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by Pyrex
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reparations
Replies: 96
Views: 4260

Re: Reparations

[*] Every single group that has come to the U.S., legally or illegally, has, over the course of one generation, out-performed African-Americans, who hao anchor d the major advantages of a) being US citizens and b) speaking English as their native language. At what point are people start going to ass...

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by Pyrex
Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reparations
Replies: 96
Views: 4260

Re: Reparations

I know successful people of every ethnic background. Some have had more advantages than others. The really strong people I know (of every ethnic background) make zero excuses for themselves, and see their role in this world as a strong performer, and provider to the weak. Kindness is strength, not ...

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by Pyrex
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reparations
Replies: 96
Views: 4260

Re: Reparations

Why should, say, an Asian American who came to the US with nothing to their name 20 years ago and managed, through hard work and perseverance, to succeed have to pay for someone who started off in life much better off than themselves and did not manage to make anything of it? There is no greater pri...

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by Pyrex
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis To Disband Police
Replies: 174
Views: 6184

Re: Minneapolis To Disband Police

From my work, I see too often senior higher raking supervising and administrative police officers don't get disciplined for their failures to discipline cops under them. or for off-duty issues like DWI, drug use, family violence and corruption. Too often if get into trouble they put them into some ...

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by Pyrex
Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis To Disband Police
Replies: 174
Views: 6184

Re: Minneapolis To Disband Police

What does it actually mean, this emotive sounding 'defund the police'? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/05/defunding-the-police-us-what-does-it-mean So, spending in the US on policing has gone up by a factor of four in as many decades while crime has reduced. Even before all this, going...

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by Pyrex
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis To Disband Police
Replies: 174
Views: 6184

Re: Minneapolis To Disband Police

I for one look forward to seeing Mineappolis transform itself into Little Mogadishu.

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by Pyrex
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 33329

Re: Another day another police killing

President Trump is abusing his powers with his 'law and order' threats, including use of the military to police the streets to protect property, to cover up his obscene failure as to the Covid-19 pandemic. He must resign, those around him invoke the 25th Amendment or face another Impeachment. Trump...

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by Pyrex
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 33329

Re: Another day another police killing

The Supreme Court Has a Chance To End Qualified Immunity and Prevent Cases Like George Floyd's The Supreme Court could announce as early as Monday that it's revisiting qualified immunity, a doctrine that shields rotten cops from civil rights lawsuits. https://reason.com/2020/05/29/the-supreme-court...

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by Pyrex
Tue May 12, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2000 Former DOJ and FBI call on Barr to resign over Flynn
Replies: 59
Views: 2749

Re: 2000 Former DOJ and FBI call on Barr to resign over Flynn

Prosecutorial codes of ethical conduct require prosecutors to only bring charges in cases where they could prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt in court, regardless of any guilty plea they were able to extract. There is no chance that would be the case here, with any sort of unbiased jury. PR...

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by Pyrex
Tue May 12, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2000 Former DOJ and FBI call on Barr to resign over Flynn
Replies: 59
Views: 2749

Re: 2000 Former DOJ and FBI call on Barr to resign over Flynn

Prosecutorial codes of ethical conduct require prosecutors to only bring charges in cases where they could prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt in court, regardless of any guilty plea they were able to extract. There is no chance that would be the case here, with any sort of unbiased jury. PRO...

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by Pyrex
Sun May 10, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

Perhaps your best forte is creative writing - although if you were to publish this claiming it is factual, you, like Flynn, should be charged with perjury. Bless your little heart... :roll: So, no answer on why you think Justice is best served by a plea deal WITH NO JAIL TIME as opposed to a trial,...

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by Pyrex
Sun May 10, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

Welcome to the daily edition of "Why are you so afraid of a trial?", where our contestants try to explain how justice would best be served by spending years and millions of dollars trying to enforce a guilty plea FOR NO JAIL TIME, instead of letting the matter be decided in court, where b...

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by Pyrex
Sun May 10, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

Welcome to the daily edition of "Why are you so afraid of a trial?", where our contestants try to explain how justice would best be served by spending years and millions of dollars trying to enforce a guilty plea FOR NO JAIL TIME, instead of letting the matter be decided in court, where be...

