Glass Wings Blog: October 2020

Electric cars have few downsides except price. One company is looking to change that

Fri, 2 Oct 2020 04:30:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/30/electric-cars-green-recovery-price-second-hand-bulk-buy>

"Craig Salmon rattles off the benefits of electric cars with the swagger
of a veteran car mechanic and the zeal of someone who is watching a
profound historic change play out on his workshop floor.

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Vital Signs. Google shouldn’t subsidise journalism, but the government could

Fri, 2 Oct 2020 04:33:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/vital-signs-google-shouldnt-subsidise-journalism-but-the-government-could-146746>

"Mandatory binding arbitration between tech and media companies is also
a completely inappropriate policy tool to achieve the public policy goal
of fostering high-quality journalism.

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If Patents Are So Important To Innovation, Why Do Innovative Companies Keep Opening Up Their Patents Rather Than Enforcing Them?

Sat, 3 Oct 2020 05:28:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200910/17395445283/if-patents-are-so-important-to-innovation-why-do-innovative-companies-keep-opening-up-their-patents-rather-than-enforcing-them.shtml>

"To hear many politicians (and, tragically, many academics) tell the
story, patents and patent policy are keys to innovation. Indeed, many
studies trying to measure innovation use the number of patents as a

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The Twilight Sparkle In Their Eyes

Sat, 3 Oct 2020 05:31:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://notalwaysright.com/the-twilight-sparkle-in-their-eyes/206909/

I’m in line at a sandwich shop ordering a meatball sub.

Customer: *Behind me* “Excuse me.”

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Fluffy Black Cats Adorably Illustrated as Expressive Balls of Fur

Sun, 4 Oct 2020 06:47:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mymodernmet.com/fluffy-black-cat-ink-drawings-kamwei-fong/

"Malaysian artist Kamwei Fong is the creator of The Furry Thing series,
a collection of adorable fluffy black cat ink drawings. The artist lives
by the motto, “Be Happy. Be Childlike. Be Ridiculous.” This philosophy

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I Lived Through Collapse. America Is Already There.

Sun, 4 Oct 2020 06:48:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://gen.medium.com/i-lived-through-collapse-america-is-already-there-ba1e4b54c5fc>

"I lived through the end of a civil war — I moved back to Sri Lanka in
my twenties, just as the ceasefire fell apart. Do you know what it was
like for me? Quite normal. I went to work, I went out, I dated. This is

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How Do You Know If You’re Living Through the Death of an Empire?

Sun, 4 Oct 2020 06:50:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.motherjones.com/media/2020/03/how-do-you-know-if-youre-living-through-the-death-of-an-empire/>

"I'm a historian, and I studied the fall of Rome. Here's what life is
like in a dying empire."

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To Beat Trump, Mock Him

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 06:33:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/26/opinion/sunday/trump-politics-humor.html>

"Can critics of President Trump learn something from pro-democracy
movements in other countries?

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World leaders pledge to halt Earth’s destruction ahead of UN summit

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 06:34:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/28/world-leaders-pledge-to-halt-earth-destruction-un-summit>

"World leaders have pledged to clamp down on pollution, embrace
sustainable economic systems and eliminate the dumping of plastic waste
in oceans by the middle of the century as part of “meaningful action” to

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Britain, Canada, EU throw weight behind 2030 biodiversity protection goal

Tue, 6 Oct 2020 04:37:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/britain-canada-eu-throw-weight-behind-2030-biodiversity-protection-goal/>

"Britain and Canada on Monday (28 September) joined the European Union
in pledging to protect 30% of their land and seas by 2030 to stem
“catastrophic” biodiversity loss and help galvanise support for broader

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Each budget used to have a gender impact statement. We need it back, especially now

Tue, 6 Oct 2020 04:39:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/each-budget-used-to-have-a-gender-impact-statement-we-need-it-back-especially-now-144849>

"COVID-19 has left women, more than men, economically disadvantaged
through unemployment, underemployment, lowered incomes, less secure
work, greater household and family demands, and increased risk of

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The Social Dilemma Manipulates You With Misinformation As It Tries To Warn You Of Manipulation By Misinformation

Wed, 7 Oct 2020 05:40:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200928/11452045401/social-dilemma-manipulates-you-with-misinformation-as-it-tries-to-warn-you-manipulation-misinformation.shtml>

"There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the Netflix Documentary The
Social Dilemma
, which we’ve been told reveals to us “the dangerous
human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm

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Naomi Klein: “We Have to Rebuild From the Wreckage of Neoliberalism”

Wed, 7 Oct 2020 05:43:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://tribunemag.co.uk/2020/09/naomi-klein-we-have-to-rebuild-from-the-wreckage-of-neoliberalism>

"Naomi Klein is one of the world’s foremost left-wing writers. Her books
No Logo and The Shock Doctrine became defining critiques of our
social system in the consumerist 1990s and disaster-laden aftermath of

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40% of world’s plant species at risk of extinction

Wed, 7 Oct 2020 05:44:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/30/world-plant-species-risk-extinction-fungi-earth>

"Two in five of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction as a
result of the destruction of the natural world, according to an
international report.

