Category Archives: Boston

Boston Dodges the Olympics

It appears, given Mayor Walsh’s refusal to guarantee cost overruns with tax dollars, that Boston has managed to dodge hosting the Olympics. Not only didn’t Boston ‘need’ the Olympics, but hosting the Olympics for a city like Boston would have … Continue reading

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Things D.C. Restaurateurs Say About Boston That I Do Not Think Are True

There’s a sandwich shop opening in D.C. (boldface mine): “Beef n Bread is a fast casual down to earth sandwich shop inspired from living in Boston (what pizza is to New Yorkers, Roast beef is to Bostonians) I lived there … Continue reading

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Scientologists Everywhere I Turn

When I lived in Boston, my apartment was about a eight minute walk from Boston’s Scientology Center. Now, in D.C., I live about an eight minute walk from… They do, however, have some very nice Rhododendrons: They have another facility … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Charter Schools

So Monday’s post seemed to set off the charter school advocates. I’ll blame instructor error, but the little Twitter storm that erupted didn’t seem to deal with the larger–and factually accurate–claim that Massachusetts built one of the best educational systems … Continue reading

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Mass Transit: You Get What You (Don’t) Pay For

From afar, it appears that Boston’s MBTA is not handling the incessant snow very well (boldface mine): Details will be sorted out over time, but initial reports suggest more than a third of Red Line and Orange Line trains disabled; … Continue reading

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Snow Days For Adults

Yves Smith argues that the massive snow shutdowns represent a change for the worse in the U.S. (boldface mine): But even with the worst of the snowstorm now hitting further north, were the extreme safety measures justified? Drivers have been … Continue reading

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Does Electronic Surveillance Stop Terrorism? Not If We’re Stupid About It

One of the most frustrating things about our ‘War on Terror’ is the widespread belief that all of our intrusive surveillance actually does something. In reality, it often misses actual terrorists, in part because it is focused on non-violent left-wing … Continue reading

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