blogTO notes the amazing spike upwards in temperatures for this weekend.
Dangerous Minds shares photos of some stark war memorials of the former Communist world.
The Dragon’s Gaze reports on brown dwarf HIP 67537b.
The LRB Blog looks at Donald Trump’s interest in a Middle Eastern peace settlement that looks as if it will badly disadvantage the isolated Palestinians.
Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen reflects on his reading of Julius Evola and other hitherto-marginal writers.
The NYRB Daily notes the potential health catastrophe that could result from Donald Trump’s anti-vax positions.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer suggests that the corruption marking the relationship of France and Gabon over that country’s oil is finding an echo in the Trump organization’s involvement in Filipino real estate.
Torontoist calls for regulation of road salt on grounds of its toxicity.
Transit Toronto looks at the various scenarios for King Street.
Window on Eurasia suggests Russia’s economic growth will lag behind growth elsewhere for the foreseeable future, and looks at protest in St. Petersburg over the return of an old church to the Orthodox Church.
Centauri Dreams notes how exoplanet HAT-P-2b somehow induces pulsations in its parent star.
Citizen Science Salon looks at a new crowdsourcing effort to find Planet Nine from old WISE images.
Dangerous Minds reports on a marijuana bouquet delivery service.
The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the detection of the atmosphere of super-Earth Gliese 1132b./li>
Language Hat examines the different source languages for neologisms in Russian.
Language Log reports on an obscene Valentine’s Day ad from Sichuan.
The LRB Blog reports on the search of Syrians in Istanbul for health care.
Marginal Revolution reports on the fascist experimentations of economist Franco Modigliani.
The NYRB Daily reports on the stunning war art of Paul Nash.
Window on Eurasia notes that non-Russian republics tend to have better health indicators than the average, and warns of the potential instability that could be triggered by the failure of Putin’s vision for Trump.
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.