- Australia has dodged global attention on fossil fuels because of assiduous diplomatic efforts | Richie Merzian and Fergus Green | Environment | The Guardian:
countries that are subsidising and facilitating the expansion of coal, oil and gas production merit just as much critical scrutiny as those that are burning these fuels. Just as it would be wrong to tackle smoking by focusing only on smokers and ignoring the efforts of Big Tobacco, it is wrong to tackle the global fossil fuel addiction by ignoring the countries that deal heavily in the product. [...] if Australia achieves its planned fossil fuel expansion, the world cannot achieve the climate goals of the Paris agreement.
- Inmates built computers hidden in ceiling, connected them to prison network | Ars Technica
- 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.
- Qantas and Virgin bosses reject Morrison government calls to be silent on social issues | Australia news | The Guardian:
Qantas supported marriage equality not just because it was “the morally right thing to do” but because there was a “great business case for it”, he said, citing the fact employees wanted the company to stand up on the issue and Generation Y wanted to work for a company “with a social conscience”.
- 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.
- NRL Grand Final 2019: Six again referee call, Ben Cummins, Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders; #Sixagain | Fox Sports. What a howler.
- Neat idea? Why serving whisky in a capsule is a novelty too far | Food | The Guardian. Essentially because it removes almost everything you actually enjoy about whisky.
- Payments giants abandon Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency - BBC News. Going to be hard for Libra to gain traction in western markets without Mastercard, Visa, eBay, Paypal and Stripe. There are still a lot of other markets though, some with rather less-powerful regulators.
- Spending More Time On Your Hobbies Can Boost Confidence At Work — If They Are Sufficiently Different From Your Job – Research Digest:
The researchers found that when participants spent longer than normal doing their leisure activity, their belief in their ability to perform their job increased. But this was only the case when they had a serious hobby that was dissimilar to their job, or when their hobby was similar to their work but they only did it casually. When their hobby was both serious and similar to their job, then spending more time on it actually had a detrimental effect, decreasing their self-efficacy.
Feeling the vibe with a Frahm tachometer – Inside the Collection:
Frahm tachometer... cut to 13 minutes in to see one being demonstrated: Automotive Vibration Analyzers - Part 1 of 5 - YouTube
- Schools warned compulsory sports carnival participation can put children off exercise for life - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
"I've met lots of sports teachers who feel, 'gosh, it builds resilience' and, 'you can't be good at everything' and they should have a go," Dr Street said. "But the thing is, if you're not very good at another subject, you don't have to compete against all of your peers in a public forum to demonstrate how bad you are at that subject. For some reason, in the sporting arena, we deem that appropriate."
- The Marree Man: an outback enigma - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Earworms: Why we get them and how to shake them off - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
When it comes to exorcising an earworm, Dr Byron suggests several tactics and they all come down to how you use your mouth. "Interesting research has suggested that chewing gum is the best way to remove an earworm," he said.
- Why don't more dads take parental leave? The answer is in their heads - Politics - ABC News:
we know from the major survey of around 1000 Australian businesspeople undertaken by Bain that men were about twice as likely as women to have their requests for flexible work refused. ... Male respondents reported they'd been told that flexible working was more of a woman's thing. Also that there was no way they'd be promoted if they worked part-time.
- Donald Trump is tweeting more and it's impacting the bond market
- Scotland's Islamic tartan is going viral, but why now? - The National The Islamic Tartan | Concept (didn't know this was a thing!)
- Levi Hawken: Man from %u2018Nek Minnit' video in new documentary (turns out he's a hill skater and artist. never knew that!)
- 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.
- NBN Co floats its own 'Netflix tax' - Telco/ISP - iTnews. NBN Co quietly floating a fucking terrible idea, particularly as this inherently requires snooping on users' web traffic.
- 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.
- How Right-Hand Drive Japanese Imports Took Over Siberia
- Federal resources minister Matt Canavan backs Queensland bid to reject scientific reports that interfere with mines | Business Insider:
Canavan said he believed science shouldn't be left to dictate mining approvals. [...] It's unclear on what grounds “Office of Science Quality Assurance” would reject a scientific study provided to the government. Former state LNP minister Andrew Cripps, who moved the motion, said it was necessary to fight restrictions which seek to limit farming and mining runoff into the Great Barrier Reef.Corrupt vandals upset that science doesn't also love coal and reef bleaching.
