I'll see your Bobby Bare and raise you double

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Maine bear relocated, travels 1,000 miles to get back home.

CONCORD, N.H. — A bear whose life was spared two years ago by New Hampshire’s governor has returned to her home turf near Dartmouth College after traveling thousands of miles since her relocation last June.

The state’s Fish and Game Department had decided to euthanize the female black bear and three of her young offspring in 2017 after repeated problems with them feeding from trash and bird feeders culminated with two bears entering a home in Hanover. But after a public outcry, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu ordered the animals relocated instead.

….. She [Mama Bear, “Mink”] was tagged, fitted with a tracking collar and moved about 120 miles north to a sparsely populated location near the Canadian border.

But last week, Mink made it back to Hanover after traveling a looping route through New Hampshire and Vermont. Andrew Timmins, the bear project leader with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, said Monday that he’s been in regular contact with the governor’s office and a local bear rehabilitator — and all agree there’s no need to take further action at this time.

“This bear has shown us where she wants to be, so let’s see if we can do a better job coexisting with her by being more vigilant with food attractants,” Timmins said.

…. “My sense is she’ll wander off and find another bear to hang out with,” said Sununu, who stands by his decision to intervene.

Wow; just wow

So, pretty much like summer camp, then.

So, pretty much like summer camp, then.

Williams College and the ignorant idiots who attend it

Assertions about World War II were even more disturbing. One student acknowledged the “horrible conditions that Jewish people experienced” during the Holocaust, but claimed that Palestinians currently were “even experiencing worse.” Why? Unlike the seemingly unending Israeli occupation of the West Bank, “the purpose of these [World War II] ghettos were basically to control, segregate, and separate the Jewish people for short periods of time.”

Schools such as Williams long ago abandoned required courses in Western civilization or European history. Nonetheless, a student at one of the nation’s best colleges publicly describing the World War II experience of European Jews as even partly a short-term problem of living in ghettos is shocking. That other Williams students could take from such an assertion a possible reason to avoid recognizing a Jewish campus group is remarkable.

Nothing wrong with this beauty except location, and time on market

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310 Round Hill Road is back, with a new agent, Joe Barbieri, and a new price, $3.495 million. That seems like a reasonable price for this 1924 home, but it’s just (very) near the Meritt, and it’s been kicking around on the market; mostly on, occasionally off, since May, 2014, when David Ogilvy launched it at $5.8. Agents can talk ourselves blue in the face explaining to clients that the reason no one’s wanted a particular house up to now is that it was overpriced, period, but the stigma remains: “if no one else wants it, why should I?”

Makes for a tough sell.

Of course, if the seller were to toss  this  into the deal, it could only help

Of course, if the seller were to toss this into the deal, it could only help

Nice flip

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15 Dingletown Road sells for $2.170 million after just 29 days on the market. The sellers paid $1.290 (on an original, delusional price of $1.895) in December, 2016 and completely redid it, expanding it, replacing the mechanicals, added central a/c, a new kitchen, bathrooms, etc. The market for move-in houses in this price range remains strong.

The house “as was” can be seen here: I showed it several times back in 2003 and wasn’t impressed, yet it still sold that year for $1.750. Those were great times for homeowners looking to pull out of Dodge.

Circa January, 2017

Circa January, 2017

And the high end gets a new addition

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23 Smith Road, $39.5 million, six acres of direct waterfront with house and outbuildings. While the property isn’t officially within the Belle Haven Association’s boundaries, I’m sure that the purchaser of this place will, barring the most egregious “non-clubbable” personality, have no problem joining his peers down the street. And it’s been my experience that even non-clubbables get admitted to institutions you wouldn’t expect would have them; business ties trump social graces, usually.

So, is this the right price? Time will tell, and I wouldn’t expect a buyer to pull up to that dock this very summer, but you never know; this kind of waterfront and location is practically unique, and someone in water wings could well be floating just offshore, waiting for this opportunity.

Sally Maloney’s listing, which can only help its prospects.

The low end buzzes along

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153 Lake Avenue, priced at $1.395 million, reports a contract after just 14 days — subtract the tine necessary for building inspection and contract negotiations and that’s practically overnight. The owners paid $1.290 just two years ago and don’t appear to have done much of anything to improve it, so that’s a positive sign.

And that’s different from the past “glory” days; this place sold for $1.650 in 2007 and, after some very substantial renovations in 2009, sold in 2017 for the aforementioned $1.290.

I personally don’t like this location at the foot of Lake Avenue or the cramped, narrow structure itself, but at this price level, for a couple looking to be within walking distance of town, I get it.

