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19-Mar-2020

No thank you, Captain Skid-for-Brains

Filed under: news, science — jlm @ 22:07

What is it with experts and quotes today?

From “How long will Americans be fighting the coronavirus?” by Christina Larson and Michelle R. Smith, AP News:

“The analogy of pumping car brakes on an icy road is what we should be thinking about,” [Michael] Levy said. “You push on the brakes to slow things down, then ease up – but if you skid, you have to pump the brakes again.”

This is clearly someone who has never recovered from a skid by their own actions, because the only way to do so is to regain traction, which means you must release the brakes. Though I should be less irritated than I am at this error, seeing as anti-lock brakes have been required on cars for long enough that people who have now earned doctorates were adolescents learning to drive after the ABS mandate and dropping of manual brake managment from drivers ed. Get off my lawn, Dr. Whippersnapper, there’s a shelter-in-place order in effect!

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