59 Old Mill
59 Old Mill Road sold for $690,000. This ws a very curious sale; when I had the original listing for the unrestored house back in 2006, the estate of the late owner rejected several offers in the high $900,000 – $1 million range and finally sold it that year to the present owner for $1.220 million., was completely renovated in 2008 and then a year ago last fall came on the market for the astonishingly low price of $776,000. Not surprising, that stirred up quite a bit of interest, but the listing broker refused to show it to anyone, saying that an offer had already been accepted at the very moment it was listed. It was reported as under contract months later, then sold today for, as noted, a bargain price. I don’t know what went on here, but I wouldn’t use this sale price for any sales comparison. Something’s more than fishy, this one reeks.
On the other hand, new construction at 196 Stanwich was never on the market and sold privately for $7.3 million. I believe that the couple who built this couldn’t sell their original house and have apparently decided to stay put where they are and sold this one instead.
Tea Party ruffians, per British propaganda poster, 1774
We won’t get fooled again? That’s unlikely, but Simon says it’s the best we can do, for now, which is what I said a couple of days ago.
Let’s stipulate this: No conservative or libertarian is going to get what he or she wants on government spending — or even anything remotely close to it — without winning the Senate in 2014 and the presidency two years later. Barring mass lobotomies, it ain’t gonna happen — not with Barack Obama and Harry Reid standing in the way. You have to get rid of these people first.
The good news is, as of this moment — thanks to the Obamacare fiasco that will likely continue for some time, even get worse, and, to a lesser extent, the Iran deal that, in all probability, is headed for disaster — things are running in the right’s direction. What Ryan quite obviously was trying to do is keep it that way — tread some water until we have at least the first of those elections (2014). He was following Hippocrates’ prescription to do no harm.
The harm would be shutting down the Congress, because the public seriously dislikes that. They turn against you — and for good reason. They understand you don’t have the votes to accomplish what you say you want and are posturing for the most part. Even some low-information voters get that. It’s pretty obvious.
Bruce Park, December 15, 2013
Snowstorm coming our way. Love it.
Greenwich BOE members cast their vote
Republicans and Democrats join forces to reject Sherr and place school teacher in BOE chairmanship, 6-2.
At the start of Thursday’s meeting, O’Neill was not even a candidate. Instead, the chairmanship competition featured only Sherr and Ospina. Board members’ first chairmanship vote of the night ended in a 4-4 vote along party lines — the fifth time that a vote between Sherr and Ospina ended in a partisan stalemate.
RepublicanPeter Bernstein then motioned for the board to reopen nominations for the chairmanship, which had been closed at the board’s Nov. 21 meeting. The proposal passed by a 6-2 margin, with Sherr and von Braun casting the dissenting votes.
Bernstein then nominated O’Neill.
Ospina responded immediately by announcing that she wanted to end her chairmanship bid.
Welcome to Uzbekistan
Prehistoric Swiss villagers display their catch
Study concludes that things were warmer in Roman, medieval times.
If you think the Earth is hot now, try wearing plate armor in the Middle Ages.
A Swedish study found that the planet was warmer in [the Roman era] and the Middle Ages than today, challenging the mainstream idea that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are the main drivers of global warming.
The study, by scientist Leif Kullman, analyzed 455 “radiocarbon-dated mega-fossils” in the Scandes mountains and found that tree lines for different species of trees were higher during the Roman and Medieval times than they are today. Not only that, but the temperatures were higher as well.
All other things being equal, adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere will have a warming effect on the planet,” Judith Curry, a climatologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, told the Los Angeles Times. “However, all things are never equal, and what we are seeing is natural climate variability dominating over human impact.
At least as far back as 2005 (and actually, far earlier) scientists were discovering entire prehistoric villages in the Swiss Alps as glaciers retreated: The Alps had far less ice from 5,000 – 850 BC., then froze up again until Roman Times and stayed open through the medieval period.
None of this is news to the scientific community; all of it is ignored and suppressed, however. The science is settled, alright: the earth’s temperature fluctuates over time, independent of human activity.
You heard it from Rudy’s Limo first: newspapers are obsolete
I’m sorry, honey, but we won’t be able to afford truffle chips again until Daddy gets his bonus
Fresh Direct charges more for groceries in wealthy neighborhoods than in others.
A 12-pack of 6-ounce cups of Stonyfield Farm nonfat yogurt goes for $4.99 in Newark and $7.20 on the Upper West Side.
A half-pound of rosemary ham went for $3.50 on the Upper West Side and $3 in the South Bronx and East New York, Brooklyn.
And a pack of Applegate Farms chicken-and-apple sausage went for $5.99 in the Upper West Side and $5.59 in East New York and the South Bronx.
“It’s not fair,” said Upper West Side mom Sabrina Rosen, 43. “I don’t think they need to do that, especially if the cost of delivery is the same here.”
Just wait until Sabrina compares costs for a wash and bob.
Look, Jong-un, the poor bastard’s trying to get away! Hahahahaha
Kim Jong Un shows his dear uncle who’s boss.
Jang Song Thaek, 67, who had been considered the second most powerful official in the country, and a mentor to his nephew, was killed immediately after a military trial.
It is believed he was executed in the customary North Korean way by firing squad.
In a statement Pyongyang called him a ‘traitor to the nation for all ages,’ ‘worse than a dog’ and ‘despicable human scum’ who planned a military coup.
As usual, White House Dossier’s “quote of the day” says it best.
“Yes, I killed my uncle. Look, every family has issues.”
– Kim Jong-un
He loved too much
Union member Niel Erickson was sentenced to 30 years for molesting his student, his union demands just a puny $10,000 severance pay for the poor guy.
The Michigan Education Association is planning to take the case to arbitration in an attempt to force the West Branch-Rose City School District to pay former math teacher Neal Erickson – who was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison for repeatedly molesting the student – the buyout, a move the victim’s family calls ‘ludicrous.’
Nice to see that the boy’s parent’s agree – a mere $10,000 for a man who devoted his life to his pupils? Who manned the picket lines to protect his job and the jobs of his equally dedicated colleagues? Shocking. It is true that his colleagues appeared in court to cheer him on during his trial and wrote warm letters of support for him to his sentencing judge, but surely they could do better than this.