Glass Wings Blog: January 2021

Taiwanese banned from all UNESCO events

Sat, 2 Jan 2021 07:26:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4071398

"A new UN rule now bans Taiwanese scientists from attending all UNESCO
events, according to the International Centre for Theoretical Physics
(ICTP), prompting many scholars, both Taiwanese and Western, to

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12 Trump Attacks on the Environment Since the Election

Sat, 2 Jan 2021 07:29:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-attacks-environment-election-2649477513.html>

"In the aftermath of the Nov. 3 election, President Donald Trump has
tried every trick in the book to avoid facing the reality of his loss. A
barrage of lawsuits accompanied by disinformation campaigns has

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Wolfwalkers Demonstrates Why Cartoon Saloon is Studio Ghibli's True Successor

Sat, 2 Jan 2021 07:32:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/wolfwalkers-demonstrates-why-cartoon-saloon-is-studio-ghiblis-true-successor/>

"Studio Ghibli is arguably the most recognizable and beloved animated
studio outside of Disney/Pixar, one that has proven time and time again
that animation is more than just entertainment aimed at kids thanks to

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Meet Chimbu, the blue-eyed, bear-eared tree kangaroo. Your cuppa can help save his species

Sun, 3 Jan 2021 05:27:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/meet-chimbu-the-blue-eyed-bear-eared-tree-kangaroo-your-cuppa-can-help-save-his-species-135033>

"Tree kangaroos are so unusual that when Europeans first encountered
them in Australia in 1872, they were sceptical. Who would believe a
kangaroo could climb a tree?

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An archivist’s night at the movies, part IV: Science fiction edition

Sun, 3 Jan 2021 05:29:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://peelarchivesblog.com/2020/09/10/an-archivists-night-at-the-movies-part-iv-science-fiction-edition/>

"As a lover of science fiction, I have decided to add another entry in
our Archivist Night at the Movies series, seeking to boldly explore how
creative teams involved with various science fiction movies or

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Portraits of Matriarchy: Where Grandmothers Are Still in Charge

Sun, 3 Jan 2021 05:32:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.yesmagazine.org/health-happiness/2020/11/09/china-himalayas-grandmothers-mosuo/>

"Life around Lugu Lake—high up in the Himalayas, straddling China’s
Yunnan and Sichuan provinces—has been changing rapidly. Until relatively
recently, the Mosuo, a Chinese ethnic minority of about 40,000 people,

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These photos prove a future with no waste is possible

Mon, 4 Jan 2021 06:21:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/end-of-waste-circular-economy

"Every year, the world adds 11.2 billion tonnes of solid waste to our
combined rubbish pile, according to UN figures – the decaying organic
parts of which contribute five per cent of global greenhouse gas

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Inside Australia’s Secret Rich List

Mon, 4 Jan 2021 06:23:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.michaelwest.com.au/inside-australias-secret-rich-list/

"It’s quite the cosy little arrangement that some of Australia’s “old
money” billionaires enjoy, courtesy of the federal government. It’s a
cosy arrangement afforded to no other Australians, and a number of the

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Rich countries are hoarding COVID-19 vaccines. Elsewhere, the pandemic may keep killing for years

Mon, 4 Jan 2021 06:24:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-12-22/rich-nations-snap-up-covid-19-vaccines-leaving-less-for-the-poor>

"MEXICO CITY — The race to vaccinate the world against a
once-in-a-century pandemic has begun in an all-too-familiar way: Every
country for itself.

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Say Goodbye To 2020 With The Year’s Top 10 Hubble Photos

Tue, 5 Jan 2021 05:30:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2021/12/28/say-goodbye-to-2020-with-the-years-top-10-hubble-photos/>

"Launched in 1990 and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, the
Hubble Space Telescope continues to be humanity's most powerful optical
observatory from its perch above Earth's atmosphere. Although it will be

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The less equal we become, the less we trust science, and that’s a problem

Tue, 5 Jan 2021 05:33:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-less-equal-we-become-the-less-we-trust-science-and-thats-a-problem-151691>

"On average, an increase of one percentage point in inequality is
associated with a decrease of 1.5 percentage points in listening to
scientists.

