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[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • blogTO looks at Queen and Bay in the 1960s and examines the PATH in the 1970s.
  • Centauri Dreams suggests that beamed power might be detectable by SETI.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at ancient salmon fishing in Alaska and notes the state of the Ukrainian war.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the extent to which crime can warp societies.
  • Far Outliers notes the heckling women protesters of Kyrgyzstan.
  • Language Log shares a bad translation of into English from Chinese.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Indonesian drilling triggered a mud volcano.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at cap and trade in China and wonders why deflation has returned to Japan.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog maps abortion in Europe.
  • Savage Minds shares a list that is also an ethnography.
  • Towleroad notes the appearance of PrEP on American television.
  • Window on Eurasia criticizes Putin’s diplomatic strategies, notes that there are three million Muslims in Moscow, looks at the controversy surrounding Syrian Circassian refugees, notes some Russian tourists are now saying they are Belarusian, and notes the challenges of Belarus.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes Uber competition could mean lower taxi rates.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the New Horizons data is starting to come in.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to some papers suggesting that the solar system is not exceptional.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the linkage between Enceladus’ surface features and its geysers.
  • Far Outliers’ Joel writes about efforts to convert Japanese in Hawai’i.
  • Language Hat links to an article on endangered languages.
  • Languages of the World reports on the complexities of describing the history of the Slavic laqnguages.
  • Marginal Revolution reports on the Syrian-Lebanese diaspora of Haiti.
  • Out of Orbit’s Diane Duane announces a new Young Wizards novella.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes the exceptional size of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
  • Spacing Toronto describes the complexity of education in inner-city Toronto.
  • Transit Toronto notes the repairs at Dupont Station.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the scale of the Russian HIV/AIDS epidemic.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly asks her readers what work means to them.
  • Centauri Dreams considers Saturn’s A ring.
  • Crooked Timber examines a mid-19th century horror story.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the circumstellar disks of supergiants in the Magellanic Clouds and on TW Hydrae.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the Donbas war.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the interactions between science fiction and social media.
  • Geocurrents looks at Argentina’s north-south economic divide and examines controversial energy policies.
  • Joe. My. God. and Towleroad react to Kim Davis’ claims.
  • Language Hat considers spelling reform.
  • Language Log explains Obama’s strange Chinese nickname.
  • Languages of the World notes controversies over Spanish pronunciations.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes bootleg Soviet liquor in the Afghanistan war.
  • Marginal Revolution Looks at China’s surprisingly mixed experience of the 1930s and notes China’s weak growth prospects.
  • pollotenchegg maps language and identity in southeastern Ukraine in 1926 and finds continuities with the present.
  • Strange Maps depicts the distribution of refugees across Europe.
  • Towleroad notes the success of Truvada in preventing HIV infection.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes how people can claim religious exemptions on the job.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the solidarity of Belarusian soccer fans with Ukraine, notes the vulnerabiliy of Belarus to Russia, examines controversy over the Rail Baltica project, and wonders if the Donbas war will be to Russia what the Afghanistan war was to the Soviet Union.
  • Zero Geography celebrates the publication of a new book.

[LINK] “Saskatchewan’s HIV epidemic”

Ken MacQueen of MacLean’s writes about the emergence of a serious HIV epidemic in Saskatchewan, concentrated in disadvantaged populations.\

Sometimes when Dr. Alex Wong wants to draw the attention of government policy-makers to the HIV epidemic in his home province of Saskatchewan, he entitles his statistical presentation “Africa on the Prairies.” Here in Vancouver, at the International AIDS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, he took a more scholarly tone: “The Developing World in Our Own Backyard: Concentrated HIV Epidemics in High Income Settings.” He was sharing the stage with an AIDS worker from Ukraine and doctors from the hard-hit American regions of Appalachia and southeastern U.S., but the point was made. While Ukraine is coping with a tenuous economy and Russian incursion, the fact that regions of two of the world’s wealthiest countries are coping with Third World levels of HIV infection rates reflects, in his view, a sad failure of policy, planning and political will.

