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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly makes a case about the benefits of radical honesty.
  • At the Buffer, Belle Beth Cooper describes how she has streamlined her writing style.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that China’s space station isn’t doing much.
  • Eastern Approaches observes the continuing popularity of Polish populist Lech Kaczynski.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World blog notes the vulnerable popularity of UKIP’s Nigel Farage.
  • Geocurrents’ Asya Perelstvaig comments on the entry of Jewish businessman Vadim Rabinovich into the Ukrainian presidential contest.
  • Joe. My. God. is unconvinced by the suggestion that marriage equality means the end of gay bars.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money’s Erik Loomis speculates about the responsibility of American consumers for air pollution in exporting Asia.
  • At the Planetary Society Blog, Constantine Tsang describes evidence for volcanism on Venus.
  • Savage Minds interviews one Laura Forlano on the intersections between anthropology and design.
  • Towleroad mourns the death of godfather of house music Frankie Knuckles.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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(A few minutes late, yes, I know.)

  • Centauri Dreams notes that the imaging of exoplanet Beta Pictoris b means great things for the future of exoplanet searches.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that now, we have the technology to search for true Earth analogues at Alpha Centauri.
  • The Dragon’s Tales observes that Scotland’s offshore islands–the Shetlands, the Orkneys, the Western Isles–are now starting to examine their options for self-governance.
  • Gideon Rachman at the Financial Times‘s The World Blog notes that the shocking mass death sentences issued to more than five hundred people in Egypt augurs nothing good about justice in that country.
  • Geocurrents notes that all kinds of separatisms, among Russophone populations in the former Soviet Union and among Russian autonomous republics, have been galvanized by Crimea.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that an anti-gay coalition is no longer holding its conference in Russia, on account of Crimea.
  • Language Hat links to the Calvery Journal, an online journal of Russian-language culture.
  • The New APPS Blog’s Jason Reed writes about how highly uninspired budget cutting at the University of Southern Maine reflects a “particular hollowness” in the heart of the university.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would begin no later than mid-May, notes the prominence of evangelical Christians in the Ukrainian government, and worries about Crimean Tatar prospects inside Russia.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

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  • Al Jazeera notes that Somali asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom are being deported to Somalia, at great potential risk to themselves, and observes the continuing and self-serving chaos in that country.
  • The Atlantic debunks the myth that GLBT people are well-off relative to heterosexuals in the United States, at least, and uses a San Francisco building’s history to take a look on the history of that city throughout the 20th century.
  • The Atlantic Cities shares a photo essay about Rochester’s subway, abandoned after more than a half-century.
  • The Australian Broadcasting Corporation shares the news that some ecologists in Australia think that triage should be applied to the continent’s threatened species.
  • BusinessWeek notes that China’s first lady Peng Liyuan may be taking Michelle Obama as a model for her position, and notes that Exxon’s partnership with Rosneft (and other Western-Russian business partnerships) are looking problematic) after the Crimean annexation.
  • CBC observes that the Turkish state has lost in its attack on social networking platform Twitter.
  • Taking on issues of Québec City, MacLean’s observes that getting back the Quebec Nordiques isn’t helped by the resurgence in nationalism, adding also that despite being a potential national capital Québec City doesn’t vote for the Parti Québécois.
  • Open Democracy makes the argument that Scottish separatism is driven by a desire to be a normal European country, in contrast to an increasingly inegalitarian England.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • blogTO provides a history of Queen Street West’s fabled Horseshore Tavern.
  • Centauri Dreams features an essay by J. N. Nielsen arguing that the Kardashev scale of development of extrasterrestrial civilizations is misused. (Kardashev was talking about energy usage, we tend to talk about the size of a civilization.)
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog features a post by Sally Raskoff talking about how technology influences our understanding of world events.
  • Far Outliers describes the grisly massacre of Australian prisoners by Japanese armed with bayonets in the Second World War.
  • Joe. My. God. and Towleroad both note how the organizers of New York City’s pride march called the bluff of the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue by accepting his request to march. (He has since retracted his bid.)
  • Language Log describes some interesting wordplay in the Taiwanese protests.
  • North’s Justin Petrone talks about Estonia’s continued concern with Russia, especially after Crimea.
  • Savage Minds’ P. Kerim Friedman describes how the mass protests in Taiwan of students are driven by a fear that further economic integration with China will worsen islanders’ standard of living.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that the Moldovan enclave of Transnistria may become the next scene of confrontation.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell examines the meaning of a 1984 installation by British artist Richard Hamilton, Treatment Room, as it has changed over time with technology and politics.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Centauri Dreams notes that some astronomers have come up with methods for measuring the densities of the atmospheres of difference exoplanets.
  • Crooked Timber’s Chris Bertram thinks that the state of the migration debate in the United Kingdom is grim, given what he thinks is the toughness of even a liberal proposal.
  • Eastern Approaches notes that the Czech Republic and Slovakia aren’t as vocal in their support of Ukraine against Russia as Poland.
  • At the Everyday Sociology Blog, Karen Sternheimer explores the role of justifications and excuses in culture.
  • Far Outliers notes that, on the eve of the First World War, Germany lacked settler colonies.
  • The Financial Times‘ World blog worries that Croatia might not be able to make effective use of European Union funds.
  • Language Hat notes that Western-style romance novels were popular samizdat in the Soviet Union.
  • Language Log’s Victor Mair argues that, between influence from foreign languages and technology, the Chinese language is evolving rapidly.
  • Marginal Revolution notes an argument that state-formation in Europe might have been driven by economics not military affairs.
  • Towleroad notes the recent progressive court ruling on gay sex in Lebanon.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

