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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • blogTO notes that April has been the snowiest month this year.
  • D-Brief notes that we are on the verge of a literal explosion in gravitational wave astronomy detection.
  • The Dragon’s Tales examines Maya water management.
  • Far Outliers notes the 1709 rescue of Alexander Selkirk from a desert island, one of the inspirations behind Robinson Crusoe.
  • Geocurrents speculates that Crimean Tatars may follow North Caucasians in supporting radical Islam.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that a Republican co-sponsor of an anti-trans law has been quarantined as a danger to female co-workers.
  • Language Hat examines how one language deals with the representation of time.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a beautiful topographic map of Mars.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a new book by Joel Kotkin that seems somewhat anti-cities.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders if Irish independence could have been avoided.
  • Peter Rukavina contrasts and compares public spending and revenues on Prince Edward Island in 1915 versus 2015. The changes–particularly the increases–are notable.
  • Une heure de peine looks at the idea of the insider, in French.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Eastern religions are now seen as threatening by some Russians and looks at the construction of Russian influence networks in France.

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

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  • Bloomberg notes controversy over Sanders’ attendance at a Vatican conference and reports on the proposal for a bridge linking Saudi Arabia and Egypt across the Gulf of Aqaba.
  • Bloomberg View notes mixed evidence behind the idea that separatism can work economically, and criticizes San Francisco’s family leave policy as having too much impact on business.
  • CBC notes that the European Union will require visas of Canadians if Canada does not give visa-free access to Bulgarians and Romanians and looks at the controversy over women praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
  • The Globe and Mail notes the division of the NDP over Mulcair, looks at the importance of the long-form census for northern Canada, and examines Vancouver’s rental market.
  • The Inter Press Service reports on how the Nicaragua Canal is bogged down by money and environmental issues.
  • MacLean’s defends transparent tax havens, as opposed to the other kind.
  • National Geographic reports on the role of amateur mapmakers in charting the Syrian conflict and describes an exciting reconstruction of Pompeii.
  • Universe Today reports on the ice disk of HD 100546.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes the spread of condos along the western waterfront of Toronto.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the idea of planetary cloaks.
  • Crooked Timber considers strategic voting in the American context.
  • Dangerous Minds notes, with photos, two nuns in California who grow medical marijuana.
  • The Dragon’s Tales note evidence of invasive species introduced to the Caribbean by native peoples.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers protests in Air France over wearing headscarves.
  • The LRB Blog considers anti-Arab sentiment in France and in the southern city of B├ęziers.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at the economic costs of a flu pandemic.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer is profoundly skeptical of Trump’s plan to force Mexico to pay for a border wall.
  • Savage Minds considers the complexities of ethnography in tense, even violent, situations.
  • Towleroad notes a transgender teen who was run down in California for no reason apart from gender identity.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at the restive Talysh of the Iran-Azerbaijan border.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Anthropology.net reports on a study suggesting that ritual human sacrifice paved the way for complex societies.
  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling shares an essay skeptical about the idea of a sharing economy.
  • D-Brief and The Dragon’s Tales reports on a study of some South American mummies suggesting that the vast majority of populations in the pre-Columbian Americas did not survive the conquest.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining conditions on 55 Cancri e.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers how access to abortion can be limited by simply making it difficult to access.
  • Marginal Revolution wonders how bad the effects of the upcoming shutdown of the D.C. Metro will be.
  • Noel Maurer continues to look at the prospects of a Venezuelan default, looking at oil exports.
  • Spacing Toronto explores the history of the Toronto Sculpture Garden.
  • Torontoist explains inclusionary zoning to its readers.

[BLOG] Some politics links

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  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer is concerned with Trump: what would happen if a terrorist attack occurred under his rule, would he actually be able to save money from changing foreign basing, do terrorist attacks help him in the polls?
  • Towleroad notes the advent of marriage equality in Greenland.
  • Window on Eurasia notes legal challenges to Russian autocracy in regional courts, notes Tatarstan’s controversial support of the Gagauz, notes Protestants in Ukraine are strongly Ukrainian, and analyzes Russia’s response to the Brussels attack.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World notes Poland’s use of public relations firms to deal with its PR problems.

[META] Blogroll expansion!

Only two this time.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 9, 2016 at 11:04 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomy shows a photo of an ancient X-ray jet amplified by photos from the Big Bang.
  • Centauri Dreams considers fast radio bursts.
  • The Great Grey Bridge’s Philip Turner notes that the Republican Party establishment is finally responding to Trump.
  • Joe. My. God. and Towleroad note the ridiculousness of Caitlyn Jenner’s desire to be a trans ambassador to Ted Cruz.
  • Language Hat notes medieval naming patterns, with many religious names and many of these shared.
  • Language Log notes controversy over a Chinese newspaper headline.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at American conservatives who think that the failure of people in distant countries to hear of minor figures in their movement proves a conspiracy.
  • The LRB Blog argues the Swedish model is a viable alternative.
  • The Map Room Blog maps the distribution of Syrian refugees across Canada.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the low crime rate in many Muslim societies.
  • The New APPS Blog argues Donald Trump is the perfect expression of contemporary capitalism.
  • The Planetary Society Blog pays tribute to astronaut Scott Kelly.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers how Mexico can go on the offensive against a Trump administration.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at statistics on religious affiliation in Belarus.
  • Transit Toronto notes the various subway disruptions this weekend.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi admits the possibility of being wrong, while still keeping to his criticisms and predictions re: BernieBros.

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