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May 27th, 2010:

Some Strange Consequences of Public Accommodations Laws

From the Volokh Conspiracy. Apparently, California Civil Rights Law forces restaurants to serve Nazis wearing Swastikas.

California Primary Approaching

As some of you probably already know, I’ll be participating in the 2010 California Primary in just under two weeks. The blog will reflect that; I’ll be posting my thoughts on the elections that I’ll be voting on.

Now, these will generally be Republican elections. I found it necessary to register Republican this year, given that the Democratic Party in California is the party of government, as are the national Democrats. Since I can trust the incumbent members to maintain their views, and cannot trust rebels to resist the Party (see Stupak, Bart), this has led me to realize that I’m likely voting a Republican Party line in the fall.

So, in order to properly influence events with my vote, I am currently a Republican.

Semi-political links for 26 May 2010

I thought about linking to various commentaries about Rand Paul and Rachel Maddow, but decide instead to argue by parable: Morgan Ensberg talks about why ballplayers are such bland interviews.

If you want to ponder the substance of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964, Lee Harris has a history of Barry Goldwater’s objection to it.

Finally, the Agriculture Department has shut down its subsidies database. Apparently, the Most Transparent Administration in History can’t reveal the recipients of said subsidies. (Interestingly, mention of Scottie Pippen by the linked article does lead back to Ensberg’s thoughts.)

Science Links for 26 May 2010

Eric Berman’s got a post about observations that contradict the Big Bang theory: Investigating an enigma at the edge of the universe

Ars Technica details research that suggests we’ll see Faster-Than-Light communication before we see FTL travel: Quantum teleportation achieved over ten miles of free space

Germans plan to make ‘synthetic natural’ gas from CO2 — which, off-hand, sounds like a goofy idea for a “green” energy solution. Until you realize that they’re talking about using the natural gas to store excess electricity generated during peak periods of windmill operation.

Amazingly, this is my first link about BP: Today’s Louisiana hearing: Argument on rig (updated). (Tom Fowler is the Houston Chronicle‘s energy blogger, and he’s been keeping up on the oil spill.) At some point, I’ll get around posting about British Petroleum. Until then, I’ll just insinuate that the problem isn’t oil drilling, it’s the company involved.

For those of you Borg wannabes: Man Infects Himself with Computer Virus.

Slate‘s started a series about False Memories. I’m pleased that I didn’t fall for the trick in their test, but not really surprised that so many people did.