Glass Wings Blog: May 2022

The antitrust case against gig companies

Sun, 1 May 2022 18:15:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://doctorow.medium.com/the-antitrust-case-against-gig-companies-cfc2d0a744dd>

"When we think of antitrust law, we usually focus on the way dominant companies
abuse their customers: raising prices, lowering quality, locking us in. But a
neglected — and powerful — aspect of antitrust is its prohibition on “vertical

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Ukrainian teens’ voices from the middle of war: ‘You begin to appreciate what was common and boring for you’

Sun, 1 May 2022 18:16:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ukrainian-teens-voices-from-the-middle-of-war-you-begin-to-appreciate-what-was-common-and-boring-for-you-180937>

"A colleague from Kyiv, Ukraine, whom I’ll call N.M., sent me brief essays her
students wrote on what they would do when the war ends. As both a scholar and a
novelist, I knew that these voices, which expressed a beautifully

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‘Impulsive psychopaths like crypto’: research shows how ‘dark’ personality traits affect Bitcoin enthusiasm

Sun, 1 May 2022 18:17:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/impulsive-psychopaths-like-crypto-research-shows-how-dark-personality-traits-affect-bitcoin-enthusiasm-180782>

"Since the invention of Bitcoin in 2009 the global cryptocurrency market has
grown from nothing to a value of around US$2 trillion. From a price of US$1 in
2011, Bitcoin rose to an all-time high of more than US$63,000 in April 2021,

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From CODA to Hawkeye, the surge of sign languages on screen is a sign of better things to come for the Deaf community

Sun, 1 May 2022 18:17:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/from-coda-to-hawkeye-the-surge-of-sign-languages-on-screen-is-a-sign-of-better-things-to-come-for-the-deaf-community-180304>

"When Troy Kotsur was awarded Best Supporting Actor at the recent Academy
Awards, he dedicated his win to the Deaf community. CODA went on to win Best
Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, making it a major step forward for the

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A Real-Life ‘Queen’s Gambit’—the Brazilian Maid Who Became a Chess Champ

Mon, 2 May 2022 07:24:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/queens-gambit-brazil-maid-chess-champ-11645547071>

"MACAÍBA, Brazil—Cibele Florêncio was just 24 when she was crowned
vice-champion at a national chess tournament in Brazil last year, no mean feat
given she was spending up to 12 hours a day cleaning houses.

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Climate change is killing off soil organisms critical for some of Earth’s ecosystems

Mon, 2 May 2022 07:30:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.science.org/content/article/climate-change-killing-soil-organisms-critical-some-earth-s-ecosystems>

"Just as our skin is key to our well-being, the “skin” covering desert soils is
essential to life in dry places. This “biocrust,” made up of fungi, lichens,
mosses, blue-green algae, and other microbes, retains water and produces

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Do you shop for second-hand clothes? You’re likely to be more stylish

Mon, 2 May 2022 07:31:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/do-you-shop-for-second-hand-clothes-youre-likely-to-be-more-stylish-180028>

"Not only is second-hand shopping good for the planet and your wallet, our new
research finds the more style-conscious you are, the more likely you are to
shop for second-hand clothes and accessories.

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Electrifying homes to slow climate change: 4 essential reads

Mon, 2 May 2022 07:32:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/electrifying-homes-to-slow-climate-change-4-essential-reads-181041>

"The latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change show
that to avoid massive losses and damage from global warming, nations must act
quickly to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The good news is that experts

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Increase in atmospheric methane set another record during 2021

Mon, 2 May 2022 18:08:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.climate.gov/news-features/feed/increase-atmospheric-methane-set-another-record-during-2021>

"For the second year in a row, NOAA scientists observed a record annual
increase in atmospheric levels of methane, a powerful, heat-trapping greenhouse
gas that’s the second biggest contributor to human-caused global warming after

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A dictator's son runs for Philippines president in a bid to revive his family's power

Mon, 2 May 2022 18:09:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2022/04/12/1090802987/philippines-elections-ferdinand-bongbong-marcos-junior>

"History could come full circle in the Philippines next month.

Decades after dictator Ferdinand Marcos was ousted in a popular uprising that

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The Black Ferns review shows – again – why real change in women’s high performance sport is urgently overdue

Mon, 2 May 2022 18:10:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-black-ferns-review-shows-again-why-real-change-in-womens-high-performance-sport-is-urgently-overdue-181144>

"New Zealand Rugby’s just released report into the culture of the Black Ferns
national women’s team is damning, but sadly all too familiar.

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Did the Morrison government really prevent 40,000 COVID deaths? A health economist checks claims against facts

Mon, 2 May 2022 18:11:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/did-the-morrison-government-really-prevent-40-000-covid-deaths-a-health-economist-checks-claims-against-facts-181052>

"As an opening gambit to his re-election campaign, Prime Minister Scott
Morrison claimed his handling of the pandemic had saved 40,000 lives. This
figure compares Australia over 2020 and 2021 with an average derived across

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A series of patent lawsuits is challenging the history of malware detection

Tue, 3 May 2022 06:05:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/12/22985527/webroot-opentext-patent-troll-lawsuit-malware-detection-endpoint-security>

"In early March, cybersecurity firm Webroot and its parent company OpenText
launched a series of patent litigation containing some eye-opening claims.
Filed March 4th in the famously patentholder-friendly Western District of Texas

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Former Hertz Employee Says Company Is Outsourcing Its Collection Efforts To Law Enforcement

Tue, 3 May 2022 06:06:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2022/04/12/former-hertz-employee-says-company-is-outsourcing-its-collection-efforts-to-law-enforcement/>

"Rental car company Hertz has put the “hurt” back in, um, “Hertz.” The company
recently declared itself bankrupt, something that presumably only referred to
its balance sheet.

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Long COVID affects 1 in 5 people following infection. Vaccination, masks and better indoor air are our best protections

Tue, 3 May 2022 06:07:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/long-covid-affects-1-in-5-people-following-infection-vaccination-masks-and-better-indoor-air-are-our-best-protections-180668>

"Many patients recover from COVID within a week or two, but at least one in
five experience persistent or new symptoms more than four weeks after first
being diagnosed.

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To make our wardrobes sustainable, we must cut how many new clothes we buy by 75%

Tue, 3 May 2022 06:08:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/to-make-our-wardrobes-sustainable-we-must-cut-how-many-new-clothes-we-buy-by-75-179569>

"If things don’t change fast, the fashion industry could use a quarter of the
world’s remaining global carbon budget to keep warming under 2℃ by 2050, and
use 35% more land to produce fibres by 2030.

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Depressing: Ed Sheeran Films Songwriting Sessions Due To All The Copyright Suits

Tue, 3 May 2022 18:57:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2022/04/12/depressing-ed-sheeren-films-songwriting-sessions-due-to-all-the-copyright-suits/>

"Ed Sheeran has made it onto Techdirt’s radar many, many times. What started as
his reasonable views on how “piracy” actually kickstarted his career has
unfortunately turned into several posts on how he’s been targeted himself or

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Time to remove vaccine mandates? Not so fast – it could have unintended consequences

Tue, 3 May 2022 18:58:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/time-to-remove-vaccine-mandates-not-so-fast-it-could-have-unintended-consequences-180781>

"Several Australian states have used mandates to drive up COVID vaccination
rates. Governments justified the mandates on the basis of preventing the spread
of disease and protecting the vulnerable.

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The Final Pandemic Betrayal

Tue, 3 May 2022 18:59:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2022/04/us-1-million-covid-death-rate-grief/629537/>

"The number of people who have died of COVID-19 in the United States has always
been undercounted because such counts rely on often-inaccurate death
certificates. But the total, as the CDC and other official sources suggest,

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18,000 Years Ago, The 'Zealandia Switch' Decimated Earth's Glaciers. Has It Returned?

Tue, 3 May 2022 19:00:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/18-000-years-ago-the-zealandia-switch-decimated-earth-s-glaciers-has-it-returned>

"Earlier this month, we wrapped up the latest annual end-of-summer snowline
survey over New Zealand's South Island (Te Waipounamu), providing a birdseye
view of how glaciers fared during the past year.

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John Oliver Tries To Scare DC Into Doing Something About The Privacy Dumpster Fire That Is Adtech

Wed, 4 May 2022 05:47:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2022/04/12/john-oliver-tries-to-scare-dc-into-doing-something-about-the-privacy-dumpster-fire-that-is-adtech/>

"We’ve noted for years that the adtech sector is a convoluted, unregulated
hellscape, where consumer data is bought and sold with nothing remotely close
to competent oversight. The end result is just about what you’d expect: a

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Animated Series

Wed, 4 May 2022 05:48:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jyz2pVqrEkI

"What if Filmation had made episodes of The Next Generation?"

