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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Beyond the Beyond notes that electronic newspapers just don’t work.
  • blogTO notes that the Eaton Centre’s HMV is closing.
  • Crooked Timber notes that it will be shifting to moderated commenting.
  • D-Brief notes a new sharp image of Eta Carinae.
  • Dead Things notes that some monkeys are apparently making stone tools.
  • Joe. My. God. shares Le Tigre’s new pro-Clinton song, “I’m With Her”.
  • The LRB Blog is critical of Britain’s hostility towards refugee children.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a new historical atlas of Tibet.
  • The NYRB Daily examines Assange’s reasons for using Wikileaks to help Trump.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes that New Horizons target 2007 OR10 has a moon.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the reasons for Ecuador’s clamping down on Assange.

[URBAN NOTE] “Brexit threatens London’s status as ‘best city in the world’ — even if nothing changes”

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Lianna Brinded’s Business Insider article makes a point that is all the more sadly ironic on account of London’s mostly anti-Brexit vote in the recent referendum.

PwC, in collaboration with BAV Consulting, surveyed a group of 5,200 people from 16 countries about where they believe the best cities in the world to be.

The demographic was made up of “an equal number of business decision makers, informed elites, and other general population adults over 18 years of age.”

London hit the number one spot in the ranking of 30 best cities in the world after the respondents scored the capital highly across 40 metrics, which included infrastructure, influence in terms of economics, politics, as well as culture, entertainment, and great food.

Matthew Lieberman, a director at PwC, told BI that Brexit could damage the perception of London as an open city and this could have a negative impact on the country overall.

“London scores number one in the metric ‘connected to the rest of the world,’ number two in political influence and number two in being a leader; these attributes are contributing to London’s position as the number one city overall – but they could foreseeably be impacted by Brexit,” said Lieberman.

“We’ll have to see if it manages to keep the same ranking next year, or if, due to Brexit, we see a slip. We do not currently have empirical data on this, but based on judgment and anecdotal evidence, we would presume that there’s still a lot of uncertainty and perceptions are in flux.”

Written by Randy McDonald

October 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm

[ISL] Brexit vote reignites the debate on Britishness in Northern Ireland”

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Henry McDonald in The Guardian looks at how Brexit is encouraging pro-Union people in Northern Ireland to reconsider their territory’s identity, perhaps even allegiances.

When Britain voted for Brexit, a strange thing happened in North Down, an affluent, unionist-dominated area of Northern Ireland with a strong sense of British identity.

As the results came in it became clear North Down had other affinities: European. The area voted in favour of staying in the EU, as the majority of people in Northern Ireland did.

The outcome of June’s referendum triggered a summer of speculation. Had attitudes changed? If unionists saw EU membership as important, might they reconsider their ancient hostility to reunification with Ireland?

Some asked if there should be a “border poll”, a referendum on whether Northern Ireland should stay in the UK or join the Irish Republic. Others feared a push by Scotland towards independence could fatally undermine unionist confidence in the unity of the UK.

But passions quickly cooled. Politicians, among them Bertie Ahern, the former Irish prime minister, said the time wasn’t right for a reunification vote.

In unionist strongholds voters stress that pro-remain is not the same as a pro-reunification. Even diehard loyalists say they are opposed to any “hard border” with the Irish Republic post-Brexit.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Big Winner From London’s Brexit Exodus Isn’t Even in Europe”

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Bloomberg’s Gavin Finch notes that New York City, not necessarily any single European centre, could benefit the most from the decline of London post-Brexit as a financial centre.

New York, even more than Frankfurt or Paris, is emerging as a top candidate to lure banking talent if London’s finance industry is damaged by Britain’s divorce from the European Union, according to politicians and industry executives.

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That’s because the largest U.S. city, rather than European finance hubs, is the place that rivals the depth of markets, breadth of expertise or regulatory appeal boasted by London. Continental Europe will win some bank operations to satisfy regional rules ensure time-zone-friendly access to its market, but more may eventually shift across the Atlantic to the only other one-stop shop for business.

