One big nothing burger

Friday arrives. 18 days until the election. Libra clashes with Jupiter.

Curb your Enthusiasm is 20 years old this week. Pretty, pretty good.

It was billed in May as the ‘Greatest political crime in the history of our country.’ But, as it turned out, it wasn’t. But never mind. Americans have a short memory when it comes to bullshit. So how about something more recent like last night’s town meeting? The FBI says QAnon is a terrorist group. But the president, who the FBI reports to and who gets briefed by the FBI, said last night that he knows nothing about them and won’t condemn the group. Ouch. I think I’ve strained my credulity.

One doctor thinks trick or treating is safe. Let the kids have their candy, he says. They’ve had a tough year. I couldn’t agree more.

We knew it was coming but it’s still going to be confusing. MassDOT is beginning to re-number the highway exits to comply with federal milepost numbering standards.

And local morning news anchor Alaina Pinto lost her job because of a cameo as a newscaster in the new Adam Sandler movie. Things might have turned out better if she was able to plug her employer in the movie. But the fictional channel she appeared on was different from the one she worked at.

Who has the pencil?

Saturday. A nice sunny day. Today’s word is pertinacious.

People say New York is over. New New Yorkers disagree.

Is an exam school still an exam school without an exam? You wouldn’t think so but the latest Boston Public Schools plan to bring the most promising students together without a test sounds like it could actually work and be fair.

MA Sectary of State William Galvin has agreed to ease up on the name dropping. Now he has to quit doing those cheesy (but expensive) PSAs.

Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams has hit #1 on iTunes. Van Halen is also tearing up the charts. Roger Friedman wonders, ‘what year is this?‘.

And of all of the countries Donald Trump has disparaged, he may have met his match in… Wales. This could be war.

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

Today is Thursday. October has arrived. And so has Fat Bear Week.

Still depressed about the debate? Watch this. You’ll feel much better. Really.

The FY 2021 state budget is still a work in progress. So, apparently, is the 2020 budget, which is about $700 million in the red. Shira Schoenberg reports that the governor is moving money around to fill the gaps.

If you’re planning to head to northern Maine to see the foliage, this is the weekend to do it.

Thomas Friedman, who cut his teeth in Lebanon watching an established government and society break apart into disorder and warring factions, thinks we should be concerned. That makes me concerned.

And there’s an air leak on the International Space Station and it’s growing. Sounds bad but really it’s been there for over a year and at least now they think they know where it is. Reassuring, right?

The measurement problem

On this Tuesday morning, the word of the day is Sisyphean.

Hey, big news: Michelle Wu is running for mayor. Who woulda thought?

Rachael Rollins, Byron Rushing and Juana Matias argue for better data from courts and prosecutors. You can’t fix what you can’t measure, they say. This was a problem 20 years ago. A lot of people have worked at remedying the situation over the years but were stymied by funding constraints and bureaucratic inertia. So, good for them for highlighting, and hopefully tackling, the issue.

Mike Caputo obviously needs help. Unfortunately, he’s the guy in charge of providing it.

There was an MIT angle, so I guess it was OK for the Globe to run the ‘signs of life on Venus‘ story as a Metro item. But Venus is definitely outside the increasingly expanding Boston metro area, which, as of late, includes Rhode Island.

A sharp 911 tele-communicator, and an Apple Watch teamed up to save the life of an Arizona officer.

And speaking of Apple watches, there’s an event to announce new models today. I’ll be tuned in.

Right to reap profits

It’s Wednesday. Let’s all celebrate National Wienerschnitzel Day!

Ben Sasse wants to make the Senate great again. He has some reasonable suggestions for doing so.

The right to repair ballot question is being framed as a data security issue and a threat to privacy. But the folks lined up against it are not privacy advocates. Shira Schoenberg reports that General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, Kia, Subaru, Chrysler, Hyundai, BMW, Daimler Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen have pitched in $25 million dollars to defeat the initiative. This sounds to be more about money than about privacy.

State police in New Hampshire pulled over eight drivers doing over 100 mph last weekend. Their Special Enforcement Unit was on the lookout for aggressive and speedy violators. I’d be curious to know if Massachusetts is doing something similar. I don’t see much enforcement on our state roads.

It looks like one of the most promising front-runner vaccines under development is running into problems. Adverse effects are being reported in the AstraZeneca/Oxford University trials. Things are on hold for now.

And, this is disappointing. I was hoping they might come bearing vaccines.