Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links


  • The Burgh Diaspora notes that the migration of Puerto Ricans to the mainland United States has continued, accelerated by the global economic crisis, the only new thing being the concentration of later migrants in Florida as opposed to New York.

  • James Bow disagrees strongly with the Clarity Act and the Liberals' take on it and and the NDP policy on national unity. Were he writing the laws, he might require 50%+1 of the total electorate--not just the total of voters turning out--to enact constitutional change.

  • Daniel Drezner notes that enthusiasm for Chinese ports on the Pakistani coast is limited to Pakistanis, and that the Chinese don't really seem very invested in it.

  • Eastern Approaches takes a look at the site of the Sochi Olympics, noting that migrants from across the former Soviet Union and even Serbia a) are present in large numbers and b) have apparently been short-changed on pay.

  • Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen thinks that a bailout of Cyprus could be risky. If not Cyprus, why not the rest of southern Europe?

  • Itching for Eestimaa's Giustino wonders why Estonia supports Georgia's push for European Union and NATO membership so strongly.

  • At The Power and they Money, Noel Maurer notes that as prominent the flaring of natural gas from North Dakota fields might be from orbit, it doesn't actually consume that much gas.

  • Savage Minds' Thomas Strong reflects at length on what he sees as the lack of moral self-reflexivity in Zero Dark Thirty.

  • Inspired by the ongoing events in Egypt, the Volokh Conspiracy's starts a discussion about what should be done if anti-democratic forces look like they'll win a democratic election or vote.

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