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John Hardy not a Turnbull fan

John Hardy not a Turnbull fan 

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2016-04-23 02:09:34 (26 comments; 4 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Well, duh.

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2016-04-21 22:30:21 (8 comments; 8 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

"And then we wept."

The chatter of gossip distracts us from the really big story, the Anthropocene: the new geological era we are bringing about.   Pay attention for a minute.  Most of the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system, now looks like a ghostly graveyard.  

Most corals are colonies of tiny genetically identical animals called polyps.   Over centuries, their skeletons build up reefs, which are havens for many kinds of sea life.  Some polyps catch their own food using stingers.  But most get their food by symbiosis!  They cooperate with algae called zooxanthellae.  These algae get energy from the sun's light.   They actually live inside the polyps, and provide them with food.  Most of the color of a coral reef comes from these zooxanthellae.

For reasons I don't understand, when a polypgets stress... more »

Most plusones: 29

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2016-04-28 09:18:54 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

A classic of the genre.

Latest 50 posts

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2016-05-04 09:49:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Right...

http://shanghaiist.com/2016/05/04/china_buys_australian_air.php___Right...

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2016-05-04 03:50:09 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

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2016-05-04 03:48:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

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2016-05-04 00:20:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

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2016-05-03 23:15:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Does it feel like Groundhog Day?

Does it feel like Groundhog Day?___

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2016-05-03 23:08:36 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Not a journal for hoi polloi.

Via +Satyr Icon​

I was so disappointed to discover this isn't in fact a real publication.

Original tweet:
https://twitter.com/QuantumPirate/status/408909916846317568___Not a journal for hoi polloi.

Via +Satyr Icon​

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2016-05-03 11:36:12 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

"A younger, more ethnic Donald Rumsfeld."

Nicki should stop this war mongering.

"A younger, more ethnic Donald Rumsfeld."

Nicki should stop this war mongering.___

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2016-05-03 10:32:57 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
—Barbara Streisand

Apparently this image is causing Mr. Dutton some anguish and he wants it removed from the internet.___On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
—Barbara Streisand

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2016-05-03 10:30:14 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

The chances of anything coming so far were a million to one, they said. The chances of anything coming so far...

Were A Million To One.

And. Still. They. Come.

The chances of anything coming so far were a million to one, they said. The chances of anything coming so far...

Were A Million To One.

And. Still. They. Come.___

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2016-05-03 03:24:04 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Via +Emlyn O'Regan​​ https://plus.google.com/+EmlynORegan/posts/2jMVg7eE21F

Via +Emlyn O'Regan​​ https://plus.google.com/+EmlynORegan/posts/2jMVg7eE21F___

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2016-05-03 03:15:11 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

A much abused term: Antisemitism.

The problem on the left is not antisemitism or racism. The problem is the same all over: a reliance on poorly researched factoids, a faulty grasp of history and a general intellectual laziness. In this they are not unique. Unfortunately this is typical of most people.

But let's be clear: criticising the actions of the state of Israel and it's illegal occupation of the West Bank and its endless blockade of the Gaza strip is not the same thing as racism against Jewish people. People who use the term antisemitism to describe this criticism are conflating two completely different things and debasing the value of that word.

Israel was built on the back of European guilt about the Nazis and the Holocaust. This has made their policies very difficult to discuss without falling into various traps. But Israel is in reality a fairly... more »

A much abused term: Antisemitism.

The problem on the left is not antisemitism or racism. The problem is the same all over: a reliance on poorly researched factoids, a faulty grasp of history and a general intellectual laziness. In this they are not unique. Unfortunately this is typical of most people.

But let's be clear: criticising the actions of the state of Israel and it's illegal occupation of the West Bank and its endless blockade of the Gaza strip is not the same thing as racism against Jewish people. People who use the term antisemitism to describe this criticism are conflating two completely different things and debasing the value of that word.

Israel was built on the back of European guilt about the Nazis and the Holocaust. This has made their policies very difficult to discuss without falling into various traps. But Israel is in reality a fairly typical state which remains to this day dominated by a highly nationalistic political doctrine. This has often led them to enact racist policies against its Arab minority and against the stateless Palestinian population.

