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[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • 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”

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • Astronomy Now notes a white dwarf star that is consuming what looks to be limestone debris from one of its planets. Is this a sign of marine life?
  • Bloomberg notes Rolls-Royce’s opposition to Brexit, notes how international sanctions are hurting Hezbollah, looks at China’s massive spending on infrastructure, notes how Donald Trump has barred the Washington Post from covering his campaign, reports that Sydney and Melbourne have applied extra fees for foreig home-buyers, and notes how a China-funded push to expand sugar production in Ethiopia has hit snags.
  • Bloomberg View looks at the extent to which Germany does not dominate the European Union.
  • CBC notes how anti-gay bigotry is connected to the Orlando shooting, and reports on Peter Mackay’s regrets that Canada did not buy new fighter jets.
  • The Inter Press Service notes that the world’s nuclear arsenal has become smaller but is undergoing modernization.
  • MacLean’s considers barriers to interprovincial trade in Canada and reports on the outrage of a juror on the Stanford sex assault case at the light sentence imposed by the judge.
  • National Geographic looks at the mangrove swamp of Iran’s Qeshm Island.
  • Open Democracy takes issue with the idea that the intervention in Libya was a success, notes reasons for Scotland’s relative liking of the European Union, and looks at the Iranian events of June 1981.
  • Universe Today notes that mammals were flourishing even before the dinosaurs departed.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

  • Bloomberg notes growth in Nigeria’s telecommunications industry and looks about Huawei’s plans to compete with Apple.
  • Bloomberg View looks at India’s advantages over China and considers narrow European definitions of religious liberty.
  • CBC reports that a Japanese boy abandoned in the forests of the north by his parents has been found, and describes plans to restore Kingston’s prison farm.
  • CNBC notes economic desperation among oil-exporting states like Venezuela and Angola.
  • The Inter Press Service looks at the exclusion of LGBT communities from HIV reduction efforts and considers Sri Lankan efforts at food security.
  • The National Post reports on Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s enlistment as conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.
  • Open Democracy considers prospects for a coup in Saudi Arabia.
  • The Toronto Star notes the durability of Kathleen Wynne.
  • Universe Today looks at Tutankhamen’s blade of meteoritic iron.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • Bloomberg notes the rise of populism in Mexico, looks at how Europe is losing its reputation as a renewable energy leader, looks at political protest in Zimbabwe, and looks at changing habits of Saudi oil ministers.
  • Bloomberg View notes the politicization of the Israeli army, looks at an effort to smuggle Korean pop culture into North Korea, and considers strategies to encourage Japanese to have more children.
  • The Globe and Mail considers the risky strategy of marijuana growers, who hope to get the government to back down as they do their thing before legalization.
  • MacLean’s notes that the outcry over the shooting of the gorilla in the Cleveland zoo is misconceived, and reports on Kamal al-Solaylee’s book about being brown.
  • NOW Toronto notes that one argument raised against letting permanent residents vote in Toronto is that Donald Trump allegedly has an apartment here. (Wrong, on multiple grounds.)
  • Open Democracy looks at how British authoritarianism is restrained by the European Union.
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