No flight plan

Tuesday. It’s the last day of June and the anniversary of the Tunguska explosion.

Jim McBride reviews the recent history around the Cam Newton trade. It’s a calculated gamble for the Patriots, but I’m looking forward to the season – barring any early injuries. Adam Kilgore considers the Belichick/Newton combo and likes what he sees. Excitement is in the air once again for Pats fans.

Just in time for a potential coronavirus vaccine, here comes a new virus from China. More here. (Maybe that mid-2020 Mayan ‘end of the world‘ thing was spot on.) Also, James Fallows does an NTSB style investigation into how the US government handled the Covid outbreak and determines the cause to be pilot error. It’s a long article but worth the time to read. And many good links are provided.

CNN looks at the rise and fall of the British cheddar cheese empire. (Make mine Vermont cheddar, please)

Did we really need a mathematical model of political hyper-polarization? I’ll go out on a limb and say no.

And 57% of British people polled recently want to rejoin the European Union. Only 35% still support Brexit. What a surprise.

Winnowing the field

Wednesday, March 4th. The day, in 1966, that John Lennon put his foot in his mouth.

Brady for Garoppolo? Works for me.

With Biden’s strong showing we’re definitely down to two now in the race for the Democratic nomination. The stock market is even anticipating a ‘Biden bounce‘ today, although I’d be cautious about that with everything else that’s going on. It doesn’t look good for Warren. And Bloomberg will probably end his campaign, which makes sense. The only reason he was needed in the race was as insurance for moderates that Biden wouldn’t crash out. That youth surge for Sanders didn’t seem to materialize. According to Aaron Blake, only about 1 in 8 voters yesterday was under 30. More than two-thirds were over 45. Old people vote.

John Gruber and Jason Snell raise a good point. Apple may have to cancel WWDC. Having people fly in from around the world to northern California sounds like a very bad idea this year.

Tyler Cowen astutely breaks us down into two groups regarding the coronavirus: “growthers” who, based on data and forecasting, believe we are facing a potential crisis and “base-raters” who draw on common sense and experience and are much less concerned. I know I’m concerned.

And there are a wealth of options for good Vietnamese food in Boston. Although the restaurants in Allston and Cambridge might be fancier, the best food is in Dorchester.