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[URBAN NOTE] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait considers the possibility that our model for the evolution of galaxies might be partially disproven by Big Data.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly reports how she did her latest article for the New York Times.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the beginning of a search for habitable-zone planets around Alpha Centauri A and B.
  • The Crux looks at how the skull trophies of the ancient Maya help explain civilizational collapse.
  • D-Brief notes new evidence suggesting that our humble, seemingly stable Sun can produce superflares.
  • Dead Things reports on the latest informed speculation about the sense of smell of Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  • The Dragon’s Tales shares the NASA report on its progress towards the Lunar Gateway station.
  • Gizmodo looks at the growing number of China’s beautiful, deadly, blooms of bioluminescent algae.
  • io9 reports that Stjepan Sejic has a new series with DC, exploring the inner life of Harley Quinn.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at an example of a feminist musical, the Chantal Akerman The Eighties.
  • Language Hat links to a review of a dystopian novel by Yoko Tawada, The Emissary, imagining a future Japan where the learning of foreign languages is banned.
  • Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money reiterates that history, and the writing of history, is an actual profession with skills and procedures writers in the field need to know.
  • Liam Shaw writes at the LRB Blog about how people in London, late in the Second World War, coped with the terrifying attacks of V2 rockets.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a new book, Wayfinding, about the neuroscience of navigation.
  • Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution reviews a Robert Zubrin book advocating the colonization of space and finds himself unconvinced.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the ancient comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko explored by the ESA Rosetta probe.
  • Roads and Kingdoms provides tips for visitors to the Paraguay capital of Asuncion.
  • Peter Rukavina reports that, on the day the new PEI legislature came in, 105% of Island electricity came from windpower.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel argues that, in searching for life, we should not look for exoplanets very like Earth.
  • Strange Company shares another weekend collection of diverse links.
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little shares the views of Margaret Gilbert on social facts.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Kadyrov might dream of a broad Greater Chechnya, achieved at the expense of neighbouring republics.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers some superhero identity crises, of Superman and of others.

[NEWS] Five Indigenous links: Ainu, Mayan cards, food culture, hip-hop, translation

  • Japan Today notes that the Ainu, the indigenous people of the northern island of Hokkaido, are set to be recognized by the Japanese government as indigenous.
  • Atlas Obscura looks at the decks of Mayan playing cards created by the Soviet Union.
  • The Conversation reports on how Indigenous food cultures in Canada can be used to better understand the environment and its changes.
  • Brielle Morgan at The Discourse reports on the Indigenous, political hip-hop of Diana Hellson.
  • CBC reports on the experiences of Priscilla Bosun, official Cree-language translator in the House of Commons.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Centauri Dreams considers, in the light of potential climate change extinction, the definitions of habitable exoplanets. Do we assume life to be too flexible?
  • D-Brief notes that the Dawn probe found evidence of organic compounds, amorphous carbon, on the surface of Ceres.
  • Lauren Madden at the Everyday Sociology Blog urges people to resist the impulse to misclassify the causes of mass shootings as senseless randomness.
  • Hornet Stories takes a look at Jobriath, the man who for a brief time in the mid-1970s was an out queer rock god, on what would have been his birthday.
  • Imageo notes that anthropogenic climate change risks plunging the global climate back to the heat and high sea levels of 50 million years ago, to the Eocene.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how the fairy tale stereotype of the passive female character was created by moral reformers following the Protestant Reformation.
  • Language Hat notes the Ao language, created by utopian early 20th century dreamers from Lithuania’s Jewish community as a universal method of communication.
  • Mark Liberman at Language Log notes the emergence and evolution of the word “biomarker” over the past half-century.
  • Simon Balto at Lawyers, Guns and Money writes about a frightening encounter on a night out with his partner with an aggressive person who kept calling him a “snowflake”. What does this, the embrace of this word as a supposed critique, say about racism and conservatism in the United States now?
  • The LRB Blog notes the prosecution of the Stansted 15 for blocking a deportation of refugees on terrorism. What does this say about the administration of justice and borders in the United Kingdom now?
  • Marginal Revolution notes that, in China, scientists convicted of fraud will face serious hits to their social credit ratings.
  • The NYR Daily takes a look at the “toxic femininity” of women on the American far right.
  • Roads and Kingdoms looks at the struggle of Mayan peoples in Guatemala to secure their land claims in the face of commercial agriculture.
  • Daniel Little at Understanding Society takes a look at how government enacts policy, not doing so as a unified whole at all.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the deep hostility of Lukashenko in Belarus to any talk of deep integration with Russia, something he sees as tantamount to Belarus’ annexation into Russia.
  • Arnold Zwicky takes a look at the remarkable steel-banded sculpture of Fernando Suárez Reguera, and of sculptors like him.

