A majority of Americans are against women having to compete against biological men in athletics, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday found.
The survey, taken June 22-23, 2021, among 1,000 U.S. adults, asked respondents, “Is it fair to make women compete against transgender athletes?”
A majority, or 56 percent, said “no,” it is not fair. One-quarter of respondents said “yes,” it is fair, and 19 percent said they are not sure.
Nearly three-quarters of Republicans, 74 percent, agree that it is not fair, as do 59 percent of independents and 40 percent of Democrats. Thirty-five percent of Democrats believe it is fair, compared to 18 percent of Republicans and 21 percent of independents who say the same.
A majority of both men and women, 59 percent and 54 percent, respectively, believe it is not fair.
Over half of Americans, 55 percent, indicated they have at least somewhat followed the recent news reports about transgender athletes in the upcoming Olympic games.
The survey’s margin of error is +/- three percent.
This week, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, 43, became the first man who is living as a woman set to compete in the Olympic games. Hubbard, who was born a man, began openly living as a woman in his 30s.
“We acknowledge that gender identity in sport is a highly sensitive and complex issue requiring a balance between human rights and fairness on the field of play,” New Zealand Olympic Committee chief Kereyn Smith said in a statement.
“As the New Zealand team, we have a strong culture of manaaki (caring) and inclusion and respect for all,” Smith added.
As Breitbart News reported, Hubbard reportedly kept a minority woman out of the Olympics, 21-year-old Kuinini Manumua:
A recent Global Sport Institute and OH Predictive Insights poll found 53 percent of respondents oppose allowing men who say they are transgender to compete against biological women.
The same SQL software found on voting machines in Michigan and Pennsylvania is likely on the voting machines in Arizona and Georgia.
Earlier this month, The Gateway Pundit covered The Epoch Times article on an Election System Analysis performed on Fulton County Pennsylvania voting systems.
The review was conducted by Wake Technology Services, Inc. (‘Wake TSI’), whose report detailed the presence of Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools (‘SSDT’), on the Dominion Election Management System (‘EMS’) server.
From page 25 of Wake TSI’s report:
…Dominion has installed the Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) on the server. This software is not part of the EAC (Election Assistance Commission) certified configuration and makes the system certification invalid”
For context, the voting system (in this case Dominion):
there is “no valid reason” for the software to be installed on the system and that the presence “allows any user with access to change and manipulate the EMS databases without logging [recording] to the Database, EMS, or [operating system] logfiles.”
The Gateway Pundit exclusively reported that the software found in Fulton County, PA is the same software that Michigan Attorney Matthew DePerno’s team discovered on the Dominion Election Management Server (EMS) in Antrim County MI.
It now appears there is a high likelihood the same unapproved, separately installed software will be found in Arizona and Georgia.
After reviewing both states contracts with Dominion, we found this on page 25 of Arizona’s contract that the Microsoft Server Management Tools are present in the contract:
Similarly, we found the same verbiage on page 49 of Georgia’s contract:
It is important to note that the Microsoft SQL Server Management Tools software is NOT included in the Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5A certified configuration approved by the EAC shown below:
In a court briefing on May 3, 2021, DePerno stated:
Cyber Ninjas discovered a Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio implant on the system.
“This piece of software is not approved by the Election Assistance Commission (‘EAC’) and allows a user to actually circumvent security protocol and make ‘direct edit entries within the database’ which ‘could potentially be utilized to change vote values.’”
DePerno released the video of systems vulnerability expert Jeffrey Lenberg demonstrating the ability to alter the data in the database, in effect changing the election results using the unapproved software. We included the same video where Lenberg shows how easy it is to alter votes.
The fact that the successful test included an actual Dominion machine and EMS software configuration that was used in the election is immensely powerful evidence. This shows the threat posed by the presence of the software is not just theoretical or remotely possible under unrealistic conditions, but very real under actual conditions.
To better understand the capabilities and potential implications of this software tool, it is important to provide some context.
In each voting precinct or jurisdiction, there are voting machines and/or tabulators that process the ballots. To manage the election there is an Election Management Server, or ‘EMS’ which is simply a Dell computer running the Dominion software program ‘Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5A’. This program receives the data from the voting machines and uses a database program on the same computer, that organizes and stores the data.
