Glass Wings Blog: December 2018

Wot I Think: Wandersong

Sat, 1 Dec 2018 23:28:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/11/19/wandersong-review/

"But before getting out of your house, you can jump on your bed. And in
that moment I understood that, despite it all, everything was going to
be okay in the end. Because Wandersong is a game that wants to make you

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“The Great Dying” –Our Evolving Sequel May Be More Like Science Fiction Than Anything in Earth’s History

Sat, 1 Dec 2018 23:29:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://dailygalaxy.com/2018/11/the-great-dying-our-evolving-sequel-may-be-more-like-science-fiction-than-anything-in-earths-history/>

"A new 2018 MIT study reports that in the approximately 30,000 years
leading up to the end-Permian extinction, there is no geologic evidence
of species starting to die out. The researchers also found no signs of

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Ikea takes in stray dogs that need a place to sleep

Sat, 1 Dec 2018 23:30:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/ikea-dogs-stray-shelter-italy-catania-video-homeless-food-furniture-christmas-a8641386.html>

"Stray dogs that need somewhere warm to sleep during the winter months,
have offered sanctuary by an Italian Ikea store."

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How Capitalist Utopia Became Everyone Else’s Dystopia

Sun, 2 Dec 2018 23:58:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://eand.co/how-capitalist-utopia-became-everyone-elses-dystopia-a25a88713956>

"To understand the story of this gargantuan, historic failure — not
managing a society in any way resembling “well”, or even “sanely” — it’s
probably best to understand what Europe did right — and then come back

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You’re Morally Obligated to Call Out Your Racist Relatives at Thanksgiving

Mon, 3 Dec 2018 00:01:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.eater.com/2018/11/20/18099157/thanksgiving-family-politics-argument>

"There is no amount of civility that can balance the harm of xenophobic
nationalism, and no amount of sitting silently while listening to
someone spew racial epithets that will repair what Trump and his ilk

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Who Owns Oklahoma?

Mon, 3 Dec 2018 00:02:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/murphy-case-supreme-court-rules-muscogee-land/576238/>

"The Supreme Court must decide the fate of a murderer—and whether
roughly half of Oklahoma is rightfully reservation land."

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ScienceVet explains biological sex

Tue, 4 Dec 2018 01:51:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://twitter.com/sciencevet2/status/1035246030500061184

An explanation of why the categorisation of biological sex into only two
groups is scientifically unhelpful.

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Berliners have shown how to stop the march of the far right

Tue, 4 Dec 2018 01:53:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/14/marching-together-far-right-fascist-wir-fur-deutschland>

"The demise of German fascist group Wir für Deutschland shows that
citizens can unite to banish hatred

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Heartwarming Photos of Acts of Kindness

Wed, 5 Dec 2018 02:00:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/heartwarming-photos-of-acts-of-kindness/ss-BBPusD9>

"Sometimes the onslaught of bad news can weigh heavy on our hearts, but
there is also plenty of good in the world to remember in the midst of
unease and heartbreak."

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In Pictures: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

Wed, 5 Dec 2018 02:01:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-46302730

"A shocked squirrel has scooped the overall prize in this year's Comedy
Wildlife Photography Awards."

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Choose Love: the shop where customers buy gifts for refugees

Wed, 5 Dec 2018 23:33:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/nov/23/choose-love-pop-up-shop-london-customers-buy-gifts-refugees>

"The pop-up store off Carnaby Street has been set up by the charity Help
Refugees and invites visitors to “shop your heart out, leave with
nothing, and feel the love”. Shoppers can buy a range of items for

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My Heart Is For You | Pomplamoose Christmas Original

Wed, 5 Dec 2018 23:34:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj7yLGcfF-s

A cute and fuzzy seasonal song from Pomplamoose.

