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[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Centauri Dreams considers the recent study of near-Earth asteroid 1999 KW4, looking at it from the perspective of defending the Earth and building a civilization in space.
  • Ingrid Robeyns at Crooked Timber continues a debate on universal basic income.
  • The Dragon’s Tales considers if India does need its own military space force.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how foster care in the United States (Canada, too, I’d add) was also synonymous with sending children off as unpaid farm labourers.
  • Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money shares a proposal, linking immigration to high-income countries to the idea of immigration as reparation for colonialism.
  • The LRB Blog considers the ever-growing presence of the dead on networks like Facebook.
  • Muhammad Idrees Ahmad at the NYR Daily looks at how Bellingcat and other online agencies have transformed investigative journalism.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog shares a speech by the head of the Bank of Japan talking about the interactions of demographic change and economic growth.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes the mystery behind the great mass of early black hole J1342+0928.
  • Strange Company looks at the unsolved Christmas 1928 disappearance of young Melvin Horst from Orrville, Ohio. What happened?
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Uzbekistan is moving the Latin script for Uzbek into closer conformity with its Turkish model.

[NEWS] Five Canadian politics links: Ontario, Québec, Alberta

  • This CBC article looks at how participants in the guaranteed minimum income experiment in Toronto, who had thought they had been guaranteed a certain measure of stability, are desperately trying to prepare for the program’s unexpected end.
  • HuffPostQuebec notes the relative disinterest of most people in Québec towards independence and federalism.
  • La Presse notes a new think-tank, the Observatoire québécois des inégalités, that wants to inspire people in Québec to look towards Scandinavian models of society.
  • Jason Kenney, the man who may well be the next premier of Alberta, seems to be encouraging talk of separatism in Alberta over discontent with the problems of that province’s oil industry. Global News reports.
  • MacLean’s shares an overheated fantasy from David J Bercuson and David Cooper imagining how discontent in Alberta ends up catalyzing a western Canadian separatist state, one even justified in occupying the Lower Mainland over its opposition to Albertan plans.

[NEWS] Five futurish links: Quadriga, Brexit, Facebook and Rohingya, basic income, friendship

  • This CBC feature on the apparent loss of a quarter-billion dollars via the Quadriga cryptocurrency makes the whole business look incredibly sketchy to me. Why would anyone rational take such risks?
  • At Open Democracy, Christine Berry suggests that after the Grenfell Tower catastrophe the idea of using Brexit to deregulate has become impossible. Is this a wedge issue?
  • Vox notes the effort of Facebook to try to hold itself accountable for providing a platform for the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.
  • Inverse has a positive account of the guaranteed minimum income experiment in Finland, emphasizing the improved psychological state of recipients.
  • The Atlantic notes that one major impact of Facebook is that, through its medium, friendships can never quite completely die.

[NEWS] Seven politics links: childcare, China in Canada, drugs, Venezuela, Brexit, Finland

  • CBC reports on childcare costs across Canada, noting how exceptionally low and affordable they are in Québec.
  • If China withdraws its students studying in Canadian universities from the country in the way Saudi Arabia did its students, the financial impact on many centres of higher education would be significant. Global News reports.
  • NOW Toronto notes how Doug Ford, surprisingly, has managed to make a mess of the nascent legal cannabis sector of retail.
  • VICE explains how Europe has largely managed to avoid a fentanyl crisis–Europe’s drug dealers have much more of a vested interest in the survival of their clients.
  • This Open Democracy essay notes how, in the light of the breakdown of Venezuela, this central alliance of China in Latin America is looking increasingly problematic.
  • This essay at Open Democracy by an anonymous anti-Brexit activist from northern England notes that, in the end, an already vulnerable North is going to have to take responsibility for the Brexit it voted for when catastrophe hits.
  • DW reports the results of Finland’s guaranteed minimum income experiment: Although well-being was improved, recipients did not increase their participation in the labour market.

[NEWS] Five politics links: MAGA, Ontario, Venezuela, John MacCallum, Brexit

  • Andray Domise at MacLean’s makes the obvious point that wearing a MAGA hat is a conscious choice to wear a symbol of hate.
  • The cancellation of Ontario’s guaranteed minimum income project is now up before the supreme court, which seems unconvinced that the province did not make a legal commitment three years long to provide the funding needed. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Don Pittis at CBC makes the point that the economic problems of Venezuela, much too dependent on oil, are far too severe to be overcome by the end of the Maduro regime.
  • The appointment of long-time Liberal politician John MacCallum as the ambassador of China to Canada has turned out to have been a historic mistake. CBC reports.
  • Ian Dunt at Politics.co.uk, looking at the consequences of a hard Brexit on the food supply alone, exposes what a catastrophe this would be at every level.

[NEWS] FIve Canada politics links: Ontario, Québec, Supreme Court

  • Despite minimum wage increases, the Ontario labour market has remained strong, with employment growing sharply in low-wage areas of the economy despite increased costs. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Toronto Life interviews Jayne Cardno, one of the four thousand beneficiaries of the guaranteed minimum income experiment who had been starting to move forward before the project’s cancellation by the Tories.
  • Chris Selley at the National Post notes the extent to which the Ontario Tories’ mismanagement of sex education has created a new crisis with teachers.
  • Alex Boissoneault at Ici Radio-Canada talks about the “Canadianization” of Québec elections, as separatism recedes as a noteworthy issue.
  • Adam Goldenberg at MacLean’s explains why the partisanship of the American Supreme Court has only pale echoes in Canada.

[NEWS] Six links about guaranteed minimum income in Ontario (#onpoli)

  • This article at Vice’s Motherboard took a look at how an Ontarian provincial experiment with guaranteed minimum income has been helping people in Hamilton.
  • Laurie Monsebraaten reported back in February how guaranteed minimum income was making a hugely positive difference for its recipients, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Global News considered if guaranteed minimum income might make a big difference in British Columbia.
  • Looking at the post-industrial town of Lindsay, Brian Bergstein at Technology Review suggested minimum income could have a hugely transformative effect if implemented elsewhere as it was here.
  • Jordan Pearson warned at Motherboard that, compared to Mincome in the 1970s, the experiments being run in Ontario and Finland involved too few people receiving too little money to be necessarily informative. Were they being run to fail?
  • Besides halving a planned 3% increase in welfare payments, to keep pace with inflation, the new Ontario government of Doug Ford has scrapped the guaranteed minimum income experiment. The Toronto Star reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 31, 2018 at 11:45 pm