At its peak five years ago Saskatchewan had an infection rate of more than 19 people per 100,000 population, 2½ times the national average—by far the highest rate in Canada. While that provincial rate has since fallen to about twice the national average, those numbers don’t address the racial disparity or the potential disaster looming on the horizon, says Wong, an infectious diseases physician, researcher and a clinical director of the HIV provincial leadership team.

The infection rate for Saskatchewan’s non-Aboriginal population is below the national average. Yet, while First Nations and Metis account for about 16 per cent of Saskatchewan’s population, they represented about 80 per cent of all new cases of HIV diagnosed in 2011, Wong told a workshop attended by a few hundred of the 6,000 delegates here. “The incidence rate in our Aboriginal population is about 88 per 100,000 [population], which is 14 times the national average, on par with various African countries.”

The primary cause of the HIV and hepatitis C outbreak is an epidemic of injection-drug use in the urban centres like Regina and Saskatoon, and of injected prescription drugs in rural regions and isolated reserves.

But the blame itself runs deeper, including the legacy of colonialism, residential schools and discrimination, Margaret Poitras, a Cree and CEO of the All Nations Hope AIDS Network, told the panel.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 24, 2015 at 9:40 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Centauri Dreams explores Pluto and its worlds.
  • Crooked Timber considers the question of how to organize vast quantities of data.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to two papers on exoplanet habitability, noting that the composition of exoplanets influences their habitability and suggests exomoons need to be relatively massive to be habitable.
  • Geocurrents notes the inequalities of Chile.
  • Joe. My. God. notes an article about New York City gay nightclub The Saint.
  • Language Hat links to a site on American English.
  • Language Log suggests that the Cantonese language is being squeezed out of education in Hong Kong.
  • Languages of the World notes a free online course on language revival.
  • Peter Watts of No Moods, Ads, or Cutesy Fucking Icons examines the flaws of a paper on a proto-Borg collective of rats.
  • Spacing Toronto looks at the Toronto connection to a notorious late 19th century American serial killer.
  • Towleroad notes a study suggesting that people with undetectable levels of HIV can’t transmit the virus.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the issues of compliance with lawful orders.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi likes the ASIS Chromebook flip.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the connection between the wars of Yugoslavia and eastern Ukraine, looks at Buryat-Cossack conflict, and notes disabled Russian veterans of the Ukrainian war.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO notes that John Tory supports the decriminalization of marijuana.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers if there might be a hot Jupiter orbiting a pulsating star.
  • The Dragon’s Tales wonders if multicellularity in cyanobacteria three billion years ago helped drive the Great Oxidation Event.
  • Far Outliers notes the 1878 introduction of football to Burma.
  • A Fistful of Euros notes that Europe is muddling through in the Mediterranean versus migrants and observes that even the optimistic scenarios for economic growth in Greece are dire.
  • The Frailest Thing considers the idea of a technological history of modernity.
  • Language Log notes an example of multiscript graffiti in Berlin.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how the Confederate cause won the Civil War despite losing the battles.
  • Marginal Revolution argues that default will do nothing to make the underlying issues of Greece business-wise better.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the intriguing geology of Ceres.
  • Peter Rukavina shows the Raspberry Pi computer he built into a Red Rocket tea tin.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog links to a paper studying Russian patriarchy and misogyny in public health.
  • Spacing Toronto looks at the genesis of the Bloor Viaduct’s Luminous Veil.
  • Towleroad examines the Texan pastor who threatened to set himself on fire over same-sex marriage.
  • Une heure de peine celebrates its eighth birthday.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy reacts to the Michael Oren controversy over American ties with Israel.
  • Window on Eurasia warns that Putin’s system in Chechnya is not viable, predicts a worsening of the Russian HIV/AIDS epidemic, and notes that Jewish emigration from Russia has taken off again.

[PHOTO] Roses at the AIDS Vigil, Barbara Hall Park

Roses at the AIDS Vigil #toronto #pride #aidsvigil #flowers #roses #aidsmemorial #barbarahallpark

Daily Xtra has more about this year’s event.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 29, 2015 at 2:47 pm


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