Daily Archives: March 26, 2016

As is dihydrogen monoxide, but that’s still used in food products (so far)

It’s an older (2013) story I just stumbled across, but it neatly captures the insanity of our modern world: 15-year-old’s petition causes Gatorade to remove brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from its drink after public is horrified to learn that BVO is also used as a flame retardant.

Extraordinary delusions and the madness of crowds is not a new phenomenon, but thanks to the Internet and gullible idiot news readers, what was once merely a curiosity and minor nuisance is now how we let ourselves be governed.

Wait til that little girl discovers dihydrogen monoxide – she’ll wet her pants.


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Well so much for idle curiosity about your ancestors

Police are now seizing DNA data bases from private companies like Ancestor.com and 23andme 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for their customers.

Two major companies that research family lineage for fees around $200 say that over the last two years, they have received law enforcement demands for individual’s genetic information stored in their DNA databases.

Brave new world


I sent in a saliva sample and all I got was this lousy T shirt and a subpoena

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At Business Insider, the headline writers are accurate, even if its reporters are not

Here’s the headline – the reporter seems to have been going for “disgusted” but his editor must have corrected him.

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Crocodile tears


Greenwich, CT: AFSCME and SEIU executives discuss negotiating tactics while relaxing at play

State workers [sic], who already are paid 25-40% more than equivalent workers in the private sector, are screaming that  there should be higher taxes on the rich and Connecticut’s corporation, and no cuts to their own pay. I’m unpersuaded.

In 1991, after, according to the NYT, “four decades of Democratic rule”, Connecticut’s spending was out of control and the budget deficit loomed large. Governor Lowell Weicker, Greenwich’s own Bill Nickerson and the state’s Democrats imposed an income tax on the state, which set the stage for even more spending. Here’s a snapshot of how that spending has soared, and how the state union workers have fared since then:

1991 Budget: $7.6 billion

2015 spending if it matched CPI: $13.34 billion

Actual 2015 Spending: $26.4 billion

Number of state employees 1991: 40,000

Number of state employees 2015: 45,000

State payroll 1991: $2 billion

State payroll, 2015, if it matched CPI: $3.51 billion

Actual State payroll 2015: $6,263,380,026.38 

CT population, 1991: 3.3 million

CT population, 2015: 3.574 million



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A hugely depressing essay, because Cruz appears to have no chance


The Donald is no Marianne. Or come to think of it, given who was following her to disaster, maybe he is


Ted Cruz: Our Last BestChance. The entire piece should be read, but here are excerpts:

Our elites, to be sure, have sold us down the river. There’s unlimited capital for investors to buy foreclosed homes, while half of Americans can’t raise a down payment or qualify for a home mortgage. The Pentagon and the defense contractors slated a trillion dollars for the F-35, the biggest lemon in the history of military aviation, crowding out every other acquisition program in the military. Our tech companies have become a conspiracy to suppress innovation, managed by patent trolls instead of engineers. The financial industry ran the biggest scam in history, the subprime bubble of the 2000s, and the Obama administration hasn’t sent a single miscreant to jail (it just slapped multi-billion dollar fines on the banks’ stockholders, that is, your pension fund or 401k). The Clintons are a criminal enterprise, as Peter Schweizer showed in his book Clinton Cash. The foreign policy establishment treated the world like a giant social experiment and wasted blood and treasure to make the world safe for democracy.

The result is the most corrupt and cartelized economy in American history. For the first time since numbers were kept, new business has contributed next to nothing to employment recovery since 2009, as I reported here March 2. But Donald Trump encourages magical thinking. Repeating, “We’re going to make America great again” by kicking out Mexican illegals and repatriating jobs from China is nonsense.

Donald Trump’s popularity rests on his knack for handling politics as reality television. Americans always have distrusted elites, but today’s popular culture takes this to a pathological extreme. We find it oppressive to admire anything that is better than us. Instead, we identify with what is like us. That’s why we listen to singers who sound like an average drunk with a karaoke machine instead of Frank Sinatra. That’s why reality TV is so popular. Everybody gets to be a star. We like to watch ourselves in the mirror. This blend of narcissism and resentment is toxic. Trump’s bling-and-babes lifestyle has become a national paradigm for success. We’re not Trump’s constituents; we’re a virtual posse.

We keep hearing that Trump is a businessman who will “get things done.” That is utterly wrong: the most successful businessmen are very good at very limited number of things. Great entrepreneurs, as George Gilder wrote, are the kind of people who sit up all night thinking of better garbage routes. Trump is not even a particularly successful entrepreneur; if he had put the $100 million he inherited in 1978 into an index fund, he’d have twice as much money today. As a casino investor, he doesn’t compare to Sheldon Adelson, who came from poverty and now has ten times Trump’s wealth. In fact, Trump has the worst possible kind of background for a president: as the child of wealth running a private company, he is used to saying “Jump,” and having his lackeys say, “How long should I stay in the air?”

