Glass Wings Blog: February 2018

Ursula K. Le Guin, the spiritual mother of generations of writers; John Scalzi pays tribute

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 22:34:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-leguin-scalzi-20180123-story.html>

"She was a supporting column of the genre, on equal footing and bearing
equal weight to Verne or Wells or Heinlein or Bradbury. Losing her is
like losing one of the great sequoias. As the unceasing flow of

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FX Just Gave A Pilot Production Order To A WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Series

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 22:37:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://geektyrant.com/news/fx-just-gave-a-pilot-production-order-to-a-what-we-do-in-the-shadows-series>

"What We Do In The Shadows is on its way to becoming a television
series as Variety reports FX has given a pilot production order to a
potential show. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, who starred in

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Heavy Snowfall Hits Tokyo, And The Results Are Pretty Much What You’d Expect

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 21:55:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.boredpanda.com/heavy-snow-tokyo/

"It appears the Japanese attitude to snow sculptures is much more
developed than what we are used to in Europe and North America. What
else would you expect from the land that produces some of the most

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Princesses and action heroes are for boys and girls

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 21:57:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://phys.org/news/2018-01-princesses-action-heroes-boys-girls.html

"Given the chance, young boys will try out dolls, and girls will play
with cars and building blocks. It's even possible to encourage the two
sexes to play together without too much moaning, says Lauren Spinner of

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Meet the street animals that stole scientists’ hearts

Sat, 3 Feb 2018 23:13:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-01018-0

"Cats and dogs that wander on to field sites can become cherished
companions — but their presence isn’t always welcome."

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Rupert Murdoch Admits, Once Again, He Can't Make Money Online -- Begs Facebook To Just Give Him Money

Sat, 3 Feb 2018 23:14:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180125/09164639083/rupert-murdoch-admits-once-again-he-cant-make-money-online-begs-facebook-to-just-give-him-money.shtml>

"Indeed, the internet and Murdoch's reaction to it are truly
fascinating, as they strip away The Emperor's New Clothes concerning
Murdoch's supposed support of free market capitalism. He claims to be in

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Censorship By Weaponizing Free Speech: Rethinking How The Marketplace Of Ideas Works

Sat, 3 Feb 2018 23:16:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180124/11124039076/censorship-weaponizing-free-speech-rethinking-how-marketplace-ideas-works.shtml>

'What do we do when that free speech is being weaponized against free
speech itself? How do you respond? Do you need to weaponize in response
and flood back the "bad speech" or does that just create an arms race?

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The Humanity Star

Sun, 4 Feb 2018 19:04:35 +1100

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

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

"Visible with the naked eye, the Humanity Star is a highly reflective
satellite that blinks brightly across the night sky to create a shared
experience for everyone on the planet."

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Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse

Sun, 4 Feb 2018 19:06:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://eand.co/why-were-underestimating-american-collapse-be04d9e55235

"Should the world follow the American model — extreme capitalism, no
public investment, cruelty as a way of life, the perversion of everyday
virtue — then these new social pathologies will follow, too. They are

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Music Really is a Universal Language

Sun, 4 Feb 2018 19:08:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://neurosciencenews.com/music-universal-language-8370/

"Summary: According to a new study, vocal songs that accompany dance,
sooth a child or express love tend to sound similar across different
cultures. The findings, researchers note, show consistency with the

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Nothing Is Inescapable

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 22:49:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/the-nib/nothing-is-inescapable-6157cea8723b

Via Muse, who wrote: "Beautiful way to remember a beautiful writer! Vale
Ursula K Le Guin."

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How to Bring Caring for Kids and Elders (and Other Acts of Love) Into the Economy

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 22:50:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/43330-how-to-bring-caring-for-kids-and-elders-and-other-acts-of-love-into-the-economy>

"Many say that our care system -- the paid and unpaid labor of caring
for our families and communities -- is broken: Our economy doesn't take
care of caregivers. But care comes from love, community, and mutual

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A Kurdish Family in Syria, Feeling Betrayed by the U.S., Tries to Survive a Turkish Bombing

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 23:57:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/news/as-told-to/a-kurdish-family-in-syria-feeling-betrayed-by-the-us-tries-to-survive-a-turkish-bombing>

"We know it’s not Americans bombing us. But it’s still the Americans
doing this to us. If the Americans told a NATO member, Turkey, not to
bombard us, they would not have done it. Everyone in Afrin, we feel like

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[Retro] Sim Gretina - Wanderlust

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 23:57:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSHpw_b5nJI

"I've decided to make a retro 80s album since I got the inspiration to
make one. This track will be on the album."

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Livers for transplant can now be kept alive at body temperature

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 21:55:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21735573-artificial-womb-supplies-them-blood-and-nutrients-livers-transplant>

"A metra is designed to keep the organ it is nurturing supplied with the
correct amount of blood—an amount which varies from one instant to the
next. It detects the organ’s demand for blood by monitoring pressure in

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Facebook Only Cares About Facebook

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 21:56:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/facebook-doesnt-care/551684/>

"I don’t want Facebook to go away—I want it to get better. But
increasingly, I think the only way Facebook will listen to people’s
expressed preferences is if people start building better alternatives."

