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Bureaucracy attempts to control measurement uncertainty

The authors of the paper below wrote that they were “encouraged to seek publicly available data that could be analysed to provide a comparison with the inter-laboratory trials we undertook.”  They don’t say who encouraged them, but the UK Food Standards Agency … Continue reading

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The mercy of quality?

Rather than accepting Lord Carter of Coles as an authority on pathology, we should recognise him as a Blair crony and one whose boardroom interests will probably not see him become financially worse off with the privatisation of the NHS.  Written in the … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy explained

Readers who want to dig deeper into the philosophy and history of the bureaucratic compulsion to command and control others can learn more here.  Click on the image below to download von Mises’ book explaining bureaucracy: The book predates the … Continue reading

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“There’s life in outer space!”

Does inspection ensure quality? Is bad science necessary assure life on other planets? Are we so lonely that extra-terrestrial bacteria would bring us comfort? Does sending non-sterile spacecraft to other planets prevent there ever being certainty about where any life … Continue reading

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Is the “confidence” accreditation delivers just relief of the nocebo effect?

The media creates a tumultuous ocean of poorly-interpreted information to keep you worrying and buying products.  Sometimes the expectation may be of health.  Or Harm.  Or sometimes just sex. In contrast, the quality cartel offers…”confidence.”  Remember, it can’t quantitate confidence.  Where the … Continue reading

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An uninvestigated pandemic

Why are accreditation bodies treated with less suspicion than pharmaceutical companies?  Laboratory accreditation is promoted as source of confidence and quality by accreditation organisations.  These exist in an international quality cartel which prevents the price competition between members that normally destroys … Continue reading

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