laurel

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  1. AbbVie also attempting to jump ship (0 Replies)

    AbbVie, the pharma part of the former Abbott Laboratories, is attempting to buy Shire so that they can call England home. AbbVie has a major facility in Worcester.

    http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/to-woo-shire-abbvie-trod-cautiously-in-takeover-bid/

  2. I agree it could amount to a regressive tax (0 Replies)

    on people who don’t have a cushion. Especially people who live in towns where bus service isn’t so great, so they have to have a car to be able to get to work.

  3. I wonder if it's because most are parked on private property. (0 Replies)

    And how often to police cruise with their windows open? They’d have to be looking *and* listening to know that a car was idling.

  4. Based on the empty, idling cars I see in parking lots, (3 Replies)

    …the gas tax isn’t high enough. No matter the weather, no matter the day, I can rely on seeing at least one unpopulated car (usually an SUV) idling in the lot while its driver is in the post office or grocery store. I guess it’s too much work to turn that key.

    Not only is car idling a willful act of pollution via needless gas burning, it’s against the law and punishable by a $100-$500 fine.

    Since I’ve never heard of the idling law actually being enforced, I suspect that the threat of a ticket isn’t going to dissuade idlers from idling. That leaves the price of gas as the only possible deterrent. Since the price of gas isn’t high enough to deter wasteful idlers (not to mention gas-sucking speeders), there’s clearly room for an increase.

  5. I guess I did miss it (0 Replies)

    …and still am missing it, d’oh! Ah well, glad you had some fun.

  6. Brown has zero chance to win. (1 Reply)

    Here’s just one example of why: “Patty Murray and Senate Democrats Draft Bill to Override Hobby Lobby’s Anti-Birth-Control Bullshit ” She knows her state. As for Brown, who’s he? What did he every do for the people of Washington?

  7. Brown has zero chance against Patty Murray. (1 Reply)

    I can’t take that one off your list of concerns right now. Murray is respected in WA. No two-time loser bobbleheaded carpetbagger from MA (or is it NH? Or will we learn that has his heart always been in Spokane?) will ever unseat that particular local gal.

  8. Consent of the governed (0 Replies)

    Reading the Declaration again here, I noticed something I hadn’t before. Although the religious right loves to say that the use of “Nature’s God” in the opening lines indicates that the USA was founded as and should remain a Christian nation (how do they get from Nature’s God to the god of the Bible?), the second paragraph makes clear that the signers of the Declaration understood that government derives its legitimacy and authority from its citizens, not from some deity. “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”. I wonder why we don’t use this to push back more effectively against today’s theocrats?

  9. She chose to run with Baker, (0 Replies)

    so I have no sympathy for her either. In fact, I can’t decide who is more troubling. Baker for running “their” campaign this way, or Polito for agreeing to it. Lots of ick to go around.

  10. No, I appreciate the correction! (0 Replies)

    I had quoted a typo not realizing that it was a typo. I’m glad to have corrected that. Keep up the good pedantic work!

  11. I was quoting the Go Local Worcester quote (1 Reply)

    I assumed they spelled it correctly, that the campaign was being cutsey by imitating the Boston brogue with that deliberate misspelling. However, now that you raise the question, I can find nothing on the Women for Charlie website to indicate that the spelling was used by that group. So, it looks like it’s probably a typo in the Go Local Worcester article. In light of that, I’ll edit out my repeat of “Chalie” in the place you mention.

  12. Not the Court (1 Reply)

    Rather, a slim majority of the Court. Four are profoundly anti-gay.

  13. If HHS picks up the coverage that employees of theocratic companies will now lose, (1 Reply)

    doesn’t this mean that this decision in effect brings us one step closer to something the theocrats hate as much as birth control: “socialized medicine”?

  14. Life has a way of escaping (0 Replies)

    Granted, I worked with fish not pathogens, but in my experience there is no foolproof way to completely contain living things. Something always gets out, eventually.

  15. Carter is also a wartime veteran (2 Replies)

    He served in the Navy throughout the Korean War era, until Oct 1953.

  16. It would have been good for her name recognition to show up. (2 Replies)

    And doubters like me would welcome a demonstration of her alleged sincerity. Spending a few hours walking in our shoes and chatting amiably with a sea of LGBT people and allies could go a long way in alleviating concerns that Baker had forced her to put up a false front. But she apparently doesn’t care to bury that doubt.

    I don’t know whether parade organizers reach out, but every other pro-equality politician knows all about the parade and makes sure they’re in it, so what’s Polito’s excuse? The parade has been happening every June for almost Polito’s entire life. Baker himself was in it 2010, so Polito has less than no excuse if, as the Baker campaign contends, that she’s no longer actively anti-gay.

  17. Really inexcusable regarding Baker (1 Reply)

    I mean, the Democratic candidates are in an honest bind since the convention is in Worcester at the same time as the parade in Boston, so they can’t be in two places at once. But the Republicans (and independents) have no such excuse. This would have been an amazing opportunity for Baker & Polito to soak up all the candidate love and underscore their flimsy assertion that Polito is no longer an anti-LGBT activist. Apparently Baker thinks that posting one video with his brother is enough to convince the LGBTs that he’s their guy – no parade needed. He thinks he can buy us that cheap.