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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • blogTO shares vintage photos of cycling Torontonians, some dating back a century. Apparently there was much more traffic a century ago.
  • Centauri Dreams comments on exoplanet habitability, noting the discovery of Kepler-186f and the importance of a wildly shifting axis.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to two papers, one examining the stability of the planets in the Gliese 581 system, the other looking at factors which might aid or hinder the habitability of exomoons.
  • Geocurrents’ Martin Lewis compares India and Indonesia, noting how Indonesia, while less territorially secure than India, is more culturally united. (By and large.)
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money’s Robert Farley links to some interesting papers examining Jewish practice and politics in the US South and then the Confederacy.
  • Torontoist notes how TTC policies on graffitied streetcars led to a traffic shutdown on the Sheppard line.
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little examines paradigms we can adopt to make change easier (or not).
  • The Volokh Conspiracy takes a look at the contentious subject of the sterilization of the intellectually disabled. Are there circumstances where this is possible?
  • Window on Eurasia quotes from Eurasianist ideology Alexander Dugin, who (speaking of a supportive Armenia and a non-supportive Azerbaijan), warns that other post-Soviet countries can keep their borders only with Russian permission, and speculates about the possibility of Russian threats in Latvia.

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

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[LINK] Some Monday links

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  • Crooked Timber’s Henry Farrell is skeptical of Josh Marshall’s new journalism site featuring paid advertisements from Big Pharma.
  • The Dragon’s Tales’ Will Baird provides another update about Ukrainian events.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that World Vision Canada, unlike its American counterpart, is legally required not to discriminate against non-heterosexuals.
  • Language Hat links to a study on the formerly Russophone Alaskan community of Ninilchik.
  • Language Log suggests that handwriting is a dying art in East Asia, too.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a book on maritime conflicts in the South China Sea.
  • The Signal features a guest post from two librarians working for the Library of Congress explaining how they do their work.
  • Savage Minds explains the myth of the sexy librarian.
  • Torontoist has two photos memorializing recently-closed stores, one from the World’s Biggest Bookstore and the other from Sears in the Eaton Centre.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Charlie Stross speculates about the recent tragic crash of Malaysian Airline’s flight MH370 off the Vietnamese coast. Does the fradulent use of passports indicate terrorism?
  • The Dragon’s Gaze suggests that Beta Pictoris has another exoplanet in addition to Beta Pictoris b, which is photographed.
  • The Dragon’s Tale, meanwhile, notes that China is not supportive of Russia’s move into Crimea.
  • At the Everyday Sociology Blog, Peter Kaufman shares his experience of Crimea, attending a multinational youth camp in the late Soviet period.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Alex Harrowell notes that the balance of soft power in Ukraine has been tilted towards the West and the European Union, not Russia, and is becoming even more West-leaning.
  • Geocurrents’ Asya Perelstvaig traces the complex language and human geography of Ukraine.
  • Joe. My. God. links to the Pet Shop Boys’ remix of Irish drag queen Panti Bliss’ speech about gay rights.
  • Language Log notes a study suggesting that elephants apparently have warning signals for human beings.
  • Marginal Revolution links to an article exploring the Dutch construction of an online site for journalism akin to iTunes, and notes Ukraine’s very weak post-Soviet economic growth.
  • Registan’s Nathan Barrick analyses Ukraine’s situation, suggesting that some deal with Russia will be necessary and worring about civil society elsewhere in the former Soviet Union.
  • Towleroad describes how Neil Patrick Harris has become a popular gay icon.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy links to a claim by a former worker at a left-leaning American think tank, the Center for American Progress, that it was censoring itself in order to avoid offending Obama.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Eastern Approaches notes the ongoing protests in Bosnia and the Hungarian purchase of a Russian nuclear reactor for its energy needs.
  • Far Outliers first notes the fragile stability of the Mexican republic at the beginning of the 20th century under Profirio Diaz then remarks on the failed Wilsonian reset of Mexican-American relations.
  • Hogtown Commons, newly added to the blogroll, comments on the exceptional diversity of Toronto.
  • Language Log’s Victor Mair notes confusion with Chinese-language script on Singaporean food products.
  • Marginal Revolution observes that the United Arab Emirates plans to deliver some governmental services via drones. Shades of Amazon.
  • Peter Rukavina celebrates the fact that the Charlottetown Guardian‘s archives to 1960 are now online.
  • Guest posting at Savage Minds, Sienna R. Craig writes about unreliable narrators in anthropology. How can we count on things in a complex world?
  • Supernova Condensates comments on the discovery of SMSS J031300.36-670839.3, so far the oldest star known to exist (and only 6000 light years away!).
  • Towleroad notes a Fox News contributor’s complaints that gays have ruined sports for him.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that people can now adopt the children of their same-sex partners.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Bruce Sterling at Beyond the Beyond links to an argument claiming that classical standard written English is on the decline because so many more users of English are writing than ever before.
  • Centauri Dreams has more on the migration of our solar system’s planets early in their history. Jupiter’s inward migration may have given Earth oceans; will systems without Jupiters, only Neptunes, have watery rocky worlds like ours?
  • Crooked Timber’s Corey Robin takes one Jewish woman’s narrative about feeling at home in Israel and starts a whole discussion on the Middle East.
  • Far Outliers notes the rapid and thorough assimilation of Basque descendants and Basque cultural elements into the modern Philippines.
  • Geocurrents shares French satirical maps of their own country.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen suggests, after Bryan Caplan, that immigration does not have any effect on the American welfare state.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer shares cites to interesting books on migration.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Marc Rayman describes the Dawn probe’s painstaking deceleration as it moves to its Ceres encounter.
  • The Signal wonders how to enculcate a love for electronic data, in the way that other formats–books, for instance, or LPs–have their own aficionados.
  • Towleroad cites a gay Christian apologist who started a minor controversy by calling GLBT identity a choice.
  • Window on Eurasia shares a Russian writer who argues that there is no impending Cold War over Arctic seafloor with Russia’s neighbours.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell, meanwhile, takes issue with an account of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s errors in the financial crisis that doesn’t take into account the choices of Thatcherites to enable the RBS to go overboard in a financialized economy.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

