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The Z Machine

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  1. One would think that the rotors would spin slower as the atmospheric density goes up.
  2. But as you said, it's non-binary and a continuum so in some cases it's OK to appeal to authority and sometimes it's not and sometimes it's in between. As I said in this thread or the other that seems identical, the alternative is to rely on elected leaders to make these policy choices and I have little faith that they are acting in anything than their own personal self-serving political interests. Yes, that's patently undemocratic, but I am unable to square that with the reality that the representative democracy that we've constructed has little means to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions. At least technocrats can be fired.
  3. What about trying to strike a balance between mitigation and equity and creating models of such? Do they have the expertise to do so?
  4. I don't think that the CDC was more focused on equity than mitigation. Rather, I think that they have tried to strike a balance. Honestly, I shouldn't be defending the CDC. They've ####ed up royally many times over. I guess I just don't like the Monday morning quarterbacking from lay people that think they are experts.
  5. @IvanKaramazov, that's a far cry from your statement of, "let's drop the 'follow the science' and 'listen to the experts' thing".
  6. I was in an accident about 2 years ago. It was my fault, but I was kinda pissed that the lady called the police since the damage was minor (dinged up front fender on her car). I didn't get a ticket. She ended up filing for doctors fees like 3 months later. Not sure why but it seemed frivolous to me. Anyway, my insurance handled it all really well. I think we have All-State.
  7. What makes you think that the public health professionals that were setting policy were not used to dealing with data and making tradeoffs? Because they made mistakes? Look, I'm not saying that the decisions made during the course of the pandemic were good ones or that huge errors weren't made, but as you said it's difficult to know if some other set of experts were directing policy that some other egregious missteps would not have been made.
  8. I'm unsure about your exact field of expertise, but do you think those that are well educated but outside your field as as well qualified as you are to have an opinion about the topics you study? Should their educated but unstudied opinion have equal weight as yours?
  9. It wasn't snark (this time). I was genuinely interested. Once again, you've read me incorrectly.
  10. That is the purpose of their existence. Without technocrats creating and informing public policy, we wouldn't have much of a government.
  11. I trust technocrats more than our elected officials that have proven to put their own political skin above all else and have sold themselves to the deepest pockets that will fund their campaigns. Maybe if we could have votes of no confidence and some means of holding our elected leaders accountable I might feel differently. But I haven't seen much of that in my lifetime.
  12. The CDC and NIH aren't just doctors though. They aren't elected and they mostly aren't appointed either. They are technocrats that create public policy recommendations and institute programs within their purview. They have every right to speak about the domestic and international politics of their recommendations.
  13. Worthy of impeachment? IMO no, but there needs to be a few that get the axe after this debacle.
  14. That's a pretty simplistic view of the world, but you're entitled to your opinion.
  15. In general I agree with this. Thus far the evidence for mass boosters for the young and healthy isn't conclusive. That doesn't preclude one from discussing boosters with their doctor and getting one. My father likely falls in this boat, as he has an autoimmune disorder and is nearly 75 years old. He'll likely get one and it won't be a huge hassle to do so.
  16. The root of this is the question: At what point does our collective responsibility to our fellow man outweigh the liberty of the individual?
  17. I don't think that the CDC or NIH can ban taking the vaccine as a booster, but they can recommend against it. Also possible that no providers will go against CDC or NIH recommendations. But I imagine that there's some number of physicians out there that would write a scrip for a booster dose and that pharmacists would fill said prescription, even if it went against CDC or NIH guidance.
  18. I assume that the WHO made this statement, and in their eyes it's true. It's obviously not true for national policymakers around the world. They are obliged to act otherwise. But as I said, there's a balance in there somewhere. We cannot have a policy that seeks to maximize every outcome for all Americans while the rest of the world burns. We have a duty to humanity as a whole. Even if our national interests come first, we cannot ignore the rest of the world.
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