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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:37:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://newsstand.google.com/articles/CAIiEPOVDECLqF1J9O1smyaTT8IqFggEKg4IACoGCAowiuQwMNHHBjDpmQw>

"Along a 5.5-mile stretch of road in Hole, Norway, smart streetlights
automatically dim when nobody's around—then come back to full power when
a car, pedestrian, or other object approaches."

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Getting to 350: What It Will Take to Fix Global Warming

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:28:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/43144-getting-to-350-what-it-will-take-to-fix-global-warming>

"In 2017, scientists for the first time spelled out what it will take
for civilization to survive global warming. Simply ending the use of
fossil fuels isn't going to do it; we must also extract billions of tons

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SQL Keys in Depth

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:29:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://begriffs.com/posts/2018-01-01-sql-keys-in-depth.html

"After wading through sixty-four articles, skimming sections in five
books, and asking questions on IRC and StackOverflow I think I’ve put
the pieces together and have a recommendation to harmonize the various

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The Dirt On Clothes: Why Washing Less Is More Sustainable

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:28:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/dirt-clothes-why-washing-less-more-sustainable/>

"It turns out that when you look at the whole life cycle of a piece of
clothing, everyday washing and drying damages our natural environment
the most."

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Valor Anthology: Volume 2

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:12:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1987386669/valor-anthology-volume-2

"Valor" is a comic anthology series that pays homage to the strength,
resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales.

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I’ve been homeless 3 times. The problem isn’t drugs or mental illness — it’s poverty.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:11:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.vox.com/2016/3/8/11173304/homeless-in-america

"I was born into a middle-class family, but I've hovered near poverty level all
of my adult life because my line of work doesn't pay much."

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How Douglas Engelbart Invented the Future

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:41:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/douglas-engelbart-invented-future-180967498/>

"Two decades before the personal computer, a shy engineer unveiled the
tools that would drive the tech revolution"

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Australia's first electric passenger plane takes to the skies of Perth, with Rottnest in its sights

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:38:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-04/first-electric-plane-passenger-flights-in-australia-to-rottnest/9304424>

"Australia's first electric aircraft has begun test flights at Perth's
Jandakot Airport, amid hopes the plane will be flying to nearby Rottnest
Island within months."

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Fortunate Son

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:49:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.stonekettle.com/2018/01/fortunate-son.html

"I’m not going to lie about who I am. I’m not going to dismiss it, or
pretend that it doesn’t exist.  And so, the best I can do is to use
that privilege to help others."

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DHS Documents Show Harassment And Intrusive Device Searches Are A Common Occurrence At US Borders

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:47:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171223/10335338873/dhs-documents-show-harassment-intrusive-device-searches-are-common-occurrence-us-borders.shtml>

"There are nearly 100 pages of long, detailed complaints in the document
[PDF] turned over by the DHS in response to the Knight Institute's' FOIA
request. The incidents detailed are troubling, seemingly going beyond

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