Mambo Kings

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  1. Mambo Kings

    The American Experiment

    We will see approximately 400,000 less people die over the next decade than expected. The 41 year old congressman from Louisiana was going to die anyway at some future date . Is that a covid related death or simply that he would have likely died from a heart attck sometime in the next 30 years anyway. The father who passes from covid at 89 who would have died anyway in 2021 from something else....is still a year lost of life. 30 years or 1 year, we could try counting years lost but the point is nobody should have to die earlier than they should do.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    The impact of Brexit is already causing anyone who wants to buy Irish shares a headache. Irish and UK shares settle through something called CREST . The word CREST stands for Certificate-less Registry for Electronic Share Transfer. It enables retail investors (and most institutional shareholders) to settle and hold securities in electronic form instead of holding physical share certificates. The system also assists in making dividend payments to shareholders and putting into effect corporate actions like rights issues. The problem is that CREST is based in the UK and the EU have decided (and UK have agreed) that CREST cannot be used by European companies once the UK leaves the EU. This stupid and petty but deliberate oversight means that all Irish shares now have to move the a Euroclear Belgium settlement which will mean millions spent of hosting extraordinary general meetings at the company level, approval votes by shareholder and disruption It is particularly acute for the Irish companies where most of the volume trades in London with British shareholders. They will sort it out but what an unnecessary process which at the margin will continue to diminish London as a financial capital Most of the UK ETFs which financial planners use are Irish entities Its even worse with Ryan Air , to maintain its European route licenses, Ryan cannot be controlled by non_EU shareholders , so all British shareholders have their vote removed. Two years ago, the Chairman raised this as a specter in eventuality of a hard Brexit. Well there was a deal and instead of "control", the long held philosophy of one share:One vote, Brits lose control over a company where they own the majority of shares. But.....even worse.....Brits can no longer buy shares in Ryan Air...so when someone wants to sell their shares, theyneed to find a European buyer.....which makes it a buyers market .
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    When offered the Vaccine, will you take it?

    Does anyone know how States or Government will be prioritizing or allocating the vaccine?
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    When offered the Vaccine, will you take it?

    To be fair to Blatant......the point he is making is that CV19 is far more dangerous to >65 year olds than it is to younger people. So yes, older people should probably get prioritized in the vaccine process. But if I was 30, I would still want to get vaccinated. Why take the risk of catching CV19?
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    When offered the Vaccine, will you take it?

    I live in a CT coastal town in Fairfield county. Thus far we have lost 23 people in their 30s to confirmed cause of death to CV19. We never had 30 year olds dying from the flu. The very young or the very old succumbed to the flu. The number of cases is rising fast again in our area. I don't care about statistics. I would like a widely available vaccine as soon as humanly possible . I will take it .
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    8 Bells Geoff Ewenson

    We are still trying to digest this news. Geoff and Mary were close to so many Viper sailors. We were all together in Sarasota immediately before covid. Mary led a debriefing after racing. She had been driving in preparation for the Women's NA Championship and was gently teasing Geoff in his role as her tactician and coach. He inclined his head (in that way that he did) and smiled his infectious smile. I can hear him right now, standing round my boat, with our tight group of friends from around the USA and Canada, laughing as he explained some theory of sailing or life. Mary and Geoff lived life to the full, loved each other to the full and Geoff was and still is loved very much by his friends far and wide. There is no consolation or silver lining here. I will only say to Mary if she reads this, that Geoff touched so many of us and lived such a very rich life. One of Mary and Geoff's goals for 2021 was for Mary to drive (and secretly they wanted to podium) in the first Viper 640 Womens International Championship , immediately preceding the 2021 Open World Championship. It is a year away almost to the day. It is so hard to imagine that Geoff will not be there, passing out tuning tips or lying on the lawn with a beer in hand. There is a spinnaker hanging from the flagpole, gently flapping in the wind, shedding droplets of tears, that will never dry.
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    Florida Governor Issues Emergency Order

    Tri-states were hit first and nobody knew about masks etc. Hospitals were not ready. So we got hit hard with a fatality rate much worse than the second wave in the South and the West. So we are naturally more careful and more worried about it reappearing tha some other parts of the nation. Wearing a mask just makes so much common sense. I cannot see the factual and logical argument for not wearing a mask....so I assume it is emotional. I dont really know why we all wear masks but it has become part of daily life and routine in our state, nobody gives much thought to the pros and cons....we just wear the masks.
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    Florida Governor Issues Emergency Order

    Here in my part of CT,mask wearing is almost universal. Most people just do it voluntarily. We had such a rough time when the onset of the pandemic was peaking in NYC and tri-states that we do not want to go back. All places of business that I visit enforce the state law requiring mask wearing and almost nobody objects. Costco, CVS, UPS store, Stop and Shop and Home Depot all enforce mask wearing. I was at a liquor store the other day when someone came in claiming they had forgotten their mask and despite objecting was made to leave......now what really impressed me is that all the other customers gave the store manager a standing ovation. Customers want a safe environment.
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    When offered the Vaccine, will you take it?