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Review : Utopia For Realists

Tue, 5 Jan 2021 05:36:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://decoherency.blogspot.com/2020/12/review-utopia-for-realists.html

"This is everything I wanted it to be. Unlike RCU, UFR focuses on the
goal, not the people seeking it. It's well-researched, comprehensive yet
succinct, immensely readable, highly persuasive, and - perhaps most

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The Forgotten Life of Einstein's First Wife

Wed, 6 Jan 2021 04:30:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-forgotten-life-of-einsteins-first-wife/>

"The decision to publish only under his name seems to have been taken
jointly. Why? Radmila Milentijević, a former history professor at City
College in New York, published in 2015 Mileva’s most comprehensive

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The Life in "The Simpsons" Is No Longer Attainable

Wed, 6 Jan 2021 04:32:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/12/life-simpsons-no-longer-attainable/617499/>

"The most famous dysfunctional family of 1990s television enjoyed, by
today’s standards, an almost dreamily secure existence that now seems
out of reach for all too many Americans. I refer, of course, to the

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When You Can't Innovate, You Litigate: Oracle Gleefully Takes Credit For Attacks On Section 230 And Google

Wed, 6 Jan 2021 04:35:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20201224/11072345946/when-you-cant-innovate-you-litigate-oracle-gleefully-takes-credit-attacks-section-230-google.shtml>

"A few weeks ago, Oracle announced that it was moving its headquarters
out of Redwood Shores, in the middle of Silicon Valley, to Austin,
Texas. The move is more symbolic than anything else. The company told

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Japanese Researchers Are Making Wooden Satellites Because We Have a Space Trash Problem

Thu, 7 Jan 2021 05:01:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://gizmodo.com/japanese-researchers-are-making-wooden-satellites-becau-1845967973>

"Floating around the Earth is a bunch of satellites. Cool for GPS,
monitoring weather patterns, and the internet—not so cool for space
junk. This is why Sumitomo Forestry and Kyoto University are teaming up

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From the outside, Biblioteca Vasconcelos seems uninviting. But wander in and you’ll surely be amazed.

Thu, 7 Jan 2021 05:02:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thedailybeast.com/biblioteca-vasconcelos-is-one-of-the-worlds-most-beautiful-libraries>

"In the middle of a park in a neighborhood that (while historic) most
tourists to Mexico City would not explore one can find a phantasmagoric
gazebo. Painted in an array of colors, carved with elaborate textures

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'A real bad precedent': Australia criticised for Antarctica airport plan

Thu, 7 Jan 2021 05:03:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/31/a-real-bad-precedent-australia-criticised-for-antarctica-airport-plan>

"Australia is planning to build Antarctica’s biggest infrastructure
project: a new airport and runway that would increase the human
footprint in the world’s greatest wilderness by an estimated 40%.

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How the Ratatouille Musical Went From TikTok Sensation to All-Star Broadway Production

Fri, 8 Jan 2021 04:50:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://time.com/5925560/ratatouille-tiktok-musical/

"It started when Emily Jacobsen, a 26-year-old schoolteacher from
Hartsdale, N.Y., posted a squeaky-voiced a capella ode to Pixar
character Remy the Rat to TikTok in October. The ballad, which Jacobsen

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How Covid has plunged Asia's captive elephants into fresh crisis

Fri, 8 Jan 2021 04:51:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/31/how-covid-has-plunged-asias-captive-elephants-into-fresh-crisis>

"It has been a tough year for many, and for the elephants at Elefanjoy
sanctuary in Jaipur, India, it has been no exception. As the pandemic
hit in March, the country imposed a strict nationwide lockdown, and the

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Plan emerges to rebuild collapsed Arecibo telescope, with early $8 million pledge from Puerto Rico

Fri, 8 Jan 2021 04:55:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/arecibo-telescope-rebuild-plan-8-million-funding-start>

"In the wake of the mishap that caused the sad (yet spectacular)
collapse of the Arecibo Observatory telescope earlier this month in
Puerto Rico, a plan appears to be emerging to reconstruct one of the

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Six Free Natural History Programs Streaming in January

Sat, 9 Jan 2021 04:57:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/12/28/six-free-natural-history-programs-streaming-january/>

