A mix of ingredients

Monday once again. A beautiful week ahead.

COBOL is not dead. But Jan Kammerath advises new programmers stay to away.

A team at the New York Times examined four cases representative of the recent spike in homicides around the country. “Pandemic emptiness” played a role, along with guns, drugs and disrupted lives. And speaking of guns, another Times story looks into the rise of ghost guns, especially on the west coast.

The John Deere strike is causing an escalation in prices for used tractors. Not that I’m in the market.

Usually, for police departments, interference from city hall is a bad thing. In most places accountability comes primarily at the executive level with the chief or commissioner serving at the mayor’s pleasure. But in Baltimore things are a mess, governance-wise. The state is involved. And the city is involved but prohibited from making policy. On top of that the department is under a federal consent decree. So maybe these proposed changes are a good thing.

And after a targeted marketing campaign, New York police officers are relocating to Lakeland, Florida. It won’t be the same. There’s no Ray’s Pizza. And the bagels? Forget about it.

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