A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, James Farrell, Gilmae, Darlene Taylor and Saint.
David Tiley brings grossness into sharp focus with a post titled anyone seen Fido lately?
Ken Lovell and Bridget Gread have both noticed a certain irony in the payrise awarded to the Fair Pay guy, Ian Harper.
Jeremy Sear contemplates switching to the national daily now that it’s not the Government Gazette any more.
Tim Blair looks at the bizarre, over-the-top and (you would think) counterproductive rhetoric of Remi Van der Weil QC, defence councel for one of the accused terrorists currently being tried in Melbourne.
It’s hard to disagree with Fleeced’s sentiments about those Rudd-coddled working families after the PM promised to protect them from any fallout from ABC childcare centres:
The way this trend is going I would like to suggest a simpler poll would be What do Working Families actually believe they SHOULD pay for themselves ?
a) widescreen plasma TVs
c) movie tickets
d) all of the above, or
e) none – The Govmnt should pay for everything – theyve got piles of money and we are just Working Families.
Dr Faustus cuts to the chase and provides some practical hints on how to evade ISP-level porn filtering that the left-reactionary Rudd government seems determined to introduce.
Guy Beres argues that the Coalition’s dumping of its uranium policy was both gutless and illogical.
Jonathan Pearce argues that Clinton, Obama and McCain are all populist protectionists and wishes there was a way all three could lose!
Jason Soon joins the long list of libertarian bloggers posting vaguely laudatory obituaries for arch-conservative American pundit William F Buckley, apparently because he professed to “share about 90 percent of the views of most libertarians”. However, the 10% he didn’t share might be quite significant:
The central question that emerges… is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas where it does not predominate numerically? The sobering answer is Yes–the White community is so entitled because, for the time being, it is the advanced race. –William F. Buckley, National Review, August 24, 1957
There’s your “refined, perspicacious mind” for you. The one that, we’re told by [the New York Times], “elevated conservatism to the center of American political discourse.” Racism and power-worship–and, from first to last, uncompromising defense of the idea that society should be structured into orders and classes.
Joshua Gans is apparently unsympathetic to a paper recommending more progressive tax as a remedy for workaholism.
Harry Clarke has some criticisms of estimates by Joseph Stiglitz et al. of the budgetary cost of the Iraq War.
Should we go ahead with the tax cuts? Andrew Bartlett surveys the arguments and options, including the Gregory Warning, the Gruen Plan and the Martin Critique.
Brian Bahnisch supplies a well researched summary of the state of play in international greenhouse gas negotiations. He concludes, among other things, that
It does seem to me that the Americans are unlikely to go for short-term targets, sticking with their approach that every country needs to work out its own path according to their own circumstances. The Americans do seem to be engaged, however. Perhaps they just like doing things their way.
Jack Lacton wonders about the root causes of the U.K.’s brain drain.
Dale muses about the psychological origins of fire and brimstone fanatical religiosity, while also arguing that the shallow, complacent kind of religious belief is almost as bad. Meanwhile, philosopher Norman Geras ponders Gods and human rights, and Australian-born natural law theorist John Finnis argues that natural law (and natural rights) “is no more dependent on affirming God’s existence than any other theory is, in any of the four orders of theory, but equally that is not safe for atheists.”
Tony T. is underwhelmed by Underbelly.
Jonathan Pearce points out that a novel by Joss Whedon (Buffy etc) based on the Firefly sci-fi series is now available free on the Internet.
Alison Croggon reviews a production of a new work by Kit Lazaroo called Asylum at La Mama in Carlton.
Norman Geras cooks up a formidable edible International XI cricket team.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Tim Blair has
finally again succumbed to seething religious fervour (complete with obligatory head covering).
Legal academic Ethan Leib has honoured what he claims is a long American law school tradition of dressing up as a chicken to teach his contract law class.
Tim T wants to be the next Chiko Roll Girl (as long as he doesn’t have to eat one).