Glass Wings Blog: June 2019

We're Now At A Million Plastic Bottles Per Minute - 91% Of Which Are Not Recycled

Sat, 1 Jun 2019 22:40:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/07/26/million-plastic-bottles-minute-91-not-recycled/>

"Several recent reports indicate the dire global situation associated
with the world's plastic use. Two statistics jump out immediately. One,
that globally humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute. The

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Nestlé Is Sucking the World’s Aquifers Dry

Sat, 1 Jun 2019 22:42:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://longreads.com/2017/10/04/nestle-is-sucking-the-worlds-aquifers-dry/>

"Nestle sold $7.7 billion dollars worth of bottled water last year,
making it the world’s largest bottled water company. It made that money
partly by paying a pittance for its product. Nestlé pays the U.S. Forest

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All-girls robotics team from Ghana wins World Robofest Championship in the U.S.

Sat, 1 Jun 2019 22:43:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://face2faceafrica.com/article/all-girls-robotics-team-from-ghana-wins-world-robofest-championship-in-the-u-s>

"Ghana presented an all-girls robotics team for the senior division of
the World Robofest Championship in the United States and they won the
topmost position by beating teams from the United States, Mexico, Egypt,

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Behind the scenes of 24/7 service: The realities of 'owning' a Japanese convenience store

Sat, 1 Jun 2019 22:45:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/27/national/behind-scenes-24-7-service-realities-owning-japanese-convenience-store/>

"While Seven-Eleven Japan says franchisees and the chain operator “have
an equal relationship,” Matsumoto says the relationship is “that of ants
and an elephant,” citing a large gap in power and information.

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‘A zombie party’: the deepening crisis of conservatism

Sun, 2 Jun 2019 22:38:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/28/a-zombie-party-the-deepening-crisis-of-conservatism>

"Even when other parties have been in office, leaders such as Tony Blair
and Bill Clinton have continued with the conservative project of
privatising the state and deregulating business. For decades, armies of

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Murray Gell-Mann, The Physicist Who Came Up With Quarks, Has Died

Sun, 2 Jun 2019 22:39:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/05/murray-gell-mann-the-physicist-who-came-up-with-quarks-has-died/>

"Pioneering physicist Murray Gell-Mann has passed away at the age of 89.
Among his many scientific contributions, the Nobel laureate will be
remembered for bringing order to the chaotic field of particle physics,

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'Spectres of the past': Angela Merkel sounds alarm over antisemitism

Sun, 2 Jun 2019 22:41:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/28/spectres-of-the-past-angela-merkel-warns-against-rise-of-far-right>

"Angela Merkel has said antisemitism is a problem in Germany and the
country has a historical responsibility to face up to the growing threat
of far-right populism both at home and abroad."

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A Brief History of Bullying Women to Have Babies

Sun, 2 Jun 2019 22:42:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.topic.com/a-brief-history-of-bullying-women-to-have-babies

"The techniques that have been used to pressure American women to keep
breeding are even more shocking than you might think."

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‘You idiots’: Bill Nye’s fiery message to leaders stalling on climate change

Mon, 3 Jun 2019 23:52:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/you-idiots-bill-nyes-fiery-message-to-leaders-stalling-on-climate-change/>

"“Grow up,” he said, injecting some more language that wouldn’t fly in
public broadcasting. “You’re not children anymore. I didn’t mind
explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults

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Fish Below Your Feet and Other Solutions for a Living Harbor

Mon, 3 Jun 2019 23:53:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/fish-below-your-feet-and-other-solutions-for-a-living-harbor/>

"Eco-engineering urban waterfront areas is becoming a hot topic, as
municipal governments worldwide attempt to be better neighbors to fish
and other marine life. Major cities like Hong Kong, Baltimore, and

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Why Australia will never have a Jacinda Ardern

Mon, 3 Jun 2019 23:55:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/why-australia-will-never-have-a-jacinda-ardern,12744>

"In Australia, female leaders continue to be torn down by frenzied media
campaigns, writes Alan Austin."

