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With the climate crisis and coronavirus bearing down on us, the age of disconnection is over

Sat, 4 Apr 2020 07:14:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/28/with-the-climate-crisis-and-coronavirus-bearing-down-on-us-the-age-of-disconnection-is-over>

"A pandemic, more than almost any other phenomenon, shows that all our
lives are inextricably intertwined, for now and forever, whether we like
it or not. It brings into sharp focus the impossibility of trying to

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Copyright Is Broken: COVID-19 Pandemic Revealing Just How Messed Up Our Permission-Based Culture Is

Sat, 4 Apr 2020 07:13:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200325/17011244174/copyright-is-broken-covid-19-pandemic-revealing-just-how-messed-up-our-permission-based-culture-is.shtml>

"When we get through this pandemic, we should remember this mess, and
fix a bunch of problems with copyright law to make sure we don't need to
do this again. We should make it 100% clear that classroom uses are fair

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Why do rightwing populist leaders oppose experts?

Sat, 4 Apr 2020 07:11:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/26/rightwing-populist-leaders-oppose-experts-not-elites>

"Is the success of the Trumps, Bolsonaros and Johnsons of this world
proof that the people can always be seduced by demagogues – and simply
don’t know what’s good for them? Distrust of professionalism does not

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The community-led movement creating hope in the time of coronavirus

Fri, 3 Apr 2020 04:41:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-community-led-movement-creating-hope-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-134391>

"The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the social networks we rely
on. Workplaces, pubs, restaurants and gyms have closed and many people
are now housebound.

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The Australian welfare system has always been needlessly cruel. Now it’s punishing half the country

Fri, 3 Apr 2020 04:40:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/25/the-australian-welfare-system-has-always-been-needlessly-cruel-now-its-punishing-half-the-country>

"The fact that many ‘necessary’ social indignities can be discarded for
Covid-19 only shows how unnecessary they were in the first place"

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Why Basic Income Is a Mental Health Issue

Fri, 3 Apr 2020 04:36:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a3akm4/why-basic-income-is-a-mental-health-issue>

"Across the Western world, there is a rising epidemic of depression and
anxiety—one that disfigured my life for over a decade. For years now,
the United Nations has been trying to warn us that these problems are

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Why are we calling it ‘social distancing’? Right now, we need social connections more than ever

Thu, 2 Apr 2020 06:42:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-are-we-calling-it-social-distancing-right-now-we-need-social-connections-more-than-ever-134249>

"The so-called social distancing measures seek to limit the spread of
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, by reducing
physical contact between people. And there’s evidence these measures work.

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Homelessness and overcrowding expose us all to coronavirus. Here’s what we can do to stop the spread

Thu, 2 Apr 2020 06:41:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/homelessness-and-overcrowding-expose-us-all-to-coronavirus-heres-what-we-can-do-to-stop-the-spread-134378>

"Crowding is endemic in Indigenous communities. Poorly maintained and
inadequate dwelling conditions make the impacts of crowding worse.

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That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

Thu, 2 Apr 2020 06:40:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief

"There is something powerful about naming this as grief. It helps us
feel what’s inside of us. So many have told me in the past week, “I’m
telling my coworkers I’m having a hard time,” or “I cried last night.”

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The Pandemic Will Be Livestreamed

Thu, 2 Apr 2020 06:38:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/coronavirus-online-arts-culture/

"The coronavirus has forced the world’s most renowned cultural
institutions to shut their doors, from the Louvre in Paris to the
Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Many are finding ways to keep their offerings

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