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[NEWS] Seven Christmas links: Bowie and Bing, horror, ghosts, holidays, xenophobia, Elf on the Shelf

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  • Dangerous Minds shares the story of the remarkable duet between Bing Crosby and David Bowie.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at the 1980 horror film To All A Goodnight.
  • Strange Company shares a strange story, of a ghostly choir reportedly heard in 1944, here.
  • Caitlin Kelly at the Broadside Blog writes about why she and her husband each take Christmas seriously.
  • Paul Campos at Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the xenophobia behind the idea of a War on Christmas, going back to the anti-Semitism of Henry Ford.
  • JSTOR Daily carries suggestions that the idea of the Grinch, from Dr. Seuss, has anti-Semitic origins.
  • VICE makes the case for the creepiness of the Elf on the Shelf in the context of a surveillance society, here.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait shares a stunning photo taken by a friend of the Pleiades star cluster.
  • The Buzz, at the Toronto Public Library, shares a collection of books suitable for World Vegan Month, here.
  • Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber considers, with an eye towards China and the Uighurs, how panopticon attempts can stray badly on account of–among other things–false assumptions.
  • Gizmodo considers how antimatter could end up providing interesting information about the unseen universe.
  • Joe. My. God. reports from New York City, where new HIV cases are dropping sharply on account of PrEP.
  • JSTOR Daily shares a vintage early review of Darwin’s Origin of Species.
  • Language Hat examines the origins of the semicolon, in Venice in 1494.
  • Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money shares a critical report of the new Jill Lepore book These Truths.
  • The LRB Blog reports from the Museum of Corruption in Kyiv, devoted to the corruption of the ancient regime in Ukraine.
  • Marginal Revolution shares a new history of the Lakota.
  • The NYR Daily looks at the photography of Duane Michals.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at population trends in Russia, still below 1991 totals in current frontiers.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains why some of the lightest elements, like lithium, are so rare.
  • Window on Eurasia shares the opinion of a Russian historian that Eastern Europe is back as a geopolitical zone.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers Jacques Transue in the light of other pop culture figures and trends.

[NEWS] Sox tech links: Venezuela power, Argentina agriculture, AI writing, Google, Buttegieg, HIV

  • Wired reports on the daunting scale of the Venezuela power failure, and the sheer difficulty of restoring the network.
  • The Inter Press Service looks at the possibility for Argentina to enjoy improved agricultural circumstances come climate change.
  • CBC reports on how artificial intelligences can be used to create frightfully plausible fake news.
  • Axios notes the sheer density of information that Google has on its users.
  • CityLab reports on the policies hopeful presidential candidate Pete Buttegieg would bring in relating to the automation of work.
  • Wired takes a look at the second reported HIV cure and what it means.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Bad Astronomer notes Apep, a brilliant trinary eight thousand light-years away with at least one Wolf-Rayet star that might explode in a gamma-ray burst.
  • Centauri Dreams notes that AAVSO, the American Association of Variable Star Observers, has created a public exoplanet archive.
  • The Crux considers/u> different strategies for intercepting asteroids bound to impact with Earth.
  • D-Brief notes the discovery of a solar twin, a star that might have been born in the same nursery as our sun, HD 186302 184 light-years away.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that although NASA’s Gateway station to support lunar traffic is facing criticism, Russia and China are planning to build similar outposts.
  • JSTOR Daily notes the research of Katie Sutton into the pioneering gender-rights movement of Weimar Germany.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money celebrates the successful clean-up of the Cuyahoga River in Ohio, once famously depicted on fire.
  • The Map Room Blog links to maps showing Apple Maps and Google Maps will be recording images next for their online databases.
  • Jamieson Webster at the NYR Daily takes a critical, even defensible, look at the widespread use of psychopharmacological drugs in contemporary society.
  • Roads and Kingdoms carries a transcript of an interview with chefs in Ireland, considering the culinary possibilities overlooked and otherwise of the island’s natural bounty.
  • Rocky Planet considers the real, overlooked, possibility of earthquakes in the relatively geologically stable east of the United States.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes how, in the transatlantic wine trade, American interest in European wines is surely not reciprocated.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how Einsteinian relativity, specifically relating to gravitational lensing, was used to predict the reappearance of the distant Refsdal Supernova one year after its 2014 appearance.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • In a guest post at Antipope, researcher and novelist Heather Child writes about the extent to which Big Data has moved from science fiction to reality.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes the very recent discovery of a massive crater buried under the ice of Greenland, one that may have impacted in the human era and altered world climate. Are there others like it?
  • Crooked Timber responds to the Brexit proposal being presented to the British parliament. Is this it?
  • D-Brief notes the discovery of the unusually large and dim, potentially unexplainable, dwarf galaxy Antlia 2 near the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Gizmodo notes that the size of mysterious ‘Oumuamua was overestimated.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the life and achievements of Polish-born scholar Jósef Czapski, a man who miraculously survived the Soviet massacre of Polish officers at Katyn.
  • At the LRB Blog, Ken Kalfus writes about his father’s experience owning a drycleaner in a 1960s complex run by the Trump family.
  • Marginal Revolution starts a discussion over a recent article in The Atlantic claiming that there has been a sharp drop-off in the sex enjoyed by younger people in the United States (and elsewhere?).
  • At Roads and Kingdoms, T.M. Brown shares a story of the crazy last night of his bartending days in Manhattan’s Alphabet City.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel imagines what the universe would have been like during its youth, during peak star formation.
  • Strange Maps’ Frank Jacobs takes a look at different partition plans for the United States, aiming to split the country into liberal and conservative successor states.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that some Ingush, after noting the loss of some border territories to neighbouring Chechnya, fear they might get swallowed up by their larger, culturally related, neighbours.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alexander Harrowell predicts that there will not be enough Tory MPs in the United Kingdom willing to topple Theresa May over the Brexit deal.

