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Looking beyond the filings

Since January 15, private investigators led by the Massachusetts State Police Enforcement and Investigations Bureau, have been seeking, then gathering, and finally pouring through a literal mountain of information about the 11 applicants for gaming licenses who want to own casinos and a slot parlor in the Commonwealth.
Investigators are said to be studying answers given to 300 qualifiers and that they are presently searching through 21,000 pieces of paper as well as other documents relevant to the investigations now ongoing.
To date, it is not known if investigators have uncovered any wrongdoing or enough questions about filings they requested to invalidate anyone from the application process.
When asked Friday morning if information gathered so far could lead to the invalidation of any of the present applications, Gaming Commission spokesperson Elaine Driscoll said this: "The investigations remain active and ongoing. Any discussion concerning the results of the investigations would compromise the process."
Indeed.
For know, the public has to be satisfied with the Gaming Commission's press releases and public utterances at their open meetings held throughout the month and every month until such time as licenses are awarded.

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Casino Commonwealth

Looking beyond the filings

By Joshua Resnek

Since January 15, private investigators led by the Massachusetts State Police Enforcement and Investigations Bureau, have been seeking, then gathering, and finally pouring through a literal mountain of information about the 11 applicants for gaming licenses who want to own casinos and a slot parlor in the Commonwealth.
Investigators are said to be studying answers given to 300 qualifiers and that they are presently searching through 21,000 pieces of paper as well as other documents relevant to the investigations now ongoing.
To date, it is not known if investigators have uncovered any wrongdoing or enough questions about filings they requested to invalidate anyone from the application process.
When asked Friday morning if information gathered so far could lead to the invalidation of any of the present applications, Gaming Commission spokesperson Elaine Driscoll said this: "The investigations remain active and ongoing. Any discussion concerning the results of the investigations would compromise the process."
Indeed.
For know, the public has to be satisfied with the Gaming Commission's press releases and public utterances at their open meetings held throughout the month and every month until such time as licenses are awarded.

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Dot Rat takes Sunday drive through Southie, Yuppie hate ensues

A nice local Dorchester woman reports on her Sunday afternoon drive through Southie:

Driving by the L Street bathhouse I spied a yuppie waiting for the light... So I drove through a puddle and splashed the hell out of her.

UPDATE:
Erin deleted her original post, here's a screencap:

For those without a Facebook account.

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Games for Justice

Need a break from the stress of work, the economy, and everyday life? Looking for something to do that is fun, free, and progressive? Join us for Games for Justice at Andala Cafe! Arrive by yourself or bring a friend.

RSVP at http://www.sojust.org Newcomers always welcomed!
Fee $2 per person + $10 for food

Scrabble, Boggle, Apples to Apples, Scattegories - what's your favorite board game? Bring it!

Look no further if you're seeking like-minded folks to game with, want to cross-promote your events and campaigns while you Boggle, or are new to the area and looking for groups to join. If you want to build a strong cross-issue social justice movement, SoJust is for you!

HEY ORGANIZERS! If you're involved with a group or project and want to spread the word bring flyers - there will be lots of opportunity to schmooze and network!

Haven't been to Andala Cafe? The food is delicious! Check out their menu filled with vegetarian and vegan options.

Each attendee is asked to purchase a minimum of $10 in yummy food - or SoJust will have to pay the difference to the venue.

Andala Cafe is located in Central Square - here's a map.

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GLAD Summer Party

@SoJust Skillshare: Fundraising - Getting Past the Fear of Asking

Do you want to raise money to support the causes and organizations you care about? Join Socializing for Justice for a Skillshare on Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking

Register at www.sojust.org -
Newcomers always welcomed!
Fee: $10-$20 (sliding scale) is split with the trainer.
Limited space - register ahead of time.
Credit cards accepted online. Cash only at the door (if space available).

SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work on different issues. We create social spaces that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a Skillshare series, hosted by The NonProfit Center*, which increases our individual capacity for movement building.

We're very excited that Robbie Samuels, co-founder of Socializing for Justice and Art of the Schmooze trainer, is returning to facilitate this training.

Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking

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Casino Commonwealth

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby told a reporter yesterday during a long and rambling interview that the commission is taking a very methodical approach toward casino development here and that he is unruffled by those who claim the commission is moving too slowly.
He once again affirmed his personal belief that if the commission sticks its head in the sand like the ostriches that the ultimate product will be just fine no matter what anyone else is doing.
Crosby said yesterday casinos here will be judged on their impact over decades, not speed.
Again, he repeated his favorite mantra – timing means nothing, time is not of the essence in developing casinos in Massachusetts.
What really matters, he seems to say, is that the absence of speed in arriving at the time when casinos are operating here is somehow going to enhance and increase revenues, new jobs, corollary capital investment and on and on.
It won’t.
Our regional competitors already operating are ramping up their businesses at our expense in an everyday effort to take advantage of the fact that there will not be an operating casino here for at least 3 more years – which is a crying shame for a state treasury that could use a massive infusion of new revenues.

