Glass Wings Blog: January 2022

Happy New Year 2022!

Sat, 1 Jan 2022 11:50:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Thank you everyone who reads and contributes to our blog/mailing list! Wishing
you all the best for 2022.

Reminder for those subscribed via email:  You can also view the blog at
https://glasswings.com.au/blog/ which includes a subject index of all posts, an

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21 Things That Made the World a Better Place in 2021

Sun, 2 Jan 2022 05:18:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wired.com/story/2021-positive-news/

"The pandemic didn’t miraculously disappear. When the clock struck midnight and
marked the beginning of 2021, Covid-19 didn’t melt away like a fairytale
princess’s party dress, alas, and we were all forced to stare down another year

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Five Journalists and Pop Star Denise Ho Arrested in Hong Kong for Sedition

Sun, 2 Jan 2022 05:19:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://news.yahoo.com/five-journalists-pop-star-denise-030114912.html

"National Security Police in Hong Kong on Wednesday arrested seven people
associated with Chinese-language online media company Stand News. They include
pop star-turned-pro-democracy activist Denise Ho.

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I’m a climate scientist. "Don’t Look Up" captures the madness I see every day

Sun, 2 Jan 2022 05:21:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/29/climate-scientist-dont-look-up-madness>

"The movie Don’t Look Up is satire. But speaking as a climate scientist doing
everything I can to wake people up and avoid planetary destruction, it’s also
the most accurate film about society’s terrifying non-response to climate

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‘The Fuse Has Been Blown,’ and the Doomsday Glacier Is Coming for Us All

Sun, 2 Jan 2022 05:22:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/doomsday-glacier-thwaites-antarctica-climate-crisis-1273841/>

"One thing that’s hard to grasp about the climate crisis is that big changes
can happen fast. In 2019, I was aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer, a
308-foot-long scientific research vessel, cruising in front of the Thwaites

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AI’s influence on human decision-making: new CSIRO research

Mon, 3 Jan 2022 08:53:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.csiro.au/en/news/news-releases/2021/ais-influence-on-human-decision-making-new-csiro-research>

"CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has released a new study
demonstrating that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to influence human
decision-making by exploiting vulnerabilities in an individual’s habits and

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‘An American Tradition’: Lessons from a year covering conspiracy theories

Mon, 3 Jan 2022 08:55:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/12/29/american-conspiracy-theories-essay/>

"I have spent this year thinking and writing about the draw to conspiracy
theories, the perverse comfort they provide and the damage they can cause.
Today in the United States, we are living in an era of segregated belief, of

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The Copyright Industry Wants Everything Filtered As It Is Uploaded; Here's Why That Will Be A Disaster

Mon, 3 Jan 2022 08:56:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20211227/15395648187/copyright-industry-wants-everything-filtered-as-it-is-uploaded-heres-why-that-will-be-disaster.shtml>

"The history of copyright can be seen as one of increasing control by companies
over what ordinary people can do with material created by others. For the
online world, the endgame is where copyright holders get to check and approve

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Before-and-After Photos Reveal the Destruction of Ancient Forests

Mon, 3 Jan 2022 08:57:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://petapixel.com/2021/12/29/before-and-after-photos-reveal-the-destruction-of-ancient-forests/>

"Canadian conservation photographer TJ Watt has been using his camera to
protect endangered old-growth trees from logging. His powerful before-and-after
photos aim to show the devastation of ancient forests that is left in the wake

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Keeping up with Commodore

Tue, 4 Jan 2022 05:03:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI3te8MLNHs

"Sooo... here's an old earworm, that I just couldn't resist working on. Many of
you remember the classic "Are you keeping up with the Commodore" commercial,
and I had several requests over the last year if I could do a number on this. I

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World’s vast networks of underground fungi to be mapped for first time

Tue, 4 Jan 2022 05:05:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/nov/30/worlds-vast-networks-of-underground-fungi-to-be-mapped-for-first-time>

"Vast networks of underground fungi – the “circulatory system of the planet” –
are to be mapped for the first time, in an attempt to protect them from damage
and improve their ability to absorb and store carbon dioxide.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures 2021-12-31

Tue, 4 Jan 2022 05:06:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2021/dec/31/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures>

"The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including a sleeping bear, a baby
orangutan and an albino jaguarundi"

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That’s a wrap: French plastic packaging ban for fruit and veg begins

Tue, 4 Jan 2022 05:07:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/31/thats-a-wrap-french-plastic-packaging-ban-for-fruit-and-veg-begins>

"A law banning plastic packaging for large numbers of fruits and vegetables
comes into force in France on New Year’s Day, to end what the government has
called the “aberration” of overwrapped carrots, apples and bananas, as

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Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman review – a tribute to our better nature

Wed, 5 Jan 2022 06:05:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/12/humankind-a-hopeful-history-by-rutger-bregman-review>

