October, 2015 archive
The Haunting of the House 0
There’s no escape.
Nearly all states require Realtors representing sellers to disclose legitimately scary material facts to buying agents and their clients that could cause them to reconsider, such as a cracked foundation, a leaking roof or toxic mold or the federally-required disclosure of lead paint. But don’t bother trying to get out of your contract if you discover there was a murder, or a suicide, or even a violent crime committed in the home after you bought it — it’s a dead end.
In July 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a murder-suicide that occurred in a Thornton, Penn. home in February 2006 wasn’t a material defect when a seller who bought the home at an auction, remodeled it and sold it to a buyer in 2007 — without disclosing the crime that occurred inside.
“Purely psychological stigmas are not material defects of property that sellers must disclose to buyers,” the court said.
“The Smart One” 0
Daniel Ruth asses Jeb!‘s debate performance and is not impressed. A nugget:
After Wednesday night’s in-the-tank appearance during the latest Republican presidential debate, Jeb disdainfully dismissed the notion that his campaign was wanting. “I’m not a performer,” Bush sniffed, after spending two hours on stage exhibiting all the warmth and charisma of an Easter Island statue.
Bush is wrong, of course. He is indeed a performer in the political theater of the GOP presidential nominating process. He’s just not very good at it.
“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
Be polite whilst preparing for school.
Lewis said the gun had not been secured and that the 5-year-old reached for the weapon as the children were getting ready for school. The 9mm pistol belongs to the family and had been kept in a bag, police said.
She will recover.
The Privatization Scam 0
It just keeps getting scammier.
American Taliban 0
The Virginia Republican Party embarks on a holy war.
Where is HUAC when you need it?
Cashing Out 0
Norway’s second largest bank is going to stop handling cash as of next Monday.
Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.
Access to cash in Scandinavia has gained international attention after The Local reported on a campaign against its disappearance, headed by former National Police chief Björn Eriksson.
Eriksson, now head of a lobbying group for the Swedish security industry, argues that cash is a crucial part of society’s infrastructure. He alleges that the decision to abandon cash is being made by banks simply to increase profits:
“Something is being privatized without people knowing what the implications of that privatization are.”
More at the link.
The Candidates Debate 0
Catherine Rampell spells out what lessons Republican candidates have learned from the media coverage of first three Republican debates. Here are the main points; follow the link for her evidence for each one:
- Lesson No. 1: Lie, but lie confidently.
- Lesson No. 2: Invent your own math.
- Lesson No. 3: If you can’t think of something better to say, just bash the media.
And, in a related story, Joel Connelly reminds us that we’ve heard it all before.
Denial–Not Just a River in Egypt 0
Peter St. Onge comes out as a bacon-science denier.
Copyrights and Copywrongs 0
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