Extinction got you down? Try de-extinction! Our species has played a role in the extinction of ... many other species. But now some scientists are proposing a radical turn of the tables: Bringing lost species back from the dead. How to Resurrect Lost Species
. [more inside]
are a Perth band whose videos for the fuzzed out pop songs Telecom
(NSFW language) use found footage to invoke and skewer a sense of nostalgic Australiana.
If you follow music chart news in Australia at all, you might have heard of a young chap who goes by Flume
, born Harley Streten in November '91. Now a mere 21 years old, Flume's self-titled debut knocked One Direction off the #1 spot
last November (though the boy band ended up out-ranking the homegrown talent in following charts) and earlier this month bumped Bieber down a notch
on the Aussie charts, too. But what is the sound of this Australian chart-topper? There's plenty of the "spectral beats ... 21st-century, post-glitchpop
" on his Soundcloud page
, including the complete album
, or as individual tracks on Grooveshark
. [more inside]
The plot is thickening in the lead-up to the Australian national elections.
"'I said a week or so ago everyone should take a long cold shower,' Mr Rudd told Channel Seven on Friday morning. 'What I'd say to Malcolm and you Joe (Hockey) is it's time to jump in the ice bath'." [more inside]
Sneezing in Slow Motion
; somehow simultaneously more fascinating, terrifying, and disgusting than you'd imagine it'd be. [more inside]
"the art [pdf]
of enjoying oneself
paddling down a river
on an inflatable rubber mattress
,* shooting the odd friendly rapid
." Groups like Span Outdoors
organize liloing trips, and much discussion of liloing
can be found at bushwalk.com. (*i.e., a lilo)
When 17th-century Dutch captain Willem de Vlamingh encountered what he described as "a kind of rat as big as a common cat
" on on island off the western coast of Australia, he quickly dubbed it "Rats' Nest
". Despite the insult, these marsupials aren't known to hold a grudge: the Quokkas
, native to what is still known as Rottnest Island and nearby isles, are some of the happiest
, most inquisitive furry critters
After years of deliberation
, Australia finally have an R 18 rating
for games, allowing a wider range of games to be legally released in Australia. The first game to be rated R18 will be Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
, a Wii U game that will receive that rating due to its 'high impact bloody violence'.
It's so hot in Australia they've added a new color to the weather map,
a Tasmania-sized deep purple blob 50 degrees or more (123 F). In the USA 2012 was the hottest year ever recorded
, smashing through previous records by a healthy margin. 2012 was also the second-worst on a measure called the Climate Extremes Index
, surpassed only by 1998. Globally, 2012 is expected to be ranked as the eighth-warmest year on record, with that announcement coming later in the month. "Climate change has had a role in this,” said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at NOAA.
A new MP, Gloria De Piero was taken aback by how many people despised her because of her new profession. So she took to the streets to find out why
. [more inside]
! (also available here
): Abe Forsythe made the movie Computer Boy
when he was just 18. It's a 50 min. spoof of The Matrix that was filmed in less than two weeks at actual Matrix shooting locations in Australia and cost just over $2000 to make.*
It became a cult hit when it was released online in 2000 & was one of the first internet films to hit 500,000 views.* (wikipedia, imdb) [more inside]
The Guardian, the 191-year-old British daily newspaper whose name is synonymous with broadly left-leaning values, is reported to be planning to open an Australian online-only news operation
. The venture (which has not been confirmed) is said to be headed by current Saturday Guardian editor Katherine Viner, and to be a joint venture with Australian philanthropist Graeme Wood, who already runs a not-for-profit media site
). The Guardian already runs a US online news operation
) with local reportage and commentary. [more inside]
Ever wanted to see rugby highlights animated in lego? Of course you have
! [more inside]
Harrods, in the bustling heart of London, is in a good location for a shop. So is the Macy’s in Herald Square, which boasts of serving 350,000 New Yorkers every day at Christmas time. Whereas down at the Mulka Store, in the furthermost reaches of South Australia, George and Mabel Aiston used to think themselves lucky if they pulled in a customer a week.
