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[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • 80 Beats notes that the failure of North Korea’s satellite launch has had huge negative consequences for that country: diplomatic, economic, and, of course, internal.
  • Acts of Minor Treason’s Andrew Barton is thankful that, on the eve of the conservative Wildrose Party’s victory over the apparently not-conservative-enough Progressive Conservatives in Alberta, he doesn’t live in that province of Canada.
  • Language Log has a guest post by one S. Robert Ramsey defending the esthetics of Korean script vis-a-vis Chinese as part of what seems to be a backhanded attack on Chinese script for its excessive (?) complexities.
  • Marginal Revolution links to an interesting new report identifying urban growth in developing countries as the main driver of economic growth in the coming decades.
  • Noel Maurer points out, in a defense of Rachel Maddow’s new book on American militarism against one criticism, that in the pre-Second World War era just as now the United States was constantly fighting little wars.
  • At Savage Minds, Christopher Kelty is unimpressed by the Archaeological Institute of America’s opposition to open access for papers.
  • Slap Upside the Head notes that anti-gay groups are upset with Canada’s BioWare game developer for including the potential for same-sex relationships in its online games–Star Wars is mentioned, but Mass Effect 3 also includes some.
  • Towleroad takes apart the argument that the apparently orderly evacuation of the Titanic a century ago was achieved because of Christian values which have now vanished from our godless culture. Where to begin?
  • Zero Geography reproduces a map of the top Twitter-using countries and finds that the United States and the United Kingdom rank alongside Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and Malaysia. Twitter is global, it seems.

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