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Saudi Arabia suspends pilgrimages to Mecca over coronavirus

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We bought ours years ago

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Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: February 24, 2020, 02:27:53 PM »
February 17 2019 04:34 PM EST weather.com

Flu Season: Up to 19,000 People Have Died; Vaccine Protecting About Half Who Get It

https://weather.com/health/cold-flu/news/2019-02-15-flu-season-vaccine-illnesses-deaths

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Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: February 23, 2020, 02:24:55 PM »

iMask? Companies Race To Build Next-Gen Facewear To Block Germs


https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/no-silly-not-imask-companies-race-build-next-generation-facewear-block-germs

Some costing $400+

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Economics & Investing / Re: 11 facts about San Francisco's housing market
« on: February 22, 2020, 02:42:10 PM »
Gavin Newsom Says Doctors Should Write Prescriptions For Housing

https://twitter.com/GavinNewsom/status/1230889348167434240

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Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: February 21, 2020, 10:09:20 AM »
WE do not have it YET

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Economics & Investing / Re: States people are fleeing - guess #1
« on: February 18, 2020, 07:25:45 PM »
Live in Oregon

WE DID

Eastern Oregon Wants A Divorce: County-By-County Initiative Underway To Join Idaho

imo: It will fail but ya get the idea...

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Macy's Downgraded To Junk; Stock Tumbles

S&P Global Ratings

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They will close 76 branches in the USA.

I'm not sure that I have ever seen one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSBC_Bank_USA

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Economics & Investing / Re: 11 facts about San Francisco's housing market
« on: February 16, 2020, 11:47:01 AM »
I worked with a guy in the 70's
We keep in  touch.
He and his wife went to Stanford and they live near the University.
I asked him about California and he writes:
Dear MM:

For those who live in California...and as you know, aside from the weather, family, and friends, the state is dysfunctional & failing in many ways. The State of California is blessed with many wonderful attributes....however, it has and is failing in many area...let me elucidate on but a few off of the top of my head....

Politically , California's s foundering because of the wretched political correctness and self-proclaimed Wokeness that pervades virtually every aspect of our society (political class, academic elite, tech-gurus & wisdomless Millenials). These folks are NOT stupid but carry with them a guilt trip because they are successful, white, male, bored, a victim of or wanting to be the victim of something, seeking a cause de jour, or simply grumpy.

Financially
state is bankrupt (via unfunded mandates including all levels of government/state, county, local),
Further, the state is also growing inexorably & exponentially to 'protect' citizens from themselves (and failing miserably - SF, LA are prime examples) Homelessness, drugs addiction, unattended mental illness & brazen violence are rampant (retail stores on University Avenue and at Stanford Shopping Center are regularly broken into by gangs of street thugs who race off to repeat their crimes another day. Wha's so interesting is that when local newspapers describe the event and the perpetrator(s) quite often race is NOT included. These are normally robberies that occur during the daylight hours. Guess that's too personal and insensitive. The cars involved are described by color and as SUV's or sedans not by make as they all look alike.

Family, Values, Responsibility, Character, Tradition
The answer by most Pols is to use 'unlimited' PUBLIC $$ at problems as it gives them a political theater opportunity to 'feather' their caps and makes sanctimonious public servants feel better about their actions. The actual fact is by placing a band-aid on metastasizing cancer they are simply exacerbating this epidemic of problems into the future.
'Leaders' seem to be blind to the root causes of many of today's problems...ie: the dissolution of the family unit, the lack of responsibility at every level, the belittling of morals, faith, family, the expectation that Jane/Joe should look to the government to solve his/her problems instead of taking full responsibility for their own destiny.

The Rule of Law
The Calfornia legislators have created a legal system that eschews common sense. What were felonies in the past are NOW misdemeanors.
Car break-ins are commonplace and your car becomes fair game to those who regularly break in to steal your valuables (carelessly left visible to the passerby). The penalty is a 'ticket' to appear at a future date....in courts that are already overburdened. And to compound this idiocy, the State of California is releasing 1,000's of felons back onto the streets (assuming that they will not become recitivists) to again prey on the law-abiding public basically at will. Why do you ask? To save the State the outrageous amount of $$ it costs to incarcerate 'the bad guys and gals' and in so doing place the financial burden on those who are preyed upon.
This at the same time that the well connected and financially powerful are insulated from any such 'outrageous' legal limitations (that the average person is supposed to be judged by) seem to fall into a bifurcated legal system and are excused, exonerated, or somehow found NOT guilty of virtually anything.

Regarding the California (and other locations as well) meltdown, I suggest that you read PROFILES IN CORRUPTION, By Peter Schwizer.
The first 'expose' is on California's current Jr. and former candidate for the POTUS, Senator Kamala Harris.
The book is annotated for fact-checking and is an eyeopener on many levels..

And people wonder why great states like California, Illinois, Oregon, New Jersey, NY, Maryland, etc. have turned into virtual s**t-h**e's.
Makes me sad to consider what is happening here,

Thanks for asking the question that prompted my regurgitation of this sad drivel!!
Best,
T

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Economics & Investing / China Is Disintegrating
« on: February 15, 2020, 01:26:32 PM »

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Water Cooler / Re: US Realtors
« on: February 05, 2020, 04:09:16 PM »
DRAS is correct AND the seller does not have the marketing experience or channels needed to get the BEST price.

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