Daily Archives: November 5, 2013

Sherr in, Peldunas loses in BOE race

It’s Bernstein and Sherr. I think Peldunas made a mistake joining the political battle against Sherr – I know it cost him at least one vote: mine, and probably others. But Berstein did the same thing and he was top vote getter of the three, so who knows? I’m sorry that Peldunas didn’t make it though; he did great work reforming the math curriculum and would have brought some real intelligence to the board, something sorely needed if the weight of the six Democrat members is to be counterbalanced.

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God bless them, and give them everything they’ve asked for and deserve

Housecat points out that de Blasio has won NYC by a huge margin.

His overwhelming victory, stretching from the working-class precincts of central Brooklyn to the suburban streets of northwest Queens, amounted to a forceful rejection of the hard-nosed, business-minded style of governance that reigned at City Hall for the past two decades and a sharp leftward turn for the nation’s largest metropolis.

Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat who is the city’s public advocate, defeated his Republican opponent, Joseph J. Lhota, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, by a wide margin.

Exit polls conducted by Edison Research suggested that the sweep of his victory cut across all of New York’s traditional divides. He won support from voters regardless of race, gender, age, education, religion or income, according to the exit poll.

Can an entire city be that stupid? Well yes, yes it can.

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Shocker! Tesei leads

Bye Ku to Ramadamadingdong

Bye Ku to Ramadamadingdong (and to this picture – I so hate to see it go)

Early results are in from a few districts and Tesei’s at something like 68% to Krumeich’s 31%. “We raised important issues,” Krumeich tells Greenwich Time, “we gave it our best shot.” Whatever. Marzullo has 1,000 more votes than Krumeich, so he’s returning as selectman, she’s going back to work.

Of more significance on the Democrat side is that non-party-approved Erickson has 44%, Applebaum 42%, and the official Frank Farricker “Gotta Love this Girl” approved Democrat candidate Ramadamadingdong is at 18%. Don’t you hate when that happens?

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Geeze, next we’ll find out that echinaccea is no better at preventing colds than a high colonic purge

War on fat was a gigantic mistake. Saturated fats have nothing to do with heart disease. Margarine’s the killer, not butter, not lard.

Which is good: the only way to make a real pie crust is with lard.

(UPDATE: Chris R provides a better picture than the one I supply below)

lard

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He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas

Or, "As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly." Proverbs 26:11

Or, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly.” Proverbs 26:11

Joey Bagadonuts, a/k/a Joseph Beninati a/k/a Antares Developers, is being sued for stiffing his NYC broker on a $600,000 commission.

Antares’ first foray into New York City property acquisition is already landing the Connecticut-based real estate developer and investor in hot water. A broker who worked on its nearly $24.4 million purchase of a Chelsea development site has accused the firm of stiffing him on commissions.

Boutique commercial brokerage Nathanial Christian Group filed suit in New York State Supreme Court on Oct. 31, claiming Antares failed to pay $600,000 in commissions to broker Nathanial Christian.

Christian claims he arranged Antares’ purchase of the 32,000-square-foot commercial building at 515 West 29th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues, as well as two packages of air rights tied to the property, which were bought from investor Peter Fine and the Related Companies.

Christian claims that Antares, which purchased the building in partnership with Bauhouse Group, later inked a agreement for Christian to represent them for a commission.

“I cannot express enough my disappointment in the clients and their betrayal in not paying the commissions due after all the hard work I did to make this deal happen for them,” Christian told The Real Deal.

Antares is the developer behind such mammoth office towers as 100 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Conn. It lost that building to Torchlight Investors in 2012 after it defaulted on several loans attached to the property.

Next up: lawsuits brought by whoever was foolish enough to lend Benenati money on this project.

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FEMA Reg informational meeting Wednesday, Town Hall, 7:00 PM

It's not just Old Greenwich

Cos Cob tea house – It’s not just Old Greenwich that’s in hot water

Property owners in all areas of town affected by flooding should attend. So should those realtors who insist on selling homes in them.

Preparing for the worst on Sky Ridge Lane

Preparing for the worst on Sky Ridge Road

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It will do no good, but we might as well know where we’re going

 

If we serve him to the other patients, Chef, we'll save both ways!

If we serve him to the other patients, Chef, we’ll save both ways!

Keith Koffler on news today that young people are refusing to buy ObamaCare.

What’s more, higher proportions of younger people are simply signing up for Medicaid, putting them on the public dole instead of assisting with insurers’ bottom lines.

Once insurers start raising premiums, Democrats will drag them before congressional committees and accuse them of gauging consumers. And once they start going out of business, the march toward a single-payer system – that is, a nationalized health insurance program – will be on.

It’s what most liberals, likely including President Obama, are seeking as the cornerstone of our future Workers’ Paradise.

What I (and Dollar Bill,come to think of it) have said all along.

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No open houses of interest, but a snippet of activity reported

A contract and an accepted offer.

45 Overlook Drive

45 Overlook Drive

45 Overlook Drive in Milbrook has a contract. A typical (1933) Milbrook home, completely redone ten years ago. The last time it was on the market in came on at $2.795 and sold for $2.285 in May, 2008. These sellers were wiser and though they started at $2.4 million in September they quickly dropped it to $2.295 and found a buyer.

 

 

10 Lockwood Avenue

10 Lockwood Avenue

10 Lockwood Avenue, Old Greenwich, $2.875, accepted offer in just a couple of weeks. Whatever. At least it’s not in the flood zone.

