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About Me: I'm a Massachusetts native born in the middle of the last century. Although I live in the far northwest suburbs, I identify myself as from Boston to people I meet when I travel as I really think of Boston as my city. I've been reading the Globe since I was a kid. My nickname, certain personality traits, and the technical nature of my job are embodied in my screen name and avatar.

All Recent Activity

  • Posted 05/17/2011 02:23:49 EDT

    What is left out of this article is the fact that hospitals and insurance companies apply financial pressure to doctors to use electronic records. My former primary care physician would not use e-reco more »

  • Posted 11/29/2010 03:07:39 EST

    "Just...play...dead...maybe...she'll...go...to...next...mall...without...me." more »

  • Posted 10/28/2010 01:12:24 EDT

    I'd just like to add that this same trooper helped my mother, who was in a bad accident on Rt. 2 in Concord a few months ago. He drove to Leahy in Burlington to return her pocketbook, which he found i more »

  • Posted 04/27/2010 10:34:44 EDT

    It's 190 days to Election Day and the negative ads are already on. UGH!! more »

  • Posted 04/26/2010 11:56:43 EDT

    Massachusetts does pretty well to rank 27th in forestry products output, considering the US Geological Survey ranks us 45th in land area (7840 square miles) and the US Dept. of Agriculture estimated i more »

  • Posted 04/22/2010 11:47:23 EDT

    Mr. Williams' nationwide travel and speeches refute his core assertions. If the government truly had the power he claims, he would be--at a minimum--silenced and locked up as a political prisoner. His more »

  • Posted 03/05/2010 12:54:01 EST

    After reading this story, I feel as if I'm living in a third world country selling off its natural resources to some global power. In between the lines you can read of the continuing decline of Americ more »

  • Posted 02/23/2010 02:47:18 EST

    Only the LNG aboard the ship is Yemeni. The tanker, the "Maran Gas Coronis," is registered in Greece and owned by a Greek shipping company headquartered in Athens. more »

  • Posted 02/05/2010 10:42:59 EST

    A click o' the mouse to Subidai. My background is in physics and geology: If you look at the graphic accompanying the article, you'll see that salt water (brine) chilled to minus 22 F was pumped throu more »

  • Posted 01/14/2010 12:48:48 EST

    That's one tough little bird to try to hang on here in January. I hope it survives. more »

  • Posted 01/11/2010 11:22:43 EST

    I just saw "Avatar" over the weekend. The scene where the colonel accuses the hero of betraying his 'race' came across to me clearly as a reference to one human betraying other humans, not a white per more »

  • Posted 11/20/2009 05:24:37 EST

    "The furloughs don't apply to the 160 House members because their salaries are set by constitutional amendment. They can only be reduced voluntarily." So here's the time to step up and show leadership more »

  • Posted 11/20/2009 10:44:50 EST

    I wonder what line the driver gave the police? We should draw the line on who is hired to drive highway work trucks. I think the truck driver ought to go into another line of work. Oops, gotta go, my more »

  • Posted 11/19/2009 10:57:36 EST

    I looked at the photos showing examples of stimulus fund expenditures. The cotton candy machine for a health clinic for poor people in northern Oklahoma takes first place! Runner up: The riding lawn m more »

  • Posted 11/18/2009 05:10:17 EST

    "Pandit said Citigroup would not oppose a rate cap, so long as it was applied across the industry and only on new accounts." Since all existing accounts were once new accounts, I wonder when Mr Pandit more »

  • Posted 11/18/2009 04:42:30 EST

    Considering that Democrats hold all MA US Congressional seats, all statewide elected positions, and the vast majority of seats in the state legislature, one hardly needs to note party affiliation unle more »

  • Posted 11/16/2009 12:15:36 EST

    Interesting. The Purell web site does state that its product kills viruses. It does not specifically state flu viruses due to standard FDA regulations about narrow claims. But alcohol is a strong orga more »

  • Posted 11/05/2009 10:50:52 EST

    Congratulations to Yankees fans on ending their painful 9-year championship drought to secure only their 27th ever World Series title. The courage and tenacity displayed by devotees of the Bronx Bombe more »

  • Posted 11/04/2009 05:28:46 EST

    I will be impressed when I look up on a clear night and see the stars aligned to spell WISE UP! (Or, at the rate things are going, LOL.) more »

  • Posted 11/04/2009 01:43:42 EST

    An odd story made odder by its posting in the "Nation" news section. Is the O Globo newspaper referred to in the article the Globe's Brazilian edition? If so, then this article belongs in the "Local" more »

  • Posted 10/29/2009 12:00:06 EDT

    "The economy grew at a 3.5 percent pace in the third quarter, the best showing in two years, fueled by government-supported spending on cars and homes." So what we have is artificially stimulated grow more »

  • Posted 10/09/2009 02:26:56 EDT

    Interesting comments. The gist of the majority of them, if given as feedback to the Nobel committee, appears to be: "Shame on you for awarding the Peace Prize in an attempt to promote more peaceful in more »

  • Posted 10/07/2009 01:07:47 EDT

    Ads embedded in e-mails do not require the advertiser to possess the e-mail address. Such advertising is typically done by a company like Sendza by offering advertisers like AT&T the chance for them t more »

  • Posted 10/02/2009 01:38:42 EDT

    I amend my own correction; Melbourne, Australia hosted the first Southern Hemisphere Olympics, in 1956. more »

  • Posted 10/02/2009 01:35:26 EDT

    A correction to this article: Rio will host the first Olympics in South America; Sydney hosted the first Olympics in the Southern Hemisphere in 2000. more »