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  • Le Devoir wonders if excessive tourism will make Vieux-Québec unlivable for locals.

  • Sam Sklar at CityLab, native of the New Jersey community of Fort Lee, wonders when it will burst out from the shadow of New York City.

  • The question of how Vancouver in the era of legalization will celebrate 4/20 remains actively contested. The National Post reports.

  • CityLab reports on how the 2024 Paris Olympics may help regenerate Saint-Denis.

  • The story about how resettled refugees helped revive the Italian town of Sutera, on the island of Sicily, needs to be better-known. VICE reports.

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  • Architectuul features a photo essay made by Evan Panagopoulos in the course of a hurried three-hour visit to the Socialist Modernist and modern highlights of 20th century Kiev architecture.

  • Bad Astrronomer Phil Plait notes how the latest planet found in the Kepler-47 circumbinary system evokes Tatooine.

  • Centauri Dreams looks at tide and radiation, and their impacts on potential habitability, in the TRAPPIST-1 system.

  • Citizen Science Salon looks at how the TV show Cyberchase can help get young people interested in science and math.

  • Crooked Timber mourns historian David Brion Davis.

  • The Crux looks at how the HMS Challenger pioneered the study of the deeps of the oceans, with that ship's survey of the Mariana Trench.

  • D-Brief looks at how a snowball chamber using supercooled water can be used to hunt for dark matter.

  • Earther shares photos of the heartbreaking and artificial devastation of the Amazonian rainforest of Brazil.

  • Gizmodo shares a beautiful Hubble photograph of the southern Crab Nebula.

  • Information is Beautiful shares a reworked version of the Julia Galef illustration of the San Francisco area meme space.

  • io9 notes that, fresh from being Thor, Jane Foster is set to become a Valkyrie in a new comic.

  • JSTOR Daily explains the Victorian fondness for leeches, in medicine and in popular culture.

  • Language Hat links to an interview with linguist Amina Mettouchi, a specialist in Berber languages.

  • Language Log shares the report of a one-time Jewish refugee on changing language use in Shanghai, in the 1940s and now.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reports on the horror of self-appointed militias capturing supposed undocumented migrants in the southwestern US.

  • Marginal Revolution reports on the circumstances in which volunteer militaries can outperform conscript militaries.

  • At the NYR Daily, Christopher Benfey reports on the surprisingly intense connection between bees and mourning.

  • Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw, responding to Israel Folau, considers free expression and employment.

  • The Planetary Society Blog shares a guest post from Barney Magrath on the surprisingly cheap adaptations needed to make an iPhone suitable for astrophotography.

  • Peter Rukavina reports on the hotly-contested PEI provincial election of 1966.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explains what the discovery of helium hydride actually means.

  • Understanding Society's Daniel Little praises the Jill Lepore US history These Truths for its comprehensiveness.

  • Window on Eurasia reports on the growing divergences in demographics between different post-Soviet countries.

  • Arnold Zwicky starts with another Peeps creation and moves on from there.

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  • Bad Astronomy notes the detection of the birth of a neutron star binary system in the distant galaxy of IV ZW 155.

  • Centauri Dreams examines the potential for M-class red dwarfs to support planets with life.

  • Crooked Timber notes the death of the science fiction master Gene Wolfe.

  • D-Brief notes that the TESS spacecraft has confirmed its discovery of its first exoplanet, HD 21749 c 52 light-years away.

  • Language Hat considers a fascinating question: Who wrote Aladdin?

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the shameless foolishness of Donald Trump with regards to the Notre-Dame tragedy.

  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper noting the significant cost, in medieval Europe, of the construction of cathedrals even in rich areas like Ile-de-France.

  • Towleroad notes that the Pete Buttigieg campaign has released its design toolkit to the public for downloading.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the impediments put in place in Russia to limit the presence of immigrants on labour markets.

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  • JSTOR Daily looks at how, in the 19th century, many cities made their cemeteries into parks.

  • Guardian Cities considers which city in the world is the hardest-drinking one.

  • CityLab notes that building cities is not going to be the answer to global warming.

  • The Conversation looks at the demographics of the homeless of North America.

  • The threat of Donald Trump to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities in the United States has widely noted. Maybe this actually might be a good solution? Global News reports.

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  • Centauri Dreams notes the remarkable imaging of the atmosphere of HR 8799 e.

  • Crooked Timber starts a discussion about books that, once picked up, turned out to be as good as promised.

  • The Crux considers obsidian, known in the Game of Thrones world as dragonglass.

