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The Glass Wings mailing list and blog is for general idle chit-chat about things we find interesting, especially humor, animation or other subjects relevant to the Glass Wings web site.

A Bolivian Monastery Adopted A Dog And Named Him Friar Mustache

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 23:10:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.pupperish.com/monk-dog

"You've all heard of good boys, now prepare yourself for holy boys. St.
Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia has adopted a local street dog,
and he has immediately been allowed into their ranks as a monk. No we're

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Most of us are wrong about how the world has changed (especially those who are pessimistic about the future)

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 23:09:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://ourworldindata.org/wrong-about-the-world

"This pessimism about what is possible for the world matters
politically. Those who don’t expect that things get better in the first
place will be less likely to demand actions that can bring positive

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Why We Should Value ‘Invisible Labor’

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 23:08:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/s/free-money/basic-income-job-guarantees-and-invisible-labor-c08134e7f310>

"For society to survive, contributions of all kinds must be rewarded"

Yonatan Zunger really nails it in this thorough overview of the

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The Climate Clock: Counting down to 1.5℃

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 23:29:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-climate-clock-counting-down-to-1-5-107498>

"The Climate Clock we created shows how quickly we are approaching 1.5℃
of global warming, given current emissions trends. Here, we present our
third annual update of the clock in light of the most recent scientific

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'We Have Not Come Here to Beg World Leaders to Care,' 15-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Tells COP24. 'We Have Come to Let Them Know Change Is Coming'

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 23:27:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/04/we-have-not-come-here-beg-world-leaders-care-15-year-old-greta-thunberg-tells-cop24>

'"We can no longer save the world by playing by the rules," says Greta
Thunberg, "because the rules have to be changed."'

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When Tumblr bans porn, who loses?

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 23:26:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/12/4/18126112/tumblr-porn-ban-verizon-ad-goals-sex-work-fandom>

"Verizon is leaving the engine of internet culture to sputter and die,
and its communities to scramble for a new home."

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The End Is Nigh: Failed Stewardship of Planet Earth

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 03:56:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://lightbringers.net/content/end-nigh-failed-stewardship-planet-earth>

'For this century alone there has been almost twenty-five major
predictions of the end of the world that have passed, and several that
are yet to come. Ronald Weinland, of the "Church of God Preparing for

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When The Internet Archive Forgets

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 03:54:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/11/when-the-internet-archive-forgets/

"On the internet, there are certain institutions we have come to rely on
daily to keep truth from becoming nebulous or elastic. Not necessarily
in the way that something stupid like Verrit aspired to, but at least in

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Beavers are engineering a new Alaskan tundra

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 03:53:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencenews.org/article/beavers-are-engineering-new-alaskan-tundra>

"In a broad swath of northwestern Alaska, small groups of recent
immigrants are hard at work. Like many residents of this remote area,
they’re living off the land. But these industrious foreigners are

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Michigan Lawmakers: McDonald's Should Stop Asking, "Boy or Girl Toy?"

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:00:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://jezebel.com/michigan-lawmakers-mcdonalds-should-stop-asking-boy-1830822003>

"Lawmakers in Michigan have introduced a resolution urging restaurants
in the state to stop offering “girls” and “boys” toys with kids meals.
Instead, they argue, customers should be offered a toy-specific choice,

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