An impolitic discourse

It’s Wednesday. Cinco de Mayo. Squeeze that lime.

Ireland is opening up for tourism next month. And, conveniently, Air Lingus is running a flash sale on upcoming flights.

The BPPA are often their own worst enemy and are always a reliable villain in any discussion of policing in Boston. And while I have a lot of respect for Andrea Campbell and think she would make a good mayor, the fact remains that she threw the first punch in this Twitter fight.

In elections later this week, Boris Johnson may win the battle over ethical accusations but lose the war on keeping the UK a united kingdom.

Scripps Healthcare was reportedly hacked over the weekend. Medical providers and patients lost access to systems used to schedule visits or view test results. Not a lot of details were forthcoming but the recent trends by ransomware groups to steal data in addition to seeking money raised new concerns about patient information being exposed.

And the country of France lost a little ground in a recent land war with a farmer from Belgium. Call in the cartographers.

Defying expectations

Tuesday. We’re off and running. Bring an umbrella.

Because of the variants circulating and the people who refuse to get vaccinated the rest of us are, unfortunately, going to have to live with a future of booster shots. Maybe they’ll reconsider.

It appears that Congress is actually getting things done, working through legislation, passing bills. Filibusters are scant. This is crazy. Stop the presses. Man bites dog.

Be the change.

Marc Hurwitz reports that a new brewery is slated for Hampden Street in Roxbury at the site of the closed Backlash Beer Company. They’ll be brewing and serving hard Kombucha.

And Apple’s Air Tags are not a very good way to track your luggage through the airport. But you can track a letter through the mail.

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.

Put up or shut up

Friday. April is a wrap. Bring on the May flowers.

John Richards couldn’t stand by and watch while people abused the poor apostrophe. So he did something about it. Richards died earlier this week in Boston, England.

Everyone says cops make too much money. And everyone seems to be an expert on policing. But nobody wants to be a cop. A head scratcher.

Open office plans may not survive in the post-pandemic world. Google has some ideas on what the new office will look like. Think campfire circles and inflatable walls.

Andrea Campbell stuck her neck out and announced her run for mayor before the race opened up. Some are now encouraging her to drop out and consider a different job. Not likely, I’m guessing.

And Stephen Wolfram ran the numbers on the mystery of existence and he believes he cracked it. The Universe exists, he calculated, because it is inevitable that it exists. Thank you and good night.

Too close to home

Thursday morning. Foggy and cool.

Now you can watch the video of the head of the NRA trying (and trying) to shoot a motionless elephant. Why would anyone want to shoot an elephant?

There was a shooting in Dudley MA, out by Sturbridge on the Connecticut border. The Boston Globe was all over it. There were also shots fired leading to an armed stand-off in Dorchester. Not a peep on that. Odd.

Michael Collins has died. He was on the first moon mission, the guy stuck in orbit while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin got to walk on the moon. He led quite a life and people who knew him said he was an amazing guy.

Here’s the James Carville interview where he goes off on the political viability of wokeness.

And people usually like police dogs. But this police dog from Boston, now working for the NYPD, is not so popular. Looks like he’ll be sent to a farm where he can run free.