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Wednesday October 1, 2014

00:59 Missing Calgary youth has P.E.I. connections »The Guardian - Local News
His mother is a MacKinnon, daughter of the late Wayne MacKinnon and there were plans for him to meet some of his Island relatives next summer
00:59 [BLOG] Some Tuesday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Bad Astronomy notes odd changing features in one of Titan's seas.

  • blogTO U>examines</u> the birth of late-night television in Toronto in the 1980s.

  • Centauri Dreams looks again at the finding suggesting much Earth water predates the solar system.

  • Cody Delistraty considers the unusual joys of being placeless.

  • The Dragon's Tales reports on the Ukrainian war and notes that China is actively courting other countries to take part in its space stations.

  • The Everyay Sociology Blog considers the import of street food and its authenticity.

  • Geocurrents is skeptical about maps purporting to show state failure.

  • Joe. My. God. describes a flight that was delayed by the refusal of Hasidic Jewish passengers to sit next to women.

  • Marginal Revolution notes the steady decline of Hong Kong's GDP as a fraction of China's, suggesting that the territory is becoming dispensable.The Planetary Society Blog's Emily Lakdawalla shares some of the first pictures of Mars taken by India's Mars Orbiter Mission.

  • pollotenchegg examines the changing shape of Ukraine's demographic pyramid from 1897 to the present.

  • Torontoist mourns the life of murdered Eritrean-Canadian community activist Nahom Berhane.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy reports on the disturbing rise in the United States of inter-party prejudice.

  • Canadian science-fiction writer Peter Watts describes his visit to St. Petersburg.

  • Window on Eurasia notes that the papal nuncio in Kyiv has condemned Russian aggression, observes the unpopularity of Ukrainian refugees in Russia, and observes Crimean Tatar complaints about Russian rule.

  • The Financial Times' World blog wonders about the future of one country, two systems as a governing principle in Chinese Hong Kong.

00:51 Plans progressing on new brewery for Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
City council holds public meeting where it also hears of plans for dental clinic on Grafton St. next to Wendy's
00:33 Oliver Cooper makes return to Saint John, N.B., tonight »The Guardian - Sports
Oliver Cooper is focused on the present, not the past, as he gets set to play his first regular season game in Saint John, N.B., tonight.The Charlottetown Islanders left-winger played his first three Quebec Major Junior Hockey League seasons in the Port City before being traded in May.“It’s ...

Tuesday September 30, 2014

23:27 [LINK] "What Putin Wrought Has World Asking What Russia Might Have Been" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Simon Kennedy and Henry Meyer describe how recent events, including sanctions imposed following events in Ukraine, appear to have caused very serious long-term damage to the Russian economy. Things started off well enough under Putin's first terms, more's the pity.

For what could have been, look no further than the $2 trillion economy, which expanded an oil-powered average of about 7 percent from 2000 to 2008.

As Putin resumed the presidency in 2012, the International Monetary Fund was predicting growth of 3.9 percent in 2013. Instead it was 1.3 percent, an undershoot equivalent to about $50 billion. A similar shortfall is forecast for this year, according to Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, who advised Russia on privatization in the 1990s.

Even worse, Alexei Kudrin, who as finance minister from 2000 to 2011 helped return Russia’s budget to surplus, said Sept. 16 that his country will post zero or negative growth for the next two to three years.

[. . .]

Putin’s dream of making Russia one of the world’s five biggest economies by 2020 is now in ruins, according to Sergei Guriev, a former economic adviser to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who fled to Paris last year. He says it could have been achieved had Putin focused on delivering economic growth of 5 percent to 6 percent as promised.

“Russia had such a massive potential because of its inefficiencies that it was perfectly feasible to achieve this rate of economic growth,” said Guriev. “What changed is that the government decided not to fulfill its promises.”

