It really shouldn't be necessary to explain this, but noted economist Edward Lazear does a nice job anyway.
And Glenn Reynolds cites some evidence.
Alfred (Michael Caine) explains it--twelve years early!--to Batman (Christian Bale). (One minute video.)
The new data is just for July, but hey, I'll take good news from almost anywhere I can find it.
Worth bearing in mind when you hear the claim that the fires are caused solely by global warming.
Related: ProPublica [!] article featuring a brief discussion with a Ph.D. in "environmental sociology" [!!]. Key sentences:
Academics believe that between 4.4 million and 11.8 million acres burned each year in prehistoric California. Between 1982 and 1998, California’s agency land managers burned, on average, about 30,000 acres a year. Between 1999 and 2017, that number dropped to an annual 13,000 acres. . . .
We dug ourselves into a deep, dangerous fuel imbalance due to one simple fact. We live in a Mediterranean climate that’s designed to burn, and we’ve prevented it from burning anywhere close to enough for well over a hundred years.
And this: "Did you or Governor Newsom look at the North American fire map? James Woods did and asks why does "climate change" stop at the Canadian border?"
From last week: one helluva job by the California National Guard.
CalFire was alerted that 200 people were entirely encircled in fire. They formally declared them beyond the ability of CalFire to save, effectively telling them they were on their own (likely to die). CA National Guard spun up two helicopters and headed out to help. . . .
This is so true:
Riot defenders will have to do much better if they want to downplay the harm that looting imposes on the innocent.
" We have reached such extremes between growth and value, international and domestic, that merely pulling back to the long-established trend lines would involve a rather violent move."
With all kinds of data on returns for different classes of assets.
I think I've posted before that the first 45 minutes of Full Metal Jacket are like nothing I had ever seen before (or since).