A Progressive's Progress

Little Red Schoolhouse; that was then, this is now

Little Red Schoolhouse; that was then, this is now

NYC school chancellor is determined to wipe out Whitey

Whiteness has become “toxic” under schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s regime, insiders charge.

At least four top Department of Education executives who have been demoted or stripped of duties under Carranza’s sweeping reorganization are poised to sue the city, claiming he has created “an environment which is hostile toward whites,” a source told The Post.

The women — all white, veteran administrators — contend they were pushed aside for less qualified persons of color.

“These decisions are being made because DOE leadership believes that skin color plays a role in how to get equity — that white people can’t convey the message,” said a source familiar with the complaints.

“There’s a toxic whiteness concept going on.”

“Racial tensions appear to be one manifestation of these internal battles.”

Meanwhile, the DOE has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on consultants to coach supervisors on how to “disrupt the power structure and dismantle institutional racism,” a supervisor said.

“There’s been a lot of discussion of white supremacy and how it manifests in the workplace, conversations about race, and looking at how the white culture behaves,” said a white executive who received the training.

“White supremacy is characterized by perfectionism, a belief in meritocracy, and the Protestant work ethic,” the exec said, adding that whites who object when accused of deep-rooted bias are called “fragile” and “defensive.”

So New York City’s plan to rebuild its school system is to encourage a “good enough for government work” ethic, hire and promote workers based on racial and sexual grounds, rather than merit, and denounce hard work, discipline and frugality. In a sane world, this would be-considered a recipe for disaster; in today’s environment, it’s the norm.


"This is progress for America"

So long, sucker

So long, sucker

So said Nancy Pelosi Friday as the House of Representatives passed a bill that will amend the Civil Rigts Act of 1964 to include transgenders in its protections.

Who among us would object to men and boys sharing girls’ bathrooms and showers, but the House’s specific refusal to exclude Title IX sports activities from the new law may give some pause. In fact, “fear mongers” claimed, unsuccessfully, that the measure will destroy women’s sports entire. While that may be a tad draconian, certainly the day of genuine women setting world records will be ending.

Just out of curiosity, I looked up and compared the world records for the 100 and 200-meter dash, men and women, professionals and high schoolers alike. Those who claim that there is no physical difference between the two sexes are, putting it simply, wrong.

100 meter dash:

Men: Usan Bolt 9.69

Boy: Bolling: 9.98

Women: Florence Griffith Joynes 10.49

Girls: 10.98

200 Meter

Men: Usan Bolt 19.30

Boy: 20.58

Women: Florence Griffith Joynes 21.34

Girls: 22.11

Here in Connecticut we already have boys competing as girls, and to an unwoke observer, the results seem unfair.

"Selina Soule explains that Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood have an unfair advantage—She's speaking for girls who are 'afraid to speak up because of retaliation from the media, school officials, and coaches.' "

This year, trans students, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, took 1st and 2nd place in the 2019 Connecticut State Championships in Girls Track. When Miller and Yearwood took 1st and 2nd in 2018, parents and students started talking about the unfair advantages they have, and other significant issues, like girls losing scholarships. The media painted the girls as bigots and sore losers.

Selina Soule, a 16 year-old student, spoke out in a YouTube video, posted April 12. She says, “We all watched in surprise, as our chances to win vanished.”

DyeStat records show that Miller would rank 120th in the 55-meter dash, in the Connecticut State Boys Track division (the division Miller ran with just prior to joining the Girls Track division in 2018). And Yearwood would rank 195th.

In 1988, Flo Jo set the record of 10.49 seconds in the Women’s 100m race. A developmental biologist, who posts stats on Twitter, under FondofBeetles, points out that in 30 years, no woman has beat Flo Jo’s 100m record of 10.49 seconds, but in 2017 alone, 744 male athletes ran 100m in less than 10.49 seconds. 744. In one year.

In a 2018 interview, on Good Morning America, Miller explains that instead of complaining, the girls should try harder. Miller and Yearwood are also “Courage Award Recipients” this year and will be honored at the 78th Gold Key Event on April 28th.

In her YouTube video, Selina Soule says, “The media has been even worse, attacking us and portraying girls as sore losers. And that we should try harder. We do train very hard, but when a mediocre boy athlete can outperform the best girl out there, any day, because of their physical superiority, we are just losers, not sore losers.”

As Ms. Soule points out, losing track events means losing the attention of college coaches and scholarship opportunities (unless one has wealthy parents, or falsely claims to be an approved minority). That’s a small price to pay for maintaining the new reality that the modern mind controls and determines biology, of course, but one can still sympathize with girls like Selina who have yet to catch up with our brave new world.