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Saving the world, one inch at a time

Would you buy an electric car from an environmentalist?

Would you buy an electric car from an environmentalist?

Dannel Malloy comes up with still another way to spend money that isn’t his, 36 new charging units for electric cars. Understand that an electric car like the Chevy Volt can travel, at most, 30 miles before being tied up and recharged for 12-16 hours. It costs $46,500, vs. $15,000 for  comparable gasoline-powerd car. Those are figures from Snopes, in an article that claims to rebut critics of electric cars.  As you might imagine, reviewers who don’t support the Volt and its cousins are even harsher.

So in view of that: a car that costs 3X more than its gasoline counterpart and can run on its battery for less than a tenth the distance of that gasoline one, let’s go back to the Malloy press release and see how he and his fans are describing the addition of 36 Volt owners a day who will be able to drive for 30 miles on electricity instead of gasoline before leaving their cars for 16 hours to be recharged. It’s obviously an earth shaking development:

“Our goal is a network of charging stations that allows anyone driving an electric vehicle to travel anywhere in our state with total confidence that they will be able to recharge their car battery when necessary,” said Governor Malloy.  “The grants we are announcing today will bring us one step closer to that goal by adding to the nearly 100 charging stations that are already available and putting more of them at restaurants, businesses, colleges, medical centers, municipal parking facilities, and other convenient locations for the public. These grants will help fulfill my vision of a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future for the families and businesses of our state.”

“The growing use of electric vehicles offers the promise of cutting costs for motorists but also improving our environment and public health,” said Commissioner Daniel C. Esty of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which administers the grant program.
“Cars and trucks burning gasoline and diesel are one of the largest sources of air pollution and greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change,” Esty said. “By reducing the number of them on the road, we will clean our air, combat climate change, and reduce the incidence of respiratory ailments among our residents.”
“Charging station availability, or lack thereof, can be a significant factor for consumers who are considering an electric vehicle,” said Attorney General Jepsen. “Efforts like this that contribute to improved air quality in our state will have a real and lasting impact on public health.”
Consumer Advocate Counsel Elin Katz: “These charging stations will provide cleaner air, lower the cost of transportation, modernize our transportation infrastructure, and serve as an important example to other states. At no cost to electric consumers, this is a win-win for the state and our residents.”
“This major expansion in publicly available charging stations is a tremendous signal to consumers that now is the time to buy an electric vehicle,” said William Dornbos, Connecticut Director of ENE (Environment Northeast). “Electric vehicles not only reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector and move us away from fossil fuel dependence, but they also save consumers.”
The people who buy this hogwash are the same ones who’ll drive their Volts to Whole Foods to pick up their weekly bottle of echinacea supplements.

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Junk science

Bullshit in a bottle

Bullshit in a bottle

NYT: Herbal “remedies” usually just rice dust and garbage.

Americans spend an estimated $5 billion a year on unproven herbal supplements that promise everything from fighting off colds to curbing hot flashes and boosting memory. But now there is a new reason for supplement buyers to beware: DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds.

… Among [researchers’]  findings were bottles of echinacea supplements, used by millions of Americans to prevent and treat colds, that contained ground up bitter weed, Parthenium hysterophorus, an invasive plant found in India and Australia that has been linked torashes, nausea and flatulence.

Two bottles labeled as St. John’s wort, which studies have shown may treat mild depression, contained none of the medicinal herb. Instead, the pills in one bottle were made of nothing but rice, and another bottle contained only Alexandrian senna, an Egyptian yellow shrub that is a powerful laxative. Gingko biloba supplements, promoted as memory enhancers, were mixed with fillers and black walnut, a potentially deadly hazard for people with nut allergies.

Of 44 herbal supplements tested, one-third showed outright substitution, meaning there was no trace of the plant advertised on the bottle — only another plant in its place.

I’ve long been fascinated observing otherwise-intelligent-looking women (and some men) buying this stuff at Whole Foods and stores like it; I assume they can’t all be Democrats, but their ignorance and gullibility might explain recent election results.

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Scary news on global warming

Bret Stephens: Does Environmentalism cause amnesia?

Warming is becoming a major problem. “A change in our climate,” writes one deservedly famous American naturalist, “is taking place very sensibly.” Snowfall, he notes, has become “less frequent and less deep.” Rivers that once “seldom failed to freeze over in the course of the winter, scarcely ever do so now.”

And it’s having an especially worrisome effect on the food supply: “This change has produced an unfortunate fluctuation between heat and cold, in the spring of the year, which is very fatal to fruits.”

That isn’t a leaked excerpt from the latest report of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but it may as well be. Last week, Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise of the website No Frakking Consensus posted a draft of a forthcoming IPCC report on the alleged effects climate change will have on food production. The New York TimesNYT  then splashed the news on its front page Saturday. It’s another tale of warming woe:

“With or without adaptation,” the report warns, “climate change will reduce median yields by 0 to 2% per decade for the rest of the century, as compared to a baseline without climate change. These projected impacts will occur in the context of rising crop demand, projected to increase by 14% per decade until 2050.”

Yeah yeah yeah. Stephens debunks all of that, moves his attention to the real causes food woes (including the environmentalists’ pet project, ethanol, and then adds this zinger at the end:

Environmentalists tend to have conveniently short memories, especially when it comes to their own mistakes. They would do better to learn from history. Just take the quote about the warming climate with which this column began. It’s from “Notes on the State of Virginia” by Thomas Jefferson, published in 1785.

 

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