Daily Archives: June 7, 2010

The NYT will surprise its readers once again today

Yet again, the print version of the Times has another story to spring on its readers: the resignation of Helen Thomas. What? What happened? That makes what, four? five stories just this past year that the Times has ignored for days and even weeks while they swirled around the Internet, only to have to er, cough-cough – finally report on someone’s resignation. If I were a Times reader, I might wonder why I couldn’t rely on it for news reporting until after the fact.

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What happens when you remove government props from home sales

Nothing good. From reader MC, this chart from The Big Picture

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Greenwich Police to introduce online crime mapping

Chief Ridberg demonstrates new technology

At the request of the Greenwich Association of Realtors, Cos Cob, Chickahominy and Byram will be blacked out. “We’d never sell another house in those areas, people learn this”, explained Russ Pruner, GAR president.

No! Just kidding, Cos Cobber – all neighborhoods will be covered. Go on line, see who’s been doing what to whom, get a picture of that sex offender who moved in next door and is right now in your backyard, playing with your kids, and find out what, exactly he was convicted of. It will probably be a useful tool for realtors because for most areas, it should show how little serious crime there is in town. And don’t tell Fudrucker, but for a cost to Greenwich of $199 per month, I think it’s probably a cost saver because it should free up cops’ time for better things like arresting dog poop-scoop  violators rather than answering questions from nosy neighbors.

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We con the world, Part II

Pictures of beaten Israeli commandos taken by the Turks themselves.

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Well of course, but breast or glass?

Once we decide this issue we will, enshalla, invent toilet paper!

The Saudis can’t decide.

(June 5) — Women in Saudi Arabia should give their breast milk to male colleagues and acquaintances in order to avoid breaking strict Islamic law forbidding mixing between the sexes, two powerful Saudi clerics have said. They are at odds, however, over precisely how the milk should be conveyed.

fatwa issued recently about adult breast-feeding to establish “maternal relations” and preclude the possibility of sexual contact has resulted in a week’s worth of newspaper headlines in Saudi Arabia. Some have found the debate so bizarre that they’re calling for stricter regulations about how and when fatwas should be issued.

Sheikh Al Obeikan, an adviser to the royal court and consultant to the Ministry of Justice, set off a firestorm of controversy recently when he said on TV that women who come into regular contact with men who aren’t related to them ought to give them their breast milk so they will be considered relatives.

“The man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman,” Al Obeikan said, according to Gulf News. “He should drink it and then becomes a relative of the family, a fact that allows him to come in contact with the women without breaking Islam’s rules about mixing.”

Obeikan said the fatwa applied to men who live in the same house or come into contact with women on a regular basis, except for drivers.

Al Obeikan, who made the statement after being asked on TV about a 2007 fatwa issued by an Egyptian scholar about adult breast-feeding, said that the breast milk ought to be pumped out and given to men in a glass.

But his remarks were followed by an announcement by another high-profile sheik, Abi Ishaq Al Huwaini, who said that men should suckle the breast milk directly from a woman’s breast.

It’s a poser, alright.

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Realtorese

A colleague who I am sure wishes to remain anonymous because, unlike me, he has the reputation of being a genuinely nice guy, alerts me to a new listing on Station Drive described as “located in Central Greenwich”. Hmm. It is true that, through a quirk of post office routing, Station Drive is technically across the street from the Cos Cob border, but this house is also located just steps away from the Cos Cob train station. You may call that “central Greenwich”. I’d call it convenient to transportation (I-95 is overhead, too) but not, perhaps, central.

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A mid-range contract

727 Lake AvenueThis reproduction at 727 Lake Avenue was pleasing to the eye when Sally O’Brien listed it back in 2005 for $2.995. It didn’t sell, the owners yanked it and put it back on at something less than that earlier this year. They finally knocked it down to $2.395 million and have now found a buyer, presumably for something less than its asking price.

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