Glass Wings Blog: February 2020

The American Empire Is the Sick Man of the 21st Century

Sun, 2 Feb 2020 06:07:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/04/02/the-american-empire-is-the-sick-man-of-the-21st-century/>

"So what if the American empire is coming apart at the seams? Good
riddance, many would say. U.S. hegemony has been a disaster, spreading
war and exploitation around the globe and poisoning the climate beyond

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Cryptography and elections

Sun, 2 Feb 2020 06:09:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://lwn.net/Articles/810465/

"Transparent and verifiable electronic elections are technically
feasible, but for a variety of reasons, the techniques used are not
actually viable for running most elections—and definitely not for remote

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Australia is 'ground zero' in climate crisis and must show leadership, top researchers say

Sun, 2 Feb 2020 06:10:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/29/australia-is-ground-zero-in-climate-crisis-and-must-show-leadership-top-researchers-say>

"Australia’s current position as “ground zero” for both the impacts of
climate change and policy uncertainty presents an opportunity for the
country to emerge as a leader in responding to the climate crisis,

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It's fun to think about a Moomin videogame

Mon, 3 Feb 2020 03:11:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/01/23/thoughts-towards-a-moomin-videogame/>

"There is adventure in Moomin stories. In one story, a comet threatens
to destroy all of Moominvalley. In another, Moominpappa tells of his
youth in which he ran away from an orphanage, met an old inventor named

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'Solitary' lyrebirds band together to save themselves in 'incredible' show of unity under bushfire threat

Mon, 3 Feb 2020 03:13:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-30/lyrebirds-band-together-to-avoid-approaching-bushfire/11910666>

* Lyrebirds are generally solitary and territorial animals

* One resident captured 11 of them crowding together around a dam to

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Climate change splits the public into six groups. Understanding them is key to future action

Mon, 3 Feb 2020 03:14:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-29/climate-change-global-warming-six-groups-rebecca-huntley/11893384>

"In Australia there is now widespread public acceptance of the reality
of climate change; we seem to see its effects almost hourly.

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This artist reimagines pop art with a Plains Indian perspective

Tue, 4 Feb 2020 05:19:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/brent-learned-reimagines-pop-art-with-a-plains-indian-perspective>

"Oklahoma City-based artist Brent Learned, an enrolled member of the
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, is known for his colorful,
impressionistic portrayals of the Plains Indian way of life. He draws,

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Pie Net Zero

Tue, 4 Feb 2020 05:21:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://pienetzero.com/

"When firebrand TV reporter Jonathan Pie gets a gig presenting
eco-filmmaker Franny Armstrong’s new documentary about climate change he
thinks he’s in for a jolly couple of days by the seaside."

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A chill coffeeshop game where you play therapist to vampires, cat girls, and succubi

Tue, 4 Feb 2020 05:22:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.polygon.com/2020/1/28/21084016/coffee-talk-game-ps4-xbox-one-pc-nintendo-switch-impressions>

"There’s nothing like looking out a window on a cold, rainy day, but
Coffee Talk comes close. Out on Jan. 30 for all major gaming platforms,
the game puts you inside the apron of a barista whose shop is only open

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The Truth About “Dramatic Action”

Wed, 5 Feb 2020 04:02:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://chinamediaproject.org/2020/01/27/dramatic-actions/

"I am now one of 11 million people in Wuhan who are living through this
grand experiment, a measure that, Galea also said, shows “a very strong
public health commitment and a willingness to take dramatic action.”

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‘Futuring’ can help us survive the climate crisis. And guess what? You’re a futurist too

Wed, 5 Feb 2020 04:06:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/futuring-can-help-us-survive-the-climate-crisis-and-guess-what-youre-a-futurist-too-130538>

"Futuring means thinking systematically about the future, drawing on
scientific data, analysing trends, imagining scenarios (both plausible
and unlikely) and thinking creatively. A crucial part of the process is

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Humans Are Hardwired to Dismiss Facts That Don’t Fit Their Worldview

Wed, 5 Feb 2020 04:08:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/humans-are-hardwired-to-dismiss-facts-that-dont-fit-their-worldview-127168>

