Glass Wings Blog: February 2021

3 Things You Can Do to Help Avoid Climate Disaster

Tue, 2 Feb 2021 05:58:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2018/10/19/3-things-you-can-do-to-help-avoid-climate-disaster/>

Fight Poverty

“Research published earlier this year shows that socioeconomic disparity

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Shark, ray populations have declined by 'alarming' 70 per cent since 1970s, study finds

Tue, 2 Feb 2021 05:59:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-28/alarming-70pc-decline-in-shark-and-ray-numbers-study-says/13096442>

'Shark and ray populations have declined by around 70 per cent since the
1970s, according to research published today in Nature.

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30 Women Share The Times They Were Completely Ignored In Favor Of Men, Despite Being Clients

Tue, 2 Feb 2021 06:01:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.boredpanda.com/i-am-the-client-not-my-husband/

"Being ignored is a frustrating experience. But being ignored because of
your gender, race, culture, or sexuality is enough to make you livid.
Unfortunately, even in the 21st century, being stereotyped and written

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Avian: Protect the skies

Wed, 3 Feb 2021 05:02:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://playavian.com/

"Avian is a cooperative multiplayer game with conservation,
collaboration, and altruism at its core. Engage in multiple modes of
play such as a negotiation puzzler and a fast-paced race as you help

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Tackling the monopoly problem

Wed, 3 Feb 2021 05:05:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/844102/a23d1543b5a55cae/

"There was a time when people who were exploring computational
technology saw it as the path toward decentralization and freedom
worldwide. What we have ended up with, instead, is a world that is

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Box seat: scientists solve the mystery of why wombats have cube-shaped poo

Wed, 3 Feb 2021 05:07:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/29/box-seat-scientists-solve-the-mystery-of-why-wombats-have-cube-shaped-poo>

"How wombats produce their cube-shape poo has long been a biological
puzzle but now an international study has provided the answer to this
unusual natural phenomenon.

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A major report excoriated Australia’s environment laws. Sussan Ley’s response is confused and risky

Thu, 4 Feb 2021 05:15:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-major-report-excoriated-australias-environment-laws-sussan-leys-response-is-confused-and-risky-154254>

"It’s official: Australia’s natural environment and iconic places are in
deep trouble. They can’t withstand current and future threats, including
climate change. And the national laws protecting them are flawed and

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Taiwan is a civilization

Thu, 4 Feb 2021 05:16:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://noahpinion.substack.com/p/taiwan-is-a-civilization

"Anyway, I myself am a complete newbie to Taiwan; I’ve never even been
there. So here are just a few quick things I have learned about Taiwan
since I started paying more attention to it over the last year.

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Science Fictions

Thu, 4 Feb 2021 05:17:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/science-fictions

"A comic based on the book by Dr. Stuart Richie"

Via Kevin O'Brien.

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Literature Professor Rides Bicycle-Powered Mobile Library to Bring Books to the Homeless

Fri, 5 Feb 2021 05:24:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mymodernmet.com/street-books-laura-moulton-portland/

"To you and me, libraries are the place we go if the bookstore doesn't
have a certain book we're looking for, or perhaps the place we go when
we need to wait out the rain. For many in the homeless community,

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The old news business model is broken: making Google and Facebook pay won’t save journalism

Fri, 5 Feb 2021 05:25:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-old-news-business-model-is-broken-making-google-and-facebook-pay-wont-save-journalism-150357>

"The federal government is talking tough about making Google and
Facebook pay Australian news businesses for linking to, or featuring,
these publishers’ content."

