Monthly Archives: February 2013

Louisiana Health Dept: deer meat more dangerous than heroin, crack or alcohol

Destroys 1,600 lbs of venison to prevent it from being served to homeless alkies and crack heads.

In late January, the department’s health inspectors investigated the facility, discovered the deer meat — which had been appropriately processed at an area slaughterhouse — and destroyed it in a dumpster by dousing it in bleach so that animals would not eat it.

“Our health inspectors investigated promptly and discovered Rescue Mission did have deer meat obtained from hunters, and deer meat is not permitted to be served in a shelter, restaurant or any other public eating establishment in Louisiana,” the department wrote in a statement posted on their Facebook page. “Although the meat was processed at a slaughterhouse (Bellevue) that is permitted by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture to prepare and commercially distribute meat obtained from approved farms, deer are not an approved meat source to be distributed commercially.”

The Louisiana chapter of Hunters for the Hungry — which is endorsed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on its website — donated the meat through the area processing facility.

“While we applaud the good intentions of the hunters who donated this meat, we must protect the people who eat at Rescue Mission, and we cannot allow a potentially serious health threat to endanger the public,” the health department added in their statement. “The State Sanitary Code laws exist to protect all residents of our state, and while sometimes these laws may not be popular, they allow us to ensure the public’s health and safety, and must be followed.”

Dumpster diving is so much more nutritious, and safe.

 

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If this guy agrees with me, your money’s probably safe

Barry Hussein's game, interrupted

Barry Hussein’s game, interrupted

Walter Zimmerman says a crash is near.

Most of the rally in the stock market since 2009 can be chalked up to the Federal Reserve’s attempt to create a ‘wealth effect’ through higher stock market prices. This only exacerbates the downside risk. Why? The stock market no is longer a lead indicator for the economy. It is instead reflecting  Fed manipulation. Pushing the stock market higher while the real economy languishes has resulted in another bubble.

“The next leg down will not be a partial correction of the advance since the 2009 lows. It will be another major financial crisis. The worst is yet to come.”

If I knew anything about the stock market surely I’d be retired by now, so the fact that I’ve been predicting doom for five years should let you sleep in peace – I’m wrong. But still, I’ve yet to understand Wall Street’s bullishness in the face of ever-deepening disaster, from Europe to Asia to here. The United States is led by a president determined to shut down cheap energy, stymie development and pile up massive, unheard of levels of debt. How does that work, long term?

Zimmer blames the fed’s manipulation of interest rates for the coming bust and certainly that’s part of it, but I think the systemic rot goes deeper. Our leadership is at best inept, more likely corrupt, our voters are low-information dolts, and the media that supplies them their view of the world is in the pocket of the president. Doesn’t sound good to me.

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Ah, honey, don’t you think you’ve gained a few pounds? Shouldn’t you be doing a little more hoovering?

Nature may abhor a vacuum but not this little woman's hubby!

Nature may abhor a vacuum but not this little woman’s hubby!

NYT: Not vacuuming makes women fat. Hey, I didn’t say it, the New York Times did. Complain to them (but empty the dust bag on your way out, would you?)

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Sales report

While I was out doing open houses (saw a couple I liked and I’ll write about them next week, once my own clients have seen them) six sales were reported. As you might expect, the lower end is doing just fine, the middle okay, and then there’s the higher stuff.

Going down?

Going down?

26 Mohawk Lane, for instance, was purchased new in 2008 for $7.5 million and sold today, some 1,000+ days after being put back on the market in 2009 for $6.8 and change, for $5.2 million. Five million two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money; it is not, however, as much as seven million five hundred thousand.

21 Indian Head Road started at $4.7 million, ended at $3.750.

24 Meadow Rd, Riverside, started at $2.450 and sold for $1,932,200 (fun negotiations there, I’ll bet), which is a bit more than I’d thought it’d go for, but it’s a good street and the house, while  a little dated, is a perfectly fine one. Besides, what else is out there in it’s price range?

12 Stonebrook, Cos Cob, sold for $2.4 million ($2.695 start price) and 5 Arnold Street, Havemeyer, fetched $1.025 – it sold for $1.060 in 2010.

Accepted Offer: 26 Red Top Road, 1.5 acres in the R-1 zone, asking $2.995 million. Marketed as land, it comes with a good house on it.

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Not if Obama can stop it

Natural gas cheap, abundant and will be available for a long time to come.

U.S. natural-gas production will accelerate over the next three decades, new research indicates, providing the strongest evidence yet that the energy boom remaking America will last for a generation.

The most exhaustive study to date of a key natural-gas field in Texas, combined with related research under way elsewhere, shows that U.S. shale-rock formations will provide a growing source of moderately priced natural gas through 2040, and decline only slowly after that. A report on the Texas field, to be released Thursday, was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The research provides substantial evidence that there are large quantities of gas available that can be drilled profitably at a market price of $4 per million British thermal units, a relatively small increase from the current price of about $3.43.

The study, funded by the nonpartisan Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and performed by the University of Texas, examined 15,000 wells drilled in the Barnett Shale formation in northern Texas, mostly over the past decade. It is among the first to study the geology and economics of shale drilling, a relatively recent development made possible by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in which a mixture of water, sand and chemicals is pumped at high pressure into rocks to release gas.

Looking at data from actual wells rather than relying on estimates and extrapolations, the study broadly confirms conclusions by the energy industry and the U.S. government, which in December forecast rising gas production.

“We are looking at multi, multi decades of growth,” said Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the university and a leader of the study.

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Sale Price reported

21 Indian Head Rd

21 Indian Head Rd

21 Indian Head Road, $3.750 million. Good house, but I’m a little frustrated, because when it came on a year ago at $4.7, I told a client who was interested in it to wait until it dropped a million. By the time it did, we’d moved on.

Off to open houses, to see what else has been overpriced.

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For regressives, it’s a feature, not a bug

 

The new world order

The new world order

New cars are increasingly out of reach for most Americans. Except for the apparatchiks in D.C., of course. These are the same people using the same strategy to eliminate guns: make them too expensive to own. When Greenwich Democrat Jon DuBoise proposes a $2 tax on bullets, when his gun control group advocates a $300-$500 per year insurance premium for gun owners, they aren’t seriously trying to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals – they want to dry up the source of guns by making them unaffordable for law abiding citizens.

The same thing with private cars. It drives the regressives crazy that mere peons can just live anywhere they want, drive anywhere they want and do so without permission. So force them back into planned cities by eliminating cars. The so-called cafe standards have nothing to do with saving the earth and everything to do with making cars unaffordable. Obama’s 50 mph mandate, estimated to add $7,500 to the cost of each car, has pushed us farther down the road to unaffordability, as planned.

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