Jon Letendre

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  1. I’m sure that having had the right colds providing immunity to Covid can be adequately explained by reference to how very different they are from one another. “It’s conceivable that the T cells that you’ve made in response a couple of years ago — three, four, five years ago — when you were exposed to a relatively benign coronavirus that causes the common cold, could actually hang around, and when you’re exposed to the SARS-Coronavirus-2, could have some degree of protection.”
  2. Since being at $29/Troy Ounce last night, silver is now trading down 14-15%, at $24.80.
  3. Also could be one of her doubles. Yeah, a lot of fun is about to start with her past.
  4. That bracelet is exactly what I am talking about, not complicated by stones or other non-silver, about one ounce. 32.3 grams X 92.5% (sterling) = 29.9 grams silver, which is 96% of an ounce with a current silver spot price of $29/ounce. So it contains $27.86 of silver. It sold for three and a half times that, but the uglier more common ones are going at 90-100% of spot. I got more tonight. I pick it up at the Colorado Springs Goodwill next week because I also have an item I won that does not ship: a big brass floor hanger with four bars that swivel about.
  5. I like all those, too, and I have some, but everyone wants double spot. I am settling for sterling lately: one and two ounce bracelets with clear weights uncomplicated by stones, etc. And trays and bowls, candy dishes, candlestick holders, unweighted at bottom, again for clean understanding from weight how much silver is really present (and of course accounting for it being only 92.5% silver.) Even in the last 90 days I am getting it in for 85-105% of spot. I have even had some success at For extra confidence, wait for the right auction with pics of the item on the scale with readout and pics of it in their $10,000 Niton x-ray metallurgical analysis machine confirming silver, gold, platinum, nickel, copper, zinc, tin, etc. content, and you see the readout and your item in the machine. (not all items up for auction have been run through the machine.) All the coins and bars are going for what the dealers charge, no deals there.
  6. I haven't found silver in quarters since I was a kid. I think I found my last silver dime about five years ago. I scan for the tone/patina and edges very quickly. My last notable silver score was at a local bank. After the real business I always say to the teller, "Do you think you have or any of those big pesky fifty cent pieces, like with John F. Kennedy on front?" So my last one, this was at least ten years ago, she answered, "oh, god, do I ever, and no one wants them and they sit here on this second tray I have. I even have the other ones, the founding father" (Benjamin Franklin halves from '40s, '50s and '60s.) So she reaches for it and plunks down a tray of all 90% silver halves and only a couple were 40%. I see all the patina and white edges and I'm trying to stay cool. "How many do you want?" "Oh, gosh, let's just do the easiest thing and count them all and I'll take them all for you." I gave her a $20 bill and she gave me two modern quarters and 39 silver halves. It was about $250 of silver then, so almost $400 today.
  7. I see. My clip may not show it. Just like on 911 when Bush was reading to the class of children and staff walks in and whispers in ear. (Bush kept reading) but Trump walked away without a word.
  8. He has not gone back to Washington since leaving to all the White House staff on the lawn waving goodbye. Story is he went to Ohio and spoke at Whirlpool then went straight to his golf course in New Jersey, where he is still supposed to be. He just walked off of his news briefing, 911-style. Observe:
  9. Device with handle is to be pushed clockwise. Device 2 will therefore push counter-clockwise. Device 3 will also push counter-clockwise as it is connected by taught cord to device 2.
  10. Our Great and Dear President Trump is reminding the Democrats of the last time they threw a big tantrum, but still lost their slaves (and new nation.) He is discussing giving his acceptance speech at Gettsyburg, where the battle which ended that tantrum took place.
  11. That is a super cute picture of one Biden flag on one (operable?) boat, Billy. Every weekend enormous Trump boat parades wind through the intracoastals of the south. Your picture is embarrassing. Why do you lack the instinct to keep it hidden? You may as well have posted this picture ...
  12. But Michael, some people are a certain way and liars do not turn them off. Liars are not "them" to them. They see generous liars as practicing normal exchange of ideas. They won't be offended until the liars damage them personally.
