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[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

  • Business Insider looks at the sad state of a project to build a Chinese bullet train in Venezuela.
  • Bloomberg notes the profound unconstitutionality of Donald Trump’s suggestion that the US national debt might be renounced, looks at the needs of the Brazilian economy, and suggests Poland’s economic nationalism is viable.
  • CBC reports that Sinéad O’Connor is safe in Chicago.
  • National Geographic shares hidden pictures of the Cultural Revolution.
  • The National Post notes the discovery of what might be the ruins of an old fort at Lunenburg.
  • Open Democracy suggests that Brexit, by separating the City of London from the European Union, could trigger the end of globalization, also taking a look at the popularity of populism.
  • Reuters notes the softening of the terms of a Chinese-Venezuelan loan arrangement.
  • The Washington Post notes the migration of some Ethiopian-Americans to a booming Ethiopia.
  • Wired looks at how natural gas will be used to move beyond the Haber-Bosch process which has created fertilizer for a century.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

  • Bloomberg notes Canadian-born Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s criticism of Brexit, looks at the continuing exodus of Somalis from their homeland, and looks at an unusual crisis with the creditors of Turkey’s central bank.
  • CBC looks at the human cost of the one-child policy in China, reports on Maxine Bernier’s decision to run for the Conservative Party leadership, notes that many cell phones have their FM radio chips turned off, and looks at the undue criticism of Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau for wanting help.
  • The Globe and Mail notes the lack of interest among Canadians in radically changing Canadian content rules.
  • MacLean’s looks at Québec’s careful policy on the sharing economy and shares Kathryn Borel’s interview with Anne Kingston.
  • National Geographic writes about the intelligence of birds.
  • The National Post notes a Washington State mall’s decision to accept Canadian dollars on par on holiday weekends.
  • Universe Today reports on a Japanese 3-D map of galaxies stretching billions of light years that confirms Einstein’s theory of relativity.
  • The Verge notes the compelling postmodernist fictions written by Google’s AI.
  • Wired reports about the genesis of Eurekalert.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about intermittent fasting as a weight loss method.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the Ukrainian victory in Eurovision.
  • Language Hat notes one Persian monarch’s problems with getting good translators.
  • Language Log looks at Singlish, the Singaporean variant of English.
  • Marginal Revolution compares tax fraud in Sweden and Italy.
  • Neuroskeptic reports on interesting brain scans conducted of someone having a mystic religious experience.
  • Window on Eurasia notes one brutal economic prediction for Russia, projecting sustained decline with only major cities resisting.
  • Arnold Zwicky looks at homoerotic photos of men dressed as unicorns.

[URBAN NOTE] “Toronto Botanical Gardens is a metropolis of plants, animals and insects”

Why did I not know of the Toronto Botanical Gardens before now? Thanks to Shawn Micallef in the Toronto Star for alerting me to the existence of the place.

Trinity Bellwoods Park has its famous white squirrel, making rare appearances shared delightedly on social media, a kind of urban badge one achieves in downtown Toronto. However, the Toronto Botanical Gardens (TBG) in North York may have the city’s friendliest squirrel, who stands on his hind legs with his hands clasped together, plaintively looking you in the eye.

“Go away, Freddie,” says Paul Zammit, sighing. “People have been feeding him.”

Zammit is the director of horticulture at the TBG, and as he surveys the site he points out squirrels, hawks, ground hogs and mouselike voles that make their home among the 3,600 different kinds of plants he cares for.

“Gardens are opportunity,” says Zammit, wandering between planting beds, naming off dozens of different kinds. “A garden isn’t just esthetic, there’s an opportunity to educate.”

Bees are one way to educate. On site there is both a “bee hotel” and collection of hives they call a pollinator garden. Zammit explains many bees don’t sting, nor do many produce honey, but they are integral to the garden’s biodiversity. Apart from Zammit, there is only one full time and one seasonal gardener to take care of all of this, but 40 volunteer gardeners also pitch in.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 14, 2016 at 8:30 pm

[NEWS] Some Thursday links

  • Bloomberg notes the collapse of a Petrobras boomtown in Brazil, notes that Serbian bonds are resistant to Brexit fears because of Serbia’s non-membership in the European Union, and wonders about the future of the smartphone market.
  • CBC notes soaring real estate prices in the suburbs of Toronto and Vancouver.
  • The Inter Press Service notes efforts to boost research and development in Africa.
  • MacLean’s notes, polemically, the importance of Canadian history in relation to current issues, like interprovincial limits on beer.
  • The National Post notes a Russian initiative to try to promote Siberian settlement by offering its citizens free land, and looks at the decline of tea at the expense of coffee in the United Kingdom.
  • Wired looks at the student art of Siberian indigenous students at a boarding school.

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

  • The BBC suggests bird-like dinosaurs survived the Cretaceous catastrophe because they could eat seeds.
  • Bloomberg wonders what lessons Poland has for China’s economy.
  • Bloomberg View examines immigration controversies in Malaysia.
  • CBC notes that Manulife is now providing life insurance for HIV-positive people.
  • Gizmodo reports from the Pyongyang subway.
  • The Guardian notes the sequencing of Ozzy Osbourne’s DNA.
  • The National Post reports that Québec NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau might well be considering a run for the NDP leadership.
  • Newsweek reports on the decision of the Wall Street Journal to run an ad denying the Armenian genocide.
  • Finally, there has been much written after the death of Prince. Some highlights: The Atlantic looks at how he was a gay icon, Vox shares 14 of his most important songs, the Toronto Star notes his connection to Toronto, Dangerous Minds shares videos of early performances, The Daily Beast explains Prince’s stringent control of his content on the Internet, and In Media Res mourns the man and some of his songs.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • Bloomberg reports on how the weakening yen is hurting some Hong Kong retailers, notes how Chinese are visiting Hong Kong in the search for approved vaccines, and observes Brexit may not change British immigration much.
  • MacLean’s notes a court ruling which states the Confederate flag is inherently anti-American, and reports on the Swedish Tourist Association’s new campaign which offers people around the world the chance to talk to a random Swede.
  • Juan Cole at The Nation reports the exceptional unpopularity of Egypt’s transfer of two islands in the Gulf of Aqaba to Saudi Arabia.
  • National Geographic considers the concept of dam removal in parts of the United States.
  • Open Democracy examines the awkward position of Russian culture in the Ukrainian city of L’viv.
  • Science Daily notes findings suggesting that the genes which influence homosexuality are found in most people in the world, explaining why homosexuality is common.
  • The Toronto Star reports on a thankfully foiled, but still horrifying, suicide pact involving 13 young people in Attawapiskat, and notes Denmark’s turn against even people who help refugees.
  • Wired describes Yuri Milner’s proposal to use powerful lasers to launch very small probes to Alpha Centauri.

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