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The Australian mosque

The Australian mosque. On Australia's contribution to Islamic architecture.
posted by tavegyl on Sep 23, 2016 - 8 comments

singing fish will wake you in the morning

Scientists have discovered that fish off the coast of Australia sing a dawn chorus just like the birds. They also sing a dusk chorus.
posted by colfax on Sep 22, 2016 - 24 comments

The Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia contains information on all the known species (animals, plants and more) in Australia, aggregated from a wide range of data providers: museums, herbaria, community groups, government departments, individuals and universities. It contains more than 50 million occurrence records, based on specimens, field observations and surveys. These records are enriched by additional information including molecular data, photographs, maps, sound recordings and literature. Explore your area! [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Sep 22, 2016 - 28 comments

The Lenny Interview: Margaret Wertheim

An interview with science journalist and educator Margaret Wertheim. The majority of readers of science magazines are well-off white men over 40. That's a fact. I think it's an oversight on the part of the science communication world, and I'm trying to do something about it. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Sep 16, 2016 - 1 comment

Do we tow or push the boats? Neither

The Henley on Todd Regatta is the only boat race in the world that was cancelled because the river actually had water in it, back in 1993. How do the boats move on a waterless river-are they towed or pushed?. In the words of its founder, Reg Smith, we cut the bottoms out and carry them!. [more inside]
posted by andycyca on Sep 7, 2016 - 4 comments

An endemic tradition of Australian meat-kooky

As a country that rode on the sheep’s back Australis has no beef with lamb advertising. And the ad companies are neither chicken nor do they mince words when it comes to spruiking lamb as the national meal. But what is a national meal in a multicultural country? Way back last century, some clever duck in meat marketing promoted lamb as a multicultural meat, albeit clumsily. This century, in the lead-up to National BBQ Day (26 Jan, aka ‘Australia’ Day aka Invasion Day), Meat and Livestock Australia have run a series of modest unassuming advertisements. OK, only kidding. This year’s was an entertaining in-joke that caused some controversy. [more inside]
posted by Thella on Sep 6, 2016 - 15 comments

Dam, you go

This Australian slip 'n slide gets crazier every year
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 6, 2016 - 38 comments

Ghosts of Biloela

Developed by Que Minh Luu and Jesse Cox, the app Ghosts of Biloela (available free for Android and iPhone), takes you into the classrooms and dorms of Sydney's notorious Biloela reform school. [more inside]
posted by Autumn Leaf on Sep 3, 2016 - 3 comments

I heard you and Captain America were having some relationship problems.

What was Thor up to during the Captain America: Civil War slap-fight between Thor's earthly comrades? "I guess I'm just taking a break." Starring Thor, Thor's roommate, Mjolnir, and a special Avenger guest. (alternate video link) [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Aug 28, 2016 - 66 comments

Poor Bugger Me, Gurindji

[This post includes links to names, images and audio of Aboriginal Australians who have died.] It is fifty years this week since the start of the Wave Hill Walkoff of 1966-1975, which led to the first victory of the land-rights movement in Australia. Indigenous workers went on strike at the Vestey mega-station in Australia's Northern Territory. Walking off the job and sitting down in Daruragu country, the Gurindji people began a nine-year campaign to regain control of their land. To mark the occasion, I give you Gurindji Blues, recorded during that struggle in 1971 by Galarrwuy Yunupingu and Vincent Lingiari and written by Ted Egan. I have long lost my copy of this single and wanted to hear it again tonight. Thanks internet! [more inside]
posted by valetta on Aug 20, 2016 - 14 comments

Music from Melbourne: the sounds of Wondercore Island

Wondercore Island is a Melbourne-based label/ artist management and PR company label that supports a range of future soul, alternative and hip-hop acts, including Clever Austin, Ainslie Wills, Jaala, Oscar Key Sung, Vulture St. Tape Gang, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Sampa the Great, to name a few groups and artists. You can check out more from this umbrella group/ thing on Vimeo, YouTube, Soundcloud and perhaps most conveniently on Bandcamp, where they have a number of mixtapes and other musical collections available to stream and download for free.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 19, 2016 - 2 comments

