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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about the good and the bad of freelancing.
  • Centauri Dreams wonders about the technical issues associated with the Encyclopedia Galactica.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper speculating on how Jupiter would appear if it was an exoplanet.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a paper examining the tumultuous planetological history of Venus.
  • A Fistful of Euros argues that Cyprus’ engagement with the Euro has been marked by the government’s willingness to hide shady behaviour at all costs.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the death of out 60s pop icon Lesley Gore.
  • Language Hat deservedly celebrates its author’s return to health and blogging.
  • Languages of the World’s Asya Perelstvaig notes that sdhe has an online course on languages available.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the lessons of Uruguay’s José Mujica for the left, and suggests that putting populists on pedestals is a losing strategy.
  • The Map Room’s Jonathan Crowe approves of the recent book Unruly Places.
  • Marginal Revolution shares a revisionist take on the 1943 Bengal famine.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw considers the role of community gardens in modern-day Australia.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders if Grexit will be triggered over so little.
  • Savage Minds shares tips on better writing for students of the social sciences (and all people, really).
  • Window on Eurasia notes the shattering of the post-Soviet space, suggests further advances into Ukraine are unlikely, argues that Lithuania would be much more likely to face conventional aggression than Estonia or Latvia, and notes Russia’s outlook to the European far left as well as the far right.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO notes that some Toronto-area Starbucks will now feature wine and beer options.
  • Gerry Canavan has his own massive post of links.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the promise of a NASA mission to Europa.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that compact exoplanetary systems are common around red dwarf stars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on an extinct South American rodent, Josephoartigasia monesi, that used its giant teeth as elephants used their tusks.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the Harlem home of Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka has been profiled by Architectural Digest.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes an unintentionally hilarious 1914 book aiming to curtail the spread of lesbianism.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares pictures from the Indian Mars probe featuring rare views of that world’s moon Deimos and shares the New Horizons probe’s first pictures of Pluto.
  • Peter Rukavina talks about podcasts.
  • Spacing Toronto shares descriptions of the fallout shelters built into a Toronto subdivision’s homes.
  • Strange Maps notes the many maps of the world of The Man in the High Castle.
  • Torontoist looks at the local measles outbreak.
  • Towleroad notes a Russian group that plans to out teachers.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that arming Ukraine would help stabilize the situation and suggests there are alternatives to Putin.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO notes a project aimed at crowdsourcing money to buy sleeping bags for Toronto’s homeless.
  • Gerry Canavan despairs at the corporatization of the University of Wisconsin.
  • Centauri Dreams takes another look at Kepler-444.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting no correlation between the sizes of Kuiper belts and exoplanets.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the crash of an armed Chinese drone in Nigeria.
  • Joe. My. God. and Towleroad both note Andrew Sullivan’s retirement from blogging.
  • The Planetary Society Blog argues rivalries between private space companies is all good for the future of space travel.
  • Livejournaler pollotenchegg tracks Ukrainian military deaths over the past year.
  • Registan is not worried by Russia’s new military doctrine.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy reports on an Islamic civil law tribunal in Texas.
  • Window on Eurasia has different reports on Putin, one claiming he’s not a rational actor, the other suggesting that Western governments should try to undermine him.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Centauri Dreams argues why manned deep space missions are important.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the solar-type stars may share a common origin in the inner galaxy.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper speculating as to the origin of Mars’ water in wet periods.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks forward to same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court.
  • Marginal Revolution wonders if Denmark will join Switzerland in breaking its currency’s Euro peg.
  • Out of Ambit’s Diane Duane is very unhappy about Internet websites which claim to be libraries without sharing in their responsibilities towards authors like herself.
  • Personal Reflections shares some interesting links.
  • Savage Minds considers the importance of the endnote in writing.
  • Torontoist and blogTO both note impending TTC fare hikes.
  • Towleroad notes Colin Farrell’s support for same-sex marriage in Ireland, motivated at least partly by his gay brother’s experiences.
  • Transit Toronto shares speculative maps as to what an improved TTC network might look like.
  • Understanding Society examines the networks associated with the formation of elites.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that Ukrainians destroying Lenin statues paradoxically make Lenin more of a status quo fiogure among Russians, and commemorates the anniversary of the ill-fated Black Friday Soviet armed intervention in Azerbaijan.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait does explain the question of whether or not the Moon is a planet.
  • blogTO notes that the old Kodak lands on Eglinton will be repurposed for mass transit and observes that Stollery’s at Yonge and Bloor is already being demolished.
  • Crooked Timber notes, looking back in American history, that people who have accused others of playing the “race card” are actually overlooking serious grievances.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes Kepler’s detection of more than twenty thousand exoplanet signals and notes a new method for estimating the mass and age of stars with transiting planets.
  • Geocurrents notes that the site is being suspended, hopefully temporarily.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Minneapolis’ Roman Catholic archdiocese has declared bankruptcy, putting compensation to victims of clerical sexual abuse in jeopardy.
  • Marginal Revolution argues that a majority of American public school students are not in poverty, at least not if we go by the barometer of free lunches.
  • The Numerati’s Stephen Baker argues in favour of the virtues of unregulated hate speech.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that the Nicaragua canal is already seeing a course adjustment.
  • Registan notes that Putin’s Russia is loved by proponents of the men’s rights movement.
  • Towleroad profiles out star Alan Cumming.
  • Transit Toronto notes that consultations for the Scaroborough subway extension are imminent.
  • Window on Eurasia notes China’s interest in supplying nuclear fuel to central and eastern Europe and observes the disintegration of the old German churches of Kaliningrad.

[DM] “What demographics-related issues do you think are being underreported?”

I’ve a post up inviting readers of Demography Matters to suggest what issues and wt regions of the world have been neglected in the past year. What big stories are we missing?

Written by Randy McDonald

December 30, 2014 at 4:59 am

[DM] “Suggestions, feedback, comments? Leave them here.”

I’ve a post up at Demography Matters inviting readers and commenters to leave feedback. (This could include you, too.) As always, what readerships care about matters.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 28, 2014 at 4:59 am


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