The corruption and fraud surrounding the EU is said to be breathtaking.

A number of conservatives and anti-immigration sorts have made some hay over Switzerland’s decision to restrict immigration. It’s worth pointing out, though, that the immigrants they are restricting are more of our H1B variety (except European, if that matters) than the immigrants they spend the most time complaining about here.

How Swedish tax policy lead to Abba’s flamboyant outfits. (via Vikram Bath)

Wikipedia: Lottery mathematics

As the fiscal outlook of states improves, states are trying to figure out what to do with the money.

According to The Nation, feminism is undergoing some toxic Twitter wars.

If gun control advocates want people to believe that gun registration will not lead to gun confiscation, they should take care that gun registration doesn’t lead to gun confiscation.

Pentecostalism is spreading among the immigrants. This sort of thing could, ultimately, be how the GOP improves its share of the Hispanic vote (over time). Hispanic protestants tend more towards the GOP than Hispanic Catholics.

South Korea is building a 364-foot statue of Voltar the Invincible to go in their Robot Land theme park because why now?

What a neat idea: using remote controlled robots to let people look at museum art after hours.

Robots saved Pittsburgh.

Will Doc Shock become a thing? People don’t like narrow networks, but they could be a crucial to cost control. Truly, the enemy of true health care reform is us.

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  1. Peter says:

    There’s more to the Swiss immigration story. New EU rules will give Romanians and Bulgarians free immigration rights. Switzerland is not an EU member but follows its immigration policy. Free immigration from Romania and Bulgaria worries the Swiss because both countries have a large Gypsy population.

  2. Vikram Bath says:

    I don’t really have an answer as to whether the Abba outfits count as a positive or a negative unintended consequence.

    It would be interesting if part of their popularity stemmed from the outfits. There are those who say that government regulation works as a useful nuissance that spurs on innovation.

    • trumwill says:

      A useful nuisance. I love that term. I’m not a big fan of such outfits, but I think there is a case to be made that they got some mileage out of it.

  3. superdestroyer says:

    The Pentecostalism is actually just another form of Word of Faith http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word-Faith that is closer to an Amway sales meeting than to a religious congregation.

    Church attendance and religious faith has actually made blacks more likely to vote for Democrats and the same will occur for Latinos.

    • trumwill says:

      Perhaps. As I said, though, protestantism actually tends to track with Hispanics voting Republican (and Hispanic protestantism has always been notably Pentacostal) historically in a way that I don’t believe has ever been true of blacks. Curiously, black Catholicism has a slightly Republican tilt compared to the black electorate as a whole, which is the opposite.

      • superdestroyer says:

        Have you never seen Cefro Dollar on television http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creflo_Dollar. He is a Word of Faith style minister that is very much from the Pentecostalism tradition. However, I doubt if there is a single member of Rev. Dollars congregation who has ever voted for a Democrat. The idea that religion makes people lean toward being conservative has never really been true and is definitely not true for non-whites.

        • trumwill says:

          The idea that religion makes people lean toward being conservative has never really been true…

          That’s not true. I was about to concede you that it’s true among blacks, but according to the only numbers I could find Bush actually did better among blacks who attend church weekly than blacks in general. Even among that monolithic vote, it made a difference on the margins.

          I can’t find information on Hispanics, but I actually said nothing about Hispanics and religion only Hispanic Protestants vs Hispanic Catholics. That Hispanic protestants vote disproportionately for the GOP compared to how Hispanics vote generally has significant polling behind it. Hispanic Catholics vote overwhelmingly Democratic.

          I’d have to track it down, but even among the Asian-American vote, I recall reading that the Asian-Americans the GOP still gets tend to be of the protestant Christian variety.

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