Friday, April 18, 2014

To MassDOT: Harvard is trying to kill streetcar access to its new Medical School location in favor of a much more expensive Red Line spur?

1. Introductory.
2. Different target for Harvard University and its friends: kill Green Line spur?
3. Letter to Mass. DOT.


1. Introductory.

The report is the second in a series concerning a meeting conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on April 10, 2014. That meeting concerned anticipated changes in the Massachusetts Turnpike (I90) near the Charles River.

MassDOT’s representatives anticipate tearing down an elevated portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike running near the Charles River in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, MA, across from the Magazine Beach playing fields.

The first report in this series focused on a member of the Cambridge Machine pulling the usual sort of con game, scoundrel praising scoundrels. The praising individual has a readily demonstrable bad record. That report is posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/massdot-meeting-concerning-charles.html.

My recent prior reports, with photos, show the connection of Harvard’s off ramp to Cambridge to the Grand Junction Railway Bridge from the ground. The highway segments being photoed are almost all segments being considered for tearing down, and thus proving my point. You tear the highway down and it is very simple, given adequate room, to put in the off ramps.

The reports are at:

http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/photos-harvards-targeted-off-ramp.html, and
http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-reality-of-harvard-universitys.html.

I spent considerable time preparing a detailed comment for MassDOT, but I got concerned about time factors, so, instead, I have written an abbreviated comment with details to come.


2. Different target for Harvard University and its friends: kill Green Line spur?

One big realization which came to me is that the off ramp over the Charles River may not be the most important purpose of Harvard and its friends. Harvard has proposed an extremely, horribly expensive deep bore Red Line Subway spur to service their relocated Harvard Medical School. There is a much less expensive and more responsible alternative, a street car Green Line Subway spur.

The game, however, is that the Green Line spur would have to be constructed in the exact area where MassDOT anticipates tearing down the Mass. Pike elevated highway. The MBTA study on connecting this area to Cambridge over the Charles River on the Grand Junction railroad bridge was very strong that the area is very confined for new construction.

It seems to me that, by going after an off ramp in this location, Harvard would be occupying room needed for construction of the relatively inexpensive Green Line spur, and thus Harvard would be forcing the state into a much more expensive deep bore Red Line project. Harvard would be giving the state no alternative to Gold plating, great for Harvard when somebody else is paying for it.

The deep bore Red Line spur being pushed by Harvard would be buried as deep underground as would be necessary for satisfactory construction. It would not be constricted by the geometries of this area.


3. Letter to Mass. DOT.

The following letter was mailed on April 18, 2014, about two hours before the preparation of this report

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Patricia Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
ATTN: Bridge Project Management, Project File No. 606475

RE: Mass. Pike (I90) Rearrangement in the area west of the BU Bridge, and the rail yards.
Public Meeting April 10, 2014

Madam:

This will follow up on my comments and writings of April 10, 2014. To the extent that this conflicts with those comments and writings, I have done some very deep thinking and reevaluation.

These comments are, of necessity, presented in less detail that I am capable of doing. The problem is that the detailed analysis is getting very long and I need to get the basics to you.

I object to any rearrangement of the Mass. Pike in the area directly west of the BU Bridge, and I think that more rail yards should be constructed in the area north of the rail yards you have been discussing to support South Station to provide layover / service for Green Line streetcar service to the area.

Any and all connections from the Mass. Pike to the Grand Junction railroad bridge should be rejected for two reasons:

1. Such a route would be outrageous in its environmental destruction and heartless animal abuse.
2. Such a route would prevent use of the area west of the BU Bridge in a more functional manner at very great cost to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Additionally, any and all discussion of additional parkland on the Charles River should be rejected to the extent that such parkland moves the Mass. Pike to the south, for reason 2.

The key to reason 2 is transportation between:
1. Harvard’s Medical School, to be relocated in the current railroad yard / ramp area, and
2. Harvard’s associated hospitals in the Harvard / Longwood Medical Area.

Harvard has proposed a horribly expensive Red Line spur to be built by deep bore and requiring major reconstruction of Harvard Station. It would run from Harvard Station to the relocated Harvard Medical School to a supposed bus tunnel which would connect the Kenmore Station area to the Ruggles Station area with a stop at Louis Pasteur / Longwood.

The responsible and much less expensive alternative is a Green Line spur running off Green Line B from the middle of Commonwealth Avenue via crossovers inserted in the tracks to the west of the BU Bridge, built on air rights south of the Mass. Pike and going over / under the Mass. Pike where it turns, then proceeding underground to and under the roadway system Harvard anticipates building east of the former Charlesbank Housing, then south of Harvard Stadium followed by west of Harvard Stadium, then proceeding under the Charles River and connecting to Harvard Station by the train tunnel which continues to exist between Charles Square and the Kennedy School. An underground layover area should be created west of Harvard Stadium.

At the Harvard Station end such a facility would operate as stub end out of the layover area behind Harvard Stadium up the existing tunnel and directly and easily connecting to the Harvard Station busway from which it is separated by only a wall.

No major work in Harvard Station would be necessary.

At the Kenmore end, it should connect by walking through tunnels to a Urban Ring Subway phase 1 Orange Line spur out of Ruggles in accordance with the Urban Ring Subway Kenmore Crossing plans. This would allow direct subway service from downtown to the Harvard Medical Area at Louis Pasteur / Longwood with a temporary Urban Ring Subway terminus at Kenmore Station.

No major work in Kenmore Station for the new Green Line A would be necessary, as opposed to a major facility connecting Harvard’s Red Line spur.

This routing would be in accordance with the Kenmore Crossing alternative of the subway which was adopted as an alternative by the MBTA in 1991, after I proposed the Kenmore Crossing to the MBTA in 1986.

An expanded rail yard facility to handle route streetcars would be of great value, and possibly crucial, west / north of the South Station layover facility you propose, but the room needs to be allowed for in these plans.

My record:

I am a retired lawyer with two years administrative / managerial level railroad experience. I have written more of the Cambridge Zoning ordinance than any other person not employed by the City of Cambridge. I have worked on the Urban Ring since about 1985 and, before that, on the Red Line extension.

I am Chair of Friends of the White Geese, a nonprofit organization registered with the Attorney General’s Office since 2001. We are deeply concerned about the environment and the animals of the Charles River.

I have major victories over the administration of the City of Cambridge by vote of the Cambridge City Council using zoning as a technique for environmental protection. I have repeated victories in which I have forced responsible behavior on Harvard University as a result of votes by the Cambridge City Council and, on one key development issue, by the Cambridge Rent Control Board. At one point I obtained a preliminary injunction ON APPEAL against the City of Cambridge on a major environmental protection matter.

Most of if not all major victories defeated the organization which packed people into the meeting room.

Follow Up:

I will follow up with more exact details. I regret not being able to provide those details as rapidly as I would like, with satellite photo backup, and the MBTA Urban Ring plans in support. Please note, however, that I have posted many related analyses on my blog at charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com.

Key is that (1) there is not enough room west of the BU Bridge to both allow a Green Line route and an off ramp to the Grand Junction bridge (2) a street car layover yard should be added to the South Station layover yard, and (3) the environmental harm / animal abuse associated with highway use of the bridge must not be done. The DCR’s sick policy of killing off all resident animals it can get away with is an excellent example of the depravity of those with whom you are dealing. The ongoing deliberate starvation attack has repeatedly been described as doing “no harm” to the Charles River White Geese, as part of a pattern of lies and other corrupt tactics through which major damage is being inflicted on the river environment.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

I will follow up with responsible speed.

