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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Behind the Numbers’ Carl Haub notes that several countries have seen their demographic transitions stall above replacement levels, notably post-Soviet countries but including outliers like Israel and Argentina.
  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling describes the reception given to Buffalo Bill and his Wild West show in belle époque Europe.
  • Centauri Dreams’ Paul Gilster goes into detail about the implication of the discovery of hydrogen peroxide on Europa’s surface, and its implications for life in Europa’s oceans.
  • Crooked Timber’s Chris Bertram argues that while Margaret Thatcher may have managed to Americanize the United Kingdom, she certainly didn’t make it more egalitarian or meritocratic.
  • Daniel Drezner wonders if the collapse of China’s overextended financial sector could have implications for the future of the Chinese government.
  • Eastern Approaches has three recent posts of note: one regarding political maneuvering around arrests in an increasingly autocratic Ukraine; one from Hungary describing the resignation of a deputy governor of the Bank of Hungary, Julia Király, over concerns that the Orbán government’s populism could threaten the country’s future; and one from the Czech Republic, about an almost pleasingly non-catastrophic transition from one president to another.
  • False Steps’ Paul Drye goes into detail about the orbital mirror proposed by some people in Nazi Germany. It would have worked, but just have been impractical.
  • Geocurrents links to a map of endangered languages around the world.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that official Argentine statistics might understate levels of poverty, but also notes that levels of poverty have improved markedly over the past decade. Why bad statistics, then?
  • Torontoist blogs about a new tool library in the neighbourhood of Parkdale.
  • A report from Towleroad: apparently it’s possibly to identify who, in a same-sex relationship, is more likely to be a top than a bottom and vice versa, on average.
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