Complete domination

It’s a nice Wednesday morning. Another sleepy, dusty delta day.

If you like cheese, now is the time to buy from New England cheesemakers. Their sales have been hit hard by the pandemic. France is having the same problem and has declared it a patriotic duty to eat cheese. I’m on board with that.

Policing, and especially using coercive force, requires hard-earned legitimacy and local knowledge. The feds don’t have that, nor does the military. The TSA certainly doesn’t. Chuck Wexler is right, this overuse of federal assets is a recipe for chaos.

In a Globe Ideas piece, a couple of “old guys” with policing experience dating back to the 70’s write about the problems with policing today. And in the Wall Street Journal another op-ed takes the view that there are no problems in policing today. Maybe that’s the problem.

Thomas Friedman is not optimistic that leaders in government can keep the country together and functional through the next election. Everyone seems to have a vested interest in division, except, maybe, business leaders. But not the ones who run social networks. For them, division is where the money is.

And in what might be the last chapter in the Tiger King saga, Carole Baskin has been awarded ownership of Joe Exotic’s zoo. Well, rustle my mullet.

Yelling fire in a crowded theater

Today is Sunday. A bright, cool day. And only 221 days left until New Year’s.

This is the week that the US will likely record its 100,000th death.

Data suggests that the badly ad-libbed March 11th Oval Office speech may have been the trigger for much of the outbreak in the US. The inaccurate information broadcast that night caught everyone by surprise and spread panic as people rushed onto flights home from an already infected Europe before the transportation system was ready to handle those crowds safely.

Today we’re watching television and movie productions that were filmed pre-covid. Eventually the shows in the can will run out. Studios are trying to figure out how to get back to work safely before that happens.

The virus may end up making Boston more like Paris. In a good way.

And if you thought flying was tedious in the past, get ready for what’s coming. Christopher Muther fills us in.

The beginning of Start

Today is Tuesday. It’s also the day Anne Boleyn lost her head.

Welcome to the world of post-civility politics. It’s too bad. I’m old enough to remember a time when adults acted like adults and public figures at least attempted to appear gracious.

The Globe gives us the key takeaways from Baker’s incrementalist reopening plan announced yesterday. Reaction-wise, most business owners are cautiously optimistic but there are also some complaints, especially from gym owners.

Ken Osmond, the actor who played Eddie Haskell, has died.

Apparently it’s not a good time to buy a bicycle. Most places are completely sold out. But if you’re already out there on your bike, it’s a lot easier to get around, especially in the city.

A PERF analysis found that during the lockdown crime went down in many places, but not all. In Boston there were fewer arrests but in reading Universal Hub, there seems to be a lot more violent activity in the last few days. Maybe it’s just spring.

And Matthew Gilbert takes us down to blooper town.

American carnage

Good Good Friday. Sunny in the morning but rain later. RIP Mort Drucker.

Saturday Night Live is back with new episodes starting tomorrow. What it will look like in the era of social distancing is something of a mystery.

Yesterday, 799 people died from Covid-19 in New York, according to Governor Cuomo. That may be a significant undercount of the actual numbers. In Massachusetts there were 77 deaths Thursday but Governor Baker warns that we’re still on the upslope and the numbers will rise. At the same time the president wants to reopen the country much quicker than experts, and even his own advisers, believe would be safe. And he doesn’t think an ongoing program of testing is necessary (except for his own circle, apparently.) I think most governors will just ignore him.

In fact, that woman from Michigan is imposing the most stringent travel restrictions in the country, so far.

Germany is gearing up to run the world’s first nationwide antibody testing effort. In Massachusetts we are at least a month out.

And watch out for fleeceware in the iPhone app store. Free trials can be very expensive.

Not too hot, not too cold

It’s Thursday, and it’s the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre.

The Irish Film Festival is coming to the Somerville Theater on March 19th, running until the 22nd. Moviemaker called it “One of the Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.”

After Tuesday’s election, Bruce Mohl reviews the impact of Governor Baker’s super PAC, which promotes moderate centrists of both parties. The results? Right down the middle.

I don’t think anyone actually believed the official numbers from Iran on how many were infected with coronavirus. 3000? More like 30,000. In China, social media propagandists are revising the history of the virus to imply that it originated in the US. Airlines are cutting flights but are showing some flexibility with rescheduling. And don’t worry about that Amazon package sent from China. The virus wouldn’t survive the trip. It does turn out, though, that maybe you can give the virus to your dog. Or maybe not.

Investor and hedge fund manager Ray Dalio has some thoughts on the potential economic impact of the virus.

If you’re thinking about buying a new TV, this series on demystifying technical terms might be a good place to start your research. There are four parts: 1- Screen size, resolution, and speed; 2- Display types and technologies; 3- Color standards, definitions and 4- LED backlighting.

And The Wirecutter looks across all categories to give us a list of the their longest running best products.