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Adorable Friday cephalopod

Striped pyjama squids are the latest addition to the Monterey Bay Acquarium's Tentacles exhibit.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Feb 5, 2016 - 18 comments

Tables Turned

Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed. (SLWAPO)
posted by josher71 on Feb 5, 2016 - 47 comments

The most Australian Interview ever. (slyt)

Full Manlyness A couple of Australian Heroes stop a convenience store robbery. So Australian. [more inside]
posted by helmutdog on Jan 26, 2016 - 36 comments

"We have found a way to treat others how they want to be treated"

".. after 70,000 kilos of washing ... we realised it is so much more. We can restore respect, raise health standards and be a catalyst for conversation.

Orange Sky Laundry is a world first not for profit mobile laundry service. Launched in July 2014 by this years Young Australians of The Year Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, giving the homeless an opportunity to have their clothes laundered- and perhaps more importantly, the chance to sit down and have a chat with friendly, thoughtful and compassionate volunteers. [more inside]
posted by Philby on Jan 26, 2016 - 8 comments

just the sounds of buzzing flies and sobbing

The art of tour guiding
When you’re driving a bus full of tourists through the Australian outback,
a packet of chewing gum may be your only hope.

posted by Joe in Australia on Dec 28, 2015 - 27 comments

"There is a certain power and mystery in secrets..."

WIRED does a deep dive into the identity of Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, and points the finger at Dr Craig Steven Wright: "Either Wright invented bitcoin, or he’s a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did."
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Dec 8, 2015 - 127 comments

Stepping Out at The Cross-Dressers’ Ball

The Seahorse Society of New South Wales is a support organization for transvestites. While it has been around since 1971, this year marks the first time that press has been invited to the annual ball. William Verity reports for A(ustralian) Broadcasting Corporations’s Earshot:
posted by Going To Maine on Nov 30, 2015 - 4 comments

Why don't they leave ?

Hitting Home: The hard truth about Australia's domestic violence crime wave (comments best ignored) Documenting the epidemic of domestic violence in Australia. Sara Ferguson's report into domestic violence can be seen on ABC iView (probably need a proxy) Also - These women had a right to be safe tells the story of the victims that have died in 2015. [more inside]
posted by mattoxic on Nov 24, 2015 - 14 comments

Winning the residential race

When it comes to housing, Australia and Berlin are worlds apart. In Australia, as in much of the English-speaking world, housing is treated as primarily a vehicle for investment and wealth creation, a state of affairs which began with the privately-financed speculative building of colonial times, and is firmly entrenched in the culture; 70% of Australians own their own homes, and the “Australian Dream” is still widely held to be home ownership, though these days the home may well be a trendy inner-city apartment rather than the traditional bungalow on a quarter-acre block. In Berlin, however, the vast majority of residents are renters, and they have considerable political clout, as they have had for decades. [more inside]
posted by acb on Nov 23, 2015 - 22 comments

Birds "looking directly down the lens with pride."

Captivating bird portraits by Australian wildlife photographer Leila Jeffreys. Extensive interviews and more photos here and here.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on Nov 20, 2015 - 9 comments

If you were with me you'd suffer.

Why Australia has fallen bizarrely in love with a Chinese dating show
posted by bswinburn on Nov 14, 2015 - 28 comments

Part ostrich, part velociraptor

Emus vs Humans: The Great Emu War of 1932 Also covered on The Uncyclopedia and EmuGigs [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Nov 14, 2015 - 15 comments

Suffer the Children

Suffer the Children: A long and heart-rending essay in The Monthly magazine about the Australian Family Law system's ugly response to allegations of child abuse in custody disputes. [more inside]
posted by Coaticass on Nov 13, 2015 - 26 comments

"We were to become paymasters for the CIA around the world."

The mysterious collapse of Australia's Nugan Hand bank (SLYT) has long been a favorite subject of the espionage mythos, with its chairman's suicide, the disappearance of its former CIA co-founder Michael Hand, the bank's ties to the CIA, apparent drug money laundering... basically, talk of ties to every CIA conspiracy theory of the last 30 years... the stuff of legends. Except, of course, that Michael Hand has been found by Australia's 60 Minutes, living in Idaho Falls, where he runs a business manufacturing combat knives for the special OPs crowd. Here is the full 60 Minutes report.
posted by markkraft on Nov 8, 2015 - 20 comments

Are Think Tanks Undermining Australian Democracy?

