Blogdom’s Lazarus with a triple bypass is back on deck!
As Ken pointed out a few days ago, doing justice to Missing Link was one helluva big deal solo, so he had to let it drop. Rather than have the whole thing wither on the vine, though, he figured a collaborative effort might work. So he’s been assiduously recruiting behind the scenes. I’m one of the mob, as is Darlene Taylor, Paul Mitchell (since resigned but replaced – see the comments) and Club Troppo’s own Nicholas Gruen. This is apart from Ken himself, who’s still running the show. There are some more people in the pipeline, but I don’t want to dob them in just yet until they’re (more) firmly on board.
We’ll take turns compiling Missing Link three times each week, which means you’ll all get your bloggy goodness out there in readerland, and we’ll only have to write off a day doing it once every six weeks or so. Since Monday was a non-starter, I’ve done a chunky Missing Link for today. The Friday edition will – for obvious reasons – be a fair bit leaner. A new person will take over for next week, and so on down the line until it rotates back around to me.
I’ve preserved Ken’s categories, although inevitably I’ll find different stuff interesting, thought-provoking and/or funny. While I’m known around the place as a libertarian righty, Austrian economist and such-like, I’ve never had any difficulty recognizing good writing regardless of any stated (or unstated) authorial political views – as the various blow-ups over my choices for BBP2006 showed.
Anyway, on with the show.
News and politics stuff
One issue that seemed to excite Ozblogistan was David Jones’ pending lawsuit against Clive Hamilton’s The Australia Institute, and it really showed blogging’s strengths. Everyone from sociologists to economists to lawyers weighed in with some genuinely expert commentary. And the comments threads were pretty classy too. Tigtog over at Larvatus Prodeo got the ball rolling with a thoughtful piece that reflected – among other things – on just how parents deal with the advertising juggernaut. I’ve made no secret of the fact that Clive Hamilton isn’t one of my favourite people, so my piece at Catallaxy suggested that he might find the ensuing writ sandwich a bit hard to swallow. However, some remarks made by Jason Soon and Mark Bahnisch in comments got me thinking, as did Andrew Norton’s thoughtful piece, and I’ve modified my view. The threads all make excellent reading.
Researcher DogPossum then provided an interesting perspective on where studies like this can lead, while Andrew Bartlett – as usual – wrote an insightful political view. Dr Harry Clarke weighed up economic and social values in his piece, while Glen, Credible Witness and dbloh also popped in their 2.2 cents worth.
David Hicks also provided plenty of blogger fodder, although Olney Garkle’s effort on the ongoing Hicks legal trainwreck was probably the most apposite. In what is sure to attract RWDBs like flies to a honeypot, he approvingly cites Terry Lane. For something a bit different, both Kev Gillett and Kieran at The Dead Roo engage with the new ‘Free Hicks’ advert. Iain Hall provides the RWDB view, somewhat more informatively than usual. Also on matters (tangentially) Islamic, Tigtog passes on the good news that an Iranian woman who killed her would-be rapist in self-defence has finally been freed after a stint on death row.
Other political and economic stuff
Since we’re in an election year, Andrew Leigh has a good piece on why he prefers markets to polls when it comes to predicting results, while Andrew Elder is excellent on just how bad the Iemma government has been, and why Debnam the dud hasn’t been able to do nearly enough about it. For those more psephelogically inclined, the Poll Bludger has a thorough NSW election guide. Since I’m a lawyer, you’re going to cop a few of my favourite legal bloggers (sorry Ken, I’ve subscribed you to more lawblogging feeds). First up, Legal Eagle provides a great case note on a recent High Court decision that will see shareholders ranked with unsecured creditors in a voluntary administration, while Ken at Road to Surfdom is interesting on the trouble with civil standards of proof in criminal cases. Meanwhile, Graham Young hacks into the IPCC for failing to do what corporations are supposed to do under standard corporate disclosure rules.
Although he has political interests quite apart from his photography, I’ve been very pleased to discover Brisbane photoblogger David Jackmanson. His wonderful coverage of the various protests over the death of Palm Island man Mulrunji Doomadgee give the deceased and his family real humanity and warmth. The photo I’ve used to illustrate today’s Missing Link is one of David’s, and he’s provided lots more on the Mulrunji protests here, here and here.
