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Monday August 31, 2015

23:15 Islanders defeat Ironmen in Game 1 of NBSBL semifinal »The Guardian - Sports
The Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders drew first blood in their New Brunswick Senior Baseball League semifinal with the Chatham Ironmen. The Isles took home-field advantage away from the Ironmen with a 6-2 victory Monday night. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series goes Tuesday at 7:30 ...
23:02 [BLOG] Some Monday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO shares photos of Yonge and Bloor from the 1960s.

  • Crooked Timber's Corey Robin looks at trigger warnings in education.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes that Barnard's Star cannot support a massive planet in its orbit.

  • The Dragon's Tales has more on the Ukrainian war.

  • The Everyday Sociology Blog examines racism.

  • Far Outliers notes how the Ryukyus fared under American occupation.

  • A Fistful of Euros looks at the divergences of Spain and the United Kingdom interest rate-wise.

  • Geocurrents notes another small Kurdish-speaking sect.
  • Joe. My. God. notes an attempt to appeal the Irish marriage referendum.</li>
  • The Map Room's Jonathan Crowe notes a 2016 conference on fictional maps in Poland.

  • Marginal Revolution notes a microhistory of a block in New York City.

  • The Power and the Money examines Ukraine's debt negotiations and argues that Russia is not as big a player in global oil markets as it might like.

  • The Russian Demographics Blog and Window on Eurasia note how ethnic Russians in Ukraine are continuing to identify as ethnic Ukrainians.

  • Understanding Society considers realism in social sciences.

  • Whatever's John Scalzi talks about the Sad Puppies.

  • Window on Eurasia notes Tatarstan's potential separatism and suggests some Russian Germans still want an autonomy.

22:42 [URBAN NOTE] "Budget committee says 'meh' to Olympic bid" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Betsy Powell writes about how the City of Toronto's budget committee is unexcited by the idea of Toronto bidding for the 2024 Olympics.

Not a single member of the city’s powerful budget committee is endorsing Toronto entering the race to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

Toronto has only a slim chance of submitting a winning bid, and even if the cash-strapped city is selected, the Olympics could prove to be financial boondoggle for years to come, councillors said after the committee met Monday to begin discussions on the city’s 2016 budget.

Several councillors said an outright no to a bid, while budget chief Gary Crawford and Councillor James Pasternak said they’d only consider Toronto advancing a bid if the cost — estimated at between $50 million and $60 million — is paid for by the private sector.

Toronto is under pressure if it wants to try to secure the 2024 Olympics, an idea that appeared to gain traction after the success of the recent Pan Am Games, the largest sporting event in Canadian history. Los Angeles is poised to enter the contest — its city council is expected to vote Tuesday — and is considered a frontrunner. LA2024 has already released a copy of its bid.
22:39 [LINK] On the problems of the Sacramento Delta in California »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
NIck Stockton's Wired article "California's Katrina is Coming" argues that the agriculturally rich, but low-lying, Sacramento Delta in California is headed for disaster.

California's always been for dreamers. Dreams of gold brought the forty-niners. Easy seasons and expansive arable acreage brought farmers, dreaming of an agricultural paradise. Fame, natural beauty, and the hang-loose cultural mosaic have brought dreaming millions to the state where summer never seems to end.

The summer dream has become a nightmare drought. But the years-long dry spell isn’t what keeps engineers, economists, and state water planners awake at night. No, they worry about the network of levees at the crux of California’s plumbing—a massive freshwater confluence called the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Most of the state’s water is drawn from the Delta, protected by levees that pretty much amount to mounds of dirt, even when compared to infrastructure that infamously failed New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Hurricanes don’t hit NorCal, but these levees are alarmingly susceptible to disaster. If enough were to breach—in an earthquake perhaps, or severe El Niño storm—sea water from San Francisco Bay could rush in, tainting the water supply serving two-thirds of the state. The worst-case scenario could cause up to three years of severely curtailed water for most Californians.

