Looking for Reality with Schrodinger’s President

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You’ve heard of Schrodinger’s Cat? It’s a classic thought experiment illustrating the role of odds and observers in quantum physics, which one could summarize as suggesting that a cat with a fifty-fifty chance of surviving a trick box is simultaneously dead and alive until the person conducting the experiment looks inside.

Over the past three years, we’ve entered a world in which truth truly is up in the air, and the Schrodinger’s Cat of the situation is President Donald Trump.  On issues up and down the list, there is no objective truth in the way information is presented… only the question of whether some possibility harms or helps the president.

For example: If an economy-destroying pandemic is bad for Trump’s reelection, that is either good or bad, and every angle of the story must be interpreted in that way.  Viewed objectively, the “cat” of the story could be alive or dead, good or bad, but the decisive factor is which one the observer wants it to be.  Thus, for the anti-Trump observer, if hydroxychloroquine is a potential treatment for COVID-19 and the president mentions the possibility, then Trump must be dangerously proclaiming false hope for political purposes, and hydrochloroquine must in fact be harmful.  Even the testimony of a top epidemiologist, Harvey Risch, will not change that narrative:

As professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health, I have authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and currently hold senior positions on the editorial boards of several leading journals. I am usually accustomed to advocating for positions within the mainstream of medicine, so have been flummoxed to find that, in the midst of a crisis, I am fighting for a treatment that the data fully support but which, for reasons having nothing to do with a correct understanding of the science, has been pushed to the sidelines. As a result, tens of thousands of patients with COVID-19 are dying unnecessarily. Fortunately, the situation can be reversed easily and quickly.

I am referring, of course, to the medication hydroxychloroquine. When this inexpensive oral medication is given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control, it has shown to be highly effective, especially when given in combination with the antibiotics azithromycin or doxycycline and the nutritional supplement zinc.

Or what about Russiagate?  Over years of extended investigation, from the public perspective, President Trump could have been guilty or innocent of “colluding with the Russians.”  Yet, the anti-Trump observers just knew the cat was dead.  “Listen to the silence,” they repeated frequently.  “Government agencies and the news media wouldn’t be behaving the way they are if the cat were alive, and they’ve got their ears to the box.”  Well, as Mollie Hemingway notes, the secret evidence that those privileged folks had is now coming out, and it’s proving they lied, which is why we don’t hear about it much anymore:

The FBI official who ran the investigation into whether the Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election privately admitted in newly released notes that a major New York Times article was riddled with lies, falsehoods, and “misleading and inaccurate” information. The February 2017 story was penned by three reporters who would win Pulitzers for their reporting on Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia.

The FBI’s public posture and leaks at the time supported the now-discredited conspiracy theory that led to the formation of a special counsel probe to investigate the Trump campaign and undermine his administration.

Oh, Mollie, there is no such thing as “discredited” attack stories on President Trump.  Any story that allows those who hate him to continue to do so, and to argue for his removal (one way or another ), must remain a live possibility.  If the cat can be either alive or dead until we look, then the moment we get hints that our preferred possibility is not real, we need only not look.

Of course, in reality, that isn’t an option.  We have to look.  We have to know whether a particular treatment for COVID-19 can save lives and help us get back to normal, productive life.  We have to know whether powerful government agencies have been abusing their power for political purposes (most likely at the encouragement of President Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama).

Even at the risk of keeping President Trump’s political career alive for another term, we have to know, not the least because we have to know whether we can trust the people we rely on for information.



  • Lou

    Thanks for the anecdotes. Person, woman, man, camera, TV…God bless America.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    If Mr. Trump were to walk down the Potomac, across the tidal basin and into the Jefferson Memorial; the press would report “Trump can’t swim”

    • Lou

      Aaaah, yes…it’s all the fault of the “press”. Well, except for Fox News, right? (Does Chris Wallace count?)

      • Rhett Hardwick

        Surely, you are not suggesting a lack of truth in my assertion.

        • Christopher C. Reed

          “Trump Pilgrimage to Honor Dead White Slave Owner”
          –NYT

          • Lou

            It’s the gullible believing lies like this that makes Fox News so successful.

        • Lou

          “Surely, you are not suggesting a lack of truth in my assertion.”…Let’s see it happen first and then we’ll test your hypothesis. In the mean time I’ll settle for demonstrating any degree of competence.

