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  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly re-introduces herself to her readers.

  • Bruce Dorminey shares one man's theory about how extraterrestrials could use exoplanet sightings to build up a galactic communications network.

  • Far Outliers shares some unusual Japanese words, starting with "amepotu" for American potato.

  • Language Hat takes
  • Did the spokeswoman of the NRA threaten to "fisk" the New York Times or threaten something else? Language Log reports.

  • Drew Rowsome notes that, compared to San Francisco, Toronto does not have much of a public kink scene.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel examines the quantum reasons behind the explosion produced by sodium metal and water.

  • Understanding Society takes rightful issue with The Guardian's shoddy coverage of Dearborn, Michigan, and that city's Muslims and/or Arabs.

  • Unicorn Booty notes that Canada is, at last, starting to take in queer refugees from Chechnya.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes the embarrassing support for Jean-Luc Mélenchon for Venezuela. Was opposing the US all he wanted?

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  • Centauri Dreams notes the exobiological potential of Titamn after the detection of acrylonitrile. Cryogenic life?

  • This guest essay at Lawyers, Guns and Money on the existential problems of Brazil, with politics depending on people not institutions, is a must-read.

  • The LRB Blog considers, in the context of Brexit, what exactly might count for some as a marker of dictatorship.

  • Did the 15th century construction of the Grand Canal in China lead the Ming away from oceanic travel? Marginal Revolution speculates.

  • The NYR Daily considers
  • Out There explores the reasons why the most massive planets all have the same size.

  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the 5th anniversary of the arrival of Curiosity on Mars.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer notes that, with regards to Venezuela, the United States has no good options.

  • Roads and Kingdoms considers the febrile political mood of Kenya.

  • Window on Eurasia argues that Putin is making the mistake of seeing the United States through the prism of Russia.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes a proposal for British mayors to have representation at Brexit talks makes no sense.

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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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  • Beyond the Beyond links to an interview with Darran Anderson, a writer of cartographic fiction.

  • Centauri Dreams notes that 2028 will be a time when microlensing can b used to study the area of Alpha Centauri A.

  • The Crux engages with the question of whether or not an astronaut's corpse could seed life on another planet.

  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a study that gathers together signals for planetary companions orbiting nearby stars.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that the only gay bar in Portland, Maine, is set to close.

  • Language Log notes the proliferation of Chinese characters and notes that a parrot could not be called to the stand in Kuwait.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that the last time the Chicago Cubs won, Germany was an empire.

  • The Map Room Blog notes the discovery of an ancient stone map on the Danish island of Bornholm.

  • The Planetary Society Blog examines some of the New Horizons findings of Pluto.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer argues that Venezuela is now a dictatorship.

  • Towleroad notes
  • Window on Eurasia notes a Russian cleric's call for the children of ethnically mixed marriages in Tatarstan to be legally identified as Russians.

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  • Bloomberg notes a raid of Amazon's Japan office by that country's competition agency.

  • Bloomberg View looks at paranoia about Pokémon Go and suggests China is not trying to overturn the world order.

  • CBC reports on the popular music and dance of Brazil's slums, and reports on the diet of ancient humans.

  • The Inter Press Service notes that African farmers could feed the world, but first they need to work on their infrastructure.

  • MacLean's shares the images of 25 Canadian websites of note in the days of the early Internet.

  • Open Democracy calls for reform of British agricultural funding and reports on Venezuela's hard landing.

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Bloomberg's Noris Soto reports on how Venezuela's Margarita Island is trying to cope with the wider country's economic collapse.

Life for fishermen on Venezuela’s Margarita Island used to be easy, with the sparkling waters of the Caribbean yielding rich catches of grouper, red snapper and octopus for sale to wealthy tourists. Now the island has fallen into poverty and attempts to sell on neighboring islands can lead to a run in with one of the region’s oldest industries -- pirates.

Many fishermen near the El Tirano fish market in the east of the island say costs are so high and prices so low that it isn’t worth taking their boats out. Even the tourists that used to pack local hotels are staying away, forcing some restaurants to close.

“Fishing isn’t profitable anymore in Venezuela,” Jose Diaz, a 40-year-old fisherman, said in an interview. “We have to leave for work at 3 a.m., we risk robbers and we have to sell at low prices, because in Venezuela no one can pay what things really cost.”