The database should only be accessed through the Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5A software and is essentially the “gatekeeper” to the data which is managed according to its own rules and procedures.
This is the configuration that is “certified” or approved by the Election Assistance Commission.
Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) or Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT), the software discovered on the Election Management Servers in MI and PA, and most likely will be discovered in GA and AZ are programs that give direct access to the data and completely circumvent the Democracy Suite application. These programs are essentially a “back door” allowing the user unrestricted access to invisibly edit or manipulate the data in the database (votes) without being logged, registered, or controlled by the Democracy Suite program.
Experts know that Microsoft SSDT is a powerful collection of tools used to manage databases and their content, which is a task that only Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5A should have in this configuration.
Wake TSI’s report described it like this:
There is no valid reason for Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) to be installed on the EMS. This software toolbox allows any user with access to change and manipulate the EMS databases without logging (recording) to the Database, EMS or OS logfiles.”
There is simply NO REASON, (no good reason), for this software to be on the same server as the Dominion software. Essentially, it is analogous to a shady business having two sets of books organized automatically in real-time.
There’s more. Microsoft SSDT provides the medium in which to run programming scripts and complex algorithms consistent with the results shown in TGP’s “Drop and Roll”. Additionally, the SSDT suite is capable of far more complex tasks. For example, Microsoft’s SSDT can compare and synchronize data.
In short, the Microsoft SQL Data Tools and the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio are perfect for coordinating results consistent with those shown in DePerno’s filing.
Former President Donald Trump has opened an account on Rumble, a rival video platform to YouTube. Trump remains blacklisted by every major social media outlet after his supporters rioted on Capitol Hill in January.
An account named ‘Donald J. Trump’ appeared on Rumble on Saturday bearing the site’s green and white verification checkmark. The only video posted by the account is a livestream of Trump’s campaign-style rally in Wellington, Ohio, due to kick off later on Saturday evening.
The authenticity of the account was confirmed by Dan Scavino, an adviser to the former president…
…Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski told Fortune last year that while he never set out to create a platform for right-wingers, he’s happy enough to host them. “The way I look at this is we’re neutral,” he said. “We won’t discriminate against anyone or any group.”
The Trump team stated that the President would be on another social media output after Twitter removed the President of the United States’ account on that platform.
A group of Republican senators on June 25 introduced a resolution urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to end the mask mandate for fully vaccinated Americans using public transit and interstate travel.
The CDC has already lifted the mask guidance for fully vaccinated people outdoors and in most other settings. But interstate rail lines, airports, and airplanes still require masks in abeyance to one of the early executive orders issued by President Joe Biden.
“Over 150 million people in the United States are fully vaccinated and mask mandates have been lifted across the country. But the CDC inexplicably still hasn’t lifted the mask mandate for public transportation. It’s long past time for President Biden and the CDC to follow the science and end this mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a statement.
“Americans should be able to travel to celebrate Independence Day with their friends and loved ones without having to follow an outdated and unnecessary mandate.”
The text of the resolution says lifting the mandate would incentivize more people to get the CCP virus vaccine. The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, causes COVID-19.
The Republicans also argue that ending the mandate would help with the economic recovery by safely boosting travel and tourism.
“Outside of the beltway, the country is going back to normal. Wyoming and most other states lifted their mask mandate months ago. Vaccination rates are increasing and COVID cases are decreasing. The only place most Americans are wearing masks now is in airports and on airplanes,” said Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.).
“Secretary Buttigieg even said that the mandate is not actually about the science, but instead about ‘respect.’ If there’s no science backing it up, it’s time for the mandate to go.”
On April 30, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the mask requirement at airports and throughout the transportation network until September 13. The resolution urges the TSA to “update its mask requirements, to be consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, to permit fully vaccinated individuals to travel on all transportation networks throughout the United States without wearing a mask.
A group representing major airlines earlier this month urged the Department of Justice to prosecute passengers who don’t comply with the mask requirement. According to the letter, the Federal Aviation Administration has received more than 3,039 reports of unruly behavior. Many of the reports deal with passengers who refused to wear masks.
