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[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • blogTO shares a visual history of the Toronto Islands. (I really will have to get there this year.)
  • At Broadside Blog, Caitlin Kelly draws lessons from the experience of a journalist who literally overworked himself to death. When should people note their limits?
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that close-orbiting hot Neptune GJ 436b, even with its comet-like tail produced by heating from its sun, isn’t going to lose its atmosphere.
  • Eastern Approaches notes that Poland’s Donald Tusk is presiding over new military spending inspired by the Ukrainian crisis.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World blog and Eastern Approaches both deal with the international consequences of ongoing Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine, the former calling for broad sanctions.
  • Marginal Revolution wonders if the Russian-majority city of Narva in northeastern Estonia will be the next target of Russia.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer discusses the implication of Russian gas price increases for Ukraine.
  • Torontoist notes the impact of CBC’s announced job cuts.
  • Towleroad links to a teaser for the new HBO movie version of The Lonely Heart and reports on Barbra Streisand’s explanation as to why she couldn’t get the movie made.
  • Une heure de peine’s Denis Colombi writes (in French) about the sociology of working hours in France and among the French.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that rising xenophobia in Russia is alienating many non-Russians and reports on one Russia who argues that there isn’t a necessary conflict between liberalism and imperialism.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • The Buffer blog advises online writers as to how often they should post on different media.
  • Centauri Dreams reacts to the discovery of the ocean under Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a recent paper claiming to set limits on a potential distant planet X and observes archeological data suggesting a 9th century settlement date for a Tongan island.
  • Eastern Approaches comments on the Hungarian election.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Doug Merrill warns that if Russia does move into eastern Ukraine, terrible choices will be afoot.
  • Geocurrents’ Claire Negiar takes a look at the Caribbean island of St. Martin, divided between French and Dutch halves.
  • Joe. My. God. links to an article examining the use of the drug Truvada to prevent HIV infection and notes that Blondie’s Debbie Harry has come out as bisexual.
  • Language Log’s Victor Mair explains what Chinese might mean when they talk about prayer.
  • Towleroad’s Ari Ezra Waldman comments on Brandon Eich’s resignation.
  • Window on Eurasia notes one Russian commentator’s argument that the Baltic States have been lost to the Russian sphere, another noting a fall in anti-Caucasian sentiment in the media as Ukraine heats up.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • The Burgh Diaspora’s Jim Russell observes the fine scale of globalization’s movements, which connect nations not so much as they do neighbourhoods.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze revisits the Kepler-9 system and notes the disintegrating sub-Mercury planet that is KIC 12557548b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that waves have been detected on Titan’s Punga Mare.
  • Eastern Approaches takes a look at Slovakian politics.
  • Far Outliers revisits the massive volcanic eruption that hit the Melanesian island of New Britain circa 600 CE.
  • The Numerati’s Stephen Baker wonders if his new novel The Boost is anti-Chinese simply by describing a hegemonic China not acting differently from the United States. (I must read the book.)
  • Strange Maps notes a Turkish exclave in Syria–a tomb of an ancient Turkish hero–that might bring Turkey into the Syrian civil war.
  • Towleroad notes a study suggesting that crystal meth use accelerates the progress of HIV/AIDS in users.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Eugene Volokh notes the death of a Ukrainian soldier on a base stormed by Russian soldiers in Crimea.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the fears of many Crimean Tatars of Russian rule.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell shares his eclectic list of recommended blogs.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • The Big Picture shares pictures of the ongoing confusion and human tragedy surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes preliminary results for the hunt of exoplanets around very cool stars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales, meanwhile, observes that the red-coloured formation on Europa’s icy surface seem to be produced by internal events.
  • Far Outliers notes that Japan provided naval protection to Australia during the First World War, causing the Australians no small amount of alarm at their vulnerability.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Alex Harrowell notes the personal and ideological connection between now-separate Crimea and Transnistria.
  • At The Frailest Thing, Michael Sacasas talks about how the phenomenon of people disconnecting from the online world can evoke the Bakhtinian carnival, and how it also might not be enough.
  • Geocurrents notes that, in various referenda, Switzerland’s Francophone cantons are consistently more open (to immigrants, to the European Union) than others.)
  • Joe. My. God. observes that for the first time since the epidemic hit, HIV/AIDS has stopped being one of the top ten causes of death in New York City.
  • Ukrainian demographics blogger pollotenchegg shares the results of recent detailed polling of Crimea’s population, on everything from political views or language usage.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that markets are reacting to Russia’s actions, though whether it’s Crimea alone or broader fears about a Ukrainian war is open to question.
  • Torontoist explains to its readership what co-op apartments actually are, in the course of an explanation that Jack Layton and Olivia Chow were not living in subsidized apartments.
  • Towleroad celebrates the classic TV series Golden Girls.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russian relations with Lithuania are also deteriorating.

