Glass Wings Blog: October 2021

China is financing infrastructure projects around the world – many could harm nature and Indigenous communities

Sat, 2 Oct 2021 05:57:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/china-is-financing-infrastructure-projects-around-the-world-many-could-harm-nature-and-indigenous-communities-168060>

"China is shaping the future of economic development through its Belt and Road
Initiative, an ambitious multi-billion-dollar international push to better
connect itself to the rest of the world through trade and infrastructure.

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Angela Merkel’s career shows why we need more scientists in politics

Sat, 2 Oct 2021 05:58:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/angela-merkels-career-shows-why-we-need-more-scientists-in-politics-168365>

"For 16 years, German chancellor Angela Merkel has guided her country through
wave after wave of uncertainty, from the 2008 global financial crisis to
Brexit, the imperative to drop fossil fuels, and of course the COVID pandemic.

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Fossil Fuel Companies Want Governments To Pay $18 Billion For Bringing In Laws Tackling The Climate Crisis Largely Caused By Fossil Fuel Companies

Sat, 2 Oct 2021 06:00:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210920/09324347599/fossil-fuel-companies-want-governments-to-pay-18-billion-bringing-laws-tackling-climate-crisis-largely-caused-fossil-fuel.shtml>

"Back in 2013, Techdirt started writing about the boring-sounding
Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system. It was so boring, we decide to
use a better term for it: corporate sovereignty. It's an appropriate name,

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Real Rukshan: the live streamer who took Melbourne’s protest to the world stage

Sat, 2 Oct 2021 06:01:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.crikey.com.au/2021/09/24/real-rukshan-live-stream-melbourne-protest/>

"Fernando is a Sri Lankan-Australia who went to school in Dandenong and studied
law at Victoria University, according to his LinkedIn profile. For the past
decade, he’s run a wedding photography business, Ferndara.

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Vital Signs: a simple way to cut carbon emissions — don’t let polluters hide

Sun, 3 Oct 2021 05:55:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/vital-signs-a-simple-way-to-cut-carbon-emissions-dont-let-polluters-hide-168560>

"World leaders and about 30,000 others from assorted interest groups will
converge on Glasgow in November for the United Nations’ 26th annual climate
summit, COP26 (“Conference of the Parties”).

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China played dirty to get Huawei’s 'princess' back — too dirty even to tell its own people

Sun, 3 Oct 2021 05:57:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-26/huawei-meng-wanzhou-china-played-dirty-birtles/100491980>

"Family and supporters of two diplomatic hostages held in China for almost
three years have celebrated their arrival home in Canada, as the woman they
were traded for, Meng Wanzhou, was given a hero's welcome in the city of

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Our climate projections for 2500 show an Earth that is alien to humans

Sun, 3 Oct 2021 05:58:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/our-climate-projections-for-2500-show-an-earth-that-is-alien-to-humans-167744>

"There are many reports based on scientific research that talk about the
long-term impacts of climate change — such as rising levels of greenhouse
gases, temperatures and sea levels — by the year 2100. The Paris Agreement, for

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The Cost of Climate Change: Who is Really Protected by Urban Mitigation Efforts?

Sun, 3 Oct 2021 05:59:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.archdaily.com/969056/the-cost-of-climate-change-who-is-really-protected-by-urban-mitigation-efforts>

"The impact that the climate crisis has had on the globe over the last decade
is a critical influence on how architects and urban planners design future
cities. It’s clear that both at an individual and corporate level, it’s

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Iceland misses out on Europe's first female-majority parliament after recount

Sun, 3 Oct 2021 06:01:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58698490

"Iceland briefly believed it had made history by electing Europe's first
female-majority parliament - before a recount showed it had just fallen short.

