Daily Archives: November 2, 2015

Well of course it was; would have been different if it were a corral, rather than a school

Get the point?

Get the point?

Lead found in Parkway’s water supply

You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead. Surprised our administrators don’t know that.

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I’m sorry I won’t be able to get down from Maine to catch this one’s open house tomorrow.

Close call, 2010

Close call, 2010

Steve Archino has just brought 404 Round Hill Road back on the market, asking $5.985 million, completely (and beautifully, judging from its pictures)  rebuilt after a nearly disastrous fire in 2014. It was purchased for $5 million in 2010 (before the fire, of course) and it appears to me that there’s some massive insurance money subsidizing this price – doesn’t look as though you could get done what’s been done for $985,000.

I always liked this house, even when, under different ownership, it was trying, and failing to get $8.5 million (2005), but it was dated, and needed work. That’s now been cured, although I’m curious to see that it still lacks a connected garage (I may be wrong). A stable for six, cars or horse, yes, but nothing tied to the house).

I can’t find the actual listing on the MLS – even Sotheby’s own website doesn’t have it yet, though I’m sure if you check back here tomorrow I’ll have it. Until then, here are some screen shots from the MLS:

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Feel good campaigns that do nothing

MRSA took her limbs, all we want to talk about are her breasts - it's just good business

MRSA took her limbs, all we want to talk about are her breasts – it’s just good business

From residential recycling to banning barbecues, the world’s awash in meaningless actions that make their promoters look good while accomplishing nothing. The latest of these, according to the NY Times, is the pink ribbon fetish. From the4 White House to the NFL, politicians and businesses are pretending to care about an issue when in fact, it’s all about the message; a la Bush the First, “message: we care”. Bullshit.

Breast cancer awareness, critics charge, has become a sort of feel-good catchall, associated with screening and early detection, and the ubiquitous pink a marketing opportunity for companies of all types.

For all the awareness, they note, breast cancer incidence has been nearly flat and there still is no cure for women whose cancer has spread beyond the breast to other organs, like the liver or bones.

“What do we have to show for the billions spent on pink ribbon products?” asked Karuna Jaggar, the executive director of Breast Cancer Action, an activist group whose slogan is “Think before you pink.”

She added: “A lot of us are done with awareness. We want action.”

Some broader women’s health groups agree. “The pinkification of the month of October, from football cleats to coffee cups, isn’t helping women,” said Cindy Pearson, the executive director of the National Women’s Health Network, an advocacy organization.

Of course it’s not helping women, that’s not the point. For groups like the American Cancer Society, it’s another avenue for profitable fund raiser – 40% of every dollar is spent on more fundraising and $1 million-plus salaries for its executives, for instance. The NFL’s got a problem with its players whuppin’ on women? Dress ’em in pink running shoes! Nike wants some jersey sales? Think pink, man.

And then there’s another problem, aside from money spent on “awareness” rather than a cure: other diseases are killing women at a far greater rate than great cancer, but aren’t getting the money to search for a cure.

With all of the soliciting and cause-oriented marketing being done to cure or assist victims of breast cancer, one might assume that it is the form of cancer that women are most likely to be diagnosed with, yet this is not the case. According to government statistics, more women have non-melanoma skin cancer than breast cancer and more women die of lung and bronchus cancer (68,084 in 2003, the latest figures available) than those that die of breast cancer (41,619 in 2003). Two-thirds as many women died of colorectal cancer as those that died of breast cancer in 2003. Yet based on a search of Guidestar’s database of charity tax forms, 1,326 charities mention being involved with breast cancer and only 56 charities mention work in colon cancer and 11 in rectal cancer. Why are there only 5% as many groups addressing colorectal cancer as breast cancer victims? A likely reason is that colorectal cancer, also called bowel cancer, is not as attractive from a fundraising or marketing perspective as a disease that affects what is considered one of the most beautiful parts of a woman’s body.

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Nasty doings in the luxury Miami real estate scene

Miami market gets heated

Miami market gets heated

“The Jills”, highly successful agents, turn out to have been hiding their listings from other brokers. Agent who exposed them is arrested for extortion. Sounds like fun.

Realtors have whispered for years that the Jills’ immaculate public image belied what many considered questionable business practices. Competitors suspected them of one tactic in particular: making home listings disappear from an online real estate database closely monitored by other brokers. But until Tomlinson came along, no one ever offered hard evidence that the Jills might be breaking the rules.

The tawdry affair has divided South Florida’s real-estate community, particularly in the niche luxury market, where one lucrative sale can elevate a broker to stardom and wealth. Many have rushed to support Tomlinson. Even after he was arrested and fired from his job at One Sotheby’s, he was soon hired by a boutique firm called Calibre International Realty.

In the wake of the arrest, competitors have circulated a petition calling for the Miami Association of Realtors to take “disciplinary action of the highest severity” against the Jills, who work with real-estate firm Coldwell Banker. More than 50 Realtors have signed the document.

He alleged that when the Jills couldn’t sell a home, they would sometimes hide it from other users of the MLS. That could mean, for example, changing the address of a mansion on North Bay Road so that it would appear to be located in Allapattah, where few high-end brokers would think to look.