[LINK] “‘Divorce your theory’ – A conversation with Paul Farmer”

I was pleased to come across, at Savage Minds, Ståle Wig’s two-part interview (1, 2) with anthropologist and doctor Paul Farmer. Known for his commitment to public health in Haiti, Farmer is someone I’ve liked for a while, as my 2006 review of his book AIDS and Accusation suggests. Unsurprisingly, Farmer’s anthropology is very socially engaged.

SW: I get a sense from what you are saying here that social science has been too concerned these last few decades with deconstruction, or destructive critique.

PF: Well, I feel that academia can contribute very constructively through critique and understanding, and partly does so already. For example, a lot of people in NGOs, aid and development work are unable to do social analysis. And that is hurtful to them; because they are not aware of what they are doing can hurt beneficiaries, or doesn’t help them. So I think there is a big role for the weaving together practical policy and social analysis. It has to be an accurate analysis though. Let’s say you write a book about an institution and you don’t do ethnographic work – you wouldn’t do that as an anthropologist.

But I think it comes down to a division of labor. And if there is enough division of labor, people who do critical academic work can perform a valuable service to people living in poverty. But the answer to the question of “what is to be done” is not always to write a new book.

The people living in poverty are my core constituency. And I have never, in 30 years of engagement, had a patient ask me to write another book. But I write them anyway, so that I can think more clearly. I can’t think clearly without reading a lot of other people’s work and writing. Some people I am told can do that, and I believe it, but not me. But no-one’s ever said to me, “Dr. Paul, we really wish you would stop seeing us as patients and building hospitals, and work more on a book about social theory.” That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t do it, if I had more time. I think I would actually enjoy writing a whole book about a concept like structural violence. But I can’t do that, because I don’t have enough time. But if other people do that, and enjoy it, and I’m cheering them on.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 20, 2014 at 4:58 am

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a private proposal for the ESA to launch
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog’s Peter Kaufman finds sociology and mindfulness meditation quite compatible.
  • Far Outliers takes a look at the instability of the post-Ottoman Arab kingdoms of the Middle East.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that AIDS denialists are trying to shut down YouTube commentary on their ideas by claiming copyright on videos referenced in these commentaries.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that Spain is now partaking in the European Union-wide market for health care services.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw observes that, perhaps contrary stereotypes, his Australian region of New England had a very large Chinese population.
  • J. Otto Pohl notes how the social geography of Accra, Ghana’s capital, has changed and not changed over time.
  • The Planetary Society Blog features a guest post from Bill Dunford talking of various missions sent to our sun.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy announces a week of posts on the position of sharia law in the United States.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Ukrainian Orthodox (Kyiv Patriarchate) as well as Ukrainian Catholics are opposed to Russia, and quotes statistics (the high number of .ru-registered websites outside of Russia, the high Kazakh birth rate, conspiracy theories about Ukraine) which suggest things might be problematic for Russia.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • The Global Post notes that Greenland’s new mining projects won’t pay for independence.
  • IWPR comments on how Sarajevans are dealing with the lost legacy of their successful 1984 Olympics.
  • Transitions Online notes how Bulgaria is shaping up to be a useful ally for a Serbia preparing for European Union membership.
  • Open Democracy notes Sarah Schulman talking about how GLBT activists helped save many people from HIV/AIDS.
  • Salon notes the lived experience of some poor Americans too disenfranchised to know anything about pop culture–they’re too busy surviving.
  • Al Jazeera notes the ways in which gay Navajo find love.
  • The New Orleans Times-Picayune profiles two elderly gentlemen in that city who meet to keep up their French of childhood.

