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[AH] Five r/imaginarymaps #alternatehistory maps: Polabians, Huguenots, Malays, Finland, Ireland

  • This r/imaginarymaps map imagines the survival of a Slavic people of east Germany to nation-statehood, not the extant Sorbs but the more obscure Polabians.
  • Was there ever a possibility, as imagined in this r/imaginarymaps map, of a Huguenot polity forming and seceding from France?
  • This r/imaginarymaps map imagines a decidedly different Malay world, with a fragmented Indonesia.

  • This r/imaginarymaps map imagines a Finland that grew sharply, to include much more of Karelia and even North Ingria.
  • What would have come if, as suggested here, Northern Ireland had been repartitioned in the 1920s, most of the west and south passing to independent Ireland?

[DM] Ten links on migration (#demographics, #demographymatters)

  • CBC Kitchener-Waterloo notes how farmers in southwestern Ontario are trying to plan the transfer of their lands to new migrants.
  • HuffPost Québec notes how the labour market of Gaspésie is starting to attract workers.
  • The Guardian looks at how many New Zealanders are moving away from cities to less expensive and stressed rural areas.
  • The murder of an maid from Indonesia in Malaysia is straining relations between the two neighbouring countries. The National Post reports
  • Ozy looks how entrepreneurs from China, moving to Africa, are transforming that continent.
  • Open Democracy examines the background behind an outbreak of anti-immigrant sentiment in Yakutsk.
  • Doug Bock Clark writes at GQ about the underground networks smuggling North Koreans out of their country.
  • Eater reports on the early 20th century migration of Punjabis to California that ended up creating a hybrid Punjabi-Mexican cuisine.
  • Open Democracy tells the story of a woman who migrated from Thailand to Denmark for a marriage partner. Why is her migration less legitimate than others’?
  • The Inter Press Service warns against treating migrants as human commodities.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Québec City, Kuala Lumpur, Sambuca, Birmingham

  • This Noisey interview with musician Tiga shows how he and his music helped make Montréal a leading nightlife city.
  • La Presse notes that Québec City is looking to bypass an environmental impact study for its proposed streetcar.
  • Guardian Cities notes that the rapid development of Kuala Lumpur has displaced the native macaques from their home, creating new interactions between them and invasive primates.
  • Guardian Cities reports on the Sicilian town of Sambuca, which has put vacant homes on sale for one Euro each. Will this be enough to reverse depopulation?
  • CityLab notes how the city of Birmingham has resisted an Alabama state law requiring the display of a Confederate monument.

[NEWS] Five language links: Arabic, Cantonese, French, Inuktitut, Spanish


  • The Economist looks at the low profile of the Arabic language, arguing one factor lies in its division into multiple very distinctive regional dialects.
  • The SCMP reports on the differences between the Cantonese spoken in Hong Kong and that spoken in Malaysia.
  • CBC PEI reports on how French-language schools on the Island need more supporting in integrating students whose main language is not French.
  • CBC North takes a look at the Twitter account of Angus Andersen, where he shares one Inuktitut word a day.
  • Slate asksa question: Will Spanish-language songs make it into the Great American Songbook?
  • [NEWS] Five politics links: free trade, Brexit, Soviet restoration, Cambodia, Malaysia

    • NOW Toronto questions, in the aftermath of the post-NAFTA negotiations, the point of free trade. (I favour it on the condition that it be effective regulated, as effectively regulated as intra-national trade and probably in the same ways.)
    • This Bloomberg View article makes the point that the United Kingdom needs to make provisions for the 3.5 million people, including workers, from the EU-27 in its borders, doing necessary work.
    • Open Democracy notes a popular movement in Russia aiming to reestablish the Soviet Union, a movement that in its details reminds me a lot of the “sovereign citizens” and Reichsburger movements.
    • What place was there for justice, this Open Democracy article asks, in post-genocide Cambodia?
    • Ozy notes a new plan to rewrite the history taught in Malaysian schools to be more open to representing non-Malay and non-Islamic influences.

