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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO reports on the Union Station Holiday Market.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes about how she has fled toxic environments.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the next generation of observational astronomy with Alpha Centauri in mind.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at how foreseeeable advances may mean that Proxima Centauri b’s atmosphere could soon by studied for indirect signs of life.
  • Far Outliers notes how, in the dying ways of the War of American Independence, British forces were setting slaves free.
  • Language Log shares Chinese science fiction writer Ken Liu’s thoughts about the Chinese language and Chinese literature.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money warns about the potential threat posed to indigenous peoples in the United States by the Trump Administration.
  • The LRB Blog considers the likely fates of Italy after Renzi.
  • The Planetary Society Blog describes the impending launch of a solar sail craft into orbit.
  • Savage Minds considers ways in which the different subfields of anthropology can more profitably interact, looking at scholarship and politics both.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy argues that the American left should make the Trump Administration cause to advocate for a renewed federalism.
  • Arnold Zwicky writes about the art of being camp and its selective deployments.

[LINK] “Why peace won’t come quickly for Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador”

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MacLean’s shares this Canadian Press report talking about the chilly relations between Québec City and St. John’s.

They are arguably the least friendly neighbours in Confederation.

Newfoundland and Labrador has been feuding with Quebec since before the Atlantic province joined Canada, with a barely hidden animosity driven by border disputes and hydroelectric power feuds that have wound through courts for decades.

Which is why headlines were made last month when Quebec began talking about possibly “burying the hatchet” on an epic scrap over the lopsided Churchill Falls hydro deal. Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters that it’s not just energy issues — the two provinces can collaborate on other things and need to build more neighbourly ties.

But there is deep skepticism in Newfoundland and Labrador, which has a population smaller than metropolitan Quebec City and a collective wariness borne of distrust.

Premier Dwight Ball says he’s open to talks with Quebec, if they help his province. But any real rapprochement sounds far off.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes Niagara Falls’ new light show.
  • Body Horrors reports on a 1980 epidemic of MRSA among Detroit drug users.
  • Centauri Dreams describes the final orbits of Cassini around Saturn.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting Tabby’s Star is being star-mined.
  • Language Log looks at an element of Chinese slang regarding telecommunications.
  • The LRB Blog argues against blaming migrants for problems on the left.
  • The Planetary Society Blog discusses the continued Dawn mission around Ceres.
  • Savage Minds talks about the need to slow down in a time of crisis.
  • Seriously Science notes research suggesting whales jump out of the water for purposes of communication.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that, in the United States, flag burners cannot be stripped of their citizenship.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russians would like the West to make up on Russia’s terms and looks at the embassies and delegations of Russia’s component regions.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • blogTO lists ten zine artists of note in Toronto.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on new simulations of gas giant formation.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos of Halloween partiers in New York City’s West Village circa the early 1990s.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports that the system of HR 2562 may include a brown dwarf.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that a Northern Irish party leader has vowed to block gay marriage because of Internet rudeness.
  • Language Hat considers the complexities involved in translating the Odyssey.
  • Language Log reports on how the Chinese word “daigou” might be infiltrating into English.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the popularity of an Indonesian coffee shop known for its cyanide, and reports that East Asian men contribute little to parenting time.
  • The NYRB Daily reports on a new exhibition about the Brontës.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog charts references to Ukrainian separatists in Russia media.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how some wish to abolish restive northern autonomous regions like Sakha, looks at how some Russian Orthodox activists wish to ban Halloween, and suggests Russia is isolated in its anti-Western sentiment.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • blogTO warned yesterday of impending snowfall.
  • Centauri Dreams considers if planets in the circumstellar habitable zones of red dwarfs, like Proxima Centauri b, might tend to be ocean worlds.
  • Crooked Timber tries to track down the source of some American electoral maps breaking down support for candidates finely, by demographics.
  • D-Brief shares stunning images of L1448 IRS3B, a nascent triple stellar system.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the advent of same-sex marriage in Gibraltar.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that, the last time the Cubs won, Russia was run by Romanovs.
  • Maximos62 meditates on Bali as a plastic civilization.
  • The NYRB Daily reflects on how the Beach Boys have, and have not, aged well.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw looks at un- and underemployment in Australia.
  • Torontoist looks at what we can learn from the dedicated bus routes of Mexico City.
  • Understanding Society looks at economics and structural change in middle-income countries.
  • Window on Eurasia notes one man’s argument that Russians should be privileged as the only state-forming nation in the Russian Federation, and shares another Russia’s argument against any idea of Belarusian distinctiveness.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO notes a photo series celebrating the corner stores of Toronto and reports on massive condo towers planned for Yonge and College.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the antimatter sail as a potential future propulsion technology.
  • D-Brief notes the beginning of a search for an Earth-like planet orbiting Alpha Centauri A or B.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that it is Ecuador that disrupted Assange’s Internet connection.
  • Language Hat looks at distinctions between fiction and non-fiction in different literatures.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Republicans are concerned for the future of the US Supreme Court and links to Matt Taibbi’s article suggesting that Trump might reinforce the existing American system.
  • Maximos62 links to his new audiobook of tales from Asia and the Pacific.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the relationship between rapidly rotating regular satellite and their tides.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that language shift among the Kalmyks to Russia has not weakened their ethnic identity, and shares arguments that Tatarstan and Bashkortostan must be brought back into line in with Russia’s national government.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO notes the mess on College Street.
  • D-Brief notes that the crater of Chixculub was hot enough to sustain a subsurface ecology for two million years.
  • Language Hat notes “brother” and some of its variations.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the United States’ 1964 presidential election.
  • The Map Room Blog notes how Google does not map green spaces.
  • Peter Rukavina shares his family’s trip to the beach on the Island.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at how Bashkortostan has been subjected to centralization.