The coolest place on the internet, according to this tagline.
AskArchiveFAQ

December 2, 2013
13:19 // 4 months ago
November 18, 2013

NSA docs: Australia targeted phones of Indonesian leaders

breakingnews:

The Guardian: Australia’s spy agencies have attempted to listen in on the personal phone calls of the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and have targeted the mobile phones of his wife, senior ministers and confidants, a top-secret document from whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.

The document, dated November 2009, names the president and nine of his inner circle as targets of the surveillance, including the vice-president, Boediono, who last week visited Australia.

Yet another revelation found from Snowden’s NSA document trove. 

8:20 // 5 months ago
September 7, 2013
From today I declare Australia is under new management and Australia is now open for business.
Australian Liberal Party leader Tony Abbot • Declaring victory for his coalition in the Australian election—a victory that makes him Australia’s newest Prime Minister. Abbott’s center-right Liberal Party, joining with the conservative National Party, won 91 seats in parliament, compared to the sitting Labour Party’s 55.
13:41 // 7 months ago
August 20, 2013
They witnessed a young man run by on the street. Chose him as the target.
Duncan, Oklahoma Police Chief Danny Ford • Discussing the shooting death of Australian college baseball player Christopher Lane, who was shot and killed apparently at random by three teenage suspects—suspects who apparently were bored, so they decided to kill somebody. Ford was a student at nearby East Central University on a baseball scholarship. ”He’s left his mark as we know, and you know there’s not going to be any good come out of this, because it was just so senseless,” said Lane’s father, Peter, who was grieving from half a world away. ”It’s happened. It’s wrong, and we’re just trying and deal with it the best we can.”
15:50 // 8 months ago
June 24, 2013
10:40 // 10 months ago
May 16, 2013

The Legend of Ron Burgundy came to life this week when Australia TODAY host Karl Stefanovic channeled his inner-Veronica Corningstone with a last-minute change to the teleprompter lines of guest-host Roz Kelly. We don’t know about you guys, but we’d probably do this to our coworkers every single day if we worked on a televised news broadcast of any kind. Then again, that might be why we don’t work on a televised news broadcast of any kind. (ht to Gawker) source

16:52 // 11 months ago
May 11, 2013
breakingnews:

‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse wows Australia
AP: Skygazers across the Australian Outback were among the lucky few to witness a solar eclipse on Friday as the moon glided between Earth and the sun, blocking everything but a dazzling ring of light.
The celestial spectacle, known as a “ring of fire” eclipse, was the second solar eclipse visible from northern Australia in six months. In November, a total solar eclipse plunged the country’s northeast into darkness, delighting astronomers and tourists who flocked to the region from across the globe to witness it.
Photo: Friday’s annular solar eclipse blazes like a ring of fire after sunrise, 45 miles (70 kilometers) south of Newman, Australia. The “second sun” is a lens effect. (Nicole Hollenbeck via SpaceWeather.com)

Just, wow. Okay. Consider us suitably awed, sun and moon. Put something together like this and there’s always room for you on our humble internet weblogs.

breakingnews:

‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse wows Australia

AP: Skygazers across the Australian Outback were among the lucky few to witness a solar eclipse on Friday as the moon glided between Earth and the sun, blocking everything but a dazzling ring of light.

The celestial spectacle, known as a “ring of fire” eclipse, was the second solar eclipse visible from northern Australia in six months. In November, a total solar eclipse plunged the country’s northeast into darkness, delighting astronomers and tourists who flocked to the region from across the globe to witness it.

Photo: Friday’s annular solar eclipse blazes like a ring of fire after sunrise, 45 miles (70 kilometers) south of Newman, Australia. The “second sun” is a lens effect. (Nicole Hollenbeck via SpaceWeather.com)

Just, wow. Okay. Consider us suitably awed, sun and moon. Put something together like this and there’s always room for you on our humble internet weblogs.

15:09 // 11 months ago
February 16, 2013
thedailywhat:

You Saw This Coming of the Day: Julian Assange Will Run for Office as a Member of Wikileaks Party

Wikileaks’ larger-than-life founder Julian Assange has officially filed paperwork to run for a seat in the Australian Senate and may actually have a chance at winning. Assange will be running as a member of the country’s new Wikileaks Party while living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been hiding for several months to avoid extradition to Sweden. So how’s Assange running for an office from overseas? The Age explains:

“Australian citizens living overseas can enrol to vote as an overseas elector, and consequently run as a Senate candidate if they left Australia within the past three years and intend to return within six years of their date of departure.”



We’re curious how election to the Australian Senate would impact Assange’s current status, holed up as he is in London’s Ecuadorian embassy at present. Would being a Senator from a foreign country somehow grant him enough legal protection to leave the embassy for Australia, without being halted by British authorities, or extradited to Sweden as he fears? We’re continuing to keep an eye on this.

thedailywhat:

You Saw This Coming of the Day: Julian Assange Will Run for Office as a Member of Wikileaks Party

Wikileaks’ larger-than-life founder Julian Assange has officially filed paperwork to run for a seat in the Australian Senate and may actually have a chance at winning. Assange will be running as a member of the country’s new Wikileaks Party while living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been hiding for several months to avoid extradition to Sweden. So how’s Assange running for an office from overseas? The Age explains:

“Australian citizens living overseas can enrol to vote as an overseas elector, and consequently run as a Senate candidate if they left Australia within the past three years and intend to return within six years of their date of departure.”

We’re curious how election to the Australian Senate would impact Assange’s current status, holed up as he is in London’s Ecuadorian embassy at present. Would being a Senator from a foreign country somehow grant him enough legal protection to leave the embassy for Australia, without being halted by British authorities, or extradited to Sweden as he fears? We’re continuing to keep an eye on this.

15:16 // 1 year ago
January 8, 2013

yahoonews:

Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat

COOMA, Australia (AP) — Firefighters battled scores of wildfires Tuesday in southeastern Australia as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level.

Temperatures soared to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas.

No deaths have been reported, although officials in Tasmania were still trying to find about 100 people who have been missing since last week when a fire tore through the small town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, destroying around 90 homes. On Tuesday, police found no bodies during preliminary checks of the ruined houses.

“You don’t get conditions worse than this,” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. “We are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option.”

(John Grosvenor/Reuters; Rod McGuirk/AP;Chris Kidd/AP)

As many in the dryest parts of the U.S. can relate to, wildfires are incredibly treacherous and pervasively troublesome — be it direct fire risk to property, human life, or even just the heavy, smoky air that spreads over the landscape. Our thoughts are with everyone afflicted by these blazes.

19:45 // 1 year ago
December 10, 2012
guardian:

A 10-month-old Tasmanian Devil joey pays its first visit to the vet for health checks at Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne, Australia.  From picture desk: live, our photo coverage of the day’s events in the UK and around the world
Photograph: Robert Leeson/Newspix/Rex Features

Terrified.

guardian:

A 10-month-old Tasmanian Devil joey pays its first visit to the vet for health checks at Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne, Australia.

From picture desk: live, our photo coverage of the day’s events in the UK and around the world


Photograph: Robert Leeson/Newspix/Rex Features

Terrified.

9:32 // 1 year ago