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A True Story Of 'Copyright Piracy': Why The Verve Will Only Start Getting Royalties Now For Bittersweet Symphony

Mon, 3 Jun 2019 23:55:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190525/00140242276/true-story-copyright-piracy-why-verve-will-only-start-getting-royalties-now-bittersweet-symphony.shtml>

"For all of the traditional recording industry's claims of how important
copyright is for "supporting artists," the most egregious examples of
legacy industry folks screwing artists over tend to involve copyright --

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Mushrooms, Fossils, And A Pen To Draw Them With: Beatrix Potter, Naturalist

Tue, 4 Jun 2019 23:24:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://womenyoushouldknow.net/beatrix-potter-naturalist/

"“I don’t know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about
four little rabbits whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and
Peter.”  In 1893, when Beatrix Potter sent these words, and the picture

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Climate Crisis news May 2019

Tue, 4 Jun 2019 23:27:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Study finds ocean acidification threatens coral reef systems
<https://phys.org/news/2019-05-ocean-acidification-threatens-coral-reef.html>

"A new study led by The University of Western Australia has found the
future of the world's coral reefs is under threat from ocean

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An Oral History of Trump’s Bigotry

Tue, 4 Jun 2019 23:28:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/06/trump-racism-comments/588067/>

"His racism and intolerance have always been in evidence; only slowly
did he begin to understand how to use them to his advantage."

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This Creative Woman Excels at Baking Art Pies with Avant-Garde Crust Designs

Thu, 6 Jun 2019 03:34:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://mymodernmet.com/creative-pies-lauren-ko/

"When it comes to beautiful desserts, cakes often get all the credit.
It’s easy to see why—with spectacular trends like buttercream flowers
and sculpted sugar brushstrokes, there’s a definite “wow” factor with

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ONE BIG FAMILY - 49 children from all over the word get together l ZIPPY

Thu, 6 Jun 2019 03:35:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kwj9dPNXOI

"To celebrate International Children’s Day we brought together a special
group of kids, creating the campaign: ‘One Big Family’. What do they
have in common? Watch the video to find out more!"

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Bohemeow Rhapsody (In celebration of 100.000 subcribers)

Thu, 6 Jun 2019 03:35:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0qhURqojLQ

"I just hit 100.000 subcribers last night. I am very happy about that
and I want to share that joy with you guys by recording this video."

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Rats at the police station, filth on L.A. streets — scenes from the collapse of a city that’s lost control

Thu, 6 Jun 2019 03:37:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lopez-skid-row-rats-trash-20190601-story.html>

"What century is this?

Is it the 21st century in the largest city of a state that ranks among

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How Australia’s richest have got 50 times richer in 35 years

Fri, 7 Jun 2019 02:06:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/05/31/rich-list-rich-getting-richer/>

"They say it takes money to make money, and Australia’s 2019 Rich List
shows how accurate that cliche is.

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Opinion: To Fight Anti-Semitism, German Tabloid Prints Cutout Kippah

Fri, 7 Jun 2019 02:12:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2019/06/01/728731583/opinion-to-fight-anti-semitism-german-tabloid-prints-cut-out-kippah>

"Anti-Semitic hate crimes are on the rise in Germany, almost 20% higher
last year. About 200,000 Jews now live in Germany, 74 years after the
defeat of the Nazi regime that tried to extinguish — there is no

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Dinosaur Bones Shimmering With Opal Reveal a New Species in Australia

Fri, 7 Jun 2019 02:18:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaur-bones-encrusted-opal-reveal-new-species-australia-180972332/>

"A discovery in an Australian opal mine remained unexamined for three
decades—it turned out to be the most complete opalized dinosaur skeleton
in the world"

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Here are 4 things you definitely didn’t know about Aussie magpies

Fri, 7 Jun 2019 23:34:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2019/04/here-are-4-things-you-definitely-didnt-know-about-aussie-magpies/>

"Australian Magpies are Aussie icons, but there’s probably a lot you
don’t know about these incredible birds."

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Researchers strapped video cameras on 16 cats and let them do their thing. Here’s what they found

Fri, 7 Jun 2019 23:36:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/researchers-strapped-video-cameras-16-cats-and-let-them-do-their-thing-here-s-what-they>

“When they were in their homes, the cats spent a lot of time following
their humans around. They liked to be in the same room. A lot of my
students were surprised at how attached cats were to people.”

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Qualcomm Used Patent Monopolies To Shake Down The Entire Mobile Phone Industry For Decades

Fri, 7 Jun 2019 23:37:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190531/17471342314/qualcomm-used-patent-monopolies-to-shake-down-entire-mobile-phone-industry-decades.shtml>

Punchline:

"So this will go on for some time. But if you ever want a pure example

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Long-lost Lewis Chessman found in Edinburgh family's drawer

Fri, 7 Jun 2019 23:37:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-48494885

"A medieval chess piece that was missing for almost 200 years had been
unknowingly kept in a drawer by an Edinburgh family."

