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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Antipope Charlie Stross imagines future directions of evolution.
  • Anthropology.net reports on a reconstruction of the vocal tract of Iceman Otzi.
  • blogTO notes the temporary return of the Dufferin jog owing to construction.
  • Centauri Dreams considers asteroids.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the expected crash of China’s Tiangong-1 space station.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that San Francisco’s Millennium Tower is sinking into the ground.
  • The LRB Blog notes Brexiteers’ use of the Commonwealth.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at what might be the beginning of culture wars in Mexico.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy talks about the need to make it easier for Americans to move.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Lukashenka wants to “Belarusianize” the clergy of local churches.

[URBAN NOTE] “Flock sticks with atheist United Church minister”

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Moira Welsh’s article in the Toronto Star describes how the congregation of United Church of Canada minister Gretta Vosper, whose church has recommended her removal from her position on account of her disbelief in core tenets of Christianity, remains loyal to her. I appreciate the congregation’s loyalty, and think there may be much good in Vosper’s arguments. I just question whether the United Church is the right place for it.

Jeanne Hamel has been a member of the United Church since its formation in Toronto, 91 years ago.

Today, as a longtime member of the West Hill United Church congregation in Scarborough, Hamel, 96, knows where her loyalties lie.

Hamel is sticking with Gretta Vosper, the United Church minister who was told by church leaders that she is “not suitable” because she calls herself an atheist and preaches about love without referring to Jesus Christ.

“Wherever Gretta goes, I go,” said Hamel, after the Sunday morning service. “My heart left the United Church when I heard they had rejected Gretta. I was stunned.”

About 200 people attended the service at West Hill, at Morningside Rd. and Kingston Rd., on Sunday morning — the first service since the church’s Toronto Conference Review Committee released a 39-page report last Wednesday on the minister’s non-traditional views.

“In our opinion, she is not suitable to continue in ordained ministry because she does not believe in God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit,” the report stated.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 12, 2016 at 8:15 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Centauri Dreams considers Juno’s photos of Jupiter’s poles.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of another star that behaves much like mysterious Tabby’s Star.
  • Far Outliers reports on the good reputation of the Chinese forces at Shanghai in 1937.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a Christian site that claims gay sex is not sex.
  • Language Hat reports on the problems of translating Elena Ferrante.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money and Noel Maurer are unimpressed by Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
  • The New APPS Blog writes against faculty lock-outs.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw describes the Parers, a Catalan-Australian family.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Ukraine’s recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, reports on how Russians resent Ukrainian refugees, and suggests the Russian economic crisis is finally hitting Moscow and St. Petersburg.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • Bloomberg talks about Poland’s problems with economic growth, notes that McMansions are poor investments, considers what to do about the Olympics post-Rio, looks at new Japanese tax incentives for working women, looks at a French war museum that put its stock up for sale, examines the power of the New Zealand dairy, looks at the Yasukuni controversies, and notes Huawei’s progress in China.
  • Bloomberg View is hopeful for Brazil, argues demographics are dooming Abenomics, suggests ways for the US to pit Russia versus Iran, looks at Chinese fisheries and the survival of the ocean, notes that high American population growth makes the post-2008 economic recovery relatively less notable, looks at Emperor Akihito’s opposition to Japanese remilitarization, and argues that Europe’s soft response to terrorism is not a weakness.
  • CBC notes that Russian doping whistleblowers fear for their lives, looks at how New Brunswick farmers are adapting to climate change, and looks at how Neanderthals’ lack of facility with tools may have doomed them.
  • The Globe and Mail argues Ontario should imitate Michigan instead of Québec, notes the new Anne of Green Gables series on Netflix, and predicts good things for Tim Horton’s in the Philippines.
  • The Guardian notes that Canada’s impending deal with the European Union is not any model for the United Kingdom.
  • The Inter Press Service looks at child executions in Iran.
  • MacLean’s notes that Great Lakes mayors have joined to challenge a diversion of water from their shared basin.
  • National Geographic looks at the elephant ivory trade, considers the abstract intelligence of birds, considers the Mayan calendar’s complexities, and looks at how the young generation treats Pluto’s dwarf planet status.
  • The National Post notes that VIA Rail is interested in offering a low-cost bus route along the Highway of Tears in northern British Columbia.
  • Open Democracy notes that the last Russian prisoner in Guantanamo does not want to go home, and wonders why the West ignores the Rwandan dictatorship.
  • TVO considers how rural communities can attract immigrants.
  • Universe Today suggests sending our digital selves to the stars, looks at how cirrus clouds kept early Mars warm and wet, and notes the discovery of an early-forming direct-collapse black hole.
  • Variance Explained looks at how Donald Trump’s tweets clearly show two authors at work.
  • The Washignton Post considers what happens when a gay bar becomes a bar with more general appeal.
  • Wired notes that the World Wide Web still is far from achieving its founders’ dreams, looks at how news apps are dying off, and reports on the Univision purchase of Gawker.

[DM] “On the Jedi phenomenon and the Australian census”

At Demography Matters, I react to an io9 article that draws from a Brisbane Times article about how people claiming to follow the Jedi religion in the Australian census can actually worsen the collection of data.

This is funny, but this is also an important example of how modern statistics can be flawed.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 5, 2016 at 9:59 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Centauri Dreams looks at odd binary AR Scorpii.
  • Crooked Timber examines connections between demographic change and religiosity in the United States.
  • A Fistful of Euros reports on the IMF response to the Eurozone bailouts.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the outrage of families of survivors of American military dead at Trump’s treatment of the Khan family.
  • The LRB Blog calls for England to secede.
  • Out There interviews Tabitha Boyajian about KIC 8462852.
  • The Planetary Society Blog features Marc Rayman’s explanation of Dawn’s remaining at Ceres.
  • Peter Rukavina notes a book exploring the lost Quaker settlement of New London, on the north shore of Prince Edward Island.
  • Strange Maps looks at the cartographic imprint of Spain on the streets of Barcelona.
  • Torontoist notes that tickets for the Toronto Islands ferry can now be bought from smartphone apps.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia is running out of money to sustain its economy, looks at Russian propensity of emigration, and notes that rising unemployment is contributing to internal migration.

[BLOG] Some politics links

  • Kieran Healy notes the role of social media in undermining the Turkish coup.
  • Joe. My. God. notes US Army Secretary Eric Fanning’s ride as Grand Marshal in the San Diego pride parade.
  • The LRB Blog notes the aftermath of the Orange Order’s fires in Northern Ireland.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at what might be a veto in Scotland and Northern Ireland on Brexit, and notes the continuing economic fallout.
  • The NYRB Daily looks at how ISIS thrives on chaos.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer reflects on the Turkish coup and notes Trump’s odd Russophilia.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers if it is ever justifiable to overthrow a democratic government.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at instability in the Donbas, suggests Turkey is distracting people from Russia, looks at low levels of Russophone assimilation in Estonia, considers ideological struggles in Belarus, and looks at immigration restrictionism in Russia versus Central Asia.