The good of the one

Good morning. It’s Monday. The week begins.

Zeninjor Enwemeka tells us everything we need to know about ventilation on MBTA buses and trains. Alexandra Ossola does the same for indoor spaces.

Well, we now know what Donald Trump paid in taxes for each of the first couple of years that he was in the White House. $750.00. Seven hundred and fifty dollars. His hairdresser bill, by comparison, was $70,000. (For those same years, the Bidens paid $3.7 million and $1.5 million respectively and gave away another $1.3 million to charity.) Trump will tell you he paid little to no taxes because he’s smart. Just like it was smart to avoid serving in the military. And smart to siphon money off supposed charitable contributions. It was also very smart to duck responsibility for that whole coronavirus thing. Very complicated. Very messy. Even now he’s smartly trying to stay in office even if he loses the election.

That TikTok ban that was supposed to be effective last week? Didn’t happen. It still might, but for now things are on hold.

Florida gone wild. Restrictions lifted. Very smart. I’m sure it will turn out well.

And this is an interesting approach to making ransomware a thing of the past; making it illegal to pay the ransom.

Taking a stand

Finally Friday. The word of the day is translucent.

The worst Halloween candies? The ones that no one will trade for? Our own Necco wafers made the list.

Republican Charlie Baker’s reputation has him as a dry, efficient bureaucrat, not known for fits of passion. That makes this slow burn display of angry emotion so extraordinary (and reassuring) to watch. Then there’s William Kristol, not someone given to liberal hysterics, who is prepping for a coming constitutional crisis. It might be too early to panic but people from both sides are already planning for the apocalypse scenario. And Trump is doubling down. So I guess, “[w]e’re going to have to see what happens.”

Watch the Generals, part II.

And to underscore the artificial nature of the rational for questioning the results of the upcoming election, the head of the FBI says there is no evidence of the type of voter fraud that Trump continues to reference.

And here’s some breaking news: ‘Belief in Conspiracy Theories Is a Barrier to Controlling Spread of COVID-19.’ You don’t say.

Transition of power

It is Thursday. Only 98 days left in 2020 and 88 until the start of winter.

Andrea Campbell is running for mayor. Good luck to her. A lot will depend on what happens with the presidential election.

And this presidential election will be like no other. I’m getting a very bad feeling about November and beyond. Is it too late for New England to join the EU?

On a happier note and on World Maritime Day, a father and son team of fishermen from Galway have made another sea rescue. They’re getting pretty good at this.

The Metropolitan Opera has cancelled its entire season. No live broadcasts to liven up the winter, unfortunately.

And to quote the Governor of Missouri, “You don’t need government to tell you to wear a dang mask.” Damm right! He and his wife have cancelled upcoming events after they both tested positive.

Balls in the air

It’s Wednesday. Happy birthday to Roy Buchanan, Bruce Springsteen and John Coltrane.

Sean Murphy found a parking ticket scam down on Fan Pier Boulevard.

As a bare-fisted brawl is underway for a Supreme Court seat, weeks before an election, and the Senate is preparing to show just how efficient they can be as they push through the confirmation, there’s this small business of paying the bills and keeping the lights on. Walking and chewing gum is really hard.

Back in 2016, RBG wrote an op-ed. She had some advice for us.

Another often-asked question when I speak in public: “Do you have some good advice you might share with us?” Yes, I do. It comes from my savvy mother-in-law, advice she gave me on my wedding day. “In every good marriage,” she counseled, “it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.” I have followed that advice assiduously, and not only at home through 56 years of a marital partnership nonpareil. I have employed it as well in every workplace, including the Supreme Court. When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.

My city isn’t under siege. Is your city under siege? People are so gullible. Especially those who watch a certain news channel. It all reminds me of this.

And Boston Magazine (of course) thinks you might want to join a polo club. “The sport of kings isn’t just for royalty anymore.”

Halloween masks

Good Tuesday morning!! It’s the first day of fall. (That seemed quick.)

Leaves will soon be turning color and falling to the ground. Here’s the how and why.

What does the fall and winter look like as far as the virus goes? Andrew Joseph, writing in STAT, takes a long view into a number of possible futures. There are a lot of variables. But we should continue to wear a mask, wash our hands, and also, now, it might be beneficial to wear glasses.

Add Marco Rubio to the list of senators on the record opposed to pre-election court appointments. Not that it matters, apparently.

If you’re concerned about being tracked by advertisers, you may want to think about using a browser that blocks cookies and tracking pixels by default. Some sites are really egregious in what information they collect about you.

And, it appears that the government lost track of a 250 ton Chinese transformer. Meanwhile, this poor guy can’t get rid of a 700 pound safe.