Vicarious victimhood

It’s a rainy Monday. Today’s word is shrive.

What can you do about a bad judge? Not much. One guy from Groveland is trying to change that.

Two stories today on policing and politics. The first revolves around last week’s shooting in Times Square and how candidates for mayor are using it to showcase their support for public safety and the NYPD. The other looks at how most of the 12,000 police departments across the country are not like the NYPD. 90% of departments in the US have less than 50 officers. Unlike in many countries, policing here is decentralized. While that may be good in that allows local police to be closer and more responsive to their communities, it can also make reform challenging. Bug/feature.

Did Tucker Carlson get vaccinated? Inquiring minds want to know.

That ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline was a bigger deal than I thought. It could impact oil prices in the US and might lead to discussions about diplomatic or military retaliation. It’s also prompting requirements for companies operating as critical infrastructure to harden their networks against these attacks. Finally.

And LiveBoston617 reports on the arrest of a man from Leominster for gun possession. How would you describe the gun he was found with? It was… kinda funny looking. Ya. Funny looking.

Rights and obligations

Sunday. Happy Mothers Day.

Last night Elon Musk promoted Dogecoin on SNL as the future of currency. Then it crashed. The plot thickens.

Ex-Senate President Tom Birmingham believes that today’s students need more civics instruction. Can’t argue with that.

Beer designed to taste horrible and be consumed as personal performance art to make a point about climate change? Life is getting way too complicated.

Another big ransomware hit, this time against a fuel pipeline operator. Why aren’t these networks hardened against this kind of attack?

And it’s awfully quiet out there. (Doesn’t that usually means that a storm is coming?)

The wild ones

Hey, Thursday, right? A good day for a refreshing beverage.

How will we know when the pandemic is over? When you can dive into a pit of plastic balls. Obviously.

Dirtbikes and ATV‘s come out with the warm weather each year and many people find them menacing. In a recent City Council hearing, State Rep Russell Holmes said he found himself surrounded and intimidated by a mob of riders last fall. The council heard public comments and entertained some creative ideas like designating a special part of Franklin Park for the riders or bringing them in to ask them why they do what they do. But, asked Holmes, “Shouldn’t we be dealing with the real question, which is they shouldn’t even be in the park or be in the road?”

So far, foldable phones are just a gimmick. Apple has some ideas about changing that.

New Jersey and Connecticut top the list of best states for pizza, according to Food and Wine Magazine. Massachusetts comes in at number eight, behind even California. (I’ve had the pizza in California. Not good.) Anyway, they call out Santarpio’s and Galleria Umberto, and note other, different styles of pizza here in the Bay State, including Greek, South Shore bar pizza and something called beach pizza, which I hadn’t heard about before.

And don’t judge me because my name is round. (Only a spiky person would do something like that.)

Cynical realism

Sunday morning. Relax and enjoy.

Apparently the Massachusetts GOP is doing such a good job of winning elections that they’ve decided they can get by with less voters.

Following up on the Carville Democratic Party ‘wokeness’ problem issue, Russ Douthat writes that it’s not just faculty lounge language that could come back to haunt the party. The “Democrats’ problem won’t be the off-putting rhetoric of police abolition; it will be the reality of a rising body count as liberal politicians struggle to negotiate between activists, protesters, progressive prosecutors and cops.”

Post-war Britain and Ireland feature in these compelling photos from the Martin Parr collection.

CRISPR was a revolutionary step in bio engineering but a new technique called RLR, developed at Harvard, may have even more impact.

One ransomeware gang is changing its tactics. No more encryption, just data held for hostage. Another group is hiring. Business must be good.

And, what doesn’t kill you makes you… nicer? If only.

The other side of summer

Thank God it’s Wednesday. And happy Superhero Day.

Boston Magazine‘s list of the 100 most influential Bostonians includes a guy who lives and works in Tampa, Florida. Kind of pushing the limits of ‘Bostonian’ there.

Things are looking up. On Friday restrictions begin to ease. Singing will be allowed. Later in the month, as the warmer weather kicks in, things will open up even more. Beer gardens, parades and street festivals will be allowed. By August almost all state-imposed business restrictions will be eliminated. But don’t throw away those masks. I think they’ll be around for some time.

One 80 year old rotten tomato spoiled the whole caprese salad for Citizen Kane.

Brian Chen tried out Apple’s new AirTags for tracking objects. They harness the new ultra-wideband technology in Apple’s U1 chip. The AirTags are cool but the potential of the tech is even cooler.

And if you’re travelling by air this summer, leave a little extra time to get through security. You’ll need it.