Via Muse, who wrote "HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEH!!! And they even use the old Filmation

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Robots are creating images and telling jokes. 5 things to know about foundation models and the next generation of AI

Wed, 4 May 2022 05:49:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/robots-are-creating-images-and-telling-jokes-5-things-to-know-about-foundation-models-and-the-next-generation-of-ai-181150>

"If you’ve seen photos of a teapot shaped like an avocado or read a
well-written article that veers off on slightly weird tangents, you may have
been exposed to a new trend in artificial intelligence (AI).

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The FLYING electric taxi that costs as much as an Uber! Vertical VX4 eVTOL

Wed, 4 May 2022 05:50:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97z4M8ldUfg

"Ten years ago flying taxis would have been the stuff of science fiction. Today
we inch closer to seeing flying taxis become an affordable reality. Robert
joined the Vertical Aerospace team for a world first close inspection of the

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Honda’s Chili-Flavored Wire Wrap Could Save Your Car From a Rodent Invasion

Wed, 4 May 2022 18:56:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thedrive.com/tech/33236/hondas-chili-flavored-wire-wrap-could-save-your-car-from-a-rodent-invasion>

"Honda knows that complex problems require creative solutions, which is why its
parts catalog includes everything from engine blocks to branded coolers with
padded lids that double as tailgating seats. Other items, however, such rodent

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How Sweden Sends Just 1% of Its Trash to Landfills

Wed, 4 May 2022 18:57:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/waste-to-energy-sweden-power-plants/

"In the vast majority of countries, landfills are growing at an unsustainable
rate. According to the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), 40 percent
of worldwide waste ends up in open, uncontrolled dumpsites. As many as 38 of

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India’s Inadvertent Missile Launch Underscores the Risk of Accidental Nuclear Warfare

Wed, 4 May 2022 18:58:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/indias-inadvertent-missile-launch-underscores-the-risk-of-accidental-nuclear-warfare/>

"Last month, while most of the world focused on the war in Ukraine and worried
that a beleaguered Russian leadership might resort to nuclear weapons, thus
escalating the conflict into a direct war with the U.S.-led NATO nuclear-armed

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Frozen sperm and assisted reproduction: time to pull out all stops to save the endangered koala

Wed, 4 May 2022 18:59:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/frozen-sperm-and-assisted-reproduction-time-to-pull-out-all-stops-to-save-the-endangered-koala-179368>

"Australia’s wildlife was hit hard by the 2019-20 Black Summer megafires.

Amongst the casualties were our iconic tree-dwelling koalas, with an estimated

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CFP Tokyo Documentary Film Festival 2022

Wed, 4 May 2022 19:10:52 +0900

yoshida yukihiko <yukihikoyo [at] gmail.com>

yoshida yukihiko
Here is Tokyo Documentary Film Festival 2022.

Warm Regards,
Yukihiko YOSHIDA
https://keio.academia.edu/YukihikoYoshida

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How a Homeless Shelter in a School Paid Off in the Classroom

Thu, 5 May 2022 05:18:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/school-homeless-shelter-san-francisco/

"The idea of optimizing school district property for evening and weekend use
isn’t new, but Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School (BVHM, for short)
appears to be the first modern public elementary school to have hosted a

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Digital Visual Communication for Public Health: Design Proposal for a Vaccinated Emoji

Thu, 5 May 2022 05:19:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.jmir.org/2022/4/e35786

"In the 21st century, the internet and particularly social media have become
essential platforms for the spread of health information (including
misinformation and disinformation). One of the distinguishing features of

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Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid

Thu, 5 May 2022 05:22:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/05/social-media-democracy-trust-babel/629369/>

"The story of Babel is the best metaphor I have found for what happened to
America in the 2010s, and for the fractured country we now inhabit. Something
went terribly wrong, very suddenly. We are disoriented, unable to speak the

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‘The lunacy is getting more intense’: how Birds Aren’t Real took on the conspiracy theorists

Thu, 5 May 2022 05:23:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/apr/14/the-lunacy-is-getting-more-intense-how-birds-arent-real-took-on-the-conspiracy-theorists>

"It’s the most perfect, playful distillation of where we are in relation to the
media landscape we’ve built but can’t control, and which only half of us can
find our way around. It’s a made-up conspiracy theory that is just realistic

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Sing Sing Sing 2021 KYOTO TACHIBANA SHS BAND

Thu, 5 May 2022 20:36:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=souj-xWs7xs

"2021.12.27心の絆コンサートから
2021-12-27 From The Heart Band Concert"

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‘I always have trouble with forms’: homeless people on how poor literacy affects them – and what would help

Thu, 5 May 2022 20:37:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/i-always-have-trouble-with-forms-homeless-people-on-how-poor-literacy-affects-them-and-what-would-help-180784>

"Homelessness remains a huge problem in Australia and an important contributing
factor is low literacy levels.

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Cables: A Pandemic Love Story

Thu, 5 May 2022 20:38:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.ifixit.com/News/58782/cables-pandemic-love-story

"These last two years made me appreciate some nearly forgotten things. Long dog
walks, board game night, reading an actual book: all pleasant rediscoveries in
rough times. Maybe the most significant re-acquaintance is something that never

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Maniac // Michael Sembello // POMPLAMOOSE

Thu, 5 May 2022 20:38:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mfwbkWJP8o

"Been on a Michael Sembello trip ever since covering Maniac. What a weird,
ingenious composition!"

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Thawing permafrost is roiling the Arctic landscape, driven by a hidden world of changes beneath the surface as the climate warms

Fri, 6 May 2022 05:40:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/thawing-permafrost-is-roiling-the-arctic-landscape-driven-by-a-hidden-world-of-changes-beneath-the-surface-as-the-climate-warms-174157>

"Across the Arctic, strange things are happening to the landscape.

Massive lakes, several square miles in size, have disappeared in the span of a

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Ukraine produced a lot of grain – can farmers elsewhere replace the crops lost to war?

Fri, 6 May 2022 05:41:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ukraine-produced-a-lot-of-grain-can-farmers-elsewhere-replace-the-crops-lost-to-war-180380>

"Ukraine and Russia produce a substantial amount of grain and other food for
export. Ukraine alone produces a whopping 6% of all food calories traded in the
international market. At least it used to, before it was invaded by the world’s

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What’s happening in Sri Lanka and how did the economic crisis start?

Fri, 6 May 2022 05:41:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/whats-happening-in-sri-lanka-and-how-did-the-economic-crisis-start-181060>

"The island nation of Sri Lanka is in the midst of one of the worst economic
crises it’s ever seen. It has just defaulted on its foreign debts for the first
time since its independence, and the country’s 22 million people are facing

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Local knowledge adds value to mapping flood risk in South Africa’s informal settlements

Fri, 6 May 2022 05:42:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/local-knowledge-adds-value-to-mapping-flood-risk-in-south-africas-informal-settlements-181304>

"The current flooding in South Africa’s coastal city of Durban is dire and
reports indicate that hundreds of people have died and thousands directly
affected. Several months’ worth of rainfall have fallen in a day or so, and the

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Africa’s large aquatic animals are being hunted and traded: we assessed the scale

Fri, 6 May 2022 19:10:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/africas-large-aquatic-animals-are-being-hunted-and-traded-we-assessed-the-scale-179972>

"Across most of the world, and particularly in the tropics and subtropics,
large wild aquatic animals – such as manatees, turtles and dolphins – are being
hunted and traded. This is not a new phenomenon. Aquatic animal meat has been

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The Kids And Their Algo Speak Show Why All Your Easy Fixes To Content Moderation Questions Are Wrong

Fri, 6 May 2022 19:11:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2022/04/14/the-kids-and-their-algo-speak-show-why-all-your-easy-fixes-to-content-moderation-questions-are-wrong/>

"Last month at SXSW, I was talking to someone who explained that they kept
seeing people use the term “Unalive” on TikTok as a way of getting around the
automated content moderation filter that would downrank or block posts that

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Mount Kosciuszko: how Australia’s highest peak came to be named for a freedom fighter against Russian aggression

Fri, 6 May 2022 19:12:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/mount-kosciuszko-how-australias-highest-peak-came-to-be-named-for-a-freedom-fighter-against-russian-aggression-180578>

"Most Australians could name this country’s tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko.
But how many could tell you where it got its name?

