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
Luvvies, but not Albert Finney playing Hamlet (via Laura)
The inaugural downunder feminist blog carnival is posted at tigtog and lauredhel’s place.
At the risk of irking KP for linking Henson posts again, Ralph Buttigeg says ‘duh’ to the decision that They aren’t porn or at least not porny enough to lay char ges. Henson not porn. Meanwhile, Marcellous is cynical about the police response to the Henson moral panic, seeing it as AFP Comissioner Mick Keelty “staging his comeback on the child protection bandwagon”, and Alison Croggon lets loose a final flurry of Henson before fleeing overseas. Finally, for those for whom too much Henson is just barely enough, Andrew Frost announces that there’s a Henson symposium(!!!) next Thursday for you lucky Sydneysiders featuring luminaries like Margaret Pomeranz, David Marr, Julian Burnside, Hetty Johnson and Clive Hamilton.
Brian Bahnisch examines Senator Penny Wong’s speech on climate change and whether petrol should be part of an emissions permit scheme, while son Mark detects the inky hand of PJK in recent attacks on Kevin Rudd.
The Pollbludger sees no sign of a FuelWatch fiasco anti-Labor swing in the latest Morgan poll.
Harry Clarke cites numbers to support a contention that Iraq has turned a corner.
Krutic A sees Clinton’s angling to be V-P candidate as her “last swing at Obama” (when she should just quietly fade away).
Turcopolier suspects that the US-Iraq agreement currently being negotiated will establish a neo-colonial protectorate over the country:
As in the “good old days,” there are ethnic and religious minorities conveniently to hand who will support the agreements for their own reasons. The Kurds want American protection to continue and the majority of Sunni Arabs have come to understand that at least for a time, the Americans are preferable to Shia Arab rule limited only by the extent of their real coercive power.
Bruce Bawer writes about the life and achievements of Czech politician/playwright Vaclav Havel (highly recommended).
Harry Clarke and Joshua Gans both comment on Paul Krugman’s idea that intellectual property products – music, books, &c – will inevitably become cheaper as business models become more like the Grateful Dead model.
Joshua Gans calls bullshit on an Opposition claim that increasing petrol prices doesn’t put downward pressure on consumption.
Nicholas Gruen struggles to place kid’s games within Hayekian theory.
John Quiggin looks at the implications for Australia from (what he sees as) the current US recession, and doubts the sustainability of “the economic model pursued by the whole English-speaking world for the last couple of decades with large trade and current account deficits and low to zero rates of household savings in traditional terms, offset by capital gains on housing and equity investments.”
Mark Richardson wants to make sure that Australian Aboriginal violence against white settlers isn’t forgotten.
Bugger the glass ceiling, Helen “Cast Iron” Smart is more worried about the glass floor.
Jeremy Sear posts about the French marriage annulled because the wife lied to the Muslim husband about her virgin status.
Chris Berg believes the 2am lockout experiment in Melbourne is rigged. Is also trying to hunt down a full list of the exempt establishment.
Sukrit Sabhlok wants more credit for libertarian thinking’s achievements. Is also calling bullshit on the meme that Obama’s candidacy is a triumph over racism. 11. gilmae: In fact, by even knowing that Obama is black, the media and you and I are all filthy racists. [↩]
Will Wilkinson interviews moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt on Bloggingheads TV, and links to his unpublished article on ‘why Democrats should pay more attention to Haidt and less to guys like Lakoff”.
Norman Geras exposes the hypocrisy of Times journo Simon Jenkins on international humanitarian interventions.
openDemocracy republishes an article by Islamic history expert Patricia Crone on what is known about Mohammed.
The Bollardian (from Tim Sterne not taking a sickie because it’s the weekend)
Alison Croggon gives a resounding Molly Bloom Yes to the OpticNerve Performance Group’s performance of Sally Porter’s Yes.
Decomposing Trees considers the best Australian independent albums in light of the Australian Independent Record’s (AIR) providing a short-list that attempts to smoke out some forgotten musical gems in offering a definitive top ten independent album list. Any interested readers who want to vote for their favorite albums (and this can include albums not included in the short-list) can vote at the AIR website.
The play could instead be called seven characters looking for authorly love. Not to mention mutual respect. As they are, abandoned on stage in a puddle of psychological dead-ends, semi-devised motivations, right turns visible miles ahead, and plotlines with validity set to expire in 2009, they come across as theatrical cripples, interesting more as a self-unaware society reflected in the broken mirror of the unconscious, regurgitating computer program mentioned above, than any attempt at lite forgivemelord comedy.
Michael Magnusson considers the 3 Big Men Productions rendering of Harold Brighouse’s Hobson’s Choice.
Marcellous reviews a SSO concert (Berlioz and Dutoit).
Strangely, none of the soccer blogs on my feed reader have had the heart to review Australia’s return World Cup qualifier loss to Iraq.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Melaleuca continues the Grail Quest Refuting J F Beck campaign.
Meanwhile, the saga of Caroline “Caz” Hamilton and Jamie “The Hack” Duncan continues and has now drawn MSM attention in The Age/SMH, which reveals that Hack has withdrawn his application for an intervention order against a (co-worker?) he erroneously believed to be responsible for the Lulz Starts Here site which first revealed their identities to a gleeful blogosphere. The latter also has some entertaining new pages, including one which begins cataloguing examples of Caz and Hack’s record of vilifying others. Perhaps some of their victims might want to assist, because Caz and Hack have prevailed on the National Library Pandora archive to remove the archives of Spin Starts Here from public access. Fortunately, almost certainly anyone they sued (e.g. the bloke against whom they obtained the now withdrawn interim intevrention order) would be able to obtain discovery of the Pandora archive pages for the purpose of litigation, as would anyone they sued for defamation for telling the truth about their record of vilifying others.
The Worst of Perth on Andre Rieux:
Clayderman isnt even cold in his grave, in fact the c*nt isnt even dead, and yet Andre Reiu is still insists on camping it up on his territory ie elevator music.
(via Andrew Frost) The World’s Worst Album Covers (and they really are – that’s one at right).
The Stumbling Tumblr posts a pretty photo essay on the church at Cobbity, just spitting distance across the paddocks from the erstwhile Camden Islamic school site.
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