All posts by Leo Goldstein

Why is Critical IT and Communications Infrastructure Insecure?

Google Search, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter are communications services which have become central part of the critical national infrastructure. These services are owned by Alphabet Inc (GOOG), Facebook Inc. (FB), and Twitter Inc. (TWTR). The federal government gives the critical infrastructure special protection. Currently, the Department of Homeland Security designates sixteen Critical Infrastructure Sectors, because they are vital to the United States. Google Search, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter appear to fall within two of these designated sectors: Information Technology and Communications. Other sectors include Dams; Defense Industrial Base; Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste. Most of the plants and services in these sectors are owned by private corporations. The ownership does not allow them or their employees to misuse them or to threaten their integrity or functionality. The federal government must secure IT and communications infrastructure and hence must protect Twitter service from abuse by Twitter Inc., its CEO Jack Dorsey, and their woke employees in the same way as it protects nuclear power plants. The same applies to Facebook, YouTube, Google Search, and a few other services, operated by Big Tech. A smooth operation of these services is especially important during the current state of national emergency, declared due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading Why is Critical IT and Communications Infrastructure Insecure?

Fauci Knew that Remdesivir Ineffective

Dr. Fauci / NIH knew that Remdesivir  was unlikely to be effective for COVID-19, when they promoted it over Hydroxychloroquine.

On April 13, 2020 the paper

Remdesivir with IV Administration Alone is Unlikely to Achieve Adequate Efficacy and Pulmonary Delivery should be Investigated in COVID-19 Patients

by Duxin Sun, PhD was accepted by The AAPS Journal , “An Official Journal of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists” (not related to the great Association of American Physicians and Surgeons). Continue reading Fauci Knew that Remdesivir Ineffective

Google Blacklisting vs Copyright

To create its search index, Google crawls websites. On each website, Google Crawler copies the entire content of the website and processes it.  It stores the full content into its database, extracts links to other websites, aiding its efforts to rank them, uses it to train its artificial intelligence, etc.

But the most websites’ content is protected by copyright. What gives Google the right to copy this content and to benefit from it without permission or compensation? Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s response – “This is how Google works” – is not good enough. This is not fair use. A trillion-dollar company cannot simply take the labor of millions of individuals or small companies and claim fair use. Continue reading Google Blacklisting vs Copyright

HCQ, Gilead and MOTU

The aggressive promotion of Remdesivir by Gilead Sciences (GILD) contributed to the campaign against Hydroxychloroquine, the most effective anti-COVID19 drug. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and the fake news media led attacks against HCQ. Gilead Sciences is headquartered in the Silicon Valley.

The following table shows a surprising concentration of publicly traded shares of Gilead, Big Tech / (anti-) social media, and the New York Times in the hands of a small group of 6-8 investment management corporations. Continue reading HCQ, Gilead and MOTU

What is Fact Checker

Career Opportunities in Writing  (T. Allan Taylor, James Robert Parish, 2006) is a book describing various jobs in writing. On page 101, it lists

Fact Checker

Fact Checker

Duties: Check the accuracy of manuscripts or other material prior to publication

Position Description

Publishers of books, periodicals, and reports tend to rely heavily upon the accuracy of their authors, but most publishers have Fact Checkers double-check for errors. … Thus, a Fact Checker helps to guard the reputation of a publisher and its writers. Fact Checkers usually work from a copy of the manuscript and frequently have access to the author's original notes, interview tapes, and other original material. … if an author states that a certain event occurred on a particular date and in a certain place, a Fact Checker must verify all three elements by using such sources as an encyclopedia or specialized biographical dictionaries.

Continue reading What is Fact Checker

CrowdStrike behind Guccifer 2.0

Guccifer 2.0 (G2) was not a persona created by Russian intelligence because Russian intel had nothing to do with the exfiltration and the publication of the internal documents of the DNC, DCCC, and John Podesta. Furthermore, Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and the chief technological officer of CrowdStrike, was probably (but not certainly) behind G2. CrowdStrike was a cybersecurity contractor hired by the DNC/DCCC law firm Perkins-Coie to assist it and/or its client DNC on cybersecurity matters in late April 2016. The fact that Perkins-Coie hired CrowdStrike to aid it in the contentious representation of the DNC was not known until very recently. The untruthful but publicly disseminated version of the events was that the DNC hired CrowdStrike in early May 2016 to remediate the DNC network breach. The CrowdStrike misattributed the breach to Russian intelligence and provided alleged “forensic evidence” to the FBI. G2 was not a Romanian hacker, and not a hacker at all.

Dmitri Alperovitch can be identified as the single individual behind the G2 persona by the classic combination of means, motives, and opportunities. Additionally, G2’s linguistic and cultural traits are a match to Alperovitch. G2 persona shows affinity with CrowdStrike.

