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[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes an observation of bright star HD 76582 that may have turned up indirect evidence of planets.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a study claiming that climate change will trigger large-scale migrations.
  • Joe. My. God. notes controversy in North Carolina over the demand for a rapid repeal of HB2.
  • Language Log shares a paper taking an Aristotlean approach to trolling.
  • The Map Room Blog shares the first global topographic map of Mercury.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that Donald Trump voters are relatively well off.
  • Personal Reflections touches on the decline of Sydney’s last Chinese market gardens.
  • Savage Minds makes the case for boycotting Israel academic institutions on the grounds of their collaboration with the denial of education to Palestinians.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russia’s cults of victories are used to justify almost anything.
  • Arnold Zwicky looks at the interesting gay graphic novel Shirtlifter.

[URBAN NOTE] “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earmarks up to $840M for Toronto transit”

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CBC notes some very good news for funding of Toronto transit.

Signal upgrades on the Bloor-Danforth subway line, new buses on the city’s highly travelled bus routes, and repairs and upgrades that will make the city’s transit system fully accessible are just some of the projects the TTC will fund with the up to $840 million that’s on the way from the federal government.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Toronto Friday to announce the funding, which will come from the $3.4 billion in transit money announced in March’s federal budget.

Trudeau said that while the money “won’t solve every funding challenge the TTC is facing,” the announcement is unique in three ways:

■ Toronto will receive the money this year.

■ The federal government will fund up to 50 per cent of the cost of approved projects.

■ How the money will be spent is up to the city, not Ottawa.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO notes how Ryerson University has launched an incubator for the local music scene.
  • Crooked Timber notes the high minimum wage in Australia.
  • Dangerous Minds shares a video of Keith Haring getting arrested from 1982.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on a study of hot Neptunes.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that a search of WISE data did not produce Planet Nine.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Beyoncé has produced merchandise calling for her own boycott, to the anger of her detractors.
  • Languages of the World wonders how anyone could argue that Yiddish comes from Turkey, never mind argue so badly.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen is pessimistic about Greece.
  • Neuroskeptic notes a new brain study tracing human thought.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at how Republicans are coming to accept Trump.
  • Towleroad notes that Timothy Conigrave’s Holding the Man is set to be adapted for the movies.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Chernobyl’s impact on the Soviet Union, considers which Russian federal subjects might be next for merger, and notes Russia’s acceptance of a Chinese railroad built with international gauge on its territory.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Anthropology.net notes the discovery of Australopithecus remains east of the Great Rift Valley.
  • blogTO suggests that Toronto restaurants east of the Don face trouble in attracting customers.
  • Patrick Cain maps gentrification over the past decade in Toronto and Vancouver.
  • Geocurrents polls its readers as to what themes they would like the blog to examine.
  • Joe. My. God. shares the new Pet Shop Boys tracks “Burn” and “Undertow”.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the problems of the right in the United States with being consistent in its rhetoric about abortion being murder.
  • Marginal Revolution links to an interesting article suggesting that Soviet movies had fewer Americans villains than one might expect, partly because Nazis filled that niche but also because Americans were not seen as inherently threatening.
  • Personal Reflections looks at the particular fiscal imbalances of Australian federalism.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer starts to examine the likely consequences of a Venezuelan defaullt.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the ongoing litigation over the Star Trek fan production Axanar.
  • Towleroad notes the first attempts to set up arranged same-sex marriages for people of Indian background.
  • Transit Toronto notes a repair to a secondary entrance of Ossington station and the continued spread of Presto readers throughout the grid.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia is the chief beneficiary of an Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

[BLOG] Some politics links

  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer is concerned with Trump: what would happen if a terrorist attack occurred under his rule, would he actually be able to save money from changing foreign basing, do terrorist attacks help him in the polls?
  • Towleroad notes the advent of marriage equality in Greenland.
  • Window on Eurasia notes legal challenges to Russian autocracy in regional courts, notes Tatarstan’s controversial support of the Gagauz, notes Protestants in Ukraine are strongly Ukrainian, and analyzes Russia’s response to the Brussels attack.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World notes Poland’s use of public relations firms to deal with its PR problems.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • BCer in Toronto Jeff Jedras foodblogs from different Ottawa junkets.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly lists 20 ways to enjoy winter. (If it comes.)
  • Centauri Dreams shares the latest Pluto imagery and examines the ancient impact that created the Moon.
  • Crooked Timber notes that volunteers who help refugees arriving in Greece might be criminalized.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that some Earth-like worlds at different points in their history might be difficult to identify, and notes a SETI search looking for flashes from KIC 8462852 has turned up nothing.
  • Geocurrents maps development in the Philippines.
  • Marginal Revolution shares Alex Tabarrok’s opinion that home ownership is overrated.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Marc Rayman notes how important light is for Dawn“s imaging of Ceres.
  • pollotenchegg notes the historical patterns of ethnic change in southeast Ukraine, the Donbas standing out as especially Russian in population in language.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes demographic changes in Chechnya.
  • Transit Toronto notes that Toronto has gotten its 14th and 15th streetcars from Bombardier.
  • Window on Eurasia examines possible outcomes from Tatarstan’s confrontation with the Russian federal government, notes the influence of Central Asian migrants on Russian Islam, suggests Russia is over-centralized, and notes one proposal to abolish Russia’s ethnic units.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Discover‘s Body Horrors notes éléphants can transmit tuberculosis to humans.
  • Crooked Timber shares a photo of a street of San Francisco.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a study suggesting impacts by comets and asteroids could not have eroded Mars’ atmosphere.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a study suggesting ethnic groups with a long history of agriculture fare better in modern capitalism.
  • Strange Maps depicts shifting patterns of male names in France from the Second World War on.
  • Window on Eurasia notes what I think is the fundamental unacceptability of the Minsk accords for Ukraine and describes the history of the Nogays, a Turkic group of the North Caucasus.

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