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The Big Lie of the Fascists: That Climate Holocaust is Inevitable by Rainer Shea + Can Eco-Socialism Save The World?

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 03:12:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2019/11/13/the-big-lie-of-the-fascists-that-climate-holocaust-is-inevitable-by-rainer-shea-can-eco-socialism-save-the-world/>

"The assertion to the contrary is based off of the same false claim
that’s supported the lie about world poverty being natural or
inevitable: the claim that there aren’t enough resources to give

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How Russia Meddles Abroad for Profit: Cash, Trolls and a Cult Leader

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 03:11:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/world/africa/russia-madagascar-election.html>

"Madagascar has little obvious strategic value for the Kremlin or the
global balance of power. But Russians were there during an election,
offering bribes, spreading disinformation and recruiting an apocalyptic

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Speech pathologist teaches her dog to use a soundboard and now it communicates in sentences

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 03:10:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.upworthy.com/speech-pathologist-teaches-her-dog-to-use-a-speech-pad-and-now-it-communicates-in-sentences>

'Christina Hunger, 26, is a speech-language pathologist in San Diego,
California who believes that "everyone deserves a voice."

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In Praise of Whistleblowers

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 03:08:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/power-media-whistleblower-20191106>

"The corporate press has largely attacked whistleblowers or questioned
their motives rather than analyzing the relevance and meaning of the
information they have released. For example, in response to Snowden’s

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The government is in authoritarian mode and now is not the time for complacency

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 04:13:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2019/nov/12/the-government-is-in-authoritarian-mode-and-now-is-not-the-time-for-complacency>

"Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack’s attack on “raving inner-city
lunatics” who believe in climate science may just seem a bit unhinged
but it is part of a broader government strategy to quell political

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Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 04:11:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2019/11/10/778015261/experts-worry-active-shooter-drills-in-schools-could-be-traumatic-for-students>

"Melissa Reeves, a professor at Winthrop University and former president
of the National Association of School Psychologists, talked with NPR's
Lulu Garcia-Navarro about changes in how school shooting drills are

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A report claims koalas are ‘functionally extinct’ – but what does that mean?

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 04:07:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-report-claims-koalas-are-functionally-extinct-but-what-does-that-mean-116665>

"It’s hard to say exactly how many koalas are still remaining in
Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the
Australian Capital Territory, but they are highly vulnerable to threats

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Multicolored Paper Art of the Human Microbiome Mimics Textures Found in Coral Reefs

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 04:04:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://mymodernmet.com/paper-art-coral-reef-human-microbiome-rogan-brown/>

"Many of nature’s objects feature recurring patterns and motifs
described as fractals, which can be seen repeating themselves at
increasing levels of magnification. Inspired by this phenomenon, artist

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We've been in bushfire hell in Glen Innes – and the scientists knew it was coming

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 02:39:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/11/weve-been-in-bushfire-hell-in-glen-innes-and-the-scientists-knew-it-was-coming>

Via Muse, who wrote:

Carol Sparks is the mayor of Glen Innes. “Members of my family are in

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Black Facebook Workers Write Open Letter to Company: We Are Treated Every Day 'As If We Do Not Belong Here'

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 02:38:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theroot.com/black-facebook-workers-write-open-letter-to-company-we-1839776402>

"One year after a black Facebook employee accused the social media giant
of failing its black employees and users, a group of Facebook employees
published an anonymous memo saying the culture at the company has only

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