Monthly Archives: January 2016

Scary thought

Who, me?

Who, me?

A friend of mine thinks the Democratic ticket will be Warren/Biden. That’s surprisingly plausible, thinking about it, except that I can’t see Ol’ Joe signing on for another stint as VP, and I don’t think anything less than Warren on top will do the trick.

Still, … interesting.

UPDATE: I hadn’t seen this when I wrote the above, but yesterday, Elizabeth Warren opened fire on Hillary

 

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UPDATE II: Maybe the Democrats are really just trying to get Trump elected – it would certainly save money on designing a new logo.

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If they’d come to America, they could at least force a gay bakery to make them a civil union cake; I think.

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Civil union cupcakes

Britain: heterosexual couple denied the right to enter into a state-recognized civil union, despite the fact that Nancy Boys and lesbians can.

A heterosexual couple who object to marriage vowed to appeal today after losing a legal bid to be allowed to enter a civil partnership.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan want to enjoy the same rights as same-sex couples and mark their commitment with a civil union.

The academics, from Hammersmith, West London, who have an eight-month-old baby and do not want to get married, took the case to London’s High Court.

 

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Why is there no real estate news on this blog?

Because there is no real estate news in our town. The past two days have shown a handful of rentals, a couple of meaningless price cuts, and that’s it – no contracts of note, no sales. I know there’s some activity out there, because I myself am involved in a deal, and rumors have many more edging closer to hitting the MLS.

So maybe next week – check back in.

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Italy proves, again, its fitness to be ruled by others

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Do you like me now?

Government covers up its museum nudes from fear of offending Iranian puritan. It also banned wine from the official state dinner, something even the cheese eating surrender monkeys further north refused to do. When you’re shown up by the French in standing up to despots, you’ve reached the depths of cowardice and submission.

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But not Congress, and certainly not the White House

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I can’t pay you more, but I CAN give you an appreciative hug from a big, virile man

Obama moves via executive fiat to force all corporate employers of 100 or more to disclose pay data by sex. 

The EEOC currently collects demographic information annually about companies’ workforces, including data on the race and gender of employees.

Statisticians and economists note, however, that analyzing wage disparities is a complex undertaking, and that aggregating data about many occupations is especially tricky.

“You can’t compare apples and oranges in the same group and draw meaningful conclusions,” said David Cohen, president of DCI Consulting Group, a Washington, D.C., firm that conducts pay-equity analyses for companies. “You’re going to get too many false positives and too many false negatives.”

In a 2012 report commissioned by the EEOC to study the feasibility of collecting pay data, independent experts found that the agency at that time didn’t have the expertise it needed to analyze the information it hoped to gather from employers.

Ms. Yang said Thursday that the EEOC has been working to increase its capacity.

The Obama administration itself is one of the worst “offenders’ of this claimed discrimination, but that, of course is different: liberals don’t discriminate, so different treatment must be the result of natural causes.

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When your government is lying, there’s usually a reason

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Trust us; it’s for your own good

300 scientists call on NOAA to admit it’s been doctoring its temperature data

Hundreds of scientists sent a letter to lawmakers Thursday warning National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists may have violated federal laws when they published a 2015 study purporting to eliminate the 15-year “hiatus” in global warming from the temperature record.

The NOAA study in dispute claims the scientists found a solution to the 15-year “pause” in global warming. They “adjusted” the hiatus in warming the temperature record from 1998 to 2012, the “new analysis exhibits more than twice as much warming as the old analysis at the global scale.

“As has been acknowledged by numerous scientists, the engine intake data are clearly contaminated by heat conduction from the structure, and as such, never intended for scientific use,” wrote climate scientists Dr. Patrick J. Michaels and Dr. Richard S. Lindzen of the libertarian Cato Institute on the in the science blog Watts Up With That. “Adjusting good data upward to match bad data seems questionable.”

“If we subtract the [old] data from the [new] data… we can see that that is exactly what NOAA did,” climate expert Bob Tisdale and meteorologist Anthony Watts wrote on the same science blog. “It’s the same story all over again; the adjustments go towards cooling the past and thus increasing the slope of temperature rise. Their intent and methods are so obvious they’re laughable.”

Meanwhile, from his nice, warm villa in Bermuda, Mike Bloomberg sends along another reminder of his arrogance, by denouncing Ted Cruz’s views on politics, including global warming (and yes, that’s politics, not science), as a program of deliberate deceit.

“You’ve got a guy like Ted Cruz — who, I think, [top lawyer Alan] Dershowitz said was the smartest law student he ever had — and he says some of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard,” Bloomberg said.

