Daily Archives: April 14, 2014

Cheer?

 

A good start

A good start

Question of the day: If a nuke goes off in Washington, D.C., what should you do?

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That’s the difference between Greenwich waterfront and New Canaan woods

 

 

With Papa, Butte, MT, 1917

With Papa, Butte, MT, 1917

52-acre Huguette Clark estate, originally asking $34 million, has sold for $14.3.

Never lived in during Ms. Clark’s 60-year ownership.

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It’s not Copper Beech, but it’s also not $120 million

 

5 Silver Street

5 Silver Street

5 Silver Street, Byram, has a contract. Asking price, $465,000

A title on the floor deserves a Renfret on the floor

A title on the floor deserves a Rinfret on the floor

Ditto

Ditto

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Well it doesn’t change MY opinion of US Air

(Censored, but not by US Air)

(Censored, but not by US Air)

Which was already rock bottom. Customer complains to US Air, it replies by telling her to take a flying f**k with a plane.

If you thought brands were getting too cavalier on Twitter before …

U.S. Airways told an unhappy passenger to go screw herself in one of the most graphic ways imaginable, sending the above XXX image — the uncensored version — out to its 418,000 followers this afternoon.

It all started because Twitter user @ellerafter was unhappy her flight sat for an hour on the tarmac and let it be known on social media. “We truly dislike delays too and are very sorry your flight was affected,” the corporate account responded in its usual robotic tone.

“yeah, you seem so very sorry. So sorry, in fact, that you couldn’t be bothered to address my other tweets,” she countered. Then, just like that, boom: plane porn. And a place in the annals of the Twitter Screw-up Hall of Fame, with a special plaque in the customer service section.

Lots of photos of US Air’s planes in action are already on the web. Here are two:

APTOPIX Plane Emergency-Philly

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Still hanging around

 

109 Pecksland Road

109 Pecksland Road

109 Pecksland, the listing for which expired two months ago is back again, still asking what it couldn’t sell for last year, $3.295 million. Decent house, good street, I think its real problem was asking $4.7 million in 2011 and hanging around so long on the market ever since.

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Belle Haven waterfront

 

44 Harbor Drive

44 Harbor Drive

44 Harbor Drive is coming off the rental rolls and trying again for a sale, this time at $8.875. Owners purchased this one-and-a-quarter-acre for $8.7 million and spent some crazy amount of money on architects and zoning approval for a new home before changing their mind and putting it back up for sale for $10.5 million in 2009. That didn’t work out so well, and they gave up the effort in 2013 and rented it. Now it’s back.

Will it sell this time? The price seems within reason for direct waterfront in Belle Haven, so I’m guessing it will.If anything, the demand for waterfront has increased since 2006, and a buyer should be forthcoming.

As an aside, this is a perfectly nice house as is, but it no longer matches the land it sits on’s value. So off it goes to the great lumber scrap yard in the sky.

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Out of favor

 

27 Chieftans

27 Chieftans

27 Chieftains is back, and asking $2.995, down considerably from its original asking price of $4.295 so long ago. Owner paid $3,867,500 for the place in 2004, so it’ll end up down close to a million, I ‘d guess, before it finally sells. That loss is mitigated by the rent saved for the past decade but still, it’s a little surprising to see the decline in values over there on the western edge of town.

Nothing wrong with the houses themselves, if you like 1995 architecture, the old Gimbel estate still looks beautiful, and Westchester Airport hasn’t gotten any closer, so what gives? I’d suggest that few people want to live so far out of town – sellers there would probably be wise to direct their marketing to Westchester County residents, for whom the location permits them to keep their existing social circle while saving on taxes.

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Harry Reid, public servant

 

Scoundrel time

Scoundrel time

So, how’d an illiterate  boxer become a multi-millionaire while spending his entire career in Congress? Very easily, it turns out. In light of Reid’s involvement with the BLM trying to evict a Nevadan rancher so that Reid’s son-in-law and the Chinese could build a mega-solar energy project on the land, it’s probably time to see what else he’s been up to while serving our country.

