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[NEWS] Some Sunday links

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  • The Atlantic notes Thailand’s “fake children”, life-sized dolls that are charms.
  • Bloomberg View considers the costs to the United Kingdom of Brexit and the costs and benefits of said to the European Union.
  • Discover looks at the increasingly appreciated place of South Africa in hominid origins.
  • The Inter Press Service examines the closure of Bedouin settlements in Israel.
  • MacLean’s celebrates the Yukon Gold potato’s 50th anniversary.
  • National Geographic looks at the growing number of problems faced by the baboons of Cape Town.
  • The New Yorker considers what might be in the suppressed 28 pages of the 9/11 report.
  • Phys.org maps Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry worldwide.
  • Reuters notes the discovery of the first monkey fossils in North America.
  • Slate hosts an article complaining about the normalization of Berlin since reunification.
  • The Washington Post mourns the bleaching of nearly all of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO notes that Disney forced a Toronto lightsaber event to change its name.
  • The Dragon’s Tales examines cryolava on Titan.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes a new book examining sexuality in the United States during the Second World War.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a map of Edmonton by building age.
  • The Power and the Money’s Douglas Muir argues that nothing has changed to make him think that the Syrian civil war will end earlier.
  • Savage Minds notes some Israeli anthropologists who support the idea of a boycott.
  • Torontoist hosts a debate about the LCBO’s future.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Russian criticism of Western suspicion of Putin.

[NEWS] Some economics and demographics links

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  • Al Jazeera and MacLean’s note that the deportation of migrants from Greece to Turkey, in keeping with the EU-Turkey deal, has begun.
  • Bloomberg notes the impending publication of data on foreign workers in the United Kingdom while observing that British companies are concerned about Brexit.
  • Bloomberg reports on the problematic Israeli housing market, the risk of a real estate bubble in Tokyo, notes Sri Lanka’s interest in getting universal WiFi, suggests Chinese coal exports could doom Appalachia, observes the collapse of Lithuania’s trade with Russia, notes new concerns about Nigeria, looks at Australian concern over Chinese investment despite increasing dependence on said, and expects the collapse of what’s left of the British steel industry.
  • Bloomberg View and the Toronto Star‘s David Olive look at the sad collapse of Brazil.
  • The Toronto Star notes the sale of Québec restaurant chain St-Hubert, and looks at the Facebook poster who helped make French’s ketchup a success.
  • The Chicago Tribune describes the potentially irretrievable state of the suburban Chicago housing market.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • D-Brief reports on Ceres’ bright spots.
  • Dangerous Minds celebrates the video game arcades of the 1980s.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper speculating that tightly-packed globular clusters might be good cradles for life.
  • The Dragon’s Tales examines the processes by which gravel is formed on Mars and Titan.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog wonders about the extent to which college alienates low-income students.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money is critical of Hillary Clinton’s speech at AIPAC.
  • The LRB Blog features an essay by an American expatriate in Belgium on the occasion of the Brussels attacks.
  • Steve Munro analyses the quality of service on the 6 Bay bus.
  • The NYRB Daily reflects on the films of a Syrian film collective.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer points out that the rate of terrorism in Europe now is substantially lower than in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Savage Minds considers secrecy as it applies to the anthropological writer.
  • Strange Maps reflects on the BBC’s Shipping Forecast weather service.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi reflects on the prospects of human survival into the future.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are on the verge of fighting a border war.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Centauri Dreams looks at debris disks, and potential planetary formation, around red giant stars.
  • Crooked Timber notes the Bitcoin frenzy.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at studies of the atmospheres of hot Jupiters.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money cannot understand skepticism about the harmful nature of the waters of the Michigan city of Flint.
  • The LRB Blog notes that The Gruffalo is a product of Anglo-German collaboration. Is it a product of the European Union?
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes that the joint ESA/Roscosmos Exo-Mars probe is set to launch.
  • The Signal notes a new project to digitize the corpus of Persian-language literature dating back a millennium.
  • Understanding Society looks at social facts and their non-linear origins.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy reports on a paper by on of their authors written in defense of Israel’s borders.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World notes the exceptional fragility of Italian banks.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Keiran Healy suggests much of Apple’s opposition to the FBI’s demand it decrypt a terrorist’s phone has to do with its need to establish itself as a reliable and trustworthy source of hardware.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that WWE wrestler Dave Bautista takes Manny Pacquiao’s homophobia poorly.
  • Language Hat links to this 2008 map showing lexical différences between Europe’s languages.
  • Language Log notes the politicized position of minority languages in China.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money is unimpressed? with Amitai Etzioni’s call for genocide in Lebanon.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer, looking to Ecuador, notes that international arbitration awards do matter.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw is unimpressed by Australia’s reaction to the Syrian refugee crisis.
  • Peter Rukavina shares a photo of Charlottetown transit’s new maps.
  • Transit Toronto notes the delivery of the TTC’s 16th streetcar.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the weakness of the Russian opposition, particularly in relation to Chechnya’s Kadyrov.

[BRIEF NOTE] On Paul Bronfman’s decision to hurt York University students

The above mural at York University, the Toronto Star‘s Nick Westoll tells us, was cause for media mogul Paul Bronfman

A Toronto film industry executive is pulling his company’s support for York University’s Cinema and Media Arts program due to a mural he said is “anti-Israel.”

“It made me sick to my stomach and very angry,” Paul Bronfman said this week when describing his initial reaction to learning of the portrait. “We live in an amazing city, an amazing country, and to have this happening under our noses is disgusting. It’s subtly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. It’s anti-Canadian.”

The mural is currently displayed in the York University Student Centre. It shows a person looking at a bulldozer close to a building while holding rocks. The person is shown wearing what looks like a Palestinian flag with a map of Israel without its borders. At the bottom of the mural, the words “justice” and “peace” can be seen along with other text.

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Bronfman is also chair and CEO of William F. White International Inc., a provider of movie and theatrical production equipment. He said the company provided thousands of dollars of equipment and technical services as well as access to seminars, student lectures, trade shows and open houses.

“I’m finally putting my money where my mouth is. I’m withdrawing all of our student filmmaker support from William F. White International,” Bronfman said. He said he withdrew the support as of Friday.

May we be saved from diasporids who, in their outrage that their country does not support their particular parochial cause, decide to hurt countrymen to prove a point.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 9, 2016 at 8:29 pm


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