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Listen to the Albert’s lyrebird: the best performer you’ve never heard of

Fri, 6 May 2022 19:13:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/listen-to-the-alberts-lyrebird-the-best-performer-youve-never-heard-of-177627>

"Mention the superb lyrebird, and you’ll probably hear comments on their
uncanny mimicry of human sounds, their presence on the 10 cent coin, and their
stunning tail. Far less known – but equally, if not more, impressive – is the

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Our food system isn't ready for the climate crisis

Sat, 7 May 2022 05:55:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/food/ng-interactive/2022/apr/14/climate-crisis-food-systems-not-ready-biodiversity>

"The climate breakdown is already threatening many of our favorite foods. In
Asia, rice fields are being flooded with saltwater; cyclones have wiped out
vanilla crops in Madagascar; in Central America higher temperatures ripen

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Microsoft Tried To Cozy Up To Newspaper Publishers… Who Are Now Claiming Microsoft Is Trying To Stiff Them

Sat, 7 May 2022 05:58:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2022/04/15/microsoft-tried-to-cozy-up-to-newspaper-publishers-who-are-now-claiming-microsoft-is-trying-to-stiff-them/>

"The reason why Microsoft was happy to throw the entire Web under a bus became
clear later in the post:

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Climate change: Key UN finding widely misinterpreted

Sat, 7 May 2022 06:00:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-61110406

'A key finding in the latest IPCC climate report has been widely
misinterpreted, according to scientists involved in the study.

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Kebu - Super Troopers (Live Online bonus track)

Sat, 7 May 2022 06:01:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZbMNB2cslU

"This version of the song was recorded live at the venue in three takes and the
best parts were edited together in order to get good video and audio. The  song
was performed using only analog synthesizers and analog drum machines, with the

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The Ingenious Ship That Will Revolutionise The World

Sat, 7 May 2022 19:25:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/predict/the-ingenious-ship-that-will-revolutionise-the-world-3dec5196bf92>

"We typically picture a massive rusty container ship plodding around the ocean
when we think of ships. These slow, inefficient behemoths spit out around 940
million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, not to mention the horrific impact

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Over 1,000 scientists from around the world take to the streets in week-long climate protests

Sat, 7 May 2022 19:28:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/climate-change/3270236-over-1000-scientists-from-around-the-world-take-to-the-streets-in-week-long-climate-protests/>

"The protest came after a report from the UN stated humanity only has three
more years to curb greenhouse gas emissions and avoid climate-related
disasters."

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How to turn a school around with love: ‘People are so very grateful that we care’

Sat, 7 May 2022 19:29:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/apr/16/leeds-pimary-school-parklands-chris-dyson-interview>

"Every child deserves an ice-cream. It’s a strange opening remark from a
primary headteacher, but then Chris Dyson is an unusual man, a big-hearted
softie with a daft sense of fun – at least, that’s how pupils describe him.

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Making a mechanical whale - Short Version

Sun, 8 May 2022 05:23:48 +1000

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

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

'I've named him Wooden Migaloo after the albino humpback whale often seen on
the coasts of Australia. Migaloo is an Aboriginal word meaning "white boy".

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Why do peace talks fail? A negotiation expert answers 5 questions about the slim chances for a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine

Sun, 8 May 2022 05:24:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-do-peace-talks-fail-a-negotiation-expert-answers-5-questions-about-the-slim-chances-for-a-peace-deal-between-russia-and-ukraine-180392>

"Ukraine and Russia have held intermittent peace talks since the end of
February 2022, just days after Russia first launched a war.

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Rich countries are illegally exporting plastic trash to poor countries, data suggests

Sun, 8 May 2022 05:25:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://grist.org/accountability/rich-countries-illegally-exporting-plastic-trash/>

"At the beginning of last year, 187 countries took steps to limit the export of
plastic trash from wealthy to developing countries. It’s not working as well as
they hoped.

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There Are Two Types of Narcissist, And The Difference Is Crucial, Research Shows

Sun, 8 May 2022 05:27:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/there-are-actually-two-types-of-narcissist-and-the-difference-is-crucial-researcher-shows>

"In a time when flaunting your best self on social media has become a norm,
narcissistic traits seem to be everywhere.

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Overland Partners designs binational park "as a prototype for border cities"

Sun, 8 May 2022 18:02:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.dezeen.com/2022/03/09/binational-border-park-overland-partners-laredo-texas/>

'San Antonio-based firm Overland Partners has released plans for a binational
border park between Mexico and the United States that will be built along the
Rio Grande.

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Market with a mission: non-profit grocery stores help heal ‘food deserts’

Sun, 8 May 2022 18:04:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/03/non-profit-grocery-store-food-desert-texas>

"When Mickey Henry wants bread or ice-cream, aspirin or even a cut of meat, he
rolls up to Jubilee Market, nine blocks away from his house. For the
70-year-old retired truck driver, who survives on social security and

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Combined power of two telescopes is helping crack the mystery of eerie rings in the sky

Sun, 8 May 2022 18:05:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/combined-power-of-two-telescopes-is-helping-crack-the-mystery-of-eerie-rings-in-the-sky-180595>

"When astronomers dream of their ideal telescopes, it’s not that different to
what people want from their TVs and computer monitors. Images they produce
should be large and high definition, such as those from the Australian Square

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South African floods wreaked havoc because people are forced to live in disaster prone areas

Sun, 8 May 2022 18:06:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/south-african-floods-wreaked-havoc-because-people-are-forced-to-live-in-disaster-prone-areas-181309>

"Rapid urbanisation and government failure to deliver adequate housing are
among the driving forces behind the proliferation of informal settlements
across South African cities and towns. These informal settlements are notorious

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Ancestral Homeland Returned to Rappahannock Tribe After More Than 350 Years

Mon, 9 May 2022 05:25:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancestral-homeland-returned-to-rappahannock-tribe-after-more-than-350-years-180979863/>

"More than 350 years after English settlers drove the Rappahannock out of what
is now eastern Virginia, the Native American tribe has reacquired 465 acres of
its ancestral homeland.

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The biggest risk to the global economy no one is talking about

Mon, 9 May 2022 05:26:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://edition.cnn.com/2022/04/17/economy/stocks-week-ahead/index.html

"Nearly 400 million people across 45 cities in China are under full or partial
lockdown as part of China's strict zero-Covid policy. Together they represent
40%, or $7.2 trillion, of annual gross domestic product for the world's

(More...)

Is it possible to heal the damage we have already done to the Earth?

Mon, 9 May 2022 05:27:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/is-it-possible-to-heal-the-damage-we-have-already-done-to-the-earth-179175>

"Our living planet is incredibly resilient and can heal itself over time. The
problem is that its self-healing systems are very, very slow. The Earth will be
fine, but humans’ problems are more immediate.

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Ukraine crisis raises question: Does food aid go equally to 'Black and white lives'?

Mon, 9 May 2022 05:29:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2022/04/18/1092865694/ukraine-crisis-raises-question-does-food-aid-go-equally-to-black-and-white-lives>

"The head of the World Health Organization has a stark message for the world.
On the one hand, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference last
week, the focus on the victims of Russia's war on Ukraine is entirely justified

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Plant-based patties, lab-grown meat and insects: how the protein industry is innovating to meet demand

Mon, 9 May 2022 05:33:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/plant-based-patties-lab-grown-meat-and-insects-how-the-protein-industry-is-innovating-to-meet-demand-180859>

"As demand for alternative protein sources grows, Australians are increasingly
looking for options that are healthy, sustainable and ethically made.

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Four-day week: 3,000 employees in the UK to take part in the biggest trial of its kind

Mon, 9 May 2022 20:21:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/04/04/four-day-week-3-000-employees-in-the-uk-to-take-part-in-the-biggest-trial-of-its-kind>

"The four-day week seems like it has been coming any day now for years. But for
some 3,000 employees in the UK, it will soon be a reality - at least for six
months.

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India has almost wiped out extreme poverty: International Monetary Fund

Mon, 9 May 2022 20:22:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/india-has-almost-wiped-out-extreme-poverty-imf-101649311909782.html>

"New Delhi: India has almost eradicated extreme poverty and brought down
consumption inequality to its lowest levels in 40 years through state-provided
food handouts, according to a new working paper published by the International

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Past policies have created barriers to voting in remote First Nations communities

Mon, 9 May 2022 20:22:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/past-policies-have-created-barriers-to-voting-in-remote-first-nations-communities-181194>

"The rate of voter participation in federal elections by people living in
remote Indigenous communities has been lower than the national average since
First Nations people were granted the right to vote in 1962. In recent years,

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Few restrictions, no spending limit, and almost no oversight: welcome to political advertising in Australia

Mon, 9 May 2022 20:23:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/few-restrictions-no-spending-limit-and-almost-no-oversight-welcome-to-political-advertising-in-australia-181248>

"So the federal election is on. Billboards are suddenly plastered with party
slogans, campaign ads are all around us, and our social media feeds are flaring
up with political spin.