- Sydney Football Stadium without a builder as Lendlease loses project - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
While Lendlease has successfully demolished the stadium, leaving a giant hole in the ground, the company looks unlikely to finish the project due to a dispute with the Government.Sydney Football Stadium rebuild in chaos as Lendlease leaves project:
[Lendlease] said it was only ever contractually obligated to complete stage one but would not comment if it would put in a revised offer to carry out the rebuild.The Libs were so desperate to rush the demolition in before the election, they knocked the stadium down without having a contract to rebuild it. We all knew this project would be yet another disaster, but this might be a record for how quickly it got there.
- Entrepreneurs don't have a special gene for risk—they come from families with money — Quartz:
While it seems that entrepreneurs tend to have an admirable penchant for risk, it’s usually that access to money which allows them to take risks. And this is a key advantage: When basic needs are met, it’s easier to be creative; when you know you have a safety net, you are more willing to take risks.
- Sydney Modern art gallery's future in doubt after Lendlease withdraws initial bid - ABC News:
There's a culture in NSW of cost-overruns, Sydney Light Rail, Sydney Football Stadium, Powerhouse Museum [and now] we're concerned about Sydney Modern.
- 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.
- I live-tweeted the AFP's every move as they raided the ABC's Sydney headquarters - Investigative journalism - ABC News:
If you examine the two articles that prompted the AFP's raids this week, neither endangered anyone's life. They were simply embarrassing for the Government. As retired Supreme Court judge Anthony Whealy pointed out this week, there is a big difference between a national security matter and one that embarrasses a government.
- Facebook's cryptocurrency to debut next week backed by Visa, Mastercard, Uber, and others: WSJ - The Verge:
Stability is a key concern, since Facebook is hoping to attract users in developing countries with an alternative to more volatile local currencies.Facebook setting out to usurp governments as the source of currency for the Next Billion.
- They welcomed a robot into their family, now they're mourning its death - The Verge:
[adults understand] that companies have bottom lines and that gadgets come and go, but Jibo was also designed to appeal to children, and those kids are now learning what it means to own a robot and have no control over its fate.
- Sydney's iconic Sirius building sold to developers for $150 million - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Chairperson of the Save Our Sirius Foundation, Shaun Carter, said he was "not getting too excited" by the sale, which he described as "secret squirrel, done behind closed doors". Mr Carter questioned why the developer had paid a premium for the building, when others had only been willing to pay around $100 million to $120 million.
- Christopher Pyne and the revolving door of MPs turned lobbyists | Australia news | The Guardian:
The former defence minister Christopher Pyne ignited fresh criticism this week when he took a job with consulting giant EY to help expand its defence business. Pyne's acceptance of the job has again put Australia's revolving door between politics and business into stark relief. Rules governing post-ministerial employment are weak and unenforced.
- Meet the Guy Who Bought a Monorail For $1,000
- 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.
- Wrenching Hero Installs $120 Lawnmower Engine Into Dodge Ram Pickup
- 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.
- Oliver Yates may take Liberals to court of disputed returns over 'deceptive' election signs | Australia news | The Guardian and Australian Electoral Commission finds 87 cases of election ads breaching law | Australia news | The Guardian:
Prof Graeme Orr, a political law expert at the University of Queensland, said election campaigns now risked being “awash with material that is not authorised or misleads electors in how to cast vote”. Orr believes it is critical that action be taken on the Chisholm case, where a third party imitated AEC signage to convince voters to vote Liberal.
- Judith Kerr, beloved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, dies aged 95 | Books | The Guardian
- Inside Scott Morrison's Donald Trump-like election victory - Australia Votes - Federal Election 2019 - Politics - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Electorates that swung hardest to the Liberal and National parties on a two-party preferred basis had a higher share of voters on low incomes, with low educational attainment, and higher levels of unemployment. ... One explanation is that Labor's agenda of fighting climate change and limiting tax concessions for the wealthy and high-income earners was a turn off for "aspirational voters" on lower incomes in marginal electorates. ... Another explanation is that swinging voters in electorates characterised by low incomes and low educational attainment succumbed to a scare campaign.
- 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 serviceBroke 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.