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How Covid-19 upended our understanding of migration, citizenship and inequality

Mon, 4 Oct 2021 05:03:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-covid-19-upended-our-understanding-of-migration-citizenship-and-inequality-168318>

"The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that the global system governing migration may
not be sustainable. Temporary migration schemes including those for seasonal
agriculture workers or those allowing for construction and care work no longer

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The transformation of Greta Thunberg

Mon, 4 Oct 2021 05:04:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/sep/25/greta-thunberg-i-really-see-the-value-of-friendship-apart-from-the-climate-almost-nothing-else-matters>

"Three years ago Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg was an unknown
15-year-old terrified that we were destroying the planet and furious that
adults were letting it happen. Her fury was particularly directed at those with

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From Bruce Lee to Shang-Chi: a short history of the kung fu film in cinema

Mon, 4 Oct 2021 05:05:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/from-bruce-lee-to-shang-chi-a-short-history-of-the-kung-fu-film-in-cinema-168273>

"With action sequences that are being hailed as some of the best in the history
of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
is shaping up to overtake Black Widow as the biggest film of the pandemic.

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What is dust? And where does it all come from?

Mon, 4 Oct 2021 05:06:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-is-dust-and-where-does-it-all-come-from-168265>

"Everything in our homes gathers dust. But what exactly is it? Where does it
come from, and why does it keep coming back? Is it from outside? Is it fibres
from our clothes and cells from our skin?

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The Stories Behind 20 Inventions That Changed the World

Tue, 5 Oct 2021 05:33:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/648542/inventions-changed-world

"You might find it impossible to imagine a world without your smartphone, or
have trouble remembering a time when Wi-Fi wasn’t everywhere, but many of
today’s most relied-upon technologies would not have been possible—or even

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Race to the bottom: the disastrous, blindfolded rush to mine the deep sea

Tue, 5 Oct 2021 05:34:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/27/race-to-the-bottom-the-disastrous-blindfolded-rush-to-mine-the-deep-sea>

"A short bureaucratic note from a brutally degraded microstate in the South
Pacific to a little-known institution in the Caribbean is about to change the
world. Few people are aware of its potential consequences, but the impacts are

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Laura Jean McKay wins the Arthur C Clarke award

Tue, 5 Oct 2021 05:35:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/sep/27/laura-jean-mckay-wins-the-arthur-c-clarke-award>

"Twenty years before Margaret Atwood won the inaugural Arthur C Clarke award
for her seminal novel The Handmaid’s Tale, she published a poem entitled The
animals in that country
. Now Laura Jean McKay, who borrowed the title of

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The hydropower industry is talking the talk. But fine words won’t save our last wild rivers

Tue, 5 Oct 2021 05:36:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-hydropower-industry-is-talking-the-talk-but-fine-words-wont-save-our-last-wild-rivers-168252>

"Technologies to harness the power of water are touted as crucial for a
low-emissions future. But over many decades, the hydropower industry has caused
serious damage to the environment and people’s lives.

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Moiré no more

Wed, 6 Oct 2021 05:47:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.getrevue.co/profile/shift-happens/issues/moire-no-more-688319>

"I learned a thing long time ago, and it was: Once you print something, you
can’t get it back
.

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Children do not understand concept of others having false beliefs until age 6 or 7

Wed, 6 Oct 2021 05:49:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-09-children-concept-false-beliefs-age.html>

"New developmental psychology work has upended decades of research suggesting
that children as young as 4 years old possess theory of mind.

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Indigenous children set to receive billions after judge rejects Trudeau challenges

Wed, 6 Oct 2021 05:50:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/sep/29/canada-indigenous-children-first-nations-trudeau>

"A federal court in Canada has paved they way for billions in compensation to
First Nations children who suffered discrimination in the welfare system, after
a judge dismissed a pair of legal challenges by the government.

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Daintree: World Heritage rainforest handed back to Aboriginal owners

Wed, 6 Oct 2021 05:51:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-58729781

"Australia's Daintree - the world's oldest tropical rainforest - has been
returned to its Aboriginal custodians in a historic deal.

