Nice Beer Ad from Down Under
a 1000 Auzzies in gowns crossing over the sheep strewn plains of Australia.
Ahh..foreign ads..perhaps this indeed the next form of cultural worms? I can see those soulless bastards on Madison Ave.."Yes..lets push hard on the foreign angle and prey/pray some poor sod on MeFi picks it up..we'll be rich I tell ya RICH!!!"
Forgive me MeFiers.
Melbourne artist Polixeni Papapetrou takes photographs of her daughter
that are inspired by
For the same reasons
. [Links SFW but be careful clicking around]
Bask in the glory of one of Australia's greatest tourist attractions
How not to re-enact your favourite movie
Two girls take their love of Thelma and Louise too far. Laws aside, what scene from a movie would you live out if you had a choice?
Germaine Greer Doesn't Live In Australia Because She Loves It Too Much:
What is it about ex-pats - and particularly Australian
ex-pats, when they're as intelligent, witty and vocal as Greer, Robert Hughes, Clive James et al. - that makes their justifications for exile ring so hollow? [More inside.
World solar challenge 2003.
Darwin to Adelaide 19 - 28 October. Check out the route
. Have a look at the Green Fleet
class as well, where technology meets reality
. I won't be able to watch the race but have high hopes for next year's Olympics
If you're planning on watching the Rugby World Cup
, you'll be sure to enjoy the full football experience by getting all your Rugby
info via Australia's finest sporting commentators
. (Last link is RealMedia - but you need to hear them to understand the appeal...) Rampaging Roy Slaven
and H.G. Nelson
. They love sport so much, they even call role-playing games...
Inside the House
: A virtual tour of the Sydney Opera House. [Note: Flash]
US bills Australia for bombs.
This is the first time I have seen a 'user-pays' principle of modern warfare spelled out in this way. But then again Australia doesn't make a habit of going to war.
'The ADF will also be required to pay an undisclosed amount – believed to be up to $3 million – for satellite time and band width to connect the Canberra war room with command in the Gulf, and enable it to talk directly with SAS troops on the ground. "It was described as the first struggle in the war, to secure band width," said Derek Woolner, defence analysis director at the Australian Defence Studies Centre.'
Highlift Systems may have found a better location
for their space elevator in Perth, Australia. Calm waters, few thunderstorms, not too far from the equator, international airport. (Slashdot discussion
) I live in Perth, so I'm excited about the prospect, but our current premier may need a little prod
Outdoor Sculptures from Australia.
This is a great collection of evocative outdoor sculptures from Australia. The setting is not bad, too. Outdoor art is very well supported in my city
(sorry- no images). Is it a big deal where you live?
in Australia, Black Mountain
beckons the intrepid adventurer. Who knows what kind of dastardly creature(s)
could be hiding in there!
If you go there
and come back alive, make sure you tell everyone about your experience
Australia and Europe incensed over U.S. lies on free trade
Bush: "The final provisions of the farm Bill are also consistent with America's international trade obligations, which will strengthen our ability to open foreign markets for American farm products".
In other words, free trade good when we sell to you, bad when you sell to us.
We only had you for the spare parts.
A Melbourne couple have been given permission to have a genetically-modified IVF child to provide stem cells to cure their terminally ill daughter. Bad enough to grow up and discover you were an accident, or adopted, but to learn that you were engineered to supply your sibling with body parts?
That kid's going to have low self-esteem.
Understanding what makes America tick
"The belief that America is exceptional, in the double sense that it is superior and that it is different...The United States had a mission, a manifest destiny, to change the world in its image. This conviction echoes down through American history....Other countries—France, Britain, Russia—have from time to time in their history felt a sense of mission, of carrying their civilisation to other peoples and territories. But in their cases it has been episodic and not deeply rooted—usually limited to when their power was at its zenith and usually clearly recognisable as a rationalisation for what they were doing for other reasons. In the case of the United States, it has been constant and central
." [Centre of Independent Studies
in Sydney via aldaily
] American Exceptionalism. Mix it with sole super power status and massive military might. Should make it quite an intoxicating ride these next few years.
Wanna Cure Back Pain??
Australian Freestyle Skier Jaqui Cooper drank a potion of Diet Coke and crushed cockroaches to help cure her fractured vertebra. Finally, something roaches are useful for!
Think you're dedicated?
Aussie football player has a finger chopped off at the first joint because it was affecting his ability to catch the ball
Woomera detainees sew lips together
At least 58 asylum seekers have sewn their lips together during a hunger strike at the Woomera detention centre.
I don't know what to think, I know we have to take precautions against letting terrorists in, but this is just awful.
wants to ban anyone with HIV or hepatitis from visiting or living on the island. I can't see how they can get away with this.
More Public Servants to Rally Around.
In what appears to be a extremely trying time, the members of the NSW Fire Brigade have been working insane hours, under the most intense conditions
....and with a largely volunteer force. Although, I heard NSW Premier Bob Carr this morning on the news state that he intends to have the (accused) arson culprits visit burn wards and help with clean-up with the intent to "traumatize" theses kids. Strong stuff but I gather that's the kinda guy he is. Of course, if you feel the urge, you can give until it hurts.