Politics and philosophy
In writing at the philosophical margins of contemporary politics, Oakeshottian conservative Mark Richardson asks some hard questions about ethnic diversity, while Graeme Bird walks through St Thomas Aquinas’ doctrine of the just war and wonders if it applies to the War on Terror. In other news, Tim Blair rounds up the signatories to an online petition inviting Venezuelan soon-to-be President-for-life Hugo Chavez to Australia (there are some surprising names on the list), while Richard Watts has a much more worthwhile petition for you to sign. Still on WoT issues, thoughtful Greenie and onetime muscular liberal Steve Munn documents his personal climbdown on the Iraq war.
Life and other serious stuff
There’s some goodies in this section today.
Saint gives new meaning to all those stories about babies swapped at birth, Duckpond gets sacked from his McJob, and Kim has an impressive piece on John Howard’s deafness (and how his detractors have glossed over it in their latest attacks). Next time you light up, spare a thought for the hospital staff who get to cut you open and patch you up when you’re old and crook (graphic images); you also might want to consider Dr Mark Hayes’ advice on bosses from Hell and what to do about them. Jabberwocky also has an interesting (!) experience on the train with the dumb young. And reading. And stuff. And whatever.
Mad Bad Sad and Glad
Xander and Nico are very funny on what happens when you ban something. Said banned thing does not go away quietly. Meanwhile Meredith has discovered the shop where all that stuff you buy at garage sales finishes up. On the humour front, Tim Dunlop gives new meaning to every sheep-shagger joke you’ve ever heard, and ComicStripHero riffs on the non-working-public servant theme. She has her reasons, too! Turning to matters athletic, AFL tragic five needs some sporting advice from other would-be soccer mums, while Born Dancin’ is great on why the 1920s was the Coolest. Decade. EVAH. As a soothing tonic after all the angst it generated, Modia Minotaur offers a heartfelt thanks for BBP2006.
Fun police at the cricket
This deserved a category all its own, partly because I’m an unreconstructed cricket tragic and partly because there’s some good stuff out there. Darryl Mason kicks off on the fun police ruining one particular punter’s day at the cricket, Chris Berg also chimes in, as does Andrew Landeryou (amusingly).
Ben Peek blogs on the creeping credentialism that sees him admitted to a PhD program in English literature, but denied entry to a diploma course to qualify as a high school English teacher (wtf?). Sophie Cunningham provides a thoughtful review of The Last King of Scotland, a film that – despite the title – concerns genocidal despot Idi Amin. She pays particular attention to the intersection of fiction and history, something I’ve also riffed on here. There’s a reason why no language uses the phrase ‘as pretty as an airport’. The people at artlife do a nice piece on why. The Spin Starts Here crew are excellent on stereotypes and other catastrophes, while Adrian the cabbie runs smack bang into one – a stereotype, that is.
There’s been some blood on the floor here, too, for those who like their s-t fights loud and out there. Audrey Apple has started a blogwar with the Spin Starts Here mob. On the plus side, at least it’s funny. J F Beck discovers that even uber-bloggers have been known to resort to sock puppetry, while Kieran at the Dead Roo dug up some goodies off the Liberal Democratic Party website, which LP picked up and ran on, which lead to a thread that is rapidly emerging as a candidate for Ozblogistan’s latest Thread of Doom. As is his wont, Gary Sauer-Thompson provides some much more sensible stuff on where blogging may be headed.
Science and technology
Peter Martin makes some innovative suggestions for economic solutions to Australia’s water shortage. Most of them revolve around letting the price mechanism work. John Quiggin soberly addresses attacks on science from both the left and right, and how scientists with varied politics are uniting to defend their discipline. Meanwhile, Jacques Chester is excellent on why he thinks science is capable of coming up with good solutions to problems created by climate change.
Now that should be enough to be going on with!
(PS: I’m scepticlawyer at Troppo, but skepticlawyer at Catallaxy).
[edit – though WordPress doesn’t allow you to change it to skepticlawyer, yours truly has power over
life and death the database. It’s been fixed manually. -Jacques]
(So you have, too. What a clever clogs. – SL)