Glass Wings Blog: January 2020

Happy Public Domain Day 2020!

Thu, 2 Jan 2020 05:45:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/30/coulda-been-bob-dylan.html

"Works from 1924 are finally entering the public domain, after a 95-year
copyright term. However, under the laws that were in effect until 1978,
thousands of works from 1963 would be entering the public domain this

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Neil Innes obituary

Thu, 2 Jan 2020 05:47:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/dec/30/neil-innes-obituary

"Amid the anarchy of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Neil Innes, who has
died unexpectedly aged 75, was a creative force, calming influence and
urbane spokesman for a merry group of student satirists whose early

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Over 100,000 Vinyl Records Are Being Digitized for Anyone to Listen to Online

Fri, 3 Jan 2020 02:57:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mymodernmet.com/internet-archive-digitizing-vinyl/

"Looking to the past can help foster greater appreciation for a variety
of subjects, including music. And as it happens, vinyl records are
experiencing a resurgence of appreciation among music lovers today. The

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Is Theater Ridiculous? Movies, TV and Books Seem to Think So

Fri, 3 Jan 2020 03:00:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/30/arts/theater-in-movies-tv-books.html>

"Anti-theatrical prejudice isn’t news; Plato banished theater from his
republic because he felt it encouraged unreality. And plays have long
made fun of their own foibles. But whether affectionate (“The Prom”) or

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What Moved Me to Tears (In a Good Way) in 2019

Sat, 4 Jan 2020 04:07:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://researchbuzz.me/2019/12/27/what-moved-me-to-tears-in-a-good-way-in-2019-part-1-of-4/

"I went through all my ResearchBuzz entries of 2019 and made a huge list
of all the stories that moved me to gratitude for these people. Then I
ruthlessly edited it and got it down to 92 entries, which are in roughly

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Earthshot Prize: William and Kate launch prize to 'repair the Earth'

Sat, 4 Jan 2020 04:09:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50958960

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced a global prize to
tackle climate issues, pledging “a decade of action to repair the
Earth”. Five winners will receive the Earthshot Prize every year between

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'Starvation event' shows wildlife may need human help to survive

Sat, 4 Jan 2020 04:11:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/starvation-event-shows-wildlife-may-need-human-help-to-survive-20200101-p53o3t.html>

"More than 300 baby flying foxes have been abandoned in a "starvation
event" on NSW's South Coast as their desperate mothers leave them behind
in order to survive.

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Melbourne Australia 1920s travelogue

Sun, 5 Jan 2020 06:44:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://archive.org/details/76784Melrose

"Made by the government of Australia to promote the nation in the late
1920s or early 30s, this silent travelogue shows the city of Melbourne
with its classic streetcars, towering buildings, Collins Street, Central

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Steam Powered Giraffe - Transform

Sun, 5 Jan 2020 06:46:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRdkV208W80

"Transform by Steam Powered Giraffe
Written by Isabella Bunny Bennett"

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The 100 Best Science Photos of 2019

Sun, 5 Jan 2020 06:52:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.livescience.com/best-science-photos-of-2019.html

"Science can be beautiful, and gross, and surprising, and awe-inspiring.
From stoic primates and graceful sea creatures, to cosmic cannibals and
black hole jets, to bloody waterfalls and sparkling glaciers, this year

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Oracle, how do I live forever? - The Oatmeal

Tue, 7 Jan 2020 03:50:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://theoatmeal.com/comics/be_kind

"A collaboration with James Miller of A Small Fiction."

Via Muse, who wrote "Beautiful!"

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Stunning Photos Capture the Majestic Beauty of Ravens

Tue, 7 Jan 2020 03:54:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2015/03/stunning-photos-capture-majestic-beauty.html>

"Talented wildlife photographer Deidre Lantz shares with us her stunning
Raven pictures"

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Your Barbie Can Now Slay in a Suit of Medieval Armor

Wed, 8 Jan 2020 02:58:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://time.com/3001691/barbie-medieval-armor/

"Rodda, who isn't affiliated with Mattel, wants to make Barbie powerful
by outfitting her with intricate battle suits and weapons in his new
"Faire Play" battle set. Rodda designs and sells the 3D blueprints, so

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Fantastic arctic fox: animal walks 3,500km from Norway to Canada

Wed, 8 Jan 2020 02:59:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/02/fantastic-arctic-fox-animal-walks-3500km-from-norway-to-canada>

"An arctic fox has walked more than 3,500km (2,000 miles) from Norway to
Canada in just 76 days, astonishing researchers at the Norwegian Polar
Institute.