"Within the conservative political blogosphere, global warming is either
a hoax or so uncertain as to be unworthy of response. Within other
geographic or online communities, vaccines, fluoridated water and

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Out of the Blue? How Aviation Accidents Shaped Safer Skies

Fri, 7 Feb 2020 03:52:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lw3wmla9T0

My brother Steven recently shot and produced this short documentary on
the history of Australian air safety:

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Waking up

Fri, 7 Feb 2020 03:53:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-01/natural-bushfire-recovery-underway-binna-burra,-blue-mountains/11916742>

"Fire has sent some of Australia’s most popular national parks into an
eerie slumber, but new growth is breaking through the blackness."

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Coronavirus has sparked racist attacks on Asians in Australia — including me

Fri, 7 Feb 2020 03:54:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-01/coronavirus-has-sparked-racist-attacks-on-asian-australians/11918962>

"With 10,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 200 deaths, as
of Friday, it's no wonder many people feel anxious about the spread of
the disease and the risk of infection.

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The Serial Golf Cheat in the White House

Sat, 8 Feb 2020 04:09:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/donald-trump-the-serial-golf-cheat-in-the-white-house>

"“Trump doesn’t just cheat at golf,” Reilly notes. “He cheats like a
three-card Monte dealer. He throws it, boots it, and moves it. He lies
about his lies. He fudges and foozles and fluffs.”

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Coronavirus Misinformation Spreads Like a Virus

Sat, 8 Feb 2020 04:10:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.factcheck.org/2020/01/coronavirus-misinformation-spreads-like-a-virus/>

"China first reported an unusual cluster of pneumonia cases in the city
of Wuhan on Dec. 31, and, within a month, the internet was infected with
misinformation about the responsible virus, now called the 2019 novel

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“It’s a Worldwide Problem”: How North American and Australian Firefighters Work Together

Sat, 8 Feb 2020 04:11:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/its-a-worldwide-problem-how-north-american-and-australian-firefighters-work-together>

"In the first couple of days after Russell arrived in Australia, he told
me, he was a little confused by the accent, and some of the local
jargon. “I thought they were calling us fairies,” he said. “ ‘How are

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This Guy is Plating Junk Food Like High End Cuisine and It’s Awesome

Sun, 9 Feb 2020 05:43:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://twistedsifter.com/2015/04/instagram-chef-plates-junk-food-like-high-end-cuisine/>

"Instagram chef ‘Jacques La Merde‘ is poking a little fun at Haute
cuisine, skilfully plating junk food to look like fancy, high end cuisine."

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A Young Rescued Bat Makes Adorable Happy Noises While Getting His Head Scratched by His Caretaker

Sun, 9 Feb 2020 05:44:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/bat-makes-noises-when-head-scratched/

"A sweet, affectionate and attention-seeking juvenile flying fox named
Jeddah made all sorts of adorable happy noises while sitting blissfully
in his caretaker’s arms getting a yummy head scratch. Jeddah was rescued

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World’s billionaires have more wealth than 4.6 billion people

Sun, 9 Feb 2020 05:45:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/worlds-billionaires-have-more-wealth-46-billion-people>

"The report shows governments are massively under-taxing the wealthiest
individuals and corporations and failing to collect revenues that could
help lift the responsibility of care from women and tackle poverty and

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The Stranger, Australia's answer to Doctor Who, premieres on ABC iview after decades in the vaults

Sun, 9 Feb 2020 05:46:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-02/abc-iview-to-stream-the-stranger-australian-dr-who/11870424>

"Way back when Doctor Who's TARDIS was only just taking off, an
Australian TV series was exploring the science fiction genre.

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The Racist History Behind Facial Recognition

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 01:26:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/opinion/facial-recognition-race.html

"Researchers recently learned that Immigration and Customs Enforcement
used facial recognition on millions of driver’s license photographs
without the license-holders’ knowledge, the latest revelation about

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EXCLUSIVE: On Election Eve, PM’s Office Gave $15m To Rich Party Donor From Money Set Aside To Tackle Black Poverty

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 01:27:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://newmatilda.com/2020/02/03/exclusive-on-election-eve-pms-office-gave-15m-to-rich-party-donor-from-money-set-aside-to-tackle-black-poverty/>

"The day before the 2019 federal election, the Morrison Government gave
more than $15 million to one of its biggest political donors, from
funding set aside to alleviate grinding Aboriginal poverty.