"The Dutch historian’s overview of debate around humanity’s core instincts has
blind spots, but its optimism is invigorating"

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Wampanoag, who helped Pilgrims survive, win rights to tribal lands

Wed, 5 Jan 2022 06:06:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/12/31/wampanoag-tribe-interior-department-reservation-land/>

"Four hundred years after the Mashpee Wampanoag in Plymouth, Mass., helped the
Pilgrims from the Mayflower survive, they have been fighting to get their
ancestral homeland back. Last week, they won a major victory in a ruling from

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The UK city taking a stand on palm oil in the fight against deforestation

Wed, 5 Jan 2022 06:07:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/01/chester-new-approach-palm-oil-problem-aoe>

"From mince pies and biscuits to lipstick and soap, palm oil grown on
deforested land in south-east Asia will have been hard to avoid this Christmas.
The vegetable oil is found in almost half of all packaged products in UK

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The American polity is cracked, and might collapse. Canada must prepare

Thu, 6 Jan 2022 05:42:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-american-polity-is-cracked-and-might-collapse-canada-must-prepare/>

"By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political
instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, if not sooner, the
country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship.

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So you want to cat-proof a bettong: how living with predators could help native species survive

Thu, 6 Jan 2022 05:43:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/so-you-want-to-cat-proof-a-bettong-how-living-with-predators-could-help-native-species-survive-170450>

"When we release a group of endangered animals into the wild, we always hope
they will survive. They usually don’t. We find bilby carcasses under bushes,
bettongs ripped apart by feral cats, and tufts of rock wallaby fur in fox

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National Gallery of Victoria displays 3D-printed artificial reefs, showcasing fusion of art and science

Thu, 6 Jan 2022 05:45:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-03/artificial-reefs-showcased-national-gallery-of-victoria/100736484>

"On a sleek, low plinth in the National Gallery of Victoria, Alex Goad's
artificial reef structure looks perfectly at home beside other modernist
installations.

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In Your Arms - Kina Grannis (Official Music Video) Stop Motion Animation

Fri, 7 Jan 2022 05:27:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOu0DuxFAT0

Via Muse, who wrote "This stop motion animation video is made using jelly
beans…lots and lots of jelly beans!  Watch the making of…holey moley what a lot
of work!"

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California’s Forever Fire

Fri, 7 Jan 2022 05:30:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.propublica.org/article/californias-forever-fire

"We’re living through a discontinuity. This is Steffen’s core point.
“Discontinuity is a moment where the experience and expertise you’ve built up
over time cease to work,” he said. “It is extremely stressful, emotionally, to

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Mr Bean in Cyberpunk 2077

Fri, 7 Jan 2022 05:31:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izWxL2mhPvQ

Someone put a lot of work into this!

Via Muse.

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Public Domain Day 2022

Sat, 8 Jan 2022 06:29:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2022/

"On January 1, 2022, copyrighted works from 1926 will enter the US public
domain, where they will be free for all to copy, share, and build upon. The
line-up this year is stunning. It includes books such as A. A. Milne’s

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Hitting the beach this summer? Here are some of our top animal picks to look out for

Sat, 8 Jan 2022 06:30:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/hitting-the-beach-this-summer-here-are-some-of-our-top-animal-picks-to-look-out-for-171744>

"Australia has one of the longest coastlines in the world. And it’s packed with
life of all shapes and sizes – from lively dolphins leaping offshore, to tiny
crabs scurrying into their holes.

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‘A shambolic mess’: the only example Australia is giving the world now is how not to manage Covid

Sat, 8 Jan 2022 06:31:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/04/a-shambolic-mess-the-only-example-australia-is-giving-the-world-now-is-how-not-to-manage-covid>

"Where did it all go wrong?

How did Australia go from being the envy of the world with our best practice

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How we drained California dry

Sun, 9 Jan 2022 06:20:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/12/16/1041296/california-climate-change-water-drought/>

"The wind finally blew the other way last night and kicked out the smoke from
the burning Sierra. Down here in the flatland of California, we used to regard
the granite mountain as a place apart, our getaway. But the distance is no

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99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn’t Hear About in 2021

Sun, 9 Jan 2022 06:21:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/future-crunch/99-goodnews-2021-2492e4fcacfb

"If you were asked to list the top global news stories of 2021, off the top of
your head, what would they be? Chances are you’d come up with some combination
of COVID-19, economic woes, political conflict, Afghanistan, natural disasters,

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The Year in Cheer 2021

Sun, 9 Jan 2022 06:22:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/the-year-in-cheer-2/

"When you think back on 2021, your mind may naturally drift to the difficult
parts: fires, floods, conflicts, variants. To focus on the negative is only
human. But if you’ve been taking your daily dose of RTBC, you know that there

