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[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Dangerous Minds suggests that T-shirts with wildly offensive phrases in English are common in Asia. Asian friends and readers, is this actually true?
  • The LRB Blog makes the point that immigration restrictionism is hardly a policy that will aid hard-pressed workers, that only broader reform will do this.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at how the state bureaucracy in India can hinder the implementation of reforms.
  • The NYRB Daily reviews a grim play, Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House, set in a near future where cruelty is normalized.
  • The Planetary Society Blog talks about the intricate maneuvers of the Dawn probe in Ceres orbit.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw links to photos of a stunning home in Catalonia built in a slightly refurbished industrial plant.
  • Peter Rukavina talks about how he built an app for Charlottetown’s City Cinema.
  • Seriously Science reports on a study suggesting that most people would not wish to know the future, even if it was a good future.
  • Strange Maps links to an online map tool comparing different countries.
  • Supernova Condensate shares a fantastic chart showing how much delta-v one would need to expend to reach different points in the solar system from Earth orbit.
  • Transit Toronto notes that the Sheppard subway line will be closed this weekend.
  • Linguist Arnold Zwicky links to and reflects on a recent article looking at how gendered language for different jobs can discourage, differently, male and female job-seekers.

[LINK] On a failed attempt by African migrants to escape Morocco for Spain

The National Post carried Joseph Wilson’s Associated Press article reporting on a failed effort by well over a thousand Africans to storm the fences separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

More than 50 Moroccan and Spanish border guards were injured repelling around 1,100 African migrants who attempted to storm a border fence and enter Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, Spanish authorities said Sunday.

A regional government spokesman told The Associated Press that 50 Moroccan and five Spanish border guards were injured early on Sunday when the large group of migrants tried to enter Spain.

The spokesman said two migrants managed to reach Spanish soil. Both were injured in scaling the six-metere-high border fence and were taken to a hospital by Spanish police. He spoke anonymously in line with government policy.

A further 100 migrants climbed the fence, but Spanish agents sent them directly back to Morocco.

[. . .]

Hundreds of sub-Saharan African migrants living illegally in Morocco try to enter Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s other North African enclave, each year in hope of getting to Europe.

Most migrants who try to cross are intercepted on the spot and returned to Morocco. Those that make it over the fences are eventually repatriated or let go.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO shares some photos of Toronto in colour from the 1950s.
  • Centauri Dreams talks about SETI in the light of the Anthropocene era.
  • Dangerous Minds notes that there is now a hipster nativity scene available for purchase.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that tidal heating could explain the difference between super-Earths and mini-Neptunes.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that protecting Trump in New York City costs that municipality a million dollars a day, and notes a parade of Spanish fascists in support of Trump.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that politics is identity politics.
  • The LRB Blog notes the end of Sarkozy’s campaign and revisits Goldwater.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog reports on the latest about the population of Ukraine.
  • Towleroad notes the hateful mail received by an out mayor in Massachusetts.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy looks at Trump’s apparently anti-constitutional entanglement of business and politics.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on how Russia’s promotion of the Russian language in neighbouring countries is backfiring, and looks at the hard nationalist line of Patriarch Kirill against Ukrainian autocephaly and multiculturalism in Russia.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • The Boston Globe‘s The Big Picture shares photos of Spain’s Pueblos Blancos of Andalusia.
  • blogTO reports on Toronto’s biggest pumpkin parade.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about the immigrant’s dilemma on election date.
  • Dangerous Minds notes the importance of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s concert for Hillary.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a report on hot Jupiter Kelt-17b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales suggests Sputnik Planitia may dominate Pluto.
  • Far Outliers talks about Cherokee language revitalization movements.
  • Language Log looks at a Korean tradition of satirical poetry in Korea and classical Chinese.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a fascinating book about manuscripts.
  • The NYRB Daily talks about Trump as a consequence of the Iraq War.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw notes the recent discovery of evidence for ancient habitation in Australia.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the advance of plans for a lunar-orbit space station.
  • Peter Rukavina shares headlines in the Guardian of a century ago on Romania’s entry into the First World War.
  • Torontoist annotates the SmartTrack report.
  • Towleroad shares Robyn’s new track, “Trust Me.”
  • Understanding Society celebrates its 9th anniversary.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on Russia’s escalating HIV/AIDS epidemic.

[PHOTO] Three artifacts produced for export to the West, from the Aga Khan Museum

One category of exhibit that I liked in the Aga Khan Museum were the rare items manufactured in the Muslim world for Western consumers: a pair of albarelli (singular albarelli), an Andalusian astrolabe, a Hindustani painting of the crucifixion from the 16th century. Commerce was a univeral.

A pair of Albarelli #toronto #agakhanmuseum #syria #albarelli

Astrolabe #toronto #agakhanmuseum  #astrolabe #spain

The Crucifixion with the Virgin and St. John #toronto #agakhanmuseum #india #allahabad #christianity #virginmary #jesus #stjohn

Written by Randy McDonald

October 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm

[NEWS] Some Monday links

  • ABC reports on the Sudanese-Australian basketball players who are transforming the game in Australia.
  • Bloomberg reports on the potentially transformative scope of China’s New Silk Road project.
  • Bloomberg View likes the new Star Trek movie’s shift beyond speciesism.
  • CBC reports on the strength of pro-Trump support among non-voting Amish in Pennsylvania, and looks at a VIA Rail proposal to set up a commuter run in Halifax.
  • Gizmodo reports on Florida’s disastrous coastal algal infestations.
  • The Globe and Mail notes a proposal for Ontario-Michigan cooperation and recounts the story of the construction of the Rideau Canal.
  • The Guardian reports on Catalonia’s swift progress towards a declaration of independence.
  • MacLean’s describes Manitoba’s falling crime rate.
  • Open Democracy wonders about Italy’s Five Star Movement and looks at the newest African-American hashtag movements.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Centauri Dreams looks at odd binary AR Scorpii.
  • Crooked Timber examines connections between demographic change and religiosity in the United States.
  • A Fistful of Euros reports on the IMF response to the Eurozone bailouts.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the outrage of families of survivors of American military dead at Trump’s treatment of the Khan family.
  • The LRB Blog calls for England to secede.
  • Out There interviews Tabitha Boyajian about KIC 8462852.
  • The Planetary Society Blog features Marc Rayman’s explanation of Dawn’s remaining at Ceres.
  • Peter Rukavina notes a book exploring the lost Quaker settlement of New London, on the north shore of Prince Edward Island.
  • Strange Maps looks at the cartographic imprint of Spain on the streets of Barcelona.
  • Torontoist notes that tickets for the Toronto Islands ferry can now be bought from smartphone apps.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia is running out of money to sustain its economy, looks at Russian propensity of emigration, and notes that rising unemployment is contributing to internal migration.