Daily Archives: April 25, 2013

28 hours on, Dollar Bill still can’t answer

360 per hour, no maternity leave

360 per hour, no maternity leave

Yesterday evening FWIW’s village idiot Dollar Bill posted the following:

The vast majority of restaurant personnel, including those making mi.minimum wage or subminimum wage, cannot be replaced by robots, as should be obvious to all but cracked Randbots.

Since the irreplaceableness of unskilled hamburger flippers was not obvious to this Randbot, I asked Bill to defend his proposition. So far, he has not; he cannot*, just as he’s been unable to define concepts like “fair share” and “greed” or to answer a single question posed to him by readers challenging whatever particular inanity Bill uttered .

Which is why I keep Bill around: he serves as a perfect example of how the modern progressive mush-mind is programmed to avoid argument. They’re trained by example to employ discussion-ending phrases and catchwords, like “racist”, “sexist”,”homophobic” “common sense”, “everyone knows” and, as Bill sputtered yesterday, “obvious”.

But, while Alisnki knew exactly what he was doing, a person of low intelligence like Bill isn’t let in on the game, nor need he be. Beginning in grammar school and continuing through college these sheeple are shaped into intellectual dullards, useful to their masters but incapable of independent thought. I could go on, but we’ve all met this mass – they’re our reporters, Hollywood stars, teachers and local politicians. Bill’s at the lowest end of this spectrum – he’s one of the dolt you see sticking up campaign signs on roadways during elections, a job designed to fill their need to feel important and involved while removing them from headquarters.

So no, I wasn’t expecting an answer from Bill because I know he’s not capable of providing one. He’s trained to throw his phrases out and stand back as they cow his fellow sheeple into silence. When that doesn’t work he is, as we see, at a loss for words.

* While Bill’s silence is attributable to his defective lizard stem, the facts are against him as well.

No longer will they say, “He’s going to end up flipping burgers.” Because now, robots are taking even these ignobly esteemed jobs. Alpha machine from Momentum Machines cooks up a tasty burger with all the fixins. And it does it with such quality and efficiency it’ll produce “gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices.”

With a conveyor belt-type system the burgers are freshly ground, shaped and grilled to the customer’s liking. And only when the burger’s finished cooking does Alpha slice the tomatoes and pickles and place them on the burger as fresh as can be. Finally, the machine wraps the burger up for serving.

And while you fret over how many people you invited to the barbecue, Alpha churns out a painless 360 hamburgers per hour.

San Francisco-based Momentum Machines claim that using Alpha will save a restaurant enough money that it pays for itself in a year, and it enables the restaurant to spend about twice as much on ingredients as they normally would – so they can buy the gourmet stuff. Saving money with Alpha is pretty easy to imagine. You don’t even need cashiers or servers. Customers could just punch in their order, pay, and wait at a dispensing window.


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And the living wage continues to exact its toll

Low-skilled jobs in the health care industry are disappearing.


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Betcha Obama doesn’t visit these victims – might ruin the narrative


Do you feel lucky, Punk? Well do you?

Do you feel lucky, Punk? Well do you?

Private citizen with gun stops stabbing spree at Salt Lake City mall.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith’s store.

Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith’s employee Dorothy Espinoza says, “He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people.”

Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. “There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms.”

Then, before the suspect could find another victim – a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. “A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith’s grabbed him.”

By the time officers arrived the suspect had been subdued by employees and shoppers. Police had high praise for gun carrying man who ended the hysteria. Lt. Brian Purvis said, “This was a volatile situation that could have gotten worse. We can only assume from what we saw it could have gotten worse. He was definitely in the right place at the right time.”

Dozens of other shoppers, who too could have become victims, are also thankful for the gun carrying man. And many, like Danylle Julian, are still in shock from the experience. “Scary actually. Really scary. Five minutes before I walk out to my car. It could have been me.”

An armed society is a polite society.