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China's Regulatory War On Its Gaming Industry Racks Up 14k Casualties

Sun, 9 Jan 2022 06:23:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20220104/10222148229/chinas-regulatory-war-gaming-industry-racks-up-14k-casualties.shtml>

"It isn't news that China has begun a campaign against video games within its
borders. The battles in this war are being waged on a couple different fronts.
In 2021, Beijing set new rules for what youths can play when it comes to games,

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Eric Clapton Pretends To Regret The Decision To Sue Random German Woman Who Listed A Bootleg Of One Of His CDs On Ebay

Mon, 10 Jan 2022 05:43:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20211229/15264048198/eric-clapton-pretends-to-regret-decision-to-sue-random-german-woman-who-listed-bootleg-one-his-cds-ebay.shtml>

"There is no greater example of just how totally broken copyright is than the
story of Eric Clapton suing -- and winning -- a poor German woman for copyright
infringement after she listed (but did not sell) a bootleg CD that her late

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Ministerial interference is an attack on academic freedom and Australia’s literary culture

Mon, 10 Jan 2022 05:45:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ministerial-interference-is-an-attack-on-academic-freedom-and-australias-literary-culture-174329>

"On Christmas Eve, many researchers across the country received the news that
their Australian Research Council (ARC) funding applications had failed. For
most of them, this was disappointing but not surprising: the success rate for

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Morrison’s political judgement goes missing on rapid antigen test debacle

Mon, 10 Jan 2022 05:46:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/morrisons-political-judgement-goes-missing-on-rapid-antigen-test-debacle-174324>

"January 3 2022 was a day like most others in the roughly two years of the
COVID-19 pandemic preceding it – except it wasn’t.

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Could collaborative living provide an answer to the housing crisis and climate change? Some people think so

Mon, 10 Jan 2022 05:48:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-05/collaborative-housing-could-be-an-answer-to-the-housing-crisis/100629994>

"Donna Lavell is no stranger to sharing her home with people. In her 20s, she
lived in share houses in Sydney's inner suburbs; later, after buying a home in
Newcastle, she offered up her spare rooms to friends in need, housemates and

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It took a 15-year fight to be allowed to use an existing DRM exception: who still thinks copyright is fair?

Tue, 11 Jan 2022 04:32:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://walledculture.org/it-took-a-15-year-fight-to-be-allowed-to-use-an-existing-drm-exception-who-still-thinks-copyright-is-fair/>

"In his Walled Culture interview, Cory Doctorow explains cogently why Digital
Rights Management (DRM) is such a disaster. It’s also pointless: DRM can always
be broken, and once there is one unprotected copy out on the Internet, the

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Republicans Promised to Banish Jan. 6 Insurrectionists. A Year Later, They’ve Purged Jan. 6 Critics

Tue, 11 Jan 2022 04:34:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/jan6-insurrectionists-trump-accountability-cheney-1278644/>

"A year ago, top Republicans were clear-eyed — and forceful — in their
repudiations of president Trump, blaming him directly for the Jan 6
insurrection at the Capitol and blasting his false claims that he was robbed of

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Chinese Government Dragnet Now Folding In American Social Media Platforms To Silence Dissent

Tue, 11 Jan 2022 04:35:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20220101/15561148214/chinese-government-dragnet-now-folding-american-social-media-platforms-to-silence-dissent.shtml>

"The Chinese government's surveillance of undesirables isn't limited to its
borders. It has been working with tech companies to produce an
outsider-oriented surveillance platform to keep tabs on visiting students and

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From COVID control to chaos – what now for Australia? Two pathways lie before us

Tue, 11 Jan 2022 04:36:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/from-covid-control-to-chaos-what-now-for-australia-two-pathways-lie-before-us-174325>

"Australia has swung from one extreme in pandemic control to the other – having
great control of COVID, to now having the world’s highest rise in daily cases.

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It's Great That Winnie The Pooh Is In The Public Domain; But He Should Have Been Free In 1982 (Or Earlier)

Wed, 12 Jan 2022 04:16:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20220103/12164148225/great-that-winnie-pooh-is-public-domain-he-should-have-been-free-1982-earlier.shtml>

"It's been four years now since the US finally started allowing old works to
enter the public domain after decades in which cultural landlords continually
moved to actively remove works from the public domain. Every year since the US

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These Comics Capture Society's Ridiculously Unfair Expectations Of Women

Wed, 12 Jan 2022 04:17:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.huffpost.com/entry/comics-women-lainey-molnar_l_61d48fb2e4b0bcd219582df4>

"Lainey Molnar is a 32-year-old single woman who’s child-free by choice.
Needless to say, she’s no stranger to the judgment faced by women who don’t
conform to society’s expectations.