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The Slime Machine Targeting Dozens of Biden Nominees

Mon, 9 May 2022 20:24:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/news/a-reporter-at-large/the-slime-machine-targeting-dozens-of-biden-nominees>

"During the autos-da-fé that now pass for Supreme Court confirmation hearings
in the U.S. Senate, it’s common for supporters of a nominee to dismiss attacks
from the opposing party as mere partisanship. But, during the recent hearings

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An Emerging Paradigm: Ethno-Religious Nationalism in an Age of Anxiety

Tue, 10 May 2022 05:41:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/religionglobalsociety/2020/07/an-emerging-paradigm-ethno-religious-nationalism-in-an-age-of-anxiety/>

"In an era of fake news and economic stagnation, liberal democracy has wavered
around the world, its ability to convince electorates that progress is
attainable weakened. Populist movements that rail against globalisation have

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Indian Ocean marine parks off Christmas Island and Cocos Islands get the go-ahead

Tue, 10 May 2022 05:42:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-20/two-marine-parks-to-be-set-up-christmas-cocos-islands/100924776>

"Two new marine parks will be established off Christmas Island and Cocos
(Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean.

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Amateur Broken Hill astronomer wins Astronomical Society of Australia award

Tue, 10 May 2022 05:44:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-18/amateur-astronomer-trevor-barry-wins-national-science-award/100996378>

"A Broken Hill amateur astronomer has won a national award for his contribution
to a broad range of planetary science, particularly his work observing Saturn.

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Climate change will transform how we live, but these tech and policy experts see reason for optimism

Tue, 10 May 2022 05:45:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-change-will-transform-how-we-live-but-these-tech-and-policy-experts-see-reason-for-optimism-180961>

"It’s easy to feel pessimistic when scientists around the world are warning
that climate change has advanced so far, it’s now inevitable that societies
will either transform themselves or be transformed. But as two of the authors

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Tiwi Islands offshore gas fight shows public banks are under real pressure over fossil fuel funding

Tue, 10 May 2022 05:46:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/tiwi-islands-offshore-gas-fight-shows-public-banks-are-under-real-pressure-over-fossil-fuel-funding-180956>

"Not so long ago, it was easy for public banks to fund new fossil fuel
projects. But now, as the world faces a worsening climate crisis, the tide may
be turning.

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New Marine Protected Area Isla Ají Safeguards Important Coastal Ecosystems

Tue, 10 May 2022 18:22:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://newsroom.wcs.org/News-Releases/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/17153/New-Marine-Protected-Area-Isla-Aji-Safeguards-Important-Coastal-Ecosystems-English-and-Spanish.aspx>

* Isla Ají MPA, spanning 24,600 hectares (246 square kilometers / 95 square
miles), helps to safeguard local fisheries critically important to
livelihoods and wellbeing of local communities

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Pollutionwatch: wood fires are bad for planet, more evidence shows

Tue, 10 May 2022 18:23:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/25/pollutionwatch-wood-fires-bad-for-planet-more-evidence-shows?CMP=share_btn_tw>

"Danish and Australian research highlights that home wood burning also produces
methane. This is a powerful global heating gas and further skews the balance
away from climate neutrality. Wood burning produces soot too, which adds to

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Vaccines are no match for long Covid. Treating it is science’s next great challenge

Tue, 10 May 2022 18:25:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/16/vaccines-long-covid-science>

"We thought that the number of long Covid cases developing might be lower when
most cases were breakthrough cases in the vaccinated, or infections in
vaccinated or partially vaccinated children. Sadly, far from any subsidence in

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US bans anti-satellite missile tests

Tue, 10 May 2022 18:26:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-61151141

'The United States has become the first country to announce a ban on missile
tests against space satellites.

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Explainer: what are Labor and the Coalition promising on an anti-corruption commission and what is the government’s record?

Tue, 10 May 2022 18:27:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-are-labor-and-the-coalition-promising-on-an-anti-corruption-commission-and-what-is-the-governments-record-180971>

"As the election is looming, the Labor Party has placed integrity issues
prominently on its party platform. Labor leader Anthony Albanese claims the
Morrison government cannot be trusted, and that the only way to restore

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Nepal’s first bird sanctuary takes flight, raising hope for conservation

Wed, 11 May 2022 05:55:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.mongabay.com/2022/03/nepals-first-bird-sanctuary-takes-flight-raising-hope-for-conservation/>

"The Ghodaghodi lake complex in western Nepal has been declared the country’s
first official bird sanctuary.

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Rainforest Trust and its Partners Have Protected More Than One Million Acres to date in 2022

Wed, 11 May 2022 05:57:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rainforesttrust.org/our-impact/rainforest-news/rainforest-trust-and-its-partners-have-protected-more-than-one-million-acres-to-date-in-2022/>

"Rainforest Trust and its partners protected more than one million acres of
habitat so far in 2022. While the COVID-19 pandemic led to many challenges, the
organization was able to overcome these hurdles, protecting invaluable acreage.

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What Is the Future of America’s Greenest Town?

Wed, 11 May 2022 05:58:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/what-is-the-future-of-americas-greenest-town/>

"On the night of May 4, 2007, when an EF5 tornado 1.7 miles wide swallowed
their town whole, Gary and his daughter Alanna Goodman were watching Wedding
Crashers
 in their upstairs living room. Gary had just called his wife Erica,

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Here’s what the major parties need to do about higher education this election

Wed, 11 May 2022 05:59:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/heres-what-the-major-parties-need-to-do-about-higher-education-this-election-180855>

"In the lead-up to the federal election, neither of the major parties has given
higher education much thought or attention.

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Can the US Go Green Without Destroying Sacred Native Lands?

Wed, 11 May 2022 06:01:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2022/04/copper-oak-flat-apache-stronghold-sacred-run-electric-car-batteries-green-energy/>

"For centuries, Western Apaches have considered Oak Flat a portal to their
creator, its springs holy and the acorns from its old-growth Emory oak trees a
source of sustenance. They collect medicinal plants there and use the mesa’s

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Earth Care Library

Wed, 11 May 2022 18:37:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.earthcarelibrary.org/

"In 1981 Bill Mollison, co-founder of Permaculture, gave a Permaculture Design
Course at the Rural Education Center, Wilton, New Hampshire. A team of
volunteers, working for Yankee Permaculture, transcribed a recording of this

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Victoria to restore area five times size of Melbourne with $31m boost to private land conservation

Wed, 11 May 2022 18:38:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/04/victoria-to-restore-area-five-times-size-of-melbourne-with-31m-boost-to-private-land-conservation>

"The Victorian government plans to restore an area five times the size of
Melbourne as part of a new scheme to increase conservation on private land.

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Brown bear population in Pyrenees highest for a century, says study

Wed, 11 May 2022 18:39:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/04/brown-bear-population-pyrenees-highest-century-says-study>

"A scheme to reintroduce brown bears to the Pyrenees is showing signs of
success, with 70 individuals identified in 2021, the highest number for a
century.

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China’s demand for seaborne coal is set to drop fast and far. Australia should take note.

Wed, 11 May 2022 18:40:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/chinas-demand-for-seaborne-coal-is-set-to-drop-fast-and-far-australia-should-take-note-181552>

"China’s plans to boost energy security and cut carbon emissions mean this
year’s sudden boom for Australian coal exporters is just a blip.

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Natural disasters cost the nation: we’ve calculated the income tax revenue lost in their wake

Wed, 11 May 2022 18:41:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/natural-disasters-cost-the-nation-weve-calculated-the-income-tax-revenue-lost-in-their-wake-180505>

"Understanding the true cost of natural disasters is critical for governments
to develop policies to deal with them.

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Fishing net deaths of endangered sea lions drastically reduced in SA

Thu, 12 May 2022 19:11:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-08/researchers-rejoice-as-endangered-sea-lion-deaths-reduced-in-sa/100969632>

"South Australia's endangered sea lion population has been given a chance to
bounce back after a decade-long marine conservation program substantially
reduced their deaths in fishing nets.