My past experience with MassDOT has been excellent. I consider MassDOT a breath of fresh air in comparison to the alternatives entities with which I have been faced, and [whom I (ed.)] frequently defeated over the past years.

Sincerely,


Robert J. La Trémouille

Monday, April 14, 2014

MassDOT Meeting concerning Charles River: Scoundrel Praises Scoundrels

1. Introduction.
2. Scoundrel praises scoundrels.
A. General.
B. The actions of “Activist A.”
C. You can’t possibly be that stupid.
D. This woman endorsed the fake neighborhood association to MassDOT as the representative of the Cambridgeport neighborhood.

1. Introduction.

Last Thursday, I attended a meeting conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) concerning the future of the Massachusetts Turnpike (I90) in the vicinity of the exits to the Allston neighborhood of Boston and to Cambridge, MA.

I have been racking my brain on how to communicate this very major meeting as well as possible. I could emphasize substance. I could emphasize the turnout of the Cambridge Machine.

To me, however, there was one speech which brought to a head the filth which dominates the destruction of the environment being fought for by Cambridge, MA and its friends, and that demonstrated the core part of the rottenness.

Subsequent reports will follow on the two apparent subjects.

2. Scoundrel praises scoundrels.

A. General.

This is the core of the rotten situation. Cambridge politics lives in its own world because there are so many people who are either scoundrels or controlled by scoundrels running around praising each other that it is next to impossible for decent human beings to recognize reality. The “reality” they are being presented is a very warped version of reality, but decent human beings are overwhelmed by a feeling that all these folks cannot possibly be wrong. That feeling is incorrect.

B. The actions of “Activist A.”

Activist A spoke at the meeting in favor of the fake neighborhood association the Cambridge Machine is putting out as the “Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association.” She is part of the Cambridge Machine. The fake neighborhood association is part of the Cambridge Machine. So, of course, she praised the fake Neighborhood Association.

C. You can’t possibly be that stupid.

This is commonly the key criteria in the evaluation of scoundrels and folks controlled by scoundrels in Cambridge, MA, USA. Whether they are one or the other is irrelevant. They all function the same. So there is no functional difference. As far as I am concerned, if they function as scoundrels whether through stupidity or otherwise, they are still scoundrels. I have better things to do that try to save the unsaveable.

I AM GIVING ONLY ONE EXAMPLE. I CAN GO ON AND ON AND ON.

Activist A and her friends ran around for months pushing a proposal for Lechmere Station on the Green Line which they lied was the neighborhood proposal. Why was it the neighborhood proposal? Because she called it the neighborhood proposal. There was no other basis to call it the neighborhood proposal, a standard technique of the Cambridge Machine.

Lechmere Station is the current northwestern terminus for the Boston area collection of streetcars. This collection of streetcars is referred to by the name of the “Green Line.”

Lechmere Station as it has been for a Century, give or take, is being abandoned because the streetcar line is extending beyond Lechmere Station to Union Square, Somerville, and to Tufts University. In order to get there, the existing Lechmere Station is being replaced by a new Lechmere Station on the other side of a main boulevard.

The existing Lechmere Station will not be used after the relocation of the streetcar line, so there is a good reason to be concerned about the future of the site.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation proposed that it be turned into a park.

Parks are nice. Cambridge, MA has much less parks than it should have and it is next to impossible to find appropriate space available for park creation in this densely developed city.

Activist A did not like the park proposal. Activist A thought it called for too much open space.

So Activist A proposed an alternative. Like so many Cambridge Machine projects, her project turned on a secret definition.

She ran around yelling that she wanted a plaza and “neglecting” to mention her secret definition of a plaza.

Her secret definition of a “plaza” was a ten story building on the western end of Lechmere Station and a four story building on the eastern end of Lechmere Station with a plaza between the two.

So, if you opposed her “plaza” and supported the DCR proposal of 100% open space, you were condemned as anti open space by the Cambridge Machine.

Need I say more?

She and her friends, by lying that they were meaningfully fighting for open space, and lying that they were “the neighborhood,” overwhelmed the discussion and helped kill meaningful open space for the Lechmere Station site.

I do not know whether their destructiveness helped a developer or helped some sort of bizarre goal of the City of Cambridge.

What I do know is that this “activist” hurt the neighborhood and the city by helping kill 100% meaningful open space at Lechmere Station through the technique of

(1) lying that they were fighting for open space

(2) lying that they were “the neighborhood,”

(3) a secret definition that two buildings with a plaza between them was open space, rather than the DCR proposal for 100% open space, and

(4) a very sick use of misleading words with secret definitions.

This is the way things are done in Cambridge, MA, USA. This is the Cambridge Machine.

D. This woman endorsed the fake neighborhood association to MassDOT as the representative of the Cambridgeport neighborhood.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MA State Meeting Tonight: Mass. Pike (I90) Off Ramp to Cambridge over the Charles River.

Tonight, April 10, 2014, at 6:30 pm, Massachusetts transportation planners will present plans for the rearrangement of the Massachusetts Turnpike (I90) in the area where Harvard is maneuvering to move its Medical School and other facilities.

The meeting will be conducted in Union Square in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, in the Jackson-Mann School.

Irresponsible bicycle activists are being called out to work as the stalking horse.

It is impossible to tell at this point the level to which the planning is above board, except that it is very clear the destructive bicycle activists will be shafted.

Governor Patrick’s $24 million in House Bill H3332 to destroy hundreds of trees between the BU Bridge and the Longfellow Bridge is part of the package. The destruction of these trees makes Memorial Drive converted to highway standards to accept the new off ramp’s traffic.

Prior reports on this issue include two detailed reports with photos on how the off ramp will be built, including the responsible alternate route to which the irresponsible bicycle activists will be moved:

http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-reality-of-harvard-universitys.html
http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/photos-harvards-targeted-off-ramp.html

Tree destruction plans: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/tree-destruction-plans-charles-river.html.

My most recent report goes into very abbreviated analysis on large scale corrupt practices by Cambridge and its Cambridge Machine on development issues. This report includes blatant, easily provable, lies over a a twenty year period by Cambridge planners. It is at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/cambridge-machine-con-game-working-to.html.

And to the level anybody tells you differently, please remember the 45 year Cambridge Rent Control activist who is now fighting against Rent Control and does not want to know reality: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/case-study-near-50-year-rent-control.html.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Cambridge Machine Con Game working to destroy their Zoning Ordinance

1. The latest con.
2. My Record.
a. The former Inn at Harvard building.
b. Historical Building at 10 Mount Auburn Street.
c. Alewife.
d. Other.
3. Fraud on / near Memorial Drive.
a. Hotel zoning change.
b. Grand Junction Zoning.
c. I could keep going.
c. I could keep going.
4. Major zoning proposals based on lies.
5. The pattern of fake protective groups which help the policies of the City of Cambridge.
6. There is no reason to trust the employees of the City of Cambridge, or the Cambridge Machine, which, like a good company union, keeps the trouble makers under control.

1. The latest con.

For years the Cambridge Machine has yelled about the need for a “Master Plan”. Now the city has a councilor who is an architect and has had a distressing record on zoning / development issues. So they are pushing to destroy the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance in the name of creating a “Master Plan”, i.e. a zoning ordinance written by the developers.

The game with a “Master Plan” is that this would destroy the zoning ordinance because only the “experts” understand the games that go on with such large scale zoning maneuvers. The routine is that the developers are happy because they know what is going on and the voters are happy because they believe what they are told is going on.

Cambridge has a long record of neighborhoods creating zoning to protect neighborhood interests. Those interests would be casually destroyed and buried in fine print and fake protections.

