Glass Wings Blog: August 2022

Australian Labor isn’t alone. Parties of the left are making a comeback

Mon, 1 Aug 2022 10:00:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australian-labor-isnt-alone-parties-of-the-left-are-making-a-comeback-185484>

"One aspect of May’s federal election has been strangely overlooked: Labor’s
win follows a pattern among the main centre-left parties in Europe and
comparable countries. Traditional social democratic and labour-based parties

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Will Australia’s new climate policy be enough to reset relations with Pacific nations?

Mon, 1 Aug 2022 22:54:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/will-australias-new-climate-policy-be-enough-to-reset-relations-with-pacific-nations-184833>

"Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is hoping his government’s more ambitious
climate policy will help reset Pacific relations when he meets with island
leaders next week.

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Letters from an American - July 10, 2022

Mon, 1 Aug 2022 22:56:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/july-10-2022

"The Republican economic promise since Reagan has been that cutting regulation
and taxes would create a healthy economy in which everyone who is willing to
work can thrive. But political commentator Thom Hartmann marshaled the

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It’s not nostalgia. Stranger Things is fuelling a pseudo-nostalgia of the 1980s

Mon, 1 Aug 2022 22:57:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/its-not-nostalgia-stranger-things-is-fuelling-a-pseudo-nostalgia-of-the-1980s-186389>

"The 1980s are back, and nowhere more so than in the nostalgia-filled season
four of Stranger Things.

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Leeton migrants share stories of life in Australia's friendliest town with Back Roads

Mon, 1 Aug 2022 22:58:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-11/leeton-nsw-migrants-friendly-town-back-roads/101156678>

"Ken Dachi has just returned from a long-awaited trip to Kenya to visit his
mum, looking a bit different from when he left Australia.

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‘We have a new Hitler in Russia’: Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina on Putin’s crimes and her years of resistance

Mon, 1 Aug 2022 23:00:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/11/pussy-riot-maria-alyokhina-putin-crimes-hitler-years-of-resistance>

"When Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina left Russia in April this year, she went to
Iceland, essentially a political refugee. She had been repeatedly arrested
since early 2021, on specious charges – “violation of sanitary and

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Design lessons from guitar pedals

Tue, 2 Aug 2022 10:13:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://uxdesign.cc/5-design-lessons-from-guitar-pedals-782d41f07d1b

"Last weekend I played my first gig with my new band, Lipstick Driver. It’s a
three-piece power-trio, in which I play electric guitar, so I’d spent the last
month assembling a new pedalboard.

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A new reality reverberates through Russia's music scene

Tue, 2 Aug 2022 10:14:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2022/07/11/1109345102/a-new-reality-reverberates-through-russias-music-scene>

"The day singer-songwriter Manizha Sangin was supposed to headline a June music
festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, she went instead to a shelter housing
Ukrainian refugees. A week earlier, the festival had abruptly removed her from

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Long-COVID sufferers unable to access disability payments say they need more support

Tue, 2 Aug 2022 10:16:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-12/long-covid-limbo-disability-support/101170148>

'Jayson Cuming feels like he is living in limbo.

Mr Cuming contracted COVID-19 in June 2020 — well before he had a chance to be

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Developer turns 'future of gaming' talk into a surprise attack on convention's NFT and blockchain sponsors

Tue, 2 Aug 2022 10:18:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.pcgamer.com/developer-turns-future-of-gaming-talk-into-a-surprise-attack-on-conventions-nft-and-blockchain-sponsors/>

'Game developer Mark Venturelli received a spirited ovation at Brazil's
International Games Festival on Friday after he surprised the audience for his
"Future of Game Design" talk with a new title: "Why NFTs are a nightmare." It

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Climate change is white colonisation of the atmosphere. It’s time to tackle this entrenched racism

Tue, 2 Aug 2022 10:19:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-white-colonisation-of-the-atmosphere-its-time-to-tackle-this-entrenched-racism-185579>

"“Climate change is racist”. So reads the title of a recent book by British
journalist Jeremy Williams. While this title might seem provocative, it’s long
been recognised that people of colour suffer disproportionate harms under

