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  1. oh, give it a rest (0 Replies)

    Enough with the personal attacks. We get that you have a beef w/ jconway. To paraphrase from above, you’ve said everything, just not in every way.

    jconway knows more about what goes on around here politically than most of the people I know who actually live here.

    And he has definitely met the qualifications for being included in the BMG “we”.

  2. I'm with Mark (1 Reply)

    Our former, late Town Meeting Moderator was known to say “Everything has been said, but not everyone has said it” whenever a debate started running too long. I think we were at that point even before the USOC pulled the plug.

  3. time to review Graham's Hierarchy (1 Reply)

    Agree, and maybe some folks ought to review Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement.

    We’re down in “You are an ass hat” territory.

  4. extending that analogy (0 Replies)

    You don’t go out and put an offer on a house before discussing it with the rest of your family. “Hey, everyone, I put in a bid on this great house and… oh! Look at that! The broker just texted me and the seller accepted our offer! We’re moving to a great house! Let me tell you all about it!”

    I think this was a key part of what doomed the effort from the beginning, regardless of the details: People don’t like it when you spring s**t on them. Christopher mentioned doing some things out of order before. Boston 2024 got the public involved during the wrong point of the process.

  5. and there are some places... (1 Reply)

    … like Jordan’s Furniture that are advertising that they’ll let you buy “now” and get a rebate or credit for twice the sales tax amount. That seems like a win-win-win: state still gets its $$, buyer saves even more $$, and the company gets the business (albeit at a smaller profit).

  6. finally got through (0 Replies)

    First time in about 24 hours. I’ll send email if I see any further problems.

  7. WBZ radio this morning (0 Replies)

    Can’t hunt it down right now but what I believe I heard on WBZ radio this morning was Baker saying that he was asked to join in a call on Monday. He said he would tell them the same thing he was telling the reporters at that moment.

  8. meta (1 Reply)

    Image spills over into the “recent user posts” column on the front page for me on both Safari and Firefox (Mac OS X).

  9. as I've said before (0 Replies)

    reading the original bid “details” was like recapping a night of drinking and scheme-hatching with my college buddies. “Hey – we could play beach volleyball on the Common!!” Just that idea alone should disqualify B2024 from any further involvement.

    As we were driving through Holyoke (home of “real” volleyball) yesterday, my wife made an interesting pitch: “Give us high speed rail to every venue outside of Boston and then I’m OK with it.” Whaddya say, B2024?

  10. Bob Ryan (1 Reply)

    ICYMI, interesting read by Bob Ryan in the Globe today, someone who is a sports nut and an Olympics nut (he’s only been to eleven of them).

    I usually get at least a chuckle with my response to the question, “What do you think about the 2024 Olympics coming to Boston?” My standard reply is, “I think it’s a great abstract concept.” And I really do.

    The problem with the Boston 2024 people is that they simply do not seem to know what they’re doing. There is no reason to believe anything they say because everything they say changes.

    Let’s say for the sake of argument that the people in charge were actually able to accomplish what they say they can. Is Boston a good site for an Olympics?

    Yes, it is. Absolutely. We would be a fabulous site. When not at an event people would have plenty to do. One vital aspect of any Olympics are gathering places, and we have them. We do have Boston Common and the Public Garden. We would have a spiffed-up waterfront. We would have City Hall Plaza. I can also envision the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, stretching from the Public Garden to Kenmore Square, with kiosks and musicians, replete with strolling visitors from all over the globe.

    But so much would need to be done before any of that happens, and the people in charge cannot be trusted to do it. I fear that even if a benefactor handed them a check for $20 billion they would botch the job.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. missed it (0 Replies)

    Need to pay more attention… :)

  16. 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.

  17. 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??

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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.