Burying the hatchet

Another beautiful rainy Sunday morning.

In case you were wondering, Bruce Schneier is not Satoshi Nakamoto.

Kim Janey is backing Michelle Wu. Things got a little contentious between the two in the preliminary election but apparently, now, all is forgiven. This is more of the pragmatism that I liked in Janey as acting mayor. I suspect her days of having influence in the city are not over.

Akela Lacy writes in The Intercept about how moderate Democrats derailed police reform. It’s an odd story of strange political bedfellows.

When Christopher Muther isn’t travelling, he’s writing well-researched articles on airport security.

And in London, Phil McCann is reporting on the fuel shortage. Who but?

Tripped out easy

Today is Saturday, August 7th. It’s the midpoint of Summer.

Dollar stores are proliferating. And that’s not good.

I’ve recently returned from an overseas trip. There are a lot of hoops to jump through but it is possible to travel internationally. Marisa Iati offers advice on what to expect and prepare for.

David Brooks on How the Bobos Broke America. Whether it’s accurate or not, it’s still a depressingly descriptive look at our current cultural, political and economic alignments.

A failed FBI applicant who later went on to become an expert on healthy buildings and environmental systems thinks we should be breathing better air. It could make us smarter. An interesting story.

And Larry David was disinvited to the Obama birthday bash. Was it something he said?

Breaking it down

A rainy Thursday. Rain is good.

Here’s what the judge said when sentencing a January 6 rioter: “You called yourself and the others patriots, but that’s not patriotism. Patriotism is loyalty to country, loyalty to the Constitution, not loyalty to a single head of state. That’s the tyranny we rejected on July 4th of 1776.”

I’ve been out of the country for the past week or so and upon return it looks like covid is back in the news. The administration is considering requiring vaccination for all international travelers. Good idea. Louisiana is reeling. Florida is out of control. Locally, Barnstable, Plymouth and and Nantucket are hotspots. And just when we thought it was over. In England, their recent surge collapsed just they were reopening. Hopefully that happens here as well.

Running an airline is hard. Too hard, apparently, for Spirit.

Some people thought machine learning and AI could predict the path of covid spread and allow for preventative interventions. That didn’t happen. Bad data in, bad information out.

And how about a tomato sandwich for lunch today? Bread, tomato, mayo, salt and pepper. Nothing more, nothing less. Well, maybe a slice of bacon.

Finding a safe place

Friday. Today’s forecast includes a slight geomagnetic storm, which could lead to possible power grid fluctuations and increased northern lights.

I’ve never been interested in any kind of vanity or low-number license plate. If you are, the RMV is running a lottery.

The Dorchester Youth Collaborative was one of the most impactful organizations that Boston has seen. It was a shame when it closed down but now it’s back, under the umbrella of MissionSAFE, but still with Emmett Folgert at the helm.

Spreadsheets. Love them or hate them.

The Washington Post counts the bullet casings in a dangerous part of DC. (I’m guessing, with a spreadsheet.)

And Maureen Dahill imagines Castle Island as the new Fantasy Island with seaplanes swooping into the harbor.

A living wage

Monday, Monday. That day you can’t trust.

Planet Money tackles inflation.

A Globe story on government benefits for workers during the pandemic has a point of view. In the print version it concludes right at the beginning that there’s “Little evidence extra cash is keeping most recipients from returning to work.” This, of course, is in opposition to a GOP narrative. I happen to agree with the Globe’s POV in general terms. People in low paying service jobs need to be paid a sustainable wage. And in the meantime, it’s appropriate that the government help fill the gap. But despite the many anecdotes provided by the Globe, the underlying data contained in the story suggests that for many, the extra cash is keeping them from returning to work. So what? This doesn’t mean that the Republicans win. It means that the system is screwed up. We shouldn’t feel that we we need to stretch the truth merely to defend partisan talking points.

In 1972, researchers at MIT predicted that society would collapse sometime this century. Looks like we’re right on schedule.

Saudi Arabia is asserting itself in Tunisia by providing funding for vaccines. There’s a modern commercial neighborhood in Tunis that was developed by the Saudis. The deal was that in that neighborhood, no alcohol could be served. I don’t know if there’s are any such restriction attached to the vaccines but I do know that despite the prohibitions, you could still easily get a drink in Berges du Lac.

And apparently, an “awkward get-together” occured between Aerosmith and Donald Trump detailed in this very awkward article. Steve Tyler was Trump’s personal guest. Joe Perry muscled in and ended up being offended by Trump’s crudeness. Throw in a threat of lawsuits over using the group’s songs. It’s all just very bizarre.