A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, James Farrell, Gilmae, Darlene Taylor and Saint.
tigtog believes that a Federal Government scheme for national registration of medical professionals will help to weed out the Patels and Reeveses more quickly.
Harry Clark argues that the Rudd government is damaging Australia’s economy in bypassing the Productivity Commission and appointing Labor mates to report and recommend interventionist Button-style “industry policy”.
Peter Martin looks at Lindsay Tanner’s semantic game playing with Labor election promises on maintaining defence spending. Not quite a “non-core promise” replay but not far short.
Meanwhile, pseudonymous Liberal propagandist Kevin Rudd R Less proffers relentlessly negative takes on everything Ruddish including the 2020 Summit 11. KP: I wonder whether this is the same bloke who ran the Mark Latham sendup blog a few years ago – it’s certainly the same style of obvious if sometimes funny undergraduate humour [↩], while Guy Beres compiles a Missing Link-style roundup of MSM and blogosphere reaction to Rudd’s 100 days in office promo.
Guy Beres applauds the self-promoting Bob Geldof’s caricature-busting sympathetic view of George Bush.
Alex Hutchinson peddles the (somewhat unlikely) proposition that Obama is the harbinger and representative of a New Generation of non-ideological non-aligned pragmatists.
Doug B wonders why the US doesn’t have compulsory voting, while Roger Migently highlights disturbing suggestions that the electronic voting system they actually do have is fairly dodgy to say the least.
Melburnian Joshua Gans sees Sydney’s road toll system as a case study on squandered scale economies.
Peter Martin reports that, due to high ‘wholesale rates’ the banks will probably increase variable home loan rates by more than the 0.25 percent cash rate increase expected today.
Andrew Norton explains how, under a Universities Australia scheme to securitise HECS/HELP liabilities, in net effect ‘the government would be lending to itself to finance universities, a very strange state of affairs.’
Jeremy Sear doesn’t think much of State governments’ performance on disadvantaged housing.
Alex Tabarrok links and disputes research (not by Peter Roebuck) purporting to show that spanking kids causes sexual problems as adults.
Roger Migently explores what happens when a child disses the Bible in an American schoolroom.
Norman Geras doubts that an organised boycott of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice for its anti-semitism is a brilliant idea.
Mike Salter wonders whether Sydney FC’s purchase of John Aloisi for $1.4 million is a good idea.
Shaun Cronin previews the 2008 NRL season, keeping his fingers crossed for Parra and sharing my (KP) pessimism about Manly’s prospects for this year.
Snark, strangeness and charm
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Ben Peek hates Wollongong.
Kieran Healey argues that women pundits like Charlotte Allen (who happily admits to being stupid and a bad driver and sees these as female characteristics) are just an example of the wonders of a market economy.
Mark Bahnisch deploys years of experience to doubting research showing that blogging boosts your social life, while Peter Black looks at Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales’ apparent dumping of his girlfriend on Wikipedia itself, and also contemplates the death of email.