Disconnection

Lisa is not sad to see WBUR cancel the post-Lydon Connection, but is sad to see how far 'BUR has fallen since it booted Lydon in a contract dispute in 2001 - and happy to see Lydon back as a podcaster/NPR host:

... Failure is obvious, and boring. The answer Jane Christo gave, "No," is always the safe answer. But success among people — love, companies, collaborations — is fundamentally mysterious. Even the people who are in it don't understand it. You can't replicate what you can't understand. And Yes is sublime.

John doesn't mind one bit that The Connection is no more:

... Dick Gordon will soon be a vague irritating memory while Chris Lydon just keeps on keeping on, albeit on different stations with a smaller radio audience. But also with a potential worldwide pod-cast listener base.

Driving While Celling

Should the state prohibit the use of cell phones while driving? Blue Mass. Group is having a little internal debate (and you're all invited):

David: Let's ban more stuff!:

... Attractive and scantily-clad pedestrians of either sex shall at all times remain at least 50 feet away from the roads. If such persons desire to cross the street, they shall cover themselves up before doing so in keeping with the Puritan traditions of this Commonwealth. ...

Bob would agree:

... The Globe and Representative J. James Marzilli Jr. of Arlington should spend less time telling people how to live their lives and more time advocating solutions that directly advance the noble goals, like traffic safety, they profess. ...

Charley begs to differ:

... Of course we should be careful not to let government unnecessarily impinge on our freedoms. But we can't deny that our fates are interconnected. Driving is one of those areas where social interaction is pretty tightly controlled -- for everyone's manifest benefit. Just put down the phone, and slowly back away.

The Registry sucks

After being forced to "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" over and over while on hold with the Registry, Lisa says she's had it:

... I deplore our deep-blue state's baffling tendency to elect Republican governors, but, as my mother says, even a broken clock tells the right time twice a day. In this vein I remember fondly Governor Weld's serious proposal to abolish the Registry altogether. Sweep away its fees for the sake of its own existence, its crabbed Dickensian villages posing as outposts of state bureaucracy. It would be a blow for human freedom. ...

Boston tops PMI Mortgage Insurance Company's list of areas where housing prices are most likely to decline.

Heard on TOTN this afternoon.

From RealEstateJournal:

The Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass./N.H., metropolitan area tops
the list as the region with the highest probability of experiencing a
housing-price decline. The area scored a 533 on PMI's Risk Index, indicating a
53.3% probability of weaker home prices in the next two years.

That marks a big increase in risk for the New England hub. A
year ago, Boston's probability for home-price declines stood at 23.3%. The
area's problem "is that it has had strong home-price increases relative to poor
income growth," says Marco Van Akkeren, an economist at PMI.

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