  • Bruce Dorminey notes that NASA is considering a proposal for a floating Venus probe that would be recharged by microwaves from orbit.The Dragon's Tales shares a report that Russia has developed a new satellite to work with a new anti-satellite weapons system.

  • Far Outliers notes what U.S. Grant learned from the Mexican-American War, as a strategist and as a politician.

  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing suggests, drawing from the image of M87*, that we have had a world disenchanted by the digital technology used to produce the image.

  • JSTOR Daily shares what critical theory has to say about the binge-watching of television.

  • Language Hat notes the Cherokee-language inscriptions on the wall of Manitou Cave.

  • Language Log considers when the first conversing automaton was built.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money takes a look at a corner of 1970s feminism forgotten despite its innovative ideas.

  • Marginal Revolution considers the idea of restricting some new migrants to particular regions of the United States.

  • The NYR Daily explores the important new work by Igiaba Scego, Beyond Babylon.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel answers a surprisingly complex question: What is an electron?

  • Window on Eurasia explains why the cost of a professional military means Russia will not abandon the draft.

  • Arnold Zwicky explores "johnson" as a euphemism for penis.

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  • Police in Hamilton explain why unauthorized marijuana shops are not easy to shut down. Theirs is a city of laws. Global News reports.

  • The small Nova Scotia community of Blacks Harbour has lost its only grocery store, presaging perhaps a future of decline. Global News reports.

  • New York City is getting congestions pricing for traffic setting a precedent for other cities. VICE reports.

  • Roads and Kingdoms is providing some tips to the Australian surfing resort of Byron Bay.

  • Bloomberg notes the plight of British immigrant workers in Luxembourg faced with Brexit.

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  • Architectuul profiles the construction of the Modern Berlin Temple built to a design by Mies van der Rohe in 1968.

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes the beauty of galaxy M61.

  • D-Brief notes new evidence that Mars sustained rivers on its surface at a surprising late date.

  • Gizmodo notes a theory that the oddly shaped ring moons of Saturn might be product of a collision.

  • Hornet Stories suggests/u> that recent raids on gay bars in New Orleans might be driven by internecine politics within the LGBTQ community.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that a court in the Cayman Islands has recently legalized same-sex marriage there.

  • JSTOR Daily looks at the origins of the Chipko activists of 1960s and 1970s India, whose tree-hugging helped save forests there.

  • Language Log notes the story of Beau Jessep, who got rich off of a business creating English names for Chinese children.

  • Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns and Money, looking at the introduction of public healthcare in Saskatchewan and wider Canada, notes the great institutional differences that do not make that a close model for public healthcare in the US now.

  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper examining the close relationship over time between population growth and economic and technological change.

  • Roads and Kingdoms interviews documentary filmmaker Nadir Bouhmouch about a Amazigh community's resistance to an intrusive mine on their territory.

  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes, correctly, that one reason why Ukrainians are more prone to emigration to Europe and points beyond than Russians is that Ukraine has long been included, in whole or in part, in European states.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel notes that we still do not know why antimatter does not dominate in our universe.

  • Understanding Society features a guest post from Indian sociologist V.K. Ramachandran talking about two visits four decades apart to one of his subjects.

  • Vintage Space makes a compelling case for people not to be afraid of nuclear rockets in space, like the vintage never-deployed NERVA.

  • Window on Eurasia takes issue with the bilingual radio programs aired in Russian republics, which subtly undermine local non-Russian languages.

  • Arnold Zwicky starts with lilacs, which include hybrids tolerant of the California climate, and goes on to explore lavender in all of its glories, queer and otherwise.

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  • CTV News reports the exceptional popularity of a Toronto Blue Jays away game in Montréal.

  • A library n Thunder Bay is playing a critical role in helping treat the ills of that city. Tanya Talaga writes at the Toronto Star.

  • Guardian Cities reports on how poor children in mixed-use housing in London are being kept from using public playgrounds.

  • The Financial Times reports on the rapid growth of the French immigrant community in Hong Kong, now numbering tens of thousands of people.

  • Céline von Engelhardt writes at MacLean's about how Sobey's has secured for itself, in the new north-central Edmonton neighbourhood of Griesbach, restrictive covenants that exclude any possible retail competition elsewhere in the neighbourhood.

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  • A tiny house put on the market in Oshawa got a surprising amount of buzz before its sale. Global News reports.

  • The Speed River Journal's Van Waffle shares photos for a nearby crossing for the new Kitchener-Waterloo Ion light rail project, set to open very soon.

  • MTLBlog shares a map showing the distribution of some notable immigrant communities in Montréal.

  • Guardian Cities reports on how authorities in Accra are trying to deal with noise pollution produced by the city's many churches and preachers.

