Scott Morrison slams environmental groups 'targeting' businesses with 'selfish' secondary boycotts - Politics - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Mr Morrison lamented that Australian businesses, under pressure from environmental groups, are increasingly refusing to provide services like banking, insurance and consulting to coal mining companies. Because Morrison only believes in the free market when it's buying coal. Mr Morrison said whilst he accepted the Government cannot force one company to provide services to another, the Coalition was looking at ways to prevent such boycotts from spreading to other sectors that have a significant carbon footprint — including gas projects, abattoirs, airlines and the sugar cane industry. But of course that action won't include action on climate change, because he wants to sell coal.
It's hot in here: the evolution of Goth subculture in sub-tropical Brisbane: Here's a glimmer from the past: Brisbane in the 90s. Summer. The Goths drift through the heat haze; insults and disapproval hang in the air. But they only have eyes and ears for one another. The tribe is everything. On the days when those tight black pants were unbearable, with the sun bleaching the sky and the humidity closing in, the boys would discuss it, and the shorts would make a rare appearance. Still black, of course.
We're fair-weather diehards and rugby league villains, but I'm still a Roosters fan | Scott Mitchell | Sport | The Guardian: Most see the Roosters as anathema to what the sport of rugby league is about. They see a hollow club representing the big end of town, with mercenaries for players and fair-weather fans. Fair Weather Diehards is a perfect description. For a few days around a winning grand final you see mint-condition supporter gear worn carefully over designer outfits, but otherwise you'd be forgiven for not knowing their stadium is next door. There are a few real diehards out there but far more of the fair weather variety.
Boeing's 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers - Bloomberg: Multiple investigations – including a Justice Department criminal probe – are trying to unravel how and when critical decisions were made about the Max's software. During the crashes of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines planes that killed 346 people, investigators suspect, the MCAS system pushed the planes into uncontrollable dives because of bad data from a single sensor. That design violated basic principles of redundancy for generations of Boeing engineers, and the company apparently never tested to see how the software would respond.
Bitter coffee today? Try changing the colour of your cup: In one experiment, the white mug enhanced the rated “intensity” of the coffee flavour relative to the transparent mug – but given slight physical differences in the mugs used, a second experiment was conducted using identical glass mugs with coloured sleeves.
Once again, the colour of the mug was shown to influence participants’ rating of the coffee. In particular, the coffee was rated as less sweet in the white mug as compared to the transparent and blue mugs.
AFP media raids: Federal Police boss Neil Gaughan on ABC and News Corp searches: he didn't explain why a serious matter of national security saw raids conducted two years after the ABC reports ran and more than a year after Smethurst's story was published. ... Mr Gaughan defended the actions of the seven officers who spent seven hours inside Smethurst’s home, rifling through her underwear drawer, bathroom cabinet and kitchen cupboards. ... He didn’t explain why then officers flicked through every page of her recipe books, as Smethurst detailed in The Australian today.
Wet Plate Photography Makes Tattoos Disappear: Here's something you may not have known about the 1800s wet plate collodion photography process: it can make certain tattoos disappear in photos. ... [Photographer Michael Bradley] decided to focus his camera on the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand, whose traditional tā moko tattoos have been making a resurgence. ... Bradley realized that when photographs of traditional tā moko were captured back in the 1800s, the tattoos themselves barely showed up at all and where therefore lost to history.
Murdoch media and the myth about Tesla EVs causing blackouts | RenewEconomy: The claim is laughable because most Tesla EVs are powered at home by a 7kW charger, which is about the same as many electric ovens and air conditioning units. And nearly all houses have these, and in the summer heat turn them on at the same time. Also the grid operators confirmed they haven't had any problems.
I spent a week with a doomsday prepper deep in the outback. This is how it changed me - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): As I performed my important role of "torch holder" in the Wolf Creek-esque carpark, I suddenly got it: preppers exist because the rest of us are critically underprepared.
My survival skills extended to holding a torch. I couldn't reboot their car, let alone scavenge bush tucker for dinner. Back in the city, I'd somehow managed to kill a plant specially chosen because it only needed watering every three months.
As my prepper friend worked away, silhouetted in the torchlight, I realised preppers are just a variation on the "Aussie bushman" — perhaps a dying trope in our urban era, where the "unkillable" fern is my nursery's fastest-selling plant.
