the unbearable lightness of the racism in our country

The daily reality of living in Australia is the institutional racism that imbues every level of our government provided services. This impacts many of us, but those who are most impacted are Indigenous Australians, and it is some fucking bullshit. Today at No Award: some reading, and a request that you donate to Girl Academy, which empowers young Indigenous mums.

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sometimes I sit and link, and sometimes I just sit

Cutting the climbing chains at Uluru

Closing the climb was meant to be revisited once suitable alternative activities had been developed and climbing numbers declined to less than 20 per cent of visitors. These conditions appear to have been met, yet still the climb remains open.

We live in a world featuring multiple thinkpieces comparing and contrasting Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s careers post-Daredevil. How is that possible? On the other hand, as an Alias fan who saw Elektra in the cinema on opening day (Frank Miller’s scripts and art for Elektra: the ultimate problematic fave), Liz is okay with this.

First, Anne Helen Petersen, whose deconstructions of both contemporary and classic Hollywood PR and image construction are amazing:

How Jennifer Garner Went Full “Minivan Majority” and The Unbearable Sadness Of Ben Affleck

And then Forbes (you’ll need to pause AdBlock for this to work): Ben Affleck Survived ‘Daredevil,’ But Jennifer Garner Never Recovered From ‘Elektra’

[Warnings: rape, sexual harassment] Tabletop Gaming has a White Male Terrorism Problem

Amid the rise of lone wolf terrorism it is important for the ethical, responsible members of the gaming community to address and put a stop to it before anyone is harmed. Credit for foiling a potential mass shooting at the Pokemon World Championship goes to an unnamed forum moderator who had the sense to notice the dangerous, violent rhetoric of his posters and alert the authorities. How many sexual assaults could be prevented in the gaming community by men extending that same concern to women?

An important post that is regrettably applicable to lots of hobbies, nerdy and otherwise.

The Chinese Singaporean Way of Death

The truth about WebMD, a hypochondriac’s nightmare and Big Pharma’s dream

The article includes a bunch of WebMD alternatives at the end, but they’re all American. For an okay Australian health site, Liz recommends the BetterHealth Channel, which is overseen by the Victorian government. (Obviously the internet is no substitute for a trained medical professional, but this is better than a lot of other sites.)

Stand up and be counted: on how boycotting the Census is only good if you don’t need to be counted

There’s Now A Website That Gives Practical Advice On Fighting Public Transport Fines

Hospital accused of ‘incompetence or racial profiling’ in Gurrumul treatment

“Why was he left for over eight hours when the reason for his admittance was clearly evident in Michele’s explanation to A&E staff and was clearly in all of his notes?” Grose wrote.

“There are two assumptions I can make which are both very disturbing but which need answering: Was Gurrumul Yunupingu’s level of A&E care related to assumptions based on his race or is there a serious fault in the system which allows someone to be largely ignored in A&E while seriously ill?”

Stephanie has SO MANY QUESTIONS: Curtin University students shot in New Orleans during drug deal. A) MINING GAMES?! B) Australians, why must you insist on buying drugs in countries where you don’t fully understand shit? Just leave the drug taking for domestic purchase! C) Can anyone tell me if there’s a racial component to the dodginess of Bourbon Street?

[Liz says, yes, almost definitely.]

NASA Is Considering The Use Of Soft Robotic Squids To Explore Europa

Liz: Soft robotic squid is my aesthetic.

Random GoodReads thread of the week: Did others notice that Easter was portrayed as being in the autumn with the leaves falling and soon after school began? I found this very disconcerting and it colored the book for me. Don’tbooks havemeditors anymore? [sic]

Dear Jess, I Could Not Be Saving The Universe Right Now If I Were Not So Morally Certain You Should Be Fucking Me And Not Your Husband

This is quite old — 2007 — but reads like an extraordinary Mallory Ortberg ur-text. Except that it seems to be real? No, it cannot possibly be.

Australia is in crisis: of the six nominees for the Gold Logie, two aren’t white. This is shockingly discriminatory against white people.

Waleed Aly, Lee Lin Chin, and the sad ‘jokes’ about the Gold Logie

Waleed and Lee Lin have been nominated by popular acclaim; Waleed despite not campaigning for it, Lee Lin no doubt because she has threatened to kill all of us if she doesn’t win. There is no factual or rational basis for pointing to the colour of their skin or their ethnicity as having played any role at all in their ending up on the list.

Finally, a tribute to Melbourne’s ugliest piece of public art:

Hidden Vault: Tributes to ‘Yellow Peril’ sculpture found in public places across Melbourne

(NEEDLESS TO SAY, No Award does not endorse “yellow peril” as a nickname for Vault, or indeed, any other works of art. But we are in favour of hiding copies of super-ugly art all over the city.)

Liz liveblogs Ancillary Mercy

The problem with a series: you catch up, and you’re all up to date — and by the time you get around to reading the next book, you’ve forgotten everything.

In fairness to Leckie, it’s taken me a while to get to Ancillary Mercy, because I haven’t been in the mood for long infodumps about how colonialism is bad. But in the process of resting my broken foot, I’ve absolutely burned through my to-read pile, and, well, here we are.

I started to bombard Stephanie with reaction emails, but then I figured, what the hell, I’ve been slacking off on blogging since I broke my foot, let’s make it into a post.

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Reasons Australia Post gave for not delivering my parcel

I ordered a bunch of things from Kmart since a broken foot makes it hard to shop.  It was scheduled for delivery the day I went back to work, but luckily, the tracking email included an option for the parcel to be left at my front door.  This was perfect, because a broken foot also makes it hard to carry parcels home from the post office.

'With Safe Drop your delivery can be left in a safe place at your nominated delivery address, without a signature on delivery. You can request Safe Drop at any time, up until 1 hour before the delivery.'

There’s also a ticky box where you agree that you’re aware of the risks of leaving a parcel, and that you’re waiving the need for a signature.

I forgot, when I selected this option, that the whole reason I got a parcel locker in the CBD was because I had realised that parcel delivery just wasn’t happening at my flat.

I remembered all this a few hours later, when I received an email saying that the driver had decided my front door wasn’t suitable for Safe Drop, and my parcel could be picked up from the post office.

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of the last ten linkspams

All That Isn’t Said: Kaye M. talks Islamophobia in YA

The octopus that ruled London — sadly not a tale of literal cephalogarchy, but an account of octopus-mania that overtook London in the 1870s.

Surprise! Food cycle couriers in Australian cities probably aren’t being paid minimum wage: Deliveroo and foodora accused of using sham contracts for bicycle delivery riders

(And why is it called foodora? “M’dinner.” NO! Let’s not do that.)

A great article on the difficulty of simplicity when you’ve struggled to own anything; when you’re refugee, immigrant, escapee. Marie Kondo and the Privilege of Clutter

HELLO: Diversity in Australian Speculative Fiction : A Bibliographical Exhibition. It’s online, it’s extensive, it’s relevant to all of our interests, STEPH IS LINKED IN IT, go forth and bookmark it immediately. 

Why Australia lies to itself about its Indigenous history

Instead, we want to be praised, to be acknowledged as a success. It’s a kind of national supplication, a constant search for validation. And history’s fine, as long as it serves that purpose. But if it dares step out of line, it can expect to be slapped swiftly with the Sandilands dictum until it changes the subject: “you’re full of shit, just get on with life”. Then we can be comfortable again.

Old but excellent: Move over Shakespeare, teen girls are the real language disruptors

50 Shades of Rey — just an interesting, not-entirely-terrible look at Rey/Kylo Ren shippers and the fic-writing end of Star Wars fandom in general.