- Australia ranked worst of 57 countries on climate change policy | Environment | The Guardian
- Sydney climate protest: Town Hall swamped with demonstrators as thousands demand action:
Around 20,000 protesters marched from Town Hall to Hyde Park on Wednesday evening, packing out George Street to demand stronger climate action as bushfires continue to rage across the state.Sydney climate protest: thousands rally against inaction amid bushfire and air quality crisis | Environment | The Guardian
- Sydney Light Rail 'fail' as trams come to a halt just hours after official opening - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 1.5 hours from Randwick to Circular Quay...
- Meet Ken Nightingall, the mysterious 'Pink Shorts Boom Guy' from Star Wars that cosplayers have plucked from obscurity - ABC News
- Australian bushfire anger explained - BBC News. Exceptionally clear and succinct.
- Scott Morrison says compensation for volunteer firefighters not a priority - Politics - ABC News. Well of course, why would h look ahead through this fire season to consider what happens when the RFS and its volunteers become too broke to continue fighting fires? Volunteer fire fighting was not set up to cover months of continuous fires.
- Finnish the Dishes: Simple Nordic Design Beats Dishwashers & Drying Racks - 99% Invisible
- Cricket Australia expects bushfire smoke to be an issue in Sydney Test | Sport | The Guardian:
Strikers fast bowler Peter Siddle sent down two overs before play stopped in the abandoned BBL match. He was later treated for smoke inhalation.
- London's electric buses are getting fake noise, and it's positively psychedelic - The Verge
- Vertical farming, micro-algae and bio-reactors — the new frontier of sustainable food - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Experience: my face became a meme | Life and style | The Guardian
- Sydney Light Rail breakdown causes lunchtime chaos in CBD - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Well you know what they say - begin as you intend to go along.
- Australian scientists may have discovered solution to our plastic recycling problem - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Federal Court rules robodebt 'unlawful' in significant court case - Hack - triple j:
A massive class action lawsuit championed by Labor and with 4,000 plaintiffs has been filed separately against the legality of the robodebt system.Heads should fucking roll at Centrelink over this. They won't, but they should.
- Goth fashion styles, from health goth to cybergoth.... by.... Red Bull?!
- The Case for Motorist Helmets - Mikael Colville-Andersen - Medium:
Helmets for motorists have been invented — in all seriousness- in order to save lives and reduce serious injury. Almost 50% of all serious head injuries happen in car crashes. Why are motorists not forced to wear them?
- Australia's civil rights rating downgraded as report finds world becoming less free | World news | The Guardian:
the 2019 CIVICUS Monitor, a global research collaboration that tracks fundamental freedoms in 196 countries, has downgraded Australia from an “open” country to one where civil space has “narrowed”, citing new laws to expand government surveillance, prosecution of whistleblowers, and raids on media organisations.
- Lumping the arts portfolio in with infrastructure is retrograde and unimaginative | Esther Anatolitis | Culture | The Guardian:
Arts and culture is a $111.7bn industry, according to the government's own figures. It employs more people than mining, IT or essential services. It is also among the fastest-growing. Policies that propel the arts propel the entire economy, with flow-on effects in education and health as well as infrastructure, and urban and regional development.
- Opinion | Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts - The New York Times:
artists play a distinctive role in challenging authoritarianism. Art creates pathways for subversion, for political understanding and solidarity among coalition builders. Art teaches us that lives other than our own have value. Like the proverbial court jester who can openly mock the king in his own court, artists who occupy marginalized social positions can use their art to challenge structures of power in ways that would otherwise be dangerous or impossible.
Worth it even just for the motorbike bit.