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  1. CatB

    Coronavirus

    I hear you, and maybe their masks wasn't perfectly fitted, but one of them even wore N95 at outdoor events because of her medical risks and it looked tight to me. I've also never seen her son or husband indoors without a mask and neither of them had it. Fortunately, she's testing negative now...
  2. CatB

    Coronavirus

    And yet, anecdotally, a number of people I know who've continued to wear masks in public have contracted it recently. And then there's the one friend who got it at an event in CA and said that in spite of advertising vax requirement and masking, nobody checked the former, or wore the latter...
  3. CatB

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Nope, it failed on my iPad half a dozen times, so I switched to my laptop.
  4. CatB

    Coronavirus

    Hope your symptoms are slight and short-lived.
  5. CatB

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    I googled Caitlin Johnstone and it Took less than 5 minutes of skimming articles about her to find out she’s a far left conspiracy theorist whose journalistic capabilities and integrity are seriously questionable. Edit: adding source: Caitlin Johnstone: Anatomy of a Far Left Conspiracy Nut and...
  6. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    So that’s why Tesla is lawyering up. if Geico has a $5m problem with a HyundaI, Tesla insurance risk on Teslas must be to the moon
  7. CatB

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    I think we had some discussion on the timing at the beginning of this thread. Iirc, some felt the pandemic depressed demand for oil, so Putler waited for new production to slow.
  8. CatB

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Do you have a source for that? Back in 2013 when I did a lot of car shows with my MS, I looked it up and found 4.5 kWh to be conservative. I just googled and top results, nothing scientifically authoritative tho, were 5+, including this quote from a guy who normally gets the sciency stuff pretty...
  9. CatB

    Coronavirus

    This probably isn’t news to any of you, but in a desperate attempt to get us back on topic: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/04/29/covid-deaths-unvaccinated-boosters/ I am hoping “Your local epidemiologist” will chime in on whether/if/how we can take better care of elderly. it sounds...
  10. CatB

    Coronavirus

    Oof, yeah, that was stupid. Agree scientific truth is an evolving target. OT but will be interesting to see how Twitter ends up handling this.
  11. CatB

    Coronavirus

    And prosecute the hell out of the people who spread that misinformation to begin with.
  12. CatB

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Re: having citizens report enemy troop movements. What then will keep Russian soldiers from classifying them as spies, not civilians, and mistreating them accordingly? And yes, of course, they already are; and I'm sure we all see the distinction - I just fear that will make things "complicated"...
  13. CatB

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    So sorry to see this. Hope you and your family are safe.
  14. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    I'm hoping for a 5-part trilogy. Last one worked out pretty well (IRL, reflected in stock price at the time, not so much, IIRC)
  15. CatB

    Coronavirus

    11-17M killed in the holocaust, 6M were Jews. Coincidentally 1/2 - 1/3.
  16. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Better to support European sanctions against Putin’s invasion. Considering the environmental risk of nuclear plant disasters and the humanitarian toll of this tragic insanity, he’s making perfect sense. any further comment on this will probably be deemed OT tho
  17. CatB

    Coronavirus

    Right, so when the unvaxed are only allowed to use up their fair percentage of hospital rooms, ICU beds, etc. then we'll agree that they're accepting responsibility for their well-being and not infringing on the rights of others. And hopefully, they'll have the decency to let children get first...
  18. CatB

    Coronavirus

    Of course, FL economy is booming because tourism, no state income tax. Medicare funds so much healthcare for retirees, and now unemployment checks are going to people who prefer to be unvaxed, unemployed and living off the largesse of the rest of us taxpayers... (kidding, not kidding)
  19. CatB

    Coronavirus

    I agree, partially, nobody chooses to be uninformed or unreached (and I'd say language might be another issue here). 100% that we'd do better as a nation if we improved education and healthcare. I've even heard that some libertarians consider healthy, educated, productive populations an...
  20. CatB

    Coronavirus

    First, what Jeff N said, depends on where you are. Secondly, I'm not sure you can definitely say that since there's a reasonable level of doubt that we know true case rates because so many people are having trouble getting tested. That pesky denominator problem. Thirdly, Covid hospitalizations...
  21. CatB

    Coronavirus

    Don't forget that hospital resources are limited. If all the unvaxed people in the ICUs had been vaccinated, more of them would have recovered at home and hospital resources would be available for people who need non-Covid treatment (cancer, car accident, joint replacements, etc.). I was point...
  22. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    I saw a post on a forum from someone asking if their beta car was worth more because it was a beta. Didn’t sound like a test mule, it was bought used from a Tesla employee who bought it at a discount. So maybe? If I were a new employee and had access to coworker know-how and parts, why not?
  23. CatB

    Coronavirus

    Here in Va, Walgreens has a limit of 4. A neighbor picked one up for me (no symptoms in my family, but as caretaker for 86yo… I try to be prepared) and I went in 5 minutes later to get another and they had nothing. Even with the limit, it is too easy to do multiple trips or text a friend. At...
  24. CatB

