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  1. education and experience (0 Replies)

    I wince at the sight of the swastika in a way I don’t at the Confederate cross.

    I suspect that has a lot to do with what you learned in school and your experiences in life to this point. As far as I know, there is no one out there successfully lobbying to soften the take on the Nazis in public school history textbooks as there is with the Confederacy. Keep digging – I suspect the more you learn, the more you’ll understand – and maybe even feel for yourself – the revulsion for that flag.

    The bigger lesson is that we can’t always tell when we are being racist. Perhaps it is because I grew up in the Detroit area during a very volatile time and was surrounded by (and, I have to admit) participated in a lot of racist talk as a kid, I can never say to myself with 100% certainty that “I am not racist”. I work on it a hell of a lot, but if someone challenges me on something, or if I hear/read something that doesn’t match up to my experience, I try to look at it from where they are coming from so I can understand the effect better. “The meaning of a communication is the reaction you get” and all of that.

    I noticed this year watching the twin Christmas movies Holiday Inn and White Christmas on TV that the blackface / minstral show scenes were edited out. These were once viewed as OK and at least in some cases with no intended malice toward the race that it mimics (I can’t speak for anyone involved in those movies, though). But they are still racist, no matter what the intent.

  2. to be fair (0 Replies)

    It wasn’t any easier before Governor Charlie either. I also had to go to Downtown Crossing to get one, but luckily there was no wait.

    The should have them at every T station.

  3. what I think he's getting at... (1 Reply)

    What I think Christopher meant is that the public schools teach about the history of racism, but they do not then connect the dots from 50 years ago up to today so that it becomes general knowledge that the problem wasn’t “solved”. So it is easy for someone with distance from the day-to-day negative effects of today’s racism to get the idea that it isn’t a problem anymore.

  4. yes, on the streets, but... (2 Replies)

    Yes, the course is set up on the streets. I attended the Miami Grand Prix many years ago (it was a GT race then) and was on Belle Isle in Detroit last year where they held their race last weekend. Note that they don’t race in the pot-holed conditions that we experience. On Belle Isle, it was easy to tell where the race course was (without any of the barriers in sight) by the nice, fresh, smooth concrete. That leads me to wonder who will foot the bill for paving the course.

  5. missed it (0 Replies)

    Need to pay more attention… :)

  6. NSA (1 Reply)

    I liked this from Borowitz this week:

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The National Security Agency is compensating for the expiration of its power to collect the American people’s personal information by logging on to Facebook, the agency confirmed on Monday.

    The director of the N.S.A., Admiral Michael S. Rogers, said that when parts of the Patriot Act expired at midnight on Sunday, intelligence analysts immediately stopped collecting mountains of phone metadata and started reading billions of Facebook updates instead.

    “From a surveillance point of view, the transition has been seamless,” Rogers said.

  7. I think... (2 Replies)

    Not really wanting to wade into this, but… If the question had been asked as a simple, “I haven’t paid much attention to this – can someone give me the Cliff Notes version of what the illegal activity was?” there would have been no hoopla.

    You stated, “Seems to me as a private organization they can make whatever decision they want by whatever criteria they want.” That is more than a question and likely what set people off. You know the answer to that is a resounding NO, right??

  8. loosen the bond between stock performance and CEO compensation (1 Reply)

    The article points to a Clinton era law as a big part of the problem.

    [Bill Clinton] urged Congress to pass legislation that he hoped would discourage high salaries by making amounts paid to executives above $1 million not deductible as a business expense.

    But the measure, as it rattled through the congressional gantlet of politics and influence, gained a Wall Street-backed proviso that made any amount of compensation deductible if it was tied to a measure of the executive’s performance, such as stock price.

    Thus was launched an era of sky-high CEO pay. Companies handed out enormous options and awards to CEOs that were tied to the value of their stock. Companies found that making a stock buyback, as allowed under the decade-old SEC rule change, could at least briefly boost share prices, perhaps increasing the value of stock options given to top executives. The result: CEOs now had a vested interest in buybacks that could quickly boost the value of their own personal options.

    Talk about unintended consequences…

  9. need to experience the environment to understand (0 Replies)

    The manager who accepts the honest worst case schedule and presents that to his superiors will get his ass handed back to him. It is a really weird reality but all too much the norm (and has been for a while) that everyone knows you are lying when you give an optimistic schedule, knows that it will run over, knows that there will be a little hell to pay for doing so, but nothing near the hell to pay of being honest up front.

    I also wish it weren’t so but it isn’t going to be wished away anytime soon.

