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[NEWS] Some links on the 2014 Ottawa Parliament Hill shooting

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  • From the blogosphere, Joe. My. God. notes the naming of suspect Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, John Moyer counsels against mass reprisals against Muslims, Torontoist and Towleroad carried early reports, and Transit Toronto noted the heightened security on the TTC that I noticed this morning.
  • The Toronto Star named the victim of the shooting as Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton, Bloomberg and CBC noted Zehaf-Bibeau’s criminal record, the National Post noted the grief of Zehaf-Bibeau’s parents, and MacLean’s placed this event in the context of the plans of the Toronto 18.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO notes Ryerson University’s new building on Church Street.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to one paper examining comet-like exoplanets and links to another tracking two families of exocomets in the Beta Pictoris system.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the intelligence of raccoons.
  • Steve Munro supports Olivia Chow as the best transit candidate.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that oil prices might remain relatively low for a while.
  • Spacing Toronto’s John Lorinc defends strategic voting in Toronto.
  • The Toronto Standard and blogTO both like candidate Ari Goldkind’s transit plan.
  • Towleroad notes pop star Ariana Grande dropped Catholicism because of hostility towards gay people like her brother.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Ukrainians overwhelmingly believe there’s a war with Russia while Russians disagree, suggests the benefit of a new Russian history that tracks the people along with the state.
  • Zero Geography’s Mark Graham announces a new project of his studying global digital development.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes that a party celebrating the end of Rob Ford’s term as mayor is being planned for election night at City Hall.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the discovery of secondary targets for New Horizons after it passes Pluto.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper that looks to examine the oblateness or otherwise of some exoplanets discovered by Kepler.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to one paper examining underwater archeology and links to a series debating the question of whether or not there was a human presence 30 thousand years ago at a site in Uruguay.
  • Eastern Approaches reports on the aftermath of a failed claim by Radek Sikorski that Russia made a 2008 proposal on partitioning Ukraine.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a Costa Rican survey suggesting that up to a fifth of Costa Rican police think that harassing GLBT people is OK.
  • Language Hat notes the etymology of the Egyptian title of “khedive”, apparently obscure for a reason.
  • Language Log notes a contentious issue in Chinese translation: “rule of law” or “rule by law”?
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at the aftermath of a stunt at a Serbian-Albanian football game.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog considers estimates for Russian losses in Ukrainian fighing.
  • Towleroad notes that Argentina has granted asylum to a Russian GLBT claimant.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Ukrainian events have awakened Belarusian nationalism.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • 3 Quarks Daily examines an effort to set up an arts and culture centre in Karachi.
  • Alpha Sources’ Claus Vistesen wonders if another Eurozone crisis is looming in the near future.
  • blogTO reports on Olivia Chow’s call for an apartment building rating system akin to that of restaurant ratings.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper speculating on reasons for the very odd surface of Uranus’ moon Miranda.
  • Far Outliers looks at the issues facing early baseball radio broadcasting.
  • Joe. My. God. and Towleroad both note a Russian lawmaker’s call to ban the entry of mail carrying Finland’s popular Tom of Finland-themed stamps.
  • Language Hat considers the origins of the term “prehistory”.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes discrimination against pregnant workers.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers grounds to believe that a continued British North America including the United States would not have been a success. The survival of intercolonial trade barriers would be an issue.
  • The Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle photoblogs his close encounter with a red fox.
  • Window on Eurasia notes speculation about a partition of Crimea, considers the need for more surveys of Russian territory to look for natural resources, and observes that Ukrainian refugees resettled in the autonomous republics of Russia aren’t required to learn local languages.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly describes the collapse of an online community she quite liked.
  • Cody Delistraty links to his article in The Atlantic about the benefits of multilingualism.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the numbers and implications of low-wage earners.
  • The Frailest Things’ Michael Sacasas links to articles about big data, suggesting ways in which it undermines our sense of self-control.
  • Geocurrents considers alternate history maps.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that West Germany had high inflation in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Otto Pohl thinks pan-Africanism can start by creating uniform electrical plugs.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers alternate histories for Mexico, paying particular attention to the idea of a smaller Mexico after 1848.
  • Spacing Toronto’s John Lorinc argues John Tory bested Olivia Chow by not being over-specific.
  • Torontoist notes the travails of a girl who became an amateur hockey player in the mid-1950s.
  • Window on Eurasia considers how Russian liberals could return Crimea, deconstructs the alleged Chinese threat, and notes a startlingly anti-Russian press conference delivered by Belarus’ Lukashenko.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait shares evidence that a Lake Ontario worth of water is present, in the form of subsurface ice, in Mercury’s polar regions.
  • blogTO profiles the life and latest releases of one-time punk band adolescent frontwoman Chandra Oppenheim.
  • Centauri Dreams features a guest essay by Andrew Lepage on Alpha Centauri Bb, still quite possible.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to one paper examining the study of the atmospheres of extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs and links to another that seeks to explain the orbits in the system of Fomalhaut.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on Chinese involvement in South Sudan and suggests that Lockheed’s announcement of a working fusion reactor is being greeted skeptically.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests advocates of open borders need more research to support their positions.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw fears for the economic future of the world.
  • Towleroad reports that magistrates in North Carolina are required to perform same-sex marriages or face removal.
  • Transit Toronto examines the consequences of last night’s flooding for the TTC system.
  • Why I Love Toronto likes Summerhill Avenue.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russian liberals like Navalny are unwilling to challenge Russian policies in Ukraine.
  • The World reports on the latest developments in Spain re: Catalonian separatism.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO shares ten interesting facts about Scarborough.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at orbits where two or more objects can share a path.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on Lockheed’s allegedly promising plan for near-term fusion reactors.
  • Eastern Approaches notes concerns about media bias in Slovakian print media.
  • Geocurrents notes how recent events show that Ukraine does not cleave neatly into pro- and anti-Russian halves.
  • Joe. My. God. observes that the Micronesian state of Palau has decriminalized homosexuality.
  • Language Hat looks at the history of how fonts get their names.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the arguably stagnant and over-regulated labour market of France.
  • James Nicoll has announced his ongoing effort, to commemorate the Cuban missile crisis, to review books on nuclear war.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla notes that astronomers have found a second small Kuiper belt object for the New Horizons probe to survey.
  • Spacing Toronto blogs about the demographic and economic challenges of millennials in Canadian cities.
  • Towleroad looks at problems with gay intimacy visibility on American television.
  • Window on Eurasia considers tensions over migration in post-Soviet Russia.
  • The World notes the devastating impact on living standards of the Greek recession.
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