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Insurrection, One Year On

Wed, 12 Jan 2022 04:19:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.stonekettle.com/2022/01/insurrection-one-year-on.html

"How the hell did we get here?

It's been a year since January 6th, 2021.

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Why Aren’t Writers Paid Better?

Wed, 12 Jan 2022 04:21:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://katherinephelps.com/2022/01/why-arent-writers-paid-better/

Muse wrote: "This was a question put to people in an online writers group I am
subscribed to. Below is my answer
.

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Votes for children! Why we should lower the voting age to six

Thu, 13 Jan 2022 06:19:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/nov/16/reconstruction-after-covid-votes-for-children-age-six-david-runciman>

"There is no good reason to exclude children from the right to vote. Indeed, I
believe there is a strong case for lowering the voting age to six, effectively
extending the franchise to any child in full-time education. When I have made

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‘Don’t Look Up’: Hollywood’s primer on climate denial illustrates 5 myths that fuel rejection of science

Thu, 13 Jan 2022 06:21:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/dont-look-up-hollywoods-primer-on-climate-denial-illustrates-5-myths-that-fuel-rejection-of-science-174266>

"Every disaster movie seems to open with a scientist being ignored. “Don’t Look
Up” is no exception – in fact, people ignoring or flat out denying scientific
evidence is the point.

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Don’t look Up! has a surprising amount to tell us about economics, much of it useful

Thu, 13 Jan 2022 06:22:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/dont-look-up-has-a-surprising-amount-to-tell-us-about-economics-much-of-it-useful-174399>

"In the new Netflix sensation Don’t Look Up, two astronomers, played by
Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo Di Caprio, discover a massive comet heading
towards Earth, and desperately try to warn the US president, played by Meryl

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Global wishes for 2022: a gift box for everyone, greater girl power, vertical gardens

Thu, 13 Jan 2022 06:23:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2022/01/07/1068840414/global-wishes-for-2022-a-gift-box-for-everyone-greater-girl-power-vertical-garde>

"If you could wish for one thing in 2022, what would it be?

That's the question we posed to global thinkers. As the world enters year 3 of

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State capture report chronicles extent of corruption in South Africa. But will action follow?

Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:52:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/state-capture-report-chronicles-extent-of-corruption-in-south-africa-but-will-action-follow-174441>

"No self-respecting theatre critic would dream of reviewing a three-Act play
during the interval at the end of the first Act. But that is what one is
compelled to do after South Africa’s State Capture Commission released Part 1

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The Paris Agreement is working as intended, but we’ve still got a long way to go

Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:54:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-paris-agreement-is-working-as-intended-but-weve-still-got-a-long-way-to-go-173478>

"Well, this is beginning to feel old: 2021 was another year of climate
catastrophes — just like the one before it.

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Climate change can't be stopped if we destroy these parts of the world

Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:55:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.tag24.com/science/environment/climate-change-cant-be-stopped-if-we-destroy-these-parts-of-the-world-2276793>

"New York, New York - A study published in the Nature Sustainability journal
reveals the most important places in the world worth protecting, because
protecting their stored CO2 is yet another piece to the puzzle of stopping

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Charlie's Diary: Oh, 2022!

Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:59:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2022/01/oh-2022.html

"Back in December of 2016 I took a look at what the next year held in store for
us. It spanned three blog posts and ended happily in a nuclear barbecue to put
us all out of our misery: start here,

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Young Student Secretly Photographs People with Hidden Spy Cam in the 1890s

Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:34:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mymodernmet.com/carl-stormer-hidden-camera-photography/

"These days, when it's so easy to sneak a hidden photo with your phone, we can
forget just how unusual candid photography was during the 19th century. With
technological limitation, our first photographs are mainly seated posed images

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Could microclots help explain the mystery of long Covid?

Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:37:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/05/long-covid-research-microclots>

"One of the biggest failures during the Covid-19 pandemic is our slow response
in diagnosing and treating long Covid. As many as 100 million people worldwide
already suffer from long Covid. That staggering number will eventually be much

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Why Melbourne’s Biggest Street Was Wiped Off the Map

Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:38:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DgZbEPFF6w

"One of Melbourne’s biggest and most important streets - Swanston Street -
doesn’t appear on maps. Why is this, and why should it change?"

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In Kazakhstan, Russia follows a playbook it developed in Ukraine

Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:39:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/in-kazakhstan-russia-follows-a-playbook-it-developed-in-ukraine-174505>

"Add Kazakhstan to the list of former Soviet republics whose independence is
now being threatened by Russia. Russian leader Vladimir Putin is using a
similar playbook in Kazakhstan to one that he has used over almost a decade to

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LibreArts: Looking back at 2021, looking forward at 2022

Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:41:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://librearts.org/2022/01/2021-recap-2022-preview/

"Let’s have a closer look at main events of 2021 and what’s coming for us in
2022. Obligatory disclaimer: I only talk about projects that I track more or
less closely. There are many more great projects out there, and I’d love to

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Magic Goes Wrong

Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:38:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Muse wrote: "Oh! This looks like fun! Penn & Teller worked with the team who
created The Play That Goes Wrong to create Magic Goes Wrong."

