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[NEWS] Four links on poverty and precarity: Brazil, Appalachia, United States, Mexico

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  • In this searing examination of a newly-impoverished family’s life, Stephanie Nolen looks at how Brazil’s deep income inequality really hasn’t materially changed, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • At Quartz, Gwynn Guildford explains the political and economic forces that have kept Appalachia poor and coal-dependent for well over a century.
  • Noah Smith suggests at Bloomberg View that greater investment in infrastructure and dense construction, along with assisting people who need to move, could really save much of the United States from decline.
  • Bloomberg notes a new Mexican law that would weaken unions might be used by Trump to justify retaliation against NAFTA.
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Written by Randy McDonald

January 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm

[NEWS] Five notes about frontiers: South Tyrol, Brexit, Alps, eastern Ukraine, Djibouti

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  • Alessio Colonelli takes issue with the granting of a right to Austrian citizenship to only select residents of South Tyrol, over at Open Democracy.
  • Immigration to the United Kingdom may be falling, Bloomberg reports, but this is not to the advantage of the British economy.
  • Migrants trying to travel from Italy to France are unwittingly risking the terrible snow-bound conditions of the Alps. The National Post has the story.
  • Bloomberg View suggests one way forward for peace in eastern Ukraine. I’m not sure, frankly, that this is a plausible path (that there are any, even).
  • Politico Europe takes a look at the exceptional strategic importance of Djibouti for militaries around the world, the US and China included.

[NEWS] Seven notes about changing climes: winter, men, zoos, childcare minimum wage, Sears, NAFTA

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  • Global News reports on how Canadian zoos protect their animals from the unexpected cold of our country’s winters.
  • Emma Teitel wonders over at the Toronto Star why men underdress in winter. Is it some effort to prove a suitability for mating? (Me, I just tend to be warm, honestly.)
  • Laurie Monsebraaten notes over at the Star that affordable childcare has become still more impossible in Toronto with the minimum wage increase. (The previous sentence reflects two structural issues with the Ontario economy.)
  • CBC notes lessons Ontario can take, on minimum-wage increases, from Alberta and Seattle.
  • Ian Hussey of the National Observer takes issue with five major claims against minimum wage increases.
  • This account, of shoppers saying goodbye to a closing Toronto Sears store, is sad. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Chantal H├ębert notes at the Star tha Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party are best served by a, well, conservative policy, of waiting to see what happens with NAFTA.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm

[NEWS] Five pop culture links: Pioneer Village, Japan, Chippewas of the Thames, I Tonya, porn

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  • blogTO notes the reluctance of the TTC to turn on the interactive LightSpell art at Pioneer Village station, even though it is now revealed to have cost $C 2 million (not $C 500 thousand).
  • Connor Cislo notes at Bloomberg the growing importance of intellectual property as a source of income for the Japanese economy, especially in a time of an emergent trade deficit and an aging workforce.
  • Liny Lamberink at Global News notes how the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is using an innovative eco-home to attract tourists to their reserve.
  • VICE interviews Craig Gillespie, director of the intriguing new film I, Tonya about 1900s figure skater Tonya Harding, talking about the film and the thought that went into it. I must see this one, I think.
  • VICE reports PornHub data from Hawaii during last week’s ballistic missile scare. It turns out porn watching collapsed by 77% during the crisis but then spiked by half after 9 o’clock.

[NEWS] Four migration links: American tourism, Canadian farm workers, Indian sculptors, deportees

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  • Justin Bachman at Bloomberg notes how a tourism industry group in the United States is urging policy changes that might reverse a recent fall in incoming tourist numbers to that country.
  • Over at MacLean’s, Donald MacLean Wells and Janet McLaughlin look at the exploitation of migrant farm labourers in Canada.
  • CBC reports on allegations that skilled Tamil sculptors from India were exploited and cheated out of a wage by their Toronto employers, Sridurka Hindu Temple.
  • Inter Press Service reports on the plight of some deportees from the United States to Cambodia, people who came over as children but never acquired American citizenship and so were eligible for deportation if convicted of crimes.

[NEWS] Five science links: cocoliztli in Mexico, English forest, geothermal and tidal, space science

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  • National Geographic notes a new study suggesting that a salmonella variant was substantially responsible for a mysterious plague, cocoliztli, that depopulated 16th century Mexico.
  • Wired reports on a worthy attempt at environmental engineering in the United Kingdom, an attempt to build a coast-to-coast forest in northern England.
  • National Observer notes that the government of Canada is preparing funding for higher-risk clean power technologies including geothermal and tidal energy.
  • Universe Today’s Matt Williams notes a new study, drawing from LIGO data, determining that at their most massive non-rotating neutron stars can only have 2.16 solar masses.
  • Matt Williams at Universe Today observes the detection of a stellar-mass black hole candidate in the heart of globular cluster NGC 3201. It’s not an intermediate-mass black hole, but it’s something!

[NEWS] Four LGBTQ links: Toronto serial killer, London school play, Mid-Atlantic level, masculinity

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  • Marcus Gee is entirely right to note that the lagging response of Toronto police to LGBTQ community reports of a possible serial killer demands an explanation, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that the refusal of London school boards to fund a play, breaking a tradition of funding, has to do with the subject matter of a gay student’s fight to bring his boyfriend to prom. CBC reports.

  • This suggestion that Mid-Atlantic Leather provides plenty of opportunities for wider society to understand the idea of consent is certainly provocative? Thoughts, participants? From (ultimately) the Washington Post via the National Post.
  • Jeff Leavell makes the perfectly good point that allowing toxic masculinity to infect queer spaces is a good way to wreck them, over at VICE.