A lot of people have been pressing me to write an article about some of the implications of the Mark Foley sandal.
I'm not going to.
This public relations guy prefers not to dive into the pool of swarming political tigers and mass media birds of prey vying for a piece of this guy as they carve their way through Washington, people's lives and the upcoming elections. I wish not to wait on line with liberals who are ordered up taking turns firing at the Republican party as they smell blood. Or with the conservatives who dig defensive trenches and draw a line down the aisle among the "other issues."
What does UMass do with its $524 M in annual state funding? Why, it generates $3.5 billion in additional economic activity, of course:
"The University of Massachusetts is one of the stateĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s largest economic engines, generating $4 billion in economic activity each year, with every $1 of state support helping the university generate more than $8 in positive economic activityĂ˘â‚¬Â¦.If UMass were a private or commercial company, it would not only be a globally competitive firm but one of the stateĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s largest drivers of economic growth. UMass is a $2 billion enterprise, with 15,000 employees Ă˘â‚¬â€ś making it one of the top 10 employers in Massachusetts Ă˘â‚¬â€ś $377 million in research and development investments and the site of three recently awarded, highly competitive national research centers."
It has become the question to ask this week, from family, friends, and strangers.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Who are you voting for?Ă˘â‚¬Âť
Do you like this one? Do you trust that one? Is he serious about that promise? I know politics is a blood sport here in Massachusetts. Right up there with revenge, and bitching about sports. I should be able to get up a little bit of interest, maybe not the blood boil level of my past, but something, anything? But I can't not a whiff of anger, not a hint of interest. Not over the can dates, not even to vote for the lesser of four evils.
I have read the web pages, reviewed the platforms, watched the debates. The only emotion any of them brings to mind is boredom. Is this the best Massachusetts can do. In this entire state, home of the first blow for freedom from England. The bluest of the blue states, this is the best we can do!
There has been quite an outcry at Blue Mass Group over the stealth nomination of James Lemire to a Superior Court Judgeship. The process stinks. His name was forwarded the day after the primary election when no one was paying attention and then they tried to bulldoze him through.
In New England, the Major League Baseball season ended yesterday with a Red Sox bittersweet, rain-shortened 9-0 victory over Baltimore.
The season started out well for Boston, who dominated the rival New York Yankees early on, only to be swept in a five-game series later in the summer. This caused the Sox to permanently slip out of first place in the American League East Division and quickly lose sight of the postseason.
Injuries came in waves throughout the season. Pitcher Matt Clement was lost for the season in June, and any hope of his return was lost July 30 when he was placed on the 60-day disabled list. Lenny DiNardo went down with a neck strain in May and did not return until late August. Tim Wakefeld was also lost in late-July and would not return until September. The wheels fell off Aug. 1 when captain/catcher Jason Varitek went on the disabled list. News would come later that promising rookie pitcher, John Lester, had cancer.
Kerry Healey, WTF? It is outrageous that our Lt. Governor makes a mere 400 students a campaign issue while refusing to acknowledge the existence of the commonwealthĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s 30,000 students currently attending state higher education institutions. ThatĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s 400 students that would pay $40,000 for a degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston - anything but a free ride.
Hey, K. Heal! Talk about people like me! I attend state university. And in state tuition is no gift, take RyanĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s word for it . How does punishing these 400 students help me? 91 classes at UMB were canceled this fall because not enough students were enrolled; clearly, there is plenty of room.
The markets are up lately, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at its second highest rate ever.
Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, will work with Microsoft to develop the next title in the Halo XBox series. This is separate from Halo 3, which Bungie studios is already developing. Jackson is already signed on to develop the movie adaptation of the popular first person shooter game. He is also working with Microsoft to bundle an HD-DVD version of his movie, King Kong, with Microsoft's HD-DVD peripheral. This is all in an effort to put the Xbox 360 on top of the videogame console world, where Sony currently enjoys a 70 percent market share. Take Two Interactive also announced they would port the latest and next launches of the Grand Theft Auto series to Xbox 360, according to a Microsoft release that was reported by CNN.
Blu-Ray and HD-DVD both offer an impressive video experience. They also offer improved digital audio. Many people have been slow to upgrade because there are currently two heavily competing formats and the players and disks cost a bundle to take home. Blu-Ray players are still hanging around $1,000.
One British company may have found a way for both next-generation formats to exist in harmony.
New Medium Enterprises has developed technology to put multiple layers, containing multiple video formats, on single disks, which can be duplicate cheaply, removing consumer confusion in purchasing next-generation movie formats.
So this morning my husband tells me he saw a tv commercial last night for Christy Mihos for Governor. He was somewhat surprised that it was aired on TV. So we went to his website to see it, and it is right there on the front page.