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Dating While Progressive ( @SoJust Singles Party! )

Happy Valentine's Day! Ready to meet some like-minded progressives? Then you'll want to join us for Dating While Progressive, a fun and welcoming singles party!

This Socializing for Justice event is co-hosted by the Boston chapter of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS-Boston), the Boston chapter of the New Leaders Council (NLC Boston), the Bisexual Resource Center, the Boston Queer Polyamorous Women's Group, and New Wave - Young Boston Feminists.

Haven't been to a Socializing for Justice event? It’s time to meet the friendly faces of the group that’s grown to over 2200 members, hosted 145+ events and fostered hundreds of connections since our founding 6+ years ago.

Cost: $5-$20 collected at the door.

(every $10 includes a raffle ticket)

Complimentary appetizers will be provided.

YES, WE MEAN YOU. Anyone who's single and/or available is invited! Attendees are all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, levels of activism and professions. Some just moved to Boston and others were born here. We hope you see someone like yourself and meet someone you otherwise wouldn't have.

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@SoJust Skillshare: Value-Based Time Management

Happy Valentine's Day! Ready to meet some like-minded progressives? Then you'll want to join us for Dating While Progressive, a fun and welcoming singles party!

This Socializing for Justice event is co-hosted by the Boston chapter of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS-Boston), the Boston chapter of the New Leaders Council (NLC Boston), the Bisexual Resource Center, the Boston Queer Polyamorous Women's Group, and New Wave - Young Boston Feminists.

Haven't been to a Socializing for Justice event? It’s time to meet the friendly faces of the group that’s grown to over 2200 members, hosted 145+ events and fostered hundreds of connections since our founding 6+ years ago.

Cost: $5-$20 collected at the door.

(every $10 includes a raffle ticket)

Complimentary appetizers will be provided.

YES, WE MEAN YOU. Anyone who's single and/or available is invited! Attendees are all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, levels of activism and professions. Some just moved to Boston and others were born here. We hope you see someone like yourself and meet someone you otherwise wouldn't have.

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64 Detour (Lost Busdriver)

Last Wednesday the 64 bus I was on had to turn right on Parsons street to detour around minor construction near the IHOP at Birmingham Parkway. However, instead of course correcting by turning left at the next available cross street... he kept going...and going.. straight....across Faneuil, across Arlington. I finally roused from my half-awake daze when I realized that he was going all the way up to Washington street, where he FINALLY made a left into tons of traffic.

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Skillshare: Art of the Schmooze

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to find a new job? Make new friends? Just get out more often? Are you afraid you'll get stuck in conversations? Not know how to approach people at networking events? Join Socializing for Justice for a fast-paced, fun & interactive Skillshare on the Art of the Schmooze on September 6th, 6:00 - 8:30 PM at the NonProfit Center*, 89 South St, Boston.

Fee: $10-$20 (sliding scale) is split with the trainer.
Limited space - register ahead of time: www.sojust.org
Credit cards accepted online. Cash only at the door (if space available).
Newcomers always welcomed!

SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work on different issues. We create social spaces that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a Skillshare Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center, which builds our individual capacity to make a difference in the world.

SCHEDULE
6:00-6:30 Socializing - bring your own dinner
6:30-8:30 Training and Q&A

SoJust's Co-Founder, Robbie Samuels, who is well known for his schmoozing skills, is this month's facilitator.

Art of the Schmooze

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Boston: A Thanksgiving Love Letter

I wrote this love letter to Boston and, since I lack my own blog these days, I'm thankful for this platform to share it with a wider audience. Thanks, Adam!

In thinking about what I'm most thankful for this year, aside from the usual family, friends, health, and good fortune (not to diminish the importance of those), I was overwhelmed remembering all the people and experiences that helped shape 2012 into one of the best years of my life, when it could easily have been counted among the worst. I could sit for hours talking about each one and still not get them all. Then I realized it all keeps coming back to one thing: this city.

Boston, I am thankful for you living up to every expectation and ideal I had of you from when I was a little girl and dreamed of living in you when I grew up. I am thankful for your varied neighborhoods, your suburbs, your parks, your streets, your rollercoaster weather patterns, your tourist traps, your hidden gems, and your breathtaking scenery. I'm thankful for your weird laws and character of a mayor and even your maddening transit system. I'm thankful for your "freedom trail" (read: bars). The TV doesn't lie. Everyone really DOES know your name sometimes.