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by Pyrex
Sun May 10, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Mercenaries Captured in Venezuela After Failed Coup Attempt
Replies: 89
Views: 2819

Re: U.S. Mercenaries Captured in Venezuela After Failed Coup Attempt

Not a good week for U.S. coup plotters, at home or abroad.

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by Pyrex
Sat May 09, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

Obama has been out of office almost four years. There is literally zero reasons to blame him for the cover up and corruption that the current administration are committing. None. We were told six months into Obama's first term to stop blaming GWB for everything. Yet, here we are almost four years o...

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by Pyrex
Fri May 08, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

The justice system is just revenge by other means. What was done to Flynn was inexcusable, and he has every right to fight back if he feels aggrieved. Also, Sidney Powell, his lawyer, should get a Presidential Medal of Freedom - what a woman that is, truly teaches you the meaning of not taking no f...

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by Pyrex
Fri May 08, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

Good thing he is not being charged with treason, then, he is being charged with one count of lying to the FBI. Oh, i see you don't know what a plea deal is. To quote the judge "arguably you sold your country out". He could not be charged with treason only because of the circumstances, the...

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by Pyrex
Fri May 08, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

Good thing he is not being charged with treason, then, he is being charged with one count of lying to the FBI. And the only witnesses to that are dirty FBI agents whose testimony on the stand would collapse like a castle of cards (if they decided not to just plead the 5th, that is). But if you feel ...

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by Pyrex
Fri May 08, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

Last time that judge saw an abuse of power like this (something that, frankly, paled in comparison to this) he ended up nominating a special prosecutor to investigate the prosecutors. Dirty prosecutors ended up committing suicide instead of facing the music. I wouldn't keep my hopes up.

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by Pyrex
Fri May 08, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

He can still be charged with those. A Dem win in November and he will be in prison by 2022. So, what you are saying is "lock him up"? yeah, like you do with criminals that are proven guilty. best regards Thomas Well, unfortunately for you, unless Biden's very own brand of bravado and stup...

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by Pyrex
Fri May 08, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

That's the other thing - if you are so convinced Michael Flynn is this great criminal mastermind, you would not have spent over a year and millions of dollars trying to enforce a guilty plea with a sentencing recommendation of NO JAIlL TIME, you would have been glad that he had withdrawn his guilty ...

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by Pyrex
Fri May 08, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

I am not a fan of this administration but it became obvious the past couple of weeks that Flynn was setup by the FBI. . how exactly did they make him not disclose his lobbing activity for Turkey? Basically Flynn pled guilty to a 'process' crime, basically lying under oath, not of a direct criminal ...

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by Pyrex
Fri May 08, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

Basically Flynn pled guilty to a 'process' crime, basically lying under oath, not of a direct criminal act. Process crimes are often used where evidence is not enough to get a suspect of a crime of more substantial crimes. It has been long believed Flynn pled guilty to protect his son from prosecut...

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by Pyrex
Fri May 08, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

I’ll take “Real patriots don’t sell nuclear tech to Saudi 9/11 miscreants” for $500, Alex. Wait, now it's Saudi Arabia, not Turkey? HuffPost sure gets those talking points around fast. It’s both in Flynn’s case. No idea what you’re on about - WSJ first reported the Saudi links in 2017. I’ll take yo...

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by Pyrex
Fri May 08, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

Nearly all large institutions have institutional problems with believing their own BS and protecting their own. Does the FBI’s conduct absolve Flynn from selling out his country and lobbying for Turkey without proper registry as a foreign agent...then *accepting* a job like WH NSA? No way. If lobby...

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by Pyrex
Fri May 08, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

I think the most amazing thing in the middle of this whole thing is that the FBI's shenanigans came crashing down on them because of the meticulous written records they kept of their crimes. Seriously, who keeps 3-year old handwritten notes from a brainstorming session on how to railroad someone? No...

