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[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 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.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO shares vintage pictures of University Avenue.
  • Centauri Dreams imagines, with the help of the Impressionists, deep time.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining ancient hot Jupiter KOI-183b.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers ways violence can be understood as a contingent sociological phenomenon.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Edward Hugh does not think that criticizing Germany for its economic policies is a good idea.
  • Joe. My. God. shares Australia’s stunning anti-immigration ads.
  • Languages of the World’s Asya Perelstvaig shares an old post noting Russia’s significant issues.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that low female participation in the Japanese economy threatens the country’s future.
  • Torontoist shares an argument in favour of lowering speed limits to save lives.
  • Towelroad notes American criticism of a new anti-gay law in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russia’s economy is likely to stagnate and warns Ukrainians that Russian imperialism towards Ukraine is popular and will outlast Putin.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • 3 Quarks Daily talks about the complexities of gentrification in Brooklyn.
  • A BCer in Toronto wonders where school trustee Harout Manougian stands on the subject of gay-straight alliances.
  • Centauri Dreams discusses the mapping of the weather on WASP-43b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper discussing the complexities of mapping the non-spherical moons of Mars.
  • Far Outliers looks at the role of ethnic minorities in late 19th century Pacific coast baseball in the US.
  • Language Hat looks at folkloric elements in the Russian Chronicles.
  • Savage Minds celebrates the 13th of October as Indigenous Peoples Day.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that the Ukrainian war has radicalized the Russian right.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Bad Astronomy shares a picture of the astonishingly crowded center of the Milky Way galaxy.
  • blogTO recommends things to do in the Junction and Liberty Village.
  • Centauri Dreans notes an interesting new binary star discovery, one where a hot Jupiter orbits each star.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on further research done of a close brown dwarf.
  • The Frailest Thing notes an interview with spaceflight proponent Elon Musk painting him as a messianic figure, a Moses or Noah.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper suggesting that western Europe experienced growign longevity from an early age.
  • The New APPS Blog notes the intersections of philosophy, religion, and euthanasia.
  • Registan notes the arrival of Islamic banking in the former Soviet Union.
  • Steve Munro notes the return of streetcar service to Queens Quay.
  • Torontoist is skeptical of Olivia Chow’s transit plan, not detailed enough.
  • Towleorad reports on a Russian exchange student in the United States who has claimed asylum and reports on civil unions’ new introduction in Chile.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the weaknesses of the Belarusian economy, observes the linguistic links between Crimean Tatars and various north Caucasian peoples, argues that 1600 Russian soldiers have died, observes Russian belief that China is an ally, and notes that older Muslim communities in Moscow separate themselves from the newer immigrant communities.

[LINK] “Pride party fills to capacity in Iqaluit, Nunavut”

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Gloria Song, writing for Daily Xtra, writes about the vagaries of GLBT identity and history in Nunavut.

Somehow, out of the controversy over a flag came the idea for a party.

It began when the city of Iqaluit raised a rainbow flag at city hall to protest anti-gay laws in Russia during the 2014 Winter Olympics, at the initiative of city Councillor Kenny Bell and Iqaluit resident Anubha Momin. Councillor Simon Nattaq argued that the decision had not been approved by council, and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc president Cathy Towtongie commended Nattaq for speaking out. These events sparked lively discussion among the residents of Nunavut about same-sex issues, including whether it’s within Inuit custom to be gay.

In the midst of this discussion, the idea for a party emerged, specifically, an Iqaluit Pride party, the first of its kind in the capital city of Nunavut.

The woman behind the party is Michelle Zakrison, a newcomer to Iqaluit. “I just moved here in May and started Iqaluit Pride,” she says. “I’ve volunteered with a lot of Prides, and I’ve been in student politics and that kind of stuff for a long time. I thought if I came up, I’d like to support whoever’s doing that, organizing that up here. After I talked to a bunch of people, nothing seemed to be going on. I thought, Well, I’ll create this Twitter [@Iqaluit Pride].”

[. . .]

Maureen Doherty first moved up north in 1983 and later came out as a lesbian at the age of 50. Along with Peter Workman and Allison Brewer, she has been actively involved in the same-sex-rights movement for more than a decade in Iqaluit.

“It started off with a small picnic, and then it grew,” Doherty recounts over the phone. “That particular summer of 2004 or 2005, we had huge Pride picnics. In fact, if politicians weren’t there, they came up to you and explained why they weren’t there, lest it be construed they might be homophobic. It was really quite exciting.”

These events unfolded around the same time that the Nunavut Human Rights Act was passed into law in 2003. During this time, there was much debate about whether sexual orientation should be included as a prohibited ground of discrimination. As a member of the steering committee for the legislation, Doherty recalls the discussions: “As well as there being a lot of support for the LGBT community, there was also a lot of concern and a lot of fear and homophobia. But the good thing is that it came out, because there was discussion all across Nunavut about this act and what it would mean and what human rights are. It was actually heartwarming to hear some of the things people had to say, about how historically there had been a place of acceptance in the Inuit culture.”

Written by Randy McDonald

October 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm


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