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What I learned from studying billions of words of online fan fiction

Wed, 8 Jan 2020 03:05:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614936/online-fan-fiction-learning-communities/>

"Fanfic used to be a joke—now it’s teaching kids important skills like
learning how to write."

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We are seeing the very worst of our scientific predictions come to pass in these bushfires

Thu, 9 Jan 2020 06:27:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/03/we-are-seeing-the-very-worst-of-our-scientific-predictions-come-to-pass-in-these-bushfires>

"As a climate scientist I am wondering if the Earth system has now
breached a tipping point"

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Russia Disconnects Itself From The Internet, Asks UN To Let It Have More Control Of Internet Usage Around The World

Thu, 9 Jan 2020 06:28:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20191231/12450943660/russia-disconnects-itself-internet-asks-un-to-let-it-have-more-control-internet-usage-around-world.shtml>

"The idea is to isolate the Russian internet from the internet the rest
of the world uses. It’s not to protect Russia or Russian internet users.
It’s to force all Russian internet traffic through Roskomnadzor servers,

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Stupidity and Malice

Thu, 9 Jan 2020 06:29:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://lucky13thcopy.wordpress.com/2020/01/04/stupidity-and-malice/

"There’s a joke that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over but expecting a different result. If I push the button
enough something different might happen. Sometimes you can just tell

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Inside Science Fiction’s Compassionate Revolution

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 05:38:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.yesmagazine.org/health-happiness/2019/04/23/science-fiction-revolution-hope-hugo-award/>

"The field celebrates a diverse universe of rising stars and celebrates
hope with a new subgenre."

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Sunday Sweets: Deco-licious

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 05:38:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2020/1/5/sunday-sweets-deco-licious

"We're officially in the 20s again, my friends, so of COURSE we need
some 1920's Art Deco Sweets to celebrate!"

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Urgent new ‘roadmap to recovery’ could reverse insect apocalypse

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 05:40:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/06/urgent-new-roadmap-to-recovery-could-reverse-insect-apocalypse-aoe>

"The world must eradicate pesticide use, prioritise nature-based farming
methods and urgently reduce water, light and noise pollution to save
plummeting insect populations, according to a new “roadmap to insect

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A blizzard of “sustainability” labels

Sat, 11 Jan 2020 04:00:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/sustainability/2019/blizzard-sustainability-labels>

"Earth-friendly certifications and standards abound for products like
coffee, chocolate and palm oil. But do the programs work?"

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Two Mathematicians Just Solved a Decades-Old Math Riddle — and Possibly the Meaning of Life

Sat, 11 Jan 2020 04:01:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.livescience.com/diophantine-42-solved-meaning-of-life.html

"In Douglas Adams' sci-fi series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,
a pair of programmers task the galaxy's largest supercomputer with
answering the ultimate question of the meaning of life, the universe and

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The Fox News Theory of Art

Sat, 11 Jan 2020 04:04:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://thebaffler.com/outbursts/the-fox-news-theory-of-art-wetzler

"According to the Fox News theory of art, an artwork’s primary purpose
isn’t to awe, inspire, or delight, let alone challenge your
understanding of the world, but to serve as an expression of partisan

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The gloves come off!

Sun, 12 Jan 2020 06:53:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://thediscoverblog.com/tag/gloves/

"We are often asked why our book conservators and librarians don’t wear
gloves when handling rare or fragile books. This question is
understandable given the iconic imagery in film and television of rare

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Thursday Appointment l

Sun, 12 Jan 2020 06:55:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAxgscOh86o

"Iranian short film (just over 1 min) that won an award at the Luxor
Film Festival.  فارسی فلم،  شارٹ فلم ایوارڈ ایران."

