Reckless abandon

Sunday. A quiet foggy morning on a quiet news day.

A 50 person fight and then a seven car crash. Boston is doing things big these days.

Last week, Joe Biden had a great speech at the end of the DNC. This coming week, during the RNC, Trump is going to speak every single night. And… “We’re going to have more of it live than what they did,” Mr. Trump told Fox News on Thursday. “I think it’s pretty boring when you do tapes.” This should be good.

Jessica Kiang reviewed Tenet for the New York Times. She found it entertaining.

The Cannonball Run record for driving from New York City to Los Angles has been broken again, this time with a coast-to-coast average speed of 112 MPH. That’s pretty fast.

And NASA is reporting that an astroid is heading towards the earth. It’s expected to arrive the day before the presidential election.

Unintended consequences

This is a Tuesday. Happy birthday to Martin Mull and Dennis Leary.

Two feet is one too many when it comes to surveyors.

The police chiefs most intent on reform tend to gravitate to progressive cities. But lately those cities have turned on their police departments. As a result, some of the best, rising-star chiefs are being pushed out or seeing their budgets cut, undermining reform efforts. Very frustrating.

In the wrong place at the wrong time: How a news photographer, whose job is to construct a visual narrative, ended up being caught up in someone else’s.

In the wake of the coronavirus, MBTA finances are a mess. Despite federal emergency funding, service cuts are on the table. Massachusetts casinos, on the other hand, are keeping the lights on by managing costs with less revenue coming in.

Is Trump going to pardon the Tiger King today? Stay tuned.

Test, test, test, test

It’s Monday. There are only 136 more days left in this inauspicious year.

Ed Harding asked Rachael Rollins if she will be running for mayor of Boston in 2022? You’ll have to watch to hear her answer.

A plan that could bring the coronavirus outbreak in the US to heal in three weeks even as we wait for a vaccine? It’s an interesting approach, and doable. Test everyone, everyday. In any case, we can’t do worse than we’re doing now. Eventually there will be a vaccine. The fastest vaccine developed so far was for mumps, and that took 4 years. But there’s lots of optimism around having a Covid-19 vaccine within 6 to eight months. And there’s good reason to believe that it will be effective.

Nikkei has released market share figures for Japanese camera manufacturers. It looks like Sony’s entry into the mirrorless market in the last decade has hurt Nikon much more than it has Canon.

Lots of things are in short supply these days. Bikes, kayaks, camping gear, even trampolines. Just-in-time-inventory supply chains have not served us well during the pandemic. Now, as kids are heading back to remote classrooms, we’re running out of laptops and Chromebooks. Even where funds are available, supply may not be.

And forget P=NP. The real interesting question is whether MIP*=RE. And in quantum computing, apparently it does.

Finding the middle way

Today is Monday. Happy birthday to Ian Anderson, 72 and Ronnie Spector, now 76.

If you have $4 million dollars burning a hole in your pocket, Boston Magazine wants to help.

Not everyone supports defunding the police. A New York City Councillor explains how the people in his neighborhood see it. “They don’t want to see excessive force. They don’t want to see cops putting their knees in our necks. But they want to be safe as they go to the store.” Sounds reasonable. The US Attorney in Maine is unhappy that police in his state are being blamed for actions by officers hundreds of miles away. And the Washington Post disappoints with a headline, “You can’t control people’s anger’: Portland protesters set fire to police union headquarters as tensions rise again,” that seems to justify arson as a protest tactic.

Europeans are aghast at how we’re handling the coronavirus. “We Italians always saw America as a model,” Massimo Franco, a columnist with daily Corriere della Sera told the AP. “But with this virus we’ve discovered a country that is very fragile, with bad infrastructure and a public health system that is nonexistent.” And on that point, Adam Rogers wonders if a lack of coordination across the public health system is the reason that, after half a year, we still haven’t come up with new, more effective treatments.

The impact of the virus has put a strain on hospitals. Many are now losing money and laying off workers. But veterinary hospitals are doing record business. Go figure.

And the retail grocery business is ripe for disruption, especially after this year. Fast Company explains how that might go.

Shake then serve

It’s…. Friday! And, it’s Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day!

Irish dancing to hip hop music? It works well.

A quarter million people are heading to Sturgis from all around the US for the annual motorcycle rally. They’ll mingle together and then head back to their hometowns, bringing back whatever they picked up. This isn’t just a super spreader event, like that Biogen conference. This is a mega-spreading event. On steroids.

That experiment in Seattle, where police retreated and activists took over a neighborhood, didn’t turn out as peacefully or as orderly as some had hoped. Actually it sounds like it was a nightmare. Business owners in the autonomous zone are now suing the city for leaving them high and dry.

Economics says many contradictory things and to some observers it’s more art than science. But one principle in the field stands as the most replicated and confirmed experiment in science, ever: supply and demand.

The Massachusetts Bail Fund doesn’t think bail is effective in preventing crime. Circumstances have conspired to prove them wrong.

And if you’re the adventurous type, the Big Sur public beta is now available for download. I’m still getting used to it but if you’re considering taking the leap, Roman Loyola has a guided tour.