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You Don’t Own What You’ve Bought: Sony Removes 100s Of Movies Bought Through PS Store

Tue, 2 Aug 2022 22:34:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2022/07/11/you-dont-own-what-youve-bought-sony-removes-100s-of-movies-bought-through-ps-store/>

"We have done many, many posts explaining how, unfortunately, it seems the idea
of a person owning the things they’ve bought has become rather passe. While in
the age of antiquity, which existed entire tens of years ago, you used to be

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Banning artificial stone could prevent 100 lung cancers and 1,000 cases of silicosis, where dust scars the lungs

Tue, 2 Aug 2022 22:35:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/banning-artificial-stone-could-prevent-100-lung-cancers-and-1-000-cases-of-silicosis-where-dust-scars-the-lungs-182420>

"Silica dust is a very fine dust produced when products such as bricks,
concrete and pavers are cut or drilled. Artificial stone, which is used mainly
for kitchen benchtops, is a particularly potent source of silica dust.

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Is Vladimir Putin the greatest Russophobe of all?

Tue, 2 Aug 2022 22:35:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/is-vladimir-putin-the-greatest-russophobe-of-all-186642>

"No concept is more central to Vladimir Putin’s propaganda today than
“Russophobia”. Internationally and on the home front, his propagandists claim
they are fighting “Russophobes”, enemies motivated by a visceral hatred of

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Researchers trained an AI model to ‘think’ like a baby, and it suddenly excelled

Tue, 2 Aug 2022 22:36:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/researchers-trained-an-ai-model-to-think-like-a-baby-and-it-suddenly-excelled-186563>

"In a world rife with opposing views, let’s draw attention to something we can
all agree on: if I show you my pen, and then hide it behind my back, my pen
still exists – even though you can’t see it anymore. We can all agree it still

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Victorian COVID hospital admissions soar as Omicron sub-variants spread

Tue, 2 Aug 2022 22:38:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-12/victoria-covid-hospitalisations-soar-as-omicron-variant-spreads/101227492>

'Health experts say state and federal authorities are pursuing the wrong
strategies as Victoria's COVID hospital admissions have soared almost 80 per
cent over the past three weeks.

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‘Extinct’ parrots make a flying comeback in Brazil

Wed, 3 Aug 2022 11:04:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/10/extinct-parrots-make-a-flying-comeback-in-brazil>

"Twenty years ago, the future of the Spix’s macaw could not have looked
bleaker. The last member of this distinctive parrot species disappeared from
the wild, leaving only a few dozen birds in collectors’ cages across the globe.

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Equivalent to 1,800 tonnes of TNT: what we now know about the meteor that lit up the daytime sky above New Zealand

Wed, 3 Aug 2022 11:05:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/equivalent-to-1-800-tonnes-of-tnt-what-we-now-know-about-the-meteor-that-lit-up-the-daytime-sky-above-new-zealand-186636>

"Meteorites hit New Zealand three or four times a year, but the fireball that
shot across the sky above Cook Strait last week was unusual.

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After Years Of Being Called An IP ‘Thief,’ China Now Out-Patenting Others… And Suing

Wed, 3 Aug 2022 11:06:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2022/07/11/after-years-of-being-called-an-ip-thief-china-now-out-patenting-others-and-suing/>

"It amazes me that the narrative is still out there about how China is an
“intellectual property thief” and that the US and other western nations need to
“convince China to respect intellectual property.” We heard that for decades,

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Kanye West Vocoder v Talkbox BATTLE ft. Jake Sherman & Swatkins

Wed, 3 Aug 2022 11:07:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jKB9rT3uxE

'A funk cover of Kanye West's "Love Lockdown" by Scary Pockets, Jake Sherman &
Swatkins.'