Marvel Studios television series Loki’s ratings have dropped after a progressive shift in the show’s marketing approach, in which the eponymous main character’s "bisexuality" is promoted, according to statistics.
On June 22, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law three bills to strengthen civics education in the Sunshine State.As De Santis said at the signing ceremony, “The sad reality is that only two in five Americans can correctly name the three branches of government, and more than a third of Americans cannot name any of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.”And so, he concluded, “It is abundantly clear that we need to do a much better job of educating our students in civics to prepare them for the rest of their lives.”
Yes, in recent decades we’ve learned the hard way what happens to a country that forgets the basics of its own greatness.If American history is forgotten along with the lessons of civics and the Constitution, then it’s no surprise that young people, schooled instead in pop culture and nihilism, will fall prey to Antifa-ish ideologies.
So we most definitely need a plan for teaching people more than just the fakeries of the Marvel Comics Universe and Black Lives Matter.Americans need to know, for example, that the U.S. Constitution is not just some musty old document written by “white supremacists,” but rather, a practical and enduring guide to small “r” republican self-governance.
Of DeSantis’ three bills aimed at fixing this civics-gap problem, the first concerns the teaching of civics in grades K-12; the second concerns teaching civics in state colleges and universities; and the third—the most controversial—requires those state schools to “conduct annual assessments of viewpoint diversity and intellectual freedom.”
We might pause to admire the thoroughness of DeSantis’ approach.As we have learned, it’s not good enough for Republicans to simply write a law saying that some good thing, such as civics education, is supposed to happen.Why not?Because if the bureaucrats think they think they can get away with it, they will find ways of maneuvering around—or simply ignoring—any such law.So what’s needed is constant monitoring of law-abdingness or as the bill has it, “annual assessments.”As they say, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
Furthermore, we can also admire the way that DeSantis has captured and inverted the notion of “diversity.”As we know, to the left, diversity is defined as merely skin color or gender, and yet DeSantis is saying that we should most prize diversity of thought.
And so now all of a sudden the usual-suspect champions of lefty-diversity are outraged.For instance, the Miami Herald published an angry editorial accusing DeSantis of “targeting academia” (certainly true) and of being “anti-democratic” (certainly not true).
Yet interestingly, even the Herald conceded, “There’s no denying that many universities have traditionally been hotbeds of liberalism.”And the newspaper further conceded, “It’s also likely that in any environment where one point of view is predominant those who think differently might feel shunned, as conservatives say they are on college campuses.”
In other words, even seen through the liberal eyes of this establishment media outlet, there’s a logic to what DeSantis is doing. These are after all state-supported schools. So yes, the interests of the people of Florida—who elected not only DeSantis, but also the Republican state legislature—should be fairly represented.To put that another way, the taxpayers who foot the bill for public schools ought not to be insulted by the schooling.
Meanwhile, other establishment media organs were less measured in their response to DeSantis, accusing him of being an enemy of “free thought.”And the hard left went even further, calling Florida’s 46th governor “a stupid wanking fascist.”
Yet of everything that DeSantis has accomplished in his less than three years in Tallahassee, it’s hard to think of a greater accomplishment than his reform of civics education — because such reform goes right to the heart of who we are and who we should be as Americans.
Remembering Where Our Greatness Comes From
In his wonderful 2002 book,Making Patriots, the late Walter Berns, a longtime scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, explained that the exceptional nature of U.S. history imposes a double duty on good citizens. We must understand that we are a people sharing a common language and a common culture, and we must also understand that we are blessed by a great guiding idea in the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Hence, Berns wrote, “the unique character of American patriotism: the devotion not only to country but also to its principles.”These principles have often been called simply Americanism.
Indeed, all through American history, our best leaders and thinkers have emphasized the importance of civic instruction to advance Americanism.Yes, of course, we should be free and enjoy freedom of conscience, and yet at the same time, we have to live together in harmony, and such arrangements requirestatecraft as well as soulcraft. As our second president, John Adams, wrote in 1808,“Our Obligations to our Country never cease but with our lives.”