<https://www.comedy.co.uk/live/features/penn-and-teller-discuss-magic-goes-wrong/>

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Animals Laugh Too: UCLA Study Finds Laughter in 65 Species, from Rats to Cows

Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:40:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.openculture.com/2022/01/animals-laugh-too-ucla-study-finds-laughter-in-65-species-from-rats-to-cows.html>

"Every pet owner knows that animals love to play, but laughter seems reserved
for humans, a few apes, and maybe a few birds good at mimicking humans and
apes. As it turns out, according to a new article published in the journal

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Scientists call for a moratorium on climate change research until governments take real action

Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:40:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/scientists-call-for-a-moratorium-on-climate-change-research-until-governments-take-real-action-172690>

"Decades of scientific evidence demonstrate unequivocally that human activities
jeopardise life on Earth. Dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate
system compounds many other drivers of global change.

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ARC grants: if Australia wants to tackle the biggest issues, politicians need to stop meddling with basic research

Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:41:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/arc-grants-if-australia-wants-to-tackle-the-biggest-issues-politicians-need-to-stop-meddling-with-basic-research-174607>

"In countries like Denmark and Germany, gifts are given on Christmas Eve,
rather than Christmas morning. Likewise, on Christmas Eve 2021, 587 groups of
researchers at universities around Australia received a festive gift from the

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A New Marine Protected Area to Protect Biodiversity and Coral Habitat Around Saint Martin’s Island in Bangladesh

Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:43:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://newsroom.wcs.org/News-Releases/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/17095/A-New-Marine-Protected-Area-to-Protect-Biodiversity-and-Coral-Habitat-Around-Saint-Martins-Island-in-Bangladesh.aspx>

"The Government of Bangladesh has declared a new marine protected area (MPA)
spanning 1,743 square kilometers (672 square miles) around Saint Martin’s
Island, a region which represents 1.5 percent of Bangladesh’s exclusive

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Domestic Workers in Lebanon Are Making a Dramatic Escape

Mon, 17 Jan 2022 05:41:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/ethiopian-domestic-workers-lebanon-escape/>

"Migrant workers are excluded from the Lebanese labor law. They can’t find a
new job without their current employer’s consent, and “face highly exploitative
working conditions, akin to modern-day slavery,” according to the ILO. In

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Australia commits to $3.5 billion tank purchase from the US

Mon, 17 Jan 2022 05:44:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-commits-to-3-5-billion-tank-purchase-from-the-us-20220109-p59mub.html>

"Australia has locked in its purchase of more than 120 tanks and other armoured
vehicles from the United States, at a cost of $3.5 billion, as part of a major
upgrade of the army’s fleet.

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Healthy humans drive the economy: we’re now witnessing one of the worst public policy failures in Australia’s history

Mon, 17 Jan 2022 05:45:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/healthy-humans-drive-the-economy-were-now-witnessing-one-of-the-worst-public-policy-failures-in-australias-history-174606>

"Australians are getting a stark reminder about how value is actually created
in an economy, and how supply chains truly work.

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How Australia’s handling of Djokovic exposed its flawed immigration system to the world

Mon, 17 Jan 2022 05:47:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jan/12/how-australias-handling-of-djokovic-exposed-its-flawed-immigration-system-to-the-world>

"Novak Djokovic has claimed victory in one court, and is back on one more
familiar.

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Magawa, the landmine-sniffing hero rat, dies aged eight

Mon, 17 Jan 2022 05:49:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-59951255

"Magawa, the famous mine-clearing rat who was awarded a gold medal for his
heroism, has died at the age of eight.

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Artificial Intelligence Can Now Craft Original Jokes—And That’s No Laughing Matter

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:10:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://time.com/6132544/artificial-intelligence-humor/

"Don’t you hate it,” says Jon the Robot, gesturing with tiny articulated arms
at an expectant crowd, “when you’re trying to solve inverse kinematics
equations to pick up a cup and then you get ‘Error 453, no solution found’?”

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Why not a four-day workweek?

