Glass Wings Blog: November 2018

“How Fascism Works”: Jason Stanley on Trump, Bolsonaro and the Rise of Fascism Across the Globe

Fri, 2 Nov 2018 00:05:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.democracynow.org/2018/10/11/how_fascism_works_jason_stanley_on>

"In his new book “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them,” Yale
professor Jason Stanley warns about the dangers of normalizing fascist
politics, writing, “What normalization does is transform the morally

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High School Dance Team Performs Impressive Harry Potter Themed Routine

Fri, 2 Nov 2018 00:07:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://geekologie.com/2018/10/high-school-dance-team-performs-impressi.php>

"This is a video of the the Arizona based Walden Grove High School PAC
Dance Team performing a Harry Potter themed routine at their homecoming
pep rally."

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The Good Censor Document Shows Google Struggling With The Challenges Of Content Moderation

Fri, 2 Nov 2018 00:07:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20181014/00295940834/good-censor-document-shows-google-struggling-with-challenges-content-moderation.shtml>

"...content moderation is impossible to do well at scale and [...]  it
will always result in decisions that upset a lot of people (no matter
what they do)"

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Privacy for Tigers

Fri, 2 Nov 2018 22:27:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2018/10/11/privacy-for-tigers/

"Privacy matters for tigers, for snow leopards, for elephants and rhinos
– and even for tortoises and sharks. Animal data protection laws, where
they exist at all, are oblivious to these new threats, and no-one seems

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It's not rocket surgery

Fri, 2 Nov 2018 22:28:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.metafilter.com/177113/Its-not-rocket-surgery

'A malaphor is a Blend of malapropism +‎ metaphor. Examples: "We'll burn
that bridge when we get to it"... "Even a blind squirrel is right twice
a day"... "If a bear shits in the woods, does it make a sound?"... "An

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Curiosity Show gets a second chance at life, goes viral on YouTube

Fri, 2 Nov 2018 22:29:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-19/curiosity-show-viral-second-life-online/10395122>

"The iconic Australian children's television show The Curiosity Show is
having a booming second life, going viral online."

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House Party

Sat, 3 Nov 2018 22:28:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://vimeo.com/294545548

"House Party is a musical living room that explores prized possessions
in their native habitat. All the materials used to create this artwork,
from the furniture to the computers, were scavenged from the discarded

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Anthea Bell, 'magnificent' translator of Asterix and Kafka, dies aged 82

Sat, 3 Nov 2018 22:29:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/18/anthea-bell-magnificent-translator-of-asterix-and-kafka-dies-aged-82>

"Anthea Bell, the translator who brought classics from Asterix to WG
Sebald to an English readership, has died at the age of 82."

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90% of Table Salt Is Contaminated With Microplastics

Sat, 3 Nov 2018 22:31:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.ecowatch.com/table-salt-mircroplastics-2613395969.html

"The new research, published in the journal Environmental Science &
Technology
, suggests that the average adult ingests about 2,000
microplastics per year due to the presence of plastics in the world's

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The Jim Henson Company Developing a KNIGHTS OF PANTERRA Series

Sat, 3 Nov 2018 22:32:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://geektyrant.com/news/the-jim-henson-company-to-work-on-canadian-knights-of-panterra>

"I think puppets are amazing and should be used more in good
productions. Up in Canada, they are creating a live-action show based on
Jeff Norton’s Dino Knights book series and The Jim Henson Company has

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Asterix translator..

Sat, 3 Nov 2018 23:10:03 -0400

Marius Piedallu van Wyk <lailoken [at] gmail.com>

Marius Piedallu van Wyk
Yeah quite sad.

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Why scientists are so worried by the huge, sudden loss of insects

Sun, 4 Nov 2018 22:39:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/10/17/17985282/insects-puerto-rico-biodiversity-mass-extinction-pnas>

"A stunning paper on Puerto Rican insects is just one story in an age of
mass extinction."