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Meet the Liveable Income Guarantee: a budget-ready proposal that would prevent unemployment benefits falling off a cliff

Thu, 8 Oct 2020 05:57:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/meet-the-liveable-income-guarantee-a-budget-ready-proposal-that-would-prevent-unemployment-benefits-falling-off-a-cliff-146990>

"The economic crises that have punctuated the 21st century, most notably
the global financial crisis and the COVID-19 crisis, have led to a
growing realisation that alternatives to our present system are possible

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The Middle | Jimmy Eat World | Pomplamoose

Thu, 8 Oct 2020 05:58:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSfUuoY9FTo

"A cover of The Middle by Pomplamoose."

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Greenland ice sheet loss already 'unprecedented' and set to accelerate

Thu, 8 Oct 2020 05:59:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-10-01/greenland-ice-melting-at-a-rate-unmatched-in-12000-years/12705230>

"Melting of the Greenland ice sheet has hit a rate unmatched in the last
12,000 years and is accelerating, scientists have confirmed.

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A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Fri, 9 Oct 2020 06:21:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theintercept.com/2019/04/17/green-new-deal-short-film-alexandria-ocasio-cortez/>

"What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future
look like? The Intercept presents a film narrated by Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez."

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Extremely Good Cat Learns to Copy Human Movements

Fri, 9 Oct 2020 06:23:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/09/extremely-good-cat-learns-to-copy-human-movements/>

"Feline intelligence may be more impressive than we’ve appreciated, at
least according to a new study. The research claims to present the first
evidence that cats can recognise and then mimic human behaviour on

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Decent living for all does not have to cost the Earth

Fri, 9 Oct 2020 06:25:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201001113557.htm

"A new study reveals that decent living standards could be provided to
the entire global population of 10 billion that is expected to be
reached by 2050, for less than 40% of today's global energy. This is

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Designed in Minecraft, built IRL

Sat, 10 Oct 2020 05:13:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://restofworld.org/2020/rebuilding-gaza-with-minecraft/

"Using Minecraft’s building blocks, community groups design a virtual
public space, later made into concrete reality. From parks to beaches
and even streets themselves, these spaces are a key indicator of the

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Rolls-Royce completes ground-testing of technology set to power the world’s fastest all-electric plane: ACCEL

Sat, 10 Oct 2020 05:14:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/10/20201001-accel.html

"Rolls-Royce has completed testing of the technology that will power the
world’s fastest all-electric plane. All the technology has been tested
on a full-scale replica of the plane’s core—called an

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Around the world in seven journeys: Michael Palin on his favourite trips

Sat, 10 Oct 2020 05:16:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/oct/02/michael-palin-on-his-favourite-trips>

"With foreign travel more difficult for westerners than it has been at
any time in the past 50 years, the BBC is to air a retrospective looking
at some of Palin’s travels, which still capture and delight the public’s

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Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders At All

Sun, 11 Oct 2020 05:58:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisonescalante/2020/08/11/researchers-doubt-that-certain-mental-disorders-are-disorders-at-all/>

"What if mental disorders like anxiety, depression or post-traumatic
stress disorder aren’t mental disorders at all? In a compelling new
paper, biological anthropologists call on the scientific community to

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2020 Ig Nobel Awards celebrate the not-so-serious side of science

Sun, 11 Oct 2020 06:03:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://newatlas.com/science/2020-ig-nobel-awards-science/

"For three decades, the Ig Nobel Awards have celebrated the lighter side
of science by highlighting research achievements that “first make people
laugh then make them think.” And there’s no shortage of amusing projects

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Amazon near tipping point of switching from rainforest to savannah – study

Sun, 11 Oct 2020 06:04:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/05/amazon-near-tipping-point-of-switching-from-rainforest-to-savannah-study>

"Much of the Amazon could be on the verge of losing its distinct nature
and switching from a closed canopy rainforest to an open savannah with
far fewer trees as a result of the climate crisis, researchers have warned.

