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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Dan Hirschman at A (Budding) Sociologist’s Commonplace Book distinguishes between the economic measurements GDP and GDP.
  • James Bow mourns the death, via cutbacks and falling passengers, of Ontario’s Northlands railway.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the question, inspired by evidence that Alpha Centauri is significantly older than Sol, and speculation that habitable planets are likely to be considerably older than Earth, of where the aliens are.
  • Daniel Drezner is somewhat surprised that he is optimistic about the spread of liberal-democratic ideals worldwide, at least relative to others in a recent issue of The National Interest.
  • Geocurrents’ Asya Pereltsvaig considers the similar Russian-based contact pidgins in Siberia and along Russia’s Arctic coast as the product not of contact with a single language area but rather as consequence of a mindset of how to talk to non-Russians.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a New York Times article noting the culture shock experienced by trained professionals migrating to Germany from southern Europe.
  • Registan notes that the International Labour Organization’s demand to inspect Uzbekistan’s cotton plantations to verify that forced and child labour is not used there, likely to be rejected because (among other things) Uzbekistan does use forced and child labour, is likely to lead to worsened relations with the United States.
  • I’m late on this one, but Slap Upside the Head notes the retraction of the only credible study on ex-gays by the paper’s author.
  • Towleroad notes the hysterical anger of Islamic clerics and the usual in Iran at the rumour–not the reality–of a gay pride parade in neighbouring Azerbaijan.
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