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.
Steve Munro maps out routes for a Scarborough subway.
The Planetary Society Blog looks at science on Pluto.
pollotencheggmaps the distribution of ethnically mixed households in Ukraine.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at how Panama successfully made use of price controls, and why.
Progressive Download’s John Farrell wonders what is the rush for three-parent IVF therapy.
Transit Toronto explains how old TTC tickets can be exchanged.
Window on Eurasia notes the importance of Belarus for the Baltic States, notes the newly-debatable borders of the former Soviet Union, suggests Tatarstan is unhappy with Russian federalism, and looks at the small grounds for Russian-Ukrainian hostilities.
I’ve a post up at Demography Matters taking a look at the case of Cyprus. An ethnically-riven island, demographic figures and trends are quite important. Right now, the important ones aren’t the traditional ones associated with the Greco-Turkish rivalry, but rather with more recent links with Britain and Russia.
blogTO’s Chris Bateman notes a proposal to put a 39-story condo at Yonge and Dundas.
The Burgh Diaspora’s Jim Russell is strongly supportive of developing Pennsylvania’s shale gas resources.
Centauri Dreams’ Paul Gilster, reacting to the Chelyabinsk meteor incident, points to a collection of resources on dealing with asteroid impacts.
Eastern Approaches notes the protests in Bulgaria over sharp rises in electricity prices.
At A Fistful of Euros, Edward Hugh notes the decidedly negative trajectory of the Hungarian economy.
Greenland, ImaGeo’s Tom Yulsman notes, is melting. In January.
Language Hat notes the imprecise connection between language and ethnicity in the 19th century North Caucasus.
Towleroad notes that the appeal of the Republican Party to economic libertarians is hamstrung by its position on cultural issues, including gay rights and same-sex marriage.
Understanding Society’s Daniel Little takes a look at James Scott’s writings on anarchism, arguing that many of the small-scale collective social endeavours he talks about fit not with stateless environments but rather citizen engagement in a liberal democracy.
Zero Geography’s Mark Graham maps geotagged Twitter posts in Francophone African cities.