I haven’t been posting enough. Once a week seems like a fair minimum, especially now that a significant amount of people are paying subscribers. Since a few of my recent posts were a bit higher effort, I ended up taking a lot longer on them than I initially expected. In recompense, I’m going to try and feed in a few bonus articles here and there until I’ve paid off my word-debt. This week I’m doing something on walkability that’s almost done, but I wanted an extra night to work on it, so now seems like a pretty good time to drop one of the catch-up posts so you get two this week.
This is just speculation, but I imagine the most generous reading of "the FDA could not possibly move any faster" is not actually "it is literally impossible from a technical and logistical perspective to make this process faster", but actually "if we tried challenge trials, the amount of public opinion pushback and bullshit we'd have to wade through would actually make the process slower overall".
I came here after seeing your comment at Marginal Rev about its move to facebook, which I thought was pretty good and so wanted to see more of your writing. Really like your one on being Poor-ish. The true measure of a successful life is having one's kids doing ok or better.