Daily Archives: November 21, 2014

Another reason we can shut the border: we don’t need no stinkin’ yard men

Peruvian terrorists invade the suburbs

Peruvian terrorists invade the suburbs

Advocates for relaxed immigration laws and even open borders, like FWIW’s resident intellectual liberal (oxymoron alert), JRH , have long argued that we need more Mexicans around in order to keep our lawn maintenance costs low. Now, however, comes news that that’s just not necessary; in fact, the science is settled.

Scientists warn, “don’t rake your leaves.

(NEWSER) – Your honey-do list just got one item shorter, and you can tell your spouse he or she can’t argue it—because scientists say so. Washington state’s KING picks up some fresh advice offered by the National Wildlife Federation in a blog post titled “What to do With Fallen Leaves” (summary: not much). Leave your fallen leaves on the ground and you’ll actually be doing Mother Nature a service, it explains, because dry, dead leaves create a healthy habitat for salamanders, chipmunks, earthworms, and more to live in or source food from.

Further, a number of butterfly and moth species pass the winter as pupae (ie, a non-feeding stage between larva and insect) within your leaves. Ditch the leaves, and you don’t just get rid of them—you reduce the food supply available to birds in the spring.

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Nothing pending, nothing new, some sellers happy, others are blue

2 Meadow Place

2 Meadow Place

2 Meadow Place, Old Greenwich, sold for $3.950 million, it had asked $4.495.

5 Indian Head Rd

5 Indian Head Rd

5 Indian Head Road, Riverside, $2.050, $2.195 ask.

59 Indian Head Road

59 Indian Head Road

59 Indian Head Road, $4.250 on original price of $4.595

296 Stanwich Rd. Note to builders: don't put stone facing on the front of your house and clapboard on the rest; suggests that you ran out of money

296 Stanwich Rd. Note to builders: don’t put stone facing on the front of your house and clapboard on the rest; suggests that you ran out of money

296 Stanwich Road didn’t exactly cover itself in glory, selling for $5.6 million, after being purchased in 2006 for $6.5. These owners started it off in 2013 at $6.750, but grew more realistic with the passage of time.

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The triumph of Progressivism

Team Obama

Team Obama

Poverty at highest level since records were kept.

The official U.S. unemployment rate has indeed fallen steadily during the past few years, but the economic recovery has created the fewest jobs relative to the previous employment peak of any prior recovery. The labor-force participation rate recently touched a 36-year low of 62.7%. The number of Americans not in the labor force set a record high of 92.6 million in September. Part-time work and long-term unemployment are still well above levels from before the financial crisis.

Worse, middle-class incomes continue to fall during the recovery, losing even more ground than during the December 2007 to June 2009 recession. The number in poverty has also continued to soar, to about 50 million Americans. That is the highest level in the more than 50 years that the U.S. Census has been tracking poverty. Income inequality has risen more in the past few years than at any recent time.

Ultra-rich’s wealth increased 6% in 2014

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I believe Joe Barbieri of Sotheby’s has a similar policy

Joey B rejects a potential customer: "Too snooty"

Joey B rejects a potential customer: “Too demanding”

Hotel charges unhappy visitor £100 for complaining about his accommodations. 

Confronted with a string of complaints on customer ratings website TripAdvisor from a recent guest, the management could have a) offered an apology, b) offered a refund or c) offered a defence.

Instead, they had a better idea. They fined the unhappy customer £100.

In doing so, they have made headlines everywhere from New York to Melbourne, reheated a thousand unkind jokes about Blackpool and ensured that millions of people around the world have now read some of the most excoriating travel reviews this side of North Korea.

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