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No, Barnaby. The UK energy crisis has nothing to do with its net-zero target, and to suggest otherwise is outrageous

Thu, 7 Oct 2021 06:38:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/no-barnaby-the-uk-energy-crisis-has-nothing-to-do-with-its-net-zero-target-and-to-suggest-otherwise-is-outrageous-168869>

"As debate heats up in Australia about adopting a net-zero emissions target,
Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and other key party figures have pointed to the
UK energy crisis as a supposedly cautionary tale.

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How making a film exploring Indigenous stories of the night sky enriched my perspective as a scientist

Thu, 7 Oct 2021 06:39:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-making-a-film-exploring-indigenous-stories-of-the-night-sky-enriched-my-perspective-as-a-scientist-167529>

"Over the last 13 years, I have been privileged to work with colleagues from
Yamaji Art in Geraldton, exploring Indigenous stories about the sky alongside
the stories of the Greeks and Romans, and the astrophysical stories about the

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Black Sea faces ecological catastrophe due to Bulgaria’s inaction

Thu, 7 Oct 2021 06:41:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/black-sea-faces-ecological-catastrophe-due-to-bulgarias-inactio/>

"The cargo ship Vera Su, which flies the Panamanian flag and has a Turkish
crew, crashed and ran aground on the high rocky Bulgarian coast a few
kilometres from the Kaliakra Nature Reserve on 20 September. If Bulgarian

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90% of the top Christian Facebook pages were run by Eastern European troll farms

Thu, 7 Oct 2021 06:42:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/09/90-top-christian-facebook-pages-run-eastern-european-troll-farms/>

"Nineteen of the 20 top Christian Facebook pages were run by troll farms out of
Kosovo and Macedonia in 2019 according to a leaked internal report.

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My End of Life Document: What Covid Means for the Chronically Ill

Fri, 8 Oct 2021 06:06:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://ramonamag.com/2021/09/my-end-of-life-document-what-covid-means-for-the-chronically-ill/>

"I cannot and will never be able to get a covid vaccine. In 2010 I faced my own
mortality for the first time as my body was wracked with not one, but three
hospital introduced infections after major surgery. On that occasion I spent 5

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Facebook's Latest Scandals: The Banality Of Hubris; The Messiness Of Humanity

Fri, 8 Oct 2021 06:07:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210929/17352047662/facebooks-latest-scandals-banality-hubris-messiness-humanity.shtml>

"In the days since the Facebook Files came out I've been having a few
conversations with people about the write-ups and what it all means. There is
general agreement that none of this makes Facebook look good. And it shouldn't.

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After buying health company Vectura, tobacco giant Philip Morris will profit from treating the illnesses its products create

Fri, 8 Oct 2021 06:08:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/after-buying-health-company-vectura-tobacco-giant-philip-morris-will-profit-from-treating-the-illnesses-its-products-create-168564>

"The consequences of Philip Morris’s acquisition of Vectura are far reaching,
especially for the medical and research workforce fighting against respiratory
disease. The Philip Morris takeover will have significant implications for the

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Sen̓áḵw

Fri, 8 Oct 2021 06:11:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://twitter.com/IDoTheThinking/status/1443636143707222019

"The Squamish Nation owns many parcels around Vancouver exempt from local
zoning. With 87% of the nation voting in favor, they're going to build 6,000
homes at Hong Kong-density, 90% less parking than required by law and beside

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Rewilding: conservationists want to let elephants loose in Europe – here’s what could happen

Sat, 9 Oct 2021 06:21:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/rewilding-conservationists-want-to-let-elephants-loose-in-europe-heres-what-could-happen-168212>

"Imagine driving through a lush, green landscape in France or Germany and
spotting a herd of elephants roaming freely. As absurd as that might seem, it
was only 10,000 years ago that creatures the size of elephants populated

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Friday essay: on birds — feathered messengers from deep time

Sat, 9 Oct 2021 06:22:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-on-birds-feathered-messengers-from-deep-time-168469>

"Scientists began to think in the 19th century that birds might have evolved
from dinosaurs, when the 150-million- year-old fossil skeleton of
Archaeopteryx — which we now know was capable of short bursts of active

