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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Even a Broken Clock Is Right Twice a Day


Claims that Trump stands to profit from the promotion of the malaria/lupus drug Hydroxychloroquine as treatment of COVID-19 are mostly false.
The problem, in this case, isn't that he is motivated by potential profit but that his motivation is his Ego. He is desperate for a talking point victory that gives him the high ground on the COVID-19 issue that he has continually mishandled. His Ego has him grasping for anything that promotes his powerful intelligence and his incredibly perceptive level of commonsense. His need for attention and affirmation is compounded by his lack of focus and concentration. This leads him to obsess on the first thing that 'might' be a winner for him. Instead of becoming more informed and embracing the data and facts, he seeks out a tidbit that if correct, would distinguish him from the experts, thus making him the smartest person all along.
He is gambling on his gut feeling, wishful thinking, and the confidence that he is such a good liar that can turn a lie into the truth just by repeating it enough. It has worked for him in the past as a businessman and President. After all, he has misspoken so often and when questioned on it ten minutes later blatantly denied it, then doubled down with another lie, and another lie, and so on and so on…
Eventually, he gets something right, by chance more than anything, and thus he will emerge with that one truth, or half-truth that he and his supporters will grasp, enshrine, and promote as prophetic wisdom.

from PolitiFact:
"...randomized tests — the gold standard of medical evidence — have not been completed, and lack of rigorous testing of the drug as a treatment against coronavirus has led many medical experts to be more cautious than the president. Chloroquine has significant side effects, including damage to the heart and nervous system and suicidal thoughts.
• Already, an Arizona man died and his wife was hospitalized after self-administering a variant of chloroquine, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to send out a warning.
• Some people have health conditions that mean they shouldn’t take chloroquine because of potential side effects.
• A run on chloroquine could harm patients who are prescribed the drug to treat lupus and other diseases.
• Putting too much focus on one specific treatment could make Americans lax about following social distancing guidelines."


NOTES:

  • Even a Broken Clock Is Right Twice a Day
    Meaning: A person who is considered to be unreliable can still be right about something every once in a while, even if it is by accident. This phrase is also said as ‘even a stopped clock is right twice a day.’ (The word ‘broken’ is sometimes substituted for the word ‘stopped.’)
    From knowyourphrase.com   /even-a-broken-clock-is-right-twice> 
  • "Trump’s financial stake in these companies is virtually negligible — contained indirectly via mutual funds — and administered through three family trusts he does not control. As a generic drug, hydroxychloroquine is unlikely to provide any one company with significant profits compared to other proprietary drugs."
    From Snopes.com 

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