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The Deep Roots of an Italian Song That Sounds Like English—But Is Just Nonsense

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 23:37:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/deep-roots-italian-song-sounds-like-english-american-medieval-comedy-nonsense>

"In 1972, fascination with American culture spurred an Italian showman
to revive a medieval comic tradition."

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5 things we learned about the environment at Davos 2018

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 23:38:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/world-economic-forum/5-things-we-learned-about-the-environment-at-davos-2018-7cc997857eea>

"From the pace of climate action to saving our oceans, world leaders had
plenty to say about the environment during the World Economic Forum’s
Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos."

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Dangerously Low on Water, Cape Town Now Faces ‘Day Zero’

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 23:03:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/world/africa/cape-town-day-zero.html

"If water levels keep falling, Cape Town will declare Day Zero in less
than three months. Taps in homes and businesses will be turned off until
the rains come. The city’s four million residents will have to line up

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Gregory Colbert

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 23:04:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://gregorycolbert.com/

"Colbert believes that there is a shared desire for all species to
participate in one universal conversation. He sees nature as the
greatest storyteller of all and himself as an apprentice to nature. His

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Increasing open-source inclusivity with paper circuits

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 23:57:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://lwn.net/Articles/745705/

"Open-source software has an inclusiveness problem that will take some
innovative approaches to fix. But, Andrew "bunnie" Huang said in his
fast-moving linux.conf.au 2018 talk, if we don't fix it we may find we

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Trends 2018

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 23:58:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://futuresforum.org/Trends_2018

"If you're a strategic planner, a purpose-driven changemaker, or a
leading woman defined we created this FREE trend report for you."

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How My Poet-Refugee Mother Became A Trump Supporter

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 23:59:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theestablishment.co/how-my-poet-refugee-mother-became-a-trump-supporter-8cdbae63485e>

"Like other Iranian Americans, my mom has a surprising — and
dangerous — view of a president she would seemingly despise."

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The 'Black Panther' premiere just put every other red carpet in Hollywood to shame

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:46:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://mic.com/articles/187679/the-black-panther-premiere-just-put-every-other-red-carpet-in-hollywood-to-shame>

"Outfits in ultra-bright colors, with jewel accents, African patterns,
fringe and metallics and plenty of other genuinely exciting fashion
details, raised the bar for red carpet fashion."

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Internet of Dildos: A Long Way to a Vibrant Future – From IoT to IoD

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:47:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sec-consult.com/en/blog/2018/02/internet-of-dildos-a-long-way-to-a-vibrant-future-from-iot-to-iod/index.html>

"The sex toys of the “Vibratissimo” product line and their cloud
platform, both manufactured and operated by the German company Amor
Gummiwaren GmbH, were affected by severe security vulnerabilities. The

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Refuge Restrooms

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:48:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.refugerestrooms.org/

"Refuge Restrooms is a web application that seeks to provide safe
restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming
individuals. Users can search for restrooms by proximity to a search

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What Scientists Learned From Strapping a Camera to a Polar Bear

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:41:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/02/what-scientists-learned-from-strapping-a-camera-to-a-polar-bear/552083/>

"Hours of film showed the animals just living life—and suggested that,
in the age of climate change, their day-to-day existence may get much
harder."

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In Science, There Should Be a Prize for Second Place

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:42:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/02/in-science-there-should-be-a-prize-for-second-place/552131/>

"Some scientific journals are defusing the fear of getting “scooped” by
making it easier for scientists to publish results that have appeared
elsewhere."

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After neoliberalism: how Corbyn and Labour can win the next general election

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:49:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/02/02/first-days-better-nation-2.html

"Neoliberalism was posed as an answer to the problems of the
Keynesianism of the post-WWII era, but it has been revealed as a fuggly
work-around, accruing both literal and policy debts, both of which have

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Black Panther, White Avengers

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:50:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@ebonstorm/black-panther-white-avengers-f9d29b1c729a

"I am damn tired of hearing complaints about a movie which has not even
released. Some of the complaints have been staggering in their racist,
bigoted or outright unbelievable perspectives. You won’t have to

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George Soros: Remarks delivered at the World Economic Forum

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:54:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.georgesoros.com/2018/01/25/remarks-delivered-at-the-world-economic-forum/>

"But protecting the democratic achievements of the past is not enough;
we must also safeguard the values of open society so that they will
better withstand future onslaughts. Open society will always have its

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Hedgehog Facts

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:59:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://princesspricklepants.com/2016/06/26/hedgehog-facts/

"Today we present an amazing collection of virtually believable hedgehog
facts for your wonder, delight, and edification"

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Study Suggests Shutting Down Filesharing Sites Would Hurt Music Industry, New Artists

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:01:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180129/14565639111/study-suggests-shutting-down-filesharing-sites-would-hurt-music-industry-new-artists.shtml>

"The evolution of the music industry's response to the fact that
copyright infringement exists on the internet has been both plodding and
frustrating."

