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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Centauri Dreams notes how gas giants on eccentric orbits can easily disrupt bodies on orbits inwards.
  • Maria Farrell at Crooked Timber suggests that the political culture of England has been deformed by the trauma experienced by young children of the elites at boarding schools.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at the haunting art of Paul Delvaux.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the work of Tressie McMillan Cottom in investigating for-profit higher education.
  • Far Outliers looks at Tripoli in 1801.
  • Gizmodo shares the Boeing design for the moon lander it proposes for NASA in 2024.
  • io9 shares words from cast of Terminator: Dark Fate about the importance of the Mexican-American frontier.
  • JSTOR Daily makes a case against killing spiders trapped in one’s home.
  • Language Hat notes a recovered 17th century translation of a Dutch bible into the Austronesian language of Siraya, spoken in Taiwan.
  • Language Log looks at the origin of the word “brogue”.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the payday lender industry.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a new biography of Walter Raleigh, a maker of empire indeed.
  • The NYR Daily looks at a new dance show using the rhythms of the words of writer Robert Walser.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at how, in a quantum universe, time and space could still be continuous not discrete.
  • Strange Company looks at a court case from 1910s Brooklyn, about a parrot that swore.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes an affirmative action court case in which it was ruled that someone from Gibraltar did not count as Hispanic.
  • Window on Eurasia notes rhetoric claiming that Russians are the largest divided people on the Earth.
  • Arnold Zwicky looks at lizards and at California’s legendary Highway 101.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Kingston, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Paris, Gibraltar, Brazzaville

  • Kingston is experiencing a serious housing crisis, exacerbated by the return of students to such educational institutions as Queen’s. Global News reports.
  • CBC looks at how, on the eve of the federal election, issues like cost of living are big even in relatively affordable Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
  • CityLab looks at controversy in Paris over the reconstruction of the Gare du Nord station, here.
  • Vice shares photos of Gibraltar on the eve of Brexit, here.
  • Guardian Cities shares photos of the wordless images advertising shops in the city of Brazzaville, here.

[ISL] Five #islands links: Malaga, Greenland, Vancouver Island, Menorca, Palau

  • Atlas Obscura takes a look at Malaga Island in Maine, an island brutally depopulated by state authorities a century ago because of its non-white population.
  • Gizmodo notes the discovery of some of the oldest soil ever found, paleosoil, 3.7 billion years old, in Greenland.
  • A fringe political candidate in British Columbia wants his Vancouver Island to become a separate province. The Province reports.
  • The Gibraltar Chronicle has a feature on a journalist with a book exploring the historical connection between Gibraltar and the Balearic island of Menorca, at one time a British possession.
  • The Guardian reports on how Palau dealt with a freeze on tourism from China over its continued recognition of Taiwan.

[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.

[LINK] Some Friday links

  • blogTO’s Robin Sharp reports on the latest fears that the Annex, arguably the signature neighbourhood of Jane Jacobs’ urbanism philosophy, is on the verge of changing hugely.
  • James Bow thanks the opposition parties in the Canadian parliament for passing a resolution forcing the Conservative government to release documentation relevant to the torture of Canadian detainees.
  • Daniel Drezner lets us know that North Korea’s revaluation of its currency is producing measurable levels of popular unrest and fears this may help hardliners be all the more in control and remain aggressive internationally.
  • English Eclectic’s Paul Halsall thanks American conservative preacher Rick Warren for condemning Uganda’s anti-gay law.
  • At Gideon Rachman’s blog, the Financial Times‘ Victor Mallet documents the latest tiresomeness of the Anglo-Spanish confrontations re: Gibraltar.
  • Global Sociology notes that poor countries are great places to dump toxic waste.
  • Douglas Muir at Halfway Down the Danube explores the machinations behind Congo’s bizarre seafront and Angola’s enclave of Cabinda.
  • Marginal Revolution points out that, contrary to libertarian fantasies, the Confederate States of America was actually quite a strong state.
  • Normblog’s Norman Geras points out that using Saudi Arabia’s low level of religious tolerance as a standard anywhere in the world is a Bad Thing.
  • Noel Maurer follows up on Douglas Muir’s post on Congo’s weird maritime border by examining how that border created the oil-rich Angolan enclave of Cabinda, and documents Venezuela’s now-finished oil-driven economic boom.
  • Strange Maps documents another case of long-standing cultural differences driving politics, here dialectal differences mapping onto support for conservative and liberal parties in Denmark.
  • At Understanding Society, Daniel Little examines how recent community surveys in southeastern Michigan document the recession’s severe effects, and examines Arthur Koestler’s fictional take on Bukharin.
  • At the Volokh Conspiracy, Eugene Volokh reveals that even states which explicitly don’t recognize same-sex marriage recognize the parenting rights of same-sex couples, split or otherwise, as per long-standing practice.