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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: 5,145

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

When the Saints Go Marching In - Fats Domino

Omicron in NYC

https://twitter.com/AstorAaron/status/1487561558536429568

A few weeks ago cases hit 40000 a day. Yesterday it was 4600.

Hoping it continues to drop, there and everywhere.

PS: I just checked June 2021 stats. It got down to under 200 cases a day in the City. Still a long way to go

I'm just catching up with the 'Succession' phenomenon.

We've been streaming episodes for the last few weeks. We just started season 3. I really enjoyed season 1. I thought season 2 was a little over the top.
I guess it's inspired by the Murdoch family. Some really good acting, particularly that guy who plays the youngest son.
I never realized billionaires used the F word so much.

Historian Michael Beschloss on President's and Pets!

https://twitter.com/BeschlossDC/status/1487537551867011077

People on the thread are pointing out that Lindsay Graham must not count!

The 'Blizzard' of January 2022

Looks like it really didn't happen here in New Haven, CT. Maybe three inches on the ground. Supposed to stop around 7PM and it's not coming down hard now. Seems it will just be a minor storm where I am. Somebody must have had some real snow. Glad it's not here.

Study concludes Long Covid in children is rare and of short duration.

https://twitter.com/apsmunro/status/1487100181690658816


At last we are getting studies of long Covid with control groups, i.e. actual science.

I saw Elizabeth Montgomery was trending on Twitter this morning

apparently for no other reason than that guys used to have a crush on her.
So I thought I would mention it:


https://twitter.com/ASoftstar/status/1487267322515451910

Omicron BA.2 in Connecticut

This is hot off the presses:
https://twitter.com/NathanGrubaugh/status/1487063969131077643

I believe what it means is that by means of a fast examination they have determined that their tests show that the original Omicron BA1 in the last couple of days accounts for 85 percent of test results (I believe Dr. Grubaugh test every outpatient in the Yale New Haven system with this method). Until quite recently the original Omicron BA1 was 95 percent of tests. This test can't distinguish between the Delta variant and the BA2 Omicron variant. So the 15 percent could be either, but I'll guess the majority was BA2 (Delta had been hanging around at 5 percent for all of January in CT).
The sequencing which can distinguish between delta and BA2 lags the quick test by a couple of weeks but did show a BA2 case from Jan. 8.
The good news is that despite what is presumed to be an increase in BA2 Connecticut covid cases are still dropping quite rapidly.
I'll continue to watch.

Covid Associated Hospitalizations by Vaccine Status ages 50 and above.

https://twitter.com/EricTopol/status/1487067433143705600

Being vaccinated helps a lot. Being boosted helps even more!
These are the just out CDC stats. They go to 12/25. The chart about death rates out the other day went to 12/4.

How crypto became the new subprime - Paul Krugman

Whatís this crypto thing about? There are many ways to make digital payments, from Apple Pay and Google Pay to Venmo. Mainstream payment schemes, however, rely on a third party ó usually your bank ó to verify that you actually own the assets youíre transferring. Cryptocurrencies use complex coding to supposedly do away with the need for these third parties.


Skeptics wonder why this is necessary and argue that crypto ends up being an awkward, expensive way to do things you could have done more easily in other ways, which is why cryptocurrencies still have few legal applications 13 years after Bitcoin was introduced. The response, in my experience, tends to take the form of incomprehensible word salad.

Recent developments in El Salvador, which adopted Bitcoin as legal tender a few months ago, seem to bolster the skeptics: Residents attempting to use the currency find themselves facing huge transaction fees. Still, crypto has been effectively marketed: It manages both to seem futuristic and to appeal to old-style goldbug fears that the government will inflate away your savings, and huge past gains have drawn in investors worried about missing out. So crypto has become a large asset class even though nobody can clearly explain what legitimate purpose itís for.

Investors in crypto seem to be different from investors in other risky assets, like stocks, who consist disproportionately of affluent, college-educated whites. According to a survey by the research organization NORC, 44 percent of crypto investors are nonwhite, and 55 percent donít have a college degree. This matches up with anecdotal evidence that crypto investing has become remarkably popular among minority groups and the working class.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/opinion/cryptocurrency-subprime-vulnerable.amp.html

Why are the riskiest financial products being sold to the least sophisticated investors (Just the way subprime mortgages were marketed)?
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