Daily Archives: October 1, 2014

The nuns would tell you that’s only if you abuse the result

Viagra can cause blindness.

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They could always ask Mitt Romney to run them again in Utah

That much, eh?

That much, eh?

2022 Winter Olympics in trouble because no host country wants to pay for them

According to Wikipedia, the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, which Mitt Romney was called in to salvage, netted $110 million – that’s netted, not lost, and Utah stands ready to host them again, if asked.

Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker, who is part of the effort to bring the Olympics back to Utah, hasn’t followed the ups and downs of the 2022 bid cities, but believes the city would be ready to step up, said his spokesman, Art Raymond.

“The pieces are in place. We could make it happen,” Raymond said. “We are a city that could turn it around on short notice.”

The price tag for another Winter Games in Utah would be about $1.8 billion, including as much as $100 million to upgrade the Olympic facilities built for 2002. Bullock said projections show the Games would break even or make a profit.

Additional funds would be needed from Washington to cover the costs of providing security. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he believes there would be the support needed if Salt Lake City found itself hosting the 2022 Winter Games.

The senator, who said he’d like to see Salt Lake in the running for 2022, said the high cost of last February’s 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, may be discouraging other cities from the competition.

“I think the Russians spent like mad — $50 billion. Well, what country can afford that?” Hatch said. “We’d love to have them again. Let’s face it, Utah put on one of the best Winter Olympics ever. But we didn’t spend $50 billion to do it, either.”

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This is interesting

The State Department has ordered 160,000 hazmat suits specifically for Ebola. The State Department? Are there also orders from our domestic agencies? Is this a deliberate attempt to deflect attention away from concerns that Ebola’s on our shores?

Stay tuned.

Zero Hedge: [A] press release three weeks ago from Lakeland Industries, a manufacturer and seller of a “comprehensive line of safety garments and accessories for the industrial protective clothing market” may provide some insight into just how bad the US State Department thinks it may get. Because when the US government buys 160,000 hazmat suits specifically designed against Ebola, just ahead of the worst Ebola epidemic in history making US landfall, one wonders: what do they know the we don’t?

From Lakeland Industries:

Lakeland Industries, Inc. (LAKE), a leading global manufacturer of industrial protective clothing for industry, municipalities, healthcare and to first responders on the federal, state and local levels, today announced the global availability of its protective apparel for use in handling the Ebola virus.  In response to the increasing demand for specialty protective suits to be worm by healthcare workers and others being exposed to Ebola, Lakeland is increasing its manufacturing capacity for these garments and includes proprietary processes for specialized seam sealing, a far superior technology for protecting against viral hazards than non-sealed products.

 

Lakeland stands ready to join the fight against the spread of Ebola,” said Christopher J. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Industries.  “We understand the difficulty of getting appropriate products through a procurement system that in times of crisis favors availability over specification, and we hope our added capacity will help alleviate that problem.  With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health.

 

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So a Liberian walks into a hospital – stop me if you’ve heard this before

Ah, hahahah! You thought I said "librarian", not "Liberian!" Ah, hahahaha!

Ah, hahahah! You thought I said “librarian”, not “Liberian!” Ah, hahahaha!

Bad joke department: The poor bastard in Dallas who is now quarantined with Ebola showed up at a local hospital in pain, identified himself as a Liberian, and told the nurse, who was checking off boxes on an Ebola questionnaire form, that he had just returned from there. No problem: they gave him two aspirin and sent him home with instructions see a doctor if he felt worse.

Brace yourself, Bridget.

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I dunno, she may be underestimating her neighbor’s tolerance

She could always move to Utah

She could always move to Utah

White lesbian sues sperm bank for inseminating her with black man’s contribution, claiming that the closed-minded residents of Uniontown, Ohio will reject a bi-racial baby. If Uniontown’s ready for lesbian parents, it can probably handle a baby.

My guess is that the lady and her lawyer, fearing that they couldn’t get much in the way of damages for a half-black, healthy girl – I mean, Obama’s done alright – needed another theory of recovery.

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Inauspicious timing

Day at the park

Day at the park

Relatives of Miriam Carey, the lady who plowed into the White House gates and was shot for her efforts, plan a memorial protest Friday. This at a time when the soon-to-be-dismissed fired (3:20 PM) head of the Secret Service is being mercilessly grilled about her team’s failure to stop Omar Gonzalez, the latest White House intruder.

At least initially  – hard to tell what the latest version is, because the lies are coming fast and furious – the service had congratulated itself for showing “restraint” in not shooting Gonzales as he dashed across the White House lawn. If  they did hold their fire, it was probably because of the opprobrium heaped on their heads for shooting Miriam Carey,which obviously taught them the wrong lesson.

I suspect that, right now, sympathy for poor Miriam is at its nadir; her family would be wise to wait a year or so before seeking it.

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I’m betting Al Gore was on the commission

Run away!!!

Run away!!!

Icelandic commission, by a majority of seven, votes that video of a fixed fishing net undulating in the current is actually a legendary sea monster. Skeptics contend that the vote was merely a ploy to attract tourist dollars, but experts deny that or, at least, see nothing wrong with that motive.

