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[NEWS] Some Monday links

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  • Al Jazeera notes the Iraqi desire for foreign intervention, the problems with sex-offender registries, and the plight of former nuclear workers at Hanford in the United States.
  • Bloomberg observes Russian resistance to Western pressure and Ukrainian alliance-seeking, notes that Senegal was declared Ebola-free, looks at the terrible job market in Spain, observes competition in East Asia for wealthy Chinese immigrants, suggests that China’s one-child policy will be relaxed, and examines Turkey’s quiet border with the Islamic State.
  • Bloomberg View compares Russia and Germany in not prioritizing economic growth, looks at how Brookyln is the only borough of New York City to see its housing market recover, notes Turkey’s issues in the Arab world, and examines with problems of Petrobras with expensive deep-sea oil at a time of falling oli prices.
  • The Inter Press Service notes the critical role of mangroves in mitigating disasters and protecting fisheries, looks at ethnic conflict in China, finds hope for civil society in Cuba, suggests that HIV/AIDS can be controlled worldwide, and fears for Iraq’s minorities.
  • National Geographic notes North America’s threatened monarch butterfly migrations and examines Ebola as a zoonosis.
  • Open Democracy notes issues of British Jews with Israeli policy and looks at Russian economic policy.

[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.

[DM] “Some thematic links: France, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, China, South Pacific”

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I’ve an extended Demography Matters link post examining in brief situations in the six countries/regions mentioned above. Original content to come tomorrow evening.

[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.

[LINK] “Macau Casino Stocks Rise as Monthly Sales Meet Estimate”

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Vinicy Chan and Billy Chan, writing for Bloomberg, note that casino-dependent Macau is seeing something of an economic slowdown between a crackdown on Chinese gambling and mass protests in Hong Kong.

Total casino revenue fell 12 percent to 25.6 billion patacas ($3.2 billion) in September, the fourth straight month it’s declined. The figure, the biggest drop since June 2009, was expected to drop by 12 percent to 13 percent from a year earlier, state-controlled Teledifusao de Macau reported last week, citing the city’s Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam.

“You get the dynamic now whereas these gaming names have been so crushed that even a slight improvement is viewed positively,” Grant Govertsen at Union Gaming Group, said today. “You got a lot of investors who want to be in these names looking for an entry point.”

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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption has dented spending by high-stakes gamblers in Macau, the only place in China where casinos are legal. Pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong may have caused mainland Chinese to defer their usual joint Hong Kong-Macau trips, Govertsen wrote in a note yesterday.

“Mass market casino foot traffic — especially at the big-box casinos on Cotai — and certain instances of table games minimums, was lower than we expected,” he said. Casino companies have been opening resorts on the Cotai Strip, Asia’s answer to the Las Vegas Strip.

About 20 percent to 25 percent of mainland travelers to Macau also go to Hong Kong on the same trip, said Karen Tang, an analyst at Deutsche Bank AG.

High rollers account for more than 60 percent of the city’s gaming revenue. The number of Chinese tourists normally rises during China’s annual week-long National Day holidays that start on Oct. 1, one of the city’s busiest times of the year.

The political protests in Hong Kong “would put further pressure on VIP visitation,” said Govertsen, using the term that refers to high-stakes gamblers.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 7, 2014 at 11:20 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • blogTO shares photos of Nuit Blanche.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper suggesting that relatively recent presence of glaciers on some high Martian mountain slopes.
  • Eastern Approaches looks at the ethnically riven Latvian election.
  • Far Outliers looks at the grim situation for civil rights in early independent Romania and the problematic democracy of the interwar period.
  • Languages of the World’s Asya Perelstvaig maps the distribution of Ukrainians in modern Russia.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that Shenzhen is thriving on the basis of–among other things–mobile phones.
  • Otto Pohl looks at the history of Communism in colonial Ghana.
  • Savage Minds features an anthropologist talking about the specific issues of academic writing.
  • Torontoist and blogTO both talk about things that went well with Nuit Blanche and things that did not go so well.
  • Towleroad observes anti-gay persecution in Indonesia’s westernmost region of Aceh.
  • Transit Toronto notes the disruption to the TTC caused by the closing-off of Yonge-Dundas Square for a hockey festival there.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • blogTO recommends things to do in Bloorale and the Junction Triangle.
  • The Cranky Sociologists look at the portrayal of gender in The Wire.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze examines the phenomenon of the tidal disruption of extremely eccentric asteroids in orbit of white dwarfs.
  • A Fistful of Euros recommends Orlando Figes’ Just Send Me Word, a history of a couple whose romance survived the gulag.
  • Geocurrents contests the idea of an “arc of instability”.
  • Joe. My. God. reports on a Berlin Grindr-based art project that got shut down early for streaming private messages and images.
  • Language Log shares video of Jiamg Zemin demonstrating his multilingualism in criticizing a Hong Kong journalist.
  • Languages of the World’s Asya Perelstvaig is critical of the idea that some words are “ultra-conserved”, preserving records of ancient languages.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a study suggesting that the French economy is less productive than its age structure indicates.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog suggests that the Russian campaign in Ukraine has worked, at least in making European integration more difficult.
  • Spacing Toronto notes one complication for construction companies: Toronto’s bedrock swells.
  • Torontoist covers the Torontonian relief given to survivors of the great 1922 Teminskaming fire in 1922.
  • Towleroad shares video on the occasion of Denmark’s first recognized same-sex union.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy shares information on how Ebola is transmitted.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Crimean Tatar disappearances, notes continuing divisions in Ukraine on attitudes towards Russia, and observes that many Chinese immigrants to Kazakhstan are not ethnically Chinese.
  • The Financial Times‘s The World notes that many in Norway are still divided about their country’s rejection of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
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