Category: News & Politics

Can You Put Out a Wildfire With a Laser Weapon?

The Bobcat Fire continues to burn through the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County, north of Azusa, California, September 17, 2020. Image: KYLE GRILLOT/AFP via Getty Images Kenneth Billman turned on the television in the summer of 2013 in his…

Unemployment support will be slashed by $300 this week. This won’t help people find work

This week, support to unemployed Australians will be dramatically reduced. In April, the new Coronavirus Supplement roughly doubled the level of benefits for unemployed people on the JobSeeker payment and a range of other working-age payments. The supplement will drop…
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That was the news: a sad farewell to the ABC’s 7:45am bulletin

From today, ABC local radio listeners will no longer hear the majestic fanfare theme on local radio at 7:45am, signalling the 15-minute morning news. Although it might seem a smart managerial decision to reduce reporting costs and respond to audience…
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Australia coronavirus cases ‘set to be lowest in months’ – BBC News

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‘I went in the bush’: Parents reveal how their hopelessness turned to joy after missing boy found – WAtoday

“I didn’t think we were going to find him alive, I thought I was going to have to bury my son,” Ms Buckley said. “Once it started getting to sunset I was really starting to panic because I didn’t want…
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg forged a new place for women in the law and society

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has generated an outpouring of grief around the globe. Part of this grief reflects her unparalleled status as a feminist icon and pioneer for women in the legal profession and beyond. There is already considerable…
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This is why the fight over the Supreme Court could make the US presidential election even nastier

As the two sides in US politics begin jockeying for position following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the similarities to the 2016 presidential election are striking. That year, the fierce battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald…
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Emmy Producers Say The Award Show Is A ‘Logistic Nightmare’

VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty ImagesEmmy statues are lined up before the 70th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2018. Don’t expect to see a red carpet or an onstage acceptance speech this Sunday when…
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‘Masters of the dark’: Former friend lifts the lid on Donald and Melania Trump’s marriage – Sydney Morning Herald

The first lady of the United States is fully complicit in Donald Trump’s actions and is “no different from her husband”, according to a former friend and adviser of Melania Trump and the latest ex-White House insider to write a…
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. It’s now up to Donald Trump to pick the justice to replace her – ABC News

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died aged 87. Days before her death, she dictated a statement to her granddaughter and said: that could happen within days. Before Ginsburg’s death, the court held a 5-4 conservative majority. With…
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Almost a Quarter of Young Americans Think the Holocaust Is a Myth or Exaggerated

It was the greatest crime of the 20th century, but Gen Z and millennial Americans remain hugely ignorant about the Holocaust. One in 10 young Americans believes that the Holocaust never happened, while almost a quarter — 23% — believe…
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‘Venus Is a Russian Planet,’ Says Russia

The head of Russia’s space agency has said Venus is a “Russian planet”, after British researchers discovered traces of a chemical that suggests the “presence of life” on the second planet from the sun. At the 2020 HeliRussia exhibition in…
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This video shows just how easily COVID-19 could spread when people sing together

Production of the reality TV show The Masked Singer was shut down last month after several crew members were infected with COVID-19. It’s one of several examples of COVID-19 transmission associated with singing around the world since March, prompting some…
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Cliodynamics is Not “Cyclical History”

Matt Yglesias, responding to a tweet by Noah Smith today, wrote: Seen a lot of Turchin citations lately but I think the bar for buying into cyclical views of history should be *really* high. There were other, similar comments on…
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Brad Pitt And Jennifer Aniston Reunite – And Things Got Flirty

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have reunited again – and things got a little flirty between the former couple. Alas, it was all in the name of art when they took part in the star-studded table read for the classic…
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8 Toronto Film Festival Movies You’ll Want To See This Year

“Nomadland” is an adjective movie. The second it ended, my mind was swimming with them: beautiful, serene, painterly, honest, heartbreaking. I could keep going, but you get the idea. This is a film so full of emotion that no single…
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Facebook’s virtual reality push is about data, not gaming

Facebook has announced the latest version of its successful standalone virtual reality (VR) headset, the Oculus Quest 2. The new device packs more computing power and a sharper screen than its predecessor, and is also US$100 cheaper. [embedded content]Facebook’s Oculus…
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Has Australia really had 60,000 undiagnosed COVID-19 cases?

A preliminary study, posted online this week by researchers at the Australian National University and elsewhere, estimates 71,000 Australians had COVID-19 by mid-July — 60,000 more than official number of cases diagnosed by that stage. The study involved testing 2,991…
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Vibrancy, experimentation and risk in ACE Open’s survey of South Australian art

Review: If the future is to be worth anything, curated by Patrice Sharkey and Rayleen Forester, ACE Open “If the future is to be worth anything” rings true as a question for many in Australia’s art world today. It is…
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VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the government’s energy policy, a gas-led recovery, unemployment, and the economy

University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics. This week the pair discuss the numerous energy announcements made by the government, including a gas-led recovery, $1.9 billion for…
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