Boston Rambles

Boston Rambles

A Rambler Walks and Talks About the Hub of the Universe

Forces of Darkness Updated: Part III-The Dark Side is Near.

Before I plunge into the darkness, I want to pull out from the 58 remaining counties in Pennsylvania the two or three remaining bright spots for the Democratic Party. Unsurprisingly the transformation of  Dauphin and Centre, the counties I will examine briefly, is the result of increased diversity and higher levels of education. Dauphin County… (read more)

More Forces of Darkness Updated: Part II-Sol y Sombre.

In the previous article I began a reassessment of the results of the 2016 Presidential Election in Pennsylvania, about which I have written a few articles already, as it was regarded before the election as a critical state in the election and, in fact, proved to be exactly that. I had examined the evidence and… (read more)

The Forces of Darkness Updated: Part One-Look on the Bright Side!

In the immediate aftermath of  the November election I re-examined my predictions for the Presidential Election in Pennsylvania using the data available at the time. Subsequently the official election results have been published by the Pennsylvania Department of State along with the final registration numbers for November 8, 2016, allowing me to revisit the question… (read more)

Notes from Trump Land: The Takers!

Everglades City, Florida. Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. I promised myself that I would spend the week of the inauguration camping and birding in the remotest parts of the Everglades, free from the news and distractions and aggravations of the assumption of power of the person (and his minions) who poses the greatest threat to… (read more)

The Red White and Blue Divide

In my previous entry I described an interesting observation about the demographics and voting patterns in Pennsylvania. I noticed that the sum of two numbers, the Percentage of residents with a Bachelor’s Degree age 25+ and the Percentage of Non-White residents, seemed to correlate with the likelihood of voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump…. (read more)

The Forces of Darkness

 Not As Many Friends in Pennsylvania As Clinton Might Have Hoped ‘I have a deep-seated and, hopefully, irrational fear that somehow I am under-estimating the role vitriol, class and racial hostility, basic human stupidity, and cupidity play in elections and that this map might be not generous enough to the forces of darkness, but I… (read more)

Road Block

Introduction Well, so much for going back to writing about old roads.  I was hoping to put my election file away and literally move on. The “stunning” upset of Tuesday night has forced me to pull out the ‘Election 2016’ file and look over it again. I also reviewed the three articles I wrote about… (read more)

Election Prediction

The following maps and accompanying commentary summarize my thinking about Election 2016. This entry is less objective than my usual entries but it has not escaped my attention that this election season has not been one characterized by tolerance and objectivity. Map 1 shows the states which putatively are already decided and states that are… (read more)

Across the Muddy River

The Muddy River at Washington Street in Brookline is unimpressive. Water from Leverett Pond on the south passes through a culvert under the street and drains into a small, almost unnoticeable creek on the north side, to continue to eventually to the Charles River.  And yet, merely by crossing the narrow ‘stream’ below the latest… (read more)