Monthly Archives: June 2014

And the bunkum continues

 

The science is settled, Barry: we're liars, and the public's too damn dumb to catch us at it. Sooee!

The science is settled, Barry: we’re liars, and the public’s too damn dumb to catch us at it. Sooee!

After falsely claiming that July, 2012 was the hottest month since the beginning of the world (well, 1895, actually – records don’t go beyond that,but neither does the collective memory of the global warmists – NOAA has now conceded that in fact July, 1936 was hotter. This data manipulation has ben going on since NOAA joined in the global warming scam, and the lying is not limited to our government’s “objective scientists”. In fact, the hottest decade since 1895 was the 30s, and the earth has been cooling since then. But that would be an inconvenient truth for the bunkum artists.

“Goddard shows how, in recent years, NOAA’s US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) has been ‘adjusting’ its record by replacing real temperatures with data ‘fabricated’ by computer models,” writes Christopher Booker for the Telegraph.

“The effect of this has been to downgrade earlier temperatures and to exaggerate those from recent decades, to give the impression that the Earth has been warming up much more than is justified by the actual data,” Booker writes. “In several posts headed ‘Data tampering at USHCN/GISS,’ Goddard compares the currently published temperature graphs with those based only on temperatures measured at the time.”

“These show that the US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record; whereas the latest graph, nearly half of it based on ‘fabricated’ data, shows it to have been warming at a rate equivalent to more than 3 degrees centigrade per century,” Booker adds.

When asked about climate data adjustments by the DCNF back in April, NOAA send there have been “several scientific developments since 1989 and 1999 that have improved the understanding of the U.S. surface temperature record.”

Our current government is attempting to shut down the First World’s economy, transfer wealth in the trillions to the poor of the earth and condemn Americans and western Europeans to a return of the peasant existence of their ancestors, and justifies this reversion to the middle ages by cooking up phony data. So far, a slight majority of Americans has bought into the plan – that’s changing, and exposure of fraudulent science like this will hasten the process; or I hope so – the idea of living in a cave gnawing on sticks and dirt repels me.

UPDATE: Oops! Another disruption of the “settled science”: Gigantic ocean vortexes may force changes to climate models. When the authorities cut off debate, especially scientific debate, it’s a safe bet that they’re up to something.

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And now, back from Maine

Kick Me

Kick Me

I completed the move back from Colorado for John today (after driving distances out west, a little 550-mile jaunt up to Maine and back seems child’s play) and as a reward, I was treated to the sight of a Lamborghini ($227,000-$400,000, base, depending on model) doing 60-miles per hour on the Massachusetts Turnpike, a full 5-mph under the speed limit, never varying, for a loong, slow time.

It’s possible, of course, that its driver was just a sober, law-abiding individual who wanted to make certain he didn’t scare anyone else on the road, but in my experience, Lamborghinis – 0 – 60 3.6 seconds, 200 mph top range don’t usually attract such people. My suspicion is that the idiot behind the wheel has accumulated so many speeding tickets that the next one is death, so he’s restricted to the slow lane until his record clears – say, several years?

If I had a Lamborghini and couldn’t take it above 60, I’d put it on blocks, ditch the disastrous comb-over and gold jewelry this guy sported and buy a Volkswagen for the duration of my purgatory. As it is, Mr. Lamborghini Dude  looked like the pathetic loser that he is.

Bet he doesn’t get laid, either.

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Valley of the Fires, New Mexico

From our excursion:

Lava flow, 2-miles wide, 40 (?) miles long. Neato.

Lava flow, 2-miles wide, 40 (?) miles long. Neato.

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Anyone missing a crazy uncle? For that matter, is Walt still out of town?

From a FWIW reader:

Hi Christopher
So on Friday I was at the Greenwich Beach and my friend’s kids come running over saying there was a naked man over by the rocks at the point all the way at the end of the beach (where my kids and lots of kids look for crabs etc) Long story short called 911, GPD came, the dude was pleasuring himself, naked and had a bag filled with dildos etc all sexual predator perv stuff. All I know is he was cuffed, the kids had to give a statement so did their mom as guardian and they took him away. They did say he was not a Greenwich resident. I’m telling you this because I can’t understand why it’s not in the paper. All parents need to be aware that the beach is not perfectly safe and their kids can just run free, we still have to keep an eye out no matter where we are. Let me know if you have any questions about this. so creepy.

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“I have been to the mountaintop”

 

Off to file with the EEOC

Off to file with the EEOC

FWIW – somewhere along the Old Federal Highway, June 28, 2014

Black employee sues Benjamin Moore for “racist” paint color names. 

Turns out, Benjamin Moore already had “Clinton Brown” and “Confederate Red” in its lineup, but naming a new shade “Tucker Brown” was final proof, Mr. Clinton Tucker claims, of the company’s racist intent towards him.

