Malcolm Turnbull's leadership crisis: Too little, too late
- Turnbull did Tuesday morning what he should have started doing a week ago - confront head on the forces out to get him.
- Assuming he did not have Labor's support, he could have told the party room he was putting the NEG legislation to a vote in the lower house and if anyone wanted to cross the floor and defeat it, he would be bound by convention to drive to Yarralumla and call an election.
- Turnbull did the right thing by ambushing both his supporters and those of Peter Dutton by declaring the leadership vacant at the 9am Liberal Party meeting.
- Dutton was not ready to go on Tuesday but believed he would be by the end of the week.
- Turnbull, if he is to defy history and survive a second spill, could do with a new policy idea of his own.
‘I’ve seen people cleaned out’: Divorce later in life comes with its own special set of problems
- Older couples who split up have often been married for longer periods, which means there can be more assets and liabilities to sort through, complicating the process.
- The realization that it can be divided can be a tough pill to swallow, according to Diane Isaac, a family lawyer at Shulman Law. Similar to a pension, both parties also need to share their liabilities.
- Even an heirloom cottage that was handed down through the generations on one side of the family is often treated as a shared recreation property when the time comes to divide assets.
- While all divorces are entangled in emotions, grey divorcees tend to come following marriages that have lasted for long periods of time.
- Once a couple reaches a state where their marriage cannot be saved, there are still things that can be done to minimize the pain and costs of a divorce.
An Adorable Rodent Gives a Glimpse Into Earth’s Climate Chaos
- Luckily, scientists were watching, and they’ve now published a fascinating analysis of how the giant kangaroo rat and over 400 other species of plants and animals struggled and triumphed in a world gone dry.
- That in turn was bad news for the giant kangaroo rats, which survive on seeds.
- Rarer, smaller species that require fewer resources, like the short-nosed kangaroo rat and southern grasshopper mouse, exploded in number between 2013 and 2015.
- It’s rare that scientists get to study this many species over such a long period of time, and even rarer that they get to see a climate-change-exacerbated drought rapidly morph an ecosystem.
- “To address this number of species in a study across a disturbance like this is really unusual,” says Lee Hannah, senior scientist of climate change biology at Conservation International, who wasn’t involved in the study.
Netflix tests a bypass of iTunes billing in 33 markets
- A customer support agent contacted by us earlier today confirmed that the test has actually been running since June, starting first in 10 countries and then expanding to 33 from August 2 until September 30.
- Although Netflix is calling this a test, it’s notable that the company has been gradually shifting its customer relationships on other platforms to develop more direct billing with its users.
- Apple has something of the upper hand especially when it comes to newer apps or those still building up their user bases: it controls the App Store on iOS devices, and with active billing details for a large number of these users, Apple greatly reduces friction for enticing users to sign up and subscribe to a service (the same goes for in-app purchases, too, although that is less relevant to Netflix).
Farmers in Niger are nurturing gao trees to drive environmental change in Africa
- And over the past three decades, the landscape of southern Niger has been transformed by more than 200m new trees, many of them gaos.
- Counterintuitively, the great gao regreening is only happening in areas of Niger with high-density populations.
- With less space to expand into as more people are born, hard-up farmers are increasingly realising that the trees can regenerate degraded land.
- The ambitious Great Green Wall project to surround the Sahara desert with trees and other plants has changed beyond recognition after debate over whether desertification - the process by which soil loses its fertitlity - is real.
- In areas with the best cover, they organised patrols to protect their trees from passing farmers and neighbouring villagers seeking firewood.
- But their loyalty to their gaos could make areas around Zinder the most vulnerable to a disease that Reij and Tougiani have recently spotted killing trees near Niamey, the capital.
Peter Dutton outlines policy agenda as second challenge looms
- Peter Dutton flagged immigration curbs and did not rule out walking away from the Paris climate change targets, as his core supporters moved to force a second leadership ballot this week by resigning en masse from the frontbench last night.
- With Mr Turnbull's leadership hanging by seven votes and the government paralysed by division following Tuesday's ballot, Mr Dutton outlined a policy agenda and started softening his image as he groomed himself for a second strike.
- Mr Turnbull called for unity and for the party to move on but Mr Dutton resigned as Home Affairs Minister, declined Mr Turnbull's offer to rejoin the frontbench and immediately set about positioning himself for another tilt from the back bench.
- Mr Dutton said he was neither influenced by Tony Abbott nor running his agenda but he declined to rule out abandoning Australia's climate change commitment of a 26 per cent to 28 per cent emissions reduction by 2030.
- Minecraft Server Java Edition (Spigot) plugin which adds game changing climate change mechanics.
- I'm still working on establishing a stable default model that doesnt implode servers a day after they install.
- The negative effects need to be burdensome but not devastating right off the bat, and it's difficult to project what will happpen.
- Please let me know if you have any thoughts!
- Always welcome to fork this repository and submit pull requests!
- I will need at least a medium size server to test this plugin on once I've completed features and testing!
- Performance is important to me, and I can only identify the problematic code sections with the help of server owners.
Meet the ‘Change Agents’ Who Are Enabling Inequality
- Anand Giridharadas, a former columnist for The New York Times, spoke about this phenomenon at an Aspen Institute conference in 2015, and he takes his ideas further in his entertaining and gripping new book, “Winners Take All.” As the Democratic Party struggles to figure out its future and global demagogy thrives, it’s worth considering where we went wrong and how best to save the world from the dangerous turn it has taken.
- At Davos and the other international conclaves where the muckety-mucks celebrate the new economic world they have helped create, which has rewarded them so amply, corporate leaders move seamlessly from sessions discussing the risks of climate change, growing inequality and financial instability, to dinners at which they praise tax cuts for billionaires and corporations and applaud proposals for deregulation.
Read Pope Francis' letter on abuse
- I invite the entire holy faithful People of God to a penitential exercise of prayer and fasting, following the Lord's command.1 This can awaken our conscience and arouse our solidarity and commitment to a culture of care that says "never again" to every form of abuse.
- Consequently, the only way that we have to respond to this evil that has darkened so many lives is to experience it as a task regarding all of us as the People of God. This awareness of being part of a people and a shared history will enable us to acknowledge our past sins and mistakes with a penitential openness that can allow us to be renewed from within.
- The penitential dimension of fasting and prayer will help us as God's People to come before the Lord and our wounded brothers and sisters as sinners imploring forgiveness and the grace of shame and conversion.
Number of Third-Party Cookies on EU News Sites Dropped by 22% Post-GDPR
- The number of tracking cookies on EU news sites has gone down by 22% according to a report by the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford, who looked at cookie usage across EU news sites in two phases, in April 2018 and July 2018, pre and post the introduction of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
- According to findings, news sites stopped deploying tracking cookies related to website design and optimization tools the most, this category seeing a 27% drop.
- According to researchers, the percentage of websites using Facebook and Twitter social buttons —and their adjacent tracking cookies— went down from 84% to 77% from April to July.
- According to researchers, 99% of EU news sites had used cookies in April, while 98% were still using them post-GDPR in July.