Friday news picks

Posted on 3 December 2010

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It’s been a big week so here are just a few things I discovered in my travels around the internet this week. Enjoy.

Independent news organisation New Matilda will shut in two weeks if it doesn’t make its fundraising target. Please donate to keep some semblance of balance in our media.

According to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, alcohol remains the most common drug Australians seek treatment for, making up almost half of all drug and alcohol related treatment episodes in 2008–09.

Warm and fuzzy in the face of experience and situations so bad I can’t even imagine what it would be like:

As Sudan prepares for a referendum on the independence of the south next year, young Sudanese refugees are returning home to support a peaceful outcome.

Wikileaks has been all over the news in every possible manner. I found a full transcript of an interview with the boss, Putin defending his government against claims of corruption (who is he kidding?), and polarised opinions on the whole thing and what we might learn from it as a society.

Big milk company in the USA pressures Fox News into pulling a story about the hormones in their products.

Australia is finally paying some attention to Indonesia’s human rights violations.

NASA has found some evidence of arsenic-based life. Apparently most lifeforms use phosphorous where these bacteria are using arsenic instead. If it’s confirmed, it will be “…a stunning affirmation of the idea that life can exist in forms wildly different from those normally found on Earth.” Here are some videos from TEDx to explain it all.

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program did a study to find out which are the most dynamic cities in the world post-GFC — ‘dynamic’ in this context meaning fastest recovering. It found that the world’s fastest recovering cities are overwhelmingly in three key areas: China and India, Southeast Asian islands, and Latin America.

Rock photographers and how they don’t make money and some discussion in the comments section of the article.

Image credit: Son of Groucho under a CC-by licence

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