Lawyers, Guns and Money writes about the costs of law school. (They are significant, and escalating hugely.)
Marginal Revolution reports on the problems facing the Brazilian pension system, perhaps overgenerous for a relatively poor country facing rapid aging.
Neuroskeptic reports on the latest re: the crisis of scientists not being able to replicate evidence, now even their own work being problematic.
Personal Reflections considers the questions of how to preserve the dignity of people facing Alzheimer’s.
The Russian Demographics Blog notes a Financial Times article looking at the impact of aging on global real estate.
Spacing Toronto talks about the campaign to name a school after Jean Earle Geeson, a teacher and activist who helped save Fort York.
At Wave Without A Shore, C.J. Cherryh shares photos of her goldfish.
Window on Eurasia notes growing instability in Daghestan, looks at the latest in Georgian historical memory, and shares an article arguing that Putin’s actions have worsened Russia’s reputation catastrophically.
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.
Bad Astronomy shares a photo of the Earth and Moon taken by a Mars probe.
Lawyers, Guns and Money responds to a baffling claim by a New York City policeman that stranger rape is more of a concern than acquaintance rape.
Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw, returned from Denmark, wonders
about the extent to which social happiness is maximized by stability and security.
Progressive Download’s John Farrell argues that scientists should approach the theory of evolution in a less mechanistic light.
Window on Eurasia reports on the transformation of United Russia into a parallel structure of government akin to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and engages with the possibility of a pro-Russian Ukrainian government-in-exile.
Alex Harrowell of Yorkshire Ranter looks at the problems of an independent central bank, finding that failings attributed to these are actually faults of government.
Arnold Zwicky looks at the highly evolved fashion sense of faggots, in the context of Italy’s divides and celebrities.