The fake protections are to “allow public input” which is, under law of no value if negligible protections are simply complied with. Concerned folks get next to nothing. But they are allowed to talk and be ignored in exchange for destroying meaningful zoning.

A specific residential area which would be destroyed is the residential neighborhood on Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard and Central Squares. The City and the Cambridge Machine are offended by grass around buildings and by first floor housing, WHEREVER THEY CAN FIND AN EXCUSE TO DESTROY them.

But remember, first and foremost, when dealing with the Cambridge Machine, whether you are talking to a knave or a fool is irrelevant. The only thing that is relevant is whether they really are on the side they claim to be on.

Remember the 45 year rent control activist who is now fighting against rent control and will not be concerned with reality.

2. My Record.

I have written more of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance than any person not employed by the City of Cambridge, MA, USA.

I used this as a environmental technique to make the City of Cambridge more environmentally responsible. I worked with various groups concerned about the world they live in.

The most visible targets have been Harvard Square and Harvard University.

I very skillfully increased publicly usable open space while emphasizing development which would generate a minimum reasonable number of vehicle trips.

Cambridge has twice the jobs or more it should have in comparison to its population. In addition to open space, it thus needs housing to get folks closer to their work and minimize trips.

I have been involved in downzonings and legal initiatives impacting areas highly visible to people concerned about the environment and the world of Cambridge. My most frequent enemies have been the city staff and the Cambridge Machine, an accumulation of interlocked groups which uses great words but which very clearly operates as an adjunct to the city administration.

I recall one guy in an important group who presented himself as a zoning expert. His expertise turns out to be that he goes to the city’s development people to find out what his opinion is.

I have downzoned 85% of Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard and Central Squares to emphasize open space and housing compatible with this existing very residential area and with the adjoining residential streets.

Individual victories which stand out are:

a. The former Inn at Harvard building.

This project is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Harvard Street in eastern Harvard Square.

The building is quite large but has yards around it and is limited in height to 5 ½ stories. Harvard wanted it 72% larger and built to the lotline.

An individual who was a creator of the Mid-Cambridge branch of the Cambridge Machine showed up in a key meeting and bullied concessions from the neighborhood group with the flat out lie “You have made a deal with the city council. Now you have to negotiate with the planning board.

This flat out lie allows the destruction of open space on the side streets and replacement of housing with retail. These are two standard goals of the Cambridge Machine.

The same person and his friends fought against my other two major downzonings between there and Central Square, repeating fighting for the destruction of ground open space and first floor housing in favor of retail with generation of much more pollution from cars.

This area would be one of the first whose protections are destroyed.

b. Historical Building at 10 Mount Auburn Street.

This building was constructed in the 1890's. I saved it from destruction based on Rent Control protections. Harvard has since built in the area. Saving this building maintained an important historical framework which could very likely have been the basis for the subsequent Harvard construction on the side streets.

As usual a Cambridge Machine operative “created” a neighborhood association to push for the building’s destruction. When he lost the first vote, he redefined the boundaries of the “neighborhood.”

c. Alewife.

I wrote zoning that resulting in the return to nature of a private parking lot on parkland.

The Cambridge Machine conducted a “celebration” of the decision to return to nature. They neglected to include in the honors the woman who led the fight, Sheila Cook, or me.

They did praise themselves. And they did treat Sheila like crap.

These are the guys who succeeded in destroying acres of the Alewife woodlands while lying that they were defending Alewife. They told people to look at everything but the important stuff.

d. Other.

I could keep going.

3. Fraud on / near Memorial Drive.

a. Hotel zoning change.

Two key members of the Cambridge Machine obtained the passage of zoning to, they said, protect ground floor open space. As usual, it was a lie, written by the City of Cambridge with undisclosed fine print.

The fake neighborhood association helped it pass, of course, by telling people to look at everything else.

Then they got caught. So they passed a zoning change to allow the expansion of that hotel legalized by lies but not to build on grass elsewhere, supposedly, but key fine print sneaked in by the City of Cambridge was kept in. As usual, retail, retail, retail.

b. Grand Junction Zoning.

About ten years ago, major upzoning was inflicted on that portion of the Grand Junction railroad near the end of Putnam Avenue under the flat out lie that a subway line was certain to have a stop at Putnam Avenue.

The City of Cambridge has now lied for more than 20 years about the subway line planning.

In 1991, the state planners adopted as an alternative, a route proposed by me because I consider that station irresponsible and I consider the related Charles River destruction irresponsible.

The state has subsidized the responsible alternative by paying for transportation improvements around Fenway Park and Yawkey Station. The alternative which Cambridge is lying about would move Yawkey Station, but the state has subsidized Yawkey Station in place.

To the best of my knowledge, Cambridge has not stopped lying about the alternate routes for the “Urban Ring” subway system.

c. I could keep going.

4. Major zoning proposals based on lies.

The same guy who lied to kill part of the Harvard Square Downzoning ran around with a citywide change.

He kept pointing out provisions on a specific page which he said were great.

I kept pointing out that the next page made those provisions lies in the same manner as so many Cambridge written zoning initiatives.

These fraudulent zoning initiatives are not at all unusual.

Lovely promises turned into lies by undisclosed fine print are not at all unusual.

5. The corrupt vote of April 23, 2013

Not at all unusual.

5. The pattern of fake protective groups which help the policies of the City of Cambridge.

This has gone along too long. I could keep going and going.

This is corrupt.

6. There is no reason to trust the employees of the City of Cambridge, or the Cambridge Machine, which, like a good company union, keeps the trouble makers under control.

The record is altogether too clear.

You show me fine print. There will be massive lying.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Springtime, Destroyed Nesting Area, Animal Residents, Cambridge, Charles River, MA

1. Introduction.
2. Destroyed Nesting Area.
A. Abutting BU Bridge.
B. The rest of the Destroyed Nesting Area.
3. The Charles River by the Destroyed Nesting Area.
4. The Charles River East of the Grand Junction.


1. Introduction.

Here are a few additional photos from my visit on Sunday.

George Despotes has chastised me for all the photos from Sunday with nothing of the Charles River White Geese.

Excellent point.

My idea, for better or worse, was that my reports can get too long, and that one report on specific outrages with a separate report on the Charles River White Geese made sense.

George made an excellent point. At least one photo of the victimized heroes would have been an excellent idea.

2. Destroyed Nesting Area.

A. Abutting BU Bridge.

This is of three geese in the destroyed area next to the BU Bridge.

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Two are resting. One is looking around.

The lie of “remediation” is blatant here. This is the 50 to 100 foot zone next to the BU Bridge, left undeveloped after the introduction of introduced bushes. Presumably they were left vacant for access.

Was grass seed thrown? Was anything responsible done?

There are a couple of possible explanations.

One possibility is that the bureaucrats are offended by seeding responsible grass. They want to simply create a nightmare and then blame it on the Charles River White Geese. Then offer an “improvement.”

The last thing the bureaucrats want to do in the Destroyed Nesting Area is responsible maintenance. They were in a bind.

The bureaucrats, with the Cambridge Machine lying that the bureaucrats are responsible, have destroyed grass at Magazine Beach playing fields which did not need their beloved poisons to survive and planted sickly stuff that needs poisons to survive.

The bureaucrats, with the corrupt assistance of the Cambridge Machine, got a fake vote to destroy responsible grass in the area to the west of the Magazine Beach playing fields and replace responsible grass with sickly stuff that needs poisons to survive. This is in the area to the immediate west of the playing fields which contains the building that has not been used for 80 years and which contains the parking lot needed by the little guys which the corrupt vote included in the destruction.

Beyond this area is the area behind the swimming pool.

