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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • The Big Picture shares photos of life around the world this month.
  • blogTO notes that a vacant lot on Sherbourne Street will become an urban farm, for a time.
  • Centauri Dreams explores the strange oceans of Titan.
  • Dangerous Minds shares some astoundingly open ads for cocaine paraphrenalia from the 1980s.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a study suggesting that it was the Chicxulub impact, not the Deccan Traps volcanic eruptions, which were extinction-triggering.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the governor of South Carolina’s statement that his political opponents orchestrated the reaction to anti-trans legislation to ensure he would not get re-elected.
  • Language Hat reports on an Igbo journalist explaining why he, and many of his people, do not speak their ancestral language.
  • The Map Room Blog maps patterns of rail travel in Europe.
  • Michael Steeleworthy is critical, and rightly so, of the massive announced cutbacks to Newfoundland and Labrador’s library service.
  • Torontoist notes the Toronto Hard Candy gym’s cutting of its links with Madonna.
  • Transit Toronto notes the TTC is looking for volunteer ambassadors.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that population growth in Russia is concentrated in largely non-Russian regions.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • The Associated Press notes the hostility in many American communities to Muslim cemeteries.
  • Bloomberg explores the revival of watchmaking in East Germany’s Saxony, and touches on the new two-day public work week in Venezuela.
  • Bloomberg View notes Japan’s rising levels of poverty, looks at the politicization of the Brazilian education system, and examines potential consequences of Pakistan-China nuclear collaboration.
  • The CBC reports on the difficulties of the Canada-European Union trade pact, reports on the conviction of an Alberta couple for not taking their meningitis-afflicted child to medical attention until it was too late, and notes that an American-Spanish gay couple was able to retrieve their child from a Thai surrogate mother.
  • MacLean’s examines how Karla Homolka ending up shifting towards French Canada.
  • The National Post‘s Michael den Tandt is critical of the idea of a new Bombardier bailout.
  • Universe Today notes a paper arguing that, with only one example of life, we can say little with assuredness about extraterrestrial life’s frequency.
  • Vice‘s Noisey notes how Prince and Kate Bush ended up collaborating on “Why Should I Love You?”.
  • The Washington Post reports on a study suggesting that root crops like the potato were less suited to supporting complex civilizations than grains.

[NEWS] Some Sunday links

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  • The Atlantic notes Thailand’s “fake children”, life-sized dolls that are charms.
  • Bloomberg View considers the costs to the United Kingdom of Brexit and the costs and benefits of said to the European Union.
  • Discover looks at the increasingly appreciated place of South Africa in hominid origins.
  • The Inter Press Service examines the closure of Bedouin settlements in Israel.
  • MacLean’s celebrates the Yukon Gold potato’s 50th anniversary.
  • National Geographic looks at the growing number of problems faced by the baboons of Cape Town.
  • The New Yorker considers what might be in the suppressed 28 pages of the 9/11 report.
  • Phys.org maps Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry worldwide.
  • Reuters notes the discovery of the first monkey fossils in North America.
  • Slate hosts an article complaining about the normalization of Berlin since reunification.
  • The Washington Post mourns the bleaching of nearly all of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • The Australian Financial Review warns that Brazil should try to avoid the trajectory of Italy from the 1990s on in falling prey to Berlusconi-like populism.
  • Bookforum looks at the very early history of word processing for writers.
  • Bloomberg View suggests that an inflexible China is on its way towards a Japan-style slump.
  • CTV News reports on despair among Newfoundlanders after the province’s new budget.
  • The Financial Times notes how allegedly hiding a billion dollars’ worth of debt cost Mozambique significantly with the IMF.
  • Foreign Policy looks at the distancing between the United States and Saudi Arabia under Obama.
  • Kate Beaton at Hark A Vagrant considers the implication of Dagger’s frankly unwearable uniform.
  • Mashalla News reports on Portuguese-speaking communities in Lebanon, product of migration by Brazilians of Lebanese background.
  • New York‘s Jonathan Chait is critical of Sanders’ approach as he is losing, while Vox visits Sanders’ upstate New York stronghold of Ithaca.
  • Australia’s SBS looks at immigrants whose ancestral countries no longer exist. How do they identify?
  • The Toronto Star looks at the impact of climate change on the agriculture of the Prairies.
  • Wired notes the struggle of Pinterest to move on from being an American platform to being a global one.

