Seeking equilibrium

Sunday morning. It’s a birthday for Studs Terkel, Danny Trejo and Liberace.

In a Globe Ideas piece, Michael Fortner sees rising crime rates as a threat to progress on police reform, which kind of gets to the heart of the dilemma.

Covid disrupted the status quo for lower-wage service workers. When their jobs disappeared those workers found other ways to survive and now they’re in no hurry to return. Many have found a different type of work and others are just waiting it out. If these workers are not rushing back, maybe it’s a sign that their services were undervalued in the marketplace. Something like this has happened before, you know.

Skylarking, by XTC, is one of my favorite albums. It’s a “summer’s day cooked into one cake.” The story of how it got made is also one of the great tales of rock music.

Michael Jonas wonders about the scattered decision making by Marty Walsh‘s aides in the the appointment, and then suspension, of Dennis White. It was quite a cluster.

And would you vote for this man? I probably would, but not everyone agrees. He did chop down that cherry tree, after all.

Gone dark

A Saturday in the month of May. A violent wind will blow the wires away.

What a disaster,” indeed.

There has been a strange, but welcome, development regarding Darkside, the ransomware affiliate operation. All at once their public-facing servers and CDN’s have been been taken offline and their money has been seized. By whom, we don’t know but apparently the hackers went a little too far in recent days. The group is now saying that it will be closing down operations but more likely they’ll just retreat to a more low-profile mode of doing business.

A fan of the Dead Kennedys growing up, Boston-based Sister Aletheia now promotes death awareness. “Every face becomes a skull,” she reminds us. Cheery thought.

Marc Hurwitz reports on a new Vietnamese restaurant opening on Adams Street in Dorchester, near Park Street, quoting the owner, “You hungry, but can’t pay? Come and eat, and bring the money tomorrow…I have a warm heart, I like to share with friends. It’s how I was raised.” Sounds like a place I’d like to try.

And this makes perfect sense, right?

Nearing a new normal

Today is Tuesday and that’s totally tremendous.

Voyager 1, which launched back in 1977, is phoning home from 14 billion miles away with information about plasma waves in interstellar space. That’s just crazy.

England, Northern Ireland and Scotland recorded no Covid deaths in the latest reporting period. (Wales is still catching up, reporting 3 deaths.) Closer to home, Massachusetts had 14 deaths but only 446 new cases. Just a few months ago we were looking at over 6000 new cases a day, so we’re certainly moving in the right direction. By August 1st the worst may be over.

Airline workers were on the front lines in the mask wars. Retail workers too. It’s amazing how selfish and petty people can be. These workers need a raise.

Remember all that rhetoric about blue state bailouts? We were told that states like California shouldn’t get pandemic relief because they couldn’t manage their own budgets? Flash forward: California has a $75.7B budget surplus. Sounds pretty well-managed to me.

And Donovan Leitch, who once had an incredible string of hit songs in the 1960’s, has now teamed up with David Lynch for a music video. There are no talking monkeys but it’s still very Lynchian.

Vicarious victimhood

It’s a rainy Monday. Today’s word is shrive.

What can you do about a bad judge? Not much. One guy from Groveland is trying to change that.

Two stories today on policing and politics. The first revolves around last week’s shooting in Times Square and how candidates for mayor are using it to showcase their support for public safety and the NYPD. The other looks at how most of the 12,000 police departments across the country are not like the NYPD. 90% of departments in the US have less than 50 officers. Unlike in many countries, policing here is decentralized. While that may be good in that allows local police to be closer and more responsive to their communities, it can also make reform challenging. Bug/feature.

Did Tucker Carlson get vaccinated? Inquiring minds want to know.

That ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline was a bigger deal than I thought. It could impact oil prices in the US and might lead to discussions about diplomatic or military retaliation. It’s also prompting requirements for companies operating as critical infrastructure to harden their networks against these attacks. Finally.

And LiveBoston617 reports on the arrest of a man from Leominster for gun possession. How would you describe the gun he was found with? It was… kinda funny looking. Ya. Funny looking.

Scattered to the wind

Saturday. At the weekend, as they say.

A Chinese satellite is expected to crash to earth tonight. It’s unlikely to hit anywhere near Boston. But it’s not impossible. Plan accordingly.

Danny McDonald tries to read the tea leaves on how Marty Walsh supporters will vote now that Marty is not in the race. Even this late in the game, it’s still too early to tell.

LiveBoston617 covers a shooting in Roxbury. (H-Block is a gang turf, not a neighborhood in Boston.)

I’ve never wanted to be this guy. Variety is the spice of life.

And the impulse to conform is a real thing. I knew the mask mandate had been lifted but, walking around the city, everyone was wearing a mask. So I wore a mask. Baaaa.