Both areas, like the playing fields did, do not need “improvements” unless you are so sick that replacing responsible grass which does not need poisons with sickly stuff that needs poisons is something you would call an improvement.

Key in the fake vote, however, is part of Governor Patrick’s destruction of hundreds of trees between the BU and Longfellow Bridges in house bill H3332.

I provided photos of each of these three areas at Magazine Beach’s playing fields in my report at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/spring-cleaning-on-charles-river.html.

I provided the tree destruction plans at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/tree-destruction-plans-charles-river.html.

So the irresponsible bureaucrats are in a bind. They plant responsible grass which does not need poisons, and they are proving the outrageous destruction at the Magazine Beach playing fields to be outrageous destruction. They plant sickly stuff that needs poisons to survive, and they have to work on an area they want to be destroyed.

The answer: they will blame it on the Charles River White Geese. Say that the Charles River White Geese in response to the bureaucrats and Cambridge’s heartless starvation of them, had the nerve to eat whatever they dumped in that area.

The last explanation fits the corrupt nature of the people we are dealing with.

B. The rest of the Destroyed Nesting Area.

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Ground vegetation destroyed by the Charles River “Conservancy,” made worse by the railroad workers' with assistance of the bureaucrats.

The Cambridge Conservation Commission objected to the railroad workers' destruction. So the bureaucrats told their friends to back up beyond the authority of the Cambridge Conservation Commission. And crushed stone was dumped to make things worse.

3. The Charles River by the Destroyed Nesting Area.

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Happily enjoying their beloved water.

In the background of the first photo are supports for the Grand Junction railroad bridge which the Cambridge Machine and a whole bunch of other people are fighting as secretly as possible to turn into an off ramp from the Mass. Pike. (I90) to Cambridge to assist Harvard’s development of the existing off ramp into a relocated Harvard Medical School.

They are not saying they want such a thing? They are saying to look one of three monkeys: the one that sees no evil.

These people cannot fight to prevent any and all discussion of multiple outrages, slam through a corrupt vote to expand the outrages and then claim to be neutral on the outrages.

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These are two more happy geese in a very telling location.

The near portion was thickly vegetated and very popular for nests until the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy” destroyed the ground vegetation. None of the very extensive destruction by the CRC has ever regrown. It must be assumed that CRC sewed poison to keep the ground vegetation dead.

4. The Charles River East of the Grand Junction.

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These are the Charles River White Ducks, with (not pictured) a Mallard Duck friend. They were dumped at the Magazine Beach playing fields as babies. They trusted dogs and did not know what that blue stuff was for.

I saved their lives from a dog attack. The folks from the Charles River Urban Wild Initiative showed them what the blue stuff is for. They very happily have adapted and survived for eight years. A major part of the survival, of course, is related to feeding of all free animals by the CRU undoing the deliberate starvation by the state bureaucrats and the City of Cambridge, assisted by the usual cheerleaders.

The ground next tot the Charles River east of the Grand Junction and west of the BU Boathouse is complete devastation, courtesy of the CRC acting as agent for the bureaucrats and the City of Cambridge, MA, USA with whom all general outrages are coordinated.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Spring Cleaning on the Charles River, Continued enforced Starvation for the Charles River White Geese.

1. Normality on the Charles River: Destroy, Destroy, Destroy Ground Vegetation.
2. Magazine Beach Playing Fields: Introduced Ground Vegetation is simply Allowed to Grow.
3. The new starvation wall at the Destroyed Nesting Area.


1. Normality on the Charles River: Destroy, Destroy, Destroy Ground Vegetation.

Today is April 6, 2014.

This afternoon, I took some photos at Magazine Beach. Those photos are extremely telling, except when you talk with the hypocrites from the Cambridge Machine and their friends.

Here, in turn, is the banks of the Charles River to the west of the building which has not been used for 80 years, behind the building which has not been used for 80 years and to the east of the building which has not been used for 80 years.

The banks to the west have been stripped as bare as the bureaucrats and the Charles River “Conservancy” can get away with.

















The banks behind the building see the beginning of destruction of ground vegetation. The destruction will be completed in the next week or so.

















This is the normal situation on the Charles River. Bordering vegetation is destroyed on mass. With one major exception.

2. Magazine Beach Playing Fields: Introduced Ground Vegetation is simply Allowed to Grow.

The banks to the east of the building which has not been used for 80 years see introduced vegetation simply growing and growing and growing. This is the Magazine Beach playing fields, where the Charles River White Geese lived and fed for most of the last 33 years.

















It is no coincidence that the plan which supposedly guides the bureaucrats calls for the killing off of all resident animals on the Charles River Basin, unless the bureaucrats can’t get away with it.

One of the many items the Cambridge Machine tells well meaning people to ignore is the vegetation walling off the Charles River from Magazine Beach. The very deep meaning comes at the beginning of spring, with the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy” destroying ground vegetation for the state bureaucrats.

The Magazine Beach playing fields have been the home of the Charles River White Geese for most of the last 33 years. They slept there and they fed there. They were and continue to be loved by decent human beings.

Cambridge, the state bureaucrats and the Cambridge Machine (including the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy”) have been starving them for years now with an introduced wall that violated the supposedly sacred provisions of the “Charles River Master Plan.” So they changed the plan after the fact.

When the destruction was inflicted on the Magazine Beach playing fields, the state bureaucrats insisted their goal on the Charles River was water-related activities. They promised a lawn to the Charles River.

Then, somehow, Cambridge and the bureaucrats’ introduced vegetation at the banks of Magazine Beach just grew and grew. They became a starvation wall.

The key bureaucrat insisted for years that he had no intention to harm the Charles River White Geese. When this outrage was started, the Boston Globe printed a photo of a bewildered White Goose overwhelmed by a construction machine. Next to the photo, they quoted this lie from the key bureaucrat.

The bureaucrats stopped talking about water related activities. The Cambridge Machine explained the wall as bureaucrat incompetence.

Then the bureaucrats decided to expand the destruction at Magazine Beach to the area around the building which has not been used for 80 years and to the area to the west, including a segment of a highway slated to destroy hundreds of trees.

The Cambridge Machine explained the starvation wall as bureaucratic incompetence until the bureaucrats wanted to expand the destruction to the area of the building and to its west. They presented this outrage to a meeting which did not want the destruction. So the Cambridge Machine indulged in a corrupt vote.

But they all claim to love the Charles River. Just do not look at anything other than that building which has not been used for 80 years.

And do not look at its parking lot either. They are destroying that as well. While lying of their love for the picnic area that the little guys go to using that parking lot.

With, of course, the corrupt vote as justification.

3. The new starvation wall at the Destroyed Nesting Area.

This wall was inserted before the winter. It was destroyed by plows. It has been fixed.

There is a little bit of grass across the on ramp next to the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese.

















Now, even that is being denied to them.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Tree Destruction Plans, Charles River, Mass. House Bill H3332.

1. Report.
2. Post Script.

1. Report.

















As promised, following are the plans submitted by the state bureaucrats the last time they tried to destroy these hundreds of trees on the Charles River between the BU and Longfellow Bridges.

Last time, the bureaucrats lied that all the trees were diseased and said that justified Obama moneys. They, however, proved the lie a lie by their filings in the City of Cambridge, plus based on the knowledge of the plans. Note the cover page says Phase 2. Phase 1 was the destruction of the diseased trees they lied were the target of Phase 2.

This time, the destruction has been part of outrageous misbehavior by the Cambridge Machine and the related, and falsely named Charles River “Conservancy”.

The Charles River “Conservancy” has run around getting signatures in support of underpasses under the next three bridges over the Charles River, without telling folks that the underpasses were linked to this massive destruction of trees to which has been applied yet another con name, Historical Parkways.