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Japanese company uses video game-style hit point badges to help employees know who needs a hand

Wed, 3 Aug 2022 11:08:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://japantoday.com/category/business/japanese-company-uses-video-game-style-hit-point-badges-to-help-employees-know-who-needs-a-hand>

"TOKYO -- Japanese companies are big on the concept of “communication.” All the
meandering meetings, analog face-to-face interaction, and implicitly required
after-work meals and drinks with coworkers are, ostensibly, so that everyone in

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View a SKU

Wed, 3 Aug 2022 23:31:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://doctorow.medium.com/view-a-sku-32721d623aee

"Here’s a dirty secret of the antitrust movement: Amazon is very convenient!

It’s not just that they have a lot of inventory and make it easy to get things

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What is emotional labour - and how do we get it wrong?

Wed, 3 Aug 2022 23:31:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-is-emotional-labour-and-how-do-we-get-it-wrong-185773>

"The term “emotional labour” is applied to an array of home-based activities —
from keeping mental to-do lists, to remembering to call your in-laws on their
birthdays. Some advocate the need to teach boys emotional labour, or identify

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Times have changed: why the environment minister is being forced to reconsider climate-related impacts of pending fossil fuel approvals

Wed, 3 Aug 2022 23:32:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/times-have-changed-why-the-environment-minister-is-being-forced-to-reconsider-climate-related-impacts-of-pending-fossil-fuel-approvals-186715>

"A non-profit group is imploring the new federal environment minister Tanya
Plibersek to consider the climate change impacts of 19 fossil fuel projects
currently pending approval, drawing on a rarely used legal provision that will

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A dystopian or utopian future? Claire G. Coleman’s new novel Enclave imagines both

Wed, 3 Aug 2022 23:34:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-dystopian-or-utopian-future-claire-g-colemans-new-novel-enclave-imagines-both-182859>

"Review: Enclave – Claire G. Coleman (Hachette)

I was reading Noongar author Claire G. Coleman’s third novel, Enclave, a few

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Nearly $2tn of damage inflicted on other countries by US emissions

Wed, 3 Aug 2022 23:35:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/12/us-carbon-emissions-greenhouse-gases-climate-crisis>

"The US has inflicted more than $1.9tn in damage to other countries from the
effects of its greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new analysis that has
provided the first measurement of nations’ liability in stoking the climate

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Victoria just got a new zoo and it’s twice as large as Melbourne Zoo

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 10:32:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://beat.com.au/victoria-just-got-a-new-zoo-and-its-twice-as-large-as-melbourne-zoo/>

"A new zoo has been announced for Victoria and it's two-and-a-half times as
large as Melbourne Zoo.

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Want Fewer Abortions? Legalize Them

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 10:33:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/want-fewer-abortions-legalize-them/

"Even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, conservative states
had passed laws to tighten restrictions on abortion. Last September, Florida
governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks with no

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Australia’s wellbeing budget: what we can – and can’t – learn from NZ

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 10:34:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australias-wellbeing-budget-what-we-can-and-cant-learn-from-nz-186725>

"Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers has confirmed Australia will follow Aotearoa
New Zealand’s example and put wellbeing at the centre of the national budget.

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Guilt, shame, dissatisfaction: workers and customers on the gig economy (and how to make it better)

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 10:34:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/guilt-shame-dissatisfaction-workers-and-customers-on-the-gig-economy-and-how-to-make-it-better-185502>

"The gig economy is in trouble. Rideshare drivers are cancelling in droves.
Wait times for food delivery are ballooning out and driver shortages are
leading to food waste.

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This Underwater Canyon Could Become America’s Newest Marine Sanctuary

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 10:36:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/underwater-canyon-could-become-americas-newest-marine-sanctuary-180980248/>

"Roughly 100 miles off the coast of New York and New Jersey, sperm whales and
sea turtles swim gracefully beneath the waves. Deep-sea corals provide shelter
for octopuses, sea stars, bivalves and many other colorful aquatic life forms.

