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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.

George Takei: The Challenge Ahead Under President-Elect Trump

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:10:55 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/15/george-takei-the-challenge-ahead-under-president-elect-trump.html>

"The acclaimed ‘Star Trek’ actor and social activist writes about his own
experience in Japanese internment camps in the 1940s, and how there is a way
out of the darkness ahead."

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We need to talk about the online radicalisation of young, white men

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:09:24 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/15/alt-right-manosphere-mainstream-politics-breitbart>

"With the appointment of Breitbart News’s chair to Trump’s staff we need to be
clear about the links between misogyny, racism and neofascism on alt-right
websites"

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Toto, I Don't Think We're In The Public Domain Anymore

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:06:25 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161111/09370136022/toto-i-dont-think-were-public-domain-anymore.shtml>

"In brief: back in 2006, Warner Bros. sued vintage/nostalgia merchandise
company AVELA, which had obtained restored images from old promotional posters
for the films and was selling them for T-shirts and other products. Nobody

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After Elections, Strangers Left Messages On New York’s Subway Walls To Remind Us All That We Will Be Okay

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:02:31 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.boredpanda.com/after-elections-strangers-left-messages-on-new-york-subway-walls-to-reminds-us-all-that-it-will-be-okay/>

"Artist Matthew “Levee” Chavez runs Subway Therapy below the streets of New
York City. He usually sets up shop underground with a table and two chairs —
one for him, and another for any stranger to sit down and chat about whatever’s

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Mischievous Kitten Plays With the Feathers of a Peacock in Full Plumage Display

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:59:05 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/mischievous-kitten-plays-with-the-feathers-of-a-peacock-in-full-plumage-display/>

"A mischievous little orange kitten plays with the gorgeous feathers of a
peacock named Henry while he is in full plumage display. According to their
human, Malinda Coltura, the two animals are “best friends”."

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Self-Driving Cars Are Too Good at 3-Point Turns, So Google Dumbed Them Down

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:22:10 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a23884/self-driving-cars-3-point-turns/

"Teaching cars to drive themselves is only half the battle. The other half is
teaching them to drive in a way that doesn't scare the hell out of their human
occupants."

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Hayao Miyazaki Ends Retirement to Direct a New Feature-Length Animation

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:19:59 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thefilmstage.com/news/hayao-miyazaki-ends-retirement-to-direct-another-feature-length-animation/>

"What was thought to be his swan song, 2013’s The Wind Rises, was the perfect
send-off for director Hayao Miyazaki: a stunningly detailed, bold, haunting,
and personal animation that we named one of the best of the century thus far.

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Turning on, Booting up, and Jacking into Neuromancer

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:17:46 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.filfre.net/2016/11/turning-on-booting-up-and-jacking-into-neuromancer/

"When a novel becomes notably successful, Hollywood generally comes calling to
secure the film rights. Many an author naively assumes that the acquisition of
films rights means an actual film will get made, and in fairly short order at

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Forty-Five: A Republic, if you can keep it

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:15:43 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reddit.com/r/dredmorbius/comments/5c88gg/fortyfive_a_republic_if_you_can_keep_it/>

"If we're going to solve hard, complex, and fractious problems, a functional
polity is necessary. And this doesn't look like one."

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Great Problems: An Epidemic of Rent-seeking

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 07:12:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://devinhelton.com/2013/04/14/rent-seeking-economy/

In a healthy society, people acquire wealth by making stuff people want.
Yeoman farmers till plots to provide for their nutritional wants. Laborers
assemble motorcycles for consumers who pay money because they find the motor

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