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[ISL] Five islands links: Toronto Islands, Cape Verde, Iceland, Ireland, Hainan

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  • blogTO shares ten facts about the Toronto Islands.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on the experience of eating Cape Verdean cachupa in Lisbon.
  • The SBS reports on the facts making Iceland arguably the best country on the Earth in which to be a woman.
  • This extended Politico Europe article examining the consequences of a united Ireland, and the lack of preparation for such a now imaginable possibility, is still worth reading.
  • Is Hainan emerging as a test-bed for more liberal policies for China? QZ reports.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Bad Astronomy notes the discovery of a distant exoplanet, orbiting subgiant EPIC248847494, with an orbit ten years long.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on the latest discoveries regarding Ceres’ Occator Crater, a place with a cryovolcanic past.
  • D-Brief notes the discovery of a brilliant early galaxy, the brightest so far found, P352-15.
  • Dangerous Minds shares an extended interview with Françoise Hardy.
  • Far Outliers notes how, during the later Cold War, cash-desperate Soviet bloc governments allowed hopeful emigrants for countries in the West to depart only if these governments paid a ransom for them.
  • Hornet Stories has a nice feature on Enemies of Dorothy, a LGBT sketch comedy group with a political edge. I saw some of their clips; I’m following them.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at some of the features uniting celebratory music festival Coachella with Saturnalia, fitting the former into an ancient tradition.
  • Language Hat reports on researchers studying the development of emojis. Are they becoming components of a communications system with stable meanings?
  • Marginal Revolution reports on how mobile money is becoming a dominant element in the economy of Somaliland.
  • Justine Petrone at North reports on the things that were, and were not, revealed about his family’s ancestry through DNA testing.
  • Melissa Chadburn writes at the NYR Daily about the food she ate growing up as a poor child, and its meaning for her then and now in a time of growing inequality.
  • Roads and Kingdoms tells of a woman’s experience drinking samsu, a clear rice liqueur, in Malacca.
  • Drew Rowsome raves over David Kingston Yeh’s debut novel, the queer Toronto-themed The Boy at the Edge of the World.
  • Window on Eurasia quotes a Russian observer who suggests that Trump’s attempt to disrupt the European Union, even if successful, might simply help make Germany into a strategic competitor to the United States (with benefits for other powers).

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • At Anthro{dendum}, Daniel Miller writes about how some of the food he cooks evokes his history in Cuba-influenced Tampa.
  • Bad Astronomer notes an astonishingly high-resolution image of protoplanet Vesta taken from the Earth.
  • The Big Picture shares photos of the Kakuma refugee camp, in Kenya.
  • Centauri Dreams notes one proposal to help extend the life of a Type III civilization in the Milky Way Galaxy by importing stars from outside of the local group.
  • Crooked Timber’s Corey Robin talks about changing minds in politics, inspired by the success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Dangerous Minds shares the 1978 BBC documentary on surrealism, Europe After the Rain.
  • Far Outliers shares the third part of a summary of an article on African and Japanese mercenaries in Asia.
  • Hornet Stories reports on the regret of Buffy showrunner Martin Noxon that her show killed off Tara. (I agree: I liked her.)
  • At In Medias Res, Russell Arben Fox wonders what American farmers–by extension, perhaps, other farmers in other high-income societies–want. With their entire culture being undermine, what can they hope for?
  • Joe. My. God. notes how far-right groups in Europe are increasingly welcoming lesbian, gay, and bisexual members. (Not so much trans people, it seems.)
  • JSTOR Daily reports on the obvious utility of the humble beaver (in its North American homelands, at least).
  • Language Log considers the politics of the national language policy of China.
  • This Language Hat articlereporting on a conference on xenolinguistics, and the discussion in the comments, is fascinating. What can we hope to learn about non-human language? What will it have, and have not, in common?
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers the slow corruption of independent institutions in Mexico that may occur under the presidency of AMLO.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that, while we have not found life on Enceladus, we have found indicators of a world that could support life.
  • Window on Eurasia wonders if Russia is increasingly at risk of being displaced in Central Asia by a dynamic Kazakhstan.

