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[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bloomberg notes Ireland’s huge unexpected recent reported growth, looks at the deindustrialization of Israel, observes Deutsche Bank’s need to search for wealth abroad, looks at the demographic imperatives that may keep healthy Japanese working until they are 80, notes the slipping ANC grip on Pretoria and looks at the rise of anti-Muslim Pauline Hanson in Australia, and predicts Brexit could kill the London property boom.
  • Bloomberg View calls for calm in the South China Sea.
  • CBC notes some idiot YouTube adventurers who filmed themselves doing stupid, even criminal, things in different American national parks.
  • The Globe and Mail reports on the plans for a test tidal turbine in the Bat of Fundy by 2017.
  • MacLean’s looks at the heckling of a gay musician in Halifax and reports on the civil war in South Sudan.
  • The New York Times looks at the new xenophobia in the east English town of Boston.
  • Open Democracy notes that talk of a working class revolt behind Brexit excludes non-whites, and reports on alienation on the streets of Wales.
  • Wired looks at how some cash-strapped American towns are tearing up roads they cannot afford to maintain.

[NEWS] Some Thursday links

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  • Bloomberg notes the decline of Japan’s solar energy boom with falling subsidies, suggests 1970s-style stagflation will be back, looks at how an urban area in Japan is dealing with overcrowding, looks at Russia-NATO tensions, and examines how Ireland is welcoming British bankers.
  • Bloomberg View looks at the return of Russian tourists to Turkey, notes Russia is not suffering from a brain drain, looks at the Brexit vote as examining the power of the old, and argues the Chilcot report defends Blair from accusations of lying.
  • CBC reports on the end of Blackberry’s manufacturing of the Classic.
  • The Globe and Mail notes that, once, gay white men were on the outside.
  • The Independent describes claims that refugees in Libya who cannot pay their brokers risk being rendered into organs.
  • The Inter Press Service describes the horrors of Sudan and looks at how Russia will use Brexit to fight sanctions in the European Union.
  • MacLean’s reports on the opening up of the Arctic Ocean to fishing and looks at Winnipeg support for Pride in Steinbach.
  • The National Post reports on the plague of Pablo Escobar’s hippos in Colombia, looks at Vietnam’s protests of Chinese military maneuvers, and examines Turkey’s foreign policy catastrophes.
  • Open Democracy notes the desperate need for stability in Libya.
  • The Smithsonian reports on how video games are becoming the stuff of history.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

  • Bloomberg notes Japan’s neglected geothermal potential, looks at one Nobel laureate’s concern over Brexit’s fallout, examines Thailand’s economic success, and looks at how labuor shortages are hindering Swedish economic growth.
  • Bloomberg View looks at the role of Brazil’s supreme court in fighting top-level corruption, and suggests the only thing worse than Britain remaining would be Britain staying.
  • CBC looks at homophobia in rural Manitoba.
  • The Inter Press Service notes the barriers rising around the world.
  • MacLean’s looks at the state of world refugees.
  • National Geographic notes the repopulation of rural England with giant spiders.
  • The National Post notes the search for a murdered Mohawk woman’s killer.
  • The New York Times reports on the spectre of Venezuelan influence in Spain.
  • Open Democracy notes Georgia’s stalled progress and looks at British security policy in the context of Brexit.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Beyond the Beyond references Vincent Cerf’s concern about the fragility of new media.
  • Crooked Timber considers the politics inherent in monetary unions.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a paper suggesting Alpha Centauri A is quite evolved.
  • Discover‘s Dead Things wonders if Georgia is the birthplace of wine.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the claim of a Florida public employee that the rainbow flag creates a hostile work environment.
  • Language Hat looks at records of ancient Greek music.
  • The LRB Blog considers the politics of hate in the United Kingdom.
  • Marginal Revolution wonders which European financial centres would win at the expense of London.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer suggests the United Kingdom should merge with Canada.
  • Registan notes domestic terrorism in Kazakhstan.
  • Torontoist looks at queer people who opt not to celebrate Pride with the crowds.
  • Towleroad looks at a Thai gym for trans men.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy makes the case for sports boycotts.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the fragility of the post-Soviet order, in Ukraine and in Russia.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Antipope’s Charlie Stross fears the arrival of fascism in Britain after the murder of Jo Cox.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on SDSSJ1043+0855, a white dwarf apparently consuming a rocky planet.
  • The Crux notes discussion of terraforming Mars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the revealing result of a study of the crops that ancient Indonesians brought to Madagascar.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers hierarchy has manifested in a dance competition being filmed for television.
  • The LRB Blog considers the state of Algerian and Arab-language literature.
  • The Map Room Blog maps migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the collapse of coal companies in the United States.
  • The Power and the Money notes that Puerto Rico is not a colony of the United States.
  • Savage Minds considers at length the situation of Crimea and of Crimean Tatars.
  • Window on Eurasia wonders if the West is forgetting about Ukraine.

[NEWS] Some Thursday links

  • Bloomberg notes a report of Egypt’s discovery of the wreckage of the crashed EgyptAir jet, reports on the visit of a IMF team to Mozambique, and looks at Vietnam’s success in capturing Southeast Asian trade with the European Union.
  • Bloomberg View notes that Donald Trump’s candidacy can mean bad things for the Republican Party.
  • CBC looks at how a top export from Tibet is a parasitic fungus, and looks at controversy over a CSIS evaluation of diaspora communities and terrorism.
  • MacLean’s looks at the wife of the Orlando shooting.
  • The National Post notes the retraction of an ASEAN statement about maritime borders with China.
  • Open Democracy carries an ill-judged radical Brexiteer’s statement. All I can say is that socialism in one country is not likely, certainly not with the Tories in charge.
  • The Toronto Star notes the fears of tax authorities that Conrad Black might abscond without paying his taxes.
  • Universe Today notes the discovery, in a Swedish quarry, of a type of meteorite no longer present in the solar system.
  • Wired reports on the second LIGO discovery and notes the import of The Onion in times of trouble.

[ISL] “New Fossils Hint ‘Hobbit’ Humans Are Older Than Thought”

National Geographic‘s Adam Hoffman reported on the latest about Homo floresiensis. New archeological finds have confirmed that the specimens found so far represent a species, not isolated dwarfs, one with a long evolutionary history on its Indonesian island.

For the past decade, a fossil human relative about the size of a toddler has loomed large in the story of our evolutionary history. This mysterious creature—found on the Indonesian island of Flores—has sparked a heated debate about its origins, including questions over its classification as a unique species.

But now, a scattering of teeth and bone may at last unlock the mystery of the “hobbits,” also known as Homo floresiensis.

The 700,000-year-old human remains are the first found outside Liang Bua cave, the site on Flores that yielded the original hobbit fossils. The much older samples show intriguing similarities to H. floresiensis, including their small size, and so provide the best evidence yet of a potential hobbit ancestor.

“Since the hobbit was found, there have been two major hypotheses concerning its ancestry,” says Gerritt van den Bergh, an archaeologist at the University of Wollongong in Australia and a contributor to the work.

According to one theory, H. floresiensis is a dwarfed form of Homo erectus, an ancient human relative that lived in East Asia and parts of Africa until about 143,000 years ago. But other researchers think the hobbits evolved from even earlier, smaller-bodied hominins such as Homo habilis or Australopithecus.

“These new findings suggest that Homo floresiensis is indeed a dwarfed form of Homo erectus from Java, a small group of which must have gotten marooned on Flores and evolved in isolation,” van den Bergh says.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm


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