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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Anthropology.net notes the discovery of some Neanderthal skeletons showing signs of having had the flesh carved off of them.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the messages carried by the New Horizon probe.
  • Crooked Timber makes the case for the continued relevance of Bob Marley.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at recurrent streams on Mars carved by perchlorate-laced water.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Edward Hugh argues that Spain is still digging out of the long crisis.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the story of a Louisiana trans man fired from his job for not detransitioning.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that China is not really a revisionist power.
  • Justin Petrone looks at ways in which young Estonian children are demonstrating and developing a fear of Russia.
  • The Planetary Society Blog examines the failure of the Dragon rocket.
  • Towleroad notes that the Russian-language version of Siri is quite homophobic.
  • Understanding Society looks at the criticial realist social theory of Frédéric Vandenberghe.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at trends in violence in the North Caucasus and warns of Central Asian alienation from Russia.

[PHOTO] Mannequins at Mina’s Fabric, 918 Bloor Street West

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Mannequins at Mina's Fabric, 918 Bloor Street West

The mannequin on the left at Mina’s Fabric, at the eastern end of the Bloorcourt Village stretch on Bloor Street west, seemed oddly despondent as it leaned into the corner by the window in the evening light.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • blogTO examines the nature of Toronto’s abundant consumption of electricity.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a study of the atmosphere of Wasp 80b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Russian rocket manufacturer Energomash may go out of business as a result not of sanctions but of threatened sanctions.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money does not approve of Kenya’s plan to deport Somali refugees.
  • Mark MacKinnon shares an old 2003 article of his from Iraq.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the new Vulcan rocket.
  • pollotenchegg maps, by province, the proportion of Ukrainians claiming Russian as their mother language.
  • Registan argues that NATO and Russia might be misinterpreting
  • Spacing Toronto shares a screed on cyclists.
  • Towleroad notes that Chile now has same-sex civil unions.
  • Transit Toronto notes that the TTC has hired an external corporation to manage the problematic Spadina subway extension.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy argues that libertarians do exist as a distinguishable political demographic.
  • Window on Eurasia examines turmoil in Karelia and terrorism in Dagestan.

[PHOTO] Looking south on Yonge and Eglinton, 8 pm

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Looking south on Yonge and Eglinton, 8 pm #toronto #yongeandeglinton #torontophotos

Written by Randy McDonald

April 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Anthropology.net notes the embarrassing discovery that one of the vertebrae believed to have been part of the skeleton of early hominid Lucy actually belonged to a baboon.
  • Antipope Charlie Stross comes up with another worrisome explanation for the Great Filter.
  • BlogTO visits the Toronto offices of photo community site 500px.
  • Centauri Dreams features a guest essay from Ashley Baldwin about near- and medium-term search strategies and technologies for exoplanets.
  • Crooked Timber examines problems with non-copyright strategies.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper noting oddities in the protoplanetary disk of AA Tauri.
  • The Dragon’s Tales considers how how to make enduring software.
  • Mathew Ingram notes that Rolling Stone encountered ruin with the story of Jackie by wanting it to be true.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a New York City artist who took pictures of people in adjacent condos won the privacy suit put against him.
  • Language Hat looks at foreign influence in the French language.
  • Language Log links to a study of Ronald Reagan’s speeches that finds evidence of his progression to Alzheimer’s during the presidency.
  • Languages of the World considers the geopolitics of a military strike against the Iranian nuclear program.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money argues that Jonah Lehrer was not treated unfairly.
  • Marginal Revolution approves of Larry Kramer’s new GLBT-themed history of the United States.
  • Justin Petrone at North contrasts Easter as celebrated in Estonian and Russian churches.
  • Savage Minds features an essay in support of the BDS movement aimed against Israel.
  • Spacing engages David Miller on the need of urbanites to have access to nature.
  • Torontoist notes the popularity of a bill against GLBT conversion therapy at Queen’s Park.
  • Towleroad observes the beginning of an opera about Grindr.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy takes issue with Gerry Trudeau’s criticism of cartoons which satirize Islam.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at a Tatar woman who kept Islam alive in Soviet Moscow, argues that the sheer size of Donbas means that Russia cannot support it, looks at the centrality of the Second World War in modern Russia, and suggests the weak Ukrainian state but strong civil society is the inverse of the Russian situation.

[URBAN NOTE] “Last-minute shoppers thwarted as GTA’s last Target closes early”

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The Toronto Star‘s Sadiya Ansari reported on the last day of Target Canada in the Greater Toronto Area. I have photos from the Target at the Stockyards last weekend I will share later this week, for whatever it’s worth. By the final day, it and the other stores must have been cleared out.

Toronto shoppers were disappointed by Target for the very last time on Sunday, as the final store to close in the GTA was shuttered hours ahead of schedule, frustrating last-minute bargain hunters.

“We are closed permanently now,” a male employee standing outside told a woman approaching the store in Brampton’s Trinity Commons shopping centre on Sunday afternoon.

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A funeral had been held at the last outlet to close in Toronto at the Stockyards location on Saturday evening by Harrison Jordan, one of Target’s first customers.

A few days before that store closed, it was already half-empty. Ribbons, wrapping paper, and dozens of garden statues of small dogs were clustered in one aisle while another had mostly binders in it. On a nearby shelf, a Britney Spears album sat near a picture frame, an Xbox game and a crafts kit for making animals from pom-poms — all at 70 to 80 per cent off.

Deepa Kumari was sorting through shopping carts full of odds and ends to fill her own cart. She was somewhat successful, buying socks, toys for her son and a dress for a friend’s daughter.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 13, 2015 at 7:32 pm

[PHOTO] Late Saturday evening off of Dupont Street, Dovercourt Village

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Back yard, late evening #toronto #dovercourtvillage #evening

Tout est bleu #toronto #dovercourtvillage #evening #dupontstreet

Saturday was such a brilliant day that even the evening was superb.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm

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