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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO notes a threat to some of Liberty Village’s historic buildings through development.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at planetary formation around close binary SDSS 1557, which includes a white dwarf.
  • False Steps’ Paul Drye announces a new book project, They Played the Game, which looks at how different baseball players overlooked in our history might have become stars had things gone differently.
  • Language Hat looks at the linguistic differences between the two Koreas.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the exploitation of Syrian refugees by Turkish garment manufacturers.
  • The LRB Blog examines the phenomenon of myth-making regarding Sweden.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a website sharing the stories of cartographers.
  • The NYRB Daily notes the chaos that Trump will be bringing to American immigration law.
  • Peter Rukavina talks about his experience as a library hacker.
  • Supernova Condensate is optimistic about the potential of Space X to actually inaugurate an era of space tourism.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Centauri Dreams looks at the SPECULOOS red dwarf observation program.
  • The Crux examines VX nerve agent, the chemical apparently used to assassinate the half-brother of North Korea’s ruler.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos of the inhabitants of the Tokyo night, like gangsters and prostitutes and drag queens.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money examines Donald Trump’s tepid and belated denunciation of anti-Semitism.
  • Language Log looks at the story of the Wenzhounese, a Chinese group notable for its diaspora in Italy.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the by-elections in the British ridings of Stoke and Copeland and notes the problems of labour.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a post-Brexit map of the European Union with an independent Scotland.
  • Marginal Revolution reports that a border tax would be a poor idea for the United States and Mexico.
  • The NYRB Daily looks at the art of the medieval Tibetan kingdom of Guge.
  • Otto Pohl notes the 73rd anniversary of Stalin’s deportation of the Chechens and the Ingush.
  • Supernova Condensate points out that Venus is actually the most Earth-like planet we know of. Why do we not explore it more?
  • Towleroad notes Depeche Mode’s denunciation of the alt-right and Richard Spencer.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi considers the question of feeling empathy for horrible people.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the thousands of Russian citizens involved with ISIS and examines the militarization of Kaliningrad.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes about the importance of truth in journalism.
  • Crooked Timber looks at the example of Trump and wonders why that kind of charismatic authoritarianism is popular.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a model of the inner debris disk of HR 8799.
  • Far Outliers looks at the cultural divergences between North and South Koreans.
  • Language Hat looks at the complexities of translating the obscenities of the Marquis de Sade.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the collapse of unions and makes a limited defense of Castro.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a plan in the United States to make social science research more productive.
  • The NYRB Daily shares Masha Gessen’s article talking about the hard choices she had to make in Putin’s Russia and their relevance to the United States.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that Russia’s Ukrainian policy may be self-destructive.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Crooked Timber looks at how evolutionary psychology can be used to justify monarchy.
  • Far Outliers shares an excerpt describing how methamphetamine is used as a secondary currency in North Korea.
  • The Frailest Thing shares quotes examining the link between seeing something and liking it.</li
  • Language Hat talks about ways of voicing surprise.
  • Language Log looks at a linguistically mixed language of China.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money argues the recounts are far more likely to help Trump than Clinton.
  • Marginal Revolution points to an interesting book on the Cuban economy.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy looks at the idea of a sanctuary city in the context of American federalism.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at the complex legalities surrounding religion and disbelief in Russia.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • A BCer in Toronto mourns the declining standards behind the Tim Horton’s apple fritter.
  • blogTO notes that the Toronto vs everybody T-shirt has been redone in the original Iroquoian.
  • Centauri Dreams considers Project Orion.
  • Dangerous Minds shares vintage North Korean anti-American art.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper suggesting that Mars’ climate may have been cold but for impacts and volcanism.
  • Far Outliers examines the booming Nanjing of the 1930s.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the Long Island Universiy strike.
  • The NYRB Daily examines Hillary Clinton’s troubles.
  • Personal Reflections uses a bus fire to examine the fragility of modern systems.
  • Towleroad shares news, and footage, of a Tom of Finland biopic.
  • Window on Eurasia links to a report sharing the costs of Russian aggression in Ukraine, including at least ten thousand people reported dead.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • Bloomberg notes the rise of populism in Mexico, looks at how Europe is losing its reputation as a renewable energy leader, looks at political protest in Zimbabwe, and looks at changing habits of Saudi oil ministers.
  • Bloomberg View notes the politicization of the Israeli army, looks at an effort to smuggle Korean pop culture into North Korea, and considers strategies to encourage Japanese to have more children.
  • The Globe and Mail considers the risky strategy of marijuana growers, who hope to get the government to back down as they do their thing before legalization.
  • MacLean’s notes that the outcry over the shooting of the gorilla in the Cleveland zoo is misconceived, and reports on Kamal al-Solaylee’s book about being brown.
  • NOW Toronto notes that one argument raised against letting permanent residents vote in Toronto is that Donald Trump allegedly has an apartment here. (Wrong, on multiple grounds.)
  • Open Democracy looks at how British authoritarianism is restrained by the European Union.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

  • 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.