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Lac-Mégantic, Ruse, Lviv, Istanbul, Melilla

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  • Five years after the rail disaster, Lac-Mégantic continues to rebuild and to recover. CBC reports.
  • Language Hat reports on the city of Ruse in the eastern Balkans, once a famously multilingual community.
  • Marginal Revolution takes a quick look at the tumultuous ethnic history of what is now the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reported on Syrian refugees who set up new homes in Istanbul in an old Ottoman-era neighbourhood.
  • The Spanish enclave of Melilla, located on the African coast surrounded by Morocco, faces terrible unemployment. The Irish Times reports.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Centauri Dreams considers the concept of the “Clarke exobelt”, a hypothetical ring of space stations in synchronous orbit of a planet that might be detectable across interstellar distances.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the new American phenomenon of millennials moving back home with their parents.
  • Far Outliers shares the second part of an an article summary on African and Japanese interactions in early modern Asia.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at “precisionism”, an art movement in the early 20th century United States that looked to the machine for inspiration.
  • Language Hat shares a poem by the late great Ursula K Le Guin, “Dead Languages.”
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money, looking at the anti-Uighur police state that China has established in Xinjiang, points out that there are many ways in which American hegemony can be followed by something worse.
  • The LRB Blog looks at how many documents vital in understanding the history of Iraq have been removed from the country or destroyed altogether. How will Iraqis be able to understand their history without them?
  • The New APPS Blog takes a look at a newly released Foucault lecture from 1978, “Analytic Philosophy of Politics”.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports from Mars, enveloped by a planet-wide dust storm that might endanger the intrepid rovers.
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at an exciting new film biography of Vivienne Westwood.
  • Strange Company tells a story of a 19th century insurance fraud rooted in murder.
  • Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps shares an old tourist map of Maine noting how many placenames from around the world are in that state.
  • Towleroad shares a lovely ad from Ireland’s Dublin Bus company featuring fathers picking up their gay children to take them to Pride. Wow.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bad Astronomy notes the wonders being witnessed by the Dawn probe in orbit of Ceres.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the potential of effectively immortal interstellar probes.
  • D-Brief notes the discovery of some genetic origins of loneliness.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog notes the connections and potential conflicts between concepts of race and the British royal family.
  • Far Outliers shares the first part of the summary of an article examining contact between African and Japanese mercenaries in early modern Asia.
  • Gizmodo wonders if Uranus’ large axial tilt can be explained by some sort of massive collision.
  • Hornet Stories likes the way that Pose, a show set in queer communities in New York City in the 1980s, deals with HIV.
  • In the aftermath of the tumult regarding the New York Times’ coverage of Batman and Catwoman, io9 offers the paper some tips on covering pop culture.
  • JSTOR Daily shares a paper noting how and why, in belle époque Chicago, immigrant communities often sponsored Fourth of July celebrations.
  • Language Hat deals with the convention of many writers in English to italicize foreign words. Why do this, again?
  • Jonathan Freedland at the NYR Daily considers the import of the Fourth of July for the United States in 2018.
  • Science and Food looks at liquid nitrogen gastronomy.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers if the universe might be headed for a big rip.

[CAT] Five cats links: facial expressions, Ugandan lions, Chinese leopard cats, dreams, Disneyland

  • Seriously Science notes that, of course, cats do have facial expressions. It’s just a matter of learning to recognize them.
  • This sad story of the poisoning of lion cubs in a Ugandan park, product of growing conflict between farmers and wildlife, needs to be shared. National Geographic reports.
  • Hopeful rescuers of the leopard cats of China, wild animals though they look quite like housecats, should stop and not risk separating kittens from their mothers. National Geographic reports.
  • At the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Lingua Franca, Allan Metcalfe shares, Caedmon-like, what he remembers of a dream he had of cats and their words.
  • Aine Cain at Business Insider tells the story, and shares the photos, of the feral cats who have been invited into Disneyland to make that theme park their home.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm