Glass Wings Blog: November 2019

Smartphones with wheels: how modern transportation brings new privacy problems

Sat, 2 Nov 2019 05:31:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/10/smartphones-with-wheels-how-modern-transportation-brings-new-privacy-problems/>

"Tracking vehicles as a way of carrying out surveillance has been used
by governments around the world for years. When exactly it should be
allowed is still a hot topic, in the US at least. And it’s not just the

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The Age of Constitutional Coups by Paul Street

Sat, 2 Nov 2019 05:34:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/the-age-of-constitutional-coups-by-paul-street/>

"The contemporary global neofascistic right has become adept at seizing
power through legal and parliamentary coups that do not involve military
units dramatically taking over government headquarters and radio and

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Carbon capture technology could make pollution worse, says Stanford report

Sat, 2 Nov 2019 05:36:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/carbon-capture-technology-could-make-pollution-worse-says-stanford-report-34071/>

"There is no shortage of research questioning the credibility of carbon
capture and storage as an effective tool in the fight against climate
change, but a new report out of America’s Stanford University goes one

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Minus18 photoshoot

Sat, 2 Nov 2019 05:42:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
I recently modelled for a stock photo for Minus18’s #trans awareness
week campaign.

https://www.minus18.org.au/
Australia's Youth Driven Network for LGBTIQ Youth

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I Went to Mexico to Meet Asylum-Seekers Trapped at the Border. This Is What I Saw.

Sun, 3 Nov 2019 11:15:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/10/28/i-went-mexico-meet-asylum-seekers-trapped-border-what-i-saw>

"Two weeks ago, I traveled to northern Mexico along with Mexican
photographer Guillermo Arias to meet with asylum-seekers who’ve been
trapped at the southern U.S. border by Trump Administration policies.

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The fight to stop Nestlé from taking America's water to sell in plastic bottles

Sun, 3 Nov 2019 11:16:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/29/the-fight-over-water-how-nestle-dries-up-us-creeks-to-sell-water-in-plastic-bottles>

"Creek beds are bone dry and once-gushing springs are reduced to
trickles as fights play out around the nation over control of nation’s
freshwater supply"

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Climate crisis – here’s what the experts recommend we do

Sun, 3 Nov 2019 11:21:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-crisis-heres-what-the-experts-recommend-we-do-123238>

"The debate over whether climate change is happening is over, and the
conversation about what should be done is beginning in earnest. As such,
for the past few weeks, we’ve asked experts from around the world to

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DS X E-Tense, Rep AOC & Tesla Solar Roof | Fully Charged News

Sun, 3 Nov 2019 11:23:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
A particularly good episode of Fully Charged:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tabGuqQRWgo

In this latest instalment of Fully Charged News;

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Rainbow Connection - my birthday with Save the Children

Mon, 4 Nov 2019 05:29:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryXdcm6rgFE

"Happy Birthday Nataly and Ester!! If you’d like to support a child who
shares your birthday, go to http://savethechildren.org/bday

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‘OK Boomer’ Marks the End of Friendly Generational Relations

Mon, 4 Nov 2019 05:32:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/29/style/ok-boomer.html

"“Ok boomer” has become Generation Z’s endlessly repeated retort to the
problem of older people who just don’t get it, a rallying cry for
millions of fed up kids. Teenagers use it to reply to cringey YouTube

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Rising sea levels pose threat to homes of 300m people – study

Mon, 4 Nov 2019 05:33:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/29/rising-sea-levels-pose-threat-to-homes-of-300m-people-study>

"More than three times more people are at risk from rising sea levels
than previously believed, research suggests.

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Summer Daze at Hero-U

Mon, 4 Nov 2019 05:36:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transolargames/summer-daze-at-hero-u>

"Summer Daze at Hero-U is a light-hearted interactive tale of
friendship, fun, and folly suitable for all ages. It's up to you to save
the upcoming Harvest Festival at Hero University from imminent

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Shaming actors for their day jobs is classism disguised as entertainment

Tue, 5 Nov 2019 02:19:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/25/shaming-actors-day-jobs-classism-disguised-entertainment-10980997/>

"The acting profession is as unpredictable as a soap character’s family
tree and those at the top will have had their fair share of trial shifts
and tribulations. Only two per cent of actors actually make a living

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The Oscars Finally Find Their Rightful Winners

Tue, 5 Nov 2019 02:21:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/10/honorary-oscars-fixes-old-mistakes-governors-awards/600952/>

"Along with Lynch, the 2019 honorees were the Italian writer and
director Lina Wertmüller, the Cherokee American actor Wes Studi, and
Geena Davis, who was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her

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Team 6502: The story of the team ​behind the chip that launched a revolution

Tue, 5 Nov 2019 02:22:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.team6502.org/

"​One of the most influential microprocessors ever designed, the MOS
6502 is credited with ushering in the most rapid democratization of
technology in human history: the personal computing revolution."

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Russia’s Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders Escalates

Wed, 6 Nov 2019 03:47:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/11/01/russias-crackdown-human-rights-defenders-escalates-0>

"Today, Russia’s Supreme Court granted the Justice Ministry’s demand to
shut down one of the most prominent rights groups in the country – the
Movement for Human Rights. The ruling, in keeping with government

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Scott Morrison threatens crackdown on protesters who would 'deny liberty'

Wed, 6 Nov 2019 03:49:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/01/scott-morrison-threatens-crackdown-on-secondary-boycotts-of-mining-companies>

"Scott Morrison has branded environmental protesters “anarchists” and
threatened a radical crackdown on the right to protest in a speech
claiming progressives are seeking to “deny the liberties of Australians”.

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Climate change, pandemics, biodiversity loss: no country is sufficiently prepared

Wed, 6 Nov 2019 03:51:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-change-pandemics-biodiversity-loss-no-country-is-sufficiently-prepared-123466>

"There’s little that the left and the right agree on these days. But
surely one thing is beyond question: that national governments must
protect citizens from the gravest threats and risks they face. Although

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Just Another Day In Academic Publishing: Professor Posts His Own Article On His Own Website, Gets Takedown Notice Alleging Copyright Infringement

Wed, 6 Nov 2019 03:52:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20191030/10483543290/just-another-day-academic-publishing-professor-posts-his-own-article-his-own-website-gets-takedown-notice-alleging-copyright.shtml>

"This episode highlights once more what a raw deal academics receive
from publishers, which are able to disseminate papers without paying for
them, and draw on reviews provided by other researchers, also for no

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Maestro

Thu, 7 Nov 2019 04:16:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://vimeo.com/359281775

Via Muse, who wrote "The animation on this is superb!"

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Purebred dingo pup that dropped from the air into a backyard garden turns out to be endangered breed

Thu, 7 Nov 2019 04:17:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-01/alpine-dingo-dropped-by-eagle-into-victorian-yard/11657972>

"Months after it was found hiding and crying in the garden of a backyard
in north-eastern Victoria, DNA testing has confirmed a small pup that
was suspected to have arrived by air is pure dingo."

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If you think Labor's 'too progressive', you couldn't be more wrong

Thu, 7 Nov 2019 04:19:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/nov/03/if-you-think-labors-too-progressive-you-couldnt-be-more-wrong>

"Question: how many progressive Labor MPs does it take to change a
lightbulb?

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Canada resettled more refugees than any other country in 2018, UN says

Fri, 8 Nov 2019 04:58:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-resettled-most-refugees-un-1.5182621>

"Canada admitted the largest number of refugees who were resettled last
year and had the second highest rate of refugees who gained citizenship,
according to the United Nations Refugee Agency's global report.

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Starlink is a very big deal

Fri, 8 Nov 2019 05:05:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://caseyhandmer.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/starlink-is-a-very-big-deal/>

"Starlink, SpaceX’s plan to serve internet via tens of thousands of
satellites, is a staple in the space press, with articles appearing
every week on the latest developments. The broad schema is clear and,

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Is Scott Morrison's Government 'authoritarian populist' with a punitive bent?

Fri, 8 Nov 2019 05:07:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-04/morrison-authoritarian-populist-punitative-bent/11667284>

'In a recent interview Malcolm Turnbull raised the possibility that
these days many so-called "conservatives" in the Liberal Party might be
better described as "authoritarian populists".