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‘The Library of Everything’ With Brewster Kahle

Sun, 9 Jun 2019 00:08:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/s/teamhuman/the-library-of-everything-with-brewster-kahle-51a87f7e1291>

"On the Internet Archive and keeping the dream of a decentralized, open,
mind-expanding internet alive"

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We must mobilise for the climate emergency like we do in wartime. Where is the climate minister?

Sun, 9 Jun 2019 00:09:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2019/jun/03/we-must-mobilise-for-the-climate-emergency-like-we-do-in-war-time-where-is-the-climate-minister>

"A realistic assessment of climate-related impacts and threats depends
on understanding the strengths and weaknesses of climate science
projections. Unfortunately, much scientific knowledge produced for

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Fun with LEDs and CircuitPython

Sun, 9 Jun 2019 00:11:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/789930/2b85a791ce09b753/

"A study called “Unlocking the Clubhouse” suggested that traditional
computing culture is a boy’s club that is unfriendly to women; it
concluded that we need to find ways to unlock this clubhouse to make it

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Big Mood: New Report Says It’s “Highly Likely” Civilisation Will Be Beyond Saving By 2050

Sun, 9 Jun 2019 00:12:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://junkee.com/climate-change-report-2050/208387

"So there you go — turns out you don’t need to worry about buying a
house, or settling your debts, cause within three short decades, it’s
reasonably likely that most of Australia will be underwater and/or on

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Economic growth is an unnecessary evil, Jacinda Ardern is right to deprioritise it

Sun, 9 Jun 2019 23:04:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/opinion/economic-growth-is-an-unnecessary-evil-jacinda-ardern-is-right-to-deprioritise-it/31/05/>

"Long revered as a stalwart of a capitalist society the need to grow has
come to overshadow everything else. We prioritise it over our personal
health, we prioritise it over the health of the planet and we prioritise

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Chimpanzees in the wild reduced to ‘forest ghettos’

Sun, 9 Jun 2019 23:05:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/chimpanzees-in-the-wild-reduced-to-forest-ghettos/>

"Urban expansion and hunting have pushed chimpanzees, humanity’s closest
relative in the animal kingdom, into shrinking islets of wildness, top
experts said Tuesday after a three-day meeting in Germany.

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Trumpists Are Fighting Against Everything the Heroes of D-Day Fought For

Sun, 9 Jun 2019 23:07:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumpists-are-fighting-against-everything-the-troops-of-d-day-fought-for>

"The rise of renewed white nationalism in Europe began before Trump
entered the political arena, and for a brief time after his election he
seemed so completely disreputable that even the likes of Marine Le Pen,

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Harrison Ford: "Stop Giving Power to People Who Don't Believe in Science"

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 23:10:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.physics-astronomy.org/2018/09/harrison-ford-stop-giving-power-to.html>

'Speaking at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this
week, the 76-year-old actor and tireless climate activist issued a sober
warning: "If we don't change the path that we are on today, the future

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Half of Americans Are Effectively Poor Now. What The?

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 23:13:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://eand.co/half-of-americans-are-effectively-poor-now-what-the-c944c518db6a>

"Americans aren’t poor because they don’t work, they don’t work hard
enough, or they don’t work long enough. They’re poor even if they do.
[...] If the majority of people in a rich society are poor now…even

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Some US embassies fly rainbow flag despite rejected requests from Trump admin

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 23:15:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/447595-some-us-embassies-fly-rainbow-flag-despite-rejected-requests-from>

"Several U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions around the world are
hoisting rainbow flags in honor of Pride Month, despite a slate of
rejections from the Trump administration of requests to fly the flag."

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Straight man’s pickup truck goes viral for supporting Pride in rural Oklahoma

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 23:41:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/06/straight-mans-pickup-truck-goes-viral-supporting-pride-rural-oklahoma/>

"It doesn't matter what negativity I receive for supporting this. I hope
that this can help even the slightest bit to encourage and support at
least one person that needs it."

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Heroes of the Great Patriotic Trade War

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 23:42:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/09/opinion/heroes-of-the-great-patriotic-trade-war.html>

"People can’t take America seriously anymore."

Via Jennifer Freeman.

