Glass Wings Blog: September 2019

Greenland’s Wishes Don’t Matter to Trump

Mon, 2 Sep 2019 03:29:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/08/what-greenlanders-want-never-even-occurred-trump/596902/>

"Cotton is right: In the 19th century, the United States bought large
chunks of land from European powers as it expanded south and west. What
he doesn’t acknowledge is that in buying that land, the United States

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The Commuting Principle That Shaped Urban History

Mon, 2 Sep 2019 03:33:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/08/commute-time-city-size-transportation-urban-planning-history/597055/>

"From ancient Rome to modern Atlanta, the shape of cities has been
defined by the technologies that allow commuters to get to work in about
30 minutes."

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Hundreds of young people join Greta Thunberg in climate protest outside UN

Mon, 2 Sep 2019 03:34:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/30/greta-thunberg-un-climate-protest-new-york>

"Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg was joined by swelling and excited
crowds of American teenagers at a protest outside the UN headquarters in
New York on Friday, in a further blossoming of the youth environment

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The World Has a Germany Problem

Tue, 3 Sep 2019 03:08:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/19/opinion/trump-germany-europe.html

"Most of the costs of German fiscal obstinacy fall on Germany and its
neighbors, but there are some spillovers to the rest of us. Europe’s
problems have contributed to a weak euro, which makes U.S. products less

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Why you should think about being a good ancestor — and 3 ways to start doing it

Tue, 3 Sep 2019 03:09:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://ideas.ted.com/why-you-should-think-about-being-a-good-ancestor-and-3-ways-to-start-doing-it/>

"Yes, we know it takes plenty of time and energy to be a good person in
the here and now. But due to the major threats facing our society and
planet, we need to consider our impact on future generations, too.

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Is Toxic Masculinity The Reason We Can't Address Climate Change?

Tue, 3 Sep 2019 03:10:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://crooksandliars.com/2019/09/toxic-masculinity-reason-we-cant-address>

"As conservatives launch sexist attacks on activist Greta Thunberg, a
new study shows disturbingly chauvinistic attitudes about protecting the
environment."

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Australian Medical Association declares climate change a health emergency

Wed, 4 Sep 2019 04:41:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/03/australian-medical-association-declares-climate-change-a-health-emergency>

"The Australian Medical Association has formally declared climate change
a health emergency, pointing to “clear scientific evidence indicating
severe impacts for our patients and communities now and into the future”.

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Weatherwatch: an unsung climate hero comes in from the cold

Wed, 4 Sep 2019 04:42:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/sep/02/weatherwatch-unsung-climate-hero-eunice-foote-comes-in-from-cold>

"This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Eunice Foote, a
pioneer in climate research of whom few people have heard. She showed
that water vapour and carbon dioxide helped to heat Earth’s atmosphere,

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John Kerry says we can't leave climate emergency to 'neanderthals' in power

Wed, 4 Sep 2019 04:43:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/03/john-kerry-says-we-cant-leave-climate-emergency-to-neanderthals-in-power>

"The former US secretary of state John Kerry has warned that humanity
risks marching off a cliff unless governments take immediate action to
fight the climate emergency.

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The Fry’s Era

Thu, 5 Sep 2019 06:12:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://mondaynote.com/the-frys-era-8709a7e602eb

"Throughout the 90’s and aughts, Fry’s Electronics was a Silicon Valley
institution, a truly aboriginal techie bazaar where geeks could find
everything they needed to live in autarky, from logic boards to

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How much destruction is needed for us to take climate change seriously?

Thu, 5 Sep 2019 06:13:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/03/how-much-destruction-is-needed-for-us-to-take-climate-change-seriously>

"Whether human civilization stays intact amid this worsening weather
depends on recognizing our shared humanity – and designing policy
accordingly"

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‘The most terrifying moments’: India counts down to risky Moon landing

Thu, 5 Sep 2019 06:15:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02587-4

"After countless setbacks and delays, India will attempt to set a lander
down on the Moon in the early hours of 7 September Indian time. If the
landing is successful, the nation will be only the fourth to achieve

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Identity-Based Politics are Not the Problem, Identity-Based Oppression Is

Fri, 6 Sep 2019 05:33:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@timjwise/identity-based-politics-are-not-the-problem-identity-based-oppression-is-3775a5cdfe1d>

"Although criticizing “identity politics” has become a hobby for some
(on both the right and left), appreciating how racial, gender, sexual,
and other identities help shape our experiences and perspectives can be

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Wings | Animated Short Film | SVA Thesis

Fri, 6 Sep 2019 05:34:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtU8nBnpFVE

"In this story of kindness, friendship, and the fear of being left
behind, a friendship takes flight as a mouse that wants to fly and an
injured bird cross paths."