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Saving the world is cheaper than ruining it - April 15, 2022

Thu, 12 May 2022 19:13:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://futurecrunch.com/goodnews-womens-rights-indonesia/#saving-the-world-is-cheaper-than-ruining-it>

"There's an extremely important and hopeful paper out in Nature this week. The
researchers find that if all the countries of the world fulfil their climate
commitments, we will likely limit climate change to just under 2°C. To put this

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The Winning Photos from the 2021 Wiki Loves Monuments Competition

Thu, 12 May 2022 19:14:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://petapixel.com/2022/04/20/the-winning-photos-from-the-2021-wiki-loves-monuments-competition/>

"This twelfth iteration of Wiki Loves Monuments saw 172,000 entries from 4,914
applicants, 3,198 of which were new to the contest. An international jury of
experts evaluated, reviewed, and ranked the 339 winning photos based on

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Human rights declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, in countries from Angola to the US to New Zealand

Thu, 12 May 2022 19:15:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/human-rights-declined-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-in-countries-from-angola-to-the-us-to-new-zealand-179543>

"Human rights activists and international leaders first warned in April 2020
that countries could use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to crack down on
human rights.

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Climate change triggering global collapse in insect numbers: stressed farmland shows 63% decline – new research

Thu, 12 May 2022 19:16:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-change-triggering-global-collapse-in-insect-numbers-stressed-farmland-shows-63-decline-new-research-170738>

* The world may be facing a devastating “hidden” collapse in insect species
due to the twin threats of climate change and habitat loss.

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How Putin’s War Marks the End of the Fossil Fuel Era

Fri, 13 May 2022 05:42:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://rmi.org/how-putins-war-marks-the-end-of-the-fossil-fuel-era/

"Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means that global demand for fossil fuels has
very likely peaked — for good. The world’s policymakers have been working
toward this tipping point for years. And now, the twin forces of national

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To Revive a River, Restore Its Liver

Fri, 13 May 2022 05:43:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/to-revive-a-river-restore-its-hidden-gut1/>

"Salmon are so elemental to Indigenous peoples who live along North America’s
northwestern coast that for generations several nations have called themselves
the “Salmon People.” But when settlers came, their forms of agricultural and

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Early warnings for floods in South Africa: engineering for future climate change

Fri, 13 May 2022 05:44:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/early-warnings-for-floods-in-south-africa-engineering-for-future-climate-change-181556>

"Severe weather, rain and flooding are at the forefront of the minds of many
South Africans, especially those in KwaZulu-Natal. Early last week (11-12 April
2022), the province’s coast received heavy rain, with some areas recording over

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Biology with Tibetan Buddhist monks: What I’m taking back to my college classroom from teaching at a monastery

Fri, 13 May 2022 05:45:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/biology-with-tibetan-buddhist-monks-what-im-taking-back-to-my-college-classroom-from-teaching-at-a-monastery-176222>

"It would be quite appropriate for a college professor to assume students know
that a tree is alive and a rock is not.

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This Hubble Anniversary Pic of Unusual Galaxies Is Out-of-This-World Gorgeous

Fri, 13 May 2022 05:46:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/marvel-at-all-the-different-types-of-galaxies-in-the-new-hubble-anniversary-image>

"We've written about some truly stunning deep space pictures here on
ScienceAlert, but a new Hubble snap showcasing a special collection of five
galaxies has to be one of the best yet – even by our high standards.

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Ryan North’s ‘How to Take Over the World’

Fri, 13 May 2022 18:50:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://doctorow.medium.com/ryan-norths-how-to-take-over-the-world-b88adbb25401>

"There’s a certain kind of Internet Person who makes the world a better place
every day, just by showing up. People like Ryan North, whose many
accomplishments include his daily, long-running, brilliant Dinosaur Comics:

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You Can’t Just Solve the ‘Fake News’ Problem by Getting Rid of Social Media

Fri, 13 May 2022 18:51:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://onezero.medium.com/you-cant-just-solve-the-fake-news-problem-by-getting-rid-of-social-media-1e6be68b8ca0>

"Last week, The Atlantic published “Why the Past 10 Years of American Life
Have Been Uniquely Stupid” by Jon Haidt, the NYU professor and author of The
Coddling of the American Mind
.

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Australia spent a million dollars training me – and now I’m leaving

Fri, 13 May 2022 18:53:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theage.com.au/education/australia-has-spent-a-million-dollars-training-me-and-now-i-m-leaving-20220419-p5aelz.html>

Punchline: "The research sector might be small, but I am deeply worried about
what it means for the country if it continues to be stripped away. The
situation is so much worse in the arts compared to the sciences. This is a real

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The pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women is derailing decades of progress on gender equality

Fri, 13 May 2022 18:54:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-pandemics-disproportionate-impact-on-women-is-derailing-decades-of-progress-on-gender-equality-180941>

"During the global COVID-19 pandemic, women have carried much of the unpaid
emotional and domestic burden of caring for their families and communities,
often simultaneously holding down paid jobs, many on reduced hours or salaries.

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Anti-satellite weapons: the US has sworn off tests, and Australia should follow suit

Fri, 13 May 2022 18:54:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/anti-satellite-weapons-the-us-has-sworn-off-tests-and-australia-should-follow-suit-181613>

"When United States Vice-President Kamala Harris was at the Vandenberg Space
Force Base in California earlier this week she said the US would not conduct
tests of destructive, direct ascent anti-satellite missiles.

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Researchers Again Show How Major VPNs Quietly Undermine User Security

Sat, 14 May 2022 06:13:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2022/04/21/researchers-again-show-how-major-vpns-quietly-undermine-user-security/>

"Given the seemingly endless privacy scandals that now engulf the tech,
telecom, and adtech sectors on a near-daily basis, many consumers have flocked
to virtual private networks (VPN) to protect and encrypt their data. One study

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Electric Chopsticks Bring The Salt, Not The Pain

Sat, 14 May 2022 06:14:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://hackaday.com/2022/04/21/electric-chopsticks-bring-the-salt-not-the-pain/>

"The Japanese people love their salt, perhaps as much as Americans love their
sugar high fructose corn syrup and caffeine. But none of these are particularly
good for you. Although humans do need some salt in their diets to continue

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Covid disrupts Melbourne comedy festival as calls grow for arts support

Sat, 14 May 2022 06:15:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/22/covid-disrupts-melbourne-comedy-festival-as-calls-grow-for-arts-support>

"More than 15% of the Melbourne international comedy festival’s shows have been
hit by Covid-related cancellations, prompting some independent artists to urge
the state government to boost its arts funding ahead of next month’s state

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Without stricter conditions, NZ should be in no hurry to reopen its border to cruise ships

Sat, 14 May 2022 06:16:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/without-stricter-conditions-nz-should-be-in-no-hurry-to-reopen-its-border-to-cruise-ships-181607>

"With the arrival in Sydney of the cruise liner Pacific Explorer on Monday – a
giant “WE’RE HOME” sign emblazoned on her bow – the pressure is on New Zealand
to match Australia and reopen our maritime border to cruise ships.

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Today's Special Google Doodle Is Not a Cute Cartoon – It's Our Stark Reality

Sat, 14 May 2022 06:17:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/this-year-s-google-s-earth-day-doodle-is-not-a-cute-cartoon-it-s-our-stark-reality>

"Each year on April 22 Google's homepage marks the occasion of Earth Day. Most
of the time, these interactive logos are a celebration of our planet and its
ecosystems, but this year, after a particularly devastating international

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India's first openly gay prince endured years of torturous conversion therapy. Now, he's fighting to make the practice illegal.

Sat, 14 May 2022 19:46:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.insider.com/indias-first-openly-gay-prince-conversion-therapy-lgbtq-community-2022-4>

"Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, the 39th direct descendant of India's Gohil
Rajput dynasty, knew he was gay at age 12. But he could only live his truth
three decades later.

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Regional journalism is dying: advertising subsidies won’t help

Sat, 14 May 2022 19:47:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/regional-journalism-is-dying-advertising-subsidies-wont-help-181255>

"Australia’s regional news outlets are dying a not-so-slow death, and COVID-19
has accelerated their decline.

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Key findings from the European State of the Climate Report

Sat, 14 May 2022 19:48:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.esa.int/Applications/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Key_findings_from_the_European_State_of_the_Climate_Report>

"Europe experienced its warmest summer on record in 2021, accompanied by severe
floods in western Europe and dry conditions in the Mediterranean. These are
just some of the key findings from the Copernicus Climate Change Service’s

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360in360: a couple’s 360-day journey to encapsulate Australia’s natural beauty

Sat, 14 May 2022 19:49:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2022/apr/23/360in360-a-couples-360-day-journey-to-encapsulate-australias-natural-beauty>

"Scott Portelli and Rosie Leaney, a husband-and-wife team of wildlife and
nature photographers, capture some of the country’s most far flung and iconic
locations from the air, land and sea"

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Scotland Is Poised to Become the World’s First “Rewilding Nation”

Sat, 14 May 2022 19:51:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.afar.com/magazine/scotland-might-become-the-worlds-first-rewilding-nation>

"Following centuries of deforestation, the U.K.’s northernmost territory has
invested heavily in rewilding. Now some environmental leaders want to go a step
further.