  10. you have to decide if you want to understand or just argue (1 Reply)

    The basis of my objection to the Olympic bid is the reputation of the IOC, but that in no way disallows me from calling incompetence when necessary. There is a very high bar for any sort of bid to pass muster with me. That means ignoring USOC advice regarding competitiveness if it is going to cause eventual problems with local support (and especially when it is the right thing to do). You may not agree, but I hope you are smart enough to understand that.

    Regarding ineptness, B2024 has shown this in multiple ways. What I was referring to above is the decision to redact material but to have absolutely no plan better than “probably not” when that information was made public.

  11. exactly (1 Reply)

    They care about being competitive and to do so are willing to play by the rules set down by the USOC and IOC.

    That doesn’t seem to bother you. But it bothers a lot of others given what we know about these organizations.

  12. so the USOC's (and IOC's) wishes are more important that what residents want? (1 Reply)

    That might be the key point here.

    You (and Christopher) seem to be OK with how the Olympic organizations are run and how they try to mold the agreements. I am not and venture that many others here are not.

    If *I* were playing this, I’d be opening the process for 2028 now, making a big public stink about how I want to get together with anyone and everyone who has an opinion on having an Olympics in Boston, what they want it to look like, what creative financing options there might be, and how much of a stomach the area has for the inevitable disruptions (and how to possibly compensate for those). There would be no big surprises once a bid came out (and a bid would only come out if there was significant public enthusiasm) because everything that is in there would have been hashed out beforehand.

    If the IOC and USOC are truthful about wanting to make the games cheaper to host, they should welcome this approach with open arms. If not, well, why have on Olympics on their terms rather than one on our terms?

  13. answer the question (1 Reply)

    I can’t see why a TIF financing plan would be something that would have to be kept under wraps from a competitive point of view.

    And please don’t assume anything about how *I* would have played this.

  14. absolute transparency, not relative (1 Reply)

    This reminds me of when I’d get caught doing something as a kid and I’d try to use the “but Billy was doing it too!” excuse. My Mom’s response was always, “If Billy jumped off a bridge, would you do that too?”

    This whole process involves getting into bed with some pretty unsavory characters (who who knows if a FIFA-like investigation is underway with the IOC) and, for a lot of us, that raises the bar on what needs to happen locally.

  15. point appears to be moot / wrong question debated (3 Replies)

    Today’s Boston Globe says “probably not” to the TIF plan:

    Richard A. Davey, chief executive of Boston 2024, said in an interview that the committee will “probably not” use tax increment financing as part of its new venue plan, which it is calling version 2.0.

    In any case, I think the wrong point is being debated in this thread. It isn’t so much the details of the plan as why it was redacted in the initial public version. It is another “own goal” by B2024 in the transparency and trustworthiness department. If this was such a good idea, why did they not reveal it initially and defend the plan?

    What Boston 2024 did not do Friday was explain specifically why the tax financing proposal was redacted in documents the committee released to the public in January.

    “On the redacting question, I can’t answer that,” said Davey, who started his job after the redacted documents were released, “other than to say in phase one of this bid process I think there was a lot of concern from the USOC that information be kept confidential to keep the integrity of the bidding process in place.”

    IMO, it isn’t so much the details of what and how but the inept management of the whole process by B2024 that is causing the bid to tank.

  16. This just in... (0 Replies)

    Unnamed sources have confirmed that Boston 2024 will soon announce their new head of Public Relations, Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, aka “Bagdad Bob”, the former Iraqi Information Minister under Saddam Hussein. Al-Sahhaf will be handling all future media relations related to the Olympics effort.

  17. in the meantime... (1 Reply)

    More people are driving through, rather than around (on 128 and 495)

    More people are driving on 128, period. Or, more accurately, sitting in traffic. There is probably a business opportunity selling drinks or offering a relief station to those sitting in their cars. ;)

  18. TRMS (1 Reply)

    Watch the Rachel Maddow show from last night. She goes into detail about how this got done – it was indeed a conservative effort.

  19. Letterman (0 Replies)

    Just have to note that this is the last time we’ll see David Letterman in the Joke Revue. So long, Dave, and thanks for all the fish.

    I enjoyed the “flashbacks” they showed in the last few shows. Particularly, I had forgotten how freaking funny the bits with Rupert (of the Hello Deli) were. The hardest I’ve laughed in a while. I also learned that the reason they stopped the bits was because someone pulled a knife on him. I guess it was inevitable.

    Did get to go to the show almost exactly 20 years ago. Saw Ray Romano do his standup bit which led to his TV show (jokes about his kids, etc.).

  20. dank linky thing (0 Replies)

    Here is a good link. Something happened when I pasted and I can’t edit above…