A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, James Farrell, Gilmae, Gummo Trotsky, Amanda Rose, Tim Sterne, Stephen Hill and Saint.
Derek Barry is unimpressed by the gimmickry of Earth Hour.
Apathetic Sarah wastes no sympathy on Jenny Macklin (unsuitable for bed-time).
The Currency Lad thinks Kevin Rudd has lost his religion – in China.
Under NSW FOI laws, Peter Timmins notes that only applicants for information apparently need to observe time limits. Government departments can take as long as they like. If you live in NSW, remember that you voted for these shonks. Can O’Barrell be any worse?
Jonathan Quong puts the case for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics.
wmmbb has some interesting news for Jaguar fans. Is this latest example of economic globalisation the coup de grace for British pride?
The Currency Lad notes Phillip Adams’ defence of Obama is playing to script, but finds the possible outcomes of the Democrat+ic convention far more interesting.
Jack Lacton scoffs at the Syrian minister for Expatriates who bagged Australia’s message of support for Israel 11. saint: The idea that a country needs a Minister for Expatriates should have been enough [↩]22. gilmae: Israel has one as well, Minister of the Diaspora, Society, and Fight Against Antisemitism. [↩]
Juan Cole covers the detail of clashes between Sadr militias and Maliki government forces in Iraq, while Spencer Ackerman suggests the Americans are being held hostage by Al Maliki and John Qugggin puts the situation in perspective.
The important thing here, though, is that Hillary is not unique. Prioritizing the will to power over the truth is a defining feature of managerialism. Managers presume that the world can be bent according to their will. And, time being a tricky thing, it’s a small step from thinking the future is wholly malleable to thinking the past and present are as well – as Stalin knew in his notorious doctoring of Russian history. Hillary’s “mis-speaking” is in the same category as New Labour’s smearing of David Kelly and bosses’ presentation of company accounts …
Peter Martin reckons Rudd was a goose to promise that tax would under no circumstances increase as a proportion of GDP.
Eliezer Yudkowsky discovers that forbidden fruit tastes sweeter in only 676 words + footnotes.
Harry Clarke uncovers a tobacco company “research” scam that lends a new level of meaning to unethical.
On the Colombia University Press blog Darrell William Davis offers a fascinating reading of Taiwanese director Ang Lee’s film, Lust-Caution, the film about sex and espionage that outraged China’s prudish moral authorities. In this adaptation of Eileen Chang’s short story Ang Lee adeptly portrayed the the development of the symbiotic relationship between the two main characters, Wang Chia-chih and Mr. Yee, exploring their destructive contest of desire. And, as Davis notes, the suspense of this film is very much driven by the subterfuges of the two main characters who, in oscillating between lust and caution, shift in their roles as hunter and hunted to provide a fascinating psychological portrait of the clandestine world beneath the splendour of 1930s Shanghai.
The director asserts that Eileen Chang understood playacting and mimicry as something by nature cruel and brutal: animals, like her characters, use camouflage to evade their enemies and lure their prey (Chang 2007: 61). Scriptwriter James Schamus invokes Zizek to explain further: Yee wants Wang not in spite of his suspicion, but it is precisely because he suspects her that he desires her. . . . And so lust and caution are, in Changs work, functions of each other, not because we desire what is dangerous, but because our love is, no matter how earnest, an act, and therefore always an object of suspicion
Sunday ramblings, cold coffee, recycled love and theatre at Minktails.
Snark, strangeness and charm
An exasperated tigtog presents a quick remedial class in obstetrics for economists. 44. GT: No pun intended – all the “offers” for today were already used up. The “would” supply was looking a bit dodgy for a while there too [↩].