Not such a fat issue this time – on this anniversary of the 1944 bomb plot – which is just as well – you’d all be read out otherwise.
Still, there’s been lots of goodness on the intertubes, and I’ll pop a few recommendations up front before hopping into Missing Link proper.
First up is another (personal) candidate for post of the year. This time it’s from Saint, who discusses a strain of militant atheism that – even though I’ve been an atheist and skeptic for as long as I can remember – sometimes makes me uncomfortable. Go check it out. On a completely different tack is this lovely piece of scienceblogging from Dr Faustus. Almost as good is Steve Munn’s piece on the impact of Felis catus in Australia. Also worth a look is this short piece from Austrolabe, which shows that some of the nuttier aspects of Christian fundamentalism – in this case, creationism – are beginning to get their claws into Islam.
There’s also been yet another ‘top Australian blogs’ ranking, one that – for the first time – has an algorithm that manages to (a) rank political bloggers as highly as business bloggers and (b) discount Alexa. It ain’t perfect, but it’s worth a look.
Before going much further, I should point out that Club Troppo is new to the world of online advertising, and just now is need of generosity from our readers and supporters. Jacques Chester explains why.
Today’s Missing Link brought to you by Amanda Rose, James Farrell, Legal Eagle and Helen ‘skepticlawyer’ Dale (doing the edits and other dogsbody stuff…). Today’s graphic is courtesy Sam Ward at A Yobbo’s View, where he candidly provides visual confirmation of World of Warcrack’s impact on his earnings in recent times.
1. News and Politics Stuff
As L’Affaire Haneef unfolds, the debate continues. John Quiggin asks can it really be true, as appears to be the case, that the Immigration Minsiter now has the power to detain any non-resident indefinitely? Ken Lovell thinks Stephen Keim is Australia’s answer to Major Mori. And David Bath examines the link between the pictures the MSM choose, and the stories they tell. 11. LE: I thought this was an inspired observation. [↩] RG sings a paean to Julian Burnside QC and his comments on the Haneef case. Slim really admires Haneef’s barrister, while Legal Eagle uses him to kick off a thoughtful discussion of the (usually negative) public perception of lawyers.
A Roll of the Dice thinks that we’ve got a bunch of killers, thieves and lawyers in charge (to steal a line from Tom Waits).
Several posts touch on the Government’s declining fortunes. Aussie Bob has scripted the dialogue on the bridge of Star Ship Coalition in its last days. Robert Merkel reviews Andrew Charlton’s Oznomics, the new book that denies the Coalition credit for Australia’s economic boom; and Jeremy Sear and Gummo Trotsky are both awestruck by the humility of Tony Abbott in the face of his team’s flagging popularity. Darryl Mason sees evidence that he provided inspiration for the headline: “Howard doomed, one way or the other”.
On the international front, Eric Martin welcomes the news that Sunni factions in Iraq are forming a united political wing, which will both strengthen their hand in negotiating a post-occupation settlement, and lead to more Sunni representation in the parliament.
Tim Blair riffs amusingly on the record minimum temperatures across Queensland. 22. SL: got down to 1 degree in Rocky last week – scary stuff. [↩]
2. Life and Other Serious Stuff
Gianna nominates punning as her area of interest and expertise. (So does she thrill to the aroma of pun gent Homer?)
Apathetic Sarah views the death of Constable Brett Irwin through the lens of the guns debate.
Lauredhel asks: ‘Why is female, used as a synonym for woman, so irritating?’, tigtog wants to know ‘how on earth can a commuter transport company in the 21st century not make adequate provision for emergency evacuation of passengers in wheelchairs?’
Audrey thinks that the quashing of the sentence of Matthew Newton (Bert’s son) shows that violence against women is OK, as long as you’re a celebrity, that is.
Stephen Warne is ever so slightly pissed off that he’s just bought a new barrister’s wig… only to discover various jurisdictions are phasing them out.
Are charitable donations a tax dodge? Andrew Norton grapples with this question after having a commenter pop it over at his place.
Paid maternity leave – according to research uncovered by Mark at OzConservative – doesn’t raise birth rates, so if you’re supporting it for that reason, you shouldn’t.
3. The Yartz
Don Quixote has a review of the Guggenheim exhibition at the Art Gallery of Victoria.
Staring at a mound of transcript and media materials (more a mess of materials given the current state of our rehearsal room), its hard to give shape to the desire to ‘do something’. What exactly should be done?
~ Devising theatre at Compromise is our business
I am short, I drink a lot of coffee, I’ll never play Prince Hamlet and maybe I am measuring out my life in blogs
~ A blog round up at Theatre Notes. All linked posts worthwhile.
The critics can get it wrong.
~ La Vie En Rose and biopics at diassociated.com
Might I suggest that you make use of a word processor next time? Chiseled clay tablets are unwieldy, and, I might add, hurt like hell when dropped on ones foot. Also, a living language would be nice.
~ it is by Tim Sterne which is all you need to know.
Just as raw and explosive today as it ever was upon its release 20 years ago, SCUM has been universally hailed as a groundbreaking album and the place where grindcore was unleashed upon the masses.
~ Napalm Death fans should head to Ausgrind.
Harlem-born poet, Sekou Sundiata, died this morning
~ a tribute at The Morning After.
The funny thing about the Aurealis Awards, is that the years of missed work, idiotic nominations, golden
showerstatues and an endless line of judges who have either had conflicts of interest or whose background appears to be I-Can-Read-And-Thus-Have-Every-Right-to-Judge-a-Literature-Award, have left the Aurealis Awards as nothing more than a tiny local award that services a tiny, tiny pool of men and women, and which has not outside credibility–and very little internal credibility–that translates into sales or respect within the global literature movement that we all find ourselves in.
~ Ben Peek on awards for speculative fiction.
~ Richard Watts on the latest episode in the Harry Potter franchise. Not too shabby, apparently.
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Chris Sheil provides another excellent rugby wrap here at Troppo.
Shaun provides Round 19 footy tips at Sidelined, and some good commentary.
5. Mad, Bad, Sad and Glad
In news from the US, Jones Town tells us that Wal-Mart is going to be stocking faith-based toys. In his redoubtable fashion, Fairlane offers some suggestions that toy makers may not have thought of.
James Waterton suggests Muslims without a sense of humour ‘kiss his free-speakin’ arse‘.
A lovely piece on industrial archaeology from Diogenes’ Lamp.