Daily Archives: May 15, 2014

Somehow, there’s a link here

 

Hamburger robots get no paid hangover days

Hamburger robots get no paid hangover days

Fast food workers demand $15 per hour minimum wage.

83% of Washington D.C. 8th graders aren’t proficient in math or reading. White House spokesman Jay Carney told FWIW that the president would have no response to the test results: “The First Children go to Sidwell Friends School”, he said, “so what does he care?”

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So what’s next on the fruitcake agenda?

 

Hogwash for Dummies

Hogwash for Dummies

Gluten doesn’t cause tummy aches. Duhoy. The fad is global warming for foodies – in fact, the same people indulge in both.

In 2011, Peter Gibson, a professor of gastroenterology at Monash University and director of the GI Unit at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, published a study that found gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley, to cause gastrointestinal distress in patients without celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder unequivocally triggered by gluten. Double-blinded, randomized, and placebo-controlled, the experiment was one of the strongest pieces of evidence to date that non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), more commonly known as gluten intolerance, is a genuine condition.

By extension, the study also lent credibility to the meteoric rise of the gluten-free diet. Surveys now show that 30% of Americans would like to eat less gluten, and sales of gluten-free products are estimated to hit $15 billion by 2016 — that’s a 50% jump over 2013’s numbers!

But like any meticulous scientist, Gibson wasn’t satisfied with his first study….. He resolved to repeat the trial with a level of rigor lacking in most nutritional research. Subjects would be provided with every single meal for the duration of the trial. Any and all potential dietary triggers for gastrointestinal symptoms would be removed, including lactose (from milk products), certain preservatives like benzoates, propionate, sulfites, and nitrites, and fermentable, poorly absorbed short-chain carbohydrates, also known as FODMAPs. And last, but not least, nine days worth of urine and fecal matter would be collected. With this new study, Gibson wasn’t messing around.

37 subjects took part, all with self-reported gluten sensitivity who were confirmed to not have celiac’s disease [the sufferers of which comprise, at most, 1% of the population]. ….

Analyzing the data, Gibson found that each treatment diet, whether it included gluten or not, prompted subjects to report a worsening of gastrointestinal symptoms to similar degrees. Reported pain, bloating, nausea, and gas all increased over the baseline low-FODMAP diet. Even in the second experiment, when the placebo diet was identical to the baseline diet, subjects reported a worsening of symptoms! The data clearly indicated that a noceboeffect, the same reaction that prompts some people to get sick from wind turbines and wireless internet, was at work here. Patients reported gastrointestinal distress without any apparent physical cause. Gluten wasn’t the culprit; the cause was likely psychological. Participants expected the diets to make them sick, and so they did. The finding led Gibson to the opposite conclusion of his 2011 research:

“In contrast to our first study… we could find absolutely no specific response to gluten.”

Indeed, the rise in gluten sensitivity seems predominantly driven by consumers and commercial interests, not quality scientific research.

 

 

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One new listing, one sale

 

59 Gilliam Lane

59 Gilliam Lane

The new listing is 59 Gilliam Lane, Riverside, $3.9 million. An excellent location: walk to the RYC, train and schools, with a beautiful view over the pond where Dorothy Hamill first learned to skate (don’t believe that yarn about her skating in Binney Park) but judging from its listing, I’m not sure how readily the floor plan will work for a family. The house was built in 1998 (it replaced Carlton Marsh’s old place, for those who remember him) as a downsizer and its layout reflects that. There’s a master bedroom suite downstairs and two bedrooms up, and that’s about it. Still, there’s about 2,000 feet of FAR space left to expand on this acre, and you won’t find a prettier spot. So we’ll see.

520 North Street has finally sold, for $2.7 million. Nothing wrong with the house, which is a beautiful old 1850 barn converted to human, rather than bovine use, four acres on a back lot. Trouble was the price, which in 2007 was $5 million. After renting it out for a while the owners returned it to the market at a reasonable price and it sold quite quickly. The right price will do that.

