Recent comments by Mike in Long Island

Probably already linked but just in case.

Oil Is Cheap. But Not So Cheap That Americans Won’t Profit From It - Bloomberg 

The info graphic showing the break even for various shale projects was interesting.

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

You just described my neighbourhood ... which is very much middle to upper middle class depending on how one defines these things.
There will always be a paycheck to paycheck consumer class to keep the economic engine humming imo.

What part of the great white north - Toronto?

Rickkk wrote:

Lipitor Thief of Memory: Duane Graveline: 9781424301621: Books -

After more than a few years of crestor and lipitor I dropped statins in the summer of 2013. My most recent blood work came back on the high side but after a conversation with the doc this morning he agreed to hold off on the statins for now based on a combo of low triglycerides and decent HDL and a promise to keep losing weight.

Tom Stone wrote:

Mike, I see you are also a fan of CarTeacho

I've never heard of CarTeacho until now but I will check it out.

skk - you might find this of interest.

Nothing found for The Straight Dope On Cholesterol 10 Things You Need To Know Part 1 #axzz3Gsvxsyo3

  1. The sine qua non of atherosclerosis is the presence of a sterol in an artery wall. How it gets there is the only thing we should be worrying about.

Contrary to popular belief, atherosclerosis is not caused by many of things we think of, such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high LDL (the so-called “bad” cholesterol), or low HDL (the so-called “good” cholesterol). Some of these are certainly markers of risk – low HDL, for example – while others accelerate the process – smoking, for example – but none of these are the direct cause of atherosclerosis.

The sine qua non of atherosclerosis is the presence of sterols (cholesterol or phytosterol) in arterial wall macrophages. Sterols are delivered to the arterial wall by the penetration of the endothelium by an apoB-containing lipoprotein, which transport the sterols. In other words, unless an apoB-containing lipoprotein particle violates the border created by an endothelium cell and the layer it protects, the media layer, there is no way atherogenesis occurs. If this is a bit confusing, don’t worry. It’s all made clear below.

Or go directly to his own site here

Read more: Nothing found for The Straight Dope On Cholesterol 10 Things You Need To Know Part 1 #ixzz3Gvnu5Ri2

Rob - left you a reply but got pigged on the last thread. I'm not going to hoist it to this thread.

Have a good day all.

Rob Dawg wrote:

The switch to red rice yeast is working better than stains. I lucked out.

He's concerned about my total cholesterol and LDL while not really paying any attention to the ratios. I have some concerns over his understanding or rather apparent lack thereof that since LDL is a calculated value the calculation "works best" for instances where triglycerides fall within a range.

Mine fall outside that range to the low side (@ 70) which results in overstating LDL values.

LDL Cholesterol | What is LDL-C? | LDL-C Range

Looking at the triglyceride/hdl ratio appears to be a better indicator of risk of issues down the road.

The Triglyceride/HDL Cholesterol Ratio (There are links embedded in the article that don't show up in the copy/paste below if you want to click through to the actual studies)

Many studies have found that the triglyceride/HDL cholesterol ratio (TG/HDL-C ratio) correlates strongly with the incidence and extent of coronary artery disease. This relationship is true both for men and women.

One study found that a TG/HDL-C ratio above 4 was the most powerful independent predictor of developing coronary artery disease.

If lipid values are expressed as mg/dl (like in the US);

TG/HDL-C ratio less than 2 is ideal
TG/HDL-C ratio above 4 is too high
TG/HDL-C ratio above 6 is much too high

Our very own governator has released a book - just in time for the elections. Not having the chance to read it yet I'll be interested to see if there is any discussion of his very own Moreland Commission which he quickly disbanded once they started to unearth questionable activity that hit a little too close to home for his liking.

Federal Investigation Looks at Cuomo and Moreland Commission Referrals - WSJ

Mr. Cuomo convened the commission last summer after a rash of public corruption cases involving Albany lawmakers. He abruptly disbanded it after the state Legislature, which had received subpoenas asking about lawmakers' sources of income and campaign spending, agreed to a package of ethics reforms.

