Daily Archives: June 4, 2014

So THAT’S where all that arctic ice went to

Lake Superior 4th of July

Lake Superior 4th of July

If you believe Al Gore and his friends – and why wouldn’t you? – global warming has melted the polar ice cap and our northernmost sea is now ice free, year-round. So where’d it all go? South to Lake Superior, where the ice has lasted into June and, the Coast Guard warns, may persist until July.

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More contracts

269 Palmer Hill

269 Palmer Hill

269 Palmer Hill Road, almost 10 acres and asking $6.3 million, has a buyer. It’s one-acre zoning here, and I think the consensus was that you could get up to six lots. If so,I suppose it makes economic sense, maybe. Out of town broker, buyer, if that’s any indication.

 

And over in the northwest corner, 35 Locust Road, an 1802 home on four acres, also found a buyer after three years of looking. It’s been asking $3.495; no indication yet what its sales price will be.

 

35 Locust Rd

35 Locust Rd

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Speaking of stupid lawsuits

 

So sue me

So sue me

Harvard lawyer Dov Seidman sues Chobani Yogurt for stealing his brilliant marketing strategy based on the theme, “It’s not just what you do, but how you do it”.

The Harvard Law School grad is also suing Manhattan-based Droga5, which counts Healthcare.gov, HoneyMaid and Motorola as clients.

He wants Chobani to immediately stop using his trademarked philosophy, plus unspecified money damages.

If Dov had lifted his nose out of a law book up there in Harvard, he might have discovered the works of Grantland Rice (November 1, 1880 – July 13, 1954) who, long before young Dove was even a gleam in his proud mama’s eye, wrote,

“For when the One Great Scorer comes
To mark against your name,
He writes – not that you won or lost –
But how you played the Game.”
Of course, Dove is probably planning to sue the estate of Mr. Rice, too, probably because he’s been inspired by another of Rice’s poems:
“Money to the left of them and money to the right
Money everywhere they turn from morning to the night
Only two things count at all from mountain to the sea
Part of it’s percentage, and the rest is guarantee”

 

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Corporate stupidity at Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo at its peak

Wells Fargo customer service coach

Got a panicked call from my musician daughter Kate today: back in April, while in NYC, she deposited $2,100 in a Wells Fargo ATM and got back a receipt for $1,600. She was with a friend, who witnessed Kate count out the bills, place them in the deposit envelope and mark the envelope correctly, so Kate had an eyewitness to the error but the bank itself was closed, so she reported the error immediately by phone.

A few weeks later Wells Fargo sent her an email, admitting that an error had been made and promising to correct her balance.

So far, so good, until today, she was notified that Wells Fargo had changed its mind and unilaterally extracted $500 from her account. Kate calls the bank, gets the run around, is finally kicked upstairs to a supervisor who informs Kate that if she’ll submit income tax returns proving that she had $2,000 to lose, the bank might reconsider. WTF?

So, Kate calls her dad the lawyer, dad the lawyer calls Wells Fargo – no go. “If you’re not on the account, no one can discuss this with you.” Told that I’m a lawyer, the idiot says, “then you have to file papers of representation with our legal department.” “And how do I get those?”, I ask politely. “You’ll have to subpoena them.” “Subpoena them? You mean, file a law suit against you in order to get a simple form?”

Etc. No, the supervisor wouldn’t talk to me, but I was being transferred to “customer service” – who I assumed I’d been wasting the past twenty minutes with – but they, alas, “are not answering calls, so you re being disconnected.”

Okay, I get the joke. I will now sue Wells Fargo in Small Claims court and Wells Fargo, being a corporation, will have to send a lawyer down to Stamford to defend a $500 claim (plus, just for kicks, a claim for unfair trade practices, costs of suit and interest). I imagine we’ll settle out of court, but how much will this cost Wells Fargo, when a simple dispute resolution process could have avoided the expense?

I imagine this sort of short-sighted inefficiency is rife within the organization, so next time you see the bank’s earrings report, you’ll know where the profits went.

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Oh, good Lord

Connecticut’s Senator Chris Murphy says it’s “Obama haters” who are criticizing decision to trade Taliban for Private Ryan, “who chose to fight to protect us.”  Uh, no, Mr. Murphy, the man chose not to fight for us, or even his comrades. Furthermore, are those Pentagon officials who “warned that releasing these particular Taliban leaders would be like releasing five four-star generals” also swayed by hate for Barry O?

