Saturday, October 14, 2017

What Other Species Can Teach Us About How Culture Works

Almanac: Nietzsche on marriage
Marriage as a long conversation. — When entering into a marriage one ought to ask oneself: do you believe you are going to enjoy talking with this woman up into your old age? Everything else ... read more

Man dies in truck crash on Hume Highway

We and Gin Gin and Gary know well this stretch of road .... A man has died after a truck crossed to the wrong side of the road and struck his ute on a NSW highway. Police believe the B-double truck travelling north crossed into the southbound lanes of the Hume Highway near Berrima and struck several vehicles ... 

University of Wollongong research will look into access to high-quality cannabis

 Wollongong University - Politics, the community and the common good - UOW
Some well-known Australian identities will take part in a summer session program at the University of Wolongong - John Hatton, Stephen Hill and Glenn Mitchell.

There's a giant egg floating in our solar system with a ring around it

A picture of Haumea, an oblong-shaped dwarf planet with rings around it. Some of the most exciting new discoveries in space come from far, far away, thanks to telescopes capable of detecting exoplanets ...

The Triumphant Return of the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect WIRED

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.”
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (Dr Cope's Quote)

Wild Wild Maltese Party At Danny Of Randwick fame...

The Everest Live: Racing from Randwick, Caulfield Guineas Day

Australia's best sprinters will battle it out today for the $10 million Everest, the world's richest race on turf. Follow all the action live from Royal Randwick.

Shire Grrrrl throws it out of Cronulla ocean pool The Sydney Morning Herald

The ‘Tesla of Ecovillages’ Is Building Self-Reliant Villages for the Coming Billions 

"Cultures are not just the passive accumulation of customs and traditions; they are formed, and then sustained by a fine balance between social forces. And we can learn from other species about the biological origin of those forces – as well as how these forces are now shaping the future of our culture." … [Read More]

Australia’s flora and fauna need an independent champion.
The role of the Threatened Species Commissioner needs to be broadened and strengthened to protect Australia’s environment from degradation and species loss.

Don’t let ‘fake news’ be an excuse to avoid public scrutiny: DFAT boss.
"Governments themselves must expect, and invite, scrutiny of their actions and their policy positions," Frances Adamson notes.

Time to advance your career? Making the move from SES to consulting.
The decision to move from the public service to the private sector can be difficult. 'Big 4' firm partners explain their pro/con lists for making the leap.

From network managers to pathfinders: the future of public service skills.
Public servants’ work is becoming more complex as government’s role in society changes. What skills will the government employees of tomorrow need?

Praha ...

In their quest for transparency, companies and consumers are looking for technology to provide answers.
In food we trust – the case for radical transparency via Blog | Deloitte Australia.

A sore throat is what ultimately did in George Washington . . . kind of. On December 14, 1799, Washington woke up in the middle of the night with what was likely epiglottitis, a severe throat infection. Whether he would have survived without treatment is hard to say, but in this case, the medicine was likely worse than the disease. Washington was a firm believer in bloodletting as a remedy and asked his doctors to do just that. But the physicians removed a lot more blood than they should have -- Wikipedia puts it at "half or more of his total blood content" over the course of a few hours -- and Washington died that evening.