US starts on death panel? How much are we expected to pay to prolong our life and those of our neighbors?
Daily Archives: August 16, 2010
Judge orders “three strikes you’re out” criminal released after 13 years. Broke into a soup kitchen. He’s certain to re-offend, but big deal; he’s a harmless drug addict – let him be, save your money.
Newsweek: Finland best country in the world. The few Finns I know are great people, but if Finland is Newsweek’s ideal country, then I’ll stop feeling sorry for all their reporters about to lose their jobs.
Blame their boots — or, more precisely, their felt soles. Growing scientific evidence suggests that felt, which helps anglers stay upright on slick rocks, is also a vehicle for noxious microorganisms that hitchhike to new places and disrupt freshwater ecosystems.
That is why Alaska and Vermont recently approved bans on felt-soled boots and Maryland plans to do so soon.
“If you were trying to design a material to transport microscopic material around,” said Jack Williams, an expert on invasive species with the environmental groupTrout Unlimited, “felt on the bottom of someone’s boots in a stream would be as close to perfection as you could find.”
The response among fishermen threatened with the loss of soles that cling to slippery rocks parallels the five stages of grief.
There is denial (the science is wrong), anger (why should I fall on my tail for the good of the planet?), bargaining (I will wash them, I will disinfect them, I will dry them), depression (I cannot afford new boots) and, finally, acceptance (I will go feltless if I must)
Buena Vista, Va., borrowed $9.2 million through a bond offering in 2005 to refinance a municipal golf course. It pledged as collateral, of all things, its City Hall and police station.
Now, amid financial difficulties, the city says it can’t pay its debt, triggering a showdown over these public buildings.
On the other side of the battle is a big New York insurance company, ACA Financial Guaranty Corp., which is obligated to pay bondholders if the city defaults.
“They put up City Hall to finance the golf course,” says Bonnie France, a lawyer for ACA. “It’s collateral, so they could lose it. I’ve worked in public finance for 30 years and never seen this happen.”
The Mayor and the Chief can work out of their double-wides. F’ em.
France threatens to arrest male tourists for taking off their shirts. France, which brought us the bikini and then topless sunbathers, has got some s’plainin’ to do here, but if you’re going to start enforcing decency laws, hairy beer bellies is probably a good beginning.
9th Circuit delays gay marriages while until appeal is heard. I wonder if Obama will stick his neck out on this one.
Chicago condo project gets $170 million from Japanese banks, resumes construction. Jobs are good. I’m not so sure I’d bet on the Chicago housing market, but what the hey.
I understand that the Internet can host video and in fact I myself post occasionally to those I think funny (the Hitler parodies were hysterical, but the Germans who made the original movie seem to have pulled them down). But they’re slow – I’m no speed reader, but I can scan maybe 600 words a minute, and pretty quickly decide whether an article is worth my time or not. Not so with video. So the WSJ’s posting opinion pieces on video is annoying, not gratifying. Same with Pajamas TV – I don’t want to waste six minutes on a friggin’ video when 30 seconds of text will give me the gist of the thing. I’ll devote a day or two to reading a well-written book, but I don’t want to invest whole minutes on a video.
It isn’t up on NPR yet, but Connecticut just approved a $260 million bond to pay for a high-speed rail from New Haven to Hartford. Boondoggle.
Polk County (Florida?) cops round up perverts via Craig’s List ads. It seems you shouldn’t believe everything you read on Craig’s List, especially listings promising performances from 13-year-old nude gymnasts and their moms.
The NYT discusses “personalized” apartments. A hard sell.
At least 6 million children in peril. I’m not sure what an impoverished country like Pakistan can do in this situation, but I’m also no longer confident that the U.S. could handle a disaster like this. Pack a survival kit?
On a brighter note, we won’t have two Afghan lovers to support any longer, because the Taliban has stoned them to death. That’ll teach ‘em.
WSJ, 2009 : sell Netflix at $40 (now trading at $137). Hey, if we were all so smart, we wouldn’t be working, eh?
I don’t know why, but I assure you it’s nothing personal. I’m sure it will be corrected shortly.
UPDATE: logged out, logged back in and that did the trick. Sort of like rebooting a computer or a new-fangled TV, I guess.
Great recipe from The Pioneer Woman. If you have kids who need to learn to cook (I have three) this is a great blog, because the tone is assuring, the recipes are simple, and each step of preparation is clearly photographed. If you can’t be at your kid’s side, this site will help. And the recipes always work.
UPDATE: as proof, check out this recipe for sesame noodles.
Overlawyered.com: Lowe’s, which never sold Chinese drywall, pays litigants’ attorneys $2 million plus. Why am I trying to make a living in real estate when I have a license to steal?
British paper: Obama exploits his daughter for PR stunt on the Gulf. It’s what happens when your dad’s the President of the United States. I’m sure the girl will survive.
But I did like this photo accompanying the article showing Britain’s Agricultural Commissioner feeding his daughter a hamburger during the mad cow scare twenty years ago. Ah, politics!
Or out of town, anyway, and with good reason: there’s no real estate business going on. Fudrucker just left for Block Island but did one last run through the Town Clerk’s office to check foreclosures. 44 (or so) since June 15th, including this one at 110 Clapboard Road. Its builder originally asked $21 million but ran out of money and now offers it, “80% complete”, for $15 million. The note being foreclosed on is $12 million, and I’d guess that the lender’s going to lose money. Good opportunity for my vulture readers, though – maybe $7.5?
The rest of the foreclosures are less impressive, but scattered throughout town. September should be interesting.
And that’s just private apartments. Public housing tenants aren’t even counted – why bother?