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Should we end aging?
The regulatory capture of the USDA

A musical icon, Joni Mitchell, returned to the stage 7 years after a brain aneurysm left her unable to speak or play the guitar. This is a real example of the strength of the human spirit. From NPR, Here's why Joni Mitchell's performance at the Newport Folk Festival is so incredible

“Amazon has a fabulous capacity for creating new and more glamorous hazards to workers,” Frumin says. “Maybe this robot will have some new threat to workers, but I'm more concerned about the complete blindness at the company regarding the hazards they know about.” He says those hazards include requiring workers to perform fast and repetitive motions that cause injuries: for example, when loading trucks from floor to ceiling or using manual pallet jacks."

Can human workers and robots co-exist? From Wired, Amazon’s ‘Safe’ New Robot Won’t Fix Its Worker Injury Problem

"A societal effort to understand, slow down, arrest or even reverse aging of at least the size of our response to COVID-19 would therefore be a rational commitment. In fact, given that America’s older population is projected to grow dramatically, and the cost of healthcare with it, it is not an overstatement to say that the future welfare of the country may depend on solving aging."

Is it just me, or is this a Baby Boomer concern? From Leaps.org, a provocative essay, Why we need to get serious about ending aging

“One part of the government - the Department of Justice Antitrust Division - is fighting another part of the government - the Department of Agriculture - over the structure of the sugar industry. Despite Biden’s executive order on a whole-of-government approach to competition, the USDA economics heavy senior staff is openly flouting this policy. The Antitrust Division had to call the USDA a ‘captured’ agency in an attempt discredit her testimony.

And think about what her testimony does not show. Fesco is NOT corrupt, she is not being paid off to say what she is saying. She is simply an aggressive proponent of consolidation because it’s what she believes. And she’s the one who has immense power and influence over an industry, regardless of the law, and despite not being appointed or voted into her position.”

A story of regulatory capture, from Big Antitrust Division to Department of Agriculture: Your Economists Are Corrupt