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The Glass Wings mailing list and blog is for general idle chit-chat about things we find interesting, especially humor, animation or other subjects relevant to the Glass Wings web site.

Drones and AI help stop poaching in Africa

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:28:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/21/drones-ai-help-stop-poaching-africa/

"The system is designed to prevent poachers from reaching their targets."

Via Rob Jongschaap and Emmanuel Taban.

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Italy Is Giving Away Old Castles For Free, And Here’s How You Can Get One

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:28:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/italy-gives-away-free-castles/

"If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own castle, now’s your chance.
Italy is giving away 103 run-down properties, including villas, inns,
and castles for free. That means anyone can start building their

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‘I never wanted to be with a man’: escaping Russia for Canada

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:27:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.prospektmag.com/2017/05/escaping-russia-canada-forbidden-love/>

"The remarkable story of a woman from Russia who escaped to Canada in a
sailboat to be with the woman she loves"

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3.93-Feet: Omar The Maine Coon Cat Might Be World's Longest Cat

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:28:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://geekologie.com/2017/05/393-feet-omar-the-maine-coon-cat-might-b.php>

"Omar measures 3.93-feet from nose to tail (the previous longest was
3.88-feet), weighs 30.86 pounds, and isn't finished growing. Damn that's
a big kitty!"

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Schooling for Myths and Powerlessness

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:26:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/18/schooling-for-myths-and-powerlessness-2/>

'In school we learned that our country was number one, the greatest in
the world. We sang “Onward Christian Soldiers” in music class. Being the
“greatest” was neither defined nor questioned. We simply had a vague

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How we taught dozens of refugees to code, then helped them get developer jobs

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:25:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.freecodecamp.com/how-we-taught-dozens-of-refugees-to-code-then-helped-them-get-developer-jobs-fd37036c13b0>

"The way I see it, immigration in itself is neither positive nor
negative. It’s about how you as a society make an effort to make
immigration work."

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My Family’s Slave

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:16:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/

"She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without
pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was."

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Molly Hill reveals how dream trip to Hawaii turned into a nightmare

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:13:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/molly-hill-reveals-how-dream-trip-to-hawaii-turned-into-a-nightmare/news-story/b3833259e7ffe3e130dbf73c852f2f82?nk=ac6d0ad976fa4c72c1a10008041ae2c5-1495616974>

"MELBOURNE woman Molly Hill had planned a romantic Hawaiian holiday with
her boyfriend, but ended up in jail because of what she wrote in her diary."

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“I just choose to not listen”: why Trump supporters are tuning out the scandals

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:12:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/18/15659394/trump-supporters-motivated-ignorance>

"Here’s a simple truth: We find inconvenient political facts to be
genuinely unpleasant. Psychologists theorize that’s because our partisan
identities get mixed up with our personal identities — which would mean

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The Amazing Story of Kentucky's Horseback Librarians (10 Photos)

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:36:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://archiveproject.com/the-horseback-librarians-of-eastern-kentucky-10-photos

"In the years after the Great Depression, President Roosevelt enacted The New
Deal to help get people back on their feet.  This allowed for some truly
creative projects to spring up, and one of them was the Pack Horse Library

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