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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 1,955

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

Dow Jones Futures Down 630.today

The market is always terrible in September. I heard Joe Kernan once say the tradition dates back to the 19th century when market investors would pull their money out to make short term loans to midwest farmers to pay for bringing in the harvest.
No idea why it still happens, but it usually does.

First Chilly Morning Here in New England.

Felt it while I was out walking the dog. Time to start thinking about putting away the shorts.
Leaf peepers! Your time is fast approaching!

Laura - Carly Simon

Johnny Mercer song.

Boston's Skinny House sells for $1.2 million!

At just over six feet across this is even skinnier than the NYC one. It says it has a water view. Maybe that's the appeal:


Alleged Hitman Denies Intentionally Shooting Murdaugh!

In an exclusive interview the alleged Hitman in the Murdaugh case, Curtis Smith, denies ever shooting the disgraced lawyer. He claims he was set up. He admits to being at the scene and disposing of the gun. Murdaugh appeared in court last week with no bandage or other evidence of a head injury:


I don't know what's going on but I don't believe Murdaugh ever intended to end up dead.

Notre Dame Cathedral to be rebuilt by 2024

Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire in 2019, is expected to be reopened to the public 2024. The work to secure the structure is now complete. The President of France has decided it will be rebuilt exactly as it was.


Lawyers' War Stories

When lawyers (particularly litigators) gather after hours they enjoy entertaining each other with yarns of the strange, the bizarre and the incredible things that happen in a court of law. It's a world civilians rarely get to hear of. This 'war story' comes from a column the legendary William Dow writes for the little New Haven County Bar Association paper. Willie is now the Dean of the Connecticut criminal defense bar. Among other famous clients he defended governor John Rowland in his impeachment and first criminal case. (Can't win them all!)
It's too good not to share:


Chinese Property Developer's Bankruptcy Threatens Economy

The imminent collapse of Chinese real estate developer Evergrande is making investors wonder if it is a Chinese 'Lehman Brothers'. Evergrande is a real estate developer owing upwards of $300 billion dollars and will soon be unable to meet it's debt obligations. Speculation that the collapse of Evergrande will flood an already depressed real estate market with 1.4 million individual properties under construction. Many of these units have been prepurchased by individual investors.
It is estimated that real estate prices are already down 20 percent over the past year. Citizens in China have been encouraged for many years to nvest much of their wealth into housing with the assurance that prices could never go down.


I have been reading for years about the eventual collapse of the Chinese real estate market. Evergrande is not the only developer in trouble. It does sound a bit like the US in 2008.
The collapse of Evergrande could effect wide deaths of the Chinese economy:


The collapse of Evergrande and it's effect on the Chinese economy is being widely covered in the financial press:


George Soros warned last week that the collapse of Evergrande could cause the Chinese economy to collapse


The next CDC meeting on boosters

Looks like the CDC advisory committee (ACIP) will meet on September 22 at 10AM and again on 9/23 to make its own recommendation on boosters. I assume this will be livestreamed too.


I read tonight in the New York Times that although the FDA gets to approve boosters on an emergency basis it is actually this committee that will determine how and when it all happens.

FDA meeting on boosters is live!

I think you can watch it live if you are booster obsessed!
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