[ExI] bad news for smart people

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Tue Mar 10 16:55:01 UTC 2020



From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> On Behalf Of Dylan Distasio via extropy-chat


>…What I'm hoping to get out of this on the positive side is continued disengagement from the Chinese supply chain, and a realization that pharmaceutical inputs and end products need to be manufactured somewhere in the West.




Hi Dylan,


Ja to all.  Pharmaceuticals are manufactured in the USA, but the problem is that they are manufactured to different standards and tolerances than pharmas made abroad.  


Take vitamins for instance.  Huge industry there, because the market in the US is huge.  The US government realized what a huge costly job it is to monitor quality of those things, so they eventually just, well gave up, at least functionally.  But perhaps that is for the best.  Now if you buy Chinese vitamins, you have no way to determine if those pills contain the vitamins they claim.  I wouldn’t assume it: it would be a lot cheaper to just send the pills made only of their substrate with no actual vitamins.  They realize (as plenty of Americans do) that those devouring fake vitamins will not suffer from any known vitamin deficiency.


The standard we have are likely inappropriate.  We had domestic viral detection kits, but those were over-specification: they would detect a number of different viruses.  It makes sense to do it that way if a doctor visit costs a ton of money: you want to go once and figure out what is wrong with you.  But it isn’t compatible with testing millions of people.  So… a mismatched specification caused a shortage of US test kits.  Ours were over-spec and over-priced.


On the other hand, stopping transportation from effected areas is a reasonable and advisable technique for the USA, and it is legal.  We can stop ocean voyages (since those are just vacations) and we can stop most plane travel (our economy will survive and so will theirs.)



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