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The Decade in Cheer

Sun, 12 Jan 2020 06:55:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/the-decade-in-cheer/

"Homicides fell, green space grew and your weather forecast got a lot
more precise. The last 10 years were filled with positive change—really!
Read our list…"

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‘If the GOP is not yet a fascist party, it is well on its way to becoming one’: A historian reflects on the return of Fascism

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:04:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/if-the-gop-is-not-yet-a-fascist-party-it-is-well-on-its-way-to-becoming-one-a-historian-reflects-on-the-return-of-fascism/>

Punchline:

"Having grown up at a time when ranting maniacs dispatched their

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Welcome to 2020 and your annual State of the World discussion with Bruce Sterling, Jon Lebkowsky and The WELL

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:11:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2020/01/08/everybody-knows-4.html

"Every year Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky conduct a public salon with
the users of The WELL on the "State of the World." It's always one of
the highlights of the new year for me, and this year (which Sterling

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Imperial Oil, Canada’s Exxon Subsidiary, Ignored Its Own Climate Change Research for Decades, Archive Shows

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:13:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://theintercept.com/2020/01/08/imperial-oil-climate-change-exxon/

"Record droughts, raging forest fires, crop failures, and disappearing
glaciers: It has become undeniable that the planet is in the early
stages of a climate crisis with dire implications. As terrifying as it

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Slayer, Striker, Shooter and the Rise of the Extreme Baby Boy Name

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 05:50:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/extreme-boys-names

"Parents tend to be more conservative about naming baby boys. But when
they do get creative, they turn them into throat-ripping action heroes"

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Our buildings aren’t made to keep out bushfire smoke. Here’s what you can do

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 05:53:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/our-buildings-arent-made-to-keep-out-bushfire-smoke-heres-what-you-can-do-129367>

"In early December 2019, a Sheffield Shield cricket match between NSW
and Queensland was played in bushfire smoke so thick that the ball was
at times invisible to the spectators.

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How Rupert Murdoch Is Influencing Australia’s Bushfire Debate

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 05:55:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/08/world/australia/fires-murdoch-disinformation.html

"Critics see a concerted effort to shift blame, protect conservative
leaders and divert attention from climate change."

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We, the media, must take some of the blame as Australia burns

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 05:50:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/we-the-media-must-take-some-of-the-blame-as-australia-burns-20200106-p53pc3.html>

"Climate-change denial is a complex, protean phenomenon that is as much
about the genuine convictions held in good faith by deeply misinformed
individuals, as is it about preserving the vast and mostly untaxed

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Mike Resnick, RIP

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 05:53:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://whatever.scalzi.com/2020/01/09/mike-resnick-rip/

"Laura Resnick has posted that her father Mike Resnick has died, which
means that it’s a very sad day for his friends and fans in the science
fiction community. Give the length of his remarkable career, and the

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Australia is built on lies, so why would we be surprised about lies about climate change?

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 05:55:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/10/australia-is-built-on-lies-so-why-would-we-be-surprised-about-lies-about-climate-change>

"If we don’t have a conversation on climate now, the windows for any
conversation, ‘in between fires’, will become increasingly shorter"

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The Chinese paddlefish, one of world's largest fish, has gone extinct

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:38:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/01/chinese-paddlefish-one-of-largest-fish-extinct/>

"The Chinese paddlefish and its close relatives have been around for at
least 200 million years. The species, reaching up to 23 feet in length,
survived unimaginable changes and upheavals, such as the mass extinction

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A billion animals have been caught in Australia’s fires. Some may go extinct.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:40:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/01/09/australia-fire-animals-killed/>

"The mouse-size dunnart is not as renowned as the koalas or platypuses
that draw tourists, but it is arguably the most special mammal on
Australia’s Kangaroo Island.

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Australia bushfires spark 'unprecedented' climate disinformation

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:43:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://phys.org/news/2020-01-australia-bushfires-unprecedented-climate-disinformation.html>

"Australia's bushfire emergency has sparked an online disinformation
campaign "unprecedented" in the country's history, researchers told AFP
Friday, with bots deployed to shift blame for the blazes away from

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Oil's slick rebranding is more like disinformation

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 04:01:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/Oil-lobby-tries-rebranding-as-clean-energy-14962391.php>

"Oil and gas lobbyists are finally feeling the heat on climate change,
but sadly, they remain committed to misleading the American people.

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Australian bushfires: The canary building the coal mine

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 04:03:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.dw.com/en/australian-bushfires-the-canary-building-the-coal-mine/a-51955677>

"The world's biggest exporter of coal is engulfed in flames and Aussies
are taking to the streets demanding action. Could this summer be the
turning point for a notorious climate offender?"

