Daily Archives: February 24, 2014

For a guy who thinks sending $55 rebates to citizens is a big deal, I suppose this is too

Chez Malloy

Maison Malloy

Governor Malloy cuts the price of his unwanted Stamford home $20,000, and it’s now a whopping $50,000 less than when he started. The Gov’s understanding of real estate is just as impressive as his knowledge of economics.

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Whole Foods, the Temple of Pseudo-science

wFNothing new here, but I do so love this subject.

Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods. It’s all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others?

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I’m talking, of course, about Whole Foods Market. From the probiotics aisle to the vaguely ridiculous Organic Integrity outreach effort, Whole Foods has all the ingredients necessary to give Richard Dawkins nightmares. And if you want a sense of how weird, and how fraught, the relationship between science, politics, and commerce is in our modern world, then there’s really no better place to go. Because anti-science isn’t just a religious, conservative phenomenon—and the way in which it crosses cultural lines can tell us a lot about why places like the Creation Museum inspire so much rage, while places like Whole Foods don’t.

You can buy chocolate with “a meld of rich goji berries and ashwagandha root to strengthen your immune system,” and bottles of ChlorOxygen chlorophyll concentrate, which “builds better blood.” There’s cereal with the kind of ingredients that are “made in a kitchen—not in a lab,” and tea designed to heal the human heart.

At times, the Whole Foods selection slips from the pseudoscientific into the quasi-religious. … There’s a sign in the Durham store suggesting that shoppers bag their organic and conventional fruit separately—lest one rub off on the other—and grind their organic coffees at home—because the Whole Foods grinders process conventional coffee, too, and so might transfer some non-organic dust. “This slicer used for cutting both CONVENTIONAL and ORGANIC breads” warns a sign above the Durham location’s bread slicer. Synagogue kitchens are the only other places in which I’ve seen signs implying that level of food-separation purity.

Here’s an example of the nonsense Whole Foods peddles to its customers:

Even if you haven’t been hit with a cold or flu, you’ll want to use this opportunity to grab products for the whole family to help with coughs, aches, and pains. Boiron Oscillococcinum and Chestal, as well as some Ricola Lozenges are good to have on hand for adults and kids alike.

If it’s weight loss you’re focused on, there is a vast choice of protein powders, electrolyte supplements, and meal replacement products. You know you’re getting high quality products to help you meet your goals. And at 25% off you can add in wellness boosters, probiotics, or even a 7-Day cleanse to amp up your results.

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“Green side up!” – our cops receive sod-laying instruction

Back to training class

Back to training class

Stake out a place in front, bad guy simply goes out the back. Happened with one of the (bad) Chimblos back in the day: 16 cops, four sides to the house, everyone piled up on the front porch while Officer Muldoon rang the doorbell and Chimblo scooted. Now, they’ve done it again:

According to police reports, managers at the 160 East Putnam Avenue [Radio Shack] store reported that three men they recognized as shoplifters had returned to the premises and were acting suspiciously.  Multiple officers were dispatched to the scene, surrounding the premises. Officers reported observing the three men “walking slowly” through the store’s front window [and how they walked through the window, I’ll never know – Ed] . The men eventually noticed the police presence, prompting Santana to leave undetected through a back door. One suspect, later identified as Hay, was seen reaching into the waistband of his pants and removing an object, which he attempted to hide on a store counter. The two men then exited in the front and were immediately approached by police.

This is just not that difficult, people, and if it is, the Cos Cob Fire Department’s next door – maybe ask them how it’s done.

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Malloy: we don’t need no stinkin’ oil

 

Dannel discovers that even hydrogen fuel cell parks run on natural gas

Dannel discovers that even hydrogen fuel cell parks run on natural gas

Malloy comes out against keystone pipeline. Interesting position for the governor of a state entirely dependent on out-of-state energy sources, and whose industries could only benefit from a stable supply of cheap fuel. “We’ll have windmills,” Malloy insisted. “Windmills, rainbows and butterflies – you just watch.” He then donned his tutu and skipped away.

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If global warmists have science on their side, why do they lie so often?

Al Gore's horsie misses the boat

Al Gore’s horsie misses the boat

Yesterday I had a little fun at Al Gore’s expense for his latest speech on the circuit pronouncing imminent doom.