It is not racist to point this out. It is in fact clearly anti-racist. ___

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2016-05-02 22:29:05 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

The new study documents how, in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations (of which 87 percent of Americans were aware), there was “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al Qaeda,’ ‘car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.'” People were afraid to read articles about those topics because of fear that doing so would bring them under a cloud of suspicion. The dangers of that dynamic were expressed well by Penney: “If people are spooked or deterred from learning about important policy matters like terrorism and national security, this is a real threat to proper democratic debate.”

As the Post explains, several other studies have also demonstrated how mass surveillance crushes free expression and free thought. A 2015 study examined Google search data and demonstrated that, post-Snowden, “users were less likely tosearch using search terms... more »

The new study documents how, in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations (of which 87 percent of Americans were aware), there was “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al Qaeda,’ ‘car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.'” People were afraid to read articles about those topics because of fear that doing so would bring them under a cloud of suspicion. The dangers of that dynamic were expressed well by Penney: “If people are spooked or deterred from learning about important policy matters like terrorism and national security, this is a real threat to proper democratic debate.”

As the Post explains, several other studies have also demonstrated how mass surveillance crushes free expression and free thought. A 2015 study examined Google search data and demonstrated that, post-Snowden, “users were less likely to search using search terms that they believed might get them in trouble with the U.S. government” and that these “results suggest that there is a chilling effect on search behavior from government surveillance on the internet.”

The fear that causes self-censorship is well beyond the realm of theory. Ample evidence demonstrates that it’s real — and rational. A study from PEN America writers found that 1 in 6 writers had curbed their content out of fear of surveillance and showed that writers are “not only overwhelmingly worried about government surveillance, but are engaging in self-censorship as a result.” Scholars in Europe have been accused of being terrorist supporters by virtue of possessing research materials on extremist groups, while British libraries refuse to house any material on the Taliban for fear of being prosecuted for material support for terrorism. ___

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2016-05-02 11:41:41 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

https://youtu.be/QlSAiI3xMh4

https://youtu.be/QlSAiI3xMh4___

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2016-05-02 09:57:06 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Looks like presidential material.

Looks like presidential material.___

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2016-04-29 09:04:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Unspeakable barbarism.

Unspeakable barbarism.___

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2016-04-29 08:45:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

More on the common sense coming from the productivity commission. Unfortunately their recommendations for shortening the length of copyright will be blocked by Australia's various trade agreements with the United States and especially by the TPP. Currently Australians cannot even claim protections such as Fair Use, unlike Americans.

More on the common sense coming from the productivity commission. Unfortunately their recommendations for shortening the length of copyright will be blocked by Australia's various trade agreements with the United States and especially by the TPP. Currently Australians cannot even claim protections such as Fair Use, unlike Americans.___

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2016-04-29 08:39:21 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

How bizarre!

A snippet of sense coming from within!___How bizarre!

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2016-04-29 05:38:21 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

And once again we get to highlight the absurd inhumanity of Australia's policy towards refugees and asylum seekers.

Apparently New Zealand is too "nice" for people to flee to even if the New Zealanders are offering to take them. Only countries that are suitably poor, under resourced and ill-equipped can be allowed to take "Australia's" human chattels. Humane First World nations need not apply.

And once again we get to highlight the absurd inhumanity of Australia's policy towards refugees and asylum seekers.

Apparently New Zealand is too "nice" for people to flee to even if the New Zealanders are offering to take them. Only countries that are suitably poor, under resourced and ill-equipped can be allowed to take "Australia's" human chattels. Humane First World nations need not apply.___

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2016-04-28 21:11:43 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

"I'm so sad the world's biggest coal company is bankrupt," said no one outside the coal industry.

"I'm so sad the world's biggest coal company is bankrupt," said no one outside the coal industry.___

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2016-04-28 09:30:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Toorak residents were surprised by the findings. “What idiot lets his taxable income get to $82.50?”one Toorak man said. “Clearly some people need better accountants”. 

Toorak residents were surprised by the findings. “What idiot lets his taxable income get to $82.50?”one Toorak man said. “Clearly some people need better accountants”. ___

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2016-04-28 09:18:54 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

A classic of the genre.

A classic of the genre.___

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2016-04-28 09:16:09 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-28 07:29:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Also: wait until climate change really starts to kick in. The Syrian refugee crisis is only the beginning.

