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[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Bag News Notes dissects that disturbing New York Post photo of a man seconds from being crushed by a subway train.
  • Centauri Dreams notes Voyager 1‘s surprise discovery of distant magnetic currents more than a generation after its launch and research on the possibility of planets circling brown dwarfs.
  • Daniel Drezner notes the continuing official anger of China with Norway over dissident Liu Xiaobo’s 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. If Norway’s a low-quality and badly-behaved country, Drezner asks, what is China?
  • Eastern Approaches observes what may be the beginnings of a rapprochement between Serbia and its now-independent ex-province Kosovo.
  • Geocurrents argues that Larry Summer’s statement that American higher education students don’t need to learn foreign languages is ill-thought; The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer agrees with the argument but disagrees with Geocurrents’ points.
  • GNXP’s Razib Khan observes that DNA testing is likely to uncover new elements of African history of migration, suggesting that there may be ancestral links between speakers of Cushitic languages in East Africa and speakers of Khoisan languages elsewhere.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money is properly critical (1, 2) of Ross Douthat’s argument that the lakc of high fertility rates indicates decadence; Marginal Revolution, sadly, is not.
  • Language Log critically examines the recent argument made that English is more closely related to the North Germanic languages of Scandinavia, rather than the West Germanic languages of continental Europe.
  • Norman Geras opines on the question of whether Ahmedinejad’s statements about destroying Israel amount to genocide, criticizing Philip Roth who disagrees.
  • Diane Duane, at Out of Ambit, takes a look at a delightful 17th century tract on the benefits of chocolate.
  • The Transit Toronto weblog takes a look at a TTC-themed play.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm

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