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[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Andart’s Anders Sandberg links to a paper of his examining the ethics of brain emulations. How ethical is it do make very life-like simulations of minds?
  • blogTO notes a public art movement tracing the former path of the Don River.
  • The Burgh Diaspora’s Jim Russell notes that population change in the US is a consequence of migration and natural change.
  • Centauri Dreams considers intergalactic travel. Given the huge travel times involved, travelling on a hypervelocity star ejected from a solar system may be more secure.
  • The Cranky Sociologists’ SocProf notes that not caring about a particular social issue until it affects you actually isn’t good for society as a whole.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to one paper suggesting between 5.3 and 10% of Sun-like star ssupport Earth-sized planets in their circumstellar habitable zones, and another identifying HIP 114328 as a solar twin.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the latest developments in marriage equality in Finland.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen notes that Scottish devolution hasn’t changed much policy, perhaps passing over the possibility that perhaps devolution has prevented change.
  • Patrick Cain maps the 2014 Ontario election.
  • Torontoist notes that the Toronto Star has given the Toronto Public Library more than a million of its vintage photographs.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that, according to a recent court ruling, smartphones in the US are safe from arbitrary search.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine is steadily losing its position there.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Crooked Timber comments on Amanda Lepore’s essay in The New Yorker criticizing the idea of “disruption”.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of Gliese 832c, a super-terrestrial planet orbiting a red dwarf 16 light years away that is either a super-Earth or a super-Venus.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that one consequence of Scottish independence could be the United Kingdom’s nuclear disarmament.
  • The Financial Times‘s The World blog notes speculation that Russia could be behind the bugging of the Polish foreign minister.
  • Joe. My. God. observes that some American reactionaries see Russia as a refuge from liberalism.
  • Language Hat notes the ongoing controversy over the origins of the Yiddish language.
  • The Planetary Science Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla provides updates on Mercury’s Messenger probe and the Venus Express as well.
  • Savage Minds makes the argument that it’s better to engage with people not abstractions.
  • Steve Munro notes extensive construction around Spadina and Dundas this summer.
  • Towleroad links to an article about once-prominent ex-gay John Paulk.
  • Window on Eurasia notes high mortality in Russia.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell wonders how Andy Coulson got his security clearance.

[URBAN NOTE] “Taking It to the Streets”

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Writing for Torontoist’s Historicist feature, David Wencer traces the history of World Cup and soccer fandom in Toronto. Not surprisingly, it took off only in the 1970s, largely among populations of immigrant origin. (The English seem singled out for less hostile attention than the Italians.)

Every four years, Torontonians congregate around bars and cafés, glued to live broadcasts of World Cup games. Flags fly from cars and shop windows, and every so often a street fills with fans celebrating their home country’s victory. In the 1960s, such celebrations were still unheard of in Toronto. While the World Cup did warrant some coverage in the local newspapers, it scarcely dominated the local sports sections as it does today.

In 1962, the CBC broadcasted Brazil’s victory in the final over Czechoslovakia—a full two weeks after the game had taken place. CBC aired the 1966 World Cup final between England and West Germany live on the radio at 10:00 a.m. EST, and aired it on television two hours later. Although local newspapers reported the tournament results with some interest, none of the Toronto papers took a special interest in England’s victory, nor reported on any reactions from English expatriates living in the city.

Things started changing in 1970, as the advent of mass communication enabled Torontonians to watch live broadcasts of the matches from Mexico. These live broadcasts were not available on regular television, however; the Toronto City Soccer Club acquired the rights to show games on closed-circuit television, and charged admission for those willing to pay.

On June 7, 1970, a capacity crowd of 5,300 watched a group stage match between England and Brazil at Varsity Arena, while a further 3,000 fans were turned away at the door. According to the Globe and Mail, the decidedly pro-England crowd at the arena “applauded and yelled through most of the contest. Loudest cheers were reserved for the outstanding play of the two goalkeepers, and Bobby Charlton of England and Pele of Brazil.” The same article notes that the game would have been shown at Maple Leaf Gardens—where, indeed, the later matches were shown live in 1970—but the venue was unavailable due to a Red Army Chorus concert.

