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[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Raytheon has been awarded a contract to deliver a 100 kilowatt laser weapon system.
  • Hornet Stories offers a guide to LGBTQ sites in Manila.
  • JSTOR Daily explores the writing career of mid-20th century SF writer “James Tiptree Jr”, the pseudonym of Alice Bradley Sheldon.
  • Dan Nexon at Lawyers, Guns and Money explores the idea of a liberal world order, particularly as a manifestation of American policy post-1945.
  • Ben Yagoda at Lingua Franca takes a look at how Big Data–specifically, large archives of the written word–can illuminate lots about patterns of language usage, noting some examples.
  • The Map Room Blog looks at the way that maps of population density are being used in the United States to legitimate or delegitimate specific groups of voters.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen considers the concept of “reciprocity anxiety”, of owing people.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer reports on some swear words in Argentine Spanish as well as a case of government expropriation of Mapuche lands.
  • Drew Rowsome takes an extended look at Scotty and the Secret Life of Hollywood, an extended documentary looking at the life of scotty Bowers in closeted 20th century Hollywood.

[NEWS] Five mixed links: medieval cockatoos, Indonesia, Morocco and the EU, White Helmets, Hllywood

  • If an Australian cockatoo did appear on a 13th century European map, this hints at a history of medieval interaction with Australia as yet untold. The Guardian reports.
  • The effects of a powerful Indonesia–an Indonesia likely to emerge through decades of steady growth–on Australia, to say nothing of its Southeast Asian neighbours, seems to be systematically missed. ABC reports.
  • Mohammed Ben Jelloun’s Open Democracy article, looking at the surprisingly close relationship of the Sherifian kingdom with the European Union and the impact on domestic dissent, is a must-read.
  • Canada, thankfully, is taking in hundreds of Syrian White Helmets and their families as refugees. CBC reports.
  • This r/mapporn post sharing a map depicting the different California locales used by Hollywood in the 1920s as stand-ins for foreign locations is classic.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Architectuul considers the humanizing potential of brutalism in the context of a London filled with impersonal skyscrapers.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at the ways the habitable-zone super-Earths of K2-18 reveal our solar system to be exceptional.
  • Centauri Dreams notes evidence for active plate tectonics in the ice crust of Europa, suggesting an ocean being replenished with nutrients and possibly suitable for life.
  • D-Brief notes the sourcing of the iron in the artifacts of the Bronze Act in meteorites.
  • Daily JSTOR reports on how Hollywood coped during the Red Scare of the 1950s.
  • Dangerous Minds notes the exciting discovery of tapes recording Devo jamming with David Bowie and Brian Eno.
  • Cody Delistraty considers if the restitution of artworks looted from once-colonized territories might not be a cheap substitute for deeper changes.
  • Language Hat shares a student essay comparing, during the First World War, the United States’ campaign against German and the German campaign against French.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money argues against a British nostalgia for monarchy and empire that overlooks the real injustices perpetrated at Britain’s imperial peak.
  • Lingua Franca notes the remarkable power of the #metoo movement.
  • The LRB Blog notes the exceptional complexity of the issue of Jerusalem, especially after Trump’s actions.
  • The Map Room Blog shares links to a variety of maps of the Halifax Explosion and its effects.
  • The NYR Daily looks at some of the legacies of the Salvadoran civil war.
  • Peter Watts makes an argument in favour of the dystopia in contemporary science fiction.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla reports that South Korea is planning its first Moon expedition for 2020.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that Argentina, at its peak, offered as good or even better chances for social mobility for immigrants than the United States.
  • Peter Rukavina shares a photograph showing the electronic system used by defunct Charlottetown nightclub Myron’s for dispensing drinks.
  • Towleroad reports on one consequence of Australia’s acceptance of gay marriage: Will Calvin Harris remix the Spice Girls song “2 Become 1”, as he promised?
  • Window on Eurasia shares a list of eight reasons explaining why Finland was unique in the former Russian Empire in maintaining its independence from Moscow.