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[CAT] Shakespeare, against red on blue

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Shakespeare, against red on blue #toronto #dovercourtvillage #shakespeare #caturday #catstagram #catsofinstagram #red #blue

Written by Randy McDonald

August 18, 2018 at 8:45 pm

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[NEWS] Five history links: Himalayas, bad maps, United States, Ontario Prohibition, Easter Island

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  • Reddit’s unresolvedmysteries highlights a historical conundrum: Who were these hundreds of people from all over Asia who died in a remote district of the Indian Himalayas centuries ago?
  • Smithsonian Magazine notes why 18th century Europeans prized even wildly inaccurate maps and images of colonial cities in the Americas.
  • J.M. Opal’s argument at The Conversation that the United States, dominated by a rigid oligarchy, is as unreformable as 18th century Britain is depressing.
  • The suggestion of Dan Malleck at The Conversation, looking back at the Ontario pre-Prohibition history of unregulated alcohol sales, that the Ford deregulation of marijuana sales might be short-sighted, seems plausible.
  • George Dvorsky at Gizmodo shares the latest evidence that pre-contact Easter Island did not undergo a great violent collapse, with no signs of a major conflict.

[NEWS] Five links on non-humans: gorillas, orcas, elephants, crows, parrots

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  • JSTOR Daily reported on the legacy of Koko the gorilla, on the insights she opened up into non-human minds.
  • The mourning demonstrated by this orca mother with her calf, and the grief that is implied, remains moving. CBC reports.
  • Julian Benoit at The Conversation writes about the import of DNA analyses on our understanding of the evolution of elephants.
  • French theme park Puy de Dome has recruited six crows to collect garbage from its grounds. Smithsonian Magazine reports.
  • D-Brief reports on findings that Native Americans in New Mexico may have been breeding parrots.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Hamilton, Iqaluit, San Francisco, Sydnbey, Sihanoukville

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  • That the real estate market in Hamilton, Toronto’s traditionally more affordable western neighbor, is so strong that some people have been pushed into homelessness is a concern. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Iqaluit is acting to deal with the threatened water shortages, but will it succeed in time to hold off this concern? MacLean’s reports.
  • This Bloomberg View article suggesting the unaffordability of San Francisco came not so much as a result of the tech sector as because of Barry Bonds’ sports success is interesting. Thoughts?
  • The extended fire season of Sydney, Australia, will force Sydneysiders to adapt to this dangerous new environment. Guardian Cities reports.
  • The SCMP looks at how an influx of Chinese investment is transforming Sihanoukville, the leading deep-sea port of Cambodia.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: violence, mass media, Vegandale, fentanyl, Twitter, Silver Dollar

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  • This story about the assault of a photographer for the Toronto Sun by protesters highlights something alarming. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto highlights the role played by the Toronto Sun in putting forth an alt-right-tinged view of the Danforth shooting.
  • Natalia Manzucco at NOW Toronto looks at the continuing issues, economic and otherwise, surrounding “Vegandale”.
  • Fentanyl is killing people in Toronto, including teenagers. Toronto Life reports.
  • The Toronto Public Library is inviting people on Twitter to collaborate in writing a book. Global News reports.
  • Will the Silver Dollar Room return, in any form? The Toronto Star reports.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Centauri Dreams considers the concept of “arrival”, drawn from Naipaul, in connection with interstellar flight.
  • The Crux takes a look at the investigation and treatment of the tumour-causing virus besetting Tasmanian devils, and its implications for us.
  • D-Brief notes the strangeness of the supermassive black hole at the heart of ultra-compact dwarf galaxy Fornax UCD3, and notes a newly-theorized way that stellar-mass black holes can gain more mass, through the intake of gas while orbiting a supermassive black hole.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the concept of trial by combat, and the many crimes that this judicial concept enabled.
  • Geoffrey Pullum at Lingua Franca looks at the obscure English grammar questions that are so prominent in English language learning in Japan.
  • The LRB Blog notes the disappearance of apolitical Uighur academic Rahile Dawut from her home in Xinjiang, and what her disappearance signals.
  • The NYR Daily considers the concept of deradicalization in connection with white people, with white nationalists inspired towards racial violence.
  • Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy does not find originalist grounds on which to criticize the creation of a US Space Force.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a tension in Russia between official government support for immigration, particularly from elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, and local resistance.
  • Arnold Zwicky meditates on rainbows and sharks and gay dolphins.

[MUSIC] Madonna,”The Power of Good-Bye”

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The 1998 Madonna song “The Power of Good-Bye” , all shimmering electronica with subtle lyrics soulfully sung, bears consideration as perhaps the best song Madonna has ever had. Ray of Light is a really good album.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm