Monday, September 26, 2016

Leaning Tower




No, not in Pisa! This one is a 58 story luxury residential building in San Francisco which has sunk 16 inches into its soft foundation which could disrupt the sewage pipes but the real problem may be that it is now leaning six inches toward its neighbor. If it should lean further it could affect the elevators which could render the place unlivable for the occupants of these $2million apartments. Leaners only count in quoits!
tjs
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/us/san-francisco-millennium-tower-dispute.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=9&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0

Friday, September 23, 2016

Waxing Wistfully

Not to pile on but apparently the Pitt/Jolie split has reverberated around the globe. We now read that at Madame Tussauds London emporium "The couples wax figures have been split up and are now featured at a respectful distance from each other." Perhaps too much heat and not enough light. Fame is fleeting.
tjs
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/fashion/angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-divorce.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fstyle-international&action=click&contentCollection=international&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=8&pgtype=sectionfront

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Your Leaping Lordship

"Ten lords a-leaping" is a line from "The Twelve Days of Christmas" but the real House of Lords in Britain now numbers 810 - twice as many Lords that can fit into their elegant Westminster Hall so it is fortunate that they don't all show up at the same time. Some are bishops and some are peers with lifetime membership. Efforts to overhaul the House of Lords meets with more noise than change.  But, then, some things never change. Hail Brittania!
tjs
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/17/world/what-in-the-world/britain-house-of-lords.html?ref=world

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Let's Build a Wall




In 1653, Peter Stuyvesant, fearing an attack by the British from New England, constructed a 15 foot high defensive palisade across lower New Amsterdam. But the English did not ride down the Major Deegan Parkway, they came by sea and the line drawn by that useless palisade was called Wall Street. How now Dow Jones?
tjs

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Primarily Political XX

Has anyone noticed how that showman, Donald J. Trump will sometimes turn to the studio audience for a decision as he did with Dr. Oz - he lets the audience decide. In the bullfight ring it's thumbs up or down that carries the decision. His penchant for audience participation reminds one of the New Testament scene when Pontius Pilate turns to the crowd and asks them "Whom shall I release to you - this prisoner called Barabbas or Jesus Christ?" And he let the mob decide. Is this how he would govern if he ever gets near the oval office? God help us!
tjs

Monday, September 19, 2016

Alphabetically speaking




Donald Trump's medical report reflects an "LDL" level of 94 well within tolerances. LDL is known as the "bad cholesterol". But on Wall Street LDL has a different connotation. In light of the rash of email hackings, when a subject appears sensitive the bankers will type LDL = "let's discuss live." Or perhaps meet on a park bench. So it's different strokes for different folks but not to have that "bad" LDL cause a real stroke.
tjs

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Pipe Dream

Dateline - Bruges, Belgium. A 500 year old brewery in this medieval city has been transporting its liquid gold by tank wagons two miles to its bottling plant causing traffic tie ups. But they have now built a pipeline and went to the internet to develop donors to defray the expense. A modest donation gets you a six pack on your birthday but a maximum contribution gets you "free beer for life" or one bottle of beer a day for as long as you live. A frat boy's dream!
tjs
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/17/world/europe/a-two-mile-beer-pipeline-carries-belgiums-lifeblood-to-be-bottled.html?src=me&_r=0