There'll come a time - pretty soon, I'd say - when Australia will have to start taking its global responsibilities re refugees seriously. Our detention centres are considered illegal by the countries hosting them, the UN has condemned our approach, the Australian Human Rights Commission has condemned our approach, Amnesty International has condemned our approach, the medical and legal communities have condemned our approach, and the church has condemned our approach. We're chucking a hissy-fit over a few thousand refugees, breaking numerous international laws in the process, while the rest of the world is dealing with a genuine refugee crisis. Stand up, Australia. You're better than this. ___Also: wait until climate change really starts to kick in. The Syrian refugee crisis is only the beginning.

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2016-04-28 07:26:15 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-28 03:50:43 (15 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

He may scrape back in but his policies and alliances are increasingly on the nose. Hung parliaments are not such a bad thing, they are far more responsive to democratic pressure than governments with clear majorities. 

He may scrape back in but his policies and alliances are increasingly on the nose. Hung parliaments are not such a bad thing, they are far more responsive to democratic pressure than governments with clear majorities. ___

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2016-04-27 11:16:09 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Shows you what a long running economic downturn can do to the outlook of a generation. Things are not showing any signs of improving and the political and economic consensus of the previous thirty years—the so-called Great Moderation—has been left in tatters by the GFC.

Politics inevitably has to change.

Washington Post reports on a certain spectre haunting America.

In <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/25/bernie-sanders-is-profoundly-changing-how-millennials-think-about-politics-poll-shows/?tid=pm_business_pop_b>, WP suggests the visage of the spectre.___Shows you what a long running economic downturn can do to the outlook of a generation. Things are not showing any signs of improving and the political and economic consensus of the previous thirty years—the so-called Great Moderation—has been left in tatters by the GFC.

Politics inevitably has to change.

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2016-04-27 11:02:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Let's see how much more spin and lies can be perpetuated from the LNP now.

Let's see how much more spin and lies can be perpetuated from the LNP now.___

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2016-04-27 10:31:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

The "beginning of the end" of Australia's gulag archipelago.

___The "beginning of the end" of Australia's gulag archipelago.

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2016-04-26 23:24:50 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

In January 2016, defendant status in this case was granted to three fossil fuel industry trade associations, representing nearly all of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies, who called the case “a direct, substantial threat to our businesses.”

Kids accused the US Government and the Fossil Fuel Industry of knowing that fossil fuels cause global warming, that continuing to burn fossil fuels destabilizes the climate system, and that both will impact today's children disproportionately. The judge agreed that the government has a case to answer for, and it will now be heard by the Federal Court.___In January 2016, defendant status in this case was granted to three fossil fuel industry trade associations, representing nearly all of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies, who called the case “a direct, substantial threat to our businesses.”

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2016-04-26 02:16:09 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Silvertails strike back!

Silvertails strike back!___

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2016-04-25 21:57:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Taking a leaf out of ISIL's playbook. Maybe Manus island should have a YouTube channel dedicated to torture.

I should mention that all journalists, human rights defenders and politicians against offshore detention have unintentionally been in line with this policy and the government’s purposes as they are playing a critical role in advertising the violence and exporting it to the globe. As they discover and come to understand the violence in these two wheel cages, Manus and Nauru, they advertise it on a regular basis. The government, in this tremendous advertising and political game, discerns what type of violence to examine, to produce and to export. Certainly, the most eye-catching headlines are the little children and women who have been raped, the burned body of baby Asha and the crushed body of Abyan, with their bodies the objects of debate in political dialogues in the Australianp... more »

"If we think of Hamid Khazaei, we can see how his death was used to send a message to the world. He had an infection in his body for six months! Without his requests for proper treatment being acted upon, he became a witness to the poisoning of his own body. One day he fell down and lost his balance. The day after that he had to sit in a wheelchair. On the third day he could not even sit in the wheelchair. On the fourth day he lost his ability to talk. On the fifth day he was on a plane and on the sixth day he lost his life – the doctors could not help him. The message sent to the world was that this is what will happen to you if you try to come to Australia for refuge."___Taking a leaf out of ISIL's playbook. Maybe Manus island should have a YouTube channel dedicated to torture.