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:12:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.computerworld.com/article/3646592/why-not-a-four-day-work-week.html>

"Today, many of us think of the five-day workweek as being the way things have
always been done. It’s not. It only became a standard in the United States when
the labor unions got the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) passed in 1938. Before

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My wife had long Covid and killed herself. We must help others who are suffering

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:13:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/12/long-covid-wife-suicide-give-others-hope>

"My wife, Heidi, took her own life after a 13-month battle with long Covid that
started as a mostly asymptomatic coronavirus infection. Long Covid took her
from one of the healthiest, most vibrant people I’ve ever known to a person so

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Caravan Palace - Lone Digger (Live)

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:14:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlxn5YCMRVo

"Recorded in Dec 2021 @ Stereolux in Nantes, France"

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They live for a century and clean our rivers - but freshwater mussels are dying in droves

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:46:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/they-live-for-a-century-and-clean-our-rivers-but-freshwater-mussels-are-dying-in-droves-164567>

"Freshwater mussels are dying suddenly and in the thousands, with each mass
death event bringing these endangered molluscs closer to extinction.
Tragically, these events rarely get noticed.

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‘Disappointment and disbelief’ after Morrison government vetoes research into student climate activism

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:48:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/disappointment-and-disbelief-after-morrison-government-vetoes-research-into-student-climate-activism-174699>

"Between 2019 and early 2021, we developed a research proposal asking for
funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The project was to
investigate the mass student climate action movement and its relationship to

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A short history of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy – an indelible reminder of unceded sovereignty

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:48:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-short-history-of-the-aboriginal-tent-embassy-an-indelible-reminder-of-unceded-sovereignty-174693>

"Often people think about the Aboriginal Tent Embassy as something historic,
dating back to the 1970s. But it should also be thought of as a site of the
longest protest for Indigenous land rights, sovereignty and self-determination

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Australia matches its hottest day on record as Western Australia town hits 50.7C

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:50:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/13/hottest-day-on-record-in-parts-of-western-australia-as-temperature-reaches-50c>

"Australia has matched its hottest ever reliably recorded temperature, with
Onslow airport near the remote West Australian town of Onslow registering 50.7C
(123.3F)

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How one NASA image tells dozens of stories

Thu, 20 Jan 2022 06:04:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYGd-llxHJE

"In 2016, NASA used the Suomi NPP weather satellite to create a high resolution
image of the earth at night. It can help us better understand the current
developments and conflicts underway.

(More...)

Another Benefit To EVs: No Dead Weights Added To The Car

Thu, 20 Jan 2022 06:05:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://cleantechnica.com/2022/01/13/another-benefit-to-evs-no-dead-weights-added-to-the-car/>

"It doesn’t matter how long you’re into cars, there’s always something new to
learn. Recently, I learned why some cars seem to have what appears to be
worthless dead weight built in. It turns out that that sometimes, there’s good

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Southern Africa’s Namaqualand daisies are flowering earlier: why it’s a red flag

Thu, 20 Jan 2022 06:07:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/southern-africas-namaqualand-daisies-are-flowering-earlier-why-its-a-red-flag-174724>

"In late August each year, the normally barren landscape of the Namaqualand,
along the western boundary of South Africa, is transformed into a vista of
brightly coloured daisies as far as the eye can see. The flowering of the

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Fire management in Australia has reached a crossroads and ‘business as usual’ won’t cut it

Thu, 20 Jan 2022 06:08:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/fire-management-in-australia-has-reached-a-crossroads-and-business-as-usual-wont-cut-it-174696>

"The current wet conditions delivered by La Niña may have caused widespread
flooding, but they’ve also provided a reprieve from the threat of bushfires in
southeastern Australia. This is an ideal time to consider how we prepare for

(More...)

Tabletop Simulator’s Steam Reviews Descend Into Culture War Nightmare Factory

Fri, 21 Jan 2022 06:00:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.kotaku.com.au/2022/01/tabletop-simulators-steam-reviews-descend-into-culture-war-nightmare-factory/>

"It feels like familiar territory. A community moderator for the video game
Tabletop Simulator handed out temporary and permanent bans for talking about
queerness in the game’s global text chat and Discord. This upset a portion of

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Stray Cats Save Osaka Restaurant from Going Out of Business During Pandemic

Fri, 21 Jan 2022 06:02:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.spoon-tamago.com/2022/01/13/diorama-restaurant-stray-cats/

"Railway model enthusiast Naoki Teraoka has operated miniature model-themed
ramen restaurants and eateries in Japan since 2005. His latest was the Diorama
Restaurant in Osaka, which he opened in 2018. But when the global pandemic

(More...)

Why the volcanic eruption in Tonga was so violent, and what to expect next

Fri, 21 Jan 2022 06:04:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-the-volcanic-eruption-in-tonga-was-so-violent-and-what-to-expect-next-175035>

"The Kingdom of Tonga doesn’t often attract global attention, but a violent
eruption of an underwater volcano on January 15 has spread shock waves, quite
literally, around half the world.

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Will climate change spell the end of coastal living as we know it?

Fri, 21 Jan 2022 06:05:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-17/will-climate-change-put-an-end-to-coastal-living/100504100>

"When Chris Rogers returned to the NSW Central Coast after a stint living
overseas, he was eager to embrace the quintessential Australian lifestyle — a
home where his kids could swim in the ocean whenever they liked and he could

(More...)

