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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • 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.

[ISL] “Secrecy was the name of the game in the e-gaming scandal”

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Teresa Wright of Charlottetown’s The Guardian reports about the Prince Edward Island auditor general’s report about the many flaws and omissions in the Ghiz government’s e-gaming venture. The whole article makes for compelling, if upsetting, reading.

The P.E.I. government’s controversial e-gaming venture was riddled with inappropriate secrecy and an overall disregard for taxpayers’ interests, says the province’s auditor general.

Jane MacAdam’s special audit into the province’s e-gaming scandal was released Wednesday.

It is a scathing indictment of the venture pursued by the former Ghiz administration, which aimed to make Prince Edward Island an Internet gambling regulator for the country.

“Throughout this report, there are numerous examples of non-compliance with legislation, policies and controls,” MacAdam says in her report.

“A number of decisions and actions demonstrated a lack of due regard for transparency and accountability.”

Written by Randy McDonald

October 5, 2016 at 8:59 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • The Boston Globe‘s The Big Picture shares some of that newspaper’s best papers from last month.
  • blogTO shares Nuit Blanche photos.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about the divide between journalism and content creation.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the Rosetta probe.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos of the suitcases left by patients at an American insane asylum.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting extraterrestrial civilizations could be discovered via leakage from the power-beaming systems of their spacecraft.
  • Far Outliers notes the 19th century feminization of domestic service in the United Kingdom and describes the professionalization of nursemaids.
  • Joe. My. God. notes Wikileaks’ shift of its big reveal to Berlin.
  • Language Log checks to see if there is any way Guiliani’s statement that no woman would be a better president than Trump could be parsed in a way favourable to him.
  • The Map Room Blog links to an article describing an ambitious plan to map the ocean floor.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at an electoral reform proposal in Maine.
  • James Nicoll links to his review of Deighton’s SS-GB
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  • Torontoist reports about the Toronto food bank system.
  • Towleroad features a guest article describing Donald Trump’s misogyny towards his partners.
  • Window on Eurasia considers the cost to Russia of hosting multiple major international sports tournaments.
  • Arnold Zwicky reports on The New York Times‘s Spanish-language editorial.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO shares the new face of the Broadview Hotel.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes about the joys of the unscreened life.
  • Dead Things reports on a study suggesting that although humans are violent by the standards of mammals, we are among the least violent primates.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the discovery of five sizable planets orbiting HIP 41378.
  • Language Log reports on the perils of 7 and 9 in Cantonese.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the usefulness of The Battle of Algiers.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reacts to the Elon Musk proposal for colonizing Mars.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer responds briefly to the question of what Mexico can do about Trump.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has spurred new arms purchases throughout the eastern half of Europe, even in Belarus.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • D-Brief notes the apparent discovery by Hubble of water plumes from Europa.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper noting different solutions to the mystery of Boyajian’s Star.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos of deserted Pripyat in Ukraine.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that 80% of Chicago police dashcams were disabled by the police.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money and Noel Maurer respond to the American presidential debate.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes that Europa is crying for exploration.
  • pollotenchegg maps electoral polarization in Ukraine in 2004.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes the official Russian stances on the country’s demographic issues.
  • The Signal links to the Library of Congress’ online collections.
  • Torontoist reports on waterfront litter.
  • Towleroad shares the complaints of Mykki Blanco that gay hip hop stars are not given a chance for stardom.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the Circassians of Syria are denied a chance to return to their ancestral homeland in Russia.

[ISL] “Rural Internet Access Town Hall”

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Over at his blog, Peter Rukavina describes his part in bringing the Internet to rural Prince Edward Island.

Robert Morrissey was Minister of Economic Development in the Catherine Callbeck government in the early 1990s when I began work on the first website of the provincial government. As such, he was the first person I came to know as “the Minister,” and it takes every fibre of my being to call him Robert, let alone calling him “Bobby,” which is what he prefers, and what everybody else calls him.

In last year’s federal election, Robert (er, Bobby) was elected Member of Parliament for Egmont, the district on the western end of Prince Edward Island, and it was in this capacity that, through an intermediary, he reached out to me earlier this year to ask if I could help to facilitate a town hall on rural Internet access he was planning to host for his constituents. He needed someone impartial – which is to say, someone not in the Internet business themselves – to explain the basics of Internet access to those attending, and to sketch out what’s available on the ground right now, how much it costs, and, in the end, why it’s more expensive and slower than what we in urban PEI have access to.

I’m no Internet-access expert, but I know my way around the terminology, I’ve suffered from poor rural Internet myself (when I first crafted http://www.gov.pe.ca, it was on the end of a 14.4 Kbps modem connection), and I have some facility in explaining complicated things, so I agreed, and after some schedule juggling, this past Friday, September 23 was set as the date, and the St. Louis Community Centre, deep in the heart of West Prince, was set as the location.

St. Louis, in PEI terms, is a long drive from Charlottetown (the first time I had a meeting planning for the area, back in 1993, my coworkers were surprised to hear I wasn’t staying overnight). But it’s really not that far – 2 hours from door to door – and so I set off around 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon for a planned 6:00 p.m. arrival and setup and a 7:00 p.m. meeting.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm

[META] What blogs do you read?

What sites do you visit regularly? What are you into?

Let me know in the comments.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 16, 2016 at 11:58 pm