CrowdStrike Inc. wholly owned CrowdStrike Services, Inc. Shawn Henry, an executive assistant to the FBI Director Robert Mueller, has been President of CrowdStrike Services since he resigned from the FBI.


Recently Published

Does Universal Mask Wearing Decrease or Increase the Spread of COVID-19? was published in WUWT on July 26. The answer is ‘Increase‘. Masks spread COVID-19.

How to End the COVID-19 Epidemic in the US  was published in AT on July 14.

Hydroxychloroquine-based COVID-19 Treatment, A Systematic Review of Clinical Evidence and Expert Opinion from Physicians’ Surveys was published in WUWT on July 7, 2020.

Hypothesis: Restrictions on Hydroxychloroquine Contribute to the COVID-19 Cases Surge was published in WUWT on July 5, 2020. Continue reading Recently Published

JAMA Rejected my Comment on Masks and HCQ

JAMA Current  has rejected my comment to a recent peer-reviewed paper, used by the CDC to justify recommendations of universal masking and to downplay the role of hydroxychloroquine in preventing COVID-19 spread. It is well known that health care workers have been taking hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 prevention, and rightfully so. Such use increased after President Trump mentioned chloroquine derivatives in a March 19 briefing. For example, NPR wrote on March 23: Continue reading JAMA Rejected my Comment on Masks and HCQ

Anti-HCQ Scientific Fraud, Boulware – Skipper, Part 2

Hydroxychloroquine in Nonhospitalized Adults With Early COVID-19 , Skipper et al., Annals of Internal Medicine, July 16, is fraud.

This a second paper based on the same clinical trial NCT04308668, Post-exposure Prophylaxis / Preemptive Therapy for SARS-Coronavirus-2 (COVID-19 PEP). David Boulware, MD, was the Chief Investigator. The trial split into two parts: post-exposure prophylaxis (misreported in Boulware et al., NEJM, June 3), and early treatment (misreported in the currently discussed Skipper et al). Boulware and Skipper are among the authors in both papers, so they are referred here as BS-1 and BS-2, respectively. Dr. David Boulware is one of the leading authorities on hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19; the White House medical team asked his advice on COVID-19 prophylaxis. Caleb P Skipper (the guy with no photo) seems to be the designated scapegoat. His name did not appear on scientific papers before 2019. Continue reading Anti-HCQ Scientific Fraud, Boulware – Skipper, Part 2

Google vs Hydroxychloroquine

Google search results for ‘hydroxychloroquine’ include a Knowledge Panel with misinformation:Screenshot of Google search for HCQ with wrong knowledge panel

This knowledge panel features what looks like a scientific description of hydroxychloroquine, except it is fraught with inaccurate information. It attributes to Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) the properties of an unrelated drug – hydroxyquinoline (HNL). 

Immunosuppressive drug and Anti-parasite

Drug class: Quinoline

Hydroxychloroquine is an Aminoquinoline, not Quinoline! FDA classifies Hydroxychloroquine as antirheumatic and antimalarial, NOT antiparasitic. Continue reading Google vs Hydroxychloroquine

HCQ Treatment Improves Odds 3-5 times

The Dr. Zelenko’s paper reported a 5x decrease in deaths and hospitalizations among COVID-19 patients who were treated early with HCQ+AZ+Zn, compared with similar patients who did not receive this treatment. Note that Dr. Zelenko treated only high risk patients and did not wait for test results before prescribing treatment. (The tests were performed or completed later)

The Henry Ford Hospitals’  study reported a 3x decrease in deaths among hospitalized patients receiving  HCQ treatments, compared with the control group, after matching propensity scores. This is much more than the 2x improvement, usually quoted by the media:

Hydroxychloroquine provided a 66% hazard ratio reduction, and hydroxychloroquine + azithromycin 71% compared to neither treatment (p < 0.001)


In its June 15 letter, the FDA revoked the Emergency Use Authorization for Hydroxychloroquine, without affecting the status of hydroxychloroquine as an approved drug. The letter claimed 347 reports of adverse effects associated with HCQ, implying all these cases were reported from the US, and referencing an unpublished review. It published the review only on July 1. The review  listed only 97 cases reported in the US. There were also 250 cases abroad. 347 was a number of reported cases worldwide, not in the US.

Early HCQ plus AZ Treatment can End COVID-19 Epidemic

2020-07-10: A long letter HCQ vs C19 is uploaded, then updated on 07-11.

To stop COVID-19, treat patients early with HCQ + AZ. That rapidly decreases the viral load in patients and thus, their probability of infecting others.

When the R drops below 1, the epidemic ends. Countries using CQ/HCQ for malaria, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and African countries, did not have a COVID-19 epidemic. Countries who started using HCQ+AZ in the early stage of the disease, stopped the epidemic.  All countries with high mortality rates did not use HCQ (except for Belgium, who used it too little and too late).

