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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • A BCer in Toronto mourns the declining standards behind the Tim Horton’s apple fritter.
  • blogTO notes that the Toronto vs everybody T-shirt has been redone in the original Iroquoian.
  • Centauri Dreams considers Project Orion.
  • Dangerous Minds shares vintage North Korean anti-American art.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper suggesting that Mars’ climate may have been cold but for impacts and volcanism.
  • Far Outliers examines the booming Nanjing of the 1930s.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the Long Island Universiy strike.
  • The NYRB Daily examines Hillary Clinton’s troubles.
  • Personal Reflections uses a bus fire to examine the fragility of modern systems.
  • Towleroad shares news, and footage, of a Tom of Finland biopic.
  • Window on Eurasia links to a report sharing the costs of Russian aggression in Ukraine, including at least ten thousand people reported dead.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Centauri Dreams and The Map Room each report on the ESA’s Gaia satellite mapping project of the galaxy.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the hunt for hot Jupiters.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that the Mexican peso has weakened because of Trump.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes China’s successful launch of its Tiangong-2 space station.
  • Savage Minds considers deviance for women in Bangalore, after Margaret Mead.
  • Torontoist considers what Toronto college and universities are doing to address sexual violence.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that the Turkic peoples of the North Caucasus are moving towards the use of a shared language.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • At Apostrophen, ‘Nathan Smith describes his experience at the CAN•CON conference in Ottawa.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper speculating about the consequences of observing a large extraterrestrial civilization.
  • Far Outliers notes how Chinese soldiers in 1937 Shanghai did not want to take prisoners.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas considers the idea of distraction in relationship to high technology.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the overlooked food workers who were victims of 9/11.
  • Savage Minds links to a variety of anthropologically-themed links.
  • Seriously Science notes that houses in rich neighbourhoods contain more diverse insect populations than houses in poor neighbourhoods.
  • Strange Maps looks at Proxima Centauri b and considers the idea of an “eyeball Earth”.
  • Transit Toronto notes plans for construction at Queen and Dufferin.

[URBAN NOTE] “In Hong Kong, Farming Is a Political Statement”

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Christopher Dewolf’s Vice article takes a look at one farm in Hong Kong and its connection to wider currents about Hong Kong identity and self-sufficiency. Fascinating stuff.

I went to a banana farm to learn about growing fruit in Hong Kong. Instead I learned about democracy.

It started with a visit to Hamilton Street in Hong Kong’s densely-packed Yau Ma Tei district, where a friend introduced me to Tam Chi-kit, who was selling bananas from a folding table on the street. “He grows them himself,” explained my friend.

These were not the ubiquitous Cavendish bananas you find with a Del Monte or Chiquita sticker on them. They were girthy, thick-skinned dai ziu—literally “big bananas”—native to this part of Asia. You can find them in markets all over Hong Kong, along with a few other native varieties. Like many local bananas, Tam’s dai ziu don’t lend themselves well to mass production, so they’re grown on a family farm that has somehow managed to survive in one of the most densely-populated cities in the world.

Though the city is most famous for its thicket of skyscrapers—it has more high-rises than any other place in the world—most of its land area is undeveloped. Much of it is reserved for country parks, but large portions are former agricultural land that has been illegally converted into junkyards and storage facilities. More than 2,000 acres are owned by property developers biding their time until they can build. Farming isn’t easy in Hong Kong.

“Can I come visit?” I asked Tam. “Okay,” he replied. “We’ll make lunch.”

Tam meets me next to a concrete pagoda. The air hums with the sound of cicadas and a chorus of songbirds. As we walk to the farm, Tam points at wild banana trees growing by the road. “Look—bananas everywhere,” he says.

The farm isn’t quite what I expected. It’s a muddy acre of land that spills down a hill to the Sheung Yue River. There are banana trees, but also papayas, soursop and an abundance of herbs. Walking down a concrete path, past two metal gates, we arrive at a cluster of tin-roofed structures. Three elderly people emerge to greet us. There’s Uncle Chan, a gangly, bespectacled man with a toothy grin. Auntie Wong, dressed in a floral print shirt. And Uncle Wong, a stout, bald man with a pugnacious demeanour and a t-shirt commemorating the Umbrella Revolution, the student-led pro-democracy movement that occupied Hong Kong’s streets for 79 days in 2014. It quickly becomes clear this is no ordinary banana farm.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 12, 2016 at 9:59 pm

[ISL] “Chinese middle class wants Atlantic Canada’s seafood”

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The Guardian of Charlottetown reports on the popularity of Atlantic Canadian seafood in China.

With middle class incomes on the rise in China, the demand for Atlantic Canadian seafood products is rapidly increasing.

Atlantic Canada’s seafood companies are ready to position themselves in the Chinese market, with several representatives just returning from this year’s Seafood Expo Asia, which was held in Wanchai, Hong Kong, Sept. 6 to 8.

The Lobster Council of Canada led an Atlantic delegation of 14 companies to the expo, thanks to an investment of $124,133 from the Government of Canada through ACOA’s Business Development Program, and an additional $20,000 in support from the four Atlantic provinces.

“The Asian market has represented fantastic export growth for all sectors of the Canadian lobster industry with both live and processed Canadian lobster featured on menus and in retail/online platform sales throughout the region,” said Geoff Irvine of the Lobster Council of Canada.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Dangerous Minds notes a remarkable Japanese magazine featuring photos of rock stars from the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the death of drag legend Lady Chablis.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the exceptional skepticism of some with the idea of a guaranteed minimum income in Kenya.
  • The NYRB Daily interviews Chinese documentary filmmaker Ai Xiaoming, who despairs for the future of civil society in her country.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer contrasts race and politics in the states of Alabama and Mississippi.
  • Registan notes the orderly succession of power in post-Karimov Uzbekistan.
  • Torontoist notes that the TTC can be a nightmare for women.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Centauri Dreams considers Juno’s photos of Jupiter’s poles.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of another star that behaves much like mysterious Tabby’s Star.
  • Far Outliers reports on the good reputation of the Chinese forces at Shanghai in 1937.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a Christian site that claims gay sex is not sex.
  • Language Hat reports on the problems of translating Elena Ferrante.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money and Noel Maurer are unimpressed by Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
  • The New APPS Blog writes against faculty lock-outs.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw describes the Parers, a Catalan-Australian family.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Ukraine’s recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, reports on how Russians resent Ukrainian refugees, and suggests the Russian economic crisis is finally hitting Moscow and St. Petersburg.