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[NEWS] Five cultural links: Hitler, Internet, Nova Scotia roads, BC gangs, Pontic Greek

  • The BBC takes a look at Pontic Greek, a Greek dialect that survives precariously in exile from its homeland in Anatolia.
  • Klaus Meyer writes at The Conversation about how Hitler, in his rise to power, became a German citizen.
  • Low-income families in the Toronto area face serious challenges in getting affordable Internet access. CBC reports.
  • Jeremy Keefe at Global News takes a look at Steve Skafte, an explorer of abandoned roads in Nova Scotia.
  • In some communities in British Columbia, middle-class people have joined criminal gangs for social reasons. CBC reports.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at planetary nebulas, beautiful byproducts of the ends of stars.
  • Centauri Dreams shares an essay by Mark Millis looking at how NASA evaluates proposed new propulsion methods.
  • Bruce Dorminey takes a look at some interesting facts about the development of the Boeing 747.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing considers the ways in which deepfakes, allowing for alternate personalities online, evoke the Bunburying of Oscar Wilde.
  • Gizmodo notes that neutron star collisions might well reveal mysterious quark matter, if only they occurred within sight of us.
  • JSTOR Daily considers the sensuous nature of the Jane Austen novel Persuasion.
  • Language Log considers a potential case for Sinitic origins in the Balto-Slavic word for “iron”.
  • Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the weakness of the centre as a major pull for American voters.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper concluding that Chinese workers are not being exploited by the manufacturing companies that may employ them.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers how the curvature of space-time under gravity can be measured.
  • Window on Eurasia considers two Kazakhstan observers who argue the country should switch from Kazakh-Russian bilingualism to Kazakh-English bilingualism.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers, after the Gay & Lesbian Review, the representation of different communities in the LGBT+ acronym, the utility of simple symbols, like “&” or “+”.