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Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

[NEWS] Five Canadian politics links: Doug Ford, Kathleen Wynne, Canadian citizens, Three Percenters

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  • Doug Ford hired a crowd of actors to pretend to be supporters. Is this astroturfing a sign of American influence on Canadian politics? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Andrew MacDougall at MacLean’s argues a question tossed off in passing by Doug Ford to Kathleen Wynne, asking where she lost her way, resonates at a deep level about her government. The article is ,a href=”https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/doug-ford-nails-kathleen-wynne-to-a-losing-way/”>here.
  • Steve Paikin wonders about the extent to which an unvoiced homophobia may be contributing to the low popularity levels of a Kathleen Wynne who, herself, has not done much outright wrong. His TVO blog has it.
  • NOW Toronto is entirely right to recommend people born Canadian citizens take witness, at least, of citizenship ceremonies for new Canadians. I can testify that it really is moving.
  • The Three Percenters are the latest nativist social media-driven militia group in Canada, worthy of attention and concern. CBC reports.
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[NEWS] Five space science links: Moon, Mars, Planet Nine, white dwarfs, black holes

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  • Quanta Magazine looks at the latest theories seeking to explain the origins of the Moon. (At the very least, the collision that did form the Moon may have ben much more violent than originally thought.)
  • Mars may be smaller than Venus and Earth because, in the early solar system, much mass was directed away from its orbit by the gas and ice giants. Universe Today reports.
  • Gizmodo notes the discovery of another Kuiper Belt object with a strange orbit pointing to the possibility of Planet Nine.
  • The Gaia satellite has turned up evidence for nearly fourteen thousand white dwarfs within 100 parsecs of our sun, a huge increase in numbers. Universe Today reports.
  • The work and the thinking that went into proving the idea of thousands of black holes in close orbit of Sagittarius A* at the heart of our galaxy is impressive. Universe Today reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Edmonton, Vancouver, St. George, Kanepi, Moscow

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  • The City of Edmonton is considering the idea of intentionally creating a beach for sun-seekers on the North Saskatchewan River after last year’s happy accident. Global News reports.
  • There is controversy in Vancouver over the idea of investor immigrants gaining voting rights in the city. Global News reports</u..
  • The Utah conurbation of St. George faces real problems of water scarcity. CityLab reports.
  • The Estonian municipality of Kanepi has made the leaf of the cannabis plant its logo. CityLab reports.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the symbolism behind the vast and impressive Moscow subway system, here.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Anatolia, Massey Hall, T.J. Atwood, Inside Out, wooden tower

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  • I believe I have been to this Turkish-Canadian restaurant in the west end of Toronto. CBC reports on Anatolia Restaurant.
  • The missing Bach and Beethoven windows of Massey Hall have been recovered, safely boxed away in a basement. The Toronto Star reports.
  • I quite liked this article about this athlete, T.J. Atwood, practising his surfing off of the Scarborough Bluffs. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Drew Rowsome reports on the upcoming Inside Out LGBT film festival here in Toronto, here.
  • A 14-story wooden tower at the University of Toronto would certainly be an eye-catching addition to the downtown skyline. The Toronto Star reports.

[PHOTO] Twenty-three photos of the works of David Hockney at the Met (#hockney, @metmuseum)

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The winter’s David Hockney exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, conveniently located next to the Michaelangelo show, covered everything there was to see, from his student art to his latest iPad art. I have to say that Hockney really only came into his own as an artist once he moved to North America in the mid-1960s, and came to enjoy the sunshine and the space of California (among others). Seeing notable works like A Bigger Splash, or his double portraits of couples, or some of his photo mosaics, was truly an experience to be appreciated. Michael Valinsky’s recent Them article does a great job outlining Hockney’s importance, not least as a queer artist out practically from the beginning of his career.

My Brother is only Seventeen (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Cleaning Teeth, Early Evening (1962) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Tea Painting in an Illusionistic Style (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

The Cha-Cha That Was Danced in the Early Hours of 24th March (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Arizona (1964) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #arizona #latergram

Play Within A Play (1963) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Domestic Scene, Los Angeles (1963) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #losangeles #latergram

Medical Building (1966) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Man in Shower in Beverly Hills (1964) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

A Lawn Being Sprinkled (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

A Bigger Splash (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Savings and Loan Building (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Rubber Ring Floating In A Swimming Pool (1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Pool and Steps, Le Nid du Duc (1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Detail, Henry Geldzahler & Christopher Scott (1969) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #henrygeldzahler #christopherscott #latergram

Detail, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy (1970-1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #ossieclark #celiabirtwell #latergram

Detail, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Detail, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Don + Christopher, Los Angeles, 6th March 1982 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #polaroid #mosaic #latergram

My Mother, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, Nov. 1982 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #boltonabbey #yorkshire #latergram

Breakfast at Malibu, Sunday, 1989 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #malibu #latergram

9 Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon (1998) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #grandcanyon #latergram

Hockney gone electronic #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm

[PHOTO] Ten photos of Trinity Bellwoods Park (#trinitybellwoods)

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I took ten photos of Trinity Bellwoods Park early on the afternoon of the 10th of May, walking south from Dundas Street West south towards the cherry blossoms by Queen West, The park was vivifying, becoming ever greener almost with every step I took.

Into Trinity Bellwoods from Dundas #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #dundasstreetwest #latergram

Monument to Portuguese Canadian volunteers #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #monument #portuguesecanadian #latergram

Afternoon in the park #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Monument to the Caranguejeira pioneers #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #portuguesecanadian #caranguejeira #migration #latergram

Turning green #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Towards Garrison Creek towards the CN Tower #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #garrisoncreek #cntower #latergram

Pit #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #garrisoncreek #cntower #latergram

Houses to the west #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #house #latergram

Green lawn #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Houses to the east #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #house #gorevaleavenue #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 19, 2018 at 10:15 pm

[ISL] Five islands links: Toronto Islands, South Georgia, Haida Gwaii, Guadeloupe, New Caledonia

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  • The Toronto Islands are open for business this year, hopefully without any hitches. (Let there not be unexpected flooding.) Global News reports.
  • The sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia has been freed from rat infestations, helping native life recover. National Geographic reports.
  • Killing invasive deer on Haida Gwaii is the task of recruited sharpshooters from New Zealand. MacLean’s reports.
  • Controversy over a new museum to slavery on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe draws on all sorts of political and cultural and economic issues besetting the territory. The Atlantic reports.
  • The exact language of the question to be asked of voters in the New Caledonia referendum on independence, coming this year, is a critical question. The Lowy Institute examines the issue.