A poll: Mother Teresa vs Martin Shkreli

A poll: Mother Teresa vs Martin Shkreli

Mother Teresa vs Martin Shkreli, an Albanian saint vs an Albanian vilain?

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Mother Teresa facts:
– Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (Albanian:”rosebud” or “little flower” in Albanian) on 26 August 1910, she considered 27 August, the day she was baptised, to be her “true birthday”.
– Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and was active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools.
– Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified as “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”. A second miracle was credited to her intercession by Pope Francis, in December 2015, paving the way for her to be recognised as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
– The Vatican announced on Friday that the late nun known as Mother Teresa is to become a saint.
– Evidence shows that Mother Teresa took pleasure in the suffering of the poor, so why do we revere her, asks Carol Hunt
– Hitchens concluded that Mother Teresa was “less interested in helping the poor than in using them as an indefatigable source of wretchedness on which to fuel the expansion of her fundamentalist Roman Catholic beliefs.”
– Hitchens’s critiques of Mother Teresa may come across as polemical, but it’s far from the only criticism. British medical journal the Lancet published a critical account of the care in Mother Teresa’s facilities in 1994, and an academic Canadian study from a couple of years ago found fault with “her rather dubious way of caring for the sick, her questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received, and her overly dogmatic views regarding, in particular, abortion, contraception, and divorce.” Multiple accounts say that Mother Teresa’s nuns would baptise the dying and that she had a reputation for proselytising.

Martin Shkreli facts:
– Martin Shkreli was born on April Fools’ Day 1983 in New York, to Albanian immigrants
– He graduated two years ahead of schedule from New York’s Hunter College High School, a public school for intellectually gifted kids.
– Shkreli skipped grades and landed his first job as a 17-year-old college intern for Jim Cramer, the hedge fund manager and host of CNBC’s Mad Money.
– In his twenties, after he’d set up his own hedge fund, Shkreli developed a reputation for using a stock-gossip website to savage biotech companies whose shares he was shorting.
– Shkreli is unquestionably brilliant, and he has an almost cult-like group of true believers, both online (“You’re a god,” wrote one Twitter follower) and in the real world, where he has engendered tremendous loyalty among some investors and employees. But in his wake he has left a tangled trail of blowups, lawsuits, disillusionment, and outright hatred. He’s facing criminal prosecution over his actions at one of his previous companies, Retrophin
– In summer 2015 his company acquired the rights to Daraprim. Developed in the 1950s, the drug is the best treatment for a relatively rare parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis. People with weakened immune systems, such as Aids patients, have come to rely on the drug, which until then cost about $13.50 (£8.80) a dose.
– But Mr Shkreli announced he was raising the price to $750 a pill. The more than 5,000% increase and his brash defence of the decision has made him a pariah among patients-rights groups, politicians and hundreds of Twitter users.
– He’s been called a “morally bankrupt sociopath”, a “scumbag” a “garbage monster” and “everything that is wrong with capitalism.” And those are some of the tamer comments.
– “If Martin Shkreli doesn’t go down in flames, one thing is certain: the world hasn’t heard the last of him. We can all only hope that his messy math proof is headed toward a beautiful outcome” – Vanity Fair.

Links:
http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2015/dec/19/mother-teresa-saint-approval
http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/carol-hunt/mother-teresa-a-friend-of-poverty-not-of-the-poor-34301299.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/mother-teresa-why-the-catholic-missionary-is-still-no-saint-to-her-critics-a6778906.html
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/12/martin-shkreli-pharmaceuticals-ceo-interview
http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-04-17/retrophins-martin-shkreli-the-biotech-short-seller-who-went-long
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34331761