Daily Archives: February 23, 2014

Understandable

 

So I can spit on my neighbors from up here, huh? Cool.

So I can spit on my neighbors from up here, huh? Cool.

Residents of Buckhead just aren’t true Beliebers 

Residents of an Atlanta suburb are saying baby, baby, baby, NO… to the idea of Justin Bieber moving in next door.

The people of Buckhead, Georgia are protesting Justin Bieber’s interest in their neighborhood, after the Canadian singer looked at a few houses in the area, according to NBC Atlanta.

The Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition has started a Facebook event for a protest — titled “Protest Justin Bieber Moving to Buckhead” — taking place at 6:00 a.m. on Monday morning. By Sunday afternoon over 250 people have signed up to attend.

“As a community here in Buckhead, we have worked hard to achieve our goals and get to where we are,” the event description reads.

There’s a story – true, but I’ll say it’s apocryphal – that one of the town’s wealthiest residents was appalled when 50 Cent and his entourage motored down John Street to look at a spec house for sale just a few doors down from her own. The Bentley convertibles, the rap music blasting, even, possibly, the gold jewelry were all too much for the lady and a few phone calls were made to the responsible brokers in town. The house was sold to someone else, Mr. 50 Cent moved on. To Buckhead, perhaps.

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Beats raising the minimum wage for applicant recruitment

Depending on what she looked like, I suppose. Man files suit against Hardee’s claiming his boss made sex with her a condition of employment.

No problem

No problem

Problem

Problem

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Where all the children’s teachers are above average

Worm in apple100% of Greenwich teachers get passing marks. That’s better than their pupils – kind of reminds me of the Ivy League’s grading system.

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Call when you sort it out

el-chapoCNN: Three reasons why El Chapo’s arrest matters

Boston Harold: Drug kingpin’s bust may have no effect.

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And I looked, and behold, a pale horse, & his name that sate on him was Death, and hell followed with him: and power was giuen vnto them, ouer the fourth part of the earth to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beastes of the earth.

Repent!

Repent!

Al Gore is losing it. The Dust Bowl Returneth.

Gore filled a Westin Crown Center ballroom with a 90-minute presentation, using photos and videos to illustrate a litany of floods, wildfires, torrential rains, droughts, dust storms, rising sea levels and increasing world temperatures.

To those attending the Folk Alliance International conference, he noted examples of flooding in locations both remote and closer to home, such as in Manitou Springs, Colo., where high water barreled down mountain highways last year, carrying cars along with it.

“They had never seen anything like this in Manitou Springs,” Gore said.

He cited the possibility of how flooding in Pakistan could destabilize that country, a nuclear power, and the possible effect that continuing drought in California might have on the world’s food supply.

“Think about that,” he said. “The Dust Bowl is coming back, quickly, unless we act.”

Gore presented animation from his 2006 film depicting water pushing into the streets of lower Manhattan — much mocked at the time, Gore said — followed by images of water filling New York City subway tunnels during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Gore conceded the possible fatigue some may have with his warnings, as well as the possible sense of powerlessness as to what any one individual can do to affect what appear to be vast, unchangeable trends.

He’s made his millions from this scam; why won’t he just STFU?

(Wanna bet he jetted into Kansas City for this paid speech, rather than use his bicycle?)

UPDATE: Apocalypse postponed, soaking rains return to California – I blame Bush. And the fact that LA was, and remains, desert.

 

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Greenwich’s “Golden Triangle” richest spot in America?

Retired professor Stephen Higley sent me a link to an urban study he has completed studying income per capita mean household income for the 1,000 largest metropolitan areas wealthiest neighborhoods [cor. supplied by Prof. Higley] and their racial composition. There’s lots of interesting data (including by the way, Greenwich’s racial makeup, which is by far more diverse than most of the other top areas), so you should check it out, but here’s what may be of immediate interest to most readers:

The new highest income neighborhood  is Mid Country West and Mid Country East in Greenwich, Connecticut. As seen in the map below (Figure One) it is found in the heart of Greenwich, Connecticut’s inland estate area. Some realtors call this area the “Golden Triangle”, although the borders are nebulous. My February  first (2014) perusal of Trulia.com listings for this neighborhood  found 48 homes for sale with an average asking price of $6,666,000. The highest priced estate in the neighborhood was a gorgeous 13,000 square foot home for $20,000,000. This is where you live if you run a Hedge Fund and consider yourself a Master of the Universe.

The low end ($1,100,000) was for a 1,600 square foot, 4 bedroom, one bath clapboard house. What a dump! Location, Location, Location. This house would be free in Detroit and go for $70,000 in vast swathes of America. Lots in Mid Country West start at about $1 million.

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Things aren’t looking good for the Squareheads

 

Flattened

Flattened

3rd period, Canada 3, Sweden 0. I blame global warming.

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Weep for the future of our country

 

Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers marching band

Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers marching band

“Blended Learning” school in NYC produces dismal results. This will surely change when Di Blasio’s pre-K program kicks in.

Earlier this month, The Post exposed a scheme at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers in which failing students could get full credit without attending class, but instead watch video lessons and take tests online. One social-studies teacher had a roster of 475 students in all grades and subjects.

Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its “blended learning” program. Eighteen kids e-mailed to argue that their alma mater got a bad rap.

Almost every letter was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

A junior wrote: “What do you get of giving false accusations im one of the students that has blended learning I had a course of English and I passed and and it helped a lot you’re a reported your support to get truth information other than starting rumors . . .”

Another wrote: “To deeply criticize a program that has helped many students especially seniors to graduate I should not see no complaints.”

One student said the online system beats the classroom because “you can digest in the information at your own paste.”

“Us as New York City Students deserve respect and encouragement,” one letter read. “We are the future of New York City and for some students, The future of the country.”

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Bob Horton on the IT mess at Town Hall

The town has a new information technology chief, replacing the other guy who spent his time surfing Russian porn sites and accidentally erasing data, so we may see an improvement, and almost certainly no deterioration in the mess that’s our data system.

The new man, former Republican Town Committee  member Tom Klein, designed campaign web sites for both Peter Tesei and his Republican running mate, a relationship that came to light only after third selectman Drew Marzullo spoke out. Tesei now claims that he failed to disclose that business connection “because I didn’t want to put the other candidates at a disadvantage”. That’s one of the most curious, and flexible definitions of “conflict of interest” I’ve heard. Certainly the candidate shouldn’t have been excluded from consideration just because two of the three selectmen have worked with him and been impressed by his capabilities, but disclosure of past dealings is the norm in these situations. Except when it comes to the politicians running Greenwich.

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The solution could come as early as the 2014 elections

Second careers are fun!

Second careers are fun!

National clown shortage developing.

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