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[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • The Australian Financial Review warns that Brazil should try to avoid the trajectory of Italy from the 1990s on in falling prey to Berlusconi-like populism.
  • Bookforum looks at the very early history of word processing for writers.
  • Bloomberg View suggests that an inflexible China is on its way towards a Japan-style slump.
  • CTV News reports on despair among Newfoundlanders after the province’s new budget.
  • The Financial Times notes how allegedly hiding a billion dollars’ worth of debt cost Mozambique significantly with the IMF.
  • Foreign Policy looks at the distancing between the United States and Saudi Arabia under Obama.
  • Kate Beaton at Hark A Vagrant considers the implication of Dagger’s frankly unwearable uniform.
  • Mashalla News reports on Portuguese-speaking communities in Lebanon, product of migration by Brazilians of Lebanese background.
  • New York‘s Jonathan Chait is critical of Sanders’ approach as he is losing, while Vox visits Sanders’ upstate New York stronghold of Ithaca.
  • Australia’s SBS looks at immigrants whose ancestral countries no longer exist. How do they identify?
  • The Toronto Star looks at the impact of climate change on the agriculture of the Prairies.
  • Wired notes the struggle of Pinterest to move on from being an American platform to being a global one.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • The Boston Globe‘s Big Picture reports on the scene from Palmyra after the expulsion of ISIS.
  • James Bow links to a documentary on the search for Planet Nine.
  • The Dragon’s Tales speculates that the ability to enter torpor might have saved mammals from the en of the Cretaceous extinction.
  • Honourary Canadian Philip Turner discovers the Chiac dialect of the Acadians of the Maritimes.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Afrika Bambaataa has been accused of molesting young boys.
  • Language Hat reports on the renaming of the Czech Republic “Czechia.”
  • Marginal Revolution notes Singapore has a graciousness index.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reflects on Australia’s upcoming elections.
  • pollotenchegg maps the 2012 elections in Ukraine.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer explains how American investment in the Philippines was made impossible, so as to avoid welding that country to the US.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog links to a paper examining contraception and abortion among the Czechs and Slovaks in recent decades.
  • Towleroad notes Ted Cruz’ disinterest in protecting gay people.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the scale of Russia’s demographic problems, report the debate on whether Russia will or will not annex South Ossetia, and suggest Russia is losing influence in Central Asia.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World predicts the end for Dilma Rousseff.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

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  • Bloomberg notes the European Parliament’s criticism of Turkey’s democratic deficit, reports the Czech foreign minister’s statement that Brexit propagandists are distorting the reality, reports on Putin’s preparation for upcoming national elections, and looks at an American nuclear engineer accused of transferring technology to China.
  • CBC reports on the infuriating trial of two Alberta parents who allowed their child to die of untreated meningitis, and looks at the mixed opinions of Attawapiskat residents about their community.
  • MacLean’s is profoundly critical of the new Newfoundland budget, fiscally regressive.
  • National Geographic and Wired each consider, in the light of Inky the octopus’ famous escape from his New Zealand cage, the ethics of putting smart cephalopods in tanks.
  • The Toronto Star notes the recognition by the Supreme Court of M├ętis and non-status Indians.
  • Wired notes how online fandom is making it more difficult to dispose of LGBTQ characters on television.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO notes the expansion of condo development further east on the waterfront.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes theropod dinosaurs were also good scavengers.
  • Language Hat shares translator jokes.
  • The LRB Blog reports on the relocation of some refugees on Chios to a camp.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a report suggesting that the misallocation of labour during the bubble is responsible for the slow recovery.
  • The NYRB Daily suggests the AfD marks the reintroduction of nationalism into German politics.
  • pollotenchegg maps demographic change in Ukraine in 2013.
  • Torontoist examines pioneering dentist John G.C. Adams.
  • Transit Toronto notes Bombardier’s delivery of the seventeenth streetcar.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi points out, looking to North Carolina, that of course boycotts are supposed to hurt.
  • Window on Eurasia speculates that a Russian dissolution would not follow current political frontiers, and examines politics in the Republic of Karelia.

[NEWS] Some Thursday links

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  • The Sacramento Bee reports that UC Davis spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on trying to salvage its reputation online, after famously being linked with security guards pepper-spraying student protesters.
  • Bloomberg notes China’s island-building spree in the South China Sea is causing environmental damage, notes Hungary may lose out on future investment because of labour shortages, and notes London property prices are sliding because of Brexit.
  • The Guardian suggests Russians do not care about Putin’s corruption.
  • The Independent reports on a Muslim anti-ISIS march not covered by mainstream media.
  • MacLean’s writes about the NDP, about the hard left turn, about James Laxer’s criticism of the Leap manifesto, and about the disinterest of Megan Leslie and other NDPers in going for the leadership.
  • The National Post notes the potential huge market for insects as human food and notes controversy over First Nations support for a controversial wind energy farm.
  • Quartz notes the culture gap between Koreans and Korean-Americans.
  • In the Toronto Star, Emma Teitel writes about how the pronoun “they” is easy to use.
  • Wired looks at a brain implant that gave a quadriplegic man control of his arm.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO lists some old villages in Toronto swallowed up by urban expansion.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the laser-launch proposal.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers the frequency of Neptune-class planets around metal-poor stars.
  • The Map Room Blog looks at the Vancouver Archives’ digitization of old maps.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia is sponsoring paramilitaries in Germany and looks at underinvestment in Russia’s rail infrastructure.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World touches upon Donald Trump’s relationship with his mother’s Scotland.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Antipope Charlie Stross speculates about really good sexbots.
  • blogTO notes the opening of Toronto’s first Uniqlo in October.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the proposal for a laser-launched flyby probe to Alpha Centauri.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes evidence for the collision of planetesimals around HD 61005.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a study suggesting deer on the outer islands of Scotland were purposefully transplanted there in the Neolithic.
  • Joe. My. God. reports on Paul Ryan’s categorical exclusion of any interest in the Republican nomination.
  • Language Hat reports on the discovery of ancient Chinese manuscripts written in bamboo dating back 2500 years.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes stunning comet photos taken by Rosetta.
  • Towleroad notes that the governor of Mississippi has a gay son who left the state after being gay-bashed.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at the background of leaders of frozen conflict situations like the Donbas.
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