“The only explanation, the only explanation, is he doesn’t believe it. He’s just saying it. Ted Cruz is a smart guy, and you can’t say what he says in an intelligent way,” he said.

In Bloomberg’s world, if you disagree with him, you’re either stupid or a liar, because anyone with any real intelligence will concede the truth of Bloomberg’s infallibility.

Putz.

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But how could this happen? Paris is a gun-free zone!

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Aw come on, it’s a tradition here!

Paris police detain Muslim checking into Disneyland hotel with two guns in his luggage.

Police said they took the 28-year-old man into custody at around 2 p.m. local time when he tried to pass through security at the park’s New York Hotel. The man, a French national who wasn’t known to law enforcement, was carrying a copy of the Quran and had booked a room at the hotel, police said.

“During the routine security screening checkpoint at one of our hotels, weapons were discovered in guest luggage through our X-ray machine,” said Disneyland Paris spokesman François Banon.

Paris prosecutors said they weren’t treating the case as terrorism.

And why should they? A Muslim packing illegal handguns could as easily been planning to do something peaceful with them, such as … such as … hmm.

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If deer ticks are keeping you awake, wait til mosquito season

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Oh, the humanity! Chased from Binney Park by vicious deer

The Zika virus is coming, just to keep us from totally worrying about chikunguna, yellow, and dengue fevers and malaria and bed bugs.

We could reintroduce the judicious use of DDT, but Rachael Carson’s else polemic against it in her 1962 book “Silent Spring” has convinced the public, as all good big lies do, that “everyone knows” we’ll kill off the birds if we do that.

So enjoy your summer indoors, and don’t let the bedbugs bite.

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Ah, the once-mighty Danes

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They still breed Viking warriors, but the authorities have emasculated them

Girl fights off rapist with pepper spray so she’s arrested and fined.

The teenager told police that she was attacked in central Sønderborg on Wednesday at around 10pm by a dark-skinned English-speaking man. She said the man knocked her to the ground and then unbuttoned her pants and attempted to undress her.
The girl was able to save herself from further assault by using pepper spray on the attacker, but now she may be the one who ends up in legal trouble.
“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” local police spokesman Knud Kirsten told TV Syd.
Possession of illegal pepper spray and being rude to a helpless refugee.

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A reader chastised another earlier today for stating the obvious fact that price affects salability, but ….

131 Old Mill Road

131 Old Mill Road

131 Old Mill Road, 14 acres and an obsolete house, has cut its price to $5.995 million, after starting at $12 million in 2012.

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By golly, they’ve stolen Walt’s best joke!

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January 27, 2016 · 2:21 pm

Nothing in his life became him like the leaving of it

(Headline changed after I remembered that Shakespeare said it better, 400 years ago)

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Hang on, I’m coming!

Pantless driver Clifford Ray Jones dies in crash as he masturbates at high speed.

A Detroit man was killed when he was ejected through the sunroof of his car while driving along the highway with his pants down and masturbating to porn being shown on his cellphone.

Clifford Ray Jones, 58, was killed instantly when his car rolled over in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It is believed that Jones lost control of the car because he was distracted

That sounds plausible.

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A contract, but for the rental or the sale?

27 cobb Island

The new agent hasn’t been able to figure out how to post a picture of the place since she got the listing four weeks ago, but here’s an old one.

Can’t tell, because 27 Cobb Island Drive, Cos Cob, is listed as both, but it has a contract. Sold for $3.1 million in 2000, tried $$4.199 back in 2013 and, three years later, dropped all the way back down to $3.1. Probably still too much, but heck.

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Here’s a good house in Old Greenwich

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39 Midbrook

39 Midbrook Lane, 2013 post and beam construction, is now priced at $2.1 million. It was probably never worth the $3.299 it was asking last spring, but buyers in that range have expectations and demands different from those in the high $1s – at this price, I think it’s an excellent buy.

Your tastes may differ, of course, but I like the area, and I like the open interior. Check it out, (preferably with me!)

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This is why the GMLS’s “average days on market” statistic is useless

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636 Lake Avenue – at long last love

636 Lake Avenue has sold, for $7.350 million, after just “274 DOM”. In fact, it’s been exposed to the market for 1,989 days, and started off at $18.5 million in 2010. The “ask-to-sell ratio” is just as deceptive, since that number is calculated from the last, rather than the original asking price.

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If they can’t eat it, beat them with a PC stick

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Surprise!

Lizard rescued from an elementary school salad now safely ensconced in science lab, and the purveyor of said salad, with lizard, praises his operation’s “organic” policies for the extra bit of protein .

