Is a vaccine-critical, biology- and biopolitics-focused journal offering commentary on the ways scientific discoveries and the human experience are distorted by each-other and by the media, and reviews of recent studies of interest.
This mission encompasses wide range of subjects, with a highlight on the so-called Covid vaccines, the virus SARS-CoV-2, and common myths surrounding vaccines and viruses generally (including those which have infected the Covid-vaccine-skeptical discourse).
Brian Mowrey is the writer of Unglossed.
Credentials for this position include having written all the previous posts of Unglossed, which are rich in correct analysis, validated predictions, and horrible puns; the rolling possession of dozens of open pubmed tabs; and an abrasive ego.
Non-open / paywalled research is only cited on the condition that I have accessed the source (example: Francis, Jr.’s “Doctrine” paper). In all such cases, follow-up questions for other details of the source material are encouraged.
“Theory” is used in all cases according to the common parlance definition, as in the example: “an idea used to account for a situation or justify a course of action” (Apple dictionary). This is because the author does not believe there are any theories that should be considered to transcend the hazards of human self-deception and warrant a special designation, simply because of the consensus of the day. Every “theory” is a “speculation;” special categories are not necessary or productive.
Capitalized Strings of Common Parlance Words are used in place of novel, insular terminology or customary scientific hyper-abbreviation.
“Doctor” is never used as a title when referring to specific individuals, as this journal is written from a region that does not organize society into formal classes.
“Therefore” is never spelled consistently. This is unintentional.
Substack arms all newsletters with extensive tracking features, and makes reader activity - namely, clicking on embedded links either in emails or on web - available both to themselves and to authors. These tracking features cannot be turned off. Authors are not even able to look at simple post stats without also seeing (depersonalized) subscriber click-through activity:
Activity is less depersonalized, however, on the Subscribers tab in the author Dashboard. On the other hand, I am perfectly able to refrain from looking at that tab, and will continue to do so - in fact I cannot even detail just what is in there, because I haven’t looked (but at a glance, it’s creepy). Meanwhile, I am skeptical that Substack (or any other tech media firm) can really do anything substantial with all this tracking, besides lure gullible investors with promises of future marketing analytics that never arrive.
Substack appears to have no intention of allowing authors to disable these creepy features in a future update. In the meantime, readers may easily circumvent click-through tracking by visiting the web version of a given post, and, once there, manually copying embedded links via alt-click (it is not productive to manually copy the links in the email version to avoid tracking, because the tracking urls are pre-translated, rather than being hidden behind the end-point alias).