A surfeit of ignorance

Tuesday today. It’s the anniversary of the anarchist bombings of 1919.

Office buildings were cleared to open up for workers yesterday but where are the workers? Still at home.

A report from Italy suggested that the coronavirus had mutated to a weaker version. Scientists and experts aren’t buying it. Human behavior is much more adaptable than the virus is at this point and that’s more likely to be responsible for any changes in infection rates. But even with six months of scientific scrutiny, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the coronavirus. The Times summarizes our ignorance.

Who’s instigating the rioting? It’s tempting to look for a simple answer but reality is always more complicated. That said, the involvement of young white guys like Bartel, at the core of the violence, is more common than people may think.

To raise taxes or not to raise taxes. That is the question for Massachusetts as revenue has shrunk and spending has accelerated during the crisis. Actually it’s not as simple as only raising taxes. Service cuts and layoffs are also in the mix and it’s all against a backdrop of seeding future economic growth. A group of economists have a recommendation for state leadership. The president of the Beacon Hill Institute rebuts.

And Troy Hunt looked into the data breach of the Minneapolis Police Department attributed to Anonymous and found that it wasn’t what it seemed.

Nowhere to run

A Friday. Today is the anniversary of the Eddington experiment that confirmed Einstein’s General Relativity theory.

This study from Ireland is good news for schools reopening in the fall.

The Boston Marathon is canceled. But you can run it alone somewhere else and still get a t-shirt and a medal.

Remote work is great but don’t count on that promotion.

A Globe poll showed that many people are going to focus on local vacations this year. But book early if you plan to take the ferry to the cape. And if you’re going to Hull, bring your own ice cream.

And the Twitter wars are officially on. Ars weighs in on how will this play out.

Facing an uphill battle

Thank God it’s Wednesday. The high point of the week.

Bruce Mohl checks the temperature of the state Republican Party. The prognosis does not look good. In fact it’s a Code Red.

Universal Hub has the latest on Cumberland Farms’ initial victory in the courts to allow a ballot question that would greatly increase the availability of beer and wine in grocery stores.

The Post profiles the two astronauts scheduled to lift off in the SpaceX capsule today. Live coverage of the launch is here.

Las Vegas is getting ready to open up again. Not sure how you play cards without touching the cards, though.

And virtual crowd noise is coming. Can virtual face painting be far behind?

Hair today, gone on Monday

Is it Thursday? Yes, it’s Thursday. The day, in 2011, that nothing happened.

The Globe provides tips for taking road trips this summer. You’re going to need a big trunk for all the stuff they think you should bring. And apps to find decent bathrooms.

Spencer Buell, writing in Boston Magazine, wonders whether it’s safe to get a haircut when barber shops open on Monday. I think the real question is whether you’ll be able to get an appointment.

Antibody tests and viral tests are two different tests. In simple terms, one checks whether you have the virus, the other whether you have developed antibodies as a result of having previously had the virus. Both are important for calibrating reopening plans and we should be testing for both but, as The Atlantic reports, test numbers released by the CDC have the two all mixed up. “This is a mess,” the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute told the magazine.

There weren’t many republican lawmakers in the Massachusetts legislature and now there are even fewer.

And the Apple/Google contract tracing framework was released yesterday in a software update for your phone. Three states are already working on apps for it, Alabama, South Carolina and North Dakota.

Doctor, Doctor, give me the news

A snowy mid-April Saturday morning. Paul Revere rides tonight.

Louisa Thomas writes about what it’s like to miss Marathon Day in Boston.

Dr. Drew, Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil are in heavy rotation on TV. Are these really the guys we want informing us in the middle of a pandemic?

Maybe it’s because I’m old and hanging on to outdated expectations of how a president should behave but these tweets seem not only dangerous but borderline seditious to an old coot like me.

Here’s a follow-up on the food supply issues that I mentioned yesterday. It’s not just the meat processing plants that are having problems.

The Guardian has singled out Charlie Baker as one of a handful of US governors who has stepped up in the crisis. They note his empathy, pragmatism and persistence.

And now that the days have started blending into one another it may be a good time to watch Groundhog Day. Again.