The economic slump is reaching every corner of the once oil-rich nation, including the so-called Pearl of the Caribbean that boasts palm-lined beaches backed by tropical jungles. Even as people on the island go hungry and thousands form long lines outside supermarkets and bakeries for the most basic items, fishermen can’t sell their produce.
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  • Bloomberg notes concerns over Northern Ireland's frontiers, looks at how Japanese retailers are hoping to take advantage of Vietnam's young consumers, examines the desperation of Venezuelans shopping in Colombia, looks at Sri Lankan interest in Chinese investment, suggests oil prices need to stay below 40 dollars US a barrel for Russia to reform, observes that Chinese companies are increasingly reluctant to invest, and suggests Frankfurt will gain after Brexit.

  • Bloomberg View gives advice for the post-Brexit British economy, looks at how Chinese patterns in migration are harming young Chinese, suggests Hillary should follow Russian-Americans in not making much of Putin's interference, and looks at the Israeli culture wars.

  • CBC considers the decolonization of placenames in the Northwest Territories, notes Canada's deployment to Latvia was prompted by French domestic security concerns, and looks at an ad promoting the Albertan oil sands that went badly wrong in trying to be anti-homophobic.

  • The Inter Press Service considers the future of Turkey and looks at domestic slavery in Oman.

  • MacLean's looks at China's nail house owners, resisting development.

  • The National Post reports from the Colombia-Venezuela border.

  • Open Democracy considers the nature of work culture in the austerity-era United Kingdom, looks at traditions of migration and slavery in northern Ghana, examines European bigotry against eastern Europeans, and examines the plight of sub-Saharan migrants stuck in Morocco.

  • Universe Today notes two nearby potentially habitable rocky worlds, reports that the Moon's Mare Imbrium may have been result of a hit by a dwarf planet, and reports on Ceres' lack of large craters.

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  • Bloomberg looks at the European cities hoping to poach talent from London post-Brexit, notes central Europe's support for the European Union, looks at how Venezuelans are dealing with broken cars with the car industry gone, and looks at the United Kingdom's already substantial hit.

  • Bloomberg View considers peace in Columbia, notes American infant mortality, looks at China's fears over Brexit and examines China's anti-corruption crackdown.

  • CBC notes the substantial refugee population of Ukraine.

  • The Inter Press Service wonders about the consequences of Brexit for the United Nations.

  • MacLean's notes the beginning of the North American leaders' summit.

  • National Geographic observes the impending end of the ivory trade of Hong Kong.

  • The National Post looks at the Leave voters' regrets.

  • Open Democracy looks at Scotland and also at the post-Brexit environment more generally.

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  • Bloomberg notes how Switzerland's dispute with the European Union over migration has been complicated by Brexit.

  • Bloomberg View argues that a European Union without the United Kingdom will not be friendlier to Russia, and looks at the state of Venezuela.

  • The CBC notes a spike in British inquiries about moving to Canada, and looks at the way Brexit complicates the nearly-complete EU-Canada trade pact.

  • The National Post looks at the strength of middle England's nostalgia.

  • The Toronto Star shares Paul Wells' article about the need for the European Union to engage with its citizenry, and notes how Brexit has closed the United Kingdom off as a gateway to Europe.

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  • Bloomberg notes Venezuela is considering dollarization in order to save its auto industry, and looks at the possibility of an OAS intervention.

  • Bloomberg View looks at the anti-immigrant mindset.

  • The Inter Press Service notes political crisis in Nicaragua and examines the plundering of African fisheries by foreign fleets.

  • MacLean's notes Conrad Black's seeking an emergency hearing to let him sell his home.

  • National Geographic investigates the origins of the stars which produced the first detected gravitational wave.

  • The National Post notes Bolivia's interest in a new chronology.

  • Open Democracy examines the British Chinese perspective on Brexit and looks at the tremendous alienation in British society.

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  • Bloomberg notes Japan's neglected geothermal potential, looks at one Nobel laureate's concern over Brexit's fallout, examines Thailand's economic success, and looks at how labuor shortages are hindering Swedish economic growth.

  • Bloomberg View looks at the role of Brazil's supreme court in fighting top-level corruption, and suggests the only thing worse than Britain remaining would be Britain staying.

  • CBC looks at homophobia in rural Manitoba.

  • The Inter Press Service notes the barriers rising around the world.

  • MacLean's looks at the state of world refugees.

  • National Geographic notes the repopulation of rural England with giant spiders.

  • The National Post notes the search for a murdered Mohawk woman's killer.

  • The New York Times reports on the spectre of Venezuelan influence in Spain.

  • Open Democracy notes Georgia's stalled progress and looks at British security policy in the context of Brexit.