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22 Osee Place sold to the synagogue

Randy Caravella, owner, $1.450 million. Franky Farricker, listing and selling agent. Not my deal, alas, so not my money.

Caravella paid $882,500 for this in a bidding war (asking was $850,000) in 2007. Not often you see a bidding war winner actually win.


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More political correctness


But we didn't want to hurt his feelings!

But we didn’t want to hurt his feelings!

Justice department cuts short questioning of Bomber No. 2 thirty-two hours before required to, thus eliminating any further intelligence gathering. Why shut the interrogation down just 16 hours into the 48 allowed by law? AJ will shout “conspiracy”; for now, I prefer to think it’s just the Obama team exercising its usual concern for Islamic terrorists.

“Once Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was read his rights on Monday, he immediately stopped talking, according to four officials of both political parties who were briefed on the interrogation but insisted on anonymity because the briefing was private.

“After roughly 16 hours of questioning, investigators were surprised when a magistrate judge and a representative from the U.S. Attorney’s office entered the hospital room and read Tsarnaev his rights, the four officials and one law enforcement official said. Investigators had planned to keep questioning him.

“It is unclear whether any of this will matter in court since the FBI says Tsarnaev confessed to a witness and U.S. officials said Wednesday that physical evidence, including a 9 mm handgun and pieces of a remote-control device commonly used in toys, was recovered from the scene.”

But while it might not “matter in court,” it will likely matter in the intelligence gathering process, which will likely be hampered.


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So what have we learned since 9/11? Political correctness

Washington Post: CIA pushed FBI to add Bomber No.1 to terrorist list a year ago and was refused.

The CIA request led the National Counterterrorism Center to add Tsarnaev’s name to a database known as the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE, that is used to feed information to other lists, including the FBI’s main terrorist screening database.

The CIA’s request came months after the FBI had closed a preliminary inquiry into Tsarnaev after getting a similar warning from Russian state security, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

The disclosure of the CIA’s involvement suggests that the U.S. government may have had more reason than it has previously acknowledged to scrutinize Tsarnaev in the months leading up to the bombings in Boston. It also raises questions why U.S. authorities didn’t flag his return to the United States and investigate him further after a seven-month trip he took to Russia last year.

The CIA declined to comment on its role in the case. A U.S. intelligence official said the agency had “nominated [Tsarnaev] for inclusion in the watchlisting system” and had shared all of the information it had been given by Russia, including “two possible dates of birth, his name and a possible variant.”

The information was passed to CIA headquarters on Oct. 4 and relayed roughly two weeks later to the National Counterterrorism Center, an agency that serves as a clearinghouse for threat data and manages the TIDE database.

The Reuters news agency first disclosed that Tsarnaev’s name was listed in the TIDE database. But the revelation of the CIA’s role is likely to intensify questions about whether the FBI and other domestic law enforcement agencies missed chances to detect or disrupt the bomb plot.

Some may recall that the Office of Homeland Security was created after 9/11 to coordinate information sharing between anti-terror agencies. Instead, we have tanks and armed fireboats in small towns throughout America, goons at our airports and inquiries into the Tea Party, described as a radical hate group by our own government. Feel safer now?


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Short sale completed

100 Rockwood Lane

100 Rockwood Lane

100 Rockwood Lane, $2.8 million. This went quickly – a couple of months, instead of the usual six-to-nine; is the process speeding up? That would be nice.

Owners paid $2,737,500 for it in 2002 but somehow managed to get a $3.6 million mortgage in 2007, and weren’t those the good old days?

I only had one client in this price range when it came on and he didn’t bite. I can’t say I blame him, but there you have it.


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Woodsman chop that tree

Once again, CL&P is trying to cut down some trees threatening our power supply and once again the Greenwich Tree Conservancy is attempting to stop them.

Three dozen trees on Oval Avenue, just across from the south parking lot of the Riverside train station, and six on Summit Road, close to the intersection with Arch Street, are posted for removal, in the latest stage of a tug-of-war between competing desires for reliable electricity and natural beauty.

