A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, gilmae, Gummo Trotsky, Amanda Rose, Tim Sterne, Jen McCulloch and Stephen Hill
Terry Sedgwick commits the ultimate act of Photoshop self-abuse
Bernard Slattery found only one worthwhile idea in The Hun’s 2020 Summit-eve reporting and Harry Clarke concluded it was a show about nothing. Mark Bahnisch thought Jackie Huggins had the toughest panel to chair. Andrew Bolt put the tattered shreds of his sanity on the line by live–blogging the proceedings. Brian Bahnisch found that Kevin Rudd’s early childhood push reduced to human-capital formation. Sinclair Davidson believes its all a sign of Kevin Rudd’s lack of substance and inner Tony Blair. Chris Berg, Pommygranate and HeathG were unimpressed, with Heath noting that the (mostly unoriginal) ideas are the easy bit, implementing them is where we needed clever thinking.
Now we’ll just finish up with a quick words from The Editor, Bridgid Gread, Jack Lacton, marcellous, broken left leg, Jim Belshaw, and Peter Timmins on governance group outcomes, then we’ll hand it all over to Jeremy to sum up the mood of the meeting.
Andrew Landeryou indulges his inner Whitlamite by paying out on Malcolm Fraser, at his blog of high bandwidth consumption and poor Java scripting. 11. gilmae: Thereby completing the Malcolm-Fraser-pile-on trifecta, with solid efforts by Colebatch, Akerman and Landeryou. [↩]22. GT: Sounds more like Gladiators than horse-racing [↩]
Mercurius at LP notes the discovery of a Howard/Brough black hole33. GT: No relation to the Higgs boson [↩].
Sacha responds to assaults on property rights in favour of NSW developers. As does Terje although perhaps unsurprisingly for an ALS blogger, Terje thinks the status quo and the new laws are just different shades of tyranny. 44. gilmae: And really, the NSW government bending over backwards to assist bribe-encumbered developers? What a shock. [↩] clarencegirl is less polite than Quentin Dempster about NSW Planning Minister Frank Sartor.
Tim Lambert reports further developments in the story of Brian Hansford, a journalist at the New Zealand Listener, who was fired after climate change zealots55. GT: Of the denialist variety [↩] used stand over tactics on the magazine’s editor and management. Now the Listener has sooled its solicitors on the blogger who posted an account of the affair:
When you use lawyers to suppress people’s views it kind of undercuts your claims that you didn’t suppress Hansford’s views.
Harry Clarke reports from a seminar on proposing to use “middle-class welfare” as development strategy for poorer nations.
Currency Lad on Pope Benedict’s visit to the United States.
Syrian bloggers lament the changing character of the old part of Damascus.
Japanese bloggers on About40, a hit show which targets “the late-thirties demographic of single childless Japanese women who entered the work force during the 80s bubble, captured in the newly-coined term arafo.”
David Tiley posts on media shenanigans on both sides of the Tasman, with a detailed analysis of the standoff between editor and journos at The Age newspaper, provoked in part by Jaspan’s enthusiastic promotion of “Earth Day”, and a look at the seemingly sinister influence of well funded climate change denialists in New Zealand.
Dave Bath has found another community consultation you might want to write to.
dr. faustus is appreciative of mobile phone free zones that have sprung up.
Will Wilkinson is unimpressed by Sunstein and Thaler’s new book Nudge, which seems to tout the virtues of achieving social change through engineering “default options” and a range of other modes of choice architecture. 77. KP: Why are Americans so much better than everyone else at mental masturbation? [↩].
Robin Hanson muses about the nature of philosophers (and to an extent philosophy).
German film festival director Lynden Barber provides some details on Hans Weingartner’s new film Reclaim Your Brain, a film centering on a television producer attempts to rig the televisions ratings system to reverse the national idiocracy arising from TV networks determination to scrape the bottom of the barrel in the pursuit of maximising audience share. (SH – Weingartner may despair, but he has never encountered the banality that is Australian commercial free-to-air television). This film is bound to provoke as much comment as its predecessor The Edukators, which seemed to polarise audiences who were often unsettled by the ideological emptiness of the film’s main protagonists.
Matilda provides the shortlist for the 2008 Miles Franklin Award, with a travail through Percy’s website offering review abstracts of each of the shortlisted texts. Matilda also provides the shortlist for the 2008 NSW Premiers’ Literary awards, with more detailed judging information available from the Arts NSW website.
Alison Croggon reviews Graham Pitts’s Haneef: The Interrogation, a play based upon the leaked police interviews of Indian-born doctor Mohamed Haneef, finding the playwright’s inability to “resist the temptation to proselytise,” inevitably undermining the dramatisation of an incident upon which so much compelling material was available.
Very very behind on the goss, Geoffrey from Art of Distraction has been having a tricky time lately and is compelled to tell almost all. I am already anticipating In the Pink – Part 2.
Aus Grind has details of a free Anti-Nazi compilation.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Say it now and say it loud: I’m a pig and I’m proud!
armagnac’d tells of his own success in imparting valuable social skills through early childhood intervention.
skepticlawyer files a report for Catallaxy’s Oxford University Bureau on trolling by the Oxford Union.
Harry Clarke gets attacked by one of the numerous noxious “adware selling anti-spyware” programs and is understandably peeved.