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Estonia’s first female prime minister vows to tackle climate crisis

Fri, 5 Feb 2021 05:26:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/01/estonias-first-female-prime-minister-vows-to-tackle-climate-crisis>

"Estonia’s first female prime minister has promised to implement changes
in both style and substance in the governance of the Baltic nation, as
she takes charge after two years in which a far-right party was in the

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50 years of tax cuts for the rich failed to trickle down, economics study says

Sat, 6 Feb 2021 06:39:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tax-cuts-rich-50-years-no-trickle-down/

"Tax cuts for the wealthy have long drawn support from conservative
lawmakers and economists who argue that such measures will "trickle
down" and eventually boost jobs and incomes for everyone else. But a new

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No, Getting Rid Of Anonymity Will Not Fix Social Media; It Will Cause More Problems

Sat, 6 Feb 2021 06:40:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210131/01114246154/no-getting-rid-anonymity-will-not-fix-social-media-it-will-cause-more-problems.shtml>

"There’s an idea that pops up every so often among people who are upset
about misinformation online but don’t actually understand the realities
of online communities and the dynamics of how it all works: it’s the

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Murdoch Seeks Takeover of Australia’s Online Market

Sat, 6 Feb 2021 06:41:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.danablankenhorn.com/2021/02/murdoch-seeks-takeover-of-australias-online-market-.html>

"To some reporters, Australia’s demand that Google and Facebook “pay”
for links to local papers seems like a revolution.

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Australia the only developed nation on world list of deforestation hotspots

Sun, 7 Feb 2021 05:17:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/13/australia-the-only-developed-nation-on-world-list-of-deforestation-hotspots>

"Australia remains one of the world’s hotspots for deforestation
according to a new report by WWF, which finds an area six times the size
of Tasmania has been cleared globally since 2004.

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Our secret shame: Mothers, grandmothers living rough on Queensland's streets

Sun, 7 Feb 2021 05:18:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://inqld.com.au/insights/2021/01/22/our-secret-shame-mothers-grandmothers-living-on-brisbanes-streets/>

"The number of single older women seeking help to avoid being homeless
was “bubbling over” with support agencies across the state struggling to
deal with the crisis in affordable rental accommodation exposed by the

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RIAA Launches Brand New Front Group Pretending To Represent Independent Artists

Sun, 7 Feb 2021 05:20:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210126/10111946125/riaa-launches-brand-new-front-group-pretending-to-represent-independent-artists.shtml>

"A few days ago, a friend asked if I’d ever heard of the “Digital
Creators Coalition,” an apparently new group that claimed to be
representing independent artists. I was unfamiliar with it, and its

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The Coup We Are Not Talking About

Mon, 8 Feb 2021 05:22:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/29/opinion/sunday/facebook-surveillance-society-technology.html>

"I have spent exactly 42 years studying the rise of the digital as an
economic force driving our transformation into an information
civilization. Over the last two decades, I’ve observed the consequences

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Thousands flee Hong Kong for UK, fearing China crackdown

Mon, 8 Feb 2021 05:23:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/thousands-flee-hong-kong-uk-fearing-china-crackdown-75602792>

"HONG KONG -- Thousands of Hong Kongers have already made the sometimes
painful decision to leave behind their hometown and move to Britain
since Beijing imposed a strict national security law on the Chinese

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Endonyms of the World Map

Mon, 8 Feb 2021 05:24:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://endonymmap.com/

"An endonym is the name for a place, site or location in the language
of the people who live there. These names may be officially designated
by the local government or they may simply be widely used.

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Where have all the criminals gone?

Tue, 9 Feb 2021 05:17:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://insidestory.org.au/where-have-all-the-criminals-gone/

"I have shocking news for regular readers of the Daily Telegraph:
crime has plummeted in Australia. Between 2001 and 2017 — the data
analysed in a new book on crime in Australia — break and enters fell by

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Humans force wild animals into tight spots, or send them far from home. We calculated just how big the impact is

Tue, 9 Feb 2021 05:19:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/humans-force-wild-animals-into-tight-spots-or-send-them-far-from-home-we-calculated-just-how-big-the-impact-is-152619>

"The COVID pandemic has shown us that disruptions to the way we move
around, complete daily activities and interact with each other can
shatter our wellbeing.