A reader pointed out that, notwithstanding Gore’s insistence that global warming had caused Boulder Colorado’s floods: “They had never seen anything like this in [Boulder’s] Manitou Springs,” Gore said, it was proto-environmentalists of the 70s who blocked water diversion projects that might have mitigated some of the damage. Curious, I looked it up, and here’s what I found. Boulder has always flooded, and residents have always known it. Or they were certainly on notice.

“There’s no scientific definition of ‘biblical,'”reported Climate Progress, “but the flooding has been unlike anything local residents have ever seen before.”

Well, yes and no. … But it should come as no surprise that Boulder flooded. Crack open the history books and you’ll find that the Front Range has always been flood prone. According to the Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network (BASIN), when it comes to flooding, “the Boulder Creek drainage is considered among the most hazardous in the entire western United States.” The city sits smack at the mouth of Boulder Canyon, and because its floodplain is so developed, the risks to human safety and property are especially high here.

Boulder owes its vulnerability to geography. It’s pushed up against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and steep-sided canyons. When storms get stuck above it, as they did last week, rains can careen off pitched slopes into the canyons, where creeks swell and eventually burst forth onto the city itself. One of the earliest documented instances of this was in 1894, which incidentally, was also Boulder’s last 100-year flood event.  Homes, bridges and train tracks were swept away, and the girth of Left Hand Creek apparently grew to a half-mile. Significant flood events have occurred more than a dozen times since.

Flood preparedness and new development is regulated in Boulder’s floodplain, but that didn’t happen until after the city had bloomed in the hazard zone – despite warnings from Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., who was hired to make a flood control plan for the city in 1910. “The principal waterway in Boulder is Boulder Creek, and its principal function, from which there is no escaping, is to carry off storm-water which runs into it from the territory which it drains,” Olmsted advised. “If, lulled by the security of a few seasons of small storms, the community permits the channel to be encroached upon, it will inevitably pay the price in destructive floods.” As employees of the city’s public works department wrote in a mid-’90s report on community flood education, it’s too bad that “Boulder took (Olmsted’s) report and placed it on the shelf for more than 65 years.”

From another article, “The History of the Boulder Flood Plain”, we learn this:

“The snow-fed creeks that tumble down the foothills to the broad plains along Colorado’s Front Range, the eastern face of the central Rockies, do not bring to mind raging, out-of-control floodwaters filled with debris – a potential for death and destruction to property.

“From the month of May through September of any year, however, warm air masses from the Gulf of Mexico may circle upslope toward the Front Range, bringing with them storm cells that can produce intense rainfall. The resulting cloudbursts may quickly fill the channels of these small creeks which then take on a vastly different character.” – Phyllis Smith, A History of Floods and Flood Control in Boulder, Colorado.

From a Greeley Sun May 1876 article:

Coal Creek inspired terror on Monday last, if never before. About noon the streets of Erie began to fill with water, and before an hour had elapsed, houses were flooded and the whole flat on which the town is located was swept by a muddy, roaring flood, over a quarter of a mile in width.

This conspiracy of terrain and climate that has made Boulder famous are not limited to the Boulder Creek flood plain. The South Platte flooded in 1844, according to an 1864 newspaper article in Denver; Major James Bridger tells of the flood and how 9 days passed before he could cross the river near its confluence with Cherry Creek.

In 1864 floods again ravaged Denver and “down the Platte went the new city hall, the Trinity Methodist Church, and the offices of the Rocky Mountain News.”

Boulder Creek began flooding a late May morning in 1894 during a storm that dropped rain for 60 hours on heavy snowpack. Nearly 9 inches of rain fell at Ward; Left Hand Creek, which flows into the Saint Vrain, swelled to 300 yards across. Witnesses said “Jamestown’s church floated downstream with its bell tolling.” Near Eagle Rock, a woman was found “waist-deep in mud, holding one of her children aloft.”

In Boulder, the downtown’s bridges washed away. Basements filled with sand and silt. The town’s swollen waterways now carried houses, out buildings, huge rocks and trees. Floods came again in 1897, 1904 and 1909.

