High marks

TGIF. On this day in 1973, a Delta DC9 crashed on approach to Logan, killing all 89.

The election is postponed for one year because of the coronavirus. That just happened in Hong Kong.

Although Governor Charlie Baker is a Republican, he’s held in high regard by by both parties in Massachusetts -but especially by Democrats. On how he handled the coronavirus, 74% of Republicans in a MassINC poll approved of his leadership. That’s a pretty respectable number. But it pales in comparison to how Democrats think he did. They give him an approval rating of 91%. Ninety One!

The Trump campaign has suspended buying ads. Does this mean that the notoriously cheap Trump is going to pull an LBJ? Unlikely, but then again, lots of unlikely things have happened during this administration.

I called it a couple of weeks ago. The MA legislature is going to extend its session. There’s that little matter of the state budget that still needs to get done.

And it’s a butterfly! In space!

License and registration

Thursday morning. Today’s word is catastrophe. (Hopefully not a prophetic choice.)

Is Madonna still an influencer? I really hope not.

The city of Cambridge is considering allowing unarmed city employees to conduct vehicle stops. I don’t think it’s the presence of a gun on the person conducting the traffic stop that raises tensions in the situation as much as it is the potential for ticket or fine, but otherwise this might be an interesting experiment.

Mark Zuckerberg didn’t look especially comfortable in his suit, but overall the tech titans held up under the pressure of being grilled by Congress yesterday. Although both republicans and democrats came at them hard, at the end of the day there are partisan differences on how to reign the big tech companies in. So don’t expect much to come of it. One Florida congressman had his own “series of tubes” moment, when he questioned the CEO of Google about how to use Gmail.

When Zoom was in heavy use, early in the pandemic, it was pretty easy to hack through a password vulnerability that has now been closed. The vulnerability was discovered by Tom Anthony after Boris Johnson tweeted a screenshot from a Zoom virtual cabinet meeting.

And this could have been a story from The Onion. But sometimes the truth is more entertaining than comedy.

The Endless Summer

A Saturday. On this date the SS Andrea Doria collided with the MS Stockholm just south of Nantucket. Also, Bob Dylan went electric at Newport.

Boston is losing one of its best murals. Hopefully it can be recreated at another location.

Coronavirus roundup: There were over 73,000 new cases in the US yesterday. South Africa is braced for the worst. Experts are struggling with predictions for when infections will peak. 13 elderly nuns in a Michigan convent died from Covid-19, but a nursing home in Baltimore seems to have beaten the odds. There are still problems with supplies. And Dr. Fauci is in a NYT crossword. He’s also in a Sinclair News propaganda video being accused of actually creating the virus. I need a new planet.

I don’t always agree with David Brooks but sometimes he hits it out of the park. This is one of those times.

What could possibly go wrong in the November election? Garrett Graff lists 8 things.

Bill Forry provides a list of potential names for the new consolidated St. Ann/St. Brendan parish. I like St. John Paul II Parish but there are other strong contenders.

And the quantum Internet is coming. But not as soon as this article implies.

Breaking with convention

Friday, July 24th. It’s opening day!

If you do manage to plan a vacation, you may need to get a tested before you go. That may not be as easy as you think. Deborah Becker looks at testing turnaround times.

Well, so much for the Republican Convention in Jacksonville. Cancelled. At least one guy is happy, the local sheriff, Mike Williams, who had the impossible task of providing security for the late-scheduled event.

More than 1000 Twitter employees had access to the tools used in the big hack last week, Reuters reports. That’s not a very tight ship.

UFOs are back in the news. Multiple sources report that we’re in possession of artifacts from something that crashed at some point in time. Not very specific but fascinating, nonetheless.

And, how can you tell if the coronavirus is spreading in your area? Check to see if your local Apple store is open. (I’m guessing that the stores in Brazil are all closed.)

Headlong, eyes closed

Today is Thursday. It’s National Refreshment Day.

In Poland, they’re playing soccer in empty stadiums. But fans will find a way.

Under the proposed Massachusetts police reform bill being rushed through the legislature, current or former law enforcement officers are prohibited from serving on the law enforcement Standards and Training Commission. That’s a little weird, don’t you think? I certainly do, and so do these two prominent attorneys. Also, Eddie Crispin, president of MAMLEO, weighs in on the bill’s streamlined due process provisions. The issues involved are important but this legislation, he says, “cannot, and should not, be a rushed product.”

And defunding the police, as a political concept, is not generally supported by the public, although the Black Lives Matter movement is. It’s an election year so expect to see these two things to be conflated and weaponized.

Bruce Schneider takes a high-level view of the implications of the big Twitter hack.

And, someday, our whole life will be built around the computercirca 1974. Despite those thick glasses Arthur C. Clarke had amazing vision.