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Hazel the Donkey Loves the Wizard Over the Rainbow

Tue, 9 Feb 2021 05:20:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2egS2GzvGWg

"Our famous girl Hazel loves to relax to some of the most classic tunes
ever written. Today she wanted Christopher Ameruoso to play Over the
Rainbow. Her priceless looks will melt your heart."

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To fix Australia’s environment laws, wildlife experts call for these 4 changes — all are crucial

Wed, 10 Feb 2021 05:13:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/to-fix-australias-environment-laws-wildlife-experts-call-for-these-4-changes-all-are-crucial-154273>

"The independent review of Australia’s main environment law, released
last week, provided a sobering but accurate appraisal of a dire situation.

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Gross domestic product is destroying nature, says landmark UK government report

Wed, 10 Feb 2021 05:14:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/gross-domestic-product-is-destroying-nature-finds-landmark-uk-government-report/>

"A landmark UK government report has called for a thorough overhaul of
economic methods for valuing natural assets, arguing among other things
that gross domestic product is a short-term metric that allows for the

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Why is the Australian Christian Lobby waging a culture war over LGBTQ issues?

Wed, 10 Feb 2021 05:17:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-is-the-australian-christian-lobby-waging-a-culture-war-over-lgbtq-issues-127805>

"Martyn Iles is prepared to go to jail, along with (he claims) “half the
Christians in Victoria”. The managing director of the Australian
Christian Lobby (ACL) says in a recent YouTube video he thinks it might

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The story behind 'Blue Check Homes': How an SF artist created a fake company that fooled thousands

Thu, 11 Feb 2021 05:24:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sfgate.com/sf-culture/article/Blue-Check-Homes-SF-artist-prank-verified-Twitter-15918854.php>

“Personally, I wanted to know how Baskin came up with all of these
made-up credentials. But to my surprise, she pointed out these are all
the same qualifications the actual Twitter app requires of its users

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US anti-abortion “gag rule” hits women hard: what we found in Kenya and Madagascar

Thu, 11 Feb 2021 05:25:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/us-anti-abortion-gag-rule-hits-women-hard-what-we-found-in-kenya-and-madagascar-154434>

"US President Joe Biden has reversed a Trump administration policy that
prohibited US funding for nongovernmental groups that provide or refer
patients for abortions.

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Cacophony of human noise is hurting all marine life, scientists warn

Thu, 11 Feb 2021 05:26:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/04/cacophony-human-noise-hurting-marine-life-scientists-warn>

"A natural ocean soundscape is fundamental to healthy marine life but is
being drowned out by an increasingly loud cacophony of noise from human
activities, according to the first comprehensive assessment of the issue.

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Cats Don’t Dance imploded just before it could take on Disney

Fri, 12 Feb 2021 05:57:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.polygon.com/movies/2021/2/2/22241412/cats-dont-dance-making-of-warner-turner-animation>

"In the late 1990s, right at the height of the Disney Renaissance and
before American animation diverged into snappy comedies and more serious
adventures, the short-lived Turner Animation and Warner Bros. Pictures

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A deep dive into the wormhole of sci-fi invention

Fri, 12 Feb 2021 05:59:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.ft.com/content/dfcacff9-9613-4b5e-a94b-4ea7f01bba9b

"The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction, a free online resource
that went live last week, should come with a warning — it is a
delightful black hole that will suck in word nerds and SF geeks alike.

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Cab Ride

Fri, 12 Feb 2021 06:00:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://powersaurus.itch.io/cab-ride

"Drive a train, forever, through a dreamlike land.

Transport passengers to their destination.

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Kiri and Lou

Sat, 13 Feb 2021 06:27:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://kiriandlou.com/

"Kiri and Lou is made in old fashioned stop motion animation, with
clay creatures and a world made of cut out paper. It’s a gentle show,
with charming and funny characters, delightful songs, set in a beautiful

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China's latest weapon against Taiwan: the sand dredger

Sat, 13 Feb 2021 06:29:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.yahoo.com/chinas-latest-weapon-against-taiwan-122203630.html>

"(Reuters) - Taiwanese coast guard commander Lin Chie-ming is on the
frontline of a new type of warfare that China is waging against Taiwan.
China's weapon? Sand.