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How to Make a Schadenfreude Pie

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 05:54:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://whatever.scalzi.com/2006/09/26/how-to-make-a-schadenfreude-pie/

"My word, what is this dark and vaguely sinister-looking pie you see
before you? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s the world’s first Schadenfreude
Pie, the pie to enjoy while you are reveling in the horrible misfortunes

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Challenge to scientists: does your ten-year-old code still run?

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 06:12:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02462-7

"Although computation plays a key and ever-larger part in science,
scientific articles rarely include their underlying code, Rougier says.
Even when they do, it can be difficult for others to execute it, and

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Drone Awards 2020: the world seen from above

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 06:13:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/sep/28/drone-awards-2020-the-world-seen-from-above>

"The winners of the international awards dedicated to aerial photography
have been announced. Here we showcase a selection of the shots that will
be on display in the Siena Photo Awards in Italy from 24 October to 29

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Fwd: Online Performance

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:15:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject:        Online Performance
Date:   Mon, 12 Oct 2020 09:46:56 +0900
From:   yoshida yukihiko <yukihikoyo@gmail.com>

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Organizers Offer Zoom Video Conferences With Elephants in Northern Thailand

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 06:09:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.chiangraitimes.com/thailand-national-news/northen-thailand/organizers-offer-zoom-video-conferences-with-elephants-in-northern-thailand/>

"The Elephant in the Zoom: Elephants in northern Thailand are being
offered to organizers of video call meetings to help raise funds for
their care. The collapse of international tourism due to Covid-19 has

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New research: nitrous oxide emissions 300 times more powerful than CO₂ are jeopardising Earth’s future

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 06:10:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/new-research-nitrous-oxide-emissions-300-times-more-powerful-than-co-are-jeopardising-earths-future-147208>

"Nitrous oxide from agriculture and other sources is accumulating in the
atmosphere so quickly it puts Earth on track for a dangerous 3℃ warming
this century, our new research has found.

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Anatomy of a Disinformation Empire: Investigating NaturalNews

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 03:23:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.isdglobal.org/isd-publications/investigating-natural-news/

"This report presents the findings of an extensive investigation into a
network of domains connected to NaturalNews, a US-based commercial
enterprise and website promoting conspiracy theories and disinformation.

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Air pollution is much worse than we thought

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 03:24:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2020/8/12/21361498/climate-change-air-pollution-us-india-china-deaths>

"The evidence is now clear enough that it can be stated unequivocally:
It would be worth freeing ourselves from fossil fuels even if global
warming didn’t exist. Especially now that clean energy has gotten so

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Four reasons why restoring nature is the most important endeavour of our time

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 03:31:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/four-reasons-why-restoring-nature-is-the-most-important-endeavour-of-our-time-147365>

"Ecosystem degradation is a global phenomenon. It is expected that by
2050, 95% of Earth’s land will be degraded. A whopping 24 billion tons
of soil have already been eroded by unsustainable agricultural

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15 Wonderfully Weird Kids' Halloween Costumes To Renew Your Faith In Humanity

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 03:32:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.epbot.com/2020/10/15-wonderfully-weird-kids-halloween.html

"Yep, nothing makes me happy the way kids-being-their-best-weird-selves
makes me happy. It's just so pure. You see a kid dressed as a trash can
for Halloween, you know that was ALL the kid's idea."

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A B.C. research project gave homeless people $7,500 each — the results were 'beautifully surprising'

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 05:07:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/new-leaf-project-results-1.5752714>

"Not only did those who received the money spend fewer days homeless
than those in the control group, they had also moved into stable housing
after an average of three months, compared to those in the control

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'Hijacked by anxiety': how climate dread is hindering climate action

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 05:08:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/08/anxiety-climate-crisis-trauma-paralysing-effect-psychologists>

"They call it climate anxiety – a sense of dread, gloom and almost
paralysing helplessness that is rising as we come to terms with the
greatest existential challenge of our generation, or any generation.

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How teen movies became hooked on classic literature

Sat, 17 Oct 2020 06:06:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200930-how-teen-movies-became-hooked-on-classic-literature>

"It’s been 10 years since the celebrated teen comedy Easy A was
released in cinemas. A knowing riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s seminal
19th-Century novel The Scarlet Letter, it translated its tragic tale

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US-inspired rightwing extremism an 'insidious' threat to Australia, study finds

Sat, 17 Oct 2020 06:07:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/09/us-inspired-rightwing-extremism-an-insidious-threat-to-australia-study-finds>

"Rightwing extremism poses a “creeping threat” to liberal democracy in
Australia, according to a new study that investigates how extremists are
using online networks to spread radical narratives.

