[E2] 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.
[E3] How Swedish tax policy lead to Abba’s flamboyant outfits. (via Vikram Bath)
[P1] The dumb rubes in the working class aren’t the ones driving our political polarization. It’s folks who have education and income.
[P2] As the fiscal outlook of states improves, states are trying to figure out what to do with the money.
[P3] According to The Nation, feminism is undergoing some toxic Twitter wars.
[P4] 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.
[P5] 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.
[R1] South Korea is building a 364-foot statue of Voltar the Invincible to go in their Robot Land theme park because why now?
[R2] What a neat idea: using remote controlled robots to let people look at museum art after hours.
[R3] Paging Kim! Robots saved Pittsburgh.
[He1] 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.
[He2] Third-hand smoke exposure is just as deadly as smoking! Ack! Except that it’s not, of course, and eventually making everything as dangerous as smoking makes smoking actually look less dangerous (if anyone actually believed it).
[He3] Science, health and the human mind are funny things. The power of placebo.
[He4] Ack! Some crocodiles can climb trees!
[Ho1] NIMBYism is trying to kill housing in Evanston, Illinois, due to fear of transient academics.
[Ho2] A builder in Portland found it easier to build affordable housing without public funding (other than some waivers) than with the strings attached to public funding.
[Ho3] Maybe in the future, houses will be built in 24 hours by 3D printers.
[Ho4] How van-based housing works.
[Ho5] The army built a fake city for training purposes. Across the street from us are vacant storehouses that local fire departments use for training. They actually light stacks of hay on fire.
[J1] Is your job in another state? Click here to find out!
[J2] You might be able to find a job in a lot of places (or a job that goes a lot of places), if you’re a clown, because there’s a shortage.
[J3] While raising the minimum wage will hurt McDonald’s, it’ll just be replaced by something else. The shift towards upscale has its own concerns, though.
[J4] Ryan Noonan, formerly of Ordinary Times, co-wrote an interesting paper on manufacturing wages.
[J5] According to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, extended unemployment benefits boosted our jobless numbers.