  13. Knowing about the anti-microbial aspect of copper, when I wear my Abe Lincoln presidential dollar coin ring (77% copper outside and pure copper inside that gets exposed when the center is punched out,) I periodically take it off and put every finger into it, roll it around in the palms a few minutes and put it back on. Those $1 Presidentials make nice copper rings because they don't green your finger because the surface in contact with your finger was the surface of the coin which is a low-tarnish alloy (77% copper, 12% zinc, 7% manganese, 4% nickel.) They punch out the center of the coin then force the coin into a series of dies that invert it 90 degrees until the heads (obverse) side is in contact with the finger and the tails (reverse) side is facing out. You can see "United States of America," both of Lady Liberty's hands and the dollar sign under the "D" in "United." When I take it off you can see the obverse of the coin that goes against skin and it says "Abraham Lincoln 16th President 1861-1865 In God We Trust." One edge of the ring is pure copper exposed when the coin's center was punched out and the other edge of the ring says "2010 D E Pluribus Unum." You can get the series of dies online to punch the hole and force the 90 degree inversion, all you need is a hydraulic press. This one isn't mine, it is a George Washington, but otherwise same thing. The edge we see none of, facing away from us, is pure copper.
  14. Unabashed, We both have the bicycle sickness, and now this, too?! I have retained every pre '82 penny and every nickel I received in change over the past twenty years. As you know every pre '82 (and some '82) penny is 95% copper (and 5% zinc, making them technically a brass, "gilding metal") and currently worth about 2 cents in copper at that metal's current value of about $3/pound. And nickels are 75% copper and 25% nickel and have been worth about 8 cents but are currently worth only about 4 cents (just over 2 cents copper and just under 2 cents nickel.) I buy brass like it is food. I like nice deep red high copper brass, and high zinc yellow, too. Any decent sculpture, ships' bells, any bell too large to hold (that hangs,) spent gun and artillery shells worked into vases and objects of art. - - - Now that I got researching all this stuff to get my figures right, I discovered something I never knew about: World War II artillery shells were melted down throughout '44, '45 and '46 and made into the pennies minted those years. I knew about the '43 being steel, I even have a few uncirculated ones, but never knew about the artillery shell pennies which I am sure I have many of and will now have to go find and hold.
  15. It means employees will get more in their paychecks. Yes, 16% is due. So if the pay to an employee is $100, then the gov't wants $16. Yes, the employer pays $8 of that and the other half is taken out of the employee's check, and then the $16 is forwarded to the gov't. (And, yes, it is fair to say that in actual fact the employees are the ones paying all $16, if we track the consequences carefully.) Trump's order says the employer will no longer have to forward $16, but only their half, $8. He is not giving employers a holiday for their half, but only the employees, for theirs. So, unless they want to go viral, the employers will stop taking the $8 from the employee's checks. Once made permanent after his re-election the overall effect will be to cut this tax in half. (It will still be true that employees really are the ones paying it, as it comes out of the higher rate of wages they would be getting in the absence of the tax.) But that doesn't change or diminish the fact that the overall effect will be to cut this tax in half.
  16. I know what you mean about libertarians, but Amash is not failing to snap out of anything, but is a member of the team fighting for its life against Trump who is coming after them with a hangman's noose in hand. He is not a commentator, that is just a role for our consumption.
  17. Tell them to calm down, extract their head from their ass and note his words: "If I am victorious on November third I will terminate that tax." If they can't do that, tell them to fix the fairness issue they are having -- vote for Biden to ensure no one gets a tax cut, or freedom or a future.
  18. Trump today: "I am providing a payroll tax holiday to Americans earning less than $100,000 per year. In a few moments I will sign a directive instructing the Treasury Department to allow employers to defer payment of the employee portion of certain payroll taxes from the first of August. ... "If I am victorious on November third, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax. ... "I will terminate that tax."
  19. 79.1% lower death rate in countries employing widespread early HCQ use. Early treatment with hydroxychloroquine: a country-randomized controlled trial * Covid Analysis, August 5, 2020 (updated August 8, 2020) @CovidAnalysis Many countries either adopted or declined early treatment with HCQ, forming a large country-randomized controlled trial with 2.0 billion people in the treatment group and 663 million in the control group. As of August 8, 2020, an average of 39.6/million in the treatment group have died, and 443.7/million in the control group, relative risk 0.089. After adjustments, treatment and control deaths become 82.0/million and 637.0/million, relative risk 0.13. Confounding factors affect this estimate, including varying degrees of spread between countries. Accounting for predicted changes in spread, we estimate a relative risk of 0.21. The treatment group has a 79.1% lower death rate. We examined diabetes, obesity, hypertension, life expectancy, population density, urbanization, testing level, and intervention level, which do not account for the effect observed.
  20. Fauci's NIH in 2005: "Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread." and "Chloroquine can effectively reduce the establishment of infection and spread of SARS-CoV."
  21. No Shit, Sherlock Holmes! Did she say otherwise?