Recent comments by Mike in Long Island

Early diagnosis, best treatment, top health (presumed) and still he died. Double scary.

Nothing to fear.

justaskin and the CDC said so.

Ebola Not A Significant Threat To U.S., CDC Says

“No Ebola cases have been reported in the United States and the likelihood of this outbreak spreading outside of West Africa is very low," CDC spokesperson Stephan Monroe, Ph.D., the deputy director at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said in a teleconference. "I want to underscore that Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population."

We may be doomed. Dooooooooooooooom!!! Dooooooooooooooom!!! Dooooooooooooooom!!!

I'm sure our governator will throw his hat in the ring. Bloomberg may as well.

- NY Times

While Mr. Cuomo said last year that the panel was “totally independent,” his office’s statement said the panel was not, in fact, independent at all. On Monday, Mr. Cuomo returned to describing the panel as possessing “total independence.”

In the statement, the governor’s office complained that commission members “did not understand the budget or legislative process or how state government worked,” and often sent subpoenas “with no logic or basis.” But on Monday, Mr. Cuomo praised the commissioners, saying they had not received enough credit for their achievements.

** Last summer, Mr. Cuomo said the panel could investigate anything — even his office**. He reversed course in the statement his office gave The Times, declaring, “A commission appointed by and staffed by the executive cannot investigate the executive.”

Ebola’s Escape From Africa Unlikely Though Not Impossible - Bloomberg

“One person per plane load would have something that you would possibly call flu-like symptoms,” Neuman said in a telephone interview. “Do you want to detain all those people coming into your airport? Do you have the manpower to do that, and send them all for testing? It’s expensive, and difficult.”

See nothing is wrong with housing and the economy!

Million-Dollar U.S. Housing Loans Surge to Record Level - Bloomberg 

Banks are handing out mortgages of as much as $10 million to the wealthy in record numbers while first-time homebuyers struggle to get loans.

Erin Gorman, managing director at Bank of New York Mellon Corp., said she’s fielding more requests for home loans of at least $2 million than ever before. She recently provided a mortgage of more than $6 million for a client’s purchase of a second property in Colorado.

A Bank of the West wealth management client who takes out a $1.5 million loan and keeps $750,000 in a wealth management account is eligible to get half a point off the usual cost for an adjustable-rate mortgage, Bank of the West’s Kendall said.

Did someone say something about Argentina?

Former Goldman Options Trader Becomes Argentina Taxi King - Bloomberg

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After 23 years trading stock options at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co. and his own hedge fund, Russell Abrams is piling into his most exotic gamble yet: as a Buenos Aires taxi impresario.

Abrams, 48, plans to invest as much as $100 million of his own money to build a fleet of Buenos Aires cabs, undaunted by the prospects for Argentina’s second default in 13 years, the fallout from the peso’s devaluation in January, inflation of about 40 percent and the economy’s first quarterly contraction since 2012.

Nothing like some travel restrictions to boost GDP.

Liberia Shuts Borders Amid Ebola Outbreak - WSJ

The largest Ebola outbreak in history prompted Liberia to close its borders on Monday, as the government worked to educate its citizens about the disease.

worrying about getting struck by lightning shouldn't occupy more than a small fraction of your time

Which is why I won't be giving it another read at this time. That said we'd be foolish to ignore the possibility of this making it's way to our shores with an incubation period of up to 21 days.

Mix in a large number of people in close quarters, like say sporting events, mass transit or the mall and well it has the potential - albeit slight to right size the worlds population.

The Hot Zone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

I read it when it first came out. Not sure I can handle a re-read given the ongoing outbreak.

For EE

The arrival of an Ebola-infected air passenger in Nigeria has airlines and airports scrambling to respond around the world |
News.com.au

Nigerian health authorities are racing to stop the spread of the flesh-eating Ebola virus after a man sick with one of the world’s deadliest diseases carried it by plane to Lagos, Africa’s largest city with 21 million people.

Last week, the West African nation of Sierra Leone had a “Typhoid Mary” scare where an Ebola-infected woman escaped into their capital city of Freetown. She has since turned herself in — and died in an ambulance on the way back to hospital.

“Lagos is completely different from other cities because we’re talking about millions of people,” said Plan International’s Disaster Response and Preparedness Head, Dr. Unni Krishnan.

Toronto-based international infectious disease specialist Kamran Khan told NPR: “The chance of Ebola spreading out of West Africa is very, very low. But if it did spread, Paris is probably the first city on the list.”
The specialist studies how viruses move around the globe in an effort to predict the spread of major contagens.
The key factors here, he said, were how many people had the infection and how many of them travel: “The big question is whether sick people are going to get on a plane and spread the disease.”

Hey dilbert if you by chance have taken me off ignore I have a boat related question for you.

You mentioned you built a pulling boat. Can you please share what plans you used and whether you built it glued lap, clinker or stitch and glue.

Thanks.

Once symptoms occur, I mean, which is when the thought was that you might rather be at home.

If you show up at any international airport with a passport and credit card and say "when's the next available flight to wherever", chances are you will find yourself on a flight that day or the next.

Back when international travel was limited to ships you had more time for these things to play out and set up the appropriate protocols. Today - not so much. Especially since with social media the public outcry over quarantining Grandma Penguin returning from her first African safari would be immense. That coupled with a complete and utter lack of balls on the part of our elected officials means no chance of containing this thing if it gets going.

From olden times - just over 100 years ago....

OUTBRAKE OF CHOLERA AND QUARANTINE AT NEW YORK HARBOR 1892

The first great gain which we may count upon in staying the progress of the disease is that we know, beyond any possibility of doubt today, precisely what causes it, and just exactly what we must do to destroy and make harmless the noxious agent. To know that the infections germs do not travel in the air, do not surround their victims with an intangible and deadly atmosphere, do not lean from place to place in some mysterious way, but are particulate bodies which can be studied and handled and killed, is to have banished superstition and nameless terrors from the problem, and put it upon a rational and tangible basis. The control of the cholera is simply a matter of sanitation and disinfection. That is, of putting exposed well people under such conditions that they will not be liable to come in contact with the disease germs, or be susceptible to them if by some mischance they do, and of destroying as fully as possible all the germs as soon as they may become freed from the bodies of those already stricken. If these two conditions can be fulfilled, Asiatic cholera will not spread. But their absolute fulfillment is our only guarantee of success.

The practical solution of the problem of limiting the spread of the disease falls happily into two very distinct lines, namely, those things which must be done by the health officials, and, not less important, those things which must and must not he done by the people. So far as the duties of health officers are concerned, they are clear and precise, and the degree of success which will attend their efforts will depend upon the intelligence and ceaseless vigilance which they bring to the service of their fellows.

Happily in this country there seems to be no doubt in the minds of the officials that cleanliness is now not only nearest to godliness, but is in some measure a sharer in its beneficent influences as a national safeguard. "In God we trust," but we are not unmindful of drains and dirt.

The maintenance of an efficient maritime quarantine, which is the most important wholesale protection of a country against the scourge, has at its base, it must be confessed, a principle which at first seems to savor not a little of the direct and bold application of the barbaric instinct of self-preservation at whatever cost, since the detention of infected ships with their passengers involves the principle that the few must, if necessary, suffer for the universal good.

I remember when going to Japan that they had a Health Check on you before Passport Control!! I bet they dont get Ebola...

Nigeria Death Shows Ebola Can Spread by Air Travel - ABC News

Doctors say health screens could be effective, but Ebola has a variable incubation period of between two and 21 days and cannot be diagnosed on the spot.

Good luck with that.

Well that didn't work our too well.

The arrival of an Ebola-infected air passenger in Nigeria has airlines and airports scrambling to respond around the world |
News.com.au

Last week, the West African nation of Sierra Leone had a “Typhoid Mary” scare where an Ebola-infected woman escaped into their capital city of Freetown. She has since turned herself in — and died in an ambulance on the way back to hospital.
Any outbreak in the Nigerian city of Lagos, where a large portion of its population live in squalid, close conditions, could prove catastrophic.

The spread of Ebola requires contact with bodily fluids - making the untreatable virus possible to contain.
Toronto-based international infectious disease specialist Kamran Khan told NPR: “The chance of Ebola spreading out of West Africa is very, very low. But if it did spread, Paris is probably the first city on the list.”
The specialist studies how viruses move around the globe in an effort to predict the spread of major contagens.
The key factors here, he said, were how many people had the infection and how many of them travel: “The big question is whether sick people are going to get on a plane and spread the disease.”

Is that even a question? People get ill and if they are away from home the first thing many want to do is return home to be with family and familiar surroundings.

Dooooooooooooooom!!!

Security Theater™

Yes - in all its glory the past few days replete with NYPD Counter-Terrorism (their flak jackets said so) on foot patrol on the pedestrian/bike path on the bridge. Always in groups of at least 2 and usually 4 stationed a few hundred yards apart.

'Murica - fuck yeah

It's not funny enough to be an M. I. T. hack. Neither is the response

It's fucking ridiculous is what it is. Talking about the response. "Security" at the bridge consists of an officer or two seated in parked patrol cars that scan the license plates of every car approaching the bridge. Presumably it's cross referenced against a database of some sort. Not like someone with bad intentions wouldn't say steal a car or rent a truck to carry out their plans but whatever - it makes people feel "safer".

Except you can't drink in an Indian casino, can you ?

Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut got the alcohol flowing.

...maybe the bridge was trying to surrender?

I prefer to think it was a statement about the fading glory of what once was - back when businesses were allowed to succeed or fail, fiat only conjured images of exotic imported cars and the Fed meant someone was talking about Britney's boyfriend.

For those outside the tri-state area, the local news has been buzzing about the "terror" threat implied by the actions of some yet to be identified individual or individuals who managed to climb atop the Brooklyn Bridge a few nights ago to replace the American flag with one that had been bleached white.

There's an update today - apparently the perpetrator(s) left behind some DNA evidence.

DNA clue in Brooklyn Bridge flag mystery | New York Post

The intruders who beat NYPD anti-terror patrols to plant white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge thought they were crafty by covering the lights with aluminum pans, but they left DNA evidence behind on some of the zip-ties, sources told The Post on Thursday.

Roughly 1,800 cars crossed the bridge within an hour of the time the vandals covered lights on the first tower at 3:29 a.m. — and cops are running every one of those license plates, police sources said.

Many of the city’s best and brightest investigators were yanked from elite divisions to work the case.
Investigators were pulled from homicide, counterterrorism, intel and transit to hunt down the infiltrators
, who went unnoticed as they climbed atop the bridge’s 276-foot towers on Tuesday, police sources said.

I for one feel much safer now. I hope they make DNA samples mandatory at birth now.

As someone said, it was predicted we would have flying cars by now. Instead we got 140 characters.

Yeah and a handful of those post here regularly...

Some Dooooooooooooooom!!! that EE would take interest in if he were around.

BBC News - Sierra Leone hunts Ebola patient kidnapped in Freetown

A hunt has been launched in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, for a woman with Ebola who was forcibly removed from hospital by her relatives.

The BBC's Umaru Fofona in Freetown said the woman, who is an apprentice hairdresser, is a resident of the densely populated area of Wellington in the east of the city.

This might not end well...

I can't believe you idiots still throw money away on rent after all you've read here.

This place turned Nemo into a believer.

Better than being a Belieber I suppose.

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Spill grease on it and it's not going to clean up without ruining the finish. I rip it out of my units and replace it with tile.

I had linoleum throughout the lower level of my current house - they slapped it down atop the concrete slab. Unfortunately it was from the 60's which means a high probability of them containing asbestos. I used a premium mortar and tiled right over them. It's been 8 years and I haven't had one issue - even after that floor was under a few feet of water courtesy of the storm surge from Sandy a few years back.

Asbestos is okay as long as you don't make it friable by breaking stuff up. I'd rather encapsulate it than risk trying to rip it up.

Yeah, hardwood floors are definitely cleaner, but more expensive (of course).

Total cost of ownership has to be lower than carpeting. Hardwood, with care, can go a long time before needing to be refinished.

It also doesn't hold dust, pet dander and other irritants like carpet can. The only two surfaces in our house are tile or hardwood. If you count the garage add in concrete.

I sort of half-seriously watch an old (1913) place near Old Westbury, but the owners will outlive me.
Besides, they should just stay. It's a whole-life house.

Some nice properties - many way, way, way out of my price range. The taxes though... ouch.

7 Stone Arch Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568 | Listing Information | MLSLI.com - Long Island Real Estate

$102,000 per year.

Some lawn guyland housing data

Long Island housing values

But apparently there's never been a better time to sell(buy) a house!

Report: More LIers putting their homes on the market - Newsday

With prices making slow but steady gains, more Long Island homeowners are putting their homes on the market.
The number of homes listed for sale on Long Island grew to 17,208 in the April-to-June period, 5.6 percent higher than a year before, according to a report due to be released Thursday by the appraisal firm Miller Samuel and the brokerage Douglas Elliman.

BofA Sanctions

Bank of America to pay $16.6 mln to resolve U.S. sanctions violations
| Reuters

(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp's banking unit agreed to pay $16.6 million to resolve allegations that it processed transactions for drug traffickers who are subject to U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday.