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20 years on, the International Criminal Court is doing more good than its critics claim

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 23:55:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/20-years-on-the-international-criminal-court-is-doing-more-good-than-its-critics-claim-186382>

"When the International Criminal Court began operating 20 years ago this month,
its existence reflected a unique historical and political epoch. Buoyed by the
successful creation of war-crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and

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The unconscionable prosecution of Bernard Collaery was an assault on the values Australia holds dear

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 23:56:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-unconscionable-prosecution-of-bernard-collaery-was-an-assault-on-the-values-australia-holds-dear-186560>

"Last week Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus put an end to Canberra lawyer Bernard
Collaery’s criminal prosecution.

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‘Why are you so scared of breasts?’: how Florence Pugh’s sheer Valentino gown provoked a discussion about misogyny and women’s bodies

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 23:57:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-are-you-so-scared-of-breasts-how-florence-pughs-sheer-valentino-gown-provoked-a-discussion-about-misogyny-and-womens-bodies-186746>

"Last Friday, actor Florence Pugh attended the Fall/Winter 2022 Valentino
couture show in Rome. She wore a frothy pink gown that, being sheer, exposed
her breasts. Posting photos of herself on Instagram looking radiant at the

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We studied how the Antarctic ice sheet advanced and retreated over 10,000 years. It holds warnings for the future

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 23:58:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-studied-how-the-antarctic-ice-sheet-advanced-and-retreated-over-10-000-years-it-holds-warnings-for-the-future-185505>

"Alarming stories from Antarctica are now more frequent than ever; the ice
surface is melting, floating ice shelves are collapsing and glaciers are
flowing faster into the ocean.

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There are 94 million craters on Mars. Scientists found the one this meteorite called home

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 23:59:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/there-are-94-million-craters-on-mars-scientists-found-the-one-this-meteorite-called-home-186812>

"In 2011, a small meteorite was found in the Sahara Desert. Designated
Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034 or “Black Beauty”, the blackened chunk of volcanic
crystal turned out to be a little piece of Mars, flung into space by an

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What I Learned from Buying a Tesla? Consumer Ignorance about EVs

Fri, 5 Aug 2022 11:52:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@feedyourhead411/what-i-learned-from-buying-a-tesla-consumer-ignorance-about-evs-640ccce57027>

"I recently bought a Tesla Model 3. So did about a quarter of a million other
people in the U.S. alone. With all those new owners driving around in what is
undeniably a very different kind of car, there are sure to be hundreds of blogs

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Not just ramps and doorways – disability housing is about choosing where, how and who you live with

Fri, 5 Aug 2022 11:53:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/not-just-ramps-and-doorways-disability-housing-is-about-choosing-where-how-and-who-you-live-with-183523>

"Home ownership among young people is falling sharply, while renters face
worrying insecurity. Nowhere is this more pronounced than for the 4.4 million
Australians living with a disability and, in particular, the 660,000 plus

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‘Have you recently had an abortion?’ Australian transiting through US questioned then deported

Fri, 5 Aug 2022 11:55:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/13/have-you-recently-had-an-abortion-australian-transiting-through-us-questioned-then-deported>

"An Australian woman who planned to house-sit in Canada during a holiday has
said she was detained, fingerprinted, interrogated about her abortion history
and quickly deported during a stopover in the US.

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A Personal Apology to Young Americans for Failing to Stop Ronald Reagan

Fri, 5 Aug 2022 11:57:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/07/13/personal-apology-young-americans-failing-stop-ronald-reagan>

"Dear millennials: back in the 1980s a lot of us worked like hell to try to
stop the Reagan revolution. We failed. This may be our last chance to save
American democracy and the American middle-class.

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We lost the plot on COVID messaging – now governments will have to be bold to get us back on track

Fri, 5 Aug 2022 11:57:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-lost-the-plot-on-covid-messaging-now-governments-will-have-to-be-bold-to-get-us-back-on-track-186732>

"Overall, Australian governments managed the first two years of the COVID
pandemic well. Border closures and state actions such as lockdowns averted
18,000 deaths in 2020 and 2021.

