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[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • James Bow writes about the importance to him of Toronto’s Bakka-Phoenix bookstore.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers the search for the debris disk of HR 8799.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that, early in the solar system’s history, Venus may have been much better for life than Earth.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog shares a map noting the names for “tea” in different European languages.
  • Savage Minds considers the ethnography of danger and risk for tourists at the Rio Olympics.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the degeneration of the Donbas conflict.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World notes Obama’s expressed concern for Polish democracy.

[URBAN NOTE] “‘Please God! Let us be out’: Portrait of a fishing town’s ‘Brexit’ debate”

CBC’s Margaret Evans reports from the eastern English fishing community of Boston on Euroskepticism there. Knowing what the demographics of communities like these are like in Atlantic Canada, I would think Bostonians would be grateful for an actual influx of people.

An impeccably dressed woman in her 70s with carefully turned out hair sits on a sunny terrace not far from the famed tower of St. Botolph’s Church in the English town of Boston, making a fervent wish.

“I want to be out. I want, want, want, want — please God! — let us be out.”

This is Yvonne Stevens, a local councillor for the U.K. Independence Party or UKIP. Its roots date back to the 1990s and British opposition to the signing of the Maastricht Treaty enshrining key tenets of European integration.

[. . .]

Stevens says the town doesn’t have the schools or health-care services needed to cope with the added numbers. She insists she’s not a racist.

“Let’s have people coming in who have a specific qualification that we need, not just people that are going to stand around drinking, defecating, urinating in our town and throwing all their rubbish,” she says. “I’m not saying English people don’t also throw some rubbish, but I think we’ve been trained a bit more to put our rubbish in the bins.”

For the record, we noticed no defecating immigrants during our visit. And the Poles we did meet said they hadn’t been faced with unwelcoming attitudes from local residents, although there are clearly tensions between communities.

Critics accuse EU migrants from the east of undercutting wages in the fields and packaging plants where many find employment when they arrive.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm

[NEWS] Some Friday links

  • Bloomberg looks at Argentina’s push for renewable energy, reports on Rosatom’s interest in developing South Africa as an entry into the African nuclear market, writes about China’s opposition to anything remotely like separatism in Hong Kong, and looks at Poland’s demand for an apology for Bill Clinton critical of the new government.
  • Bloomberg View notes the importance of honest statistics in Brazil, and calls for American arms sales to a friendly Vietnam.
  • CBC notes new Conservative support for a transgender rights bill and reports on how Ontario’s climate policy will hit Alberta’s natural gas exports.
  • Gizmodo notes Portugal has just managed to power itself entirely on renewable energy for four days.
  • The Inter Press Service describes the Middle Eastern refugee crisis.
  • The National Post looks at a proposed New York State ban on declawing cats.
  • Open Democracy reports on Norway’s EU status via a left-leaning Norwegian, looks at the life of Daniel Berrigan, and notes the emergent Saudi-Indian alliance.
  • Universe Today describes the circumstellar habitable zones of red giants.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

  • Business Insider looks at the sad state of a project to build a Chinese bullet train in Venezuela.
  • Bloomberg notes the profound unconstitutionality of Donald Trump’s suggestion that the US national debt might be renounced, looks at the needs of the Brazilian economy, and suggests Poland’s economic nationalism is viable.
  • CBC reports that Sinéad O’Connor is safe in Chicago.
  • National Geographic shares hidden pictures of the Cultural Revolution.
  • The National Post notes the discovery of what might be the ruins of an old fort at Lunenburg.
  • Open Democracy suggests that Brexit, by separating the City of London from the European Union, could trigger the end of globalization, also taking a look at the popularity of populism.
  • Reuters notes the softening of the terms of a Chinese-Venezuelan loan arrangement.
  • The Washington Post notes the migration of some Ethiopian-Americans to a booming Ethiopia.
  • Wired looks at how natural gas will be used to move beyond the Haber-Bosch process which has created fertilizer for a century.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

  • Bloomberg notes that cutting back on immigration would not boost a post-Brexit United Kingdom’s living standards, reports on Uber’s fight with taxi companies, and observes that the new president of the Philippines vows to continue his predecessor’s economic policies.
  • Bloomberg View argues China should want a Taiwan with a higher international profile.
  • CBC notes the status of Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and reports on the discovery of a bacterium lacking mitochondria.
  • MacLean’s interviews Poland’s president on everything from Ukraine to Second World War history wars.
  • The National Post suggests the Arabian peninsula may have been a refugium for human beings during the last Ice Age and notes an American judge’s condemnation of the Pentagon for not releasing torture photos.
  • Wired reports on a coast-to-coast road trip, in the United States in a car, circa 1903.

[NEWS] Some Sunday links

  • 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.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes evidence that Kardashev Type III civilizations do not exist.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the new Kenya-Somalia border war, suggests the United Arab Emirates will be building a mountain to try to trigger rain, and notes that the new French-built submarines of Australia will come with American tech parts.
  • Language Log looks at the changing meaning of “feel”.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests Russian power might be on an upswing and looks at European Union proposals to fine countries which do not accept refugees.
  • The NYRB Daily notes the controversy surrounding Poland’s Second World War museum at Gdansk.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at robotic activity around the solar system.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers the question of whether or not Napoleonic rule did kickstart growth in western Germany.
  • Savage Minds continues the discussion of decolonizing anthropology.
  • Torontoist notes a protest tomorrow by Ontario parents unhappy that the provincial government will not cover enough of an effective autism program.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at class divisions in Russia and notes a proposal to divert water from Siberian rivers to China.

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