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[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO notes that John Tory supports the decriminalization of marijuana.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers if there might be a hot Jupiter orbiting a pulsating star.
  • The Dragon’s Tales wonders if multicellularity in cyanobacteria three billion years ago helped drive the Great Oxidation Event.
  • Far Outliers notes the 1878 introduction of football to Burma.
  • A Fistful of Euros notes that Europe is muddling through in the Mediterranean versus migrants and observes that even the optimistic scenarios for economic growth in Greece are dire.
  • The Frailest Thing considers the idea of a technological history of modernity.
  • Language Log notes an example of multiscript graffiti in Berlin.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how the Confederate cause won the Civil War despite losing the battles.
  • Marginal Revolution argues that default will do nothing to make the underlying issues of Greece business-wise better.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the intriguing geology of Ceres.
  • Peter Rukavina shows the Raspberry Pi computer he built into a Red Rocket tea tin.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog links to a paper studying Russian patriarchy and misogyny in public health.
  • Spacing Toronto looks at the genesis of the Bloor Viaduct’s Luminous Veil.
  • Towleroad examines the Texan pastor who threatened to set himself on fire over same-sex marriage.
  • Une heure de peine celebrates its eighth birthday.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy reacts to the Michael Oren controversy over American ties with Israel.
  • Window on Eurasia warns that Putin’s system in Chechnya is not viable, predicts a worsening of the Russian HIV/AIDS epidemic, and notes that Jewish emigration from Russia has taken off again.

[PHOTO] The July Pan Am Metropass

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The July PanAm Metropass #toronto #panamgames #ttc #metropass #

The 2015 Pan-American Games are being held in Toronto, and the Metropass of the TTC for this month has been designed accordingly. “Like.”

Written by Randy McDonald

July 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

[LINK] “Michael Sam first openly gay CFL player as he joins Alouettes”

The Toronto Star reported that out college football star Michael Sam will be playing for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.

Friday morning the former U.S. college football star and NFL draftee signed with the Montreal Alouettes, becoming the CFL’s first openly gay player. Financial terms of the two-year deal weren’t released.

“I am very excited and proud to join the Montreal Alouettes,” Sam said in a statement released by the team. “I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal.”

Sam arrives in Montreal after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams, then spending the bulk of the 2014 season on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

And his signing comes two years into the CFL’s partnership with You Can Play, an advocacy group that works to foster inclusion for homosexuals in sport. Executive director Wade Davis says the agreement didn’t influence Sam’s signing, but thinks the relationship will help smooth Sam’s transition to the league.

“It speaks to the CFL being proactive and not reactive,” says Davis, a former NFL player who came out as gay after he retired. “The important thing now is that these conversations are being had. It’s really transformative.”

Written by Randy McDonald

May 22, 2015 at 6:54 pm

[LINK] “Russians may be sanctioned for O Canada snub”

CBC shares the Associated Press’ report about the latest Russia-Canada contretemps. The sad thing is that I don’t necessarily believe the Russian statements that this was accidental. You?

Russian news agency TASS reported the Russian team is facing sanctions after players left the ice before O Canada. The Canadians crushed Russia 6-1 in Sunday’s gold-medal game, and most of the Russians quickly departed for the dressing room, a breach of the sport’s etiquette.

“Once we arrive back home after the world championships we will look into this question and we will get in touch with those in charge at the Russian Ice Hockey Federation,” IIHF president Rene Fasel said in the statement to TASS.

“The IIHF has its own protocol and some sort of punishment will be handed down.”

According to TASS, Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Viktor Tikhonov and Dmitry Kulikov were among the few players who remained on the ice for the anthem.

Russia’s general manager Andrey Safronov called the incident “a shame.”

Written by Randy McDonald

May 21, 2015 at 10:50 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Gerry Canavan has a set of links up.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a video examining the nature–the mass, the orbit–of Theia, the Mars-side object that by impacting the early Earth created the Moon.
  • Geocurrents is back with a post criticizing the state-based model of geopolitics.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that anti-gay Americans are unhappy with Walmart’s opposition to pro-discrimination laws.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money supports the Norwegian model of rehabilitation in prison.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that the debate on historical rates of social mobility across time and space is still raging.
  • Steve Munro proves with photos that the new streetcars displaced from Spadina by construction are on Harbourfront.
  • Savage Minds notes that two of its writers are moving on.
  • Spacing Toronto illustrates how, from the 1920s through to the 1980s, the idea of a stadium was popular.
  • Torontoist looks at Regent Park’s innovative education model.
  • Towleroad notes that the Tokyo ward of Shibuya is recognizing same-sex partnerships.
  • Transit Toronto notes that four generations of streetcars will be on display at the Beaches’ Easter parade.

  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia is much worse off relative to its competitors than the Soviet Union was in the 1980s, notes the crackdown on Crimean Tatar media, and looks at the history and future of ethnic jokes in Russia.

[URBAN NOTE] “Maple Leafs’ ticket sales continue to fall”

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports on one sign that might well be an indicator of Torontonians’ increasing disenchantment with the underperforming Toronto Maple Leafs. Is this the end of Leafs Nation?

On Monday, the team announced its lowest attendance figure — 18,366 — for a regular-season game in the 16-year history of the building. It lost 2-1 to Minnesota that night to see its record fall to 8-32-3 since mid-December.

All of that losing is finally taking a toll at the box office, although Toronto still sits seventh overall in NHL attendance this season and charges the highest ticket prices in the league.

Among the remaining home games on the schedule are two visits by Ottawa and another from Montreal in the April 11 regular-season finale, all of which should draw crowds above the ACC’s capacity of 18,819.

An extremely high percentage of Leafs tickets are held by season seat-holders and the waiting list to become one of those stretches back for years. That has traditionally made it tough for the average fan to get inside the building (to say nothing of the price).

However, with the team headed for its worst finish in more than two decades, fans have started to stay home. Strangely enough, the Leafs actually boast a winning record at the ACC — 19-16-1 compared with 8-25-5 on the road — but have been booed often there and saw sweaters thrown on the ice earlier this season.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 27, 2015 at 10:56 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO and Torontoist both report on the remarkable Honest Ed’s plan. (More than a thousand residential units, all rental? That’s rare.)
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the confirmation of a hard-to-find hot Jupiter orbiting BD-20 1790.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the mysterious explosion of an American military satellite.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog observes that raw talent is not nearly enough to ensure, that capital of all kinds is needed.
  • Joe. My. God. celebrates Slovenia’s legalization of same-sex marriage and notes Russia’s effort to block benefits for the same-sex partners of United Nations employees.
  • Language Hat is apparently not fond of National Grammar Day.
  • Language Log is critical of the BBC claim that a southern African group cannot see blue.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money starts a discussion about India’s new aircraft carrier.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that the Greeks are badly overstretched as individuals.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla considers Ceres.
  • Towleroad notes the Russian government’s revenge on an lesbian couple who embarrassed an anti-gay politician.
  • Transit Toronto notes that the TTC now has a fourth super-long streetcar.
  • The Understanding Society Blog looks at how knowledge is reproduced globally.
  • Window on Eurasia criticizes the geopolitics of Eurasianism and warns of Russian involvement in Latvia.
  • The Financial Times‘ World blog notes the many issues with the Greek job market.

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