[Editor’s note: As much as I like to keep my Tuesday Questions stupid, I’m having a hard time coming up with deliberately moronic questions to ask. Thus I am transitioning to simple “Tuesday Questions,” where I ask you what you think about something. I will try to make them intentionally stupid as often as possible, but the rest of the time you’ll have to settle for them being inadvertently so.]
I haven’t been following the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the Quackola BellGrande who was apparently pulling down $150,000 a month to take care of Michael Jackson. That is, until he killed him. That said, I learned everything I need to know from the Times article about his “guilty” verdict to be 100% certain that he is guilty as all hell.
This man provided Propofol to his “patient” to help him sleep. While I am no anesthesiologist, I have only ever seen this powerful sedative medication administered in operating rooms and ICUs. Those are heavily monitored settings, and I can think of no legitimate home use for simple insomnia, no matter how bad. Murray administered it without any monitoring equipment, and while keeping no records. When the paramedics came to revive the man he had killed, Murray neglected to tell them Jackson had been given Propofol. While they may not have been able to save them anyway, by withholding the information he doomed whatever efforts they made to failure.
Guilty, guilty, guilty.
So, here’s this week’s question — when have you known, by virtue of your professional expertise or depth of life experience, that something in the news was amiss, even without knowing all the details? When have you known that someone was denied effective counsel, or that a bridge was built poorly, or that a ballyhooed technology was doomed to fail? What tipped you off that may not have been obvious to most people? (Most people probably have a good sense that Murray is guilty, but maybe don’t realize how incredibly inappropriate administration of that particular drug in that particular setting really was.)