The three underpasses they have been talking about are opposed as environmentally destructive by the responsible entity, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

When Governor Patrick included all the destruction in his bond request, Massachusetts House Bill 3332, the CRC disclosed the dirty tricks. They publicized the fact that it was all one package, with $4 million for the “underpasses” and $24 million for the associated highways, the destruction of all those trees.

The Cambridge Machine jumped on the bandwagon supporting the “underpasses” with all their trappings.

The Cambridge Machine has created their own group which has lied about its love for the Charles River. They just call it anti Charles River to look at the destruction. They call it anti Charles River to look at anything other than a building which has not been used for 80 years. They want retail, retail, retail.

The Cambridge Machine proved themselves to be liars in their order to become monkeys with their hands over their eyes. The bureaucrats who have been in the middle of all the destruction wanted to expand the destruction at Magazine Beach, including Governor Patrick’s highway project.

The Machine presented plans at a meeting in January 2013, saw they might not win, and deferred the action to the February 2013 meeting which they conducted on April 23, 2013, driving away people responsibly concerned about the Charles River.

They then proceeded to ram through a rubber stamp by confining discussion to the last ten minutes of the meeting and keeping a very complicated vote secret. Of course, if you can read pages of legalize, understand it all, communicate in ten minutes, and, in the same ten minutes, get back the folks who were driven away, then what the Cambridge Machine did was something other than blatant corruption.

But the world lives in reality. The Cambridge Machine, a typical company union, lives in whatever lie works.

A major part of these company union tactics is to prevent discussion of a whole bunch of destruction by their friends, including this outrage, which they supported in the corrupt vote and in their support of the “underpasses.” And, as a good company union, they, of course have lied of their love of the Charles River, thus preempting responsible action on this matter.

Here are the plans the bureaucrats and their friends have been keeping as secret as they can. The plans start at the BU Bridge and go to the Longfellow Bridge. At the Longfellow Bridge, they link to the irresponsible destruction of excellent trees as part of the Longfellow Bridge project.

The same silence as consent, of course, applies to the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy.” When I publicly caught their bragging of this massive destruction, they suddenly got interested in a whole bunch of other things. The same company union gig, and really, it is silly to consider this destructive entity separate from the Cambridge Machine. They are performing the destructive function. They have the support of the rotten organization, and function ancillary to it, they just are doing damage elsewhere as well. That is they way things are done in the City of Cambridge, MA, USA.

The City of Cambridge has provided assistance by destroying excellent trees east of the BU Boathouse and across from the Hyatt Regency hotel. The BU Boathouse is just east of the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese. As part of this destruction, they walled off the banks of the Charles at that point as part of the deliberate starvation of the Charles River White Geese. This destruction was accomplished at the same time as the initial walling off of Magazine Beach, all part of the game.

And nothing is destroyed in the environment in Cambridge without participation by the City of Cambridge, employees of whom the Cambridge Machine lives to please. And the Cambridge Machine protects the elected pols. Their pitch is that the last thing anybody should do is talk to the folks with the power to hire and fire the City Manager.

And the Cambridge City Council get abridged copies of all these reports by email.

We have previously provided photos of the excellent grove at the Memorial Drive split which is being destroyed. One of the photos is at the top. All of those photos are at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/charles-river-magnificent-grove.html.

The current photos are being saved at a size less than used in this prior posting, hopefully to prevent an overload of this blog entry.














2. Post Script.

The following information was provided to Governor Deval Patrick through his email form at about noon time on April 2. Comparable communications have been provided to each member of the Cambridge City Council and to other interested entities.

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Plans posted for Massive Tree Destruction on Charles River pending in Legislature.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation, based on past coordination with the City of Cambridge has $24 million in the Governor’s Request for Bond Authorization for destruction of hundreds of trees on Memorial Drive between the Longfellow and BU Bridges.

This is House Bill H3332. The euphemism is Historical Parkways.

Destruction plans are posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/tree-destruction-plans-charles-river.html.

When this bill was filed, the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy” announced this $24 million request for bond authorization as ancillary to $4 million for underpasses under the next three bridges which they said was also in the bond request. $24 million is ancillary to $4 million?

The plans for destruction are posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/tree-destruction-plans-charles-river.html. These are the plans submitted by the DCR when the DCR was seeking Obama moneys. At that time, the DCR called all the trees diseased, a flat out lie. That proposal and this bond authorization request are “phase 2" of the destruction. Phase 1 was the destruction of diseased trees.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Charles River: Magnificent Grove, the Destruction Plans

1. Report.
2. Postscript.
3. Governor's Response.

1. Report.

The rottenness of the bureaucrats and the Cambridge Machine on the Charles River is strongly demonstrated by the fact that they are fighting to destroy hundreds of trees, and the loudest support they provide is the Cambridge Machine ordering folks not to look at anything on the Charles River except for one building that has not been used for 80 years.

They have stooped to corrupt voting tactics to double destructiveness at Magazine Beach which they spent years telling people not to look at.

It is a company union with a long destructive record. On the Charles River, they lie about love for the Charles River and maneuver people into behavior which, through playing a monkey hiding his eyes, supports massive destruction.

The planned destruction of the excellent grove at the Memorial Drive split is a dramatic example of how low the Cambridge Machine can go.

And nothing is destroyed in the environment in Cambridge without participation by the City of Cambridge, employees of whom the Cambridge Machine lives to please.

Here are the photos of the targeted trees taken in March of 2011 and 2012.















Here are the plans for their destruction taken from the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s official filing when they were looking for Obama moneys to destroy those trees. Then they lied that all the trees were diseased, a lie proven by their filing with the Cambridge Conservation Commission.

The plans are for “Phase 2" of the “Historical Parkways” project. Phase 1 was the destruction of the diseased trees the bureaucrats lied was phase 2.

Please note that, in the last photo, you can see the beginning of the median between east and west bound traffic. That median is quite clearly shown in the second and third of the destruction plans. The darkened circles are trees being destroyed. The third plan shows the first of many trees being destroyed on the median, trees commonly much larger than the ones in this grove.

I will publish the entire announced destruction in the next report.















The moneys for destruction amount to $24 million included in a portion of Governor Patrick’s bond authorization bill, House Bill H3332. The money in the section which refers to Historical Parkways is much larger than $24 million, raising the very real question as to how much else is being destroyed.

The source of this amount is the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy” which ran around lying to people that they were only looking for underpasses under the next three bridges. Their announcement reported $4 million in the Patrick bill for the “underpasses” (opposed as environmentally destructive by the governing agency, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation). Supposedly ancillary to the $4 million was $24 million for ancillary highway construction, with the destruction of all those trees.

They ran around seeking support for underpasses and presented the signatures of support as supporting destruction of hundreds of trees. In this sick world, $24 million dollars of destruction is ancillary to $4 million of underpasses.

This is the sort of rotten behavior with which decent people are faced on the Charles River.

2. Postscript.

I have given the Governor the following communication by his form email, at http://www.mass.gov/governor/constituentservices/contact/submission-successful.html:

RE: Part of the environmental destruction you are seeking to bond in H3332.

I have published photos of one excellent grove you are destroying on Memorial Drive, along with the formal destruction plans. These are at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/charles-river-magnificent-grove.html/

My next post will provide the total destruction plans that I am aware of on Memorial Drive, hidden in H3332. The euphemism is Historical Parkways.

I very seriously doubt that the DCR has meaningfully communicated to you the level of their irresponsibility, but you have submitted this application for bonds. It is thus your irresponsibility as well.

