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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • The Big Picture shares photos from the Nice terror attack.
  • blogTO notes that it might soon be illegal to talk and text in Toronto.
  • City of Brass’ Aziz Poonawalla responds to Gingrich’s call for a deportation of sharia-believing Muslims.
  • Crooked Timber considers the prospects for the United Kingdom.
  • Language Hat looks at the problems involved with translating Chinese poetry.
  • The LRB Blog looks at third-wave jihadism.
  • The Map Room Blog examines the most popular walking routes in the United Kingdom.
  • Towleroad notes that Trump’s vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence wanted to divert funding for HIV/AIDS towards gay conversion therapy.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that the dying-off of the old generation of people in the former Soviet Union will not necessarily leave younger pro-market ones.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Antipope hosts a guest blogger with an interesting vision for a new iteration of cyberpunk.
  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling shares a link to a report on Saudi Arabian water resources.
  • Centauri Dreams shares a study of nearby brown dwarf WISE 0855.
  • Crooked Timber notes the amoral technocracy of the Speers.
  • Dangerous Minds shares vintage postcards from a century ago warning against the threat of feminism.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the import of carbon to oxygen ratios in exoplanet formation.
  • ImaGeo notes the discovery of new dwarf planet RR245.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Australians scientists have declared an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in that country, conditionally.
  • Language Hat links to a site for learning sign languages.
  • Language Log tests an alleged Finnish joke about Russian occupations for linguistic plausibility.
  • The LRB Blog notes that Prime Minister Theresa May is not a victory for feminism.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the depopulation of Japan and looks at Britain’s low productivity.
  • Otto Pohl announces his impending move to academia in Kurdistan.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at Ukrainian emigration.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russian austerity will hurt Russia’s regions.

[DM] “On the Toronto AIDS Memorial and the impact of HIV antiretrovirals in the mid-1990s”

Originally posted at Demography Matters, I opted to crosspost here on account of the local content.


I was in the area and it seemed apropos after the Orlando shooting, so I went off to visit Toronto’s AIDS Memorial, in Church and Wellesley’s Barbara Hall Park, before I went to work Monday afternoon. It is simple enough, pillars almost two metres high each with six inscribed metal plates of the names of the dead, organized chronologically by the year of their death, in a peaceful garden. It is a solemn place, but lovely for all that.

I’ve visited the memorial before. I even shared a picture of it last year, looking at the memorial pillars from the outside as framed by the roses. I had not taken a picture of the memorial from the inside, the pillars with the plaques of inscribed names–so many names–arcing away into the distance.

Impact of HIV antiretrovirals, 1996-1998 #toronto #churchandwellesley #barbarahallpark #aidsmemorial #hiv #aids #antiretroviraltherapy

There is actually quite a lot of information you could surmise about the epidemic from the information on the plates. In the first years of the 1980s the plates are almost empty, one being more than enough for a year’s dead. Later, they spill over into multiple plates. Still later, around 1990, the plates shift to a smaller type.

In the mid-1990s, the impact of effective antiretroviral therapy, much more effective than the easily blunted AZT monotherapy, becomes evident. It is on the 1996-1998 pillar this is most visible. The year 1995 took up most of the previous pillar, but 1996 took up a mere half, 1997 two plates, and 1998 only one. Later plates and later years revert to the low density of names of the mid-1980s, this time with the smaller font. (The 1999 and 2000 plates on the next pillar are visible to the left. Later years’ plates have fewer names still, reverting to the early 1980s, as HIV infection becomes manageable.)

Anti-retrovirals worked. They continue to work, and in ways that might not have been imagined by the originators of modern anti-retroviral therapy, treating and even preventing HIV infection. Toronto’s AIDS Memorial, and like memorials in other cities around the world, serve as effective partial records both of a terrible medical/human tragedy and how, if too late, this tragedy began to be ended. It’s still too far away from ending in some parts of the world, but there is hope. What better testimony is there to this than the pillars of the AIDS Memorial which remain unscarred by plaques?

Written by Randy McDonald

June 15, 2016 at 10:29 pm

[PHOTO] AIDS Memorial, Barbara Hall Park

AIDS Memorial, Barbara Hall Park #toronto #aidsmemorial #barbarahallpark #churchandwellesley #hiv #aids

I’ve visited the AIDS Memorial in Church and Wellesley’s Barbara Hall Park. I even shared a picture of it here last year, looking at the memorial pillars from the outside as framed by the roses. I had not taken a picture of the memorial from the inside, the pillars with the plaques of inscribed names–so many names–arcing away into the distance. So, here one is.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 15, 2016 at 11:55 am

[NEWS] Some Friday links

  • Bloomberg reports on Dutch losses from Brexit, looks at the scene in Fallujah, observes the fragmentation of Venezuela’s opposition, and notes the positive impact of a solar energy boom on Japan’s fuel consumption.
  • Bloomberg View notes the lack of regional pressure on Venezuela, reports that Brexit would hit Britain’s poor and British-based banks hard, and suggests Russian support for the European far right is secondary.
  • CBC looks at Canada’s restrictive Internet packages.
  • The Inter Press Service notes Thailand’s progress in controlling HIV/AIDS, looks at Peru’s elections, and notes Uruguay’s hopes to be an offshore oil producer.
  • National Geographic notes the sperm whales in the Caribbean seem to have a distinctive culture.
  • The National Post notes there is no such thing as wilderness, that the entire Earth is touched by human activities.
  • Open Democracy looks at Egypt’s fear of the urban poor and considers what can be learned about the failure of the Swiss basic income initiative.
  • The Toronto Star notes a stem cell-based treatment for MS that offers radical improvements, even cures.
  • Wired notes that AirBnB is unhappy with new San Francisco legislation requiring the registration of its hosts.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO notes the spotting of a High Park capybara.
  • Centauri Dreams reflects on the Pluto landscape.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper looking at percolation theory in connection to the Fermi paradox.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the homophobic and useless reactions of one anti-gay group to HIV.

  • Language Hat links to an essay linking language with emotion.
  • The NYRB Daily points to a 13th century anti-Semitic caricature.
  • Towleroad examines George Michael as a gay icon.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy talks from a libertarian perspective about the negative consequences of a Trump administration for freedom.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Ukraine should exit the Minsk process as harmful to its interests.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO identifies four Ontario towns of note for visitors.
  • Joe. My. God. notes President Obama’s commemoration yesterday of the first official report of HIV/AIDS, 35 years ago.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at real estate issues in London.
  • Savage Minds notes that, from the mid-20th century apogee of academia, academic jobs have been steadily declining in number and quality. (That blog wrote about anthropology, but I think it applies to academia generally.)
  • Torontoist notes a racist police newsletter that saw no policeman punished.
  • Towleroad observes the assassination of a Honduran LGBT activist.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Moscow’s enunciation of a doctrine requiring it to intervene on behalf of ethnic Russians and looks at the new security state.

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