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[LINK] Some Saturday links

This afternoon I’ll be flying out to my native Prince Edward Island, a province on the Atlantic coast of Canada, for my first visit in nearly three and a half years. I’m looking forward to seeing friends and family again, but I’m more wary about the changes that have surely visited the province. I’m not convinced that many of these have been for the better, between the loss of the 2013 Island Games, the lifting of the ban on beer and soda cans, what looks like the imminent closure of Woodleigh Replicas & Gardens so soon after Fairy Land and Rainbow Valley (Rainbow Valley!), the export of our blue whale skeleton, and the ludicrous-sounding optimism of operators that this summer will be a good tourist season despite rising fuel costs and the strong Canadian dollar. Still, we’ll see.

On a completely unrelated note, people still interested may be interested to know that The Globe and Mail‘s Rhéal Séguin suggests that Ms. Couillard may have been an informant for the Sûrete du Québec, the Québec provincial police.

While I’m gone, here are some interesting links for you to peruse.

  • Over at Alpha Sources, Claus Vistesen argues that Brazil may be coming into its own as a global economic power.
  • Amused Cynicism’s Phil Hunt tells us that British terrorists, like their Canadian counterparts, can be almost laughably stupid.
  • angel80 points out that the recently discovered uncontacted tribe in the Brazilian Amazon may be doomed given the rate of deforestation.
  • ‘Aqoul’s The Lounsbury links to Gideon Rachmann’s Financial Times column “On Israel and the campaign bus”, which points out that the Untied States has played an increasingly unproductive and self-destructive role in the Middle East thanks in part to the unconditional support lent by evangelical Christians to hard-right Israelis.
  • blogTO covers the recent cyclists’ protest on the Gardiner Expressway that managed to shut down much of that west-east coastal traffic artery for hours, as does Torontoist.
  • Edward Hugh argues that much of the recent surge in Vietnamese inflation can be traced to impending labour shortages caused by the country’s rapid demographic transition.
  • Crooked Timber’s John Quiggin started a very interesting discussion on the United States’ historical memory, or lack thereof, of the First World War. Many of the commenters suggest that ethnic divisions at home may have made the conflict too painful to remember for most.
  • Daniel Drezner tackles the Sharon Stone issue with decidedly good (or at least snarky) humour.
  • In another excerpt from Michael Burleigh’s Sacred Causes, Far Outliers explores the anticlericalism of the Second Spanish Republic and the surprisingly sharp decline in religious observance that had been ongoing since at least the late 19th century.
  • Otto Spejkers at The Invisible College provides coverage of the Mothers of Srebrenica’s lawsuit against the United Nations, demanding reparations for the United Nations’ unwillingness to stop the genocide there.
  • Language Hat features coverage of the reaction to the decision to standardize the Portuguese language according to Brazilian norms, regardless of Portuguese protests.
  • Spacing Toronto coverage of the recent proposal to tear down a good chunk of the Gardiner Expressway, opening up direct line-of-sight connections between Toronto and Lake Ontario for the first time in decades.
  • Strange Maps features a map of Europe’s goblin distribution.

Finally, everybody welcome Noel Maurer’s new blog, Of Arawaks, Archives, and a Good Cigar! It’s now on the sidebar.

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