[S6E10] Bad Blood
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For now, what we know is that after the fight at the Tower of Joy, where Eddard just barely emerges victorious over the King's Guard, he goes upstairs and finds his sister in a bed of blood. As suspected by many, this is blood from a delivery that's gone very badly for poor Lyanna. She hasn't been murdered, she's dying from child birth.
A season 6 episode of Legends of Tomorrow, appropriately titled "Bad Blood," confirmed the existence of vampires in the Post-Crisis Arrowverse. Previous episodes of other Arrowverse series made reference to the classic mythology of vampires and introduced aliens, metahumans and other beings that resembled or impersonated the infamous blood-sucking monsters. The vampire introduced in "Bad Blood" was the first confirmed example of a traditional, magically-created vampire on Earth-Prime following Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Ignoring the obvious jokes about a blood-sucking banker, Noelle seemed to adhere to all of the usual conventions of vampires as presented in DC Comics. She required an invitation before she could enter John Constantine's home to deliver the map to the Fountain of Imperium and backed down following John's threat to conjure pure sunlight when she tried to make a meal of him. This raises the question of how Noelle compares to the other vampires previously portrayed in the Arrowverse and how they all stack up against the vampires from the comics.
For all their power, vampires can be killed in various ways as they also have a number of notable weaknesses. They do not appear in mirrors and cannot be photographed or caught on digital cameras, which can reveal their true nature in close quarters. They can be destroyed by sunlight and ultraviolet radiation and are repelled by the scent of garlic and holy symbols. A wooden or silver stake through the heart can also kill them and they have no special protection against magic. Finally, vampires require a steady diet of blood and will eventually starve to death if they do not feed regularly.
The Arrowverse teased the existence of vampires almost immediately after Crisis on Infinite Earths in the Batwoman season 1 episode "Drink Me." The episode introduced a serial killer dubbed Nocturna who played at being a vampire, as she bled her victims to death and used their blood to treat her porphyria. Black Lightning season 4 had a similar villain, a metahuman called Looker, whose powers gave her enhanced strength, speed and endurance, as well as the ability to mind-control people and grant her followers the same enhanced physiology she employed. The Supergirl season 6 episode "A Few Good Women" introduced a new alien species called Transilvanians, who fed on blood and could shapeshift into bats. It was implied that many of Earth's legends regarding vampires were inspired by Transilvanians who had migrated to Earth, but none of these characters were true vampires.
The vampire banker Noelle displayed superspeed when she attempted to attack John Constantine in the Legends of Tomorrow episode "Bad Blood," but her magical bona fides were established when she also provided John with a potion that she reportedly procured for Aleister Crowley while he was alive. John identified the red liquid as a "rare cocktail of bloods" formed from magics even darker than leeching human souls for power. This confirms the existence of traditional, magical vampires in the Arrowverse and suggests that John Constantine may have opened himself up to an unholy new threat that even he may not be able to outwit.
Kim knows they're bad for each other, and the blood on their hands from the murder of Howard Hamlin seems to be too much for her to handle. Especially after attending Howard's memorial service and having to lie about his fictional cocaine addiction that she and Jimmy fabricated. So much for concerns about Kim being angry about Jimmy volunteering her to be Lalo's hit-woman.
Later, after beating them to a bloody pulp, Malachi makes his intentions known that he plans on taking over the Four Arrows. To do this, he makes Nighthorse film himself confessing that he betrayed his people, adding that to set things right, he's turning ownership over to Malachi.
Maria is trying to "help" Deb by leading the latest department briefing. Eventually, Deb asserts her will as her Captain falters, and effortlessly assumes control of the meeting. They talk about Holly and drinking blood. Dexter wonders if she is the mistake thatTravis wants to fix.
After publishing a breaking story that landed on the front page of the Wall Street Journal Carreyrou recounted how Theranos began giving test results from these third-party machines. The majority of these machines required a larger blood sample than what Theranos advertised was necessary for their testing. In order to get to get the volume necessary in the blood sample, Theranos engineers diluted the samples. The concentration of blood was lower than the standard required by the FDA, causing inaccurate results. If really customers are trusting these devices for potentially life-threatening information, you can begin to understand the danger of creating a company with this power and popularity.
