HORN BROKEN: Watch for finger

Wednesday of the week. It was a dark day for Massachusetts in 1780.

The Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines are even more effective than previously thought. A single shot is 84% effective. Two shots gets you to 94%. Amazing.

A Boston Magazine reader asks Matthew Baker how Massachusetts can improve its image and be more friendly to outsiders. Wait, who says we’re not friendly? Anyway, Baker ponders the question before doubling down on the status quo. Good man.

Charles Grodin has died. Here he is on Letterman. His appearances were always fun to watch.

The Times editorial board takes a dim view of the New York Pride organizers’ decision to bar police officers from participating in their events this year. I agree.

And Obama, who was presumably read in on everything the government knows about UFOs, was asked by James Corden what he thought. “We can’t explain how they move, their trajectory,” the former president said. “They did not have an easily explainable pattern. And so I think that people still take seriously, trying to investigate and figure out what that is.” Imagine what he knows and can’t say.

Breaking with convention

Friday, July 24th. It’s opening day!

If you do manage to plan a vacation, you may need to get a tested before you go. That may not be as easy as you think. Deborah Becker looks at testing turnaround times.

Well, so much for the Republican Convention in Jacksonville. Cancelled. At least one guy is happy, the local sheriff, Mike Williams, who had the impossible task of providing security for the late-scheduled event.

More than 1000 Twitter employees had access to the tools used in the big hack last week, Reuters reports. That’s not a very tight ship.

UFOs are back in the news. Multiple sources report that we’re in possession of artifacts from something that crashed at some point in time. Not very specific but fascinating, nonetheless.

And, how can you tell if the coronavirus is spreading in your area? Check to see if your local Apple store is open. (I’m guessing that the stores in Brazil are all closed.)