Peer reviewed studies show that Hydroxychloroquine works: “Global HCQ studies. PrEP, PEP, and early treatment studies show high effectiveness, while late treatment shows mixed results.

Originally published on July 6. Updated on July 10.

Google Removed Key Papers and Videos on Hydroxychloroquine

Google blocked access to An Effective Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19) by James M. Todaro, MD, and Gregory J. Rigano, dated by March 13, 2020. This paper was widely credited (blamed by the Fake News Media) for proposing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment against COVID-19. How can someone rationalize removing information about a possible cure, amid a global pandemic? Are there still humans in charge at Google?

Google’s YouTube also removed the Didier Raoult’s presentation of his HCQ+AZM treatment, published on YouTube on March 16, and embedded in the website of the medical institute which he heads! The video was removed by March 29 with the message “Video unavailable. This video contains content from Canal Plus, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.” It had accumulated more than 1.4 million views before that. The video is restored now. It contains no Canal Plus (a French TV company owned by Vivendi), copyright, logo, name, or anything that can be mistaken for its content. Canal Plus is a French TV company owned by Vivendi. Even if it had any rights in it and submitted a take down notice (both are doubtful), displaying it was fair use. Google took it down in bad faith. It seems there were attempts to remove it since March 23 by other means before the copyright excuse. YouTube removed not only the video, but the text and the link to the presentation GENERAL ASSEMBLY AP-HM CARE AND DIAGNOSIS. Monday March 16, 2020, hosted on the Institute’s website. (This paragraph was added on June 21.) Continue reading Google Removed Key Papers and Videos on Hydroxychloroquine

Peonage Was Abolished. Do Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube Know?

Twitter, Google’s YouTube, and Facebook use the uncompensated labor of their users. These platforms sell that labor, as a media product, to other users and advertisers for tens of billions of dollars.

Granted, not every tweet is labor, and not every Facebook or Twitter user is a laborer. But people who contribute using their professional skills or in a work-like manner (for example citizen-journalists or scientists) are indeed laborers. A single post or tweet might express the results of weeks or months of investigative journalism or research.

Twitter started as a communication utility. YouTube marketed itself as a platform for self-expression. Facebook was something of both. However, things started to change as all three companies introduced significant requirements for user-produced content. Slowly, the requirements became stricter and longer, becoming almost product specifications for the content. Only YouTube financially compensates its user-contributors, but considers this a privilege, to be granted or withdrawn at will (“demonetization”). Continue reading Peonage Was Abolished. Do Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube Know?

Bad Anti-Hydroxychloroquine Studies

Added on June 27: Mahevas et al., from pre-print to publication to forced disclosure of conflicts of interest.

Physician reports on hundreds of successfully treated, high-risk patients are not anecdotal evidence, even if they are not published in peer reviewed papers. Treating such reports as scientific evidence is long overdue. When researchers publish on this topic, failure to properly cite these reports is bad scientific conduct. If issues or questions arise, researchers can contact the practicing physicians directly and ask for any additional information needed. Researchers may choose to dismiss these reports and explain their reasons for doing so, but they cannot simply ignore them. Stating that such reports do not exist is scientific fraud. Continue reading Bad Anti-Hydroxychloroquine Studies

Trump – Putin Collusion in COVID19

🙂 New evidence of Trump – Putin collusion! Trump and Putin both encouraged the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment and prevention, despite the lack of evidence of its efficacy (not counting in-vitro research, clinical success in France, South Korea, China, and some 3-4 randomized controlled trials). Russia and the “Trump country” states report less than 100 COVID-19 deaths per million population. Russia has embraced hydroxychloroquine-based treatment for COVID-19.  Continue reading Trump – Putin Collusion in COVID19

Twitter is Communication Network

Jack Dorsey, a tweet from April 2009

Twitter succeeds when it’s not talked about so much, blurs into the background, & is used as a utility. Like electricity.

Can an electrical company cut off electricity to a customer whose views it does not share? No, it cannot. Twitter was created and has marketed itself as a telecommunication utility, so it should be treated as one. This is called common carrier in telecommunication. Before 2016, it even acted like one. More quotes (emphasis is mine everywhere):

Twitter’s statement in July 2017, in defense of Obamanet:

Free expression is part of our company DNA. We are the platform that lets users see what’s happening and to see all sides.

Evan Williams, Twitter CEO, 2009, TED Talk:

One of my favorites is what happened a few months ago when there was a gas shortage in Atlanta. Some users figured out that they would Twitter when they found gas — where it was, and how much it cost — and then appended the keyword “#atlgas” which let other people search for that and find gas themselves. And this trend of people using this communication network to help each other out goes far beyond the original idea of just keeping up with family and friends. Continue reading Twitter is Communication Network