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The Nannies Are Okay

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 04:01:03 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://katherinephelps.com/2020/07/the-nannies-are-okay/

"I object to “nanny state” on the same grounds as I object to “throws
like a girl” or “screams like a girl”. The formula is: “this is bad,
therefore it is like a female because females are laughably low status.”

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What That Harper's Letter About Cancel Culture Could Have Said

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 04:00:14 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200709/00323244869/what-that-harpers-letter-about-cancel-culture-could-have-said.shtml>

"Many people are referring to the letter as being about “cancel
culture,” even though the letter itself never uses the phrase. But
everyone recognizes that the concept is what’s at the core of the

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Lives at ‘grave risk’: Trump’s withdrawal from the WHO is a hit to global health

Sun, 12 Jul 2020 05:07:48 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/lives-at-grave-risk-trumps-withdrawal-from-the-who-is-a-hit-to-global-health-142266>

"This week US President Donald Trump made good on his threat to withdraw
the United States from the World Health Organisation (WHO) by sending a
formal letter of withdrawal to the UN Secretary-General.

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With more species at risk of extinction, study warns of "biological annihilation"

Sun, 12 Jul 2020 05:06:34 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cbsnews.com/news/species-extinction-risk-biological-annihilation-study/>

"In recent months, the global pandemic has illuminated how mismanagement
of wild animals and natural ecosystems can threaten human health and
even the stability of society. Now, a new study from Stanford University

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Cory Doctorow: Full Employment

Sat, 11 Jul 2020 05:39:35 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://locusmag.com/2020/07/cory-doctorow-full-employment/

"Not only am I an AI skeptic, I’m an automation-employment-crisis
skeptic. That is, I believe that even if we were – by some
impossible-to-imagine means – to produce a general AI tomorrow, we would

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Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

Sat, 11 Jul 2020 05:37:25 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://apnews.com/f487b63befb2f4c3181404bcc87be1c1

"Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being
kind pays off.

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The Unheard Results of The Finnish Basic Income Experiment

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 06:00:31 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.ubie.org/the-unheard-results-of-the-finnish-basic-income-experiment/>

"The results for the Finnish basic income experiment were published on
the 6th of May 2020. The results were dubbed final, but there is still
more information to come. A closer look at the evaluation report reveals

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The law that could make climate change illegal

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 05:56:52 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200706-the-law-that-could-make-climate-change-illegal>

"The short-term cycles of government can be a real problem for climate
change. Even if climate goals are laid down in law, there can often be
few concrete measures to stop a succession of governments from taking

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Godzilla’s creators shared a short film confirming that the monster’s child is transgender

Thu, 9 Jul 2020 05:11:58 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/07/godzillas-creators-shared-short-film-confirming-monsters-child-transgender/>

"Godzilla, the 400-foot tall reptilian “King of the Monsters” who has
spent nearly 70 years destroying cities and fighting other super-sized
kaiju creatures, has a transgender child, according to a short film

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Studio Ghibli releases new plush characters that turn into eco-friendly reusable shopping bags

Thu, 9 Jul 2020 05:10:55 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://soranews24.com/2020/07/04/studio-ghibli-releases-new-plush-characters-that-turn-into-eco-friendly-reusable-shopping-bags/>

"Say goodbye to plastic with anime characters that sit on your shoulder
as you shop.

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