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‘Try to stop me’ – the mantra of our leaders who are now ruling with impunity

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 01:29:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/05/try-to-stop-me-the-mantra-of-our-leaders-who-are-now-ruling-with-impunity>

"It is not a sufficient condition for fascism to take root, but it is a
necessary one: the willingness of political leaders not only to break
the law but to revel in breaking it is a fatal step towards the

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How Disinformation Became a Winning Strategy

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 03:54:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://publicseminar.org/2020/01/how-disinformation-became-a-winning-strategy/>

"The Conservative victory in the UK election was driven by hatred of a
broken political process inflamed by disinformation and media cynicism,
argues Adam Ramsay of openDemocracy. Britain’s prime minister made

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How a new Sesame Street show is bringing Muppet magic to refugee camps

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 03:56:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/05/new-sesame-street-show-brings-muppet-magic-to-refugee-camps>

Three new Muppets, Basma, Jad, and Ma’zooza, will star in new show for
the millions of children displaced across the Middle East

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Bramble Cay Melomys Remembrance Day

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 03:59:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
From Lev Lafayette <lev.lafayette@isocracy.org>:

Dear citoyens,

It was The Guardian cartoonist “First Dog on the Moon” who declared that

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Cherokee Nation first tribe in U.S. to send heirloom seeds to global seed vault in Norway

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 04:26:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://anadisgoi.com/archive/2756-cherokee-nation-first-tribe-in-u-s-to-send-heirloom-seeds-to-global-seed-vault-in-norway>

"The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the United States to receive
an invitation to deposit its traditional heirloom seeds to the Svalbard
Global Seed Vault, a long-term seed storage facility housed deep inside

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People hate flight shame – but not enough to quit flying

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 04:27:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/people-hate-flight-shame-but-not-enough-to-quit-flying-130614>

"Despite flying being the single fastest way to grow our individual
carbon footprint, people still want to fly. Passenger numbers even grew
by 3.3% globally last year alone. The hype around “Flygskam” – a global

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Scientists Warn Multiple Overlapping Crises Could Trigger 'Global Systemic Collapse'

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 04:28:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/hundreds-of-top-scientists-warn-combined-environmental-crises-will-cause-global-collapse>

"Overlapping environmental crises could tip the planet into "global
systemic collapse," more than 200 top scientists warned Wednesday.

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Something is happening to Norway

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 04:01:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nrk.no/chasing-climate-change-1.14859595

"Researchers are no longer in doubt:

Global warming has begun to make Norway warmer and wetter.

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How Reading Books Instead Of News Made Me A Better Citizen

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 04:02:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200205/21335543867/how-reading-books-instead-news-made-me-better-citizen.shtml>

"We are what we pay attention to. The stories we read don't just inform,
entertain, or inspire, they shape our identities, become a part of us.
These stories have consequences. The Allies were inspired to defeat the

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TSA destroys custom-made instrument, says Malian musician Ballaké Sissoko

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 04:04:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/tsa-destroys-prominent-malian-musician-s-custom-made-instrument-n1131301>

"One of Mali's most prominent musicians has criticized the
Transportation Security Administration after he said his
"impossible-to-replace" instrument was destroyed by agents at New York's

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The Millennial Jews Taking on ICE

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 06:08:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://gen.medium.com/the-millennial-jews-taking-on-ice-831accbbee2f

"For most of these organizers, the cruelty of the immigration apparatus
is reminiscent of what their ancestors faced overseas in the years
before they were systematically exterminated. They argue that the U.S.

