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[NEWS] Three links about smart animals: elephants as legal persons, cetacean footage, bonobo empathy

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  • Three elephants in Connecticut are the latest animals subject to a bid by activists to grant them status as “legal persons”. The Washington Post reports.
  • Gary Chabonneau has won a court battle versus the Vancouver Aquarium to secure rights to footage he took of their captive cetaceans. CBC reports.
  • Bonobos have been proven in a recent experiment to have the capacity to be empathetic towards strangers. National Geographic reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 18, 2017 at 8:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Dangerous Minds shares some of the exotic space music of composer Pauline Anna Strom.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the effect of in-system super-Earth on asteroid impacts upon terrestrial planets.
  • Hornet Stories, for ones, notes that Cards Against Humanity has bought up a stretch along the US-Mexican border to prevent the construction of a border wall.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reminds people–sad that it has to be done–that, even in Trump outposts like Johnstown in Pennsylvania where racism has replaced reason among too many, there still are good things in this and other like communities.
  • The LRB Blog considers the plight of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, whose plight in Iranian custody has been worsened by her government. What can be done for her?
  • Marginal Revolution notes how, in the early 20th century as in the early 21st century, substantial immigration to the US became politically controversial despite its benefits.
  • The NYR Daily takes a look at the art of Tove Jansson, beyond the Moomins.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer takes a look at the slow emergence of Canadian citizenship distinct from the British over the 20th century.
  • Roads and Kingdoms takes</u. a look at the grape-crashing of the vineyards of Oliver, British Columbia.
  • Peter Rukavina describes the origin of the theme music of CBC classic show The Friendly Giant in the 18th century English folk tune “Early One Morning.”
  • Seriously Science notes that oysters can apparently hear sound.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that the autonomy enjoyed by Puerto Rico was one source of inspiration for the nationalists of Tatarstan in the early 1990s.

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes on change: Richard Florida, Sidewalk & Quayside, Hong Kong, Seattle, Iceland

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  • Noah Smith of Bloomberg interviews RIchard Florida on the downsides of the urban renaissance, considering the possibility of countries fragmenting into booming city-states and declining hinterlands, over at Bloomberg.
  • Christopher Hume considers how the Google Sidewalk dream for Toronto’s Quayside could fall apart, over at the Toronto Star.
  • VICE reports on how Hong Kong is making massive investments in land reclamation, in response to shortages of territory.
  • Global News reports that Chinese homebuying investors have turned from Vancouver towards Seattle, in search of lower prices.
  • Iceland is in the middle of massive housing price increases, though this is apparently growth driven by demand not by a bubble. Bloomberg reports.

[ISL] Five Islands links: English in Colombia, Haida, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Sicily

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  • Can a new film help preserve the English Creole spoken on the Colombian Caribbean islands of San Andres and Old Providence? The Guardian reports.
  • Using film to help preserve an indigenous language is also a strategy being used by the Haida of Haida Gwaii, in British Columbia. CBC reports.
  • Fredreka Schouten’s account of visiting her native Virgin Islands to see the continued devastation is heart-rending, featured in USA Today.
  • The recovery of agriculture in Puerto Rico is a hopeful sign, but will it be enough? National Geographic reports.
  • Things do not look very good in Sicily. Spiegel reports.

[NEWS] Four notes about new journalisms, media: Torontoist. non-profit journalism, online serials

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  • Simon Bredin, editor of the Torontoist that is last survivor of the Gothamist network, calls for more support as the website moves forward.
  • DeSmog Canada’s Emma Gilchrist argues, looking at models around the world, that non-profit journalism can work.
  • David Beers at the National Observer argues that British Columbia has built up a cluster of strong digital journalism outlets.
  • Adam Minter looks at the emergence and success of online serials as a profitable form of fiction in China, over at Bloomberg.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes on changing cities: Kingston, Calgary, Vancouver, Los Angeles

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  • The Princess Street corridor of Kingston is booming, but too much? I really must get out there to see. Global News reports.
  • That Calgary has seen the introduction of basement suites blocked is a problem for that city. MacLean’s examines.
  • Gary Mason dislikes the increasing unaffordability of Vancouver for young people, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • CBC shows how a new indie coffee shop in Los Angeles relates to gentrification in Hispanic and black neighbourhoods.

[NEWS] Five links about vulnerability: parrots, Uighurs, indigenous peoples, fangsheng, Jones Act

  • Hundreds of parrots in a Surrey sanctuary are still waiting for permanent homes. Global News reports.
  • NPR reports on how many Uighurs in China find success through their racially mixed appearances, as models.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer explains the rationale behind the Jones Act, with its stiff shipping charges for Puerto Rico.
  • The Chinese Buddhist fangsheng ritual, involving the release of captured animals into the wild, has issues. The Guardian reports.
  • Tyson Yunkaporta’s essay takes a look at the appeal of SF/F, and post-apocalyptic fiction, for indigenous peoples.