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

  • First off, congratulations to friend of the blog Jonathan Edelstein for his role in setting an unjustly imprisoned man free in New York State.
  • The National Post repots on calls to send a mission to Europa.
  • Der Spiegel‘s English-language edition reports on the continuing ethnic divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, specifically in relationship to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand by Serb nationalists in 1914 that started the First World War.
  • Business Week notes that the ongoing crisis in Thailand is hampering the country’s economy, observes the ongoing issues with accumulating space junk, documents a Russian HIV/AIDS pandemic made worse by Russia’s non-constructive dealings with the causes of HIV’s spread, and notes that mass immigration from the European Union–especially Germany–is a major political concern in Switzerland.
  • CBC notes that the recent ice storm hurting spending at growing Canadian chain Dollarama, reports that an immunity deal has been struck with an ex-Tory worker charged with involvement in the robocalls scandal, and observes that the so-called IKEA monkey man has been ordered to pay 83 thousand dollars in legal costs to the sanctuary that took in her pet monkey Darwin.
  • National Geographic explores the question of whether or not there might be planets better-suited to life than the Earth, and whether these planets should be the subject of searchers.
  • The Advocate reports on the case of a transgendered woman in Louisiana, Pamela Raintree, who helped save a local anti-discrimination ordinance by offering the ordinance’s opponent the first stone to throw at her, in keeping with the Bible’s mandating of death.
  • MacLean’s argues that Turkey is set for an inevitable crash as its economic and political and social contradictions come to a knot.
  • Universe Today notes that, after the success of the Chang’e 3 moon rover, China now wants to land astronauts on the moon and set up a crewed facility.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO covered, with abundant photos, last night’s substantial rainstorm. (126 millimetres, I was given to understand by CBC this morning.)
  • Crooked Timber celebrates its tenth anniversary.
  • Geocurrents’ Asya Pereltsvaig maps the origins of servicement in the American military. It turns out that saying that they come from red states is an oversimplification (among other things).
  • GNXP notes that the “aquatic ape” theory of human origins is accurate at least inasmuch as human populations, unlike chimpanzee populations, aren’t divided into separate subspecies by major rivers. (We can swim.)
  • Marginal Revolution starts a comment thread speculating as to how democracy might disappear from the world.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that Argentina isn’t going to follow the American precedent and start electing judges.
  • Charlie Stross wonders about the future of democracy inasmuch as party politics is declining while a meta Ruling Party takes over.
  • Science blogger Supernova Condensate is also going to blog about his experience as a scientist working in Japan.
  • Towleroad’s coverage of the news that two American cancer patients also infected with HIV were apparently cured of the latter via a bone marrow transplant is correct in noting that this provides clues for a cure.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that terrorist threats against the Sochi Olympics in Russia by Chechens will lead to a tightening of Russian control over the North Caucasus.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling notes the latest appearance of glamourous Russian spy Anna Chapman, this time on the red carpet in Moscow next to Brad Pitt.
  • Daniel Drezner observes that the global reaction to the Federal Reserve’s statements on quantitative easing indicates that the United States is still the dominant economic hegemon.
  • Joe. My. God. shares maps of storm evacuation zones in New York City.
  • Language Hat starts a discussion about the paucity of Chinese loan words in English.
  • Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money talks about how illegal marijuana farming in the Pacific Northwest is a significant threat to the environment, all the more so because it is unregulated.
  • Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle is celebrating the summer solstice by taking part in an international Breeding Bird Survey.
  • Also at the Speed River Journal, guest blogger Mike Lepage writes about how construction and development in west-end Guelph is threatening bird habitat.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy deals with the recent American court ruling determining that the federal government cannot necessarily require donor groups to endorse certain views to get funding (originally, started by anti-HIV groups which were also required to oppose prostitution).
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Buddhists and Orthodox Christians in the Russian autonomous republic of Tuva have set up an interfaith council to try to manage ethnic conflict.

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