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‘Odds are against you’: the problem with the music streaming boom

Sat, 9 Oct 2021 06:24:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/oct/02/odds-are-against-you-the-problem-with-the-music-streaming-boom>

"With the streaming revolution breathing new life into a once-moribund music
industry collapsing under plummeting CD sales and rampant piracy, the world’s
biggest record companies – Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music – have

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Virtual Cities: An Atlas & Exploration of Video Game Cities

Sat, 9 Oct 2021 06:25:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.game-cities.com/virtual-cities

"Video games allow us to construct and visit believable imaginary cities,
provide us with glimpses of ancient urbanism, and let us immerse ourselves in
the wildest utopias and darkest dystopias of our possible futures. They are an

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Play CLASSIC games,online, in a web browser!

Sat, 9 Oct 2021 06:26:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://playclassic.games/

"All CLASSIC old games in one place. Play the best old DOS or classic console
games here, in a web browser!

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Indigenous knowledge and the persistence of the ‘wilderness’ myth

Sun, 10 Oct 2021 05:58:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/indigenous-knowledge-and-the-persistence-of-the-wilderness-myth-165164>

"According to the Oxford English dictionary, wilderness is defined as:

A wild or uncultivated region or tract of land, uninhabited, or inhabited

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Alaska's Indigenous tribes 'livid', turn to hunting as salmon stocks dwindle on Yukon River

Sun, 10 Oct 2021 06:00:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-03/-dwindling-alaska-salmon-leave-yukon-river-tribes-in-crisis/100510470>

"In a normal year, the smokehouses and drying racks that First Nations people
use to prepare salmon to tide them through the winter would be heavy with fish
meat, the fruits of a summer spent fishing on the Yukon River like generations

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List of lists of lists

Sun, 10 Oct 2021 06:00:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lists_of_lists

"This is a list of lists of lists, an article that is a list of articles that
are themselves lists of article lists. In other words, each of the articles
linked here is an index to multiple lists on a topic. Some of the linked

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Electrify: An Optimist's Playbook for Our Clean Energy Future

Sun, 10 Oct 2021 06:02:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/electrify

"Climate change is a planetary emergency. We have to do something now—but
what? Saul Griffith has a plan. In Electrify, Griffith lays out a detailed
blueprint—optimistic but feasible—for fighting climate change while creating

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Facebook pages fall quiet as administrators fear legal action over defamatory comments

Sun, 10 Oct 2021 06:05:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-10-04/facebook-pages-are-falling-quiet-as-defamation-fears-take-hold/100501800>

"Defamation experts expect the court ruling will have a chilling effect on
speech and engagement online.

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Can radicalisation be defeated? Yes, if we understand that it happens when people’s bonds are broken

Mon, 11 Oct 2021 06:14:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/can-radicalisation-be-defeated-yes-if-we-understand-that-it-happens-when-peoples-bonds-are-broken-168399>

"Radical extremism has increased by 320% in the last five years and cost the
world an estimated US$14.1 trillion as of 2018. It’s a worldwide problem. From
the agitations of separatist movements and Boko Haram militia in Africa to an

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3 reasons people with power are more likely to make bad decisions

Mon, 11 Oct 2021 06:15:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/3-reasons-people-with-power-are-more-likely-to-make-bad-decisions-169017>

"Research shows having a formal position of authority with influence over
people, resources and rewards is associated with cognitive and behavioural
costs. People who feel powerful (either in the moment or consistently) make

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Remembering the Black abolitionists of slavery in Yorkshire

Mon, 11 Oct 2021 06:16:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/remembering-the-black-abolitionists-of-slavery-in-yorkshire-168894>

"“Cunning better than strong” is a Jamaican proverb; a message of survival and
resistance that urges us to use our brain rather than our brawn to overcome
oppressors. It’s a proverb that is encapsulated by the Jamaican trickster folk