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How McKinsey Destroyed the Middle Class

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 06:10:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/02/how-mckinsey-destroyed-middle-class/605878/>

"Running a company on a concentrated model requires a cadre of managers
who possess the capacity and taste to work with the intensity demanded
of top executives today. At the same time, corporate reorganizations

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Meet the team smashing down doors to rescue Wuhan’s abandoned pets

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 06:11:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://dnyuz.com/2020/02/08/meet-the-team-smashing-down-doors-to-rescue-wuhans-abandoned-pets/>

"Lao Mao – known to his friends as “Old Cat” – has emerged as an
unlikely hero of the public health emergency in Wuhan, the Chinese city
that has is now the epicentre of the raging coronavirus outbreak.

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When a homeless couple moved in with a millionaire

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 04:06:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-51392390/when-a-homeless-couple-moved-in-with-a-millionaire>

"After living on California's streets for a decade, Greg and Marie
received a remarkable invitation.

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19 Wholesome Comics About A Mage Who’s All About Friendship

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 04:07:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.boredpanda.com/friendship-mage-comics-hotpaper/

"Meet Friendship Mage, your favorite hero whom you haven't heard of yet.
Created by Martin Rosner, the creative genius behind Hot Paper Comics,
this warrior in a blue hat is all about, you guessed it, friendship. And

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Discover and be inspired by sustainable solutions and innovations

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 04:08:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://takecare.io/

"take care lists a curated variety of sustainable alternatives for
products and services. We would like to be your platform of choice for
sustainable alternatives so we can all take care of ourselves, each

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Interview: Photographer Captures Visual Love Letters to Earth with Striking Landscapes

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 05:47:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mymodernmet.com/aaron-reed-nature-photography/

"Photographer Aaron Reed shares his love of nature through striking
landscape images. A resident of the Pacific Northwest, he focuses much
of his attention on the temperate terrain and captures scenes of

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10 of Europe’s most scenic train journeys

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 05:49:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/jan/22/10-europes-most-scenic-train-journeys-win-interrail-pass-competition>

"To kick off our new weekly Interrail competition, in which the writer
of the best rail tip wins two first-class train passes worth up to £768,
here’s our pick of Europe’s most scenic journeys"

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But Would You Live There?

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 05:50:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/singapore-affordable-housing-freedom/

"Along with Vienna, Singapore is often mentioned as a place that has
“solved” the affordable housing problem that plagues many cities around
the world. 80 percent of Singaporeans live as owner-occupiers in housing

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How I convinced my government to apologise to Alan Turing

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 05:51:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://changelog.com/posts/how-i-convinced-my-government-to-apologise-to-alan-turing>

"This is a fancified excerpt of John Graham-Cumming’s amazing story from
Go Time #113. To get the full experience you should listen while you read."

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‘But how is Labour going to pay for that?’ To Answer Effectively We Must Talk Politics, Not Economics

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 04:03:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://novaramedia.com/2019/11/26/but-how-is-labour-going-to-pay-for-that-to-answer-effectively-we-must-talk-politics-not-economics/>

"Study after study has shown that mission-orientated public investment
is central to productivity, sustainability and growth. The so-called
golden age of capitalism was a time of high taxes on the wealthy, high

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As The World Frets Over Social Media Tracking For Advertising, Young People Are Turning Fooling Sites Into Sport

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 04:04:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200205/12331843862/as-world-frets-over-social-media-tracking-advertising-young-people-are-turning-fooling-sites-into-sport.shtml>

"As the techlash continues to rage against tech and social media
companies, one of the more common criticisms has been how sites track
users in order to feed them advertising. Now, I won't pretend to believe

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The US Military Is Not Ready for a Constitutional Crisis

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 04:07:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2020/02/us-military-not-ready-constitutional-crisis/163032/>

"For most of my time in uniform, my lack of understanding about the
Constitution was entirely academic. No one I served with imagined that
we would ever find ourselves choosing between following orders and

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The wealth gap: how changing fortunes tear close friends apart

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 04:10:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/feb/11/the-wealth-gap-how-changing-fortunes-tear-close-friends-apart>

"It’s not uncommon for friendships to end because of finances – whether
a sudden salary rise or fall. But with care and forethought it is often
possible to prevent the rupture"

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A Conversation with Ece Temelkuran on How to Lose a Country, in 7 Steps.

