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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO recommends things to do on the Danforth.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the importance of the discovery of water in the atmosphere of exoplanet HAT-P-11b.
  • Crooked Timber goes on at length about Kevin Williamson’s statement as noted by Joe. My. God. that women who have abortions should be executed.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes plans for futuristic architecture in Shenzhen.
  • Eastern Approaches observes the travails of a Roma soccer team in the Czech Republic.
  • Far Outliers notes two different movements of Romanian intellectuals responding to relative backwardness, pasoptism referring to the post-1848 effort at modernization and protocronism referring to efforts to claim all was invented first in Romania.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that in France, added years of education associated with avoiding conscription don’t produce different job results.
  • Spacing Toronto notes the failed visit of Upper Canadian reformer William Lyon Mackenzie to London in 1832.
  • Torontoist notes building regulations prevent Toronto from making use of green roofs.
  • Towleroad links to a study discussing the economic impact of anti-LGBT laws on Americans.
  • Why I Love Toronto talks about the importance of having a local barber.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russians will begin to draft first Chechens then Crimeans, notes increased state spending on Russia Today, observes the belief among some Russians that Ukraine is somehow not really a nation, and suggests that Belarus is cracking down on pro-Russians.

[URBAN NOTE] “Gay Africans Seeking Asylum in New York”

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I’ve made two link posts so far this year about gay African refugees settling in New York City, one in April and one in June. At The New York Times‘ Lens blog, Fayemi Shakur has a photo essay examining the lives of gay refugees from Nigeria.

Nigeria’s passage of a law criminalizing same-sex relationships drew immediate international outrage earlier this year. In New York, gay activists held protests outside the Nigerian government’s offices, something that amazed Rahima Gambo. With so much of life hidden in Nigeria, she said, nothing so bold would have happened there.

That realization led Ms. Gambo, a Nigerian photographer raised in London, to explore the lives of the growing number of gay men who have fled to the United States seeking asylum and a chance to live freely. It was during the March protest in New York that she met Saheed Ipadeola, a young man living in Brooklyn who introduced her to other asylum seekers. They shared their stories in ways that would never be seen in Nigerian media, which she said reduced them to stereotypes without dignity.

She saw them as survivors.

“Many of the men I document are proud of their identities and still connected to family members in Nigeria, but there’s this constant strain of wanting to be vocal but fearing for family and loved ones,” Ms. Gambo, 28, said. “All of the men always say there was nothing to go back to. They all talk of this fatigue of the Nigerian system, and the law being passed was a final nail in the coffin.”

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm

[LINK] “Rejected by their families, gay teens in the South flock to Atlanta”

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America Al Jazeera’s Betsy Kulman reports on the desperate migration of many rejected LGBT teens from across the American South to Atlanta.

Ryan Peterson’s first low point happened in California in 2011 when he woke up on the roof of a house he didn’t recognize, still high, after being awake for what he says was around five days.

He started to cry and called his cousin who bought him a plane ticket home to Georgia. He had just started to get his life back on track, he said, when he found out he was HIV positive. It crushed him.

“Not because of the fact that I was positive,” he said. “Because of the fact that I couldn’t have kids. That’s what really crushed me the most, because I’ve always wanted kids. And I always will.”

For HIV-positive men, having children can be a costly and difficult procedure.

His second low point was earlier this year, crashing on couches in Atlanta and dealing crystal meth to support his $300-a-day drug habit.

Peterson, now 23, is one of many young people in Georgia, and other Bible Belt states, who flock to the big city – Atlanta – after coming out as gay. But each night, some 2,000 children and youth in Atlanta are homeless. Nationally, about 40 percent of homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, according to a survey by UCLA’s Williams Institute.

Religious families are more likely to kick out gay children, making the Bible Belt a particularly tough place to be young and LGBT. In what activists say is a crisis of gay homeless youth in America, some call Atlanta “ground zero.”