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by Pyrex
Thu May 07, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

But seriously. in your calls for retribution, it is apparent you are not calling for justice or equality. You are calling for revenge where there is none. Flynn is being let off to fulfill Barr's agenda to forgive Trump for asking for Russia to interfere in American Elections. The justice system is...

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by Pyrex
Thu May 07, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

An excellent and fair-minded take on what’s really going on here: The immediate predicate of the government’s move to dismiss the charges today was the release in April of FBI notes about its interviews with Flynn. Among the notes, an unidentified FBI employee wrote, “What is our goal? Truth/admiss...

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by Pyrex
Thu May 07, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

One of the most shocking cases of abuse of power in U.S. judicial system has finally come to a conclusion (although hopefully things are only getting started...). After a steady drip-drip-drip of documentation showing FBI and DOJ malfeasance, culminating with a bombshell trove of documents last wee...

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by Pyrex
Thu May 07, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

Atty. Van Grack, one of Mueller’s men, has filed for his withdrawal from the case. State’s witness, perhaps? Plea deal? No, they will do that when they strongly object to the actions being taken. The same thing happened when DOJ leadership reduced the sentencing recommendation in the Roger Stone ca...

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by Pyrex
Thu May 07, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2091

Michael Flynn charges dropped

One of the most shocking cases of abuse of power in U.S. judicial system has finally come to a conclusion (although hopefully things are only getting started...). After a steady drip-drip-drip of documentation showing FBI and DOJ malfeasance, culminating with a bombshell trove of documents last week...

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by Pyrex
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 6705

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Scientists at Oxford Univ. who are researching a coronavirus vaccine have claimed that this is a possibility. A stark deviation from the "12-18 months" timeline. UK government has stated that there are no guarantees, though. Some links provided below: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52329...

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by Pyrex
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 6705

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Scientists at Oxford Univ. who are researching a coronavirus vaccine have claimed that this is a possibility. A stark deviation from the "12-18 months" timeline. UK government has stated that there are no guarantees, though. Some links provided below: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52329...

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by Pyrex
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Hotel Experience: The Ritz-Carlton
Replies: 27
Views: 2080

Re: Your Hotel Experience: The Ritz-Carlton

Yes, I forgot, Moscow Ritz, fabulous bar with equally fabulous prices. I think drinks and snacks before dinner for 8 or 9 totaled $750-ish US. Breakfast bar was $60. Damn, almost $100 a person for pre-dinner... That better have included some caviar and blinis, plus a Cossack opening a champagne bot...

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by Pyrex
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Hotel Experience: The Ritz-Carlton
Replies: 27
Views: 2080

Re: Your Hotel Experience: The Ritz-Carlton

Santiago, Chile and Atlanta. The Santiago one was really nice, great location, clearly the preferred business hotel in the city. Atlanta was OK, was only there for a short while anyway. Did not stay there, but the Ritz Carlton in Moscow has an amazing rooftop bar, with a gorgeous view over Red Squar...

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by Pyrex
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6751

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

Can't find the thread about making "China pay" so this one feels most appropriate, better than the COVID19 one. Funny, was just about to start a thread on that today, but sounds like one already existed once and was sanitized by the powers that be... Since acknowledging reality seems to n...

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by Pyrex
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another Casualty of Covid-19: US Postal Service
Replies: 78
Views: 3149

Re: Another Casualty of Covid-19: US Postal Service

From the USPS source you provided: The pre-funding requirement, as it currently stands, contributes significantly to postal losses. Under current law, the Postal Service must follow a mandated pre-funding schedule of $5.5 billion to $5.8 billion per year through 2016. Those payments were catch up p...

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by Pyrex
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another Casualty of Covid-19: US Postal Service
Replies: 78
Views: 3149

Re: Another Casualty of Covid-19: US Postal Service

Are ERISA pensions funded 75 years out for employees? Employees that are not even hired yet like USPS? I get funding for employees already hired. But pre-funding employees who are not even born yet??? That is patently false. They are not required to prefund for employees who aren't on payroll. Plea...

