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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: 1,971

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

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.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-nightmare-evergrande-scenario-uncontrolled-160000957.html

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:

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/17/china-developer-evergrande-debt-crisis-bond-default-and-investor-risks.html

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

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/17/investing/china-evergrande-group-debt-explainer-intl-hnk/index.html

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/10/business/evergrande-debt-crisis.amp.html

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.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/index.html

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!

Trials for 18 Jan. 6 Oathkeepers pushed back until at least Spring.

The large Oathkeepers conspiracy trial was scheduled for January has now been pushed into April and July 2022. This is owing to the large volume of video that apparently has still to be fully processed. Judge Mehta, who is presiding over the case, says he intends to split it into two parts. No Oathkeeper wants to be in the trial with Kelly Meggs who texted saying he was hunting for Speaker Pelosi. Both sides have sought the delay, although all the defendants, particularly those locked up, have a Constitutional Right to a speedy trial. The issue of pretrial incarceration may be revisited.
If the trials result in long prison sentences some leaders of the conspiracy may consider the benefits of implicating higher ups.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/16/judge-oath-keepers-trial-capitol-riot-512195

Cyber Ninjas Ordered to Turn Over All Records

The Cyber Ninjas have been ordered to turn over all records related to the Arizona Audit pursuant to the state's freedom of information act. The Arizona state senate fought this FOI request all the way to the state supreme court and lost. The records will show who paid for the audit and internal communications about the audit process. State senate president Karen Fann has asked the ninjas to comply with the court order. So far silence from the ninjas:

https://news.yahoo.com/arizona-senate-asks-cyber-ninjas-204100563.html

Summer's Gone - The Beach Boys



Summer is gone! Sigh.

Question about the Murdaugh Assisted Suicide case.

One thing is starting to bother me about that Murdaugh Assisted Suicide claim. There were seven bullet casings found at the scene. And the guy only ends up with one non life threatening wound. Does he even lose conciousness? How could he not be dead with seven chances to take him out (and supposedly that's what he wants)? Very strange.
Any thoughts DU crime buffs?

SC Police open Investigation into Death of Murdaugh Housekeeper and Financial Settlement

Apparently a housekeeper for the Murdaugh family died some years ago in the Murdaugh family home. Alex Murdaugh promised her family he would bring an insurance claim against himself for their benefit. The claim was brought, the case was settled for $500000, but the family has never seen a dime.
SC Police have opened an investigation:

https://nypost.com/2021/09/15/alex-murdaugh-sued-over-insurance-payout-tied-to-housekeepers-death/

Anderson Cooper has Written a Book about his Family: The Vanderbilts

Anderson Cooper is probably the wealthiest living Vanderbilt. But he earned his fortune himself.
It should be a fun read:

https://people.com/tv/anderson-cooper-book-rise-and-fall-of-famous-vanderbilt-family-letter-to-son/

Sloop John B - Brian Wilson and Al Jardine



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