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The rise of anti-trans “radical” feminists, explained

Sat, 7 Sep 2019 05:23:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/9/5/20840101/terfs-radical-feminists-gender-critical>

"The key to understanding why a self-proclaimed radical feminist group
would side with conservatives arguing for the right to force cisgender
women into skirts at work is to understand who TERFs are and what

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COBOL turns 60: Why it will outlive us all

Sat, 7 Sep 2019 05:26:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.zdnet.com/article/cobol-turns-60-why-it-will-outlive-us-all/

"The credit for coming up with the basic idea goes not to Grace Hopper,
although she contributed to the language and promoted it, but to Mary
Hawes. She was a Burroughs Corporation programmer who saw a need for a

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Cory Doctorow: DRM Broke Its Promise

Sun, 8 Sep 2019 06:01:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://locusmag.com/2019/09/cory-doctorow-drm-broke-its-promise/

"When states had established religions and all-powerful churches, the
clergy could impose many indignities on their parishoners merely by
asserting that it was “God’s will.” Our modern secular religion is the

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National Threatened Species Day

Sun, 8 Sep 2019 06:04:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/FlagPost/2017/September/National_Threatened_Species_Day>

"September 7 is National Threatened Species Day in Australia. The date
commemorates the death of the last known thylacine (or Tasmanian tiger,
Thylacinus cynocephalus) in 1936. It is believed to have died from the

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The Misogyny of Climate Deniers

Mon, 9 Sep 2019 01:42:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://newrepublic.com/article/154879/misogyny-climate-deniers

"Why do right-wing men hate Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
so much? Researchers have some troubling answers to that question."

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'Vision for Justice': 117 Rights Groups Offer Roadmap to Transform US Criminal-Legal System

Mon, 9 Sep 2019 01:43:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/05/vision-justice-117-rights-groups-offer-roadmap-transform-us-criminal-legal-system>

"We simply cannot live up to the values we profess if we don't end mass
incarceration and eliminate the deep racial bias entrenched in the
current system."

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Competing visions? The Green New Deal and the green industrial revolution

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 02:26:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/09/06/competing-visions-the-green-new-deal-and-the-green-industrial-revolution/>

"This is the kind of friendly competition that the left and indeed, the
world, needs more of."

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Australia launches emergency relocation of fish as largest river system faces collapse

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 02:32:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/09/plan-to-relocate-fish-as-australias-largest-river-system-faces-ecological-collapse>

"Faced with a looming ferocious summer with little rain forecast, the
New South Wales government has embarked on a Noah’s Ark type operation
to move native fish from the Lower Darling – part of Australia’s most

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YouTube Lets Indonesian Government Block Satirical Video That Criticizes The Indonesian Government

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 05:11:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190905/13205542932/youtube-lets-indonesian-government-block-satirical-video-that-criticizes-indonesian-government.shtml>

"For whatever reason, The Juice Media is completely unable to challenge
this decision by YouTube. A screenshot of the account’s dashboard
doesn’t even show the complaint, nor does anything sent to the account

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World 'gravely' unprepared for effects of climate crisis – report

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 05:13:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/10/climate-crisis-world-readiness-effects-gravely-insufficient-report>

"The world’s readiness for the inevitable effects of the climate crisis
is “gravely insufficient”, according to a report from global leaders.

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These horses are having an excellent hair day

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 04:07:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/horse-photographer-haas-horsestyle-beautiful-hair>

"From Seabiscuit to Mr. Ed, some horses have a way of hogging the
limelight. But photographer Wiebke Haas gets more up close and personal
with more of these majestic creatures in her photo series "Horsestyle"

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How Canadians Raised Millions to Save 2,000 Pristine Acres

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 04:10:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/world/americas/princess-louisa-inlet-crowdfunding.html>

"The students in a fifth-grade class at Cambridge Elementary School in
British Columbia, Canada, were on an environmental mission in June. At
their annual summer fair, they sold food, crafts, games and

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How to Protect Elections—From the President

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 05:40:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.lawfareblog.com/how-protect-elections-president

"But the threats facing democratic institutions in the United States
don’t just come from foreign actors; they are compounded by a president
who has threatened the domestic laws, institutions and norms that

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I never thought I'd see the Australian rainforest burning. What will it take for us to wake up to the climate crisis?

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 05:42:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/10/i-never-thought-id-see-the-australian-rainforest-burning-what-will-it-take-for-us-to-wake-up-to-the-climate-crisis>

"These days as a climate scientist, the line of separation between the
research I do in my professional life and the events unfolding in the
world at large is growing ever thinner.

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Barcelona's car-free 'superblocks' could save hundreds of lives

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 05:43:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/10/barcelonas-car-free-superblocks-could-save-hundreds-of-lives>

"A study carried out by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health
calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year
if it created all 503 superblocks envisaged in its initial plan – up

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New flying reptile species was one of largest ever flying animals

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 05:38:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-reptile-species-largest-animals.html

"A newly identified species of pterosaur is among the largest ever
flying animals, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of
London.