Early reviews are in - he definitely has some fans... Customer Reviews: All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life

This work is a narcissistic apologetic review of failed policies and practices that might have helped him rise to Governor, but as Governor, lead the state as it slides to the bottom of the barrel. New York State under Governor Andrew Cuomo is the worst state in the union in which to look for a job, operate a business, start a business, work and retire. The price for Governor Andrew Cuomo's "success" is too high for the rest of the citizens of the state, who pay the highest overall tax rate in the nation as his government repeatedly pushes down unfunded mandates to each county, and calls a 4% a year tax increase a tax rate freeze. New Yorkers currently pay State income tax, county and city property taxes, local school taxes, sales taxes on almost everything at an average 8%, high vehicle registration fees, high fuel tax of $0.50 per gallon and countess more taxes, with Cuomo's government doing nothing to ease this except "raise" the chocolate ration. (New Yorkers had the highest gas prices in the union lately, and trades off with Hawaii and California on a regular basis for this pleasure)

The book, of course, doesn't give a view into the mind of the Governor at the moment he decided to stomp on the Moorland Commission investigating public corruption as it turned its sights on people close to the Governor. The book doesn't go into detail about why the Governor refuses to investigate Speaker Sheldon Silver's use of public money to pay off a sexual harassment claim. Frankly, the book doesn't go into any of the scandals currently smoldering in New York State, it merely is a historical hand job, ghost written and with possibly the worst cover photo in recent memory.

Rob Dawg wrote:

Good morning East Coast early crew. Wassup?

The sun's out. The temps are mild. And I'm about to go debate a bit with my primary care physician on all things cholesterol and statin related...

Well, no, actually. If you advise individuals to i) lever up to your eyeballs... with the intention of ii) 'walking' when it becomes a problem...
That could be deemed criminal under certain circumstances.

Well, no, actually. If you advise individualscorporations to i) lever up to your eyeballs... with the intention of ii) 'walking' when it becomes a problem...
That could be deemed criminal career advancing advice under certain circumstances. Fixed It For Ya

"What do you do?"

I'd hope a bit more than a cursory exam...

Ebola ruled out as passenger dies on Nigeria flight to JFK | New York Post

A passenger died on a Nigeria-to-JFK flight after a vomiting fit Thursday — and a top lawmaker said officials gave the corpse only a “cursory” exam before declaring that the victim did not have Ebola.

Did his management experience primarily consist of running horse shows, like "Heck of a job" Brownie?

Wiki says Ron Klain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ronald A. "Ron" Klain is an American lawyer and political operative best known for serving as Chief of Staff to two Vice Presidents - Al Gore (1995–1999) and Joseph Biden (2009–2011).[1][2] He is an influential Democratic Party insider. Earlier in his career, he was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Byron White during the Court's 1987 and 1988 Terms and worked on Capitol Hill, where he was Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination. He was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the HBO film Recount depicting the tumult of the 2000 presidential election. On October 17, 2014, CNBC reported that Klain is to be named the newly created "Ebola Czar" by President Obama.[3]

If we can't have a Surgeon General at least we can have an Ebola Czar.

Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar -

Klain is highly regarded at the White House as a good manager with excellent relationships both in the administration and on Capitol Hill. His supervision of the allocation of funds in the stimulus act -- at the time and incredible and complicated government undertaking -- is respected in Washington. He does not have any extensive background in health care but the job is regarded as a managerial challenge.

Yes - I posted that in the last thread. I wonder what the thought process was...

"Hey honey. I know you're stressed out about dealing with that Ebola patient. I have just the cure. Let's hop on a ship with 4200 of our closest friends and go for a cruise."

Again IMO there are/were too many people who are saying it can't/won't happen here like it has in West Africa due to our superior medical infrastructure, etc. etc. I think they discount how much people are people regardless of where they live, replete with all the shortcomings of human nature such as being selfish and embracing denial as a coping mechanism.

In turn they are also saying the second nurse was quite likely symptomatic when she flew from Dallas to Cleveland. The circle of people they need to contact trace just got a bit bigger.

The handling of the Ebola situation in Dallas thus far has been less than confidence inspiring. All those who said , "it can't happen here." Well methinks they underestimated human nature. People are selfish and prone to denial the world over.

Hey honey you've had a rough few days caring for that Ebola patient. You deserve a break - let's go on a cruise.....