"A virtual field trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation
Biology Institute; a guided, at-home scientific illustration activity
and a behind-the-scenes tour of the O. Orkin Insect Zoo; stream these

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The Mine at Oak Flat: A Timeline of Government Bad Faith

Sat, 9 Jan 2021 04:58:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://billmoyers.com/story/the-mine-at-oak-flat-a-timeline-of-a-government-bad-faith/>

"The [US] Department of Agriculture has pushed forward the release of an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Resolution Copper mine in
Oak Flat Arizona. The release of this document kickstarts a 60-Day

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Drone swarms illuminate Scottish skies as part of Hogmanay festival

Sat, 9 Jan 2021 04:59:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-zXvQqveME

"Videos taken near the remote Highland area of Spean Bridge and over
Edinburgh show drones taking off and forming stunning shapes, including
a leaping stag"

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Equitable Retreat: The Need for Fairness in Relocating Coastal Communities

Sun, 10 Jan 2021 05:36:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://e360.yale.edu/features/equitable-retreat-the-need-for-fairness-in-relocating-coastal-communities>

"As seas rise and coastal storms intensify, policymakers and low-lying
cities around the globe are increasingly wrestling with the reality of
needing to relocate entire communities to higher, safer ground.

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Nature is not healing

Sun, 10 Jan 2021 05:37:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theverge.com/22178714/2020-nature-heal-pollution-greenhouse-gases-emissions-dip-covid>

"Dolphins did not return to cleaner canals in Venice, Italy this year.
Nor was the critically endangered Malabar civet spotted on the streets
of Kerala, India. And, contrary to one meme, there definitely were not

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Animals and plants reclaim Scotland's abandoned spaces: photo essay

Sun, 10 Jan 2021 05:38:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/02/animals-ecology-reclaim-scotland-abandoned-landscapes-a-photo-essay>

"Since the idea of rewilding took hold, it has generally been seen as a
rural pursuit involving withdrawal from farmland so that animals and
vegetation can restore their own ecology.

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Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Stranger Than We Could Have Ever Imagined

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 04:40:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/octopus-and-squid-evolution-is-weirder-than-we-could-have-ever-imagined>

"Just when we thought octopuses couldn't be any weirder, it turns out
that they and their cephalopod brethren evolve differently from nearly
every other organism on the planet.

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GENERATING POSITIVE ENERGY | Follow FULLY CHARGED for your daily dose of good news

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 04:41:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2U2iy0K5Y8

"Here's a little something uplifting for these dark times. It feels like
there's bad news everywhere right now. If you're in need of respite,
Fully Charged and Fully Charged PLUS offers 600+ episodes on Clean

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New year, new rant: Linus Torvalds rails at Intel for 'killing' the ECC industry

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 04:43:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theregister.com/2021/01/04/linus_torvalds_intel_killed_ecc/

"Linux creator Linus Torvalds has accused Intel of preventing widespread
use of error-correcting memory and being "instrumental in killing the
whole ECC industry with its horribly bad market segmentation."

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The Year in Cheer

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 05:22:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/the-year-in-cheer/

"You could be forgiven for thinking that 2020 was little more than a
slow-motion train wreck broken up into 365 individual units. But if
you’re a regular RTBC reader, you know that’s not true. Yes, it was a

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Seven Years Ago, CERN Gave Open Access A Huge Boost; Now It's Doing The Same For Open Data

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 05:23:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20201231/02234445977/seven-years-ago-cern-gave-open-access-huge-boost-now-doing-same-open-data.shtml>

"Techdirt readers will be very familiar with CERN, the European Council
for Nuclear Research (the acronym comes from the French version: Conseil
Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire). It's best known for two things:

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A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 05:25:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wired.com/story/a-25-year-old-bet-comes-due-has-tech-destroyed-society/>

"In 1995, a WIRED cofounder challenged a Luddite-loving doomsayer to a
prescient wager on tech and civilization’s fate. Now their judge weighs in."

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Study: Folklore structure reveals how conspiracy theories emerge, fall apart

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 04:48:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/study-folklore-structure-reveals-how-conspiracy-theories-emerge-fall-apart/>

"Mark Twain is often credited with the saying, “A lie can travel halfway
around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.” Twain
never actually said it; it appears to be a mutated version of something

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The 25 Best Feel-Good Not Always Right Stories Of 2020!