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Putting Indigenous Place-Names and Languages Back on Maps

Sat, 13 Feb 2021 06:30:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/arcnews/putting-indigenous-place-names-and-languages-back-on-maps/>

"How many Indigenous Nations and communities can you name? Who are the
Indigenous Peoples original to the land you now reside and work on?

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Apache Stronghold

Sun, 14 Feb 2021 06:11:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://users.neo.registeredsite.com/8/3/2/11897238/assets/News_Release_20210204_DOJ_ATTORNEY_CLAIMS__DESTRUCTION_NOT_SUBSTANTIAL_BURDEN.pdf>

"PHOENIX, Ariz. – In a riveting and emotional hearing in front of U.S.
District Court Judge Steven Logan at the Federal Court in Phoenix, the
Department of Justice attorney claimed that the destruction of Oak Flat,

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The City with 16,000 Electric Buses & 22,000 Electric Taxis

Sun, 14 Feb 2021 06:12:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P7fTPLSMeI

"This episode is overflowing with positivity as Elliot visits a
world-leading city in which the drive to go electric has resulted in
16,000 electric buses and 22,000 electric taxis. The commitment to

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A Pandemic is a Great Time to Stop Ignoring Unpaid Care Work

Sun, 14 Feb 2021 06:13:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://scottsantens.substack.com/p/a-pandemic-is-a-great-time-to-stop

"Unpaid care work is work. I want to make that clear first and foremost.
However, it’s also more than that. It’s a kind of work that can’t really
be measured like wage work. It’s not like informal care workers clock

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Economics’ Failure Over Destruction of Nature Presents “Extreme Risks”

Mon, 15 Feb 2021 05:06:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/economics-failure-over-destruction-of-nature-presents-extreme-risks/>

"The world is being put at “extreme risk” by the failure of economics to
take account of the rapid depletion of the natural world and needs to
find new measures of success to avoid a catastrophic breakdown, a

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Tim Berners-Lee’s plan to save the internet: give us back control of our data

Mon, 15 Feb 2021 05:07:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/tim-berners-lees-plan-to-save-the-internet-give-us-back-control-of-our-data-154130>

"Releasing his creation for free 30 years ago, the inventor of the world
wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, famously declared: “this is for everyone”.
Today, his invention is used by billions – but it also hosts the

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A Vast Web of Vengeance

Tue, 16 Feb 2021 05:51:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/30/technology/change-my-google-results.html>

"Public smears have been around for centuries. But they are far more
effective in the internet age, gliding across platforms that are loath
to crack down, said Peter W. Singer, co-author of “LikeWar: The

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No more acting like ‘stunned mullets’ — bigger, better, faster responses needed to meet future bio-threats

Tue, 16 Feb 2021 05:52:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/no-more-acting-like-stunned-mullets-bigger-better-faster-responses-needed-to-meet-future-bio-threats-154719>

"The review committee is developing an authoritative chronology of
COVID-19. It’s a timeline of virus spread, knowledge acquisition,
recommendation sharing and actions taken. Clark said this “will speak

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The US jumps on board the electric vehicle revolution, leaving Australia in the dust

Tue, 16 Feb 2021 05:53:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-us-jumps-on-board-the-electric-vehicle-revolution-leaving-australia-in-the-dust-154566>

"The Morrison government on Friday released a plan to reduce carbon
emissions from Australia’s road transport sector. Controversially, it
ruled out consumer incentives to encourage electric vehicle uptake. The

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Japan Has A Train Station Just So People Can Enjoy The Beautiful Scenery

Wed, 17 Feb 2021 05:30:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.smalljoys.tv/train-station-just-for-enjoying/

"Japan is a country filled with beautiful scenery and travel spots that
are famous worldwide.