  • Roads and Kingdoms notes how elderly singles in Beijing use Changpu River Park as a place to meet new partners.

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  • Urban Toronto looks at the new proposal for a condo tower at 300 Bloor Street West, at Bloor and Huron.

  • Toronto's Great Hall, on Queen Street West, is up for sale. blogTO reports.

  • Residents and tenants of the Coffin Factory at staging a funeral for this location as it is on the verge of being made into a condo development. blogTO reports.

  • A new exhibit in North York is profiling the history of immigrant construction workers in Toronto. CBC reports.

  • Could a tax on multi-million dollar homes in Toronto be used to generate funds for the homeless? The Toronto Star reports.

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  • Centauri Dreams considers the possibility of carbon dioxide being a biosignature in the atmospheres of exoplanets.

  • D-Brief notes the discoveries of Hayabusa2 at asteroid Ryugu, including the possibility it was part of a larger body.

  • Gizmodo links to a new analysis suggesting the behaviour of 'Oumuamua was not so unprecedented after all, that it was a simple exocomet.

  • JSTOR Daily looks at Agnes Chase, an early 20th century biologist who did remarkable things, both with science and with getting women into her field.

  • Robert Farley at Lawyers, Guns and Money links to a new article of his analyzing the new aircraft carriers of Japan, noting not just their power but the effective lack of limits on Japanese military strength.

  • Marginal Revolution notes the substantial demographic shifts occurring in Kazakhstan since independence, with Kazakh majorities appearing throughout the country.

  • Neuroskeptic considers if independent discussion sections for online papers would make sense.

  • The NYR Daily shares a photo essay by Louis Witter reporting on Moroccan boys seeking to migrate to Europe through Ceuta.

  • Roads and Kingdoms has an interview with photographer Brett Gundlock about his images of Latin American migrants in Mexico seeking the US.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explores the mass extinction and extended ice age following the development of photosynthesis and appearance of atmospheric oxygen on Earth two billion years ago.

  • Window on Eurasia notes that, in Karabakh, Jehovah's Witnesses now constitute the biggest religious minority.

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  • Charlie Stross at Antipope has an open thread regarding Brexit.

  • Centauri Dreams considers the dust lanes of the solar system.

  • D-Brief reports on the discovery of the first confirmed skull piece of a Denisovan.

  • Dangerous Minds considers the filmic history of Baron Munchausen.

  • JSTOR Daily considers the past of the Monroe Doctrine, as a marker of American power over the Western Hemisphere.

  • Language Log notes that "frequency illusion", a 2005 coinage of Arnold Zwicky on that blog, has made it to the Oxford English Dictionary. Congratulations!

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the talents of Pete Buttigieg, someone who (among other things) is fluent in the Norwegian language. Could he be a serious challenger?

  • Oliver Miles at the LRB Blog notes the threat of new locust swarms across the Sahara and into the Middle East.

  • Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution highlights a new paper aiming to predict the future, one that argues that the greatest economic gains will eventually accrue to the densest populations.

  • The NYR Daily reports from the scene in a fragmented Libya.

  • The Planetary Society Blog reports that the OSIRIS-REx probe has detected asteroid Bennu ejecting material into space.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explains the import of having a supermoon occur on the Equinox this year.

  • Strange Maps' Frank Jacobs reports a new finding that Mercury actually tends to be the closest planet in the Solar System to Earth.

  • Window on Eurasia notes that fewer Russians than before think highly of the annexation of Crimea.

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes new evidence that the Pathfinder probe landed, on Mars, on the shores of an ancient sea.

  • The Crux reports on tholins, the organic chemicals that are possible predecessors to life, now found in abundance throughout the outer Solar System.

  • D-Brief reports on the hard work that has demonstrated some meteorites which recently fell in Turkey trace their origins to Vesta.

  • Colby King at the Everyday Sociology Blog explores sociologist Eric Klinenberg's concept of social infrastructure, the public spaces we use.

  • Far Outliers reports on a Honolulu bus announcement in Yapese, a Micronesian language spoken by immigrants in Hawai'i.

  • JSTOR Daily considers the import of the autobiography of Catherine the Great.

  • Language Hat reports, with skepticism, on the idea of "f" and "v" as sounds being products of the post-Neolithic technological revolution.

  • Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen is critical of the idea of limiting the number of children one has in a time of climate change.

  • Jim Belshaw at Personal Reflections reflects on death, close at hand and in New Zealand.

  • Strange Company reports on the mysterious disappearance, somewhere in Anatolia, of American cyclist Frank Lenz in 1892, and its wider consequences.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel identifies five types of cosmic events capable of triggering mass extinctions on Earth.