Tucker made other allegations, including that the company has a “toxic” work environment that is hostile to minorities.

Tucker, who identifies himself in the suit as homosexual, claims that since he started at the company in 2011, “it was clear…that he was not part of the traditional culture of the company.”

His boss ignored an email Tucker sent requesting to be able to take off work to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the suit claims.

“This request was ignored and [the director of digital marketing], just mockingly smirked at the plaintiff on Martin Luther King holiday.”

Sounds to me like Mr. Tucker’s real problem is that he’s a whiny, entitled, she-bitch, and that type rarely does well in life.

 

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Well who wouldn’t be annoyed?

Off-duty fireman critical after being struck by lightning.

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The only difference is that Peter Tesei was never alive

 

Wound up and ready to go

Wound up and ready to go

Oklahoman candidate alleges that opponent was murdered three years ago and replaced by a robot.

The race for Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District took a bizarre twist when Timothy Ray Murray claimed incumbent Rep. Frank Lucas was replaced by a robotic body double three years ago.

On his Web site, Murray alleges the switch took place after Lucas was killed by the World Court.

In Tesei’s case, the foul deed was accomplished by the Greenwich Republican Town Committee – “we needed a limp noodle”, Republican party leader James Campbell told FWIW, “and while the real Peter was pretty much ideal, we decided to go for perfection, right from the start, so we put him aside and brought in our robot – so far, you’re the first person to even notice.”

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We’re back!

Although briefly – I have so much of John’s stuff in my truck: guitars, amplifiers and skis, that I look like a Hank Williams/Jean Claude Killy Oakie heading for California, except that it’s in the other direction, so I’m off to Maine to drop it off. In the meantime, and now that the PC police have won their synthetic campaign to purge the name “Redskins” from the arena, here’s another project for them, found on the highest elevation long the old Federal Highway, in Maryland. The mountain top was so named to honor a slave, Nemesis (no kidding) who was killed fighting redskins in 1750 or so, but what difference, at this point does it make? Mr. Governor, take down this sign!

Negro Mountain, MD

Negro Mountain, MD

 

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Who knew? There’s a metaphysicist  employed by the NM Highway Department’s road sign division

Bit only if there's someone there to feel them?

But only if there’s someone there to feel them?

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Coming home

Put John on a flight from Albuquerque last night while I’ll continue on with his belongings. He’s in good spirits, but it seemed cruel to subject him to three days of such wastelands as the Texas panhandle. Here are some pics:

 

John climbing the Via Ferrata in Telluride - he may be ill, but he's game

John climbing the Via Ferrata in Telluride – he may be ill, but he’s game

Visa Ferrata

Via Ferrata

John (R, no belly) south of Telluride, Lizard Head in background

John (R, no belly) south of Telluride, Lizard Head in background

John curses Oliver Lee and the site of the ambush - White Sands, New Mexico

John curses Oliver Lee at the site of the ambush of John’s ancestor, Col. Albert Fountain – White Sands, New Mexico

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In Telluride

Pictures may be forthcoming. Big horn sheep, mountains, all that stuff. I remember when I was hitchhiking through northern California maybe 45 years ago when a family of tourists stopped, but not to give me a ride: brave papa got out, mama and kids left safely behind, took a picture of my friend and me and then scrambled back to his car, locked the doors and sped away . We figured they’d have a hell of a slide show with which to regale theirs friends:”here’s some red woods, here’s a bear, and here’s a hippy hitchhiker.”
All of which is to explain why I took no shots of the hippies on their way to the bluegrass festival here.

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Off to Colorado, back late next week?

Son John has returned to Telluride, to catch the bluegrass festival, say goodbye to friends and retrieve his belongings. I put him on a plane yesterday and I’m following in my truck in a few minutes, with the idea that we’ll spend some time there and then, if his stamina permits, heading back together cross-country. If not, I’ll drop him at the Denver airport and head back alone (sniff) – either way, alone or together, I’m hoping to get some fishing in. Blogging will be light, but I’ll check in from time to time to keep an eye on the monkey house, so watch yourselves!

Best to all, see you soon.

John Fountain

John Fountain

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That was quick, and probably expensive

 

Waiting for Turbot

Waiting for Turbot

“Primary” the new restaurant at the bottom of Greenwich Avenue, has closed. You probably didn’t even have time to notice that it’d opened.

Celebrity chef Graham Elliot’s foray into Greenwich — the restaurant Primary Food & Drink — despite good reviews, closed on Thursday.

Standing outside Primary at 409 Greenwich Ave. Thursday afternoon, manager David Wolvovsky said the eatery “is closed as of today — the issue being, it wasn’t busy. The investors, the landlord pulled the trigger.”