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Finance caused the fall of Rome

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 01:38:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://doctorow.medium.com/finance-caused-the-fall-of-rome-fd091fa02973>

"It’s hard to overstate the impact that David Graeber’s 2012 blockbuster Debt:
The First Five Thousand Years
 had on society; it’s a truly magesterial history
of the way that debt — and debt forgiveness — played in the establishment of

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Elon Musk Is Completely Wrong About Overpopulation

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 01:39:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://survivingtomorrow.org/elon-musk-is-completely-wrong-about-overpopulation-1efbc85e753d>

"The money-grifting meme-king is at it again.

Not content to just grab taxpayer money by the billions, evade taxes, shill

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The Uber files: leaked documents reveal a strategy of chaos – has anything changed?

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 01:40:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-uber-files-leaked-documents-reveal-a-strategy-of-chaos-has-anything-changed-186770>

"Uber has had a controversial history since its founding in 2009, from violent
conflicts among drivers to a secret software allegedly used to evade law
enforcement. Now, a leak of over 124,000 documents dubbed the Uber files shows

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Two experts break down the James Webb Space Telescope’s first images, and explain what we’ve already learnt

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 01:41:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/two-experts-break-down-the-james-webb-space-telescopes-first-images-and-explain-what-weve-already-learnt-186738>

"Today we saw the release of the first batch of images taken by the James Webb
Space Telescope. This is something we have both been waiting on for nearly 25
years. Back in those days, we were analysing the first Hubble images of the

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Albanese just laid out a radical new vision for Australia in the region: clean energy exporter and green manufacturer

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 01:42:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/albanese-just-laid-out-a-radical-new-vision-for-australia-in-the-region-clean-energy-exporter-and-green-manufacturer-186815>

"Gone are the days when the federal government would cheer on Australia’s
fossil fuel exports to the exclusion of all else, while seemingly doing
everything in its power to hold back the switch to renewables.

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Nintendo Japan Says It Recognises Same-Sex Marriages, Even Though Japan Doesn't

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 13:32:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://kotaku.com/nintendo-japan-same-sex-marriage-gay-law-ruling-1849171499>

"Nintendo issued an update on the company’s corporate social responsibility
(CSR) initiatives yesterday, and while this is normally a pretty stale kind of
thing to read through as a fan, this particular publication had one thing that

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The living world above our heads: how city trees help shape biodiversity

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 13:35:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-living-world-above-our-heads-how-city-trees-help-shape-biodiversity-182075>

"Trees and cities are not rivals – at least, no longer entirely. The ambitious
tree-planting programmes we have witnessed in cities over the past years are
proof of urban dwellers’ passion for them.

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‘The ultimate invader’: high-tech tool promises scientists an edge over the cane toad scourge

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 13:39:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-ultimate-invader-high-tech-tool-promises-scientists-an-edge-over-the-cane-toad-scourge-186542>

"Cane toads are invasive frogs that threaten the survival of several Australian
wildlife species. Scientists and conservation managers have long grappled with
how to stop the toad’s march across the continent.

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We have international laws to stop plastic pollution from fishing vessels now. Why are we not enforcing them?

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 13:40:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-have-international-laws-to-stop-plastic-pollution-from-fishing-vessels-now-why-are-we-not-enforcing-them-185951>

"Ocean plastic pollution was a focus at the recent UN oceans conference, which
issued a declaration in support of an earlier decision by the UN Environment
Assembly to start negotiations for a global plastics treaty.

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Boris Johnson’s ignominious end: the difference between ‘big tent’ politics and personalised populism

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 13:43:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/boris-johnsons-ignominious-end-the-difference-between-big-tent-politics-and-personalised-populism-186941>

"Following an excruciating few days when many of his colleagues left his
cabinet over yet another scandal, Boris Johnson finally resigned on July 7 as
leader of the Conservative party. As the UK is a parliamentary democracy, he

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Shovel-Ready

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 23:15:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://scribe.rip/shovel-ready-3433e0268c2e

"America has a monopoly problem. The list of heavily concentrated industries
grows longer by the day, even as the number of companies operating in each
sector shrinks: pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical benefit managers, health

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Space agriculture boldly grows food where no one has grown before

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 23:16:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/space-agriculture-boldly-grows-food-where-no-one-has-grown-before-184818>