In a response to Tomlinson’s complaint — now evidence in the criminal case — the duo admitted using “poor judgment,” but said they never realized “the consequences” of the data jiggering. And they denied their conduct actually broke Realtor association rules.

The Greenwich real estate market is too small to allow wide scale fraud like this to occur, but petty fraud? Often. And there are a couple of out-of-town brokers who hide their Greenwich bank listings, only revealing them when they’ve lined up their own buyer. Some banks refuse to deal with these guys, others haven’t caught on.

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Riverside contract

39 Jones Park Drive

39 Jones Park Drive

39 Jones Park Drive, $2.195 million. Undersized lot (1/2 acre in 1-acre zone), (I’ve been corrected – R-1 starts next door, so this is not undersized – teach me to read the listing more carefully, rather than rely on faulty memory.) fairly small, with an impossible layout – walk through the living room from the garage and mudroom to get to the kitchen – but Jones Park is one of the nicest streets in this section of Riverside, with an easy walk to the train, schools and RYC, if that’s your cup of tea, and it’s a dead end, so no traffic. I can easily see someone overlooking the flaws in this house just to live on the street.

Especially at this price.

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NPR exposed

We hear you loud and clear - cheers!

We hear you loud and clear – cheers!

Secret Red China radio propaganda program covers the United States

The Chinese government controls much of the content broadcast on a station that is blanketing the U.S. capital with pro-Beijing programming …. part of an expanding global web of 33 stations in which China’s involvement is obscured.

I assume our television networks are all part of it too, but this article just mentions radio.

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Pending in Little Siberia

50 Sumner Road

50 Sumner Road

50 Sumner Road (off northern Round Hill Road), listed as both land (6 acres) and residence at $1.795 million. The owners paid $1.650 for it in 2010, put some money into renovating it, and tried for $2.495 a year ago, before dropping their agent, and their price, to this current one. My guess is that it will finally sell at a number even closer to that 2010 purchase price.

I knew one of the owners back in 2013, and when asked my opinion for a price, gave a pessimistic answer, which probably explains why I wasn’t invited to list it. Perils of the business.

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NoPo bidding war

26 Lancer Road

26 Lancer Road

26 Lancer Road came on at $1.399 million and has just closed at $1.451. This is a nice neighborhood, and while the house is  1960 “meh”, it was renovated in 2010, which obviously helps make it quite a bit more attractive.

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On the runway to success

74 Cliffdale Road

74 Cliffdale Road

74 Cliffdale Road, on the approach to Westchester County Airport, also reports a contract, $1.575 million. Not much of a house (1960 builder’s special, looks like), but six acres.

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Cat Rock new construction

18 Cat Rock Road

18 Cat Rock Road

18 Cat Rock Road has a contingent contract, $2.295 million. I’m interested to see that a previous agent couldn’t sell this place but, when it was switched to Steve Archino, who staged it, it went in 47 days. I don’t ordinarily think staging is so effective that its cost is justified, but something happened here, and given that the front of the house presents a face only a mother could love, it almost has to have been the staging.

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Global warming: it’s all about centralized power

International protesters always write their message in English, to make it easier for their friends in the American media to plant the story

International protesters always write their message in English, to make it easier for their friends in the American media to plant the story

First it was power for our federal government and now, the surrender of our sovereignty to the “global community”. I’m confident that was the plan all along.

UN planning a global warming tribunal for the US.

At the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, participating nations have prepared a treaty that would create an “International Tribunal of Climate Justice” giving Third World countries the power to haul the U.S. into a global court with enforcement powers.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/u-n-tribunal-to-judge-u-s-for-climate-debt/#2tGCF3RGSWQC61ut.99

According to the proposed draft text of the climate treaty, the tribunal would take up issues such as “climate justice,” “climate finance,” “technology transfers,” and “climate debt.”

Buried on page 19 of the 34-page document is the critical text – still heavily bracketed with text that hasn’t been completely resolved and agreed upon – reads:

[An International Tribunal of Climate Justice as][A] [compliance mechanism] is hereby established to address cases of non-compliance of the commitments of developed country Parties on mitigation, adaptation, [provision of] finance, technology development and transfer [and][,] capacity-building[,] and transparency of action and support, including through the development of an indicative list of consequences, taking into account the cause, type, degree and frequency of non-compliance.

The U.N. held a preparatory conference in September in Bonn, Germany, that drafted language to be approved at the upcoming Paris climate summit. At the Bonn meeting the U.N. brought together more than 2,000 participants from governments, observer organizations and the media.

Like many initiatives that come out of the U.N., there has been a media blackout on coverage of the potential for a new world tribunal that would make binding decisions on a host of issues critical to the U.S. economy. The draft text has been available on the Internet since Oct. 20 for all to see.

“The only mentions one is likely to find with search engines are alarms being sounded by critics, the climate realists who reject the apocalyptic predictions (and discredited pseudo-science – see: herehere, and here) of the multi-billion dollar global warming lobby,” writes William F. Jasper for the New American magazine.

Continued and constant vigilance, or we’re cooked.

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