And so wise leaders saw the value in education to remind each generation of its obligations as well as its rights.Such thinking led our fourth president, James Madison, to write in 1822 in praise of public education in the new state of Kentucky:
The liberal appropriations made by the Legislature of Kentucky for a general system of Education cannot be too much applauded.A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
Yet it was during wartime that we were most reminded of the importance of a common civic culture.Speaking to the 166th regiment of Ohio during the Civil War, our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, reminded the troops why they were fighting: “It is for this the struggle should be maintained, that we may not lose our birthright. . . . The nation is worth fighting for, to secure such an inestimable jewel.”
To be sure, the proper goal is not blind loyalty—at least not to any politician or party.As Mark Twain wrote in 1889, “My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders.”That is, the nation is held to be permanent, while the bureaucracies and politicians might come and go.As Twain continued:
The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.
So yes, we should be ready to change politicians and even governing structures as needed, and yet as President Andrew Jackson said in 1830: “Our Federal Union!It must be preserved!”
And so from time to time, the mechanism of preservation need to be upgraded and modernized.For instance, in 1892, at a time of unprecedented immigration to the U.S., Francis Bellamy, recognizing the need for a new catechism of national unity,composed the Pledge of Allegiance.
In fact, in those days, public officials were at pains to make sure that the nation’s symbols were respected and revered.And that’s why in 1907, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Nebraska ban on the use of the American flag in commercial advertising. In the words of the high court, “A State may exert its power to strengthen the bonds of the Union and therefore, to that end, may encourage patriotism and love of country among its people.”
As we all have seen, the prohibitions on the commercial use of Old Glory have eroded over the decades.And yet it was still startling, as well as disappointing, to see that in 1989, the Supreme Court reversed its ruling in defense of the flag, crazily declaring that actual flag-burning was allowable “free speech.”
Yet notwithstanding the mutantly liberal Supreme Court of the late 20th century, most Americans have clung to patriotism and associated sentiments of duty and honor.
One is reminded of a scene toward the end of the 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan—the film which most accurately depicts what the Greatest Generation actually went through in World War Two combat—in which the Captain Miller character, dying from his wounds, can manage only a gurgled whisper as he tells Private Ryan, “James, earn this . . . earn it.”That is, the younger man is injuncted by Miller’s blood sacrifice to go home and live a full life as a good citizen of the United States.
We might also call that late in his presidency, Donald Trump made his own effort to advance civics.In September 2020, he declared, “Our youth will be taught to love America with all of their heart and all of their souls.” And so he directed the formation of a “national commission to support patriotic education,” to be called the 1776 Commission.
The Commission held hearings even after the 2020 election, featuring witnesses such as then-housing secretary Dr. Ben Carson, and released its final report in January, including these ringing words:
To be an American means something noble and good.It means treasuring freedom and embracing the vitality of self-government.We are shaped by the beauty, bounty and wildness of our continent. We are united by the glory of our history.And we are distinguished by the American virtues of openness, honesty, optimism, determination, generosity, confidence, kindness, hard work, courage and hope.Our principles did not create these virtues, but they laid the groundwork for them to grow and spread and forge America into the most just and glorious country in all of history.
It was revealing that within a week of taking office, President Joe Biden felt the need to abolish the 1776 Commission.Announcing his new push for “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” he dismissed the commission’s work as “ignorance and lies.”
In other words, whether he knew it or not, Biden was putting himself squarely against centuries of accumulated wisdom about the importance of positive civic education.In fact, the Biden administration has spent its first six months aligning itself with the anti-civics of critical race theory (CRT).
Indeed, Biden is fully in league with the education establishment—and we know that means.It means that our civic future is being hijacked by CRT zealots in the professoriate, reaping exorbitant salaries to teach young people, in the mordant words of Donald Trump, Jr., to hate their country.
Fortunately, we are now in the midst of a substantial public backlash against CRT. We won’t know the effectiveness of anti-CRT activism until we see some election results—including in Virginia, where Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is helping to rally aggrieved parents in CRT-afflicted Loudon County.
Yet as of now, Ron DeSantis is the tip of the spear.As governor of a state which is just 53 percent non-Hispanic white, he made the bet that color-blind Americanism—including law and order and good civics—would be a winner.And he’s been proven right; recent polls show him leading his possible Democratic opponents by double digits.
