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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • The Crux notes the discovery of a second impact crater in Greenland, hidden under the ice.
  • D-Brief notes new evidence that ancient Celts did, in fact, decapitate their enemies and preserve their heads.
  • Far Outliers notes how Pakhtun soldier Ayub Khan, in 1914-1915, engaged in some cunning espionage for the British Empire on the Western Front.
  • Kashmir Hill at Gizmodo notes how cutting out the big five tech giants for one week–Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft–made it almost impossible for her to carry on her life.
  • Hornet Stories notes that, unsurprisingly, LGBTQ couples are much more likely to have met online that their heterosexual counterparts.
  • At In Media Res, Russell Arben Fox imagines Elizabeth Warren giving a speech that touches sensitively and intelligently on her former beliefs in her Cherokee ancestry.
  • Mónica Belevan at the Island Review writes, directly and allegorically, about the Galapagos Islands and her family and Darwin.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the economics of the romance novel.
  • Language Hat notes the Mandombe script creating by the Kimbanguist movement in Congo.
  • Harry Stopes at the LRB Blog notes the problem with Greater Manchester Police making homeless people a subject of concern.
  • Ferguson activists, the NYR Daily notes, are being worn down by their protests.
  • Roads and Kingdoms lists some things visitors to the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent should keep in mind.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel makes a case for supersymmetry being a failed prediction.
  • Towleroad notes the near-complete exclusion of LGBTQ subjects and themes from schools ordered by Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a somewhat alarmist take on Central Asian immigrant neighbourhoods in Moscow.
  • Arnold Zwicky takes a look at the Kurds, their history, and his complicated sympathy for their concerns.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Bad Astronomer notes a serendipitous photo of two galaxies, one in front of the other, and what this photo reveals about their structures.
  • Dangerous Minds notes how, and why, Robert Crumb rejected the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger.
  • D-Brief notes that every hot Jupiter has clouds on its nightside.
  • Earther notes that, after a century and a half, iguanas have been reintroduced to the largest island in the Galapagos.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing notes how the data self is a shadow of the social self.
  • Gizmodo shares a stunning photo mosaic by Hubble of the Triangulum Galaxy, third-largest component of the Local Group.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the story of William Faulkner and his engagement with Hollywood.
  • Language Log looks at the possibility of outside influence, from other language groups including Indo-European, on a Sinitic word for “milk”.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a London Review of Books article looking at the different national reactions to Brexit from each of the EU-27.
  • The NYR Daily looks at how Israel is exporting its technologies developed during the occupation of the Palestinians globally.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at the latest census data on the languages spoken in England.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains why astronomers have not yet been able to locate (or exclude as a possibility) Planet Nine.
  • Towleroad notes that the homophobia of Bolsonario began to be implemented on his first day as president of Brazil.
  • Daniel Little at Understanding Society takes a look at some sociological examinations of the research university.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that many congregations in the west and centre of Ukraine once links to the Russian Orthodox Church have switched to the new Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but that this has not happened in the east.
  • Arnold Zwicky takes a look at the appearance of a conlang in comics.

[NEWS] Some international links: Koreas, eastern Europe, Brazil, Ireland and England, Canada

  • This sad SCMP article takes a look at the struggles of North Korean defectors on arriving in South Korea, a competitive society with its own values alien to them.
  • This Open Democracy book review asks what went wrong in eastern Europe, that illiberalism became so popular. (Of note, I think, is the suggestion that Western definitions have changed substantially since the 1990s.)
  • The rise, in the person of Bolsonario, of fascism in Brazil is the subject of this stirring Open Democracy feature.
  • This New York Times opinion piece by an Irish woman living in England touches upon the ways in which Brexiteers’ blithe dismissal of Ireland and Irish needs are starting to make many 21st century Irish angry with their eastern neighbour, again.
  • MacLean’s notes how the legalization of marijuana in Canada came about as a consequence of the recognition by Justin Trudeau of the unfairness of the old regime.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • {anthro}dendum reads the recent Sokal Square project as satire.
  • Architectuul takes a look at an ingenious floating school, in an artificial pond at Berlin’s Tempelhof airport.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait takes an in-depth look at the possibility of moons having moons. What does the lack of such worlds in our solar system, despite possible spaces for their existence, say about their presence in the wider universe?
  • Larry Klaes at Centauri Dreams takes a look at The Farthest, a recent film examining the Voyager probes.
  • The Crux looks at Georges Lemaître, the Belgian Jesuit and physicist who first imagined the Big Bang.
  • D-Brief notes that scientists have successfully created healthy mice using the genomes of two same-sex parents.
  • Gizmodo notes that new computer models of pulsars have revealed unexpected new elements of their behaviour.
  • JSTOR Daily interviews Alexander Chee, who tells about how the JSTOR database helped him write his novel The Queen of the Night.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a Ukrainian bank that offers high-interest savings accounts to people who, as measured by app, walk at least 10 thousand steps a day.
  • The NYR Daily profiles Jair Bolsonario, the likely next Brazilian president arguably because of his fondness for the military regimes of old, and what his success says about the failings of democracy in Brazil.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the impending recognition of a national Ukrainian Orthodox Church by the Ecumenical Patriarch will have global repercussions, being a victory for Ukraine and a major loss for Russia.