I should mention that all journalists, human rights defenders and politicians against offshore detention have unintentionally been in line with this policy and the government’s purposes as they are playing a critical role in advertising the violence and exporting it to the globe. As they discover and come to understand the violence in these two wheel cages, Manus and Nauru, they advertise it on a regular basis. The government, in this tremendous advertising and political game, discerns what type of violence to examine, to produce and to export. Certainly, the most eye-catching headlines are the little children and women who have been raped, the burned body of baby Asha and the crushed body of Abyan, with their bodies the objects of debate in political dialogues in the Australian parliament.

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2016-04-25 21:48:14 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

The Age of Entitlement is only meant for the rich and entitled.

$5.3 billion could be raised simply by cutting the capital gains tax discount and moderating the excesses of negative gearing.

___The Age of Entitlement is only meant for the rich and entitled.

$5.3 billion could be raised simply by cutting the capital gains tax discount and moderating the excesses of negative gearing.

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2016-04-25 04:01:54 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Australia divided bitterly, denying the government twice at plebiscite the power to conscript. From a population of some 5 million, more than 416,000 Australian men – about half of all those eligible – enlisted. Of the 331,000 deployed, some 60,000 were killed. More than 155,000 more were wounded. This excludes the psychologically and emotionally damaged – the tens of thousands who returned with undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder.

And there were the numerous war crimes committed by Australian troops. Lest we forget those as well.

___Australia divided bitterly, denying the government twice at plebiscite the power to conscript. From a population of some 5 million, more than 416,000 Australian men – about half of all those eligible – enlisted. Of the 331,000 deployed, some 60,000 were killed. More than 155,000 more were wounded. This excludes the psychologically and emotionally damaged – the tens of thousands who returned with undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder.

And there were the numerous war crimes committed by Australian troops. Lest we forget those as well.

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2016-04-25 01:34:07 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Omg, yes!

Omg, yes!___

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2016-04-25 01:25:35 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Happy ANZAC Day!



Via +Andrew Kidoo​​​

___Happy ANZAC Day!



Via +Andrew Kidoo​​​

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2016-04-25 00:21:58 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

The nature of truth in dispute.

___The nature of truth in dispute.

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2016-04-24 04:31:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Death is too good for the blighter.

#auspol
#lnplies
#lnpfail
#icac___Death is too good for the blighter.

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2016-04-23 02:09:34 (26 comments; 4 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

The main problem is that online advertising is that it is a two way scam both for readers and advertisers. The scam has been obscured by all the data collected but the uncomfortable reality is that scarcely anyone is really looking at ads, let alone being influenced by them.

Whether 1% or 99% of readers are blocked from a site, the end effect is the same but throwing up barriers to ad blockers, these sites are foregoing traffic and this puts a dent in their ranking and influence in the media space.

The sites that have done the better have avoided anti-blocking while maintaining the fiction to their sponsors that their advertising actually works.

Well, duh.___The main problem is that online advertising is that it is a two way scam both for readers and advertisers. The scam has been obscured by all the data collected but the uncomfortable reality is that scarcely anyone is really looking at ads, let alone being influenced by them.

Whether 1% or 99% of readers are blocked from a site, the end effect is the same but throwing up barriers to ad blockers, these sites are foregoing traffic and this puts a dent in their ranking and influence in the media space.

The sites that have done the better have avoided anti-blocking while maintaining the fiction to their sponsors that their advertising actually works.

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2016-04-22 13:46:25 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

They should just legalize it.

They should just legalize it.___

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2016-04-22 03:03:05 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-21 22:55:39 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

In case you're wondering why all the musicians are dying...

In case you're wondering why all the musicians are dying...___

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2016-04-21 22:30:21 (8 comments; 8 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

It's real and it's fucking happening. Right now.

Context: https://plus.google.com/+JohnAHardy/posts/WPUFYPWuM5y

"And then we wept."

The chatter of gossip distracts us from the really big story, the Anthropocene: the new geological era we are bringing about.   Pay attention for a minute.  Most of the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system, now looks like a ghostly graveyard.  