Connecticut Light and Power, Metro-North Railroad and the state Department of Transportation are in the midst of a project to clear trees along the railway line in Greenwich and Stamford. They say trees need to be cut down to prevent another black-out like the one last summer that knocked out power to 99 percent of town. The main transmission line into Greenwich runs along the tracks. In August, a black locust tree off Summit Road landed on it, causing a massive short in the system.

The 40-plus trees in the Riverside neighborhood are the subject of a hearing set for noon Friday in the Parks and Recreation Conference Room on the second floor of Town Hall.

[Bill] Howland, who lives at 123 Riverside Ave., about 20 yards from where most of the posted trees stand, doesn’t oppose cutting down trees if they pose a threat, especially in light of the damage caused to power lines during recent storms that saw many residents lose power for days and even weeks.

“I think we have to realize that many of them have reached their life expectancy,” he said.

The Greenwich Tree Conservancy sees the situation differently. The group sparked the hearing by launching an objection to the removal of such a large number of trees.

With the time I save not having to know a tie I can meddle in all sorts of thing! (Photo Credit, Fairfield Look)

With the time I save not having to knot a tie, I can meddle in all sorts of thing!
(Photo Credit, Fairfield Look)

Jonathan DuBoise, employee of the Rockefeller development company that’s trying to clearcut a road from Zaccheus Mead to its property, presumably took time off from both his lumbering duties and his campaign to ban ammunition sales to Connecticut residents to address this issue. Idle hands, the Devil, and all that.

I’ve opined on this issue many times, but it never hurts to point out the ludicrousness of these people one more time.


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And speaking of public education

A seemingly bright 16-year-old I’m acquainted with told me yesterday that his political science teacher has assured his students that, while they may have been muslims, the Boston Bombers acted out of anger at the United States and not because of some Islamic fervor. Sadly, this boy believes that. Worse, he’ll be going on to college in two years and will be subjected to more of the same. If the Russians took over our school system and indoctrinated our children, surely someone would object, even if only those of us from the last generation. We stand silent while it’s happening now, from within.

Given the boy’s source of information: high school teachers and Steven Colbert, it’s unlikely he’ll be learning what the mother of the murderers has to say on the subject: 

“If they are going to kill him. I don’t care. My oldest son is killed, so I don’t care. I don’t care if my youngest son is going to be killed today. I want the world to hear this. And, I don’t care if I am going to get killed too. And I will say Allahu Akbar!


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Subjecting your child to public education is an act of child abuse


Who cares about math? We're culturally diverse and sensitive to the feelings of others!

Who cares about math? We’re culturally diverse and sensitive to the feelings of others!

Girls in Red Hook middle school forced to kiss other girls to promote “understanding” of lesbianism.

Parents of children attending a Red Hook, New York, middle school are outraged after a recent anti-bullying presentation at Linden Avenue Middle School. […]

Parents say their daughters were told to ask one another for a kiss and they say two girls were told to stand in front of the class and pretend they were lesbians on a date.

Parent, Mandy Coon, spoke with reporters saying, “she told me, ‘Mom we all get teased and picked on enough, now I’m going to be called a lesbian because I had to ask another girl if I could kiss her.’ “

During the workshop for girls, the 13 and 14-year-olds were told to ask one another for a kiss. They were also taught words such as “pansexual” and “genderqueer.” […]

According to reports, during the workshop for the adolescent boys, the students were counseled to keep a condom in their pocket at all times, and were taught how to identify a woman who is a “slut.” […]

Superintendent Paul Finch told The Poughkeepsie Journal the program is “focused on improving culture, relationships, communication and self-perceptions.” and warns that the school will schedule more.

Principal Katie Zahedi and guidance counselors at the middle school worked with Bard students [top 20 “gay friendly colleges in the USA] to organize the workshops.

It’s either a conspiracy or the death throes of a civilization; bad news either way.


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