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by Pyrex
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Vanderbilt Tower in New York City
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Re: One Vanderbilt Tower in New York City

Not actually sure, frankly. We haven't been told much about our new arrangements.

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by Pyrex
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Vanderbilt Tower in New York City
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Re: One Vanderbilt Tower in New York City

My company was supposed to move into the building in November - they started work on our floor earlier in the year, pre-Coronavirus, but not sure where that stands now. Once composites realize they can do a lot of work from home, I wonder if the needs for space will be the same.

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by Pyrex
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another Casualty of Covid-19: US Postal Service
Replies: 78
Views: 3149

Re: Another Casualty of Covid-19: US Postal Service

https://defazio.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/defazio-authored-bill-to-help-us-postal-service-maintain-sustainability https://www.nalc.org/news/the-postal-record/2019/may-2019/document/Prefunding.pdf I searched for "prefunding mandate" but the only thing that came up was USPS so I...

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by Pyrex
Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another Casualty of Covid-19: US Postal Service
Replies: 78
Views: 3149

Re: Another Casualty of Covid-19: US Postal Service

Can someone confirm my question: Is the USPS the ONLY entity/business required (effectively by law) to fully prefund pensions? Tugg https://defazio.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/defazio-authored-bill-to-help-us-postal-service-maintain-sustainability https://www.nalc.org/news/the-postal-reco...

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by Pyrex
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poll worker in IL dies of COVID-19
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: Poll worker in IL dies of COVID-19

Why the hell are the states even involved in who a private organization (a political party) chooses to run for office? The government should be spending absolutely zero resources (time, money, people) in running party primaries, from registering people's political party preferences onwards.

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by Pyrex
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Relocating to Escape the New Normal
Replies: 56
Views: 2968

Re: Relocating to Escape the New Normal

I am not sure there will be a major shift to rural areas, but similar to the Great Depression I believe there will be some cultural shifts that will impact this generation's approach to real estate: 1) More shift towards suburbs vs city centers. Not because infection rates will be materially differe...

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by Pyrex
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure
Replies: 83
Views: 3034

Re: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure

A mutual fund is as close to a blind trust as you could possibly get... I might have severely misunderstood this forum. Initially I thought it was mostly composed of people of average intelligence afflicted by a severe case of TDS. The severe financial illiteracy demonstrated here (and other thread...

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by Pyrex
Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure
Replies: 83
Views: 3034

Re: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure

A mutual fund is as close to a blind trust as you could possibly get... I might have severely misunderstood this forum. Initially I thought it was mostly composed of people of average intelligence afflicted by a severe case of TDS. The severe financial illiteracy demonstrated here (and other threads...

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by Pyrex
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure
Replies: 83
Views: 3034

Re: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure

I mean, how much do you need to fuck up your anti-Trump reporting for even freaking Vox to call you out on your bullshit? If there were awards for piss-poor journalism the New York Times would take it with this one, and I don't care if this is driven by financial illiteracy on the part of the report...

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by Pyrex
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure
Replies: 83
Views: 3034

Re: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure

[quote="Pyrex]The couple from Arizona did not take the drug, they took fish tank cleaner...[/quote] [quote="N583JB":1raq1ok1]You mean the couple that ingested fish aquarium cleaner because it sounded kinda like a medication? Fish tank cleaner that contained exactly the same ingredien...

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by Pyrex
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure
Replies: 83
Views: 3034

Re: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure

And the 30% will still love him. But with even greater intensity. Well, if many of them follow his suggestion and start taking hydroxychloroquine, that 30% may shrink quickly... ;) This drug won't kill you, more than COVID19 would. It would seem you have more to gain from taking the drug than not u...

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by Pyrex
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure
Replies: 83
Views: 3034

Re: Now it comes out: trump Stake in non-FDA approved Hydroxychloroquine Sales for Covid-19 Cure

Interesting article. https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2020/04/07/trump-has-small-distant-link-to-sanofi-french-drugmaker-of-hydroxychloroquine/#9ec0e8872603 Trump’s three family trusts have investments in a Dodge & Cox mutual fund, with Sanofi as the largest holding, according to the ...

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