Home:[H1] Joe Cortright explains why affordable housing is really expensive. The solution… could involve… supply…
[H2] I would guess because it’s primarily affecting Blue America, and so Red America doesn’t really care and Blue America doesn’t want to look like they’re not better than Red America in every imaginable way.
[H3] David Adler looks at the people who profit from poverty, specifically the eviction industry. We’ve been getting a feel for housing markets here and there, and we’re running across a lot more “If you buy the house, you have to get the current occupants out.” I’m not opposed to the universal housing voucher idea, though it’s going to open up a box of other issues.
[H4] The advent of the tower prison. I don’t know, when I was younger I really wanted to live in a highrise condo (a specific one right by the Colosse skyline where units started at $80k), and but for the fact I have a kid I still like the concept.
[H5] When I see stories like this from Canada it’s like a TV show where the plot revolves around something in the newspapers the previous week. Government-funded insurance for waterfront properties remains among the more indefensible policies we have.
[H6] Amazon: Housing the homeless.
School:[Sc1] Matt Bruenig argues that the education issue is really overblown in importance. Skip the school and just give people money.
[Sc2] Per Andre Perry, the problem with white teachers is that they’re racist.
[Sc3] Phillip Levine looks at the limitations of Cuomo’s Free Tuition plan, which still manages to leave Vassar as less expensive than SUNY-Binghampton for some families. Seems to me that at the end of the day we’re going to have to make a decision: Smart kids or poor kids.
[Sc4] Well, this confirms my priors. It comes up a lot in debates about rewarding students for good grades, that it doesn’t count if they’re not motivated by love of learning or whatever. Bullocks!
[Sc5] Jesse Singal reports that microaggression training could be backfiring on minority students.
[Sc6] I’m still reluctant to believe that it’s about Political Correctness, but that the University of Missouri alone is having a steep drop in enrollment is noteworthy, and Missouri State is gaining. (Lurking in the background of this article is what appears to be a significant drop in international applications.)
[Sc7] Dave Taylor explains what Hollywood gets wrong about high school. Fortunately, he said nothing of Saved By The Bell. I don’t know if I could go on if I found out it wasn’t accurate (other than the school magically teleporting from Indiana to California, that is).
Work:[W1] I’ve known some people who did this. My wife will likely start doing stints far away from home while we get situation. Not fun.
[W2] African-Americans are returning to work!
[W3] Maybe, but I wouldn’t risk it if I could avoid it.
[W4] This old school coloring book (from 1961) is pretty badass and ahead of its time.
[W5] Employers steal from workers.
Earth:[E1] I find optimistic articles about how Renewables Are Taking Over to be rather unconvincing at face value. More convincing is when I hear nuts-and-bolts explanations of how they’re dealing with the hurdles.
[E2] The science and archeology behind The Great Comet are really interesting.
[E3] Well, uhhh… could be worse? Might want to see about putting some cities on stilts, though…
[E4] Not helping, guys!
[E5] Al Globus argues that rather than colonizing Mars, we should put some tin cans within our existing magnetic field.
Space:[Sp1] Is space-mining right around the corner?
[Sp2] A look at Io.
[Sp3] So what’s up next for NASA? They’re working on it. (I sort of vote for poking around the moon.)
[Sp4] Wait. Secret military space shuttle?!
[Sp5] Testing for Mars! Testing for Mars!
[Sp7] Ethan Siegel comes very close to killjoying Planet Nine.