But the South also has few emergency shelters for LGBT youth in need. Lost-n-Found Youth is the only Atlanta nonprofit dedicated to getting homeless gay kids off the streets. The group’s three founders created the organization in 2011 after all of them had experiences trying to place LGBT youth in shelters, only to have them turned away.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 29, 2014 at 11:20 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday linls

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  • blogTO notes the five longest TTC routes in Toronto.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes evidence that objects detected by Kepler are gravitationally bound to their parent stars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales tracks the migrations of raccoons and their kind from North to South America, and notes that Pacific Island nations are hoping to find places they can evacuate their populations to.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the computer of the anti-gay papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic has been found to be filled with child porn, and observes apparent success in treating Ebola with HIV medications.
  • Language Log looks at gendered pronoun usage on Facebook.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes depression.
  • Marginal Revolution links to an article examining the lives of lightning survivors.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at Russian-Ukrainian energy wars and isn’t hopeful for Ukraine.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes war-related mortality patterns in Iraq.
  • Savage Minds notes that anthropologists at the University of Chicago have played a leading role in getting that university to disengage from its Confucius Institute.
  • Torontoist notes how 1971 thinkers thought Toronto could be made more pleasant.
  • Towleroad considers if Britney Spears is a proper gay icon.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests the death of civic nationalism in Russia, notes the refugees in Ukraine displaced from the Donbas, suggests that there is sympathy in Tatarstan from Crimean Tatars, looks at Russian official support for the far right worldwide, and suggests that Eurasianism and Dugin are of falling importance.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO notes a projection suggesting there will be nearly seven million Torontonians by 2025.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining how
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper examining a very unusual planetary system around a subdwarf B star and fears the Russo-Ukrainian war will heat up again.
  • Language Hat examines the nearly extinct dialect of Missouri French.
  • Marginal Revolution wonders about the impact of big data on the criminal justice system and argues Neew Zealand might have the best-designed government in the world.
  • Torontoist shares the 125 years of history of the Gladstone Hotel.
  • Towleroad notes that gay asylum seekers in Australia might be resettled in anti-gay Papua New Guinea.
  • Transit Toronto notes the expansion of wireless Internet to College station.
  • Window on Eurasia predicts that the European Union and the United States will try to engage Belarus while accepting the dictatorship.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • The Big Picture shares photos from the Asian Games.
  • blogTO notes that Loblaws in Toronto will pioneer drive-through grocery sales.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly describes her issues with being an adjunct professor.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the ongoing disputes within the European Space Agency behind the creation of the next generation of Ariane rockets.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas notes some good recent criticism of Arendt and her Eichmann in Jerusalem.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money and the New APPS Blog both note the expanding controversy surrounding philosopher Brian Leiter.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the beginning of drone delivery in Germany.
  • pollotenchegg notes the scale of demographic collapse and rapid aging in Ukraine’s Donetsk.
  • Torontoist notes that a Toronto policeman has been acquitted on charges of assaulting a former Torontoist contributor at the G20 protests.
  • Towleroad notes the Serbian Orthodox Church’s opposition to Belgrade Pride and observes that France has streamlined the adoption process for lesbian mothers.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Crimean Tatars should prepare for another deportation and notes that Russia’s economic travails are weakening its influence in Central Asia at China’s expense.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • BCer in Toronto’s Jeff Jedras comments on Justin Trudeau’s boycotting of Sun News after that organization’s Ezra Levant insulted his parents.
  • blogTO comments on last night’s wild mayoral debate. I will note that on Twitter the whole thing seemed like a mess.
  • Crooked Timber considers the endurance of myths like that surrounding the murder of Kitty Genovese.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper on stellar winds suggesting that habitable planets in orbit of orange dwarfs may be best of all, and links to another casting doubt on the existence of Gliese 667Cd.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that F-22as were used in combat for the first time against the Islamic State.
  • Joe. My. God. observes that one participant in a publicized gay-bashing in Philadelphia was the daughter of a local police chief.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money mocks Bill O’Reilly’s suggestion to raise a mercenary army to fight against the Islamic State.
  • pollotenchegg notes that the Ukrainian region of Donetsk was in a demographic free-fall even before the recent war.
  • Peter Rukavina notes how, in a low-key way, women got the vote on Prince Edward Island in 1922.
  • Tall Penguin celebrates her birthday.
  • Torontoist raves about the new Fort York visitor centre.
  • Towleroad features a Chinese gay man speaking out against gay conversion therapy.
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little examines a mass survey of Chinese on what they think an ideal world should be like.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Russian ignorance of Kazakh history and is skeptical of the idea of increasing religious content in public schools.
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