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Thursday, July 07, 2005


I don't feel like I really have anything to add to the the discussions that I'm sure are to come about the terrorist attacks on London, except to say that this is a horrible tragedy and I am truly sorry for the people of London. However, knowing the history of London during the Blitz, my instinct is that the people who did this attack should have read their history books a little bit closer because I don't think that these attacks will have their intended effect. It just may do the opposite.

On a personal note, not generally being a person given over to panic, I have to admit that this morning's news did not make for happy T-riding. Especially when I realized the the MBTA's version of stepping up security was to incessantly play it's "See Something, Say Something" campaign announcements in Government Center station and for T drivers to keep asking people to "please take all their belongings." Ummm. That's all well and good, but how about some real, actual security MBTA? I did not see any MBTA police in Maverick or Government Center this morning. I didn't really expect to see any at Maverick, but I figured Government Center, being literally under City Hall, might get a little bit of extra security this morning. Silly me.


  • At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Ron Newman said…

    I saw three police officers standing in the plaza just [b]outside[/b] Government Center station this morning, but none in the station itself.

  • At 6:55 AM, Blogger the sak said…

    Please look into the question of Boston City Council
    . stenographic machine output
    . the unedited stenographic transcript of the machine

    Ellen Fritch Associates are the publicly funded council
    stenographic services.

    The stenographic machine output and unedited stenographic
    transcript are used to prepare the all too spare council
    minutes that appear at

    The too brief minutes can not be interpreted readily by
    citizens interested in the proceedings and transactions
    of the council.

    The council staff director, city clerk and
    assistant city clerk are overhanded, inquisitorial and
    intimidate when receiving enquiries about the council

    No cross index of docket numbers is readily available.

    Council minutes may meet minimum legal requirements
    but are not robust enough to make transparent what
    transpired during public meetings.

    Council staff director Ann Hess,
    city clerk Rosaria Salerno and
    the Assistant city clerk are in denial about
    matters related to making the council a more
    transparent organizational culture.

    The unedited stenographic transcript of the machine
    output needs to be readily available.

    An index cross referencing docket numbers needs to be
    made readily available at

  • At 2:00 PM, Anonymous James said…

    Maybe Don's afraid Boston will be next, and the City Council is hiding the secret intelligence they have that predicts the time and place of the coming attack? Otherwise it's hard to understand how his comment relates to your post about London.


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