A couple of people I know who worked there described the place as a chaotic, poorly run circus, with no qualified supervision and clueless service workers. That’s not a recipe for success.

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Sale on Lake Avenue

 

733 Lake Avenue

733 Lake Avenue

733 Lake Avenue, 7,000 sq. ft., 2 acres, 1994 construction, $4.6 million. The owner paid just $4 million for it in late 2012 (after it had started at $5.385 480 days before), so he did okay here. Looks like he turned the old barn/caretakers quarters into a real guest cottage, so that must have cost some bucks, but certainly not $600,000.

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He’ll find a warm welcome over here, especially if he adds Happy Meals and e-cigarettes to his little list

 

Child poisoner, busted

Child poisoner, busted

Communist bureaucrat wants to ban women’s high heels, flats and loafers.

Mikheyev has sent a proposal to the Customs Union which also includes ex-Soviet Belarus and Kazakhstan, suggesting that the Moscow-led group introduce official standards stipulating the height of heels.

“Footwear should have heels that are two to four centimetres high, five centimetres high at the most,” said the proposal, a copy of which was sent to AFP.

“The harmful effects of wearing extremely high heels and flat shoes have now been recognised by experts of the entire world,” said the five-page proposal. “It’s necessary to change this trend.”

And this is different from the nanny state liberals of the US of A how, exactly?

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It was bound to happen, eventually

286 Round Hill Road

286 Round Hill Road

1,578 days after it was first placed for sale at $5.375 million, after three brokers and numerous price cuts, 286 Round Hill Road, now asking $2.950 million, reports a contingent contract.  It’s a 5,000 sq.ft. 1900 carriage house on 3.4 acres, with modest Merritt exposure and great lawns and gardens. I’ve admired this house over the years, but it was never worth $5 million, and pricing it there really hurt its chances. If the final sales price is $2.5, someone will be getting this beautiful house for its land value alone.  Nice deal, for the buyer.

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The end of the world as we know it

 

Are you my nanny?

Are you my nanny?

Greenwich Police switching to mini-vans. And changing the color scheme to zebra stripes.

“They’re so much more consumer friendly”, newly-appointed GPD spokesman Jay Carney told FWIW. “Kids see us, they think it’s the au pair driving by, so they aren’t scared. The jungle look is reassuring too, and the large Officer Friendly inflatable in the passenger seat really goes a long way in showing us to be the cheerful, smiley guys that we really are.

“A few years ago,” Carney continued, “Peter Tesei encouraged us to resume using the number 54  on one of the cruisers, so that the citizens could have a good chuckle; this is just a continuation of that public relations campaign.”

And coming to Greenwich Avenue ....

And coming to Greenwich Avenue ….

 

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Pending sales

 

83 Summit Rd

83 Summit Rd

83 Summit Road, Riverside, asking $1.195 million. Gee.

 

353 Sound Beach Avenue

353 Sound Beach Avenue

353 Sound Beach Avenue, $2.595, lasted four days.

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Inbreeding: it’s not just for West Virginians anymore

 

Papa Perry and daughter

Papa Perry and Mama/Daughter Perry

Vermont clan swarm cops after being prevented from carrying their knives into amusement park.

Five members of the same Vermont clan were jailed for assault after attacking cops who told them they couldn’t carry their knives into an amusement park.

E. Allen Perry, 45, of Lyndon, and his kin flipped out at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H., on Monday afternoon after guards at the gate told them to ditch the knives they were carrying on their belts.

Cops were called to cool the family’s heels, but things got worse when the Perry crew started spouting obscenities, authorities said.

One of the cops tried to arrest one of four Perry men, prompting the others to jump him, police said.

The Perrys jumped on the officers’ backs, punched, kicked and reached for their weapons during the melee, authorities said.

Lyndon, if for some reason you didn’t know, is a tiny hamlet in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where men are men and sheep are nervous. We’ll leave the women alone, even if their siblings won’t.

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Getting there

 

134 Butternut Hollow Rd

134 Butternut Hollow Rd

134 Butternut Hollow has taken another price cut and now asks $1.645 million. I’m not convinced that this is finally the right price for a rather plain home nestled up to the Merritt, but it’s certainly beginning to look interesting. The owners paid $2.010 million for it in 2002, relisted it at $2.495 in 2011, and rented it out ($7,200) in 2012 when they couldn’t get $1.799. It came off rental at the beginning of this year and was marked up to $1.9, a dubious decision, but now it’s well below that. It’s close to town, offers decent shelter, and is asking not much more than an ambassadorship to Norway will set you back – what’s not to like?

UPDATE: What’s not to like? Parkway and Western school district. You’re better off home schooling anyway, so no huge deal.

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