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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.

Legally sourced chocolate could help end deforestation in West Africa

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:13:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2017/0914/Legally-sourced-chocolate-could-help-end-deforestation-in-West-Africa>

"The spread of illegal cocoa plantations, which supply beans to popular
candy brands, have caused widespread deforestation across much of the
Ivory Coast's protected land reserves. The solution lies in the hands of

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What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:12:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://newrepublic.com/article/144719/happens-science-fiction-genius-starts-blogging>

'Ursula K. Le Guin is a giant of literature. Her new book, "No Time To
Spare," shows her mind operating in a new medium.'

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Letter from indigenous Mexican man who was denied a US visa to receive an award for internet development

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:23:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/09/14/ikta-kop-collective.html

'Mariano Gómez is a 23 year old Tseltal from Abasolo, Chiapas, and a
member of the Ikta K’op Collective; he is being given an award by the
prestigious Internet Society for his work creating "a wireless Internet

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Collapsible, rotating caravan harnesses solar and wind for efficient off-grid living

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:22:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://newatlas.com/rotating-off-grid-scarabane-caravan/51091/

"What looks quite like a permanent, off-grid tiny home when all set up
at camp is actually a folding caravan that packs neatly into a
25.6-ft-long (7.8-m-long) wheeled box via fold-down, flip-up and

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The Unthinkability of Climate Change: Thoughts on Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:43:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/reviews/the-unthinkability-of-climate-change-thoughts-on-amitav-ghoshs-the-great-derangement/>

"Earlier this year I attended an annual science fiction and fantasy
convention in the Boston area. Rather to my surprise, there were no
panels on climate change. Even in the last few years when a few such

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How The Arts Are Shaping Your Politics (Whether You Realize It Or Not)

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:42:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://rantt.com/how-the-arts-are-shaping-your-politics-whether-you-realize-it-or-not-aa96781680e9>

"To say politics and the arts are intertwined would be an
understatement, but it’s a relationship that doesn’t often get specific
attention of its own. By arts, I mean any of our art forms — including

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Billions of devices imperiled by new clickless Bluetooth attack

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:39:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/bluetooth-bugs-open-billions-of-devices-to-attacks-no-clicking-required/>

"BlueBorne exploit works against unpatched devices running Android,
Linux, or Windows."

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Secret documents reveal the No campaign's strategy to manipulate you

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:38:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.crikey.com.au/2017/09/11/no-campaign-has-official-strategy-for-dealing-with-millennial-yes-voters/>

"Step 1: talk about freedom. Step 2: talk about the children. Step 3:
mention the 260 genders that will result from a Yes vote."

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New evidence suggests octupuses aren't loners

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:15:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-evidence-octupuses-loners.html

"Octopuses are usually solitary creatures, but a new site in the waters
off the east coast of Australia is the home of up to 15 gloomy octopuses
(Octopus tetricus) that have been been observed communicating—either

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The First White President

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 01:03:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/the-first-white-president-ta-nehisi-coates/537909/>

"The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack
Obama’s legacy."

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