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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait notes the continuing maps and naming of the Pluto system.
  • Centauri Dreams considers one method to detect photosynthesis on Earth-like worlds of red dwarf stars.
  • D-Brief notes the discovery of Octlantis, a permanent community of octopi located off the coast of Australia.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes Earth-like world can co-exist with a Jovian in a circumstellar habitable zone.
  • Hornet Stories notes that Morrissey is now in Twitter. (This will not go well.
  • Language Log notes the kanji tattoo of one American neo-Nazi.
  • The LRB Blog notes how the English town of Tewksbury is still recovering from massive flooding a decade later.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the improbable life of Barry Sadler, he of “The Ballad of the Green Berets”.
  • The Map Room Blog shares this terrifying map examining the rain footprint of Hurricane Irma.
  • Spacing reviews a fascinating dual biography of architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson.
  • Window on Eurasia notes an call to restore to maps the old Chinese name for former Chinese Tuva, Uryankhai.
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[ISL] Four links about Islands: Ainoshima and Ed Sheeran, Tasmania, Barbuda, Salt Spring Island

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  • The Verge notes the Japanese cat island of Ainoshima has a music video in a bid to bring Ed Sheeran to its shores.
  • ABC notes new findings that Tasmanian Aborigines have used fire to manage their island’s forests for 41k years.
  • The Independent notes the devastation of Barbuda by Hurricane Irma.
  • CBC looks at the causes of Salt Spring Island’s divisions over the issue of becoming a municipality. (The antis won.)

[NEWS] Five science and technology links: Chinese fields, Vancouver bananas, geothermal, space

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  • Bloomberg notes that the Chinese habit of wrapping farmers’ fields in plastic has long-term negative consequences.
  • It’s difficult not to trace the ability of a man in Vancouver to raise bananas at home to climate change. CBC reports.
  • The Caribbean island of Dominica is set to start to turn to geothermal power for its energy needs. The Inter Press Service reports.
  • Universe Today notes the astrometric data provided by GAIA lets us track stars set for close encounters.
  • The possible discovery of an intermediate-mass black hole very near the Galactic Centre is big in a lot of ways.

[NEWS] Four links about North America: Canada and Mexico in NAFTA, Mexican aid, Houston, Puerto Rico

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  • Canada and Mexico, it turns out, will remain members of NAFTA even if the United States leaves. (So it seems.)
  • Texas and the United States, Snopes confirms, have accepted the offer of post-Harvey aid made by Mexico.
  • The question of how Houston will rebuild post-Harvey–perhaps on more resilient lines?–is an interesting one.
  • It’s perhaps unsurprising that Puerto Rico is trying to make China a major economic partner. There could be synergy.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm

[ISL] Four links from islands, from dividing Ireland, to the Chamorro and Haida, to the Caribbean

  • Peter Geoghegan writes at Open Democracy about the mess that Brexit has made of Ireland, two decades after the Troubles’ end.
  • Anthrodendum’s Alex Golub notes that a North Korean attack on Guam, among other things, would threaten the Chamorro natives of the island.
  • The Toronto Star carries an excerpt from a book by Mark Dowie looking at how the Haida, of Haida Gwaii, managed to win government recognition of their existence.
  • CBC’s Sameer Chhabra explores how Canadian students at Caribbean medical schools find it very difficult to get jobs back home.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from the $15 wage to parking lots, cow statues, and Jamaican patois

  • Torontoist takes on Galen Weston and the $15 minimum wage and poverty in Toronto (and Loblaw’s contribution to said).
  • At the Toronto Star, Shawn Micallef describes how high property values in Toronto discourage open-air parking lots.
  • Noor Javed looks, in Toronto Star, at the question of who authorized the cathedral elevated cow statue in Cathedraltown, in Markham.
  • The Star‘s Fatima Syed shares some old memories of Torontonians of the Centreville carousel, soon to be sold off.
  • At The Globe and Mail, Dakshana Bascaramurty takes a look at Jamaican patois, Toronto black English, and the many complex ways in which this language is received.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from nuclear war to the TTC to poverty to pop culture

  • Worrying about the relationship of Toronto and nuclear weapons seems very 1980s. What’s old is new again, as noted at NOW Toronto.
  • Steve Munro points out that talk of a fare freeze on the TTC ignores the underlying economics. Who, and what, will pay for this?
  • It’s nice that the Little Free Pantry is being supported, as Global News observes, but what does it say about our city that this is a thing?
  • Clifton Joseph notes the Toronto Caribbean Festival has never achieved its goals of emancipation. Cue Bakhtin …
  • Global News notes the new Drake music video promoting his OVO Fest store at Yorkdale. I should go.