Trump doesn’t read. He brags about his own ignorance. Journalist Michael d’Antonio interviewed Trump at his New York home and told a German newspaper:

“What I noticed immediately in my first visit was that there were no books,” says D’Antonio. “A huge palace and not a single book.” He asked Trump whether there was a book that had influenced him. “I would love to read,” Trump replied. “I’ve had many best sellers, as you know, and ‘The Art of the Deal’ was one of the biggest-selling books of all time.” Soon Trump was talking about “The Apprentice.” Trump called it “the No. 1 show on television,” a reality TV show in which, in 14 seasons, he played himself and humiliated candidates vying for the privilege of a job within his company. In the interview, Trump spent what seemed like an eternity talking about how fabulous and successful he is, but he didn’t name a single book that he hadn’t written.”Trump doesn’t read,” D’Antonio says in the restaurant. “He hasn’t absorbed anything serious and profound about American society since his college days. And to be honest, I don’t even think he read in college.” When Trump was asked who his foreign policy advisers were, he replied: “Well, I watch the shows.” He was referring to political talk shows on TV.

And this sad, but inevitable conclusion:

Unless Hitler or Goebbels were to rise from the grave and run for president, I will not vote for Hillary Clinton; in a Trump-Clinton race, I will vote for Trump without a second’s hesitation. One can’t exclude the possibility that Trump might be a good president; he knows little and makes things up as he goes along, and might conceivably stumble on good solutions. But it is much more likely that he will preside over America’s continuing decline while saturating us with self-consoling rhetoric.

We are in deep trouble. We need a president who can lead us out of our economic and moral slump. I fear that Ted Cruz is our last, best hope before we follow former superpowers like Britain down the slippery slope to national mediocrity.


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The days when facts had any role to play in our world are long gone

Boy with lipstick

Lipstick on a mentally ill pig

Psychiatrists warn parents from encouraging their youngsters to convert to the opposite sex.

The American College of Pediatricians issued a sharply worded statement warning against any policies that condition children to accept transgenderism as normal.

“Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse,” the statement said.

One of the statement’s three co-authors is John Hopkins Medical School professor Paul McHugh. The former chief psychiatrist at John Hopkins Hospital, McHugh has long warned that sex-reassignment operations ignore and even worsen a patient’s underlying problems. Monday’s statement made a similar point: “Facts — not ideology — determine reality.”

“When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such,” the doctors went on to say.

Talk about being out of touch with reality.



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News you can’t use

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Everyone to the rear, now!

A former French (naturellement) military officer offers advice on how his fellow citizens should adjust to the guerrilla war that’s burning in Europe:

“You should not allow yourself to be transported passively” on a bus or metro, he said, but to be aware of possible risks and sit or stand at the back or the front of trains to be able to get out faster in case of emergency.”

Is everybody supposed to crowd into the ends of the bus, or just the most aggressive ones?

Myself, I’d rearm the citizens (Muslims excluded) but I’m no longer French.


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It’s sort of like two ugly parents somehow producing a good-looking child

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Straight from the horse’s mouth

Not that the Clintons did that – far from it, but who’d have expected two consummate liars to spawn a truth-telling daughter? 


Considering how one of Hillary Clinton’s driving themes this season is to campaign on a promise of essentially delivering a third term for Barack Obama and “preserving and building on the successes of Obamacare” going forward, it was an odd choice for her daughter to commiserate with the crowd over the “crushing costs” of the health care under the program.

She previously told a different audience that her mom was planning on extending Obamacare to illegal aliens. Even more recently, she admitted that the Democrats had zero chance of taking back the majority in the House.



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Does anyone out there understand this Greenwich Time article?


More bad news for Chieftains?

Local officials oppose change in Westchester Airport flight restrictions that would increase flights.

The selectmen took the action at the urging of the Village of Rye Brook because of their concerns about proposed changes to the air terminal use agreement. The change would adjust the agreement, which has been in place since 1985, which says commercial airline flights of over nine passengers, no more than 240 passengers may depart and no more than 240 may arrive per half-hour period at Westchester County Airport.

The change, which is being looked at by the Westchester County Legislature, would make the half-hour limit into a per day limit, making it so 11,520 passengers could arrive and the same number could depart per day.

The ‘old math” I learned back in the day calculates 240 passengers per half-hour to be exactly 11,520 passengers a day (240X2X24), so how does this “change” change anything?


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Harlem hospital does Shakespeare


The gangs of Verona

Describes 17-year-old boy shot in head as in “grave condition”. “And for sure,” hospital spokesman Dr. William Mercurio told FWIW, “if you look for him tomorrow, you’ll find him a grave man.”



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Just when they thought they’d cracked the case

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Not the plumber’s crack?

Man found with cocaine wedged in his butt crack informs police that it’s not his,  “Damn, we thought we had him,” Sheriff Rowdy Yates told FWIW,” but  you can’t convict a man for just being in close proximity to drugs, so if you’ll excuse me for giving you the bum’s rush, I’ve got to go – we’re going to have to dig into this a little deeper.”

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