Fun Fact: Ramen and spaghetti are related and must never lay together

The The Katering Show is back for season two! Join food intolerant, Kate McCartney and her intolerable smug foodie co-host, Kate McLennan for their 2nd Season, as they take a Sassy Swipe™ at the Food Culture Revolution and make a range of vaguely edible recipes. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Aug 12, 2016 - 20 comments

Small Steps and Giant Leaps

Since May 2015, an man in Far North Queensland, Australia, has been posting videos to YouTube showing how to build various buildings and tools using "naturally occurring materials and primitive tools." In addition to step-by-step videos, he is also leaving increasingly detailed notes on what he is doing, and how.
"I live in a modern house and eat modern food. I just like to see how people in ancient times built and made things. It is a good hobby that keeps you fit and doesn’t cost anything apart from time and effort."
[more inside] posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Jul 30, 2016 - 37 comments

Australia's Guantanamo for Children

Evidence of torture of children in custody in Australia. As seen on Australian television this evening. [more inside]
posted by taff on Jul 25, 2016 - 46 comments

More than just a jumbuck in a tucker sack

Waltzing Matilda is the bush ballad that introduced elements of Australian slang to generations of Americans. Instantly recognizable but less familiar is Waltjim Bat Matilda a version by Darwin-based Indigenous singer Ali Mills. She’s singing in Kriol, which is spoken by more people than any other language exclusive to Australia and is based on the highly endangered Gurindji. Waltjim Bad Matilda is also the name of Mills’ first solo album after performing many years with the Mills Sisters.
posted by layceepee on Jul 24, 2016 - 9 comments

One Point Perspective on the Nullarbor Plain

The stretch of Eyre Highway between Balladonia and Caiguna is the longest straight road in Australia. This video compresses a run down the "90 Mile Straight" into five hypnotic minutes. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Jul 19, 2016 - 22 comments

Bloody Fist: Aussies inviting malice from 1994 to 2004

In the 1990s, a group of Australian misfits who made anti-rave music [NSFW audio, present elsewhere, too], influenced by their local Newcastle industrial heritage and the international sounds of gabber. In 1994, they bashed out some tunes and pulled together enough money to make 102 hand-stamped records, officially starting Bloody Fist Records. The label gained recognition world-wide, but abruptly closed shop in 2004, and a decade later Bloody Fist was celebrated in Newcastle with Fistography, an exhibit to the history and legacy of the label. If you missed any of this the first time around, you can stream and buy much of the label's catalog on their Bandcamp page. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 10, 2016 - 18 comments

Australia's AIDS Epidemic Declared Over

Good news for Oz: AIDS epidemic no longer a public health issue in Australia, scientists say. The nation's top scientists have declared "the end of AIDS" as a public health issue, as Australia joins the ranks of a select few countries which have successfully beaten the epidemic.
posted by valetta on Jul 10, 2016 - 17 comments

#ausvotes 2016: doubly disillusioned

This Saturday, Australians will head to the polls for the country's 2016 federal election. For most people, it will be a choice between the incumbent Liberal party or the opposition Labor party, but it's possible or even quite probable (scroll down to 'What Vote Will Others Get?') that this election will see a record vote for parties other than the two aforementioned majors. Chief amongst these are the environmentalist-left Australian Greens, who have designs on several seats in Melbourne, and the emergent populist centrist party Nick Xenophon Team, who look poised to pull off a major coup in the state of South Australia—potentially causing a hung parliament, something neither major party wants. Complicating this further is the fact that this election is a double dissolution, meaning that minor parties and independents need a lower vote share than usual to snatch a seat in the Senate. Indeed, this appears likely. (WARNING: ANDREW BOLT.) Whatever the results may be, you will be able to stream them free on ABC News 24, which will have its geoblock lifted from 6 am to midnight AEST for election night coverage. [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa on Jun 30, 2016 - 291 comments

The gathering

Giant crabs are amassing off the coast of Australia
posted by tavegyl on Jun 17, 2016 - 73 comments

Australian Election-filter: The ends justify the memes

As Australia shudders towards to its Federal election on 2 July 2016, the Guardian considers the gusto (and desperate incompetence) with which politi-tragics have adopted internet memes. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Jun 16, 2016 - 39 comments

"The best. Of any sport. Anywhere."

