Monday, June 18, 2018

Can You Fix the National Debt?

Play "The Fiscal Ship" and see...


The Fiscal Ship has been named one of the top games at the Serious Play Conference.

All along the campaign trail, presidential candidates continue to make promises they can't keep, brookings.edu reports.

They promise to give voters trillions in tax cuts while also balancing the budget and protecting popular programs from budget cuts, brookings wrote.

Fact-checking journalists and spreadsheet-wielding advocates of fiscal responsibility challenge those assertions, but reach a small slice of the population.

So we asked: What else can be done to communicate the scale and scope of the debt problem?

To start with, we made a game, brookings noted.  Whimsical, but grounded in fiscal facts, "The Fiscal Ship" allows players with little background in the budget to come up with their own plan to stabilize the debt without compromising their values.

Like to try your hand at the game? https://www.brookings.edu/events/can-you-fix-the-debt-play-the-fiscal-ship-at-brookings/

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Next time on The Allen Report:
How Putin Corralled Russia's Secret Services.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

For House Flippers, Reality Meets Reality TV

Harder than it looks on tv...

A California backyard transformed on HGTV's popular Flip or Flop show.

Watch enough HGTV and flipping houses starts to look easy, Ronda Kaysen reports on nytimes.com.

Just talk to Joshua Levitt, who spent the better part of 2014 sitting on his couch in South Orange, N.J., watching shows like "Flip or Flop" and taking notes as the charismatic stars frenetically bought distressed properties and, with the right mix of of anxious looks and Carrara marble, successfully flipped one by the end of every episode, Kaysen wrote.

Then Levitt decided to try his luck and bought a vacant house.  "It was a disaster," he said.

For more about the pros and cons of house flipping: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/realestate/for-house-flippers-reality-meets-reality-tv.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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Next time on The Allen Report:
Can You Fix the U.S. Debt?

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Your New Week is Here

Enjoy...

For fun videos to start your new week:

-- Allstate: Mayhem, Commercial Lawns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m04FMgYKzK4

-- Allstate: Mayhem, Tailgate Grill Fire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MW1KtwEwVw

-- Allstate: Mayhem, Blind Spot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnduNEc-Be4




-- GEICO: The Gecko Visits Coney Island: https://www.ispot.tv/ad/wf6w/geico-the-gecko-visits-coney-island

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Next time on The Allen Report:
For House Flippers, Reality Meets Reality TV.

Musical Moments: Simon, Nobody Does it Better

A classic...



Musical Moments features music and artists I've enjoyed over the years.

Today's selection is Carly Simon's classic, Nobody Does it Better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht8gzvrsDfE

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Next time on The Allen Report:
Your New Week is Here.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Darien Builds, Adjusts Real Estate Inventory

Weekly update...

McWay Falls along Big Sur.

New listings and price changes led Darien residential real estate results in the  week ending today.

Results, according to the Darien MLS, were:

-- 12 new listings of property for sale;
-- 27 price changes;
-- Three accepted offers;
-- No properties going under contract, and
-- Four closings.

For more: 




Next time on The Allen Report:
Musical Moments: Simon, Nobody Does it Better Than You.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Stunning Slow Motion Machine With a Secret

How does it work?


The feather you see looks like it's moving in slow motion, Elizabeth Stinson reports on wired.com.

It's not.  In fact, it's moving rather quickly, Stinson wrote.


Photo: wired.com
Next time on The Allen Report: 
The Latest Darien Real Estate Update.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Honoring Old Glory

Happy Flag Day...

Long may she wave.


For an interesting history of the American flag: http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/history/old-glory/

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Next time on The Allen Report:
A Stunning Slow Motion Machine With a Secret.