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Japan's Hometown Tax

Sun, 4 Nov 2018 22:41:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.kalzumeus.com/2018/10/19/japanese-hometown-tax/

"Educating children is incredibly expensive. The regions are quite
annoyed that they pay to educate their children but that Tokyo reaps all
the benefits. This state of affairs has continued for decades.

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Repair is as important as innovation

Sun, 4 Nov 2018 22:42:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2018/10/20/repair-is-as-important-as-innovation>

"Maintenance lacks the glamour of innovation—and is harder to measure"

Maintenance is crucial and must be valued. I personally have spent many,

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Teen Climate Activist to Crowd of Thousands: 'We Can't Save the World by Playing by the Rules Because the Rules Have to Change'

Sun, 4 Nov 2018 22:43:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/20/teen-climate-activist-crowd-thousands-we-cant-save-world-playing-rules-because-rules>

"The climate is not going to collapse because some party got the most
votes. The politics that's needed to prevent the climate catastrophe—it
doesn't exist today. We need to change the system, as if we were in

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World’s Largest Step Sequencer #MusicMonday

Mon, 5 Nov 2018 23:34:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://blog.adafruit.com/2018/10/22/worlds-largest-step-sequencer/

"As part of Red Bull Music Academy’s 20th edition, the company has built
the world’s largest step sequencer, and placed it outside of iconic
Berlin club Tresor for anyone to try out."

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An Alaskan village is falling into the sea. Washington is looking the other way.

Mon, 5 Nov 2018 23:35:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-10-22/alaskan-village-falling-sea-washington-looking-other-way>

"Shishmaref is the only town on Sarichef Island. And everywhere you go,
you can see the waves and hear the constant roar of the ocean. The
island is only about a quarter of a mile wide and it's getting smaller."

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This judge and this man will put a smile on your face :)

Mon, 5 Nov 2018 23:37:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reddit.com/r/MadeMeSmile/comments/9qc73o/this_judge_and_this_man_will_put_a_smile_on_your/>

Heartwarming.

Via Christopher Lamke, who wrote: "A truly kind and wise judge."

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Chinese Mountain Cat

Tue, 6 Nov 2018 23:09:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://birdingbeijing.com/2018/10/12/chinese-mountain-cat/

"Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis bieti) must be one of the most poorly known
cats in the world.  With a very small known range on the northeastern
Tibetan Plateau (Qinghai and northwest Sichuan), it is the only cat

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This Carbon-Negative Generator Makes Drinkable Water out of Thin Air

Tue, 6 Nov 2018 23:10:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/a24077269/wedew-water-generator-xprize-winner/>

"A high-volume water generator that can create water out of
precipitation, and can be used in any climate, has been awarded a $1.5
million XPrize. The culmination of a two-year water extraction

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Snail's House - Snailchan Adventure (Official MV)

Tue, 6 Nov 2018 23:11:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US3VTVDRbjE

"☆☆A story of snailchan going to weird adventure☆☆"

Hee hee! Brilliant. And apparently they're going to turn this into an

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Toward Human-Understandable, Explainable AI

Thu, 8 Nov 2018 00:58:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.computer.org/csdl/magazine/co/2018/09/mco2018090028/146z4GYQhXm>

"Recent increases in computing power, coupled with rapid growth in the
availability and quantity of data have rekindled our interest in the
theory and applications of artificial intelligence (AI). However, for AI

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Superfoods Are a Marketing Ploy

Thu, 8 Nov 2018 00:59:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/10/superfoods-marketing-ploy/573583/>

"Blueberries and macadamia nuts aren’t that good for you."

Good summary of the "superfood" marketing nonsense.