- How did it come to this? Kearah Ronan was locked up for being sick | The West Australian:
Ms Ronan said she had offered to provide a medical certificate but was told it wasn't needed and that the next court date would be in October. Unbeknownst to Ms Ronan, the Magistrate ordered an arrest warrant against her for failing to appear in court after it was requested by the police prosecutor.
- A Utopian Dream Stood Still: Ricardo Bofill's Postmodern Parisian Housing Estate of Noisy-le-Grand | ArchDaily
- 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.
- Volkswagen's Trying to Solve the Problem of Motion Sickness in Autonomous Cars:
Volkswagen said in the announcement that car sickness is caused by a confusion in the motion the eyes see and body feels, which drivers can more easily avoid due to knowing what they plan to do next and how to adapt their body to it.
- Australian Federal Police raid News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst's home over alleged national security leak - Politics - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
According to The Daily Telegraph, the raid related to a story published in April last year in which Annika Smethurst reported that the Home Affairs and Defence departments were considering giving spy agencies greater surveillance powers. "This raid demonstrates a dangerous act of intimidation towards those committed to telling uncomfortable truths," a News Corp spokesperson said.
- Retiring as a Judge, Trump's Sister Ends Court Inquiry Into Her Role in Tax Dodges - The New York Times:
President Trump's older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, has retired as a federal appellate judge, ending an investigation into whether she violated judicial conduct rules by participating in fraudulent tax schemes with her siblings....The status change rendered the investigation moot, since retired judges are not subject to the conduct rules.What a fine bunch they are.
- 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.
- How to Crash Test a $2 Million Koenigsegg Without Going Broke:
If a major automaker needs to perform 16 crash tests for their new $25,000 sedan they can crash 16 cars and only lose $400,000 worth of product. For a company like Koenigsegg, 16 cars is a year's worth of production and a $30 million loss.
- 'Plant 1 trillion trees to fight climate change' - CNN
- Kevin Smith: how we made Clerks | Film | The Guardian
- Around 50% of homes in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have the oldest NBN technology:
inferior NBN technology is in abundant use across all three metropolitan cities. 62% of all addresses in the greater Brisbane region, 42% of all addresses in Melbourne, and 55% of all addresses in Sydney are (or will soon be) connected to the NBN via HFC.
- The Horror Behind Rammstein's Song 'Radio' - The Metal Report. Those who do not read history are doomed to really miss the point of Rammstein's new singles...
- 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)
- The Government and iPhones don't recognise it, but this stretch of desert has its own time zone - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Sergeant Chamberlain said when it comes to life on the Nullarbor, the custom made time zone was at the lower end of quirky.
- Australian poverty in graphs: it's a desperate state of affairs | Greg Jericho | Australia news | The Guardian:
The political debate also frequently sets the position of poverty as one of blame – that it is people's own fault for being poor. Much like casual racism there is a casual prejudice against poverty.
- 'Hump day' killed off, app maker Versa's staff repay the boss with higher productivity - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Ben Elton on Blackadder, The Young Ones and political correctness - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- There's only one type of voter who prefers Morrison over Turnbull, Vote Compass data shows - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
The vast majority of respondents — 78 per cent — think that the decision to remove Malcolm Turnbull in August last year was the wrong call. That conclusion is drawn from 153,354 responses to Vote Compass between April 10 and April 16. This is an unusually high degree of consensus among a population which can agree — it seems — on little else.
- Warringah voters complain about free copies of Daily Telegraph as election rancour boils | Australia news | The Guardian
- Unmasked: An Analysis of 10 Million Passwords
- Scott Morrison invites media into Pentecostal church amid election campaign %u2018truce' | Australia news | The Guardian:
Scott Morrison has invited the media into his his Pentecostal church in Sydney for the first time, as both party leaders paused their official campaigns on Easter Sunday.Invited the media... during his paused campaign...
- Australia's gun laws are not as strict as they should be:
The number of guns now exceeds the 3.2 million firearms in Australia before the introduction of the 1996 National Firearms Agreement [...] Licence holders now own about 3.9 guns each compared with 2.1 guns in 1997.