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US Government Threatening To Kill Free Trade With South Africa After Hollywood Complained It Was Adopting American Fair Use Principles

Sat, 9 Nov 2019 06:07:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20191031/00591143300/us-government-threatening-to-kill-free-trade-with-south-africa-after-hollywood-complained-it-was-adopting-american-fair-use.shtml>

"Hollywood hates fair use. Even though Hollywood frequently relies on
fair use, it seems to go out of its way to fight against fair use being
used anywhere else. The International Intellectual Property Alliance

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Rights Groups in Canadian Court Because 'The US Cannot Be Considered a Safe Country for Refugees'

Sat, 9 Nov 2019 06:09:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/04/rights-groups-canadian-court-because-us-cannot-be-considered-safe-country-refugees>

"A collective of rights groups is demanding Canada meet its legal
obligations by recognizing that the United States is no longer a safe
place to send refugees and scrapping an agreement between the two

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No Australian city has a long-term vision for living sustainably. We can't go on like this

Sat, 9 Nov 2019 06:13:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-05/no-australian-city-has-long-term-vision-for-living-sustainably/11670264>

"No Australian city has a long-term vision showing how a future
stabilised population might be supported with the essential resources of
food, water and energy. No Australian city has faced up to the

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Fishery collapse ‘confirms Silent Spring pesticide prophecy'

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 05:05:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/31/fishery-collapse-confirms-silent-spring-pesticide-prophecy>

"The Silent Spring prophecy that pesticides could “still the leaping of
fish” has been confirmed, according to scientists investigating the
collapse of fisheries in Japan. They say similar impacts are likely to

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Mosque clean-up shows Hong Kong is a city that stands up for everyone’s rights

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 05:06:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/mosque-clean-up-shows-hong-kong-is-a-city-that-stands-up-for-everyones-rights-126012>

"Amid rising violence and vandalism in ongoing protests, the public’s
role in cleaning up a mosque sprayed with blue dye last week by the
police proves once again the distinctiveness of Hong Kong civil society.

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Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of ‘untold suffering’

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 05:08:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/05/climate-crisis-11000-scientists-warn-of-untold-suffering>

"The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis”
unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a
stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.

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'Fantastic day for elephants': court rejects ivory ban challenge

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 05:10:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/05/fantastic-day-for-elephants-court-rejects-ivory-ban-challenge>

"Antique dealers have failed in an attempt to overturn a total ban on
ivory trading being introduced by the government after the high court
ruled the legislation did not breach European law.

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When America Tried to Deport Its Radicals

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 04:32:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/11/11/when-america-tried-to-deport-its-radicals>

"Many Americans shared the resentment voiced in a book published in
1902: “Throughout the [nineteenth] century men of the sturdy stocks of
the north of Europe had made up the main strain of foreign blood which

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The Science, Fiction, and Fantasy of Genre

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 04:33:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://uncannymagazine.com/article/the-science-fiction-and-fantasy-of-genre/>

"When you get down to it, science fiction is a name, and a name is a
handle, and a handle is a thing you put on something so you can get a
hold of it more easily. Calling a story science fiction helps us come to

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The Myth of America’s Mayor: Will the Real Rudy Giuliani Please Stand Up?

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 04:34:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://alexandraerin.substack.com/p/the-myth-of-americas-mayor

"Luxuriating in the muck at the center of the president’s Ukraine
scandal is Rudolph William Louis Giuliani—a man who, not that long ago,
was named “Person of the Year” by Time magazine and knighted by Queen

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For third year in a row, Trump’s budget plan eliminates arts, public TV and library funding

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 06:45:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/for-third-year-in-a-row-trumps-budget-plan-eliminates-arts-public-tv-and-library-funding/2019/03/18/e946db9a-49a2-11e9-9663-00ac73f49662_story.html>

"The Trump administration has again proposed the elimination of federal
funding for the arts and humanities, public television and radio,
libraries and museums.

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Breaking up over climate change: My deep dark journey into doomer Facebook

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 06:49:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/breaking-up-over-climate-change-my-journey-into-doomer-facebook/11678736>

"Doomers speak a lot about their inner journey from despair and anger to
acceptance. This makes sense; in the absence of political change,
personal development is all that's left."

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'We're screwed': the New Zealanders left stranded in Australia

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 06:50:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/08/were-screwed-the-new-zealanders-left-stranded-in-australia>

"Hana is one of thousands of New Zealanders living in Australia who have
fallen through the cracks left open by law changes in 2001 which stopped
those on the SCV from accessing most forms of welfare. These people have

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