Even if you’re not a California dreamer, this affects you. Delta water keeps Hollywood in the movie business, Silicon Valley in the tech business, and 750,000 acres of farmland in the business of producing half of America’s veggies, fruits, and nuts. If the levees go, so goes the water for 25 million residents of the world’s seventh largest economy.
22:36 [LINK] "Kazakhstan's quiet balancing act" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
At Open Democracy, William Echols looks at how Kazakhstan is trying to stay stable. It has been doing well so far, but can this continue?

With a ‘president for life’, poor human rights record and hydrocarbon-dependent economy, Kazakstan often appears a mirror image of its northern neighbour, Russia.

Scratch beneath the surface, and you find a post-Soviet state, which, though similar in behaviour to its Russian counterpart, is making its own path.

Over the past ten days, the business world has overwhelmingly been focused on Kazakhstan’s record 23 per cent currency plunge, which followed Astana’s decision to float the tenge. The situation recalls the fate of the rouble after the Russian Central Bank allowed it to float in November 2014.

By that time, the Russian currency had already fallen 50 per cent against the dollar. But the once-maligned 45.6 rouble-dollar exchange rate would soon seem a dream. On December 16, 2014, Russia was hit with its own ‘Black Tuesday,’ when the rouble dropped by 20 per cent —hitting almost 80 to the dollar and inciting panic among a populace no stranger to economic collapse.

Perhaps used to the shocks, perhaps fatigued with bad news, the Russian public has been less swift to react as the rouble hit a seven-month-low last Monday, reaching 71 to the dollar. Some analysts believe the Russian currency could hit 85 by year’s end. Having less and expecting less is perhaps the new norm. 

In contrast, the tenge has begun a slow, though turbulent recovery. Kazakhstan has no plans to intervene to prop up the currency should the situation deteriorate. The central bank claims there is no specific devaluation target they are aiming for.

As Bloomberg reports, Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Karim Massimov claims the free float ‘will create the necessary conditions for a recovery of economic growth, increased lending and investment activity, creation of new jobs and a decrease in the inflation rate to between three per cent and four per cent in the medium term.’ Such high hopes, however, may be wishful thinking.

22:33 [LINK] "Catalonia's regional elections: scenarios for independence" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Open Democracy's Fernando Betancor writes about different scenarios for Catalonian independence following upcoming regional elections. He makes a compelling case that things could get very bad indeed.

Nothing that has come before has mattered; it has been all talk. Up until and including the September 27, every action of every politician and of the Catalan government will be legal; no one is going to go off-script and give Madrid an excuse to intervene. But as the Romans used to say: “res, non verba” or “act, don’t talk”. Now everyone will have to declare themselves in positive action. As soon as the government is formed, it will execute what it perceives to be its electoral mandate: attain independence for Catalonia. It is likely to proceed in the following manner:

1. The Catalan government will formally request secession negotiations with the Spanish government and the Catalan representatives of this list in the national legislature will attempt to submit a bill to that affect;

2. Both efforts will be immediately and conclusively rebuffed;

3. The Catalan government will then draft (or has already drafted) a unilateral declaration of independence and will submit it to the regional legislature for a vote. If the Catalan Parlament can muster a quorum, they will undoubtedly hold an immediate vote on the measure, which will probably be passed by the same majority, or slightly greater, that the pro-independence parties enjoy in the chamber.

At this point, Mariano Rajoy will have the legal justification to intervene. The intervention include many actions, but at a minimum he will use his constitutional authority from Article 154 to declare a state of exception in Catalonia, suspend the civil institutions and attempt to reassert the national authority. And this is when the feces begin to strike the ventilation unit.
22:30 [LINK] "Vice journalists jailed in Turkey on terror charges" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Al Jazeera America reports on the arrest of two Vice News journalists and their translator in Turkey.

Two British journalists working for Vice News and an Iraqi fixer were arrested in Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday, accused of "engaging in terror activity" on behalf of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The journalists were detained late last week while reporting from a city in Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast. They were there to cover renewed fighting between the security forces and Kurdish rebels has killed scores of people.

A fourth suspect, their driver, was allowed to go free Monday.

The three have been taken to a jail in Diyarbakir ahead of an eventual trial. There were no further details over the evidence of their alleged links to ISIL.

The Toronto Star has more.

British journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury and their Turkish translator were detained on Thursday while reporting from Diyarbakir, a city at the heart of deadly clashes between security forces and Kurdish rebels.

Kevin Sutcliffe, head of news programming in Europe, called the charges “baseless and alarmingly false.”
Hanrahan and Pendlebury were filming a documentary about police clashes with the pro-Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

A court official said the court in Diyarbakir ordered the three arrested on Monday. It wasn’t immediately clear which organization the journalists are accused of aiding.

“Today, the Turkish government has leveled baseless and alarmingly false charges of ‘working on behalf of a terrorist organization’ against three Vice News reporters, in an attempt to intimidate and censor their coverage,” Sutcliffe said in a statement published on Vice’s website on Monday.
22:27 [LINK] On the New Horizons visit to 2014 MU69 »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC reports on the New Horizons probe's planned 2019 flyby of Kuiper belt object 2014 MY69.

A spacecraft that made a historic flyby of Pluto in July has a new destination — an icy rock that may reveal what the outer solar system was like shortly after it formed 4.6 billion years ago.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft's next target is 2014 MU69 and nicknamed PT 1 or "potential target 1," the U.S. space agency announced Friday afternoon. The mysterious icy object is less than 45 kilometres across — a tiny fraction of the size of Pluto, which is 2,370 kilometres wide. PT 1 is 1.6 billion kilometres farther away than Pluto, which was itself 4.7 billion kilometres from Earth when the spacecraft flew by.

Both Pluto and PT 1 are in an outer region of the solar system known as the Kuiper Belt, which contains thousands of icy objects, some very small and others that are large enough to be considered dwarf planets, such as Pluto.

New Horizons will begin changing direction to target PT 1 in late October or early November and is expected to arrive on New Year's Day 2019. If all goes well, it will take measurements and detailed images of a type of celestial object that has never been seen before.
22:25 [LINK] "Nunavut communities struggle with junked vehicles" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC News' Kieran Oudshoom reports on a serious problem in Iqaluit, Nunavut's capital.

It's that time of year — back to school for students and back to work for adults returning from vacation — and the renewed "rush minute" means the streets in larger Northern communities are packed with vehicles during peak hours.

Making matters worse, hundreds of new cars and trucks arrive in Nunavut by sealift every year with no means of removing the derelict vehicles they're replacing, and that's a big problem for communities such as Iqaluit.

Iqaluit Coun. Terry Dobbin says there are nearly 6,000 vehicles in the territory's capital, but only 30 kilometres of road. He says that's a huge number given the city's population, estimated at just above 8,000.

Dealing with old vehicles shouldn't just be the responsibility of the city, Dobbin says.

"If there was a small import levy that you could place on those vehicles when they were brought into the city, that way a system would be in place — a fund would be in place and available — when it's time to ship these vehicles back south."
22:20 [URBAN NOTE] "London, Ont., was world's 'serial killer capital': UWO prof" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC reports on how the southwestern Ontario city of London became a mecca for serial killers, interviewing author and professor Michael Arntfield.

At first glance, London, Ont., doesn't seem like the type of place that would harbour a serial killer, but a new book has revealed it may have been a more dangerous place than meets the eye.

Only 192 kilometres southwest of Toronto, the city became the "serial killer capital of the world" from 1959 to 1984, according to Michael Arntfield, a criminology professor at the University of Western Ontario. With only a population of roughly 200,000 people at the time, the city may had as many as six serial killers, more per capita than everywhere else on the planet.

In his new book, Murder City: The Untold Story of Canada's Serial Killer Capital, Arntfield reveals the dark history of the Forest City. Thanks to the work of an OPP detective who followed his hunches and took detailed notes while following the killings, more is known about suspected murders who wreaked havoc in the area.

Arntfield, who also served as a London police officer for 15 years, says during the 25-year period, there were 32 homicides, with all victims being women and children. These deaths were likely caused by serial killers, the author says.

