Christmas assorted links

1. Disney cuts the same sex kiss scene from Star Wars in Singapore.  And a good Tim Kreider Star Wars essay (NYT).  And this NYT header brought a guffaw but also feelings of sorrow and pity: “‘Star Wars’ Fans Are Angry and Polarized. Like All Americans.

2. There are tens of thousands of volunteers doing the dangerous work of fighting the Australian fires.

3. Is Christmas just a tax on women?

4. “According to new data from the restaurant reviewing website Yelp, the share of Chinese restaurants in the top 20 metropolitan areas has been consistently falling. Five years ago, an average of 7.3 percent of all restaurants in these areas were Chinese, compared with 6.5 percent today.”  (NYT link).

5. “So important is the free delivery, that some [Iqaluit] locals are wary of discussing it in public for fear that Amazon may revoke it.

6. “The White House is considering issuing an executive order that would mandate immediate free access to all published federally funded research, with no embargo period…


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