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Must read
* Letter from an ex-slave to his master. A thing of beauty.
** Tolkien's reply to Nazi Aryan inquiries
* Girly editions of Scrabble, Monopoly, Uno et al.

History
* 25 May was the 40th anniversary of the decriminalization of gay sex in Canada.
** Like Orson Scott Card, John Wright apparently misses those days.


Reality's liberal bias
* Chairman of the Joint Chiefs (appointed by Bush) backs closing Guantanamo, as it serves to inspire our enemies.
** Photos Obama is suppressing allegedly show rape.
* FBI to take more of a role in the "war on terror", shift in emphasis to "global justice". Crimefighting, not war.
* Interrogation success with sugar-free cookies.

* Record high support for Roe v. Wade

Furrin culture
* Japan at work: farmer evicts governor over airport snafu.
* 538 observations from Europe
* Clever direct democracy experiment in Sweden. A party whose members will vote based on direct democratic guidance.
* Employment laws may reduce employment variance more than overall levels. European booms expand hiring less, but there's less layoffs in busts.

Teh Crazy
* Krugman with loony GOP bits.
* Liberty University bars College Democrats
* Goodkind's evil chicken

Health care economics + misc
* Suggestion for government credit cards -- a social right to transactional credit.
* What's wrong with employer-provided health insurance. Individual buy insurance with post-tax dollars; inhibition of small business; big subsidy.
* Should the prime rate be randomized?
* Gawande on why health care costs so much in places, vs. the *low* costs of the Mayo Clinic.
* VA controls costs. And there's more medical tourism to Mexico or Canada than to the US. Not sure about population adjustment.


* Evil chicken

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