Carnival of the Vanities CXXXVIII

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The 138th Carnival of the Vanities is at Cynical Nation. My Interracial Couples in Popular Media is among the entries. Other posts of note:

Ablogistan offers some perspective on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox.

Libertarian Leanings says the filibuster is no longer necessary, because refusal to allow debate to begin has replaced it. Is this right? If so, I might have to change my stance.

The World According to Nick makes an interesting comparison. Buying health insurance is like playing the lottery. The main difference is pretty important, and that's the difference in likelihood between getting seriously ill and winning the lottery. Even as unlikely as it is that you'll get seriously ill, it's much more likely than winning the lottery, which is about zero chance. Anyway, the analogy raises some interesting questions, and Nick discusses some of them.

Coyote Blog defends a guest worker program based on principles a conservative or libertarian should endorse.

Blog Business World has an informative post about links and search engines. If some of what he says is right, then comment spammers aren't just some of the biggest jerks on the internet. They're also pretty stupid, because the results of their actions don't even help their sites.

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