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[NEWS] Four LGBTQ links: Toronto serial killer, London school play, Mid-Atlantic level, masculinity

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  • Marcus Gee is entirely right to note that the lagging response of Toronto police to LGBTQ community reports of a possible serial killer demands an explanation, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that the refusal of London school boards to fund a play, breaking a tradition of funding, has to do with the subject matter of a gay student’s fight to bring his boyfriend to prom. CBC reports.

  • This suggestion that Mid-Atlantic Leather provides plenty of opportunities for wider society to understand the idea of consent is certainly provocative? Thoughts, participants? From (ultimately) the Washington Post via the National Post.
  • Jeff Leavell makes the perfectly good point that allowing toxic masculinity to infect queer spaces is a good way to wreck them, over at VICE.

[NEWS] Four Canadian politics links: Kathleen Wynne, Ontario minimum wage, NAFTA, Canada at the WTO

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  • Bob Hepburn at the Toronto Star wonders if the unpopularity of Kathleen Wynne, Ontario premier, has anything to do with her being a woman. It does follow a Canadian pattern, sadly.
  • Bob Pittis notes at CBC that the Ontario minimum wage increase constitutes a fantastic economic experiment, potentially transformative for the entire country.
  • Would the withdrawal threatened by Trump from NAFTA constitute a bargaining tactic? Global News suggests this is a real possibility.
  • Canada is bringing a wide-ranging challenge to US trade policies before the WTO, taking issue with more than two hundred examples of violations. This could be big. Jesse Snyder reports for the Financial Post.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares one picture of a vast galaxy cluster to underline how small our place in the universe is.
  • The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture shares some photos of Syrian refugee families as they settle into the United States.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the Dragonfly proposal for a Titan lander.
  • The Crux notes the exceptional vulnerability of the cultivated banana to an otherwise obscure fungus.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes NASA’s preparation of the Clipper mission to investigate Europa.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas takes a look at the role of surveillance in the life of the modern student.
  • Hornet Stories has a nice interview of Sina Grace, author of Marvel’s Iceman book.
  • Joe. My. God. reshared this holiday season a lovely anecdote, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Lesbians.”
  • JSTOR Daily took a look at why Americans like dieting so much.
  • The LRB Blog considers the Thames Barrier, the meager protection of London against tides in a time of climate change.
  • The Map Room Blog notes the digitization of radar maps of Antarctica going back to the 1960s.
  • Marginal Revolution seems cautiously optimistic about the prospects of Morocco.
  • Russell Darnley at maximos62 is skeptical about the prospects of the forests of Indonesia’s Riau province.
  • Stephanie Land at the NYR Daily talks about how she managed to combine becoming a writer with being a single mother of two young children.
  • Out There argues a lunar fuel depot could help support crewed interplanetary exploration.
  • Science Sushi notes genetic evidence the lionfish invasion of the North Atlantic off Florida began not with a single escape but with many.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel makes the argument an unmanned probe to Alpha Centauri could have significant technological spinoffs.
  • Supernova Condensate makes the point, apropos of nothing at all, that spaceship collisions can in fact unleash vast amounts of energy.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that, while Kazakhs see practical advantages to cooperation with Russia, they also see some problems.

[NEWS] Six GLBTQ links: Quinn Pallister, Ukraine, Poland, Caper in the Castro game, music, voice

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  • This Toronto Life Q&A with Quinn Pallister, the Hamilton baker who gained fame baking the world’s gayest cake, is a joy.
  • Politico Europe takes a look at the plight of LGBTQ Ukrainian refugees, particularly exposed to dislocation.
  • VICE takes a look at how queer Poles get by in contemporary Poland.
  • Gamasutra notes the recovery of a very early GLBTQ-themed computer game, the 1989 Caper in the Castro by C.M. Ralph.
  • VICE’s Noisey notes that queer women were very major players in pop music in 2017.
  • First Post shares a personal essay by Aniruddin Mahale talking about his experience with his “gay” voice.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomer reports on Kepler-90, now known to have eight planets.
  • Centauri Dreams notes a model suggesting low-mass worlds like Mars do not stay very habitable for long at all around red dwarf stars.
  • Citizen Science Salon notes how Puerto Ricans are monitoring water quality on their own after Hurricane Maria.
  • The Crux notes how climate change played a role in the fall of Rome. We know more about our environment than the Romans did, but we are not much less vulnerable.
  • D-Brief notes a feature film that has just been made about Ötzi, the man who body was famously found frozen in the Tyrolean Alps five thousand years ago.
  • Daily JSTOR notes how a postage stamp featuring an erupting volcano may have kept Nicaragua from hosting an inter-oceanic canal of its own.
  • Hornet Stories reports on some exciting queer musicians.
  • Language Hat links to an online dictionary of French slang from the 19th century.
  • Language Hat has a post dealing with some controversy created on its author’s perspective on “they” as a singular pronoun. (Language changes, that’s all I have to say on that.)
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes a pretty wrong-headed take from a right-wing news source on sexuality and dating and flirting. Gack.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how the recent Kepler-90 press release shows how Kepler has reached the limit of the exoplanet science it can do. We need to put better technology at work.
  • At Whatever, John Scalzi has some interesting non-spoiler thoughts about the direction of The Last Jedi. I must see this, soon.
  • Window on Eurasia features a blithe dismissal by Putin of the idea that there is language or ethnic conflict at work. Tatars just need to learn Russian, apparently, though they can also keep Tatar as an extra.

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: molly houses, trans in Germany, being femme, changing sexuality

  • Atlas Obscura takes a look at the history and culture of the “molly houses”, gay bars of 18th century England.
  • Atlas Obscura notes how pioneering German sexologist Marcus Hirschfeld managed to acquire limited recognition of the chosen identities of trans people in pre-Nazi Germany.
  • These interviews at VICE with five queer people, talking about what “femme” means to them, are interesting.
  • VICE’s unpacking of the concept of guys who identify as “mostly straight”, through an interview with researcher Ritch C. Savin-Williams, is fascinating. This future for traditional concepts of heterosexuality, one of many, seems both new and noteworthy.
  • The argument of Jeff Leavell at VICE, that stereotypes of gender should not be used to justify restrictive labels for humans’ sexuality, makes perfect sense to me.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 13, 2017 at 11:47 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: CLRV streetcars, TTC, King Street, Church and Wellesley, Trump

  • Edward Keenan bids farewell to the CLRV streetcars of the TTC, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Ainslie Cruickshank notes data suggesting just under 58% of TTC users are women, over at the Toronto Star.
  • John Rieti notes that the King Street pilot project, prioritizing mass transit downtown, does seem to have led to improvements in timing, over at CBC.
  • Muriel Draaisma notes the tentative acknowledgement, by Toronto police, of missteps in relating to Church and Wellesley and LGBTQ people following a series of disappearances and deaths, over at CBC.
  • Toronto Life tells the story of Sarah Phillips, a Canadian expatriate who moved to Toronto’s Seaton Village with her family following the election of Trump.