The sentiment was different in 2000, when Putin replaced Boris Yeltsin. One of his early acts was to close Russia’s radar base in Cuba, the only intelligence-gathering center it had in the Western Hemisphere. He also shut a naval base in Vietnam, its biggest outside Warsaw Pact countries. After the Sept. 11 attacks, Putin pledged unconditional support for the U.S.
21:45 Autumn on Prince Edward Island is a time of plenty »The Guardian - Local News
Autumn on Prince Edward Island has begun and to many people it means the countdown has started for the arrival of the snows of winter, but for other people the fall means cool crisp air free of humidity and the bright colours that come with the changing leaves and harvest. Pumpkin patches are ...
21:23 Online financial literacy toolkit for seniors to be launched »Journal-Pioneer Local
CHARLOTTETOWN -- An online financial literacy toolkit for seniors will be officially launched October 14. The project, “It’s Your Right – Protecting Yourself Financially as You Age,” is an undertaking of Family Services. The resource toolkit, designed for P.E.I. seniors by P.E.I. seniors, is an ...
21:14 Cobblestone getting new life at cenotaph »Journal-Pioneer Local
ALBERTON -- The Town of Alberton is making good on a promise to repurpose the cobblestone pavers it ripped out of the Main Street sidewalk earlier this year.
21:07 PEIFA wants aquaculture lease moratorium maintained »Journal-Pioneer Local
CHARLOTTETOWN -- Increases in aquaculture leases in and around Malpeque Bay would directly impact and displace local fish harvesters in an area where lobster, herring, crab and eel have been harvested for more than a century, the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association maintains.
21:04 Enhanced benefits in automobile insurance claims take effect Oct. 1 »Journal-Pioneer Local
CHARLOTTETOWN -- Legislative changes made last fall will result in enhanced benefits for Islanders who have the misfortune of being in an automobile collision.
20:38 P.E.I. gas prices going up 2 cents per litre »The Guardian - Local News
Island drivers are now paying seven cents a litre more than the national average, according to Gasbuddy.com
20:30 [LINK] "You Call This Thai Food? The Robotic Taster Will Be the Judge" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Via Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen I found Thomas Fuller's article in The New York Times describing how the government of Thailand is hoping to use robotics to solve the problem of sub-par Thai food in the wider world.

Hopscotching the globe as Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra repeatedly encountered a distressing problem: bad Thai food.

Too often, she found, the meals she sampled at Thai restaurants abroad were unworthy of the name, too bland to be called genuine Thai cooking. The problem bothered her enough to raise it at a cabinet meeting.

Her political party has since been thrown out of office, in a May military coup, but her initiative in culinary diplomacy lives on.

At a gala dinner at a ritzy Bangkok hotel on Tuesday the government will unveil its project to standardize the art of Thai food — with a robot.

Diplomats and dignitaries have been invited to witness the debut of a machine that its promoters say can scientifically evaluate Thai cuisine, telling the difference, for instance, between a properly prepared green curry with just the right mix of Thai basil, curry paste and fresh coconut cream, and a lame imitation.

A boxy contraption filled with sensors and microchips, the so-called e-delicious machine scans food samples to produce a chemical signature, which it measures against a standard deemed to be the authentic version.
20:26 [URBAN NOTE] "Saving Paris's Oldest Bookstore" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Atlantic's Victoria Baena writes about the campaign to save Paris' Librarie Delamain from rising rents. Baena explores at length the ways in which the French economy is structured to inhibit the growth of chain and online bookstores, protecting independents.

It's difficult to imagine the shuttering of a bookstore causing a similar outcry anywhere else—not to mention direct government involvement in the matter of a private lease. This has something to do with what the French call l’exception culturelle. It doesn't just mean cultural exceptionalism; the phrase refers more precisely to the notion that cultural goods should not be subject to the whims of the free market—and should be protected from the homogenizing onslaught of global, and in particular American, cultural imperialism.

In the U.S., such a policy would smack of protectionism. The French prefer to justify it in terms of maintaining “cultural diversity.” L'exception culturelle is the source of production quotas for radio programs made in France. It’s the reason the initial arrival of Netflix executives in France was met with a letter from producers bemoaning the “implosion of our cultural model.” And in a more general sense, it is part of a conviction in France—albeit one increasingly debated—that cultural heritage is a good with its own internal logic and value system, one that the government has the duty not only to protect but to actively promote. France even entombs its most celebrated literary and cultural figures, among other “great men” (and now women), in the Panthéon in Paris.

In the publishing sphere, l'exception culturelle morphs from a committed ideal into concrete policy. It has allowed the French to mount a challenge to the digital revolution in a way that would be unimaginable in the U.S.

