A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, James Farrell, Gilmae, Darlene Taylor and Saint.
John Quiggin responds to Ross Gittins’ accusation that he and Nicholas Gruen didn’t address the ‘real reasons’ for the NSW electricity privatisation.
Andrew Bartlett puts non-Brisbane local government election results under the microscope for those interested.
Architectural blight blogger The Worst of Perth seizes credit for the removal of a public sculpture (I actually don’t mind it, but then Jen says my taste is where that blue rope is wedged).
Davies Drezner argues that Al Qaeda and terrorism in general can be and is being contained and if not deterred.
Publius looks at non-bank regulation in the wake of the Bear Sterns debacle:
It seems to me that if the Masters of the Universe want to reap the benefits of Uncle Sams First Insurance Company, they need to simultaneously subject themselves to federal regulation. If youve helped wreck the economy, shatter thousands of lives, and still enjoy a publicly-funded quasi-bailout, then its not an unreasonable demand.
Turcopolier is impressed with Hillary Clinton’s long-term plans for Iraq, although the chances of her ever being in a position to implement them are looking increasingly slim.
Diane Marie Amann looks at the US government human rights abuse list which conspicuously excludes China despite ongoing serious abuses of which Tibet is only the most recent. Meanwhile, Students for a Free Tibet continues to provide hour by hour blog and news coverage of the protests and Chinese reprisals there. In addition to 67 people reported slaughtered by the Chinese government in Lhasa, SFFT provides graphically disturbing photographic evidence of a further 20 deaths in Ngaba “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” in the Tibetan province of Amdo on March 16. Olympic boycott time?
Andrew Norton has made some interesting discoveries while analysing census data on university attendance and socioeconomic status:
The most striking finding, as it had been in earlier census-based studies, was that for… blue collar families the …more the family earns, the less likely it is that their sons will attend university, and the more likely it is that they will attend TAFE.
Harry Clarke was intrigued to learn about farmers’ attitudes from the Four Corners program on the rural crisis.
Joshua Gans and Andrew Leigh blame John Howard’s baby bonus for the obesity epidemic afflicting modern civizilation. Or so you’d conclude, from a headline on the ABS News website. Peter Martin has a more prosaic version of the story. All three want to eliminate the bonus.
David Bath is persuaded that the Euro will, and should, take over from the US dollar as the preferred currency for nations’ foreign transactions and reserves.
Peter Timmins suggests that Treasury head Ken Henry’s revelation of the advice he didn’t give to Kevin Rudd on minimum wage rises probably doesn’t presage a new era of openness and transparency by that department.
Adam J White gives a historical and constitutional analysis of why the Vice-President isn’t part of the executive government.
Inchoate provides some quick links on the “liberty divide” on the High Court.
Possum starts a two-part series on housing affordability.
Gummo Trotsky has devised a quiz on various sexist theories drawn from evolutionary psychology.
Mark “Oz Conservative” Richardson’s keenly awaited treatise on waiting for Mr Right lives up to the highest expectations.
Tim Train extols the subtle joys of ars interrupta.
OMG!! Wicking has gone oriental.
Perry Middlemiss points out that there’s vanity publishing and then there’s …
Shaun forgets to mention that Parramatta are the worst team in any sport since the dawn of man – and will be until the heat death of the universe – but otherwise does a pretty good job wrapping up the first round of the NRL.
Timana Tahu on the difference between league and “yawnion”:
“I usually held myself back, just took it easy or looked for support, just cruising. In union, you have to be running 100 per cent all the time,” he said. “I didn’t really need to run 100 per cent [in league]. …”
Andrew Leigh gives an economic analysis for why Carlton probably didn’t cheat the draft last year (a bit late this one).
Snark, strangeness and charm
Possum’s commentators made a powerful case for taking the low road; a million Bon Jovi references mocking Mr Nelson.
Clem Bastow disapproves of the Murdoch press’s attitude to George Clooney’s new girlfriend (the photo and caption at right are Murdoch efforts), and doesn’t think much of mega-exploited Bindi Irwin’s forthcoming collection of kids’ clothing:
Canvas! Great! Isn’t that the childrenswear equivalent of, dunno, a kero bath for nanna? Like, sure, kids’ clothes need to be durable, but canvas? What next, chainmail? Here you go, little Johnny, wrap yourself up in this nice, snuggly Kevlar dressing gown! The label says it’s stingray-proof!
Tony the Teacher submits his official wish list for Melbourne public transport and roads infrastructure. I hope Mr Brumby is paying attention.