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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Beyond the Beyond considers the floating mountains of Pluto.
  • The Boston Globe‘s Big Picture notes the story of a church that transitioned from an old-style church building to a storefront.
  • blogTO shares a photo of the Gardiner Expressway, closed for construction.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the search for life around red giant stars.
  • Crooked Timber criticizes left-wing Brexit proponents for the contradictions in their politics.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at mountain-building on Io.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas wonders if the kids are all right in an age of ubiquitous technology.
  • The LRB Blog notes Trump’s acceptance by Fox.
  • Otto Pohl shares a list of his articles dealing with the Crimean Tatars.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer examines air pollution and car traffic in Mexico City.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the political popularity of Sufis in Dagestan.
  • Arnold Zwicky celebrates actor Joe Dallesandro.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

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  • Bloomberg looks at Argentina’s push for renewable energy, reports on Rosatom’s interest in developing South Africa as an entry into the African nuclear market, writes about China’s opposition to anything remotely like separatism in Hong Kong, and looks at Poland’s demand for an apology for Bill Clinton critical of the new government.
  • Bloomberg View notes the importance of honest statistics in Brazil, and calls for American arms sales to a friendly Vietnam.
  • CBC notes new Conservative support for a transgender rights bill and reports on how Ontario’s climate policy will hit Alberta’s natural gas exports.
  • Gizmodo notes Portugal has just managed to power itself entirely on renewable energy for four days.
  • The Inter Press Service describes the Middle Eastern refugee crisis.
  • The National Post looks at a proposed New York State ban on declawing cats.
  • Open Democracy reports on Norway’s EU status via a left-leaning Norwegian, looks at the life of Daniel Berrigan, and notes the emergent Saudi-Indian alliance.
  • Universe Today describes the circumstellar habitable zones of red giants.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bloomberg notes Twitter will stop counting photos and links against its 140-character limit, reports on the challenges of the new Taiwanese president, and reports on Japan’s efforts to boost its workforce.
  • Bloomberg View argues European banks just aren’t good at investment banking, suggests austerity worked for Latvia, and argues an IMF suggestion of a debt holiday for Greece is impolitic.
  • CBC notes J.K. Rowling’s defense of Donald Trump.
  • Via The Dragon’s Gaze, I found this Eurekalert post noting a search for Earth-like worlds around highly evolved stars, like the red giants that our sun will evolve into.
  • Gizmodo reports on how Sweden is moving the city of Kiruna to safer ground, and describes Amazon’s interest in opening more physical bookstores.
  • The Inter Press Service wonders what will happen to Brazil now.
  • The National Post notes the mysteries surrounding a secret American military spaceplane.
  • Open Democracy looks at the human rights consequences of Mexico’s long-running drug war.
  • TVO considers the impact of a long NDP leadership campaign on the party.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Dangerous Minds looks at the oddly sexual imagery of zeppelins entering their births.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a paper looking at ways to detect Earth-like exomoons.
  • Imageo notes unusual melting of the Greenland icecap.
  • Language Log shares an extended argument against Chinese characters.
  • The Map Room Blog notes the hundredth anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement to partition the Ottoman Empire.
  • The NYRB Daily notes authoritarianism in Uganda.
  • Noel Maurer looks at the problem with San Francisco’s real estate markets.
  • Towleroad follows RuPaul’s argument that drag can never be mainstreamed, by its very nature.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that a flourishing Ukraine will not be itself restore the Donbas republics to it.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • blogTO shares ten facts about the Toronto Islands.
  • Centauri Dreams features an article talking about “exoanthropology”, a theoretical branch of that social science aimed at examining human adaptation to offworld environments.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper speculating that white dwarf NLTT19868 shows signs of having eaten a rocky world.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to one paper identifying different species of bacteria which can grow under simulated Martian environments and notes another looking at the possibility of a subsurface ocean on Titan.
  • Languages of the World looks at patterns of religiosity in Russia.
  • The NYR Daily considers Donald Trump’s long-term strategy.
  • Peter Rukavina reflects on the new music of Jane Siberry and Brian Eno.
  • Torontoist notes some neglected public art by Fort York under the Gardiner.
  • Window on Eurasia notes core/periphery divisions in Moscow’s population.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • The Associated Press notes the hostility in many American communities to Muslim cemeteries.
  • Bloomberg explores the revival of watchmaking in East Germany’s Saxony, and touches on the new two-day public work week in Venezuela.
  • Bloomberg View notes Japan’s rising levels of poverty, looks at the politicization of the Brazilian education system, and examines potential consequences of Pakistan-China nuclear collaboration.
  • The CBC reports on the difficulties of the Canada-European Union trade pact, reports on the conviction of an Alberta couple for not taking their meningitis-afflicted child to medical attention until it was too late, and notes that an American-Spanish gay couple was able to retrieve their child from a Thai surrogate mother.
  • MacLean’s examines how Karla Homolka ending up shifting towards French Canada.
  • The National Post‘s Michael den Tandt is critical of the idea of a new Bombardier bailout.
  • Universe Today notes a paper arguing that, with only one example of life, we can say little with assuredness about extraterrestrial life’s frequency.
  • Vice‘s Noisey notes how Prince and Kate Bush ended up collaborating on “Why Should I Love You?”.
  • The Washington Post reports on a study suggesting that root crops like the potato were less suited to supporting complex civilizations than grains.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • D-Brief reports on Ceres’ bright spots.
  • Dangerous Minds celebrates the video game arcades of the 1980s.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper speculating that tightly-packed globular clusters might be good cradles for life.
  • The Dragon’s Tales examines the processes by which gravel is formed on Mars and Titan.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog wonders about the extent to which college alienates low-income students.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money is critical of Hillary Clinton’s speech at AIPAC.
  • The LRB Blog features an essay by an American expatriate in Belgium on the occasion of the Brussels attacks.
  • Steve Munro analyses the quality of service on the 6 Bay bus.
  • The NYRB Daily reflects on the films of a Syrian film collective.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer points out that the rate of terrorism in Europe now is substantially lower than in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Savage Minds considers secrecy as it applies to the anthropological writer.
  • Strange Maps reflects on the BBC’s Shipping Forecast weather service.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi reflects on the prospects of human survival into the future.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are on the verge of fighting a border war.
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