Monsters such as the Mad Slasher, Chambermaid Slayer and Balcony Killer are suspected of having roamed the city's streets. Some of the murderers were never captured, Arntfield says, but he suspects they escaped to Toronto, where they continued to harm the innocent.
20:58 Montague council votes unanimously to allow boys and girls club »The Guardian - Local News
One homeowner still going to sell her home and move away
20:05 Season finale in Brackley Beach features Richard Wood »Journal-Pioneer Living
Although quickly approaching, summer isn’t over yet at the Brackley Beach Community Centre as the Fiddle and Song concert series welcomes P.E.I. fiddling superstar Richard Wood this Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. for their season finale.
19:18 Prince County under severe thunderstorm watch »The Guardian - Local News
A severe thunderstorm watch is in place for Prince County. Environment Canada issued the alert shortly after 6 p.m. The national weather service says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy ...
19:18 Prince County under severe thunderstorm watch »Journal-Pioneer Local
A severe thunderstorm watch is in place for Prince County. Environment Canada issued the alert shortly after 6 p.m. The national weather service says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy ...
19:18 Thunderstorm watch ends for Prince County, remains for Queens »The Guardian - Local News
Environment Canada has ended the severe thunderstorm watch for Prince County, but it remains for Queens County. The national weather service says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy ...
19:18 UPDATE: Thunderstorm watch extended to Kings County »The Guardian - Local News
Watch ends for Prince County, but remains for Queens County
19:18 UPDATE: Thunderstorm watch extended to Kings County »Journal-Pioneer Local
Watch ends for Prince County, but remains for Queens County
18:06 Clammin n’Jammin culinary event will offer four events with delicious bar clams »Journal-Pioneer Local
Don’t consider yourself “shellfish” for wanting to experience more of the popular culinary event “Clammin n’Jammin.”
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16:23 [LINK] "The Federation and the Telescopic Haze of Violence" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Over at Reddit's Daystrom Institute forum, one poster made an unsettling post relating to the Fermi paradox in the Star Trek setting.

We know it's possible, even with 21st century technology, to make observations of worlds on the far side of the galaxy. By the 24th century, it would stand to figure that any number of expansive interstellar civilizations, including the Federation, would be able to make far more detailed observations of the galaxy's world and beyond. We also know that any number of devastating events, including the destruction of planets and the detonation of stars, occur with some frequency in the setting. If we can potentially detect catastrophic events like these with foreseeable technology, what about the Star Trek universe? What does knowing of these catastrophes do to even optimists?

[I]t's interesting to consider that a big space faring culture, like the Federation, with its MIDAS Array and all the rest, in addition to spying on questionable Romulans and observing the weirdnesses of negative space wedgies, is also, apparently, receiving a steady static crackle composed of acts of ancient and distant violence, frequently of genocidal proportions. A starship heading into an unexplored sector might not know much beyond the locations of its constituent stars and planets- and that a hundred years ago, there was a fierce exchange of torpedo fire that resulted in the warp core breaches of a dozen ships- a fact made clear when the light from those incidents finally crossed the Federation frontier. A star on the opposing rim of the galaxy goes supernova, and bears the telltale spectral marks of trilithium- what happens to the public mood when the first thing the Federation learns about a distant civilization is that it died badly? Does it further their commitment to peace, when the wages of violence are so apparent across the galaxy? Are they afraid of assailants wholly unknown but for the echoes of their weapons across the ages- echoes that Starfleet might seek to copy, or prepare against, or seek to legislate with its antagonists to ban before they "exist"? What does it mean for a Federation crew to go seeking out what they know to be the graveyard of a species that died to the last soul within hours of each other from mutagenic weapons? Is there a wreath-laying ceremony for the cultures they never got to know, save for their final spectroscopic scream?

My comment there suggested that, perhaps, this might be one critical factor encouraging known civilizations to behave responsibly and not use metaweapons. No one wants their civilization to become a long-range telescopic footnote in some distant civilization's explanation of the Fermi paradox.

(I shudder to think of real-world applications of this.)
15:48 Summerside business, HMS Office Supplies Ltd., opening location in capital »Journal-Pioneer Local
HMS Office Supplies Ltd. is expanding, opening a Charlottetown location in October.
15:32 Michael Gallant is one artist with work featured at the Eptek Centre for its Celebration of Crafts Exhibit »Journal-Pioneer Local
Michael Gallant has an affinity for building guitars.


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