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Disappearing glaciers are threatening rare alpine plants with extinction

Wed, 17 Feb 2021 05:33:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/disappearing-glaciers-are-threatening-rare-alpine-plants-with-extinction-154135>

"In a new study published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution,
researchers found that one-fifth of alpine plant species on four
glaciers in the Italian Alps are likely to become locally extinct once

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To defuse political violence across US, conflict mediators apply lessons from gang disputes and foreign elections

Wed, 17 Feb 2021 05:35:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/to-defuse-political-violence-across-us-conflict-mediators-apply-lessons-from-gang-disputes-and-foreign-elections-151179>

"After a violent American election season, activists are trying to keep
the peace using technologies and techniques more often applied in
unstable democracies.

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Fantasy & Science Fiction giveaway

Wed, 17 Feb 2021 05:37:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://books.bookfunnel.com/febfantasy

"Searching for new worlds for the start of 2021?

Look no further! Check below for FREE ebooks in fantasy & science

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‘We’ll Never Make That Kind of Movie Again’

Thu, 18 Feb 2021 05:29:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vulture.com/article/an-oral-history-of-disney-the-emperors-new-groove.html>

"The story of the making of the 2000 movie The Emperor’s New Groove is
actually the story of the making of three movies, only one of which can
be legally seen today. First, there is The Kingdom of the Sun, an epic

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Outcry as more than 20 babies and children deported by US to Haiti

Thu, 18 Feb 2021 05:31:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/08/us-ice-immigration-customs-enforcement-haiti-deportations>

"US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) deported at least 72
people to Haiti on Monday, including a two-month-old baby and 21 other
children, as the Biden administration made clear it would press on with

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20 underwater photos that illuminate creatures dwelling in the dark depths

Thu, 18 Feb 2021 05:33:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mashable.com/article/underwater-photographer-of-the-year-2021/

'Underwater photography is no easy feat, especially in the dark.

But the photographers featured in the annual Underwater Photographer of

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It’s like a Little Free Library, but there’s art inside. People are flocking to it, tiny art in hand.

Fri, 19 Feb 2021 06:43:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/01/18/art-gallery-little-free-library/>

"Stacy Milrany probably runs the only art gallery in the country where
visitors are encouraged to walk away with the art.

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‘Under a White Sky’ explores whether we must tinker with nature to save it

Fri, 19 Feb 2021 06:44:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencenews.org/article/under-white-sky-kolbert-book-save-nature-ecosystems>

"In 1900, the city of Chicago completed a 45-kilometer-long canal that
altered the hydrology of two-thirds of the United States.

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Norway’s Electric Car Triumph Started With an ’80s Pop Star

Fri, 19 Feb 2021 06:46:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/norway-gm-electric-cars-morten-harket/>

"The annual Monday morning quarterbacking has begun: Which of
yesterday’s Super Bowl commercials deserve a victory dance in the
endzone? A frontrunner is already emerging: the General Motors ad in

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Study Shows Fossil Fuel Pollution Killed 8.7 Million People in 2018—Almost One-Fifth of Global Deaths

Fri, 19 Feb 2021 06:48:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/02/09/study-shows-fossil-fuel-pollution-killed-87-million-people-2018-almost-one-fifth>

"“Often, when we discuss the dangers of fossil fuel combustion, it’s in
the context of CO2 and climate change and overlook the potential health
impact of the pollutants co-emitted with greenhouse gases,” he said. “We

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Gorgeous Floating Research Station Wins the 2020 Grand Prix Award

Sat, 20 Feb 2021 05:44:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mymodernmet.com/8th-continent-lenka-petrakova-grand-prix/

"Climate change and the resulting rise in sea levels is directly
impacting the future of architecture. It’s an unavoidable truth that
environmental issues need to be addressed right now. One looming problem

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Code is law: why software openness and algorithmic transparency are vital for privacy

