Bruce Sterling, at Beyond the Beyond, posts an interview with Eleanor Saitta, one of the backers of an Icelandic data haven.
James Bow interviews Liberal Party of Ontario leadership candidatye Sandra Pupatello.
Crooked Timber's Corey Robin notes a nihilistic, Rimbaudian strain in American conservatism.
Language Log's Mark Liberman takes issue with one translator's idea of American English.
At Lawyers, Guns, and Money, Dave Brockington argues that the much lower availability of guns explains why the United Kingdom, a country with higher rates of reported violent crime than the United States, has a much lower murder rate.
Diane Duane at Out of Ambit mourns the non-occurrence of the 2012 apocalypse.
Is Doctor Who an anthropologist? The case is made at Savage Minds.
The Signal explains why digital preservation matters.
Window on Eurasia notes the sloppy application of statistics on religious affiliation by the Russian Orthodox Church, common to other churches. (Are 81% of Russians Orthodox, or merely the 5% who regularly attend services?)