Daily Archives: October 10, 2009

I’ll tape a plastic bag over your head for just half that – burial extra

Sweat lodge purification rite that suffocated two cost $9.695. Per person. Sometimes, I am ashamed to belong to this generation of morons.

Mr. Ray has appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s television show and wrote a best-selling book, “Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want.”

A spokesman for Mr. Ray, Howard Bragman, told The Associated Press, “We express our deepest condolences to those who lost friends and family, but we pray for a speedy recovery for those who took ill.”

New Age programs like the ones Mr. Ray offers are common in Sedona. Anna Lisa Brown, a resident, told the Phoenix television station KNXV that people are always coming to the area for such retreats.

“I was surprised that people would put themselves in that situation, but not surprised, because people are looking for things to fulfill themselves and give themselves purpose,” Ms. Brown said.

The cost of the retreat was listed on Mr. Ray’s Web site as $9,695 per person. In it, he says its participants will “experience a new technologically-enhanced form of meditation that creates new neurological pathways.”


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My clients and I looked at a house today that was “broker accompanied”, meaning we got to hear a sales pitch directly from the owners’ representative. I’m not sure we profited from the experience. A leaning chimney, we were told, was deliberately built that way because “chimneys have to slant or the smoke won’t go up them”. A furnace that looked at least fifteen years old was “installed in 2005”. The hydro-air system * was “the very newest technology in heating.”

And so on. I blame ignorance, rather than deliberate duplicity for these misrepresentations and utter nonsense, but I also find it ironic that I’m up on charges of bringing disrespect to the realty profession when, every day, the practitioners of that profession do far more damage simply by opening their mouths.


*”Hydro air heating systems are becoming increasingly popular in the New England area. The concept of hydro air is not new, and has existed for most of this century.”


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Federal employees make twice as much as private sector workers

And they get a better health care plan. At some point, and I know this comes as news to liberals, we can’t all work for the government.


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Masters of the universe and financial acumen

I mentioned this last January, but the great boat maker Hinckley continues to struggle. What strikes me about this NYT article is that private equity funds contributed to Hinkley’s woes by piling on debt (shades of Sotheby’s and Cioldwell Banker, eh?) because they thought the yacht industry was “recession proof”? Really? Who runs numbers for these whiz kids, and why don’t they employ someone old enough to remember the luxury tax and the effect it had on boat manufacturers then? For that matter, if they consulted anyone older than 15, they’d find sailors who remember every recession and every collapse of boat prices. Sometimes an Excel spread sheet is not the sole answer – ask Antares and Lehman Brothers.

Like other yacht makers, Hinckley lost substantial business when the economy turned sour. But Hinckley’s problems can also be traced to its sale to one, and then another, private equityfirm over the last dozen years. With each sale, it took on more debt, which became onerous when business slowed. And the culture also shifted from a family-owned business to one controlled by outsiders.

Beginning early this decade, near the peak of demand, private equity buyers poured money into yachting, convinced — wrongly, it turned out — that the business could weather any economic storms because its wealthy clients would continue to buy. Several other boat makers have run into problems, including Ferretti of Italy and the MasterCraft Boat Company of Vonore, Tenn.

And here’s a reminder from 20 years ago of what happened when Congress taxed luxury boats – it put boat yard workers out of business from Maine to Florida, California to Washington, raised no revenue, and never touched the rich at all – they just switched toys.

Mr. Hinckley was running the company in the early 1990s, when the government levied a 10 percent luxury tax on yachts and orders fell. “It was brutal,” Mr. Hinckley recalled. “Wealthy people don’t like to be taxed on their hobby.”


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A religion of peace

Algerian mussleman (French citizenship) arrested for providing Al Qaeda terrorists with nuclear power plant targets. They keep this up and it won’t just be Michael Moore asking, “why do they hate us?”

Fears that al-Qaeda is planning an attack on the nuclear industry in Europe were renewed yesterday after French secret agents arrested a physicist working at an atomic research centre.

The 32-year-old man, who was detained with his brother, 25, is suspected of providing a list of terrorist targets to North African Islamic radicals. He worked for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, according to French police sources.

Agents were said to have intercepted messages in which the physicist, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, had suggested targets in France.

He is believed to have been in contact with members of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an Algerian-based terror organisation that joined Osama bin Laden’s network in 2007.

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The Debate is Over

BBC: Global warming is a hoax. Well of course the BBC doesn’t actually admit that. But as this article makes clear, the debate is hardly over – it is just “warming up”, so to speak. And that should, but probably won’t, give pause to those who advocate completely disrupting the world’s economy to prevent what may not be preventable or even occurring. Just a thought.

This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.

But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.

And our climate models did not forecast it, [emphasis added] even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.

So what on Earth is going on?

Climate change sceptics, who passionately and consistently argue that man’s influence on our climate is overstated, say they saw it coming.

They argue that there are natural cycles, over which we have no control, that dictate how warm the planet is. But what is the evidence for this?


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Poor Stanwich is giving up his boat


Good bye to all that

Good bye to all that

Reader/commentator Stanwich is, as we all know, moving from Cos Cob to Riverside and now has (well, someone has, and I assume it’s Stan) this sad posting on Craig’s List:


free boat with trailer

Date: 2009-10-07, 9:31AM

it is an 18 ft renken bowrider good shape sea worthy needs engine and tlc i can’i keep it have no room need it gone if i dont respond to your emails and you r close take it boat is located at 11 bible st cos cob ct if you want it take it i cant keep it any more 

  • Location: cos cob ct
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests


Original URL: http://newyork.craigslist.org/fct/zip/1410298199.html


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