Daily Archives: November 5, 2015

This should alarm every one of us, but won’t

Where there's smoke, there's deadly CO2!

Where there’s smoke, there’s deadly CO2!

NY’s attorney general has begun a criminal investigation of Exxon for climate crimes: specifically, denying global warming.Peabody Coal, it was disclosed today, has also been secretly under criminal investigation for the past two years, for the same “crime”.

If New York has started, count on California and Connecticut’s own media hog, Richard Blumenthal, to be right behind. When mere ideas and opinions that question official state policy are criminalized, the door has been opened. (The opening salvo was actually fired by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (D., RI) who has called for the prosecution of “climate deniers” for criminal racketeering) 

Next up? How about the two Cornell scientists who today published a paper showing no connection between eating junk food and obesity?

Or those who debunked Paul Erlich’s 1968 “Population Bomb”, described by Jonathan Last as “one of the most spectacularly foolish books ever published”, every one of whose predictions was wrong, yet triggered decades of government programs to reduce the world’s population via birth control and abortion?

Those who have completely debunked Rachael Carson’s “Silent Spring”, which led to governments world wide banning DDT and thus causing the deaths of hundreds of millions of people?

In 1992, San Jose State University entomologist J. Gordon Edwards, a long-time member of the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, offered a persuasive and comprehensive rebuttal of “Silent Spring.” As he explained in “The Lies of Rachel Carson,” a stunning, point by point refutation, “it simply dawned on me that that Rachel Carson was not interested in the truth about [pesticides] and that I was being duped along with millions of other Americans.”  He demolished Carson’s arguments and assertions, calling attention to critical omissions, faulty assumptions, and outright fabrications.

In the words of Professor Robert H. White-Stevens, an agriculturist and biology professor at Rutgers University, “If man were to follow the teachings of Miss Carson, we would return to the Dark Ages, and the insects and diseases and vermin would once again inherit the earth.”

Or even the global warmists themselves, who questioned the official government position that we were facing a coming ice age?

Even in Greenwich, just this year we’ve seen Greenwich Chief of Detectives and incoming Police Chief Mark Kordick monitoring and investigating a local opponent of the Common Core curriculum.

The government is returning to “the bad old days”, when thoughts and opinions, not just actual acts, are criminalized, punished and suppressed. Bad news for all of us, yet a development that will be cheered by the media and all right thinking fascists, like Dollar Bill.


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They buried the lede

And so good for you!

And so good for you!

Whole Foods sales suffer as consumers flock to cheaper purveyors of organic food.

[CEO John] Mackey said the company needed to do a better job of explaining to customers why Whole Foods’ organic food was superior to the organic offerings at more conventional grocers, such as Walmart and Kroger, where prices may be lower.

Whole Foods will also be introducing a range of lower-priced products at its new chain of 365 by Whole Foods Market stores.

Mackey says the new chain will be to Whole Foods what Nordstrom Rack is to Nordstrom.

My two cents, and that’s overvaluing it, is that these guys made a basic, but probably unavoidable mistake by scaring people into eating their products. As they ran out of Yuppies with puppies to sell to, they – purveyors of organic food – expanded their customer base by appealing to a market segment that would never pay more for the opportunity to be a modern environmentalist or to taste a decent watermelon, but if they thought they were poising their children by shopping at the A&P, the Whole Foods types could snag their dollar.

And that strategy worked, until it didn’t. Once Walmarts and Krogers started competing on price, selling the same GMO-free horse radish and pesticide free wormy apples for less than the BMW set’s provisioner, it was too late for Whole Foods to resume touting the moral and gustatory benefits of “really really organic food.

My point is, working class people can’t afford the luxury of Whole Foods’ prices, but they went there when the media and the scare scientists told them they were killing their kids. Once they had an opportunity to spare their children from the horrors of “chemicals” at a price mid-way between that A&P and Whole Paycheck, they defected.