  • The Toronto Star notes that Mississauga is celebrating its 40th anniversary with–among other things–a new logo.
  • The Atlantic Cities shares photos of a Soviet Second World War memorial that keeps getting repainted as a form of political graffiti and notes that banks of offshore windfarms could conceivably cut down the strength of hurricanes.
  • The Guardian notes the slave-like conditions that less privileged foreign workers suffer in Qatar.
  • The CBC notes that the roommates of Loretta Saunders–the Inuk student found murdered in New Brunswick–have both been charged with first-degree murder.
  • National Geographic examines the consequences of a storm in Wales that uncovered a storied forest.
  • BusinessWeek shows how many prominent Ukrainians have been living in luxury, with extensive property holdings throughout Europe.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Centauri Dreams reacts to yesterday’s announcement that Kepler had found another 715 planets. What an embarrassment of riches!
  • Crooked Timber’s Chris Bertram mourns the freer blogging culture of old, before things because set and professionalized.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Edward Hugh argues that, with a shrinking population and stagnant incomes, Japan-style deflation is inevitable in Spain.
  • At Geocurrents, Claire Negiar summarizes the simmering separatism of the southern Senegalese region of Casamance.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen starts a discussion about the impact of bringing extinct species like the passenger pigeon back to life.
  • The New APPS Blog’s Mohan Matthen argues that an independent Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom should maintain a currency union. (I’ve made arguments against.)
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer maps the declining power of Chavista politics at the polls in Venezuela.
  • Savage Minds has a neat interview with an ethnographer who is also a designer.
  • The Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle celebrates the avocado, with photos and recipes.
  • Torontoist links to a cool video showing the exploration of some hidden nooks of the Toronto transit system.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that, at least in terms of declared ethnic identity, Ukraine is as Ukrainian as Russia is Russians.
  • Wonkman points out that mores in cities take a while to get used to, just like the mores of non-urban areas.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

  • The Globe and Mail notes that the Ukrainian revolution isn’t so popular in Ukraine’s second city of Kharkiv, largely Russophone and Rusasophile.
  • Al Jazeera profiles the first generation of children born into the large ex-Yugoslav community in the American city of St. Louis and examines the ongoing persecution of Sikhs in Afghanistan.
  • CBC observes uproar on Prince Edward Island about changes in employment insurance requiring people in the more prosperous area of Charlottetown to work more to qualify, and reports on a worrying polls suggesting half of Québec’s non-Francophones are considering leaving the province.
  • National Geographic chronicles the stress on water reserves in Jordan placed by the huge influx of Syrian refugees.
  • The New York Times features an op-ed suggesting that the European Union should signal to Ukraine that membership is possible.
  • Open Democracy notes worries in Tajikistan that the withdrawal of foreign troops in Afghanistan will leave it exposed to instability there.
  • New Europe observes that, in fact, hordes of Romanians and Bulgarians haven’t overwhelmed the United Kingdom.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling shares photographs of the Euromaidan protests in Kiev.
  • BlogTO notes that Toronto in the 1970s and even after was actually pretty dirty, with soot covering all kinds of iconic buildings.
  • The Burgh Diaspora’s Jim Russell argues that higher education linked to migration is going to give the United States a key advantage.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the latest effort to come up with the size of Kuiper belt object Haumea. (It turns out it’s an ellipsoid.
  • Far Outliers notes the critical role played by Canadian and Australian shock troops at the end of the First World War.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas notes that Heidegger was right: we are using technology to control technology.
  • Inkless Wells’ Paul Wells argues that Justin Trudeau is the first Liberal Party leader who feels like a Liberal to leaders in a decade. Critically, Stephen Harper may not feel conservative.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the United Kingdom is in the process of adapting its titles of nobility and royalty to take account of same-sex marriage.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the writings of economist Anders Aslund on the economy of Ukraine.
  • John Moyer shares photos of the amazing northern lights of Iceland.
  • In his latest Historicist feature, Torontoist’s Kevin Plummer describes the 1940 hunt for escaped killer John Kluk, who haunted the eastern European districts of the west end.
  • Transit Toronto observes that Mississauga and Brampton are set to work on building a 20-stop light rail route connecting their cities, seeking public consultations.

[FORUM] Is separatism an issue in your country? What do you think of it?

This weekend, the main theme of my posts has been the risks, challenges, and possible benefits of one ethnonationalist political separatism or another. As a Canadian, I’m familiar with Québec, but other examples exist around the world.

What of you? Is there a separatist movement afoot in your country? Does it affect you?


Written by Randy McDonald

February 24, 2014 at 5:00 am


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