From The Editor

Yes, collectors are still revisiting, and sharing, some of their favourite old films Here are some links to films from the old days to more recent:

 

Adam and Evelyne 1949 (Jean Simmons – Stewart Granger)

When a friend dies, a gambler adopts his daughter. Complications ensue.

 

All That Heaven Allows (1955)— Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson

“Extraordinarily perceptive view of postwar America. Jane Wyman plays a rich woman in love with a gardener. Her children and friends do everything to disrupt the relationship. The scene in which her children give her a television as a present is a classic.”

 

Winterhawk 1975

Leif Erickson, Woody Strode, Denver Pyle

“ Winterhawk – In 1845 Montana, a Blackfoot Chief tries to buy a cure for his tribe’s small-pox infection but the white settlers are unsympathetic forcing the Indian Chief to resort to desperate measures

Release Date: 3 May 1976 (Sweden)”

 

Goodnight Mister Tom – Film – 1998 Starring John Thaw; Nick Robinson.

Britain is on the brink of war when young William Beech is sent to live with Tom Oakley in the village of Little Weirwold. Tom Oakley is a sad, reclusive widower who slowly accepts the idea of having the boy live with him.

(QESP Editor’s Note: Has some short Ads which can be skipped.)

 

12 Mile Road (2003) Tom Selleck – Family Drama HD

“A rebellious wild child is sent to her conservative father’s ranch as a last resort before she’s thrown out of home.”

 

Till We Meet Again: Judith Krantz: Starring Hugh Grant, Michael York, Courteney Cox, Mia Sara: Pt 1

“Michael York, Courteney Cox and Bruce Boxleitner star in a 1989 miniseries about a 20th-century woman and her two daughters.”

Till We Meet Again: Judith Krantz: Starring Hugh Grant, Michael York, Courteney Cox, Mia Sara: Pt 2

 

Till We Meet Again: Judith Krantz: Starring Hugh Grant, Michael York, Courteney Cox, Mia Sara:: Pt 3

 

Doomsday Gun (1994) Frank Langella | Kevin Spacey – True History HD

Expert weapons maker Gerald Bull designs a supergun for Saddam Hussein capable of firing long-range missiles. A price, he’ll eventually pay dearly for. Based on a true story.

 

THE GAMBLING MAN Catherine Cookson’s The Gambling Man,  TV miniseries (1995– ) Robson Green, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Stephanie Putson, Anne Kent, and  Bernard Hill,

A rent collector in Victorian Tyneside tries to better himself. He finds navigating class prejudices and family obstacles difficult. Sometimes criminals oppose him. It seems he’ll never succeed, but twists of fate and help from unexpected quarters make it seem as if he’ll win through in the end.

 

Mind Games – 2001 (starring Fiona Shaw)

NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN.

“A former nun turned criminal profiler is called in to investigate the horrific ritualistic murders of two middle aged women. Her unorthodox approach means that she has to deal not only with solving a murder but also winning the trust of her sceptical colleagues.”

 

For Kids

New Animation Movies 2019 Full Movies English – Kids movies – Comedy Movies – Cartoon Disney

https://youtu.be/aZIyksDBXnU

PJ Masks Full Episodes Season 2 ?? Catboy and Owlette Turned Evil!!!?? PJ Masks New Compilation 2019

 

– (QESP Editor’s Note: If anyone has a favourite old film to share, send the link to me at [email protected] . Thanks, Ted )

 

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Humour

Sex in Isolation? Maybe Not. Sexting? Definitely.

BY PATRICE PECK April 14, 2020

https://www.vogue.com/article/sexting-in-isolation

 

Trump Talk: All Our Best Mashups In One Video

1,328,319 views• Apr 17, 2018

Trump on Hot Mic: ‘When You’re a Star … You Can Do Anything’ to Women

Oct. 8, 2016, 7:08 AM AEDT / Updated Oct. 8, 2016,

By Jane C. Timm

“Editor’s note: This story contains graphic language that some may find offensive.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-hot-mic-when-you-re-star-you-can-do-n662116

 

CARL REINER’S LIFE SHOULD REMIND US: IF YOU LIKE LAUGHING, THANK FDR AND THE NEW DEAL

Bob Harris, Jon Schwarz

https://join.theintercept.com/go/10125?t=17&utm_source=The+Intercept+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&akid=2368%2E342641%2EAXQT1C

 

 

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Government Blockchain Association (GBA)

(QESP Editor’s Note: In June, I was asked to step up as organizer of the Government Blockchain Association – Sydney Chapter as the previous organizer has stepped down. Since then, I discovered that :

“The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) is an international nonprofit professional association with its headquarters located in Fairfax, Virginia. GBA focuses on its members as individuals and organizations that are interested in promoting blockchain technology solutions to government, but does not advocate for any specific policy position.”