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 04:59:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://thoughteconomics.com/ece-temelkuran/

"Ece Temelkuran is an award-winning Turkish novelist and political
commentator, whose journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York
Times, New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel. She has

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A new link between fear, imitation, and antisocial behavior in children

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:00:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uop-anl010320.php

"Why do some children have more difficulties understanding others'
emotions or feeling sorry after misbehaving? Why do some act out in
certain situations and behave in others? How should adults respond in

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Stunning photographs of the Great Barrier Reef’s pink manta ray

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:01:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2020/02/stunning-photographs-of-the-great-barrier-reefs-pink-manta-ray-captured/>

"Recently, photographer Kristian Laine was lucky enough to encounter the
unique animal near Lady Elliot Island, the southernmost island on the
Great Barrier Reef, and managed to get stunning images of the ray’s pink

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Syrian refugee children in Jordan draw pictures for Australian bushfire survivors

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 06:09:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-12/syrian-refugee-children-draw-pictures-for-australian-bushfires/11953828>

"More than 12,000 kilometres from Australia, in a small town in Jordan,
nine-year-old Syrian refugees Ayman and twin brother Anas Tahleh began
drawing pictures of kangaroos and koalas to lift the spirits of

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Beloved Chinatown restaurant closes as customers stay away over coronavirus fears

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 06:10:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/beloved-chinatown-restaurant-closes-as-customers-stay-away-over-coronavirus-fears-20200212-p54076.html>

"Chinatown's Shark Fin House, one of Melbourne’s most loved restaurants,
has been forced to close after customer numbers collapsed over
coronavirus fears.

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Japanese aid to China for COVID-19

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 06:13:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://twitter.com/realsexycyborg/status/1227791806965796864?s=21

"Not only did the Japanese step right up with medical aid- no politics,
no recriminations, no bullshit. The boxes came with just exquisitely
chosen Chinese poetry on them, really showed huge respect and knowledge

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Wes Anderson’s Offbeat Debut as a Curator Drove a Storied Museum’s Staff Crazy. The Results Are Enchanting

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 05:56:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/wes-anderson-curator-kunsthistorisches-museum-1387429>

"So what does an art show co-organized by Wes Anderson look like? True
to his auteur style, it’s a totally quirky presentation of affectionate
misfits. Arranged into constellations that break all the art-historical

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Countering climate denialism requires taking on right-wing populism. Here’s how

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 05:56:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/countering-climate-denialism-requires-taking-on-right-wing-populism-heres-how-131693>

"History may in due course record 2019 as the year in which the penny
finally dropped about the climate emergency humanity faces. A sense of
urgency was triggered last year by both Swedish teenage climate activist

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A REALLY Friendly Baby Whale Shark

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 05:58:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FUhPZkDkm8

"A super friendly whale shark playing with some lucky divers.

This baby whale shark seemed to really enjoy the bubbles from the divers

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First-ever footage of wolves eating blueberries in Northern Minnesota

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 07:19:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-QzCFs6-SY

"The first-ever footage of wolves eating blueberries in the Greater
Voyageurs Ecosystem! We tried for 2 years to get this footage of wolves
eating berries and finally got it this past summer! As far as we know,

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Announcing The Winners Of The 2nd Annual Public Domain Game Jam!

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 07:20:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200212/16451743913/announcing-winners-2nd-annual-public-domain-game-jam.shtml>

"The judges have had their fun, the votes are in, and now it's time:
we've got the winners of our public domain game jam, Gaming Like It's
1924! We had some amazing entries this year, and we've even got a couple

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Teacher Stumbles Upon Baby Bears ‘Dancing’ In Finland Forest, Thinks He’s Imagining It

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 07:21:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.boredpanda.com/dancing-baby-bears-cubs-photography-valtteri-mulkahainen/>

"Physical education teacher Valtteri Mulkahainen from Sotkamo, Finland,
has been devoting a lot of his free time to photography. For the past
six years, Valtteri has been shooting his country’s wildlife and

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Exclusive: Trump-linked religious ‘extremists’ target women with disinformation worldwide

Sat, 22 Feb 2020 05:42:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/trump-linked-religious-extremists-global-disinformation-pregnant-women/>

