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Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:24:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/pope-francis-civil-unions/2020/10/21/805a601c-139e-11eb-a258-614acf2b906d_story.html>

"ROME — Pope Francis has called in a new documentary for the creation of
civil union laws, giving his clearest support to date for the rights of
same-sex couples while breaking from the official teaching of the Roman

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You’ve probably heard of the Green New Deal in the US — is it time for one in Australia?

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:23:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/youve-probably-heard-of-the-green-new-deal-in-the-us-is-it-time-for-one-in-australia-148254>

"The Greens want Australia to quit coal by 2030, and have an independent
authority, Renew Australia, to manage a just transition for workers,
create jobs and see no one left behind in the transition to 100%

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The German model for America

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:22:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/21405900/germany-holocaust-atonement-america-slavery-reparations>

"The long and public reckoning that followed the Holocaust shows a path
forward for a United States that desperately needs to confront its
racist past."

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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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