[Olmstead, 1910] recommended the city preserve “a simple piece of pretty bottom-land of the very sort that Boulder Creek has been flooding over for countless centuries, of growing a few tough old trees on it and few bushes.” Children could romp and passers-by could enjoy the best views of the foothills from the shady banks of the creek. “And,” Olmsted added, ”it is probably the cheapest way of handling the flood problem of Boulder Creek.”

The Boulder Valley also saw flooding in 1914, 1919, 1921, 1933, 1938 and 1939, according to Smith. Yet by the late 1950s, there had been major development in the Boulder Creek flood plain. As a result, the chance of flood damage in Boulder had increased by 30 percent since 1938, according to a 1958 study of U.S. flood plains out of the University of Chicago. Notice the chance of a flood and the chance of flood damage are not the same. The study also found most folks in Boulder didn’t think flooding was an issue for the town any longer.

From the use of false and doctored data, the suppression of scientific articles refuting the doctrine, and the recent calls to suppress and censor all dissenting views, it’s pretty obvious that the warmists are covering up the flaws in their phony theory – else why do it? Facts are facts, and should speak for themselves. Worse, perhaps, is a buffoon like Al Gore roaming the world spouting “facts” that he must know are simply, unalterably, false.

What are these people lying about?

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Disarming the hippies

No more

Off the road again

Federal law prohibits anyone using medical marijuana from owning a gun or even getting a pistol permit.

A Richland [WA] medical marijuana patient recently applied for a Concealed Pistol License, but was denied by police.

Medical marijuana is legal under Washington state law, but the federal government won’t make an exception for that when it comes to getting a Concealed Pistol License.

Richland police sent the medical marijuana patient a letter stating that federal law prohibits anyone who [unlawfully] uses a controlled substance from “shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition.”

And even if marijuana is legal here, it’s still illegal at the federal level.

When anyone applies for a concealed weapons permit with Richland police, they have to follow these federal restrictions.

Connecticut also has medical marijuana, so you have a choice: guns or ganja.

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Plain vanilla, $1.585 ask, pending

25 Rustic View, Greenwich

25 Rustic View, Greenwich (Artist rendering)

25 Rustic View, Greenwich. 1967 house, Good school districts, off lower (ish) Stanwich, pretty typical for this type, and a typical representative of this price class. Owners tried for $1.825 originally but the last price did the trick.

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Michael Skakel will be the final defense witness

 

Defense Exhibit A (and B, and C, and D, and ....)

Defense Exhibit A (and B, and C, and D, and ….)

Kerry Kennedy pulls out the stops in her criminal trial. 

Kerry Kennedy’s drugged-driving trial kicked off Monday with her high-powered lawyer touting his client’s storied lineage, a point illustrated as her famed elderly mother, Ethel, made a rare public appearance – along with two of her brothers – to support her.

“She is a daughter of Ethel and Robert Kennedy and a niece of our past president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy,” said Kerry Kennedy’s lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, to jurors in the packed White Plains court room, even adding that his “religious” client had two daughters who attended Ivy League schools.

But acting State Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary was clearly unimpressed — ordering the lawyer to start introducing pertinent facts in the case.

“Mr. Lefcourt, this isn’t evidence,” the judge sniffed.

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68 North Ridge in Havemeyer, but it will probably be gone tomorrow

 

68 Northridge

68 Northridge

Nice, 1958 house, in good shape but probably in need of $300,000 in renovations and expansion. I’d expand over the garage to make room for a modern master bedroom suite, maybe bump out the rear for another bedroom or two, redo the kitchen and baths, and so forth.

But it has 8′ ceilings, hardwood floors, and Northridge itself has nice views to the west. This one has a decent yard, for Havemeyer. My own clients felt too hemmed in by neighbors, but that’s a personal choice – I think it’s a very decent buy.

Unfortunately for would-be buyers, the agent, Mary Flynn, priced it at $965,000, which will almost certainly see it sell quickly. A buyer can be all in here for, say, $1.3, and do very well. Smart lady, that Mary.