[ISL] On the impending Amish migration from Ontario to PEI

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In his National Post article “Can the Amish win over the Islanders? Cheap farmland triggers migration from Ontario to P.E.I.”, Joe O’Connor writes about how cheap farmland is attracting a migration of Amish to Prince Edward Island.

Brad Oliver describes himself as an “old hippie.” He plays mandolin and guitar with The Rubber Boot Band, a down-home, down-east-Prince-Edward-Island-way-trio formed in 1979. The band is famous for wearing rubber boats onstage during the island’s “mud season.” Their biggest hit — the Cardigan Song — includes the lyrics: “Come Saturday morning me throat she is dry; My wife says to me: “Let’s go shoppin’ b’y”; We went to JD’S and I said to her, “Dear, you go get the groceries and I’ll go get the beer.”

Oliver provides his hippie credentials as proof of his open-mindedness. By day, he is a real estate agent, and on a recent April morning he was doing his utmost to make his newest clients feel welcome by installing a hitching post — for horses — outside his office at 3 Rink Street in Montague, a small town 50 kilometres east of Charlottetown.

“I was sitting in my office two years ago when Tony Wallbank — Tony works as an agent for the Amish in Ontario, and the Amish all call Tony an English guy, because the Amish call everybody that isn’t Amish English — but Tony walks in here and says that the Amish were looking for a realtor in P.E.I.,” Oliver says.

“He said they might be interested in setting up an Amish settlement here. I have sold eight farms to them since, with eight more potential sales in the works.”

When P.E.I.’s legislature convened on April 5, the Liberal government’s throne speech spoke of increasing the island’s population to 150,000 by the end of 2017, for a gain of 3,500 residents. For decades, the story around the island has been one of young people moving elsewhere, with depopulation in rural areas and ballooning numbers of seniors as related themes.

Now along come the Amish as a potential solution to the island’s population woes. Or perhaps they are a new problem, only time will tell. Meantime: horses and buggies, men in wide-brimmed hats and women in bonnets, have been glimpsed in Montague, and on the rural roads thereabouts.

Compare, if you would, Mark Mann’s 2013 Maisonneuve article about the settlement of a similar group, of Buddhist sectarians, in the same part of the province.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 14, 2016 at 7:59 pm

[NEWS] Some Thursday links

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  • The Sacramento Bee reports that UC Davis spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on trying to salvage its reputation online, after famously being linked with security guards pepper-spraying student protesters.
  • Bloomberg notes China’s island-building spree in the South China Sea is causing environmental damage, notes Hungary may lose out on future investment because of labour shortages, and notes London property prices are sliding because of Brexit.
  • The Guardian suggests Russians do not care about Putin’s corruption.
  • The Independent reports on a Muslim anti-ISIS march not covered by mainstream media.
  • MacLean’s writes about the NDP, about the hard left turn, about James Laxer’s criticism of the Leap manifesto, and about the disinterest of Megan Leslie and other NDPers in going for the leadership.
  • The National Post notes the potential huge market for insects as human food and notes controversy over First Nations support for a controversial wind energy farm.
  • Quartz notes the culture gap between Koreans and Korean-Americans.
  • In the Toronto Star, Emma Teitel writes about how the pronoun “they” is easy to use.
  • Wired looks at a brain implant that gave a quadriplegic man control of his arm.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

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  • Asahi notes the problems of Uniqlo.
  • Atlas Obscura looks at the effort to restore the Old Spanish Trail, an early American interstate highway.
  • Bloomberg notes the travails of the coal industry in the Czech Republic.
  • Bloomberg View notes South Africa’s serious economic problems and looks at how the Panama Papers make centrism more difficult.
  • CBC notes how a terrifyingly high suicide rate in Attawapiskat has triggered a state of emergency.
  • Fusion looks at how default settings for online mapping services have left some people targets.
  • The Boston Globe reports on how Boston cops can now be freely gay.
  • The Inter Press Service notes the increasing alienation of Ethiopia’s Oromo in the face of the corporatization of agriculture.
  • MacLean’s considers the future of the NDP, post-Mulcair.
  • Space Daily looks at new research examining how neutron stars could, through mass accretion, become black holes.
  • The Toronto Star looks at what happened to Mulcair at the NDP convention.
  • The Weather Network notes the spread of goldfish into the lakes of Alberta.
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