Another story on DB

Deutsche Bank Finance Chief Faces Heat After Financial-Reporting Exposure - WSJ

"One of Mr. Krause's biggest projects since he became CFO has been implementing an enormous information-technology project dubbed Stride, an acronym for Strategic Reporting and Information Delivery Program. Stride, launched in 2010, is designed to improve the lender's financial reporting across all divisions by consolidating into a single system the more than 1,000 information-technology systems that Deutsche Bank currently uses for financial reporting."

Good luck with that....

Some good quotes in this article

N.Y. Fed Blasts Deutsche Bank's Financial Reporting

To remedy its woefully inadequate financial reporting, Deutsche said it is investing $1.4 billion to “upgrade” its internal systems. So far, the undertaking has been a considerably large one, says the bank with “1,300 employees working on the improvements.”

As Deutsche faces possible fines and settlement costs for various inquiries, Reuters says that last month the bank raised 8.5 billion euros to strengthen its balance sheet.

This is a notable development considering that Thomas Hoenig, vice-chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., told Reuters last year that Deutsche was “horribly undercapitalized.”

emergency hotdog wrote:

i hate tight connections. those can stress out even the dalai lama.

I hate connections period. Fortunately flying in/out of the NY area I can get direct flights to most places I need to go for work related travel. Otherwise it's a crap shoot.

Returning from the windy city a year or so ago there were storms that had passed through earlier in the day that had ORD backed up like toddler on a chocolate binge. Fresh off of Tainter's Collapse of Complex Societies it all started to make some sense.

energyecon wrote:

Chinese rabies!

More like Zombie 's

For EE

China 'seals off' town after man dies of bubonic plague - Yahoo News

Beijing (AFP) - A Chinese town has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday.

The 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on its perimeter are telling motorists to find alternative routes, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said....

"The city has enough rice, flour and oil to supply all its residents for up to one month," CCTV added.

This has to have a red hat

The Real Reason For The 40-Hour Workweek - Business Insider

FTA

But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.

Read more: Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed

Rajesh wrote:

Words to inspire confidence:

Good thing they raised capital recently....

Well you have also brought us some fantastic tiles to help fund the costs kcoop incurs in keeping this joint open. Thank you.

I see I've been blackening pixels here now for a little over seven years.

This reader at least is grateful. Happy anniversary!

Morning.

Lets take a coffee break

This story has it all - FHA, theft, and other good stuff.

Cops: Ex-Fairfield official illegally posted 'scandal' videos - Connecticut Post

A former executive director of the FHA, Elizabeth Gutierez, was charged in February 2013 with embezzling $30,000 in federal funds from the agency to cover personal debts. She pleaded guilty to one count of theft involving programs receiving federal funds and was sentenced last November to five years of probation, the first six months of which she was required to spend in home confinement under electronic monitoring. She also was ordered to pay back the $30,000.

The federal charge against Gutierrez was filed for writing two $15,000 checks to a vendor that was never hired and then depositing the money in her checking account to pay off credit card debt in the summer of 2011.

In December 2011, she took a leave of absence from the FHA post for medical reasons, only to resign at the end of that month. The following month, Gutierrez resurfaced in Truth or Consequences, N.M., as the executive director of its housing authority. She was fired from that job in November 2012.

Meanwhile - if instead you are caught stealing from the tax man you risk getting choked out.

New video shows police offered no medical help to unresponsive Staten Island dad Eric Garner; cop who used chokehold is stripped of shield, gun - NY Daily News

The guys/gals behind this infographic would have a field day on HCN...

Graphic Language: The Curse of the CEO - Bloomberg

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

I'm wondering what "World Reserve Currency" would look like in Chinese.

Ill gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today...

OT but what isn't these days -

Pretty impressive sound and light show going on outside right now. Complete with water effects.

New York, NY Weather Forecast from Weather Underground

Active Advisory: Severe Thunderstorm Watch, Flash Flood Warning, Flash Flood Watch

My governator

Thomas Prendergast, MTA chief, writes 'open letter' to customers ahead of possible LIRR strike - Newsday

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday a Long Island Rail Road strike would be inconvenient "but not a disaster."
Cuomo said he still wasn't sure if he'd get personally involved in the contract stalemate between LIRR unions and the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The Democrat who is up for re-election this year sought to distance himself from the issue a bit,

I guess $50million/day is chump change

New York could lose $50 million a day during LIRR strike, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warns - NY Daily News

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli estimated a strike shutting down the nation’s busiest commuter railroad could cost up to $50 million a day in lost economic activity.
An “LIRR strike would cause headaches and financial hardships for riders and businesses,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “It would also be another devastating blow to a region that is still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy and the recession."