Most corals are colonies of tiny genetically identical animals called polyps.   Over centuries, their skeletons build up reefs, which are havens for many kinds of sea life.  Some polyps catch their own food using stingers.  But most get their food by symbiosis!  They cooperate with algae called zooxanthellae.  These algae get energy from the sun's light.   They actually live inside the polyps, and provide them with food.  Most of the color of a coral reef comes from these zooxanthellae.

For reasons I don't understand, when a polyp gets stressed, it can kick out the zooxanthellae living inside it.   This happens when the sea water gets too hot.  Without the zooxanthellae, the polyp is transparent and the coral's white skeleton is revealed - as you see here.  We say the coral is bleached.

After they bleach, the polyps begin to starve.  If conditions return to normal fast enough, the zooxanthellae may come back.   If they don't, the coral will die.

The Great Barrier Reef, off the northeast coast of Australia, contains over 2,900 reefs and 900 islands.  It's huge: 2,300 kilometers long, with an area of about 340,000 square kilometers.  It can be seen from outer space!

With global warming, this reef has been starting to bleach.  Parts of it bleached in 1998 and again in 2002.  But this year, with a big El Niño pushing world temperatures to new record highs, is the worst.

Scientists have being flying over the Great Barrier Reef to study the damage, and divers have looked at some of the reefs in detail.  Of the 522 reefs surveyed in the northern section, over 80% are severely bleached and less than 1% are not bleached at all.    Of 226 reefs surveyed in the central section, 33% are severely bleached and 10% are not bleached.  Of 163 reefs in the southern section, 1% are severely bleached and 25% are not bleached. 

The top expert on coral reefs in Australia, Terry Hughes, wrote:

“I showed the results of aerial surveys of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef to my students.  And then we wept.”

Some of the bleached reefs may recover.  But as oceans continue to warm, the prospects look bleak.  The last big El Niño was in 1998.  With a lot of hard followup work, scientists showed that in the end, 16% of the world’s corals died in that event. 

This year is quite a bit hotter.

So, global warming is not a problem for the future: it's a problem now.   It's not good enough to cut carbon emissions eventually.   We've got to get serious now.  

I need to recommit myself to this.  For example, I need to stop flying around to conferences.  I've cut back, but I need to do much better.  Future generations, living in the damaged world we're creating, will not have much sympathy for our excuses.___It's real and it's fucking happening. Right now.

Context: https://plus.google.com/+JohnAHardy/posts/WPUFYPWuM5y

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2016-04-21 22:29:16 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Blast from the very recent past: Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bitchface back in November 2014. Like an idiot she takes umbrage that global warming, which is without question destroying the Great Barrier Reef, is offensive to talk about even by a sitting US president.

Ms Bishop, in New York for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, said there was "an issue" with Mr Obama's remarks during a speech at the University of Queensland last weekend as part of the G20 summit.

Mr Obama told the audience the "incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef is threatened" because of global warming and said he wanted to be able to return to Australia with his daughters when he had more time... "And I want them to be able to bring their daughters or sons to visit and I want that there 50 years from now," he said.

MsBi... more »

Blast from the very recent past: Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bitchface back in November 2014. Like an idiot she takes umbrage that global warming, which is without question destroying the Great Barrier Reef, is offensive to talk about even by a sitting US president.

Ms Bishop, in New York for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, said there was "an issue" with Mr Obama's remarks during a speech at the University of Queensland last weekend as part of the G20 summit.

Mr Obama told the audience the "incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef is threatened" because of global warming and said he wanted to be able to return to Australia with his daughters when he had more time... "And I want them to be able to bring their daughters or sons to visit and I want that there 50 years from now," he said.

Ms Bishop said on Thursday that Australia was employing world's best practice to ensure the reef was preserved for future generations. "I think that President Obama might have overlooked that aspect of our commitment to conserving the Great Barrier Reef,"...

"There was an issue regarding his statement about the Great Barrier Reef, and I can understand the Queensland government's concern because we have committed significant resources to preserve and conserve the reef. We have demonstrated world's best practice ... to ensure the Great Barrier Reef is preserved for generations to come."

It's a fact that Australia is a terrible carbon dioxide polluter per capita and it is also a fact that Australia is a major contributor to the problem of global warming because we are a major exporter of coal. Like the USA, we supply China with about 20% of its annual coal requirements.