It would be responsible if you withdrew this part of your bill, especially since all this destruction is being done in secret.

3. Governor's Response.

Sent 3/31/14, 4:57 pm:

Dear Robert J.,

On behalf of Governor Deval L. Patrick, thank you for your recent correspondence regarding H. 3332. Governor Patrick is grateful to have your voice as part of the discussion on this important issue and we have shared your thoughts with the Governmental Affairs Office. We will be studying this legislation as it proceeds through the Legislature.

Please feel free to contact our office in the future with any further questions or concerns; your comments are always welcome in this administration.

Sincerely,

Governor Patrick's Constituent Services Team

617-725-4005
www.mass.gov/governor/contact

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Some of the trees on the Charles River the Cambridge Machine is fighting to destroy.

1. Some of the trees to be destroyed.
2. The bureaucrats want to kill off all animals.
3. Trolls and the Cambridge Machine.
4. The Cambridge Machine, a monkey covering his eyes (see no evil), and the corrupt April 23, 2013 vote.

1. Some of the trees to be destroyed.

Below are photos of the excellent grove of trees at the Memorial Drive split, maybe half a mile or so east of the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese. These are from 2011 and 2012, all in March. I know I have some photos in season, but, this is what I have come up with this time.

Massachusetts House Bill H3332 submitted by Governor Patrick includes $24 million to destroy about 85 trees in the approximately 105 tree grove.

The rest of the destruction this time at least doubles the destruction, but these trees are by far not the largest trees being destroyed. They, in fact, fall in the bottom half of the trees subject to destruction.

The larger trees are so large and are collected together so deeply that it is impossible to give a group shot of them, and individual shots do not communicate much.















I have full details of the planned destruction.

The euphemism is Historical Parkways.

The state bureaucrats tried to destroy these trees with Obama moneys. They lied that all the trees they were destroying were diseased. The lie was proved by the paperwork filed with the Cambridge Conservation Commission.

But the state bureaucrats do a lot of lying.

And this is only part of the planned destruction. Total destruction coming up runs between about 400 and 600 trees.

I have a new scanner which I am trying to figure out. If I figure it out, I will scan my copy of the destruction plans covered by Governor Patrick’s bond authorization proposal, Massachusetts House Bill H3332. I will pass them on on this page.

2. The bureaucrats want to kill off all animals.

The destruction comports with multiple past and planned outrages including fine print in the bureaucrats’ “Charles River Master Plan” which calls for the killing of or otherwise removal of all resident animals on the Charles River Basin. There is a caveat: if they cannot get away with killing all of them, they will settle for killing whatever they can get away with.

Starving the Charles River White Geese and walling them off from their food at Magazine Beach exactly comports with the rest of the outrage.

3. Trolls and the Cambridge Machine.

In the meantime, I will try to minimize my reference to each and every piece of nonsense coming out of the Cambridge Machine.

That is, after all, part of the game.

They try to keep the good guys out of trouble. One way to keep the good guys out of trouble is run around making bizarre statements.

In Internet parlance, this is called a Troll.

These folks are really not that unusual. You get near a development project and the trolls come out of the woodworks. They make bizarre statement after bizarre statement. Eventually, they hope, one of the bizarre statements will sucker somebody into believing it.

Then the trolls have found their truth.

The Cambridge Machine is an embodiment of trolls. However, like the 45 year rent control advocate who only suckered for one lie, it is impossible to tell the difference between the knaves and the fools.

So I am just talking the Cambridge Machine and whether the particular representative is a knave or a fool, I could care less.

4. The Cambridge Machine, a monkey covering his eyes (see no evil), and the corrupt April 23, 2013 vote.

Reality is the destruction they are fighting for by telling people to look at everything else, whether they know it or not.

That is the explanation for the destruction of these hundreds of trees:

IF YOU LOVE THE CHARLES RIVER, YOU WILL LOOK AT NOTHING EXCEPT ONE BUILDING WHICH HAS NOT BEEN USED IN THE LAST 80 YEARS.

Bizarre yes, but that is the Cambridge Machine’s explanation for the many, many, many terrible things their friends have done and are doing.

Although they did take a ten minute break and indulged in a corrupt vote which went through the form of supporting the doubling of the damage their friends did to Magazine Beach, including a highway project which is part of the Governor Patrick funds for destruction of those hundreds of trees. This was April 23, 2013.

The prior meeting, in January 2013, featured a meeting long discussion in which a whole bunch of folks objected to their destructive proposal. So the January 2013 meeting action was deferred to the February 2013 meeting which was conducted on April 23, 2013, driving away the folks who were there in January. The corrupt vote was in a very complicated writing which was passed out at the beginning of the ten minute discussion.

Since then, they have returned to telling folks to look at the building which has not been used for 80 years which they want to convert to retail, and they do not want anybody to know anything about the Charles River except for that building.

After all, do they not insist on telling people, non stop, that they love the Charles River? Reality is irrelevant.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cambridge, MA, USA Machine : Tree Destruction Goals, the Building which has not been used for 80 years, and other word games.

1. Outrageous Misdirection on Massive Tree Destruction.
2. The Fake Neighborhood Association in Context.


1. Outrageous Misdirection on Massive Tree Destruction.

At the latest meeting of the fake neighborhood association, the head of the group was proud they were not destroying hundreds of trees around the building they tell people is the only thing they should be looking at.

He did not mention that the non stop propaganda of the organization is that it is anti Charles River to look at anything other than that building.

He and his buddies are fighting to destroy hundreds of trees along the Charles by telling folks not to look at anything other than that building which has not been used for 80 years. The destruction they are fighting for are hundreds of trees located between the BU and Longfellow Bridges. In addition, Governor Patrick’s House Bill H3332 with contains $24 million under the euphemism Historical Parkway is a spin off of lies of lovely underpasses under the next three bridges these folks have cooed about.

Part of their corrupt vote of April 23, 2013, supported part of the bike highway being funded by the $24 million which destroys those hundreds of trees.

They are also not walling off the Charles River, I hope, by yelling about that one building. They are, however, fighting to keep Magazine Beach walled off from the Charles by ordering people to look at nothing other than that one building.

The Machine’s explanation for the bizarre wall was incompetence of their friends. They insisted the Department of Conservation and Recreation was too incompetent to chop down their introduced bushes. The DCR is capable of chopping down bushes everywhere else, but not, according to that lie from the Machine, competent enough to chop down the bushes which created that wall.

The corrupt April 23 vote supported expansion of that “incompetence” and proved their “incompetence” lie just another lie. The corrupt vote of April 23 could double that bizarre wall.

The Machine is also not dumping poisons on the banks of the Charles River as part of that building. They are keeping those poisons in the playing fields by the nonstop pitch that it is anti Charles River to look at the problems of the Charles River. And they are calling their lies of anti-Charles River behavior just more lies by doubling the size of the area with poison usage by the corrupt vote of April 23.

They are also not heartlessly abusing the Charles River White Geese and other resident animals by that building. They are keeping the heartless abuse in play by telling people to look at nothing but that building.

Then there is the destruction of the parking lot for their beloved building, supported by the corrupt vote of April 23.

Word games, word games, word games. A lie is a lie is a lie. Word games are exactly that.

Very rotten people, but they, as is part of the game of the Cambridge Machine, yell about minutia and keep the massive destruction as secret as possible.

2. The Fake Neighborhood Association in Context.

Dealing with the Cambridge Machine is highly predictable if you know their behavior.

There are a whole bunch of bad faith maneuvers which are totally predictable, except it is not possible to tell which will be used next.

And they always are done indignantly, holier than thou.

