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ceegeegee 4 points ago +4 / -0

Remember the PPP loan program at the beginning of CV for small business? I was very involved in learning about it because my family has a small business. They got shut out of the first round because larger businesses with better access to the banks gobbled up the cash. Small business as defined by the program was any company with up to 500 people - I remember asking someone thst was giving a presentation about it and he said the definition was according to ERISA guidelines. But he thought it should have been capped at 200 employees as those other companies had other options.

I played around with the website www.pandemicoversight.gov which listed the different business, the loans they got, etc. I remember doing a sort to see who got the biggest loans. One of the largest? Planned Parenthood. Now, PP has something like 5-6K employees and gets something like $500M from the government via Medicaid reimbursement alone. I remember thinking how in the world they could do that? They got millions while legitimate small businesses were being pushed into a second round. It turns out that they are structured as individually incorporated charities. Yep, they are basically franchises, like Burger King. Except the local BK wasn't getting $1M in PPP money.

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ceegeegee 3 points ago +3 / -0

Dang I'm getting old...

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ceegeegee 12 points ago +12 / -0

Know a guy who does some work for a biotech company developing cancer drugs. Under "right to try" laws pre-CV, they got 1-2 inquiries a month. Now, they are getting 4-5 a week.

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ceegeegee 6 points ago +6 / -0

So very sorry for your loss.

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ceegeegee 3 points ago +3 / -0

This guy was asking g the question of why now? Why bring this story out now? The theory is that most vax injured are Democrats. They are facing an uphill battle in the election and the party is afraid that the victims of vaccines - that their party promoted - and thus disproportionally affected their core voters, might divert their votes and vote for an anti-vax Democrat, Robert Kennedy.

https://www.igor-chudov.com/p/pandemic-officials-are-disappointed?utm_source=%2Finbox&utm_medium=reader2

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ceegeegee 3 points ago +3 / -0

Several years ago, my husband got involved in Oakanawan karate. His sensei was a woman. Tiny thing but had power. Could jump kick above her head. My husband is a big guy - 6''4" - and while he could not move as fast, his physical strength just gave him an edge. One day, he was paired with a woman with a higher belt than he had at the time to challenge him. She went a little low and he instinctively reacted with a shot to the head that made her eyes roll back. She shook it off because she knew what she had done, But it illustrates that no matter how good you are as a woman, you are always going to be handicapped with a physical disadvantage that is very hard to overcome.

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ceegeegee 3 points ago +3 / -0

From the GP article:

The video further alleges that the intelligence community used FISA warrants to spy on Trump and his team and that this surveillance has continued post-presidency. “We monitor everything,” Fseisim claims in the recording.

I believe someone pointed out that FISA goes both ways?

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ceegeegee 3 points ago +3 / -0

If you are in CA, you are likely familiar with the shit show the insurance markets are. (BTW, this is spreading to other states.) A lot of carriers have exited writing new business and now are begin to exit (not renew) altogether. State Farm is the most recent example. The CA FAIR plan run by the state has been the stop gap for this - basically an insurer of last resort. A barebones policy that covers fire only. There was an article recently that emphasized that the plan has grown tremendously over the last couple of years but that liabilities are now trending around $300B but they only have $200B in the bank. An actual carrier with this kind of balance sheet would likely be put into receivership.

There is argument the companies are looking for bailouts (they have to pay into it under law), but I would add that while there is an element of truth to that, in part it is because the CA Department of Insurance did NOTHING over the last four years. (I don't think one new auto policy has been approved since CV and I think most of them still work from home. They have something like 1800 employees- WTF do you people DO?) I asked a friend of mine who works pretty high up for one of the publicly traded agencies about it. I said "do you get the feeling they are trying to crash the whole thing and then turn around and blame it on the convenient boogeyman?" Let's just say she didn't disagree.

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ceegeegee 4 points ago +4 / -0

Saw this earlier on TFP regarding all the issues going on at the search engine:

As Mike Solana explains in a post for the technology blog Pirate Wires, Pichai’s anodyne comments are, in fact, a big deal given the recent blurring of work and activism in Silicon Valley:

While a relatively benign statement to the untrained eye, this was in fact a stunning departure for the House That Built Crazy, and so we arrive, some seven years after its clownish incarnation, at the conclusion of tech’s “bring your activism to work” arc, in which a silent majority of kind, hardworking idealists were bullied into submission by a minority of actual psychopaths clawing for workplace power behind a cloak of virtue.>

https://www.piratewires.com/p/mission-accomplished

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ceegeegee 4 points ago +4 / -0

Sending prayers your way fren. It is HARD. I was 30 years in and it took me 18 months. I changed industries and I am actually now starting to do pretty well. God will lead you where you need to go...

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ceegeegee 1 point ago +1 / -0

Exactly. And I have noticed he is trying very hard to be positive and to use his platform as a force. He realizes his blessings and is trying to walk the walk.

Agree on both Tom and Vinny. Vinny has passion but sometimes you want to say "calm down, I am on your side ". (I noticed you left out Adam - LOL. He so wants to be Tom and he doesn't hold a candle. I love it when he gets called out to "get to your point already.")

I haven't checked out The Unusual Suspect yet. Any good place to start?

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ceegeegee 6 points ago +6 / -0

I really like PBD. His background lends him an interesting perspective, and while it is obvious he rolls with the rich kids, there is an element of humbleness that you usually do not see with what is generally a very arrogant group of people and he is not afraid to call them out on it.

There was one episode not too long ago where he went on a rant and basically shamed the upper class - a good portion of his audience BTW - for being cowards when they have power the average person does not have, challenging them to stop hiding and whispering in their private VC dinners and to step up and be real leaders. "You know who you are." I wanted to stand up and clap.

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