A windy, wet, Wednesday morning. Trees down all around.
The Boston area is gassy. It’s dangerous and definitely not great for the environment.
Bruce Mohl brings Charlie Baker into the conversation about some of Michelle Wu’s proposals, especially the ones that will depend on state buy in. Spoiler alert: He’s not enthusiastic. Also, on Baker’s decision about running for reelection, in an interview with Jim Braude he narrows it down to maybe yes, maybe no. “It’s complicated.”
Irreverent and influential Kennedy-era comedian Mort Sahl has died. He was 94.
Zaid Jilani has a sympathetic review in the Times of John McWhorter’s book on the anti-racism movement. Lots of discussion in the comments.
And here’s a word that does not exist. Whoa.
Today is Tuesday. A stormy day is in the forecast.
There’s another thing Apple is good at. Active shooter drills.
Last night was the final debate before the mayoral election. More feistiness. WBUR has their wrap up. Here’s what the Globe said. And the Herald. And UH. Essaibi George continued to push Wu on the issues of low-level, day-to-day governing, while Wu continued to talk big picture initiatives. I don’t disagree with Wu’s vision but I do subscribe to the Tom Menino hierarchy of governing. Solid financials, public safety, constituent services and investment in infrastructure first. Then you can start to tackle the higher level stuff. Otherwise it’s all just aspirational.
Hertz, just out of bankruptcy, spent over $4 billion dollars on 100,000 new Teslas. They paid full price, no discounts. What a country.
The Dorchester Reporter went to look for Willie Gross‘s record of voting in the preliminary and couldn’t find it. George Regan had an explanation. He said a poll worker wouldn’t let the ex-police commissioner vote because his drivers license showed an old address. Why would they ask him to show a license? The Secretary of State’s website says that a poll worker might ask for ID if they had a reasonable suspicion that leads them to suspect an identity problem. I guess that poll worker just didn’t recognise the most recognizable guy in the city.
And it’s the ransomware gang that couldn’t shoot straight. They must have wondered why no one was paying.
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.
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.
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.