Daily Archives: March 2, 2016

If only …


Singapore police prepare for arrival of New York liberals

The Daily News, which is in complete panic breakdown over the Donald’s candidacy (samples from just today’s paper: “Donald Trump supporters show their true colors with vulgar, sexist, racist emails”  and“Trump rally – it’s only a matter of time before someone gets killed”)  has now issued  “The Complete Guide to fleeing President Donald Trump’s America”. Top on the list of where to go: Singapore.

The Asian county earned the title for its slew of high-paying jobs, welcoming atmosphere, stellar health care facilities and top-notch public transit. English, one of Singapore’s four official languages, is used frequently, especially in urban areas, so communication barriers are limited for Americans.

“I love the cosmopolitan nature of the city; its international population is well-traveled & open-minded,” one expat said.

As a bonus, Singapore boasts the No. 1 most efficient health care system in the world, as rated by Bloomberg. The U.S. ranks at No. 44, and could dip even lower with Trump at the helm. The billionaire has long blasted Obamacare and scoffed at government-run health care — even though the system seems to be working out really well for Singapore.

Sadly, upon arriving in what the News calls “The most well-rounded country” for would-be expatriates, our refugees will discover that they’ll need a government permit to hold outside assemblies, their newspapers are censored and they can be imprisoned for writing scandalous articles about the government. Abortion laws are as strict as America’s and their precious progeny are required to serve 24 months in the military.

Oh, and they can’t chew gum anywhere in the country, but that’s a good thing, if these people intend to do any walking in their new sanctuary of freedom.

UPDATE: Over at Powerline, John Hineraker picks up another irony from the same article: all those wonderful places that the liberals might want to flee to have strict immigration policies. They’ll probably meet the Donald at the gates of Singapore, checking documents.


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100 years ago, he’d have been John D. Rockefeller

Saudi Finance Minister

Curse you, McClendon!

Aubrey McClendon is dead, probably by suicide.

Aubrey McClendon, an Oklahoma wildcatter who helped pioneer the shale energy boom, died in a fiery car crash Wednesday, a day after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to rig the price of oil and gas leases.

Mr. McClendon propelled the rebirth of U.S. energy production as the co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp., leading a rush to lease land around the country to extract natural gas and oil trapped in shale rock formations through a technique made famous by its nickname, fracking.

Mr. McClendon, a graduate of Duke University, got his start in the oil business on the ground floor as a leasing agent, or “landman.” In 1989, he formed Chesapeake with a fellow landman, and occasional competitor, Tom Ward, with $50,000.

Mr. McClendon grasped the promise of hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technology that could unlock formerly untapped deposits of oil and natural gas from dense underground sedimentary rock formations across the U.S.

He in turn commanded what he described as an army of landmen that swarmed regions likely to hold these energy riches, photographing county deed records en masse and going door-to-door to persuade owners to lease the rights to drill beneath their land.

At one point, Mr. McClendon spent more than $2 billion leasing rights to drill beneath roughly 5% of Ohio, where he believed the gas-laden Utica Shale would be the “biggest thing to hit Ohio since the plow.”

McClendon set the world awash with cheap energy, and the effects of that are just beginning to be seen, but already, it seems clear, to me at least, that there are going to be major changes in the Middle East and even Russia as their oil revenues plunge, and cheap oil has driven the last nail into Venezuela’s coffin. The man was a world-changer, and I’m sad to see him meet his death this way.


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Anticipating the collapse of Connecticut’s economy?


Coming our way

Connecticut police pressure legislature for permission to arm drones.

And the militarization of our civilian police force proceeds apace. Someone’s preparing for war, and that ought to be alarming.


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Not all styles are timeless

For instance, the 1960s and 70s

James Lileks writes on “The most garish house in the world”.

There are some eras whose design strikes modern eyes as ugly, garish, a crime against good taste. Usually the current generation judges the previous one harshly while romanticizing an era a few decades back, and then comes to appreciate what was once derided. The cycle repeats over and over.

But sometimes you come across an era whose ugliness is not debatable. It’s not a matter of subjective analysis. It’s truth. That era would be the end of the Sixties through the mid 70s, when American design went barking mad – either from drugs, or more likely, to assure actual drug users that you, too were cool. Flashbak says:

In 1969, construction finished on 2055 S Joshua Tree Place, Palm Springs, CA 92264. The three-bedroom, 3.350 square feet property was decorated in the Palm Springs style. There were Moire wallpaper and draperies, gold crystal chandeliers and a wainscoted den. There still is. The place was decorated and left alone. To step inside is to enter a time warp. Let’s take a look around this Modernist masterpiece, valued at $850,000:

I wouldn’t call it Modernist. That would imply restraint.

Here’s the house





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New Riverside listing

16 Willow Rd

16 Willow Road – nice yard

16 Willow Road, a 1952 house on a 1/2 acre, is asking $3.1 million. I’d scoff, but it sold for $2.760 in 2013, so….

Of historical interest, there was a rowdy named Chip Mathewson who, back in 1970 or so, backed his Mercury Comet up to the front steps here, then stomped the pedal and left two perfect tire tracks from the road to the porch so that it looked like someone had barely missed hitting the house, all, doubtless, to the great amusement of the owner the next morning.

At least I think it was this house – it might have been the one next door. The listing agent’s husband would know.


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Say goodbye to old that

50 Lockwood

50 Lockwood Avenue, Old Greenwich

50 Lockwood Avenue, asking $3.2 million as a sub divisible lot, reports a contract. House was built in 1875, but it doesn’t look as though it will see another year.


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