Friends of our enemies

Today is Monday. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Bitcoin vs. Medical School? Now you can run the numbers.

Earlier in January, Brian Krebs was investigating DDoS-Guard, a “dodgy Russian firm” that maintains the website for Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization. DDoS-Guard also hosts various phishing sites, cybercrime groups and servers for 8chan and QAnon, considered by the FBI as a domestic terror threat. Then the Capitol riots happened, organized to some extent by the QAnon crowd and also by the folks on Parler, which was hosted on Amazon. As part of the backlash, Amazon cut off hosting for Parler, leaving them with no servers. It looks now like Parler is trying to get back online by getting into bed with DDoS-Guard. Fitting, I guess.

Phil Spector has died in prison serving time for murder. He was crazy talented and crazy dangerous.

According to a previously secret settlement agreement, Fox News had a stake in Trump being elected. You wouldn’t know it from their coverage, right?

And Beth Teitell says we can’t concentrate… or something…

Take off your pins

Sunday morning. It’s a birthday for Ben Franklin, Al Capone and Muhammad Ali.

San Francisco is too crowded. Nobody goes there anymore.

This Washington Post video story on the breaching of the Capitol is gripping. The situation was worse than you thought. Other video from Luke Mogelson underscores that. Just wow. Axios has begun a series on how it all started, beginning with election night. And the Wall Street Journal looks at where it will likely end.

Remember that migrant caravan? Apparently it’s still out there, marching around, thousands of miles and two borders away from the US. And with Biden set to be inaugurated this week it’s once again big news at Fox.

Scotland is considering opening a RICO (or, as they call it, an unexplained wealth order) investigation into Trump’s Turnberry golf resort. It seems like they’re arguing about who should initiate it.

And sometimes the wisdom of crowds is pretty stupid.

Rookie mistake

It’s Saturday. Here comes the weekend.

What is the My Pillow guy up to? Nothing good, it seems.

Anyone who has driven around in an unmarked car with lights and siren knows how tempting it is to turn them on when someone cuts you off, just to scare them a little and make a point. But it’s usually a bad idea and most LEOs quickly learn not to do it. This case illustrates why. Rollins showed an amazing lack of judgement in the initial alleged encounter, then on social media and then again later with the TV crew.

We complain about our legislators in Massachusetts but at least we don’t live in Missouri where they’ve taken stupid to a whole new level.

Wikipedia is 20 years old. (There’s a page on Wikipedia on Wikipedia.) Heather Kelly looks at how they’ve managed to make the whole collaborative encyclopedia thing work and Alex Pasternack reconstructs how they covered the assault on the Capitol in real time.

And ice cream for dogs (or actually frozen lard) has been available for a while now. It is not for people. The taste is horrible (I’ve heard). Now Ben and Jerry’s is getting into the game with their own brand of canine ice cream that humans will also find “delicious” as a late night snack. Sorry Fido.

Doomed to repeat

Happy Friday. It’s Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday.

Lily Hay Newman provides a very good primer on iPhone security.

To better understand what’s going on today, Danny McDonald takes us back to the 1993 mayoral race. Boston is a much different and, I would say, better place now, but history does tend to repeat itself.

The Axios Bill of Rights. I like it.

It’s an interesting legal question: Who would preside over an impeachment trial in the Senate for an ex-president? Constitutional wording is unclear but I think the ‘relates back’ theory makes the most sense for allowing the Chief Justice to preside. After all, the things Trump will being tried for are things he did while president.

And an electric Mustang? I’m definitely interested. Except it’s not really a Mustang. It’s an electric SUV called a Mustang. Now that’s unfortunate.

Meet the new boss

Monday, right? The word of the day is mimesis.

The Boston business community, which was initially suspicious of Marty Walsh’s labor origins, now gives him high marks. The next mayor may not be so business-friendly.

Speaking of the next mayor, Willie Gross is considering throwing his hat into the ring. He’s been thinking about it for some time but with Walsh leaving he can now say it out loud. Gross would have to resign as police commissioner or take a leave of absence to run. Mickey Roache, a popular police commissioner in the nineties, did that. He came in 7th in the preliminary election.

Will we look back on the pandemic as the beginning of a revolution in medicine? Some scientists think so.

Parler is being cut out at every level. They’re crying fowl, framing it a a suppression of free speech. Its not. It’s more like survival of the fittest speech. Parler is just a poor imitation of Twitter. On top of everything else, this week hackers have scraped all of Parler’s data, including deleted posts and videos with location metadata. So their security isn’t very fit either. That data breach could be a big deal for investigators and embarrassing for some people.

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