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Statement against high-stakes standardized testing by Massachusetts professors and researchers

A group of Massachusetts professors and researchers have banded together to craft a statement against high stakes standardized testing and present it to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, the Secretary of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). To read the entire statement click here: http://matestingstatement.wordpress.com/statement/ To see the list of professors and researchers that endorsed it go here: http://matestingstatement.wordpress.com/about/
Below is a quoted snippet from the statement:

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Stenographic record of the last 4 public meetings of Boston City Council.

Stenographic record of the last 4 public meetings of Boston City Council.
On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 4:14 PM, Kathleen.Sullivan at cityofboston.gov wrote:
>…I have not yet received the Sept. 19 or Oct. 17 records due to computer problems…
>4 attachments
> cc10112012.SGSTN.SGSTN
> cc08222012.SGSTN.SGSTN
> cc09122012.SGSTN.SGSTN
> cc10032012.SGSTN.SGSTN
>Kate Sullivan
>Budget Director and Interim Staff Director
>Boston City Council
>Boston City Hall
>Boston, MA 02201

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Boston City Council redistricting: Dividing neighborhoods. Again.

I love my house. It’s a wonderful spot in a wonderful neighborhood. My neighbors and I watch out for one another. We bring over cookies and attend on another’s parties. We have neighborhood gatherings. We decorate for Halloween. We all vote. In droves. We take our community and our civic responsibilities seriously. It’s a fantastic neighborhood.

While we view ourselves as one neighborhood — our elected officials do not. They continue to “redraw” us into new political districts every opportunity they get. And they do it with an eye toward their own interests — not to the interests of this amazing neighborhood.

The Boston City Council will be voting on a final redistricting map this Wednesday October 31st. The latest proposal gaining momentum would remove two precincts Ward 19 Precinct 7 (Forest Hills, Arboretum, Bourne area) and Precinct 12 (another large section of the Bourne area) out of Jamaica Plain and that is one precinct too many!

Please contact your district Councilor and 4 at-Large Councilors to make sure that they will vote against such a plan.

As someone who lives in Ward 19/precinct 12, I’m personally incredibly upset that our precinct continues to be “traded” around as if there were no impact on my neighbors’ lives.

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Mitt Romney and his Education Legacy in MA

During the final presidential debate, Romney boasted that MA is a leader in education and number one in the country.

MR. ROMNEY: — just about education, because I’m — I’m so proud of the state that I had the chance to be governor of. We have, every two years, tests that look at how well our kids are doing. Fourth graders and eighth graders are tested in English and math. While I was governor, I was proud that our fourth graders came out number one of all 50 states in English and then also in math, and our eighth graders number one in English and also in math — first time one state had been number one in all four measures."

It is true that MA is the birthplace of public education, something Romney would gladly claim if he could. Our schools also receive one of the highest rates of funding from the federal government and spends more per student than other states. As such, our schools were number one before Mitt and after. One of the main reasons for MA’s success was its investment in early chilhood education, which Romney cut as soon as he became Governor.
In addition, something that Mitt did not claim but happened on his watch was the Unz initiative, which made bilingual education illegal and widened the opportunity Gap.

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Each One, Teach One - Empowerment Through Education

Press Pass TV is a non-profit organization that harnesses the power of media arts to empower youth in under-served communities. In this segment, PPTV partners with the City School to take an in-depth look at an innovative education program in Haiti. Click here to check out the video!

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Skillshare: Effective Volunteer Engagement

Need volunteers to help with your charitable endeavors? Join Socializing for Justice for a Skillshare on Effective Volunteer Engagement on October 1, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

Register at www.sojust.org - Newcomers always welcomed!

SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work on different issues. We create social spaces that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a Skillshare Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center*, which increases our individual capacity for movement building.

6:00-6:30 Socializing - bring your own dinner (microwave and water cooler available)
6:30-8:30 Training and Q & A

Event fee: $10-$20 cash at the door.

Effective Volunteer Engagement
How do we attract and engage motivated volunteers who will further our charitable work? We will consider motivation, from the benefits of volunteering to our needs and the effort required to manage/support volunteers. No prior knowledge expected—We'll start with fundamentals. Participants will come away with a position description template and strategic approaches for customized volunteer recruitment and engagement.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER

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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: 40th Season Opener and CD Release Party -- Oct. 3, 2012

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: 40th Season Opener and CD Release Party, with vocalists Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 8:00 pm. Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134. Admission: $20. Reservations and information: 617-562-4111 or www.scullersjazz.com.

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