It's time to sit back for two hours of non-stop cricket action, collected here for the first time on video: Classic ('80s) Test Finishes, hosted by Richie Benaud. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on May 20, 2016 - 21 comments

MACROPOD (KANGAROO AND WALLABY) REPRODUCTION IS TRULY FASCINATING

Did you know that kangaroos have a trifold vagina? And that as a result of this complex reproductive architecture, a kangaroo neonate emerges after only 28 days gestation, raw-looking, jellybean-sized, body essentially just a head, trunk, and forelimbs, from its mother's cloaca to climb up to her pouch? And that at this stage, the neonate can't suck, so when it finds one of her four nipples the nipple swells up inside its mouth so that it is stuck, remora-like, and can't disengage until its jaw develops further? (Post inspired by a fascinating conversation with mefite athanassiel)
posted by ocherdraco on May 16, 2016 - 25 comments

IRL Stardew Valley

For only AUD$750,000 the entire town of Allies Creek, Queensland can be yours - featuring 16 houses, 3 sawmills, a phone depot, a schoolhall, a dam full of fish, and all the freedom to do whatever you want.
posted by divabat on May 14, 2016 - 39 comments

I WOULD certainly do it all over again

Creator of long-running soap opera Neighbours and widely considered "father of Australian TV" Reg Grundy dies aged 92. [more inside]
posted by NordyneDefenceDynamics on May 9, 2016 - 8 comments

Democalypse 2016 - "Top Hats versus Hard Hats"

It's on - Australia is going to the polls in its second ever double dissolution election. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on May 8, 2016 - 103 comments

"CARP-AGGEDON"

Australia plans to release a strain of herpes that targets invasive carp into the Murray River. "Suddenly, there will be literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions of tonnes of carp that will be dead in the River Murray."
This can't possibly go wrong, amirite?
posted by yeahlikethat on May 4, 2016 - 59 comments

Australians are both warm and erect

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have recorded what some describe as a "bizarre" and "awkward" apology for unlawfully bringing dogs into Australia. The Guardian's film critic is not impressed.
Original story with dramatised video re-enactment. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Apr 18, 2016 - 58 comments

"Is this nonfiction? Is this just fantasy?"

Librarian Rhapsody: A parody of Bohemian Rhapsody, created by the Shoalhaven Library Staff to celebrate the end of the the school year. (Lyrics)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Apr 5, 2016 - 17 comments

Australia decides: 2016

War! The ruling Liberal-National coalition is under fire across multiple fronts: bullying, tax, negative gearing and superannuation, and the budget. And other things. So Australia's is probably heading off to the ballot box on July 2, after what will be an exhausting two-month campaign. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Mar 21, 2016 - 74 comments

Rule 303

Harry "Breaker" Morant, Lieutenant in the Bushveldt Carbineers, in 1902 was convicted by court-martial of the killing of prisoners in present-day South Africa during the Boer War. He was executed by firing squad and his story was memorialized in the film bearing his name. More than a century later, Australian lawyer Jim Unkles is fighting to clear his name. But should he be pardoned? [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 15, 2016 - 13 comments

Tell 'em they're dreamin.

"The idea of owning a free-standing home on a quarter-acre block. It’s just not feasible."--The Guardian reports on the Death of the Great Australian Dream. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 11, 2016 - 68 comments

Brian the spider

Say hello to the newly discovered Australian spider named Brian*, that can - obviously - surf, swim and eat toads up to three times its size. But it's not harmful to humans (unlike these fellas). Plus the recent warm weather down under has been a bit of a boom to our eight legged friends there. Warning: Spiders. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 10, 2016 - 35 comments

THE HAIRY PANIC

The rural Australian city of Wangaratta is fighting a particularly heavy accumulation of fast-growing tumbleweed called "hairy panic." Residents have had to clear the several meter-high piles, which have reached roof levle, of hairy panic several times a day. A large vacuum could possibly combat the grass (Panicum effusum), which occurs throughout Australia and New Guinea and can grow up to 70 cm (2' 4") high.
posted by andrewesque on Feb 19, 2016 - 59 comments

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

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