“GBA cultivates professional work flows between technologists, public policy makers, application specialists, and those who want to learn about the new and emerging digital currencies. Furthermore, GBA acts as a catalyst in creating a public dialogue around the creative, profitable, and positive leveraging of blockchain technology.”

Following up on the local GBA Meetup Groups has provided a number of contacts.

See Government Blockchain Association

 

Politics

QED proves the need for a federal ICAC, but also a broken culture

BY KIM WINGEREI | Jul 17, 2020

“When we launched QED, the aim was to create a strong narrative to call for a federal anti-corruption commission, or independent commission against corruption (ICAC). As of today we have published over 70 stories. Collectively, they reveal more than “just” dubious behaviour often bordering on corrupt; they point to a culture that is fundamentally flawed.

https://www.michaelwest.com.au/the-need-for-a-federal-icac-qed/?mc_cid=31bb79ce94&mc_eid=dac1e75d32

 

Microsoft to distribute $20M in grants to nonprofits, offers free skills training via LinkedIn

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/microsoft-to-distribute-20m-in-grants-to-nonprofits-offers-free-skills-training-via-linkedin-techcrunch/

 

Australian Space Industry Start-up Company (ASISC)

https://smartsatcrc.com/about/participate/

“SmartSat is in the process of establishing a separate company, to represent the start-up community and allowing them to come together and participate as a collective Core Partner, within in the SmartSat CRC.

 

New satellites to boost Australia’s national security capability

By  APDR 07/07/2020

“Australian-based company LatConnect 60 announced Tuesday (7 July) a global space partnership to build and deploy a smart satellite constellation over Australian skies to help the Australian government and commercial clients monitor and protect their interests in the region.“

 

Frydenberg’s three-stage economic recovery is abominably hard to get right

July 23, 2020 Warren Hogan,Industry Professor, University of Technology Sydney

Disclosure statement

Warren Hogan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

 

CORONAVIRUS / ECONOMY

Life in wartime: Frydenberg unveils COVID’s economic damage — and a double-dip recession?

“The government has revealed the expected damage to the budget from the pandemic, with colossal deficits now dominating the Australian economy.”

BERNARD KEANE JUL 23, 2020

https://www.crikey.com.au/2020/07/23/2020-budget-deficit-recession/

 

CSIRO to base 450 staff at Western Sydney’s Aerotropolis under new proposal

By Shannon Jenkins, Wednesday July 15, 2020

‘The CSIRO is in talks with the New South Wales government to move up to 450 staff and researchers to a “bespoke carbon-neutral” facility at the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

The proposed 18,000 m2 facility would feature collaborative workshops and “modern, flexible” laboratories.

The CSIRO building would be central to the Aerotropolis Advanced Manufacturing and Research Precinct, which is expected to home research institutes and commercial organisations specialising in advanced manufacturing, quantum technologies, aerospace, defence and agribusiness.’

https://go.pardot.com/e/272522/um-email-utm-source-newsletter/7qw54r/652466216?h=PEVPvO8OlCJsg4bMykv0_0LtGJ_0xFSy6YGGt3-o6bg

 

The Intercept

Murtaza Hussain

July 11 2020

The Far-Right Revolution Was Waiting for an Opportunity. Now, It’s Here.