Edit to add NYC's new mayor's thoughts on this

MTA, unions spit fire over impasse in LIRR contract talks - New York Business Journal

For his part, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will likely depart for a planned family vacation to Italy on Friday, even if there’s still no resolution, saying that since it’s a summer month and people can work from home, the transportation issues are manageable, the Times reported.

For EE if he's out there...

Ebola Spreads to Sierra Leone Capital of Freetown as Deaths Rise - Bloomberg

The worst outbreak of Ebola moved to Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown where an Egyptian was found with the city’s first confirmed case of the disease.

The unidentified Egyptian national had traveled from Kenema, the largest city in the nation’s Eastern Province, and checked into a clinic east of Freetown, Sidie Yahya Tunis, director of Information, Communication and Technology at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, said by phone today. The person was moved back to the Ebola center in Kenema, he said.

Rob Dawg wrote:

UC Davis, the bicyclists are texting.

Much more preferable to having the car drivers texting.

Home Depot Starts Selling 3-D Printers in Stores for First Time - Bloomberg 

Home Depot and MakerBot say they’re not worried about that.

“You can’t use it as a hammer,” Pettis said. Only certain materials can be printed in the MakerBot machine -- metal cannot -- and customers will still have to go to the store to buy the materials for the printer.

Selling razors to get the razor blade sales. I can only imagine the in store interactions between customers and sales staff

Customer: "Can I use this to make a new addition for my house."

Salesperson: "Let's see. Um - yeah - 3-d printing. Ok. Is your addition 2 stories or 3?"

Customer: "I was thinking of a 2 story addition"

Salesperson: "Well then you're good to go. This is good for up to 3 stories"

Got Pigged

Mary wrote on Mon, 7/14/2014 - 9:01 am (in reply to...)
Yes.
CITIGROUP INC: C (NYSE)
In which financial statement, balance sheet or P&L, do Citigroup accounts record the mark, "$3.8B pre-tax charge"?
Page 29 of this PDF

http://www.citigroup.com/citi/investor/data/qer214s.pdf?ieNocache=596

(2) The second quarter of 2014 results included the impact of a $3.8 billion charge ($3.7 billion after-tax) to settle claims re
lated to legacy residential-backed securities (RMBS)
and collateralized debt obilgations (CDOs) issued, structured or underwritten by Citigroup between 2003 and 2008. For additiona
l information, please see Citigroup's Form 8-K
filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 14, 2014. The charge consisted of $3.7 billion in legal expenses
and a $55 million loan loss reserve build.

Mary wrote on Mon, 7/14/2014 - 9:01 am (in reply to...)

Yes.
CITIGROUP INC: C (NYSE)
In which financial statement, balance sheet or P&L, do Citigroup accounts record the mark, "$3.8B pre-tax charge"?

Page 29 of this PDF

http://www.citigroup.com/citi/investor/data/qer214s.pdf?ieNocache=596

(2) The second quarter of 2014 results included the impact of a $3.8 billion charge ($3.7 billion after-tax) to settle claims re
lated to legacy residential-backed securities (RMBS)
and collateralized debt obilgations (CDOs) issued, structured or underwritten by Citigroup between 2003 and 2008. For additiona
l information, please see Citigroup's Form 8-K
filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 14, 2014. The charge consisted of $3.7 billion in legal expenses
and a $55 million loan loss reserve build.

That's gonna leave a mark. They only call it a class war when we fight back

FTA: LL's favorite

The Justice Department broke off negotiations last month because it was dissatisfied with Bank of America’s offer to pay more than $12 billion, which included at least $5 billion in consumer relief, the person familiar with the discussions said at the time. The department’s latest settlement request was for about $17 billion, the person said.

Citigroup Reaches $7 Billion Mortgage-Bond Settlement - Bloomberg

2+2=?

Citigroup Inc. (C), the third-largest U.S. bank by assets, agreed to pay $7 billion in fines and consumer relief to resolve government claims that it misled investors about the quality of mortgage-backed bonds sold before the 2008 financial crisis.

The bank, which is scheduled to report results today before U.S. markets open, took a $3.8 billion pretax charge in the second quarter ended June 30 to cover the cost of the settlement, the New York-based firm said today in a statement.