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Welcome to Hawaii's 'plastic beach', one of the world's dirtiest places

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 04:04:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/10/kamilo-beach-plastic-hawaii-pollution

"Hawaii has long evoked images of a Pacific paradise but Kamilo Beach,
located on the Big Island, presents a starkly different reality"

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What Will Happen to The Trump Toadies?

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:57:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/01/what-will-happen-to-trumps-republican-collaborators.html>

"All cults come to an end, often abruptly, and Trump’s Republican Party
is nothing if not a cult. While cult leaders are generally incapable of
remorse — whether they be totalitarian rulers, sexual Svengalis, or the

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Paris Musées Releases 100,000+ Works Into the Public Domain

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:59:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://creativecommons.org/2020/01/10/paris-musees-releases-100000-works-into-the-public-domain/>

"This announcement by the Paris Musées is a cause for celebration as it
marks the continuation of a growing trend among GLAM institutions,
including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of

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At Davos we will tell world leaders to abandon the fossil fuel economy

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:01:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/10/greta-thunberg-davos-tycoons-fossil-fuels-dismantle-climate-crisis>

"Averting catastrophe would be the best business decision to emerge from
the economic forum in its 50 years of existence"

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Australia’s Decade of Burning Environmental Apathy

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:02:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.thenation.com/article/australia-fires-climate-morrison/

"With the help of a cadre of climate skeptics, Australia presented
itself as far less capable than it actually is, advancing specious
arguments about its international insignificance. Australia once aspired

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Masher Menace: When American Women First Confronted Their Sexual Harassers

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:41:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/when-american-women-first-confronted-their-sexual-harassers/>

"In the late 19th century, from the moment that American women were
granted the freedom to leave their houses unescorted, they encountered a
pest known as “the masher.” Generally, a smarmy mustachioed fop, this

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Ornithologists, Birdwatchers Uncover Staggering Magnitude of Bird Population Decline

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:42:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://cornellsun.com/2019/09/26/ornithologists-birdwatchers-uncover-staggering-magnitude-of-bird-population-decline/>

"Cornell Lab of Ornithology conservation scientist Dr. Ken Rosenberg led
an international team of 12 scientists in an analysis of decades of data
on bird population — and the conclusion is disturbing. In the last 50

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Cory Doctorow: Inaction is a Form of Action

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:45:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://locusmag.com/2020/01/cory-doctorow-inaction-is-a-form-of-action/

"It’s time to stop trying to fix the platforms and time to start working
on fixing the internet. Even if the “group of five websites, each
consisting of screenshots of text from the other four” is made more

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Feeding Wildlife during drought and bushfires

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:30:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://perfectpets.com.au/best-pet-blog/post/what-you-should-feed-wildlife-during-drought-and-bushfires>

"Under normal conditions, the rule of thumb is that you don’t feed
wildlife. Feeding can cause problems including; familiarity which is
contrary to natural wariness and independence; disruption of natural

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The People of the World Need a Much Better Way to Curtail the Power of Multi-National Corporations

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:31:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/01/10/people-world-need-much-better-way-curtail-power-multi-national-corporations>

"The omnipresence of corporations—as resource extractors and processors,
employers and developers, lobbyists and campaign donors—has spawned
countless initiatives to tame their excesses and steer their activities

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Art For Australia! Come Shop The Adorableness & Help Spread Some Hope

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:32:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.epbot.com/2020/01/art-for-australia-come-shop.html

"In an effort to focus on the good among the bad - to focus on the
helpers -  here's a quick shout-out to some of the artists I know who
are donating their profits to help with Australia's fire relief/recovery

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For First Time Ever, Scientists Identify How Many Trees to Plant and Where to Plant Them to Stop Climate Crisis

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:02:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/how-many-trees-to-plant-to-stop-climate-crisis/>

"Around 0.9 billion hectares (2.2 billion acres) of land worldwide would
be suitable for reforestation, which could ultimately capture two thirds
of human-made carbon emissions.

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How Years Of Copyright Maximalism Is Now Killing Pop Music

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:03:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200108/16390543702/how-years-copyright-maximalism-is-now-killing-pop-music.shtml>

"All echo is theft. That’s definitely the argument that many copyright
system supporters have made for years. And now it’s coming back to bite
them."

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The Snow Job

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:04:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://alexandraerin.substack.com/p/the-snow-job

"It's not the snowflakes, it's the blizzard."

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JoinedTheHerd - Faith

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:05:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDP-Bol3vB8

"Here is a chill flutters song for you all. Hope you enjoy"

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How do I choose a more climate-friendly phone?

