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[NEWS] Some Thursday links

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  • Bloomberg notes the collapse of a Petrobras boomtown in Brazil, notes that Serbian bonds are resistant to Brexit fears because of Serbia’s non-membership in the European Union, and wonders about the future of the smartphone market.
  • CBC notes soaring real estate prices in the suburbs of Toronto and Vancouver.
  • The Inter Press Service notes efforts to boost research and development in Africa.
  • MacLean’s notes, polemically, the importance of Canadian history in relation to current issues, like interprovincial limits on beer.
  • The National Post notes a Russian initiative to try to promote Siberian settlement by offering its citizens free land, and looks at the decline of tea at the expense of coffee in the United Kingdom.
  • Wired looks at the student art of Siberian indigenous students at a boarding school.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO notes the legalization of Uber in Toronto and reports on city council’s approval of Bloor Street bike lanes.
  • In a very personal essay, the Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly explains why she does not celebrate Mother’s Day.
  • D-Brief notes research into whether bears are put off by drones.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at Japanese pop star Kahimi Karie.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the governor of North Carolina said he might be looking for a new job.
  • Language Hat notes multilingual libraries. (Toronto has quite a few, of course.)
  • The LRB Blog tackles the question of Labour anti-Semitism.
  • The Map Room Blog shares maps of Canadian wildfires.
  • Peter Watts posts some evocative art.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares images of Mars’ giant volcanos.
  • Window on Eurasia notes declining social mobility in Russia.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bloomberg notes that the rising Russian ruble is cutting wheat exports.
  • Bloomberg View notes that a vote against Brexit will not produce a United Kingdom that is Europhile, and recommends higher inflation targets for Japan.
  • The Globe and Mail notes that the Canadian government has been silent about Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.
  • MacLean’s wonders if Peladeau will return to media giant Quebecor.
  • The New Yorker considers the changing role and position of the black body in the era of Beyoncé.
  • Open Democracy notes the plight of internally displaced people from the east in Ukraine, subject to much mistrust.
  • The Toronto Star contrasts the thriving Cree community of Québec with the despairing Cree communities of Ontario on the other side of James Bay.

[DM] “On speculating about the effects of German labour market restrictions in 2004”

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I engage in alternate historical speculation at Demography Matters. What if Germany had not restricted its labour market to migrants from the new European Union member-states in 2004? What would Germany look like? Would we be having a Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom?

Written by Randy McDonald

May 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

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  • Bloomberg View notes the strong case against Brexit and looks at how austerity will complicate the vote.
  • CBC notes the impact of Expo 86 on the architecture of Vancouver.
  • Discovery notes that the universe is likely filled with extinct civilizations.
  • The Inter Press Service reports on the African-Caribbean-Pacific group summit in Papua New Guinea.
  • MacLean’s examines the fall of the Parti Québécois’ Peladeau.
  • National Geographic reports on how ocean acidification is killing reefs off Florida.
  • Reuters notes how democracy is complicating Kuwait’s economic reforms.
  • The Toronto Star looks at the link between air rage and class divisions.
  • Universe Today describes the TRAPPIST-1 system.
  • The Washington Post notes how race is complicating the housing recovery in the United States.
  • Wired suggests that TTIP may end the European Union’s hard lines on privacy and the environment.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

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  • Bloomberg looks at the Vietnamese government’s response to a mass fish death, examines political instability in Iraq, notes a potentially problematic nuclear plant in the United Kingdom, and studies an illegal amber rush in western Ukraine.
  • CBC looks at the recent New Brunswick ruling on interprovincial alcohol shipments, notes an auction of Prince’s blazer from Purple Rain, suggests that a Facebook rant by a man convicted of neglecting the health of his son may not help him in sentencing, and looks at the retirement of Pierre Karl Péladeau as head of the Parti Québécois.
  • The Inter Press Service notes African support for West Papuan freedom.
  • MacLean’s looks at the Island’s preparation for Mike Duffy’s return to the Senate, notes Karla Homolka’s children will have to deal with their mother’s past crimes, and reacts to the new Drake album.
  • National Geographic interviews the author of a new book on abandoned cities.
  • NPR notes how Somali-British poet Warsan Shane has become a star thanks to Beyoncé.
  • Universe Today notes Russia’s first launch from its Far Eastern Vostochny cosmodrone and reports on the identification of an extragalactic neutrino source.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

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  • Atlas Obscura looks at the 18th century British tradition of installing hermits in gardens.
  • Bloomberg looks at Brexit proponents who say the United Kingdom can arrange a better deal with the European Union than Switzerland, notes continued anger after the housing collapse, and studies prospects for light rail in Los Angeles.
  • CBC notes the death of K-Tel founder Phil Kives and looks at fracking damage in Oklahoma.
  • MacLean’s notes that a former PQ minister who blames Liberal strength on English and Allophone voters does not know demographics.
  • National Geographic looks at Pripyat as a modern equivalent to Pompeii.
  • Open Democracy looks at the particular dynamics behind right-wing populism in Estonia.
  • Quartz notes the rise of the megacity.
  • The Toronto Star notes lessons Toronto can take from New York City on building better streets.
  • Vice looks at how the ability to learn does not require a nervous system.
  • Wired looks at the reason for the odd roads of Kansas.
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