Blood in the water

Sat. 10-17-20. The anniversary of the London Beer Flood.

Dr. Fauci and other health experts talk turkey.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy shared a video of a great white hunting just feet from the beach in Provincetown. It didn’t turn out well for the seal, who apparently didn’t know that it was Sharktober. (The Globe reposted the video on its site but added a pre-roll ad to it. I wonder how that works.)

There’s something fishy about the latest deadlock in the ongoing Brexit saga.

These are just some of the scientific journals that have found it necessary to get into politics in this age of science skepticism: The Lancet, Science Magazine, Scientific American, The New England Journal of Medicine and Nature. Carl Sagan saw it coming. I can almost hear his voice reading the passage.

And if you have a melody stuck in your head, Google might be able to help with its new Hum to Search feature. I will be testing this.

One big nothing burger

Friday arrives. 18 days until the election. Libra clashes with Jupiter.

Curb your Enthusiasm is 20 years old this week. Pretty, pretty good.

It was billed in May as the ‘Greatest political crime in the history of our country.’ But, as it turned out, it wasn’t. But never mind. Americans have a short memory when it comes to bullshit. So how about something more recent like last night’s town meeting? The FBI says QAnon is a terrorist group. But the president, who the FBI reports to and who gets briefed by the FBI, said last night that he knows nothing about them and won’t condemn the group. Ouch. I think I’ve strained my credulity.

One doctor thinks trick or treating is safe. Let the kids have their candy, he says. They’ve had a tough year. I couldn’t agree more.

We knew it was coming but it’s still going to be confusing. MassDOT is beginning to re-number the highway exits to comply with federal milepost numbering standards.

And local morning news anchor Alaina Pinto lost her job because of a cameo as a newscaster in the new Adam Sandler movie. Things might have turned out better if she was able to plug her employer in the movie. But the fictional channel she appeared on was different from the one she worked at.

Not out of the woods

Thursday is upon us. It’s National Shawarma Day.

There’s new music from Stevie Wonder.

The South Shore is seeing an increase in cases. Marshfield, Hanover and Plymouth are in the high-risk category now, with Duxbury and Scituate not far behind. The death rate in Massachusetts, even with its concentration of quality hospitals, is higher than in surrounding states, which is a bit of a mystery. Nationally, it looks like the US is heading for a third peak. And Germany, Ireland and the UK are also bracing for more cases.

Ryanair is closing its bases in Shannon and Cork, at least for the winter, with more cuts expected to come.

I listened to the entire hour-long questioning of the guy who turned the supposed Hunter Biden laptop over to Guliani and the New York Post. (The journalistic badgering and cajoling made me uncomfortable and reminded me of Janet Malcolm’s writing. I guess that’s just the sausage getting made.) Maybe it’s my suspicious nature, but it’s clear to me that this whole fake laptop story was a plant, probably involving overseas actors. October surprise indeed.

And if some industries are thinking of leaving New York, Big Tech is bucking the trend by expanding its presence in the city. And they’re no dummies.

Return on investment

Wednesday’s child is full of woe. And in 2020, there are 78 days to go.

At 92, Burt Bacharach is still at it.

As the cold weather moves in, outdoor dining can be very expensive for restaurant owners. The Dorchester Brewing Company is making the investment. Now they need their customers to support them. Also, in Kingston, Regina Pizza has closed its location in the Kingston Mall (or Collection, as it’s known these days. A collection of empty storefronts, mostly.) And on Harrison Ave in Boston, Atlántico, a new seafood tapas restaurant, it hoping to make a go of it despite the tough times.

Sherrin Woods, my old childhood haunt, is in the news. A Universal Hub post reports that there’s a petition that suggests the city purchase a parcel along the tracks near Dale Street to incorporate into the woods, rather than have it be developed into condos. I’m on board.

I was really drawn in by Rukmini Callimachi’s reporting on ISIS. Her sources and online investigative methods seemed to be perfectly suited to the story. So it’s disappointing to see that a big story she reported for the Times may have been based on an unreliable source. It’s a ding both to her reputation and to that of the Times.

And African Americans for Trump are on Twitter. Actually, no, they’re not.

Vanilla nut taps

Tuesday, October 13th. It’s Ada Lovelace Day, a woman ahead of her time.

There were 765 cases reported in Massachusetts yesterday. The numbers are starting to climb. Let’s hope they even out.

It’s easy to laugh at us Bostonians. But we’re laughing too. There’s just enough truth in these bits to make them uncomfortably funny.

Bellow, Updike, Roth. All gone. But Don DeLillo, at 83, is still writing great American novels. His latest book, The Silence, will be available later this month. It may be his last. He talked to David Marchese (on a landline.) It’s a great interview: “Do you read any websites? No, I don’t. My wife has a computer, but no, I don’t have any interest in that.” Amazing. Love that throwback attitude.

Farmers are not doing as well as they were four years ago. Trump trade wars and embargoes have put them on their heels. But some shamelessly well placed subsidies ahead of the election just might help to ease the pain.

And there’s an Apple event later today, mostly focused on new iPhones. But you never know. Dan Moren tells us what we can expect.