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[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO shares some wacky and unusual maps of the Toronto subway system.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly describes her reason why she did not want to have children.
  • Gerry Canavan has another post of links.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at Earth-like planets with circumbinary orbits and considers a new model of gas giant formation that explains Jupiter.
  • Crooked Timber examines the ongoing controversy over the Hugo awards for science fiction, as captured by American right-wing authors.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the habitability of water worlds.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the delay of China’s Mars exploration program.
  • Far Outliers looks at different systems for representing vowels with consonant symbols in the languages of the Pacific Islands.
  • Geocurrents has some posts–1, 2, 3–looking at ways in which the state system does not reflect the reality of the Middle East.
  • Language Hat looks at the revival of Manx.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that the United States’ Endangered Species Act is important for saving not just individual species but entire ecosystems.
  • Marginal Revolution tells readers how to find good Iranian food.
  • Steve Munro is dubious about the economics of the Union-Pearson Express.
  • pollotenchegg looks at changing industrial production in Ukraine in 2013, finding that the east was doing poorly.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at the military situation in eastern Ukraine.
  • Cheri Lucas Rowlands shares beautiful pictures of Bermuda.
  • Peter Rukavina continues mapping airplanes flying above Prince Edward Island.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog reports on the results of the famine in 1930s Ukraine.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that the Belarusian language is still endangered, quotes a Putin confidant on eastern Ukraine’s separation, looks at the impact of the Internet on Karelia, and looks at ethnogenesis as two small nations of the North Caucasus merge.

[DM] “Is Finland’s Economy Suffering From Secular Stagnation?”

Co-blogger Edward Hugh, first writing at A Fistful of Euros and there getting noticed at Marginal Revolution, has now reposted at Demography Matters his essay on the intersection between Finland’s aging population (complete with shrinking workforce) and its economic issues.

Go, read.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 1, 2015 at 3:19 am

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Alpha Sources’ Claus Vistesen argues that as a result of various factors including shrinking populations, economic bubbles are going to be quite likely.
  • blogTO argues that Toronto’s strip clubs are in trouble.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly wonders who is going to pay for journalism in the future.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at ringed Centaur objects.
  • Crooked Timber’s Daniel Davies describes his family’s recent experience in New Zealand. Want to find out how the Maori are like the Welsh?
  • D-Brief notes the return of wood bison to the United States.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting Alpha Centauri Bb is a superdense world.
  • The Dragon’s Tales note Indonesia’s upset with Chinese claims to the South China Sea.
  • Far Outliers reports on how NGOs feed corruption in Cambodia.
  • Language Hat links to a gazetteer of placenames in Jamaica.
  • Language Log’s Victor Mair looks at some Sino-English constructions.
  • Marginal Revolution points to its collection of Singapore-related posts.
  • The Planetary Society Blog considers Cassini‘s footage of Saturn’s F ring.
  • The Power and the Money hosts Will Baird’s argument that the Ukrainian east will soon see an explosion of violence.
  • Spacing Toronto and Torontoist look at the architectural competition for the Toronto Islands ferry terminal.
  • Torontoist reports on Martin Luther King’s 1962 visit to Toronto.
  • Towleroad notes a raging syphillis epidemic among gay men in New York City’s Chelsea neighbourhood.
  • Window on Eurasia notes changes in the Islam of Tatarstan, notes Russia’s transition towards totalitarianism, observes Russian claims of Finnish meddling in Karelia, and looks at polls suggesting Ukrainians fear Russia but do not trust the European Union.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell describes what seems to have been a shambolic attempt to co-opt the English Defense League somehow. (I don’t understand it. All I can figure out is that.

[LINK] “Russian Karelia looks to the past and future”

In the South China Morning Post, Daniel Allen has a long and thoughtful essay on the now largely Russian-controlled borderland of Karelia. I’m left very much with the impression of a Finnic past and a Russian future for this territory.

Below his snow-dusted shapka hat, Anatoliy Vasiljev’s rheumy eyes peer through a pair of fogged-up spectacles.

In Rubchoila village, about 80km west of Petrozavodsk, capital of the Russian Republic of Karelia, the sun’s faint orb hangs low in the December sky. Stepping out into the biting cold, the septuagenarian pulls his hat a little lower, buttons up a red tunic and begins tramping down the lane of packed snow that forms Rubchoila’s main street.

