Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings
[BLOG] Some Wednesday links
BCer in Toronto and Liberal Party stalwart Jeff Jedras is happy that the NDP is encountering controversy on the national unity front.
Centauri Dreams’ Paul Gilster notes, briefly, exoplanets with retrograde orbits around their stars (revolving around their suns in a direction opposite their suns’ rotation).
Cosmic Variance’s Julianne Dalcanton wonders if Google+ might have a future as a social network for niches, like young people who want to social network independent of their parents.
Daniel Drezner notes that even Israeli hawks think Iran is several years from developing nuclear weapons. Why do some Americans choose to think otherwise?
The Global Sociology Blog reviews Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear, a book on Scientology that’s an expansion of Wright’s earlier article in The New Yorker.
GNXP’s Razib Khan posts some personal research suggesting that speakers of Austro-Asiatic languages in South Asia are historically recent immigrants.
Norman Geras posts excerpts from a Matthew Parris article in The Times pointing out, contra Argentine claims of British colonialism re: the Falklands, that Argentina’s own very white population is a product of its own genocidal state-building imperialism in the 19th century.
Torontoist’s Steve Kupferman notes that Ana Bailão, my city councillor, has pled guilty to charges of drunk driving, paying a thousand dollar fine.
Inspired by Aaron Swartz, the Volokh Conspiracy’s Orin Kerr starts a debate as to what the prosecution should do if a defendant becomes suicidal.
Window on Eurasia posts an article suggesting that the Circassian diaspora is caught between two very strong globalization currents, one Westernizing them the other Islamizing them.