A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, James Farrell, Gilmae, Darlene Taylor and Saint.
Does D.S. stand for “diced and sliced” or … ?
Nicholas Gruen finds time off from zig-a-zig-ahhing to compare and contrast Hawke and Howard.
Wow. I mean, just wow. Dennis Shanahan really needs to learn to pretend Possum Comitatus et al don’t exist. He’ll at least not leave his guard down throwing haymakers.
Ken Lovell argues that former Aboriginal Affairs Minister Mal Brough’s Tiwi Islands business venture is just as smelly as Bob Carr’s job with MacBank.
The Currency Lad makes a welcome return to blogging: Last call for the greatness express (although CL unfortunately can’t reliably be reviewed for Missing Link purposes until he implements a RSS feed, an option readily available to Blogger users). 11. KP: Looks like CL’s got the RSS feed going now. Speaking of that Milne article calling on the Smirker to do a graceful backflip and think again about retiring, is it really a forlorn hope as CL suggests? If Milne is close to Costello (as seemed to be the case), maybe he’s just softening us up for a big announcement. After all, it’s hard to imagine an ex-Liberal Treasurer being a hot prospect for a huge corporate paycheck when his party is out of government federally and in every State and Territory, and I doubt he’d relish going back to the grind of the Melbourne Bar [↩]
Andrew Bartlett remembers former Democrat politician Sid Spindler who died the other day.
*Sorry few piccies today (no time).
Graham takes notice of the WWF paper on carbon emissions and posits the Garnaut review everyone was talking about may have already become obsolete.
Brad DeLong talks centrist commonsense on the Presidential candidates’ NAFTA/protectionist posturing.
Dave Nalle argues that Hillary Clinton’s increasingly desperate tactics are playing into the hands of McCain and the Republicans.
Turcopolier asks: why do they keep fiddling with Lebanon?
Now, unfortunately, Washington DOES care about what the Lebanese are doing to themselves. The Lebanese would be far better off if America just left them alone to fester in their mutual animosities. They are so good at it. It is a kind of art form in the salons and coffee houses of Beirut.
Brad DeLong highlights Nir Rosen on the myth of the surge.
Joshua Gans thinks that a challenge to iPhones under the Trade Practices Act would end in an overhaul of the Act itself.
Peter Martin tells of a weird experiment that gives the flavour of Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational:The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions.
Harry Clarke examines the statistics for credit growth in Australia, declaring them to be an ugly set of numbers.
Jono looks at how local councils blow money.
Lawrence Solum posts a weighty analysis of the controversy over whether John McCain is constitutionally eligible to run for President as a “natural born Citizen” (he was born in the Panama Canal Zone), while Jack Balkin takes the opportunity to take the piss out of the originalist approach to constitutional interpretation by advancing a superficially plausible argument that almost every US President including George Washington was constitutionally ineligible!
Stephen Griffin conducts a rather more sober analysis of the originalist approach.
Given that Climate Change presents an existential threat to the earth’s climate system, that there’s a consensus of scientific opinion that the consequences will be dire and that the cost of not taking urgent action are significant then should the United Nations take military action against China in order to save the world given the huge increase in CO2 output projected for them?
Terje Petersen advocates abolisihg the present system of taxi licensing without compensation to the owners.
Johnnnz pokes a stick at Natural Rights Libertarians’ natural rights nonsense while Jason Soon and Sukrit Sabhlok battle out the anti-Americanism among the isolationist Libertarians: by arguing about China.
Marcellous reviews Opera Australia’s prouction of Carmen and is unpappy that his subscription list always gets the second string cast.
Alex Ross discovers that they knew about reality TV even in the eighteenth century:
“Chuse a day on which to represent the most sublime and affecting tragedy we have; appoint the most favourite actors; spare no cost upon the scenes and decorations; unite the greatest efforts of poetry, painting and music; and when you have collected your audience, just at the moment when their minds are erect with expectation, let it be reported that a state criminal of high rank is on the point of being executed in the adjoining square; in a moment the emptiness of the theatre would demonstrate the comparative weakness of the imitative arts, and proclaim the triumph of the real sympathy.”
Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful
It seems that Manly in Henry Lawson’s day wasn’t so very different from the Manly where I grew up.
Alison Croggon reviews the new Tom Stoppard play Rock’n Roll and finds it doesn’t live up to the hype.
TonyT on the Battification of St Matthew.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Adrian the Cabbie writes about the gay country publican who won local acceptance the dangerous way.
Apathetic Sarah is being monstered by an anti-Semitic perennial litigant.
Dale hates those breathless linking sans commentary posts that were once said to be the essence of blogging (idealising vacuity).