Daily Archives: February 3, 2014

It’s (still) always something, damn it

Organic sea grass coffin - make a difference!

Organic sea grass coffin – make a difference!

English scientists warn, “sugary diet doubles risk of death”.

That’s alarming, deeply disturbing news, yet our efforts to stop this outrage have proved futile, as The Onion pointed out back as long ago as 1997: Despite efforts, death rate holding steady at 100%

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND—World Health Organization officials expressed disappointment Monday at the group’s finding that, despite the enormous efforts of doctors, rescue workers and other medical professionals worldwide, the global death rate remains constant at 100 percent.

If we can send a man to the moon …

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Time doesn’t always wound all heels, more’s the pity

We can't all be number one, Barry

We can’t all be number one, Barry

Poll: (Bill) Clinton most forgivable liar.

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Shouldn’t we be powering up those coal plants, then?

 

Exactly according to plan

Exactly according to plan

Manufacturing  “unexpectedly” falls, experts blame cold winter.

U.S. stocks are sliding and yields are plummeting as Treasuries surge following the release of much worse than expected manufacturing survey data from the Institute of Supply Management.

The headline index from the ISM report tumbled to 51.3 from December’s 56.5 reading, indicative of a sharp slowdown in American manufacturing in January. The consensus Wall Street estimate called for a much smaller decline to 56.0.

In the wake of the release, the S&P 500 is trading 2.3% lower at 1742, while the yield on the 10-year Treasury note is 2.59%, 5 basis points below Friday’s close. Gold is up 1.5%, trading at $1259 an ounce.

The big news overnight and this morning has been the steady stream of purchasing managers index survey data releases from the world’s largest economies. Growth in China’s services sector is slowing, while growth in the eurozone’s manufacturing sector is accelerating, and growth in America’s manufacturing sector is slowing.

In recent weeks, economic data releases have been disappointing relative to Wall Street’s consensus forecasts. A widely-followed measure of this — Citi’s economic surprise index — has taken a sharp turn lower.

ISM and others have cited unseasonably cold weather this winter as a reason for the spate of weakness.

Of course, there are those who see a shutdown of factories as a good thing ….

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The infantilization of Puritanism

 

 

GW Law

 

 

 

George Washington Law School attempts to ban off-campus meetings of law students at private bars, with private money. The drinking age in Washington is still 21, as it is in the rest of the country; most law students I knew were at least that age and, on average,

Finally, we can drink! GW Class of '63 50-year reunion

Finally, we can drink!
GW Class of ’63 50-year reunion

several years older. This may work out well; many GW students go on to careers in government and perhaps they’ll remember this exercise in stupidity imposed by clueless bureaucrats.

Maybe.

 

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New Riverside listing

19 Hendrie Avenue

19 Hendrie Avenue

This snuck in on Friday and I only just noticed it. 19 Hendrie Avenue, asking $2.195. It belongs to a good friend of Pal Nancy’s and I remember it as a lovely old farm house, updated. Funny note: I asked its owner, years ago, how a row of farm houses could have ended up in a row here along Hendrie when, presumably, farm houses had farms around them, and she told me they’d been moved to this location by a developer in the 1920s.

However it got here, it’s a very nice, genuine house.

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I don’t think it was too much land that was the problem, it was the price

 

141 Taconic Rd

141 Taconic Rd

141 Taconic Road was unsuccessfully marketed at $9.995 million, now its nine acres have been cut in half and the house and the four remaining acres are being offered for $5.750. It’s a nice house and the location here, at the intersection of Stanwich and Taconic, provides a straight shot to town, so maybe this will do it.

 

 

 

 

 

11 Meadowcroft

11 Meadowcroft

11 Meadowcroft is trying the same tactic. Ogilvy once listed it with 6 acres for $14.5 million, now it can be yours, albeit with just three, for $7.8.

I think what both these listings suggest is that there’s a shortage of buyers willing to pay a premium for extra-large lots.

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They should be proud, not mortified

No shame in being the coldest spot in the nation, it speaks of manly heartiness. Embarrass MN is at -38 while the wussies in Ft. Meyers are sweating in a sultry 87.

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The wages of sin

Good old fashioned justice, Afghan style

Good old fashioned justice, Afghan style

Couple felled by carbon monoxide poisoning while having sex in parked car

WILLIAMSPORT — Making love in a car with the engine running in an enclosed garage proved fatal for a man and woman in Lycoming County.

Keith Payton, 40, of Allenwood and Williamsport, and Salina Johnson, 40 of Williamsport, were discovered about 9:30 p.m. Friday in a garage along Bloomingrove Road north of Williamsport.

Old Lycoming Township police speculated the two were having a sexual relationship when they were overcome because Johnson was partially clad. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in the car, they said.

The American version of getting stoned for adultery, I suppose.

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How did AJ get across the border with his leadfoil hat?

 

A.J. wants answers!

A.J. wants answers!

9/11 Truther grabs microphone at post-Super Bowl presser, demands investigation into the government’s role in bringing down the towers.

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I’m staying, in my jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be off again

Take me home, country road

Rocky Mountains bye, see you later

Rubbing it in, today’s snowstorm is forcing airports to close, which in turn is forcing the “do you know who I am?” crowd to stay put. Seattle fans are probably content to hang around and party (some more), but I’d imagine Denverites would rather leave the Meadowlands behind them as quickly as possible. So it goes.

UPDATE: Local kids can offer to head to Teterboro to help shovel these poor souls out,if they care to, because Greenwich schools are cancelled.

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