[NEWS] Five sci-tech links: listening phones, HIV denialism, Euncie Foote, nuclear war, asteroids

  • This alarming VICE report notes the ways in which our phones–and other mobile devices, I’m sure–are in fact listening to us.
  • This distressing story looks at how HIV denialism has become popular among many Russians, and the terrible toll this belief system inflicts on people victimized by it (children, particularly).
  • Smithsonian Magazine notes how the 1856 discovery of the greenhouse effect created by carbon dioxide by pioneering scientist Eunice Foote was overlooked because she was a woman.
  • The detonation of more than 100 substantial nuclear weapons, this report notes, would doom civilization through climate change and agricultural collapse. Motherboard has it.
  • Asteroids in orbits linked to that of the Earth would be excellent first targets for asteroid mining, Universe Today reports.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares one picture of a vast galaxy cluster to underline how small our place in the universe is.
  • The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture shares some photos of Syrian refugee families as they settle into the United States.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the Dragonfly proposal for a Titan lander.
  • The Crux notes the exceptional vulnerability of the cultivated banana to an otherwise obscure fungus.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes NASA’s preparation of the Clipper mission to investigate Europa.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas takes a look at the role of surveillance in the life of the modern student.
  • Hornet Stories has a nice interview of Sina Grace, author of Marvel’s Iceman book.
  • Joe. My. God. reshared this holiday season a lovely anecdote, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Lesbians.”
  • JSTOR Daily took a look at why Americans like dieting so much.
  • The LRB Blog considers the Thames Barrier, the meager protection of London against tides in a time of climate change.
  • The Map Room Blog notes the digitization of radar maps of Antarctica going back to the 1960s.
  • Marginal Revolution seems cautiously optimistic about the prospects of Morocco.
  • Russell Darnley at maximos62 is skeptical about the prospects of the forests of Indonesia’s Riau province.
  • Stephanie Land at the NYR Daily talks about how she managed to combine becoming a writer with being a single mother of two young children.
  • Out There argues a lunar fuel depot could help support crewed interplanetary exploration.
  • Science Sushi notes genetic evidence the lionfish invasion of the North Atlantic off Florida began not with a single escape but with many.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel makes the argument an unmanned probe to Alpha Centauri could have significant technological spinoffs.
  • Supernova Condensate makes the point, apropos of nothing at all, that spaceship collisions can in fact unleash vast amounts of energy.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that, while Kazakhs see practical advantages to cooperation with Russia, they also see some problems.