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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Centauri Dreams considers the likely cometary explanation for KIC 8462852.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes an enigmatic dark spot on a white dwarf.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on China’s construction of a military base in Djibouti.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the man who promised to reduce the price of an HIV/AIDS medication that his company hiked has reneged.
  • Lawyers, Gins and Money notes that Trump was lying about protesting Muslims in New Jersey after 9/11.
  • pollotenchegg maps the distribution of ethnic minorities in Ukraine, now and in 1926.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at how the right won in Argentina.
  • Torontoist notes local initiatives to welcome Syrian refugees to Toronto.
  • Towleroad notes a Vietnamese trans right bill.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy observes that American states cannot ban Syrian refugees.
  • Window on Eurasia looks on a new Chinese railway passing from Xinjiang through Central Asia to Iran, and looks at the odd Communist-Christian-Muslim mélange being favoured in Russia.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO notes that an abandoned Toronto power plant is set to become an arts hub, despite being unreachable by transit at present.
  • Crooked Timber argues against letting the Paris attacks lead to an anti-refugee backlash.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a new study of the complex WASP-47 planetary system.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the search for Archean-like atmospheres.
  • Far Outliers follows a Soviet soldier in Afghanistan who became a Muslim convert.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the company bought by a man who increased the price of a drug used to treat an AIDS-related infection hugely is now suffering major losses.
  • Language Log comes up with an origin for the Chinese word for pineapple in Vietnamese.
  • Steve Munro updates readers on the Port Lands development.
  • Torontoist notes how a Toronto critic of Gamergaters has been smeared as a terrorist implicated in the Paris attacks.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the deep divisions of Russia’s Muslims over ISIS.

[LINK] Owen Jonen in the Guardian on the shifting nature of HIV/AIDS

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Commentator Owen Jones has an excellent opinion piece in The Guardian, noting that stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS is even more tragic now than in the 1980s, since we now have the technology to effectively manage the infection or to prevent it entirely. Stigma, discouraging people from seeking help, is entirely counterproductive.

Around one in four people with HIV don’t know that they have it, and this helps the virus to spread. Indeed, HIV numbers continue to rise: approaching 110,000 Britons live with the illness; in 2013, 6,000 were newly diagnosed. Given four of 10 people who are diagnosed have late-stage HIV, the need to encourage testing to ensure early detection and early treatment speaks for itself: the likes of the Sun will only undermine these efforts.

Obviously there should be no complacency when it comes to halting HIV’s spread. But what makes the Sun’s story [of an alleged HIV-positive movie star] so out of sync with reality is that HIV is no longer a death sentence in this country. Patients properly treated can expect to live normal lives with normal life expectancies. Current treatments are so effective, says the Terrence Higgins Trust, that they reduce HIV to an undetectable level, meaning that those living with the illness cannot pass it on.

This is a good time for HIV treatment and prevention. When taken daily by those without the illness, tests show that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) may be entirely effective at stopping people becoming infected. The NHS is still refusing to prescribe the drug to high-risk individuals – though it is far cheaper than treating people after infection – although campaigners are doing their best to force the medical authorities to see sense. And new treatments may be on the way, such as an injection every one to two months, instead of a cumbersome daily regimen of pills.

