Daily Archives: March 27, 2014

It’s obviously a day for final solutions

 

Yes, she's in a glass coffin, but have you ever known my wife to be so calm?

Yes, she’s in a glass coffin, but have you ever known my wife to be so calm?

Study: anti-anxiety drugs double mortality. Dead will do it.

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Finally, a final answer to global warming worriers

 

How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb

How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb

Study: even a small nuclear war on the other side of the world would drop global temperatures 3°.

Even a relatively small regional nuclear war, like a conflict between India and Pakistan, could spark a global environmental catastrophe, says a new study.

“Most people would be surprised to know that even a very small regional nuclear war on the other side of the planet could disrupt global climate for at least a decade and wipe out the ozone layer for a decade,” said lead author Michael Mills, an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.

Researchers developed a computer model of the Earth’s atmosphere and ran simulations to find out what would happen if there was a nuclear war with just a fraction of the world’s arsenal. What they saw was the stuff of nightmares:

Firestorms would belch over 5 million tons of ash into the sky.

The ash would absorb the sun’s rays, causing deadly cooling on the surface.

Global temperatures would plummet by nearly 3 degrees Farenheit on average, with most of North America experiencing winters that would be colder by 4 to 10 degrees.

Lethal frosts would cover the Earth and reduce the growing seasons bu about a month for several years.

Rainfall and other precipitation would be reduced by about 10 percent, triggering worldwide droughts and leading to wildfires in the Amazon, which would spew more smoke into the atmosphere.

The sky ash would heat the stratosphere and accelerate the chemical reactions that destroy the ozone layer. The intense ultraviolet radiation that would get through to the surface would be a dramatic threat to human health and damage fragile ecosystems on land and sea.

Gotta love this part – talk about going out on a limb:

“All in all, these effects would be very detrimental to food production and to ecosystems,” Mills said.

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Some might call it fraud; I couldn’t possibly say that

 

89 Lower Cross Road

89 Lower Cross Road

89 Lower Cross Road, bank owned, has cut its price to $1.295 from $1.390. This “4-acre” lot is in fact a spit of land on the shoulder of Lower Cross (readers may remember the foundation and partially-framed spec house that sat there abandoned for years), with the rest of the lot either underwater or mired in swamp muck. Bad as that is, someone bought this land for $4 million in 2006 with the help of 100% financing. Oh, those were the days.

So what’s this land worth? I’d guess nothing; the bank would be better off giving it to the Land Trust and taking an inflated deduction based on that $4 million purchase price. If you want it, start at $50,000, and see what the bank has to say.

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And we’re back, unscathed

P.J.O’Rourke speaking at lunch at the University Club. Nice meal, excellent table company but ol’ P.J. delivered a canned speech, as he’s book flogging, and it sounded as though he’d done the spiel at least several times before. City seems about the same since I used to go there, so now there’s no need to revisit it for a while.

625 North Street

625 North Street

While I was gone, 625 North Street returned to the market. It didn’t sell last year at $3.9 million so they’ve raised the price to $4.385, a peculiar marketing strategy that is often tried and rarely succeeds. For the home of financial whiz-bangs, Greenwich seems to have more than its share of befuddled sellers.

In any event, this is a beautiful, 1795 Federal, updated, within reason, and a great house even with most of its original acreage divested. It still has two acres, and how much do you want to maintain, anyway?

At the right price, this is a wonderful buy. We’ll see what that right price is.

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Off to the Big City

Times Square, 1975

Times Square, 1975

First time in probably 12 years. If I survive, blogging will resume this afternoon.

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Sell solar short

Citi: Solar’s gonna be a winner.

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Well, given the location, I can understand this, but it’s too bad

 

Law student's special

Law student’s special

Pork take-out business told by its landlord to drop its slogan, “Where your pleasure is hand-pulled”. 

A pork takeaway set to open in a church-owned property next to Canterbury Cathedral has been told to ditch their ‘suggestive’ new slogan.

Pork & Co, which is due to open on Monday serving pulled pork, has been told by the cathedral to scrap the slogan – ‘Your pleasure is hand pulled’.

Takeaway owner Sam Deeson had T-shirts printed for the staff with the slogan emblazoned across it, not realising it would cause offence to church leaders.

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Unionize college football players

Nice handoff - you get an A

Nice handoff – you get an A

It’s a sure bet that they aren’t receiving an education in exchange for risking their bodies. Here’s (another) tale from UNC, but it could just as easily have come from any big-time football program:

An “A-” essay, in its entirety.

On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. “Let me have those front seats” said the driver. She didn’t get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. “I’m going to have you arrested,” said the driver. “You may do that,” Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them “why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.”

