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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • At Apostrophen, ‘Nathan Smith talks about how he made a tradition out of Christmas tree ornamentation over the past twenty years.
  • blogTO notes that Toronto’s waterfront has major E Coli issues.
  • Crooked Timber notes the potential for the recent by-election in London, fought on Brexit and lost by the Tories, to mean something.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on a search for radio flares from brown dwarfs.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that China has been installing ecologies on its artificial South China Sea islands.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers what it means to be an ally.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the complex peace negotiations in Colombia.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a map of American infrastructure.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a one-terabyte drive passed from person to person that serves as a sort of Internet in Cuba.
  • Towleroad notes a film project by one Leo Herrera that aims to imagine what prominent AIDS victims would have done and been like had their not been killed by the epidemic.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the complexities surrounding Brexit.
  • Arnold Zwicky has had enough with linguistic prescriptivism.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Beyond the Beyond notes new legislation in China that aims to create a local cyberspace.
  • The Broadside Blog reacts to the election of Donald Trump.
  • Centauri Dreams notes a SETI scan of Proxima Centauri b.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a California referendum proposal to ban the in-state production of condomless porn failed.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that Clinton won the popular vote.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a map of Southeast Asia’s rail lines.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen argues that President Trump will not be a classical conservative in office.
  • The New APPS Blog analyzes the election.
  • The NYRB Daily and Beyond the Beyond note the impact of Donald Trump in Europe.
  • Peter Rukavina shares his discovery of an Island autism library.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy jokes about the two parties’ supporters needing to swap their criticisms.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at Russia-Ukraine differences on their shared history and reports on the migration of large numbers of Muslim refugees in Ukraine away from Russia-controlled areas.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • blogTO lists ten zine artists of note in Toronto.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on new simulations of gas giant formation.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos of Halloween partiers in New York City’s West Village circa the early 1990s.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports that the system of HR 2562 may include a brown dwarf.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that a Northern Irish party leader has vowed to block gay marriage because of Internet rudeness.
  • Language Hat considers the complexities involved in translating the Odyssey.
  • Language Log reports on how the Chinese word “daigou” might be infiltrating into English.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the popularity of an Indonesian coffee shop known for its cyanide, and reports that East Asian men contribute little to parenting time.
  • The NYRB Daily reports on a new exhibition about the Brontës.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog charts references to Ukrainian separatists in Russia media.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how some wish to abolish restive northern autonomous regions like Sakha, looks at how some Russian Orthodox activists wish to ban Halloween, and suggests Russia is isolated in its anti-Western sentiment.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Beyond the Beyond quotes a Vladimir Putin statement on geopolitics.
  • blogTO shares photos from Yorkdale’s expansion.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at more evidence for Planet Nine.
  • Dead Things notes evidence that right-handedness has been predominant among hominins for some time.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the discovery of three hot Jupiters.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at the Philippines’ shift towards China.
  • The Planetary Society Weblog looks at ExoMars’ mission and the failure of the Schiaparelli lander.
  • Torontoist notes that the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has bought Constellation Wineries, making some Canadian wineries Canadian-owned again.
  • Towleroad reports on a Europe-wide census of LGBT identities.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi notes that Hillary Clinton is winning because she puts work into it.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at Putin’s changing style of governance.

[URBAN NOTE] “Singapore’s $24 Billion Wipeout Eats Into Its Shipyard Base”

Bloomberg reports on the economic hit Singapore is taking from an economic downtown in its shipyards.

Customers have dwindled by the week at Indian Masala Hut, a curry stall in Singapore’s shipyard heartland. Manager K. Muralidoss blames the slump in oil rig-building that led to the elimination of thousands of jobs, many held by workers from India and Bangladesh.

“The lunchtime crowd has more than halved,” Muralidoss says, surveying the almost-empty Benoi Road food court, where only four of 12 hawker stalls were open one afternoon last week. As recently as September, he was busy filling orders from companies trying to sate hungry laborers working overtime. “That has come down quite a bit because there are fewer projects being worked on.”

More than $400 billion of proposed energy projects worldwide have been delayed since mid-2014 and pushed into 2017 and beyond, according to consulting firm Wood Mackenzie Ltd. In Singapore, the global center for oil-rig construction for decades, the slowdown contributed to the economy contracting the most in four years in the third quarter.

BP Plc abandoned oil exploration off the Great Australian Bight, it said last week, five years after beginning a search for resources in one of the world’s last frontier regions. BP had previously estimated the drilling program would cost more than A$1 billion ($769 million).

Written by Randy McDonald

October 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Singapore Is Crushing Hong Kong in the Race to Cut Home Prices”

Bloomberg’s Pooja Thakur Mahrotri and Frederik Balfour report on how the two Chinese-majority city-states in East Asia are dealing, differently, with real estate prices.

On the surface, the property markets in Singapore and Hong Kong have much in common. The two Asian financial hubs have both moved to rein in runaway home prices in recent years as they sought to make housing more affordable.

Yet, consider how home values in the cities have diverged. Singapore has been successful in damping buyer demand with curbs (prices slumped by the most in seven years last month), while restrictions have had little impact on Hong Kong’s gravity-defying market, which is rebounding after a short-lived dip.

Hong Kong’s resurgent property market poses a headache for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who’s been touting his success cooling property prices ahead of a March vote to determine the city’s leadership for the next five years. Leung has introduced a raft of measures to cool the housing market since 2012 and his record may weigh on China’s decision to keep backing him.

Leung, who hasn’t said whether he’ll seek a second term, has struggled with low popularity through his tenure, including mass democracy protests in 2014 fueled in part by the city’s yawning wealth gap. He received an approval rating of less than 39 percent last month, compared with a high of almost 57 percent before taking office, according to the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 7, 2016 at 9:45 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • At Antipope, Charlie Stross imagines what might become possible with cheap heavy spacelift.
  • blogTO notes the vandalization of the iconic Toronto sign during Nuit Blanche.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper considering the detectability of interstellar comets.
  • Language Log looks at Chinese language transcriptions for Obama, Hillary, and Trump.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at impending hard Brexit and notes how the economy of Thailand is dominated by Bangkok.
  • The NYRB Daily writes at length about its apparent discovery of the identity of Elena Ferrante.
  • Savage Minds shares a Bolivian perspective on Donald Trump.
  • Strange Maps shares a list of ten potential Jewish homelands outside of Palestine.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at quiet Chechen dissidence and warns about the consequences of Putin’s repressions.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell worries about the people soon to be in charge of the United Kingdom’s Brexit negotiations.