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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • The Big Picture shares photos from the Nice terror attack.
  • blogTO notes that it might soon be illegal to talk and text in Toronto.
  • City of Brass’ Aziz Poonawalla responds to Gingrich’s call for a deportation of sharia-believing Muslims.
  • Crooked Timber considers the prospects for the United Kingdom.
  • Language Hat looks at the problems involved with translating Chinese poetry.
  • The LRB Blog looks at third-wave jihadism.
  • The Map Room Blog examines the most popular walking routes in the United Kingdom.
  • Towleroad notes that Trump’s vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence wanted to divert funding for HIV/AIDS towards gay conversion therapy.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that the dying-off of the old generation of people in the former Soviet Union will not necessarily leave younger pro-market ones.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

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  • Bloomberg notes that Brexit may be good for European criminals, looks at the negative impact of Brexit on Japan’s retail chains, examines the way a broken-down road reflects India-China relations, looks at Russia’s shadow economy and observes Ukraine’s effort to attract shippers to its ports.
  • The Globe and Mail notes the mourning in Québec for the Nice attacks.
  • MacLean’s reports on a New Brunswick high school overwhelmed by Syrian refugees and examines the dynamics of Brazil’s wealthy elite.
  • National Geographic notes that Brazil’s capuchin monkeys have progressed to the stone age.
  • The National Post reports on evidence of cannibalism among Neanderthals, notes Kathleen Wynne’s criticism of “All Lives Matter”, and engages with the idea of a guaranteed minimum income.
  • Open Democracy engages with Scotland’s strategy for Brexit.
  • Wired looks at a New York City park built to withstand rising seas, mourns the disappearance of the CD, and notes that scenes of murder will never disappear from our social media.

[URBAN NOTE] Bloomberg View on the cities that will compete with London

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Bloomberg View’s Mark Gilbert writes about the advantages, and disadvantages, of London’s different Eurozone competitors for its financial industry. Paris seems to come out broadly in the lead.

Have you heard? The platforms of London’s St. Pancras train station and the departure lounges of its airports are packed with anxious investment bankers, ordered by their employers to relocate following Brexit.

Of course, that isn’t happening at all; the U.K. decision to leave the European Union hasn’t prompted an overnight exodus. But the banks that warned they’d consider moving thousands of staff out of a non-EU Britain are surely assessing “the next two weeks, two months and two years,” as consultancy firm KPMG put it when appointing one of its senior partners to be head of its new Brexit division. “The French government, the German government, a number of governments, are making, if I may call it this way, a case for people to move to their jurisdiction,” UBS Chief Executive Officer Andrea Orcel said on Tuesday. So which competing financial center looks most attractive?

On cost-cutting grounds alone, there are a number of options. London regularly vies with Hong Kong as the most expensive world city for renting office space. It ranks second according to figures compiled by real-estate firm CBRE for the first quarter of this year, with Paris 14th, Dublin at 30th and Frankfurt down at 47th. For a bank seeking a cheap European office, Frankfurt and Luxembourg look the best bets:

For a human resources department seeking the best overall environment for its employees, Frankfurt also looks attractive. In its annual scorecard of cities based on overall quality of life, including considerations such as political stability, economic backdrop, personal freedom and school systems, the consulting firm Mercer ranks the German financial capital as the seventh best place to live. Its 2016 ranking of 230 cities puts Luxembourg 19th and Dublin 33rd[.]

Bankers ordered to relocate can anticipate lower housing costs wherever they end up. For city-center apartments, London is the second most expensive city in Europe after Monaco, with Paris third at almost half the cost, and Luxembourg 10th. Frankfurt and Dublin, though, are even cheaper[.]

Written by Randy McDonald

July 14, 2016 at 7:01 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Centauri Dreams considers low-mass objects in Orion.
  • Crooked Timber engages with the racism among the Brexiteers.
  • The LRB Blog notes the huge complications of Brexit.
  • The NYRB Blog looks at controversies in the Clinton campaign.
  • Savage Minds visits Ukraine’s new museum of corruption, and the refugees who live there.
  • Transit Toronto looks at the expansion of GO Transit’s infrastructure northwards.
  • Torontoist notes a possible revival of public art at Yorkdale station.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at the controversies over Orthodox Christianity and nationality in Ukraine.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Antipope hosts a guest blogger with an interesting vision for a new iteration of cyberpunk.
  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling shares a link to a report on Saudi Arabian water resources.
  • Centauri Dreams shares a study of nearby brown dwarf WISE 0855.
  • Crooked Timber notes the amoral technocracy of the Speers.
  • Dangerous Minds shares vintage postcards from a century ago warning against the threat of feminism.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the import of carbon to oxygen ratios in exoplanet formation.
  • ImaGeo notes the discovery of new dwarf planet RR245.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Australians scientists have declared an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in that country, conditionally.
  • Language Hat links to a site for learning sign languages.
  • Language Log tests an alleged Finnish joke about Russian occupations for linguistic plausibility.
  • The LRB Blog notes that Prime Minister Theresa May is not a victory for feminism.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the depopulation of Japan and looks at Britain’s low productivity.
  • Otto Pohl announces his impending move to academia in Kurdistan.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at Ukrainian emigration.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russian austerity will hurt Russia’s regions.

[URBAN NOTE] “A Welsh Steel Town Had a Lot to Lose. Why Did It Brexit?”

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Bloomberg’s Lisa Freisher looks at why one Welsh steel town dependent on EU funding counterintuitively voted for Brexit. Desperation, blind desperation, seems key.

On the eve of the Brexit vote, nearly all official voices were nudging residents of the steel town of Port Talbot, Wales, to vote to remain in the EU: A healthy chunk of the steel produced locally was shipped into Europe, and the EU sent millions of pounds to aid the local economy.

The message came from management at the giant mill, owned by Tata Steel. Union bosses. Local politicians. But those voices from above seemed to only repel residents fed up with the status quo.

Protesting decades of industrial decline while London thrived, 57% of the 75,652 people who voted in this once proud region of steel production decided to take a chance and leave.

“All I’ve ever seen was a decline in the steel works,” said Andrew Clarke, 30, who finally got a job at the plant two years ago as a crane driver, only to watch his father laid off from the plant this year. “People might maybe losing pensions, maybe losing bonuses, maybe losing holidays.”

The town was one of many places across England and Wales where people voted against what a host of experts and government officials said were their own self interests, in favor of an unknown alternative. In Sunderland, where Nissan employs 6,700 autoworkers on the northeast coast of England, Leave won 61% to 39%. In Cornwall, after its residents voted to leave, local officials asked for reassurance after the vote that £60 million ($80 million) in annual EU support would be replenished.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 10, 2016 at 6:15 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Centauri Dreams and The Dragon’s Tales look at the cryogenic prebiotic chemistry of Titan.
  • Dangerous Minds notes that a restored version of David Bowie’s film The Man Who Fell to Earth will be hitting theatres in fall.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at how some archeologists are successfully identifying individual makers of Harappan seals.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at disabilities and relationships.
  • The LRB Blog notes Tony Blair’s close relationship with the United States.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at how New York City librarians once received their own apartments.
  • Steve Munro looks at the TTC’s air conditioning problems.
  • Torontoist satirizes the visitors of Trinity Bellwoods Park.
  • Window on Eurasia claims the Russian Far East is deteriorating.
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