          • Rhett Hardwick

            I just received a “pop up” review of a book “Divide The Dawn” about a “benevolent” gangster. “Protesting is a form of civil disobedience. And people are coming out in droves to support of black people in America, who lose their lives at an alarming rate to police brutality. Only racists would argue that what the protesters are doing is terrorism, but I don’t think we can put anything past this president in his bid to retain power .” Can you imagine this being written about any prior President, other than FDR?

          • Lou

            “Can you imagine this being written about any prior President, other than FDR?”…is that something you think is an admirable quality that warrants your vote? Do you have anything to support that it’s not accurate?

  • ShannonEntropy

    The *worst* thing Trump could have done was promote HCQ and even admit to taking it. He’s gotta know by now that if he said oxygen was a good thing the MSM would advocate tying plastic bags around your head to keep the evil stuff away from you

    The most disgusting thing about this entire plandemic is the academic medical Never-Trumpers willing to let tens of thousands of people die rather than admit that maybe — just maybe — Trump was right about HCQ

    Here are two sane comments from an academic blog thread titled “HCQ Toxicity” [ sorry no URL… you need verified academic credentials to access the web site ]:

    Just for fun, I dug up a “pre-COVID” WHO monograph from 2017 on: “the cardiotoxicity of antimalarials”. A monster 49 page document. Their bottom line on cardiac risk from chloroquine?

    “Despite hundreds of millions of doses administered in the treatment of malaria, there have been no reports of sudden unexplained death associated with quinine, chloroquine or amodiaquine, although each drug causes QT/QTc interval prolongation.”

    That’s right… Absolute ZERO! Don’t know why HCQ wasn’t included in their conclusion, but chloroquine is the older more toxic form of the drug, so I don’t expect HCQ is any more dangerous.

    Now, just for fun; google: Cardiac risk from hydroxychloroquine and have a look at all the hysterical “new” literature on the dreadful cardiac dangers of HCQ.

    We live in interesting times!

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    The VA study was probably the most unscientific study ever allowed to be published, the campaign by unknown groups with unclear agenda, against the only combination drugs that many doctors and patients can testify to its favorable effect is surprising. FDA should pay more attention to the number of the patients which have benefited from this combination of drugs as out patients and the outcome of the number of patients which have end up in the hospital settings. ( recent article in JAMA : Near 90% Mortality Rate in Intubated COVID-19 Patients in NYC).

    There are countless number of patients with autoimmune disease which are taking HOC twice daily for many years as are people in other parts of the world on this drugs for different reasons, I do not believe there are any significant number reported cases of the patients with reported problems.

    Don’t hold your breath waiting to read any opinion like these anywhere in the MSM… their censorship is at least as much in what they *don’t* report as what they do

    • Lou

      The foundation to another conspiracy theory, perhaps? To the contrary, there’s nothing preventing doctors prescribing it to their patients if they believe it will help.

      • Rhett Hardwick

        Would you dare prescribe what everyone else is condemning.

        • Lou

          It depends, are you concerned about your patients, or politics? It’s really a simple decision if you aren’t looking at everything through a political prism.

          • Rhett Hardwick

            Or, are you concerned about a law suit?

          • Lou

            From whom?

          • Rhett Hardwick

            From whomever thinks they can make a buck.

  • Lou

    He’s all part of the revolving door of the “best people” we’ve been subjected to. Where’s the accountability?

    • Rhett Hardwick

      “Where’s the accountability?” A question which seems to arise more, and more, often. Consider the FBI, and DOJ, actions with the “Russian Collusion” mess. Who’s going to swing?

      • Lou

        Given it’s been 3+ years and we have no indictments, I again ask where is the competence and accountability?

        Ever hear the expression “all hat and no cattle”? That’s currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

        • Rhett Hardwick

          I think you misunderstood me. I meant indictments of of FBI and DOJ people. “All hat and no cattle” how about “Russian Collusion”?

          • Lou

            Are the 34 indicted (7 convictions) as a result of the Muller Report not sufficient for you? Are you looking for some validation of some of the conspiracy theories cooked up on the far-right. Does Pizza-gate excite you?

          • Rhett Hardwick

            None of the indictments you refer to involve the people in the FBI, or DOJ, who created the false report of “Russian collusion”