A blog roundup is a type of post traditionally undertaken when you’re bored and need a short break from the tedium of the working day, but are too lazy or lacking in inspiration to post anything original.
Attention-seeking legal academic James McConvill appears to have done the blogging equivalent of Captain Oates and taken a rather long walk out into the blizzard. I wonder why? However, his erstwhile colleague Mirko Bagaric continues to blog away at Observation Deck, despite apparently no longer being Dean of Deakin Law School (although their website still shows him as such). Bagaric seems now to have moved on from advocating torture to espousing the benefits of mandatory sentencing. Capital punishment next?
Jason Soon at Catallaxy has a post encouraging readers to tackle a particularly silly quiz designed to test how “libertarian” you are. I scored a fairly low 23, even though I’d lay a large wager that I’m a much stronger proponent of civil liberties (speech, religion, conscience, association etc) than most of the self-professed libertarians who posted their scores at Jason’s place. People who self-identify as libertarians by and large seem to have little or no interest in traditional civil liberties (or even oppressive governments as long as they’re right wing ones), and instead define their imagined “libertarian” status almost solely by their opposition to taxes and enthusiasm for privatisation of all government functions and services. They’d be more honest if they labelled themselves “I’m-alright-jack-and-everyone-else-can-go-and get-stuffed-ians”.
Tony the Teacher insists that soccer be called soccer and not “football”, apparently on the theory that aerial ping-pong is the only game truly entitled to call itself football. Of course, all sensible people acknowledge that rugby is the only real football (union not that bastardised NRL thingie – but I’ll still be watching State of Origin tonight). Nevertheless I’m prepared to concede that the soccer mob have a pretty strong claim to the “football” label. They do actually kick the ball a lot more than any other code (mostly because you’re not allowed to touch it with your hand unless you’re the goalie or Maradona). The trouble with it is that most games, even in the World Cup, are about as exciting to watch as a slow game of chess. As for aussie rules, it might have some legitimate claim to call itself “football” if anyone else in the world actually played it.
I feel much better now.