Friday News Picks

Posted on 10 December 2010


Here’s some of the bits and pieces of the internet that kept me entertained and interested and thinking this week. Hope you enjoy.

The Queensland Government announced that Aboriginal languages will added to our school curriculum next year.

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is following Bill Gates’s and Warren Buffet’s lead and donating most of his wealth to worthy causes now rather than when he’s old.

Funny video from the Tonight Show about Obama keeping the tax cuts for the super-rich which were introduced by the previous administration and a graph showing the journey of this compromise.  

A personal story about being unemployed and middle aged in the USA at the moment. Imagine if we’d have had social media in the Great Depression.

David Marr wins the 2010 Walkley Award for Magazine Feature Writing with Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd in the Quarterly Essay  

The Waanyi people of north-west Queensland had their right to camp, hunt and fish in the area around the Century mine site, north-west of Mount Isa, legally acknowledged this week.

A thoughtful take on the sexual assault charges being brought against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (I only found out this week that he’s Australian) and a follow-up comment.

Protesters clashed with police and attacked Prince Charles’s car as riots raged in the heart of London after MPs voted to triple university tuition fees. The BBC said 37 people had been injured and 22 people arrested.

Multi-platform reporting and presentation is now included in the rules for the Pulitzer Prize for journalism.  

Slate published a piece on kids as peace brokers.  

Researchers dressed as pandas introduce cubs to wild. Yes, you read correctly. (courtesy of @tomjd)

Also via @tomjd, new research suggests that the couple that drinks together, stays together. Kind of like any other activity maybe?