But like an idiot, Australia's foreign minister refused to recognise that global warming is a global problem (pro tip: it's in the name) and took offence at the idea that the Barrier Reef is actually endangered by it. Instead she should have publicly acknowledged that Australia is in deep trouble with the reef and needs international help in fixing it.
https://plus.google.com/117663015413546257905/posts/e9A1AARBJRA

Protecting the reef for future generations requires a concerted and global effort to bring about a reduction in carbon emissions.

Only a few months before Bishop's temper tantrum, the Abbott-Turnbull government had abolished Australia's carbon tax, the only meaningful contribution Australia has ever put forward for controlling it's own emissions. That was despite clear evidence that while the tax was in place Australia was already starting to moderate its carbon pollution. Now all bets are off and despite government protestations to the contrary, Australia's emissions have started to climb once more.

During the course of its term, this government has tried to develop the coal resources of the Galilee Basin, a mega mine that once operational would, just by itself, increase the CO2 of the world's atmosphere by a few percent. The only thing preventing this project from going ahead despite all the support given to it by the government (including curtailing the legal rights of environmentalists) is the world wide collapse in the price of coal and other fossil fuels. The banks and other financiers have refused so far to back it and see it as one of the fossil fuel industries' stranded assets.

The Galilee Basin is in far north Queensland, the home of, you guessed it, the Great Barrier Reef.

We really need to throw these vandals out.
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2016-04-21 09:43:50 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

It's real and it's happening right now.

Here's the news. HA !! I took my family to see the Jewel in the crown of the coral reef years ago.
Bad luck those who missed out, maybe get a DVD - David Attenbrough is good.
Climate change is real and has been real for ages now. It's too late for many, for the rest just continue to ignore your coal usage, it's too hard to change.
Disgusted with humanity ??? You fucking bet.
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2016-04-21 01:42:35 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Human computer interfaces are all about "bandwidth", ie. the rate at which users can communicate with their computers and the richness of the information that they can convey.

The keyboard was a hugely important innovation because it upped the speed at which people could interact and convey thoughts and intentions. The mouse was also an incredibly big gain in UI bandwidth allowing manipulation of shapes within a 2D surface. Touch interfaces were too although somewhat less than the mouse. On our phones we now have sensors for sound input, vision input, position, orientation and movement and these have also upped the UI bandwidth considerably.

But we always need more, much more. The thing that will make new media such as VR work in a productive way will be to model the user's body accurately and to recognize its movements and therefore the user's intentions.... more »

Extremely fine gesture control via micro radar chipa. This is input device after keyboards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QNiZfSsPc0___Human computer interfaces are all about "bandwidth", ie. the rate at which users can communicate with their computers and the richness of the information that they can convey.

The keyboard was a hugely important innovation because it upped the speed at which people could interact and convey thoughts and intentions. The mouse was also an incredibly big gain in UI bandwidth allowing manipulation of shapes within a 2D surface. Touch interfaces were too although somewhat less than the mouse. On our phones we now have sensors for sound input, vision input, position, orientation and movement and these have also upped the UI bandwidth considerably.

But we always need more, much more. The thing that will make new media such as VR work in a productive way will be to model the user's body accurately and to recognize its movements and therefore the user's intentions. Super-fine grained modelling of hands and gestures is a big one and potentially a huge gain in UI bandwidth.

Via +Emlyn O'Regan​​​​​

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2016-04-20 22:43:14 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

I will be supporting the ALP this coming election. Either by directly voting for them or through preferences.

In my view, the Abbott-Turnbull government must not be allowed to remain in office any longer. If returned after the election, even with a reduced majority, these reptiles will claim a "mandate" their next wave of destructive policies. These will involve more talk of budget "emergencies", more about the need to cut basic services, more "austerity" and how it will help the economy turn the corner, more redistributive policies aimed at rewarding the wealthy, more selling out of Australian sovereignty to international corporations.

The Australian economy remains depressed and will remain so while we continue to have a contractionary government in power. The LNP remains absolutely stuck in the economics of the 1980s and hasn't noticed that the... more »

I will be supporting the ALP this coming election. Either by directly voting for them or through preferences.

