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Australia matches its hottest day on record as Western Australia town hits 50.7C

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:50:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/13/hottest-day-on-record-in-parts-of-western-australia-as-temperature-reaches-50c>

"Australia has matched its hottest ever reliably recorded temperature, with
Onslow airport near the remote West Australian town of Onslow registering 50.7C
(123.3F)

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A short history of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy – an indelible reminder of unceded sovereignty

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:48:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-short-history-of-the-aboriginal-tent-embassy-an-indelible-reminder-of-unceded-sovereignty-174693>

"Often people think about the Aboriginal Tent Embassy as something historic,
dating back to the 1970s. But it should also be thought of as a site of the
longest protest for Indigenous land rights, sovereignty and self-determination

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‘Disappointment and disbelief’ after Morrison government vetoes research into student climate activism

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:48:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/disappointment-and-disbelief-after-morrison-government-vetoes-research-into-student-climate-activism-174699>

"Between 2019 and early 2021, we developed a research proposal asking for
funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The project was to
investigate the mass student climate action movement and its relationship to

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They live for a century and clean our rivers - but freshwater mussels are dying in droves

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:46:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/they-live-for-a-century-and-clean-our-rivers-but-freshwater-mussels-are-dying-in-droves-164567>

"Freshwater mussels are dying suddenly and in the thousands, with each mass
death event bringing these endangered molluscs closer to extinction.
Tragically, these events rarely get noticed.

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Caravan Palace - Lone Digger (Live)

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:14:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlxn5YCMRVo

"Recorded in Dec 2021 @ Stereolux in Nantes, France"

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My wife had long Covid and killed herself. We must help others who are suffering

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:13:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/12/long-covid-wife-suicide-give-others-hope>

"My wife, Heidi, took her own life after a 13-month battle with long Covid that
started as a mostly asymptomatic coronavirus infection. Long Covid took her
from one of the healthiest, most vibrant people I’ve ever known to a person so

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Why not a four-day workweek?

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:12:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.computerworld.com/article/3646592/why-not-a-four-day-work-week.html>

"Today, many of us think of the five-day workweek as being the way things have
always been done. It’s not. It only became a standard in the United States when
the labor unions got the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) passed in 1938. Before

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Artificial Intelligence Can Now Craft Original Jokes—And That’s No Laughing Matter

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:10:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://time.com/6132544/artificial-intelligence-humor/

"Don’t you hate it,” says Jon the Robot, gesturing with tiny articulated arms
at an expectant crowd, “when you’re trying to solve inverse kinematics
equations to pick up a cup and then you get ‘Error 453, no solution found’?”

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Magawa, the landmine-sniffing hero rat, dies aged eight

Mon, 17 Jan 2022 05:49:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-59951255

"Magawa, the famous mine-clearing rat who was awarded a gold medal for his
heroism, has died at the age of eight.

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How Australia’s handling of Djokovic exposed its flawed immigration system to the world

Mon, 17 Jan 2022 05:47:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jan/12/how-australias-handling-of-djokovic-exposed-its-flawed-immigration-system-to-the-world>

"Novak Djokovic has claimed victory in one court, and is back on one more
familiar.

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