“In the new world of popular science,” our own former vice president, Albert, “Mr. Haney” Gore told FWIW, “it is consensus that determines truth, not mere data. The majority has spoken, so that settles that. Now, I happen to have a small investment in the Icelandic Lagarfljótsormur Convention Bureau, and should you wish to se this real-live, actual sea monster, I just happen to have a couple of tickets in my truck…”

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Price reduction, Old Greenwich

6 Ferris Drive

6 Ferris Drive

6 Ferris Drive is down to $1.295, from its $1.450 starting point. I thought the original price was fair – it’s a very nice house; but this is better. Owners paid $1,021,000 for it in 2003 and improved it, so you’re at 2003 levels or below. Yes, there’s I-95 exposure a block away, but this is a great neighborhood, an easy walk to train, park and village, and a very decent house. I’d look at it if you want this side of I-95 in Old Greenwich, in this price range.

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And in mid-country…

3 Konittekock Rd

3 Konittekock Rd

3 Konittekock (Indian for “replace or repair”), $2.995 million, reports a contract. About half of its acre-plus is underwater in the form of a pond, which would be okay with me, but not so with buyers, at least at its original price of $4.5 million way back in January, 2013. When the broker who’d suggested that price was dumped a year ago October, the next in line tried $3.995, with the same result. This final reduction seems to have proved the charm.

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Old Greenwich contract

7 Nawthorne Rd

7 Nawthorne Rd

7 Nawthorne Road, asking $3.395. Built in 1942, has some flood zone exposure, which may affect renovation/expansion ability, but Nawthorne’s one of the prettiest streets in Old Greenwich, in my opinion, and that goes a long way in overcoming minor difficulties like our P&Z.

Started at $3.750 back in 2012, it was pulled from the market last October and returned this July at this lower price.

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Probably still not a bargain

361 Field Point Rd

361 Field Point Rd

361 Field Point Road, Belle Haven peninsula but not Belle Haven, was foreclosed on last August and has been put up for sale by the bank at $2.3 million. Houses in foreclosure are never maintained, and this one has I-95 as a neighbor. It sold for $1.7 (ish) in 2001; I’d start there, and go lower.

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It’s a free country, sort of, and people can stay in their homes as long as they want to but …

290 Overlook

290 Overlook

290 Overlook Drive, Milbrook, finally reports a contract 1,261 days after starting off at $2.5 million and dropping, ever so slowly, to $1.599. It seemed obvious to me on the first viewing back in 2011 that the property had value as land only; 1950s builder spec homes don’t age gracefully, so its price was puzzling. Buyers were equally puzzled, it seems, because they wouldn’t bite.

Just as puzzling is why so many owners stick doggedly to their price despite what the market is telling them. I can’t imagine anything more unpleasant than keeping  my house in pristine condition for years on end and having to flee the premises on a moments notice when a broker calls. But that’s just me; perhaps these particular owners stuck it out because Zillow still estimates its value as “$2,081,961”. Despite the precision of that number, though, it’s pure BS, and if the owners resolve was strengthened by it, they erred..

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Got your attention now, eh?

It's okay, I can take it from here

It’s okay, I can take it from here

President met with national security advisors Tuesday evening to discuss the advance of ISIS onto the Turkish border.

“We’re working up to getting him ready for 3:00 AM phone calls, White House defense counsel Joseph Biden told FWIW “8:00 now, 9:00 in November, and so on. He should be ready for Hillary Hour by May.”

That’s an encouraging development from a commander in chief who’s skipped four out of every seven intelligence briefings during his tenure, but perhaps it’s because, thanks to his policy of killing terrorists from the air rather than capture and interrogate them, we have no idea what’s going on on the ground.

Military officials acknowledge that they are relying mainly on satellites, drones and surveillance flights to pinpoint targets, assess the damage afterward and determine whether civilians were killed.

That stands in sharp contrast to the networks of bases, spies and ground-based technology the US had in place during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials say.

As a result, ‘it’s much harder for us to be able to know for sure what it is we’re hitting, what it is we’re killing and what it is collateral damage,’ said Tom Lynch, a retired colonel and former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is now a fellow at the National Defense University.

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How do they know they DIDN’T read it?

It's a deal

It’s a deal

Parents agree to swap their children for internet access in experiment “that proves none of us read the terms and conditions statement.

Several parents unwittingly agreed to give up their eldest child in return for the use of free Wi-Fi, a study has revealed.

Thankfully, the deal was not binding but an experiment designed to highlight the dangers of using the public Wi-Fi internet.

Londoners were asked to agree to terms and conditions as they logged on to use free Wi-Fi in a cafe located in a busy financial district and at a site close to the Houses of Parliament.

So picture this: it’s been  long day of shopping; your infant in her stroller has been squalling all day, her three-year old brother has crapped his pants and the five-year old has divided his time between punching the stinky one and screaming for another ice cream. You stop into Starbucks, collapse onto a chair, a nice stranger approaches, bearing an AirBook, and offers you a deal ….

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