A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, Gilmae, Gummo Trotsky, Amanda Rose, Tim Sterne, Stephen Hill and Saint.
Mark Bahnisch tries to avoid taking an obvious approach to the 2020 summit. Robert Merkel shows no such compunction and Googles some of the 2020 Summit participants. Another alternative for those not invited to the 2020 summit – Brendan Nelson’s listening tour.
Harry Clarke, Possum Comitatus and Gary Sauer Thompson achieve a rare unity ticket on the Murray-Darling water plan, though disagreeing on whether Victoria was actually bribed with an additional $1 billion. GS-T:
Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed at CoAG in Adelaide the Commonwealth Minister will have the power to determine the cap. However, the as-yet- unspecified cap on water extraction from the river system for irrigation will not become fully operational for more than a decade. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority will not produce a plan until 2011. The state’s existing water resource plans will remain in place until they expire . For SA this is 2012, 2014 for NSW and Queensland and 2019 for Victoria. Under the agreement the states maintain control of the water in their territory.
You probably don’t lie awake at night wondering whether US supermarket giant Walmart are a bunch of complete arseholes, or whether John McCain is an idiot. You won’t after watching the video at right either.
Norman Geras looks at the achievements of Robert Mugabe and focuses on South Africa’s supine complicity as everyone waits for the “results” (including those in the photo at right who also had to wait to vote). Virginia Simmons and aavey both speculate that Mugabe is about to claim victory anyway.
Things may not be the best in Liberia either, but at least Alex Tabarrok has discovered they understand statistics and research methodology.
Andrew Bartlett looks at emerging if fragmentary boycotts of the Beijing Olympics, including by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Jonathan Pearce looks at youth gang violence in Britain and prescribes the counter-intuitive (if predictable for a libertarian) remedy of deregulation.
RWDB warbloggers and (strangely) John Quiggin argue that Sadr has lost in Basra as evidenced by offering a ceasefire, while Juan Cole argues that it just proves how powerful Iran now is in iraq and how GW Bush is irrelevant!
Will Wilkinson doesn’t think much of Paul Krugman’s views on immigration or inequality:
Ive been reading The Conscience of a Liberal for the third time. This is not pleasant work. Reading a John Bates Clark Medal winner shouldnt feel this much like reading Ann Coulter. But it does. Liberal Fascism is a more intellectually evenhanded book, which says more about Krugman than it does about Liberal Fascism, Im afraid.
Kim Weatherall has links and brief comments on mooted proposals for a three strikes and youre out policy, disconnecting copyright-infringing internet users.
Saint is hoping for some hoping for some nuanced all out denial of Jennifer Marohasy’s Plastic Bag mythology.11. saint: With my advance apologies to KP [↩] 22. KP: I don’t have a problem with this one. In contrast to global warming, there really is some respectable scientific evidence favouring Marohasy’s approach on plastic bags, as highlighted by no less an authority than the Productivity Commission. In fact, there’s little or no evidence that plastic shopping bags pose any environmental threat whatever [↩]
tigtog on marketing flacks who think women want products that look pretty in pink.
Ophelia looks at one of those appalling “honour killing” situations in Pakistan (albeit one that hasn’t happened yet).
Norman Geras examines attempts by the British academics’ trade union to orchestrate a boycott of Israeli academics despite opposition from its members and the fact that it probably breaches anti-discrimination law.
Tarleton Gillespie takes a nuanced/sceptical look at technological determinism (including on the Internet and blogging).
Perry Middlemiss extracts an article about Helen Garner on the eve of publication of her first novel in 15 years.
Marcellous reviews two nights at the opera in Sydney (Pilgrims Progress and Un ballo in maschera) and a SSO concert (Shostakovich and a newly commissioned work for viola and orchestra by Georges Lentz).
A comprehensive run down of the latest ep of So You Think You Can Dance? Especially for Meryl Tankard, if she’s reading.
Tony is hoping, wishing and praying that his team can win three or less games. I’ve (gilmae?) always thought AFL is an odd sport.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Geert Wilder’s Fitna is odds-on favourite to be the centre of this week’s biggest RWDB v LWNP (left-wing namby-pamby) on-line cock-fight.
Pommygranate scored himself a link from Andrew Bolt with this post, which comes very close to arguing that anyone who doesn’t lavish fulsome praise on Wilder’s little 17-minute hate session is less than whole-hearted in their commitment to freedom of speech.
Currency Lad shows his commitment to this most central of western values by giving the film four out of five stars:
The score, effects, pace and structure of Fitna are all just about faultless for a short film whose theme is meant to linger in the mind for ongoing contemplation.
On the downside:
The methodology, however, is simply a high-art representation of the standard polemical device of quoting from the Koran and linking the words to violent events. Not original.