[NEWS] Five indigenous links: Frank Lloyd Wright, Ulama, Arielle Twist, Mahpee Wampanoag, Manitoulin

  • Karim Doumar at CityLab looks at how artist Clarissa Tossin used video and dance to engage with the Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House, inspired by Mayan models.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the historical background of the Mesoamerican ball game Ulama, currently undergoing a revival.
  • Trans Cree writer Arielle Twist talks about the dangers of love over at CBC Arts.
  • VICE reports on how the Mashpee Wampanoag, the tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims to New England, is at risk of losing what remains of their land.
  • Jennifer Yang writes at the Toronto Star about vicious anti-native rumours on Ontario’s Manitoulin Island that pitted white students against indigenous ones.

[NEWS] Five First Nations links: Mi’kmaq, Ojibway, Robert Lepage, Maya blue, Indigi-Con

  • This canoe-building exercise using traditional Mi’kmaq techniques in Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik Park sounds fascinating. CBC reports.
  • This beadwork drawing from the Ojibway tradition recently on display at a Montréal exhibit is beautiful. CBC reports.
  • Rick Salutin at Rabble engages with the controversy surrounding two Robert Lepage theatrical shows recently cancelled due to cultural appropriation controversies, here.
  • The pre-conquest Maya developed a particular shade of blue all their own, unrecognized until now by outsiders. BBC reports.
  • Indigi-Con, a First Nations-themed comic con held by the Oneidas of the Thames River, was a success, with preliminary hopes to hold another one next year. Global News reports.

[NEWS] Five First Nations links: Assembly of First Nations, Hurons, British Columbia, Mayans, Navajo

  • The Discourse makes the suggestion that opening up elections of the Assembly of First Nations to all people of official status would be a great advance for democracy.
  • Le Devoir reports on archeological explorations of L’Ancienne-Lorette, an ancient Huron settlement now in the middle of Quebec City.
  • An ancient First Nations settlement in British Columbia is set to become a classroom for future generations. The National Post reports.
  • Open Democracy notes how Mayan women in Central America fight to get recognized as creators of indigenous goods, and compensated accordingly.
  • The New Yorker explores the extreme cyclists of the Navajo Nation, for whom their sport is a way to engage with their ancient homeland.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Anthropology.net’s Kambiz Kamrani looks at the classical Mayan trade in pets, dogs and cats particularly.
  • Dangerous Minds shares some vintage cheesecake ads for video and arcade games from 1980s Japan.
  • Dead Things considers an examination of the thesis that the fabulous horns of some dinosaurs were used as sexual signals.
  • Hornet Stories nominates some queer people to get stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • JSTOR Daily tells the story of Bobbi Gibb, the woman who in 1966 crashed the Boston Marathon.
  • Language Hattells of Toty Samed, an Angolan musician who writes songs not in the now-dominant Portuguese but in his ancestral Kimbundu.
  • Steven Attewell at Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the ways in which the metaphor of mutants has been used by Marvel Comics to explore themes of racism and marginalization.
  • At the LRB Blog, Matthew Porges notes how European Union opposition to the annexation of Western Sahara by Morocco is counterbalanced by the need to keep Morocco as a partner.
  • r/mapporn shared a beautiful map of the Great Lakes, Nayanno-Nibiimaang Gichigamiin or “The Five Freshwater Seas”, from the Ojibwe perspective.
  • The Map Room Blog shares Christian Tate’s transit-style map of Middle Earth.
  • Marginal Revolution links to an essay arguing against the United States’ dropping the penny and the nickel, on the grounds that these expensive coins are loss-leaders for currency generally.
  • The NYR Daily takes a look at early 20th century Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyan, a man whose influence is visible in the Putin era.
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at the eye-catching male photography of Ekaterina Zakharova.
  • David Post’s analysis at the Volokh Conspiracy of the contract between Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump is a must-read.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the Russian government has failed to cultivate soft power, or wider influence, in the West.