[ExI] perspective on covid

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Sun Mar 8 13:25:35 UTC 2020



From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> On Behalf Of John Clark via extropy-chat
Subject: Re: [ExI] perspective on covid



>…No not like this. The only reason your figures make the USA look good and have far fewer confirmed cases than other large western countries is that the USA has tested far FAR fewer people than other large western countries…


I was taking the ratio of confirmed cases to the number of people tested.  Using that, the USA still looks good.  North Korea has 1.8 times as many positives per prole tested.


>… and even though it is a world leader in science…


The USA is not a world leader in manufacturing.  We are way down the list in that category.  Most manufacturing has been outsourced to countries with fewer labor laws and environmental restrictions.  China is the poster-child example of that, which is why they have so many factories there.


>…and has the largest economy in the world…


But not the largest manufacturing capacity.  The US doesn’t make these virus testing kits much.


>…due to leadership problems the USA doesn't have the capacity to test for more…John K Clark


That lack of capacity has little to do with leadership.  It has to do with tax structures, labor laws and environmental regulations that have sent manufacturing to China, where they don’t bother with keeping the environment clean or keeping the workers happy.


Do let me assure you, old frail people already know to stay off planes and ships.  We do not depend on government to tell us what is safe and what is not.  That isn’t their job and we wouldn’t trust government to do it right anyway.  Government has a vested interest: it wants to keep the economy at a rolling boil.  Never take advice from someone trying to sell you something.  The US government is always trying to sell you something.








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