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Big sale in Conyers

16 Hurlingham Drive

16 Hurlingham Drive

16 Hurlingham Drive, $11.9 million. Once owned by Mets (? – Yankee?) pitcher David Cone, it was pretty bedraggled when I last saw it, but still sold for $12.4 million in 2007. I assume the buyer died or did some complicated estate planning because after being listed for $12.950 million it was pulled for a year, then reappeared as owned by Bard College, and this sale resulted. Fantastic lake front property, but I’d scrape the house itself.

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All power to the federal government

Chris and I didn't risk our lives with SEAL TEAM SIX just so some local idiots could cheat workers of their fair wage!

Chris and I didn’t risk our lives with SEAL TEAM SIX just so some local idiots could cheat workers of their fair wage!

Our two U.S. senators are in Hartford today to push for raising the minimum wage in Connecticut to $10.10 per hour. Here’s their joint statement on the topic.

Apart from the absurd lie that “If passed, the bill would increase the yearly income of full-time minimum wage earners by $3,000, and add $156 million to Connecticut’s GDP”, the two clowns neglect to mention that the business of Connecticut belongs to Connecticut – neither the constitution of our state or federal government give Mssrs. Blumenthal and Murphy any authority whatsoever to interfere in local affairs.

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From politically incorrect speech to science, it’s the left that is intolerant

Young fascist

Young fascist

Obama had to back off, for now, sending the FCC into newsrooms (over which it has no jurisdiction) and TV stations to monitor their reporting – he’ll be back – campuses nationwide shut down debate on anything unpopular, from tracking to minimum wage, now the global warmists are petitioning the Washington Post to stop publishing any dissent from the party line. Charles Krauthammer, the latest target of these people, has the perfect response, especial considering that Obama and his mob once vowed to “remove the politics from science”:

“Is there anything more anti-scientific than scientific truths being determined by petition and demonstration?”

As an aside, while I can’t confirm that the Brad Johnson pictured above is the same Brad Johnson I found on linked in, the resume: Georgetown, Grosse Pointe High School etc. fits the profile. Note that he works for Homeland Security, the agency that’s been so busy buying millions of hollow point bullets and riot gear. Nice to know that Brad’s on the case.

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The “we’re so special” Kennedy defense

Paging Desmond Tutu

Paging Desmond Tutu

Bobby Jr. tells NY Post that his sister mustn’t be convicted of driving on Ambien because world peace depends on her.

Robert F. “Bobby’’ Kennedy Jr., 60, called me the other day to plead for compassion for his misunderstood sister, a lawyer and professional human-rights activist born Mary Kerry Kennedy.

“Kerry’s been instrumental in freeing political prisoners and dissidents from around the globe from imprisonment and torture,” Bobby told me.

He argued that political agitators all over the world could be locked up and tortured if his sister, 54, is convicted in Westchester County for being hell on wheels. Africans might be tormented or killed for being gay.

If convicted of driving while ability impaired by drugs — a misdemeanor — she fears she’ll be barred from entering countries like Canada, New Zealand and Australia, and thus be unable to perform her important work.

Last month, Kerry was on her way to meet her brother, a lawyer and environmental activist; their documentary filmmaker sister Rory, 45; and Bobby’s actress gal pal, Cheryl Hines, 48, at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah when she made an abrupt, globe-trotting ­U-turn.

Kerry received an urgent call from South African social-rights activist Desmond Tutu, who asked her to fly to Africa immediately. At Kerry’s request, the retired Anglican bishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner had set up a meeting between Kerry and the president of the African nation of Uganda, who supposedly was about to sign into law the so-called “Kill the Gays” bill.

So Kerry instead boarded a plane at JFK Airport and high-tailed it to Uganda’s capital city of Kampala, where, the story goes, she succeeded in saving the gays.

“You’ve changed my mind. We can’t go on executing people because they were born that way,” Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told Kerry, according to a friend of hers.

Isn’t that sweet? And oh so moving? (UPDATE: Publius reports that President Museveni signed the anti-gay bill into law today, doubtless because Kennedy was in White Plains Superior Court, rather than by his side. Oh, the humanity!)

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History lesson:

Kerry initially told an officer that she might have mistakenly taken Ambien instead of her thyroid medication. Then, four days later, she stood outside the tiny Town of North Castle Justice Court in Armonk — the case has since moved to roomier quarters in White Plains — and announced that her doctors believed she suffered a “complex partial seizure” at the time of the wreck, caused by an earlier head injury.

