"Did I Miss the ‘Vandalism Is Fine Now’ Memo?"

Charles C. W. Cooke asks an excellent question.

As a rule, I am very much interested in what other people think about politics. In my estimation, you cannot be useful as a citizen if you do not comprehend what your ideological opponents believe, and you cannot be effective as a writer if you do not understand why you don’t share those views. But here? Here, I’m stumped. Vandalism is a crime, and a malum in se crime at that. It is a crime at the federal level. It is a crime at the state level. It is a crime at the local level. Morally, it is considered a crime even where there is no law. 


"Housing Was Not An Investment Bargain for Boomers"

"One of my favorite housing memes is 'Boomers selling their homes for $2 million after buying them in 1969 for 7 raspberries.'  It is a funny meme, but suffers from looking back at a Golden Age that never existed. . . .

". . . once you account for ongoing fees, the overall rise in prices, and the change in median square footage, the median value of the home lost about 25% over the past 50 years."

 


"School choice programs have been wildly successful under DeSantis. Now public schools might close."

I went to junior high and high school in Broward County so this bit is especially interesting:

In Broward County, Florida’s second-largest school district, officials have floated plans to close up to 42 campuses over the next few years, moves that would have a ripple effect across Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood.

The district has lost more than 20,000 students over the last five years, a decline that comes as charter schools in particular experienced sizable growth in the area. Enrollment in charters, which are public schools operating under performance contracts freeing them of many state regulations, increased by nearly 27,000 students since 2010, according to Broward school officials.

Related: "Why Teachers Are Fleeing Public Schools".

And watch Milton Friedman, who might be called the Father of School Choice, smack down a dopey Palo Alto school board member.


"Both [New York Times podcasts] give the overwhelming impression that we have seen substantial increases in hurricane strength/frequency."

Climate scientist Patrick T. Brown refutes this impression with lots of data. He concludes:

But what the graphs above make clear is that we are not in some radically new situation than we were before. The vast majority of risk from hurricanes is due to living in a climate that naturally produces hurricanes, not due to living in a warmed climate.