Andrew Odlyzko: Recent Papers on Technology and Financial Manias

Sat, 22 Jan 2022 05:41:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.dtc.umn.edu/~odlyzko/doc/bubbles.html

"Enclosed is a notice of my latest paper on technology and financial manias. As
there is currently much concern about the possible instability of the financial
system that might lead to a crash, given elevated valuations, unprecedented

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This WA town just topped 50℃ – a dangerous temperature many Australians will have to get used to

Sat, 22 Jan 2022 05:42:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/this-wa-town-just-topped-50-a-dangerous-temperature-many-australians-will-have-to-get-used-to-174909>

"While Australians are used to summer heat, most of us only have to endure the
occasional day over 40℃.

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Look around you. The way we live explains why we are increasingly polarized

Sat, 22 Jan 2022 05:43:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/global/2022/jan/16/look-around-you-why-increasingly-polarized>

"The border’s like our back door,” a concrete salesman named Chris told me in
January 2017. “You leave it open, and anyone can walk right in.” It was the day
of Trump’s presidential inauguration, and we were chatting on the exhibition

(More...)

‘Our community is small, but our spirit is strong’: how art forms the heart of Cobargo’s Black Summer fires recovery

Sat, 22 Jan 2022 05:44:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/our-community-is-small-but-our-spirit-is-strong-how-art-forms-the-heart-of-cobargos-black-summer-fires-recovery-173649>

"On December 31 2019, the catastrophic fires burning across southeastern
Australia reached the small South Coast NSW town of Cobargo in the form of the
Badja Forest Road Fire.

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Russia and the West are at a stalemate over Ukraine. Is Putin’s endgame now war?

Sat, 22 Jan 2022 05:45:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/russia-and-the-west-are-at-a-stalemate-over-ukraine-is-putins-endgame-now-war-174691>

"The flurry of diplomatic activity last week over Russia’s latest military
buildup near Ukraine ended, as expected, with no breakthrough agreement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called it a “dead end”.

(More...)

How Russian is Ukraine? (Clue: not as much as Vladimir Putin insists)

Sun, 23 Jan 2022 05:54:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-russian-is-ukraine-clue-not-as-much-as-vladimir-putin-insists-173758>

"A political pamphlet published in 1762 described a conversation between “Great
Russia” and “Little Russia”. In the exchange, the latter refused to be simply
reduced to part of Great Russia and put forward its own unique history and

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: 5 things I’ve learned curating the MLK Collection at Morehouse College

Sun, 23 Jan 2022 05:55:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/remembering-martin-luther-king-jr-5-things-ive-learned-curating-the-mlk-collection-at-morehouse-college-174839>

"For the past 11 years, civil rights historian Vicki Crawford has worked as the
director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, where she
oversees the archive consisting of iconic sermons, speeches, writings and other

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Economics ripe for a post-pandemic shake up as COVID kills old assumptions

Sun, 23 Jan 2022 05:56:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-17/economics-set-for-post-pandemic-shake-up-covid-19/100756832>

"At its heart, economics is fundamentally the social science of distribution —
who gets what.

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The Tonga volcanic eruption has revealed the vulnerabilities in our global telecommunication system

Sun, 23 Jan 2022 05:56:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-tonga-volcanic-eruption-has-revealed-the-vulnerabilities-in-our-global-telecommunication-system-175048>

"In the wake of a violent volcanic eruption in Tonga, much of the communication
with residents on the islands remains at a standstill. In our modern,
highly-connected world, more than 95% of global data transfer occurs along

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Seeing 1,000 glorious fin whales back from near extinction is a rare glimmer of hope

Sun, 23 Jan 2022 05:57:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/17/glorious-fin-whales-extinction-hope-antarctic-peninsular>

"Good news doesn’t get any more in-your-face than this. One thousand fin
whales, one of the world’s biggest animals, were seen last week swimming in the
same seas in which they were driven to near-extinction last century due to

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Who are the ‘Original Sovereigns’ who were camped out at Old Parliament House and what are their aims?

Mon, 24 Jan 2022 05:02:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/who-are-the-original-sovereigns-who-were-camped-out-at-old-parliament-house-and-what-are-their-aims-174694>

"The politics swirling around Canberra’s Aboriginal Tent Embassy – set up on
the lawns opposite Old Parliament House 50 years ago – have always been
complex.