"Are Think Tanks Undermining Australian Democracy? The past decade, for example, has seen powerful American think tanks (link is external), headed by political elites and backed by significant philanthropic funding, fundamentally re-shape key aspects of schooling. This has raised serious questions about whether elite economic and political actors are ‘working through’ think tanks to undermine democratic processes and the ideals of representative democracy."
posted by man down under on Oct 27, 2015 - 13 comments

The white man in that photo

The story of Peter Norman, the Australian sprinter and third man in the Black Power salute picture from the 1968 Olympic Games. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 7, 2015 - 14 comments

The health, safety or good order of the Australian community.

Prominent anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman had his visa cancelled while he was en route to Australia. This follows Sunday's denial of a visa to musician Chris Brown due to previous domestic violence offences (and a previous cancellation of Julien Blanc's visa while in the country). Visas have been denied under S. 116 of the Migration Act 1958, where the Minister may exercise his power where the presence of its holder in Australia is or may be, or would or might be, a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community.
posted by wilful on Sep 30, 2015 - 91 comments

At one with nature

Zootaxa article: A new species of death adder (Acanthophis: Serpentes: Elapidae) from north-western Australia. Guardian: These snakes are super-camouflaged - its idea is to look like a rock or a bunch of leaves. Unlike a brown snake they aren’t designed for speed at all, they are quite slow. They use their tail like a lure, they will dangle it down while it’s hidden until a lizard or something comes close and then it will strike. Telegraph: The new species adds to the impressive list of poisonous creatures in Australia, which is believed to have 20 of the world's 25 most deadly snakes, including the entire top ten. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Sep 28, 2015 - 37 comments

The Little Prince Only Had Three

Baobab Trees I was not aware that baobab trees grew anyplace but Africa, so it blew my mind to find out that they also live in India and Australia. They were likly introduced by Africans in both cases.
posted by Katjusa Roquette on Sep 24, 2015 - 19 comments

Fear and Loathing in New South Wales

What’s Rangoon To You Is Grafton To Me is a forty-five minute long radio play about a long, strange road trip from Brisbane to Sydney. (transcript) First broadcast in 1978 on Double Jay (now Triple J), it was written by Russell Guy (link) and starred news reader James Dibble (MBE) as its “whacked-out road warrior protagonist”. The piece has gone on to become something of a cult classic, and inspired a recent homage by broadcaster Mike Williams: A Kangaroo Has Three Ears
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 23, 2015 - 8 comments

Chooks in dinner suits.

Chooks in dinner suits. The Maremma dog project to protect the Little Penguins of Middle Island (previously) is going so well it's being continued.
posted by Flitcraft on Sep 17, 2015 - 6 comments

The game they play in heaven

The eighth Rugby World Cup (@) kicks off tomorrow in England (and Wales), contested by twenty qualifying teams. While the All Blacks are unbackable (5/4) favourites to be the first team to retain Bill, the Cup is equally a celebration of the diverse world rugby family, offering the minnows a chance to pit themselves against the best. [more inside]
posted by wilful on Sep 17, 2015 - 76 comments

Not really important

There has been a leadership change in the ruling Australian Liberal Government Live blog - Guardian
posted by unliteral on Sep 14, 2015 - 100 comments

'Good government' faces its first, and possibly final, test

Next Saturday the electorate of Canning, in Western Australia, will go to the polls for a by-election triggered by the death of the sitting member, Don Randall. All eyes* are on Canning because its outcome will likely determine the fate of Australia's current Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. In February, in the aftermath of an attempted leadership spill of his position and amongst flagging opinion polls, Abbott declared 'good government starts today' and pleaded with his party room to give him six more months in which to turn his position in the polls around. Canning is currently a government-held seat, sitting on a margin of 11.8%, and it seems that the metric on which Abbott will be judged is how much that margin shifts. [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Sep 11, 2015 - 209 comments

Pavor Nocturnis

The Night Terrors present Megafauna, a composition for organ, theremin, drum set, and synthesized bass. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Sep 8, 2015 - 10 comments

Good luck, woolly!