Driverless Metro: trains and doors get stuck after Berejiklian unveils $7.3bn project | Australia news | The Guardian: users took to Twitter to report large crowds at Chatswood station, trains stuck at Macquarie University and Macquarie Park stations, as well as service gaps at numerous stations. The network experienced a hiccup when, at about 1pm, one of the trains overshot the platform at Macquarie Park station. It was realigned but the automatic doors failed to open. They were eventually manually opened by workers. Commuters were taken off the train, which was taken out of service Broke down on day one. Another great moment in Berejiklian transport. Goes well with the time they spent $2b on trains that don't fit through the tunnels.
US demands social media details from visa applicants - BBC News: Nearly all applicants for US visas will have to submit their social media details under newly adopted rules. The State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names and five years' worth of email addresses and phone numbers.
Electric aircraft aren't far off, but we need to prepare - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): A scan of global electric aircraft development suggests rapid advancements are likely over the coming decade. By 2022, nine-seat planes could be doing short-haul flight (500-1,000km). Before 2030, small-to-medium 150-seat planes could be flying up to 500 kilometres. Short-range (100-250 km) VTOL aircraft could also become viable in the 2020s. ... electric aircraft could lead to higher-frequency services, enabling more competitive point-to-point flights, and increase the dispersion of air services to smaller airports. A lot of uncertainty about timelines, but it seems inevitable this is how things will go. If low-noise electric planes were allowed to break Sydney's curfew, that alone could be compelling to the industry.
For 30 years I worked for News Corp papers. Now all I see is shameful bias | Tony Koch | Opinion | The Guardian: Gone is the requirement for balance. One has only to look at the story selection and headlines on the front pages of the papers each day to see that an anti-Labor angle has been taken, however contorted had been the literary gymnastics required to finally arrive at that particular bit of stupidity.
How infantile is it of the management of these organisations to fool themselves into believing that what they are producing is being accepted by readers as quality product. Noting Tony Koch is an Australian journalist who has won five Walkley awards and an honorary doctorate from the Australian School of Journalism. He has also won 48 state journalism awards, the Sir Keith Murdoch News Limited Award and the Graham Perkin Award. He has been inducted into the Australian media hall of fame.
Good grief: Victimized employees don't get a break | EurekAlert! Science News: The researchers performed their work over the course of four studies. The first two studies showed through surveys of employees and supervisors that supervisors tend to view victims of bullying as being bullies themselves.
Studies three and four were experiments where participants evaluated employees based on descriptions of their work performance, as well as how they treated others and how they were treated.
They found that even when evaluators were clearly informed that a victim did not mistreat others, victims were still seen as bullies. In the fourth study, they found that not only are victims seen as bullies despite evidence to the contrary, but also that they receive lower job performance evaluations as a result of being victimized. (study: How leaders perceive employee deviance: Blaming victims while excusing favorites. | Request PDF)
'Vandals': NSW environment staff fear for jobs as office dissolves: Premier Gladys Berejiklian defended the dissolution of OEH, noting heritage would be shifted to the Arts portfolio headed by Don Harwin as minister. Environment would have "a prominent place within Planning". Translation: heritage shoved in with other stuff they don't give a crap about, environment shifted over so their developer mates can get dodgy approvals in a one-stop-shop.
Keith Flint of The Prodigy, an anti-establishment figurehead, brought a punk ethos to techno - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Flint had the charming amateurism of the true pioneers of that genre, bands like The Sex Pistols in the UK, The Saints in Australia, and Minor Threat in the US. They, like him, valued passion over musical proficiency.
"It's not just as blatant as piercing your nose and sticking your hair up," he said of the band's punk elements.
"It's the attitude of the band, the aggression. Getting up there and doing it. The fact that we're not all trained musicians or trained dancers. We're just people who've got up there. We're like the stage divers that never get chucked off."
The Shoes of Prey Journey Ends – Michael Fox – Medium: The customisation niche are creative people who enjoy spending the time to create something unique which they can wear. We learnt the hard way that mass market customers don't want to create, they want to be inspired and shown what to wear. They want to see the latest trends, what celebrities and Instagram influencers are wearing and they want to wear exactly that%u200A—%u200Aboth the style and the brand. [...] what they were consciously telling us and what they subconsciously wanted [...] were effectively polar opposites.
Death metal music inspires joy not violence - BBC News: "The dominant emotional response to this music is joy and empowerment," said Prof Thompson. "And I think that to listen to this music and to transform it into an empowering, beautiful experience - that's an amazing thing."
The Tao of Sir Terry: Pratchett and Philosophy | Tor.com: Vimes' reasoning can be understood in terms of virtue ethics, as taught by Aristotle, Mencius, or Confucius, which state that right acts do not depend on some outside set of rules or on their consequences in order to be right, but are inherently right because they are in accordance with certain core values we also deem right.