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Sorry, Earth, The Ozone Layer Isn't Healing Itself After All

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:02:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2018/02/06/sorry-earth-the-ozone-layer-isnt-healing-itself-after-all/>

"Throughout the history of life on Earth, there's been a little-noticed
helper: a thin but important layer of ozone in our planet's stratosphere."

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Adam Bandt on Genuine Satire - brilliant speech

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:56:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=275o-JObtWY

"Thank you Adam Bandt for speaking up for free speech and the right to
mercilessly troll Governments"

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Open-source drug discovery

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:57:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://lwn.net/Articles/746663/

"The market for pharmaceuticals has failed in a number of ways to come
up with necessary drugs at reasonable prices; perhaps some of those
failures can be addressed through a community effort."

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Conservation stories from the front lines

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:02:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.2005226>

"In this issue of PLOS Biology, we highlight the deeply human side of
research in a new collection, “Conservation Stories from the Front
Lines.” These narratives present peer-reviewed and robust science but

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John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:09:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/john-perry-barlow-internet-pioneer-1947-2018>

"It is no exaggeration to say that major parts of the Internet we all
know and love today exist and thrive because of Barlow’s vision and
leadership. He always saw the Internet as a fundamental place of

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Building A Latino-Muslim Coalition With #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:15:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/02/08/584057034/building-a-latino-muslim-coalition-with-tacotrucksateverymosque>

"The connection between Middle Eastern and Mexican food goes all the way
back to the Moors, and is well-known in culinary circles. Al pastor
tacos are just a pork version of the shawarma spits that Lebanese

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Full Text of Remarks by Top State Dep’t Official Discharged by Trump’s White House

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:33:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.justsecurity.org/37239/full-text-remarks-top-state-dept-official-discharged-trump-white-house-tom-countrymans-powerful-farewell-address/>

"Tom Countryman, who served the nation for 35 years and at the time as
Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and
Nonproliferation, was in Amman booked to fly to an international meeting

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On The Internet, Everyone Is A Creator

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:34:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180206/15013739174/internet-everyone-is-creator.shtml>

"The internet has made it so that everyone can be a creator. Internet
platforms have made it so that anyone can create almost any kind of
content they want, they can promote that content, they can distribute

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How a kid cartoonist avoided Scholastic's digital sharecropping trap

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:35:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/02/08/terms-and-conditions-apply.html

"I'm an 8th grade middle school student at a public school in NYC. In my
humanities class we are studying muckraking journalism, and we have an
assignment to write a muckraking article about a modern issue."

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Mike Godwin Remembers John Perry Barlow

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:37:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180208/12170739195/mike-godwin-remembers-john-perry-barlow.shtml>

"EFF disrupted all my inertial, half-formed plans and changed my life
forever. (I didn’t, for example, become a prosecutor.) And John Perry
Barlow was the red-hot beating heart of EFF."

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No More Tuna for Japan’s Sushi?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:38:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.thenation.com/article/no-more-tuna-for-japans-sushi/

"Japan is the world’s biggest consumer of tuna. Fishermen on the island
of Iki are challenging official policy so as to stop the decline of
Pacific bluefin tuna stocks."

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Devil's Bargain: Why Aerosols Pose a Deadly Climate Change Threat

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:56:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/why-aerosols-are-a-deadly-climate-change-threat-w516504>

and also
<https://grist.org/article/geoengineering-climate-change-air-pollution-save-planet/>

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Coral Scientists Eye ‘Radical Intervention’ To Save The World’s Reefs

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:57:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/coral-reefs-intervention-noaa_us_5a7df39fe4b0c6726e133b4f>

"Some of the nation’s leading coral scientists stressed Thursday that
the situation facing coral reefs is nothing short of desperate — and a
drastic cut in global carbon dioxide emissions won’t be enough to

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This coyote was stealing newspapers, so here's what the delivery man did

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:56:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/coyote-stealing-newspapers-so-heres-what-delivery-man-did>

"It's not uncommon to hear about city residents running into conflicts
with urban coyotes. Usually it's because of run-ins with pets, or
coyotes getting too close for comfort around people in parks or yards.

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Big business is hijacking our radical past. We must stop it

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:00:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/09/big-business-radical-past-ram-trucks-martin-luther-king-whitewash>

"Ram Trucks distorted a Martin Luther King sermon to sell its cars. This
is how the establishment whitewashes history"

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The last scan

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:13:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16973914/tvs-crt-restoration-led-gaming-vintage>

"Inside the desperate fight to keep old TVs alive"

An interesting long read on the twilight of an iconic technology. Raises

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Animal Trainers Gone Wild

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:14:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/animal-trainers-gone-wild/

"A research team says no to drugs and uses the skills of animal trainers
to calm wild Weddell seals."

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