Sat, 20 Feb 2021 05:46:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/code-is-law-why-software-openness-and-algorithmic-transparency-are-vital-for-privacy/>

'In the current case, the code will not be publicly disclosed, but made
available to the defense team only. Arguably any code that has such
important consequences for people’s lives should be publicly accessible

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Snippet Taxes Not Only Violate The Berne Convention, But Also Betray The Deepest Roots Of Newspaper Culture

Sat, 20 Feb 2021 05:47:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210209/02071146211/snippet-taxes-not-only-violate-berne-convention-also-betray-deepest-roots-newspaper-culture.shtml>

"Last week Techdirt wrote about Australia's proposed News Media
Bargaining Code. This is much worse than the already awful Article 15 of
the EU Copyright Directive (formerly Article 11), which similarly

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States housed 40,000 people for the COVID emergency. Now rough sleeper numbers are back on the up

Sat, 20 Feb 2021 05:48:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/states-housed-40-000-people-for-the-covid-emergency-now-rough-sleeper-numbers-are-back-on-the-up-154059>

"The numbers Australia’s emergency housing program needed to shelter
showed our homelessness problem is much larger than often imagined. The
8,200 people counted as sleeping rough on census night 2016 were only

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Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson about his book “The Ministry for the Future”

Sun, 21 Feb 2021 05:27:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://bioneers.org/kim-stanley-robinson-on-his-book-the-ministry-for-the-future/>

"The Ministry for the Future is the latest novel by legendary science
fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson. In this interview with Bioneers
Senior Producer J.P. Harpignies, Robinson discusses the inspiration for

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Hundreds of fish species, including many that humans eat, are consuming plastic

Sun, 21 Feb 2021 05:28:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/hundreds-of-fish-species-including-many-that-humans-eat-are-consuming-plastic-154634>

"Trillions of barely visible pieces of plastic are floating in the
world’s oceans, from surface waters to the deep seas. These particles,
known as microplastics, typically form when larger plastic objects such

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COVID has reached Antarctica. Scientists are extremely concerned for its wildlife

Sun, 21 Feb 2021 05:29:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/covid-has-reached-antarctica-scientists-are-extremely-concerned-for-its-wildlife-154481>

"In December, Antarctica lost its status as the last continent free of
COVID-19 when 36 people at the Chilean Bernardo O'Higgins research
station tested positive. The station’s isolation from other bases and

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Our national water policy is outdated, unfair and not fit for climate challenges: major new report

Sun, 21 Feb 2021 05:30:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/our-national-water-policy-is-outdated-unfair-and-not-fit-for-climate-challenges-major-new-report-155116>

"Most Australians know all too well how precious water is. Sydney just
experienced a severe drought, while towns across New South Wales and
Queensland ran out of drinking water. Under climate change, the

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1 in 5 deaths caused by fossil fuel emissions

Mon, 22 Feb 2021 06:55:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/02/deaths-from-fossil-fuel-emissions-higher-than-thought/>

"This new model found a higher mortality rate for long-term exposure to
fossil fuel emissions, including at lower concentrations.

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NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson Is Honored With a New Spacecraft Named After Her

Mon, 22 Feb 2021 06:57:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mymodernmet.com/ss-katherine-johnson-spacecraft/

"As a pivotal figure in the Space Race between the United States and the
U.S.S.R during the 1960s, Katherine Johnson had an incredible life but
only received the national attention she deserved in recent years. She

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The Net Zero Challenge

Mon, 22 Feb 2021 06:58:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.netzerochallenge.info/

"The Net Zero Challenge is a global competition to answer the following
question:

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The “Programming for Cats” aptitude test

Mon, 22 Feb 2021 06:59:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://programmingforcats.com/

"Not everyone has an aptitude for programming. The Association for Cat
Machinations (ACM) has compiled a list of traits that are needed to be a
good programmer.