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What is the greatest challenge to the future of human rights? We the people are

Thu, 8 Nov 2018 01:00:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-is-the-greatest-challenge-to-the-future-of-human-rights-we-the-people-are-105428>

"When considering the future of human rights and whether they will be
viewed as more, or less important in the years to come, many potential
challenges come to mind: climate change, nationalism, inequality,

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Užupis: A tiny republic of free spirits

Fri, 9 Nov 2018 00:57:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181014-uupis-a-tiny-republic-of-free-spirits>

"What began as a tongue-in-cheek April Fools’ Day joke has evolved into
one of the smallest republics in the world, with its own government,
constitution and currency."

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Disrupting cyberwar with open source intelligence

Fri, 9 Nov 2018 00:58:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.hpe.com/us/en/insights/articles/disrupting-cyberwar-with-open-source-intelligence-1810.html>

"When invaders turned the digital information space into a battlefield,
citizen volunteers innovated a new kind of combat. Ukrainian activists
are working on the front lines to fight information aggression."

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Rewilding landscapes can help to solve more than one problem

Fri, 9 Nov 2018 01:00:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/nioe-lc102318.php

"Urbanisation, biodiversity loss, climate change: just some of the
worldwide problems 'rewilding' - i.e. restoring food chains by returning
'missing' species to the landscape - can help tackle. Researcher

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The Case of,Jane Doe Ponytail

Sat, 10 Nov 2018 00:00:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/11/nyregion/sex-workers-massage-parlor.html>

"An epic tragedy on a small block in Queens."

A beautifully written long read about a microcosm of New York.

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Richard Hill – Too Big to Be (Review of Wu, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age)

Sat, 10 Nov 2018 00:01:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.boundary2.org/2018/10/richard-hill-too-big-to-be-review-of-wu-the-curse-of-bigness-antitrust-in-the-new-gilded-age/>

"What are the consequences of allowing unrestricted growth of
concentrated private power, and abandoning most curbs on anticompetitive
conduct?"

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Government Shmovernment

Sat, 10 Nov 2018 00:03:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wattpad.com/646481239-big-change-government-shmovernment

"Beware of countries that remove safety nets for people who have fallen
upon hard times. It's hardly surprising then when people resort to any
means available to them just to survive. However, by creating crime

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Crafty New Caledonian Crows Can Assemble Tools

Sat, 10 Nov 2018 22:58:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-caledonian-crows-can-assemble-compound-tools-180970630/>

"The brainy birds successfully navigated feat previously accomplished by
just two other species: humans and chimps"

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Monster Mashup - Pomplamoose feat. Tessa Violet

Sat, 10 Nov 2018 22:59:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://youtu.be/rVE25pGBd9A

A perfect Halloween mashup from Pomplamoose!

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Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles (Queen / Freddie Mercury Style Cover) ft. Cunio

Sat, 10 Nov 2018 23:01:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N26_hRITlsU

Postmodern Jukebox answers the question: What if Queen performed Video
Killled the Radio Star
?

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Adrian Steirn

Sat, 10 Nov 2018 23:02:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.adriansteirn.com/

"Adrian Steirn is a photographer and filmmaker whose passion and
knowledge of wildlife has taken him across the globe. Australian born,
Adrian has resided in Africa for the past decade since relocating to

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These kids and young adults want their day in court on climate change

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 22:46:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/these-kids-and-young-adults-want-their-day-in-court-on-climate-change-105277>

"Humanity must rapidly decrease greenhouse gas emissions to avoid
catastrophic levels of global warming, climate scientists have warned
for decades. But America’s president has both feet on the fossil fuel

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This Is How We Radicalized The World

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 22:47:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanhatesthis/brazil-jair-bolsonaro-facebook-elections>

"On Sunday, far-right evangelical Jair Bolsonaro was elected president
of Brazil. The era of being surprised at this kind of politics is over.
Now we have to live with what we've done."

