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.