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Multibillion-dollar strategy with no end in sight: Australia’s ‘enduring’ offshore processing deal with Nauru

Mon, 11 Oct 2021 06:16:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/multibillion-dollar-strategy-with-no-end-in-sight-australias-enduring-offshore-processing-deal-with-nauru-168941>

"Late last month, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews and the president of
Nauru, Lionel Aingimea, quietly announced they had signed a new agreement to
establish an “enduring form” of offshore processing for asylum seekers taken to

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Privatising the sky: drone delivery promises comfort and speed, but at a cost to workers and communities

Tue, 12 Oct 2021 06:10:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/privatising-the-sky-drone-delivery-promises-comfort-and-speed-but-at-a-cost-to-workers-and-communities-166960>

"Drone delivery company Wing recently celebrated 100,000 deliveries with an
unusual burst of media fanfare. Australia is at the forefront of Wing’s plans,
with the company’s two biggest trial sites running in Canberra and Logan in

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Rewiring Australian households could save them up to $6,000 a year, research finds

Tue, 12 Oct 2021 06:12:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-04/rewiring-australian-households-could-save-up-to-6000-per-year/100512028>

"As Glasgow looms over the federal government's climate change goals, new
research could help both the major parties embrace more aggressive emissions
reduction targets by saving up to $6,000 a year on voters' household energy

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Russia is building its own kind of sovereign internet — with help from Apple and Google

Tue, 12 Oct 2021 06:12:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/russia-is-building-its-own-kind-of-sovereign-internet-with-help-from-apple-and-google-169115>

"On September 17, the first day of Russia’s parliamentary elections, Apple and
Google agreed to demands from the Russian government to remove a strategic
voting app developed by opposition leader Alexei Navalny from the iOS and

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14% of world’s coral lost in less than a decade, study shows

Tue, 12 Oct 2021 06:13:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/05/world-coral-lost-study-shows-reef-health>

"About 14% of the world’s coral has been lost in less than a decade, a study of
the health of coral reefs has found.

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Doctors Are Soothing Pain with Virtual Reality Worlds

Wed, 13 Oct 2021 06:05:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/doctors-are-soothing-pain-with-virtual-reality-worlds/>

"Pain is not an objective experience — context determines its intensity. We
experience it more acutely when we’re tense, anxious, or overly focused on it.
And while every parent knows that a child can be distracted by putting him or

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Be Your Own Boss: More Co-op Businesses Are Returning Workers’ Power

Wed, 13 Oct 2021 06:06:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/09/worker-co-ops-photos-labor-democracy-communitarian-no-boss/>

"At worker cooperatives, workers both own and run the business. Sometimes they
must buy in to become owners, and they may also have representation on a board
of directors. Worker-owners tend to benefit far more directly from their

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Pandemic policing in ‘multicultural’ Australia

Wed, 13 Oct 2021 06:08:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/10/4/pandemic-policing-in-multicultural-australia>

"I’ve always been a walker. It’s my way of de-stressing. Under lockdown, I
assumed taking walks around my neighbourhood would be a therapeutic activity.
But this has not been the case. Instead, my walks led me to question my ideals

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Rethinking Facebook: We Need To Make Sure That 'Good For The World' Is More Important Than 'Good For Facebook'

Wed, 13 Oct 2021 06:08:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20211004/17543247698/rethinking-facebook-we-need-to-make-sure-that-good-world-is-more-important-than-good-facebook.shtml>

"I'm sure by now most of you have either seen or read about Facebook
whistleblower Frances Haugen's appearance on 60 Minutes discussing in detail
the many problems she saw within Facebook. I'm always a little skeptical about

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Biodiversity’s Greatest Protectors Need Protection

Thu, 14 Oct 2021 06:22:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/biodiversitys-greatest-protectors-need-protection/>

"In the late 19th century Yellowstone, Sequoia and Yosemite became the first of
the great U.S. National Parks, described by author and historian Wallace
Stegner as America's “best idea.” But the parks were devastating for the Native

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Could Low-Carbon Trains Cure Europe’s Flying Addiction?