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Leak suggests UN agency self-censors on climate crisis after US pressure

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 05:40:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/sep/11/leak-suggests-un-agency-self-censors-on-climate-crisis-after-us-pressure>

"Leaked communications suggest that the UN’s migration agency is
censoring itself on the climate crisis and the global compact on
migration, following pressure from the US government."

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Boeing's travails show what's wrong with modern capitalism

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 05:41:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/11/boeing-capitalism-deregulation>

"Something is wrong with today’s version of capitalism. It’s not just
that it’s unfair. It’s that it’s no longer capable of delivering
products that work. The root cause is the generation of high and

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Combining Solar & Farming Benefits Both

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 02:22:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://cleantechnica.com/2019/09/09/combining-solar-farming-benefits-both/>

"Fraunhofer ISE in Germany was one of the first to experiment with
combining solar and farming on the same land. Its early research found
doing so increases the productivity of the land significantly — up to

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Adaptation isn’t enough. We’ve got to throw everything at the climate crisis

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 02:23:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/11/adaptaion-climate-disaster-cutting-emissions>

"When we’re faced with threats of inundation, our reaction has
traditionally been to build walls. Sea-level rises, storms and floods
have been held back with solid barriers, seawalls and dykes. We have

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30 Sloth Problems Illustrated By Japanese Artist Keigo

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 02:24:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.demilked.com/sloth-problems-comics-keigo/

"Sometimes when you’re rushing to the bus stop so you wouldn’t be late
for work for the third time this week, you start thinking about how
simple life would be if you were a sloth. You could just spend your days

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Adam Savage Tours the Jim Henson Exhibition!

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 01:20:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdaX96pvI1E

"Adam Savage visits the Museum of the Moving Image, which recently
opened a landmark exhibition showcasing the works of Jim Henson. From
the Muppet Show to Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock to the Dark Crystal,

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George Takei on his childhood in internment camps — and his faith in the future

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 01:21:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2019-09-11/george-takei-they-called-us-enemy>

"Actor George Takei says he’s determined to keep talking about the
imprisonment of his family and 120,000 other Japanese Americans during
World War II because he wants a new generation to know what happened and

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Intellectual Property Is Neither Intellectual, Nor Property: Discuss

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 01:22:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190910/17343842967/intellectual-property-is-neither-intellectual-property-discuss.shtml>

'Well over a decade ago I tried to explain why things like copyright and
patents (and especially trademarks) should not be considered
"intellectual property," and that focusing on the use of "property"

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Ksenia & BCN Jazz Dancers "Baa Baa Black Sheep" (by Jazz at Lincoln Center & Wynton Marsalis)

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:32:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJKwRvP_U1I

"Ksenia & BCN Jazz Dancers present new fresh work - "Baa Baa Black
Sheep". A group choreography by Ksenia Parkhatskaya to a fantastic tune
by arguably the best and most significant jazz orchestra in the world

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'I am proven joyously wrong': picture book about trans child wins major prize amid moral panic

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:34:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/11/i-am-proven-joyously-wrong-picture-book-about-trans-child-wins-major-prize-amid-moral-panic>

"In Julian Is a Mermaid, a little boy riding the New York City subway
with “his nana” dreams of looking like the spectacularly dressed women
they see – and ends up, with his grandmother’s help, joining the iconic

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Content Moderation Is Impossible: Facebook Settles Legal Fight Over Famous Painting Of A Woman's Genitals

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:35:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190818/17594042811/content-moderation-is-impossible-facebook-settles-legal-fight-over-famous-painting-womans-genitals.shtml>

"Just a few months ago, as part of our ongoing "content moderation at
scale is impossible" series, we wrote about how Facebook has spent over
a decade now struggling with how to deal with naked female breasts.

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RECORDER: The Marion Stokes Project

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 04:22:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://recorderfilm.com/

"Marion Stokes was secretly recording television twenty-four hours a day
for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the Iranian Hostage Crisis at
the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle. It ended on December 14,

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This Is Not the Sixth Extinction. It’s the First Extermination Event.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 04:23:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://truthout.org/articles/this-is-not-the-sixth-extinction-its-the-first-extermination-event/>

"From the “insect apocalypse” to the “biological annihilation” of 60
percent of all wild animals in the past 50 years, life is careening
across every planetary boundary that might stop it from experiencing a

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Maxime Bernier Attacked Greta Thunberg’s Autism. Naomi Klein Says Autism Made the Teen a Global Voice of Conscience

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 04:24:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/14/maxime-bernier-attacked-greta-thunbergs-autism-naomi-klein-says-autism-made-teen>

"Maxime Bernier wants us to think he is sorry. The leader of the
extremist People’s Party of Canada had tweeted that Swedish climate
activist Greta Thunberg is “clearly mentally unstable. Not only

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