AT THIS POINT, it’s become a staple of dark humor to observe that 2020 has been the year in which the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse seemingly decided to descend on the United States. Yet even before our fears of war, pestilence, and economic collapse began taking physical form, one could already observe morbid symptoms spreading within the extremities of our body politic.

https://theintercept.com/2020/07/11/far-right-coronavirus-protests/

 

HACK OF 251 LAW ENFORCEMENT WEBSITES EXPOSES PERSONAL DATA OF 700,000 COPS

Micah Lee July 16 2020

Includes examples from over 1,200 community-submitted Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) in the BlueLeaks data, the bulk of which are included in the data of 10 different fusion sites.

https://join.theintercept.com/go/10170?t=2&utm_source=The+Intercept+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&akid=2385%2E342641%2EhiLChT

 

How McKinsey Is Making $100 Million (and Counting) Advising on the Government’s Bumbling Coronavirus Response

For the world’s best-known corporate-management consultants, helping tackle the pandemic has been a bonanza. It’s not clear what the government has gotten in return.

by Ian MacDougall for ProPublica  July 15 2020

https://www.propublica.org/article/how-mckinsey-is-making-100-million-and-counting-advising-on-the-governments-bumbling-coronavirus-response?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=majorinvestigations&utm_content=feature

  

The Interpreter

A diplomatic step-up to match our military step-up

DAVE SHARMA, 13 Jul 2020

“We need to strengthen the arm of Australian diplomacy

just as much as we need to strengthen the military.”

“In the words of the Defence Strategic Update, our region is in the midst of the “most consequential strategic realignment since the Second World War”. The Indo-Pacific is becoming the main theatre for greater strategic competition between major powers, making the region more tense, more contested, and more prone to conflict.”

“While the past two decades have seen large growth in the budgets areas of other parts of our national security apparatus, from Defence to the intelligence agencies and Home Affairs, our diplomatic budget has remained static.”

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/diplomatic-step-match-our-military-step

 

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Science

Stanford University. “Researchers develop a method for predicting unprecedented events.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 July 2020.

“Researchers combined avalanche physics with ecosystem data to create a computational method for predicting extreme ecological events. The method may also have applications in economics and politics”

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200723143755.htm

 

As if space wasn’t dangerous enough, bacteria become more deadly in microgravity

July 24, 2020 by Vikrant Minhas, PhD candidate, University of Adelaide

Disclosure statement

Vikrant Minhas is a co-founder of the space research company ResearchSat

How bacteria become more deadly in space

Worryingly, research from space flight missions has shown bacteria become more deadly and resilient when exposed to microgravity (when only tiny gravitational forces are present).

In space, bacteria seem to become more resistant to antibiotics and more lethal. They also stay this way for a short time after returning to Earth, compared with bacteria that never left Earth.”

(QESP Editor’s Note: The full article, with links to related material, is available on The Conversation, see  – As if space wasn’t dangerous enough, bacteria become more deadly in microgravity)

 

Australian Government sued by 23-year-old Melbourne student over financial risks of climate change

By national science, technology and environment reporter Michael Slezak and the Specialist Reporting Team’s Rahni Sadler July 23 2020

“A 23-year-old Melbourne law student is suing the Australian Government for failing to disclose the risk climate change poses to Australians’ super and other safe investments.

The world-first case filed on Wednesday in the Federal Court alleges the Government, as well as two government officials, failed in a duty to disclose how climate change would impact the value of government bonds.

Katta O’Donnell, the head litigant for the class action suit, said she hoped the case would change the way Australia handled climate change.

“I’m suing the Government because I’m 23 [and] I think I need to be aware of the risks to my money and to the whole of society and the Australian economy,” Ms O’Donnell said.”

(QESP Editor’s Note: The full article, with links to related material, is available at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-22/student-sues-australian-government-over-climate-change/12480612}

 

University of California – Davis. “Brain builds and uses maps of social networks, physical space, in the same way.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 July 2020.

“Even in these social-distanced days, we keep in our heads a map of our relationships with other people: family, friends, coworkers and how they relate to each other. New research shows that we put together this social map in much the same way that we assemble a map of physical places and things.”

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200722112657.htm

 

Monash University. “Breakthrough blood test detects positive COVID-19 result in 20 minutes.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 July 2020.

“Researchers report a new method that detects positive COVID-19 cases using blood samples in about 20 minutes, and identifies whether someone has contracted the virus.”