(registration required). Makes me want to emmigrate again.
"Acts of bastardry" are still going around Sydney.
Bad conditions help along the Christmas bushfires started by lightning and mad, wicked behaviour
. (I certainly know what it's like.
) But why did the fires spread so quickly? Didn't something like this happen in 1997? Is it very dry in southern Australia, or is it El Nino?!
Teacher fired for...well....teaching.
An Australian teacher was dismissed from her job for telling her class of youngsters that Santa Claus does not exist. Is she an excellent educator, or a grumpy Grinch?
Face Recognition ATMs
In Australia, a tech company is developing face recognition ATMs, which operate on biometric technology (face, voice, and lip-movement). This technology could be an alternative to PINs. Is this idea really convenient or really freaky?
The rarest wild flower in the world
is the Australian white waratah. Only a single wild specimen is known and its location is kept secret. Commercial versions have been cloned from the lone wild plant, and its cultivation
is becoming quite popular
The Australian HMAS Manoora
is taking hundreds of Afgan asylum seekers to the island of Nauru after they were rescued by a Norwegian freighter. Many Australian's supported the Government's move not to let them into the country but much of the rest of the world (and a few Australian do-gooders who took the Government to court and won) think we should let these people in.
Today on the radio I heard the mother of one of the sailors on the Manoora saying that the majority of these "refugees" cheered and celebrated when they heard the news of the WTC and Pentagon attacks. And these are the people that the do-gooders want in our free country???
Anti-Arab violence going in Australia:
It's not just in the US - In Brisbane, a schoolbus packed with Islamic children was damaged by stones and bottles and there had been abusive calls to mosques. In Perth a mosque was defiled with human faeces and obscenities were shouted from a car doing wheelies in its carpark. The Australian Arabic Council today said a hotline for people to report racist attacks had been swamped by calls. Unconfirmed attacks included children being physically harmed and racially vilified at school. Muslum women being spat on and had their veils pulled off.
Damn that pacific!
Can anyone help these lovebirds cross the pacific?
Detainees take their lives in China
Ouyr trading partners---no, not those arrested and being held. Wonder how many body parts can be harvested for the transplant market.
is this the beginning of the end
for tobacco companies? an award for damages caused by passive smoking has sparked huge debate here in oz.
Accused of one of the most bizarre charges in the history of Rugby League, or sport in general, a player has been found guilty of poking his fingers up the anuses of three North Queensland players.
PNGDF soliders take arms, hold Port Moresby barracks
PM Morauta in hiding
The Defence Force is protesting pay and planned downsizing of the military. The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the takeover was sparked by rumors of an Australian seizure of the Moresby barracks. As of yesterday, more troops have joined the takeover
There are unconfirmed reports that the soldiers would stage a protest march on the Parliament building. The Parliament is not currently in session.
But what about the children!
An internet censorship bill before the South Australian Parliament gives police ridiculously broad powers in going after material "unsuitable for children".
Dr. Stupid sets things straight.
Australian commentary site Crikey
is where Dr. Stupid exposes the sloth, stupidity, and duplicity of journalists who should really know better. I enjoyed his autopsy of the recent flurry of Tom and Nicole coverage, and the rest of the column has some nice tidbits as well. Are there columns like this about the American press that you would recommend?
15 year old girl who had a heart attack last Friday
at Sydneys Big Day Out during Limp Bizkit's set died yesterday afternoon. This
was the original story I read about it, that said she was 18. It seems even worse knowing she was only 15 years old.
Ebola is for wimps!
Some Australian scientists were trying to come up with a mouse contraceptive vaccine, for use in pest control. And they succeeded. Unfortunately, the virus they created works by killing mice before they can breed, and killing them very very well. Oh, and it's extremely vaccine-resistant: 100% death without vaccine, 50% with. And any kid with a Li'l Johnny Gene Engineering Kit could conceivably make a human version. Anyone got some smallpox virus laying around?
who sent millions of e-mails around the world falsely stating shares in an American company would rise 900 per cent was today sentenced to two years in jail. The charges filed are believed among the first of their type made against anyone in the world.
Mr Hourmouzis had pleaded guilty to two charges of making a false statement on the Internet.
Here is an interesting account of S11
written by a journalist who went to protest on his day off. More inside...
Dear Australia, I'm so sorry we foisted this upon you
. Love, plinth.
It's odd that people reacting against globalisation
should try to stop the forum meeting in Melbourne this week. It is working to solve the problems they are protesting against, warns the Swiss intellectual who is founder and president of the World Economic Forum.
The enemies of globalisation
are readying to march on Melbourne. The irony, is that it's the Net that's bringing them together. Find out More
the age weblog
[via wetlog, of course]
it's pretty obvious she's reading MeFi [and memepool] -- but not linking to them.