Andrew Leigh reckons we should adopt the Eureka flag as Australia’s national flag. Nice idea, except that Howard would just use any such suggestion as a diversionary dog whistle …
Together with Wednesday’s omnibus edition, today’s Missing Link should provide readers with an abundance of Australia Day long weekend browsing material.
As usual, it’s fairly evenly split between serious news and politics-related material and more light-hearted stuff (mostly in the Mad Bad Sad Glad section).
Blogger and Canberra Times economics journalist Peter Martin ends up dominating the news and politics section of today’s Missing Link. He’s rapidly turning into a real “one man global content provider”, albeit based on intelligent, thoughtful analysis of issues instead of the predictable partisan polemic of Mark Steyn who originally adopted that label for himself.
Happy Australia Day* and on with the show.
*Unless you’re the sort of person who sanctimoniously refers to it as “Invasion Day”, in which case I don’t wish you anything good at all. On the other hand, I do agree with Tony the Teacher:
Today used to be a nice, peaceful day of watching cricket from Adelaide – Go the Aussies! – with maybe a Roulettes flypast. Now, because we just have to overegg the golden goose, Straya Day has become a Have A Great Day Day with simulcasted fireworks. It gets right on my tits.
The public holiday is fuckin’ grouse, but.
News and politics stuff
Water water water
- Cristy Clark doesn’t trust Howard to take over water policy from the States (he’s in the farmers’ pockets), doubts he has the constitutional power (I’ll post on this separately), and likes the suggestion of Patrice Newell that water should be controlled locally. How the latter could assist in combatting the parochial upstream self-interested behaviour that has caused the problem in the first place is beyond me, but what else would you expect from Phillip Adams’ missus? On the other hand, Harry Clarke assesses the Howard government scheme positively, while Tim Dunlop reckons the whole thing was a cunning Howard wedge that Kevie was too smart to fall for.
More on Tristar dying worker redundancy deal
- Tim Dunlop and Trevor Cormack (here and here and here) point out that Tristar in fact dudded dying worker John Beaven to the tune of around $100,000, despite the intervention of the avuncular Joe Hockey at the behest of Howard at the behest of Alan Jones. Meanwhile RWDB Matthew K also reckons Tristar were bastards, but somehow concludes that Alan Jones is a hero and John Howard did the right thing. No mention whatever of the $100,000 Beaven didn’t get, or the remaining Tristar workers still being stonewalled out of their redundancy entitlements, or the Howard IR laws that promote this sort of unprincipled, predatory conduct.
- Tim Blair highlights suggestions that the forthcoming UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report will say that effective measures to combat GW will cost some 5% of world GDP, in contrast to Sir Nicholas Stern’s asserted 1%. Meanwhile, Steve Munn (who often writes sensible stuff in between aspiring to Tim Blair’s bullying pedant mantle) points out that economists consistently drastically overestimate the cost of compliance with environmental regulation.
- And fellow global warming denialist Andrew Bolt focuses on various hyperbolic statements by newly-announced Australian of the Year Tim Flannery. Bolt’s points are mostly correct as far as I can see, but of course both he and Blair deploy these sorts of stories as part of a far more dubious campaign to debunk the science behind global warming generally.
Other news stuff
- Rest easy. There will be no hike in interest rates – Peter Martin
- The rise and rise of Malcolm Turnbull – Peter Martin
- Happy Australia Day: “When did you come to Australia?” – Darryl Mason, in an atypically succinct blog post, highlights a revealing(?) gaffe by John Howard.
- Ads paid for in mysterious ways – Tim Dunlop uncovers interesting connections between the Liberal Party and the Exclusive Brethren sect.
- Somalia under the microscope – Eric Martin continues his in-depth coverage of the current situation in Somalia here and here.
- Murdoch for Ten? – Peter Martin
Speculation is building that Rupert Murdoch’s son Lachlan will bid for the channel ten television network.
- Qantas – the protected kangaroo – Peter Martin
- Voting is compulsory in Australia; but enrolment …? – Simon Jackman examines the 500,000 shortfall in electoral enrolments, sure to be exacerbated by the Howard government’s recent legislative changes providing for closure of the rolls as soon as an election is announced.
- Upskirting not just for schoolboys, sadly – TigTog
Life and other serious stuff
- Hayek’s Road (Part 2 Social Justice) – Don Arthur continues his forensic dissection of the iconic free market guru, making political philosophy accessible and entertaining as only Don can.