Thu, 14 Oct 2021 06:26:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/rail-travel-europe-low-carbon-trains/

"In the 1920s and ’30s, long-distance train rides were the norm across Europe,
according to Mark Smith, also known as the Man in Seat 61. The luxurious
Orient Express, gliding its way along a picturesque route from London to

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If I could go anywhere: the deep mountains and mysterious valleys of Tokyo’s Nezu Museum

Thu, 14 Oct 2021 06:27:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/if-i-could-go-anywhere-the-deep-mountains-and-mysterious-valleys-of-tokyos-nezu-museum-168468>

"A nimble row of bamboo grows between the street and the grounds of the Nezu
Museum 根津美術館 in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo. The softly murmuring greenery gently
ushers you along the side of the museum, beneath its overarching eaves, to the

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Longer copyright protection means fewer books are available, and they cost more

Thu, 14 Oct 2021 06:28:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://walledculture.org/longer-copyright-protection-means-fewer-books-are-available-and-they-cost-more/>

"As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the standard copyright term of life
plus 70 years makes no sense: a promise that they’ll be paid after their death
is unlike to stimulate extra creativity from artists. Conscious of how weak

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Bespoke: A modular DAW for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Fri, 15 Oct 2021 06:34:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bespokesynth.com/

"Bespoke is like a DAW* in some ways, but with less of a focus on a global
timeline. Instead, it has a design more optimized for jamming and exploration.

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Nobel prize: why climate modellers deserved the physics award – they’ve been proved right again and again

Fri, 15 Oct 2021 06:35:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/nobel-prize-why-climate-modellers-deserved-the-physics-award-theyve-been-proved-right-again-and-again-169300>

"This year’s Nobel prize in physics has been split between Syukuro Manabe,
Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi. While Parisi is a theoretical physicist,
the other two are climate modellers whose work laid the foundations of our

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5 reasons why the Morrison government needs a net-zero target, not just a flimsy plan

Fri, 15 Oct 2021 06:35:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/5-reasons-why-the-morrison-government-needs-a-net-zero-target-not-just-a-flimsy-plan-169015>

"Prime Minister Scott Morrison may be warming to a net-zero emissions target by
2050, but Australia is still far from adopting it – largely thanks to
resistance from the National Party.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards

Fri, 15 Oct 2021 06:37:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://coveringclimatenow.org/climate-beat-story/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2021-covering-climate-now-journalism-awards/>

"The global news media consortium Covering Climate Now today announced the
winners of the first annual Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards. The 12
winners, including print reporters and photojournalists, digital, television

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Can Australia’s path to net-zero really be fuelled by carbon capture and LNG?

Fri, 15 Oct 2021 06:38:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/07/can-australias-path-to-net-zero-really-be-fuelled-by-carbon-capture-and-lng>

Spoiler: No.

"Short of underplaying the threat of climate change or denying the science that

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Loved to death: Australian sandalwood is facing extinction in the wild

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 05:41:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/loved-to-death-australian-sandalwood-is-facing-extinction-in-the-wild-167281>

"The sweet, earthy fragrance of sandalwood oil has made it immensely popular in
incense sticks, candles and perfumes. But its beautiful scent may also be its
downfall – Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) is facing extinction in

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Far right and extremist groups are targeting military veterans for recruitment. Does the ADF owe them a duty of care?

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 05:42:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/far-right-and-extremist-groups-are-targeting-military-veterans-for-recruitment-does-the-adf-owe-them-a-duty-of-care-166756>

"Even before extremist group activity in Australia’s 2021 anti-lockdown
protests was exposed, concern about right-wing extremism in Australia was on
the rise.

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Why does Congress fight over childcare but not F-35s?