  • The South China Morning Post argues that too many Chinese are emigrating, resulting in drains of wealth and talent from a country that needs both.
  • The Financial Times‘ Wolfgang Munchau doesn’t think that Fran├žois Hollande’s new emphasis on the Franco-German alliance and economic reform will be productive for the Eurozone.
  • Vice makes the convincing argument that Nigeria’s anti-gay laws are just one way the Nigerian government is distracting Nigerians from its incompetence.
  • The Asahi Shinbun notes that the newly-appointed head of Japan’s NHK public broadcaster, Katsuto Momii, has made terrible statements about comfort women and Japan’s Second World War record.
  • io9 notes that the death toll of the First World War has been undercounted, many countries not counting people who died away from the battlefield as victims.
  • ZDNet reports that confusing Google product information has been outing transgender people.
  • The haiku killer stalking an isolated Japanese village described in-depth by the Australian Broadcasting Company.
  • The Inter Press Service profiles the desperation of Cambodians to leave their country to earn a better living, and the problems they encounter abroad.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Anders Sandberg, as a good scientist, takes a look at the evidence same-sex marriage could be associated with floods (as a Briton claimed) by looking at his native Sweden.
  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling thinks that a Facebook executive’s prediction of the death of E-mail is substantially a Facebook power grab.
  • BlogTO chronicles the history of the Spadina Hotel, an edifice whose history as a hotel may have come to an end with the closure of the hostel that took its place.
  • Discover‘s Collideascape notes that the parable of Easter Island as a metaphor for global environmental collapse is no longer supported by the data.
  • Far Outliers takes note of the Arab awakening in the Ottoman Middle East circa 1915.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer thinks that the Syrian civil war hasn’t become a conventional conflict and isn’t close to ending.
  • Gideon Rachman takes a look at the plight of maids, specifically Indonesian ones, in Hong Kong.
  • Savage Minds revisits Franz Boas’ classic essay The Methods of Ethnology.
  • Supernova Condensate rightly takes issue with a Nature blogger, Henry Gee, who has taken to outing anonymous bloggers.
  • Towleroad notes the Japanese government’s defense of the barbarous Taiji dolphin hunt.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Crooked Timber’s Chris Bertram writes about the racist raids against immigrants in the United Kingdom.
  • Charlie Stross fears revolution against increasingly xenophobic and increasingly police states in the West.
  • Eastern Approaches touches upon the still-vexing question of how to deal with Romania’s Communist past and its perpetrators.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Alex Harrowell notes that the United States really has largely recovered from the 2008-2009 recession.
  • Geocurrents describes the awkward position and questionable future of Burmese migrants in Thailand.
  • GNXP’s Razib Khan notes that a crowd-sourced South Asian DNA project suggests interesting things about South Asian history, apparently confirming–among other things, to my eyes–Indo-European migrations.
  • Language Hat notes a Mexican telenovela broacast in Yucatec Maya.
  • New APPS Blog notes that Detroit’s bankruptcy is a consequence of too-limited frames–for instance, the self-exclusion of prosperous suburbs from the city they are part of.
  • Registan’s Kendrick Kuo argues that Russia and China need to be engaged by the United States as stakeholders in Central Asia.
  • Strange Maps maps lactose tolerance in Old World populations. Conquering groups are quite ready to take to milk.
  • Understanding Society links to description of a fascinating-sounding project analysing populations in Eurasia for differences and similarities in their evolution over time.

[BLOG] Some Friday links (2)

  • Centauri Dreams reports on a model for atmospheres of Earth-like planets orbiting red dwarfs that, as pointed out in comments, doesn’t take their tidal locking into account.
  • The Dragon’s Tales describes how the New Horizons probe will approach the Pluto system during its flyby.
  • Eastern Approaches notes continuing tensions in Georgia about how “European” the country’s political system is.
  • Geocurrents notes how the formation of a new Indonesian province bordering Malaysia on the island of Borneo (North Kalimantan) reflects Malaysian-Indonesian tensions.
  • Itching for Eestimaa’s Guistino notes that levels of economic and technological development in Estonia vary greatly between Tallinn and the rest of the country.
  • A post at Lawyers, Guns and Money argues that the proposed Dream Act that would enable illegal migrants in the United States to regularize their status is necessary from the point of justice alone.
  • The Map Room’s Jonathan Crowe links to fantasy-style maps of real countries, Australia and Great Britain.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla notes a minor problem in the exploration of Pluto: what are the lines of latitude and longitude?
  • A Registan post observes that a weakening of China wouldn’t do good things for Pakistan’s status in the world.
  • Peter Rukavina contrasts old photos of Charlottetown with contemporary pictures of the same locations.
  • Strange Maps’ Frank Jacobs describes the quixotic French plan to flood areas of the North African Sahara.
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