Addition by subtraction

It’s Thursday, National Beer Day. (We all put the yeast in!)

Russian aggression isn’t just an abstract notion in Estonia. Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has some strategic—and tactical—advice for the West.

When US companies failed to detect and remove Russian malware from their networks, the government got a warrant and did it themselves. This is modern preemptive cyberwar.

George Grella reviews Philip Glass‘s 13th Symphony, performed this week in a world premier by the Canadian National Arts Centre Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. It’s great to have another Glass symphony and nice to see him take the stage after the performance.

Richard Davey is being introduced to New Yorkers at a time when subway crime is a big concern. It doesn’t sound like he’ll get much of a honeymoon period. The Post has already nicknamed him the newTrain Daddy.’ (His predecessor, the old ‘Train Daddy’, lasted only 25 months in the job.)

And a $20 dollar bill with a banana sticker on it? How did that happen?

From comedy to tragedy

Sunday, Sunday. Let’s have a parade.

The St. Patrick’s Day breakfast can be streamed here this morning.

In the TV show Servant of the People, a hapless history teacher stumbles into the presidency of Ukraine. The teacher is played by none other than Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who himself later in real life stumbled into the presidency of the Ukraine. It’s available on Netflix with subtitles and it’s worth watching if only to see how beautiful and vibrant Ukrainian society was before the war. The whole thing is really very weird but it puts images and stories like this and this into perspective, making them much more relatable and tragic.

Conti, Cozy Bear and the FSB, a nest of vipers.

Today’s assessment from the Institute for the Study of War is kind of a stunner: “Ukrainian forces have defeated the initial Russian campaign of this war. That campaign aimed to conduct airborne and mechanized operations to seize Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, and other major Ukrainian cities to force a change of government in Ukraine. That campaign has culminated. Russian forces continue to make limited advances in some parts of the theater but are very unlikely to be able to seize their objectives in this way.” … They go on to say that Russia will need to pause and regroup with new forces and supplies to win this war, but they don’t seem to be doing that.

And the reviews are in for Apple’s Universal Control. I’ve tried it with two Macs and it does ‘just work.’

Politics as usual

Monday again. Pi Day.

Tom Brady is pulling a Garth Brooks. That was one short retirement.

I used to think Elizabeth Warren had her feet on the ground. This endorsement makes me think otherwise.

Swedes have traditionally been cool to the idea of joining NATO. But now, as Thomas Lassi reports, almost half are warming up to the idea.

Drew Litrell gives us some history on the first computer virus. MIT. Fall of 1988.

And for Nantucket, an island 30 miles off the coast, UPS is critical infrastructure. Too bad they forgot to buy a ticket for the ferry.

Proxy wars

Today is Saturday, March 5th. The anniversary of Stalin‘s death.

Samsung is cutting off Russia. It’s a pretty big deal.

Glenn Gerstell believes that we need to get our cyber act in gear—especially now. The worse off Russia is economically as a result of sanctions the less they have to lose in launching a full out cyber attack against the west. Bobby DeSimone says the recent White House Zero Trust memo is a good beginning for getting our defenses up.

Ernie Boch Jr. is mourning the loss of his factory-fresh Bentley, sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic along with a bunch of rare 12-cylinder Lamborghinis. It’s a loss that’s “tough for the public,” he told WJAR before noting that he re-ordered another Bentley.

Dave Levitan and Lili Pike dig into the Russian attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant and how it could have, and still could, play out.

And the People’s Convoy seems to have lost its focus as it nears Washington. No one seems to have a plan. “We still don’t know where and what the end game is,” one participant told the Post. 10-4 good buddy.

The dog that didn’t bark

Wednesday. The peak of the week.

The craic is back… Boston Irish reports.

We all expected a cyber attack from Russia. But it hasn’t happened yet. So far only Ukraine has been hit and that attack was largely mitigated. One reason may be that some hacker groups are siding with Ukraine. But that can’t be the whole story. Brian Krebs writes about what to expect going forward.

Nigel Gould-Davies thinks Putin has painted himself into a corner. Yuval Noah Harari says that even though the war could go on for a long time, it’s already over for Russia. And Justin Bronk, a specialist in air power and military science, wonders what happened to the Russian Air Force.

Beth Daley (late of the Globe and now managing editor at The Conversation (and no relation)) writes about Jeff Bezos’ quest for immortality.

And the Boston accent has been voted as the most annoying accent in the country. That can’t be true. But if we’re talking about non-Bostonian actors trying to affect a Boston accent, which is what most people have the biggest exposure to, I would have to agree.