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Mike Pompeo Threatens To Intervene In British Democracy To Stop Corbyn Becoming Prime Minister

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 23:43:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/black-isle-journalism/mike-pompeo-threatens-to-intervene-in-british-democracy-to-stop-corbyn-becoming-prime-minister-609611b6e1ae>

"US Secretary for State Mike Pompeo has come under fire after a
recording emerged of him saying he’d intervene to stop Labour Party
leader Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister. In the recording first

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Cute overload - adorable otters

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 23:16:42 +1000

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

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

"Spy Otter quietly films the most intimate views of otters using tools."

Via Muse, who wrote: "Solastalgia group-help group… :)

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Unputdownable! The bookshops Amazon couldn't kill

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 23:17:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/06/amazon-booksellers-beating-odds-book-shops>

"Sales of printed books have risen and shops are fighting back. As the
online threat mounts, UK booksellers – from chains to pop-ups – tell us
how they keep afloat"

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Climate Change, the Problem from Hell

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 23:18:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/climate-change-the-problem-from-hell/>

"In Falter, Bill McKibben once more explains nature’s workings, asks
profound questions, and tells wonderful stories."

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On the Rise of the Feminist Internet

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 23:28:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://lithub.com/on-the-rise-of-the-feminist-internet/

"This magazine is about speaking up. Will that make us bitchy? Yeah."

Via Esther Schindler.

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‘Frightening’ number of plant extinctions found in global survey

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 23:29:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/10/frightening-number-of-plant-extinctions-found-in-global-survey>

"Human destruction of the living world is causing a “frightening” number
of plant extinctions, according to scientists who have completed the
first global analysis of the issue."

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Former neo-Nazi and counter-violent extremism experts issue warning to Australia

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 23:31:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-11/australia-counter-violent-extremism-could-learn-international/11106360>

"Soft intervention includes programs that police, community leaders and
schools could refer people vulnerable to extremism to, before they
become entrenched in the ideas and join an extremist group."

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Canada to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 03:59:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48477087

"Canada will ban "harmful" single-use plastics as early as 2021 in a bid
to reduce ocean waste, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced."

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If You Think The Reason Internet Companies Snarf Up Your Data Is Because Their Services Are Free, Allow Me To Introduce You To The Telcos

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 04:00:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190609/00461242361/if-you-think-reason-internet-companies-snarf-up-your-data-is-because-their-services-are-free-allow-me-to-introduce-you-to-telcos.shtml>

"It's been a few years since this kind of argument has come up, but it's
one that we've had to swat down a few times in the past: it's the
argument that somehow if a company offers a service for free, it means

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Planet is entering ‘new climate regime’ with ‘extraordinary’ heat waves intensified by global warming, study says

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 04:02:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/06/11/climate-change-intensified-last-summers-northern-hemisphere-heat-wave-it-may-be-starting-all-over-again/>

"Simultaneous heat waves scorched land areas all over the Northern
Hemisphere last summer, killing hundreds and hospitalizing thousands
while intensifying destructive and deadly wildfires.

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Human trafficking and slavery still happen in Australia. This comic explains how

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 04:03:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/human-trafficking-and-slavery-still-happen-in-australia-this-comic-explains-how-112294>

"We might not want to believe it, but human trafficking and slavery
happens in Australia. Slavery is not an historical artefact, but a
tragic reality for millions of people around the world, including in

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Norway Became The World's First Country To Ban Deforestation

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 02:57:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.the-open-mind.com/norway-became-the-worlds-first-country-to-ban-deforestation/>

"Forests cover at least 31% of Earth. Trees are essential as they
produce oxygen, and it is this gift that takes carbon dioxide out of the
air. We cannot ignore the significance of this as oxygen is the reason

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How a trans man from a small Yukon town had a big impact on the MMIWG inquiry

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 02:59:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-trans-ladue-mmiwg-report-1.5167461>

"That first hearing had started with only the participants being sworn
in, until LaDue asked commissioners to also solemnly affirm that they
will listen "with an open heart, an open mind, and without prejudice."

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The war to free science

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:01:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/6/3/18271538/open-access-elsevier-california-sci-hub-academic-paywalls>

"How librarians, pirates, and funders are liberating the world’s
academic research from paywalls."

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Australian town implements brilliant solution to reduce the problem of plastic waste

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:02:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://mypositiveoutlooks.com/australian-town-solution-plastic-waste-pollution/>

"It may be a hard pill to swallow, but the fact is that our environment
is currently at its worst state. The world’s massive plastic waste
problem persists, but the good thing is, more and more groups and

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Ocasio-Cortez destroys Republicans with her BEST speech yet

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:55:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9F9NDWshLs

"BREAKING: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just destroyed Republicans with a
BRILLIANT argument for the Green New Deal. Turn your speakers up and
watch until the end— this is incredible..."

