Daily Archives: February 12, 2016

Tone deaf

This picture of Chelsea Clinton campaigning in New Hampshire Monday in a Canada Goose “Shelburne”, $750.00, struck me as a pretty apt symbol of what’s not working in her mother’s campaign. Canada Goose makes fabulous coats, incredibly warm, but they’re also expensive and are, for now, very stylish among Manhattanites and their ilk.

In Greenwich, a $750 parka would go unnoticed or, if spotted, be  viewed as the choice of an economical shopper, but in New Hampshire, where Hillary was trying to overcome her image as a billionaire  indifferent to the middle class,  a $125 Carhartt would have been the wiser choice.

And I’ll bet the campaign staff never noticed or even thought about it. Arrogance got her nowhere.

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Chelsea Clinton in Canada Goose

Not this


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There may be hope for the country yet


No shit – actual illustration of a children’s site Ask.com, (http://www.ask.com/science/disadvantages-global-warming-1b94cbd5cfe010f3) “explaining global warming. Polar Bears: North Pole; Penguins: South, but why quibble about scientific accuracy when you’re teaching global warming?

Survey: 70,000 teachers are “bringing global warming denial” into their classrooms.

The news is presented as though that’s a bad thing; I see it as a good start.


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Progress in our time

On March 17, 1930, construction began on the Empire State Building, and in a White House ceremony May 1, 1931, President Hoover threw  switch that turned the lights on in the completed structure up in New York.

After the Twin Towers were destroyed by Muslim terrorists in 2001, jurisdictional and insurance disputes kept construction of a replacement stalled until 2006. Work began that year, and was finally completed in 2015.

On February 12, 2016, Greenwich announced that a bridge on Brookside Road would be rebuilt, estimated time, 4 months. 

That time table brings us closer to the Empire State Building’s 14-month construction pace and not, God help us, the Trade Center’s 9 years, but looking at the two structures, our piddly bridge and the building on 34th Street, I think we’re actually closer to the Trade Center’s speed  in this era than that which prevailed (with hand tools!) in 1930.




The Hudson River, it ain’t



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Dribs and drabs of real estate news

There’s a real estate reporter at Greenwich Time who’s heralding the “start of the spring market”, but he cites as evidence a handful of sales that were under contract long ago, so that’s not quite a sign of life. Nonetheless, the schools do resume Tuesday, and I think we can expect new listings to appear, as well as more transactions soon thereafter. In the meantime, here’s what’s gone down today:

155 Stanwich

155 Stanwich Rd

Contingent contract: 155 Stanwch Road, asking $1.695 – it started at $1.995 million.

36 Day Road

36 Day Road

Sold: 36 Day Road (Banksville border), $3.8 million. Owners paid $4.9 for it in 2006 but interestingly, after one broker tried, and failed to sell it for a year, they returned to the agent who sold it to them in the first place, perhaps figuring that if she could find a sucker the first time, she could do it again, and after another year, one showed up. This far north, the market is pretty much a Bedford crowd, and there just aren’t that many buyers up there.

Or perhaps not a sucker – the selling agent is from out of town, so if she had a Bedford tax refugee as a client, this could make sense. If the poor sap’s from out-of-town but not out-of-state, well, ….

8 willow road

8 Willow Road

8 Willow Road, Riverside, sold for $3,462,500, on an assigning price of $4.095.

212 Taconic

212 Taconic Road

And – hooray! 212 Taconic Road has  sale pending, (final) asking price, $3.595 million. Owners paid $4.9 for it in 2008 and have had it up for sale for quite awhile, so I’m sure this comes as a relief, regardless of price.


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Ignorance is stoned bliss

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I rest my case

The push is on in CT to legalize marijuana.

I personally think the “war on drugs” is a futile effort that has cost billions of dollars, eroded the civil rights of all Americans, enriched some very bad people, and done nothing to reduce drug use, so declaring victory and going home strikes me as a pretty good idea.

I do worry, though, at the nonchalant attitude towards marijuana that drug use advocates take, especially when study after study keeps showing serious, permanent brain damage to young people who smoke it. Here’s just the latest.

The age at which an adolescent begins using marijuana may affect typical brain development, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper recently published in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, scientists describe how marijuana use, and the age at which use is initiated, may adversely alter brain structures that underlie higher order thinking.

Findings show study participants who began using marijuana at the age of 16 or younger demonstrated brain variations that indicate arrested brain development in the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for judgment, reasoning and complex thinking. Individuals who started using marijuana after age 16 showed the opposite effect and demonstrated signs of accelerated brain aging.

“Science has shown us that changes in the brain occurring during adolescence are complex. Our findings suggest that the timing of cannabis use can result in very disparate patterns of effects,” explained Francesca Filbey, Ph.D., principal investigator and Bert Moore Chair of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the Center for BrainHealth. “Not only did age of use impact the brain changes but the amount of cannabis used also influenced the extent of altered brain maturation.”

Whatever the government’s role is here, and I suspect that the answer is “not much’, parents, at least, should be aware of what their kids may be doing to their brains with “harmless” marijuana.


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Disgruntled senior citizens fume

The country electing, and then re-electing a half-black president didn’t improve race relations, Bernie Sanders says, but taxing millionaires will. Sixty years of Democrat policies intended to, it was claimed, help the poor, has produced an illiteracy rate of 85% among black teenagers, an illegitimacy rate of 73% among those same kids, and a kill ratio, black-on-black, that rivals Mexico’s drug wars. Neither Hillary nor the other old codger on the podium last night even questioned the failure of the policies that produced these results; instead they called for more of them, and all magically funded by millionaires.

I keep worrying that we get the government we deserve.


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