Tickets at these live, closed-circuit broadcasts sold for between five and seven dollars. One Globe and Mail article predicted a sellout at Maple Leaf Gardens for the Italy-Mexico match. A few days later, the Globe ran a picture of an Italian crowd celebrating in the Toronto streets following their semifinal victory over West Germany, setting the stage for the final against Brazil. A mostly pro-Italy, sellout crowd watched Brazil cruise to a 4-1 victory at the Gardens.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm

[NEWS] Some Monday links

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  • Al Jazeera notes the inequitable terms of a trade agreement between the European Union and West Africa, observes that so far north Kazakhstan isn’t vulnerable to Russian irredentism in the same way as east Ukraine, explores the Northern Gateway pipeline controversy, detects Kurdish-Turkmen tension in the city of Kirkuk, and looks at the Japanese-Brazilian community.
  • The Atlantic explains why poor American women increasingly don’t wait for marriage or even relationships to become parents (what else do they have to do?) and notes the successful treatment of a mentally ill bonobo.
  • BusinessWeek notes that authors of best-sellers tend to be successful American presidential candidates, comments on potential problems of Russia’s South Stream pipeline project in Serbia, and notes that more airlines are cutting service to a Venezuela that doesn’t want to pay their costs in scarce American dollars.
  • CBC notes that Scottish independence could cause change in the flag of the United Kingdom, observes the beginning of peace talks in eastern Ukraine, notes the contamination of a salmon river in eastern Quebec by a municipal dump.
  • MacLean’s examines the collapse of the Iraqi military, looks at the psychology of online abusers, and explains the import of some archeological discoveries in Yukon.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Centauri Dreams features an essay by Andreas Hein arguing that interstellar travel will be quite easy after the singularity hits, when our minds can be copied onto physical substrates.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that the dispute between Vietnam and China over their maritime boundaries runs the risk of intensifying.
  • Far Outliers chronicles the Australian creation of the Ferdinand radio network in the 1930s, a network of civilian radio broadcasters in northern Australia and Papua New Guinea charged with reporting on border security.
  • Joe. My. God. notes controversy in Israel over a harmless music video by trans pop star Dana International.
  • Language Hat notes one Russian writer’s suggestion on how Russian-language writers can avoid Russian state censorship: write in officially recognized variants of the Russian language (Ukrainian Russian, Latvian Russian, et cetera).
  • Language Log examines “patchwriting”, a subtle variant of plagiarism.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money is just one blog noting the insanity of George F. Will’s claim that being a rape victim on a university campus is a coveted status.
  • The Map Room’s Jonathan Crowe links to OpenGeoFiction, an online collaborative map-creation fiction.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that, before Hitler, the Biblical pharoah was the figure used as the embodiment of evil.
  • The New APPS Blog takes issue with the claim that photographs sully our memories. Arguably they supplement it instead.
  • Personal Reflection’s Jim Belshaw notes, following Australia’s recent budget cuts, how young people lacking connections can find it very difficult to get ahead.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that ethnic minorities and secessionist groups in Moldova are being mobilized as that country moves towards the European Union, and observes the maritime sanctions placed against Crimean ports.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell is very skeptical of UKIP founder Alan Sked’s statements that the party was founded free of bigotry.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Antipope Charlie Stross announces his support of Scottish independence on political grounds. Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen takes issue with him.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes movingly about self-critical voices.
  • The Cranky Sociologists’ SocProf shares sociology-related World Cup infographics.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Homo erectus picked up the herpes virus from chimps.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World blog notes that German attitudes towards the United States and the United Kingdom have cooled in recent years.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the election of out lesbian Kathleen Wynne as premier of Ontario.
  • Language Hat notes the increasing prominence of languages other than English in India, particularly in mass media.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that the economic effects of recessions make people in recessionary economies more inclined towards racism.
  • Torontoist notes that many employees of the provincially-owned Beer Store chain have been active on social media in arguing against allowing convenience stores to sell beer.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly comments on her search for belonging.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper that estimates the number of flares among brown dwarfs based on observation of red dwarfs.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a Foreign Affairs article arguing that Eurasian integration has been hurt by Ukraine.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the Pet Shop Boys have called for a mass pardon of Britons convicted of violating past laws banning gay sex.