    ARKK, ARKG, ARKF and ARKW

    @Cal1 - that I did not know, but makes sense. And all this time I thought my ARKG ETF was supporting her as well. And @Paracelsus's post about supporting Ms Wood based on her positive impact on the market sounded so good!! It appears there is a mutual fund one can buy. Would that actually...
  25. CatB

    Coronavirus

    Excellent question, and WaPo doesn’t have an answer yet https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/12/22/japan-covid-omicron-falling-cases/ tl;dr - a lot of possible theories, but researchers and public health can’t explain why Japan and S Korea have different experiences (similar vax rates...
  26. CatB

    Coronavirus

    This says who was positive on admission to the hospital, not necessarily admitted due to Covid - so in theory a vaccinated 70 year old could have an asymptomatic breakthrough infection, be admitted for a procedure and find out they were positive. Am I reading this right?
  27. CatB

    Coronavirus

    Given how Trump stifled, embarrassed, shocked, contradicted and then effectively gagged Birx and Fauci, there was ample reason not to trust those agencies while they were under Trump’s control. Blame belongs with the guy who suggested injecting bleach or taking hydrochloriquine.
  28. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    So… without those subsidies, supply and demand alone would help with our carbon footprint. And we’d have lots of money leftover to maybe do some good things.
  29. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Disagree - the Coronavirus thread is still there to protect this thread from OT: Coronavirus and also to protect the coronavirus thread from the OT chatter here. A number of valued contributors have made that thread very helpful, actually.
  30. CatB

    Coronavirus

    This is what I hope to do, but one friend said the Moderna booster knocked him out for 5 days. I am going to boost vitamins and hydration 2 days in advance (counting on at least the placebo effect, I know science not strongly behind that). How was your experience if I may ask? And any...
  31. CatB

    Coronavirus

    Any trouble requesting/scheduling different brand?
  32. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Poetry, Audie? srsly? Now why’d ya have to go and do that?
  33. CatB

    Coronavirus

    If fringe means “inconsequential in number” that’s fair. if it means “on the edge of reason where the threads of logic fail to make a fabric” I think the image of wild hair ideas flapping in the wind works for me. But verbal preferences aside, having had so much interaction with anti-vax...
  34. CatB

    Coronavirus

    This is heartbreaking and concerning. I know this vaccine isn’t perfect, but for someone to get this sick, only 6 months after getting vaccinated is very worrisome, especially since it seems all the authorities are pushing back on boosters. Are there any studies available on the longevity or...
  35. CatB

    Coronavirus

    Agree, it is really frustrating to have so many different ways of tracking supposedly the same data, and the most important insights I would like to see are the case breakdown between unvaxed, half-vaxed and fully vaxed. I agree with the WaPo editorial of a few days ago that if this info were...
  36. CatB

    Coronavirus

    @FoverM - ditto AlanSubie4Life's hope that you and your wife are both well soon. Just curious how long ago you were vaccinated, if you don't mind my asking? I'm seeing some articles suggest that the vaccine starts losing effectiveness after 6 months. I would sign up for a trial if I could get a...
  37. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Doge charger? lol, in so many ways…
  38. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    But this picture: - shows that profits would go negative without the cryptocurrency sale and the regulatory credits - doesn’t show investments in new factories so It reinforces the story that Tesla‘s core business is unprofitable and would fail without regulatory credits and ‘gambling’ on...
  39. CatB

    Coronavirus

    Oh dear God in heaven... all the times I’ve said ‘You wear a mask in a global pandemic for the same reason you drive on the right side of the road, to choose civility and civilization over chaos and destruction” and now I know why that argument doesn’t fly... We. Are. Doomed. And KY? Of course...
  40. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    I think it is time for @Krugerrand to check with ...MOM!
  41. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Me too, except I am just trying to time transfer of shares into a conversion Roth - hate to pay taxes on those shares that are now worth less...
  42. CatB

    Coronavirus

    While it is wildly unfair to characterize CDC’s preparedness/support with this one document, by itself, it suggests they started looking at mortality and morbidity data based on the data they had mid-summer, and came up with an obvious answer for how to prioritize the sequencing (but not how to...
  43. CatB

    Early retirement strategies

    That is what my accountant and I figured out. We had to add the rolled-over IRA with the non-deductible IRA, figure out the $5k x (number of years) after-tax numerator, against the total value (lotsa TSLA) to figure out the income tax I will have to pay out of existing savings. Since I just sold...
  44. CatB

    Early retirement strategies

    Thanks, I have 401k at my employer, which I will just let ride. I have a rolled-over account which is where most of my TSLA is, and then I have a traditional IRA (funded with after-tax dollars, so gains would be taxed proportionally when I take distributions). My Schwab guy just said I could...
  45. CatB

    Early retirement strategies

    I hope this is the right place for this question. Roth IRA thread is closed. I like the idea of moving some TSLA to a Roth, but would have to create a backdoor conversion. Can I transfer some stock this year (paying income taxes on it, naturally) and some in future years? Or even multiple...
  46. CatB

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    i tried to get a stock certificate for gifting to family members a few years ago and was told impossible. Did you mean statement? Or is that a European trading ‘perk’?
  47. CatB

    Coronavirus

    So sorry to see this, condolences to you, your wife and your family.

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