Overgrown sheep rescued near Canberra receives some much-needed help from four-time Australian Shearing Championship winner Ian Elkins. As carrying full fleece can be dangerously unhealthy for the animal, RSPCA Australia will assess any injuries and provide updates.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on Sep 2, 2015 - 31 comments

F is for farce, P is for police state, S is for slippery slope

A plan to conduct Operation Fortitude, a joint operation between the Victorian Police and the newly-created paramilitary Border Force as not been well received by the people of Melbourne who, to put it mildly, did not like the idea of being forced to show their papers in spot checks this Saturday. As Lenore Taylor says, Australian Border Force has united the nation against it. The Police say it was all a terrible misunderstanding over the wording of a press release typed by a "low level official". The original release has been removed. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Aug 28, 2015 - 65 comments

I thought, Oh my god this is really a jail

Behind the Wire is an oral history project documenting the stories of men, women and children who have experienced Australian mandatory detention over the past 22 years. It seeks to bring a new perspective to the public understandings of mandatory detention by sharing the reality of the people who have lived it. [more inside]
posted by flora on Aug 20, 2015 - 5 comments

You will know fear

It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop. (SL Guardian video) It's a koala.
posted by biffa on Aug 19, 2015 - 36 comments

Don't need a cure, need a final solution

First you had changing the Australian migration zone, then the Pacific Solution, and then boat turnbacks (and paying people smugglers for the same - a policy supported by both major parties), and then a murder in custody on Manus Island, and then allegations of rape, trafficking and traumatising children (some of whom try to hang themselves at 6yo) and spying on parliamentary oversight, and now a whistleblower says staff members at the Australian detention centre on Nauru - "a diverse workforce and provides continuing cultural awareness training" - employed waterboarding on asylum-seekers. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Aug 14, 2015 - 31 comments

The look of silence never blinks: Why Australia won’t help the Rohingya

Richard Cooke visits Rohingya refugees in Malaysia and looks at Australia's history of collaborating with human-rights abusers: "There’s a strange feeling in the room. An unusual aspect of being subjected to a 21st-century genocide-in-progress is that there are templates, blueprints, precedents. They know the fate of the Bosnian Muslims, of the Vietnamese boat people, of the Tutsis. They know this will take a long time, that their fate is uncertain. There is patience, and much more humour than I anticipated." [more inside]
posted by Ouverture on Aug 10, 2015 - 25 comments

"Women – Love each other, support each other, defend each other."

Herself.com (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 7, 2015 - 13 comments

Wadiayatalkinabeet?

Once upon a time, three Australian friends decided to take their private jokes and characters and turn them into a cartoon. Then something unexpected happened: they actually did it. This is THE BIG LEZ SHOW. Here's the compiled first season - links to episodes from all three seasons are after the break. Oh, and here's a recent podcast episode about it I just discovered. Warning: series contains profanity and depictions of drug use, yeeeewww fukken druggo. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Aug 4, 2015 - 3 comments

Why are people booing Adam Goodes?

Adnyamathanha and Narungga man Adam Goodes is an Australian Rules football (AFL) player, two times winner of the highest individual award for the fairest and best player, as well as playing in two premiership winning games over his eighteen year career with the Sydney Swans. He works with indigenous youth in detention and co-chairs a foundation (with Michael O'Loughlin) working to empower the next generation of indigenous mentors. Goodes is a former Australian of the Year (2014) who recently said that "If people only remember me for my football, I've failed in life." So why are people booing Adam Goodes? [more inside]
posted by Thella on Jul 31, 2015 - 75 comments

The Thunder From Down Under

Starting in the late 70s and throughout the 80s, Australian Rock strode the earth like a tiny, screaming colossus. Whether Hard Rock (drummer convicted of death threats), Pop Rock (lead singer dead from autoerotic aspyxiation), Pub Rock (lead singer's kids no longer forced to play), or what we'd now call Indie (they broke up, get over it) the 80s was the high water mark in Aus/NZ music history.Then the nineties and naughties ushered in an ero of reality-TV driven drivel... [more inside]
posted by Neale on Jul 15, 2015 - 80 comments

TreeMail

In the last decade, some cities have created unusual municipal projects using personal and institutional technologies and Open Data, to keep things running smoothly. In Chicago, there’s a text-based pothole tracker. Pittsburg, Chicago, NYC and other cities have snowplow trackers during winter storms. Boston asked people to adopt-a-hydrant and shovel them out after snowstorms. In Honolulu, you can adopt a tsunami siren. In 2013, the city of Melbourne assigned email addresses to 70,000 trees as part of their Urban Forest Project, so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees, and in many cases, the "trees" wrote back. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 13, 2015 - 16 comments