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 05:43:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nationofchange.org/2021/10/07/why-does-congress-fight-over-childcare-but-not-f-35s/>

"President Biden and the Democratic Congress are facing a crisis as the popular
domestic agenda they ran on in the 2020 election is held hostage by two
corporate Democratic Senators, fossil-fuel consigliere Joe Manchin and

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Vital Signs. Laugh at the US if you will, but Australia narrowly escaped a debt ceiling

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 05:47:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/vital-signs-laugh-at-the-us-if-you-will-but-australia-narrowly-escaped-a-debt-ceiling-169250>

"The United States government is scheduled to hit its “debt ceiling” of US$28.4
trillion on or around October 18.

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Read the student survey responses shared by academics and you’ll see why Professor Hambling is justified in burning hers

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 05:49:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/read-the-student-survey-responses-shared-by-academics-and-youll-see-why-professor-hambling-is-justified-in-burning-hers-167897>

"If you’ve watched the Netflix sitcom The Chair you’ll remember the scene in
which Professor Joan Hambling burns her student evaluations, after admitting
she hadn’t read any of them since the 1980s. Many of us in academia whooped in

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Nobel Prize for groundbreaking way of building molecules that made chemistry greener

Sun, 17 Oct 2021 06:52:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/nobel-prize-for-groundbreaking-way-of-building-molecules-that-made-chemistry-greener-169393>

"Benjamin List and David MacMillan, respectively based in Germany and the US,
will share the 10 million Swedish kronor (£870,000) Nobel prize in chemistry
2021 for their development of “organocatalysis” – a precise tool for

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Royal Society of Biology photography competition 2021 – in pictures

Sun, 17 Oct 2021 06:53:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2021/oct/07/royal-society-of-biology-photography-competition-2021-in-pictures>

"Highlights of the Royal Society of Biology’s photography competition 2021,
from ants feasting on honeydew to zebras drinking in the savannah"

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Friday essay: a world of pain – Australian theatre in crisis

Sun, 17 Oct 2021 06:54:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-a-world-of-pain-australian-theatre-in-crisis-168663>

"Australia’s performing arts sector has long been recognised as an ecosystem.
It is a community of artists, arts organisations and institutions, all affected
by factors such as education and training, audiences, policy and revenues.

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The English language dominates global conservation science – which leaves 1 in 3 research papers virtually ignored

Sun, 17 Oct 2021 06:55:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-english-language-dominates-global-conservation-science-which-leaves-1-in-3-research-papers-virtually-ignored-168951>

"English is considered the language of international science. But our new
research reveals how important scientific knowledge in other languages is going
untapped. This oversight squanders opportunities to help improve the plight of

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The Ship That Became a Bomb

Sun, 17 Oct 2021 06:57:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/10/11/the-ship-that-became-a-bomb>

"Soon, a vast, decrepit oil tanker in the Red Sea will likely sink, catch fire,
or explode. The vessel, the F.S.O. Safer—pronounced “Saffer”—is named for a
patch of desert near the city of Marib, in central Yemen, where the country’s

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Games Workshop declares war on its customers (again)

Mon, 18 Oct 2021 05:09:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://doctorow.medium.com/games-workshop-declares-war-on-customers-again-978a5531aebe>

"There’s a difference between a con-artist and a grifter. A con-artist is just
a gabby mugger, and when they vanish with your money, you know you’ve been
robbed.

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The Trolley Problem and Vaccinating Young People Against COVID-19

Mon, 18 Oct 2021 05:10:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-trolley-problem-and-vaccines/

"Death from COVID-19 is worse than myocarditis from the vaccine. Though this
seems like an uncontroversial statement, intelligent doctors from prestigious
universities have penned articles opining that it is preferable to leave young

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It’s time Biden started making good on his big climate change promises

Mon, 18 Oct 2021 05:12:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/opinion/contributors/2021/10/08/its-time-biden-started-making-good-on-his-big-climate-change-promises.html>

"Just seven days into President Joe Biden’s administration, he declared that
the United States must “meet the moment” and raise our “climate ambition.” He
backed that sentiment up with a set of sweeping executive orders directing the