The Loneliest Shop In The World [more inside]
, aka The Quest
(North America), aka Go Kids
(UK), aka The Spirit Chaser
(Sweden) features Henry Thomas as an American orphan in Australia investigating an aboriginal legend at a flooded quarry in Devils Knob national park. And yes, it's available in its entirety on youtube
Bryce Courtenay, prolific Australian author, dies.
"Courtenay, who has been suffering from stomach cancer, died in Canberra late on Thursday with his wife Christine, son Adam, and his family pets, Tim the dog and Cardamon the Burmese cat, by his side. He was 79."
I am Hazara Close to 1,000 Hazaras have been killed in targeted attacks and shootings in [Quetta] the capital of Pakistan’s largest province [Baluchistan]. The indifference towards the atrocities has forced this shrinking community to take escape routes and gamble between life at the promised land and death at the ocean.
Dawn, Pakistan's largest English-language daily, puts together an essay accompanied by short videos (subtitled in English).
Scientists on Tasmania's Maria Island caught footage of an echidna playing in the water
. Stay spikey, stay cute!
Following recent revelations
about apparently systematic cover-ups
and a deep failure to cooperate
with police by the Roman Catholic Church
, the Australian Prime Minister last night announced
of a Royal Commission
into institutional responses to child abuse to investigate the matter.
"Fundamentally flawed, unreasonable and irrational."
In 2006, ABN Amro created a new type of financial instrument, the constant proportion debt obligation (CPDO), and sold a number of them to 15 local councils in Australia. Standard & Poor's rated these CPDOs as AAA.
The Federal Court of Australia has now determined that both ABN Amro and S&P are liable for the losses the councils suffered when the value of the CPDOs collapsed during the financial crisis; the councils lost 90 per cent on the deal. S&P's rating of the CPDOs was found to have been "misleading and deceptive". Felix Salmon provides some analysis
. [more inside]
Eighty years ago Australia went to war against a fierce and terrible enemy threatening the very foundations of life in Western Australia. An enemy so tough the Australian commanding officer described them as "like Zulus whom even dum-dum bullets could not stop". Though the army did have the upper hand in the first engagements, dreams of a quick victory were dashed when the enemy's central command let its "unwieldy army split up into innumerable small units that made use of the military equipment uneconomic. A crestfallen field force therefore withdrew from the combat area after about a month
". Yes, it's eighty years since the Emu War
A great week for Australian Diplomacy
It has been an excellent week for Australian diplomacy. Prime Minister Julia Gillard established a strong new beginning for Australia's sometimes-troubled ties with a rising India. And the crowning moment was of course the country's victory in its bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council ... [more inside]
"Thanks to extra fuel left on their plane and a pair of binoculars from a passenger,
the crew of [an] Air Canada jetliner was credited Monday with assisting in the rescue of an Australian yacht adrift in the South Pacific." [more inside]
"Based in Brisbane, Australia, Stuart uses the medium of comics to explore serious issues with a unique perspective and a sense of fun." - War on Drugs
, and even more
"I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man, I will not. And the Government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever. The Leader of the Opposition says that people who hold sexist views and who are misogynists are not appropriate for high office. Well, I hope the Leader of the Opposition has got a piece of paper and he is writing out his resignation.
" - The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, takes the Leader of the Opposition to task over his sexist views
(link includes extracts and video of full fifteen minute speech) [more inside]
Australian national identity.
"Liam Pieper reflects on the shielding that has led to Australian peoples' perpetual ignorance of our true history." [more inside]
Google Maps Street View Collections
now includes Heron Island
, a coral cay
in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
"To aid the national security community in imagining contemporary threats, the Australian Security Research Centre (ASRC) is organising Australia’s Security Nightmares: The National Security Short Story Competition
. The competition aims to produce a set of short stories that will contribute to a better conception of possible future threats and help defence, intelligence services, emergency managers, health agencies and other public, private and non-government organisations to be better prepared." (via
Earlier this month Australian Christian Lobby head Jim Wallace suggested a homosexual lifestyle was more hazardous to health than smoking
, but he was not was not comparing homosexuality with smoking
. Smokers were offended
Last night, on the ABC's Q&A program
) the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, backed the comments
''It's very hard to get to the facts here because we don't want to talk about it, and in this country censorship is alive and well.".
