[Part IV is HERE]


    Crown Heights tribal hatreds will never cease:

    Is Everyone Who Opposes a New School Zoning Plan in Brooklyn Racist?

    "Controlled choice" is supposed to fix inequality in New York public schools. It might make everything worse.

    By Matt Welch @ | 9.17.2019 7:00 AM

    Related but a much longer, bigger picture, and as always, excellent piece of work by George Packer:

    When the Culture War Comes for the Kids

    Caught between a brutal meritocracy and a radical new progressivism, a parent tries to do right by his children while navigating New York City’s schools.

    By George Packer for The Atlantic, October 2019 issue

    If you don't have time to read all of Packer's article, I recommend checking out the last third of it.

    DeBlasio: all hat, no cattle:

    If this is not an example of some people skimming payola, I'd be shocked:

    Because after 30+ years in this town,and comparing it to the Midwestern  town I lived in til age 29, and what taxpayers got there for their money, I've come to expect premium prices for the worst work as standard modus operandi. Including double-length contracts, so workers can collect lots of extra hours of union wages at slowdown level of activity. (Donut breaks every hour.) 

    While DeBlasio's sweetie Chirlaine continues to do a heckuva job with her $850 million plus mental health program (What a wonderful value, Chirlaine! Why do I think of Ivanka when I see you?) and everyone who is anyone in mental health just dying to work in her corps:

    Also see  Randy Santos is accused of going on a murderous rampage, killing four homeless men, after years of erratic behavior.

    But would we have nice things if we could? Would we go for an ethical Facebook (MySpace?)? Would we pay for a better NY metro? Would we make the sacrifices that good healthcare systems require to deliver? Or are we stuck with our own counterintuitive preferences?

    Huh, possible corruption in the Construction Fraud Tax Force, who'd thunk it? What a surprise!

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