And in exactly the same pattern of irresponsible behavior as the rest of their destructive friends.

The rotten behavior is because their goals are so rotten. They cannot achieve their goals through honorable behavior.

The near 50 year rent control activist who has been fooled into fighting for the other side by an outrageous con game is the norm. He got conned by an outrageous play on words.

Play on words is business as unusual. How dare anybody expect responsible behavior from the holier than thous!!

Decent people are regularly used to destroy their own causes by any number of dirty tricks, like the nearly 50 year rent control activist.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cambridge Machine replaces Con Game to hide destruction with outright Destruction Game at Magazine Beach, with help from the State Rep, Jay Livingstone

When you are dealing with the Cambridge Machine, there are certain aspects which are a predictable part of the script.

The city manager wants as much retail as he can get away with. The Cambridge Machine wants as much retail as they can get away with.

Increase in traffic is irrelevant. They want retail.

Destruction of open space is irrelevant. They want retail.

Destruction of first floor housing is irrelevant. They want retail.

Destruction of the environment because retail generates much more traffic than the uses it destroys is irrelevant. They want retail.

The real key is taxes, taxes, taxes. The city manager wants taxes and destroys what stands in the way.

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A company union lives to hold down responsible people with fake protection. If they can convert fake protection to flat out destruction, a company union does so.

That is the situation on Magazine Beach.

The “report” on Magazine Beach has gone from lying about protecting the environment (and do not look at their belligerent destruction and heartless animal abuse) to flat out destruction. Hiding destructive behavior through a ten minute corrupt vote which will then be kept secret has been replaced with bragging about destruction.

They want retail, retail, retail.

They lie that they love Magazine Beach while suppressing the massive destruction inflicted by irresponsible city and state governments. They indulge in belligerently corrupt practices to expand the destruction that they tell people to ignore.

Now, the State Rep, Jay Livingstone, at their beholding is authorizing retail, retail, retail.

How dare you have anything approaching a meaningful environment. They want retail.

And the City Manager / Company Union / Cambridge Machine fight for retail, retail, retail, has expanded to Magazine Beach.

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To Hell with peace and quiet, even if in the middle of a deliberately poisoned environment.

To Hell with peace and quiet even if in the middle of heartless animal abuse.

They want more. They are getting away with an outrage.

They want more.

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They want retail, retail, retail.

And it is coming. With help of the State Representative.

Although the bill has not fully passed yet, it is coming.

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And the hypocrites lie that they love Magazine Beach.

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Interestingly, so many upzonings of neighborhood streets to retail, retail, retail, have been passed by an irresponsible city council, but have been unsuccessful.

The developers are so often too responsible to put in retail where an irresponsible government and irresponsible Cambridge Machine demands retail, retail, retail.

That is like the upzoning of Harvard’s properties west of Western Avenue on Memorial Drive. The con game / Cambridge Machine “planning” called for destruction so irresponsible that Harvard was too responsible to accept the falsely named “neighborhood petition” maneuver by the Cambridge Machine.

But Magazine Beach is not private development.

Magazine Beach is the City of Cambridge, its destructive friends in the state bureaucracy, and the belligerently irresponsible Cambridge Machine.

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And the Cambridge Machine has proven successful in hiding outrage after outrage after outrage.

But they give the non stop lie that they love the Charles River.

And the people pulling the strings love retail, retail, retail.

And do not look at the environmental destruction or the heartless animal abuse which they are getting less subtle about supporting / working for.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Case Study: A near 50 year rent control activist may have been key in the Destruction of Rent Control in Cambridge, MA, USA.

1. Introduction
2. Rent Control — The Key Issue.
3. The Statewide Rent Control Referendum — Initial Analysis.
4. State Wide Referendum — More Detailed Analysis.
5. The Key Activist is a typical victim of the Cambridge Machine.
6. Summary.


1. Introduction

I have been going through GOOD questions and responding to them on this blog.

One of the best came from George Despotes who has had a number of good questions.

He, for good reason, wants me to meaningfully communicate exactly what the Cambridge Machine is.

He gave me the question by email and I gave him a thoughtful response by email. Many of my recent posts have been codifications of responses to questions raised by email or the equivalent.

The trouble in this case is that neither one of us can find my answer.

In drafting an answer anew, it seems to me that it would be helpful to show the depravity of the Cambridge Machine by its using a long time rent control activist to do harm to the rent control movement and, possibly, to be a key person in the killing of rent control.

The rottenness of the machine is, at least in part, demonstrated by its abuse of good people, and its maneuvering of good people into destroying their own cause.

2. Rent Control — The Key Issue.

Rent Control was immediately challenged by the property interests in the City of Cambridge after its passage and implementation. The attacks resulted in a key decision in the 70s by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

The SJC found rent control to be a responsible and proper action of consumer protection taken by the government to even the playing field in rental property where the landlords constituted a shared monopoly over a scarce resource and were abusing that monopoly.

This is not a concept made up by me. This is my fair attempt to communicate the SJC’s decision.

The SJC found that the minute rent control was used for other than consumer protection, i.e. as a tax on landlords for the benefit of tenants, Rent Control was dead.

So naturally, the landlords ran around calling Rent Control a tenant subsidy.

There was no grounds to prove that rent control was a tenant subsidy rather than consumer protection, so the landlords never won in court.

Rent Control had a lot of symptoms of being destroyed from within by people functioning as folks fighting against their own cause.

One of the victims was the Key Activist. Somebody got to the Key Activist and talked the Key Activist into believing the Landlord Position. After all, it sounds so good. This is the constant con from the Cambridge Machine. Pick out a key point, use outrageous nonsense that sounds good, and get the supporters of a cause to adopt that Key Point which destroys them.

3. The Statewide Rent Control Referendum — Initial Analysis.

I would have liked to have participated in the tenant side of the statewide Rent Control referendum. I, however, saw two individuals in the statewide group who had very destructive records in the ranks of the Cambridge Tenants Movement. At one point the movement took a vote to expel them because of their destructiveness. The vote resulted in a tie.

A key reason for the tie? A “radical” group with all the stench of the Cambridge Machine trooped in people to the vote who did not have the slightest idea what they were talking about, but knew who did their thinking for them.

They saved the Destructive Duo from being thrown out of the tenant movement.

I knew the record of the Destructive Duo. I knew how destructive they were. So I became a director of the Massachusetts Tenants Organization which was key in the statewide organization. I hoped that, from MTO, I could neutralize their destructiveness.

The report I got out of the statewide organization comported with my expectations. My contact was shocked at the destructiveness of the Cambridge contingent. My contact was of the opinion that, because the vote was so close, the Cambridge Contingent’s destructiveness could very easily have kept the organization from properly functioning and thus killed rent control.

Looking at this report and knowing the record of the Destructive Duo, I considered his report accurate and saw my expected damnation of the Destructive Duo.

This function is a normal tactic of Company Unions, of which the Cambridge Machine is very clearly one.

Prevent action by the good guys and thus hand a victory to the bed guys.

4. State Wide Referendum — More Detailed Analysis.

I have recently had my opinion of the key activities in that election changed by talking with the Key Activist.

My change of opinion does not change my condemnation of the Destructive Duo, however. That is because, in my opinion, by preventing appropriate action for perhaps the last ten years of rent control, they created a stench of self-serving in the tenant movement. Among many other things, during two consecutive elections, the Destructive Duo vetoed action THROUGH ABUSE OF OFFICE to prevent the implementation of binding votes by their organization. I won the votes. They simply lied about the position of their organization.

Prevent implementation of the goals of their organization through tactics no matter how irresponsible — sound familiar — they sure sound like just two more agents of the Cambridge Machine / Company Union.

