It’s a nice Wednesday morning. Another sleepy, dusty delta day.
If you like cheese, now is the time to buy from New England cheesemakers. Their sales have been hit hard by the pandemic. France is having the same problem and has declared it a patriotic duty to eat cheese. I’m on board with that.
Policing, and especially using coercive force, requires hard-earned legitimacy and local knowledge. The feds don’t have that, nor does the military. The TSA certainly doesn’t. Chuck Wexler is right, this overuse of federal assets is a recipe for chaos.
In a Globe Ideas piece, a couple of “old guys” with policing experience dating back to the 70’s write about the problems with policing today. And in the Wall Street Journal another op-ed takes the view that there are no problems in policing today. Maybe that’s the problem.
Thomas Friedman is not optimistic that leaders in government can keep the country together and functional through the next election. Everyone seems to have a vested interest in division, except, maybe, business leaders. But not the ones who run social networks. For them, division is where the money is.
And in what might be the last chapter in the Tiger King saga, Carole Baskin has been awarded ownership of Joe Exotic’s zoo. Well, rustle my mullet.
Tuesday today. It’s the anniversary of the anarchist bombings of 1919.
Office buildings were cleared to open up for workers yesterday but where are the workers? Still at home.
A report from Italy suggested that the coronavirus had mutated to a weaker version. Scientists and experts aren’t buying it. Human behavior is much more adaptable than the virus is at this point and that’s more likely to be responsible for any changes in infection rates. But even with six months of scientific scrutiny, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the coronavirus. The Times summarizes our ignorance.
Who’s instigating the rioting? It’s tempting to look for a simple answer but reality is always more complicated. That said, the involvement of young white guys like Bartel, at the core of the violence, is more common than people may think.
To raise taxes or not to raise taxes. That is the question for Massachusetts as revenue has shrunk and spending has accelerated during the crisis. Actually it’s not as simple as only raising taxes. Service cuts and layoffs are also in the mix and it’s all against a backdrop of seeding future economic growth. A group of economists have a recommendation for state leadership. The president of the Beacon Hill Institute rebuts.
And Troy Hunt looked into the data breach of the Minneapolis Police Department attributed to Anonymous and found that it wasn’t what it seemed.
Monday, June 1st. The morning after.
It was a rough night in Boston. Waves of looting and destruction. A long night for the police. (The Dig has some on-the-ground photos taken by Keiko Hiromi.) There’s a community cleanup going on this morning.
It was the same story across the nation. Minneapolis, the starting point with the killing of George Floyd, was relatively quiet last night, but in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago and Portland, violence escalated. More than 4000 people were arrested across the country over the weekend. Crowds in Washington DC gathered outside the White House and then moved into surrounding areas where they vandalized property and looted stores.
There was one nice moment in Birmingham, Alabama, though.
So this is what a politically divided America looks like. We’ve seen riots and looting before but it seems different this time. The national government is dysfunctional and can’t rise to the occasion. The media is amplifying tension on both sides. The president, when he weighs in at all, is making things worse, not better. There is no touchstone. It’s a difficult time for the country. The future is cloudy.
And we’re still in the midst of a pandemic. Imagine that.
It’s Sunday, May 31st. Covfefe is 3 years old today.
Can your Fitbit tell you if you have Covid-19? Maybe. They’re working on it.
The FBI has reportedly uncovered a new Al-Qaeda plot: The terrorist group is planning to sit at home and watch the collapse of United States on TV. Yes, it’s from The Onion, but this one stings a little bit.
Boston-area photographer Elsa Dorfman, whose photos hang in the Museum of Fine Art, has died.
A lot of people have had enough. They’re “over it.” You know, the masks, the lines, the Clorox wipes, the “tragic hair, the diminished hygiene, the endless construction next door, the Zoom meetings from hell…”. But even when it is over, you still have to wash your hands.
And if you’ve ever mocked the poor wording and misspellings in those Nigerian prince emails, then you’ve been successfully sorted out of the process. Apparently the scammers are smarter than you think.
A good Saturday to you. Today’s word is Gamut.
In Boston and across the state it looks like the velvet glove approach to enforcing restrictions worked out just fine.
Phase 2 begins in a week. Hotels and restaurants will be allowed to accept customers if they adhere to the guidelines of the reopening plan. More details will be provided by the governor on Monday. I’m looking forward to dining out but curious to see how the experience will be different. This is a perfect time for sitting outdoors, and it’s safer, too.
The SpaceX launch is on for this afternoon after being postponed from last week. It’s scheduled for 3:22 PM Eastern. Here is a link to live coverage.
RAND, the think-tank, weighs in on the privacy aspect of contact tracing apps. It’s a pretty high level overview.
And, one of the people at the Lake of the Ozarks party has tested positive. I would hate to be the contact tracer for that case.