    [BLOG] Some Friday links

    • Centauri Dreams reports on the work of the MASCOT rover on asteroid Ryugu.
    • The Crux considers the critical role of the dolphin in the thinking of early SETI enthusiasts.
    • D-Brief goes into more detail about the import of the Soyuz malfunction for the International Space Station.
    • Dangerous Minds notes an artist who has made classic pop song lyrics, like Blue Monday, into pulp paperback covers.
    • Earther is entirely correct about how humans will need to engage in geoengineering to keep the Earth habitable.
    • David Finger at The Finger Post describes his visit to Accra, capital of Ghana.
    • Gizmodo notes a new paper suggesting that, in some cases where massive moons orbit far from their parent planet, these moons can have their own moons.
    • Hornet Stories shares the first look at Ruby Rose at Batwoman.
    • JSTOR Daily looks at how the image of southern California and Los Angeles changed from a Mediterranean paradise with orange trees to a dystopic urban sprawl.
    • Lawyers, Guns and Money imagines what might have happened to the navy of China had it not bought the Ukrainian aircraft carrier Varyag.
    • Lingua Franca at the Chronicle reports on how the actual length of “minute”, as euphemism for a short period of time, can vary between cultures.
    • The LRB Blog reports on the disaster in Sulawesi, noting particularly the vulnerability of colonial-era port settlements in Indonesia to earthquakes and tsunamis.
    • The Map Room Blog shares Itchy Feet’s funny map of every European city.
    • The New APPS Blog wonders if the tensions of capitalism are responsible for the high rate of neurological health issues.
    • The NYR Daily considers what, exactly, it would take to abolish ICE.
    • At the Planetary Society Weblog, Ian Regan talks about how he assembled a photoanimated flyover of Titan using probe data.
    • Roads and Kingdoms explores some excellent pancakes in the Malaysian state of Sabah with unusual ingredients.
    • Drew Rowsome raves over a new documentary looking at the life of opera star Maria Callas.
    • Window on Eurasia notes the continued high rate of natural increase in Tajikistan.

    [BLOG] Some Tuesday links

    • Bad Astronomy notes the discovery of a distant exoplanet, orbiting subgiant EPIC248847494, with an orbit ten years long.
    • Centauri Dreams reports on the latest discoveries regarding Ceres’ Occator Crater, a place with a cryovolcanic past.
    • D-Brief notes the discovery of a brilliant early galaxy, the brightest so far found, P352-15.
    • Dangerous Minds shares an extended interview with Françoise Hardy.
    • Far Outliers notes how, during the later Cold War, cash-desperate Soviet bloc governments allowed hopeful emigrants for countries in the West to depart only if these governments paid a ransom for them.
    • Hornet Stories has a nice feature on Enemies of Dorothy, a LGBT sketch comedy group with a political edge. I saw some of their clips; I’m following them.
    • JSTOR Daily looks at some of the features uniting celebratory music festival Coachella with Saturnalia, fitting the former into an ancient tradition.
    • Language Hat reports on researchers studying the development of emojis. Are they becoming components of a communications system with stable meanings?
    • Marginal Revolution reports on how mobile money is becoming a dominant element in the economy of Somaliland.
    • Justine Petrone at North reports on the things that were, and were not, revealed about his family’s ancestry through DNA testing.
    • Melissa Chadburn writes at the NYR Daily about the food she ate growing up as a poor child, and its meaning for her then and now in a time of growing inequality.
    • Roads and Kingdoms tells of a woman’s experience drinking samsu, a clear rice liqueur, in Malacca.
    • Drew Rowsome raves over David Kingston Yeh’s debut novel, the queer Toronto-themed The Boy at the Edge of the World.
    • Window on Eurasia quotes a Russian observer who suggests that Trump’s attempt to disrupt the European Union, even if successful, might simply help make Germany into a strategic competitor to the United States (with benefits for other powers).