Belize Confirms Patient With Ebola Symptoms On Cruise Ship Off Its Coast

Can we quarantine people coming from the affected countries? Or does that mess with civil rights?

For a country that has no problem targeting American citizens suspected of terrorism overseas for elimination do you really think civil rights matter anymore?

The yield on the company’s $650 million of 7.125 percent notes maturing in November 2020 reached 11.4 percent yesterday as the price plunged to 81.5 cents on the dollar, according to Trace, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s bond-price reporting system.

I believe under GAAP the company can show a gain on the bonds based on the market price (ie: they can buy the bonds back at less then their par value).

In libertarian 'murrica you get the CDC you pay for.

I hope this ends up being Nothingburger but it sure feels like it has the potential to get ugly.

Arg! There goes my glorious Dooooooooooooooom!!!!

Here's something to bring you back to your Crying place

New Texas nurse with Ebola had fever on airliner
| Reuters

(Reuters) - A second Texas nurse who has contracted Ebola flew on a commercial flight from Ohio to Dallas with a slight temperature the day before she was diagnosed, health officials said on Wednesday, raising new concerns about U.S. efforts to control the disease.

Yea though i walk through the valley of the shadow of debt

From the BIS link:
The BIS warned earlier this summer that the world economy is in many respects more vulnerable to a financial crisis than it was in 2007. Debt ratios are now far higher, and emerging markets have also been drawn into the fire over the last five years. The world as whole has never been more leveraged.

What's in your wallet?

Well, what we have is a cluster - the transmission is all from the imported case to close contacts - what has not occurred so far is community transmission (contact of the contacts).
Then the real bad mojo would be sustained community transmission, which is what the unfortunate people living in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are experiencing.
Nigeria had a single imported case that resulted in a cluster of 19 additional infections (20 in all). They shut it down, and that outbreak is officially over (or within a few days - two 21 day cycles of no new cases).

Dallas Ebola Patient Being Transferred to Emory - ABC News

A Dallas health care worker found today to be infected with Ebola will be transferred to Emory University hospital in Atlanta after she became the second person to contract the disease while working in the Dallas facility.

They'll probably give her a coach ticket on Frontier based on how well they've handled this so far.

BarleyReturns wrote:

Germany cuts growth forecasts, ouch!

That should be good for the market.

burnside wrote:

Do we purchase cars along rational lines? I frequently don't.

Not sure many do.

FIAT Chrysler was near my place of employ yesterday with a whole host of their vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler Debuts With A Thud on Wall Street; Will Investors Buy Its Ambitious Growth Story? - Forbes

They had an Alfa Romeo on display along with a Ferrari, & Maserati among others. I have to say the Alfa Romeo was completely impractical which is what made it all the more desirable.

With a kid in college I tend to equate things in tuition terms - as in - "wow a little more than a years tuition for that car...."

Nemo wrote:

But seriously, has anybody figured out how the nurse caught it? Other than "she must have wiped her nose with her blood-soaked glove"?

Flightaware shows your flight nearly through the front. It should get a little less bumpy now.

A few years back during a Chicago to NY flight the captain made an announcement that caused the flight attendants to leave the drink/food carts in the aisles and jump into the nearest available seat and buckle up. When I saw that I figured it we might be in for some bad turbulence and we were.

Well, check it out. They may well have updated the procedures by now. It seems like it would definitely help to add an extra level of protection against human error.

Looks like the answer is no. 

sm_landlord wrote:

It wasn't last time I looked. There are PDFs on the CDC web site that describe the recommended procedures.

That's pretty amazing given the stakes. Seems like a no brainer given the cost of some bleach and water.

Nemo wrote:

Yes I visited the lavatory a few minutes ago and nearly... Well, let's just say I'm glad to be back in my seat

Nemo now has blue lav water in unmentionable places...

energyecon wrote:

Or you could just spritz them with a dilute bleach spray... the equivalent of highly chlorinated pool water will do the job.

Do you know if that is part of the PPE removal procedures recommended by the CDC?

Nemo wrote:

Hello from 30000 feet

You're ride is about to get bumpy. Please remain in your seats with the seatbelts fasted, low and tight across your waist.