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Did the mayor of this dying California city just spark a universal basic income trend?

Sat, 17 Oct 2020 06:09:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/10/9/1985095/-Youngest-mayor-s-universal-basic-income-experiment-is-inspiring-more-cities-to-try-it>

"In January of 2017, Michael Tubbs of Stockton, California, became the
city’s first Black mayor as well as the youngest person elected to that
office, at age 26. Not long after coming into office, Mayor Tubbs

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New Research Shows the Major Benefits of Giving Money to People Experiencing Homelessness

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 05:42:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/10/new-research-shows-the-major-benefits-of-giving-money-to-people-experiencing-homelessness/>

"New research from Canada is the latest to show that simply giving money
to people living with homelessness helps them tremendously. The
year-long study in British Columbia found that people who were given a

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'Real and imminent' extinction risk to whales

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 05:44:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54485407

"More than 350 scientists and conservationists from 40 countries have
signed a letter calling for global action to protect whales, dolphins
and porpoises from extinction.

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Millions of face masks are being thrown away during COVID-19. Here’s how to choose the best one for the planet

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 05:46:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/millions-of-face-masks-are-being-thrown-away-during-covid-19-heres-how-to-choose-the-best-one-for-the-planet-147787>

"Face masks are part of our daily lives during the pandemic. Many are
made from plastics and designed to be used just once, which means
thousands of tonnes of extra waste going to landfill.

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'After All, It's Our Money': Global Climate Campaigners Call for Public Banks to Fund Just Recovery and Green Transition

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 02:54:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/12/after-all-its-our-money-global-climate-campaigners-call-public-banks-fund-just>

"Contrary to the demands of social and environmental justice advocates,
government and financial responses to the pandemic and recession in many
countries to date have continued to prop up the fossil fuel industry

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Bridge over troubled forests: how Java's slow lorises are creeping back

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 02:58:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/13/bridge-over-troubled-forests-how-javas-slow-lorises-are-creeping-back-aoe>

"At first, Nekaris had installed some ladder-like bridges between trees
that were used elsewhere in monkey conservation, but the lorises didn’t
take to them. Then she realised that the answer might lie with some of

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Portugal. The Man - Who’s Gonna Stop Me (feat. “Weird Al” Yankovic) [Official Music Video]

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 03:57:14 +1100

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

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

“They say barbwire was the death knell of the cowboy. It was the end of
the open range and the end of open pastures. Before the cowboys, for
time immemorial, the indigenous peoples of the Americas looked to the

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Paper chase: why Kevin Rudd’s call for a royal commission into News Corp may lead nowhere

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 03:59:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/paper-chase-why-kevin-rudds-call-for-a-royal-commission-into-news-corp-may-lead-nowhere-147996>

"The fact is that in the three mature English-speaking democracies where
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has a dominant presence – the United
States, the United Kingdom and Australia – politics are deeply polarised

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This is what it is like to travel as a stateless person

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 04:39:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/10/14/refugees-and-exiles-were-in-lockdown-long-before-the-pandemic/>

"Some eight years ago, when I escaped my home country of Eritrea – where
travel is considered a privilege, not a right – and landed at a US
airport, I had wrongly assumed that I could finally reclaim my dignity

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Rewild to mitigate the climate crisis, urge leading scientists

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 04:40:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/14/re-wild-to-mitigate-the-climate-crisis-urge-leading-scientists>

"Restoring natural landscapes damaged by human exploitation can be one
of the most effective and cheapest ways to combat the climate crisis
while also boosting dwindling wildlife populations, a scientific study

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Stories Make the Future: Utopia

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 04:04:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQo7AjMvcSM

"Learn about utopian fiction! Its history. Some issues with utopianism.
What kind of stories you can tell in a utopian world!"

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World Charter for Nature

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 04:12:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://katherinephelps.com/2020/10/world-charter-for-nature/

"In October of 1982 one hundred and eleven member states of the United
Nations signed the UN World Charter for Nature. A few nations did not
vote and some abstained, but only one country voted against this

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this art installation lets you poke, inflate, or add a disco ball to famous paintings

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 05:23:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.designboom.com/art/mechanical-masterpieces-reimagines-famous-paintings-10-09-2020/>

"created by los angeles based artist, neil mendoza, ‘mechanical
masterpieces’ is an art installation that reimagines classical paintings
for the 21st century. optimized for short attention spans, it allows

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North American Scum | LCD Soundsystem | Pomplamoose

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 05:24:38 +1100

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

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

"A cover of North American Scum by Pomplamoose."

