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by barrett
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2855
Views: 108647

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Florida Death chart for August. Only 4 deaths on 9/7. Looks like either the virus is weakening significantly or we are well on our way to herd immunity. Maybe both.... https://i.postimg.cc/rp4PM5Ph/Capture.jpg Where are you getting your numbers? My go to site during the pandemic has been Worldomete...
by barrett
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Retirement Withdrawals
Replies: 6
Views: 152

Re: Retirement Withdrawals

You must start taking required minimum distributions from your IRA at age 70½. But you can reduce the tax bill. https://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/t045-c000-s002-how-to-downsize-your-rmds.html RMDs now start at age 72 except for individuals who turned 70&1/2 in 2019. I haven't read the Ki...
by barrett
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Racial IQ Gap, Nature versus Nurture
Replies: 37
Views: 539

Re: Racial IQ Gap, Nature versus Nurture

Another book, The Sports Gene, by David Epstein has a section on the 100 meters being dominated by athletes of West African descent and another about the Kalenjin distance runners from Kenya. The latter have a huge advantage in part because they tend to have slender lower legs which allows the "pen...
by barrett
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Racial IQ Gap, Nature versus Nurture
Replies: 37
Views: 539

Re: Racial IQ Gap, Nature versus Nurture

http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2017/science-genetics-reshaping-race-debate-21st-century/ The link says 99.9% of the genome across races is identical, among other things. Interesting stuff. Let's take long-distance running as an example. The best in the world are pretty much all Kenyans. Would yo...
by barrett
Wed Aug 19, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2855
Views: 108647

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

222 positive at ND. About a 20% positivity rate. Are any of these kids actually feeling sick or being hospitalized, Corto? Or are these just positive tests? Here in CT the numbers at UCONN are very low so far. Just talked to a friend whose kid goes there and found this online to corroborate what he...
by barrett
Sun May 17, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2855
Views: 108647

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Has anyone else on here had no income for the last two months due to the COVID-19 shutdowns? I know that pugchief has had to stay away from his dental practice. My wife's business is our family business and it went to zero on 3/11 with no good news in sight for months to come. Without going into too...
by barrett
Fri May 15, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2855
Views: 108647

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

When I look around online I see that smoking in the US causes about 480,000 deaths annually. COVID-19 has killed about 88,000 in two months more or less, for an annualized rate of 528,000 deaths. And it looks like only about 14% of Americans smoke. Is it fair to say that the virus is about as danger...
by barrett
Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2855
Views: 108647

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I'm quite pleased that I had the same idea he did: to use the Diamond Princess cruise ship as a basis for calculating COVID penetration & fatality rates, because it was an ideal situation in which you could assume that everyone on the ship was exposed to the virus. I posted some early calculations ...
by barrett
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2855
Views: 108647

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Here is the link to the table Vinny posted: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/ I believe that updates frequently throughout the day. I have heard that many are critical of the methodology of this and other sites, but the official numbers do eventually seem to more or less fall in ...
by barrett
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2855
Views: 108647

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Hey guys, check out Ray Dalio's latest virtual interview. It's a pretty meaty conversation. The gist of it? "We're headed into a Great Depression" he says. https://youtu.be/yrxYhv2O3wU Thanks for posting that, Smithers. Dalio talks a little bit about asset diversification on that video from about 2...
by barrett
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2855
Views: 108647

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I don't see how any adults with school aged children at home will be able to stay well. How do you manage that when you have 500-1000 asymptomatic critters running around touching each other all day long? Except that most parents with school aged kids are actually young enough to not be high risk t...
by barrett
Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2855
Views: 108647

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I have these questions, from a very much slanting toward what the hell are we doing? —world loses 150k people a day normally. If we are conservative and say this has been going on for 60 days, is that adding 1666 deaths a day to that total? —if adding, that is only a 1% increase. Have we gone overb...