 

 

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Remember when Pelosi said there “wasn’t a penny left to cut” from the budget? She should have gone postal

 

I've looked, damn it!

I’ve looked, damn it!

Postal employees use government credit cards for gambling, personal travel, bowling.

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The only way out is divine intervention

 

My Harvard transcripts? Aw,you shouldn't have - now get rid of them.

My Harvard transcripts? Aw, you shouldn’t have – now get rid of them.

Obama disapproval rating hits a new high of 59%.

Obama spends five hours in prayer with the Pope.

Coincidence? I think not.

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Border patrol releasing illegal aliens into South Texas

 

Shhh! Hear that? It's the soft patter of new voters' feet!

Shhh! Hear that? It’s the soft patter of barefoot voters!

Catch and release down there, because the detention centers are full. All the BS coming from Washington about amnesty for aliens being coupled with secure borders is just that: bullshit. This isn’t “get out the vote”, it’s “bring in the voters”.

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It’s come to this

WashingtonDCmedicalmarijuana3001Democrats’ campaign strategy to bring out the youth vote: legal dope. The average college student neither cares nor knows about anything else, so this is probably a winner.

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Didn’t want the competition, I suppose

 

These must be reserved for our customers!

These must be reserved for our customers!

State Senator Leland Yee,(D. CA)  indicted for selling arms to Philippine rebels. Before the feds nabbed him yesterday, Lee was a leader of the anti-gun crusade:

In an interview on KPIX 5, Yee said that he was not going to be intimidated, because he believed so strongly in keeping guns out of the hands of bad guys. “This is not an easy issue,” Yee said. “But I am a father, and I want our communities to be safe, and god forbid if one of these weapons fell into the wrong hands.”

The government’s affidavit said that … Yee claimed to know a weapons trafficker who he had known for years, who was supplying “cargo containers” of heavy weapons to Muslim rebels in the Philippines.

Machine guns to Africa, shoulder-rockets to Asia, anything a Mafia goon from NYC might want, Yee promised to deliver.

 

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Can’t improve on this headline

InstaPundit:

MARCH 27, 2014
THEY GAVE IT THAT NAME BECAUSE IT’S DIM: Frozen pink dwarf planet ‘Biden’ spotted beyond Pluto.

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Harry Reid breaks the law? Shocker.

 

I had no idea we were related - trust me on this

I had no idea we were related – trust me on this

Harry Reid’s been caught passing out other people’s money to his granddaughter.”Laws are for the little people”, the man of the people explains.

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent nearly $17,000 in campaign funds to his granddaughter, and disclosed their relationship only under pressure from the Federal Election Commission, it was reported Wednesday. The Senate’s top Democrat announced he was reimbursing the money after it was revealed his campaign had cut two separate checks of $5,417 and $11,370 to his granddaughter last October for what were described as “holiday gifts.”
The checks went to “Ryan Elisabeth” — but Reid’s office didn’t initially disclose that the recipient was Ryan Elisabeth Reid, the 23-year-old daughter of his son, Rory.
When first contacted by Las Vegas journalist Jon Ralston, Reid’s office said Ryan Elisabeth was a campaign vendor — without acknowledging she was Reid’s granddaughter.
Reid’s aides later said the payments were for purchases from her Berkeley, Calif., jewelry business and that the items went to campaign donors.

Uh huh.

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Sic ’em on those Swedish rats

And how do they cross-breed, you ask?

And how do they cross-breed, you ask?

State DEP will test DNA of the suspected wolf-dogs that have been terrorizing local residents up in Stonington. Turns out, they belong to a faux-Indian, one Ashbow Sebastian, a name striking enough that I looked him up. Breach of peace,   giving pistols to a felon of a cousin (that’s a no-no) are two of the cases dredged up by Google. My guess is that he’s likely to have illegal cross-breeds, too.

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Truman beats Dewey

Meeting of the lap dogs

Meeting of the lap dogs

Last week I mistakenly reported that the Greenwich Republicans had reappointed Jim Campbell as Republican Town Committee Chairman. When a reader pointed out that I had inadvertently used a two-year-old news story I first pulled the post, and then upon reflection put it back up, reasoning that I’d just jumped the gun by a few days. Last night, that proved true. And so it goes (on).

Jim Mason, Republican PooBah, sums it up neatly:

“Our town must choose leaders that prioritize harmony, and Jim does that,” Mike Mason, chairman of the Board of Estimate and Taxation, said.

That’s the current rulers’ sole objective: “prioritize harmony”. Go along to get along, steady as she goes, don’t rock the boat. Jim Campbell is the perfect man to accomplish that.

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