Daily Archives: March 30, 2016

Why do vegetarians die sooner than carnivores?

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Thomas Hobbes on the lives of vegetarians: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”

For the same reason husbands predecease their wives: because they want to. And also, it turns out, because their diet is deadly.

 

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Like every other socialist, he believes that passing a law will make it so

Stockholm blizzard

Ah, summer in Stockholm “Men vi passerade en lag!”

Swedish MP wants to make summertime permanent.

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Price cut in Riverside

35 Lockwood

35 Lockwood Rd

35 Lockwood Road, 2004 construction that sold for $2.995 in 2005, was put up for resale last September at $3.295 and today has returned to that 2005 price, proving, I suppose, that even Riverside isn’t immune to market fluctuations.

Plus, and though I don’t remember this from watching while it went up, it appears to be a modular. Absolutely nothing wrong with that method of construction, but it yields the double-floor entrance seen in this one, and that can be an off-putting feature, to some buyers.

Just saying’.

UPDATE: and I was just sayin’ wrong. Mickster confirms both my own and the neighbor’s memory that this was – is – indeed a stick-built house. Ralph Straza built it and as Mickster says, he builds a good house.

But I still don’t like this entrance.

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Land sale, Winding Lane

16 Winding Lane16 Winding Lane, to be exact, 2.3 acres asking $2.495 million. I’m guessing maybe $2.25 as a final price? Should be somewhere around there. Overlooks that huge hangar that was once the Rockefeller’s indoor tennis court and that’s a downer, but I’m sure you can screen that and have a nice house just a short hop from central Greenwich.

That tennis court complex by the way, is now owned  – maybe; my source is a little shaky on its provenance – by the Field Club, and leased to a separate group of members for their use. Accurate or not, it’s still in use and is, like all such structures, butt ugly. Oh well.

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More lower end activity

12 Old Orchard, Riverside NoPo across from North Mianus School, dropped its price to $1.765 million and has found a buyer. In 2014, when this was listed at $1.995 million and failed to sell, the listing lead off with a front shot, showing an unprepossessing house. This time round, the agent put its best- rear – foot forward, and concentrated on the pool and the great back yard, and ditched any mention of the front. Smart move: obviously, no one bought this house without seeing the front of it, but to get buyers to see the interior and the rear, you first have to get them there – and this approach obviously worked better.

10 Butler Street

10 Butler Street

10 Butler Street, Cos Cob, $995,000 – contract in 21 days. Compared to a NYC co-op, it’s a bargain, and there’s a nice park across the street. Why not?

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Madness at the urinal

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Suspicious? Maybe so, but if he wanders into the girl’s room after your child, that’s his God-given constitutional right and don’t you dare question it

The latest “progressive” civil right:

 

Should you conform to the world’s reality, or should the world conform to yours?

That’s the question at the heart of the debate over transgender rights and the spate of “bathroom bills” it has spawned in cities and states around the country. Citing privacy and safety concerns, supporters of these bills want to enshrine in law something that in any other moment in human history would have been viewed as elemental common sense—boys must use the little boy’s room, girls must use the little girl’s room.

Not so fast, Bigoty McBigotface.

To the radicals behind the push to let transgender individuals use any bathrooms they like, the issue has become the latest in a long-string of valiant last stands against the intolerance and hatred of the traditionally minded. Like same-sex marriage—always less a core conviction than an effective cudgel to use against conservatives—this business of having the tiny minority of gender-confused people dictate to the rest of us how we should order society is likely to become the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time™.

 

Here’s the thing:  Women and children get attacked in public bathrooms by sexual predators with alarming frequency.

Radical LGBT advocates are deliberately twisting the issue to make it seem as if politicians like McCrory view transgendered individuals as a menace. In fact, laws being passed in cities like Charlotte and New York constitute an open bathroom invitation to legions of scumbag rapists, molesters, and peeping toms.

Gotham mayor Bill de Blasio—the Stringbean Sandinista—has issued an executive order allowing transgendered people to use any bathrooms they like “without being required to show identification, medical documentation, or any other form of proof or verification of gender.”

Fair warning: If you come to New York and you see a dodgy looking dude hanging around the little girl’s room, you’re better off keeping it to yourself. His reality is all that counts.

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Back again

43 burning tree

43 Burning Tree Road

43 Burning Tree Road has come off the rent rolls and its builder is trying again to sell it, this time for $5.295 million instead of its 2010 price of $6.295. The site, but not the house, was once the last project for Andrew Kissel before he was stabbed to death in his home at 10 Dairy Road, back in 2006. Eventually, his incomplete house was razed, and this one put up instead.

I think it’s a beautiful house, in a good location, on a very nice lot. A buyer could do far worse at this price range. I am still amused, however, at what happened in 2010, when I had a very interested buyer. The listing agent (not the current one) pulled me aside as my clients and I were leaving after our second or third visit and whispered, “Chris, it’s very important that your clients make their offer now, this weekend, because a very strong buyer is putting in his bid on Monday.” I passed that information along to my people, along with my opinion that the agent in question was a liar.

They passed on the opportunity, and, six years later, I guess that strong buyer is still biding his time, waiting to place his bid. The trouble with lying to fellow agents like this is that we remember, always.

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Real estate stirrings, especially in the lower end of the market

108 Orchard street

108 Orchard Street

108 Orchard Street, on the market for 9 days and priced at $825,000, reports a contingent contract. At this price, it could be going to an end user or a builder; it would make sense for either one.