    [BLOG] Some Friday links

    • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares photos of rings around a distant galaxy’s central black hole.
    • Inspired by Finland’s Olympic team, the Toronto Public Library’s The Buzz shares some interesting books on knitting and for knitters.
    • Centauri Dreams notes the surprising news that the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies actually have the same mass. This changes everything about what was thought about the future of the Local Group. D-Brief also reports on this news.
    • JSTOR Daily notes how the conversion of tobacco fields into solar farms is not just potentially life-saving but economically viable, too.
    • Language Hat rounds up links relevant to the discovery, by field linguists, of the Malaysian language of Jedek.
    • Lingua Franca, at the Chronicle of Higher Education, shares a story from Lucy Ferris of Paris of old and the bookstore Shakespeare and Company.
    • The LRB Blog notes that the privatization of military officers’ housing in the United Kingdom was another disaster.
    • Marginal Revolution considers if Los Angeles is the most right-wing major American city, and what that actually means.
    • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that, even in the face of subsidence in Groningen around gas fields and cheap wind energy, even the Netherlands is not moving away from oil and gas.
    • Drew Rowsome reports on porn star/actor Chris Harder and his new show, Porn To Be A Star. (NSFW.)
    • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel examines the factors which distinguish a good scientific theory from a bad one.
    • The Volokh Conspiracy makes a decent argument that the politicized pop culture fandom around supreme court judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg is not good for the future of jurisprudence.
    • John Scalzi, at Whatever, reviews the new Pixel Buds from Google.

    [BLOG] Some Monday links

    • At Anthropology.net, Kambiz Kamrani notes the very recent discovery in Malaysia of the hitherto unsuspected Jedek language by anthropologists doing fieldwork.
    • Hornet Stories interviews the five stars of the new Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
    • Joe. My. God. notes Trump plans to privatize the International Space Station.
    • JSTOR Daily links to some of the papers reflecting on the furor around Murphy Brown and that show’s depiction of single motherhood as a defensible choice.
    • Language Hat notes a contention that the more popular a language the more simplified its grammar will be. Is this correct?
    • Language Log notes how hockey terminology differs between the two Koreas, South Korea importing foreign words and the North creating neologisms.
    • Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns and Money does not think a governmental shutdown in the US would have protected DREAMers.
    • Lingua Franca considers the different colloquial uses in English of “baked”.
    • The NYR Daily praises Suburra, a new crime drama set in contemporary Rome.
    • At Starts With A Bang, Ethan Siegel explains how scientists know that the universe is expanding.
    • Supernova Condensate explores the possibility that artificial intelligences might be readily locked into patterns of behaviours not taking human concerns into account and finds it not likely, barring huge design faults.
    • Window on Eurasia notes how Khrushchev, not content with transferring Crimea from Russia to Ukraine, also considered border changes in Central Asia.

    [BLOG] Some Friday links

    • Anthrodendum features a guest author talking about the need for artificial intelligence’s introduction into our civilization to be managed.
    • Dangerous Minds tells the story of how John Lennon and Yoko Ono met Marshall McLuhan.
    • Cody Delistraty suggests Freud still matters, as a founder and as a pioneer of a new kind of thinking.
    • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on cloud circulation patterns of exoplanet HD 80606b.
    • Far Outliers examines just how Chinese immigration to Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, became so big.
    • Hornet Stories interviews Moises Serrano, one of the many undocumented queer people victims of the repeal of DACA.
    • Marginal Revolution notes a study suggesting some Indian students have math skills which do not translate into the classroom.
    • The NYR Daily looks at the crackdown on free media in Cambodia.
    • The Planetary Society Blog looks at a new set of recommendations for Canada’s space future by the Space Advisory Board.
    • Roads and Kingdoms reports from Burma, noting the prominence of social media in anti-Rohingya hate.
    • Cheri Lucas Rowlands shares beautiful photos from the Sicilian community of Taormina.
    • Ethan Siegel at Starts With A Bang talks about the mystery of some stars which appear to be older than the universe.
    • Window on Eurasia is critical of a Russian proposal for UN peacekeepers in the Donbas making no mention of Russia.