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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • The Boston Globe‘s Big Picture shares photos of Massachusetts’ Mattapan trolley.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at Planet Nine’s effects and examines the weather of Titan.
  • Both The Dragon’s Tales and the Planetary Society Weblog react to the loss of the Schiaparelli lander.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks for brown dwarf exoplanets.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reports on the sheer scale of the Australian real estate boom.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the beginning of an antiwar movement among Russian Orthodox faithful.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares a photo of a flowering tree in a Kyoto garden.

[PHOTO] Six photos from the Sunset Services ceremony at the 519 during Nuit Blanche, Toronto

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I had started off Nuit Blanche at The 519, a community centre in Church and Wellesley, where the 13 Moons independent project was to be staged. When I came in, I found that the entire first floor had been transformed, enveloped in purple light and filled with art (including paintings by Nancy King, Chief Lady Bird) and performers. Sunset Services Ministries, a queer-leaning spirituality group, was involved in coordinating the different displays of art and performance.

One thing I dislike about Nuit Blanche is how there is so little time to engage in-depth with a work. I left early, just as the ceremony depicted in the sixth photo in this series was about to start. I wish I could have stayed longer; I wish I could have engaged more. This space felt most intriguingly holy.

Sunset Service at the 519, 1 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram @chiefladybird

Sunset Service at the 519, 2 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram #altar #candles

Sunset Service at the 519, 3 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram @chiefladybird

Sunset Service at the 519, 4 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram

Sunset Service at the 519, 5 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram #candles

Sunset Service at the 519, 6 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

October 16, 2016 at 11:00 am

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Astrobeat U>notes the vulnerability of Florida’s Space Coast to Hurricane Matthews.
  • D-Brief notes that the Voyager probes are the most distant US government-owned computers still in service.
  • Dangerous Minds shares high-heeled tentacle shoes.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that a President Trump would enable anything the Congressional Republicans wanted.
  • The LRB Blog notes Vancouver’s fentanyl crisis.
  • The NYR Daily reports on the lives of dissidents harassed by extralegal detentions.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer maps the recent Columbian referendum and finds that areas beset by FARC actually voted for the peace plan.
  • Gay porn star and sometime political radical Colby Kelly, Towleroad noted, is going to vote for Trump in order to push forward the revolution.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at religious developments in the former Soviet Union.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • blogTO notes the growing concentration of chain stores on lower Ossington.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly describes her luck in interviewing a New York City firefighter.
  • Citizen Science Salon reports on a citizen science game intended to fight against Alzheimer’s.
  • Language Hat starts from a report about unsold Welsh-language Scrabble games to talk about the wider position of the Welsh language.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money shares the astounding news leaked about Donald Trump’s billion-dollar losses.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a psychology paper examining the perception of atheists as narcissistic.
  • Towleroad reports on the informative reality television series of the United States’ gay ambassador to Denmark.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how Russia’s war in Aleppo echoes past conflicts in Chechnya and Afghanistan, and examines the position of Russia’s border regions.

[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”

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

  • 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.