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.
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.
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.