"Whether to spend money on outer space exploration or to apply it to solve
serious problems on Earth, like climate change and food shortages, is a
contentious debate. But one argument in favour of space exploration highlights

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The 2019–2020 Australian forest fires are a harbinger of decreased prescribed burning effectiveness under rising extreme conditions

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 23:18:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-15262-y

"There is an imperative for fire agencies to quantify the potential for
prescribed burning to mitigate risk to life, property and environmental values
while facing changing climates. The 2019–2020 Black Summer fires in eastern

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Sri Lanka’s crisis is not just about the economy, but a long history of discrimination against minority groups

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 23:19:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/sri-lankas-crisis-is-not-just-about-the-economy-but-a-long-history-of-discrimination-against-minority-groups-186747>

"Sri Lanka is in the grip of an economic, political and humanitarian crisis.

In a remarkable display of anger on Saturday, thousands of protesters

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Finally A Normal No-Frills Electric Car! BYD ATTO 3

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 23:19:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pKRFCf93Xs

"Our man in China, Elliot Richards takes a look at a delightfully simple and
straightforward new EV: The BYD Atto. This no-nonsense family car prioritises
practicality and familiarity over high-tech features and posh materials, as so

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Masks for COVID: Updating the evidence

Sun, 7 Aug 2022 12:57:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.fast.ai/2022/07/04/updated-masks-evidence/

"These are notes I took whilst preparing a paper on mask efficacy from Nov 2021
to Jan 2022. In the end, I gave up on the paper, because I felt like people had
given up on masks, so there wasn’t much point in finishing it. I’ve decided to

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RATs for flu exist – should we be self-testing for that too?

Sun, 7 Aug 2022 12:57:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/rats-for-flu-exist-should-we-be-self-testing-for-that-too-185602>

"Flu season has begun uncharacteristically early this year, and so far we’ve
seen around 187,000 laboratory-confirmed cases, 1,323 hospitalisations, and 113
deaths.

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Sendit, Yolo, NGL: anonymous social apps are taking over once more, but they aren’t without risks

Sun, 7 Aug 2022 12:58:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/sendit-yolo-ngl-anonymous-social-apps-are-taking-over-once-more-but-they-arent-without-risks-186647>

"Have you ever told a stranger a secret about yourself online? Did you feel a
certain kind of freedom doing so, specifically because the context was removed
from your everyday life? Personal disclosure and anonymity have long been a

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Grattan on Friday: Albanese needs to step up (and mask up) to help create a new mindset to meet the COVID crisis

Sun, 7 Aug 2022 12:59:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-albanese-needs-to-step-up-and-mask-up-to-help-create-a-new-mindset-to-meet-the-covid-crisis-18702>

"Anthony Albanese received his fourth COVID jab this week. A commendable
example to the community, now that eligibility for the “winter shot” has been
widened.

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Friday essay: Simon During on the demoralisation of the humanities, and what can be done about it

Sun, 7 Aug 2022 13:00:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-simon-during-on-the-demoralisation-of-the-humanities-and-what-can-be-done-about-it-186111>

"What state are the Australian academic humanities in? Simple. They’re
demoralised. How can I tell? The signs are everywhere, but let’s just say that
whenever humanities academics get together these days, conversations inevitably

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How Many Variants And Deaths Are We Willing To Accept, Before We Protect The Whole World?

Sun, 7 Aug 2022 23:22:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.forbes.com/sites/madhukarpai/2022/07/12/how-many-variants-and-deaths-are-we-willing-to-accept-before-we-protect-the-whole-world/?sh=15b34ad92233>

"The Covid-19 pandemic is far from over. As I write this, I am dealing with my
own Covid-19 illness and fatigue. I am not alone. Millions of people worldwide
are getting infected or re-infected with highly transmissible Omicron

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How do we teach young people about climate change? We can start with this comic

Sun, 7 Aug 2022 23:23:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-do-we-teach-young-people-about-climate-change-we-can-start-with-this-comic-186740>

"We know young people are “angry, frustrated and scared” about climate change.
And they want to do more to stop it.