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How Norway Popularized an Ultra-Sustainable Heating Method

Mon, 24 Jan 2022 05:04:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/heat-pumps-norway-efficiency-emissions/>

"While heat pumps are yet to become widespread globally, Hagemoen says they
offer several benefits compared with traditional heating. Low maintenance and
cheap to run, they work as both a heating and cooling system, and have a very

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Sportswashing: how mining and energy companies sponsor your favourite sports to help clean up their image

Mon, 24 Jan 2022 05:05:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/sportswashing-how-mining-and-energy-companies-sponsor-your-favourite-sports-to-help-clean-up-their-image-173589>

"Fossil fuel and carbon-intensive industries have an image problem. As
awareness of their environmental impact grows, energy and mining companies in
particular are desperate to maintain control over spiralling levels of public

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Greece to step up Parthenon marbles pressure amid signs tide is turning

Mon, 24 Jan 2022 05:06:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jan/18/parthenon-sculptures-greece-pressure-british-museum>

"Greece has vowed to intensify its campaign for the reunification of the
Parthenon sculptures amid “optimistic” signs that British public opinion has
shifted markedly in favour of returning the prized “Elgin” marbles to Athens.

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The Medieval Queens Whose Daring, Murderous Reigns Were Quickly Forgotten

Mon, 24 Jan 2022 05:08:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/medieval-queens-daring-reigns-quickly-forgotten-180979246/>

"The ghosts of these two Frankish queens are everywhere. During their
lifetimes, they grabbed power and hung on to it; they convinced warriors,
landowners and farmers to support them, and enemies to back down. But as with

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Greenland permanently bans all oil and gas exploration

Tue, 25 Jan 2022 05:55:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.optimistdaily.com/2021/12/greenland-permanently-bans-all-oil-and-gas-exploration/>

"In exciting news for the planet and environmentalists, Greenland has announced
it is permanently halting all new oil and gas exploration in the country.

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Want Drastic Climate Action? Maybe It’s Time to Sue the Government

Tue, 25 Jan 2022 05:56:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/want-drastic-climate-action-maybe-its-time-to-sue-the-government/>

"In the fall of 2020, Rosmarie Wydler-Wälti boarded a white Greenpeace boat,
the Beluga, in Basel, Switzerland, and rode it down the Rhine River to the
European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. The 71-year-old educator

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With This Company’s Support, Women Are Escaping Their Abusers

Tue, 25 Jan 2022 05:57:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/magalu-brazil-domestic-violence-help-employees/>

"After nearly 10 years of harassment, threats and beatings from her husband —
including a blow to the head while she was holding their then one-year-old
daughter — Adriana (not her real name) finally mustered up the courage to take

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Daniel Radcliffe to star in Weird Al Yankovic biopic

Tue, 25 Jan 2022 06:00:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jan/18/daniel-radcliffe-to-star-in-weird-al-yankovic-biopic>

"If you thought future generations would remember Daniel Radcliffe for Harry
Potter, then think again. According to “Weird Al” Yankovic, a forthcoming
biopic starring Radcliffe as the cult hero behind comical spoof versions of

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A robot is killing weeds by zapping them with electricity

Wed, 26 Jan 2022 05:04:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/09/tech/robot-zaps-weeds-spc-intl/

"London (CNN Business)On a field in England, three robots have been given a
mission: to find and zap weeds with electricity before planting seeds in the
cleared soil.

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Leaf oysters: the unsung heroes of estuaries are disappearing, and we know almost nothing about them

Wed, 26 Jan 2022 05:05:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/leaf-oysters-the-unsung-heroes-of-estuaries-are-disappearing-and-we-know-almost-nothing-about-them-164330>

"Camouflaged by a layer of silty mud, most people probably wouldn’t notice the
large flat oysters lurking beneath shallow water in Australia’s coastal
estuaries. These are remarkable “leaf oysters”, and they can form reefs,

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What a disaster: federal government slashes COVID payment when people need it most

Wed, 26 Jan 2022 05:06:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-a-disaster-federal-government-slashes-covid-payment-when-people-need-it-most-175146>

"With Australia’s official COVID-19 infection numbers topping 100,000 a day,
the federal government has slashed its last remaining pandemic support payment.

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Totally Bogus DMCA Takedowns From Giant Publishers Completely Nuke Book Review Blog Off The Internet

Wed, 26 Jan 2022 05:08:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20220119/22530648321/totally-bogus-dmca-takedowns-giant-publishers-completely-nuke-book-review-blog-off-internet.shtml>

"Just as we're in the midst of a Greenhouse series all about SOPA, copyright
industry lobbyists, and former copyright industry lawyers now running the
Copyright Office are conspiring to make copyright law worse and to favor

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2021 was one of the hottest years on record – and it could also be the coldest we’ll ever see again

Wed, 26 Jan 2022 05:08:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/2021-was-one-of-the-hottest-years-on-record-and-it-could-also-be-the-coldest-well-ever-see-again-175238>

"Well, it’s official: 2021 was one of the planet’s seven hottest years since
records began, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) declared this week.
The year was about 1.11℃ above pre-industrial levels – the seventh year in a

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