Beyond the Beyond's Bruce Sterling links to an interesting analysis of the apparently jumbled and occasionally anachronistic elements of futurism in the Persian Gulf states.
Crooked Timber's John Quiggin wonders whether Southern whites should be treated as an ethnic group, in some dimensions at least. (One implication in his analysis is that a Democratic Party outreach to Southern whites is doomed, on tribal grounds.)
Far Outliers' Joel examines how the Spanish word biombo ("folding screen") came from the Japanese byōbu via the Tokugawa Shogunate's early 17th century exchanges with New Spain.
Geocurrents notes that some organizations advocating for indigenous peoples in the Russian Far North have been subjected to what seems to be a measure of state persecution.
Language Log takes a look at an interesting use of negation in language.
Lawyers, Guns and Money's Erik Loomis observes that the Republican Party stands out in not recognizing contraception as a human right.
Torontoist's Chris Riddell notes that efforts by the owner to sell the decrepit and commercially unattractive Captain John's Harbourfront Restaurant aren't going so well.
Elsewhere on Torontoist, Chris Riddell is rightly skeptical of the fuss over GE's nuclear fuel plant on Lansdowne Avenue.
Towleroad notes that Uruguay's parliament has begun to debate full marriage equality for same-sex couples. This would make Uruguay the second Latin American country to achieve marriage equality, after neighbouring Argentina.