Abandon All Hope: Moving Toward an Existentialist Environmentalism

Aussie psychology conference aims to strengthen communities in wake of disasters

In an age of worsening natural disasters, climate change and the brutal shock of recurring terrorist attacks, now more than ever it seems that the strength and resilience of communities around the world are being put to the test.  To explore how communities can better endure devastating natural and human disasters, a conference focussing on “positive psychology” was held at James Cook University (JCU) in Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland on Friday.  JCU psychology lecturer and conference chair, Wendy Li, told Xinhua that traditionally psychology has adopted a more negative and individualistic stance, whereas she thinks communities, particularly minority groups, can be strengthened by shifting that focus to the positive.

“Psychology for a very good long time focused on the dark side of human beings — that’s the history of our discipline,” Li said.  “But we think with the development of positive community psychology, it’s important for us to use the strength based method to empower people and to help them to go through difficult situations.”  Li gave the example of when, in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, local community groups from a diverse range of backgrounds came together to express support for the victims and the Muslim community…


Abandon All Hope: Moving Toward an Existentialist Environmentalism

As the Earth’s ecological systems upon which we depend accelerate in their slouch towards Bethlehem, our society faces an existential crisis.  The effects of climate change are far direr than we initially expected.  Global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have risen to 415 ppm for the first time in over three million years.  The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C describes that we face an increase in global average temperatures of 1.5 degrees C as soon as 2040. Furthermore, the two degrees of warming that scientists widely argue is the final major threshold before permanent, large-scale climatic shifts leading to ecological collapse, is no longer some far-off possibility or hyperbolic fear-mongering, but an imminent reality.  The future we face in this new Earth is marked ever more frequent and intense fire and flooding, famine and disease, droughts and storms….


Australia Post fails cyber security test

Australia Post
Australia Post has failed to effectively manage cyber risks and is not cyber-resilient, the national audit office has found.

Australia Post has failed to effectively manage cyber risks, has not carried out risk assessments on all its critical assets and is not cyber-resilient, the national audit office has found.

The report says Australia Post, which has a network of more than 4000 post offices and supports its operations with more that 1,500 applications, does have an appropriate risk management framework.

However, it’s failed to follow or implement those safeguards.  A government owned business, Australia Post provides retail services, mail and parcel delivery and shipment, domestic and international transaction and payment services and identity verification for passports, licences and proof of age cards. It also handles data management and logistics services for business and government.

Despite this it has failed to implement risk mitigation controls in line with the government’s Information Security Manual, and is still in the process of “embedding a culture of cyber resilience”, the Australian National Audit Office says in a report handed to parliament on July 4…



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