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Want to see a quokka eat a leaf?

Sun, 15 May 2022 06:10:46 +1000

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

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

"It's a quokka eating a leaf."

Via Muse, who wrote "A bit ASMR!"

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The Truth About Inflation: Why Milton Friedman Was Wrong, Again

Sun, 15 May 2022 06:14:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://evonomics.com/the-truth-about-inflation-why-milton-friedman-was-wrong-again/>

"Milton Friedman has been dead for more than a decade, but his ghost still
haunts us. In the 1960s, Friedman declared that inflation is ‘always and
everywhere a monetary phenomenon’ — a problem of printing too much money. Since

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The hidden long-term risks of surgery: ‘It gives people’s brains a hard time’

Sun, 15 May 2022 06:16:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/apr/24/the-hidden-long-term-risks-of-surgery-it-give-peoples-brains-a-hard-time>

"We have known for a long time that operations can have hidden consequences for
the brain. As far back as 1887, the British Medical Journal published a paper
describing cases of delirium after surgery with anaesthesia. A century later,

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Study Reveals an Unexpected Side Effect of Traffic Safety Messages

Sun, 15 May 2022 06:16:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/car-crash-statistics-on-road-signs-could-harm-drivers-more-than-help>

"Attention-grabbing signs that remind drivers of highway mortality can backfire
in unexpected ways, according to a new study.

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Thousands protest plan to raze German village for coal mine

Sun, 15 May 2022 06:17:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-climate-business-germany-cologne-ac41acebad1ed9754ac196911ada5386>

"BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people protested Saturday against plans to bulldoze
a village in western Germany to expand a coal mine that environmental activists
say should be shut down, not enlarged.

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Free sound samples from NASA

Sun, 15 May 2022 20:05:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nasa.gov/connect/sounds/index.html

"Would you like to hear what lightning on Jupiter sounds like? How about the
beeping sound transmitted by Sputnik in 1957, or the first sound recording
taken on Mars? Head over to NASA’s ​​Audio and Ringtones page, where you can

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A day in the life of (almost) every vending machine in the world

Sun, 15 May 2022 20:06:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/apr/14/a-day-in-the-life-of-almost-every-vending-machine-in-the-world>

"A minute before midnight on 21 July 2021, as passengers staggered sleepily
through Manchester airport, I stood wringing my hands in the glow of a vending
machine that was seven feet tall, conspicuously branded with the name of its

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From wolf to chihuahua: new research reveals where the dingo sits on the evolutionary timeline of dogs

Sun, 15 May 2022 20:07:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/from-wolf-to-chihuahua-new-research-reveals-where-the-dingo-sits-on-the-evolutionary-timeline-of-dogs-181605>

"Many people know modern dogs evolved from the grey wolf. But did you know most
of the more than 340 modern dog breeds we have today only emerged within the
past 200 years?

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Chloé: how a 19th-century French nude ended up in a Melbourne pub – and became an icon for Australian soldiers

Sun, 15 May 2022 20:08:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/chloe-how-a-19th-century-french-nude-ended-up-in-a-melbourne-pub-and-became-an-icon-for-australian-soldiers-180032>

"Chloé, the French nude by Jules Joseph Lefebvre, is an Australian cultural
icon.

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Emmanuel Macron is reelected but the French are longing for radical change

Sun, 15 May 2022 20:09:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/emmanuel-macron-is-reelected-but-the-french-are-longing-for-radical-change-181488>

"Emmanuel Macron has been reelected as President of the Republic of France for
a second five-year term.

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Protecting biodiversity – and making it accessible – has paid off for Costa Rica

Mon, 16 May 2022 09:28:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/protecting-biodiversity-and-making-it-accessible-has-paid-off-for-costa-rica-180301>

"After two years of pandemic lockdowns and border closures, global travel
appears to be rebounding in much of the world in 2022. Wilderness is a big
tourist attraction – but do countries that protect their natural environments

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How the UK’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is 21st-century imperialism writ large

Mon, 16 May 2022 09:44:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-the-uks-plan-to-send-asylum-seekers-to-rwanda-is-21st-century-imperialism-writ-large-181501>

"In announcing his plan to partner with Rwanda to manage migration, Prime
Minister Boris Johnson claimed, on April 14 2022, that the UK is “a beacon of
openness and generosity”. He lauded the great British tradition of offering

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Now we know the flaws of carbon offsets, it’s time to get real about climate change

Mon, 16 May 2022 09:46:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/now-we-know-the-flaws-of-carbon-offsets-its-time-to-get-real-about-climate-change-181071>

"Last month former carbon market watchdog Andrew MacIntosh blew the whistle on
Australia’s carbon offset market. He described the scheme as a “rort” with up
to 80% of carbon offsets “markedly low in integrity”.

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Replacing NSW coal plant with renewables would create thousands more jobs than gas, report says

Mon, 16 May 2022 09:46:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/25/replacing-nsw-coal-plant-with-renewables-would-create-thousands-more-jobs-than-gas-report-says>

"Replacing Australia’s largest coal-fired power station with renewable energy
would create tens of thousands more construction jobs than replacing it with
gas, a new analysis has found.

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Young people are on front line of climate change, but they're not accepting it as an inevitability

Mon, 16 May 2022 18:50:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-26/young-people-climate-change-what-does-future-hold/100950770>

"Young Australians are front and centre of the climate crisis and, in the face
of extreme weather events across the country, it's a story shaped by personal
experience.

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A new $2 coin features the introduced honeybee. Is this really the species we should celebrate?

Mon, 16 May 2022 18:51:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-new-2-coin-features-the-introduced-honeybee-is-this-really-the-species-we-should-celebrate-181089>

"The Royal Australian Mint has released a $2 collectors’ coin to celebrate 200
years since the introduction of the European honeybee.

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It’s not all nomadland: how #vanlife made mobile living a middle-class aspiration

Mon, 16 May 2022 18:52:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/its-not-all-nomadland-how-vanlife-made-mobile-living-a-middle-class-aspiration-180876>

"Announce to your friends and family that you’re choosing to live in your
vehicle and you’re likely to raise some concern.

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Ukraine refugees need urgent, ongoing health care. We’ve worked in refugee camps and there’s a right way to do it

Mon, 16 May 2022 18:53:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ukraine-refugees-need-urgent-ongoing-health-care-weve-worked-in-refugee-camps-and-theres-a-right-way-to-do-it-180873>

"The war in Ukraine puts the plight of refugees and displaced people back in
the headlines. From February 24, more than 5 million people have crossed
Ukraine’s borders. A further 7.7 million are estimated to have been been

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Getting ID after exiting prison is harder than you might think. So we built a chatbot to help

Mon, 16 May 2022 18:53:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/getting-id-after-exiting-prison-is-harder-than-you-might-think-so-we-built-a-chatbot-to-help-180570>

"Getting out of prison is often assumed to be cause for celebration and a new
beginning. However, many women exiting prison face profound disadvantage,
isolation, poor mental and physical health and struggle finding housing.

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Why Being Anti-Science Is Now Part Of Many Rural Americans’ Identity

Tue, 17 May 2022 09:51:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-being-anti-science-is-now-part-of-many-rural-americans-identity/>

"Before the pandemic, Matthew Motta, a political science professor at Oklahoma
State University, and his colleagues Timothy Callaghan, Steven Sylvester,
Kristin Lunz Trujillo and Christine Crudo Blackburn studied parents’ hesitancy

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The EU Copyright Directive Is So Bad It’s Proving Really Hard To Transpose Into Decent National Laws

Tue, 17 May 2022 09:53:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2022/04/25/the-eu-copyright-directive-is-so-bad-its-proving-really-hard-to-transpose-into-decent-national-laws/>

"We’ve written numerous posts about the EU Copyright Directive, because it
contains two extremely harmful ideas. The first is the “snippet tax“, an
attempt by some press publishers to make sites like Google pay for the

(More...)

'It spares no one': New study reveals frightening Covid side-effect

Tue, 17 May 2022 09:54:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://au.news.yahoo.com/new-study-reveals-frightening-covid-side-effect-heart-problems-080946682.html>

"Even after recovering from Covid, the virus' brutal side effects could linger
on, and even develop up to a year after first falling ill, new research
suggests.

(More...)

