We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have watched so many documentaries over the last weeks, I think I could pass Pandemic 101. Whether it was a lecture, interview, or panel discussion, the experts consistently emphasized the importance of maintaining sufficient inventory of protective gear for front line healthcare workers. Honest to God, I assumed there were warehouses strategically placed around the country where these materials were stockpiled. Apparently not. Compound this with the bungled test roll out, color me disappointed in the agencies responsible for emergency preparedness. I hate to be a Monday morning quarterback but I'm not confident that Trump has such a talented team, the best in the world.
That's what you get when you let your entire system be determined solely based on cost.
Keeping stockpiles is expensive. Not just do you need to maintain and staff the warehouses, you also need to regularly rotate out stock so it doesn't go over the use-by date.
So almost nobody does it any longer. Same with stores, there's a reason they run out almost instantly if demand is higher than normal for even a few hours. They too no longer keep stock and factories are fine tuned to have just enough production capacity for the short term expected demand.
Agreed and I hope we all understand that JIT has its trade offs.
It is unfortunate that the PTB couldnt be more elastic over the more critical items. To those who dont know, the FDA has proposals to relax shelf life requirements for critical pharmaceuticals. To those who are intetested, Trent Telenko does coronavirus updates on chicagoboyz.net. There is a fair bit of commentary on the testing situation
We still have an insubordinate administrative state. From a state department official that countermanded Trumps order to not bring in a plane load of coronavirus victims to Rosenstein's sister who turns up the panic proclamations. The CDC blew the ebola call and it seems they still couldn't get their ducks in a row on putting together a test kit for the states to use. It leaves one wondering if it is all incompetence or sabotage. Pelosi wants an 8+billion budget for the CDC while Trump is promoting a 2+ billion budget. The CDC is likely not competent to properly spend the 2+billion and the 8+billion is just squandering money. The CDC appears to be like the FBI, CIA, IRS, and State department that desperately needs a people overhaul or outright closure.
I heard a few days ago that the reason we don't have a good test for the Corona virus was because we needed to have patients with the virus so that we could use their body fluids in a process that would make a test for it. I understand also that the CDC tried to roll out a test for the corona virus anyway because of course they need the test. But because they didn't have a good sample of the virus available the test was not accurate and gave false positives and false negatives. To speed up the process they bypassed an administrative rule to allow other agencies (states and others) to develop the test because by then there were a few confirmed patients to get samples from and since the patients were closer to outside laboratories this process would be faster than if the CDC insisted that only they could create the test.
One other factor in this is some have commented that smaller and less capable countries had developed the test so why couldn't we. There are two answers: 1. They had confirmed patients before we did which gave them the necessary samples. 2. They may have (probably did) develop tests like our first ones which give false results BUT since their standards are not as high as the CDC they decided "who cares" and went ahead and used them. (Or they are still clueless that their tests are giving them false results.)
Count me as one of those who doubts that our doctors are bumbling fools and that our CDC is incompetent. I am sure their bureaucracy sometimes interferes with best practices but generally I would say our CDC is as good as any similar organization anywhere. I think the problem is that they failed to adequately explain the holdup and thus to us it looks like a screw-up.
I tend to resist the "war on boys" message--maybe too trendy, or pushed too hard--but that was lovely.
The "people as cannon fodder" syndrome has always been with us. With girls it was "why bother educating you when you'll probably just get pregnant, die in childbirth, or quickly lose your looks." With boys maybe it's "why get too worked up when you'll probably die in battle or some very dangerous profession--or divorce and go on to a new family, never to see the old one much again." But the answer to the "why bother" question ought always to be obvious: we don't live in splendid isolation. The bonds of love are all that make our lives worth living. Nor is our existence a mere manifestation of a collective. The value of the individual is what makes our lives worth living.