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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Eaton Centre is set to be subtly renamed.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the absence of evidence for extragalactic supercivilizations.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze observes a new observatory that should be able to detect Earth-like worlds around red dwarfs and links to a paper describing how dwarf planets can heat Kuiper belts.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes evidence suggesting the solar system could have ejected a gas giant, notes Canada is on the verge of buying French Mistrals, and looks at a blockade of Crimea by Crimean Tatars and right-wing Ukrainian nationalists.
  • Language Hat links to John McWhorter’s history of Aramaic.
  • Language Log looks at the controversy in South Korea on using Chinese characters in education.
  • Languages of the World looks at how different languages address god.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the current state of our knowledge and planning for Uranus and Neptune.
  • pollotenchegg maps language identity in early Soviet Ukraine.
  • The Power and the Money speculates as to why Russia is in Syria, and comes up with little that is reassuring.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes statistics on Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca.
  • Spacing Toronto suggests that an answer to the Gardiner East can be found in the rail corridor.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at the Russian deployment in Syria, speculates about future intentions in Central Asia and actual issues with Belarus, and suggests a turn to China will not help Asian Russia.
  • Zero Geogrpahy maps the generation of academic knowledge.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • blogTO notes that Toronto has been ranked the 12th most expensive city in the world.
  • Centauri Dreams is impressed by Pluto’s diverse landscapes.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that the debris disk of AU Microscopii hints at planetary formation.
  • The Dragon’s Tales observes Russia’s fear of American hypersonic weapons.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a GoFundMe campaign for a man who was harassing a lesbian colleague.
  • Language Hat notes the adaptation of the Cherokee language to the modern world.
  • Language Log examines the complexity of the language used by Republican candidates in a CNN debate.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a major difference between national and international markets is the latter’s lack of regulation.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at how migrant labourers in California can be cheated out of their pay.
  • Registan notes the likely sustained unpleasantness in the Donbas.
  • Peter Rukavina quite likes the new Island musical Evangeline.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog shares photos of Lithuanian castles in Ukraine.
  • Spacing notes the cycling infrastructure of Toronto.
  • Towleroad observes that the new constitution of Nepal explicitly protects LGBT people.
  • Window on Eurasia wonders if Syrian Circassians will go to Russia as refugees and examines the complexities of Karabakh.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about what it means to be an international migrant or refugee.
  • Centauri Dreams considers ways to detect nitrogen in the atmospheres of exoplanets.
  • Crooked Timber notes the importance of being a teacher.
  • The Dragon’s Tales observes reports that China is building a third aircraft carrier.
  • Geocurrents considers the extent to which support for national self-determination is an ideological issue, looking at Kurdistan and Balochistan.
  • Languages of the World criticizes the advice of the Strunk and White Style Manual.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that children of union workers do well.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares images of Ceres.
  • Otto Pohl shares a new article on Crimean Tatars.
  • The Power and the Money hosts a post by Logan Ferree talking about the role Trump may play in the Republican primary election.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes the sphere of influence of the Russian language.
  • Savage Minds has an anthropological take on turmoil in Taiwan.
  • Spacing Toronto discusses strollers on mass transit.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy suggests Kim Davis did not have to go to jail for contempt of court.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Ukraine can play a critical role for Russian dissidents and notes why Russia cannot annex the Donbas.

[PHOTO] Cannons of Louisbourg, Hart House Circle, Toronto

Cannons of Louisbourg, 1 #canada #toronto #louisbourg #newfrance #cannon #universityoftoronto

Cannons of Louisbourg, 2 #canada #toronto #louisbourg #newfrance #cannon #universityoftoronto

To quote from Wikimedia: “During the 1758 siege of the fortress of Louisbourg (in what is today Nova Scotia), five French ships were sunk in the harbour by the British. Twenty cannons from the sunken ships were raised in 1899. Two of these cannons were purchased by students at the University of Toronto for use as historic monuments: one cannon was purchased by the Arts Class of 1901 and the other by the Students’ Engineering Society. Both cannons were restored in 1993-4.” See also John Warkentin’s Creating Memory, and see Wikimedia for a photo of the two cannons together taken from the front.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Antipope’s Charlie Stross and Whatever’s John Scalzi react to the Sad Puppies’ shut-out at the Hugos.
  • blogTO notes a poll suggesting that 85% of Torontonians think taxis are safer than Uber.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the potential role comet impacts may have had on the development of life.
  • Crooked Timber’s Corey Robin engages with Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers ways to detect life on worlds inhabited by extremophiles and examines the impact of ultraviolet radiation on hypothetical Earth-like exoplanets.
  • The Dragon’s Tales is upset that the United States suggested Ukraine should not immediately respond to the intrusion of Little Green Men.
  • Far Outliers notes the extreme casualty projections for an invasion of Japan in the Second World War.
  • Language Hat notes the controversy over the question of who the Indo-Europeans were.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the life of a Brazilian leader of a famous naval rebellion.
  • Marginal Revolution tries to start a debate on what the United States would look like if it had open borders.
  • The Planetary Society Blog features a report by Marc Rayman noting the ongoing mapping of Ceres.
  • Savage Minds carries an interview with anthropologist Christian Zloniski regarding export agriculture in Baja California.
  • Torontoist describes the controversial visit of a Toronto journalist to the Soviet Union in 1932.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Crimea is removing Ukrainian from its education system and wonders if Belarus is moving away from Russia.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Crooked Timber’s John Holbo wonders about people who are foxes and hedgehogs, following Isaiah Berlin.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to one examination of carbon and oxygen in exoplanet atmospheres and links to another noting how white dwarfs eat their compact asteroid and other debris belts.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that the dinosaurs disappeared in the Pyrenees amidst environmental catastrophe.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Liberty University is liable for helping a woman hide her child away from her lesbian partner’s custody.
  • Language Hat notes an apparent mistake in prose.
  • Language Log examines new frontiers in negative negation.
  • Languages of the World notes the role of Dante in establishing an Italian literary language.
  • Marginal Revolution wonders what books contain the most wisdom per page.
  • The Search notes one librarian’s experience with web archiving.
  • Torontoist shares photos of the Pan Am Games.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy argues that genetic engineering of babies for IQ will occur as soon as the technology becomes possible.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that support is growing for an enquiry into the Malaysian Airlines shootdown, notes military reform’s stagnation in Russia, and looks at a Crimean Tatar meeting in Turkey.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World notes that Spain has come out weaker of this round of Eurozone negotiations.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Centauri Dreams argues that humans have a deep-seated instinct to explore.
  • Crooked Timber looks at how Greek debt is a political problem.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes an unsuccessful search for gas giant exoplanets around a white dwarf and looks at a new system for classifying exoplanets by mass.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at a report that a Patriot missile battery in Turkey got hacked.
  • Geocurrents notes how the eastern Yemeni region of Al Mahrah is seeking autonomy.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the failure of the United States’ Cuban embargo.
  • Marginal Revolution speculates as to the peculiar dynamics of political leadership in China.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reflects on Greece.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes that Pluto can now be explored via Google Earth.
  • Registan looks at the decline of Tajikistan’s Islamic Renaissance Party.
  • Strange Maps shares a map that charts out the City of London and its threats.
  • Towleroad notes an upcoming vote over a civil partnership bill in Cyprus.
  • Window on Eurasia reports that most books published in Russia have small print runs.

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