These are guys the Radical arm of the Cambridge Machine kept from being thrown out of the tenant movement.

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The Key Activist is another situation.

This person was involved in the fight to create Rent Control in the 60s and is an undisputed fighter for Rent Control. His behavior has been very consistently positive, WITH ONE KEY EXCEPTION. The trouble is he got handled. If somebody gets handled in Cambridge, the answer is obvious. The Cambridge Machine.


The Key Activist, after being conned by the Cambridge Machine is an aggressive supporter of the Landlord Position, that Rent Control is a subsidy for Tenants, in spite of the very clear court decision that, if Rent Control is a subsidy, Rent Control is dead.

The Key Activist admits to fighting and fighting for the Landlord Position during the statewide organizational meetings. The Key Activist admits that the Destructive Duo fought against him. The Destructive Duo pointed out that his position would kill Rent Control because of the SJC decision.

The Key Activist has or had a very strong problem of fighting his points way beyond the limits of reason. He just keeps talking and won’t let the meeting do any business.

That sounds like they report I got from my contact, very much like the report I got from my contact.

The Key Activist was key in the two subsequent referenda to reinstitute rent control. The Key Activist made certain the Landlord Position was included in both referenda. The Key Activist made certain that Rent Control could only get reinstituted if it were illegal because of his demand to include the Landlord Position.

5. The Key Activist is a typical victim of the Cambridge Machine.

The Key Activist is aggressively fighting against Rent Control because he has been persuasively conned. He will not allow Rent Control to be reinstituted unless it is illegal.

The Key Activist is a normal victim of the Cambridge Machine.

The Key Activist has no meaningful distinction from Rent Control opponents except that he thinks he is fighting for Rent Control.

The Key Activist is an excellent example of how the Cambridge Machine can be so effective.

All they have to do is fool one key person, and that key person will destroy his/her own cause.

Interestingly, I recently antagonized him/her by saying that he/she has been fighting for the Landlord Position for years. That made him/her very hostile. It is very dangerous to meaningfully communicate to a victim of the Cambridge Machine. They can get very hostile.

This is a normal reaction in a victim of a skillful con operation.

6. Summary.

This is the sickness of the Cambridge Machine.

It is impossible to tell the difference between the knaves and the fools, and it is irrelevant.

A fool who have been effectively conned can and does destroy his/her own cause.

And the Cambridge Machine continues its tradition of destroying so many causes it claims to support.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cambridge Machine Continues its Environmental Attack, This time giving the wrong impression on Bees, plus the attacks on so much of the rest of the environment of the Charles River

Last night the Cambridge Machine reaffirmed its fight for environmental destruction on the Charles River in a “meeting.”

The usual tactics: lie of environmental sainthood while suppressing the reality of existing and pending environmental destruction.

Exacerbating the outrage was a presentation on the bee problem without mentioning that they are part of the bee problem through their own outrages. The usual situation: a well meaning person defending bees was used to give the wrong impression that he and the Cambridge Machine are on the same side.

Buried at the end was their bragging that they are fighting to destroy the remaining quiet beauty through commercialization of the historical building and its environs.

As usual, they told people to look at that old building which has not been used for 80 years and

1. Ignore 14 years of attacks on Magazine Beach and its animals,

2. Ignore their poisons on the banks of the Charles and their corrupt tactics to expand it. But they were pious about the bees and did not mention that the bees’ problems stem from environmental poisons, or their own support for environmental poisons at Magazine Beach which they are fighting to expand through the corrupt April 23 “vote.”

3. Ignore the “underpass” proposal which they support which will destroy hundreds of trees between Magazine Beach and the Longfellow Bridge through the riverfront highway which they support through the irresponsible “underpasses” games, which is now in front of the legislature in the Governor’s House Bill H3332.

4. Ignore their corrupt April 23 vote to expand the Magazine Beach outrages and to destroy the parking lot at the historical building, along with encouragement of H3332 by supporting part of the new highway.

5. Ignore Harvard’s coming off ramp from the Mass. Pike with its bike highway stalking horse.

6. Ignore the environmental destruction associated with the bike highway inflicting destruction on the Charles River at the tiny remaining habitat of the Charles River White Geese.

7. Ignore the years of heartless animal abuse and their company union fight to make it worse.

8. Ignore the state’s goal to kill off all animals in the Charles River Basin, but listen to well intended and truly noble expressions about the bee problem.

But neglect to mention that their fight to continue and expand their beloved poisons on the banks of the Charles are part of the direct attacks of bees.

Two new city councilors were present and made a presentation. I was kept from asking them about Cambridge’s filthy hands on the Charles.

Particularly interesting (and suppressed) is part of the environmental destruction of Magazine Beach which, like so many things, has been kept quiet. The deal was that Cambridge gets control of Magazine Beach in exchange for funding the outrage there. I do not recall any noise about that transfer deal. I was not allowed to ask about that.

But a transfer of Magazine Beach control would make Cambridge’s filthy hands that much more clear. And the most important thing, after the environmental destruction, is lying about clean hands.

They did promise that the new councilor Councillor McGovern neglected to mention is still coming.

And there was mention about solar energy, naturally not mention the very major environmental deficit through Cambridge’s environmental depravations. People can make money through solar energy.

A very typical evening of company union hypocrisy.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Email: Bikes from Grand Junction to Boston's Bike Highway?

1. General.
2. Question.
3. Response, with inserts replacing references.


1. General.

We have received the following email concerning our reports on the stalking horse that destructive bike activists have a right to environmental destruction to connect to Storrow Drive / Soldiers Field Road on the Boston side of the Charles. The question and my response.

2. Question.

Hi. Even if bikes cross the river via the RR bridge, how do they get to/from the "Storrow Drive" river path?

Is there a planned ramp along the Boston edge of the river connecting them?

3. Response, expanded.

Standard Cambridge Machine lie.

MassDOT AND the DCR in the early meetings on the interconnectivity study were highly scornful of this nonsense. It cannot be done. The bike activists are being used to get Harvard's off ramp.

The bike highway along the Grand Junction tracks can make ready connection to Memorial Drive by putting a tiny connection between the tracks and the Vassar Street turn. That will be "suddenly" discovered when convenient.

I am printing your question and the answer with the photos attached, Vassar Street side and track side.

Here is the Vassar Street side.

















Here is the track side.

















Here is a blow up of the usual aerial shot.












The square to the left of "Memorial" is the BU Boathouse, on the south side of Memorial Drive and just east of the woods whose ground vegetation has been destroyed by the Charles River "Conservancy". Then comes the tracks and the Destroyed Nesting Area.

The Vassar Street turn is between the M and the tracks, but blocked by the building which is to the right of two adjacent buildings which, in turn, are separated by Vassar Street. To the left of Vassar Street and the blocking building is a black area which is the roof of one of the two buildings, a major building between Vassar Street and the tracks east and west. South and north it faces Memorial Drive and a small parking lot. That parking lot appears as a gap.

Then there is a white marking. My guess is that the white marking is the white building. The bike highway should connect from the track to Vassar Street in that portion of the gap, a parking lot, which abuts the white building. Another interpretation would be that the white spot is where the connector should be, with the white building above the connector in the photo.

The bike highway would then proceed to Memorial Drive.

If Cambridge had a responsible government, this is the route which would be the only connection to the Charles River under discussion.

Cambridge does not have a responsible government, so environmentally destructive people are being used as a stalking horse for Harvard’s off ramp from I90 (Mass. Pike) over the Grand Junction railroad bridge to Cambridge. When the con plays out, the destructive bicycle activists would be put on this connector where they should be from the beginning.