Analysis: Loss is victory for far-right in France’s election

Tue, 17 May 2022 10:06:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://apnews.com/article/immigration-religion-france-elections-presidential-a63b8815ce42892308ed5df0315f6def>

"PARIS (AP) — The far-right has gone mainstream in France.

That’s the headline from the landmark showing by Marine Le Pen in the French

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Too many new coal-fired plants planned for 1.5C climate goal, report concludes

Tue, 17 May 2022 10:08:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/26/too-many-new-coal-fired-plants-planned-for-15c-climate-goal-report-concludes>

"The number of coal-fired power plants under development around the world fell
last year, but far too much coal is still being burned and too many new
coal-fired power plants are planned for the world to stay within safe

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The Endless Present, or Why You’re Getting Disclaimers On The Muppets These Days

Tue, 17 May 2022 18:43:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://andrew-p-street.medium.com/the-endless-present-or-why-youre-getting-disclaimers-on-the-muppets-these-days-de827fa0c3ee>

"In previous epochs, for the most part, pop culture was ephemeral and
superseded from year to year and generation to generation; now instead of
replacing our pop culture, we accumulate it instead. There’s a reason why we

(More...)

The surprising afterlife of used hotel soap

Tue, 17 May 2022 18:50:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://thehustle.co/the-surprising-afterlife-of-used-hotel-soap/

"While some of us smuggle home every bar we can get our hands on (a totally
acceptable move, according to hoteliers), most guests leave behind sizable,
half-used hunks of soap.

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4 ways we can change our behaviour to adapt to the climate crisis

Tue, 17 May 2022 18:52:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/4-ways-we-can-change-our-behaviour-to-adapt-to-the-climate-crisis-177628>

"Only four months into 2022, and Australians have already watched several
climate disasters unfold across the continent, from coral bleaching to
devastating floods and bushfires. These are stark reminders of how climate

(More...)

Fort Knutz – Squirrels Go All Mission Impossible

Tue, 17 May 2022 18:53:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://hackaday.com/2022/04/26/fort-knutz-squirrels-go-all-mission-impossible/>

"[Mark Rober] has a bird feeder in his back yard. Also, squirrels who eat the
seed. So, as one does, he built a nine part squirrel obstacle course with a
reward of walnuts at the end, and filmed them beating the course."

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A year of hunger: how the Russia-Ukraine war is worsening climate-linked food shortages

Tue, 17 May 2022 18:54:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-year-of-hunger-how-the-russia-ukraine-war-is-worsening-climate-linked-food-shortages-181160>

"Global wheat prices have soared since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. The
two nations account for 30%of the world’s wheat exports.

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Wave of Bills Banning Topics in US Schools Threatens Human Rights and Free Knowledge

Wed, 18 May 2022 09:24:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/wikimedia-policy/wave-of-bills-banning-topics-in-us-schools-threatens-human-rights-and-free-knowledge-ccd3efdf420e>

"Before the internet, search engines, and Wikipedia, generations of children
sought out knowledge in their school libraries. These sanctuaries of knowledge
provided refuge for youth to satiate their curiosities, and to learn about the

(More...)

Paradox Fully Embraces Fan-Games With Developer Affiliate Program

Wed, 18 May 2022 09:26:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2022/04/26/paradox-fully-embraces-fan-games-with-developer-affiliate-program/>

"When it comes to fan-created video games utilizing established IP, the vast
majority of instances tend to result in a narrow set of responses from the
original creators or publishers. The Nintendo route is to go fully nuclear as

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In a market swamped with streaming services, Netflix’s massive loss of subscribers is a big deal

Wed, 18 May 2022 09:28:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/in-a-market-swamped-with-streaming-services-netflixs-massive-loss-of-subscribers-is-a-big-deal-181780>

"Netflix’s recently released first quarter earnings for 2022 reported a
shocking loss of 200,000 subscribers – a worrying shift for a business that had
previously only seen sustained growth since 2011.

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Who will call out the misogyny and abuse undermining women’s academic freedom in our universities?

Wed, 18 May 2022 09:29:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/who-will-call-out-the-misogyny-and-abuse-undermining-womens-academic-freedom-in-our-universities-181594>

"Threats, intimidation and misogyny have long been a reality for women in
public life around the world, and the pandemic appears to have amplified this
toxic reality.

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‘Don’t read the comments’: misinformed and malicious comments stifle Indigenous voices

Wed, 18 May 2022 09:29:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/dont-read-the-comments-misinformed-and-malicious-comments-stifle-indigenous-voices-180576>

"Comments pages on social media too often constitute an echo-chamber for racist
rhetoric being peddled by a combination of the misinformed and the malicious.

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Wiener Cello Ensemble 5+1: Bolero

Wed, 18 May 2022 18:51:22 +1000

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

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

"Wiener Cello Ensemble 5+1 performs:
Maurice Ravel: Bolero"

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The Long View

Wed, 18 May 2022 18:52:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.tor.com/2022/04/27/the-long-view-susan-palwick/

"A university student seeks special accommodations for her new support animal,
causing havoc all around her."

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New Zealand unveils plan to tackle climate crisis by adapting cities to survive rising seas

Wed, 18 May 2022 18:53:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/27/new-zealand-unveils-plan-to-tackle-climate-crisis-by-adapting-cities-to-survive-rising-seas>

"The New Zealand government has released new plans to try to prepare the
country for the catastrophic effects of the climate crisis: sea level rise,
floods, massive storms and wildfires.

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A warrior for Indigenous women and girls

Wed, 18 May 2022 18:56:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.aljazeera.com/features/longform/2022/4/27/a-warrior-for-indigenous-women-and-girls>

"As the sun set over Rome, Lorelei Williams calmly observed the steady stream
of tourists who flocked into the Colosseum, where warriors once fought to the
death before tens of thousands of spectators.

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Net zero by 2050 will hit a major timing problem technology can’t solve. We need to talk about cutting consumption

Wed, 18 May 2022 18:57:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/net-zero-by-2050-will-hit-a-major-timing-problem-technology-cant-solve-we-need-to-talk-about-cutting-consumption-181951>

"Many climate activists, scientists, engineers and politicians are trying to
reassure us the climate crisis can be solved rapidly without any changes to
lifestyle, society or the economy.

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Being a Queer Parent is Terrifying Right Now

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:32:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://judedoyle.medium.com/being-a-queer-parent-is-terrifying-right-now-a634fafacee9>

"I’ve run out of things to say about myself during therapy. This is not to say
I don’t still need it. I now spend my sessions talking about one and only one
thing: My kid, who is preparing to enter kindergarten. Specifically, I talk

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Finland’s Position Is One of the Big Surprises of the Ukraine Invasion

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:32:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://taru-anniina.medium.com/finlands-position-is-one-of-the-big-surprises-of-the-ukraine-invasion-481dd16ffb54>

"For decades, my country has had to walk a fine, fine line between USSR/Russia
and Europe. How do we become a developed country and a part of Europe, without
angering these guys on the eastern border that could just come back and invade

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Anticipating a side effect makes it more likely you’ll experience it – this could contribute to vaccine hesitancy

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:33:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/anticipating-a-side-effect-makes-it-more-likely-youll-experience-it-this-could-contribute-to-vaccine-hesitancy-180331>

"The COVID pandemic has highlighted several interesting features of modern
medical practice – most recently the “nocebo” response, which may account for a
significant number of side effects people experience following vaccination.

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This is where we live: has Australia been a good neighbour in the Pacific?

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:34:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/this-is-where-we-live-has-australia-been-a-good-neighbour-in-the-pacific-182040>

"I was once asked “why should Australians care about what happens in the
Pacific? and my response was (or started with) "This is where you live”.

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UN warns of looming sand crisis as population and city growth lead to surging demand

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:35:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-28/un-warns-of-looming-sand-crisis-as-population-cities-grow/101021160>

"A United Nations report calls for urgent action to avert a "sand crisis" —
including a ban on beach extraction — as demand surges to 50 billion tonnes a
year amid population growth and urbanisation.

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The Hidden Billionaires

Thu, 19 May 2022 22:10:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://jacobinmag.com/2019/03/billionaires-political-influence-donations-conservatism>

"Do you have a hundred thousand dollars? Even if you don’t, let’s pretend you
do. The least wealthy member of the top 1 percent is one hundred times
wealthier than you.

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Does This Water Have Legal Rights?

Thu, 19 May 2022 22:11:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/florida-lake-lawsuit-nature-rights-indigenous-peoples/>

"Mary Jane is a looker. Her curves hug the Isle of Pine Preserve to the
southeast of Orlando, Florida, nearby residents enjoy her coolness for
kayaking, and her body of water is part of rather spectacular wetlands that

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The Cleveland Indians changed their team name – what’s holding back the Atlanta Braves?

