Brickbat: The Regulator Is the Enemy of the Good


The new coronavirus has claimed the lives of some 7,000 nursing home residents in New Jersey. Those nursing homes now have access to coronavirus tests that provide results in minutes, which administrators say could help them keep the disease out of their facilities by allowing them to test people before they have any interaction with patients. But the state Department of Health won't allow them to use the tests, saying it has concerns about their accuracy. The department says it is currently evaluating the tests and will issue guidance on their use eventually.

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  1. It’s for the children.

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  2. Robert Watson-Watt, who developed early warning radar in Britain to counter the rapid growth of the Luftwaffe, propounded a “cult of the imperfect”, which he stated as “Give them the third best to go on with; the second best comes too late, the best never comes.”

    Achieving absolute perfection may be impossible and so, as increasing effort results in diminishing returns, further activity becomes increasingly inefficient.
    Source: wikipedia
    Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19) Guidelines according to WHO.

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    2. We have had a cult of the perfect for decades now. Heck, since the 1950s. The imperfect is the enemy of the ideal. It’s the driving force behind so much of the shit going on today.

      The consensus seems to be to remain in the pit rather than use the second best ladder to climb out of it.

      Side note, and quite related to Robert Watson-Watt: Unix was the second best solution, with the explicit philosophy of “good enough”. It even got its name because it was a rival to Multics which was designed by the best to be the best. No one remembers that best operating system. Today that same Unix philosophy is at the heart of both Android (Linux) and iPhone (BSD), and thus your smartphone.

      1. Cmon man are you here to diss on Windows Phone?

        1. I thought everyone was here to diss on Windows Phone. Aren’t you?

          1. I would trade in my iPhone for a Windows Phone in a heartbeat if they were still making them. At least my iPhone has finally caught up with 6 year old Windows features. The UI still sucks.

            That, and the Outlook Mobile app supplanted the horrible email client from Apple.

  3. Is there any bureaucrat that doesn’t want burdens on society to just go away?

    1. The ones that want to claim divine credit for saving us?

  4. The department says it is currently evaluating the tests and will issue guidance on their use eventually.

    And by “eventually” they mean November 4th.

    1. For now use the existing test. Put the subject in a room with healthy people. If any of them get sick, you know the subject has the covid.

      1. Flawless.

  5. “Follow the money”

  6. 7000 dead? I’m not buying it. In PA, which has been upfront about it, 70% of their deaths were in nursing homes.

    That would equate to 11,200 dead in NJ nursing homes.

    1. Juggling elderly COVID patients.

      You take someone hospitalized for COVID and send them to a nursing home to free up hospital beds and infect all the other patients in the nursing home.

      You then take a COVID patient in the nursing home on the brink of death and send them to the hospital, so the death counts against the hospital, not the nursing home.

      We have solved the financial problems of both Social Security and Medicare.

  7. (may he rip) my grandfather died in a NJ nursing home in 1987 I’m waiting for his name to surface …

    1. Who’s he voting for?

      1. he was (D) but those early 1900 Kansans were all farmy-labor-types

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