Straya Briefly for 20/09/19

  • Climate strike in Australia: everything you need to know about Friday’s protest (The Guardian)
  • Australian government awards Serco $9.9m contract to help non-citizens return home (The Guardian)
  • Geraldton shooting: questions raised over WA police decision to use lethal force (The Guardian)
  • Woman fleeced of $670,000 in finance scam using fake ABC News stories about Andrew Forrest (ABC news)
  • Belgian fighter jet crashes in France, pilot gets stuck on power line (ABC news)
  • Queensland government sought mining industry input on laws targeting protesters (The Guardian)
  • Daniel Andrews under fire after ‘unfair’ decision to increase his pay to $441,000 a year (The Guardian)
  • Coalition MP to climate strike students: ‘Everything you are told is a lie’ – as it happened (The Guardian)
  • Finance

  • Pacific climate change champion Enele Sopoaga is no longer Tuvalu’s PM — so who’s next in? (ABC News)
  • ‘Simply untrue’: Daniel Johns sues Sydney tabloid over brothel article (ABC News)
  • Rising inequality in Australia isn’t about incomes: it’s almost all about housing (The Conversation)
  • Britain will aim for freedom of movement deal with Australia (The Guardian)
  • Woman fleeced of $670,000 in finance scam using fake ABC News stories about Andrew Forrest (ABC News)
  • Balanced budget means the Government is ‘working against’ the Reserve Bank’s efforts to boost the economy (ABC News)
  • The US has 700 million barrels of oil in reserve. We’ve got 18 days of petrol, 22 days of diesel and 23 days of jet fuel (ABC News)
  • ‘Large scale fraud’: $400 million stoush over NDIS housing (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • It was an ideal place for our children to grow up – but the coalmine has silenced our schoolyard (The Guardian)
  • Morrison tasked with winning over Trump now ‘Malcolm Trumble’ is gone (ABC News)
  • Eat that, povvos: Scott Morrison’s ‘compassionate conservatism’ is stale and dangerous (The Guardian)
  • I believed the Australian family court system was biased against fathers – then I found the rot at the core of it (The Guardian)
  • We need a Blak New Deal to fight the climate crisis (Overland)
  • With friends like these (Inside Story)
  • Brownface just the latest scandal to threaten Canada’s progressive poster boy (ABC News)
  • Morrison is getting the red carpet treatment — but there’s always strings attached (ABC News)
  • World

  • Canadians react to Trudeau ‘brownface’ images (BBC News)
  • Teen held in fatal stabbing that bystanders filmed (BBC News)
  • Tunisia’s ousted ex-president dies in exile (BBC News)
  • Major flooding and heavy rain hit southeast Texas (BBC News)
  • Amazon’s Jeff Bezos promises climate-change action (BBC News)
  • FIFA tells Iran it is time to allow women into stadiums to watch soccer (ABC News)
  • Trudeau faces third revelation of racist conduct (BBC News)
  • Gantz party says no to Netanyahu-led unity government (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • ‘Better off with the devil we know’: Concerns raised over Australia’s largest wind farm (ABC News)
  • We can all do our bit to tackle the climate crisis (The Guardian)
  • Climate change: children are carving out a place in politics – now adults must listen and act (The Conversation)
  • Taking back the hills: a tale of women rights and lands in the Catalan Pyrenees (The Conversation)
  • Sports

  • 2019 World Athletics Championship: Lord Coe won’t ‘gag’ protesting athletes (BBC Sport)
  • Neymar: Barcelona ‘did everything possible’ to re-sign Paris Saint-Germain forward (BBC Sport)
  • Europa League – build-up to Arsenal in Frankfurt, before Man Utd and Wolves play (BBC Sport)
  • Europa League: Rennes v Celtic build-up followed by Rangers v Feyenoord (BBC Sport)
  • New Blades owner Prince Abdullah would do business with Bin Laden family (BBC Sport)
  • Rugby World Cup 2019: England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland poised for start (BBC Sport)
  • Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan to go ahead as planned (Cricinfo)
  • Singapore Grand Prix: Robert Kubica to leave Williams at end of 2019 season (BBC Sport)

  • Further reading

  • Prison, spectacle, refuge (Aeon)
  • Lions in the corner (Aeon)
  • New York City has big plans—and $20 billion—to save itself from climate change (MIT Tech Review)
  • This Simple Structure Unites All Human Languages – Issue 76: Language (Nautilus)
  • 101 Dining Table at Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India (Atlas Obscura)
  • When New Yorkers Burned Down a Quarantine Hospital (Jstor)
  • Talking Is Throwing Fictional Worlds at One Another – Issue 76: Language (Nautilus)
  • Trump is trying to revoke California’s right to set its own car pollution rules (MIT Tech Review)

  • Diversity and the nuclear bomb

    It’s amazing where you find stories about the power of range and diversity in creativity and problem solving. This is from Pandora’s Keepers, which is proving to be a riveting account of the creation of the first atomic bomb.

    “Oppenheimer accepted the heavy security as a wartime necessity, but he adamantly refused to accept secrecy in one area: scientific discussion. Here, the normal security procedure of compartmentalization—limiting discussion to a “need to know” basis—was not followed, despite protests from Army Intelligence. Oppenheimer held weekly symposia on the pressing technical problems of the moment, inviting solutions not only from the groups working on the problems but from the important cross-fertilization of agile minds from other disciplines with novel approaches and solutions. Just as in fission itself, one small suggestion could set off a chain reaction of ideas at a rapid rate. This fostered a cooperative spirit that maintained high morale. It was also a major reason why the bomb was built in such a short time.”

    Oppenheimer appears to have underestimated the breadth of the task, originally envisioning Los Alamos as a physics lab on steroids. But it eventually grew into a site housing thousands of civilians from many different fields. Specialisation be damned.

    As always my emphasis.