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 07:04:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://grist.org/ask-umbra/how-do-i-choose-a-more-climate-friendly-phone/>

"The most eco-conscious mobile device, to your point, E.T., is the one
that you will use for as long as possible. No two-year upgrade, no
succumbing to the shiny new release, no giving up as soon as the screen

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The government has been forced to talk about climate change, so it’s taking a subtle – and sinister – approach

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 07:06:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2020/jan/14/the-government-has-been-forced-to-talk-about-climate-change-so-its-taking-a-subtle-and-sinister-approach>

"The impact of climate change over the past five months across Australia
has caused climate change deniers within the media and governments to
quickly update their tactics to a new, sinister position."

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Artists help communities during a crisis, not hinder. Why are we still told they don’t matter?

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 07:07:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/artists-help-communities-during-a-crisis-not-hinder-why-are-we-still-told-they-dont-matter-129695>

"Artists are again finding themselves at the receiving end of criticism
over funding."

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Imagination becomes reality in the winners of the 2019 Wiki Loves Earth photo contest

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:06:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2019/12/02/imagination-becomes-reality-in-the-winners-of-the-2019-wiki-loves-earth-photo-contest/>

"Wiki Loves Earth focuses on “protected” areas, referring to places like
nature reserves, landscape conservation areas, national parks—the unique
locations that make up a large proportion of the world’s natural

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Winners of the 2019 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:07:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/01/winners-2019-ocean-art-underwater-photo-contest/604891/>

"The judging for the eighth annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest,
organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has wrapped up, and the
winning images and photographers have been announced. Greg Lecoeur took

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Climate crisis fills top five places of World Economic Forum’s risks report

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:08:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jan/15/climate-crisis-environment-top-five-places-world-economic-forum-risks-report>

"A year of extreme weather events and mounting evidence of global
heating have catapulted the climate emergency to the top of the list of
issues worrying the world’s elite.

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Turtle Journey: the crisis in our oceans

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 04:13:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQB4RAZVMf4

"Six out of seven sea turtle species are threatened with extinction.
Watch their story and sign the petition calling for a global network of
ocean sanctuaries to protect the turtles’ homes:

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“Give Up”

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 04:15:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://katherinephelps.com/2020/01/give-up/

"We are all constantly being bombarded with messages that are meant to
make us give up."

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Trump May Be Even More Unpopular Than His Approval Rating Shows

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 04:16:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trump-may-be-even-more-unpopular-than-his-approval-rating-shows/>

"But does the standard presidential approval question actually capture
what voters think of Trump’s job performance? There are several reasons
it might not tell the full story. For one, in this hyper-partisan era,

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21 kids sued the government over climate change. A federal court dismissed the case.

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 04:18:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/2020/1/17/21070810/climate-change-lawsuit-juliana-vs-us-our-childrens-trust-9th-circuit>

"It is as if an asteroid were barreling toward Earth and the government
decided to shut down our only defenses. Seeking to quash this suit, the
government bluntly insists that it has the absolute and unreviewable

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The descent of Economic Man by @BloggersRUs

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 05:16:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://digbysblog.net/2019/12/the-descent-of-economic-man-by/

"People are reduced to human resources, economic inputs. Decades of this
economic logic enriches an investor class that refuses to share its
catch. Our organizing model satisfies theoreticians by factoring out

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Trying Out the Pinebook Pro - a $200 ARM Laptop

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 05:18:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.jeremymorgan.com/blog/linux/pine64-pro-laptop-review/

"The Pinebook Pro is a $200 laptop that runs a couple of ARM processors,
and it promises a lot. Does it deliver? After what seemed like an
eternity waiting, mine arrived and here’s what I think."

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Academic papers should be free

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 05:19:45 +1100

Andrew Pam <andrew [at] sericyb.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://ibby.blog/free-papers/

"I believe academic papers should be freely available. Not 'freely
available if you're a student', not 'costing just a small fee', but
freely available for everyone, no strings attached.

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Are My Friends’ Deaths Their Fault or Ours?

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 05:21:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/18/opinion/sunday/deaths-despair-personal-responsibility.html>

"When we underinvest in our own human capital, when so many Americans
are only marginally literate or numerate or suffer from ill health or
dependencies, then our entire country suffers. If America wants to

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