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Breakthrough in gas separation and storage could fast-track shift to green hydrogen and significantly cut global energy use

Sun, 7 Aug 2022 23:24:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/breakthrough-in-gas-separation-and-storage-could-fast-track-shift-to-green-hydrogen-and-significantly-cut-global-energy-use-186644>

"In 2016, experts writing in Nature listed seven breakthroughs in how we
process chemicals that could change the world for the better. We believe we’ve
just ticked one of those off the list.

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Louise Hardman's Shruder invention recycles plastic cleaned from ocean

Sun, 7 Aug 2022 23:26:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-15/louise-hardman-shruder-invention-process-ocean-plastics/101119148>

'Removing plastic pollution from waterways isn't a new concept, but
commoditising the recovered plastics is.

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This Arkansas school turned solar savings into better teacher pay

Mon, 8 Aug 2022 11:08:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://energynews.us/2020/10/16/this-arkansas-school-turned-solar-savings-into-better-teacher-pay/>

"In Batesville, Arkansas, just 17 miles west of the state’s largest coal-fired
power plant, a solar array at the local high school is having an unconventional
impact: boosting teachers’ pay.

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Things you're allowed to do

Mon, 8 Aug 2022 11:09:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://milan.cvitkovic.net/writing/things_youre_allowed_to_do/

"This is a list of things you’re allowed to do that you thought you couldn’t,
or didn’t even know you could.

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On the Beating of Children and Other Apparently Fine Things

Mon, 8 Aug 2022 11:11:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.atvbt.com/kids/

"You rise before dawn to make it on time to your government-mandated job.
Despite having a medical condition that means you need significantly more sleep
than average, compulsory work starts early and it’s still dark out when you

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Here’s a simple way to stop governments giving jobs to mates

Mon, 8 Aug 2022 11:12:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/heres-a-simple-way-to-stop-governments-giving-jobs-to-mates-186816>

"Handing out a cushy job to a political mate might seem harmless – after all,
everyone does it, right? – but the politicisation of public appointments has
real, pervasive consequences for Australian democracy. Increasingly, many

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Why is tech giant Apple trying to teach our teachers?

Mon, 8 Aug 2022 11:13:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-is-tech-giant-apple-trying-to-teach-our-teachers-186752>

"Apple products are already a central part of our lives in so many ways. We use
them to work, socialise, monitor our heart rates, pay for things and watch TV.

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The fascinating world of Voronoi diagrams

Mon, 8 Aug 2022 23:16:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://towardsdatascience.com/the-fascinating-world-of-voronoi-diagrams-da8fc700fa1b>

"Voronoi diagrams (also known as Dirichlet tesselation or Thiessen
polygons
) are everywhere in nature. You have encountered them thousands of
times, but maybe did not call it this way. Voronoi diagram are simple, yet they

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We Must Reclaim Solarpunk from Authoritarian Regimes

Mon, 8 Aug 2022 23:18:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@hanzifreinacht/we-must-reclaim-solarpunk-from-authoritarian-regimes-73d4d4f6833d>

"Without an aesthetic program, it is impossible to truly recreate today’s
society in desired directions. We need more than just ideas of the things we
wish to avoid (ecological disaster, pandemics, famine, wars, existential risks

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Inside a radical new project to democratize AI

Mon, 8 Aug 2022 23:20:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/07/12/1055817/inside-a-radical-new-project-to-democratize-ai/>

"BLOOM was created over the last year by over 1,000 volunteer researchers in a
project called BigScience, which was coordinated by AI startup Hugging Face
using funding from the French government. It officially launched on July 12.