- Kangaroo rat escapes rattlesnake attack with 'ninja-style' kicks in new research video - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Song Exploder | DJ Shadow breaks down 'Mutual Slump'
- For decades, Garfield telephones kept washing ashore in France. Now the mystery has been solved. - The Washington Post
- Science Fiction and the Philosophical “Ship of Theseus” Problem | Tor.com:
How would an uploaded digital consciousness fare against the Ship of Theseus problem? If my mind was recreated perfectly in a digital format, would it in fact be me? What if my fleshy meatsack self was still alive? Would that change your answer?
- 'Like the Eye of Sauron': western Europe's tallest building planned for tiny Danish town | Cities | The Guardian
- '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.
- Cats can recognise their own name, Japanese study finds - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Atsuko Saito of Sophia University in Tokyo says there is no evidence cats actually attach meaning to our words, not even their own names. Instead, they have learned that when they hear their names they often get rewards like food or play, or something bad like a trip to the vet
- Five damaging myths about video games – let's shoot 'em up | Games | The Guardian:
somehow, we are able simultaneously to worry that games are the root cause of many of society's problems, yet also consider them to be a pointless or vacuous thing to do.
- 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."
- Trying to name Australia's favourite biscuit is a fool's errand | Adam Liaw | Food | The Guardian:
Never ones to shy away from the big issues in Australian culture, the crocodile-obsessed lunatics at the NT News have kicked off one hell of a Twitter debate on the topic of Aussie biscuits
- How we made Red Dwarf | Television & radio | The Guardian
- Sydney Football Stadium's controversial demolition ramps up despite legal challenge - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Scott Morrison heralds a Labor recession as Bill Shorten turns economic discontent into electoral fuel - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Somewhere along the way, the Coalition's arguments on economic policy seem to have shifted from 'we are better economic managers than Labor' to more of a 'well, this might not be great, but imagine what it would be like under them'. That's because things actually aren't going all that brilliantly in the economy.
- How China handles border disputes with neighbours India, Taiwan, Japan and others - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- SCG Trust to replace 3,000 square metres of turf after Super Rugby clash ripped up surface - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Doesn't bode well for a season hosting NRL on top of usual duties.
- 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.
- Emmental as anything: Cheese exposed to round-the-clock music has more flavour, researchers find
- Here's Video of the Electric eCOPO Chevy Camaro Doing a Quarter-Mile at a Drag Strip (wheel stands and does a 10 second pass at 80% power)
More details on the Teslonda.
- Australian start-ups fear tech has fallen out of favour with Government - Science News - ABC News:
It was not long ago that Australians were promised an "ideas boom" on bus stop ads across the country as part of the Government's innovation agenda, but today that enthusiasm is harder to find.That'd be because the commitment never extended beyond a half-hearted bus stop ad campaign.
- Truck driver showcases unique views of Nullarbor Plain on famous Australian road trip - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes | Life and style | The Guardian:
Clearly, women being 47% more likely to be seriously injured in a car crash is one hell of an inequality to overlook.
- Why border security should not be a key issue in Federal election 2019:
We don't appear to have a problem with asylum seekers who arrive by air and there are about 76 of them every day, far more than ever arrived by boat. The political obsession with stopping the boats all started with the Tampa affair in 2001 — the same year the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists. National security became a key issue and politicians have used it to manipulate voters ever since. Political campaigners know fear and negative messages are more persuasive than hope and positive messages.
- Nanotech Injections Give Mice Infrared Vision - The Atlantic
- Only a third of Australia's plastic packaging waste gets recycled | Environment | The Guardian
- Catholic Church's massive wealth revealed:
A six-month investigation by The Sydney Morning Herald has found that the church misled the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by grossly undervaluing its property treasures in both NSW and Victoria while claiming that increased payments to abuse victims would require cuts to its social programs. [...] While the property portfolio features many churches, hospitals and schools, so too does it include offices, conference centres, car parks, mobile phone towers, tennis courts, and a restaurant. ... The church also has extensive non-property assets including Catholic Church Insurance and its own internal banks - often known as Catholic Development Funds - with nearly $1 billion in assets in Sydney alone. And it has other investments, including in superannuation, telecommunications and in the stock-market. A Church-owned fund manager has more than $1.4 billion under management.
- Guy Paints Over Shit Graffiti And Makes It Legible
- 'Right to repair' regulation necessary, say small businesses and environmentalists - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)