  • Language Log’s Victor Mair notes the widely variant translations of different Chinese languages and registers by online translators.
  • The New APPS Blog notes that Switzerland would be a good model for the democratic European Union.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that Mexico is on the rise.
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little studies the public opinions towards welfare states and the role of the market in the United States and Nordic countries.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers the limit of the treaty powers of the American federal government. Could the US sign over Alaska to Russia?
  • Window on Eurasia notes that the Ukrainian crisis has reenergized NATO and links to a Russian writer who argues that Russia is set to become a civilizational empire, not a nation-state.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO shares the story of the first LCBOs opened in Toronto after Prohibition. The procedures involved were rather bureaucratic.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper that tries to answer the question of whether Titan’s different seas and lakes are connected by subsurface aquifers.
  • Languages of the World’s Asya Perelstvaig recounts the history of Russians in the San Francisco area.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money engages with David Graeber’s left-wing critique of Thomas Piketty.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen doesn’t like Scottish separatism.
  • James Nicoll of More Words, Deeper Hole finds Donald Moffitt’s late 1970s novel The Jupiter Theft somewhat better than he feared.
  • Personal Reflection’s Jim Belshaw explores (1, 2) the consequences of changes to funding in Australian higher education.
  • Peter Rukavina shares an excerpt from a typeset edition of Milton Acorn’s “Poem for the Astronauts”.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russian moves against Belarus or Kazakhstan are still possible if either country disappoints, and wonders if the Eurasian Economic Union will encourage Armenia to promote Karabakh independence rather than to seek to annex it.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell criticizes economists who work without reference to facts.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • blogTO shares photos of Scarborough’s motel-heavy Kingston Road.
  • Centauri Dreams features an essay by one Nick Nielsen putting forth a typology of theoretical starships.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to one paper analyzing the albedos of hot superearths and to another paper that measured the diameter of superearth Kepler 93b to within 120 kilometers.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to one paper noting that genetic evidence seems to suggest multiple waves of migrants from Africa and another noting that the mission planners for the New Horizons Pluto probe are looking very late for a Kuiper belt object for their probe to study.
  • Eastern Approaches follows the Ukrainian elections.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen suggests that the BJP may have the credibility necessary to strike a deal with Pakistan.
  • Progressive Download’s John Farrell notes concern for egg donors as cloning technologies which make use of human ova advance.
  • The Russian Demographics blog notes that the annexation of Crimea by Russia, combined with the secessions of Donetsk and Luhansk, would see the Ukrainian population shrink.
  • Towleroad links to an essay at Out by a man talking about his choice to make use of Truvada to prevent HIV infection.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes a sad legal dispute between the parents of a deceased man over the division of his ashes.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that eastern Ukrainian separatists are trying to encourage separatism from the top down, and notes Russian tensions with the Crimean Tatar leadership.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes the ideological and generational divides within UKIP.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • The Big Picture shares pictures of the devastating flooding in the Balkans.
  • Crooked Timber discusses the ethics of immigration, with particular emphasis on the United Kingdom.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of a Neptune-mass planet orbiting nearby brown dwarf Gliese 687.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that increased soot and rising temperatures have been responsible for the shrinkage of the Greenland ice cap since the late 19th century.
  • Far Outliers notes that hundreds of British prisoners of war taken in Singapore were used as forced labourers in the Solomon Islands.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Edward Hugh notes the pressures on the Eurozone for changing policies.
  • Geocurrents’ Martin Lewis notes the recent election in India shows the BJP dominating most of India save for the southeast where regionalist parties reign.
  • Peter Rukavina shares a map of his movements around Charlottetown, tracked by social media apps.
  • Steve Munro uses traffic data to suggest that the new articulated buses haven’t improved things on the Bathurst Street route.
  • Torontoist reacts to the recent arrest of a driver of Rob Ford’s Escalade.
  • Transit Toronto examines the various TTC-related locations open for Doors Open this year, including a new streetcar.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that some Tatars in the adjoining republic of Bashkortostan want their territory to secede to Tatarstan.

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