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Comment on: 'Blue Cross board suspends its own pay'
Posted 03/09/2011 09:32:58 EST
Question: what percentage of Blue Cross revenues (premiums) are paid out as benefits? What has the history of that ratio been? And how does it compare to other insurers?
Comment on: Steve%20Jobs%20and%20Secular%20Hope
Posted 01/22/2011 11:38:15 EST
Wow. Describing Steve Jobs (or his outlook) as "secular" is spectacularly shallow. Steve is famously influenced by Buddhism, although he is such a private person it would be difficult (and inappropria more »
Comment on: Whatâs the shock about trash talk? - The Boston Globe
Posted 10/19/2010 07:30:43 EDT
Exactly right, ItsNotTooLate. Put those words in the mouth of a McCain aide, directed at Hillary Clinton, and imagine the outrage at the Globe. more »
Comment on: While NASA needs to evolve, the universe still beckons - The Boston Globe
Posted 02/15/2010 11:49:08 EST
Q. If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we put a man on the moon? A. Because our government is all about committing money in ways to buy votes in the name (only) of addressing problems that gove more »
Comment on: Taxes: Never mind the facts - The Boston Globe
Posted 12/05/2009 09:31:20 EST
For the Globe: 1) Clearly, there is a growing feeling that Massachusetts state taxes are not money well spent. Maybe the waste is only at the margins, but some of it his high-profile (patronage and pe more »
Comment on: 'Obama to detail big troop increase in Afghanistan'
Posted 11/30/2009 10:11:32 EST
FAIL! It may be premature to comment on an announcement not yet made, but he is failing his own constituency by sending more troops, and he is failing his military commanders by second-guessing their more »
Comment on: 'In a surprise, Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize'
Posted 10/09/2009 08:48:01 EDT
Awarding Obama the Peace Prize now is downright Orwellian. more »
Comment on: Mass.%20House%20ponders%20bill%20to%20place%20interim%20senator%20in%20Kennedy%26%2339%3Bs%20seat
Posted 09/17/2009 02:11:11 EDT
"The legislation would require the governor's appointee, who would serve until a Jan. 19 special election, to be of the same political party as the person who previously held the office." Somehow, I d more »
Comment on: 'Approval in works to appoint a senator'
Posted 09/16/2009 07:03:14 EDT
Go ahead, Dems, put an exclamation point on your hypocrisy and arrogance so we can remember to start voting you out when the time comes. Enough is enough. more »
Comment on: 'State predicts bright future for jobs in solar energy'
Posted 09/09/2009 11:58:27 EDT
So, with two or three hundred thousand people out of work in Massachusetts(*), the Patrick administration is crowing about a sector that ballooned to two thousand total jobs last year, and is spending more »
Comment on: 'Programs have unsure future without Kennedy to champion'
Posted 09/01/2009 10:31:37 EDT
Wait, isn't this what the Democrats typically refer to as loathsome corporate welfare? What, it was only OK when Ted did it? more »
Comment on: 'Despite Obama’
Posted 08/27/2009 07:43:00 EDT
How come I don't hear about those "ruinous Bush budget deficits" any more? more »
Comment on: 'Space exploration and the elusive 'wow factor''
Posted 05/12/2009 07:20:54 EDT
Geolovely, the main reason that all the 'wows' have come from robots is that only robots have gone to new places; in the meantime, human spaceflight has been building a relatively boring foundation of more »
Comment on: 'City hands Sail Boston $1.1m tab up front'
Posted 05/07/2009 09:25:33 EDT
Is the city going to start billing the various Walks for Whatever for security and cleanup, too? Let's be consistent. more »
Comment on: New%20reverse%20mortgage%20limits%20give%20seniors%20lifeline
Posted 04/17/2009 09:01:46 EDT
Sure, let's encourage people to take on more debt secured by real estate on the assumption that real estate values will hold steady or increase! It's worked so well for everyone so far... Short term: more »
Comment on: 'US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,273'
Posted 04/14/2009 10:53:08 EDT
I'm sorry, but it seems to me that the Globe updates the Iraq war dead count regularly not because there's any particular news to add, but rather to keep a regularly updated reminder of the American c more »
Comment on: The%20cost%20of%20arrogance%20at%20the%20T
Posted 04/12/2009 11:42:43 EDT
I rarely agree with Joan Vennochi, but this time I think she hit the nail on the head. I'll take exception to one thing: "The symbols of greed, excess, and patronage not only drain taxpayers of their more »
Comment on: Cars%2C%20trains%2C%20and%20pols
Posted 04/12/2009 11:22:51 EDT
My eyes glaze over when I read proposals to create yet another "quasi-public agency", "authority", or, heaven help us, "super-authority". It's the creation of more jobs to be handed out through the pa more »
Comment on: 'Small changes made big difference for ex-lawmaker'
Posted 04/12/2009 11:10:50 EDT
Re-posting a link someone else contributed: http://cltg.org/cltg/cltg2002/02-05-30.htm This story is almost seven years old, and CLT tried to shine the light on it back then. Where was the Globe? Dism more »
Comment on: 'Obama getting White House updates on pirates'
Posted 04/11/2009 05:34:31 EDT
"Administration aides met at 8 a.m. and at 2 p.m. to discuss the four-day-old situation off the east coast of Africa."Just words. more »
Comment on: 'Menino says city won't back Tall Ships'
Posted 04/02/2009 11:22:28 EDT
It's a Menino protection racket: "Nice event you have planned there; it would be a shame if something bad happened to it. But we can protect you, for a price...""World class city", my aching back. more »
Comment on: Walsh%20isn%27t%20the%20real%20problem
Posted 04/02/2009 09:37:58 EDT
"Patrick is trying to gain control of agencies like HEFA. If his efforts are painted as control for the sake of patronage versus control for the sake of reform, he loses a big political battle." This more »