Centauri Dreams notes the importance of the discovery of water in the atmosphere of exoplanet HAT-P-11b.
Crooked Timber goes on at length about Kevin Williamson’s statement as noted by Joe. My. God. that women who have abortions should be executed.
The Dragon’s Tales notes plans for futuristic architecture in Shenzhen.
Eastern Approaches observes the travails of a Roma soccer team in the Czech Republic.
Far Outliers notes two different movements of Romanian intellectuals responding to relative backwardness, pasoptism referring to the post-1848 effort at modernization and protocronism referring to efforts to claim all was invented first in Romania.
Marginal Revolution notes that in France, added years of education associated with avoiding conscription don’t produce different job results.
Spacing Toronto notes the failed visit of Upper Canadian reformer William Lyon Mackenzie to London in 1832.
Torontoist notes building regulations prevent Toronto from making use of green roofs.
Towleroad links to a study discussing the economic impact of anti-LGBT laws on Americans.
Why I Love Toronto talks about the importance of having a local barber.
Window on Eurasia notes that Russians will begin to draft first Chechens then Crimeans, notes increased state spending on Russia Today, observes the belief among some Russians that Ukraine is somehow not really a nation, and suggests that Belarus is cracking down on pro-Russians.
io9 argues that it’s time to survey Uranus, notwithstanding its name.
blogTO describes the attractive-sounding art-friendly Harbord Laundry.
The Dragon’s Tales notes archeological evidence suggesting that Vanuatu was settled three thousand years ago.
Joe. My. God. has comments about the Burger King-Tim Horton’s merger that really bring American outrage over the shift of the resulting company to Canada for tax purposes home.
Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the creepy locker-room homophobias of ESPN.
Marginal Revolution notes that China is now officially building much more housing than it actually needs.
The Planetary Society Blog considers various designs for probes to Jupiter’s moon of Europa.
Torontoist and blogTO note that Yorkville institution the Coffee Mill is closing down.
The Volokh Conspiracy reacts critically to a survey claiming three-quarters of whites have no non-white friends.
Window on Eurasia notes Russian concern that support for federalism in Ukraine might spread to Russia, observes the prominent role of Tatars in fighting for Russia in the First World War, and refers to the explicit concerns of Nazarbayev that Kazakhization not be carried too quickly lest the country risk Ukraine’s fate.
Al Jazeera notes the likely controversies surrounding a new Chinese cartoon spotlighting an Uighur concubine of a Chinese emperor, and looks at the deeper diversity of Martha’s Vineyard.
Bloomberg notes the risk of Israel slumping into recession, reports on Burger King’s interest in acquiring Tim Hortons, notes that Côte d’Ivoire is still trying to sell public debt, comments on the role played by Dutch anger over the MH17 plane attacl in organizing the European Union sanctions against Russia, and describes the slim hope for upcoming Russian-Ukrainian talks.
CBC Prince Edward Island reports on a shocking double homicide in eastern Prince Edward Island, a shooting of a father and his son.
The Forwardwonders who leaked an Israeli cabinet consideration of the reoccupation of Gaza.
An older MacLean’s report suggests that Tim Horton’s depends on low-cost imported labour to sustain an ultimately unsustainable growth strategy. A much newer one reports on the defection of another Bloc Québécois MP.
The Toronto Standardnotes that Rob and Doug Ford were the only people on city council to vote against a new practice facility for the Toronto Raptors.
Universe Today notes that the ESA has selected five landing sites for the Philae comet lander, and observes that NASA’s New Horizons Pluto probe has just crossed the orbit of Neptune.
In the realm of photography, Wiredreports on Humans of New York’s new global coverage and examines street photography in New York City.
blogTO ranks the five busiest subway stations in Toronto.
Centauri Dreams notes the idea of using charged particle beams to propel sails.
Crooked Timber’s John Quiggin notes how some American conservatives blame Ebola on DDT bans.
The Dragon’s Gaze notes that exoplanet Kepler 91b, detected by its eclipses of the sun, has been confirmed through radial velocity measurements.
The Dragon’s Tale suggests that a mysterious event reported in 775 CE around Eurasia may have been a cometary impact.
The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas considers if future shock, once a generational thing, may now be coming more quickly than that.
Joe. My. God. notes the decline of the American bathhouse, reports on a Spanish legislator who blames the national debt on same-sex marriage, and observes an anti-HIV organization’s campaign against PReP.
Languages of the World’s Asya Perelstvaig examines the origins of Yiddish.
Lawyers, Guns and Money approves of Bulgarians repainting Soviet war monuments in superheros.
Marginal Revolution links to a paper suggesting that the Unied States’ economic problems began long before 2008.
Otto Pohl reports from Ghana, in the middle of economic and currency collapse.
The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla notes that the Rosetta spacecraft is current scouting a landing site for its Philae landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Torontoist describes how Arnold Palmer got his start at the Canadian Open.
Towleroad argues that out actor John Barrowman is a gay icon, and suggests that an anti-gay pogrom in Uganda may not have happened.
The Volokh Conspiracy notes that today is the 75th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that divided northeastern Europe up between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
Window on Eurasia suggests that Russia’s moves in Ukraine have harmed its Asian interests vis-a-vis China and argues that recent events have consolidated support for Ukrainian statehood.