This Daily Show is gonna be a keeper. Part of me is stunned that the President of Pakistani is on the Daily Show, part of me is amazed at how serious Jon Stewart is right now. I don't know what Pervez Musharraf was thinking when he agreed to appear on the Daily Show, but both he and Jon are taking this very seriously. Perhaps President Pervez Musharraf thinks this is the best way to reach the people of America. Perhaps he thought this was a serious Show is our word for funny, his word for serious?
I like his response to Jon when Jon asked him why if the Talaban keeps trying to kill him why he takes the same route to work every day. His response Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Because I want them to know I am not afraid of them.Ă˘â‚¬Âť I do believe he is about to win over the American people. This interview will be talked about in the morning. The major news outlets, and by this I so do not count Fox, will be showing clips of this interview.
Just wanted to let everyone know that The Rosemont Family Reunion will be playing at Toad this Friday, September 29 from 12 to 1 as part of the NEMO Music Festival.
We are an Americana outfit based in Washington DC, who just released our debut LP, Forever Ruth, on May 1, 2006. Half Carter Family, half Ramones, we combine folk, rock, blues, and computer manipulation to form a unique reflection of American music. Join the family!
If you are in Massachusetts and have to see one thing on Friday, September 22 or Saturday, September 23, then stay at home and watch "Close To Home" or "The Charlie's Angels 30th anniversary marathon."
If you are in Massachusetts and have to see one thing on Friday, September 22 or Saturday, September 23 and you don't want to stay at home, then go see "Welcome Home, Molly DeCandia" at the Image Theater in Lowell, Mass.
"Welcome Home, Molly DeCandia" is a part of the Second Annual Mill City Minutes Festival, which features seven exciting ten-minute plays each evening along with dance and original featured songs.
I was going through all the places I go today. Each blog gets different information. In order to understand all of me, you would have to read all of them. They become a big self referential when I talk about one blog in another. So today every single blog, gets listed in one place.
Universal Hub http://www.universalhub.com/blog/374
This is the place for my deep thought, my random brain blasts. Early samples of my writing before the final draft gets sent out to the world. Ideas I can put no where else, and notes about Boston, and the inhabitants with in.
Who knew that Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the late matriarch of the oft-mentioned Kennedy clan (which includes our own senior Senator from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy), had a drink named after her, much less one that contains vodka.
My son's Cub Scout den is working on their citizenship badge. The boys decided they wanted to do a winter wear coat/mitten/hata drive specifically to help homeless kids.
I've been assigned with finding agencies or shelters which specifically help families and kids.
Because we live in the northeast Merrimack Valley, almost in NH, I'm not thoroughly familiar with a lot of shelters around the city. I know of HAWC in Salem, and someone mentioned there is a family shelter in Lowell, but there is no trace of it on the internet.
So I am turning to you, my dear friends at Universal Hub.
E. coli, the deadly bacteria usually found in raw, processed meats, has appeared in, of all things, bagged spinach. At press time, nine states had reported E. coli cases already, with more outbreaks possible.
Stores have begun to systematically purge their shelves of the leafy green vegetable after federal health officials said simply: "don't eat bagged spinach."
Officials also warn that washing the produce will not remove the bacteria. One death has already been reported in Wisconsin, which has reported 19 other cases of E. coli among its residents, 11 of which were reported in Milwaukee. Elsewhere, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, California and Ohio have reported possible outbreaks.
We have our beach back! The tourists and teens are gone, very gone. The beach is empty. To windy for all but the hardiest wind surfers - is that you Senator Kerry - and the local dog walkers.
Byron loves the beach, he enjoys digging in the sand, barking at the seagulls, and rolling in all those smelly things the ocean specializes in throwing on to the beach. Our beach...
Today's walk was in the path of a friend who had walked the beach earlier. He has a very large dog, a stately dog, who walks with measured steps. Each step he sinks into the sand, leaving a large footprint. You know he has passed this way. Byron is different.
I currently host the The Boston Weblogger Meetup Group. I was originally a member and took over after the group had been hanging out there for sometime with no one seeking to take over payments that Meetup.com requires. (Admittedly $19.00 per month can be a bit much. It used to be free but no more...)
At any rate, I joined the Boston Organizer Meetup and someone emailed from that group about how to get started in blogging. Below is her email to me and my admittedly lengthy response to her. I was wondering if anyone elose had any thoughts about the questions she poses...
Earlier this year I went through a Fast Lane toll gate to fast for the Fast Lane to pick up my id, but not so fast that they did not take a picture of my car and license plate.
When I received the letter telling me I had been charged 20 dollars for not being picked up on fast lane, my first reaction was to call fast lane, and get all 'Masshole' on them. The person I was talking to suggested it would be easier for me to send in a fax, than to discuss it with him.
What a genius! True genius. Because I sent in a fax, explaining how I did NOT know my car had not been read, and that I would like to pay for the missed toll.
This is another trinket received from MySpace. It is one thing to hear about it. It is another thing to see the names and to realize that these were people with lives, hopes and dreams and that they will never come back. It is equally disturbing to know how many of the victims were local to Massachusetts.