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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Saskatchewan, Wojnarowicz, Trump and Putin, Scott Thompson, Blued

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  • This history of LGBTQ life in Saskatchewan by Valerie Korinek sounds fascinating. Has anything been done in Atlantic Canada, I wonder? Global News reports.
  • This Artsy editorial is quite right about the importance of David Wojnarowicz, artistically and politically. I own a copy of his Close to the Knives.
  • There is, I have to conclude, at least some homophobia in the jokes about Trump and Putin being a couple. It’s quite quite possible to be a straight homophobe, for starters. Vulture deconstructs the meme, here.
  • Scott Thompson is a national treasure. Read this CBC Day 6 interview.
  • CBC takes a look at the roaring success of China-oriented gay dating app Blued, with tens of millions of users.
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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about her rules for life.
  • The Crux explores the development of robots that can learn from each other.
  • JSTOR Daily explores the legal and environmental reasons why commercial supersonic flight never took off.
  • Robert Farley at Lawyers, Guns and Money imagines what might have been had the F-14 Tomcat never escaped development hell.
  • Peter Watts wonders if, with de-extinction becoming possible, future generations might become even less careful with the environment, knowing they can fix things and never bothering to do so.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw argues that, with MOOCs and multiple careers in a working lifespan, autodidacticism is bound to return.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Marc Rayman looks at the final orbits of the Dawn probe over Ceres and the expected scientific returns.
  • Roads and Kingdoms explores the New Jersey sandwich known, alternatively, as the Taylor ham and the pork roll.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers what led to the early universe having an excess of matter over antimatter.
  • Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy explores why the California Supreme Court took the trifurcation of California off referendum papers.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how some in independent Azerbaijan fears that Iranian ethnic Azeris might try to subvert the independent country’s secularism.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Amazon Prime, Skyscraper, inclusionary zoning, waterfront, underground

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  • Andray Domise at MacLean’s takes Amazon Prime Day to note the way in which the tech company and others are undermining successful cities.
  • CityLab is unimpressed by the new movie Skyscraper, not least for the opportunities it fails to recognize in the architecture of super-tall buildings.
  • CityLab takes a look at the idea of “inclusionary zoning”, here.
  • Guardian Cities notes that Toronto is not alone in making the mistake of building highways separating city from waterfront.
  • The Guardian Cities takes a fascinating extended look at the questions of mapping and property ownership of the space beneath cities.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes a new image showing the sheer density of events in the core of our galaxy.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the discovery of 2MASS 0249 c, a planet-like object that distantly orbits a pair of low-mass brown dwarfs.
  • D-Brief notes the discovery of many new moons of Jupiter, bringing the total up to 79.
  • Far Outliers looks at the appeasement practiced by the Times of London in the 1930s.
  • The Frailest Thing’s L.M. Sacasas contrasts roots with anchors.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the controversy surrounding surviving honours paid to Franco in Spain.
  • The LRB Blog looks at how the question of Macedonia continues to be a threatening issue in the politics of Greece.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer suggests the new Mexican president is trying to create a new political machine, one that can only echo the more far-reaching and unrestrained one of PRI.
  • Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps looks at the shifting alliances of different Asian countries with China and the United States.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on the Russian reactions to a recent Politico Europe report describing Estonia’s strategies for resisting a Russian invasion in depth.

[NEWS] Links on oceans near and far: mental health, Salton Sea, Europa, Enceladus, Pluto

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  • There definitely is something to the idea that oceans, and other large bodies of water, can be healing. The immenseness of Lake Ontario (to name one body) is sublime. Global News reports on one study.
  • The scale of the disaster in California’s Salton Sea, drying up and poisoning the nearby land, is appalling. The Verge shows the scene.
  • NASA notes one mechanism for the gradual recycling of the ocean of Europa, up into its outer icy crust. Universe Today reports.
  • Some Earth bacteria could thrive in the predicted environment of Enceladus. Universe Today reports.
  • Cold environments still watery thanks to substantial amounts of brine could support life, conceivably on worlds as distant as Pluto. Universe Today reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 17, 2018 at 8:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Sainte-Élisabeth, Montréal, Winnipeg, Glasgow, Bondy

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  • The Québec town of Sainte-Élisabeth, thanks to long cooperation with their Malian sister community of Sanankoroba, is concerned about the outcome of the Canadian peacekeeping mission there. Global News reports.
  • The relatively low incomes of Montréal compared to other North American cities is one factor making it vulnerable to real estate price shifts. Global News notes.
  • Winnipeg, too, is faced with the question of how to protect its citizens from excessive unexpected heat. Global News reports.
  • The showpeople of the Scottish city of Glasgow are at risk of dislocation from their unique niche thanks to gentrification. The Guardian reports.
  • The hometown of the French World Cup team star Kylian Mbappé, the Paris suburb of Bondy, was on tenterhooks watching the national team play against Croatia. VICE reports.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares the latest images of asteroid Ryugu.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on the equal-mass near-Earth asteroid binary 2017 YE5.
  • Far Outliers notes how corrosive fake news and propaganda can be, by looking at Orwell’s experience of the Spanish Civil War.
  • The Frailest Thing’s L.M. Sacasas looks at swarms versus networks, in the light of Bauman’s thinking on freedom/security.
  • Joe. My. God. reports on how American pharmacy chain PVS fired a man–a Log Cabin Republican, no less–for calling the police on a black customer over a coupon.
  • JSTOR Daily links to a paper making the case that national service plays a useful role in modern countries.
  • Language Hat quotes from a beautiful Perry Anderson essay at the LRB about Proust.
  • Jeffey Herlihy-Mera writes/u> at Lingua Franca about his first-hand experiences of the multilingualism of Ecuador.
  • The NYR Daily takes a look at the art created by the prominent members of the Romanov dynasty.
  • The Power and Money’s Noel Maurer has reposted a blog post from 2016 considering the question of just how much money the United States could extract, via military basing, from Germany and Japan and South Korea
  • Window on Eurasia suggests a new Russian language law that would marginalize non-Russian languages is provoking a renaissance of Tatar nationalism.