"Portland: More than just a place to stop and smell the roses!"

Ouch.

But there's a solution if "Skorpion" is correct:

Around 2005 or so, San Francisco became too expensive for the professional agitators, street loonies, and lower-income trustafarians. Ever since then, they’ve been migrating to the City of Roses.

So City of Roses residents, just raise your price level and the folks who won't eat their Khao Man Gai quietly will migrate to the next town. How to do that? Well, raising taxes a whole bunch would be a start and it would have the side benefit of generating a big pot of cash to use for graft and other fun things. What's not to like?


"Sweeping lawsuit would create a general mess"

Sounds pretty bad to me.

The case will now return to district court, where plaintiffs will push for a sweeping plan to sort metro-area students — including those in suburban districts and charter schools — into schools on the basis of their skin color. Expect the plan to require massive public funding, essentially end local control and entangle our state’s public schools with the courts for years to come.

It may also compel major shifts in school district and/or school attendance boundaries and result in the race-based busing of tens of thousands of metro-area students.


"Are We On The Verge Of Civil War? Some Words Of Reassurance"

By distinguished Stanford political scientist Morris Fiorina. I'm not convinced yet, but this is an undeniably important and interesting perspective.

To understand contemporary American political life, you should begin with the realization that most of the people blabbering on cable television, venting on Facebook, and/or fulminating on Twitter are abnormal. They are abnormally interested and involved in politics, they tend to occupy the policy extremes, and they are abnormally opinionated . . . 

Turning from interest and activity to beliefs and preferences, an examination of the ideological distribution of the American public finds that roughly 40 percent consider themselves moderates, 35 percent conservatives and 25 percent liberals.  These figures are virtually the same as those from 1976, when the Democrats nominated an Evangelical Christian from Georgia and the Republicans a country club moderate from Michigan.  On issue after issue the American public chooses centrist positions. 


"Kavanaugh Conservatives vs. Booker Democrats"

So true.

. . . the Kavanaugh nomination shows what American politics is, at heart, about. It is about “rights” and the entire system that arose in our lifetimes to confer them not through legislation but through court decisions: Roe v. Wade in 1973 (abortion), Regents v. Bakke in 1979 (affirmative action), Plyler v. Doe in 1982 (immigrant rights), and Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015 (gay marriage). The Democrats are the party of rights. As such, they are the party of the Supreme Court. You can see why Ted Kennedy claimed in a 1987 diatribe that the Yale law professor Robert Bork would turn the United States into a police state. For Democrats, an unfriendly Supreme Court is a threat to everything.


"John Urschel Goes Pro"

This is a really nice story, in progress, of a professional football player turned MIT-trained mathematician.

“I think I’m actually leading my best life,” he says. “I get up in the morning and I ask myself, what would I rather be doing? And the answer is nothing. There’s not a single thing in the world I could say I’d rather be doing. I want for nothing. Which is a beautiful, beautiful thing.”


"New Weapon for Blockchain Startups: Nobel Prize-Winning Brains"

Note to the haters--you know who you are--the "Brains" referred to are four professional economists.

Also there's this:

. . . led by Pat Bajari, Amazon has hired more than 150 Ph.D. economists in the past five years, making them the largest employer of tech economists.  In fact, Amazon now has several times more full time economists than the largest academic economics department, and continues to grow at a rapid pace.

(That's Tyler Cowen, quoting a recent paper by Susan Athey and Michael Luca.)