Has the FDA lost its %^$#*@ mind?!

If this doesn’t make your blood boil, I’m not sure what will. Reason recently reported on an absolutely bizarre and insane action by the FDA, going back to the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At that time the nation’s hand sanitizer manufacturing capability was stretched to the limit, resulting in frequent out-of-stock conditions as well as stores having to limit quantities when replenishments were finally available. Many small distilleries which normally produce the potable varieties of alcohol, decided to switch over to making hand sanitizer to help fill in the gap.

Well, no good deed goes unpunished. The FDA has levied these distilleries with a five-figure fee ($14,060 if you want to be exact) normally reserved for much larger pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies. To those companies, this kind of fee is a rounding error in budgets of millions. To a small craft distillery, though? Another $14,060 out of pocket in a year where sales have already been hit hard is potentially devastating.

I get that the FDA plays an important role in public safety. However, this is an unprecedented global health emergency we are talking about. I’m absolutely outraged that this is what some boneheads at the FDA have decided to do: levy rubber-stamp and cookie-cutter fees to small business ill-equipped to pay them, ignoring the reality of the health emergency before us.

Happy holidays, and the reasoning behind my use of the phrase

I meant to post this earlier, but happy holidays to everyone. In lieu of writing a new post, I am linking to prior posts where I explain the logic behind why I use this as my phrase of well wishes during the season:

Like a lot of people, I cannot wait to put an end to 2020 as well. Here is also wishing that this year’s televised New Year’s celebrations have no horrible blunders.

Twelve years ago today…

…was my very first post to this blog (okay, if you insist, here’s the first post of real substance right after it), back when it was just my personal blog and hadn’t yet been focused on weird, outrageous news, legal/justice stories, technological follies, and the other things that have since made it Rant Roulette.

Somehow, some way, I have consistently missed the anniversary of the very first posts (I always remember it’s sometime December but have had an uncanny habit of missing the day). I had wanted to do a retrospective for the 10th anniversary, but of course I completely whiffed on it. It seems like such a long time ago, and I realize I haven’t been posting here as much as I’d like to. Maybe it’s because my videogame and pinball adventures have been a more interesting topic to blog about, even if most of the time they are summaries of the action and “scoreboard porn”.

But, I definitely do take an interest in politics, justice issues, and the occasional outrageous happenings in general news, sports and tech. As much of a train wreck as 2020 has been, perhaps it’s time to get the train back on the rails for 2021.

In the past, I’ve done some followups on specific posts from the past as their anniversary months, if not exact dates of the original posts, come around in the year. I’m going to try to do that again this year, as I’ve looked through the archives and found quite a few gems that I didn’t even realize I had written at the time. I’m considering posting some of the best to either my existing Twitter feed and the blog’s Facebook page or possibly starting a new “The Best of Rant Roulette” feed for them.

If you’ve been around since the early days (2012 or earlier), congratulations for sticking around. It has not been an easy journey for either myself or the blog and I appreciate your continued support.