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[NEWS] Some Friday links

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  • Bloomberg notes that Brexit may be good for European criminals, looks at the negative impact of Brexit on Japan’s retail chains, examines the way a broken-down road reflects India-China relations, looks at Russia’s shadow economy and observes Ukraine’s effort to attract shippers to its ports.
  • The Globe and Mail notes the mourning in Québec for the Nice attacks.
  • MacLean’s reports on a New Brunswick high school overwhelmed by Syrian refugees and examines the dynamics of Brazil’s wealthy elite.
  • National Geographic notes that Brazil’s capuchin monkeys have progressed to the stone age.
  • The National Post reports on evidence of cannibalism among Neanderthals, notes Kathleen Wynne’s criticism of “All Lives Matter”, and engages with the idea of a guaranteed minimum income.
  • Open Democracy engages with Scotland’s strategy for Brexit.
  • Wired looks at a New York City park built to withstand rising seas, mourns the disappearance of the CD, and notes that scenes of murder will never disappear from our social media.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bloomberg notes Ireland’s huge unexpected recent reported growth, looks at the deindustrialization of Israel, observes Deutsche Bank’s need to search for wealth abroad, looks at the demographic imperatives that may keep healthy Japanese working until they are 80, notes the slipping ANC grip on Pretoria and looks at the rise of anti-Muslim Pauline Hanson in Australia, and predicts Brexit could kill the London property boom.
  • Bloomberg View calls for calm in the South China Sea.
  • CBC notes some idiot YouTube adventurers who filmed themselves doing stupid, even criminal, things in different American national parks.
  • The Globe and Mail reports on the plans for a test tidal turbine in the Bat of Fundy by 2017.
  • MacLean’s looks at the heckling of a gay musician in Halifax and reports on the civil war in South Sudan.
  • The New York Times looks at the new xenophobia in the east English town of Boston.
  • Open Democracy notes that talk of a working class revolt behind Brexit excludes non-whites, and reports on alienation on the streets of Wales.
  • Wired looks at how some cash-strapped American towns are tearing up roads they cannot afford to maintain.

[ISL] “Ancient Chinese junk boat to sail out of Montague Harbour”

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CBC News’ Kevin Yarr goes into detail, and includes some striking photos.

A cottager in eastern P.E.I. will be spending time this summer sailing the coast in a boat of ancient Chinese design.

The junk-rigged boat design dates back to the second century, and they are still built for recreational purposes today, though mostly in Asia.

Monte Gisbourne, who owns a cottage in Montague, has never sailed before, but there was something about junk-rigged vessels that attracted him.

“If I was going to learn how to sail, and make the effort and enjoy the art of sailing I really wanted to do it in a junk-rigged ship. I just think that they’re such cool boats. That’s the one for me,” he said.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 10, 2016 at 5:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Race and real estate: how hot Chinese money is making Vancouver unlivable”

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The Guardian‘s Tyler Stiem writes about the particular, and perhaps insoluble, problems of expensive real estate in Vancouver.

“Here’s one,” says Melissa Fong. She’s browsing online real estate listings in a cafe near Vancouver’s City Hall. Behind her, the mountains of the North Shore – the view that launched a thousand bidding wars – rise through mist. “Three-bedroom townhouse, 1,400 sq ft, C$1.5m (£800,000). You could start a family in a place like this. Way, way out of my price range, though.”

Fong moves on, scrolling through half a dozen homes, each smaller than the last, until she arrives at a tiny, 500 sq ft condominium on the east side of the city. “Unassuming” would be a generous way to describe how it looks from the photos, which, tellingly, are all exterior shots. “You could live there if you only had one kid, right?” she says with a grim smile.

An urban planning researcher, Fong divides her time between Vancouver, where her elderly parents live, and Toronto, where she’s finishing a doctorate. She grew up in Vancouver, has deep roots in the city, and plans to settle here with her husband, a home renovator. But she has looked on with a mixture of frustration and horror as the cost of housing in Canada’s famously liveable city rise beyond the means of young professionals like her.

“When you think it can’t get any worse, it does. So you keep adjusting your expectations, you know?”

Over the past year, the price of a single family house in Vancouver increased by an incredible 30%, to an average of $1.4m. It’s just the latest, most dramatic jump in an already dramatic long-term trend that has turned the beautiful but unassuming Canadian city into one of the world’s least affordable, with a housing price-to-income ratio of 10.8. That’s third after Hong Kong and Sydney, and well ahead of London, which ranks eighth at 8.5.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 9, 2016 at 9:10 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to the discovery paper for HD 133139Ab, the planet orbiting three stars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the model of a winged aerobot to explore Titan.
  • Language Log examines the Sinicization of non-Chinese names of ethnic minorities in China.
  • Marginal Revolution highlights speculation that American servicemen come from psychologically worse environments these days than in previous years.
  • Noel Maurer at The Power and the Money takes issue with the idea that a non-revolutionary British North America would have had a better constitution.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers the legalities of the Dallas robot bomb.

[NEWS] Some Thursday links

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  • Bloomberg notes the decline of Japan’s solar energy boom with falling subsidies, suggests 1970s-style stagflation will be back, looks at how an urban area in Japan is dealing with overcrowding, looks at Russia-NATO tensions, and examines how Ireland is welcoming British bankers.
  • Bloomberg View looks at the return of Russian tourists to Turkey, notes Russia is not suffering from a brain drain, looks at the Brexit vote as examining the power of the old, and argues the Chilcot report defends Blair from accusations of lying.
  • CBC reports on the end of Blackberry’s manufacturing of the Classic.
  • The Globe and Mail notes that, once, gay white men were on the outside.
  • The Independent describes claims that refugees in Libya who cannot pay their brokers risk being rendered into organs.
  • The Inter Press Service describes the horrors of Sudan and looks at how Russia will use Brexit to fight sanctions in the European Union.
  • MacLean’s reports on the opening up of the Arctic Ocean to fishing and looks at Winnipeg support for Pride in Steinbach.
  • The National Post reports on the plague of Pablo Escobar’s hippos in Colombia, looks at Vietnam’s protests of Chinese military maneuvers, and examines Turkey’s foreign policy catastrophes.
  • Open Democracy notes the desperate need for stability in Libya.
  • The Smithsonian reports on how video games are becoming the stuff of history.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

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  • Bloomberg notes political despair in Japan’s industrial heartland and looks at Argentina’s statistical issues.
  • The Globe and Mail reports on Morocco’s continued industrialization and describes the fear of a Vancouver-based pop singer for the life of her mother in China.
  • The Inter Press Service notes the recent terror attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.
  • MacLean’s notes the good relations of Israel and Egypt.
  • The National Post reports on recent discoveries of quiet black holes.
  • Open Democracy looks at the connections between migration and housing policy in the United Kingdom.
  • Transitions Online notes how Brexit has wrecked central Europe’s relationships with the United Kingdom.
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