And yet the stigma remains. It would be easy to dismiss it as confined to rightwing redtops, but that isn’t true either. You might expect support and solidarity among gay men; after all, HIV was a trauma that, in the west, hit gay men disproportionately in the 1980s, and the collective memory of the calamity endures among the younger generation. Many older gay men watched their partners and friends die horrible deaths; and the HIV epidemic became a means of reinforcing existing prejudices and discrimination towards gay men as a whole.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 12, 2015 at 8:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Centauri Dreams reports on the non-existence of Alpha Centauri Bb.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the exciting new findings from Pluto, including news that it supports a subsurface ocean.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the power of student protests at the University of Missouri.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the promise of anti-viral injections in treating HIV.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reacts to a historical student of slavery in the US urban south.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the slow pace at which US immigration records are being digitized.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that before 1960, contrary to the current trend, African-Americans with identifiably African-American names did better than average.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes the size of Poland-Lithuania in 1635.
  • Towleroad notes how a photo of Justin Trudeau with the same-sex family of Scott Brison went viral.
  • Transit Toronto looks at the upcoming TTC open house on the 12th.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that North Caucasians have reason for protest apart from ethnicity and suggests Russian regionalism is not related to ethnicity.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Alpha Sources notes that Eurozone economic sentiment is holding up.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at SETI in the light of KIC 8462852.
  • D-Brief notes predictions that Cassini could determine if Enceladus’ ocean is active enough to support life.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a video presentation examining how habitable planets around Alpha Centauri could be imaged.
  • The Dragon’s Tales has the latest on the Russian war in Syria.
  • Geocurrents is impressed by this map of world religion, so finely and accurately detailed.
  • Language Log notes the oddities of the promotion of China’s next five-year plan.
  • The Map Room is impressed by Martin Vargic’s new book of maps.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw is touring Denmark and noticing the differences and similarities between that Nordic country and his native Australia.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes workshopping for the location of the first manned Mars landing.
  • The Power and the Money notes that Cristina Kirchner might be setting up her successors to fail, so as to ensure her eventual re-election.
  • Towleroad notes that Italy forced the removal of registries of same-sex marriages contracted outside of the country.
  • Window on Eurasia talks to a Kaliningrad regionalist, notes Dagestanis are not being drafted in the proportions one would expect, and reports that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is out of control.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Crooked Timber wonders what Nietzche would have to say about immigration.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the atmospheres of different exoplanets orbiting different kinds of stars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Pluto and Charon may have iron cores.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Martin Shkreli’s newly-overpriced drug is being vastly underpriced by a new competitor.
  • Language Hat notes a Yiddish translation of a Chinese song.
  • Languages of the World argues that the Indo-Europeans are an identifiable people.
  • Marginal Revolution considers the nature of Chinese economic growth.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at the fiscal constraints of Brazil and notes the interactions of the vulture funds with Peru.
  • Bruce Sterling on his tumblr shares a post looking at an American shantytown.
  • Supernova Condensate enthuses about Enceladus.
  • The Understanding Society Blog’s Daniel Little considers how to model organizational recruitment.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World blog wonders if the German economy will benefit from Merkel’s open door.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes the menace of coordinated hype cycles.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • 3 Quarks Daily hosts an essay by one Akim Reinhardt talking about the history of the Oglala Sioux.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly shares her personal credo.
  • Crooked Timber notes the various concerns of different societies in the past over migration.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that O and B-class supergiants do not destroy their protoplanetary discs.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the French development of hypersonic weapons.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the question of infamy. To what extent should people responsible for horrors be studied?
  • Geocurrents maps some innovative Wikipedia maps of world religion.
  • Language Hat reports on new Chinese borrowings from Japanese.
  • Language Log notes the apparently strong preference for pinyin input in writing Chinese electronically.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the complexity of colonialism in naming a sports team in Oregon the “Pioneers”.
  • Marginal Revolution describes how one Turkish economist disproved his father-in-law’s involvement in an alleged coup conspiracy.
  • The New APPS Blog looks at the philosophy job market.
  • Strange Maps shares some beautiful watercolour maps of the world’s divides.
  • Supernova Condensate points out how very small our civilization’s electronic footprint is.
  • Towleroad links to one defense of Danny Pintauro’s coming-out as HIV-positive.
  • Transit Toronto notes the threatened TTC lawsuit against Bombardier and notes the refurbishing of some older streetcars.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy reports on why a Pennsylvania court refused to recognize a Saudi custody order on the grounds of its inconsistency with American public policy.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russia does not own the Russian language, looks at Armenia’s intake of Syrian refugees, suggests the Russian intervention in Syria is not supported by Russia’s neighbours, and looks at how Belarus is using Lithuanian and Latvian ports instead of Kaliningrad.

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