“There is no way in the EU there is a center with the infrastructure or regulatory infrastructure to take the role London has,” particularly in capital markets, John Nelson, chairman of Lloyd’s of London, said in an interview. “There is only one city in the world that can, and that is New York.”

For many global investment banks, London is their largest or second-biggest headquarters. If the benefits of scale are diminished by having to move roles to Europe, banks may look to shrink their London operations even further by moving any workers able to do their job just as well from a different time zone, including global-facing roles in merger advisory, trading and back-office technology and finance.

Additional jobs may move as specific trading activities seek a new epicenter. London Stock Exchange Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Xavier Rolet was blunt, saying that if Brexit strips London of the ability to clear euro derivatives trades, the entire business would move to the only other city able to clear all 17 major currencies: New York.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO reports that Honest Ed’s will have its final sign sale this weekend.
  • D-Brief looks at the New Horizons probe’s next target after Pluto, and reports that Venus is tectonically active.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on the mechanics of the antimatter sail.
  • Dangerous Minds features a video of France Gall singing about computer dating in 1968.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers biological fluorescence as a marker for life on red dwarf exoplanets.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reports on a wall of taco trucks set to face Donald Trump in Las Vegas.
  • The LRB Blog notes the flailings of the Nigerian president.
  • The NYRB Blog reports on how Brexit will wreck a British economy dependent on single market access.
  • Transit Toronto notes that preliminary work has begun on the Scarborough subway.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Orin Kerr links to an editorial of his arguing that it should be made easier for Americans to migrate.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russia is losing a third world war over brainpower and looks at the problems of sleeping districts in Moscow, a legacy of Soviet misplanning.

[LINK] “First heterosexual civil partnership in British Isles celebrated”

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The Guardian‘s Owen Bowcott describes the first heterosexual couple to acquire a domestic partnership in the United Kingdom. All I can say is that if the United Kingdom wanted domestic partnerships to be viable, on the model of France, they would have been opened up long before now to opposite-sex couples.

The first opposite-sex couple in the British Isles to go through a civil partnership ceremony have celebrated their union in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man.

Adeline Cosson, 24, and Kieran Hodgson, 22, wanted to “keep it simple” rather than have a traditional wedding. They are considering getting married at a later date.

Civil partnerships, which were introduced in 2004 for same-sex couples following lobbying by equal rights campaigners, are not available for heterosexual partners in the UK.

A London couple, Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld, are going to the court of appeal in November to argue that denying opposite-sex couples civil partnerships breaches their human rights.

But the Isle of Man, which is not part of the UK and decriminalised gay sex in the 1990s, made civil partnerships available to everybody this summer.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO shares photos of old Toronto department stores.
  • Discover‘s Citizen Science Salon reports on how people are facing California seals and sea lions faced with famine.
  • D-Brief warns people to be cautious about the newest claim of detections of extraterrestrial intelligence.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the discovery through microlensing of a distant planet, KMT-2015-BLG-0048Lb.
  • Dangerous Minds reports on a line of collectible china plates with nuclear reactors on them.
  • Joe. My. God. notes Christianity Today‘s denunciation of Trump as a fool.
  • Language Log looks at the new Hong Kong legislators who insulted China when they were being sworn in.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reports on the racism behind allegations of voter fraud.
  • The LRB Blog reports on the unrest in Kashmir.
  • The Map Room Blog looks at a new website devoted to the 1507 Waldseemüller world map.
  • Marginal Revolution notes how Brexit has hit food supplies.
  • Understanding Society presents a new study of assemblage social theory.
  • Window on Eurasia reports Russian allegations that outside forces are trying to break Russia down on regional lines, looks at how more prosperous Russian regions also send out more migrants, and reports on the linguistic Ukrainianization of Ukraine.