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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 08:56 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.

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Russia evacuating diplomatic staff from Ukraine.



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The National
Feb 12, 2022
Russia has begun withdrawing its diplomatic staff from Ukraine, the Russian state-owned Ria Novosti news agency reported on Saturday amid mounting fears that Moscow will soon launch an invasion after months of military build-up on the borders with its neighbour.

"Russian diplomats and consular officers in Ukraine have begun to leave for Russia," Ria Novosti quoted a source as saying.

Russia has said it had no plans to invade Ukraine and has not officially announced the withdrawal of its diplomatic staff there, but the source said a reduction in personnel was indicated by the increased difficulty in obtaining appointments at Russia's embassy and consulates.

Commenting on the reported withdrawal, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia had decided to "optimise" staffing at its missions in Ukraine in view of "possible provocations by the Kiev regime or third countries". However, they would continue to provide basic services, she wrote on her Telegram account.

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/europe/2022/02/12/russia-evacuating-diplomatic-staff-from-ukraine/

Any recommendations for hotels, B&Bs in the Florida Keys?

Thinking of going this spring. Maybe stay in Key Largo, then move down to Marathon or even Key West if we can find something affordable. Looks like rooms down there are expensive. We're hoping to find some places in the middle, not high end, range.

I see the new Death On the Nile is in theaters.

I think my wife and I will go see it. A 5:00 pm show should be deserted. It must have been filmed on location. I know who dunnit but love Agatha Christie.

The BA.2 Omicron sub-variant in Connecticut

https://twitter.com/NathanGrubaugh/status/1491847955401293833

For anyone keeping track of this stuff:
Dr. Grubaugh does the Covid sequencing in CT. He identified the BA.2 sub-variant as being present in CT in early January, but to date it has made no progress. He says in the thread that any estimates that BA.2 is growing in the US are based on modeling, not actual sampling.

3000 NYC workers will be fired if not vaccinated by tomorrow.

Feb. 10, 2022, 5:30 p.m. ET
Hundreds of municipal workers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge this week, chanting in unison for New York City to end its vaccine mandate, and carrying signs that said “Fire Fauci” and “Unvaccinated Lives Matter.”

Their pleas were rejected by Mayor Eric Adams, who has reaffirmed the city’s looming ultimatum: If city workers do not get vaccinated, they are the ones who will be fired.

The Adams administration is poised to dismiss up to 3,000 municipal workers on Friday for refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, in what could be the nation’s most drastic example of a work force reduction tied to a vaccine requirement.

The mandate, put in place by Mr. Adams’s predecessor, Bill de Blasio, has been effective: About 95 percent of the city’s 370,000 workers have received at least one dose of the vaccine, an increase from 84 percent when the mandate was first announced in October.

Nearly 3,000 N.Y.C. Workers Have a Day to Get Vaccinated or Be Fired https://nyti.ms/3JhFW69

Mayor Eric Adams: Tough on crime, tough on the unvaccinated.

Apparently there is another Tomconroy on this website.

Obviously I was sent a few of his hearts by mistake.

The Wine Business Sees A Problem: Millennials Aren't Drinking Enough.

The American wine industry believes it has a problem: millennials.

More specifically, it’s the fact that aging baby boomers — currently the prime market for wine — are nearing retirement age, the time of life when consumerism typically declines.

Millennials, the generation that began to come of age after the turn of the century, have given no indication that they are poised to step in. They buy much less wine than boomers, and the wine industry has not done enough to entice them to become regular consumers.

In his annual State of the U.S. Wine Industry report, presented last month, Rob McMillan, an executive vice president of Silicon Valley Bank in Santa Clara, Calif., and a longtime analyst of the American wine market, issued a forceful warning that a day of reckoning was coming.

The Wine Business Sees a Problem: Millennials Aren’t Drinking Enough https://nyti.ms/3J9aEyy



Apparently they prefer craft beer and cocktails. I guess one of my favorite phrases: 'Champagne for Everyone!' will go the way of the dodo!

TCM now! 'When We Were Kings'. For boxing fans!

A documentary about the Rumble in the Jungle between Muhammad Ali and George Frazier. A great movie!

JFK Profile in Courage Award nominations

I got an email today from the JFK Library. You can nominate someone for the annual JFK Profile in Courage award. So I'm posting the link:

https://www.jfklibrary.org/events-and-awards/profile-in-courage-award/submit-a-nomination

Crucification - Marian Anderson

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