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  • Bloomberg notes Venezuela's hopes for an oil price at $US 50, looks at Labour keeping the current London mayor's seat, observes the vulnerability of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and warns of a possible drought in the US Corn Belt.

  • Bloomberg View notes the continuing fragmentation of the Orthodox Church, and suggests Putin might accept a partial ban on Russian athletes at the Olympics.

  • CBC looks at Russia's state-supported soccer hooliganism.

  • MacLean's notes Florida theme parks' concerns re: alligator attacks, and notes how homophobia complicates the grieving process for survivors of the Orlando shooting victims.

  • National Geographic looks at the logic chopping behind South Korea's whale hunt, and observes that some coral reefs have coped.

  • The National Post notes Russia's professed interest in improved relations with Canada.

  • Open Democracy frames the Orlando shooting in the context of an international campaign by ISIS.

  • The Toronto Star suggests Portugal's decriminalization of drugs is a model for Canada.

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  • Bloomberg looks at Iran's preparation for the international oil market, suggests Brazilian finances were even worse off than believed, and notes Der Spiegel's plea to Britons to remain in the European Union.

  • CBC wonders what will happen next to the lyrics of "O Canada" and notes Canada's apparent foreign policy uncertainty towards Venezuela.

  • MacLean's looks at Everett Klippert, the man whose life eventually led to the decriminalization of gay sex in Canada.

  • Open Democracy points out that, from the perspective of maximizing Britain's options, staying in the European Union makes the most sense.

  • The Toronto Star notes that Walmart Canada will no longer accept Visa cards on account of high fees.

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  • Bloomberg reports on Dutch losses from Brexit, looks at the scene in Fallujah, observes the fragmentation of Venezuela's opposition, and notes the positive impact of a solar energy boom on Japan's fuel consumption.

  • Bloomberg View notes the lack of regional pressure on Venezuela, reports that Brexit would hit Britain's poor and British-based banks hard, and suggests Russian support for the European far right is secondary.

  • CBC looks at Canada's restrictive Internet packages.

  • The Inter Press Service notes Thailand's progress in controlling HIV/AIDS, looks at Peru's elections, and notes Uruguay's hopes to be an offshore oil producer.

  • National Geographic notes the sperm whales in the Caribbean seem to have a distinctive culture.

  • The National Post notes there is no such thing as wilderness, that the entire Earth is touched by human activities.

  • Open Democracy looks at Egypt's fear of the urban poor and considers what can be learned about the failure of the Swiss basic income initiative.

  • The Toronto Star notes a stem cell-based treatment for MS that offers radical improvements, even cures.

  • Wired notes that AirBnB is unhappy with new San Francisco legislation requiring the registration of its hosts.

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  • Bloomberg notes Saudi Arabia's efforts to cut Iran off from trade with its neighoburs, looks at how population growth in London will outpace--and be different from--population change in the rest of the United Kingdom, and reports on the plight of child labourers in Indonesia's tobacco fields.

  • Bloomberg View argues Uber is no match for mass transit in the European Union and suggests that any negative consequences of immigration for native workers are overblown.

  • CBS News and BBC talk about the use of old technology like floppy disks in key software programs, the BBC being kinder than CBS.

  • Gizmodo describes the current heat wave in the Arctic, something literally off the charts.

  • IPS News notes the politics o mapping Kashmir, notes the chaos in Venezuela, and looks at water shortages in Burma.

  • Kotaku notes how the Ghibli museum in Japan is getting a catbus.

  • MacLean's looks at the political potential of Kevin O'Leary.

  • The National Post notes the serious concerns over the Rio Olympics.

  • Open Democracy looks at the Moscow consensus for autocracy in the former Soviet Union and proposes a new security policy for Ukraine.

  • The Toronto Star and MacLean's report from the sentencing of James Forcillo for the murder of Sammy Yatim.

  • Wired wonders if scientists can engineer coral resistant to climate change.

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  • Al Jazeera looks at the rejection of political Islam by Tunisia's Ennahda party.

  • The Australian Broadcasting Corporation notes the ambition of Zambia to become a major food-exporting country.

  • Bloomberg notes the negative impact of booming immigration on the New Zealand economy, observes Ireland's efforts to attract financial jobs from London-based companies worried by Brxit, reports on the elimination of Brazil's sovereign wealth fund, and notes a lawsuit lodged by Huawei against Samsung over royalties.

  • Bloomberg View notes that Russia can at least find domestic investors, and worries about the politicization of the Israeli military.