  • Towleroad reports on the frustration of many J.K. Rowling fans with the author's continuing identification of queer histories for characters that are never made explicit in books or movies.

  • Window on Eurasia has a skeptical report about a Russian government plan to recruit Russophones in neighbouring countries as immigrants.

  • Arnold Zwicky explores themes of shipwrecks and of being shipwrecked.

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes how the dinosaurs seem to have been killed off 65 million years ago by a combination of geological and astronomical catastrophes.

  • Centauri Dreams examines Kepler 1658b, a hot Jupiter in a close orbit around an old star.

  • The Crux reports on the continuing search for Planet Nine in the orbits of distant solar system objects.

  • D-Brief notes how researchers have begun to study the archaeological records of otters.

  • Cody Delistraty profiles author and journalist John Lanchester.

  • Far Outliers reports on the terrible violence between Hindus and Muslims preceding partition in Calcutta.

  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing suggests the carnival of the online world, full of hidden work, is actually an unsatisfying false carnival.

  • Hornet Stories reports that São Paulo LGBTQ cultural centre and homeless shelter Casa 1 is facing closure thanks to cuts by the homophobic new government.

  • io9 reports on one fan's attempt to use machine learning to produce a HD version of Deep Space Nine.

  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the increasing trend, at least in the United States and the United Kingdom, to deport long-term residents lacking sufficiently secure residency rights.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the literally medieval epidemics raging among the homeless of California.

  • Marginal Revolution considers how the Book of Genesis can be read as a story of increasing technology driving improved living standards and economic growth.

  • The NYR Daily interviews Lénaïg Bredoux about #MeToo in France.

  • The Planetary Society Blog considers the subtle differences in colour between ice giants Uranus and Neptune, one greenish and the other a blue, and the causes of this difference.

  • The Speed River Journal's Van Waffle shares beautiful photos of ice on a stream as he talks about his creative process.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel considers what the universe was like back when the Earth was forming.

  • Window on Eurasia reports on a statement made by the government of Belarus that the survival of the Belarusian language is a guarantor of national security.

  • Arnold Zwicky was kind enough to share his handout for the semiotics gathering SemFest20.

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  • CBC reports on a Toronto couple who found a better life in a small town in Newfoundland, Twillingate.

  • The Irish Times reports on the difficulties, perceived and otherwise, surrounding the first application of Ireland to join the EEC in 1963.

  • The Guardian reports on how the Russian Arctic islands of Novaya Zemlya have been facing an influx of hungry polar bears.

  • This account at the NYR Daily of Oceania, an exhibit of art from the Pacific islands at the Royal Academy, makes me wish I could have seen it.

  • The Inter Press Service reports on the victory of Mauritius over the United Kingdom at the International Court of Justice, ordering Britain to retreat from Diego Garcia and to allow the Chagossians to return to their archipelagic home.

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  • The nearly forty million dollars of federal government investment promised for PEI biotech firm Biovectra is a substantial investment indeed. The Guardian reports.

  • The Guardian reports the reunification of a family of Syrian refugees on the Island.

  • Peter Rukavina notes and explains the significant differences, cultural and religious, between the neighbouring PEI communities of Crapaud and Kinkora.

  • The western PEI community of Alberton, faced with doctor shortages, has been experimenting with telehealth. The National Post explains.

  • CBC Prince Edward Island reports on Jed Mackay, an Islander currently writing for Marvel's Daredevil.

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  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly writes about the importance of seeing the world from new angles.

  • John Quiggin at Crooked Timber suggests that, worldwide, coal is becoming increasingly closely associated with corruption.

  • D-Brief looks at a study drawing on Twitter that suggests people will quickly get used to changing weather in the era of climate change.

  • Jonathan Wynn at the Everyday Sociology Blog writes about a family trip during which he spent time listening to sociology-related podcasts.

  • Far Outliers notes the life-determining intensity of exam time for young people in Calcutta.

  • io9 notes that, finally, the classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Once More, With Feeling" is being released on vinyl.

  • JSTOR Daily looks at how medieval Europe regulated the sex trade.

  • Language Hat looks at how anthropologists have stopped using "hominid" and started using "hominin", and why.

  • Language Log considers the difficulty of talking about "Sinophone" given the unrepresented linguistic diversity included in the umbrella of "Chinese".

  • Marginal Revolution suggests there are conflicts between NIMBYism and supporting open immigration policies.