But Wallace's claims were based on a 25-year-old study
by a discredited researcher
. [more inside]
My fellow Oceanians, you know we've always been at war with Eurasia
(Or is it Eastasia?) Either way it's war and we need division to wage it
But now the proles are connecting online bypassing these illusory divisions
Of race, religion and nationality (Sounds grand to me?!) It's a catastrophe!
Rap News (previously) analyzes the ongoing struggle of civil liberties in the Internet Age.
Will it remain the one open frequency where humanity can bypass filters and barriers, or become the greatest spying machine ever imagined?
After more than 15 years on hiatus, the punk-spawned, world-music-defining Dead Can Dance
released their eighth album Anastasis
one month ago. The reunited act are on a world tour. [more inside]
The Political Persecution of Australia’s First Female Prime Minister
"Can it really be the case that a tax – a carbon tax – could spur so many people to such levels of hatred? I find that impossible to believe, so I have to conclude that the persecution of Julia Gillard has to be about something else."
Warning - some text and imagery may be NSFW or offensive - a "Vanilla" version is available
Thirty-seven years after the dramatic events of the Dismissal
, in which the Governer-General sacked the Prime Minister of Australia
, replacing him with opposition leader Malcolm Fraser, new revelations have come to light
showing that Sir John Kerr made inquiries
into the potential dismissal of the Whitlam Government months
before it happened on November 11, 1970. Kerr's papers also unmask High Court justice Anthony Mason's role in the saga
Mason extensively and secretly counselled Kerr during the crisis
, canvassed the use of the reserve powers to dismiss Whitlam and drafted a letter of dismissal for Kerr to use.
The revelations are made in a new book on the life of dumped PM Gough Whitlam
: "Like most egomaniacs who style themselves as prophets in the wilderness, Smith
asserts that there’s been a media conspiracy
to suppress his views
." While the advertisement insert was rejected by News Ltd.
it was carried by the Fairfax media is available online (PDF) - Dick Smith's Magazine of Forbidden Ideas That You Won't Read About in the Mainstream Media
A Government-convened expert group has suggested that Australia return
to the so-called Pacific Solution
to deal with its asylum-seeker conundrum, and break a political impasse. [more inside]
A new, controversial super-trawler, the Dutch-owned FV Margiris, has set sail for Tasmania, off the south-east coast of Australia, to take a haul of jack mackerel and redbait
, prompting concerns it is going to decimate several Australian fish stocks as factory fishing
has done elsewhere in the world.
Greenpeace claims the industrial super-trawler is part of the European Association of pelagic freezer trawlers (PFA), responsible for "some of the worst fishing excesses on the planet.''
It is scheduled to be roaming between the Tasman Sea and Western Australia this spring. [more inside]
The man likely to be Australia's next Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has used a lunchtime speech to the conservative think-tank the Institute of Public Affairs to call for Australia's racial vilification laws to be wound back
Section 18C makes race hate speech unlawful, but not illegal.
Abbott's calls come in the same week that Facebook has been in the firing-line over hosting the controversial "Aboriginal Memes" page. [more inside]
art critic Robert Hughes, author of The Shock of the New
and The Fatal Shore
, has died
Australia joined many
in putting a price
on carbon pollution (fixed
CO2e for three years) (prev)
. Despite extensive compensation
, this moderate
has proved enormously unpopular
("based on a lie
") and is expected to be repealed
the Federal Opposition are returned to government.
is a 22 year old Australian rapper. Her promotional videos Pu$$y
, My World
, and Two Times
brought her Youtube viral fame and helped launch her career. Her first studio album, The New Classic
, is set to be released sometime later this year. Other videos include Look At Me Now
and two freestyle videos Get Big
, and Hell of a Life
At least the South Africans acknowledged the ownership of 400,000 square miles of South Africa by the original native inhabitants. We would regard [Ian Smith, the then Prime Minister of Rhodesia] as going entirely berserk in Rhodesia if he acknowledged no native land rights at all. But the position in Australia is that we acknowledge no native land rights whatever. We took the lot with our proclamations of sovereignty.
That complaint, made by Mr Beazley MP in 1967, was corrected twenty years ago on 3 June 1992
, when the High Court of Australia found that "the common law of this country recognizes a form of native title
", overturning the doctrine of terra nullius that had held since the 1830s. [more inside]