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
Robert Rauschenberg’s Skyway (1964)(he died this time last week, but better late than never)
Andrew Norton reports that Australians are beginning to prefer tax cuts despite possible inflationary effects.
Apathetic Sarah looks at a Courier Mail beat-up on the Veterinary Science school at The University of Queensland.
Mark Bahnisch concludes joyfully after a Rudd interview by Red Kezza that the former really is a serious policy nerd not just a dodgy nerd show pony.
Dave Nalle is unimpressed by Obama’s political judgment in rising to Bush’s bait:
As a politician, when someone lays out a sign-board which says fool and traitor, you don’t want to pick it up and put it on, and that’s what Obama essentially did. He fell into the simplest trap imaginable and basically colluded with Bush to make himself look unqualified to lead the country.
Norman Geras keeps the focus on aid to Burmese cyclone victims and the possibility of some form of forceable intervention.
Michael Totten thinks Lebanon won’t become another Gaza Strip (which still leaves plenty of room for a lower order ongoing shithole disaster).
Legal Eagle argues that saying sorry can stop you getting sued.11. KP: Which might well be worth seriously considering if it weren’t for the clauses in many liability insurance contracts which void the policy if the insured makes any admission of liability. I suppose you could always say something like “I’m not saying it was my fault or anything, but I’m really sorry this complete accident happened to you”, but that isn’t very likely to have the desired effect … [↩]
Peter Spiro begins an examination of the relevance or otherwise of citizenship and national identity in an age of globalization.
Jonathan Adler notes a US Supreme Court decision which has upheld the constitutionality of a federal law prohibiting soliciting the sale or purchase of child pornography by a vote of 7-2.22. KP: I’ll be fascinated to read how the 2 minority Justices concluded (presumably) that kiddie porn was protected free speech. [↩]
Equality in the age of human capital is one of Don Arthur’s greats for those email subscribers who haven’t read it yet.
In response to a Quiggin paper on amateur innovation, Joshua Gans says that it’s nothing new.
Ilya Somin takes a look at “the tragedy of the stupid nerd” and wonders (apparently not tongue in cheek) whether they explain the seemingly endless school massacres in the US.44. KP: As a died in the wool conservative Somin doesn’t even pause to consider that it might not be totally unrelated to US gun laws and the right to bear arms [↩]
Dale thinks the human race is hard-wired for creationist belief and prescribes humility as an antidote.
Ilana Mercer calls bullshit on the po-mo post-colonialist narrative.
(Again via the Stumblng Tumblr) Amy Winehouse, singing Teach Me Tonight before she became a drug casualty.
Chris Boyd cannot help but see the wry side of Melbourne University awarding honorary doctorates to two opera singers, having previously deemed the music school surplus to requirements.
The Happy Antipodean reviews Carmen Calill’s Bad Faith: A Story of Family and Fatherland, which focuses upon the life of the infamous Vichy official Louis Darquier.
The problem with Callil’s book is the strident deprecation. Again and again – we hardly need reminding – we’re told what a loathesome coward and “mountebank” Darquier was.
It is unnecessary because telling the story shows it. The main issue is not that Darquier facilitated the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people, many just children.
It is the complicity of so many – unnamed – ‘collabos’ including (and this could be further stressed but is probably dealt with in other books) Francois Mitterand, the past president of the republic.
Marr says this manuscript may in future be published but I’m not sure I want to see it; there is something quite violent about being wrenched away from a novel in the middle, especially when you know there is no end. And in these days of fanfic I bet a number of people would have a go at finishing it, which would be more than some of us could bear. If it must be done at all then I propose it be done by a committee made up of all those who have in their time presented a Patrick White parody on Parody Night at the Association for the Study of Australian Literature’s annual conference. We would be each other’s sternest critics.
Nicholas Pickard thinks SMH columnist Michael Duffy needs to get out more if he cannot find anything interesting in the Australian arts scene.
Tim Sterne loyally attends the recording of a TV game show that his wife is thinking of entering as a contestant:
Of course we all had to clap and shout like maniacs; while most people shouted things like “Top Dollar!” or “Go, Denise!”, I amused myself by shouting “Take the saucepans!” and deliberately not smiling so I wouldn’t be shown in any promo shots of the audience.
Moses at Beer and Sport semi-triumphally hails the NSW Waratahs as the second best team in the southern hemisphere, while Spiro Zavos thinks they could even win the Super 14 with a bit of luck. Mind you he was in a pub at the time.
Todd Balym agrees with perennially whingeing Newcastle coach Brian Smith that the NRL is an unfair competition because teams with absent Origin stars are doomed to lose.55. KP: Mind you, Smith would be more convincing if the Knights had had any more than two players away on Origin duties. [↩]
Snark, strangeness and charm
Jason Soon has the sorrowful duty to announce that he has had to give in and ban GMB from Catallaxy. Shine on, you crazy diamond. 66. gilmae: Is that the only time anyone has ever been banned at The Cat? [↩]
Jeremy thinks Kevin Donnelly is a silly old duffer.
The Hoydens present their Femmostroppo Awards for 2007.
John Quiggin claims a Godwin Quinella from Graham Young.77. KP: Although it isn’t really, because the second leg was calling Robyn Williams a commo, which isn’t quite the same as a Nazi AFAIK [↩]
And, as a public service to readers anxious to know what the Liberals are doing apart from leaking emails about a petrol excise reduction policy that even their own treasury spokesman thinks is idiotic, the answer is: not very much. Alexander Downer has finally found time to interrupt the golf games to upload a few amiable but inconsequential posts to his “blog” (which invites comments but doesn’t display them), while the Rudd R Less site puts up desultory and strangely humourless posts now and again. It has a normal comment box facility but seldom generates any. Maybe Troppo readers could pay them a visit and leave a message of encouragement. It must be tough being a Liberal in these dark days. At least Costello is sticking with his core strength of silent smirking.
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