Top heavy

Sunday. Today’s word is mirage.

Here’s another reason you don’t want to get Covid, even if you’re young and healthy: memory impairment.

In Massachusetts,the incumbent advantage gets a boost from how names are listed on the ballot. Margaret Monsell examines the practice, unique to this state, of always putting the incumbent’s name at the top.

Blogging about blogging: Brandon Quakkelaar writes about his love/hate relationship with social media (I can relate) and why you should just use blogs and RSS to get your information. Kev Quirk is on the same page. Stop writing multiple tweets, he says. Just make a blog post. They’re both right but I’m afraid the ship has sailed. Doomscrolling is here to stay.

A BU student looks at drug use on campus. It’s ubiquitous, writes Antonia Lehnert in the Daily Free Press, and schools need to offer more prevention and support.

And Albert Burneko is buzzing over a ridiculous new way of making coffee. We’ve come a long way from Folgers crystals. Or, maybe not.

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.

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.

Goose and gander

Sunday at bat. Monday on deck.

Coming soon. More asteroids whizzing by the earth.

Today, the Globe digs into Essaibi George’s husband‘s business affairs. He’s a real estate developer and would, if his wife were elected, have to deal with her administration over permits and regulation, opening the possibility of conflict of interest. It’s a fair shot. Speaking of fairness, I assume next Sunday the paper will dig into frontrunner Michelle Wu’s husband, also in real estate and banking, to find out how many foreclosures his company has been associated with and how they would handle those city hall conflicts.

Randy Bachman lost his guitar in 1976. The Internet found it for him 45 years later. Taking care of business. Also, a bass comes home.

President Biden recently commemorated police officers killed in the line of duty. He didn’t mention Covid but that is by far the leading cause of death for law enforcement. Meanwhile in Chicago, the police union head is calling for a walk-out over vaccine requirements. I’m confused. But Zeynep Tufekci seems to have a handle on the anti-vaxxers. It’s complicated and the solution will not involve a Hollywood ending. But we’ll get there, she believes.

And you might not have known about the secret iPhone number codes. (Psst. Here they are.)

Mind the gap

Happy Saturday. Enjoy the day.

British politicians have a tradition of meeting with their constitutions called political ‘surgeries.’ It’s become a deadly practice lately.

In the wake of a series of incidents, Boston voters were asked about safety on the T. It’s mostly safe, they said. But not very.

In the late 80’s, when Elon Musk was still a teenager, Buick came up with a dashboard touch screen that was way ahead of its time. It was pretty remarkable. Take a look.

Our news intake went up during the pandemic. Consequently, our mental health well being went down.

And the Russians keep screwing up at the International Space Station. Not good.