Far Outliers looks at the culture of addiction in Appalachia.
Joe. My. God. notes how a Russian embassy has mocked the European Union for defending GLBT rights.
Language Log looks at the sounds made by speakers of English, native and Chinese-language mother tongue both.
The Map Room Blog links to a map of the river basins of the United States.
Torontoist looks at the history of clowns in Toronto.
Window on Eurasia looks at how Central Asia is non-Muslim, reports a call for a historical reorientation of Azerbaijan, reports on a Tatar dramatist’s fear that Russia is trying to assimilate non-Russians, and looks at how a court in Sakha has defended the constitutional rights of the republic and its titular people.
blogTO notes a photo series celebrating the corner stores of Toronto and reports on massive condo towers planned for Yonge and College.
Centauri Dreams notes the antimatter sail as a potential future propulsion technology.
D-Brief notes the beginning of a search for an Earth-like planet orbiting Alpha Centauri A or B.
Joe. My. God. notes that it is Ecuador that disrupted Assange’s Internet connection.
Language Hat looks at distinctions between fiction and non-fiction in different literatures.
Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Republicans are concerned for the future of the US Supreme Court and links to Matt Taibbi’s article suggesting that Trump might reinforce the existing American system.
Maximos62 links to his new audiobook of tales from Asia and the Pacific.
The Planetary Society Blog looks at the relationship between rapidly rotating regular satellite and their tides.
Window on Eurasia suggests that language shift among the Kalmyks to Russia has not weakened their ethnic identity, and shares arguments that Tatarstan and Bashkortostan must be brought back into line in with Russia’s national government.