[00:19:29] Sure. So, the bad blood is the story of Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes. Elizabeth was a sophomore at Stanford University back in 2003 when she decided to drop out of school and launch a startup in the heart of Silicon Valley that she called Theranos. That was a combination of the words therapy and diagnosis and she had a vision for her startup which is that it would create a medical device a blood testing device that would be portable and that would be able to test for hundreds of different (inaudible) from a tiny sample blood prick from the finger and she went about raising money and hired people and they built several iterations of the technology and unfortunately they encountered setbacks because medical science is hard and they didn't really ever fulfill her vision that they had prototypes that didn't work. And yet she nonetheless went live with these fake and faulty blood tests in Walgreens stores in California and Arizona in late 2013. And as she launched commercially this pseudo technology she raised her profile and she became well-known in Silicon Valley and beyond and her company reached a valuation of ten billion dollars and she had half the stock. So, she was effectively worth five billion dollars. She was the youngest self-made female billionaire on the planet. And then I came along. In early 2015 I exposed her lies first with an investigative article in The Wall Street Journal in late 2015 and that eventually was corroborated by regulatory actions and led to all sorts of fallout and I followed that up with the book Bad Blood that I published last May. And three weeks after my book was published Elizabeth Holmes and her ex-boyfriend who had been the number two executive at the company were indicted on criminal fraud charges and they are now awaiting trial facing prison terms of as many as 20 years.
[00:26:18] The point of no return. Exactly. And so, I'll preface that by saying that in my view Elizabeth Holmes was not a Bernie Madoff who one day when she dropped out of Stanford decided to go rogue and to say I'm going to I'm going to do a long con I'm going to premeditate this con and I'm going to defraud investors and put patients in harm's way. I don't believe that's what happened I believe she dropped out of Stanford in 2003 with the best intentions. She wanted to. She was ambitious and driven and she had this idea that she also would be good for society that would help improve blood testing and make it more user friendly potentially even lead to you know save lives. I think it's a story where you know as she went along she lost her way. She began to cut corners. She began to tell small lies that became big lies. She never acknowledged those scientific setbacks that she and her teams encountered along the way and she pretended that everything was hunky dory to the board and to investors. And she reached this point of no return in the fall of 2013 when she decides to go live with the technology and Walgreens stores and to commercialize it. First into Walgreens stores in Northern California and then in another 40 or so in the Phoenix area. And that's where this morphs into a massive fraud because its no longer just investors being lied to. It's also patients their lives being you know toyed with essentially. And I think most people who have either read the book or are familiar with my journal reporting and you know have come to learn all the facts of this story. I think most nine out of ten maybe ninety nine out of 100 people are outraged by this that she was so cavalier about patients' lives and that they were just you know pawns to her in her quest to become the next Steve Jobs and to join this pantheon of successful Silicon Valley billionaires.
[00:29:01] Right And she absolutely idolized Jobs. I mean shit to the point that she started dressing like him in the early years of the company and really up until recently she was always wearing a black turtleneck. She wanted her various blood testing machines to look like a Mac or an iPhone. She was constantly invoking Jobs and Apple another role model was Larry Ellison who was actually an early investor in Theranos. And you know talking about faking it until you make it. Larry Ellison was arguably the biggest practitioner of that he in the early years of Oracle. They would ship database software that was crawling with bugs to the point that early clients of Oracle would call Oracle's programmers and work with them to debug the software after they'd already paid for it.
[00:29:56] And meanwhile Ellison would be trumpeting these new features that his programmers hadn't even begun working on. So, he was a big practitioner of fake it tills you make it. And in Elisabeth's eyes you know he got away with it. Now he's one of the richest people in the world and Oracle is one of the most respected you know Fortune 100 companies. And you know she thought if a guy like Larry Ellison if Steve Jobs her hero or Bill Gates all these people were able to get away with faking it till they made it early in their careers then why wasn't she entitled to do the same thing and behave the same way. And the answer is Well there's a big difference. You know those guys were from the computer world and their products were hardware computer hardware and software. And you can put out a software product that's buggy or a smartphone app even that's buggy and it's not going to affect life with medicine. If you're putting out a blood testing device that doesn't work and you're leading doctors and patients to rely on it for important health decisions then you are putting lives in jeopardy. The stakes are much higher in medicine and the Silicon Valley playbook is ill suited to medicine. Unfortunately, she either didn't realize that or she knew it on some level but preferred to ignore it as she pursued her quest. 59ce067264