Yes, DeSantis has the benefit of a Republican legislature, and yet so do most states.The better explanation for DeSantis’ success is that he has been more alert to governmental necessity (and, of course, political opportunity as well).
And yet there’s still time for other Republicans to try and catch up as they eye 2022 and 2024.
Former President Donald Trump slammed the ongoing Biden border crisis, critical race theory, and woke generals at the first post-presidential rally sponsored by Save America held in Wellington, Ohio, on Saturday evening.
On December 31st of last year, an 80 year-old Buffalo-area woman named Judith Smentkiewicz fell ill with Covid-19. She was rushed by ambulance to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville, New York, where she was put on a ventilator. Her son Michael and his wife flew up from Georgia, and were given grim news. Judith, doctors said, had a 20% chance at survival, and even if she made it, she’d be on a ventilator for a month.
As December passed into the New Year, Judith’s health declined. Her family members, increasingly desperate, had been doing what people in the Internet age do, Googling in search of potential treatments. They saw stories about the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin, learning among other things that a pulmonologist named Pierre Kory had just testified before the Senate that the drug had a “miraculous” impact on Covid-19 patients. The family pressured doctors at the hospital to give Judith the drug. The hospital initially complied, administering one dose on January 2nd. According to her family’s court testimony, a dramatic change in her condition ensued.
“In less than 48 hours, my mother was taken off the ventilator, transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit, sitting up on her own and communicating,” the patient’s daughter Michelle Kulbacki told a court.
After the reported change in Judith’s condition, the hospital backtracked and refused to administer more. Frustrated, the family turned on January 7th to a local lawyer named Ralph Lorigo. A commercial litigator and head of what he calls a “typical suburban practice,” with seven lawyers engaged in everything from matrimonial to estate work, Lorigo assigned one of his attorneys to review materials given to them by the family, which included Kory’s Senate testimony. The associate showed Lorigo himself the the material next morning.
“I was so convinced by what Dr. Kory was saying,” Lorigo says. “I saw the passion and the belief.”
Lorigo immediately sued the hospital, filing to State Supreme Court to force the facility to treat according to the family’s wishes. Judge Henry J. Nowak sided with the Smentkiewiczes, signing an order that Lorigo and one of his attorneys served themselves, and after a series of quasi-absurd dramas that included the hospital refusing to let the Smentkiewicz family physician phone in the prescription — “the doctor actually had to drive to the hospital,” Lorigo says — Judith went back on ivermectin.
“She was out of that hospital in six days,” Lorigo says. After a month of rehab, his octogenarian client went back to her life, which involved working five days a week (she still cleans houses). Her story, complete with photo, was told in the Buffalo News, causing Lorigo’s phone to begin ringing off the hook. Doppleganger cases soon began dotting the map all over the country.
One of the first was in nearby Rochester, New York, where the family of Glenna Dickinson went through an almost exactly similar narrative to the Smentkiewiczes: they read about ivermectin, got a family doctor to prescribe it, saw improvement, only to later have the hospital refuse treatment. Again Lorigo intervened, again a judge ordered the hospital to treat, again the patient recovered and was discharged.
Hospitals fought hard, hiring expensive law firms, at times going to extraordinary lengths to refuse treatment even with dying patients who’d exhausted all other options. At Edward-Elmhurst hospital in Chicago, a 68 year-old named Nurije Fype was admitted, put on a ventilator, and again, as all other treatments failed, her family got a judge to order the use of ivermectin. Lorigo claims the hospital initially refused to obey the court order, which led to the filing of a contempt motion, which in turn led to a pair of counter-motions and another confrontation before another befuddled Judge named James Orel.
“Why wouldn’t this be tried if she’s not improving?” the Chicago Tribune quoted Orel as saying. “Why does the hospital object to providing this medication?”
“He basically said, ‘What do you have left?’” Lorigo recounts. “No one would administer the ivermectin. It’s as safe as aspirin, for Christ’s sake. It’s been given out 3.7 billion times. I couldn’t understand it.”