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Wolfenoot, a 7-year-old's made-up holiday, goes viral, launches movement to benefit dogs and wolves

Thu, 6 Dec 2018 23:51:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-food-wolfenoot-20181017-story.html>

"A 7-year-old’s vivid imagination and kind heart have created a new
holiday called Wolfenoot, and the thousands of people around the world
who’ll celebrate it Nov. 23 will donate to dog- and wolf-related

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Time to break academic publishing’s stranglehold on research

Thu, 6 Dec 2018 23:56:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032052-900-time-to-break-academic-publishings-stranglehold-on-research/>

"The academic publishing business model is indefensible. Practically
everybody – even the companies that profit from it – acknowledges that
it has to change. And yet the status quo has proven extremely resilient."

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Landmark California Law Bars Prosecutors From Pursuing Murder Charges Against People Who Didn’t Commit Murder

Thu, 6 Dec 2018 23:57:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://theintercept.com/2018/11/23/california-felony-murder-rule/

"Moreover, like other aspects of the criminal justice system, the law in
practice is both racist and sexist. The felony murder rule has
disproportionately impacted blacks in the state — roughly 40 percent of

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Watch an Elephant Invite a Rhino to Play

Sat, 8 Dec 2018 02:40:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/2017/02/rhino-african-elephant-animal-behavior>

"What may at first appear to be aggressive behavior is actually a rare
look at an African elephant's complex body language."

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Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe.

Sat, 8 Dec 2018 02:42:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/20/magazine/palm-oil-borneo-climate-catastrophe.html>

"A decade ago, the U.S. mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels,
leading to industrial-scale deforestation — and a huge spike in carbon
emissions."

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38 Bizarre and Hilarious Pictures Show How Funny Victorian Life Was

Sat, 8 Dec 2018 02:44:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.vintag.es/2018/11/victorian-life-1890s.html

"Here is a collection of bizarre and hilarious pictures that shows
Victorian people were so funny."

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Bohemian Rhapsody on FLOPPOTRON

Sat, 8 Dec 2018 22:27:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph5OW9p-GHM

"A special video for reaching 98 (almost 100) song covers. 98, like
Windows 98. There is a new "band member" which comes from the times of
Windows 98... Do you still remember those noisy devices?"

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Miss Universe Japan picks Sailor Moon ninja transformation dress as national costume for 2018

Sat, 8 Dec 2018 22:28:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/miss-universe-japan-picks-%27sailor-moon%27-ninja-transformation-dress-as-national-costume-for-2018>

"What you’re seeing is real – Kato will be appearing at Miss Universe
dressed as Sailor Moon. And not only will she be dressed as a magical
anime girl on stage, she’ll be completing a transformation sequence as

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The Small Island Where 500 People Speak Nine Different Languages

Sat, 8 Dec 2018 22:30:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/11/receptive-multilingualism-small-languages/576649/>

"On South Goulburn Island, a small, forested isle off Australia’s
northern coast, a settlement called Warruwi Community consists of some
500 people who speak among themselves around nine different languages.

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Truths programmers should know about case

Sun, 9 Dec 2018 22:04:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.b-list.org/weblog/2018/nov/26/case/

"A couple weeks ago I gave a talk about usernames at North Bay Python.
The content came mostly from things I’ve learned in roughly 12 years of
maintaining django-registration, which has taught me more than I ever

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Australia's tallest timber building makes a towering case for eco-friendly construction

Sun, 9 Dec 2018 22:06:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://newatlas.com/australia-tallest-timber-building-tower/57392/

"Lured by their superior sustainable qualities, high-rise developers
around the world are increasingly turning to timber materials for
construction, and a newly completed office tower in Australia is the

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Kickstarter Is a PBC. Here’s What That Means and Why It Matters.

Sun, 9 Dec 2018 22:07:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/kickstarter/kickstarter-is-a-pbc-heres-what-that-means-and-why-it-matters-d90b2389ea6c>

"Becoming a PBC allowed us to unshackle from the extractive, inhuman,
and societally unsustainable framework that compels companies to
optimize for profit over everything."