Thu, 19 May 2022 22:12:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-cleveland-indians-changed-their-team-name-whats-holding-back-the-atlanta-braves-181662>

"In October 1995, as the Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves prepared to face
off in the World Series, a group of Native Americans rallied outside
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium to protest what they called both teams’ racist

(More...)

Extreme heat waves threaten honeybee fertility and trigger sudden death

Thu, 19 May 2022 22:13:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/extreme-heat-waves-threaten-honeybee-fertility-and-trigger-sudden-death-178504>

"Temperatures soared above 42 C for days in Western Canada in June 2021, with
Lytton, B.C., registering 49.6 C, the hottest temperature ever recorded in
Canada. Wildfires scorched the province, sparking a 56-day state of emergency

(More...)

Thousands of new virus transmissions from bats projected due to climate change, scientists forecast

Thu, 19 May 2022 22:14:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.sky.com/story/thousands-of-new-virus-transmissions-from-bats-projected-due-to-climate-change-scientists-forecast-12600544>

"Scientists expect 15,000 transmissions of viruses between different species by
2070, mostly driven by bats moving to new areas in a hotter world.

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At KC’s Giving Grove, the mission is ‘much bigger than food’

Fri, 20 May 2022 09:59:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thebeacon.media/stories/2022/04/13/giving-grove-mission-bigger-than-food/>

"Across Kansas City — and the country — orchards in unlikely places now have
budding fruit trees.

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India’s Women Are Building An Alternative To Toxic Masculinity

Fri, 20 May 2022 10:01:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/india-women-covid-civic-engagement/

"It was the event of a lifetime for the residents of Mandkola, a village with a
population of 10,000 in the north Indian state of Haryana. In early March 2022,
a couple hundred women and young girls set aside their daily chores to march to

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The ‘digital town square’? What does it mean when billionaires own the online spaces where we gather?

Fri, 20 May 2022 10:01:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-digital-town-square-what-does-it-mean-when-billionaires-own-the-online-spaces-where-we-gather-182047>

"The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, seems set to purchase the social media
platform Twitter for around US$44 billion. He says he’s not doing it to make
money (which is good, because Twitter has rarely turned a profit), but rather

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Survivors unite to deliver message on Holocaust remembrance

Fri, 20 May 2022 10:02:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-middle-east-lifestyle-religion-europe-949c98b505d8e14f5099fc4569a47bfa>

"NEW YORK (AP) — Holocaust survivors across the world have united to deliver a
message on the dangers of unchecked hate and the importance of remembrance at a
time of rising global antisemitism.

(More...)

4 things to know about Moldova and Transnistria – and why Russia’s war may spread beyond Ukraine to reach them soon

Fri, 20 May 2022 10:03:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/4-things-to-know-about-moldova-and-transnistria-and-why-russias-war-may-spread-beyond-ukraine-to-reach-them-soon-182030>

"There is growing concern that Moldova and Transnistria could be dragged into
Russia’s war against Ukraine.

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‘Nature has priority’: Rewilding map showcases nature-led restoration

Fri, 20 May 2022 19:46:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.mongabay.com/2022/04/nature-has-priority-rewilding-map-showcases-nature-led-restoration/>

"In the past decade, the European bison (Bison bonasus) has made a comeback in
Central and Eastern Europe. Hunters had killed the last known bison in the
region nearly a century ago. But thanks to reintroduction programs in Belarus,

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Michael Lewis on why Americans don’t trust experts

Fri, 20 May 2022 19:47:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/vox-conversations-podcast/23030205/vox-conversations-michael-lewis-against-the-rules-experts>

"Why don’t Americans trust the experts?

One answer is that experts get a lot of things wrong and often they pay a big

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Disease-causing parasites can hitch a ride on plastics and potentially spread through the sea, new research suggests

Fri, 20 May 2022 19:48:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/disease-causing-parasites-can-hitch-a-ride-on-plastics-and-potentially-spread-through-the-sea-new-research-suggests-181824>

"Typically when people hear about plastic pollution, they might envision
seabirds with bellies full of trash or sea turtles with plastic straws in their
noses. However, plastic pollution poses another threat that’s invisible to the

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EFF Statement on the Declaration for the Future of the Internet

Fri, 20 May 2022 19:49:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/04/eff-statement-declaration-future-internet>

"The White House announced today that sixty one countries have signed the
Declaration for the Future of the Internet. The high-level vision and
principles expressed in the Declaration—to have a single, global network that

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Global heating risks most cataclysmic extinction of marine life in 250m years

Fri, 20 May 2022 19:50:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/28/global-warming-risks-cataclysmic-mass-extinction-marine-life>

"Global heating is causing such a drastic change to the world’s oceans that it
risks a mass extinction event of marine species that rivals anything that’s
happened in the Earth’s history over tens of millions of years, new research

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Meet the power plant of the future: Solar + battery hybrids are poised for explosive growth

Sat, 21 May 2022 06:10:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/meet-the-power-plant-of-the-future-solar-battery-hybrids-are-poised-for-explosive-growth-181694>

"America’s electric power system is undergoing radical change as it transitions
from fossil fuels to renewable energy. While the first decade of the 2000s saw
huge growth in natural gas generation, and the 2010s were the decade of wind

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No-one is talking about ABC funding in this election campaign. Here’s why they should be

Sat, 21 May 2022 06:10:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/no-one-is-talking-about-abc-funding-in-this-election-campaign-heres-why-they-should-be-181948>

"The election campaign is well underway and the ABC is barely registering as an
issue. Why is that, when according to the Morrison government’s own figures,
the ABC’s real funding will continue to decline over the next three years?

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Measles cases surge nearly 80% in wake of Covid chaos, with fears other diseases could follow

Sat, 21 May 2022 06:11:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/apr/28/measles-cases-surge-nearly-80-in-wake-of-covid-chaos-with-fears-other-diseases-could-follow>

"Measles cases have surged nearly 80% worldwide this year amid disruption
caused by Covid-19, the UN has said, warning that the rise of the “canary in a
coalmine” illness indicated that outbreaks of other diseases were likely to be

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Fail: our report card on the government’s handling of Australia’s extinction crisis

Sat, 21 May 2022 06:12:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/fail-our-report-card-on-the-governments-handling-of-australias-extinction-crisis-181786>

"Australia is losing more biodiversity than any other developed nation. Already
this year the charismatic and once abundant gang gang cockatoo has been added
to our national threatened species list, the koala has been listed as

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Musicians dedicated to saving electronic instruments for the future

Sat, 21 May 2022 06:13:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-29/musicians-gotye-saving-electronic-instruments-for-future/101023012>

"Australian musician Gotye's international hit, Somebody That I Used to Know,
was one of the biggest songs of 2011.

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Greta Thunberg doesn’t want you to talk about her anymore

Sat, 21 May 2022 20:38:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.politico.eu/article/greta-thunberg-climate-change-activism-fridays-for-future-profile-doesnt-want-you-to-talk-about-her-anymore-2022/>

"Greta Thunberg’s childhood ended during the pandemic.

Just a few months before the arrival of the coronavirus, the Swedish teenager

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Fiji is officially ‘open for happiness’ – will that apply to its tourism workers too?

Sat, 21 May 2022 20:39:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/fiji-is-officially-open-for-happiness-will-that-apply-to-its-tourism-workers-too-181603>

"As daylight hours shorten and temperatures drop, and with borders reopening
across the Pacific, many will be tempted to escape pandemic fatigue by flying
somewhere warm and welcoming.

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We found a hidden source of greenhouse gases – organic matter in groundwater

Sat, 21 May 2022 20:39:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-found-a-hidden-source-of-greenhouse-gases-organic-matter-in-groundwater-179957>

"Dry land isn’t really dry. It’s saturated with truly vast volumes of
groundwater, hidden in the spaces of the earth we walk on. How much? Recent
estimates put it at almost two trillion Olympic swimming pools of water stored

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More affordable housing with less homelessness is possible – if only Australia would learn from Nordic nations

Sat, 21 May 2022 20:40:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/more-affordable-housing-with-less-homelessness-is-possible-if-only-australia-would-learn-from-nordic-nations-182049>

"Housing is expensive in Australia. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Higher
quality, more affordable housing is a matter of policy choice.

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2022 Whitley wildlife conservation award winners announced

Sat, 21 May 2022 20:41:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2022/apr/29/2022-whitley-wildlife-conservation-award-winners-announced>

"The Whitley Fund for Nature will present seven grassroots wildlife
conservationists with Whitley awards for their pioneering solutions to the
biodiversity crisis.

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