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[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • At A (Budding) Sociologist’s Commonplace Book, Dan Hirschman wonders why “traditional” religions–to use the nomenclature–aren’t given respect. One answer might be related to the fact that practitioners of traditional religions are almost always minorities in their own countries.
  • blogTO lists 12 different Mayan-apocalypse themed bar events around Toronto.
  • Eastern Approaches notes the efforts of Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s desires to improve the quality of life in the Russian capital.
  • Geocurrents observes the mining boom that is populating a desert stretch of Western Australia.
  • The Global Sociology Blog crunches the numbers and notes the many ways in which the United States stands out among countries for its gun violence, and factors leading to said.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper suggesting that, for relatively less developed countries, the investments of Communism in human capital and assorted subsidies did give many of these an advantage. (Turkmenistan, yes; Estonia, East Germany and Czechoslovakia, not so much.)
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer predicts rising gas prices and relatively low oil prices.
  • Window on Eurasia notes problems integrating Muslim conscripts in the Russian army.
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