11 Old Forge Road

11 Old Forge Road

11 Old Forge Road, $1.650 million, reports fully executed contracts, contingencies (if any) met, and a pending sale. I’m not taking credit for this, but when I gave it some attention on January 25th, I heard from a potential buyer who was interested in it, but when we called to view it, we learned that it had just accepted an offer. In this case, I praised the house, but some agents who get so angry with me for mentioning a house should realize that, good or bad, a little extra-Zillow publicity can’t hurt.

185 N. Maple

185 N. Maple

185 North Maple asked $1.625 million, got $1.150 and closed yesterday. The house is a meh, but at this price ….

7 crawford

7 Crawford Terrace

7 Crawford Terrace stuck firm at $1.2 million until today, when the owners dropped it to $1.095. Sounds like they maybe got the message.

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What the hell is she doing wearing our western clothing?

San Francisco University black (and white, judging from her skin color) student asserts her right, and her right only, to wear a kinky hair do.

(Speaking of campus violence, this girl is committing assault and battery, racial bias and a macro-not micro- aggression. I wonder when school administrators will bring her up on charges?)

UPDATE: A reader points out what I’d missed: this woman is a University employee (!). I hope the student she assaulted presses charges, and the university fires her, immediately. I’ll hold my breath on the latter development.

UPDATE II: The university denies that the woman is an employee, but is investigating the incident as a possible violation of its conduct rules. That’s something, maybe. We’ll see.

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A threat to civilization is just a Muslim I haven’t met

imagesGerman trains initiate separate cars for women and children, but insist that it has nothing to do with the rising incidents of sexual attacks by Muslims.

“We were just sitting around the office,” German Minister of Propaganda Joe Goebbels explained to FWIW, “looking for something to do, and someone suggested a new class of choo choo cars. It has nothing to do with nothing, just relax’.

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Not all taxi drivers are created equal; you’ll just have to trust your luck

Judge rules that Saudi taxi driver who told terrified passenger that he “loved ISIS” and was considering blowing up the cab didn’t really mean it, so he can continue scaring passengers until he does.

“We’ll give him enough rope to hang himself”, administrative judge Kevin Casey told FWIW, “but I’ll be biking to work the next few months, and I suggest you do, too.”

The allegedly terror-fueled cab ride began shortly before midnight, in late November, when the businessman hopped in Ahmed’s cab near Third Avenue and East 21st St.

Just two minutes into his ride to his midtown hotel, the businessman testified that Ahmed asked him about the Paris terror attacks.

The passenger recounted that he told Ahmed the attacks were “unfortunate or very upsetting.”

The cabbie responded, he said, by boasting he “could’ve done a better job.”

It was the first in a string of disturbing remarks Ahmed allegedly made during the short ride, including asking his fare how to get an “ISIS visa” and wondering repeatedly if he should “blow the taxi up tonight.”

The ride was a “terrifying” and “terrible” experience, the businessman told the judge, adding the incident “ruined the night” and turned what had been a great trip to New York into a “an absolute disappointment.”

The businessman, who was not identified, called the police and TLC shortly after arriving at his hotel on Lexington Avenue at 37th Street.

What could possibly go wrong?

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The Library of Congress will now call illegal aliens “noncitizens” (no hyphen, for some reason- maybe its like nonsense?)

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The children of Dartmouth and their librarian friends are confused

And its explanation for the change is so patently facetious that it can only be considered a deliberate F-You to America.

Working with library staff at the Ivy League school, members of a Dartmouth coalition for immigration reform petitioned the Library of Congress in 2014 to replace the subject heading with a more accurate and less offensive term.

Officials concluded that the meaning of “aliens” is often misunderstood and should be replaced with “noncitizens,” and that the phrase “illegal aliens” has become pejorative. The heading “illegal aliens” is being replaced by “noncitizens” and “unauthorized immigration.”

 

“The heading Aliens is one of the oldest headings in Library of Congress Subject Headings, having appeared in the first edition of Subject Headings Used in the Dictionary Catalogues of the Library of Congress (published in parts between 1910 and 1914), the precursor to today’s LCSH. According to the current scope note for the heading, it refers to “persons who are not citizens of the country in which they reside.” The heading has been somewhat problematic over time because the word aliens has several dictionary definitions, one of which corresponds to the LCSH scope note and another that means beings from another planet. Because of the resulting confusion, PSD decided that it would be useful to reconsider the heading Aliens during its reconsideration of Illegal aliens.”

Even the dumbest, most illiterate liquid petroleum flow engineer of a gas pump jockey, even a Dartmouth student – but then, I repeat myself – can distinguish between a drug-carrying peasant creeping through the Arizona desert, still dripping Rio Grande water, and a visitor from Mars who lacks a tourist visa. And even the government employees at the Library of Congress know this, so their specious argument that eliminating the term will eliminate confusion is just insulting, and deliberately so.

As for the offending term illegal alien being “pejorative”, “illegal” is pejorative: it expresses disapproval, just as the dictionary says. And while it is true that the Obama administration and this country’s liberals no longer disapprove of Mexicans and their cousins breaking the law and entering this country to stay, that act is still forbidden and still on the books as an illegal act. The Library’s New Speak is clearly intended to help along the process of legalizing border crossing, but to lump illegals in with others in the category of “noncitizen”: green card and visa holders, permanent residents, and tourists alike, stamps the criminals with the imprimatur of official state approval, long before Congress itself has conceded defeat.

It’s also confusing, which is probably also deliberate.

If we can’t hang’em high, can we at least descend on Washington with tar and feathers?

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