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Anki, Jibo, and Kuri: What We Can Learn from Social Robots That Didn't Make It

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:56:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/home-robots/anki-jibo-and-kuri-what-we-can-learn-from-social-robotics-failures>

"It's been a tough few years for social home robots: Where do we go from
here?"

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N.I.H. Head Calls for End to All-Male Panels of Scientists

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:57:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/12/health/collins-male-science-panels.html>

"Francis Collins pledged to decline to speak at conferences that do not
include enough women in prominent speaking roles."

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The End of Days?

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:58:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://katherinephelps.com/2019/06/the-end-of-days/

"Kubler-Ross wrote in the 1960s about how we experience grief. It has
been shown that we do not pass through stages of grief, but what was
once described that way still illustrates the many ways we may grapple

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DefunctTV: The History of Fraggle Rock

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:28:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl4mlq6zAxw

"In the fourth part of the six-part series on Jim Henson, DefunctTV
explores the history of HBO's Fraggle Rock and the Dark Crystal"

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Star Control lawfight settled by bees

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:35:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/06/12/star-control-lawfight-settled-by-bees/>

"Bees have intervened to amicably settle the legal dispute over rights
to the Star Control series of sci-fi explore-o-RPGs.  After finding
common ground in a love of bees, Star Control creators Fred Ford and

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Mending hearts: how a ‘repair economy’ creates a kinder, more caring community

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:36:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/mending-hearts-how-a-repair-economy-creates-a-kinder-more-caring-community-113547>

"Returning to an economy of repair could help create a kinder, more
inclusive society. By mending broken things we might also help mend
what’s broken in ourselves."

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How the West is Destroying Itself Through Its Fear of Migrants

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:37:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://lithub.com/how-the-west-is-destroying-itself-through-its-fear-of-migrants/>

"The West is being destroyed, not by migrants, but by the fear of
migrants. In country after country, the ghosts of the fascists have
rematerialized and are sitting in parliaments in Germany, in Austria, in

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The Radical Plan to Save the Planet by Working Less

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:51:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bj9yjq/the-radical-plan-to-save-the-planet-by-working-less>

"The degrowth movement wants to intentionally shrink the economy to
address climate change, and create lives with less stuff, less work, and
better well-being. But is it a utopian fantasy?"

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Climate Change Poses Major Risks to Financial Markets, Regulator Warns

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:52:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/climate/climate-financial-market-risk.html>

"Rostin Behnam, who sits on the federal government’s five-member
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a powerful agency overseeing major
financial markets including grain futures, oil trading and complex

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The Underground Boys of Tana

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:53:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/06/11/The-Underground-Boys-of-Tana/

"Meet the Underground Boys of Tana, a troupe of young boys who sing on
the streets Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. They entertain
passers-by so they can earn a living and support their family."

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Finally, A Climate Change Documentary That Will Get You Excited To Fix It

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:54:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/06/finally-a-climate-change-documentary-that-will-get-you-excited-to-fix-it/>

"Whether the audience is policy wonks, nature lovers, or environmental
activists, documentaries on climate change still feel like a niche thing
in 2019. Which is what makes Ice on Fire, the climate documentary

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Solastalgia's growing influence is 'bittersweet' success

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 22:41:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://phys.org/news/2012-02-solastalgia-bittersweet-success.html

"Professor Albrecht, who heads the Institute for Social Sustainability
(ISS) at Murdoch University, first coined the term in 2003 to describe
the distress or sadness a person feels when their home environment is

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Avicii meets Traditional Japanese Drums "太鼓" SOS - DRUM TAO cover feat. Ayako

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 22:42:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsuYZ-1ZP00

New Drum Tao!

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Laleh - Kristaller (Kebu Remix)

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 22:46:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbIk5S6O8JE

"This remix was made using analog synths and analog(* drum machines as
the sole sound sources, in addition to the original vocals"

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There Are Lots Of Ways To Punish Big Tech Companies, But Only A Few Will Actually Help Improve The Internet

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 22:54:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190613/02225942388/there-are-lots-ways-to-punish-big-tech-companies-only-few-will-actually-help-improve-internet.shtml>

'There are many reasonable complaints making the rounds these days about
the big internet companies, and many questions about what should be
done. Unfortunately, too much of the thinking around this can be

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