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Noahpinion: My sci-fi novel recommendations

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 05:53:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://noahpinion.substack.com/p/my-sci-fi-novel-recommendations

"People have been asking me for a list of science fiction book
recommendations for a while now. My new podcast with Brad DeLong goes
pretty deep into sci-fi geekery, so I thought now would be a good time.

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20 years of orange cones: The history of VLC

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 05:54:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.protocol.com/vlc-history-open-source

"When students at the École Centrale Paris lobbied for a campus network
upgrade in the '90s, they weren't really thinking about the future of
media. All they wanted was to play Duke Nukem 3D. But the public-private

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Unstoppable eating machines: why Australian farmers are renting out goats for weed control

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 05:56:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/13/unstoppable-eating-machines-why-australian-farmers-are-renting-out-goats-for-weed-control>

"La Niña has been good to the backyards and farmlands of much of eastern
Australia. Cooler, wetter conditions have led to a flourishing of lush
grass, trees and – unfortunately – weeds.

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General Unstructured Thoughts On “Being Cancelled”

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 05:57:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://whatever.scalzi.com/2021/02/13/general-unstructured-thoughts-on-being-cancelled/>

"Because it’s been in the news recently, enough that even though I’ve
been lost in my own world this last week — a good thing, if you want a
book from me — the various stories of people being “cancelled” in the

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Canada’s ‘huge’ and ‘remarkable’ immigration offer to Hongkongers is partly political, partly pragmatic

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 06:02:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3121509/canadas-huge-and-remarkable-immigration-offer-hongkongers-partly>

"When Canada unveiled new details of its open work permit scheme for
Hongkongers this month, it framed the action as part of a defence of
democratic values, against Beijing’s “controversial national security law”.

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Announcing The Winners Of The 3rd Annual Public Domain Game Jam!

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 06:03:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210211/16241946234/announcing-winners-3rd-annual-public-domain-game-jam.shtml>

"It’s that time again — the judges’ scores and comments are in, and
we’ve selected the winners of our third annual public domain game jam,
Gaming Like It’s 1925! As you know, we asked game designers of all

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Mexico was once a climate leader – now it's betting big on coal

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 06:04:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/15/mexico-coal-fossil-fuels-climate-crisis-amlo>

"As the climate crisis worsens and clean energy prices plunge,
governments around the world have been weaning their economies of coal
and other fossil fuels.

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Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 06:06:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bl.uk/press-releases/2014/february/the-importance-of-data-visualisation-is-explored-in-the-british-librarys-first-science-exhibition-be>

"Beautiful Science, sponsored by Winton Capital Management, explores
the work of scientists and statisticians through the ages using the
Library’s own vast science collections together with new and exciting

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The Real Novelty of the ARPANET

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 06:03:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://twobithistory.org/2021/02/07/arpanet.html

"If you run an image search for the word “ARPANET,” you will find lots of maps
showing how the government research network expanded steadily across the
country throughout the late ’60s and early ’70s. I’m guessing that most people

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‘Everyone else does it, so I can too’: how the false consensus effect drives environmental damage

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 06:04:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/everyone-else-does-it-so-i-can-too-how-the-false-consensus-effect-drives-environmental-damage-153305>

"There’s a useful concept from psychology that helps explain why good people do
things that harm the environment: the false consensus effect. That’s where we
overestimate how acceptable and prevalent our own behaviour is in society.

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Why telling stories could be a more powerful way of convincing some people to take a COVID vaccine than just the facts

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 06:06:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-telling-stories-could-be-a-more-powerful-way-of-convincing-some-people-to-take-a-covid-vaccine-than-just-the-facts-155050>

"Evidence suggests vaccine-hesitant groups are less likely to respond to
factual information particularly from “pro-vaccine” sources.

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There’s A Genius Street Artist Running Loose And Let’s Hope Nobody Catches Him (30 New Pics)

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 06:08:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.boredpanda.com/street-art-tom-bob-nyc/

"Tom Bob is not your everyday kind of graffiti artist. Instead of vandalizing
urban landscapes, he’s making cities come back to life.

(More...)

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