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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait evaluates the doability of Elon Musk’s proposal for colonizing Mars.
  • blogTO notes that Casa Loma will be transformed into a haunted house for the month of October.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes NASA’s belief that Europa almost certainly has watery plumes.
  • False Steps shares an early American proposal for a lunar base.
  • Far Outliers notes the location of multiple massacres in Chinese military history.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that a far-right group is unhappy Alabama judge Roy Moore has been suspended.
  • The Map Room Blog notes the acquisition of a British-era map of Detroit.
  • Marginal Revolution speculates as to whether a country’s VAT promotes exports.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the end of the Rosetta space probe.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog charts increases in maximum life expectancy over time.
  • Seriously Science notes a paper arguing that small talk diminishes happiness.
  • Towleroad reports on a gay Cameroonian asylum seeker in the United Kingdom at risk of deportation.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes Instapundit’s departure from Twitter without noting why Reynolds is leaving.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on the complexities surrounding the possibility of another Finno-Ugric festival.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO shares photos of the new Yonge-Eglinton Centre.
  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling makes the comparison of the Middle East now to central Europe in the Thirty Years War.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of a hot Jupiter orbiting a T Tauri star just two million years old.
  • Joe. My. God. reports on the conviction of a man who had been accused of involvement in kidnapping the child of same-sex parents.
  • Language Hat reports on the American Jewish accent.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that Republicans are coming to accept Donald Trump.
  • The Map Room Blog reports on a Boston exhibition of Hy-Brasil.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on the 9th anniversary of the Dawn probe’s launch.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer points out that Erik Loomis is wrong, that Ford is not moving jobs to Mexico.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests an isolated Russia might lash out against Belarus, and looks at Putin’s support in non-Russian republics.

[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.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • The Big Picture shares photos of motorbike racing in South Africa.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the stellar weather that planets of red dwarf stars might encounter.
  • Dead Things looks at two genetic studies which complicate the narrative of humanity’s spread.
  • Dangerous Minds shares the infamous anti-disco night of 1979 that spelled the end of the genre in North America.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers how one makes a home among strangers.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the UKIP MP claims the sun is responsible for the bulk of the Earth’s tides not the moon, and reports on a Kentucky judge who says gays ruined straight men’s ability to hug.
  • Language Log looks at changing patterns of language usage in Japanese.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money mocks the cosmic perspective of Gary Johnson.
  • The LRB Blog reports from devastated Lesbos.
  • Maximos62 maps the smoke from this year’s Indonesian fires.
  • The NYRB Daily shares vintage photos from mid-1960s Cuba.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on a recent tour of NASA facilities.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on a call for a single Circassian alphabet, suggests a Russian initiative to use sufism to unite Russian Muslims will end badly, and argues that Russian criticism of language policy in post-Soviet countries is linked to geopolitics.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Anthropology.net deals with the use of technology to save endangered languages.
  • At the Broadside Blog, Caitlin Kelly starts off a discussion of high school by starting with The Breakfast Club.
  • Dangerous Minds shares video of a very early performance by the Police.
  • The Frailest Thing engages with the idea and importance of memory.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes Rod Dreher’s anti-refugee stance.
  • The Map Room Blog looks at the new Atlas Obscura book.
  • The Planetary Society Weblog takes a rocket roadtrip.
  • Savage Minds considers the importance of decolonization.
  • Torontoist notes a Toronto Sun editorial in favour of Rail Deck Park.
  • Understanding Society considers the international measurement of happiness.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy argues that Gary Johnson is good for Hillary.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • A BCer in Toronto mourns the declining standards behind the Tim Horton’s apple fritter.
  • blogTO notes that the Toronto vs everybody T-shirt has been redone in the original Iroquoian.
  • Centauri Dreams considers Project Orion.
  • Dangerous Minds shares vintage North Korean anti-American art.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper suggesting that Mars’ climate may have been cold but for impacts and volcanism.
  • Far Outliers examines the booming Nanjing of the 1930s.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the Long Island Universiy strike.
  • The NYRB Daily examines Hillary Clinton’s troubles.
  • Personal Reflections uses a bus fire to examine the fragility of modern systems.
  • Towleroad shares news, and footage, of a Tom of Finland biopic.
  • Window on Eurasia links to a report sharing the costs of Russian aggression in Ukraine, including at least ten thousand people reported dead.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Centauri Dreams and The Map Room each report on the ESA’s Gaia satellite mapping project of the galaxy.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the hunt for hot Jupiters.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that the Mexican peso has weakened because of Trump.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes China’s successful launch of its Tiangong-2 space station.
  • Savage Minds considers deviance for women in Bangalore, after Margaret Mead.
  • Torontoist considers what Toronto college and universities are doing to address sexual violence.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that the Turkic peoples of the North Caucasus are moving towards the use of a shared language.