- After coronavirus passes, nothing will be the same — and that might not be a bad thing - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
And there is the question of just how realistic it is that the threat of this virus will dissipate and the Government will be able to simply quickly turn off forms of assistance like the JobKeeper allowance and the increased JobSeeker allowance, or return to the previous system of funding childcare, or not intervene in areas like mortgage holidays and eviction moratoriums. Legislation to protect tenants from exorbitant increases in rents in the years after World War II was still in place in some states 40 years later.The term you're going to hear a lot is 'snap back', the fervent dream of the right wing that they can put everything straight back to how it was before. This is essentially the mindset of conservatism - that change is dangerous and must be avoided and reverted. But this change is too big. We can never go straight back and trying to do so will cause more harm.
The petrol station designed in 1953 by the French architect and designer Jean Prouvé and his brother Henry is one of the first serially manufactured petrol stations. Vitra acquired one of the last remaining models, which originally stood at a rest area in Haute-Loire (France). pic.twitter.com/CsXoy1Z2IN— Vitra (@vitra) April 10, 2020
- Sport in Australia will survive Covid-19 but those currently in charge might not | Geoff Lemon | Sport | The Guardian:
When the administrators say that their sport might die, they really mean their administrations might die
- How come Australia suddenly has billions of dollars to pay for welfare? - Hack - triple j
- Why we're making the age of our journalism clearer at the Guardian | Help | The Guardian
- Company part-owned by Angus Taylor illegally poisoned endangered grasslands, investigation finds | Environment | The Guardian:
Jam Land, the company part-owned by the energy minister Angus Taylor and his brother Richard, illegally poisoned critically endangered grasslands in the New South Wales Monaro region, the federal environment department has concluded.
- More than 1.3 million Australians on jobseeker as Senate inquiry calls for permanent increase to rate | Australia news | The Guardian:
More than 1.3 million people are now receiving unemployed benefits across the country, an increase of about 450,000 in less than one month. But a further 300,000 dole claims are still yet to be processed and department officials acknowledged on Thursday they expected about 1.7 million people to be receiving the jobseeker payment in September. On the same day the report from a nine-month Senate inquiry into unemployment benefits recommended an permanent increase to the rate...
- Trust in players evaporates after April fools put NRL's resumption at risk | Nick Tedeschi | Sport | The Guardian:
The NRL did itself no favours with its soft approach to disciplining those who breached social distancing laws, putting both the community and the NRL restart at risk.Pillocks. Mind you the resumption is also at risk because they still don't seem to have really worked any of it out: NRL season restart under a cloud as players raise pay, biosecurity concerns during coronavirus shutdown - ABC News:
players will not commit to the dates until they get a new pay deal from the NRL and details of the league's promised biosecurity plan.
- When up means down: why do so many video game players invert their controls? | Games | The Guardian
- Maps show drastic drop in China's air pollution after coronavirus quarantine - The Verge
- Coronavirus: Australian newspaper prints extra pages to help out in toilet paper shortage | Australian media | The Guardian
- AAP closure: competition watchdog says it is monitoring newswire's demise | Australian media | The Guardian:
It is understood the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has the ability to look into the transaction because as well as closing the newswire business AAP plans to sell other parts of itself, including its profitable media release distribution unit. This could potentially raise competition issues that would not be posed by a simple shutdown.
- Bill Gates leaves Microsoft's board | TechCrunch:
Bill Gates has stepped down from the board of Microsoft to spend more time on his philanthropic endeavors, the company announced Friday afternoon. Though he will remain technology advisor to CEO Satya Nadella, this move reduces his involvement with the company to the lowest level it has ever been.
- NASA Fixes Mars Lander By Telling It to Hit Itself With a Shovel. Percussive maintenance, NASA style.
- Converse's Weird, Wild Design Explorations Prelude The New CX Series - Design Milk
- The huge hospital ships deploying to Los Angeles and New York used to be oil tankers | Popular Science
- What happens when the maintainer of a JS library downloaded 26m times a week goes to prison for killing someone with a motorbike? Core-js just found out %u2022 The Register
- Australia's ALS probe finds half of coal quality reports amended - Reuters:
Testing laboratory ALS Ltd said on Thursday an investigation found that about half the certificates it provided for export coal samples over the past decade had been manually altered to improve the quality of the commodity. ... The ALS unit has about 40% of the market for testing coal samples to ensure shipments meet quality standards agreed with buyers, according to industry estimates. ... Shares in ALS fell 4.1% and are down 41% since it announced the investigation, outpacing a 28% decline in the broader market.Gosh it's a good thing the government wants to double down on this industry, right?