Doomed to repeat

Happy Friday. It’s Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday.

Lily Hay Newman provides a very good primer on iPhone security.

To better understand what’s going on today, Danny McDonald takes us back to the 1993 mayoral race. Boston is a much different and, I would say, better place now, but history does tend to repeat itself.

The Axios Bill of Rights. I like it.

It’s an interesting legal question: Who would preside over an impeachment trial in the Senate for an ex-president? Constitutional wording is unclear but I think the ‘relates back’ theory makes the most sense for allowing the Chief Justice to preside. After all, the things Trump will being tried for are things he did while president.

And an electric Mustang? I’m definitely interested. Except it’s not really a Mustang. It’s an electric SUV called a Mustang. Now that’s unfortunate.

Promises made

Thursday morning. I already know what I’m having for lunch.

Secretary of State Bill Galvin wants to use polling places as vaccination centers. Of course someone would have to go on TV to publicize the program.

Looking back on the last four years, the one thing that stands out from all the political noise is the national debt. Trump came into office with a promise to eliminate it within two terms. Instead he increased it by $7.8 trillion. That’s $23,500 of new debt for every American. Sure, the pandemic contributed to the spending but the debt was already out of control even before the first positive test.

In related news, we’re not going to the moon and there’s only been 40 miles of new wall built. Also, Obamacare. Very few politicians accomplish everything they promised on the campaign trail but Trump has made so many outlandish and undelivered promises that it merits note.

Guess a forgotten password and unlock $220 million dollars worth of bitcoin. Guess wrong and it all goes up in smoke. Talk about stress.

And a recent scientific study reveals that marijuana use correlates with junk food consumption. Eureka! Now pass the XXTRA Flamin’ Hot CheetosĀ®.

Parler games

Wednesday, Jan 13th. It’s the anniversary of the Hawaii Emergency Alert scare.

That Trump tax cut that some workers received before the election was actually a deferral of taxes until after the election. Now it’s time to pay up.

Hacking Parler was not difficult because the site was not very secure. Amateurishly insecure, actually. “This is like a Computer Science 101 bad homework assignment, the kind of stuff that you would do when you’re first learning how web servers work. I wouldn’t even call it a rookie mistake because, as a professional, you would never write something like this,” Kenneth White told Wired. The exfiltrated data is already being used to identify Parler users inside the Capitol during the uprising.

The new Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station came in under budget and ahead of schedule. The reviews are glowing. It looks beautiful in photos. And, it has become a catalyst for other improvements in the area. Nice work!

Business Insider: “The US military will have a larger footprint in the nation’s capital by this weekend than the total number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.”

And if you ever get a chance to go to Tunis, you should. The food is amazing, even the runny eggs. In the meantime there’s this.

All things to all people

Tuesday. Who could hang a name on you.

Good for Bill Belichick.

Michael Jonas explores the pros and (mostly) cons of a Willie Gross run for mayor. But I wouldn’t underestimate his advantages. A sometimes conservative police chief with high name recognition and deep roots in the Black community, Gross could be in a unique position to pick off voters from across the spectrum.

The Consumer Electronics Show is virtual this year, as expected. Here’s coverage by Cnet, The Verge and the WaPo.

Texas and Louisiana are blanketed in snow. Madrid is digging out from almost two feet. And in Boston? Bare ground and no snow in sight. This is my kind of winter.

And don’t forget to buy those lottery tickets this week. Big money!

Meet the new boss

Monday, right? The word of the day is mimesis.

The Boston business community, which was initially suspicious of Marty Walsh’s labor origins, now gives him high marks. The next mayor may not be so business-friendly.

Speaking of the next mayor, Willie Gross is considering throwing his hat into the ring. He’s been thinking about it for some time but with Walsh leaving he can now say it out loud. Gross would have to resign as police commissioner or take a leave of absence to run. Mickey Roache, a popular police commissioner in the nineties, did that. He came in 7th in the preliminary election.

Will we look back on the pandemic as the beginning of a revolution in medicine? Some scientists think so.

Parler is being cut out at every level. They’re crying fowl, framing it a a suppression of free speech. Its not. It’s more like survival of the fittest speech. Parler is just a poor imitation of Twitter. On top of everything else, this week hackers have scraped all of Parler’s data, including deleted posts and videos with location metadata. So their security isn’t very fit either. That data breach could be a big deal for investigators and embarrassing for some people.

And if you’re like me you have recurring subscriptions that you may have forgotten about. Here are some apps that might help get that under control.