Money for old rope

Today is Black Friday. It’s also the opposite.

I’m looking forward to a piece of leftover pumpkin pie. Even more so, now.

Massachusetts is flush with cash. Do we need even more? Of course we do. The Fair Share Amendment, also known as the millionaire’s tax, will be on the ballot next year. It would amend the state constitution to increase taxes on people making over a million dollars a year. As Matt Stout points out, it’s hard to make the argument that we need to raise taxes to generate more money when we already have so much money. But you could also argue that this is the perfect time to restructure the tax laws to be more fair and to allow for sustainability. I’m guessing that people making over a million might see it differently.

Rushing out for incredible deals today? Maybe you should read this first.

According to Nature, virologists are “flying at warp speed” to try to understand the new Covid variant out of southern Africa. It has a “very unusual constellation of mutations,” one researcher told the Times. Concerns revolve around how easily it spreads and its ability to evade our existing immune responses. Europe is starting to react. We’ll probably be next. The market is already there.

And there’s tension across the channel. The French are getting serious over a British lack of seriousness. Or visa versa. Maybe Boris could send some tennis balls over as a gesture of reconciliation.

Rubber meets road

Thursday, November 25.

Billy Baker reminds us that deer were on the menu for the first Thanksgiving. There were lots of them in those days. Today there are even more! And don’t get me started on those turkeys.

ATV gangs are back in the news. Russell Holmes is fighting the good fight. City Councillor Julia Mejia is trying to get ahead of the problem by engaging with the riding communities, probably not an effective way to prevent these incidents but it is at least an effort. Mayor Wu’s spokesperson says “there’s no place for violence in our communities.” That’s it. Now that she’s in charge she kind of owns the problem so we would expect a little more in terms of proposed solutions. Even the Globe notes that “she did not comment on any plans to address the simmering issue of off-road vehicles in streets and public parks.”

It takes a lot of people and effort to get food to our Thanksgiving tables. Corey Kilgannon watched it happening. And Ronald Shafer remembers the first (and last) “Franksgiving.”

Washington DC has had its 200th homicide of the year. The trend is upward. Boston, which has a similar sized population and comparable demographics, has seen under 50 murders and the trend is downward. What would account for this disparity? Globe readers would probably not attribute it to the strategic approach taken by the city’s police department. But hey, just sayin.

And a politician in Georgia is down in the pecking order but still standing by his giant chicken. Ain’t that America.

All uphill from here

Wednesday. Give thanks for that.

November is National Pet Obesity Awareness Month. Have another piece of pie but don’t overfeed the dog.

Bruce Mohl brings us up to speed on the hydro-electric project that would have brought power from Canada to Massachusetts, via Maine, before voters in Maine cancelled it. Now electric companies are suing Maine for the hundreds of millions of dollars lost and injunctions are in the works. Plan B for Massachusetts? Another fossil fuel plant.

I didn’t know there was a quarry in Mattapan. But apparently there is and it’s very historic.

Mike Lindell missed another self-imposed deadline on proving that the election was stolen. “We will have this before the Supreme Court before Thanksgiving,” he said on Steve Bannon’s podcast. “That’s my promise to the people of this country.” Also something about pillows.

And Weird Al serves a classic dis to Kid Rock. Good one.

Nuts and bolts

Tuesday. Lots of people on the road.

Here’s everything you need to know about botulism.

Infrastructure is important. People seem to support it. But it’s boring. Ideally, politics should be boring – just not this boring. David Siders reports on the inability of Democrats to excite voters (at a time when Republicans are pulling on every string.)

This is bad news if you want to get an early start on shopping for Black Friday: Target won’t be opening on Thanksgiving.

One interesting thing I found in David Brooks’ report from the National Conservatism Conference was that conservatives now see themselves as the anti-business party. Especially big business. David Gelles digs a little deeper and finds a developing pattern of brand partisanship.

And HBO is looking for an actor with a ripped bod who isn’t afraid to show it off. Too bad I’m busy that week.

What the market will bear

Monday. Up and at em.

NASA is planning to blow up an asteroid next year. It’s a test of what we would do if one were headed for us. Fingers crossed.

Gas prices and politics have long been connected. Some people think the current administration is responsible for higher prices at the pump. This article implies that as economic activity and optimism rises, so do oil prices. When things look bad they go down. So maybe people just feel good about the economy. It’s actually slightly more complicated than that and there are other factors at play, but at the end of the day it’s just a supply and demand feedback loop.

A longevity bonus for an elected official? It’s kind of the opposite of term limits. “Asinine” is a good way to describe it.

Newly recovered tracking data raises fresh questions about the course of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 as it headed out to sea. It looks like the pilot went into a 20 minute racetrack pattern just off the coast of Sumatra. This doesn’t fit the current theories of what might have happened. Interesting.

And if you need someone eliminated, well, there’s an app for that. Or at least a fake website.