Betsy Woodruff, National Review:

Try this thought experiment. Imagine that someone grows up in poverty, works his way through law school by holding the night shift as a Capitol Hill policeman, and spends all but two years of his career as a public servant. Now imagine that this person’s current salary — and he’s at the top of his game — is $193,400. You probably wouldn’t expect him to have millions in stocks, bonds, and real estate.

But, surprise, he does, if he’s our Senate majority leader, whose net worth is between 3 and 10 million dollars, according to OpenSecrets.org. When Harry Reid entered the Nevada legislature in 1982, his net worth was listed as between $1 million and $1.5 million “or more,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. So, since inquiring minds inquire, let’s try to figure out how Reid’s career in public service ended up being so lucrative. He hasn’t released his tax returns, which makes this an imperfect science, but looking at a few of his investments helps to show how he amassed his wealth.

In 2004, the senator made $700,000 off a land deal that was, to say the least, unorthodox. It started in 1998 when he bought a parcel of land with attorney Jay Brown, a close friend whose name has surfaced multiple times in organized-crime investigations and whom one retired FBI agent described as “always a person of interest.” Three years after the purchase, Reid transferred his portion of the property to Patrick Lane LLC, a holding company Brown controlled. But Reid kept putting the property on his financial disclosures, and when the company sold it in 2004, he profited from the deal — a deal on land that he didn’t technically own and that had nearly tripled in value in six years.

Here’s another example: The Los Angeles Times reported in November 2006 that when Reid became Senate majority leader he committed to making earmark reform a priority, saying he’d work to keep congressmen from using federal dollars for pet projects in their districts. It was a good idea but an odd one for the senator to espouse. He had managed to get $18 million set aside to build a bridge across the Colorado River between Laughlin, Nev., and Bullhead City, Ariz., a project that wasn’t a priority for either state’s transportation agency. His ownership of 160 acres of land nearby that stood to appreciate considerably from the project had nothing to do with the decision, according to one of his aides. The property’s value has varied since then. On his financial-disclosure forms from 2006, it was valued at $250,000 to $500,000. Open Secrets now lists it as his most valuable asset, worth $1 million to $5 million as of 2010.

How Reid acquired that land is interesting, too. He put $10,000 into a pension fund his friend Clair Haycock controlled, to take over the 160-acre parcel at a price far below its assessed value. Six months later, Reid introduced legislation that would help Haycock’s industry, a move many observers said appeared to be a quid pro quo, though Reid and Haycock denied that the legislation was the result of a property deal.

We don’t know how much more money Reid has or how he made all of it. For that, we’d have to see his tax returns.

No one expects anything from our political class except corruption – or I don’t, certainly, but it’d be nice if they’d shut their traps about the sins of others while stuffing their own pockets. It’s the hypocrisy that’s so annoying,not their thievery.

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Slow thinkers aren’t stupid, they’re victims of a disease.

This boy needs professional help

This boy needs professional help

So say “experts”, determined to find a new mental disorder to treat (for a fee) now that they’ve diagnosed half the  male population as suffers of ADD. It’s “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Disorder”, coming to your schools and wallets soon.

With more than six million American children having received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, concern has been rising that the condition is being significantly misdiagnosed and overtreated with prescription medications.

Yet now some powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new disorder that could vastly expand the ranks of young people treated for attention problems. Called sluggish cognitive tempo, the condition is said to be characterized by lethargy, daydreaming and slow mental processing. By some researchers’ estimates, it is present in perhaps two million children.

Experts pushing for more research into sluggish cognitive tempo say it is gaining momentum toward recognition as a legitimate disorder — and, as such, a candidate for pharmacological treatment. Some of the condition’s researchers have helped Eli Lilly investigate how its flagship A.D.H.D. drug might treat it.

Chemical mental castration of day dreamers? God help us.

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Nice to know

 

They tell me you owe money

They tell me you owe money

Study: Italian Mafia hit men are wonderful family men.

As fearsome killers, Mafia members do not have the cuddliest of reputations.

But actually they are more sensitive, family-orientated and selfless than other murderers, research has found.

A study of inmates in a prison in the home of the Mafia, Sicily, showed that unlike other violent prisoners, criminals with links to the mob were not psychopathic.

And the Führer was a terrific dancer.

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