"A global network of ‘crisis pregnancy centres’, backed by US
anti-abortion groups linked to the Trump White House, has been condemned
by lawmakers, doctors and rights advocates for targeting vulnerable

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The Corrosion of World Order in the Age of Donald Trump

Sat, 22 Feb 2020 05:43:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.cfr.org/blog/corrosion-world-order-age-donald-trump

"Rising climate and environmental concerns, growing financial and
economic coercion, and surging migration are stressing the international
system. These global challenges require deeper international cooperation

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Save the Pangolins

Sat, 22 Feb 2020 05:45:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://wwf.to/37eT7S8

"Pangolins are in the middle of a poaching and trafficking crisis. We
must take action to end the illegal trade of pangolin products.

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Those Who Forget History

Sun, 23 Feb 2020 06:15:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.stonekettle.com/2020/02/those-who-forget-history.html

"What actually led to America declaring itself independent from
England wasn’t all that stuff up above, but rather some very specific
grievances with the government of that nation. That’s actually the heart

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The Horrifically Dystopian World of Software Engineering Interviews

Sun, 23 Feb 2020 06:17:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.jarednelsen.dev/posts/The-horrifically-dystopian-world-of-software-engineering-interviews>

"The phone interview was a lot like the nightmares that I had leading up
to it. I was asked to program Conway’s Game of Life in 45 minutes. I
actually did pretty well. I wrote the whole program and tested it to

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Huge companies are a problem. So are tiny ones.

Sun, 23 Feb 2020 06:18:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theweek.com/articles/882682/huge-companies-are-problem-are-tiny-ones>

"There's little doubt at this point that America's economic activity is
increasingly dominated by a small population of gigantic firms — or
firms whose power extends through vast networks of franchises or

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Major airlines say they’re acting on climate change. Our research reveals how little they’ve achieved

Sun, 23 Feb 2020 06:19:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/major-airlines-say-theyre-acting-on-climate-change-our-research-reveals-how-little-theyve-achieved-127800>

"If you’re a traveller who cares about reducing your carbon footprint,
are some airlines better to fly with than others?

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The Oldest Company in Almost Every Country (That is Still in Business)

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 06:04:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://businessfinancing.co.uk/the-oldest-company-in-almost-every-country/>

"To survive in the big bad world of business, you need staying power. We
wanted to know which businesses around the world have stood the test of
time and were the oldest in their respective countries. Behind the dates

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World leaders urged to 'step back from precipice' of ecological ruin

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 06:05:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/18/world-leaders-urged-to-step-back-from-precipice-of-ecological-ruin-aoe>

"Humanity’s ongoing destruction of nature threatens the survival of our
species, a group of former foreign ministers has warned, calling on
leaders to step back from “the precipice” of irreversible ecological

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Oil and gas firms 'have had far worse climate impact than thought'

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 06:06:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/oil-gas-industry-far-worse-climate-impact-than-thought-fossil-fuels-methane>

"The oil and gas industry has had a far worse impact on the climate than
previously believed, according to a study indicating that human
emissions of fossil methane have been underestimated by up to 40%.

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Australia’s Existential Crisis in a Climate Changed World

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 03:57:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://dailyreview.com.au/australias-existential-crisis-in-a-climate-changed-world/>

"What meaning does government have when our leaders have no aptitude for
it? When their careers have been built on exacerbating social division
for political advantage? None of them know how to bring the nation together.

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Pull Yourself Up by Bootstraps? Go Ahead, Try It

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 03:58:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/opinion/economic-mobility.html

"Back in the 1800s, the expression “pull oneself up by the bootstraps”
meant the opposite of what it does now. Then it was used mockingly to
describe an impossible act.

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The (nonexistent) Centrists

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 04:00:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://katherinephelps.com/2020/02/the-nonexistent-centrists/

"Once upon a time the Democrats were more right-wing and the Republicans
were more left. In the nineteenth century Democrats voted against the
freedom of enslaved people and Republicans voted for their release. In

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Interview: Surreal Paintings of Sharks “Swimming” in Mid-Air Show a More Peaceful Side

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 04:33:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mymodernmet.com/chris-austin-interview/

"There are over 450 species of shark that roam the planet’s waters.
Although many have a bad reputation, artist Chris Austin hopes to add a
little perspective to the ocean predator in his new series of paintings.

