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[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • The Big Picture shares photos from the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes about the importance of colleagues for solitary writers.
  • D-Brief notes the rediscovery of the Blue-Eyed Ground Dove in Brazil, once believed extinct.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes reports of the discovery of massive planets via gaps in the protoplanetary disks of HL Tauri and HD 135344B.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a paper making specific projections about the shape of the Kuiper Belt if Planet Nine was around.
  • A Fistful of Euros speculates as to the severity of the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit recession.
  • Language Log considers writing Shanghainese.
  • The LRB Blog remembers Madeleine Lebeau, last survivor of the cast of Casablanca.
  • Marginal Revolution engages with Peter Thiel’s funding of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes sterling work reclaiming distorted images from the Voyager probes.
  • pollotenchegg reports on the origins of migrants to Kyiv.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer reports on Puerto Rico.
  • Seriously Science notes that wild boar apparently wash their food before eating.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at Putin’s traditionalism, wonders if there might be a Russian Olympics boycott to spare the country the shame of being excluded, speculates about the North Caucasus’ future within Russia, and reports Ukrainian worries of being isolated versus Russia.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Centauri Dreams considers agriculture in space.
  • Crooked Timber examines the tribalisms which benefit Donald Trump.
  • Dangerous Minds notes an angry New York City television editorial criticizing the Sex Pistols.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the cycles of Mars’ north polar gap.
  • Language Log talks about Chinese script, starting with Ted Chiang’s criticisms.
  • The LRB Blog speculates about the future of a Labour Party that has lost its working-class support.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen likes the Chinese city of Qingdao.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the dispatch of the OSIRIS-REx probe to the launch pad.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders what solution Bernie Sanders is proposing for Puerto Rico.
  • Understanding Society describes sociological frameworks for writing biographies.
  • Window on Eurasia speculates the doping scandal may cost Russia not only the Olympics but FIFA in 2018, and is unsurprised by Gorbachev’s support of the annexation of Crimea.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bloomberg notes Twitter will stop counting photos and links against its 140-character limit, reports on the challenges of the new Taiwanese president, and reports on Japan’s efforts to boost its workforce.
  • Bloomberg View argues European banks just aren’t good at investment banking, suggests austerity worked for Latvia, and argues an IMF suggestion of a debt holiday for Greece is impolitic.
  • CBC notes J.K. Rowling’s defense of Donald Trump.
  • Via The Dragon’s Gaze, I found this Eurekalert post noting a search for Earth-like worlds around highly evolved stars, like the red giants that our sun will evolve into.
  • Gizmodo reports on how Sweden is moving the city of Kiruna to safer ground, and describes Amazon’s interest in opening more physical bookstores.
  • The Inter Press Service wonders what will happen to Brazil now.
  • The National Post notes the mysteries surrounding a secret American military spaceplane.
  • Open Democracy looks at the human rights consequences of Mexico’s long-running drug war.
  • TVO considers the impact of a long NDP leadership campaign on the party.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • blogTO notes planned additions to the Eaton Centre.
  • Centauri Dreams explores protocols for contact between our spacecraft and those of aliens.
  • Discover‘s Dead Things notes the discovery of an archeological site almost 15 thousand years old off the coast of Florida.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the roughness of Neptune’s migration to its current orbit.
  • The Dragon’s Tales tries to explain the odd orbits of Kuiper Belt objects.
  • Language Hat notes name changes in the early Soviet Union.
  • Marginal Revolution reports on an abortive Soviet Internet.
  • Towleroad notes new anti-gay legislation in Kyrgzystan.
  • Understanding Society looks at a report on racism and riots from the 1960s.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at a Russia strategist’s defense of Russia’s tactics versus NATO.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes evidence that Kardashev Type III civilizations do not exist.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the new Kenya-Somalia border war, suggests the United Arab Emirates will be building a mountain to try to trigger rain, and notes that the new French-built submarines of Australia will come with American tech parts.
  • Language Log looks at the changing meaning of “feel”.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests Russian power might be on an upswing and looks at European Union proposals to fine countries which do not accept refugees.
  • The NYRB Daily notes the controversy surrounding Poland’s Second World War museum at Gdansk.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at robotic activity around the solar system.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers the question of whether or not Napoleonic rule did kickstart growth in western Germany.
  • Savage Minds continues the discussion of decolonizing anthropology.
  • Torontoist notes a protest tomorrow by Ontario parents unhappy that the provincial government will not cover enough of an effective autism program.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at class divisions in Russia and notes a proposal to divert water from Siberian rivers to China.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

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  • Bloomberg looks at the Vietnamese government’s response to a mass fish death, examines political instability in Iraq, notes a potentially problematic nuclear plant in the United Kingdom, and studies an illegal amber rush in western Ukraine.
  • CBC looks at the recent New Brunswick ruling on interprovincial alcohol shipments, notes an auction of Prince’s blazer from Purple Rain, suggests that a Facebook rant by a man convicted of neglecting the health of his son may not help him in sentencing, and looks at the retirement of Pierre Karl Péladeau as head of the Parti Québécois.
  • The Inter Press Service notes African support for West Papuan freedom.
  • MacLean’s looks at the Island’s preparation for Mike Duffy’s return to the Senate, notes Karla Homolka’s children will have to deal with their mother’s past crimes, and reacts to the new Drake album.
  • National Geographic interviews the author of a new book on abandoned cities.
  • NPR notes how Somali-British poet Warsan Shane has become a star thanks to Beyoncé.
  • Universe Today notes Russia’s first launch from its Far Eastern Vostochny cosmodrone and reports on the identification of an extragalactic neutrino source.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling reflects on the apparent absence of Kardashev Type III civilizations.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at beamed power systems for spacecraft.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at the debris disks of Zeta Reticuli.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes NASA’s interest in researching deep space habitats.
  • Far Outliers evaluates Romania’s Second World War-era dictator Antonescu.
  • The LRB Blog responds to Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
  • Out There interviews Mike Brown about the search for Planet Nine.
  • Personal Reflections considers the impact of asylum controversies in Australia.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer still thinks Trump is dangerous.
  • Towleroad notes the advent of LGBT equality in the Faroe Islands.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers whether Prince’s estate could sue magazines for lying about him having AIDS.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a Russian claim that the country’s newly-discovered Christianity prevents it from collaborating with the West.
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