Aug. 1st, 2017

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  • The Citizen Science Blog notes an effort to undertake a census of the monarch butterfly this week.

  • Crooked Timber's Eric Rauchway riffs on Nolan's Dunkirk as a meditation on the end of empire.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes that, though a good idea science-wise, interstellar probes are not coming anytime soon.

  • Jonathan Wynn at the Everyday Sociology Blog shares 13 lessons to be taken from 13 Reasons Why.

  • Language Hat investigates the deeper etymology of "Lozi", a people of Zambia.

  • Victor Mair of Language Log takes a critical look at the difficulty of learning Chinese characters.

  • Turning to the taxi industry, Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the extent to which the gig economy undermines immigrant and minority participation in established industries.

  • The LRB Blog wonders what Brexiteers could possibly have, rightly, against the European Court of Justice. Law matters ...

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer is disconcerted by the extent to which some people believe falsehoods about crime and race in the US.
  • Transit Toronto notes last night's Underground Freedom Train Ride. I'm sad I missed this.

  • Window on Eurasia notes Belarus' concern over the import of upcoming joint military exercises with Russia, here and here.

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  • Spacing hosts Cheryl Thompson's article examining Toronto's Caribbean festival as a Bakhtinian organized chaos.

  • VICE examines how social housing in Canada will be hard-hit by climate change, including rising temperatures.

  • Torontoist shares a sponsored guide to attractions in the Ontario Greenbelt.

  • Laura Howells at the Toronto Star notes that if garlic mustard has to be an invasive plant in the forests of Ontario, at least it helps that it is a tasty invader.

  • Julien Gignac reports on the mystery of who the artist building shrines at Leslie Spit actually is.

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  • Alejandro Puyana at NPR describes how the arepa of Venezuela thrives internationally but dies at home.

  • Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the point that people on the left clinging to Venezuela as it descends into dictatorship are not helping anyone.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer notes that the 1999 constitution of Venezuela seems designed to have allowed for a shift towards dictatorship.

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