2012- 12- 12 14:24:00 2012- 12- 12 14:24:00 [BLOG] Some Wednesday links Bruce Sterling on an analyst's prediction that by next year, more computers--including mobile devices--will be running Google's Android than Microsoft. picks up Centauri Dreams late British astronomer and popularizer Patrick Moore. remembers Claus Vistesen of predictions that a low American birth rate will lead to economic ruin. (Frankly, it's not nearly low enough.) doesn't think much Will Baird at The Dragon's Tales on evidence found in geological strata as to an abundance of sulfur-metabolizing bacteria 2.7 billion years ago. reports Daniel Drezner as interested by the ways in which analysts will react to the new seems Global Briefs 2030, with its predictions of American decline, as anything else. Geocurrents the highly scattered and thin population of Australia. notes The Grumpy Sociology to a series of posts he made analyzing different aspects of slavery in modern-day Thailand. links Language Hat the Italian imprint in mid-19th century Odessa. notes Language Log that Cantonese, by virtue of its base of Hong Kong, is resisting the pressures of Mandarin to a much greater extent than other Chinese regional languages. suspects The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer has that Chinese sabre-rattlings has succeeded in making the Philippines' government welcome Japanese militarization. noted Window on Eurasia that China is starting to compete for the scarce water supplies of central Asia. observes
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