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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • blogTO notes the warning of the Royal Bank of Canada that the city has too many condos.
  • D-Brief notes how patterns of glucose consumption in the brain can distinguish between people capable of consciousness and those otherwise.
  • Dangerous Minds notes the Victorian tradition of post-mortem photographs.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that, apparently, our knowledge of nearby brown dwarfs is limited.
  • The Dragon’s Tales considers the impact of close encounters with massive passing bodies on the crusts of ice moons.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the criticism of Peter Thiel, funder of attacks against Gawker, by Gawker’s founder as a comic book villain.
  • Language Log notes early efforts to promote a single standard for the Russian language in the Soviet era.
  • The Map Room Blog shares the new map of the London subway system.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog charts the sources of different countries’ immigrant populations.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the popularity of imperialism in Russia.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

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  • Bloomberg notes Saudi Arabia’s efforts to cut Iran off from trade with its neighoburs, looks at how population growth in London will outpace–and be different from–population change in the rest of the United Kingdom, and reports on the plight of child labourers in Indonesia’s tobacco fields.
  • Bloomberg View argues Uber is no match for mass transit in the European Union and suggests that any negative consequences of immigration for native workers are overblown.
  • CBS News and BBC talk about the use of old technology like floppy disks in key software programs, the BBC being kinder than CBS.
  • Gizmodo describes the current heat wave in the Arctic, something literally off the charts.
  • IPS News notes the politics o mapping Kashmir, notes the chaos in Venezuela, and looks at water shortages in Burma.
  • Kotaku notes how the Ghibli museum in Japan is getting a catbus.
  • MacLean’s looks at the political potential of Kevin O’Leary.
  • The National Post notes the serious concerns over the Rio Olympics.
  • Open Democracy looks at the Moscow consensus for autocracy in the former Soviet Union and proposes a new security policy for Ukraine.
  • The Toronto Star and MacLean’s report from the sentencing of James Forcillo for the murder of Sammy Yatim.
  • Wired wonders if scientists can engineer coral resistant to climate change.

[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.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • Al Jazeera looks at the rejection of political Islam by Tunisia’s Ennahda party.
  • The Australian Broadcasting Corporation notes the ambition of Zambia to become a major food-exporting country.
  • Bloomberg notes the negative impact of booming immigration on the New Zealand economy, observes Ireland’s efforts to attract financial jobs from London-based companies worried by Brxit, reports on the elimination of Brazil’s sovereign wealth fund, and notes a lawsuit lodged by Huawei against Samsung over royalties.
  • Bloomberg View notes that Russia can at least find domestic investors, and worries about the politicization of the Israeli military.
  • CBC reports on the Syrian refugee who has become a popular barber in Newfoundland’s Corner Brooks, notes the sad news of Gord Downie’s cancer, and wonders what will happen to Venezuela.
  • Daily Xtra writes about the need for explicit protection of trans rights in Canadian human rights codes.
  • MacLean’s notes Uber’s struggles to remain in Québec.
  • National Geographic notes Brazilian efforts to protect an Amazonian tribe.
  • The National Post reports about Trudeau’s taking a day off on his Japan trip to spend time with his wife there.
  • Open Democracy wonders what will become of the SNP in a changing Scotland.
  • The Toronto Star looks at payday lenders.
  • Wired examines Twitter’s recent changes.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

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  • The Atlantic notes the import of the assassination of the head of the Taliban.
  • The BBC observes Spotify has more revenues, but is still not making money.
  • Bloomberg suggests Brexit would embolden central European populists and slow down growth, and looks at Coca Cola’s end of production in Venezuela.
  • Bloomberg View suggests a new class of educated Chinese professionals will hurt middle-class wages.
  • The CBC notes the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for northern Alberta oil sands camps.
  • Daily Xtra looks at the importance of Facebook in spreading knowledge to PrEP.
  • Gizmodo notes the proliferation of cephalopods in the world’s oceans.
  • The Miami Herald describes how desperate Venezuelans are turning to urban gardening.
  • The National Post looks at Kevin O’Leary’s interest in Canadian politics.
  • The Toronto Star reports on the lifting of the American arms sales embargo against Vietnam.
  • Wired notes Grindr can still be hacked to identify users’ locations.

[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 Monday links

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  • Bloomberg notes that Brexit proponents are now saying leaving the European Union will create more jobs in the financial sector, and describes the continued rise of fertility rates in Japan to German levels.
  • CBC reports on how a Croatian vintner helped California wines gain international recognition in 1976, notes that Fort McMurray evacuees outside Alberta can’t access that government’s relief funds, and looks at how an Iqaluit man is using Amazon’s free shipping to feed people in smaller Nunavut communities.
  • The National Post reports that Egyptair flight 804 appears to have been destroyed by an internal explosion on the right side of the aircraft.
  • Open Democracy reports on the appalling practice of a British property company that has assigned red doors to asylum seekers who are then attacks.

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