Glass Wings Blog: August 2019

The Story of George McGovern's Failure to Guarantee Every American $1,000

Sat, 3 Aug 2019 00:00:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.scottsantens.com/george-mcgovern-failure-guarantee-every-american-1000-demogrant-basic-income-ubi>

"On the night of their debate, McGovern took the stage against Humphrey
with no real understanding of what the net distributive impact of his
demogrant looked like, and so when Humphrey attacked it upon claims it

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Australia’s retail and fast food workers face ‘epidemic’ levels of abuse and harassment

Sat, 3 Aug 2019 00:01:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/consumer/2019/07/31/customer-abuse-epidemic/>

"Retail workers are being spat at, verbally abused and threatened with
physical violence as part of their daily jobs, in what has been labelled
an “epidemic”.

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20,000th post!

Sun, 4 Aug 2019 00:21:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Yes it's true, this is the 20,000th post to the Glass Wings mailing list
and blog!  Thank you to everyone for all your interest and support over
the years.  You can take a look back at many of the topics we've
discussed at:

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WIPO Says Websites In Its Pirate Database Don't Deserve Due Process Because 'They Know What They're Doing'

Sun, 4 Aug 2019 00:21:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190730/11320042679/wipo-says-websites-pirate-database-dont-deserve-due-process-because-they-know-what-theyre-doing.shtml>

"This isn’t a surprise. In two decades of doing work in and around the
copyright space, this attitude is pervasive. It ignores, of course, that
throughout all of this time, those in legacy industries are often way

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Thousands of Years Ago, a Dog Gave Rise to an Immortal Entity

Sun, 4 Aug 2019 00:22:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/ctvt-tumor-broke-all-rules/595246/>

"The story of CTVT—a contagious cancer that spreads from dog to dog—gets
weirder all the time."

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We're Gonna Be Ok (Dragon x Unicorn) AMV

Mon, 5 Aug 2019 04:34:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOpfRL8F9YU

"A Unicorn's past lurks in her shadow as she tries to recover from it.
The Dragon stays by her side as he's been for a long time, showing her
that everything is going to be ok."

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A Colorful Illustrated Wall Chart Capturing the Hilarious History of Monty Python in Chronological Order

Mon, 5 Aug 2019 04:35:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/history-of-monty-python-wall-chart/

"Timothy and Aurélia Sanders of Curious Charts, the talented couple
behind the wonderfully badass “Heroic Girls in Movies” scratch-off
poster, have created a comprehensive Monty Python illustrated wall

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Cutting pollution won't cause global warming spike, study finds

Tue, 6 Aug 2019 02:27:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-pollution-wont-global-spike.html

"The findings, published in Nature, offer greater hope that current
plans to curb global warming by moving to cleaner sources of energy may
still work without leading to an unexpected extra source of heating."

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2040 review

Tue, 6 Aug 2019 02:28:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.madmanfilms.com.au/2040film/

Last week we went to see the Australian film 2040. It was a little
simplistic and over-optimistic, but given that it’s intended to be
hopeful and inspirational and is aimed partly at school children that’s

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From Myspace To Sharing Space

Wed, 7 Aug 2019 00:39:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://notalwaysright.com/from-myspace-to-sharing-space/159572/

"Over a year ago, a new guy started working at my office, and there was
an immediate attraction. I recognised his face and his surname.
Pre-transition, he had been the girl that I used to chat with online! I

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Green growth is trusted to fix climate change – here’s the problem with that

Wed, 7 Aug 2019 00:40:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/green-growth-is-trusted-to-fix-climate-change-heres-the-problem-with-that-120785>

"You may have missed it, but a recent report declared that the main
strategy of world leaders for tackling climate change won’t work. It’s
called green growth, and it’s favoured by some of the largest and most

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There’s a place in Germany where you can ride Falkor and see the props from ‘The Neverending Story’

Fri, 9 Aug 2019 02:06:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://dangerousminds.net/comments/theres_a_place_in_germany_where_you_can_ride_falkor_and_see_the_props_from_>

"I didn’t know the majority of The Neverending Story was shot in Germany
(except for a few scenes which were shot in Vancouver, Canada and in
Almerín, Spain). Apparently it was the most expensive German film ever

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New NOAA app brings earth and space animations to your phone

Fri, 9 Aug 2019 02:08:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://research.noaa.gov/article/ArtMID/587/ArticleID/2475/New-NOAA-app-brings-earth-and-space-animations-to-your-phone>

"NOAA’s SOS Explorer™ Mobile, an app for personal mobile devices, tells
earth science stories by playing visually stunning movies on a virtual
globe. These aren’t your typical movies, however. They’re animations of

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Using Restorative Justice To Deal With Internet Trolls And Jackasses

Fri, 9 Aug 2019 02:08:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190802/16270242704/using-restorative-justice-to-deal-with-internet-trolls-jackasses.shtml>

"One of the things that I’ve tried to highlight over the years, when it
comes to questions of content moderation on internet platforms, is that
there is a much wider spectrum of options than just “take it down” or

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Ask a policy expert: How much do we pay for our politicians?

