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  1. Could it be this? "Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Roche's Genentech unit, Amgen, GlaxoSmithKline and Lilly partner AbCellera can now share manufacturing information that could help speed up coronavirus antibody production, thanks to a business review letter from the Justice Department's antitrust division." ""The demand for monoclonal antibodies targeting COVID-19 is likely to exceed what any one firm could produce on its own," the DOJ said in its letter. "Moreover, waiting until regulators approve specific treatments before scaling up manufacturing might delay access to these potentially life-saving medicines by many months, which adversely could affect the nation’s efforts to fight COVID-19." I'm not smart enough to know if this is noteworthy: "Notably absent from the collaboration project was Regeneron. The Tarrytown, New York-headquartered biotech first pushed its antibody cocktail, dubbed REGN-COV2, into clinical trials in June. The treatment was created by selecting hundreds of neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 from a mouse model and humans who recovered from the virus. The company ultimately settled on two of the most potent antibodies, pairing them to prevent a viral mutation from evading treatment. In July, Regeneron signed a $450 million deal with the Trump administration to supply 1.6 million doses of its antibody cocktail, possibly by summer's end, the company said."
  2. The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing John Bogle was the founder of Vanguard and a proponent of Index Funds. Unless you know what you are doing, buying individual stocks isn't much different than gambling (most of the guys in here have an idea what they are doing). Here's a decent video on Index Fund investing:
  3. I don't know if is lack of will to prosecute, or whether the laws have no teeth, but regardless of party, it feels like the Executive branch has way too much power. Unwritten rules and traditions need to be defined in the law if we are going to keep them (i.e. should a President submit tax returns, is the Emoluments clause enforceable, etc.). The idea of a politicized intelligence community and legal system is concerning. I am also concerned about American isolationism. We have withdrawn largely from the global community and we can't be a super power if we are alone.
  4. So many good lines in that movie...
  5. Rounders - “Pay that man his money” NSFW
  6. I would rather wear a mask than a necktie, so I guess I am an anti-tie-er? Oh - and I want to wear shorts rather than pants. In fact, I'm sure that somewhere in my constitutional rights I can walk around with my twig and berries out. DON'T TREAD ON MY TWIG AND BERRIES.
  7. (In my best Christopher Walken internet voice) Ya see...when people - and when I say "people", I mean human people. When human people get tested and they have this disease - this Corona disease - they get what's called a "positive result" - which is a little ironic to me, 'cause having this disease don't sound too positive, ya know what I mean? Now, on the other hand, if they don't have this disease and they get this test thing, they end up with a "negative result" - which again - a little ironic. I remember getting tested for cowbell fever one time and I couldn't eat beef for a week. Now when you test a lot of people, and they have this disease, you get a lotta positive results - and that skews the numbers. If you didn't test anyone, you would get a lot less positive results - maybe even zero, or less than zero - maybe a negative 3 or 4. So the President - ya know - Trump - it sounds like he could basically cure all this just by stopping tests. Why anyone would want to get tested and find out they got this thing, I don't know - it's CRAZY.
  8. How about this scenario: 1. PPP runs out, small business gets hurt 2. Fed sustains Large Cap stocks through stock and bond purchases 3. National debt continues to rise (who cares?) and the government continues to cave to big business lobbyists 4. The stock market will look like it is doing well because Small Business isn't represented in the DJIA, S&P 500, etc. and Trump can take credit for "a great economy" 5. Large Caps buy Small caps (industry consolidation) at a discount or simply lose competition as they close 6. Results in more monopolies (and of course, the rich get richer)
  9. Don't forget "This will all be gone in the summer when it gets hot - viruses can't stand hot weather" (even though the southern hemisphere of our planet has alternate seasons).
  10. Watch the video - starting at 2:05, and you'll have a better appreciation for Tom Scholz - a literal genius - who actually engineered this record.
  11. I think it is reasonable to concede that Biden isn’t the young tyke he was, but I have full confidence he and his staff will put people in positions to be more effective than what we have today and will be much better at getting us out of our current crisis. He will be a partner to the CDC and the WHO, rather than an adversary, and actually admit there is a problem. That will get us on track to get our country back up and running. What we have today is obviously not working.
  12. Watched it twice in the last 3 days. Turning on subtitles helps capture detail in the story if it goes too fast for you, but loved this so much.