Thanks to the Greenwich Association of Realtors, the public link to this property has been permanently extinguished but in this case, it doesn’t matter: the property was pitched as a building lot, and the next time it shows up as a listing, you’ll find something entirely unrecognizable.

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Open House report

There were just too many on the tour today to get to, but here were some I thought notable.

 

24 Daffodil Lane

24 Daffodil Lane

24 Daffodil Lane, Cos Cob (off Mimosa), $2.450 million. An exterior that is not often seen in this neighborhood, but once inside, this offers a lot of very usable space, in great condition, for not a whole lot of money. It’s on two acres, mostly woods, with a pool. It failed to sell in 2011-2012 when it was priced at $2.6, but the market’s gone up since then, and this one’s price has come down. All in all, for this price range, very attractive.

 

112 Old Stone Bridge

112 Old Stone Bridge

112 Old Stone Bridge, at $1.525 offers some decent possibilities. I think it needs a total gut job and perhaps a wall or two moved around but there’s good space here, and the price reflects the work that needs to be done. Decent yard off to the side.

I did get to see 74 N. Old Stone Bridge Road, mentioned here earlier today as a new listing, and its pictures are not deceptive: it’s a nice house. It is, as I suspected, perched on a cliff, but there’s lots of deck space and inside is airy. I like it as an adult house, you may find it entirely suitable for a family with kids. Very much worth checking out.

23 Hendrie Extension

23 Hendrie Extension

Star of the day was 23 Hendrie Extension, off Edgewater, asking $9.250 million. Very modern inside, clean and spare. I liked it. Listing agent Shelly Tretter says it stayed dry in Sandy, but I’d imagine that was a relatively close call. But hey, you want to live on the water, you take your chances. To me, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages, but that’s a personal choice. If you have $9 million to spend on a house, I’m guessing you can afford to take a hit. Your call.

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War on women

 

Vote Republican!

Vote Republican!

California Democrats veto bill barring sex-selection abortions. That seems to be an ultimately self-defeating move on the part of abortion supporters because by far the majority of those selected for abortion by sex are girls; keep it up, and all that will be left will be the dominant, oppressive males.

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New Listing, Old Stone Bridge

 

74 N. Old Stone Bridge

74 N. Old Stone Bridge

74 N. Old Stone Bridge (so far as I know, there is no old stone bridge up here, and never was one), $2.495 million. A friend of mine who lives nearby tells me it’s very special, and that’s what it looks like from its photos (listing agent is Sara Holdcroft, Coldwell Banker, so hats off to her). Its first open house is today and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

My only reservation about houses in Old Stone Bridge is that some of their “backyards” are cliffs, and I notice that out of 35 pictures, none show the back of this one, but I’ll report back. $2.495 is on the high end of Old Stone Bridge homes, but for the right house, it could still be a bargain.

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(Barely) on the market

 

6 Edgewater Drive

6 Edgewater Drive

6 Edgewater Drive, Old Greenwich, $1.195 million, reports a pending sale after just 6 days and in fact it went even faster than that: a bidding war erupted immediately, ten sealed bids were submitted and the highest bid won, all in mere seconds. [post has been corrected to reflect the sales process that actually occurred – Ed]

The listing states that its 0.2 acre lot is out of the flood zone and I suppose it is, because Edgewater slopes uphill towards Sound Beach, and no.6 is up near that end of the road.

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Stag Lane contract

 

30 Stag Lane

30 Stag Lane

Contemporary at 30 Stag Lane, now asking $1.495 million,started off a year ago at $1.695. I like contemporaries myself, but they can be a slow sell in Greenwich, and Stag Lane itself is slow moving territory; a combination of Merritt noise, and its location in our northeastern side of town. All that said, there are some pretty decent houses up there in the low-to-mid ones.

Interesting price history on this house: It sold for $865,000 in 1989, $680,000 in 1995, then (after some renovation, I assume) $758 the following year, 1996.

 

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