Know thy pundits

A Half Sigma commenter named Turambar advances a new form of disclosure:

I think that the country would be much better off if any celebrity who made public pronouncements had to have a list of their medications and illicit drugs listed next to the story.

I think it would provide great explanatory power to the reader of HuffPo if we could see what cocktail of meds allows their authors to propound such advice to the country.

If there is going to be a government press bail out, publishing a list of meds with it should be stipulated as a reform. “Ok Tim Russert is on statins, no big deal”. “Uh oh, Bill Maher has a mixture of coke, seconol, zoloft and mango vodka in his system. Maybe I’ll skip his analysis on the GM bailout”.

This would explain a lot about Bill Maher, anyway. (The late Tim Russert, alas, is beyond the help of statins, assuming you believe statins are any help in the first place.)

That said, in the interest of full disclosure, here’s what I take on a daily basis:

  • Two blood-sugar controllers (Metformin, Glipizide)
  • One antihypertensive/diuretic (Losartan/hydrochlorothiazide)
  • One, um, statin (Simvastatin)
  • One tranq (Lorazepam)

I figure regular readers already know this, since I’ve often discussed my health, and the occasional lack thereof, on these very pages, but it’s probably a good idea to set an example for the mountebanks and wannabes cluttering up HuffPo. (And, after seeing this outburst, I really have to wonder about Glenn Beck.)


  1. Lisa Paul »

    3 August 2009 · 10:32 pm

    Huffpo? How about Rush Limbaugh? A crawl listing his chemical “aids” would take up his whole broadcast hour.

    And in the interest of full disclosure, here are my “medications”:

    Any Rhone style blend of the above

    And to up the ante, all my “drugs of choice” are raised, nurtured, harvested and processed by my own fair hands. Let’s see Bill Maher top that one!

  2. CGHill »

    4 August 2009 · 7:04 am

    I figured everyone already knew what was in El Rushbo’s medicine cabinet.

  3. Mark Alger »

    4 August 2009 · 4:24 pm

    I suspect Glenn is OFF his meds, here lately.

    But the don’t-give-a-flip attitude is somehow… refreshing.


  4. CGHill »

    4 August 2009 · 5:21 pm

    Flips were never meant to be given, if you ask me, and someone will probably ask me at some point.

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