The [salad] had been bought from Whole Earth Center, a natural foods store in Princeton. Mike Atkinson, the store’s produce manager, said the greens are cleaned as they’re stocked and that the lizard must’ve been tucked away in a leaf.

He said he doesn’t think the lizard would have made it in conventional, non-organic box.

“It might normally surprise or freak out conventional shoppers, but the majority of organic shoppers realize that produce is grown on a farm and there’s lots of bugs and animals that live on a farm too,” Atkinson said.

If stories like these keep surfacing, The Onion’s going to shut down because it’s superfluous.

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Sadly, this is not a news item from the Onion

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They wouldn’t like this Martin Luther, either, if they’d ever heard about him

University of Oregon debates removing MLK “Character quote” from his statue because it’s not inclusive enough.

Student leaders at the University of Oregon debated removing a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. from its student center, arguing that the quote was not inclusive enough for modern understandings of diversity.

Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union, which is currently under renovation, had the following famous King quote on the wall: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream…”

But as renovation continues, the Oregon Student Union seriously considered replacing that quote. “The quote is not going to change,” reports student paper Oregon Daily Emerald, “but that decision was not made without some hard thought by the Student Union Board.”

The friggin’ racist is obviously guilty of violating the university’s ban on micro-aggression.

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As usual, The Onion is ahead of the curve, scoops mainstream media

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Well, I got Mom’s endorsement, anyway

Jeb Bush campaign kicks off three-state farewell tour 

MASON CITY, IA—Having carefully rehearsed their soundbites and readied their bus for one final month on the road, Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign reportedly kicked off a three-state farewell tour with a town hall meeting Monday before a gathered crowd of dozens. “We wanted to show moderate Republicans how much we’ve appreciated all the support we’ve had throughout this election season, so we put together a busy schedule of stump speeches and meet-and-greets to bid our goodbyes,” said Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz, who noted that the candidate would treat audiences to his most popular talking points and attacks on his rivals during the four-week sendoff that will take him to select cities in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. “We just really want to enjoy these final few days together as a campaign and take the opportunity to personally thank the many donors and political strategists who’ve made this whole thing possible. Then, I guess, we’ll all share one final pat on the back, give our endorsement to Marco Rubio, and head our separate ways.”

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Priorities

The Bard

Enemy of the People

British immigration authorities, who not only refuse to eject muslim terrorists, but pay them hundreds of thousands of £ to support them and their families while they preach hatred, move to deport American Shakespeare scholar because his student visa expired.

A US academic who has been working on preparations to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in Britain is being held in an immigration cell and faces deportation after his student visa expired.

Paul Hamilton was taken to immigration removal centre 100 miles away from his home after police swooped on the property in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, and arrested him for being an illegal immigrant.

The 42-year-old scholar, who has spent nine years in the UK and received his PhD from the University of Birmingham in July, had applied for leave to remain in the UK and says he was waiting to hear the outcome from the Home Office.

He also had an open ticket to return to Phoenix in Arizona, something which he says showed his willingness to leave the UK if required.

But, despite allegedly being given no instruction to return to the UK, Mr Hamilton was unexpectedly arrested earlier this month.

He has now spent ten days locked away at the centre, awaiting a court date.

Some 150 of Dr Hamilton’s friends, who say he has contributed £100,000 to the UK economy in tuition fees during his nine-year stay in Britain, have now signalled their support after PhD student Timo Uotinen launched a campaign to help him.

Among those who have signed their support are Professor Michael Dobson, director of the Shakespeare Institute, John Gillies, professor in literature at the University of Essex and Dr Patricia McManus, senior lecturer in media and literature at the University of Brighton.

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While we were all worrying about Walt’s absence from these pages, turns out he was cavorting in Britain and annoying authorities

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Broken heart – Walt’s girlfriend is left behind when he returns to America

Rescuers risk death at sea to save a deflated sex doll.

Rescue crews spent 90 minutes scouring the water off the coast of England, after a person was reported struggling in the water — only to find an inflatable sex doll, BBC News reports.

An air and sea search was conducted off the coast of Newquay, in Cornwall on Monday, after a fisher reported a person in the water.

Off topic, notice the use of the word “fisher” for fisherman. It’s a “gender-neutral” term cocked up by the media to avoid offending themselves. Female fishermen themselves prefer the term fisherman and resent deeply being patronized by BBC broadcasters who have coined the term fisher, but that just proves that they’re too pressed to realize they’re being oppressed.

It’s possible, I suppose, that the article here is using fisher in the grittier sense, defined by Urban Dictionary as “a big, strong, sexy, long haired male. usually is pirate like and eats rocks for breakfast then shits out gunpowder.” Somehow, I doubt pussies at BBC meant that.

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