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[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • At Apostrophen, author ‘Nathan Smith shares some of his favourite LGBTQ reads from the past year.
  • At the Broadside Blog, Caitlin Kelly asks her readers where their deepest roots lie.
  • Missing persons blog Charley Ross celebrates its 11th anniversary.
  • At Crooked Timber, Corey Robin takes issue with some attitudes of Democrats post-Alabama, especially regarding African-American voters.
  • D-Brief notes that the icy rings of Saturn apparently influence that planet’s ionosphere.
  • Imageo shares satellite photos of the Thomas wildfire in California, apparently worsened by climate change.
  • JSTOR Daily links to ten beautiful poems of winter.
  • Language Hat links to an interesting-looking thesis examining non-Indo-European words in proto-Indo-European.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money takes a look at the underlying cycles leading to the speedy extinction of the passenger pigeon.
  • Lingua Franca takes a look at the modern use of the word “even” as a sort of intensifier. Tina Fey’s Mean Girls seems to be the source.
  • In the aftermath of the “Oumuamua scan, Marginal Revolution takes a look at the Fermi paradox. Where is everyone?
  • Neuroskeptic examines the universe of papers lacking citations, apparently only 10% of the total published.
  • Drew Rowsome shares some ideas for last-minute Christmas gifts, some naughty and some nice.
  • The blog Savage Minds is dead, long live its successor anthro(dendum)!
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel shows readers ways they can pick up traces of the quantum universe safely at home.
  • Towleroad has a queer take on the new Star Wars. (No spoilers, please–I think there are spoilers in the link.)
  • Window on Eurasia suggests language issues in Gaugazia, a Turkic enclave in Moldova, might trigger another bout of separatism there.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell has a new take on the cloud of bizarre videos that is #elsagate, introducing readers to the idea of algorithmic kitsch.
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[PHOTO] Seventeen photos of the Great Panda Experience at the Toronto Zoo (@thetorontozoo)

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The Giant Panda Experience at the Toronto Zoo</u< is certainly well-publicized, and well-organized. After passing through the gates of the zoo, you are directed to the panda exhibit nearby, through some gates to the temporary exhibit hall. There, visitors are directed past a series of displays about giant panda life—their food, their shrinking range, the tools and techniques used to save them, and their breeding—before being channelled towards the pandas’ display area.

Going to see the pandas of the Toronto Zoo #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #sign #latergram

Gift shop #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #plush #giftshop #latergram

To the Giant Panda Experience #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #gate #giantpandaexperience #latergram

The Giant Pandas #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #sign #chineselanguage #latergram

First Giant Panda Cubs #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #sign #gate #latergram

Chinese Animal Symbols #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #zodiac #zodiacsigns #china #astrology #chineselanguage #gate #latergram

Towards the exhibition hall #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #latergram

"Pandas Are What They Eat" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #sign #bamboo #chineselanguage #latergram

A daily ration of 42 to 64 kilograms #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #bamboo #chineselanguage #latergram

Vet gear #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #bamboo #chineselanguage #latergram

"Play, Eat, and Sleep Like A Panda" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #latergram

"The Panda Predicament" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #china #maps #extinction #latergram

Changing bamboo forest #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #china #bamboo #forest #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

"Breeding success story" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #latergram

"Playful panda cubs" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #latergram

"Giant Pandas this way" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #gate #latergram

As if through bamboo #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #gate #bamboo  #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 17, 2017 at 1:05 pm

[CAT] Three cat links: Siberian cats, declaring in Canada, Cat People

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  • Bored Panda shares photos of the gorgeous Siberian cats that populate a farm deep in Russian Asia, here.
  • Will Saskatchewan be the next Canadian province, after Nova Scotia, to ban the declawing of cats? Global News reports.
  • This New York Times profile of Julius Motal, a photographer doing a documentary on cat culture, really catches my interest.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 16, 2017 at 11:15 pm

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Canadian law, Alloura Wells, Bermuda, body issues, queer nightlife

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  • Arshy Mann at Daily Xtra suggests a new Canadian bill aimed at expunging unjust convictions of LGBTQ people does not go far enough in rehabilitating entire classes of victims.
  • Denise Balkissoon and Tu Thanh Ha report on the life and struggles of Alloura Wells, a biracial transgender woman who was neglected even after death, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • Rob Salerno at Daily Xtra examines why Bermuda is set to revoke marriage equality.
  • Jack Hobbs at VICE examines why body dysmorphia and poor body image are so common, still, among queer men.
  • Jeff Leavell has a nice article at VICE talking about the emancipatory potential of some avant-garde queer nightlife, catering not to narrow demographics but to broader communities.

[ISL] Four Prince Edward Island links: immigration, bluefin tuna, cannabis, Confederation Bridge

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  • This Michael Tutton Canadian Press report looking at how some immigrants to Prince Edward Island have been exploited economically by companies participating in the provincial immigration program points to serious issues.
  • Elizabeth McSheffrey reports for National Observer about how some bluefin tuna off the north shore of PEI are so hungry that they are actually approaching humans for food.
  • The PEI government does not plan on permitting advertisements for cannabis when legalization comes. CBC reports.
  • Fees for crossing the Confederation Bridge are set to rise to $47 for cars in the new year. CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC into Vaughan, Greg Sorbara, 196 York University, mass transit

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  • This Oliver Moore and Jeff Gray article on the new extension of the TTC into Vaughan, looking at its past and its future, is exciting. I cannot wait to ride this new part of Line 1. The Globe and Mail has it.
  • Steve Paikin at TVO notes the understated importance of former Ontario minister Greg Sorbara behind the Line 1 extension into Vaughan.
  • Katie Daubs bids farewell to the 196 York University Rocket, a storied bus line now coming to an end with the new subway, over at the Toronto Star.
  • At Torontoist, Tricia Woods argues that focusing on regional transit schemes as opposed to local ones is a mistake, given how most GTA commuting is within not between municipalities.
  • Edward Keenan does not buy the argument that there is as much TTC fare evasion as a recent report has claimed. The organization’s own faults matter, for one. The Toronto Star has it.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Bad Astronomer reports on Kepler-90, now known to have eight planets.
  • Centauri Dreams notes a model suggesting low-mass worlds like Mars do not stay very habitable for long at all around red dwarf stars.
  • Citizen Science Salon notes how Puerto Ricans are monitoring water quality on their own after Hurricane Maria.
  • The Crux notes how climate change played a role in the fall of Rome. We know more about our environment than the Romans did, but we are not much less vulnerable.
  • D-Brief notes a feature film that has just been made about Ötzi, the man who body was famously found frozen in the Tyrolean Alps five thousand years ago.
  • Daily JSTOR notes how a postage stamp featuring an erupting volcano may have kept Nicaragua from hosting an inter-oceanic canal of its own.
  • Hornet Stories reports on some exciting queer musicians.
  • Language Hat links to an online dictionary of French slang from the 19th century.
  • Language Hat has a post dealing with some controversy created on its author’s perspective on “they” as a singular pronoun. (Language changes, that’s all I have to say on that.)
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes a pretty wrong-headed take from a right-wing news source on sexuality and dating and flirting. Gack.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how the recent Kepler-90 press release shows how Kepler has reached the limit of the exoplanet science it can do. We need to put better technology at work.
  • At Whatever, John Scalzi has some interesting non-spoiler thoughts about the direction of The Last Jedi. I must see this, soon.
  • Window on Eurasia features a blithe dismissal by Putin of the idea that there is language or ethnic conflict at work. Tatars just need to learn Russian, apparently, though they can also keep Tatar as an extra.