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 04:49:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://notalwaysright.com/the-25-best-feel-good-not-always-right-stories-of-2020/223386/>

"2020 is now a bad memory, but it contained many pockets of good! We’ve
rounded up the twenty-five most feel-good, most inspirational, and most
warm-and-fuzzy stories from 2020 to prove that it wasn’t all bad!"

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UK Music Rights Group Demands Payment From A Pub That Isn't Playing Any Music Because It's Closed Due To COVID

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 05:02:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210105/16544846004/uk-music-rights-group-demands-payment-pub-that-isnt-playing-any-music-because-closed-due-to-covid.shtml>

"I know that many musicians rely on collection societies to earn money,
but these increasingly appear like traditional organized crime
operations, shaking down small businesses for cash."

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Insects in flight | 11 incredible species in SLOW MOTION

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 05:45:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbOzYMKROs8

"Takeoff and flight sequences of insects spanning 5 different taxonomic
orders captured at 3,200 fps!"

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Climate Change Is Turning Cities Into Ovens

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 05:46:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wired.com/story/climate-change-is-turning-cities-into-ovens/

"To calculate how much city temperatures might rise, Zhao and his
colleagues from a number of institutions, including Princeton University
and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, built a statistical model for

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Global heating could stabilize if net zero emissions achieved, scientists say

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 05:48:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/07/global-heating-stabilize-net-zero-emissions>

"The world may be barreling towards climate disaster but rapidly
eliminating planet-heating emissions means global temperatures could
stabilize within just a couple of decades, scientists say.

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One Year After Declaring Climate Emergency, Scientists Say 'Massive-Scale Mobilization' Necessary

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 05:45:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/07/one-year-after-declaring-climate-emergency-scientists-say-massive-scale-mobilization>

"Aggressive, transformative change, framed against the backdrop of
social justice, can ignite an enormous deployment that will let us avert
the worst of the climate emergency."

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Australia sweltered through its 4th-hottest year in 2020

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 05:46:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://apnews.com/article/wildfires-australia-el-nino-climate-fires-d5c2f9ea798a836cacc388d355942b80>

"Australia sweltered through its fourth-hottest year on record last year
despite the recent return of the usually cooling La Nina climate
pattern, the nation’s weather bureau said on Friday.

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What is Creator Endorsed?

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 05:47:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://player.vimeo.com/video/498550193

"This is a two-minute presentation of how the “Creator Endorsed”
business model works, contrasting it with the way that “Copyright
Monopoly” models work, and hopefully making it clear why CE is preferable."

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Trump and the Reverse Cargo Cult

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 06:22:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://hanshowe.org/2017/02/04/trump-and-the-reverse-cargo-cult/

"Trump administration lies constantly but doesn’t even attempt to make
it seem like they aren’t lying.

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There’s Nothing Virtuous About Finding Common Ground

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 06:24:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://time.com/5434381/tayari-jones-moral-middle-myth/

"The middle is a point equidistant from two poles. That’s it. There is
nothing inherently virtuous about being neither here nor there. Buried
in this is a false equivalency of ideas, what you might call the “good

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The US economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. All of them were held by women

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 06:26:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/08/economy/women-job-losses-pandemic/

"A year ago, a rare thing happened to American women.

For three months, they held more jobs than men in the US economy —

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The Top 1% of Americans Have Taken $50 Trillion From the Bottom 90%—And That's Made the U.S. Less Secure

Sun, 17 Jan 2021 05:43:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://time.com/5888024/50-trillion-income-inequality-america/

"Like many of the virus’s hardest hit victims, the United States went
into the COVID-19 pandemic wracked by preexisting conditions. A fraying
public health infrastructure, inadequate medical supplies, an

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With mass arrests, running for office in Hong Kong is now not only futile, it can be criminal

Sun, 17 Jan 2021 05:44:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/with-mass-arrests-running-for-office-in-hong-kong-is-now-not-only-futile-it-can-be-criminal-152755>

"Nearly overshadowed by the chaos in the US this week was a dramatic
escalation of the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.

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From Japan to the world: my experience in the space field

Sun, 17 Jan 2021 05:45:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/space4youth/stories/mori/index.html>

"My first encounter with space happened when I went to the Kennedy Space
Center in Florida with my family while at elementary school. I remember
being so surprised and inspired by everything there: the complexity, the

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What Buddhism can do for AI ethics

Mon, 18 Jan 2021 05:14:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/01/06/1015779/what-buddhism-can-do-ai-ethics/>

"People both in the East and the West need to share their ideas and
consider those from others to enrich their own perspectives. Because the
development and use of AI spans the entire globe, the way we think about

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50 countries vow to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030

Mon, 18 Jan 2021 05:17:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://apnews.com/article/50-countries-protect-land-sea-climate-3450a3ef2bafb1149b7bb0931914eefc>

"The one-day summit focused on four major topics: protecting terrestrial
and marine ecosystems; promoting agroecology, a more sustainable way to
grow food; increasing funding to protect biodiversity; and identifying

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The Pyra Handheld Linux PC is Shipping

Mon, 18 Jan 2021 05:19:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boilingsteam.com/the-pyra-handheld-linux-pc-is-shipping/

"The Dragonbox Pyra is finally shipping! This small handheld Linux PC
(that can be used for just about anything, including gaming) has been in
the works for 7 years or more. It was designed to be the successor of

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Twitter Bans Sci-Hub's Account Because Of 'Counterfeit Goods' Policy, As Indian Copyright Case Heats Up

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 05:10:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210111/03114946029/twitter-bans-sci-hubs-account-because-counterfeit-goods-policy-as-indian-copyright-case-heats-up.shtml>

"A couple of weeks ago, Techdirt wrote about an important copyright case
in India, where a group of academic publishers is seeking a dynamic
injunction to block access to the "shadow libraries" Sci-Hub and Libgen.

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'Our souls are dead': how I survived a Chinese 're-education' camp for Uighurs

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 05:11:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/12/uighur-xinjiang-re-education-camp-china-gulbahar-haitiwaji>

"After 10 years living in France, I returned to China to sign some
papers and I was locked up. For the next two years, I was systematically
dehumanised, humiliated and brainwashed"

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Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world’s insects

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 05:13:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://apnews.com/article/climate-climate-change-insects-light-pollution-invasive-species-99f9dc72a8d805b971ec6d8119b61191>

"The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand
cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said.

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Vancouver Gave Homeless People $5,800. It Changed Their Lives.

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 05:20:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/vancouver-gave-its-homeless-5800-it-changed-their-lives/>

"Typically, charitable and government efforts to help people like Ray
are conditional on certain behaviors, like getting medical or addictions
treatment, filing monthly reports, or spending on particular services.

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Don’t Toss It, Fix It! Europe Is Guaranteeing Citizens the “Right to Repair”

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 05:21:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/europe-guarantee-right-to-repair-ifixit/>

"Europe is one of the largest markets in the world, which means that new
EU design guidelines and right to repair mandates could force
manufacturers across the world to make more durable products. The shift

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China's treatment of Uighurs amounts to torture, says Dominic Raab

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 05:22:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/12/chinas-treatment-of-uighurs-amounts-to-torture-dominic-raab>

"China’s treatment of the Uighur people amounts to torture, the British
foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has said as he set out measures
designed to ensure no companies allow the use of forced labour from

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The ‘Shared Psychosis’ of Donald Trump and His Loyalists

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 05:25:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-shared-psychosis-of-donald-trump-and-his-loyalists/>

"The violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building last week,
incited by President Donald Trump, serves as the grimmest moment in one
of the darkest chapters in the nation’s history. Yet the rioters’

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Over 4,500 manuscripts now online

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 05:26:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2021/01/over-4500-manuscripts-now-online.html>

"Long-term readers of our blog may know that we periodically publish
lists of our digitised manuscripts, the last of which was published in
July 2020. With the arrival of the New Year and the beginning of a new

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Peak Phosphorus May Be More Alarming Than Climate Change

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 05:26:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/climate-conscious/peak-phosphorus-may-be-more-alarming-than-climate-change-c6fd0fc69414>

"Seven nations control 90% of the world’s phosphorous supply. Morocco
alone controls 75%, while the U.S., China, and a handful of other
nations each have considerable reserves. The price of phosphorous has

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