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I've been watching Bret Weinstein's interview with Dr. Pierre Kory (M.D.) on the alleged suppression of Ivermectin as a therapeutic for COVID-19.

The claim is that a meta-analysis of Ivermectin studies -- none of which are the highest quality study -- show an obvious and huge benefit to using the drug.

Put another way, the "signal" that the drug works is so strong that it is obvious in any kind of study no matter the quality. And when you consider all the studies together (meta-analysis), the effectiveness of the drug is nearly beyond doubt.

So why aren't we using it to help end the pandemic?

Because there are lots of doubters.


It's the Trump-Hydroxychloroquine problem.

As we all remember, Trump's promotion of Hydroxychloroquine caused the entire media complex to brand him a dangerous moron because the studies showing the drug is effective were low quality. Anyone who agreed with Trump got branded anti-science and dangerous.

Then comes Ivermectin. It's the "same thing" but with a different drug. It's cheap, known to be safe, easy to get, and already in the market. No one wants to be the next idiot promoting something like a Trump drug.

Fake news might have killed millions of people worldwide because demonizing Hydroxychloroquine made it impossible for serious professionals to consider Ivermectin without risking their careers and reputations. It was just too similar.

That's the persuasion filter on this situation. I don't have an opinion on whether Ivermectin works, but the story is fascinating.

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What turned me into a patriot
I was raised to be patriotic. But I also came by it honestly.

In the mid-eighties I had a problem with a large federal government bureaucracy and it was severely limitiing the quality of my life.

With your permission, I'm not going to describe the problem or the federal entity involved because neither is important to the story, and I'd like to remain anonymous.

By that time I had completed a class in hypnosis and wanted to try out my persuasion skills. So I wrote a persuasive letter to my senator, Pete Wilson, and asked him to kick the ass of the offending federal entity.

A few weeks later I got a letter from the senator's staff showing me they had contacted the federal entity and asked for an explanation or some action. Within a few weeks, my problem was resolved, after several years of no action.

I got that done with one letter. And in so doing, I solved not only my own problem but that of literally millions of other Americans who were in the same boat. 

That's the day I remember becoming American. I mean, I was born in America, and raised to respect the country, but patriotism always seemed like a duty. It didn't feel organic. But let me tell you, when you experience changing something important with one letter to your Senator, you become a true believer. 

A few years later I was selected for jury duty. It isn't a fun experience, and I prefer getting out if it when I can, but I strongly recommend every American serves on a jury at least once. When you see how seriously twelve strangers take their assigned job of protecting the accused, and the community as well, it turns you into a patriot if you didn't start there.

The defendant in my first jury experience was guilty as hell. But the penalty did not fit the crime, in my opinion. So I hung the jury and saved his career. He doesn't know who saved him and never will. All he needs to know is that one American saw an injustice and fixed it without asking for anything in return.

That's America, and I'm all in.


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