Random Roundup

Nothing major today, just a few interesting links and thoughts:

  • Page Six reports that a movie is in the works covering the rise and fall of electronics retailer Crazy Eddie. Aging New York couch potatoes no doubt remember Eddie’s frenetic commercials – our prices are innnsaaaaaaaaaaannnnne. As it turned out that Eddie Antar was crazy like a fox, fled to Israel and eventually was sentenced to 8 years in prison for massive fraud and assorted SEC violations. Page Six reports that Danny DeVito will play the role of Eddie.
  • Apparently if you try too hard to get out of jury duty, you might wind up facing one yourself. A Cape Cod man is facing charges for making up excuses in the hopes of an exemption. What’s interesting here is that we have a real life case of the classic Liar Paradox

    “I’m frequently found to be a liar, too. I can’t really help it,” Ellis added.
    “I’m sorry?” Nickerson said.
    “I said I’m frequently found to be a liar,” Ellis replied.
    “So, are you lying to me now?” Nickerson asked.
    “Well, I don’t know. I might be,” was the response.

    Ok so he doesn’t know if he’s lying but even if he was, how could he have answered the question? The exchange continues:

    “I have the distinct impression that you’re intentionally trying to avoid jury service,” Nickerson said.
    “That’s true,” Ellis answered.

    Or is it true? There’s just no way to tell. And for the coup de grâce:

    Ellis could face perjury and other charges.

    In other words, Ellis is facing perjury for lying in court when he said he was a liar.

  • Shaya sends in an AP story from today covering the declining state of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge which we recently visited. The article implies that the marsh is deteriorating due to increased levels of nitrogen from the city. It would be a shame to lose the marsh, even if so few people know it exists. If you’re in the NY area, try stopping by one nice Sunday while it’s still there.
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