Understanding Society engages in a sociological examination of American polarization, tracing it to divides in race and income.
The Volokh Conspiracy notes the many good reasons behind the reluctance of cities around the world to host the Olympics.
Window on Eurasia notes that where the Ingush have mourned their deportation under Stalin the unfree Chechens have not, reports that Latvians report their willingness to fight for their country, looks at what the spouses of the presidents of post-Soviet states are doing, and notes the widespread opposition in Belarus to paying a tax on “vagrancy.”
Arnold Zwicky looks at the linguistic markers of the British class system.
The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly describes a week in her life as a freelance writer.
The Dragon’s Tales notes how the Indus Valley Civilization did, and did not, adapt to climate change.
Language Log reshares Benjamin Franklin’s writings against German immigration.
The NYRB Daily follows one family’s quest for justice after the shooting by police of one Ramarley Graham.
The Russian Demographics Blog looks at the Pale of Settlement.
Torontoist looks at Ontario’s food and nutrition strategy.
Transit Toronto reports on how PRESTO officials will be making appearances across the TTC in coming weeks to introduce users to the new system.
Window on Eurasia looks at how ethnic minorities form a growing share of Russian emigration, looks at the manipulation of statistics by the Russian state, and suggests Putin’s actions have killed off the concept of a triune nation of East Slavs.
blogTO notes that a waterfront LCBO is set to become another Toronto condo development.
Centauri Dreams looks at the difficulties involving with slowing down a light sail launched at relativistic speeds towards an extrasolar destination.
Dangerous Minds looks at a 1972 mail-order catalogue from a German retailer, full to the brim with retro-ness.
The Dragon’s Tales reports on the discovery of a hot Jupiter orbiting T Tauri star V830 Tauri.
Language Log looks at Trump’s odd phrasing regarding Frederick Douglas, while Marginal Revolution notes the man’s opposition to racist immigration bars.
Marginal Revolution looks at how some children at Cambodian orphanages are not actual orphans, but are merely taking advantage of foreign funding.
The Planetary Society Blog looks at a proposal for a new probe to study Enceladus and Titan for signs of habitability.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes Trump’s command responsibility for a failed military raid in Yemen.
The Russian Demographics Blog shares a map looking at the word for “church” in different European languages.
Towleroad notes a court ruling in the United Kingdom barring an Orthodox Jewish transgender woman from interacting with her children in real time, and reports on a Russian website that purports to warn users how many gay people are in any given city.
Understanding Society describes the problems with implementing ideologies and even policies in a very complex world.
Window on Eurasia notes one Russian parliamentarian’s call for taking northern Kazakhstan, and reports on new border controls between Russia and Belarus.