  • CBC reports on the Syrian refugee who has become a popular barber in Newfoundland's Corner Brooks, notes the sad news of Gord Downie's cancer, and wonders what will happen to Venezuela.

  • Daily Xtra writes about the need for explicit protection of trans rights in Canadian human rights codes.

  • MacLean's notes Uber's struggles to remain in Québec.

  • National Geographic notes Brazilian efforts to protect an Amazonian tribe.

  • The National Post reports about Trudeau's taking a day off on his Japan trip to spend time with his wife there.

  • Open Democracy wonders what will become of the SNP in a changing Scotland.

  • The Toronto Star looks at payday lenders.

  • Wired examines Twitter's recent changes.

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  • The Atlantic notes the import of the assassination of the head of the Taliban.

  • The BBC observes Spotify has more revenues, but is still not making money.

  • Bloomberg suggests Brexit would embolden central European populists and slow down growth, and looks at Coca Cola's end of production in Venezuela.

  • Bloomberg View suggests a new class of educated Chinese professionals will hurt middle-class wages.

  • The CBC notes the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for northern Alberta oil sands camps.

  • Daily Xtra looks at the importance of Facebook in spreading knowledge to PrEP.

  • Gizmodo notes the proliferation of cephalopods in the world's oceans.

  • The Miami Herald describes how desperate Venezuelans are turning to urban gardening.

  • The National Post looks at Kevin O'Leary's interest in Canadian politics.

  • The Toronto Star reports on the lifting of the American arms sales embargo against Vietnam.

  • Wired notes Grindr can still be hacked to identify users' locations.

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  • Business Insider looks at the sad state of a project to build a Chinese bullet train in Venezuela.

  • Bloomberg notes the profound unconstitutionality of Donald Trump's suggestion that the US national debt might be renounced, looks at the needs of the Brazilian economy, and suggests Poland's economic nationalism is viable.

  • CBC reports that Sinéad O'Connor is safe in Chicago.

  • National Geographic shares hidden pictures of the Cultural Revolution.

  • The National Post notes the discovery of what might be the ruins of an old fort at Lunenburg.

  • Open Democracy suggests that Brexit, by separating the City of London from the European Union, could trigger the end of globalization, also taking a look at the popularity of populism.

  • Reuters notes the softening of the terms of a Chinese-Venezuelan loan arrangement.

  • The Washington Post notes the migration of some Ethiopian-Americans to a booming Ethiopia.

  • Wired looks at how natural gas will be used to move beyond the Haber-Bosch process which has created fertilizer for a century.

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  • Bloomberg looks at the restarting of northern Alberta oil, looks at the deterioration in Sino-Taiwanese relations, reports on how Norway is using oil money to buffer its economic shocks, and suggests low ECB rates might contribute to a property boom in Germany.

  • Bloomberg View notes the idea of a third party in the US, one on the right to counter Trump, will go nowhere.

  • The CBC notes the settlement of a residential school case in Newfoundland and Labrador and predicts a terrible fire season.

  • The Globe and Mail' Kate Taylor considers Canadian content rules in the 21st century.

  • The Inter Press Service notes that planned Kenyan closures of Somali refugee camps will have terrible results.

  • National Geographic looks at the scourge that is Pablo Escobar's herd of hippos in Colombia.

  • The National Post notes VIA Rail's existential need for more funding and reports on Jean Chrétien's support of decriminalizing marijuana.

  • Open Democracy looks at controversies over Victory Day in Georgia, and notes the general impoverishment of Venezuela.

  • Vice looks at new, accurate dinosaur toys, feathers and all.

  • Wired explains why Israel alone of America's clients can customize F-35s.

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  • Bloomberg notes California's dependence on oil imports, looks at how Libya's internal divisions limit oil exports, observes the devastation of Fort McMurray, reports on EU-Turkish disputes on visa-free travel, observes the problems of Belarus' banks, and reports on Kenya's closure of Somali refugee camps.

  • Bloomberg View talks about how the Venezuelan military should be kept out of business.

  • Daily Xtra notes the internal struggle in the Conservative Party to accept same-sex marriage.

  • The National Post notes an arson attack against Canada's only sex reassignment clinic.

  • New Scientist reports on a suggestion that life might have begun on Earth at a very early date.

  • The New York Times notes the impact that the marriage of the American consul-general in Shanghai to a Taiwanese man has had on China.

  • Open Democracy describes the worsening situation in Turkish Kurdistan.

  • Wired notes that Huawei was too eager to copy everything about the iPhone, even screws which aren't very good.


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