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Quote from: Ulrich on May 28, 2020, 17:30:49Bleedin' headache! Must be the weather, as I heard about other people suffering too.
Quote from: Ulrich on August 16, 2020, 16:11:59Heat (yet again), can't stand it any more...
Quote from: MeltingMan on August 17, 2020, 18:56:26If the relative humidity weren't so high, the heat would be more bearable.
Quote from: Ulrich on August 18, 2020, 10:25:23Quote from: MeltingMan on August 17, 2020, 18:56:26If the relative humidity weren't so high, the heat would be more bearable. Yeah, exactly. It's better now, but supposed to be heating up again until Friday...
Quote"Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential 'drive-by' just now has to be quarantined for 14 days," Dr. James P. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, wrote on Twitter. "They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity."
Quote from: undefinedLet's be clear: the 2020 Budget was a multi-billion dollar handout to corporations, not a recovery.Instead of creating good jobs for the quarter of the country who are unemployed or underemployed, the government cut income support by a third - throwing millions under the poverty line.And it's people hardest hit during the pandemic that are hardest hit by this Budget - women, migrants on temporary visas, First Nations people, and both the young and the elderly.All across the progressive movement - people are united behind plans that would create decent, secure work in aged care, clean energy, child care, and social housing. But plans mean nothing without power behind it - and that means a huge public outcry.We need to stand with everyone left out of this Budget, and show the government that we want an ambitious plan for guaranteed jobs, clean energy and revitalised public services, not trickle down handouts.
QuoteI'm sorry to report that while it was billed as the most important budget in more than 70 years, it was largely a missed opportunity. The Federal Government could have simultaneously created good jobs in regional and rural communities while tackling climate change - but it instead chose to use taxpayers' money to prop up the fossil fuel industry.We'd love to hear what you thought about the Budget and what it means for you. Can you fill out this survey and let us know?A clean, renewables-led recovery could have put the Australian economy on a more solid and sustainable path to recovery, tackling the pandemic and the rising risks of climate change at the same time. And there are some good initiatives buried in the budget papers, such as investment in resilience-building under the Future Drought Fund, cleaner energy in food manufacturing, rural mental health, incentives for microgrids in farming communities, and new efforts to build a recycling industry. Sadly, this smattering of climate-smart initiatives (albeit focussed on adaptation to, rather than mitigation of, climate change) are swamped by the billions set aside for taxpayers' subsidies for gas and other fossil fuels.There are some good examples Australia could have looked towards. Earlier this year the European Union seized the opportunity, investing more than $800 billion in everything from renewable energy to low-emissions agriculture and electric cars. Per capita, that's almost nine times more than the Australian government proposes to invest in a climate-smart economy. Rather than following the lead of the EU, and taking this opportunity to supercharge the COVID recovery with a clean jobs package, the Federal Government missed the moment.
Quote from: Ulrich on October 15, 2020, 14:06:14Incompetence made me feel annoyed today. Idiots (especially Covidiots - those who think the virus doesn't exist etc.) too.
Quote from: undefinedConcerns around streaming economies have been simmering for some time, but it took the pandemic to bring them to the forefront. Previously profitable musicians have been hit hard with an abrupt halt to touring and the associated income. And with little hope of live music as we knew it returning until a vaccine, attention has turned to streaming, with many asking how it got so bad. Is it true that to earn USD$15 per hour a month, you would need to have around 700,000 streams monthly? Do major labels really sign catalogue deals with streaming platforms in secrecy? Are the bulk of user paid subscriptions fees on streaming platforms really going to popular musicians who a user might never listen to? The answer to all of this is yes.If you know anyone who runs their own business, they're likely wondering if they can keep it going through the pandemic. Your favourite musician is probably wondering the same.