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Elon/Zuck WWE Soap Opera, Ivermectin Revelation, Trump Indictment #4
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This week’s digest covers new developments in the Elon/Zuck WWE Soap opera, a revelation about Ivermectin, and the fourth Trump indictment. News bites and the hottest memes are at the end.
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The Tongue on the Run
The Elon vs. Zuck WWE soap opera took several entertaining turns over the last week.
The drama began when Elon announced the fight would take place in Italy and would be live-streamed on 𝕏 and Meta.
He also shared the results of an MRI, which revealed his spine was ok to fight but that he would need “minor surgery” on his shoulder.
Friday afternoon, Zuck responded with a dismissive statement suggesting Elon was dodging the fight.
In his Thread, Zuck posted a photo of himself training in his backyard Octagon.
A few hours later, Elon upped the ante by offering to fight the next week, in the process coining the nickname “Zuck my tongue.”
Friday evening, Elon posted a photo of himself training by throwing one of his kids in the air.
Sunday morning, Elon’s biographer Walter Isaacson posted a screenshot of a conversation between Elon and Zuck in which Elon challenged Zuck to a practice fight on Monday.
A few hours later, Elon posted the full message: “While I think it is very unlikely, given our size difference, perhaps you are a modern day Bruce Lee and will somehow win.”
Sunday afternoon, Zuck posted to Threads that “it’s time to move on” because Elon wasn’t taking the sport seriously.
Monday afternoon, Elon hinted that he would show up at Zuck’s house anyway.
Two hours later, he posted that he was going to livestream a full self-driving test drive to Zuck’s house.
The test-drive post prompted Zuck, through a spokesperson, to release a statement clarifying that he would not be at his house.
Elon took the opportunity to talk more trash.
On 𝕏, Zuck was meme’d relentlessly for turning down the opportunity to fight.
Tuesday, Elon summed up the latest drama in a post and asked, “Is there anywhere he will fight?”
Whether the fight ever happens or not, the proceedings from the last two months have been a hilarious proxy for the escalating social media war between 𝕏 and Meta.
Meta’s ballyhooed Threads, billed as a challenger to Twitter, has fizzled in the last month, with users averaging less than three minutes a day on the app.
Meanwhile, Twitter has rebranded to 𝕏 and is on the verge of reinventing itself as the “everything app.” Total time on the platform regularly hits new all-time highs as new users flock to the only major censorship-free platform available online.
But betting against Elon is never a smart move. Zuck’s days as the big boy on the block are numbered.
Last week, 𝕏 was abuzz with news about Ivermectin.
On Tuesday, a group of doctors took the Food and Drug Administration to federal court for lying to the public about whether Ivermectin can be prescribed for Covid-19.
During the court proceedings, an FDA attorney acknowledged that doctors are in fact free to prescribe Ivermectin for Covid.
The acknowledgment was a dramatic change in messaging from during the pandemic, when the FDA discouraged people from using the drug by claiming it was “horse dewormer.”
While Ivermectin is regularly used as an anti-parasitic for mammals, it was never just a horse dewormer.
In 2015, its discoverers won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for helping eliminate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis among people in Africa.
A widely-cited paper from 2011 called it a ”wonder drug” based on its “versatility, safety and the beneficial impact that it has had, and continues to have, worldwide.”
In 2021, the media and government went to extraordinary lengths to discourage Ivermectin’s use for Covid-19, demonizing the drug’s efficacy as a right-wing conspiracy.
Most notably, CNN smeared Joe Rogan for taking Ivermectin to treat Covid-19 by using a filter to make Rogan look sicker than he was.
Around the same time, Rolling Stone was caught pushing a fake story claiming a Oklahoma hospitals were forced to turn away gunshot victims because they was too full of people who’d been made sick from overdosing on Ivermectin horse paste for Covid-19.
Rachel Maddow amplified the dubious narrative, which included an unrelated photo of people lined up outside of a church to depict supposedly overcrowded hospitals. Despite being caught in the lie, she never retracted her claim, and her original post is still up on 𝕏.
On the surface, the medical literature on Ivermectin for C19 has always been mixed, with some studies showing efficacy and others showing none.
However, an inclusive survey of medical literature show statistically significant improvements for mortality, ventilation, ICU admission, hospitalization, recovery, cases, and viral clearance.
Importantly, the drug appears to work prophylactically for Covid and has decades of use establishing its low risk profile. The canard of right-wingers ODing on horse paste is one of the media’s worst fabrications from recent years.
From one perspective, the story of Ivermectin is window into corruption of government agencies by the pharmaceutical industry.
In The Real Anthony Fauci, RFK Jr claimed that Big Pharma designed key Ivermectin trials to fail as part of a deliberate strategy to gain Emergency Use Authorization for mRNA vaccines.
The discovery of cheap prophylactic drugs, he wrote, “would mean less profits, more uncertainty, longer runways to market, and a disappointing end to the COVID-19 vaccine gold rush.”