Wrong.

Toxicology test results revealed that Kerry had ingested zolpidem tartrate, the generic term for Ambien. Her lawyers now contend that she innocently mixed up her pills.

“Mixed up her pills”?  Her lawyers also argued at that time, “no one would take sleeping pills to drive”. Wrong.

The Ambien high is quite well known, by doctors, addicts and Kennedys alike.

The high is similar to drinking a large amount of alcohol because you feel completely relaxed and you might lose control of your body.

Ambien is the brand name for zolpidem, and it works in a similar way to any other hypnotic. When you take Ambien correctly, it can make you feel relaxed, comfortable and sleepy. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency classifies the prescription drug Ambien as a Schedule IV drug because it is similar to benzodiazepines. This means that you cannot possess or use the drug without a prescription from a doctor. Those caught with the drug can receive a hefty fine or jail time. The reason that the Drug Enforcement Agency regulates this drug is because it’s potentially dangerous. While a large number of users take Ambien without any side effects, the drug can cause dependence or other issues in those who take the drug for a longer period of time.

I have complete sympathy for people suffering from drug addiction, whether alcohol, ambient or any other substance. But society is well within its rights to demand that addicts take responsibility for their actions, especially if they create a danger to others by driving on our highways. The first step to recovery is usually thought to be an admission that one has a problem; demanding immunity because of your famous family name and your important duties as the goddess of world peace is not a recommended approach.

Maybe she can go to rehab in Venezuela.

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Naughty narcoleptic necrophiliac naps notoriously, nabbed.

 

In all the wrong places ...

In all the wrong places …

Cambodia

A man who tried to have sex with a corpse after digging into the grave was arrested when he fell asleep in the coffin, police in Cambodia confirmed today.

The 47-year-old man, named as Chin Chean, was caught when villagers saw his foot sticking out of the grave and told the family of the teenage girl whose body lay in the coffin.

Chin Chean told police that he started digging up the coffin at 10pm, the day after he had attended the funeral of the 17-year-old girl.

‘Villagers saw Mr Chean’s foot by the grave at about 6am and told the deceased’s family,’ said police chief Keo Vutha of the Prey Poun community 103 miles south east of the capital, Phnom Penh.

The Cambodia Daily reported that after digging down through the earth he reached the coffin and managed to open it.

He then admitted to police that he had tried to have sex with the body but because the coffin was too small he was not able to do so.

‘We don’t know at this stage whether he knew the victim when she was alive,’ said Mr Vutha.

But he said that Chin Chean was known to take drugs and commit unusual acts, such as running around the local pagoda naked.

‘We are going to send Mr Chean to the district police for questioning before we sent him to court,’ said a police spokesman.

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News you can use, investment banker division

Not so perky at 5:00 AM

Not so perky at the de rigueur pre-dawn pajama bust

Don’t be an F. Perkins “Perk” Hixon. Evercore banker going down for the hard count for trading on his own deals, the dummy. What are they teaching at business schools these days?

[To] be fair, Hixon doesn’t seem to have gotten the money: All the trades were in the accounts of his father, Frank P. Hixon Sr., a retiree who live outside of Duluth, Georgia, or the mother of Hixon’s child, whose name is Destiny Wind Robinson, though she goes by Nicole. Perk and Destiny broke up in 2008 and she lives in Texas, though Hixon visits regularly from New York. Maybe they did the insider trading? Maybe there was no scheme — it’s not like they gave him the proceeds of their trading, did they? (Umm, a little: Per the SEC, Hixon’s father wrote him a check for $38,000 on the day his Titanium trades settled, though who knows why.) Maybe they just guessed what was going on by, like, watching his body language? “Hmm, he looks pretty cheerful, must have been record earnings,” that sort of thing?

And, if you must be like Hixon, leave out the part where you tell your employer and the F.B.I. that you don’t recognize the names of your father or the mother of your child – it hurts your credibility.

For those readers who think I only pick on Ivy League affirmative action graduates, I note this:

Mr. Hixon, 51 holds an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from
the University of Virginia.

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