Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Who, Undercover Boss and the Big Dig

After hearing some reviews of the Who playing at the Super Bowl, I'll say that their performance was nostalgic and heartwarming. To see them still rocking on and for me, the fact that the drummer is Rongo's son, who did a remarkable job, re creating that drum sound, made my evening.

From Business Week, we learn that the Undercover Boss, is no more real than any other reality TV show. Their review: The show consists of feeding the public's appetite, which has grown insatiable, after years of expert stimulation, with the mixture of sadism and sentimentality, cruel unfairness and poetic justice, ugly situations and happy endings, that most of us know by now are sheer delusions.

Another Big Dig crisis is looming. The ground under Fort Point channel and South Station, which was frozen by mechanical refrigeration, to protect the US Postal Service property, is now thawing. This thaw, being monitored by a 346,000 dollar consulting contract through 2011 by the MBTA, which is paid for by the settlement with Big Dig contractors, is expected to continue until 2014. Already, train tracks have been re aligned to accommodate the shift in the ground and will most likely lead to more leaks down the road. There will never be enough money from the settlement to completely fix the problems now and in the future. The only fair way to pay for this nightmare is to have commuters pay their fair share of the Big Dig in tolls.

9 Comments:

At February 9, 2010 at 11:32 AM , Blogger SoxFan said...

I am with you on the Who. I thought it was an awesome show. These guys have to be in their late 60’s so we can not expect them to do what they did when they were in their 20’s any more than we can. But the still rocked the stadium and brought back some great memories for me. I say give the guys credit for still playing the old stuff. Did not know that was Ringo’s son. Nice job he did. As to the other stuff you list here, what the heck is there to say about all of that?

 
At February 9, 2010 at 11:38 AM , Blogger James said...

Let me get this straight. We built a federal building on a piece of land that can only support the building by being frozen, in an era when we are dealing with global warming as an serious issue. This is a joke, right? Please tell me you are kidding.

 
At February 9, 2010 at 11:59 AM , Blogger Can't think of a name said...

I think I must be missing something here. You say we are paying a contractor over $300,000 to monitor that the ground is staying frozen. My question is how much are we paying to actually freeze the ground? I can not imagine we expected it to stay frozen in the summer here, so we must have installed some sort of refridgeration system to keep it frozen, right. How much is that costing us? And even more importantly, who the hell signed off on having us build a building on ground that we had to freeze before we could build on it? Where in the governor’s budget are the charges for this recorded? What line item are we talking about here?

 
At February 9, 2010 at 12:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your tax dollars at work people. Another example of MA ingenuity. We must have been confused, thought the ice age was coming, not global warming.

 
At February 9, 2010 at 1:45 PM , Blogger Anderson said...

A consulting contract that goes until 2011 to monitor a problem that we predict will last until 2014. That makes perfect sense. I guess after 2011 we figure we got our moneys worth out of the Post Office building so we can just let the ground thaw and the buidling sink. Only in Massachusetts.

 
At February 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM , Blogger Brian V. said...

Why have I never heard about the fact this is going on before? In all the discussion of the reason we needed to continue paying tolls, where was this little tidbit of information located? Don’t remember ever hearing anything about this before. Did I miss something, or did someone hide something?

 
At February 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think MA is trying to get its own reality tv series going here on state government. Who on the taxpayers dime can waste the most money in the most absurd way? Tune in next week for more from the people that brought you the tunnel collapse in the most expesive public project ever built. And people said the bridge to no where in Alaska was a joke. Wait to they hear about this fiasco.

 
At February 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM , Blogger Michael said...

We built a building on a piece of land that will only support the building if it (the land) is frozen? Then why didn’t we make the building out of ice so they could both melt together? This has got to be a joke, right?

 
At February 10, 2010 at 9:07 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

The first I've heard of this frozen ground thing was yesterday from the Globe. Engineers wanted to make sure that the tunneling work would not effect and the ground that supports trains and buildings. Hence... freezing the ground.

It's all Greek to me and I can't imagine how it is done. I've worked with large tonnage refrigeration systems in the past and still wonder how it's done. But it's clear now, someone didn't consider the thawing of the land that supports all that infrastructure. This project will haunt and be funded by my grandchildren's children.

The only saving grace here is that the money being spent to monitor thsi is coming from the 350 million dollar settlement, after that, who knows who's going to pick up the tab, but it better not be just the Mass Pikers.

 

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