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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • 3 Quarks Daily considers the ethics of suicide.
  • Slate‘s Atlas Obscura blog shares photos of Second World War relics in Alaska’s Aleutian islands.
  • The Big Picture shares images of Australia’s doll hospital.
  • blogTO lists five things Toronto could learn from New York City.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes China’s growing presence in Latin America and observes that apes and hmans share the same kind of empathy.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the coming out of an Irish beauty queen.
  • Marginal Revolution expects inequality to start growing in New Zealand.
  • Discover‘s Out There looks forward to the new age of exploration of Pluto and the rest of the Kuiper belt.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares beautiful photo mosaics of Neptune from Voyager 2.
  • The Search examines in an interview the use of a hundred million photo dataset from Flickr for research.
  • Torontoist notes a mayoral debate on Toronto heritage preservation.
  • Towleroad observes that a pro-GLBT advertisement won’t air on Lithuanian television because of restrictive legislation.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Ukrainian refugees are being resettled in the North Caucasus to bolster Slav numbers and predicts the quiet decline of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO’s Chris Bateman writes about the life of William Cawthra, a 19th century millionaire in Toronto who gave his name to–among other places–Church and Wellesley’s Cawthra Park.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the idea of engines that can move stars and planets, drawn from science fiction.
  • Crooked Timber visits the topic of the First World War.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to one paper suggesting TW Hydrae has a borderline brown dwarf in orbit, and to another paper suggesting that exoplanet 55 Cancri e is in a polar orbit of its star.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Greenland’s icecap is darkening, potentially accelerating the rate of its melt.
  • Eastern Approaches engages with Polish politics.
  • Far Outliers is exploring Soviet history, noting Communist enthusiasm for the Russian civil war and origins of totalitarianism in the war.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Edward Hugh notes that Japanese inflation is at a 32 year high, and that this isn’t good.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the suicide of a Tea Party leader in Mississippi who filmed the mentally ill wife of his Republican opponent.
  • Language Log approves of a shift to actual language use in the US Supreme Court.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money also discusses the First World War, noting that Serbian opinion isn’t very anti-war.
  • Marginal Revolution notes economic stagnation among African Americans.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine are starting to join the same Russian mental category reserved for the Baltic States, for good and for ill.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • At the Financial Times‘ The World blog, Gideon Rachman is skeptical about Tony Blair’s Middle Eastern vision.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that five men recently arrested for a gay-bashing in Brooklyn were part of a Hasidic Jewish group involved in policing their neighbourhood.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that budget cuts will make travel around Seattle on mass transit difficult.
  • John Moyer engages with the idea of non-binary gender in science fiction.
  • The New APPS Blog rightly observes that Tennessee’s proposed bill SB 1391, which would make women criminally liable if anything happens to their fetuses, is outrageous.
  • Otto Pohl observes that the former Soviet German diaspora has collapsed in numbers hugely became of mass emigration.
  • The Signal reports on a personal digital archiving conference. People need to know what to do, why, and how.
  • Towleroad notes a study suggesting that, if beards become too popular, they may start becoming less attractive.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy engages in discussion as to how people should respond to opponents of same-sex marriage, as bigots or not.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Lithuania, apparently by offering refuge to Crimean Tatars, is now being accused of sponsoring Islamic extremists.

[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.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • io9 links to a map showing the Milky Way Galaxy’s location in nearer intergalactic space.
  • The Big Picture has pictures from the Sochi Paralympics.
  • blogTO shares an array of pictures from Toronto in the 1980s.
  • D-Brief notes the recent finding that star HR 5171A is one of the largest stars discovered, a massive yellow hypergiant visible to the naked eye despite being twenty thousand light-years away.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes recent studies suggesting that M-class red dwarfs are almost guaranteed to have planets.
  • Eastern Approaches argues that the lawsuits of Serbia and Croatia posed against each other on charges of genocide at the International Court of Justice will do little but cause harm.
  • Far Outliers explores how Australian colonists in the late 19th century feared German ambitions in New Guinea.
  • The Financial Times World blog suggests that, in its mendacity, Russia is behaving in Crimea much as the Soviet Union did in Lithuania in 1990.
  • Geocurrents notes that the Belarusian language seems to be nearing extinction, displaced by Russian in Belarus (and Polish to some extent, too).
  • Joe. My. God. notes the protests of tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews in New York City against mandatory conscription laws in Israel that would see their co-sectarians do service.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that, in pre-Israeli Palestine, local Arabs wanted to be part of a greater Syria.</li?
  • Otto Pohl notes the connections of Crimean Tatars to a wider Turkic world and their fear that a Russian Crimea might see their persecution.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that Venezuela has attacked Panama in retaliation for a vote against it by confiscating the assets of its companies there. In turn, Panama has promised to reveal the banking accounts of Venezuelan officials in Panama.
  • John Scalzi of Whatever is unimpressed with the cultic adoration of Robert Heinlein’s novels by some science fiction fans.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

  • From Google Plus, Brian Koberlein notes that an examination of IRAS infrared astronomical data suggests that our solar system has no very large companions.
  • The Globe and Mail notes that Russian may close down inter-country adoptions with Canada because of our recognition of same-sex marriages and adoption.
  • Business Week observes that China is going to introduce an economic census to try to come up with reliable statistics.
  • The Star is one paper carrying the report that Gary Shteyngart said subsidy-using Canadian writers aren’t risk-taking.
  • In a sad coda, David Pickton–brother of serial killer Robert Pickton–denies knowledge of the crimes, which occurred on the family property both brothers lived on.
  • These pictures of cat armour are amazing.
  • Der Spiegel‘s English-language edition notes the continuing recovery of Iceland from its economic crash.
  • Gothamist reports that New York City’s MTA will be killing its Metrocard in favour of better technologies. Oh, TTC!
  • Open Democracy reports on how residents of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, surrounded by European Union member-states Poland and Lithuania, are starting to Europeanize.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Centauri Dreams notes the thinking of Martin Rees and Freeman Dyson on the diaspora of life beyond Earth, noting that it’s going to require as much adaptation to new environments as it will (would?) the adaptation of existing environments.
  • D-Brief notes theory about planetary system formation suggesting that suggestive gaps in protoplanetary discs of gas and dust don’t necessarily reveal planets.
  • The Dragon’s Tales’ Will Baird links to the recent paper suggesting that tide-locked red dwarf planets are much more likely to be habitable than previously thought.
  • Geocurrents analyses the possibility that Iran might be divided between a conservative Persian-speaking core and reformist peripheries.
  • GNXP’s Razib Khan notes evidence from Ethiopia suggesting that there has been immigration into Africa as well out of the continent.
  • Registan describes a Chinese copper mining project in Afghanistan that never quire took off.
  • Savage Minds’ Rex reviews William McNeill’s biography of historian Arnold J. Toynbee.
  • Strange Maps maps the leading causes of death by continent.
  • Supernova Condensate describes the possibility of life-supporting environments on Europa, not only in the subsurface ocean but in lakes located in the ice crust.
  • Window on Eurasia quotes a Tatar nationalist who argues that Tatarstan can be to Russia what Lithuania was to the former Soviet Union, i.e. the unit which breaks the country apart.

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