The invisible woman

Thursday. It’s a birthday for Oliver North, Vladimir Putin and Fox News.

How’s that Brexit thing working out for the UK? Survey says! … not so good.

The Guardian reports that, in the US, at least four Black women or girls were murdered each day last year. According to a crime victimization survey they were twice as likely as white women to encounter an armed offender. Why is this not bigger news? β€œIt makes you feel invisible, or like nobody cares,” one activist from Little Rock said. Absolutely tragic.

Do you need some time away from Facebook? Or maybe you want to make a clean break. Here’s how. But breakups are never as easy as you think.

An examination of genetic data and hospital samples points to the lab leak theory as the obvious logical origin of coronavirus, according to this article by Richard Muller and Steven Quay. If that’s all there is to it, it seems pretty compelling.

And you knew it was bound to happen eventually. The latest cryptocurrency is the Trumpcoin. The instructions for his followers to set up a wallet and buy it are just what you would expect. P.T. Barnum would be proud.

Burying the hatchet

Another beautiful rainy Sunday morning.

In case you were wondering, Bruce Schneier is not Satoshi Nakamoto.

Kim Janey is backing Michelle Wu. Things got a little contentious between the two in the preliminary election but apparently, now, all is forgiven. This is more of the pragmatism that I liked in Janey as acting mayor. I suspect her days of having influence in the city are not over.

Akela Lacy writes in The Intercept about how moderate Democrats derailed police reform. It’s an odd story of strange political bedfellows.

When Christopher Muther isn’t travelling, he’s writing well-researched articles on airport security.

And in London, Phil McCann is reporting on the fuel shortage. Who but?

A chicken in every pot

Today is Friday. And so it is.

Elizabeth Warren may have the right intention in trying to protect small investors in Ethereum. But if you’re in that market and you don’t know the risks, shame on you.

Michell Wu is in favor of the Free the T movement. No more fares. On her website, where she describes her position, there’s also a section asking for campaign donations that says, “Every dollar counts.” Unfortunately that part is true. A new report finds that the MBTA is headed for a ‘fiscal calamity’ unless it finds new sources of revenue. It’s nice to promise free things but, like a campaign, transportation costs money.

According to this map visualization from MassINC, Janey decisively beat Campbell in Roxbury and Mattapan. But digging into the numbers in the more progressive parts of the city you can see how Campbell, and presumably the Globe endorsement, cut into Janey’s numbers and tipped the scales citywide.

Apple is taking pre-orders for the new iPhone today. Before Apple, there was Sony. Like the iPhone in 2007, I bought the first Walkman as soon as it came out in 79. It was made of metal, like a tank. But it was an incredible device. This site has everything Walkman.

And the winners are… Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings. At least for this year.

Unconventional wisdom

Today is Tuesday. It’s a birthday for Buddy and Molly Holly.

The new normal: empty shelves.

A Reddit thread asked people for their unpopular opinions about Boston and it turned into a lovefest for the T. What do you know?

The governor’s race is starting to shape up. Shira Schoenberg fills us in.

El Salvador, a country where more than 70% of the population don’t have a bank account, just adopted Bitcoin as legal tender. It’s an experiment worth watching.

And while you have your sleeves rolled up, you might as well get the flu shot too. It’s that time again.

Beggars Banquet

Friday. My day. It’s Billy Boston‘s birthday.

These new, suggested constitutional amendments are not crazy. But shouldn’t we try to fix the 2nd amendment before attempting any of these other nice things?

If you’re a billionaire, it seems, you can always get what you want. Robert Kraft is flying in a few hundred of his closest friends for a private birthday party with live music provided by the Rolling Stones.

Ethereum’s London hard fork has been successfully activated. MacKenzie Sigalos breaks down what it means. And she also updates on the upcoming β€˜difficulty bomb’ for mining Ether.

Typos happen and that’s why we have editors. Or not, as this sentence from today’s Globe illustrates: “Boisvert was accused of pushing the officer who had approached on foot her at the time.”

And gambling has made a post-covid comeback in Boston. Encore has had its best quarter ever. I think that’s a good thing?