Forgone conclusion

Saturday. Happy birthday to Weird Al.

The next victim of supply chain shortages? The color blue.

The Globe has endorsed Michelle Wu. Who saw that one coming? In its editorial on the endorsement they pretty much admit that her campaign platform is pie in the sky. But, they note, at least she can negotiate a new contract with the police unions. Actually, the negotiated contract is only a very small part of the relationship between the city and the unions. Past practice, established labor law and union-friendly arbitrators are the real drivers. So if Wu actually does what she says she will, get ready for some big payouts down the road.

The iPod is 20 years old today. For us music lovers, it was a game changer. Today it lives on in different forms.

A new $49 million dollar pedestrian bridge is going up between Somerville and Everett, near the Encore casino. But the best part is that the folks at Boston Magazine got to use the headline… “GONE-dola: The Link between Somerville and the Encore Will Be a Bridge.”

And the Red Sox are calling it a season. At least they made into October. Well into October.

Turn of a phrase

Thursday. The weekend is in sight.

Here in Boston, when you’re thirsty, you head down to the corner spa to get a boss of tonic.

WBUR’s Anthony Brooks profiles Annissa Essaibi George. It’s kind of a puff piece. At least it’s an honest one. Not one paragraph begins with ‘but.’

The CDC says that we should throw away all of our onions if we don’t know where they came from. What, like Roache Brothers? Apparently there’s a salmonella outbreak involving onions from Mexico. Massachusetts has already has seen some cases.

In Russia, a lockdown isn’t a lockdown. It’s a holiday.

And A&W has apparently been stewing for 40 years over the failure of the 1/3 lb burger. But now, with the 3/9 lb burger, they think they’ve finally nailed it.

The best defense

Wednesday morning. Today’s word is batten.

Live Boston had the scoop on the arrest of Clark Grant on federal fraud charges. Grant is the husband of local activist Monica Cannon Grant, who often tangles with city officials. The charges were brought by the US Department of Labor.

In the mayor’s race, the Globe has yet another hard-hitting investigative story about Essaibi George, including telling us that she had a messy car. This is the kind of political advocacy journalism that makes Trump’s insane rants against the media resonate with people. On to the debate. It was feisty. Wu was defensive on a number of topics, including on using mental health clinicians in police responses. She said she would bring this innovation to her administration but Essaibi George bristled. Police already use clinicians and are seeking to increase their use, largely due to a longtime advocacy by Essaibi George during her time on the council. And there was a reference to a Boston Herald story describing Wu’s connection to a friend’s father and campaign donor, Terry Considine, a controversial former Republican state senator from Colorado. Wu seemed surprised when it came up. I was too. I had never heard about it before then. But then again, I mostly read the Globe.

Facebook has an image problem. Time for a name change.

New cars are getting expensive. Chevy’s are up there. But a brand new Mini could be a good deal. Here’s a list of of which car brand’s prices are rising fastest and which are not, courtesy of YAA. Hint: I would stay away from buying a used Jaguar if you’re worried about resale value.

And if you haven’t had enough of mayoral debates, this one tonight should be fun to watch.

Strange bedfellows

Tuesday. Today is National Seafood Bisque Day.

I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday but some people know what was on the menu 2700 years ago.

What’s going on with Rachael Rollins‘ US Attorney confirmation? The Bay State Banner indicates that some of its readers have written in to urge disapproval so as to keep her in her position as the DA, where she can have the most impact, a position the Banner disagrees with. Tom Cotton, of course, is still holding things up. Where it will go from here is unclear.

Apple‘s latest pro laptops take design cues from the past, adding ports and removing the touch bar. That’s what people wanted. Appropriately, the unveiling of the new models yesterday coincided with the 30 year anniversary of the introduction of the original Mac laptop, the Powerbook. It was an amazing machines in its time.

It’s crunch time for the 1571 state employees who haven’t been vaccinated. Commonwealth Magazine reports that the state police union is warning of staffing shortages if non-compliant troopers are fired. But, as they report, the Governor appears unconcerned. He doesn’t think staffing is a concern since only a small percentage of troopers haven’t been vaccinated and a new class is coming out of the academy next week. In other words, those unvaccinated troopers are expendable.

And since there’s a shortage of truckers, a California vocational school is trying to get more high school students behind the wheel of those heavy big rigs. What a great idea! Roads full of teenagers driving giant trucks.

City life

Monday morning. Today is Edward Winslow‘s birthday.

Boston Police and EMS vehicles have been spotted in Alberta, Canada. Slightly out of their jurisdiction.

Politicians are adept at using soothing aspirational language when confronted with urgent and difficult problems. They say they will provide leadership, accountability, partnerships, etc. without getting into the gritty details of what actually needs to be done. In the case of Mass and Cass, according to Shirley Leung, they need to be more specific and tell people what they don’t want to hear. “Maybe what’s lacking most is the political courage on the part of our leaders to tell people they cannot openly shoot up drugs and occupy streets. Harsh as it may sound to some, living in a tent should no longer be considered an option.”

Rolling Stone magazine has a new editor. He wants to return it to being a “piece of hot shrapnel from the cultural explosion.”

MIT’s Avi Loeb has moved on from writing about alien spaceships to writing about our universe being created in a laboratory. Sounds a little ‘out there’ but he does make some rational arguments.

And be careful if you’re flying with an old film camera. People who see it will say something.