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A cosmic time machine: how the James Webb Space Telescope lets us see the first galaxies in the universe

Mon, 8 Aug 2022 23:21:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-cosmic-time-machine-how-the-james-webb-space-telescope-lets-us-see-the-first-galaxies-in-the-universe-187015>

"It has been an exciting week with the release of breathtaking photos of our
Universe by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Images such as the one below
give us a chance to see faint distant galaxies as they were more than 13

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How Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius is refocusing for an electric future

Mon, 8 Aug 2022 23:22:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theverge.com/23172839/mercedes-benz-ceo-ola-kallenius-electric-vehicles-self-driving-luxury-tech-g-class>

"Mercedes-BenzMercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius became CEO in 2019 but has been
working for Mercedes since 1993 in almost every part of the company. During
that period, Mercedes spent time getting a lot bigger; the company famously

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Was Tricia the elephant happy? Experts on the ethics of keeping such big, roaming creatures in captivity

Tue, 9 Aug 2022 23:17:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/was-tricia-the-elephant-happy-experts-on-the-ethics-of-keeping-such-big-roaming-creatures-in-captivity-187016>

"The beloved Asian elephant Tricia died at Perth Zoo this month at the ripe old
age of 65, making her one of the world’s oldest elephants.

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Australia’s special visa program for Ukrainians to end, despite war raging on

Tue, 9 Aug 2022 23:18:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australias-special-visa-program-for-ukrainians-to-end-despite-war-raging-on-186829>

"Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited Ukraine this month,
promising an extra A$100 million in military aid and pledging to help the
country for “as long as it takes”.

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A Weird, Wonderful Conversation With Kim Stanley Robinson

Tue, 9 Aug 2022 23:20:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/15/opinion/ezra-klein-podcast-kim-stanley-robinson.html>

"Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the great living science fiction writers and
one of the most astute observers of how planets look, feel and work. His Mars
Trilogy imagined what it might be like for humans to settle on the red planet.

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Cherokee tribe supports renaming Clingmans Dome in Smoky Mountains National Park

Tue, 9 Aug 2022 23:21:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2022/07/17/1111923413/cherokee-tribe-rename-smoky-mountains-national-park-clingmans-dome>

"The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council passed a resolution
Thursday in support of changing the name of the highest peak in Great Smoky
Mountains National Park: Clingmans Dome.

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We're Living Through The Biggest Drop in Childhood Vaccination Rates in 30 Years

Tue, 9 Aug 2022 23:25:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/we-re-living-through-the-biggest-drop-in-childhood-vaccination-rates-in-30-years>

'Increased misinformation and the disruption of global supply chains due to
COVID-19 are behind the biggest sustained drop in childhood vaccinations in
three decades, a UN report said.

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How Commonwealth universities profited from Indigenous dispossession through land grants

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 11:38:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-commonwealth-universities-profited-from-indigenous-dispossession-through-land-grants-185010>

"Animated by social movements such as #RhodesMustFall and #BlackLivesMatter,
universities today have entered a period of critical self-reflection on their
histories.

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Mask mandates – will we only act on public health advice if someone makes us?

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 11:38:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/mask-mandates-will-we-only-act-on-public-health-advice-if-someone-makes-us-186914>

"Back in mid 2020, it was suggested mask use was similar to seat belt wearing
in cars. Not everyone wore a seat belt start straight away, but now it’s
unheard of to get into a car and not put it on.

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Vegetarian diets may be better for the planet – but the Mediterranean diet is the one omnivores will actually adopt

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 11:39:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/vegetarian-diets-may-be-better-for-the-planet-but-the-mediterranean-diet-is-the-one-omnivores-will-actually-adopt-185493>

"What we eat and how we produce food matters. Food systems are responsible for
more than a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Electric Seagliders Could Enable Short-Haul Emissions-Free Air Travel This Decade

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 11:41:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://singularityhub.com/2022/07/18/electric-seagliders-could-enable-short-haul-emissions-free-air-travel-this-decade/>

"Electrifying aviation could help tackle the sector’s serious emissions
problems, but battery-powered passenger jets are still some way off.
All-electric seagliders that skim the waves like pelicans could hit the market

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This is Australia’s most important report on the environment’s deteriorating health. We present its grim findings

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 11:41:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/this-is-australias-most-important-report-on-the-environments-deteriorating-health-we-present-its-grim-findings-186131>

"Climate change is exacerbating pressures on every Australian ecosystem and
Australia now has more foreign plant species than native, according to the
highly anticipated State of the Environment Report released today.

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