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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 07:56 PM
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About Me

65 years old. Lifelong democrat. Saw JFK in New Haven CT on election eve 1960. I was all of 5 years old. Cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter. Stayed up all night at the English Speaking Union I London to watch the returns. We celebrated the results about 9 AM London time. I cried the morning I learned Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I don't think I ever quite recovered, although President Obama's election helped a lot. These days I'm a moderate democrat and a cultural conservative. I miss the world of good manners, fancy dress and dancing cheek to cheek. Big TCM fan.

Journal Archives

Paul Krugman: Tax the Rich, Help America's Children

Democrats may — may — finally be about to agree on a revenue and spending plan. It will clearly be smaller than President Biden’s original proposal, and much smaller than what progressives wanted. It will, however, be infinitely bigger than what Republicans would have done, because if the G.O.P. controlled Congress, we would be doing nothing at all to invest in America’s future.

But what will the plan do? Far too much reporting has focused mainly on the headline spending number — $3.5 trillion, no, $1.5 trillion, whatever — without saying much about the policies this spending would support. To be fair, though, the Biden administration could have done a better job of summarizing its plans in pithy slogans.

So let me propose a one-liner: Tax the rich, help America’s children. This gets at much of what the legislation is likely to do: Reporting suggests that the final bill will include taxes on billionaires’ incomes and minimum taxes for corporations, along with a number of child-oriented programs. And action on climate change can, reasonably, be considered another way of helping future generations.

Republicans will, of course, denounce whatever Democrats come out with. But there are three things you should know about both taxing the rich and helping children: They’re very good ideas from an economic point of view. They’re extremely popular. And they’re very much in the American tradition.

Tax the Rich, Help America’s Children https://nyti.ms/3Bl2izC

Hunter Biden paintings on display.

His paintings just went on display this past week at the George Berges gallery in NYC. Several of them are shown in the link below. You can see what you think.


Bargain flannel sheets!

The blurb below is from a NY Times recent article rating about ten sets of flannel sheets. The Target set goes for $30 for a queen set. The Boll and Branch set the Times says aren't nearly as good go for nearly $300. The Target set was rated second best behind an LL Bean set that goes for$120..The Target set has flannel on one side but since a blanket or comforter will likely be on top anyway, no reason not to have both flannel sides face you. There is nothing as comfortable as flannel sheets in winter!

Target’s Threshold Flannel Sheet Set costs about a quarter of the price of our top pick, from L.L.Bean. And though the Threshold sheets may not last as long, they’re still a fantastic deal and will definitely keep you warm. These sheets aren’t as soft as the L.L.Bean Ultrasoft Comfort sheets, and in long-term testing they pilled more. But they performed better than many expensive sets we’ve tried, including those from Boll & Branch and Riley. The Threshold sheets come in fun colors and prints, which vary from year to year but are typically more modern than those from L.L.Bean. Target carries these sheets only for winter, and the prints sell out often. Target does restock them throughout the season, but if you see a pattern you like, don’t wait to buy it.


All My Loving - The Beatles

The early Beatles were the best Beatles.

This Supply Chain Thing is Getting Out of Hand!

Now we're going to be running out of champagne by the end of the year!


LA Times article on Baldwin shooting

This article appears to have real information about the shooting. Apparently Baldwin was rehearsing a scene and had drawn the gun once before the incident. My tentative conclusion is that he didn't intend to fire the weapon. He was handed the gun by an assistant director who called out 'Cold gun'. There was an armorer on the set who would have been in charge of the weapons on set. She was young, the daughter of a very experienced armorer.


I did read a NY Times article tonight which said guns on a set are never pointed at a person. Camera angles can work around any problem.

Who Put the Bomp? - Barry Mann

I've always wondered!

Booster eligibility: more than you might think.

With more people becoming eligible for boosters I checked out the list of health conditions that put you at higher risk for severe covid. It's a list of about 12 conditions. They include mood disorders, including depression, and not just obesity, but simply being overweight is on the list. That has to cover a bunch of people:


For the Pfizer booster and I assume for the ones about to be approved the CDC lists three groups at increased risk of severe covid (nowhere do they seem to use the phrase 'high risk'): Those over 65 and those 50-64 who have the medical conditions listed should get a booster. Those 18-49 who have the listed medical conditions may get the booster after making an individual assessment of the risks and benefits.
You kind of need a doctor and a lawyer to figure this all out.

The true cost of a new iPhone

Let’s talk about buying an iPhone for $1,000. Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, once compared this eye-popping price tag to buying a cup of coffee a day over a year. No big deal, right?

But financial advisers see this differently. By some estimates, an investment of $1,000 in a retirement account today would balloon to about $17,000 in 30 years.

In other words, $700 to $1,000 — the price range of modern smartphones — is a big purchase. Fewer than half of American adults have enough savings set aside to cover three months of emergency expenses, according to the Pew Research Center. Yet one in five people surveyed by the financial website WalletHub thought a new phone was worth going into debt for.

Tech companies fairly argue that our smartphones are our most powerful tools for work and play and thus worth every penny. But they also play numbers games to downplay the costs of a new phone. Samsung, for example, has said the price of its new Galaxy phone is $200 — but that’s only if you trade in a year-old phone for credit toward the new one. The true price is $800.


One of the reasons people don't become rich: They go into debt buying a phone they don't need.

New Haven Pizza Guide

New Haven, CT is famous for its thin crust pizza. The first pizzaria, Pepe's in Wooster St., dates back to the 1920s. It is now opening franchises nation wide. Pepe's historic rival is Sally's, a few doors away. It is nearly as old. Sally's name was featured on pizza boxes appearing in early Doonesbury cartoons. Both places feature brick ovens which some think is key to a great thin crust.
The local paper recently featured a guide to some of the area restaurants featuring New Haven style pizza. It's worth saving for when you happen to be in the area. Be forwared: Places like Pepe's, Sally's and Modern can have long lines at times. People seem to think the pizza is worth the wait:

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