactured (479,700) and delivered (466,140).
The latest figures show that Tesla is continuing its path of exponential growth.
For Tesla, the future looks amazingly bright.
In the next year and a half, it is expected to roll out both the Cybertruck and an affordable compact car, allowing it to reach new buyers all over the world.
Further down the line, Tesla’s Optimus robot puts it in a position to corner the market on AI-powered manual labor.
With the world increasingly going electric, the legacy auto industry’s days could be numbered. Keep an eye on Tesla!
Ice Cube Gatekeepers Tour
Two weeks ago, Ice Cube posted a provocative video to Twitter, announcing his “fuck-the-gatekeepers podcast tour.”
Cube is known for his work as a rapper, actor, and, most recently, founder of the Big3 basketball league.
In 2022, the Big3 was certified as the first black-owned sports league ever. The league is entering its sixth season.
Last week, Cube appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience for the first stop on his tour.
He told Rogan the NBA has been working behind the scenes to sabotage the Big3 by pressuring other companies not to sponsor the league.
He also said he turned down a $9M movie contract because the studio insisted he take a Covid-19 vaccination as a condition for his employment. He explained his opposition to the mandates, “some of these mainstream outlets are really just an extension of these corporate conglomerates who want to, you know, kind of control our emotions, control our movement, control our spending, control our personalities, control our mind.”
(YouTube censored the video—it’s linked here)
Last year, Cube sold ownership of a Big3 team for upwards of four million Dogecoin, speculated to be the largest public transaction in Dogecoin history.
The deal was conducted over Twitter, with Cube accepting the offer from entrepreneur Bill Lee: “Come on wit it Bill, you know I’m down with the #DogeArmy.”
Since then, Lee’s Big3 Aliens frequently feature Doge content on its Twitter feed.
The Elusive Vaccine Debate
The elusive vaccine safety debate is going mainstream.
Last week at a New Hampshire town hall meeting, RFK debated a family physician about vaccine safety. On Twitter, one clip of the exchange received 18 million impressions.
The debate began when Dr. Tariq Butt told Kennedy, “Your vaccine stance is dangerous to the health and wellbeing of millions, medical experts are deeply concerned about your message. How can we help you to come to the side of science?”
Kennedy responded, “Virtually every American would agree with my stance on vaccines, which is that vaccines should be tested like other medicines. They should be safety tested, and unfortunately, the vaccines are not safety tested. Of the 72 vaccine doses now mandated, not one has ever been subject to a pre-licensing placebo-controlled trial.”
When the moderator pushed back on his claim about safety trials, RFK explained that he met with Anthony Fauci in 2017 and asked him to provide evidence that vaccines had been safety tested against inert placebos.
Eventually, through legal legal correspondence, the Department of Human Health and Services was forced to admit that vaccines aren’t compared to placebos to measure safety outcomes.
Documents on the website of Kennedy’s Children’s Health Defense corroborate the claim that vaccines aren’t tested against placebos. Instead, they’re compared to other vaccines.
The arrangement is a result of the 1986 Vaccine Injury Act, which granted manufacturers legal liability against vaccine injury claims.
According to Kennedy, the act kicked off a “gold rush” for pharmaceutical companies and led to the unprecedented expansion of the American vaccine schedule.
The full effect of this schedule have never been measured by government health agencies. CHD, ICAN, and other organizations in the health freedom movement have repeatedly called for a trial comparing health outcomes for vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans, so far to no avail.
While it’s a step in the right direction to have any public discussion about vaccine safety, there is still a long way to go.
Somehow, the pharmaceutical industry, which has taken hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money to develop vaccines, is unable to find a single ambassador who will stick up for vaccine safety in a public debate with RFK.
Thus far, they’ve ceded the issue to Kennedy under the justification that appearing in the same venue with him would legitimize his views. In a recent podcast, famed vaccinologist Paul Offit said vaccines are “undebatable” and that no one should engage with RFK because “he’s constantly putting other people down.”
It’s not yet clear how credible this tactic is with the public. On a recent episode of the popular PBD Podcast, entrepreneur Tom Ellsworth called on vaccinologist Peter Hotez to debate Kennedy: “If you had the facts sir, and you could stand up to the heat of debate sir, you would be in the arena. You sir are a coward.”
Dogey Treats: News Bites
On July 4th, a federal judge issued an injunction against the Biden Administration to stop collaborating with social media companies to censor information. The case was filed by Attorneys General of Missouri and Louisiana. The judge’s decision said, "If the allegations made by Plaintiffs are true, the present case arguably involves the most massive attack against free speech in United States’ history."
Elon called attention to a WSJ report that credible IRS whistleblowers claim the DOJ is preventing investigators from filing felony charges against Hunter Biden and following leads to Joe Biden.
Donald Trump said of RFK, “I respect him—a lot of people respect him. He’s got some very important points to be made.” When asked about Trump, RFK said, “I'm proud that President Trump likes me… I want to bring people together.” On the PBD podcast, Colonel Douglas Macgregor said Trump and RFK should join together to form a third party. Macgregor also predicted a banking collapse would prevent the 2024 election from happening.
The Secret Service discovered cocaine in the White House library.
A White House report suggested blocking the sun with aerosols to limit global warming.
Global Financial System
Bank of America is reportedly sitting on $100B paper losses similar to those suffered by Silicon Valley Bank earlier this year.
Cameron Winklevoss penned an open letter to DCG boss Barry Silbert with a final offer to retrieve $1.2B in assets Gemini lent to Silbert’s Genesis. If Silbert does not accept the offer, Winklevoss outlined forthcoming lawsuits.
Tablet published an article by Balaji Srinivasan calling for a robust public debate about vaccine safety.
An article from Science.org described a suite of Long-Covid-like symptoms attributable to mRNA vaccination. The article called the condition “Long Vax” and said it is is gaining acceptance among medical scientists.
Bodybuilder Jo Lindner died of aneurysm. In a recent podcast, he talked about discovering heavy metal particles and micro-clots his blood after being vaccinated for Covid four times.
A study found that Xanax and Valium use is associated with brain injury
Mel Gibson urged people to watch the Sound of Freedom.
After riots rocked France, President Emmanuel Macron blamed social media and called on platforms to erase content that was stoking tensions.
Rumors of an attempted attack on Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia. Ukrainian President Zelensky said Russia was planning to blow up the plant (which is currently under Russian control), while Russia accused Ukraine of attempting to stage a false flag.
Nicki Minaj’s new single “Endless Fashion” appeared to show support for MAGA.
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