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Hillary hurt, confused that Bernie Sanders is attacking her personally

By golly, no mean ol' schoolyard bully's going to pick on THIS girl! Hear me meow!

By golly, no mean ol’ schoolyard bully’s going to pick on THIS girl! Hear me meow!

Presumably, the lady who just personally attacked him, calling him a racist one day, a sexist the next, doesn’t understand why he was offended.

[Clinton spokesman] Josh Schwerin pushed back.

“This has and will remain a campaign about issues for Hillary Clinton, and that’s what she’ll continue to talk about on the trail,” he said in an email. “It’s disappointing Sen. Sanders and his campaign strategists have chosen to change direction and engage in the type of personal attacks that they previously said he wouldn’t do.”

The plausible explanation for this is that, for the left, bogeyman terms like sexist and racist have lost their meaning – they’re applied to all opponents, especially when they aren’t true, to numb and dumb the debate. They know there’s nothing real behind the words, and they’re surprised when their targets think that there is.


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No, you don’t get to steal something just because its owner was careless

Off to their rooms for a time out

Off to their rooms for a time out

New Haven police reluctantly suspend their new program of searching unlocked vehicles and grabbing anything valuable, after lawyers point out that they can’t do that.

Why didn’t these people learn that lesson from their parents, if not in police academy?


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Tom Gorin, master wordsmith

90 Brookside Drive

90 Brookside Drive

Tom cut the price of his listing at 90 Brookside Drive today, from $1.5 to $1.4 million. The owners paid $1.240 for it in 2003, so it must be approaching that level, at least, and perhaps that will be enough. Old 1934 carriage house, looks like, and a wee bit dated, but very close to the Stop & Shop and all that store has to offer.

But what caught my eye, besides the new price, was this part of Tom’s description: “few, but interesting rooms”.

Love it – Tom is not only the holder of all local Greenwich real estate history and a real estate maven (and more important, a great guy), he chooses his words better than anyone I know. No gilding the lily, but still finding something nice to say about a place that’s really not much bigger than a cat litter box.

By the way, you want interesting, check out pictures 5 and 6 in the listing. It’s either my browser playing tricks, or the room jumps from empty to photoshopped with furniture. Keep your drug addled kids away from the site or they’ll waste hours better devoted to homework.


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They could get it, I suppose

4 Old Round Hill Lane

4 Old Round Hill Lane

4 Old Round Hill Lane is new to the market today, asking $14.250 million. Its builders back in 2006 tried for $14.5 million and finally settled for $10.875 in 2008. Now those buyers seem to be hoping that it’s 2006 again but of course, the 2006 market didn’t support this price either.

The house across the street from this, 170 Old Mill Road, was purchased new in 2006 for $8.850 million, and sold again two weeks ago for $4.9. I’m not suggesting that that’s what this one will go for, but prices up here seem to be trending down, not up.


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Is the fat lady tuning up?

Yogi goes on a date

Three articles in today’s WSJ:

Maersk cargo lines is canceling new boat orders, laying off staff and cutting number of trips as world shipping (commerce) declines.

Toyota cuts sales estimates

Bank of Britain again delays interest rate hike because of “gloomy global conditions”.


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Right: The Inquisition used REAL violence. Make-believe is for sissies and apostates

So, NOW do you think we're kidding?

So, NOW do you think we’re kidding?

Catholic school suspends six-year-old three days for bringing an imaginary bow and imaginary arrow into recess and shooting it. The school’s principal, Joe Crachiolo, explains the religious principles involved:

‘These games are not appropriate in a Catholic school or any other school setting. It is not ‘fun’ and certainly not Catholic to pretend to harm another person.”

It is true that acceptance of the full Catholic dogma requires a suspension of reason, and a faith in the supernatural, but really? Pretend weapons in the hands of six-year-olds puts other children at risk? Give me the virgin birth and those loaves and fishes, and leave my imaginary arsenal alone.

Tomás de Torquemada returns

Tomás de Torquemada returns


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