Author Archives: CriticalDan

Critical Mass Top 10 Reads of the Week (June 3, 2011)

Everything you’ve heard about fossil fuels may be wrong – Michael Lind [Salon.com] Are we living at the beginning of the Age of Fossil Fuels, not its final decades? The very thought goes against everything that politicians and the educated public have been taught to believe in the past generation. According to the conventional wisdom, the U.S. and other industrial…

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Disclosure is no substitute for vigilance


The Boston Globe today devotes considerable ink to the observation that the financial disclosure forms filed annually by the Commonwealth’s elected officials are “outdated.”  The article is accompanied by a photo of embattled former Speaker Sal Dimasi, and the connection between Sal’s tribulations and the outmoded disclosure forms is explained thusly:

The financial disclosure issue has found its way into…

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More Globe on Lantigua: But other than that…

Yet another feature-length, front page investigative article in the Globe on Lawrence’s soon-to-be indicted Mayor Willy Lantigua. This one details the many, many reporting “gaps” and inconsistencies in the Mayor’s campaign finance reports. Multiple lavish events, including ones headlined by such luminaries as Governor Deval Patrick and Speaker Bob DeLeo, with little to no information on who paid for them.…

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Embarrassing

Reading the Globe’s fawning coverage of Governor Patrick’s testimony in the Sal DiMasi trial, I get the same queasy, vicariously embarrassed feeling I used to get back in high school, watching the nerdy kid with a crush try in vain to impress a pretty girl.  [Okay, fine.  I get the same queasy vicariously embarrassed feeling other kids used to get…

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Patrick Testimony: “Within the rules”

Lawyers routinely counsel their clients to say as little as possible on the stand.  Answer the question asked.  Don’t expand. Don’t speculate.  Don’t offer additional information.  An attorney himself, Governor Patrick probably did not need those instructions, but he followed them so rigorously that following his testimony today in the Sal DiMasi corruption trial (which prosecutors pre-billed as “compelling”) the…

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