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  1. No way that's happening (0 Replies)

    Let us here and now end the matter and never speak of it again.

    Goodell has already stated that they will appeal the decision.

    The circus lives on…

  2. Borowitz all over this already (0 Replies)

    Federal Judge Admits Having Brady on Fantasy Team

    NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Minutes after overturning Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for the 2015-16 N.F.L. season, federal judge Richard M. Berman raised eyebrows by admitting that he had the Patriots quarterback on his fantasy team.

    Responding to reporters’ questions, Berman said that Brady’s inclusion on his fantasy roster “played no role whatsoever” in his judicial decision.

    “As a federal judge, I made this ruling based strictly on legal precedents and the merits of the case,” Berman said. “But, as a fantasy-team owner, sure, it’s going to be awesome to see Tom in there for all sixteen games.”

  3. right, but... (2 Replies)

    That easy pick up for you is ONLY BECAUSE the masses are still in the taxi line (just as the pick up for the kids works OK because you are away from the congestion zone). Tell me how it works when those hundred or so people at the airport terminal all use a Uber-like service. Where are these convenient places that all will go (especially those who don’t know the airport or area) to get their rides?

    I’m not saying it can’t work. I’m not saying it needs a lot of regulation. I’m not defending the taxi industry. I’m just looking for practical outcomes, and I don’t see one yet.

    I’m sure it would work fine for me. I’ve done car services before. But, again, that works because of the limited number of customers using it. You are advocating doing away with the taxi industry. OK. Just show me how it works in the new world in the situation I’ve described.

  4. taxi stands (2 Replies)

    The issue with taxi stands is less about technology and more about physical logistics.

    I’ve been places like (name any) airport, Penn Station in NYC, or Union Station in DC where there have been more than a hundred people all waiting for a taxi at the same time. Having a first-come, first-served method for both the passengers and drivers (whether taxi, Uber, or whatever) is the only thing that makes sense to me in this situation. I can’t imagine having 100 cars out there and everyone trying to match up – especially when the matching up isn’t necessary to meet the goals (i.e., for each person to get a ride to wherever they want to go).

    It reminds me of the drop-off / pick-up situation at the elementary school my kids went to. Drop-off goes pretty smoothly because each car stops, drops off, and then leaves. Pick-up… not so much. Of course, a parent isn’t just going to take the first kid they see. It takes a lot more time to clear out the traffic in the afternoon than in the morning.

  5. interesting idea (0 Replies)

    And could work a lot like the Uber model, with “dispatchers” on-call with calls routed to their phones. Home for a few hours? Make a buck or two by answering a few calls and directing a few cars.

    Needs honing, and there probably isn’t a lot of money involved, but it could solve the problem.

  6. matching up dozens of riders / drivers in a small space? (0 Replies)

    I don’t see how that would work at an airport or train station where you have a lot of people simultaneously seeking a ride and they don’t particularly care who their driver is. How do I discern my driver’s car from the dozens of others there when each is looking for a particular passenger? How do the drivers find their individual passengers?

    The queue provides an orderly way for everyone to get a ride in this situation with minimal confusion.

  7. have to agree to disagree (1 Reply)

    Although I’m with David that reform is needed, I can’t back anything that has a built in feature that will only widen the gap between the haves and have-nots. Really poor people do need a cab sometimes. People with physical and mental issues who cannot navigate a smart phone need a cab sometimes. Visitors from other countries whose phones don’t work on our networks need a cab sometimes.

    The other thing I have a problem with is tying it so closely to a particular technology. That only guarantees that the next game changer will be more chaotic than it needs to be.

    Make it work, but make it work for everyone.

  8. those w/o smart phones? (2 Replies)

    How does this work for someone without a smart phone who needs a taxi?

  9. he's in the wrong institution (0 Replies)

    Seems like just the guy to run the Massachusetts House…

  10. 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”.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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).

  15. finally got through (0 Replies)

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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).

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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.