Vasiljev is Russian, Karelian and passionate about the preservation of the region’s traditional culture.

“This soil on which you are walking has been fought over for centuries,” he says, stopping beside an ornate wooden cottage. “Karelia is often described as a battlefield lying between East and West. And, for some people, the struggle over Karelia still goes on.”

Straddling 700 km of the border between Russia and Finland, Karelia covers more than 260,000 square kilometres. With its myriad lakes (Ladoga and Onega are the two largest lakes in Europe), roaring cascades and huge swathes of birch, pine and spruce forest, this is a beautiful land. It is also home to a Finno-Ugric people whose history is among the most tumultuous in Europe.

“With Karelia continually criss-crossed by shifting borders, the Karelians have never really enjoyed a unified homeland,” says Marina Tsherbak, head of public relations at the Karelian State Museum of Local History, in Petrozavodsk. “Rich in resources [such as iron ore and diamonds], their territory has been fought over for centuries, by Russians, Swedes and Finns. Living on the crossroads between Europe and Russia has brought the Karelians much strife and suffering.”

Written by Randy McDonald

March 7, 2015 at 12:38 am

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO notes that the cash-strapped CBC may be forced to sell its iconic downtown Toronto headquarters.
  • James Bow reflects on winter in Kitchener-Waterloo.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper studying the relationship between exoplanets and circumstellar dust discs.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a simulation of the polar atmosphere of Venus and notes concerns that India’s Hindustan Aeronautics might not be able to manufacture French Rafale fighters under contract.
  • Far Outliers notes Madeleine Albright’s incomprehension of Cambodia’s late 1990s struggles and looks at the way the country lags its neighbours.
  • The Frailest Thing notes how human traffic errors reveal we’re not quite up to some of the tasks we’d like.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Finland’s president has signed a marriage bill into existence.
  • Languages of the World notes the problem of where the homeland of the Indo-Europeans was located.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the often-ignored pattern of lynching Mexicans in the United States.
  • Marginal Revolution notes (1, 2) the problems of human beings with algorithmic, computer-driven planning.
  • Otto Pohl notes how Germans in Kyrgyzstan were forced into labour battalions.
  • pollotenchegg looks at demographic indicators in Ukraine over the past year, noting a collapse in the east.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at deep history, looking at the involvement of war in state-building in Africa and noting the historically recent rise of inequality in Latin America.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at one Russian’s proposal to give a Ukrainian church self-government, notes Russia’s inability to serve as a mentor to China, and looks at rural depopulation in the North Caucasus and South Russia.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO notes that Stollery’s at Yonge and Bloor could be demolished soon.
  • Centauri Dreams notes</a that gyrochronology–using a star’s spin rate to calculate its age–works.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at the spacing of planets in exosystems.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that dogs crossed into the Americas only ten thousand years ago.
  • Joe. My. God. notes how Europeans overestimate the size of their Muslim populations.
  • Lanugage Hat considers the question of Timur’s languages.
  • The Planetary Society Blog explores the ESA’s upcoming JUICE probe to Europa.
  • Otto Pohl finds links between Soviet mistreatment of ethnic Germans and South African apartheid.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes that Chinese are moving en masse to Africa, not Siberia.
  • Towleroad shares video of a crowd bursting into singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the recent Paris march.
  • Transit Toronto notes the toll of extreme cold on streetcars.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that Pride and Prejudice recently got cited in the US Supreme Court.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi reflects on a cat and his box.
  • Window on Eurasia reflects on the vissicitudes of Karelian identity, ethnic and political, in Russia.
  • The Financial Times‘ World blog notes that reconciliation is still far off in the former Yugoslavia.

[LINK] “Finland legalises gay marriage”

The Guardian shares the good news.

The Finnish parliament has narrowly approved a citizen’s initiative to legalise same-sex marriage.

Gay couples in Finland have been able to enter into registered partnerships since 2002, but until now the country was the only in the Nordic region not to allow same-sex marriage. Finland is now the 12th European state to do so.

In the vote, 105 members of parliament supported the legal amendment while 92 opposed it.

The measure will end the distinction in Finland between same-sex unions and heterosexual marriages and give such couples equal rights to adopt children and share a surname.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 29, 2014 at 12:32 am

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