The long honeymoon

Tuesday. The word of the day is facetious.

Bernie Sanders seems to have set Elon Musk off. Or maybe he’s just giving him cover.

Boston gets a new mayor today. Michelle Wu will be sworn in this afternoon. The Globe is setting expectations very high, which probably isn’t fair. Operationalizing politics while governing is hard, particularly at the start of an administration. Wu and her staff, especially if they’re coming from outside city government, are going to need a little time to settle in.

Henry Olsen is concerned for Democrats. And Fredrik deBoer, a dyed in the wool socialist, is worried that people on the left are stuck in their own bubble. Not to worry. People on the right are in a bubble, too. Everyone seems to be in their own bubble these days.

The state’s unemployment insurance fund was supposed to be in deficit. That was bad. But actually, there’s a surplus. That should be good -but it’s also confusing to the business community.

And no, your phone isn’t listening in to your conversations. Spread the word.

The new Boston

Sunday. Fun day. Also a pretty slow news day.

Ben Sisario got a look at Peter Jackson’s Get Back, a seven-hour Beatles documentary. (It looks like I’m going to have to sign up for the Disney Channel.)

Bostonians get a lot of entertainment from reports of storrowing. Nathan Phillips wants to take that all away. And Shirley Leung would like to see the downtown become a big residential neighborhood where we can all lay down on the grass in Post Office Square after a long day of telework. I would be down with that.

So apparently it’s not the medium or the message. They’re just giving people what they want. Maybe the problem is the audience. We have met the enemy…

I guess Rivian’s IPO went well. They now have a valuation that surpasses General Motors even though they’ve only shipped 150 cars.

And here’s another video from the Facebook metaverse. Oh, wait a minute.

Ramping up

Today is Wednesday. Another week half-done.

We now have a time frame for when the final season of Better Call Saul will air. Another 2-part season.

Three officers shot in a standoff. Another stabbed earlier in the week. Two suspects shot dead by police. Crime might be down in Boston but these incidents show the volatility and day to day danger for law enforcement. Also, the mayor-elect has named her transition team. I couldn’t find anyone with any real public safety experience on the list, which seems odd given the urgency of naming a permanent commissioner.

Who are the swing voters? David Leonhardt looks at the data.

Lisa Kashinsky writes about where Charlie Baker is on running again and whether he’ll ever become an independent.

And this is why I hate Pinterest. Good to see I’m not alone.

Politics on the margins

Sunday, November 7. Today’s word is soporific.

The Globe is being very nice to Kim Janey this morning. But isn’t it a little late for that?

The Squad made a big, empty gesture, voting against the infrastructure bill. Fortunately a handful of Republicans stepped up. What a world. Maureen Dowd writes about the problem of Democrats not being able to get out of their own way. And the show’s not over yet. Let’s see what happens with the spending bill.

Mobile devices with mini-computers have taken over the world. Our cars are full of computers. Even toasters have computers in them. Where are all those microchips coming from? That, writes Christopher Mimms, is the problem.

Wording in one section of the infrastructure bill, related to tax reporting requirements, is alarming some crypto watchers.

And I really hate biking up hills. Wind and hills. No thanks. But there are cyclists that love climbing hills. There’s even a blog highlighting the best, hardest hills. I don’t get it. For me it would be like reading ‘getting punched in the stomach’ magazine. But, to each his own, I guess.


Saturday. The Weekend.

Paleontology, politics and dairy all came together in 1802 when the good folks from Cheshire, MA sent a ‘mammoth’ block of cheese to Thomas Jefferson. Not to be outdone, upstate New Yorkers sent an even bigger block to Andrew Jackson, sparking a literal feeding frenzy in the White House. Ah, the good old days.

Coleman Herman reports that non-union employees at the MBTA received a $1000 bonus for working through the pandemic. Huh? Some people in the private sector were lucky enough to have been compensated for continuing to come into work, but not many. How did anyone in management at the T think that was a good idea at an agency struggling to control costs. Just the optics alone should have taken this off the table.

Alan Levinovitz responds to John McWhorter’s article about wokeness being like a religion. And in France, they’re just confused about the whole thing.

Mayor-elect Wu is still taking the T to work. She told WBUR that she will continue to do so as mayor. I guess that’s a good thing. The city can save a few bucks on a driver and when the T goes free, she will save as well.

And if you’re in the market for a new bike and you want to stand out from the crowd you should consider this gold Giant Defy. It’s only $288,125. Cash for flash.