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Separated by travel ban, Iranian families reunite at border library

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:25:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-ban-insight-idUSKCN1NX1P2>

"The Iranian families have undertaken fraught, costly journeys for the
chance of a few hours together on the library’s grounds. Although
several Iranians said they hadn’t faced any obstacles from immigration

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The Doctor Who theme and beyond: female pioneers of electronic music

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:26:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07439-1

"Joanne Baker lauds a paean to the experimentalists of the BBC
Radiophonic Workshop."

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Using information security to explain why disinformation makes autocracies stronger and democracies weaker

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:27:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/11/27/autocracy-loves-confusion.html

"The same disinformation campaigns that epitomize the divisions in US
society -- beliefs in voter fraud, vaccine conspiracies, and racist
conspiracies about migrants, George Soros and Black Lives Matter, to

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“The Door Problem”

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 22:19:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.lizengland.com/blog/2014/04/the-door-problem/

"Game design is one of those nebulous terms to people outside the game
industry that’s about as clear as the “astrophysicist” job title is to
me. It’s also my job, so I find myself explaining what game design means

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VoCore 2

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 22:20:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://vocore.io/

"VoCore is open hardware and runs OpenWrt/LEDE. It has WIFI, USB, UART,
20+ GPIOs but is only one inch square. It will help you to make a smart
house, study embedded system or even make the tiniest router in the world."

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The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:29:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/magazine/insect-apocalypse.html

"How could something as fundamental as the bugs in the sky just
disappear? And what would become of the world without them?"

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We have food safety laws thanks to 19th century “poison squad”

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:30:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/meet-the-father-of-the-fda-a-fearless-crusader-for-food-safety/>

"Ars chats with author Deborah Blum about her new book, The Poison Squad."

Via Muse, who wrote: "The article mentions the importance of the novel

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Under God

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:31:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://thenib.com/under-god

"Our secular government is all tangled up with religion. How did we get
here?"

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Space Cats — Magic Fly

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:51:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7UwSVsiwzI

Via Muse, who wrote: "This makes me happy!"

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Tumblr Users Create A Spy Movie Plot With Reversed Genders Roles And It Will Crack You Up

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:52:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.boredpanda.com/reversed-spy-movie-gender-roles/

"Have you ever noticed that most spy movies are oddly similar? That’s
probably because they often use the same gender stereotypes. A
protagonist is almost always a middle-aged man who saves a young woman

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My parents give me $28,000 a year

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:53:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/first-person/2018/11/12/18057130/money-income-inequality-basic-income-generational-wealth>

"My parents always told me to follow my dreams. It’s good advice — but
could someone without family money afford to take it?"

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Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:54:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/02/world-verge-climate-catastophe>

"As recent reports have made clear, the world may no longer be hovering
at the edge of destruction but has probably staggered beyond a crucial
point of no return. Climate catastrophe is now looking inevitable. We

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What people get most wrong about unconditional basic income

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:55:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/other/what-people-get-most-wrong-about-unconditional-basic-income>

"As someone who’s focused solely on this idea since 2013, I see people
getting a lot wrong about UBI, but there are three things people get
wrong most: its impact on work, the cost of implementing it, and the

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David Attenborough says civilisation will collapse if humanity doesn't take action on global warming at climate change talks

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:57:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/david-attenborough-climate-talks-cop-24-poland-global-warming-civilisations-collapse-a8664856.html>

"Civilisations are going to collapse and much of nature will be wiped
out to extinction if humanity doesn't take urgent action on climate
change, Sir David Attenborough has warned."

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Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:58:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.ecowatch.com/australia-plastic-bag-ban-2622280343.html

"Three months after two of the largest supermarket chains banned plastic
grocery bags, an estimated 1.5 billion bags have been prevented from
use, the Australian Associated Press reported, citing the National

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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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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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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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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 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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'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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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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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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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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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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