Note only did Alex Honnold's mother climb El Cap at age 66, they did it together in a day.
- There's An Actual Name And Reason For Those Beeps You Hear In Recordings Of Astronauts In Space
- NDIS minister claims no one has died waiting for the scheme, despite agency revealing 1,279 deaths | Australia news | The Guardian:
The government minister who runs the NDIS has claimed no one has died waiting for the scheme, despite the agency saying more than 1,200 people have died before they received a scheme plan and the prime minister describing those same figures as “unacceptable”.
- Dad Builds Custom Xbox Adaptive Controller So Daughter Can Play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild | Kotaku Australia
- Sydney council refuses to impose Coalition's 'dress code' for Australia Day ceremonies | Australia news | The Guardian:
The federal government has written to local councils demanding they provide detail of new Australia Day dress codes that it instructed them to develop.Priorities...?!
- Aranui 5: Best Pacific cruise visiting islands is on a cargo ship ... didn't know cruise/cargo hybrid ships were a thing!
- Adani Coal Mine: The World's Most Insane Energy Project Moves Ahead - Rolling Stone:
The biggest myth associated with the Adani mine may be that continuing to mine and export coal is somehow vital to the Australian economy. It is not. As James Bradley points out, although coal accounts for almost 15 per cent of Australia's exports, it contributes less than 1 percent of the Commonwealth government's total revenue. And it's not like the industry creates a lot of jobs, either. In 2018, it employed slightly fewer than 50,000 people. That's less than 0.4 per cent of Australia's total workforce, and, more importantly, it's less that the 65,000 jobs created by tourism at the Great Barrier Reef.Even if you don't believe in climate change, the economics of Adani in particular simply don't add up.
- The 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change are all flawed — Quartz:
Broadly, there were three main errors in the papers denying climate change. Many had cherry-picked the results that conveniently supported their conclusion, while ignoring other context or records. Then there were some that applied inappropriate “curve-fitting”—in which they would step farther and farther away from data until the points matched the curve of their choosing.
- The medications that change who we are - BBC Future:
The results revealed that paracetamol significantly reduces our ability to feel positive empathy – a result with implications for how the drug is shaping the social relationships of millions of people every day. [...] Technically, paracetamol isn’t changing our personalities, because the effects only last a few hours and few of us take it continuously. But Mischkowski stresses that we do need to be informed about the ways it affects us, so that we can use our common sense.
- Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware - VICE:
Farmers worry what will happen if John Deere is bought by another company, or what will happen if the company decides to stop servicing its tractors. And so they have taken matters into their own hands by taking control of the software themselves. "What happens in 20 years when there's a new tractor out and John Deere doesn't want to fix these anymore?" the farmer using Ukrainian software told me. "Are we supposed to throw the tractor in the garbage, or what?"
- Thread by @adamliaw: OK, it's Monday so here’s a thread about climate change, the lack of political action in response to it, why climate change deniers are irrelevant, and why Australia taking action on climate change is vital for our economic survival.
- Climate change and extreme events – quantifying the changing odds - ECOS:
An important part of event attribution is posing the appropriate question. Natural variability and climate change come together to give us what we experience, thus “did climate change cause this event?” is the wrong question – climate change didn't start a fire or create a drought. What climate change may do is change the likelihood of the event or make the event more severe or last longer than would have been the case without climate change.
- NDIS funds 'repurposed' for drought relief under Scott Morrison's plan. The Coalition's long term plans to gut the NDIS continue behind a fairly literal smokescreen.
- Australian 12-monthly mean temperature anomalies since 1911. It's not a pretty picture.
BBC nailing it again.
