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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about some of the less visible heroes of journalism, of support staff and the like.
  • Centauri Dreams takes a look at astrophysicist Adam Frank’s thoughts on extraterrestrial civilizations in the past, on “exoarcheology”.
  • D-Brief notes SIMP J01365663+0933473, a rogue superjovian planet 20 light years away with a powerful magnetic field and possibly even a major moon.
  • Hornet Stories notes (possibly unfair) criticism of the Provincetown AIDS Memorial by Masha Gessen, who wishes it had more recognition of specifically gay victims and of the community’s anger.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the challenges faced by the Outer Space Treaty, fifty years old and facing unprecedented challenges of a militarized space.
  • Erik Loomis writes at Lawyers, Guns and Money about the need for the left to articulate a coherent and serious agenda on global trade.
  • The Map Room Blog notes that the US military has told its personnel to turn off their portable devices’ geolocation in sensitive areas.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that, in some cities, people have begun to sleep rough in all-night McDonald’s restaurants on account of the lack of affordable housing.
  • Drew Rowsome interviews some of the actors involved in the queer play Box 4901, a new SummerWorks play written by playwright and novelist Brian Francis. Sounds exciting!
  • The Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle writes about how cicadas are important to him, and why.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel warns that Project Starshot and like interstellar propulsion methods, which would project engineless starships at relativistic speeds, could endanger life–and people–on the planets that these starships investigated.
  • Strange Maps’ Frank Jacobs notes/u> some people in the Turkish province of Batman want to bring their province’s borders in line with those of the character.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares Arthur’s photo of the tasteful rainbow poles at the entrance to Montréal’s Beaudry Métro station, in the heart of the Village gay.
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