In my view, the Abbott-Turnbull government must not be allowed to remain in office any longer. If returned after the election, even with a reduced majority, these reptiles will claim a "mandate" their next wave of destructive policies. These will involve more talk of budget "emergencies", more about the need to cut basic services, more "austerity" and how it will help the economy turn the corner, more redistributive policies aimed at rewarding the wealthy, more selling out of Australian sovereignty to international corporations.

The Australian economy remains depressed and will remain so while we continue to have a contractionary government in power. The LNP remains absolutely stuck in the economics of the 1980s and hasn't noticed that the inflation rate and interest rate are both effectively zero. They haven't noticed that cutting taxes for the top end of town does not stimulate investment (tax cuts only get pocketed and the government only forgoes revenue) and that slashing expenditure only depresses the economy further.

They haven't noticed because they are ideologically incapable of noticing. All of their instincts point them in the direction of favouring the business class at the expense of everyone else. Conservative ideology fundamentally is incapable of dealing with an economic downturn and historically the LNP has never had to rule during one so they will continue to fail. In order to maintain control they will continue to try and distract the population with the "culture war" anxieties, fears about immigrants, fears about sexuality, fears about terrorism.

They are precisely the wrong sort of government needed for these times. I've been critical of the ALP in the past and Bill Shorten in particular but I still consider Labor to be a vast improvement over the Abbott-Turnbull menagerie that has misruled this country for the past two and a half years.

"Good government starts today!" promised Tony Abbott a year ago. In reality, good government will only return to this country once this party is removed from office.___

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2016-04-20 10:56:45 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-20 08:42:52 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

This is not really a traditional dot-com story but an example of the New Guilded Age of entrepreneurialism. The liberal branch of the hyper-rich justify their existence through philanthropic projects so they can put off any discussion about rising inequality or reforming the taxation system. These projects are designed to do very little but generate a lot of worthy publicity. They generally solve problems that nobody asked to be solved, especially not the poor and benighted. A typical TED audience is full of these do-gooding robber barons with their anti-political solutions to all the world's troubles. Philanthropic entrepreneurs are the flip side of do-badders like the Koch brothers, the Walton family and the Murdochs even though they tend to frequent the same cocktail parties and country clubs. This particular example is a publicity glitch caused by an idiot scion who forgot to fill in all theb... more »

Back in the late 90's / early 00's, +Matt Bell made a t-shirt for "genericdotcom.com" — "We're the people that make those things that do that stuff." It was a perfect parody of all the weird companies that were showing up around the later stages of the dot-com boom, with increasingly vague goals and nonsensical business plans.

This startup feels sort of like a blast from the past. It's not something to take as a sign of a bubble, because it seems to be primarily funded by its CEO, a Yale sophomore who is the son of a wealthy venture capitalist. Which is to say, this is simple nepotism, not a case of anyone actually investing their money in this.

But what's absolutely marvelous is that the reporter, after reading through their paperwork, contacting both the company and several members of its "brain trust," and doing various other bits of investigation, can get no idea whatsoever as to what this company does. It's the most extreme case of startup bullshit I've seen in years. It's almost as though someone took a blank template for a company pitch and forgot to fill it in with actual content before putting money into it.

But you'll be glad to know that "Helena is an organization of 30 global influencers who work together to achieve positive global impact. The group collaborates to create breakthrough ideas, then leverages its collective reach, strategic partnerships, and network to make them happen.

No word yet on whether you get fries with that.

via +Sarah Lester.___This is not really a traditional dot-com story but an example of the New Guilded Age of entrepreneurialism. The liberal branch of the hyper-rich justify their existence through philanthropic projects so they can put off any discussion about rising inequality or reforming the taxation system. These projects are designed to do very little but generate a lot of worthy publicity. They generally solve problems that nobody asked to be solved, especially not the poor and benighted. A typical TED audience is full of these do-gooding robber barons with their anti-political solutions to all the world's troubles. Philanthropic entrepreneurs are the flip side of do-badders like the Koch brothers, the Walton family and the Murdochs even though they tend to frequent the same cocktail parties and country clubs. This particular example is a publicity glitch caused by an idiot scion who forgot to fill in all the blanks in the philanthropy NGO application form. 

2016-04-18 22:37:11 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Nothing you read on the internet is true.

That includes this message.

Nothing you read on the internet is true.

That includes this message.___

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