Thursday’s edition over the fold.
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
Lauredhel looks at one of the contenders for the job of keeping intertube filth out of Australia.
Mark Bahnisch looks at the Northern Territory intervention, one year on. Kev Gillett believes Aborigines in the remote communities should be encouraged to leave, to find a better life in the cities.
Tim Dunlop joins the Troppo consensus that it’s high time the NSW Labor government was unceremoniously booted out ASAP almost irrespective of the the other mob (and O’Barrell doesn’t look too bad).
John Heard muses on how ‘good people (and Catholics)’ should vote in the coming US election.11. GT: I’m not sure whether he means good people and especially Catholics or good people and all Catholics (good or bad). I doubt anyone from down-under will be presenting any special advice for the US’s bad people (and non-Catholics in either sense) on how they should vote. [↩]
Harry Clarke on the expansion of the world due to rising fuel costs.
It’s unclear whether Joshua Gans is trying to win a prize for most trivial way of avoiding exam marking, but he’s conducting a survey on how happy Australian econobloggers (including Troppo’s Nicholas Gruen) seem!
Joshua Gans sees an opportunity for a public-private partnership to creat a generalised Price Watch service to aggregate prices for consumers to compare, offsetting the incentive for companies to make comparison difficult. Clay Shirky coughs and mutters ‘crowd sourcing’.
No idea how much of it is so much paranoia, but Niall Cook* posts a rant by a transport business owner about fuel prices, government rorting, and oil company rorting and how it is all adversely affecting the economy.
When a company has no reputation to maintain – like, for example, an online V14gRa seller – the animus caused by spam might seem worth it for those 1% of people who click through. When you are the National Australia Bank and you decide to spam blogs?
Talking Points Memo has an all week forum discussing Clay Shirky’s book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations (on Internet collaborative endeavour, blogs, wikis and Web 2.0 in general)(only posted for this week so you’d better hurry).
Helen “skepticlawyer” Dale calls bullshit is unimpressed by a UK academics’ union attempt to organise a boycott of Israel.
Has torture saved innocent lives? asks David Luban.
Public Service Announcement: Don’t see The Happening! The New Republic gives a taste of why.
Oz discusses the notion that Nighthawks is us, increasingly isolated in an increasingly interconnected world. 22. gilmae: You’d know it if you saw it, particularly if you were an Arts undergrad and if you look closely you can see Tyler Durden. [↩]
Amanda Rose writes about (recently deceased) jazz singer Anita O’Day in light of a doco about her at the Sydney Film Festival.
Andrew Leigh blogs on the economics of sport. The paragraph on why soccer players don’t always aim for the middle of the goal on a penalty rather suggests that either Andrew or the authors of the paper he’s summarising have quite a bit to learn about the game.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Andrew Bolt runs his ‘name ten, just ten’ shtick on Andrew Bartlett.
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