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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Martin Duberman, far right, activism, Andrew Holleran, Obergefell

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  • Masha Gessen at The New Yorker reports on the arguments of American queer historian Martin Duberman about mistakes that gay rights movement has made.
  • Arshy Mann at Daily Xtra reports on how, in Russia and Poland and Hungary and now Brazil, homophobia is being used as a mobilizing tool by the far right.
  • Them reports on a study suggesting LGBTQ people are twenty times as likely to be social activists as cishets. (The overall rates, though, are still low.)
  • Mike Miksche writes at Them about the genesis of the famous Andrew Holleran novel Dancer from the Dance and its impact.
  • Jonathan Adler at the Volokh Conspiracy points to a compelling argument at the Wall Street Journal why the Obergefell decision legalizing gay marriage nation-wide in the United States will not be revisited. (I hope.)

[ISL] Five islands links: Machias Seal, Newfoundland and Labrador, Orkneys, Haiti

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  • Global News outlines the state of the Machias Seal island territorial dispute between Canada and the United States.
  • Faced with mounting costs owing to an aging and dispersed population, is Newfoundland and Labrador headed for bankruptcy? What would happen then? The National Post reports.
  • The selection of names of beers from the new brewery of Dildo, NL, has been undertaken with great care. Global News reports.
  • The Island Review shares an extract from the new book by Robin Noble about the Orkneys, Sagas of Salt and Stone. http://theislandreview.com/content/sagas-of-salt-and-stone-orkney-unwrapped-robin-noble-extract
  • Ayanna Legros makes a compelling argument for the recognition of Haiti and Haitians as not being somehow foreign to their region, but rather for including them in Latin America.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Port Hope, Montréal, Shediac, Halifax, Vancouver

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  • Finally, the remediation of the low-level radioactive waste scattered around Port Hope is starting. Global News reports.
  • Will Montréal bring back the Expos? Global News gauges opinion.
  • I congratulate Shediac for winning the world record for the longest lobster roll. Global News reports.
  • The new Glitter Bean Café in Halifax sounds like a fun queer-oriented coffee shop. Global News reports.
  • Terry Glavin argues that the city government of Vancouver is being terribly negligent in allowing the city to be undermined by unregulated income flows. MacLean’s has it.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Parkdale, Eglinton Avenue, police, Festival of Failure, South Core

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  • CBC reports on a campaign by Parkdale tenants against a real estate broker, Nick Brewerton, who they claim is responsible for the decline of rooming houses there.
  • Merchants in the area of Eglinton Avenue hit by Metrolinx construction respond with a mixture of incredulity and anger to news of the lawsuit lodged against Metrolinx by contractors. CBC reports.
  • Toronto police have returned to a normal posture after yesterday’s security alert. CBC reports.
  • The “Festival of Failure” ongoing for most of this month at Harbourfront Centre sounds very interesting. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Urban Toronto shares a stunning pair of photos, contrasting the South Core as seen form the CN Tower in 2010 and then in 2018. The difference between the two photos is remarkable.
  • [BLOG] Some Friday links

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    • Architectuul has an extended long interview with architect Dragoljub Bakić, talking about the innovative architecture of Tito’s Yugoslavia and his experiences abroad.
    • Centauri Dreams remarks on how the new maps of Pluto can evoke the worlds of Ray Bradbury.
    • The Crux answers an interesting question: What, exactly, is a blazar?
    • D-Brief links to a study suggesting that conditions on Ross 128 b, the second-nearest potentially habitable planet, are potentially (very broadly) Earth-like.
    • Dangerous Minds shows how John Mellencamp was, in the 1970s, once a glam rocker.
    • The Finger Post shares photos from a recent visit to Naypyidaw, the very new capital of Myanmar.
    • Gizmodo explains how the detection of an energetic neutrino led to the detection of a distant blazar, marking yet another step forward for multi-messenger astronomy.
    • JSTOR Daily reports on the now-overlooked writer of supernatural fiction Vernon Lee.
    • Language Log makes an argument that acquiring fluency in Chinese language, including Chinese writing, is difficult, so difficult perhaps as to displace other cultures. Thoughts?
    • Lawyers, Guns and Money suggests that the decline of the neo-liberal world order is needed. My main concern is that neo-liberalism may well be the least bad of the potential world orders out there.
    • Lingua Franca takes a look at how Hindi and Urdu, technically separate languages, actually form two poles of a Hindustani language continuum.
    • The Map Room Blog links to a unique map of the London Underground that shows the elevation of each station.
    • Rocky Planet notes that the continuing eruption of Kilauea is going to permanently shape the lives of the people of the Big Island of Hawai’i.
    • Window on Eurasia notes that the Buddhists of Kalmykia want the Russian government to permit a visit by the Dalai Lama to their republic.
    • Writing at Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, Livio Di Matteo notes that the Trump demand NATO governments spend 4% of their GDP on defense would involve unprecedented levels of spending in Canada.

    [NEWS] Five science fiction links: Catherynne Valente, Babylon 5, Star Wars, Janelle Monáe, numbers

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    • Lawyers, Guns and Money recently took a look at the way the great author Catherynne M. Valente made use of culture as a force in her briliant Space Opera.
    • I quite enjoyed this oral history of Babylon 5, over at Syfy.
    • MEL Magazine hosts this great article arguing the strength of The Last Jedi is that it does not give in to the wishes of fans.
    • Vox’s exploration of the Afrofuturism of Janelle Monáe’s work really laid out these influences on her for me.
    • James Nicoll recently asked an interesting question at Tor: Where is all the science fiction dealing with depopulation, with population decline?

    [BLOG] Some Thursday links

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    • D-Brief notes a new study examining the evolution of giant planets.
    • Cody Delistraty has a nice essay about the power of coincidence in the human mind.
    • Dead Things reports on the possible discovery of hominin remains in China dating from 2.2 million years ago.
    • Language Hat notes the discovery of an ancient tablet in Greece dating from the 3rd century CE containing the earliest extract of The Odyssey so far found.
    • Language Log notes the importance of the language skills of a multilingual teen in leading to the rescue of the boys trapped in a Thai cave.
    • Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution imagines what friendship would be like in a world of telepathy.
    • The Planetary Society Blog’s Jason Davis shares images taken by the Hayabusa2 probe of the asteroid Ryugu.
    • At Spacing, John Lorinc notes how the Ford government’s opposition to the clean energy policies of Wynne may well lead to the return of noticeable air pollution.
    • Window on Eurasia reports on Russian government actions intended to suppress what seems to be the spectre of separatism in Kaliningrad.