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Australian MP Pushes Back Against Expanded Site And Search Blocking Laws

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 22:48:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20181025/09321540913/australian-mp-pushes-back-against-expanded-site-search-blocking-laws.shtml>

Punchline: 'When you read that these amendments will almost certainly
pass in Australia, that prediction is almost certainly correct. And,
when that happens, exactly whose interests will be served? The answer, I

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How an Astonishing Holocaust Diary Resurfaced in America

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 22:49:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/astonishing-holocaust-diary-hidden-world-70-years-resurfaced-america-180970534/>

"Hidden for 70 years, a new invaluable contribution to Holocaust
literature—the diary of Renia Spiegel—was rediscovered inside a desk in
New York"

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Comedy Short: Leading Lady Parts - BBC

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 04:11:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpDHNbjGivo

"This comedy short, written and directed by Jessica Swale, takes a sneak
peek backstage as the cream of British acting talent step forward to
audition for that dream role. They are primed to take on the role of a

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Scotland launches an ad campaign that confronts homophobes and racists

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 04:13:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/latest-news/2018/39/scotland-ad-campaign-confronts-homophobes-racists>

"The ads are in the form of a letter, signed on behalf of Scotland, and
take aim at those who discriminate against disabled people, members of
the LGBTQ+ community and ethnic minorities."

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Browsing the Stacks: A Photo Appreciation of Libraries

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 04:14:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/10/a-photo-appreciation-of-libraries/573811/>

"As the days grow shorter, one might feel a strong urge to find a warm
place indoors and cozy up to a good book. As much as our world hurtles
toward digitized information, physical books remain popular, useful, and

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Art Students Cleverly Dress Up as Famous Paintings For the Annual Halloween Parade in Kawasaki, Japan

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:59:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/famous-paintings-halloween-costumes/

"Participants in the annual Halloween parade that takes place in the
city of Kawasaki in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan, like everywhere
else, have the opportunity to dress up as their favorite characters. A

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After a deadly month for domestic violence, the message doesn’t appear to be getting through

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:02:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/after-a-deadly-month-for-domestic-violence-the-message-doesnt-appear-to-be-getting-through-105568>

"Research clearly shows the behaviour of victims has little bearing on
the likelihood of domestic violence in intimate relationships. Domestic
violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race or socioeconomic

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This Man Mastered The Art Of Animal Selfies

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:04:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.boredpanda.com/funny-animal-selfies-allan-dixon/

"Allan Dixon from Ireland, 29, has earned himself the title of a
‘real-life Dr. Dolittle’ because of his ability to ‘talk’ animals into
posing for a selfie with him. The results are amazing. He seems to

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Gallup data says our emotions hit a decade-low in 2017. Here's what psychologists say we should do about it.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:16:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/gallup-data-says-our-emotions-hit-decade-low-2017-here-ncna924891>

"Start by listening to others, getting involved and taking care of
yourself."

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Can politics ever be compassionate?

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:49:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/matt-hawkins/can-politics-ever-be-compassionate>

"Every now and then you come across a book, a film, an article or a TV
show that helps you to make a little bit more sense of the world. I had
such an experience recently when reading Paul Gilbert’s The

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First Dog on the Moon: Why didn’t humanity save the planet? Perhaps they were busy

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:40:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/02/why-didnt-humanity-save-the-planet-perhaps-they-were-busy>

"Space historian from the future explains what happened to Earth"

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Scientists count whales from space

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:19:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46046264

"UK scientists have demonstrated the practicality of counting whales
from space.

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BIG change: Reigniting Democracy!

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:21:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wattpad.com/649609010-big-change-reigniting-democracy

"Voting isn't just a right. It's a responsibility.

Only by voting do you ensure that you are living in a democracy. Only by

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Cat tourism: Small towns in Asia look to stray cats to lure in tourists and rescue dying communities

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:23:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-03/cat-tourism-can-a-bunch-of-kitties-save-dying-towns-in-asia/10458128>

"Novel approaches have often been tried in an attempt to reverse the
decline of small towns and rejuvenate local economies, but cat tourism
has to be one of the more unusual."

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