The Children Came Back

BriggsGE, aka Adam Briggs, from a town called Shepparton, just dropped his latest track The Children Came Back featuring occasional collaborator Gurrumul, and Dewayne Everettsmith. It's not just a track though, it's an homage to Archie Roach's They Took the Children Away, in and of itself about The Stolen Generation. It features, amongst others, Samara Muir . It namedrops some of the best and brightest, and makes it clear - always was, always will be, Aboriginal land and this struggle is not over.
posted by geek anachronism on Jul 2, 2015 - 5 comments

WOMBAT ROMP WOMP WOMP ROMP ROMP WOMBAT

[Facebook-hosted] video of Yengo the baby wombat having a quick romp on the couch.
posted by barnacles on Jul 1, 2015 - 28 comments

WRGOABABD

The Taman Shud case has been one of the world's great unsolved mysteries. Is an amateur enthusiast now on the verge of finally cracking the case? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Jun 5, 2015 - 53 comments

Oi, boofhead!

A short explanation of why an Australian state's parliament officially declared Eddie McGuire to be a boofhead. [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Jun 3, 2015 - 19 comments

"the means, and the proper means, of fulfilling our destiny..."

"Vivid Sydney is an 18 day festival of light, music and ideas bringing Australia's Emerald City to life as winter approaches. This year Vivid began on 22 May and finishes on 8 June. Just for once, I'll let my camera do the talking..." Example of a light show on the Customs House (YouTube, Doctor Who 50th Anniversary). [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on May 29, 2015 - 5 comments

The Unsung Heroes of Eurovision

The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner has now been crowned (previously), but the real stars of the contest were the fabulous and entertaining International Sign interpreters. [more inside]
posted by zebra on May 25, 2015 - 16 comments

[insert human interest story here]

Interview with a fast talker. Interview with a hand model. Interview with a Joss Whedon. Interview with the relentlessly positive. Interview with a cat lady. Interview with a racist. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on May 14, 2015 - 7 comments

Ambitious Designs: NZ Australia Renovation Nation

Episode 1 - In the toughest renovation show to ever hit our screens, New Zealand couple Marwyn and Jess have purchased Australia to turn it into the home of their dreams. Episode 2 - In this episode, our couple finally get a contractor to help them fix the national identity. Episode 3 - In this episode, our couple tackle the climate--and a big air con is beyond their budget. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Apr 30, 2015 - 12 comments

Maralinga’s Afterlife

At Maralinga, the British Government treated Aborigines, Australian servicemen and even its own troops as scientific guinea pigs. John Keane, whose father was there, looks at the dirty games that were played in the desert of South Australia.
posted by Wolfdog on Apr 26, 2015 - 9 comments

RAGEagain

Remember this? The date-entry form no longer works, but that's okay, because now RAGEagain is here to automate (more than ever before) the process of reliving episodes of the beloved long-running minimalist Australian music video program rage from 1998 onwards, by automatically pulling songs listed on rage's archive of playlists from YouTube. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Apr 25, 2015 - 13 comments

She's the minister for men

The Minister for Men: a web series by Gretel Killeen. As background, it probably helps to know that Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister, appointed himself the Minister for Women. But the series is entertaining even without a background knowledge of Australian politics. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 18, 2015 - 12 comments

No jab, no pay, no play.

The Australian Government has announced that parents who refuse to vaccinate their children (on the basis of a 'conscientious objection') will no longer have access to key government benefits, including taxpayer funded child care benefits, child care rebates and family tax benefit A. The plan is backed by the Australian Medical Association, and has bipartisan support. More coverage: Sydney Morning Herald. The Australian. Sky News. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Apr 12, 2015 - 60 comments

Cancer Quackery? There's An App for That!

Belle Gibson and the Pernicious Cult of 'Wellness.' Jenny McCartney writes in The Spectator about the unraveling business empire and reputation of Australian celebrity "wellness" blogger and "cancer survivor" Belle Gibson. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Mar 29, 2015 - 64 comments

Aussies v. Black Caps

In a few short hours the final of the Cricket World Cup will be held at the 'G. With some games of the World Cup reaching a billion viewers globally, it has now come down to a dream final between co-hosts Australia, who have won the cup four times, and first time finalists New Zealand. [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Mar 28, 2015 - 45 comments

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