  • At Out There, Corey S. Powell interviews astronomer Slava Turyshev about the possibility not only of interstellar travel but of exploiting the Solar Gravity Lens, 550 AU away.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 9 mission.

  • Towleroad notes that Marvel Comics is planning to make its lead character in the Eternals gay.

  • Daniel Little at Understanding Society examines how the human body and its physical capacities are represented in sociology.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the growth of the Volga Tatar population of Moscow, something hidden by the high degree of assimilation of many of its members.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes, in connection to Huawei, the broad powers allotted to the British government under existing security and communications laws.

  • Arnold Zwicky looks at anteaters and antedaters.

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  • La Presse notes that suburbanization proceeds in Montréal, as migration from the island of Montréal to off-island suburbs grows. This is of perhaps particular note in a Québec where demographics, particularly related to language dynamics, have long been a preoccupation, the island of Montréal being more multilingual than its suburbs.

  • The blog Far Outliers has been posting excerpts from The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta, a 2018 book by Kushanava Choudhury. One brief excerpt touches upon the diversity of Calcutta's migrant population.

  • The South China Morning Post has posted some interesting articles about language dynamics. In one, the SCMP suggests that the Cantonese language is falling out of use among young people in Guangzhou, largest Cantonese-speaking city by population. Does this hint at decline in other Chinese languages? Another, noting how Muslim Huiare being pressured to shut down Arabic-medium schools, is more foreboding.

  • Ukrainian demographics blogger pollotenchegg is back with a new map of Soviet census data from 1990, one that shows the very different population dynamics of some parts of the Soviet Union. The contrast between provincial European Russia and southern Central Asia is outstanding.

  • In the area of the former Soviet Union, scholar Otto Pohl has recently examined how people from the different German communities of southeast Europe were, at the end of the Second World War, taken to the Soviet Union as forced labourers. The blog Window on Eurasia, meanwhile, has noted that the number of immigrants to Russia are falling, with Ukrainians diminishing particularly in number while Central Asian numbers remain more resistant to the trend.
  • Finally, JSTOR Daily has observed the extent to which border walls represent, ultimately, a failure of politics.

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  • Centauri Dreams considers the possibility of life not based on DNA as we know it.

  • D-Brief considers the possibility that the formation of stratocumulus clouds might be halted by climate change.

  • Karen Sternheimer writes at the Everyday Sociology Blog about the negative health effects of the stresses imposed by racists.

  • Far Outliers notes the mix of migrants in the population of Calcutta.

  • Hornet Stories notes that the Brazilian government is preparing to revoke marriage equality.

  • Erin Blakemore writes at JSTOR Daily about the gloriously messy complexity of Jane Eyre.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reports on the growing anti-government protests in Algeria.

  • The NYR Daily notes the response of Auden to an anthology's no-platforming of the poems of Ezra Pound.

  • pollotenchegg reports on Soviet census data from 1990, mapping the great disparities between different parts of the Soviet Union.

  • Starts With A Bang notes the mysterious quiet of the black hole at the heart of the Whirlpool Galaxy, M51.

  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Russia is growing increasingly dependent on a more competent China.

  • Arnold Zwicky writes about some of his encounters, past and present, on Emerson Street in Palo Alto.

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  • D-Brief considers the possibility that human food when eaten by bears, by shortening their hibernation periods, might contribute to their premature aging.

  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the political power of sports and of music.

  • Far Outliers notes the rising bourgeoisie of Calcutta in the 1990s.

  • Steve Roby at The Fifteenth makes the case for Discovery as worthy of being considered Star Trek, not least because it is doing something new.

  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing notes how our tendency to track our lives through data can become dystopian.

  • JSTOR Daily notes that Illinois is starting to become home to resident populations of bald eagles.

  • Language Log takes a look at Ubykh.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes a Trumpist Canadian border guard.

  • The New APPS Blog notes how helicopter parenting is linked to rising levels of inequality.

  • The NYR Daily considers Jasper Johns.

  • At Out of Ambit, Diane Duane considers the rhythms and cycles of life generally and of being a writer specifically.

  • Otto Pohl looks at how people from the different German communities of southeast Europe were, at the end of the Second World War, taken to the Soviet Union as forced labourers.

  • Steve Maynard writes at Spacing, in the aftermath of the death of Jackie Shane, about the erasure and recovery of non-white queer history in Toronto.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explains what would happen if someone fell into a blackhole.

  • Window on Eurasia notes that the number of immigrants to Russia are falling, with Ukrainians diminishing particularly in number while Central Asian numbers remain more resistant to the trend.

  • Arnold Zwicky notes the telling omission of sexual orientation as a protected category re: hate crimes.

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