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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • At Apostrophen, ‘Nathan Smith talks about how he made a tradition out of Christmas tree ornamentation over the past twenty years.
  • blogTO notes that Toronto’s waterfront has major E Coli issues.
  • Crooked Timber notes the potential for the recent by-election in London, fought on Brexit and lost by the Tories, to mean something.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on a search for radio flares from brown dwarfs.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that China has been installing ecologies on its artificial South China Sea islands.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers what it means to be an ally.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the complex peace negotiations in Colombia.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a map of American infrastructure.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a one-terabyte drive passed from person to person that serves as a sort of Internet in Cuba.
  • Towleroad notes a film project by one Leo Herrera that aims to imagine what prominent AIDS victims would have done and been like had their not been killed by the epidemic.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the complexities surrounding Brexit.
  • Arnold Zwicky has had enough with linguistic prescriptivism.

[ISL] “Kensington police officer apologizes to Nickelback for Facebook post”

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CBC News’ Shane Ross reports on the ending of an unfunny joke.

A Kensington, P.E.I., police officer has apologized for “bullying” Nickelback and removed a Facebook post he says drew a reaction far beyond his expectations.

Last week, Const. Robb Hartlen posted on the police Facebook site that he would force arrested drivers to listen to Nickelback’s 2001 album Silver Side Up as a punishment for drinking and driving. It was just his way of using humour to spread an important message, he said.

CBC P.E.I. published a story about the tongue-in-cheek post, as did other media around the world, including Time magazine and CNN.

“At no time did I think it would go as far as it did,” Hartlen said.

On Friday, Hartlen removed the post and in a new Facebook post wrote a public apology to Nickelback.

Hartlen said the message of “Don’t drink and drive” began to take a backseat to the “bashing of the band.”

Written by Randy McDonald

December 3, 2016 at 3:46 pm

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • Antipope shares a guest essay by an author pointing out how duelling was a social plague.
  • ‘Nathan Smith’s Apostrophen shares an essay noting that being a Donald Trump supporter who reads gay romance is a contradiction.
  • Beyond the Beyond notes new European Union interest in defense integration.
  • blogTO reports that a Torontonian designed the new Starbucks holiday cup.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly wonders how much our parents shape us.
  • D-Brief looks at Semantic Scholar, an AI tool for scholars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on methane humidity near Titan’s surface and an active drainage system.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the interest of Florida attorney-general Pam Bondi at the interest of serving in the administration of Donald Trump.
  • Language Hat shares a lovely poem translated from the Russian.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the upsurge in hate crimes post-election in the United States.
  • The LRB Blog shares one man’s memories of Leonard Cohen.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the problems of Saudi Arabia.
  • The NYRB Daily notes the largely negative effect of the Internet, and social media, on the election.
  • Savage Minds notes how anthropology teachers can teach the Trump election.
  • Towleroad shares RuPaul’s horror at the election.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy argues the Gary Johnson candidacy helped Hillary, though by not enough.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that a state ideology would make Russia totalitarian.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO notes that York University is slated to have an architecturally interesting student centre.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on new imaging of various protoplanetary disks.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on observations finetuning what is known about HD 209458b.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the happiness of at least one white supremacist leader with the Trump victory.
  • Language Hat reports on medieval prejudices about collectors of books.
  • Language Log explains its silence over the Trump election.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money celebrates Doctor Strange.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests anxiety over technological change gave Trump an advantage over Clinton.
  • The NYRB Daily considers when it is proper to put a work through a new translation.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on the week’s activities in the solar system.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer is alarmed by the description of the nascent California separatist movement in an article, as the mechanisms are described.
  • Peter Rukavina shares of a map about Internet accessibility on Prince Edward Island.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy praises Obama’s recent statements.
  • Window on Eurasia argues Trump’s policies might hurt Russia and notes Ukrainians who hope his government will not be hostile to Ukraine.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Beyond the Beyond notes new legislation in China that aims to create a local cyberspace.
  • The Broadside Blog reacts to the election of Donald Trump.
  • Centauri Dreams notes a SETI scan of Proxima Centauri b.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a California referendum proposal to ban the in-state production of condomless porn failed.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that Clinton won the popular vote.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a map of Southeast Asia’s rail lines.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen argues that President Trump will not be a classical conservative in office.
  • The New APPS Blog analyzes the election.
  • The NYRB Daily and Beyond the Beyond note the impact of Donald Trump in Europe.
  • Peter Rukavina shares his discovery of an Island autism library.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy jokes about the two parties’ supporters needing to swap their criticisms.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at Russia-Ukraine differences on their shared history and reports on the migration of large numbers of Muslim refugees in Ukraine away from Russia-controlled areas.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Centauri Dreams describes an unusually old circumstellar disk orbiting a red dwarf.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper analyzing the possible internal structure of Proxima Centauri b and looks at how common water worlds are.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at how poverty can complicate aging in the United States.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the Trump campaign’s lack of understanding of Wikileaks.
  • The LRB Blog notes a liberal Briton opposed to EEC membership.
  • The Map Room Blog maps Mosul.
  • Marginal Revolution examines the question of whether to use “renminbi” or “yuan”, and where.
  • The NYRB Daily hosts an exchange about the number of men who have fallen out of regular employment.
  • Savage Minds examines how a northeast Indian community has reclaimed archaeology.
  • Window on Eurasia argues a frozen conflict is better for Ukraine than an unjust peace, and looks at why economic downturns in Russia are not accompanied by political protest.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO notes a photo series celebrating the corner stores of Toronto and reports on massive condo towers planned for Yonge and College.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the antimatter sail as a potential future propulsion technology.
  • D-Brief notes the beginning of a search for an Earth-like planet orbiting Alpha Centauri A or B.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that it is Ecuador that disrupted Assange’s Internet connection.
  • Language Hat looks at distinctions between fiction and non-fiction in different literatures.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Republicans are concerned for the future of the US Supreme Court and links to Matt Taibbi’s article suggesting that Trump might reinforce the existing American system.
  • Maximos62 links to his new audiobook of tales from Asia and the Pacific.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the relationship between rapidly rotating regular satellite and their tides.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that language shift among the Kalmyks to Russia has not weakened their ethnic identity, and shares arguments that Tatarstan and Bashkortostan must be brought back into line in with Russia’s national government.