    With regard to vaccines , I trust the OVRR and FDA to do a better job appraising vaccines than elsewhere. However since these vaccines will be simultaneously submitted to all of the regulatory bodies around the world including the equivalent of the FDA in Europe and Japan.....it goes without saying that a vaccine that is universally approved will be my choice over one that is rejected by some regulators. Furthermore I know that in the US, the mere existence of our plaintiff bar ensures that big pharma sets a very high standard for safety. A small phama company might be prepared to "bet the company" on a vaccine but not Pfizer or J and J. These companies have many lines of profitable drugs and treatments that they will not put the company at risk due to law suits for releasing an unsafe vaccine. When a vaccine is available, I and my family intend to get vaccinated. Our global society does not get back to normal until this disease is eradicated.from further waves. I do not want to spend the rest of my public life wearing a mask nor do I want to wait until I get CV19 . Bring on a safe vaccine, as soon as possible. Hopefully vaccines will be available so that we can host our Viper World Championship at Noroton Yacht club next October.
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    First Effective Treatment Imminent

    WHO document does not record that the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine enters Phase 3 in late July. https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-announce-early-positive-update-german
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    First Effective Treatment Imminent

    If the outcome of Phase 2 (Safety and Adverse effects) is successful, Yes of course. I want to travel again and live a normal life without fear of CV19.
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    First Effective Treatment Imminent

    Re Vaccine Schedule: Moderna - I spoke with Stephane (CEO) 2 weeks ago. They believe they will be able to declare "victory or defeat" in October. Phase 3 trials have started in July (that is public knowledge) running parallel with ongoing Phase 2 . The manufacturing facility by Lonza is nearly up and running and will be producing a very large inventory of vaccine before the vaccine is approved. If the vaccine fails then the US Government will be out a few hundred million ...oh well! Nothing compared to the economic cost of waiting one additional week for a vaccine. Pfizer- They are only weeks or even days behind Moderna. Same on the production facility....possibly even further ahead. they are going to be making the vaccine without knowing final results Astra - Zeneca UO. Phase 3 trials with N30,000 subjects. Their program is moving at breakneck speed. The team are working 12-14 hour days , 7 days a week. I believe we will have a vaccine by December.First priority will be hot spots and health workers. Then the ILCA
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    Melges 20

    The healthy sport boat classes in the 20' range with amateur racing around the country are the Viper 640 and the VX One. At our club, despite pandemic we have gone from 4 Vipers last year to 8 this year with a 9th on the way. Nationally, there is sailing in the summer months in the great Lakes region, the North East and Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast and West Coast. There is a vibrant winter series for Vipers in Sarasota Florida and Miami on the East Coast and Long Beach on the West coast. Where I live we have a Long Island regional series and there are active fleets hosting events from Marblehead to Annapolis within a 4.5 hour drive for me. Same applies in many other regions. The Viper offers both local racing and bigger destination events if you like to travel. Above all, it is amateur racing. Nobody brings paid crew. The 2021 World Championships are in CT. The builder is healthy and you can also pick up used boats at reasonable prices. The VX is also in good shape. The principle difference between the two boats is that the Viper is a 3 person boat that can be sailed by 4 lightweight crew. The VX is a 2 person boat that can be sailed by 3 lightweight crew. The Viper is a larger class in the US but both classes are solid and doing well. As far as I can tell, the Melges 20 in the US is primarily a winter circuit based in Miami. It is predominantly an amateur driver/pro crew scene with almost all boats hiring a pro to be on board. Absolutely nothing wrong with that....but it is something you want to buy into, if you are going to own a Melges 20
  14. To this centrist, it is extraordinary that the nomination process in a nation with so much leadership talent could produce such an uninspiring choice. Eight years after voters had to choose between Romney and Obama, we have this.
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    san diego open for sailing?

    So its official......you are co-habitating?