The FDA’s recent acknowledgment that Ivermectin can in fact be prescribed for Covid comes at the same time that public enthusiasm for mRNA vaccine programs reaches new lows.
Despite the FDA’s belated admission, the battle over Ivermectin has led to silver linings for the drug’s proponents.
Media censorship caused a surge in interest in IVM on the Internet, and independent researchers dug up troves of papers showing the its efficacy against various cancers.
Over time, a hypothesis emerged that parasites are sometimes a causative agent of cancers, and anti-parasitics are an alternative treatment.
Stories of people using cheap anti-parasitic drugs, rather than chemotherapy, to put cancer in remission are now a regular feature of uncensored social media. Parasite cleanses have become a popular form of routine health maintenance online.
For more on one of most interesting stories of Covid, check out the short documentary The Truth About Ivermectin.
Another Trump Indictment
Donald Trump is being indicted for the fourth time this year.
Monday morning, Fulton County Georgia posted the latest indictment to its website before a Grand Jury was convened to officially move forward with the case against Trump. Two hours later, after the document went viral on social media, it was taken down.
The charges, later confirmed by Fulton County DA Fani Willis, concern Trump’s attempts to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election. Monday evening, Willis announced that the Grand Jury had indicted 19 people on 41 felony counts, including Trump and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Trump is being prosecuted under RICO law, which is usually used to prosecute organized crime. Earlier this year, the foreperson of the Georgia Grand Jury investigating Trump told NBC that subpoenaing Trump would be “really cool.”
Trump, anticipating the indictment, posted another accusation of election fraud Monday morning.
Monday night, the Trump campaign released a statement accusing the people behind latest indictment of election interference.
On Tuesday, he announced a news conference for next week at which he will deliver a report on election fraud in Georgia.
Fulton county has been under the microscope since election night 2020, when vote counting was suspended because of a burst pipe in one of the counting centers.
Trump supporters have pointed to a surge in mail-in ballots for Biden early the next morning, double-marked ballots, and other indiscrepancies. Voter fraud in Georgia was the subject of Dinesh D’Souza’s 2022 documentary 2000 Mules, which looked at geolocation data for alleged “ballot mules.”
No matter what happens, hopefully the latest round of legal action brings clarity to the 2020 election.
Dogey Treats: News Bites
A study found that Threads, Instagram, and other Meta platforms were the worst for protecting user privacy.
Elon teased the integration of 𝕏 and X.AI: “When we properly apply AI to X, the content recommendations, about AI and everything else, will be incredible.”
The House Oversight committee revealed that the Biden family has received $20 million from foreign sources. A NY Post report claimed the cocaine at the White House belonged to a member in the Biden “family orbit.” Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy called for Joe Biden’s impeachment for bribery: “A Ukrainian state-affiliated company’s multimillion dollar bribe to the Biden family is a likely reason reason why President Biden is now otherwise inexplicably showering Ukraine with hundreds of billions of US taxpayer dollars.”
Elon responded to the news that the White House is requesting $24B more in aid for Ukraine: “Can we at least know how they will spend American tax dollars? I don’t mind some corruption, but it would be nice to know roughly how many pennies on the dollar are making it to the average person in Ukraine.”
RFK addressed rumors that he would join Donald Trump on a unity party ticket. He also said states have the right to cap abortion at three months: “I believe that a decision to abort a child should be up to the women up to the first three months of life...Once a child is viable outside the womb, I think then a state has an interest in protecting that child.”
Twitter/𝕏 was fined $350,000 for not giving the DOJ access to Trump’s Twitter account in January.
Elon called out the NY Times and ADL for racism.
A police report from Muskegon, Michigan accused a Democrat Super PAC of funding voter fraud carried out by a company called GBI Strategies LLC. The GateWay Pundit published an article on FirstNet, a “nationwide cellular network that connects election equipment and gives federal government access to election systems at [the] precinct level.”
Global Financial System
Credit rating agency Fitch warned it may be forced to downgrade dozens of banks, including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America.
Binance filed a court order against the SEC accusing the agency of undertaking a “fishing expedition” with its discovery requests.
Joe Rogan and Post Malone discussed CBDCs.
Russia launched its first moon mission in nearly 50 years.
Ecuadorian Presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was assassinated.
Tucker interviewed DC Chief of Police Steven Sund about January 6th.
“Rich Men North of Richmond”, a working-class ballad sung by a previously unknown farmer Oliver Anthony, went viral on social media and topped iTunes. charts. The song reached 25M views on 𝕏. Elon acknowledged the song, writing, “Wow.”
Elon once again wrote, “Who controls the memes, controls the universe.”
An unearthed letter from Obama’s college days showed him telling an ex-girlfriend, “I make love to men daily, but in the imagination.”
Tiffany Gomas, the “crazy plane lady”, issued a public statement and apology.
Elon donated $10M to a fertility and population research project.
Memes of the Week
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