I’ve had a number of messages saying that the media is ignoring arson as a major cause of the Australia bushfire crisis. Well, we looked at it today. Arson is not a major part of why these fires are so widespread and so severe. Here’s why. Produced @courtbembridge. pic.twitter.com/P16nCD1Bli— Ros Atkins (@BBCRosAtkins) January 8, 2020
- An 'absolutely seminal moment': climate change opinion shifting in face of fires:
Veteran pollster John Utting believes the fires have been an “absolutely seminal moment. The conversation in the past has been kind of abstract, with [the case for stronger action] very much in in the hands of the virtue signallers; people felt they were being lectured. But now, everyone is breathing the proof. There is an incredible amount of evidence that the issue is beginning to bite … people are worried about a huge loss of lifestyle, and the impact on how they want to live and what they like about this country.” Huntley agrees, though she's not yet as certain as Utting that this season's fires are a complete game-changer. “People can respond to traumatic events in very different ways, and some can push back and say, %u2018I don't want you to play politics with this disaster',” she says.
- Liverpool's 30-year boycott of The Sun is one of the most successful of all time ~ The Overtake [beta]
- Scott Morrison can't afford to waste the bushfire crisis when Australia urgently needs its own green new deal | Malcolm Turnbull | Australia news | The Guardian:
If ever there was a crisis not to waste, it is this one. Morrison has the chance now to reinstate the Neg with higher targets. Both he and Josh Frydenberg were among its strongest supporters when I was PM. They abandoned it in the lead-up to an election, to pacify the right wing of the Coalition that sabotaged it in the first place. The election is won, and the fires have surely demonstrated that an integrated climate and energy policy is vital if we are to be serious about cutting emissions.
- Farmers Are Buying 40-Year-Old Tractors Because They're Actually Repairable - VICE:
The tractors manufactured in the late 1970s and 1980s look and run like modern tractors, but lack the computer components that drive up costs and make repair a nightmare. That's made them popular at auctions around the American midwest. A Nebraska area auctioneer sold off 27 older model John Deere tractors in 2019. The old work horse tractors are so popular that one with low mileage can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. A 1980 model with 2,147 hours of use sold for $43,500. A 1979 model sold for $61,000.
- A life of long weekends is alluring, but the shorter working day may be more practical - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- The Feminist History of %u2018Take Me Out to the Ball Game' | History | Smithsonian Magazine
- Can Macron douse Australia's fires? - POLITICO:
Australia - a country that implemented wildly successful strict gun laws in response to a 1996 shooting massacre and has been held up as the poster-child for gun reform since - is as stuck on climate action as the U.S. is on gun laws. In America, not even the deaths of 20 elementary school children in the Sandy Hook shooting massacre could shift the debate. In Australia, the mounting fire death toll couldn't even get the prime minister to cancel his Hawaiian holiday, let alone increase climate change efforts.
- Mural mocking Scott Morrison for Hawaii holiday during bushfires painted over | Australia news | The Guardian
- The world is hooked on Australian coffee culture. This is how it got so good - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- RFS firefighter who died when fire tornado flipped truck during Green Valley bushfire named as Samuel McPaul - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
"The driver was a veteran captain of 35 years-plus experience. He thought he was in the right spot — as he was, from what I can understand — and just this freakish weather event that would have to be seen to be believed. Even then, other veteran firefighters don't believe what they saw, [it] engulfed that vehicle with flame, fire, and strong winds and literally picked up an 8-tonne truck and flipped it over."When people say 'unprecedented' this is what it means - the old rules no longer work, experienced crews run into conditions beyond anything they can predict.
These two interviews from the 24th are just extraordinary. Fire fighters talking about how locals have had to use private vehicles and equipment, even talking about forming their own fire crews in future.
Exhausted firefighters have accused @ScottMorrisonMP of a publicity stunt as he toured one of NSW's worst firefields yesterday. "We need some action" - Karl Weatherley - Ilford @NSWRFS volunteer. https://t.co/h0h9VhJYAI @MyleeHogan #auspol #NSWFires #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/0XAjsTzXj9— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 24, 2019
- Angry Cobargo residents explode at Scott Morrison as PM tours fire-ravaged towns. Morrison's inability to read people is astounding. His bullying is just gross.
- NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott admits his absence from NSW during bushfires was 'inexcusable' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott, who went on a European holiday during the ongoing bushfire crisis, has labelled his absence "inexcusable".No shit.
- Australia bushfire coverage: ABC emergency fire broadcasts praised but News Corp goes on attack | Australia news | The Guardian:
Despite the overwhelming praise for local radio in places such as Gippsland and the Illawarra, News Corp papers have continued to publish articles critical of the ABC, a decision which has been jarring for many who are relying on the national broadcaster in a time of crisis.
- Scott Morrison criticised for running 'absolutely obscene' political ads during bushfires - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)... when Piers fucking Morgan thinks something is beyond the pale, you've really fucked up.
- Are hazard reduction burns effective in managing bushfires? The answer is complicated - Fact Check - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Background if you care:
- Cashout - Fugazi. Digging back into old punk stuff got me onto Fugazi and this classic protest song.
- FIGJAM - Butterfingers. Saw Butterfingers live on the Breakfast At Fatboys tour. Hell of a lot of fun.
- Wolf Totem - The Hu. Seems people either love or hate these guys. I think they're great and really only hamming it up as much as any other metal band. They just have a really big budget for film clips ;)
- midas heel & drama free (feat. Lights) - deadmau5. Listened to these as a pair a lot when they came out as a single, basically feels like one track. Dug back into the deadmau5 back catalogue a lot this year.
- Let It Go - Sietta. Interesting soul/electronic duo from Darwin, pity more people don't know them. Spotify popped them up as I have Caiti Baker's solo stuff. I get the feeling even they think the film clip is overwrought but the song's great.
- Schism - Tool. Tool finally decided to join the streaming world, so I no longer had to pull out my ipod to listen to their back catalogue. Apparently I've gone from a die-hard iPod Classic user to a Spotify junkie. There are clearly two camps - the "I'm over Tool" and "fuck yeah new album and tour"... you can guess which one I'm in ;) It's probably their swansong and epitaph but it was fun to see Tool owning the charts and confusing da yoof.
- DEUTSCHLAND - Rammstein. Speaking of well-executed more-of-the-same, Rammstein dropped this jaw-dropping clip seemingly out of nowhere. Part socio-political commentary and part trolling, making it typical Rammstein fare. Interesting statement on a nation's relationship with its history, or cynical attention seeking? You decide.
- Closedown - The Cure. We got lucky and had nearly-front-row tickets to see The Cure play Disintegration at the Opera House. I nearly didn't include it in the list because, honestly, I was a bit overwhelmed. Also which song to include? My favourite song's on the album but that's a moment I won't attempt to share. In the end I chose this because Cooper's drumming was just superb on the night and this track really showed it off. It's not actually all about our beloved Bob ;)
- Shudder/King Of Snake - Underworld. Back at the Opera House just a few nights later, almost in the same seats. An unexpected standout of Vivid Live, it deserved the rave reviews. I'd wanted to see Underworld live ever since I'd heard the Everything Everything version of Rez/Cowgirl on my car radio nearly 20 years ago. Despite that, I'd been preoccupied with The Cure and hadn't built up big expectations around this gig. But hooooooly shit. They ripped the roof off the place. The band were incredible and the crowd fed it back, demanding an encore so loud and long that turning the house lights on didn't move us. The band came out and did an encore, exclaiming... "we don't do this... YOU did this!" No recording can capture it.
- Into The Abyss - Hilltop Hoods. New Hilltops = high rotation.
- Hey Ladies (Paul Nice Remix) - Beastie Boys. Just a catchy remix.
- Please - U2. I got a line from this stuck in my head for days before we saw The Joshua Tree. We didn't get it on the night but somehow this is the track that feels right for the mix tape. Also since this surprises someone every single time - yes I really do like U2.
Honourable mention goes to the Black Hole Recordings psytrance recordings, Psytrance 2018 vols 1 & 2:
They hit the spot and helped get a lot of code written, but several hours of bleepy psytrance doesn't really fit into a mix tape.
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