Getting from here to there

Lazy Sunday. RIP Arnie, ‘Old Aching Adenoids, Woo Woo (for you, you)’ Ginsburg.

Rounding down old age: Thanks to coronavirus, 60 is the new 65. Now about those elderly discounts.

Ed Markey and Ayanna Pressley have filed a bill to fund free transit rides to the tune of $5 billion dollars. I like the idea of making public transit cheaper and easier to use but the funds will have to come from somewhere. And now, since the administration has run up a gazillion, bazillion dollar deficit, why not get the money from the feds. Who, other than future generations, will even notice.

Less people are flying but more are complaining about the airlines. And, happily, the end may be near for in-flight food service. The food is horrible (and the servings are so small) and it’s not worth the disruption in the cabin.

The folks from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation recommend these 20 2020 albums. So far.

And last week it was pets left behind when owners contracted Covid. This week it’s the office plants. They miss their people. That’s some hard hitting journalism happening right there. What about that yogurt left in the fridge? Stay tuned.

Having it both ways

A nice Sunday. Happy Father’s Day.

It’s a sign of a return to normality. MBTA ridership is up and service is expanding. Lyft and Uber runs are also ticking up. Traffic on the roads? It’s back.

During his rally in Tulsa, the president said he instructed his staff to slow down testing so that covid case numbers would come down. So, basically, he was telling an audience of supporters who had to agree to a coronavirus liability release to get into the rally, that the coronavirus was an overblown, fake disease. His handlers said later that he was joking. It’s obvious who that joke was on.

How do police spend their time on the job? The Times looks at a breakdown. It’s not all action, granted. There is a lot of service oriented work but there’s also a considerable amount of basic conflict resolution around everything from legal disputes to quality of life matters to family disputes. Any grand experiment in unbundling should be done thoughtfully, carefully and in tune with public expectations.

Take a hike (says Boston Magazine).

And it might not rise to the level of the Great Molasses Flood but the Oregon blubber blast is certainly a notable occurrence in the dictionary of disasters.

Paved with good intentions

Friday. It’s Juneteenth.

Ian Ollis, a former member of the South African Parliament who studied transportation planning at MIT, has some suggestions for avoiding a return to ‘carmageddon‘ as Boston gets back to normal after the virus shutdown.

The mayor defends police overtime in the wake of the annual release of Boston Police salaries. This year the release only added to the pile on. There’s always room for cuts in the margins but he’s right. Overtime is, unfortunately, needed to meet minimum staffing levels for public safety. Most cops don’t want to be working as much as they do. Also, Bill Barr stops by BPD headquarters to meet with Willie Gross, unleashing a wave of criticism. And Jeff Klein, of the Dorchester People for Peace, has a 5-point plan to completely eliminate the Boston Police Department, including its rank structure, and replace it with a public safety department. There are some good nuggets in there but overall his plan is a non-starter. The perfect being the enemy of the good, and all that.

Australia is undergoing a slow motion, multi-wave cyber attack, likely coming from China.

People outside the US are watching our covid numbers and saying that it looks like we’ve just given up on prevention.

And if you’re thinking that 2020 has been a tough year, just be thankful you weren’t around in 536.

Positive feedback

It’s Tuesday. Today’s word is null.

Here it comes. It’s the second wave… of coronavirus stupidity.

From today’s Globe: “Boston has regularly touted the effectiveness of ‘community policing.’ Does it work?” Yes. The answer is yes. People are angry right now and they aren’t focusing on the positive aspects of policing. But compared to other cities and other police departments, Boston is doing pretty well. Of course there’s room to get even better.

Bruce Mohl reports that a business-backed oversight group is sounding the alarm on the T’s finances, which are quickly becoming unsustainable. Expect a $400 million dollar deficit in 2022 and expenses overtaking revenue straight through 2025. They’re calling it an existential crisis.

The last version of the Mac operating system, Catalina, is still pretty rough, even this late in its lifecycle. Hopefully the new version, set to be announced next week, will be more stable. The big question, though, is what it will be named. I’m going with Monterey.

And the International Space Station is getting some new equipment. Gravity is the opposite of comedy.

Throwing out the baby with the bathwater

Wednesday. The sun struggles up another beautiful day.

Brazil is teetering.

Adrian Walker tamps down the rhetoric on defunding the police in Boston. It’s actually more about reallocating some money out of the police budget and into community development than defunding the police. But here in Boston, money in the police budget is already being applied to community efforts. Why put money from the police budget into community development? Because initiatives like the Youth Development Fund are long-term crime prevention and they link the police with community development, which helps to bolster police legitimacy, an important ingredient for a healthy self-governing society. In the heat of the moment we shouldn’t rush to eliminate a strategic civic model that works. We should, instead, enhance and reinforce it.

Wow, that is one clean subway train.

Young Kennedy is getting schooled by old man Markey in this season’s least watched reality show. Scott Lehigh covers the senatorial debates. Michael Jonas weighs in as well.

And in China, it’s raining men. They’re coming out of the woodwork. So there’s a proposal afoot to allow each woman to have two husbands.