As an independent bookstore, the Librairie Delamain already receives a partial merchandising subsidy—5,000 euros in 2013—from the Centre National du Livre. In 2013, the Ministry of Culture announced a further injection of 5 million euros into the independent bookstore industry, as well as the creation of a new bureaucratic position (the stereotypical solution to all French problems)—the “book arbitrator”—who could, in cases like this one, intervene in legal disputes without forcing the small businesses to involve themselves in expensive litigation. Booksellers like Delamain are also aided by the loi Lang, a 1981 law named after a former minister of culture, which limits discounts on books to 5 percent of their cover price. Earlier this summer, a so-called “anti-Amazon” amendment extended this limit to online booksellers and prohibits them from offering free shipping on reduced-price books.
20:22 [LINK] "Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Mic's Rachel Grate has a nice piece examining how reading physical books is actually healthier than reading e-books.

It's no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's than their peers. But not all forms of reading are created equal.

[. . .]

A 2014 study found that readers of a short mystery story on a Kindle were significantly worse at remembering the order of events than those who read the same story in paperback. Lead researcher Anne Mangen of Norway's Stavanger University concluded that "the haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does."

Our brains were not designed for reading, but have adapted and created new circuits to understand letters and texts. The brain reads by constructing a mental representation of the text based on the placement of the page in the book and the word on the page.

The tactile experience of a book aids this process, from the thickness of the pages in your hands as you progress through the story to the placement of a word on the page. Mangen hypothesizes that the difference for Kindle readers "might have something to do with the fact that the fixity of a text on paper, and this very gradual unfolding of paper as you progress through a story is some kind of sensory offload, supporting the visual sense of progress when you're reading."

While e-readers try to recreate the sensation of turning pages and pagination, the screen is limited to one ephemeral virtual page. Surveys about the use of e-readers suggest that this affects a reader's serendipity and sense of control. The inability to flip back to previous pages or control the text physically, either through making written notes or bending pages, limits one's sensory experience and thus reduces long-term memory of the text.
20:20 [URBAN NOTE] "Gay Africans Seeking Asylum in New York" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I've made two link posts so far this year about gay African refugees settling in New York City, one in April and one in June. At The New York Times' Lens blog, Fayemi Shakur has a photo essay examining the lives of gay refugees from Nigeria.

Nigeria’s passage of a law criminalizing same-sex relationships drew immediate international outrage earlier this year. In New York, gay activists held protests outside the Nigerian government’s offices, something that amazed Rahima Gambo. With so much of life hidden in Nigeria, she said, nothing so bold would have happened there.

That realization led Ms. Gambo, a Nigerian photographer raised in London, to explore the lives of the growing number of gay men who have fled to the United States seeking asylum and a chance to live freely. It was during the March protest in New York that she met Saheed Ipadeola, a young man living in Brooklyn who introduced her to other asylum seekers. They shared their stories in ways that would never be seen in Nigerian media, which she said reduced them to stereotypes without dignity.

She saw them as survivors.

“Many of the men I document are proud of their identities and still connected to family members in Nigeria, but there’s this constant strain of wanting to be vocal but fearing for family and loved ones,” Ms. Gambo, 28, said. “All of the men always say there was nothing to go back to. They all talk of this fatigue of the Nigerian system, and the law being passed was a final nail in the coffin.”
20:09 [URBAN NOTE] "TTC says puncture from Metrolinx contractors led to subway stoppage" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Global News' James Armstrong reports on the causes of today's subway stoppage at Dundas West station. It sounds as if much more extensive repair work will be needed, likely involving more subway stoppages. One only hopes the next ones are planned.

Subway service was suspended both ways between St. George and Ossington stations this morning after water and silt fell onto the tracks forcing the TTC to stop trains at Dundas West station.

The silt and rain water made its way to the track floor through a puncture of the tunnel by Metrolinx contractors working on the Union Pearson Express nearby.

“It came to the point where the wheels of the train were going to be obstructed by the silt,” Mike Palmer, the deputy COO of the TTC said.

The TTC patched up the puncture a few weeks ago, Palmer said. But overnight, something “shifted” leading to Tuesday morning’s closure.

Close to 100 people are working on cleaning up the debris, Palmer said. The TTC fully reopened Line 2 at approximately 3 p.m.

But that’s only a temporary solution. The TTC and Metrolinx crews are working on coming up with a permanent solution to plug the hole for the next two to three decades, Palmer said – but right now, they don’t know exactly how they’ll do it.
20:03 Oct7 at 9:30 am (20 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
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19:36 UPEI students try to walk on water »The Guardian - Local News
Second-year engineering students have just $20 and three weeks to design, test and demonstrate a water-walking system

Video: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Video/34753/Walking-on-water

19:18 Capitals putting extra push to sell season tickets »Journal-Pioneer Sports
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