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Hot Air by Peter Stott review – the battle against climate change denial

Mon, 18 Oct 2021 05:13:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/09/hot-air-by-peter-stott-review-the-battle-against-climate-change-denial>

"How on earth did we get here? How did we arrive in a world where temperatures
in British Columbia can come within a whisker of 50C, where a ring of fire made
Athens look apocalyptic, massive floods ripped apart towns in Belgium and

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Japanese sugar artist astounds fans with edible robot from Laputa: Castle in the Sky【Video】

Mon, 18 Oct 2021 05:14:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://soranews24.com/2021/10/10/japanese-sugar-artist-astounds-fans-with-edible-robot-from-laputa-castle-in-the-sky%e3%80%90video%e3%80%91/>

"In amongst all the conflict and explosions shown in the 1986 Ghibli movie
Laputa: Castle in the Sky, one thing that stays with audiences long after the
movie has ended is the gentle, silent sweetness of the nature-loving Laputian

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ASU lecture to preview forthcoming book 'The White Savior and the Waif'

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 05:45:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.asu.edu/20211004-asu-lecture-preview-forthcoming-book-white-savior-and-waif>

"In recent years, respected humanitarian organizations such as Doctors Without
Borders, Feed the Children and Oxfam have come under pressure for being part of
what is described as the “White Savior Industrial Complex.” Critics are forcing

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Australia could ‘green’ its degraded landscapes for just 6% of what we spend on defence

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 05:46:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australia-could-green-its-degraded-landscapes-for-just-6-of-what-we-spend-on-defence-168807>

"The health of many Australian ecosystems is in steep decline. Replanting vast
tracts of land with native vegetation will prevent species extinctions and help
abate climate change – but which landscapes should be restored, and how much

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Richie Merzian: Net zero by 2050 is a fraud if fossil fuels flourish

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 05:48:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/10/11/net-zero-by-2050-is-a-fraud/>

"If you’ve ever seen the TV food series Nailed It!, or if you yourself are an
amateur cook with a colourful track record, you’ll know that things don’t
always turn out the way they look on the packet.

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Australia had a record number of police shootings in the past year. Should we be concerned?

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 05:49:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australia-had-a-record-number-of-police-shootings-in-the-past-year-should-we-be-concerned-169354>

"Data released by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) this week show
fatal police shootings in Australia have reached an all-time high.

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Found in a Trunk: The Lost Avant-Garde Movement that came Decades before Dada

Wed, 20 Oct 2021 06:29:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.messynessychic.com/2021/10/08/found-in-a-trunk-the-lost-avant-garde-movement-that-came-decades-before-dada/>

"If modern art has taught us anything, it is that anything can be considered
art. Picasso’s and Braque’s curious peeling newspaper collages of the 1910s
spring to mind as the opening act for the ‘Modern Art’ movement. It was at this

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Bolsonaro must be held criminally responsible for assault on the Amazon, say activists

Wed, 20 Oct 2021 06:30:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/12/bolsonaro-must-be-held-criminally-responsible-for-assault-on-the-amazon-say-activists>

"The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro must be held criminally responsible for
a “ruthless” assault on the Amazon that has exacerbated the climate emergency
and imperilled humanity’s very survival, activists have argued in a petition to

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NASA Adviser Resigns Over Giant Homophobic Telescope

Wed, 20 Oct 2021 06:31:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://futurism.com/the-byte/nasa-adviser-resigns-giant-homophobic-telescope>

"Last month, NASA deliberated and decided against changing the name of the
James Webb Space Telescope, an orbital observatory expected to revolutionize
astronomy that happens to be named after a homophobic former NASA

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Ruthie Tompson, an animator with the longest history at Disney, dies at 111

Wed, 20 Oct 2021 06:33:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2021/10/12/1045309046/ruthie-tompson-disney-animator-obituary>

"Ruthie Tompson liked to tell people that she and Mickey Mouse "grew up
together."

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