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[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • The Burgh Diaspora writes about the linkages between population and economic change.
  • Centauri Dreams examines the discovery of stellar parallax and its use to determine the distance to the stars in the 19th century.
  • The Dragon’s Tales examines computer models of the settlement of the Americas. The model of migration across Beringia remains intact, while transpacific migration can’t be excluded but can’t be supported by evidence, either.
  • Eastern Approaches chronicles the ongoing ferment in Slovenia and the Czech immigrant history in Texas.
  • At A Fistful of Euros, Edward Hugh warns that the seemingly inevitable slow-motion economic slide of Spain, trapped in the Eurozone and with an aging workforce, may be echoed more broadly.
  • Language Hat comments on the NHL’s Punjabi-language broadcasts.
  • Normblog’s Norman Geras assesses the moral implications of factories in Bangladesh in the light of the recent disaster (1, 2). More subtle and useful responses than a reflex action of shutting them down are needed.
  • Torontoist details historical patterns of neglect of the site of Fort York.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Eugene Volokh notes a court ruling in Israel which allows Jewish women to pray in front of the Western Wall without being arrested.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the ruralization of Dagestan’s cities as the local Russian population leaves and rural migrants arrive, and the transition in Chechnya in the past decade towards a centralized and hierarchical culture under Kadyrov.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes UKIP’s desire to not bother researching and developing policy options on its own but rather borrowing them from established think tanks.
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