blogTO notes that a Toronto family known for its Christmas lights display may be forced to ratchet back by city inspectors.
Centauri Dreams notes the apparent discovery of Kuiper Belt objects around white dwarf WD 1425+540.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to one paper examining the possible orbital inclination of Proxima Centauri b, and points to another one speculating about upper limits to the masses of other exoplanets orbiting P_roxima Centauri.
Lawyers, Guns and Money links to interviews with different historians noting how close the United States is to a scenario from 1930s Germany.
The LRB Blog notes that the actions of the American deep state to undermine elements of the Trump Administration seen as potentially threatening will certainly also undermine American democracy.
Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw looks at reasons for the continuing gap in life outcomes between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer links to a paper looking at the effect of Huey Long’s populism on Louisiana’s economy, noting that he had little effect on the markets. This suggests that counting on the markets to reign in populists before the crash may be a mistake.
Strange Maps links to a map and history of the Gagauz of Moldova.
Torontoist looks at the continuing decline of live music venues in Toronto.
Towleroad notes the origins of Der Spiegel‘s cover art showing Trump with the severed head of lady liberty in a Cuban exile’s work.
Window on Eurasia notes differences between how Russians and Americans think about ethnicity and citizenship in their diverse societies.
Centauri Dreams notes the sad news that, because of the destructive way in which the stellar activity of young red dwarfs interacts with oxygen molecules in exoplanet atmospheres, Proxima Centauri b is likely not Earth-like.
Crooked Timber takes issue with the idea of Haidt that conservatives are uniquely interested in the idea of purity.
D-Brief notes the discovery of an intermediate-mass black hole in the heart of 47 Tucanae.
The Dragon’s Tales reports on the search for Planet Nine.</li.
Far Outliers reports on the politics in 1868 of the first US Indian Bureau.
Imageo maps the depletion of sea ice in the Arctic.
Language Hat remembers the life of linguist Patricia Crampton.
Lawyers, Guns and Money notes some of the potential pitfalls involved with Buy American campaigns (and like political programs in other countries), including broad-based xenophobia.
The LRB Blog looks at nationalism and identity in their intersections with anti-Muslim sentiment in Québec.
The Map Room Blog links to an essay on the last unmapped places.
Torontoist notes the 2017 Toronto budget is not going to support affordable housing.
Transit Toronto reports on TTC revisions to its schedules owing to shortfalls in equipment, like buses.
Window on Eurasia claims that Putin needs a successful war in Ukraine to legitimize his rule, just as Nicholas II needed a victory to save Tsarism.
blogTO tries to pit the west side of Toronto against the east side.
Centauri Dreams describes an inventive plan to launch a probe to rendezvous with Proxima Centauri.
Crooked Timber looks at the idea of civil society in the age of Trump.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper that aims to explore why Neptune-class exoplanets are so common.
Marginal Revolution notes an interesting history of Singapore.
The New APPS Blog links to a report suggesting that big data may have created President Trump.
The Planetary Society Blog reports on the latest plans for exploring Ceres.
Towleroad notes a rumoured plan to legalize anti-LGBT discrimination under Trump.
The Volokh Conspiracy has one take on Supreme Court obstructionism.
Window on Eurasia suggests Russians may accept pension reforms which will place the minimum age for qualifying for a pension for men above the average male life expectancy, and reports from St. Petersburg about a dispute over the ownership of a church.