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Don’t be fooled by brands that do one good ethical thing, say economists

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 04:35:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.fastcompany.com/90466959/dont-be-fooled-by-brands-that-do-one-good-ethical-thing-say-economists>

"Understanding our minds’ tendency to accept one positive behavior is
essential. It’s commonly used across advertising and politics to mask
significant ethical issues. “Persons shopping often consider it a blank

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U.S. blocking G20 mention of climate change in draft communique, diplomats say

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 05:04:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-draft-climate/u-s-blocking-g20-mention-of-climate-change-in-draft-communique-g20-diplomats-say-idUSKCN20G0JU>

"RIYADH (Reuters) - The United States is against mentioning climate
change in the communique of the world’s financial leaders, G20 diplomats
said, after a new draft of the joint statement showed the G20 are

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America’s failure in Afghanistan, explained by one village

Thu, 27 Feb 2020 03:15:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/world/2020/2/21/21146936/afghanistan-election-us-taliban-peace-deal-war-progress>

"18 years after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, the capital city of
Kabul is prospering. In rural areas, it’s a different story entirely."

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Pakito - Living on Video - Piotr Zylbert Extended Remix 2020 - Shuffle Dance Video Music

Thu, 27 Feb 2020 03:17:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPxrFO8mnXM

"Julien Ranouil born 26 January 1981 in Bergerac), known by his stage
name Pakito, is a French electronic dance music artist. His cover of
Trans-X's "Living on Video" reached number one on France's singles

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So the west is winning, is it? Only if you’re a delusional Trump toady, Mr Pompeo

Thu, 27 Feb 2020 03:18:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/22/the-west-is-not-winning-and-donald-trump-america-first-is-to-blame>

"When was the last time a British prime minister cancelled a White House
summit with a US president? Possibly never. Yet that’s what Boris
Johnson did after a livid, cursing Donald Trump slammed the phone down

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Fates of humans and insects intertwined, warn scientists

Fri, 28 Feb 2020 05:08:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/20/fates-humans-insects-intertwined-scientists-population-collapse>

"The “fates of humans and insects are intertwined”, scientists have
said, with the huge declines reported in some places only the “tip of
the iceberg”.

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I’ve seriously tried to believe capitalism and the planet can coexist, but I’ve lost faith

Fri, 28 Feb 2020 05:09:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ive-seriously-tried-to-believe-capitalism-and-the-planet-can-coexist-but-ive-lost-faith-131288>

"This article is the first in a three-part series on radical ideas to
solve the environmental crisis.

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Jeff Bezos’s $10 Billion Climate Pledge Is Actually Tiny

Fri, 28 Feb 2020 05:11:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/02/jeff-bezoss-usd10-billion-climate-pledge-is-actually-tiny.html>

"This is all to say that anyone who expects philanthropy to play the
role of climate white knight or deus ex machina is deeply deluded —
climate change is simply too big for even the most grotesquely

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Open access image libraries – a handy list

Sat, 29 Feb 2020 05:18:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.apollo-magazine.com/open-access-image-libraries-a-handy-list/>

"Apollo supports open access to images of artworks that are out of
copyright. Below is a list of museums and other archives that provide
unrestricted downloads of high-resolution images."

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Can there be a Hollywood ending for the 'Brad Pitt of mountain lions'?

Sat, 29 Feb 2020 05:19:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/22/can-there-be-a-hollywood-ending-for-the-brad-pitt-of-mountain-lions-aoe>

"Penned in by freeways, LA’s big cats face extinction – but a new
wildlife crossing might be the answer"

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Labor’s climate policy is too little, too late. We must run faster to win the race

Sat, 29 Feb 2020 05:20:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/labors-climate-policy-is-too-little-too-late-we-must-run-faster-to-win-the-race-132263>

"Opposition leader Anthony Albanese’s announcement on Friday that a
Labor government would adopt a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 was
a big step in the right direction. But a bit of simple maths reveals the

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