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[NEWS] Some Friday links

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • 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.

[DM] “On speculating about the effects of German labour market restrictions in 2004”

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I engage in alternate historical speculation at Demography Matters. What if Germany had not restricted its labour market to migrants from the new European Union member-states in 2004? What would Germany look like? Would we be having a Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom?

Written by Randy McDonald

May 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm

[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.
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