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[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO suggests that the Pan Am Games are not turning out to be a disaster.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at innovative designs for fast small space probes.
  • City of Brass celebrates the end of Ramadan.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of Jupiter analogue HIP 11915, and links to a paper arguing that hot Jupiters could evolve into hot Neptunes.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that there are no more large impact craters expected to be found on Earth.
  • A Fistful of Euros notes the latest on surveillance in Germany.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the gay hints in late 1970s Wonder Woman.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that the Yemeni capital of Sanaa is running out of water, looks at the hard time of immigrants on the Canadian job market, and notes Singapore’s public campaigns for manners.
  • Russell Darnely of Maximos62 makes the case for a return of the Elgin Marbles to the Parthenon.
  • Progressive Download’s John Farrell notes a new book on the historical Adam.
  • Torontoist reviews the Stratford Festival.
  • Towleroad notes how Scott Walker tried, pathetically, to backtrack from his anti-gay comments on Scouts.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Dagestani discontent with pollution allegedly produced by the Russian navy in the Caspian, looks at the awkward approach of the Russian Orthodox Church to Orthodox churches in South Ossetia, and argues Kazakhstan is a role model for Russia.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell looks at the political economy of the BBC.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • At Alpha Sources, Claus Vistesen links to his podcast wherein he argues that too much blame is being placed on the IMF.
  • blogTO notes a documentary on a CBC prop warehouse.
  • City of Brass celebrates the Fourth of July and the end of Ramadan.
  • Crooked Timber is scathing about the IMF, the European Union, and Syriza.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper that studies Gliese 229B, one of the nearest and first-found brown dwarfs.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that half of the banded iron formations extant on Earth are products of microbes.
  • Geocurrents notes how non-inevitable the Saudi state was within its current borders.
  • Language Log looks at the use of Sinitic characters in modern Korea.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money tackles pea guacamole.
  • Marginal Revolution shares photos of an abandoned Soviet space shuttle.
  • Towleroad notes that Cuba has managed to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphillis.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the anti-Ukrainian slur Khokhol’s unacceptability, looks at controversy over national textbooks in Tatarstan, and examines a dying Finnish-language magazine in Karelia.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World warns of radical Islam among Albanians.

[PHOTO] Patriotic corner store, Dupont and Dufferin

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Patriotic corner store #toronto #dupontstreet #dufferinstreet #canadaday #fireworks #flags

Written by Randy McDonald

July 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm

[FORUM] What are you planning on doing this Canada Day?

Do you have any plans for this specific holiday? Or do you hope for something lower-key than a plan and long simply for rest?


Written by Randy McDonald

July 1, 2015 at 1:03 am

Posted in Canada, Forum, Popular Culture

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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Centauri Dreams looks at the reheated gas giant orbiting white dwarf WD 0806-661.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the poor state of the oceans in the Permian.
  • Geocurrents maps the right-wing nationalist note in the 2015 Turkish election.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the rapid and thorough success of the gay rights movement.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw considers the Greek crisis with reflections on Australia.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog maps population losses in Ukraine over 1939-1948.
  • Torontoist features a journalistic piece looking at a day in the life of a firefighter.
  • Towleroad notes that Christian protesters in South Korea were unable to shut down pride there.
  • Understanding Society considers quantum physics’ effects on the mind.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy announces a legal history panel at next year’s medieval conference at Kalamazoo.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi celebrates same-sex marriage in the United States.
  • Window on Eurasia argues Ukraine should continue to resist and finds risible Russia’s nullification of the 1954 transfer of Crimea to Ukraine.

[NEWS] Some Pride links

  • Christianity Today notes how the Bible verses used to debate same-sex marriage have changed over time.
  • On the subject of same-sex marriage, Lawyers, Guns and Money observes the differences between this court case and past cases involving interracial marriage, Savage Minds looks at the anthropological perspective, and the Tin Man reflects on the achievement.
  • Locally, Torontoist looks at the political history of Pride, the National Post observes the decision of Patrick Brown, Progressive Consrrvative leader, to march in pride as the first leader to do so, Elton John’s Torontonian husband David Furnish reflects on his history growing up gay in Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s, and an epochal 1976 kiss-in at Yonge and Bloor is described in the Toronto Star in the context of LGBT activism.
  • Internationally, CBC reported on the police attack on a gay pride march in Istanbul.

[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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