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 04:45:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/09/ask-a-policy-expert-how-much-do-we-pay-for-our-politicians>

"How many taxpayers’ dollars are going towards politicians’ incomes as
stacked up against income supports payments like Newstart?"

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"If We Don't Protect Nature We Can't Protect Ourselves" Harrison Ford | Extinction Rebellion

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 04:47:55 +1000

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

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

"We are facing an emergency resulting from our toxic economic and
political system. The way we relate to each other and to nature is
destroying Earth’s capacity to sustain life.

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A Fairer Distribution of Wealth

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 04:49:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://katherinephelps.com/2019/08/a-fair-distribution-of-wealth/

"Currently Australian minimum wage is $740.78 per week.

If you lost your job due to automation, off-shoring services, company

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WANDER - (Original Song) Black Gryph0n & Baasik

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 06:40:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbRD1JKOV8k

"This is honestly one of my favorite songs off our new album! I was
trying to capture the feeling of being on a mountain top at night or a
boat trip across the ocean. The vibe might not be for everybody, but I

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Despairing about the Climate Crisis? Read This.

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 06:48:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/despairing-about-climate-crisis>

"There are two reactions we have to a threat: we either deal with the
threat, or we deal with the feeling about the threat. The first option
actually reduces the threat. You reduce it, you run away from it, or you

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‘Fight for our lives’: Fiji calls world leaders ‘selfish’ as it lays out climate crisis blueprint

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 06:48:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/07/fight-for-our-lives-fiji-calls-world-leaders-selfish-as-it-lays-out-climate-crisis-blueprint>

"Minister says archipelago in grave situation through no fault of its
own as he unveils plan for net zero emissions and village relocation"

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Elsevier Says It's Infringing To Link To Sci-Hub; Hypocrite Elsevier Links To Sci-Hub All The Time

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 03:28:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190804/21235242719/elsevier-says-infringing-to-link-to-sci-hub-hypocrite-elsevier-links-to-sci-hub-all-time.shtml>

"Academic publishing giant Elsevier really, really, really hates
Sci-Hub, the site that offers up access to lots of academic research.
Elsevier has sued the site directly and tried many times to get it

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We turned “Beautiful People” into a musical.

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 03:29:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypRmbJdJsm4

"A cover of Ed Sheeran & Khalid's "Beautiful People" by Pomplamoose ft.
Ali Spagnola, Malinda, and Jon Cozart"

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ME! - Taylor Swift (Mid '80s/Yacht Rock Style Cover) ft. Sara Niemietz & Ryan Quinn

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 03:30:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sgrivF7keY

'Postmodern Jukebox Yacht Rock Style cover of "ME!" by Taylor Swift
ft. Sara Niemietz & Ryan Quinn.'

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Popcorn Remix [4K] - Piotr Zylbert - Poland

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 04:43:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngFAbGofJ9c

"Popcorn is an early synth-pop instrumental, composed by Gershon
Kingsley in 1969 and first appearing on his album Music to Moog By. It
was recorded at the Audio Fidelity Records label in New York City."

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Reaping What They Sowed: Recording Industry Now Quite Upset About Copyright Run Amok

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 04:44:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190806/21222842734/reaping-what-they-sowed-recording-industry-now-quite-upset-about-copyright-run-amok.shtml>

"For decades, the recording industry – mainly in the form of its
lobbying bodies, the RIAA, IFPI and other similar organizations – have
pushed, time and time again, for broadly expansive copyright law, in

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Elsevier Tries To Lie About University Of California's Contract Negotiation; UC Shows Its Receipts

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 04:45:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190804/21394042720/elsevier-tries-to-lie-about-university-californias-contract-negotiation-uc-shows-receipts.shtml>

"You may recall that, back in March, we were excited to hear the news
that the University of California had cancelled its Elsevier
subscription, after Elsevier was unwilling to support UC’s goal of

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Marimo, the Legendary Cat

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 04:36:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/08/07/Marimo-the-Legendary-Cat/

"A group of guys who have a popular fishing channel go fishing and are
distracted by a friendly and agreeable calico cat. They called her
Maruo. Next time they went to the same fishing spot, they arrived

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Epic Stair Design Fails That May Result In Some Serious Injuries

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 04:38:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://designyoutrust.com/2019/08/epic-stair-design-fails-that-may-result-in-some-serious-injuries/>

"We are so used to walking up and down stairs all day every day, that we
don’t even think to look if everything is in order. These truly horrific
designs, collected in a list by Bored Panda, are on another level.

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Jaipur protest demands end to use of elephants to carry tourists

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 04:41:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/11/jaipur-protest-demands-end-to-use-of-elephants-to-carry-tourists>

"Animal rights protesters took to the streets on bicycles in the Indian
city of Jaipur on Sunday, demanding an end to elephants being used to
carry tourists to one of the country’s top attractions, the iconic Amber

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The Guardian view on climate crisis: what can we do?

