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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Anthropology.net’s Kambiz Kamrani looks at the classical Mayan trade in pets, dogs and cats particularly.
  • Dangerous Minds shares some vintage cheesecake ads for video and arcade games from 1980s Japan.
  • Dead Things considers an examination of the thesis that the fabulous horns of some dinosaurs were used as sexual signals.
  • Hornet Stories nominates some queer people to get stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • JSTOR Daily tells the story of Bobbi Gibb, the woman who in 1966 crashed the Boston Marathon.
  • Language Hattells of Toty Samed, an Angolan musician who writes songs not in the now-dominant Portuguese but in his ancestral Kimbundu.
  • Steven Attewell at Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the ways in which the metaphor of mutants has been used by Marvel Comics to explore themes of racism and marginalization.
  • At the LRB Blog, Matthew Porges notes how European Union opposition to the annexation of Western Sahara by Morocco is counterbalanced by the need to keep Morocco as a partner.
  • r/mapporn shared a beautiful map of the Great Lakes, Nayanno-Nibiimaang Gichigamiin or “The Five Freshwater Seas”, from the Ojibwe perspective.
  • The Map Room Blog shares Christian Tate’s transit-style map of Middle Earth.
  • Marginal Revolution links to an essay arguing against the United States’ dropping the penny and the nickel, on the grounds that these expensive coins are loss-leaders for currency generally.
  • The NYR Daily takes a look at early 20th century Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyan, a man whose influence is visible in the Putin era.
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at the eye-catching male photography of Ekaterina Zakharova.
  • David Post’s analysis at the Volokh Conspiracy of the contract between Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump is a must-read.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the Russian government has failed to cultivate soft power, or wider influence, in the West.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Centauri Dreams considers methods for detecting early life telescopically on exoplanets.
  • Crooked Timber considers how legislators bear personal responsibility, morally at least, for consequences of the legislations that they pass.
  • Bruce Dorminey reports that the new TESS telescope may well be capable of spotting dense clouds of satellites in geosynchronous orbit of exoplanets as distant as 100 light years.
  • Far Outliers considers how in Iran, the veil worn by a woman was a status symbol, for her husband and family as much as for the woman.
  • Language Hat reports on the strange survival of the classical manuscript Alexandra.
  • Language Log suggests that the Confucius Institute network set up by China does not seem to spread Chinese language so much as Chinese culture.
  • As the Mueller investigation continues, Lawyers, Guns and Money suggests many of the players in the Trump Administration are facing a real-life version of the prisoner’s dilemma.
  • The Map Room Blog notes how maps of London’s Chiswick have been compiled into a public mural.
  • The NYR Daily has an amusing sketched review of the Michaelangelo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum. (My pictures will be coming!)
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at some of the fashion unveiled by Gucci in their recent Milan show.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains how cosmic inflation means that, despite the speed of light and the universe’s age of 13.8 billion years, we can see things now 46 billion light years away.
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little looks at some of the social factors going into nuclear accidents.
  • Window on Eurasia reports a familiar sort of pattern, of Central Asian migrants held in Russian prisons spreading Islam among their fellow detainees.

[ISL] Five islands notes: Caribbean and Jamaica migration, Diomedes, Indonesia, Finland

  • Lyman Stone, at In A State of Migration, takes a look at the slow population growth in even the well-off Caribbean, thanks to substantial emigration.
  • At Jamaica Observer, Edward Seaga summarizes the history of Jamaican emigration–economically necessary–and worries about the impact of Trump.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait takes a look at Big Diomede and Little Diomede, two islands in the Bering Strait that not only have different sovereigns (the US and Russia) but different dates, too.
  • Russell Darnley takes a look at how the indigenous population of Siberut, an Indonesian island west of Sumatra, are dealing with the effects of deforestation and cultural disruption.
  • Global News reports on an entrepreneur who wants to make an island in Finland into a women-only resort.

[NEWS] Five notes on migration: Asians in the US, Ghana to Libya, Indian women, Brazil, Canada

  • Noah Smith notes at Bloomberg View that Trump’s bizarre opposition to chain migration would hit (for instance) Asian immigrant communities in the United States quite badly.
  • The Inter Press Service shares one man’s nearly fatal attempt to migrate from his native Ghana through Libya.
  • The Inter Press Service notes a hugely underestimated system of migration within India, that of women moving to their new husbands’ homes.
  • In an extended piece, the Inter Press Service examines how wars and disasters are driving much immigration to Brazil, looking particularly at Haiti and Venezuela as new notable sources.
  • Canada is a noteworthy destination for many immigrants who move here to take part in Canadian sports, including the Olympics. The Mational Post reports.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at some stunning imagery of the Great Red Spot of Jupiter.
  • Inkfish notes that some jumping spiders do not just look like ants, they walk like them, too.
  • Language Log has gentle fun with the trend to develop heat maps for American English dialects.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the idea of disgust as it is made to relate to the homeless.
  • Siva Vijenthira at Spacing considers the particular importance of biking for the independence of women.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers whether or not terraforming Mars is worth it. (Yes, but it will be costly.)
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that China is displacing Russia, despite the latter’s efforts, as the main trade partner of smaller post-Soviet countries.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares an amusing photo of the Wonder Bears of Provincetown.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • blogTO notes that Toronto has placed ninth on a list of the best cities in the world to be a student.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a report examining the recent Russian naval deployment towards Australia.
  • Far Outliers notes the role of women in North Korea’s informal markets.
  • Language Hat comments on a haunting Hungarian-Polish phrasebook from 1940.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money continues an interesting debate on the American immigration amnesty.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests South Korea’s clean-up of its environment occurring within the past decade is indicative of China’s developments.
  • Justin Petrone notes one example of racial stereotyping of northern Italians versus southern Italians.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares some recent Hubble images of Mars.
  • Savage Minds shares the reactions of some anthropologists to Ferguson.
  • Spacing considers if Uber is part of the sharing economy.
  • Strange Maps shares cartographic domestic propaganda from the First World War.
  • Torontoist suggests that, with Nijinsky, Toronto is playing an important role as the host of narrative ballet.
  • Transit Toronto reports on the #grumpyrider hashtag.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on Ukrainian military cooperation with Poland and Lithuania and suggests on Ukrainian alienation from Russia.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • The Big Picture shares pictures of Muslims around the world celebrating the beginning of Ramadan.
  • BlogTO notes that RuPaul recently visited Toronto.
  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait explores the star SBW1, a star about to go supernova.
  • D-Brief and io9 both report on the recent successful womb transplants in Sweden.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that, on re-analysis, the very old star HIP13044 does not have a hot Jupiter.
  • Geocurrents’ Asya Pereltsvaig notes the prominence of Ukrainian ultranationalists–the Svoboda party–in the ongoing protests in Ukraine.
  • Joe. My. God., Towleroad, and the Volokh Conspiracy all note the recent passage of very strongly anti-gay laws in Nigeria, laws which prohibit even social gatherings. David Mixner’s analysis at Towleroad should be read.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money is skeptical about the excessive hyping of masculinity by authors claiming to be very masculine.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer takes a look at how Syrian refugees are doing. (Surprising fact: apparently one-third of people living in Lebanon are Syrian refugees.>
  • Towleroad notes that Luxembourg is likely to get marriage equality by the end of the year and links to a Vice documentary on hidden gay life in Russia.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the recent conviction of a Mauritanian on charges of apostasy. He now faces the death penalty.
  • Window on Eurasia links to a Russian magazine article summarizing the many failed opportunities of Russia to be an enthusiastic colonial power, from Tobago to Thailand to Tabriz and even off-world.