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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Bag News Notes features photographs of the aftermath of the Bangladeshi factory collapse.
  • Centauri Dreams takes a look at the electric sail, propulsion method for spaceships currently being tested.
  • At The Dragon’s Tales, Will Baird links to a study suggesting that China’s Yangtze river is at least 23 million years old.
  • Daniel Drezner doesn’t think that an age of cheap energy globally will necessarily destabilize the world, at least outside of oil exporters, since globalization binds in other ways.
  • Eastern Approaches notes the continuing sensitivity of the post-Second World War deportation of the Sudeten Germans from the Czech Republic, as recently emphasized by the Czech president’s defense.
  • Geocurrents examines the reasons for the sharp shift in most of India towards below-replacement fertility rates, suggesting that television shows featuring women with small families may be as important a factor as anything else.
  • At Lawyers, Guns and Money, Erik Loomis notes that one of the first victories of organized labour in the United States occurred in 1882 with the implementation of a ban on Chinese immigration. (Canada followed in 1885.)
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Sasha Volokh examines the implications of prisons being reviewed on Yelp.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Ukrainians and Moldovans, not Central Asians, are more likely to be undocumented migrants in Russia. (They’re less visually and culturally distinctive, apparently, and harder to catch.)
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