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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO notes a threat to some of Liberty Village’s historic buildings through development.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at planetary formation around close binary SDSS 1557, which includes a white dwarf.
  • False Steps’ Paul Drye announces a new book project, They Played the Game, which looks at how different baseball players overlooked in our history might have become stars had things gone differently.
  • Language Hat looks at the linguistic differences between the two Koreas.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the exploitation of Syrian refugees by Turkish garment manufacturers.
  • The LRB Blog examines the phenomenon of myth-making regarding Sweden.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a website sharing the stories of cartographers.
  • The NYRB Daily notes the chaos that Trump will be bringing to American immigration law.
  • Peter Rukavina talks about his experience as a library hacker.
  • Supernova Condensate is optimistic about the potential of Space X to actually inaugurate an era of space tourism.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO notes that the redevelopment of Toronto’s Port Lands is continuing.
  • Crooked Timber argues that climate denialism exposes the socially constructed nature of property rights.
  • D-Brief notes the reburial of Kennewick Man.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes there is no sign of a second planet around Proxima Centauri.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at life in Texas.
  • The LRB Blog analyzes Milo’s stumble.
  • Marginal Revolution considers the levels of disorderliness different societies, like Sweden, can tolerate.
  • The NYRB Daily reports on the poisoning of a Russian dissident.
  • The Planetary Society Blog suggests Voyager 1 picked up Enceladus’ plumes.
  • Peter Rukavina writes of his mapping of someone’s passage on the Camino Francés.
  • Supernova Condensate looks at the United Arab Emirates’ plan to build a city on Mars in a century.
  • Torontoist reported on a protest demanding action on the overdose crisis.

  • Towleroad describes the plight of Mr. Gay Syria in Istanbul and reports on the progress of same-sex marriage in Finland.
  • Understanding Society considers the complexity of managing large technological projects.
  • Window on Eurasia links to one Russian writer arguing Putin should copy Trump and links to anotehr suggesting the Russian Orthodox Church is overreaching.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • blogTO shares some secrets about the TTC.
  • Centauri Dreams notes how exoplanet HAT-P-2b somehow induces pulsations in its parent star.
  • Citizen Science Salon looks at a new crowdsourcing effort to find Planet Nine from old WISE images.
  • Dangerous Minds reports on a marijuana bouquet delivery service.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the detection of the atmosphere of super-Earth Gliese 1132b./li>
  • Language Hat examines the different source languages for neologisms in Russian.
  • Language Log reports on an obscene Valentine’s Day ad from Sichuan.
  • The LRB Blog reports on the search of Syrians in Istanbul for health care.
  • Marginal Revolution reports on the fascist experimentations of economist Franco Modigliani.
  • The NYRB Daily reports on the stunning war art of Paul Nash.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that non-Russian republics tend to have better health indicators than the average, and warns of the potential instability that could be triggered by the failure of Putin’s vision for Trump.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Centauri Dreams considers the potentially habitability of planets made mostly of garnet.
  • D-Brief notes a new technique that can use stem cells to regenerate teeth.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos of a man who makes sweaters of place and takes photos of himself wearing the sweater at these places.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the hookup culture of universities.
  • Language Hat looks at how different languages name different colours over time.
  • Language Log looks at teachers of Cantonese who teach it using Mandarin grammar rules.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money examines the fake news of Muslims destroying an old church in Germany.
  • The NYRB Daily makes the case for the importance of Black Mirror.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw shares a photo and a story from his holiday trip to Denmark.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog charts birth and fertility rates in the United States over the past hundred years.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy takes issue with the idea that Chicago’s rate is record-setting.
  • Window on Eurasia warns of potential instability in Russia’s Caucasian republic of Dagestan.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Apostrophen’s ‘Nathan Smith announces some of his plans for the forthcoming year.
  • C.J. Cherryh talks about her experience of early winter in Oklahoma.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a collection of electoral map what-ifs.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at the worrying connection between Rogue One and fake news.
  • The NYRB Daily shares Tim Parks’ reflections on Machiavelli’s The Prince.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer reports on the ongoing constitutional crisis in the Congo.
  • Peter Rukavina shares a photo of Charlottetown’s Province House.
  • Strange Maps shares Radio Garden, a map of the globe that lets people pick up thousands of radio stations around the world.
  • Transit Toronto notes a new boarding area for GO Transit users at Union Station.
  • Window on Eurasia shares criticism of Russia’s Syria policy that calls it Orwellian.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Centauri Dreams looks at the advanced microelectronics that might last a space probe the two decades it would take to get to Proxima Centauri.
  • Dangerous Minds links to a 1980 filmed concert performance by Queen.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the discovery of potassium in the atmosphere of WASP-17b.
  • Language Hat looks at the Carmina of Optatianus, an interesting piece of Latin literature.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reports on the shameless anti-democratic maneuvering of the Republicans in North Carolina.
  • The LRB Blog reflects on the shamelessness of the perpetrators of the Aleppo massacres.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at what Charles Darwin’s reading habits have to say about the man’s process of research.
  • North!’s Justin Petrone looks at the elves of Estonia.
  • The NYRB Daily praises the new movie Manchester by the Sea.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares a recent photo of Phobos.
  • Peter Rukavina argues that the Island’s low PISA scores do not necessarily reflect on what Islanders have learned.
  • Savage Minds shares an essay by someone who combines academic work with library work.
  • Torontoist notes the city’s subsidies to some major water polluters.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the anniversary of some important riots in Kazakhstan.
  • Arnold Zwicky reflects on the penguin-related caption of a photo on Wikipedia that has made the world laugh.

[LINK] “Frustration abounds for sponsorship groups waiting for families to arrive”

The Toronto Star‘s Nicholas Keung tells the story of how refugee sponsors in Canada have found themselves left waiting for the actual arrival of refugees, leaving them with significant costs indeed.

It didn’t take long for Nancy Wilding and her sponsorship group in Huntsville to raise well over the $60,000 they needed to sponsor a Syrian family of seven.

With an application submitted in October 2015, they were matched quickly with a refugee family and scrambled to get things ready.

By December they had secured a four-bedroom house for the family. Some 60 volunteers installed a new kitchen, with cabinetry donated by Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, with natural maple cupboards, new countertops and a donated fridge and stove.

Handmade curtains were hung, a country-style couch and love seat were brought in to grace the living room and a harvest table big enough for dining for the entire family was given pride of place.

The group even filled the house with food, clothing and daily necessities.

The only thing missing was the family.

“We had been ready to go by Christmas, then we waited, waited and waited. It’s been a rollercoaster ride for us. There’s been so much frustration that our hope was dashed,” Wilding said of Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Huntsville.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 14, 2016 at 11:59 pm