Via Muse, who wrote "This hit home!"

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None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

Sat, 24 Oct 2020 06:18:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://grist.org/business-technology/none-of-the-worlds-top-industries-would-be-profitable-if-they-paid-for-the-natural-capital-they-use/>

"The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental
circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for
by those businesses. For instance, industrial processes can put

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Chilling Report Suggests 1 Out of 5 Countries Could Be Headed For Ecosystem Collapse

Sat, 24 Oct 2020 06:19:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/chilling-new-report-shows-1-out-of-5-countries-headed-for-ecosystem-collapse>

"The world's wealth is built on our planet's natural ecosystems, and if
those collapse, so too might our global economy, experts warn.

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This free virtual gallery lets you curate your own online exhibition of Japanese art

Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:30:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/this-free-virtual-gallery-lets-you-curate-your-own-online-exhibition-of-japanese-art-100920>

"The temporary closure of public facilities to minimise the spread of
Covd-19 coronavirus earlier this year pushed galleries and art museums
to bring their exhibitions online through virtual exhibitions. Now, with

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Missing Hong Kong protester Alexandra Wong 'was held in mainland China'

Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:32:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-54443119

"A prominent Hong Kong protester has made her first public appearance in
14 months, telling the media she had been held in mainland China.

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Why there is hope that the world's coral reefs can be saved

Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:33:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/17/why-there-is-hope-that-the-worlds-coral-reefs-can-be-saved>

"For most of us, the colourful, otherworldly marinescapes of coral reefs
are as remote as the alien landscapes of the moon. We rarely, if ever,
experience these underwater wonderlands for ourselves – we are, after

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Library Socialism: a utopian vision of a sustainable, luxuriant future of circulating abundance

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 03:30:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/24/usufruct-complementarity-irred.html

'SRSLY Wrong is a "research-based comedy podcast" run by a pair of
Canadian fellas with a background in radical politics, occupy, and the
Pirate Party; in a three part series, hosts Aaron Moritz and Shawn

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Acting on climate change can get us out of recession. There are no excuses left

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 03:32:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2020/oct/18/acting-climate-change-can-get-us-out-of-recession-there-are-no-excuses-left>

"It feels like we have reached the point where such things wash over us
now without care or concern. Another temperature record, another
bushfire season, another US supreme court justice nominee not willing to

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Humans threaten the Antarctic Peninsula’s fragile ecosystem. A marine protected area is long overdue

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 03:33:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/humans-threaten-the-antarctic-peninsulas-fragile-ecosystem-a-marine-protected-area-is-long-overdue-147671>

"Antarctica, the world’s last true wilderness, has been protected by an
international treaty for the last 60 years. But the same isn’t true for
most of the ocean surrounding it.

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The spread of true and false news online

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:08:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6380/1146

"Lies spread faster than the truth

There is worldwide concern over false news and the possibility that it

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Marketers Helped Fake News Kill Real News With Bullets Supplied By Ad Tech

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:10:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.forbes.com/sites/augustinefou/2020/10/18/marketers-helped-fake-news-kill-real-news-with-bullets-supplied-by-ad-tech/>

"It’s Fake!

Why does it seem that everywhere you turn these days, you encounter fake

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FreedomFI: Do-it-yourself open-source 5G networking

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:12:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.zdnet.com/article/freedomfi-do-it-yourself-open-source-5g-networking/>

"Anyone can run their own Wi-Fi network. Cellular networks have been
another matter entirely, until now. With Facebook's Magma open-source
distributed mobile packet software project, FreedomFi enables anyone to

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Young Activists Aren’t Waiting For Anyone

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 05:45:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2020/10/16/young-activists-take-the-lead/>

"Younger Americans, already poorer and more indebted than their
forebears, are being asked to sacrifice more to subsidize more opulent
current generations, who seem amenable only to token moderation of their

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‘New jobs, new industries, new wealth’: Kevin Rudd’s vision for a green recovery out of the pandemic

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 05:46:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/20/new-jobs-new-industries-new-wealth-kevin-rudds-vision-for-a-green-recovery-out-of-the-pandemic>

"Kevin Rudd has called for solar panels to be made compulsory on all new
buildings and increased incentives to be offered to households that do
not yet have them as part of a “genuinely green recovery” from recession.

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China unleashed ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy on Canada. It may have backfired

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 05:49:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3106359/china-unleashed-some-wolf-warrior-diplomacy-canada-it-may-have>

"Canada’s foreign minister started last week by hailing the 50th
anniversary of diplomatic ties with China, and the importance of dialogue.

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