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[NEWS] Some Monday links

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  • Bloomberg notes two former British intelligence chiefs saying that the United Kingdom is safer within the European Union than without, wonders if Saudi Arabia will be able to accept the economic shocks involved in transitioning away from oil, suggests South Australia could profit hugely from storing nuclear waste, and shares one journalist’s experiences inside North Korea.
  • Via The Dragon’s Tales, I came across this Gizmag article reporting on a Dutch family living in a greenhouse.
  • The Inter Press Service notes controversies surrounding transnational humanitarianism.
  • The National Post wonders what non-endorsements of Trump by prominent members of the Republican Party will do to this institution.
  • Open Democracy writes about the ongoing revolution in gender relations in the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Rojava.
  • Wired reports on Sweden’s ongoing transition away from cash to a completely digital economy.

[NEWS] Some Sunday links

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  • 3 Quarks Daily notes a Financial Times article on the rebirth of brutalism.
  • Bloomberg looks at the Polish opposition’s upcoming protest and notes the promise of North Korea’s leaders not to use nuclear weapons first.
  • CBC notes the likely permanent displacement of many from Fort McMurray and reports on the failure of Marvel’s movies to be as progressive as the comics.
  • The Globe and Mail wonders if the NDP will survive.
  • MacLean’s notes the Parti Québécois’ planned leadership convention this fall.
  • Scientific American notes that global warming makes fires like Fort McMurray’s more likely.
  • The Toronto Star notes the likely role of surveillance and predictive policing in the future.
  • Universe Today notes that Enceladus’ water jets seem to occur when the moon is furthest from Saturn.
  • Wired notes the lack of an official Google Play desktop app in an article about people who designed a desktop app themselves.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

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  • Bloomberg notes the upcoming meeting of North Korea’s governing party, observes the absence of a groundswell in favour of Brexit in the United Kingdom, and notes NIMBYism can appear in many forms.
  • CBC reports on the upcoming summit of North American leaders, notes Mike Duffy’s first appearance in the Senate, reports on the likely huge toll of insurance payouts in Fort McMurray, and notes the dependence of many Syrian refugees on food banks in Canada.
  • The Independent notes that Brexit might depend on the votes of Wales, which could be swayed either way by the fate of the Port Talbot steel plant.
  • The Inter Press Service notes, in a photo essay, how Third World farmers are seeking a technological revolution for their industry.
  • National Geographic notes how Atlantic City is coping with rising seas, mainly badly in ways which hurt the poor.
  • Open Democracy considers the Argentine government’s likely approach to geopolitics in the South Atlantic.
  • Universe Today notes the possible discovery of a new particle and looks at how Ceres might, or might not, be terraformed.
  • Wired looks at a new documentary on film projectionists and reports on the difficulties of fighting the Alberta wildfire.

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

  • The BBC suggests bird-like dinosaurs survived the Cretaceous catastrophe because they could eat seeds.
  • Bloomberg wonders what lessons Poland has for China’s economy.
  • Bloomberg View examines immigration controversies in Malaysia.
  • CBC notes that Manulife is now providing life insurance for HIV-positive people.
  • Gizmodo reports from the Pyongyang subway.
  • The Guardian notes the sequencing of Ozzy Osbourne’s DNA.
  • The National Post reports that Québec NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau might well be considering a run for the NDP leadership.
  • Newsweek reports on the decision of the Wall Street Journal to run an ad denying the Armenian genocide.
  • Finally, there has been much written after the death of Prince. Some highlights: The Atlantic looks at how he was a gay icon, Vox shares 14 of his most important songs, the Toronto Star notes his connection to Toronto, Dangerous Minds shares videos of early performances, The Daily Beast explains Prince’s stringent control of his content on the Internet, and In Media Res mourns the man and some of his songs.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Centauri Dreams considers, among other things, studies of Alpha Centauri.
  • D-Brief talks about the unexpected chill of Venus’ poles.
  • The Dragon’s Tales shares a photo of the San Francisco shoreline.
  • Far Outliers notes the rare achievements of Michael the Brave.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the recent finding by an American court that transgendered students are protected.
  • The LRB Blog reports on the nuitards.
  • Marginal Revolution notes some of the singular failure of the Brazilian economy over the past century.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders why some people apparently call Russia and North Korea the 51st states.
  • pollotenchegg maps election results onto declared language in Ukraine.
  • Savage Minds starts a series on decolonizing anthropology.
  • Torontoist celebrates the tenth anniversary of Type Books.
  • Transit Toronto notes upcoming repairs to Ossington.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on Russian fears that the Russian economy might be doomed to stagnate.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

  • Bloomberg notes the defection of 13 North Korean workers at an overseas restaurant to the South, reports that Venezuela has declared Friday a holiday to try to save on power consumption, wonders if low oil prices will hurt the Philippines through diminished remittances from the Middle East, notes that Russian efforts at import substitution are failing, and argues against a $15 minimum wage in the United States.
  • The Inter Press Service reports on how forests can help solve urban water scarcity issues.
  • MacLean’s notes the general attack in Alberta on Mulcair, from the NDP and from the Wildrose Party.
  • The National Post notes the export of old homes from British Columbia to the United States, and looks at how Russia’s targeting of terrorists’ families works out.
  • The Dragon’s Tales linked to this PNAS article speculating as to why Mars is so small relative to Earth.
  • Wired notes how a study that was product of fraud ended up apparently being confirmed by research conducted by the same whistleblowers. How tragic for the first author.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Crooked Timber takes issue with the idea of navies to keep sea lanes open.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper speculating how Planet Nine formed.
  • Geocurrents shares slides examining the Brazilian crisis.
  • Joe. My. God. reports on the Colombian constitutional court’s approval of same-sex marriage.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money wonders what will happen to the North Korean army’s soldiers in the case of state failure.
  • maximos62 notes the historical influences of Chinese and Indonesians in Australia, particularly in the north of the country.
  • pollotenchegg maps the shifting distribution of the Ukrainian population from 1939.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer talks about, among other things, the New York City accent.
  • Understanding Society looks at the ideologies and institutions which will help improve life in rural India.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Russia’s problems with dealing with its past and observes that the West did not want the Soviet Union to disintegrate.
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