No Award has very mixed feelings about Anzac Day and how it’s gone from a reminder of a time we totally fucked it to a Nationalistic orgy of war mongering and celebration. But maybe we can all agree that the commercialisation of the death of many Australians in a war is not a great thing? Woolworths debacle: Minister for Veterans Affairs attacks Anzac ad campaign; Poppies for Profit. And some other articles: Anzac Day a jarring experience for migrant Australians at Eureka Street; Fresh Failure at Overland. Also Liz wrote for Spook! Lest we forget to cough up some coin: How the ANZAC spirit became a cash cow.
Good times (not good times): Detention centre guards totally racist and into anti-Halal and Reclaim Australia shenanigans. Also you know it’s a bad day when Steph learns a new racist slur.
Aussie pulp fiction of the 40s and 50s. AMAZING.
Don’t make bicyclists more visible. Make drivers stop hitting them. At WaPo.
Friend of No Award Fei is involved in a comic about science! Science Adventures with Rabbit and Cat. Check it out!
Steph really hopes you read her review of reviews of Howard’s Menzies book. She didn’t want to read the whole book, so she reviewed reviews instead! Also with a drinking game, and Liz’s love of Holt.
Jess Ainscough, Belle Gibson and the New Purity Movement: How Nutritionism and Pseudoscience Overtook the Fundamentalist Focus on Bodily Integrity and Acceptable Femininity It’s possible that Rebecca is drawing a bit of a long bow, comparing the Cult of Wellness to the Cult of Sexual Purity … you know what? Liz changed her mind as she typed that. Carry on.
On a related note, Liz’s coworker told her on Monday that drinking chilled water will give her cancer. Snopes is here to reassure you that isn’t even slightly true.
(Said coworker also believes that a thick coating of tea tannins on unwashed porcelain is better for your health than vaccines, so, y’know.)
Important London fatberg update: 10 tonne fatberg removed from Chelsea sewer.
# Lighten Up, on skin colour and privilege in comics/illustration. A great comic that Steph is in love with.
A survey of non-US fans re: the Hugo Awards.
Very UK-centric, but the cold truth about our thirst for bottled water. As Australians, there are very few places where you should be choosing bottled water over tap water. A quick google gives us some Australian city or drinking fountain maps: Melbourne, Wangaratta, Perth. And a 5 minute cartoon on nurdles and plastic waste.