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:15:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/11/the-guardian-view-on-climate-crisis-what-can-we-do>

"It’s easy to despair. The scale of the problems we face looms as large
as the shadows cast by unpalatable leaders. What stirs some into action
for the first time leaves others feeling simply overwhelmed. What can

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New climate change report underscores the need to manage land for the short and long term

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:16:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/new-climate-change-report-underscores-the-need-to-manage-land-for-the-short-and-long-term-121716>

"For the past 20 years, I have been working to understand how severe
climate change will be in the coming century. Scientists know that
Earth’s climate responds to both changes in greenhouse gas levels in the

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Make the Great Barrier Reef an Australian citizen and protect her right to live.

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:18:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.change.org/p/make-the-great-barrier-reef-an-australian-citizen-and-protect-her-right-to-live>

"On May 8, 2019 (Australia’s unofficial day to be thankful for your
Aussie mates) we contacted the Australian Department of Home Affairs to
make the living, breathing Great Barrier Reef, an Aussie citizen."

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Why Finland leads the world in flexible work

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:03:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20190807-why-finland-leads-the-world-in-flexible-work>

"The Nordic nation has embraced agile hours for decades. It’s a style of
work well suited to the country’s deep-rooted culture of trust, equality
and pragmatism."

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Blue whales make surprise appearance off Washington coast

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:04:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://mynorthwest.com/1479349/blue-whales-make-surprise-appearance-off-washington-coast/>

"The two blue whales were seen feeding about 17 miles northwest of Grays
Harbor on July 24th. Cascadia Research biologist John Calambokidas said
he documented them by chance while surveying humpback and gray whales."

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Office 365 alternative: Consider LibreOffice for your next PC office suite

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:05:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.zdnet.com/article/office-365-alternative-consider-libreoffice-for-your-next-pc-office-suite/>

"If you want to run Software-as-a-Service office suite, Office 365,
you’re good. If you want a standalone office suite, it’s time to look to
LibreOffice."

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Do You Have “Advantage Blindness”?

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 02:45:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://hbr.org/2018/04/do-you-have-advantage-blindness

"No one wants to think they got to the top through an unfair advantage.
You want to feel that you’ve earned it — that your hard work and
carefully honed skills have paid off.

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Why an Australian charter of rights is a matter of national urgency

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 02:46:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-an-australian-charter-of-rights-is-a-matter-of-national-urgency-121411>

"If anyone doubts the need for a charter of rights in Australia, the
Banerji decision of the High Court handed down last week demonstrates
why legislative protection for our common law freedoms has become a

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Why tiny Belize is a world leader in protecting the ocean

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 02:47:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/14/why-tiny-belize-is-a-world-leader-in-ocean-protection>

"Fish stocks are stable and reef health improving, in part thanks to
Belize’s substantial ‘no-take’ zones. Now greater legislation is needed
to secure progress"

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Australia tells Pacific Islands to “reflect” on climate action, dial down “crisis” talk

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:36:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-tells-pacific-islands-to-reflect-on-climate-action-dial-down-crisis-talk-89332/>

"More detail has emerged on the embarrassing lengths being taken by
Australia’s Morrison government to dial down references to a climate
crisis, and “soften language” around coal, at this week’s Pacific

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Here It Goes Again | OK Go | Pomplamoose

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:37:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYT8YYKeN2Q

Aww yeah! One of my favourite bands covering another one of my favourite
bands! Truly this is the holy grail. Also, keep watching to the end for
a classic joke from a scene referencing møøse (as opposed to pomplamoose).

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Beijing is moving to stamp out the Hong Kong protests – but it may have already lost the city for good

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:38:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/beijing-is-moving-to-stamp-out-the-hong-kong-protests-but-it-may-have-already-lost-the-city-for-good-121815>

"Beijing’s shrill rhetoric, misinformation campaigns, and blatant
threats have galvanised resistance in what has fast become a volatile
situation. The crisis doesn’t appear to be dissipating. And things are

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PURR ELISE Piano Meowssage - Dream of Haburu

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 04:03:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_QbESeO1eE

"Hi everyone, this is a very favorite song in my country. It is loved
not only by the melody but also by its meaning. One thing in particular,
Haburu is wearing a new outfit. Does anyone like it? Let Haburu take a

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Nintendo Hates You: Company DMCAs Over 100 Videos Celebrating Nintendo Game Music

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 04:05:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190815/10233242790/nintendo-hates-you-company-dmcas-over-100-videos-celebrating-nintendo-game-music.shtml>

"Our posts on famed gaming giant Nintendo will likely give you the
impression that the company has a very strange distaste for its own
fans. Your brain will probably try to convince you that this doesn’t

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Making dragons: a speculative scientific adventure

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 04:07:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02468-w

"It was bold, it was brazen and her ‘sky’s the limit’ thinking could
have stopped there. But Julie’s father is Paul Knoepfler, a stem-cell
biologist at the University of California, Davis. Having an in-house

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