And, just as a bye-the-bye, the “story” is not that his platoon members are angry, but why they are angry, you frickin moron. Ct Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for electing this dolt but, of course, they’re not – they’re proud.

 

 

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Boy, are they strict!

 

Don't jump!

Don’t jump!

Homeless man in Britain throws himself in front of train and when he survives, is prosecuted for trespass.

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Bring it on

Junior Manger's starter home, Fado Lane

Junior Manger’s starter home, Fado Lane

Hedge fund managers did rather well last year: senior managers’ mean pay rose 27.6% to $1,465,468, and junior managers were up 81% to $887,717. Too bad for their investors that most of the funds they “managed” returned far less than the S&P, but genius demands its due. Besides; don’t get mad, sell them a house!

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Obama’s vision for our military

Obama's Army

Obama’s Army

Troops dispatched to rescue kidnapped school girls, earthquake relief efforts, and now, military bases used to house illegal migrant children. All laudable, all completely irrelevant to what we once authorized the raising of an army for.

But it will run on “green-energy”, so there’s that.

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Land/house sale at 798 Lake Avenue

798 Lake Avenue

798 Lake Avenue

On the corner of Lake and Old Mill, this house could certainly be used as is, but I considered its 2.3-acre lot to be a comparable for a friend with a similar parcel to sell. In my mind, another case of pay for the land, get a free house.

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I suppose the citizens of Boulder should be grateful he was exposed as a psychotic before he turned his attention to humans

 

The Beast of Boulder (standing)

The Beast of Boulder (standing)

Boulder police officer convicted of shooting “beloved elk”.

A former police officer accused of killing “Big Boy” — a huge elk beloved by a Colorado community — was convicted Tuesday of all nine counts against him.

A jury in Boulder County found Sam Carter guilty of illegal taking of big game, attempting to influence a public official, forgery and tampering with evidence, among other charges, said Boulder County prosecutor Stanley Garnett.

Carter was accused of killing the elk as it ate crabapple leaves on Jan. 1, 2013, in the Mapleton Hill area of Boulder. Prosecutors said he shut off the GPS in his squad car when he shot Big Boy, then forged a tag to try to pass the elk off as road kill, The Associated Press reported.

They said Carter got fellow officer Brent Curnow to help him cart off the body in a pickup and butcher it.

The officers swapped text messages about “hunting” for “wapiti,” the Shawnee word for elk, the AP said. Before Carter began his shift that day, he sent a text saying: “He’s gonna die.”

The elk’s death and Carter’s arrest had sparked outrage in Boulder, along with marches and prayer vigils.

It doesn’t surprise me that Boulder’s pot heads would hold “prayer vigils” for a dead deer, but I’m more heartened by the fact that officer Carter could get as much as six years in jail. Hang him high.

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Half-assed Photoshop job

People Magazine is first out of the gate with a fawning article on our witless ex-Secretary of State, but while it superimposed a face twenty years younger than the current version, it left in her walker. Stupid, or hedging its bet?

UPDATE: Who’s sensitive? People Magazine and Clinton campaign rush to “debunk” suggestion that the feeble old candidate is clutching a walker. Relax guys, it was a (cruel, perhaps) joke.

Hillary

 

 

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I don’t remember proms being so exciting back in my day

The appropriately named "Joy" Morsi leaves court. Maybe "Joy,only Moreso" might be more apt

The appropriately named “Joy” Morsi leaves court. Maybe “Joy, only Moreso” might be more apt

Cops: Teacher who raped student “flipped out” when the young man took another girl to the prom.

Related: Coaches must decide who gets to have sex. Well Mrs.Morsi is was a gym teacher; isn’t that good enough?

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Let’s hope these are two separate stories

 

No editorializing, please

No editorializing, please

“Dog survives being buried alive in mudslide”. NY Post. June 4, 2014

“Woman buried alive after worst first date ever.” NY Post, June 4, 2014

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Slow morning in real estate reporting

141 Doubling Rd

141 Doubling Rd

But one sale, 141 Doubling, full price: $2.299 million, in 32 days. About what you’d expect to get for this house, this location, but  certainly not the most exciting property I’ve seen.

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Welcome back to the fight

“If I’ve lost Mad Magazine, I’ve lost America.”

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