blogTO shares vintage photos of cycling Torontonians, some dating back a century. Apparently there was much more traffic a century ago.
Centauri Dreams comments on exoplanet habitability, noting the discovery of Kepler-186f and the importance of a wildly shifting axis.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to two papers, one examining the stability of the planets in the Gliese 581 system, the other looking at factors which might aid or hinder the habitability of exomoons.
Geocurrents’ Martin Lewis compares India and Indonesia, noting how Indonesia, while less territorially secure than India, is more culturally united. (By and large.)
Lawyers, Guns and Money’s Robert Farley links to some interesting papers examining Jewish practice and politics in the US South and then the Confederacy.
Torontoist notes how TTC policies on graffitied streetcars led to a traffic shutdown on the Sheppard line.
Understanding Society’s Daniel Little examines paradigms we can adopt to make change easier (or not).
The Volokh Conspiracy takes a look at the contentious subject of the sterilization of the intellectually disabled. Are there circumstances where this is possible?
Window on Eurasia quotes from Eurasianist ideology Alexander Dugin, who (speaking of a supportive Armenia and a non-supportive Azerbaijan), warns that other post-Soviet countries can keep their borders only with Russian permission, and speculates about the possibility of Russian threats in Latvia.
Al Jazeera notes on the seemingly inevitable exodus of Muslims from the Central African Republic and reports on the wariness of Georgians versus Russia.
Bloomberg and Bloomberg BusinessWeek touch upon a variety of interesting things: the leading role of Poland in supporting Ukraine; the introduction of egg-freezing technology to women who want to postpone parenthood; the interest of South Korea in getting more Chinese tourists to its Cheju island; the willingness of Russia to sell natural gas to China when faced with a shrinking European market; the desire of Japan and India to get closer to each other; and, the growth of second-tier cities in the United States.
CBC touches upon dating and relationship issues for First Nations people regarding endogamy and exogamy, the business of Canadian fashion retailer Joe Fresh in Bangladesh, and the role of an Iraqi expatriate in Norway in creating that country’s sovereign wealth fund.
Eurasianet notes that, for their own reasons, Kazakhstan and Armenia are getting closer to Russia.
Eastern Approaches notes the ongoing protests in Bosnia and the Hungarian purchase of a Russian nuclear reactor for its energy needs.
Far Outliers first notes the fragile stability of the Mexican republic at the beginning of the 20th century under Profirio Diaz then remarks on the failed Wilsonian reset of Mexican-American relations.
Hogtown Commons, newly added to the blogroll, comments on the exceptional diversity of Toronto.
Language Log’s Victor Mair notes confusion with Chinese-language script on Singaporean food products.
Marginal Revolution observes that the United Arab Emirates plans to deliver some governmental services via drones. Shades of Amazon.
Peter Rukavina celebrates the fact that the Charlottetown Guardian‘s archives to 1960 are now online.
Guest posting at Savage Minds, Sienna R. Craig writes about unreliable narrators in anthropology. How can we count on things in a complex world?
Supernova Condensates comments on the discovery of SMSS J031300.36-670839.3, so far the oldest star known to exist (and only 6000 light years away!).
Towleroad notes a Fox News contributor’s complaints that gays have ruined sports for him.
The Volokh Conspiracy notes that people can now adopt the children of their same-sex partners.
Bruce Sterling at Beyond the Beyond links to an argument claiming that classical standard written English is on the decline because so many more users of English are writing than ever before.
Centauri Dreams has more on the migration of our solar system’s planets early in their history. Jupiter’s inward migration may have given Earth oceans; will systems without Jupiters, only Neptunes, have watery rocky worlds like ours?
Crooked Timber’s Corey Robin takes one Jewish woman’s narrative about feeling at home in Israel and starts a whole discussion on the Middle East.
Far Outliers notes the rapid and thorough assimilation of Basque descendants and Basque cultural elements into the modern Philippines.
Geocurrents shares French satirical maps of their own country.
Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen suggests, after Bryan Caplan, that immigration does not have any effect on the American welfare state.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer shares cites to interesting books on migration.
The Planetary Society Blog’s Marc Rayman describes the Dawn probe’s painstaking deceleration as it moves to its Ceres encounter.
The Signal wonders how to enculcate a love for electronic data, in the way that other formats–books, for instance, or LPs–have their own aficionados.
Towleroad cites a gay Christian apologist who started a minor controversy by calling GLBT identity a choice.
Window on Eurasia shares a Russian writer who argues that there is no impending Cold War over Arctic seafloor with Russia’s neighbours.
Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell, meanwhile, takes issue with an account of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s errors in the financial crisis that doesn’t take into account the choices of Thatcherites to enable the RBS to go overboard in a financialized economy.
Crooked Timber’s Chris Bertram writes about the racist raids against immigrants in the United Kingdom.
Charlie Stross fears revolution against increasingly xenophobic and increasingly police states in the West.
Eastern Approaches touches upon the still-vexing question of how to deal with Romania’s Communist past and its perpetrators.
A Fistful of Euros’ Alex Harrowell notes that the United States really has largely recovered from the 2008-2009 recession.
Geocurrents describes the awkward position and questionable future of Burmese migrants in Thailand.
GNXP’s Razib Khan notes that a crowd-sourced South Asian DNA project suggests interesting things about South Asian history, apparently confirming–among other things, to my eyes–Indo-European migrations.
Language Hat notes a Mexican telenovela broacast in Yucatec Maya.
New APPS Blog notes that Detroit’s bankruptcy is a consequence of too-limited frames–for instance, the self-exclusion of prosperous suburbs from the city they are part of.
Registan’s Kendrick Kuo argues that Russia and China need to be engaged by the United States as stakeholders in Central Asia.
Strange Maps maps lactose tolerance in Old World populations. Conquering groups are quite ready to take to milk.
Understanding Society links to description of a fascinating-sounding project analysing populations in Eurasia for differences and similarities in their evolution over time.