Sunday, 14 July 2019

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

A reminder about today's Westboro Beach Meetup.

Anglo-Saxons deserve reparations for the Norman Conquest
Where do you draw the line?

Agnes Chamberlin’s Flower Prints
Agnes Chamberlin, daughter of Susanna Moodie, and niece of Catharine Parr Traill who were well known for their now classic descriptions of pioneer life in Ontario, was a prolific artist of Canadian wild flowers. LAC blog post.

Two items from Europeana
Reporting from the trenches: newspapers in World War I
Mining and exploring 200 years of newspapers: the impresso project

The Amber Alert system on phones is already annoying people, and that’s dangerous
The Amber Alert, which sounded on my phone six times early on Thursday, left me fatigued all day. If alerting me in Ottawa to a situation in York Region/Toronto was going to be helpful I wouldn't object. So far nobody has given an explanation of why warning to such remote areas is necessary. Weather warnings using the same technology are more targeted. Why not the same for Amber Alerts?

The Anti-Vaccine Chronicles
From The Pudding, the story about the pernicious claims borne out of a single, discredited scientific paper in 1998. But it’s also a story of how this belief has persisted among a growing number of Americans, despite its scientific foundations crumbling in the years following its origin.

Flying in the Time of Climate Emergency
“I don’t like harming others, so I don’t fly” climate scientist Peter Kalmus explained, noting that airplane emissions heat the planet, imperilling humans and non-humans alike. From activehistory.ca/.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Re: reparations for the Norman conquest. Personally, for years I have been advocating that Britian also should ask for reparations from Rome for the Roman Invasion. Cheers, BT

Sophronia said...

Hopefully people who read this article will, as Anonymous did, take it as being tongue in cheek. Unfortunately, I feel too many will not. I can't help but think "forgive and forget", "what's done is done" and of course "All's fair in love and war".