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Jun 30 16 tweets 4 min read
The EPA SCOTUS decision in brief:

Imagine the FDA, in pursuit of its mandate to regulate tobacco, decreed that children born in south Georgia must be sent to live in New York because they might otherwise grow up to farm tobacco.

SCOTUS says that would exceed their authority. Another way to look at it:

Congress said the EPA can require plants to clean up their outputs using the best available methods. So the EPA decided that the best available method to reduce carbon outputs at a coal-firing power plant is to shut it down and switch to windmills.
Jun 30 6 tweets 2 min read
Yes … ha ha ha … YES! Image
Jun 28 12 tweets 2 min read
more excellent news from the court Note, though, that this wasn't a drug case. It was a burden-of-proof / standard-of-guilt case, focusing on technical legal stuff about whether the government had to prove that the docs knew their patient was abusing pills.
May 29 6 tweets 2 min read
This thread is wild

TIL that in Swedish culture (and maybe other Nordic countries) it’s weird to feed guests in your home, and that when it’s mealtime you expect them to go home to eat or to wait in your home alone and hungry while you eat

UNLIKE EVERY OTHER CULTURE ON EARTH Here’s a thread (in Swedish, use Translate) where Swedes, puzzled, ask things like “But of course we’ve only planned to cook enough for ourselves, how could we possibly feed another person” and “But your mother at home would have to throw away what she made for you”
Mar 8 6 tweets 2 min read
Mar 8 4 tweets 1 min read
great thread about fraud and why the banks need to take it on the chin to protect the normies a)
Mar 7 4 tweets 1 min read
Got our copies of Dad's death certificate and now I'm once again pondering the notion of legibility to the state Imagine a piece of paper to prove you were born

Imagine a piece of paper to prove you died

Our ancestors in the dreamtime are laughing at us
Mar 7 8 tweets 2 min read
Tonight's movie with the family: Coherence

omg

see this movie

see it COLD

no reviews
no previews
no trailers
no spoilers
no nothing

Be patient with it early on and your patience will be rewarded I will now attempt to tell you about it without telling you about it
Feb 23, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
re: disposing of electronic junk (old phones/tablets/pads, printers, PCs, VCRs, etc)

My current thinking is that the best thing to do is to toss them in the trash so that they get landfilled It seems that "e-waste recycling" ends up shipping it to third-world countries where the labor cost is low enough to make scavenging the few dollars worth of reclaimable material profitable

And then the rest gets left to rot in a ditch where it poisons the local water table
Feb 23, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
Playing Planetside 2 again, first time in quite a while

I suck so bad at this game but damn it's fun I'm just running around uselessly far from the front lines staring at the scenery

This game is eight years old and I'm using twelve year old hardware

By modern standards it looks like crap
But I'm still just stunned at how pretty it all is
Feb 22, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
fwiw I think the power companies acting as if retail customers agreed to take on this kind of tail risk - even if that's literally exactly what they did - is corporate suicide

just how much blood are they expecting to get from those stones anyway counterparty risk - it's not just for hedge funds any more
Jun 28, 2020 20 tweets 4 min read
TIL that poker chip enthusiasts can reach levels of insanity I had not imagined.

a brief explanation follows The number one poker chip manufacturer is Paulson (actually Paul-Son, named after Paul Endy and his son). They are widely regarded as making the absolute highest quality poker chips available anywhere, period.

Their poker chips are highly sought after in the collectors' market.
Mar 14, 2020 14 tweets 3 min read
This report (now three days old) sheds light on what's been preventing the US from having sufficient testing. Definitely worth reading.

My take-away is that the principal issue is a complete lack of coordination and leadership.

nbcnews.com/health/health-… The report mentions that many labs are waiting for FDA approval of their tests. But the FDA already gave blanket approval for all labs to develop and use their own tests! They gave it on 2/29 !! How is it that the labs on 3/11 still think they have to wait on the FDA ??!?
Mar 13, 2020 11 tweets 2 min read
BTW, one of the obstacles to getting widely-deployed CV19 testing is... the IRS.

wtf

Here, let me explain.
No, wait, there is no time. Let me sum up. States have mandated that insurance companies cover CV19 testing at no cost to individuals.

Sounds good, right? We need people to get tested, and we don't want individual's ability to pay to stand in the way of stopping the spread of the virus.

Right?

Well...
Mar 8, 2020 17 tweets 3 min read
There have been FIVE bottlenecks to getting large numbers of people tested:

. CDC manufacturing issues
. CDC policy restricting who can get tested
. FDA policy stopping labs from making their own tests
. Labs getting enough test kits
. Labs having enough staff and equipment Current status:
- CDC manufacturing issues were fixed in the past couple of weeks (not clear exactly when)
- FDA policy was fixed on Feb 29
- CDC policy was fixed on Mar 3
Feb 29, 2020 10 tweets 2 min read
The covid-19 testing saga continues.

Recall from my previous thread that:
. The CDC lab test can be used by others, says the FDA, because it's an emergency
. The CDC lab test can't be used, because one of the reagents is apparently faulty . The hospital labs could make their own tests that are EXACTLY like the CDC's test, but without the faulty reagents
. But the hospital labs can't make their own tests, says the FDA, because it's an emergency.

Well. There's been some news here, and it's mixed.
Feb 24, 2020 25 tweets 5 min read
This thread (now 22 days old) is hard to understand, but I think (with reading other sources) I have figured out what it means.

Bottom line: the FDA is going to kill us all. Normally, doctors and labs can't just do any kind of test they want. They can only use tests that have passed the FDA's requirements to ensure safety and efficacy. This takes years.

However, there are two exceptions that are relevant now.
Feb 16, 2020 21 tweets 4 min read
Per a request - here's what I did to construct my own sandbags for strength training. Nothing fancy, but slightly different from what most people do. My desire for a sandbag is to mainly use it for squats. I don't have a squat rack or barbells, or anyplace where they would go. I work out in an upper story room with a standard carpeted wood floor. I don't want to drop huge iron weights on that floor.
Sep 15, 2019 37 tweets 6 min read
Okay. This is going to be unpleasant, for me and for you, but I have to get it out there. It's important to me; in fact, it just became (only temporarily, happily) the most important thing I have confronting me right now.

Sorry. There is a video game that someone has made which is a terrible, horrible, thing, and it has now entered my world and I must deal with it.

The game is, apparently, actually pretty good as a game. Its *existence* is what is terrible and horrible.
Dec 4, 2017 39 tweets 7 min read
Okay, I'm going to rag on that guy who tried to beat Magnus Carlsen in a month.

He's a big fat phoney fake loser. (1/many) He set himself up for several challenges, to learn to do something impressive in a month. Here they are:
Nov 10, 2017 41 tweets 5 min read
Here is my guess about what's going on with the Logitech Harmony Link fiasco: The story so far: Logitech is bricking an older device that lots of people use and which is working just fine.

See, e.g. theverge.com/circuitbreaker…