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
Should we be worried? (via Boing Boing)
Apathetic Sarah and clarencegirl think it’s a bit rich awarding John Howard an Aussie Gong so soon after he became a Companion of the Order of the Boot. Niall Cook thinks it’s a bit rich awarding a gong to, apparently, anyone who has achieved anything without total altruism in mind.
Harry Clarke works through the reasons Kevin Rudd is a disappointing PM.
Darryl Mason notes that most Iraqis would like to know when the US military plans to bugger off home again.
Tim Dunlop looks at the claimed emergence of a military junta pulling the strings of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, while Norman geras focuses on Human Rights Watch documentation of systematic regime torture and intimidation of voters, and the increasingly self-caricaturing Christopher Hitchens demands to know why Nelson Mandela isn’t condemning Mugabe.11. KP: Possibly because he’s retired and almost 90 and figures it’s time others stood up. [↩]
Kim at LP compares Obama’s victory speech and Clinton’s concession speech.
At openDemocracy, John Casey sketches Syrian politics and society in the context of current peace talks with Israel.
Hilzoy is markedly unimpressed by RWDB columnist Thomas Sowell’s evaluation of Obama and McCain.
amsiegel posts on a stoush between US Supreme Court Justices Stevens and Scalia over the legitimacy of constitutional opposition to the death penalty.
Helen “skepticlawyer” Dale has more on the Mark Steyn “hate speech” case, looking at the role of some third party urgers.
Peter Martin gives voice to Ross Garnaut and his current woes. Also reports research that giving money away makes people happy. 22. gilmae: I’m offering a happiness service, just drop me a line and much happiness can be yours. [↩]
Tim Lambert ably defends himself on scientific grounds against a concerted attack by anti-science RWDB “heavyweights”.
Robin Hanson wonders how honest you should be with your kids about your own past peccadilloes.
Decomposing Trees considers the wonderous beauty that is the music of The Triffids
The Happy Antipodean considers Peter Stewart’s Demons at Dusk a chronicle of the Myall Creek massacre of 1838 tying it in with a recent episode of the ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club.
The Monthly’s Slow TV offers a panel focused upon the practice of contemporary journalism with David Marr and Gideon Haigh
The Art Life provides a list of the Queens Day honours list bestoyed upon those who offered services to the arts, which apparently includes a luvvee John Howard
The only other arts related award of note was to one John Winston Howard , a solicitor from Wollstonecraft who, with his mate Arthur, ran a shop. He’s been given top honours [an AC] for many things including “development of significant philanthropic links between the business sector, arts and charitable organisations.” We can’t remember seeing Mr. Howard at any arts functions over the years but also realise he and his wife have been very active in Rotary for yonks. Must have been an art raffle.
Colin Wicking offers tribute to James Hensley probably best known for his illustrations of Ginger Megs comics, who was awarded a posthumous Order of Australia.
Marcellous gives a qualified thumbs up to the new Narnia movie Prince Caspian.
Matt at Green and Gold Rugby reviews Australia A v Japan properly (he hadn’t actually seen the game before writing yesterday’s post).
Snark, strangeness and charm
Tim Sterne implicitly explains why he doesn’t give a rat’s if the boss reads his blog post about last week’s sickie.
By popular demand, another one of the Worst Album Covers of all time.
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