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
From Terry Sedgwick
Jason Soon points out how Craig Emerson has misrepresented Alan Moran’s position on an ALP policy that modifies a Coalition policy regulatory predatory pricing - Moran thinks they both stink.
Nicholas Pickard reports on 2020 blowback. The co-opted are getting restless.
Andrew Bartlett finds that there is no link between to permit system in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities and child abuse.
Ken Lovell wants to know – does Iran have a nuclear weapons program or not?
Kim marks an anniversary that’s a recurring embarrassment for the Bush Administration.
As an antidote to the depressing picture in Zimbabwe, read this great openDemocracy article on promising developments in Rwanda by Gerard DeGroot.
Jefferson Morley dredges up yet another JFK assassination conspiracy theory.
Ronda Jambe gives the thumbs down to Chris Masters’ Four Corners story on Harlem and Obamamania, while Todd Zywicki doesn’t think Obama should be blamed for having dodgy friends and pastors, and Jonathan Chait explains how Obama can capitalise on Clinton/McCain’s dishonest populism on petrol tax.
Lauren Hilgers takes a close look at China’s ethnic “autonomous zones” and notes that in some like Tibet the level of autonomy leaves something to be desired (nevertheless maybe there are ways Tibetans could press for more real autonomy under the existing legal structure).
Nadine Faid looks at an unusual Greek litigious dispute:
a lawsuit filed by three citizens of the island of Lesbos against the Greek Homosexual and Lesbian Community (OLKE), a gay-rights group, in a Greek court. The plaintiffsone male and two femalesassert that the group has no right to the term lesbian and that the groups use of the name is an insult to the identity of the islands inhabitants, who often refer to themselves as Lesbians.
Ken Parish responds to thoughts raised by Mark Richardson (to whom we linked in yesterday’s episode) on a charter of rights. Tim Dunlop suggests an incremental approach, starting with a guaranteed right of free speech. Possibly as a result of mortgage stress, Mirko Bagaric, discoverer of the compassion gland, seriously overtaxes his wits on the subject.
Harry Clarke is pleased that STD incidence amongst Aboriginal youth is down and equally pleased to be able to snark at the Left because of it.
John Quiggin would like to see more data and fewer anecdotes in press coverage of economic issues.
Lauredhel finds people with disabilities excluded from the 2020 summit’s ‘productivity agenda’. tigtog struggles with a personal revelation.
Joshua Gans speculates on enacting emissions trading systems as a stalking horse for raising the stakes high enough that increased R&D expenditure obviates the needs for an emissions trading system.
Biologist blogger PZ Myers examines the dodgy manouevrings of the makers of a creationist movie.
Two of the finest documentary makers, Werner Herzog (Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Grizzly Man) and Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) in conversation. (Luckily no guns were pulled or animals harmed)
Chris Boyd interviews jazz maestro Abdullah Ibrahim, and Amanda Rose gives us all access to her jazz muxtape.11. KP: I intend playing it today at work – a civilised way to prepare public law study guides, one of the compensations for crappy academic pay [↩]
Stanley Fish considers the influence of French Theory in American academia.
PEN announces some of its literary awards, Cynthia Ozick winning the PEN/Nabokov life-time achievement award, Richard Nelson winning the Laura Pels playwright award, Marget Jull Costa awarded best translation (SH – highly deserved for her fine rendering of the Iberian exuberance of Jose Saramago, Eca de Queiros, Fernando Pessoa, Javier Marias and Lidia Jorge)
Boynton considers the semiotics of ex-boyfriend jewelery.
Pavlov’s Cat finds teaching grammar to aspiring writers a bit of a strain.
Graham Young argues (uncontroversially?) that elite sportspeople shouldn’t be given special tax breaks.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Adrian has some photos of the Pittwater…and a solar powered tinny.
rotwang has a few words on long-time Radio National broadcaster, John Cargher, recently passed away. His last show was broadcast last Saturday.
Broken Left Leg finds today’s yoof ugly and capitalistic.
Audrey shares a couple of Grange Hermitage disaster stories.
Has Mark Bahnisch found the ultimate crochet project for nerds?