- A closer look at Australian hate videos on YouTube – Peter Black (lots of links to YouTube videos).
- Just poppin’ out the progeny – Heln ‘Cast Iron Balcony’ Smart
“Prejudices are difficult to kill“ is the title of the article by Gabriella Coslovich, and it really storms the bastion of prejudice, yes it does. Shorter Coslovich: I’m sick of people banging on about mothers having problems getting higher positions. I’m here to tell you we single women have it much, much worse. These people with kids get everything given to them and they’re never satisfied! Take that, you ignorant, selfish breeders! Yes, by cracky, this article is about opposing prejudice all right!
- Should graduates get a special first home buyer grant? – Andrew Norton debinks a spurious Labor argument against the HECS scheme (which Labor doesn’t actually oppose; Kevie just wants to give that impression for electoral purposes).
Mad Bad Sad Glad
- Tennis goes into Ova-Time – Scott, to be Certain
Like fallopian tubes in perpetual ovulation, the world tennis stage is veritably saturated with -ova.
Egged on by a chance at fame and fortune, young female tennis players with surnames ending in -ova are now ubiquitous; 14 alone can be found in the Top 100.
In a major ova-sight, Scott forgot to mention the biggest Ova of them all, Ana Kournikova. In the interest of thoroughness, we’ve included her at right.
- By Jingo! It’s ‘Straya Day – ‘Roger Migently’ takes a satirical look at Tamworth’s contribution to Australia Day.
- C.H.O.P.S. – Ms Fits discovers a typically American organisation whose acronym stand for “Changing Homosexuals into Ordinary People” (but doesn’t know what the “s” stands for).
- Darryl reviews Darryl – Tim Blair’s eagle eye catches out earnest (if often verbose) young blogger Darryl Mason in a bit of surreptitously pseudonymous self-promotion for his self-published novel about bird flu.
- Maintaining the rage as is his wont, Andrew Landeryou examines ongoing German government bastardry over stolen Nazi art treasures, and also slags leftist politicians Kerry Nettle and Meredith Burgmann for Israel-bashing statements during Christmas junkets to the Middle East.
- Huxley’s utopian family – Mark ‘Oz Conservative’ Richardson somewhat bizarrely equates the modern “liberal” attitude to marriage and the family with Aldous Huxley’s fictional account of a “Mutual Adoption Club” in his last novel Island and the anti-nuclear family utterances of a Russian communist apparatchik in 1918. Presumably Mark finds his own logic persuasive anyway.
- Celebrity Gossip Friday – Darlene Taylor with celeb gossip every bit as reliable as the crap you’ll read in the MSM gossip mags.
- Sounds/sights – Adrian the Cabbie muses about the world’s most disgusting sounds.
- You may want to sit down before reading this – Andrew Leigh reveals what game theory can tell us about the economics of leaving the toilet seat down and faking orgasms.
- Cruise the new “Christ” – Caz at TSSH
And [Scientology] leader David Miscavige believes that in future, Cruise, 44, will be worshipped like Jesus for his work to raise awareness of the religion.
A source close to the actor, who has risen to one of the church’s top levels, said: “Tom has been told he is Scientology’s Christ-like figure.
- Finger for sale – Caz highlights an unfortunate Melbourne man who ran foul of the planning bureaucrats twice, and now has to sell his 1.5 tonne comment on what he thinks of them (and his neighbour). I wish I had it to drop from a great height on the moronic bogan prick across the road who revs his outboard motors for hours both before and after he takes his boat out for a spin on the harbour every public holiday.
- Shed drinking epidemic worsens – Yobbo suspects the Australian Hotels Association of orchestrating an unAustralian campaign to stop Aussie blokes from drinking at home with their mates.
- Finally, in case you’re in need of an effective emetic in the wake of Oz Day over-indulgence, I can’t go past this classic passage from the blogosphere’s Queen of Talentless Nepotistic Onanism:
Last night I was on a date which was very pleasant until my ex-husband’s record was put on the pub stereo. It’s a little unnerving making polite talk with someone when beautifully heartfelt songs about you and your relationship are on high rotation in the background. Has this happened to anyone else?
Now. Shall we get on with our questions or do you have better things to do with your Invasion Day, you flag-waving racist?