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[PHOTO] Moon over Spadina Avenue

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Written by Randy McDonald

August 28, 2015 at 3:17 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO announces the impending opening of Toronto’s first cat café.
  • Centauri Dreams shares sharper images of Ceres from New Horizons.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of very distant Neptune-mass planet OGLE-2005-BLG-169b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the latest from the Donbas.
  • Far Outliers notes the spike in surrenders on Okinawa in June 1945.
  • Geocurrents maps the relatively balanced oil-based economic development of Colombia.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the use of the smartphone by refugees.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer observes the surprising casualty-heavy intensity of Russia’s war in the Donbas.
  • Torontoist explains the import of the City of Toronto’s budget surplus.
  • Towleroad notes how a fugitive priest is defending his rape of an altar boy.
  • Window on Eurasia notes one moment when Russia could have prevented the fall in oil prices.

[URBAN NOTE] “The most disturbing thing we learned from the G20”

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Edward Keenan’s Toronto Star article describing how, at the G20 fiasco years ago, the police collaborated with the Black Bloc is stellar.

The bad guys, the Black Bloc anarchists and vandals — the people Fenton referred to as “terrorists” — were trying to make a point, and the police reacted by proving it for them.

See, the peaceful protesters were the optimists, who gathered under the premise that our leaders — the leaders of much of the world — would listen to the people, would have to, if they gathered together in a large enough group with big enough papier-mâché puppets and loud enough chants of “Hey, hey, ho ho.”

This is the essentially generous democratic assumption behind all peaceful dissent: if enough of us speak loudly and clearly enough, our leaders will listen.

The Black Bloc do not share the faith that we live in that kind of democracy. And they make it their mission to expose that faith as misplaced. The point of their activities, which, if they don’t fit most people’s modern interpretation of “terrorism” (despite Fenton’s characterization) are certainly intended to be scary and chaotic and disorienting, is to provoke a reaction. They think the idea that police (and world leaders) serve and protect the public is a sham. Those authorities, they claim, only protect capital, and they only serve corporate interests and their own power.

And so while the innocent march and chant, the Black Bloc say to them and to the general public: if you don’t believe us, watch what happens when we smash some windows, destroy some property, light a police car on fire. See how your capitalist democracy holds up then, see how your constitution is applied, see how well your voice is heard.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm

[PHOTO] BMV in the evening, Bloor Street West

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BMV in the evening #toronto #bloorstreetwest #theannex #bmv #books #moon #evening//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

The silver moon shines over BMV Books on Bloor in the late evening.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes that someone built a lego replica of Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood circa 1887.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the OSIRIS REx asteroid sample return mission’s launch.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the HD 219134 planetary system, just nearby.
  • The Dragon’s Tales suggests nuclear fusion is getting measurably closer.
  • Joe. My. God. has more on the man who murdered a teenage girl at Jerusalem’s pride parade.
  • Language Hat notes the attitude of Jabotinsky towards the Hebrew language.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the mid-19th century convergence of anti-Communist and pro-slavery attitudes.
  • Marginal Revolution looks forward to an Uighur restaurant in Virginia.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reflects on wool.
  • Torontoist reviews all of the terrible food available at the Canadian National Exhibition.
  • Towleroad reports testimony about the terrible fates facing gay men under ISIS rule.
  • Why I Love Toronto reports on the blogger’s exciting week.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the accidental release of Russia’s casualty information in the Ukrainian war, with two thousand dead.

[PHOTO] Maneki neko on Ossington, Toronto

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Written by Randy McDonald

August 26, 2015 at 9:48 am

[URBAN NOTE] “Where can you live and still say you’re from Toronto?”

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blogTO starts an interesting debate on the borders of Canada’s largest city, in the comments and on Twitter.

While abroad, nearly everyone who lives in Southern Ontario will say they’re from Toronto. I’ve heard individuals exclaim they’re from the Six when in reality they reside in London, St. Catharines and even Niagara Falls.

Since those outside of Canada probably haven’t heard of the smaller towns, suburbs and municipalities within the Golden Horseshoe, it’s usually acceptable to default to Toronto. Many 416-ers, however, would disagree.

This becomes even more frustrating considering the GTA boundaries aren’t exactly concrete. The area’s generally defined as being comprised of Toronto, York, Durham, Peel and Halton, but like the borders of east and west in Toronto and even the location of downtown, there just isn’t much consensus.

Myself, I’d opt for the City of Toronto proper. The city has well-marked boundaries, after all.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 25, 2015 at 10:33 pm

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