No flight plan

Tuesday. It’s the last day of June and the anniversary of the Tunguska explosion.

Jim McBride reviews the recent history around the Cam Newton trade. It’s a calculated gamble for the Patriots, but I’m looking forward to the season – barring any early injuries. Adam Kilgore considers the Belichick/Newton combo and likes what he sees. Excitement is in the air once again for Pats fans.

Just in time for a potential coronavirus vaccine, here comes a new virus from China. More here. (Maybe that mid-2020 Mayan ‘end of the world‘ thing was spot on.) Also, James Fallows does an NTSB style investigation into how the US government handled the Covid outbreak and determines the cause to be pilot error. It’s a long article but worth the time to read. And many good links are provided.

CNN looks at the rise and fall of the British cheddar cheese empire. (Make mine Vermont cheddar, please)

Did we really need a mathematical model of political hyper-polarization? I’ll go out on a limb and say no.

And 57% of British people polled recently want to rejoin the European Union. Only 35% still support Brexit. What a surprise.

Think global, buy local

Today is Sunday. Happy Mother’s Day. Fifty years ago today, this happened.

Who’s that guy with Gisele?

Local merchants are losing out as people stay home and use Amazon for shopping. If you want to keep your money in the area, this Reddit thread lists a bunch of local companies selling online. It starts out slow but keep scrolling and you’ll find a wide range of businesses listed. Boston Magazine has the local ice cream angle covered. Ice cream sure sounds good.

Dining in a pod is now a thing, at least in Amsterdam. And Mexico is out of beer.

The live music industry in the US has been decimated and there’s no end in sight. Same thing in Europe. Artists can still barely scrape by with streaming and merchandise but the people who run independent venues and those who do lighting, sound, set up and security for live music events are in big trouble.

And Sports Illustrated explores what the multi-billion dollar sports betting world looks like at a time when there’s no sports.

Advanced persistent threats

Thursday, smershday. Today’s word is truckle.

It appears that most people are doing the right thing, mask-wise. And for some, it’s a political statement.

Hackers are still hacking. The Snake virus, a ransomware package that attacks networks and industrial systems, has reportedly infected a German hospital system dealing with the coronavirus. Also, the Times looks at Aria-body, a newly discovered software tool used for espionage, alleged to have been developed by the Chinese military.

Now we’re getting into August: Saint Anthony’s Feast is cancelled, as is the Marshfield Fair.

Ben Volin takes a crack at what he thinks the Patriots’ 2020 roster will look like. Will Jarrett Stidham turn out to be more than just a placeholder? Stay tuned.

And Frontier Airlines wanted to charge extra for social distancing space. Of course they did.

Steady state

Sat. 4.25.20. Crick and Watson introduced us to DNA on this day in 1953.

Tom Brady walked into the wrong house in Florida. Usually people get shot for that.

Some states are beginning to reopen, notably Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina. It’s an experiment with historical precedent. I guess we’ll see if things have changed since the first go around or if this virus is just different in nature than the 1918 flu. In any case, I’ll be happy to see how it all unfolds watching from a state with competent leadership.

More on Kim Jong Un’s health problems: China dispatches a medical team to assist. Still no public appearances by the leader.

Doctors are seeing more young people infected with Covid-19 suffering or dying from stroke.

Andrea Campbell wrote an opinion piece highlighting the disproportionate impact that the virus has had in her neighborhood.

And it looks like Bolsonaro likes the numbers where they are.

Inside, looking out and about

Another Monday morning. Here we go again.

Can Bill Belichick have a winning season without a big name quarterback? I guess we’re going to find out.

Cellphone location tracking data, the same information Google uses to calculate driving time, has been analyzed to show, on a map, how and where in the country people are social distancing. Some areas of the south and midwest are lagging behind. Maybe it’s because the number of cases is still low there. Time will tell if whether those areas end up being harder hit by the virus than the areas that hunkered down early. But it’s becoming clear that states that got ahead of the crisis are getting better results.

Police chiefs from around the country, including Bill Brooks of Norwood, had a chance to talk to the president late last week. Chief Carli of Vacaville, California, suggested we “Stop testing NBA players, and start testing our first responders.” Good point. A Boston Police officer has tested positive. And don’t forget the folks working long stressful hours in the 911 call centers. This is a tough time for them.

New York City, which has become an epicenter for the coronavirus, shut down last night at 8 PM. Or at least it PAUSE‘ed. Gothamist breaks down what it means for New Yorkers.

And a loss of smell or taste could be a sign of infection. I hadn’t heard that before but it could be important.