WWJD? HE’D DRIVE A BRONTOSAUR
The Brontosaurus is back
Paleontologists have spent the last century insisting that the species and its name (Latin for “thunder lizard”) are invalid—that the first fossil was incorrectly or deceptively described, or that what was called Brontosaurus is really another similar dinosaur, the Apatosaurus. Nevertheless, from comic books to high literature to the Flintstones, the name brontosaurus has invaded popular culture and refuses to die.
Maybe it doesn’t have to. A team of paleontologists led by Emanuel Tschopp at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal has just completed a massive computer analysis of fossils in a group of dinosaurs called Diplodocids that includes ol’ thunder lizard (or whatever it really is). And to their surprise, they say they found that Brontosaurus really is in its own group. Its fossils share distinct, incomparable bone features—enough for it to reclaim its iconic genus name.
All the poor school kids of the past decades who were forced to give up their “thunder lizard” for the mealy-named “deceptive lizard” can now rejoice, and go back to pitting their brontosaurus plastic dinosaurs against tyranasaurus rex.
It’s great news, and congratulations to all, but I’m particularly delighted to learn that one of the winners is a boy named Bennett Brain. Your name is destiny.
Central Park, 2020
(OfficialWhite House photo)
Obama: Global Warming is making Americans sick
WASHINGTON — Global warming isn’t just affecting the weather, it’s harming Americans’ health, President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he announced steps government and businesses will take to better understand and deal with the problem.
Obama said hazards of the changing climate include wildfires sending more pollution into the air, allergy seasons growing longer and rising cases of insect-borne diseases.
“We’ve got to do better in protecting our vulnerable families,” Obama said….
What a load.
573 Indian Field Road
573 Indian Field Road, two acres with water views, $19.9 million. Sold in 2006 for $15.5 million (Sally Maloney had both sides of that deal, lucky her) with, presumably some improvements since. Regardless of price, I imagine that dollars placed here are safer than rubles in Putin Land.
88 Conyers Farm – Disneyland North
88 Conyers Farm is back with David Ogilvy, still asking $13.5 million plus (guffaw) $500,000 for its furnishings. Ogilvy listed this at $19 million in 2005 and the owner has gone through a succession of brokers since, slowly dropping its price in tiny increments until, ten years later, he’s back with Ogilvy and back at $13.5, a price it failed to sell for the past two years, when it was listed with another agent.
Had the owner asked, I’d have suggested $9.950 back in 2005, and today, even less – which is why, I’m sure, he didn’t ask me.
* I realize that, if you have to explain an allusion, you’ve picked the wrong one, but this house has struck me for years as a troublesome property that’s hard to shed.
29 Byfield Lane
29 Byfield Lane, a bank-owned property, has finally sold, for $3.1 million, exactly what a client of mine offered for it 3 years ago,as a short sale. The builder, a Chinese artist-turned-real estate developer back in the silly days, who ultimately lost every single one of his spec houses to his lenders, originally priced this at $5.198 in 2008, raised it to $9.495 that same year, dropped it to $5.8 in 2010, raised it again to $5.995 in 2012, then abandoned it to his bank that same year.
The bank, in turn, brought it back on the market in February, 2013 at $4.3 – I stopped by at its first open house to ask the agent what his client was smoking and he just shook his head and told me that he’d suggested a price of $3.5, but the bank’s “experts” had insisted on $4.3.
So now, here they are, having carried and maintained it for two years (three years, actually, since they rejected our short sale offer in 2012 and proceeded to foreclosure) right back at the price they spurned oh so long ago.
88 Dingletown Road, asking $2.280 million. Nice house, good location and good price, in my opinion.
And will Greece pass on that money to Persia, for the destruction of Persepolis?
Greece wants $303 billion from Germany for WW II occupation. That’s a hefty sum, but what price justice?
As far back as 1999, Africans demanded $777 trillion in reparations for the slave trade. Considering that the Arabs and African chieftains captured and provided the slaves for that trade, so far, there seems to be little interest in making any payments at all. Of course, Obama has 1 1/2 years and his (claimed) executive power to do anything he wants, so maybe he’ll do it. “Love means always having to say you’re sorry.”
Brian Williams: “Maybe a brain tumor made me lie.”
“(He said,) ‘Did something happen to (my) head? Maybe I had a brain tumor, or something in my head,’” a source told the magazine in its upcoming piece. “He just didn’t know. We just didn’t know. We had no clear sense what had happened.
“Brian has very little interest in politics,” one insider told the magazine. “It’s not in his blood. What Brian cares about is logistics, the weather, and planes and trains and helicopters.”
Williams was described as very insecure because he had never been a foreign or war correspondent. The insiders said his gussied-up accounts of seeing bodies floating in post-hurricane New Orleans were his way of trying to prove his journalistic chops.
“He didn’t want to leave New York,” a onetime NBC exec told the magazine. “Getting him to war zones was real tough . . . but when he did go, he came back with these great stories that kind of put himself at the center of things.”
I actually posted on this about a year ago when the studies were first reported, but hell, if the Washington Post has caught up with the news, it’s probably worth posting again.
Study shows that salt is not as bad for you as the government says.
For years, the federal government has advised Americans that they are eating too much salt, and that this excess contributes yearly to the deaths of tens of thousands of people.
But unknown to many shoppers urged to buy foods that are “low sodium” and “low salt,” this longstanding warning has come under assault by scientists who say that typical American salt consumption is without risk.
Moreover, according to studies published in recent years by pillars of the medical community, the low levels of salt recommended by the government might actually be dangerous.
“There is no longer any valid basis for the current salt guidelines,” said Andrew Mente, a professor at McMaster University in Ontario and one of the researchers involved in a major study published last year by the New England Journal of Medicine. “So why are we still scaring people about salt?”
So add another ingredient to the list of “deadly” foods proscribed by our government experts for decades and now found to be healthy. Now that the government has shifted its dietary guidelines to proscribing foods that cause global warming, maybe the tree huggers can worry about those, and the rest of us can return to our cheese omelets, with a pinch of salt, a rasher of bacon and two slices of buttered toast.
Study ranks Connecticut as 46th (highest is 50) in property and vehicle taxes. What’s of interest, but again, no surprise, Blue state’s taxes are 39% higher than the red states. Someone has to pay for good intentions.