US Airways (US) #475 ✈ FlightAware

Looks like you are taking a hefty detour north but there's no way around that front. Ugh.

traderwalt wrote:

Mike, that video you posted suggests that there may be a problem taking off the hazmet suit. If so, maybe we learned something very important, yes?

Hopefully the healthcare professionals faced with dealing with this have learned as well and preventable transmission is avoided going forward.

This reporter for VICE gets some seemingly sage advice right here with respect to touring an ebola treatment facility in Monrovia.

The Fight Against Ebola (Full Length) - YouTube

I have to say that VICE seems to be doing some pretty good reporting.

adornosghost wrote:

TVIX-- shares traded: 64,312,354

Unlike the bond ETF's, the VIX futures were available for trading today so hedging TVIX was possible.

Wisdom Seeker wrote:

It's okay with me if you want to drive with your eyes closed, but the bond ETFs trade on the stock markets, which were open, and the bond ETFs had normal volume levels.
SHY volume was over 1,000,000 shares, about double the trading volumes from last Thursday and Friday when the bond markets were open.
VGSH volume was actually 20-25% above normal;
There should have been enough liquidity to avoid an unprecedented price move nearly double the annual dividend yield on a 1-3 year treasury fund.

Volume <> liquidity.

Absent the ability to lay off risk/hedge in the bond market you lose the ability to create/redeem shares of the ETF. On day when you can't create/redeem the shares of the ETF it will trade based on supply and demand. I'm not surprised the price got pushed around on high volume.

I stayed and bet 3 races, lost nearly four dollars,but had a good
hot dog.

It's good to hear the track is making full use of the dogs.

BarleyReturns wrote:

Mike I am most in cash.
Margin calls aside, this market is just to expensive

It definitely has a spring 2000'ish feel to it but what do I know.

The only thing missing is Nasdaq splitting QQQ 2 for 1.

I admit to taking some money off of the table on Friday. The market will probably go higher as nemo suggests. Oh well.

Comrade Kristina wrote:

I'm seeing tweets that there is a possible case of ebola in Boston now.


Braintree Hospital Isolates Patient with Ebola-Like Symptoms - Massachusetts news -

According to Harvard Vanguard, the patient had recently traveled to Liberia and came to the facility complaining of headache and muscle aches.

Hopefully it is something less contagious like dengue fever.

VXX spike Rob...

Careful with that contango Eugene.

Last quad witching was Sep 19, next one Dec 19.

I think the quad witch has been devalued somewhat with the introduction of weekly options.

Most of the larger, more liquid equities now have options expiring every Friday after the close - as does the SPX on CBOE.

But still the quad witch is worth paying attention to.

Counterpointer - good to see you have returned.

I feared the thought police may have snatched you up.

I hope all is well in the tropics or wherever it is you route your internet traffic through these days.

Wonder how many jobs that is. And if the jobs pay well.

NY State has pushed out many of the same types of companies.

105 to be laid off at Remington Arms in Ilion, N.Y. |

Starting in July, Remington will begin shifting assembly lines of its Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle and 1911 pistol to Alabama, eventually moving from 100 to 150 jobs. The plant currently has about 1,300 workers.

For a sense of what this means...

Remington Gun Factory Benefits To Local Ilion Economy Defended Amid New York Gun Ban

Remington has been intertwined with Ilion since shortly after Eliphalet Remington crafted a flintlock rifle on his father's forge in 1816. Even the elementary school shares the company's name. Company officials did not respond to calls seeking comment, but locals say the factory employs about 1,200 people and produces Bushmaster, Marlin and H&R products.

Parts of the Remington Arms Co. factory, with its imposing four-story front of brick and old-style, multi-paned windows, date back to the days when upstate New York was a manufacturing powerhouse. But factory jobs have become rarer in the string of modest towns along the Mohawk River, and Ilion, with about 8,000 residents, depends heavily on Remington.

Sounds like they have hit the bottom of the barrel.

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poicv2.0 wrote:

Damn I'm an overachiever

Eat kale salads for lunch everyday and you can be a true gaseous giant.

EngineerJim wrote:

If they don't know how she was infected, what is the lesson ?

That their procedures and protocols are somehow inadequate.