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It’s a free country, sort of, and people can stay in their homes as long as they want to but …

290 Overlook

290 Overlook

290 Overlook Drive, Milbrook, finally reports a contract 1,261 days after starting off at $2.5 million and dropping, ever so slowly, to $1.599. It seemed obvious to me on the first viewing bad in 2011 that the property had value as land only; 1950s builder spec homes don’t age gracefully, so its price was puzzling. Buyers were equally puzzled, it seems, because they wouldn’t bite.

Just as puzzling is why so many owners stick doggedly to their price despite what the market is telling them. I can’t imagine anything more unpleasant than keeping  my house in pristine condition for years on end and having to flee the premises on a moments notice when a broker calls. But that’s just me; perhaps these particular owners stuck it out because Zillow still estimates its value as “$2,081,961″. Despite the precision of that number, though, it’s pure BS, and if the owners resolve was strengthened by it, they erred..

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Got your attention now, eh?

It's okay, I can take it from here

It’s okay, I can take it from here

President met with national security advisors Tuesday evening to discuss the advance of ISIS onto the Turkish border.

“We’re working up to getting him ready for 3:00 AM phone calls, White House defense counsel Joseph Biden told FWIW “8:00 now, 9:00 in November, and so on. He should be ready for Hillary Hour by May.”

That’s an encouraging development from a commander in chief who’s skipped four out of every seven intelligence briefings during his tenure, but perhaps it’s because, thanks to his policy of killing terrorists from the air rather than capture and interrogate him, we have no idea what’s going on on the ground.

Military officials acknowledge that they are relying mainly on satellites, drones and surveillance flights to pinpoint targets, assess the damage afterward and determine whether civilians were killed.

That stands in sharp contrast to the networks of bases, spies and ground-based technology the US had in place during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials say.

As a result, ‘it’s much harder for us to be able to know for sure what it is we’re hitting, what it is we’re killing and what it is collateral damage,’ said Tom Lynch, a retired colonel and former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is now a fellow at the National Defense University.

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How do they know they DIDN’T read it?

It's a deal

It’s a deal

Parents agree to swap their children for internet access in experiment “that proves none of us read the tees and conditions statement.

Several parents unwittingly agreed to give up their eldest child in return for the use of free Wi-Fi, a study has revealed.

Thankfully, the deal was not binding but an experiment designed to highlight the dangers of using the public Wi-Fi internet.

Londoners were asked to agree to terms and conditions as they logged on to use free Wi-Fi in a cafe located in a busy financial district and at a site close to the Houses of Parliament.

So picture this: it’s been  long day of shopping; your infant in her stroller has been squalling all day, her three-year old brother has crapped his pants and the five-year old has divided his time between punching the stinky one and screaming for another ice cream. You stop into Starbucks, collapse onto a chair, a nice stranger approaches, bearing an AirBook, and offers you a deal ….

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Even the NYT can’t keep its dots and feathers apart

Go ahead, make my day: Sioux me!

Go ahead, make my day: Sioux me!

The Indian diaspora mostly embraces Mr. Modi without reservations

UPDATE: Neither can Obama, who lays on White House banquet to honor Mr.Modi without realizing that the Prime Minister conducts  religious fast this time of year. “Of course we knew that,” State Department spokeswoman Sandra Fluke told FWIW, “it’s our job to know those kinds of things. Unfortunately, we included the information in the President’s daily intelligence briefing.”

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Bottom story of the day

Dan Malloy goes along for the ride

Dan Malloy goes along for the ride

Connecticut’s teachers union endorses Malloy

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I was wondering what the correct term was

Residents only

Residents only

Tom Maguire:

We’ve lost control of the Texas border? Compared to what – the White House border?

No wonder Obama has no confidence in fences or guards. And since you ask, I deplore the criminal characterization of White House intruder Omar Gonzalez; surely he should be described as an “undocumented resident”.

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Price cut on North

98 North Street98 North Street asked $4.850 million when it was listed back in 2013, but has been cut today to $3.850 (there were various smaller cuts in between). Right price? Who knows, but it will certainly make it easier to sell.

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