Stories like these aren’t proof the drug works. They don’t even really rise to the level of evidence. People recover from diseases all the time, and it doesn’t mean any particular treatment was responsible. Short of the gold standard of randomized controlled trials, there’s no proof.
However, anecdotes have a power all their own, and in the Internet age, ones like these spread quickly. Lorigo estimates he now gets “10, 15, 20” calls and emails a day. At this level, at the bedside of a single Covid-19 patient who’s already received the full official treatment protocol and is failing anyway, the decision to administer a drug like ivermectin, or fluvoxamine, or hydroxychloroquine, or any of a dozen other experimental treatments, seems like a no-brainer. Nothing else has worked, the patient is dying, why not?
Telescope out a little further, however, and the ivermectin debate becomes more complicated, reaching into a series of thorny controversies, some ridiculous, some quite serious.
The ridiculous side involves the front end of Lorigo’s story, the same story detailed on this site last week: the censorship of ivermectin news that, no matter what one thinks about the evidence for or against, is clearly in the public interest.
Anyone running a basic internet search on the topic will get a jumble of confusing results. YouTube’s policies are beyond uneven. It’s been aggressive in taking down videos containing interviews with people like Kory and doling out strikes to independent media figures like Bret Weinstein, but an interview with Lorigo on TrialSite Newscontaining basically all of the same information is still up, as are clips from a just-taped episode of the Joe Rogan Experiencethat feature both Weinstein and Kory. Moreover, all sorts of statements at least as provocative as Kory’s “miraculous” formulation in the Senate still litter the Internet, many in reputable research journals. Take, for instance, this passage from the March issue of the Japanese Journal of Antibiotics:
When the effectiveness of ivermectin for the COVID-19 pandemic is confirmed with the cooperation of researchers around the world and its clinical use is achieved on a global scale, it could prove to be of great benefit to humanity. It may even turn out to be comparable to the benefits achieved from the discovery of penicillin…
There clearly is not evidence that ivermectin is the next penicillin, at least as far as its effects on Covid-19. As is noted in nearly every mainstream story about the subject, the WHO has advised against its use pending further study, there have been randomized studies showing it to be ineffective in speeding recovery, and the drug’s original manufacturer, Merck, has said there’s no “meaningful evidence” of efficacy for Covid-19 patients. However, it’s also patently untrue, as is frequently asserted, that there’s no evidence that the drug might be effective.
This past week, for instance, Oxford University announced it was launching a large-scale clinical trial. The study has already recruited more than 5,000 volunteers, and its announcement says what little is known to be true: that “small pilot studies show that early administration with ivermectin can reduce viral load and the duration of symptoms in some patients with mild COVID-19,” that it’s “a well-known medicine with a good safety profile,” and “because of the early promising results in some studies, it is already being widely used to treat COVID-19 in several countries.”
The Oxford text also says “there is little evidence from large-scale randomized controlled trials to demonstrate that it can speed up recovery from the illness or reduce hospital admission.” But to a person who might have a family member suffering from the disease, just the information about “early promising results” would probably be enough to inspire demands for a prescription, which might be the problem, of course. Unless someone was looking for that information, they likely wouldn’t find it, as mainstream news even of the Oxford study has been effectively limited to a pair of Bloombergand Forbesstories.
Ivermectin has suffered the same fate as thousands of other news topics since Donald Trump first announced his run for the presidency nearly six years ago, cleaved in two to inhabit separate factual universes for left and right audiences. Repurposed drugs generally have had a hard time being taken seriously since Trump announced he was on hydroxychloroquine last year, and ivermectin clearly also suffers from its association with Republican Senators like Ron Johnson. Still, the drug’s publicity issues go beyond the taint of “conservative” news.
The drug has become a test case for a controversy that’s long been building in health care, about how much input patients should have in their own treatment. Well before Covid-19, the medical profession was thrust into a revolution in patient information, inspired by a combination of Google and new patients’ rights laws.
Should people on their deathbeds be allowed to try anything to save themselves? That seems like an easy question to answer. Should the entire world be allowed to practice self-care on a grand scale? That’s a different issue. Some would say absolutely not, while others would say the corruption of pharmaceutical companies and the medical system unfortunately make it a necessity. The world is increasingly divided along this trust/untrust axis.
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