A bridge to somewhere

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.

Home rule

A subdued Sunday. It could be an interesting football game later this afternoon.

David Brooks wants to spend a ton of money on working class Americans.

Milton Valencia spoke to longtime City Councilor Matt O’Malley about his two city council colleagues running for mayor. “Both have very different but nevertheless effective leadership strategies that they’ve demonstrated in their time on the body,” he told the Globe. A career in diplomacy awaits. Yvonne Abraham goes a bit more out on a limb against Essaibi George by painting her as the ‘Old Boston’ candidate. Who do those townies think they are, right?

Andrew Yang confirms what we all long suspected: only sociopaths run for president.

What’s the latest news from Parcel P-3 across from police headquarters? Adam Gaffin has it. Once again developers are being invited to submit impractical proposals for an unbuildable project.

And no honor among thieves has been updated for the ransomware age.

Otherwise unremarkable

Friday, October 1st. Bundle up.

A former president‘s legal problems ended with a conviction and house arrest. Imagine that?

Michelle Wu has been ‘othered‘ by Annissa Essaibi George. Apparently that’s a bad thing. But it’s just differentiation. It’s what politicians do. At the end of the day you have to choose one – or the other?

Where you are and where you go is valuable data. And the apps on your phone are providing that location data to the people who resell and profit from it. Remember, Candy Crush does not need to know your location.

Symphony Hall is reopening this weekend with a free concert. And there’s a new CEO at the helm. Here’s the schedule for the coming year. There’s some good stuff on tap (but still no Philip Glass, unfortunately.)

And, here come the drones.

Public enemy #1

Happy Saturday.

Calibrating all those app settings to protect your privacy can seem daunting. This WaPo guide would be a good place to start.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Covid-19 is the leading cause of death for law enforcement officers in the U.S.

Astronauts and engineers are becoming concerned about seemingly small problems popping up on the ISS.

That Arizona audit that was going to prove that the election was stolen has released its findings. Surprisingly, it found that the election was not stolen. In fact, despite its questionable methodology and a pro-Trump bias, the audit showed that the Biden over Trump gap was even bigger than we thought.

And if you like amazing vocal performances, check out Geoff Castellucci’s version of Blackbird. That last note! Here he explains how he gets so low.

Up is down, down is up

Monday. Here we go.

Mac Jones looked good. It wasn’t a win but this season just might work out.

According to Third Way, via NBC News, crime in red state Massachusetts is way up. But in Boston, part one crime is down 17%. Something is out of whack. Maybe it’s Cambridge pushing the numbers up for the state.

Video game maker Epic sued Apple. Apple won. Kind of. They also lost. And Epic kind of won. No matter, Epic is going to appeal.

Cressida Dick is a reasonable person but I think she’s on the wrong side of this issue. Fighting terrorism and child sexual abuse are important but there are no easy solutions without compromising privacy for the average person. Not to mention the potential for abuse. Consider this. And this.

And A&W tried to ‘one up’ the McDonalds’ Quarter Pounder with their own Third Pounder. It didn’t catch on because people thought a third of a pound was smaller than a quarter of a pound. And you wonder why our vaccination rate is so low.