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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Anthrodendum considers what, exactly, anthropology majors can do job-wise with their degrees. Interesting ideas.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the possible origins of cometary organics in deep space.
  • Hornet Stories talks of anti-immigrant Americans with immigrant ancestors who skirted relevant laws themselves, like Donald Trump.
  • Language Hat considers byssus, an exotic ancient textile and a word with a complex history.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at how the potential for disaster in Florida is worsened by poor planning.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the sad intersection of war, xenophobia, and rising rates of polio in Pakistan (and elsewhere).
  • The Map Room Blog notes an interactive map-related play still showing at the Halifax Fringe, Cartography.
  • The NYR Daily notes a high-profile corruption trial of a former government minister in Moscow.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares Paul Schenk’s story about how he interned at JPL in 1979 for the Voyager 2 flyby.
  • Roads and Kingdoms looks at the search by a Brazilian man for caves in the south of that country.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy asks some interesting questions about the mechanics of Settlers of Catan.
  • At Whatever, John Scalzi remembers Jerry Pournelle.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how Russia is strongly opposed to any Circassian return to their ancestral homeland.
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[NEWS] Four National Post links: Nootka Island, satanic panic, Iceland volcanoes, Norton anthology

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  • An unethical Victoria psychologist and his vulnerable patient helped spark the Satanic panic of the 1980s.
  • There seems to be a romance to the life of the lighthouse keepers of Nootka Island.
  • The Icelanders are watching very carefully for signs of the next big volcanic eruption. (Tourists are a concern.)
  • Who can forget all the different Norton anthologies of literature? I still have mine. The National Post remembers in a brief piece.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 8, 2017 at 11:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Centauri Dreams reports on asteroid P/2016 G1, a world that, after splitting, is now showing signs of a cometary tail.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers outrage as a sociological phenomenon. What, exactly, does it do? What does it change?
  • Joe. My. God. reports on a new push for same-sex marriage in Germany, coming from the SPD.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money examines the Alabama government’s disinterest in commemorating the Selma march for freedom.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at Oxford University’s attempt to recruit white British male students.
  • At the NYRB Daily, Masha Gessen warns against falling too readily into the trap of identifying conspiracies in dealing with Trump.
  • pollotenchegg maps the distribution of Muslims in Crimea according to the 1897 Russian census.
  • Savage Minds takes a brief look at ayahuasca, a ritual beverage of Andean indigenous peoples, and looks at how its legality in the United States remains complicated.
  • Elf Sternberg considers the problems of straight men with sex, and argues they might be especially trapped by a culture that makes it difficult for straight men to consider sex as anything but a birthright and an obligation.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers how the complexities of eminent domain might complicate the US-Mexican border wall.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on protests in Russia and argues Belarus is on the verge of something.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait reports on the latest theory about the formation of the Orion Nebula.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at how the Late Heavy Bombardment may have contributed to ring formation.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the bizarrely dense rings of J1407b.
  • Joe. My. God. reports on New York City’s new streetcar routes for Brooklyn and Queens.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes Jill Stein’s frankly hilarious crusade against John Oliver.
  • The Map Room Blog notes some cute mini-maps of metro routes.
  • Marginal Revolution reports on the calamitous effects of Brexit on the United Kingdom.
  • The NYRB Daily notes the culture of conspiracy in this year’s American election.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw looks at a very complicated Australian law regarding the eligibility of potential office-holders.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at the legal groundwork for Russian irredentism and also examines the fragility of Russia’s official ideology of nationhood.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • The Big Picture shares photos of a Shanghai neighbourhood that refuses to sell out to developers.
  • James Bow rates California rail.

  • Centauri Dreams looks at the large dwarf planet 2007 OR10.
  • Dangerous Minds notes a campaign by a 9/11 conspiracy theorist to raise funds to buy an airplane and a building.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at the Kepler-223 system.
  • Language Hat looks at an astonishingly thorough German-led effort to publish a dictionary of Latin.
  • The NYRB Daily assesses the Iran nuclear deal.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers Brazil and argues that any treachery in Sykes-Picot was less in the deal and more in the assumptions behind it.
  • Transit Toronto notes the return of GO Transit’s seasonal trains to Niagara.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Moscow’s refusal to allow Circassians a memorial march.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • City of Brass notes the lie that is Eurabia.
  • Crooked Timber considers Creative Commons licenses as a crude kind of anti-spam technology.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at Ontario’s interest in pioneering a guaranteed minimum income program.
  • Far Outliers looks at the history of Korean prisoners of war in the Second World War in Hawai’i.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the death of Nancy Reagan.
  • Language Hat starts a discussion about the cost of designing fonts.
  • Language Log notes the difficulties of some Westerners with learning Chinese compared to Western classical languages.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the complexity of the new European Union-Turkey deal on Syrian migrants.
  • Discover‘s Neuroskeptic notes that we are far from being able to upload content directly to our brains.
  • Strange Maps notes how, in Turkish, different cardinal directions are associated with a different colour.
  • Is Buffalo strongly anti-gay? Towleroad considers this finding, from a social media analysis.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomy shows a photo of an ancient X-ray jet amplified by photos from the Big Bang.
  • Centauri Dreams considers fast radio bursts.
  • The Great Grey Bridge’s Philip Turner notes that the Republican Party establishment is finally responding to Trump.
  • Joe. My. God. and Towleroad note the ridiculousness of Caitlyn Jenner’s desire to be a trans ambassador to Ted Cruz.
  • Language Hat notes medieval naming patterns, with many religious names and many of these shared.
  • Language Log notes controversy over a Chinese newspaper headline.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at American conservatives who think that the failure of people in distant countries to hear of minor figures in their movement proves a conspiracy.
  • The LRB Blog argues the Swedish model is a viable alternative.
  • The Map Room Blog maps the distribution of Syrian refugees across Canada.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the low crime rate in many Muslim societies.
  • The New APPS Blog argues Donald Trump is the perfect expression of contemporary capitalism.
  • The Planetary Society Blog pays tribute to astronaut Scott Kelly.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers how Mexico can go on the offensive against a Trump administration.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at statistics on religious affiliation in Belarus.
  • Transit Toronto notes the various subway disruptions this weekend.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi admits the possibility of being wrong, while still keeping to his criticisms and predictions re: BernieBros.