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200717101037.htm

 

Neuroscientists Identify Brain Cells That Help Humans Adapt to Change
Vanderbilt University
Marissa Shapiro
July 15, 2020

Vanderbilt University researchers used computer simulation to help identify the location of the small number of neurons in the human brain that handle cognitive flexibility. The discovery is important in understanding and treating mental illnesses rooted in cognitive flexibility, the ability to adjust to new environments and concepts. The group of brain cells was discovered below the outer cortical mantle in the basal ganglia. The researchers identified them by measuring the activity of brain cells during computer-simulated real-work tasks. The simulation was developed in collaboration with scientists from the Centre for Vision Research at York University in Canada. Said Vanderbilt’s Lisa Monteggia, “The ability to use technology to control a single cell with molecular and genetic tools can only work when scientists know where to look.”

https://orange.hosting.lsoft.com/trk/click?ref=znwrbbrs9_6-26177x32375cx091762&

 

Australia’s Digital Trust Report 2020 – Submitted on Mon, 13/07/2020

“Australia’s Digital Trust Report 2020, published today by AustCyber, highlights the role ‘digital trust’ plays in attracting investment and driving jobs growth. It draws on data modelled by Synergy’s Advanced Modelling Group to quantify the value of digital activity to the Australian economy and the impact of a significant cyber security incident creating a digital interruption to the Australian economy.”

https://austcyber-australiancybersecuritygrowthnetwork.cmail20.com/t/d-l-mudidtt-jytjduiie-y/

 

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association. “Janggu makes deep learning a breeze.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 13 July 2020. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200713104357.htm

Here’s how scientists know the coronavirus came from bats and wasn’t made in a lab

July 13, 2020 Polly Hayes

Lecturer in Parasitology and Medical Microbiology, University of Westminster

Disclosure statement

Polly Hayes does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

https://theconversation.com/heres-how-scientists-know-the-coronavirus-came-from-bats-and-wasnt-made-in-a-lab-141850

 

Is the airborne route a major source of coronavirus transmission?

July 7, 2020 by Hassan Vally, Associate Professor, La Trobe University

Disclosure statement

Hassan Vally does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

“239 scientists have penned an open letter to the WHO arguing COVID-19 likely spreads through the air. But what is airborne transmission, and how strong is the evidence COVID-19 spreads this way?”

https://theconversation.cmail20.com/t/r-l-jkijdudl-ihihuyyuhh-jt/

A choir decided to go ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens of members have COVID-19 and two are dead

By Richard Read Seattle Bureau Chief

March 29, 2020

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-29/coronavirus-choir-outbreak

 

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QESP Blog

THEY REALLY SAID THAT?

“We are aware of six confirmed cases who attended the Black Lives Matter protest. Currently there is no evidence to suggest they acquired the virus from the protest.

None of these cases are known to reside at a major public housing complex. Currently no known nor suspected episodes of transmission occurred at the protest itself.

— Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services”

(QESP Editor’s Note: The above quote is from a July 16, 2020 Crikey Worm, early birds news story, which gives a link to the following PEDESTRIAN.TV article.)

Let’s Dive In To The Australian’s ‘Link’ Between The BLM Rally & Melb’s Outbreak, Shall We?

By Alex Bruce-Smith, 15/07/2020

“Reading on much, much further, we get some answers into this supposed link: a person who attended the Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne “but was not infectious at the time of the rally” also worked in an H&M store while they were infectious. Within days, where were several more infections linked to the H&M store, including a second person who attended the rally. That person is also not thought to have acquired the infection at the protest.”

https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/black-lives-matter-link-outbreak-melbourne/

 

Events

Our June Newsletter included a message from Julian (Jolly) Day that Consensus had just joined the #RebootAustralia movement, a platform which connects entrepreneurs and business leaders with professionals and experts that can help your business Reboot.

Jolly will now be running a monthly series of  zoom online training course, starting with The Blacklist Sessions #16 – Julian Day (The Consensus Awards) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce2zb_QYSBI&feature=youtu.be.

 

ACOSM 2020: Responsible Business Conduct

ACOSM 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19. A new date will be advised when the restrictions have been lifted.

Quotes

Quote of the Day

“It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure.  Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter.” — Nathaniel S. Borenstein

Quote from Yesteryear

“Doctors say it’s okay to have sex after a heart attack, provided you close the ambulance door.” — Phyllis Diller

 

Ted Smillie

QESP Chair