Missing Link – APEC security overkill edition

apecfenceskyline.jpgAPEC and election speculation is clearly dominating bloggy concerns, and people are starting to get a tad silly with it all. The latest hacking victim is Andrew Landeryou, who joins his ideological opponent Jeremy Sear in having had his site hacked and blog nicked. Love em or hate em (and it’s pretty well known that Jeremy and Andrew aren’t bosom buddies), this is a particularly risible attempt at shutting down debate. No-one is forcing you to read either, both, or any other of the more scurrilous tenants of Ozblogistan’s political realm. If you don’t like em, don’t read em. Exercise your freedom of choice and your right index finger, and save yourself some angst.

Right, now I’m done with that bit of editorializing, on to Missing Link proper. Once again we’re down two personnel, which means pickings from some of the lefty blogs and the RWDBs may be a bit unpredictable, because your humble correspondent had to step into the breach once more. Today’s issue was put together by James Farrell, Amanda Rose, gilmae and Helen ‘skepticlawyer’ Dale, with the latter engaging in some serious multi-tasking.

Graphics for this issue come courtesy of Darryl Mason, and document some of the extreme security measures adopted for the APEC summit in Sydney (I’m still waiting to see what Howard comes up with for the national costume – should be a riot). There’s a link to Darryl’s piece in the news and politics section.

1. News and Politics Stuff

Queensland bloggers John Quiggin and Andrew Bartlett were among the speakers at the ‘Socratic Forum’ in Brisbane, on the topical issue of state versus federal powers and responsibilties. Both endorse these minutes by Sam Clifford. Still on the subject of federal government powers, John wants a lawyer to explain how the Federal Government’s plan to acquire Aboriginal land in the NT gets around the constitutional and legislative obstacles. Which brings us to the topic of indigenous matters generally and Noel Pearson in particular, who has a unique ability to inspire some people as much as he exasperates others. Darlene gives an account of his speech at the Melbourne Writers Festival, kicking off a lively discussion on the comments thread. Niall Cook also has something to say on Noel Pearson.

Jim Belshaw is ever so slightly over the APEC lockdown, which damn near stopped him getting home last night.

The APEC conspiracy theory to end all APEC conspiracy theories… Gary Sauer-Thompson has more.apecstreetcage.jpg

And yet more APEC lunacy – Darryl Mason has a photographic exhibit detailing the worst security excesses.

Economic development in the Islamic world? Amir at Austrolabe reports back after asking some interesting questions.

Tim Dunlop links to pieces by Steketee and Gittens condemning the Business Coalition for Workplace Reform for their misleading advertisements, which use an Econotech modelling exercise purporting to predict the effect on employment of reversing all the IR reforms since 1993 — as if this was what Rudd proposes to do. In a similar vein, Ken Lovell catalogues the errors and prevarications in an Online Opinion piece defending WorkChoices, by a certain Felicity McMahon.

Tim Blair tells how a feminist group tip-off led to two girls being rescued from Female Genital Mutilation.

Helen is glad the Liberals got rid of Hamish Jones as their candidate for Maribyrnong, but still can’t get over the insult.

To spruik his credentials as a potential News Ltd in-house blogger, Jeremy Sear provides a primer on how to beat up the threat of violent protests at APEC. Also in the context of APEC, Apathetic Sarah throws off her opium-induced paralysis to accuse Channel 7 of cowardice, for not running Ian Melrose’s anti-Indonesia advertisements; and Pavlov’s Cat furnishes a long-overdue explanation why she doesn’t avail herself of the excellent local brothels when she visits the Emerald City.

Andrew Norton on the bits of free trade that the average punter is willing to wear. China isn’t popular, but the USA is. Go figure.

Kev Gillett is unimpressed with missionaries:

Missionaries are still stuffing up the world. Not content with the negative effects of their zeal in South America, South Africa and the Pacific islands over the past 200 odd years they have recently been the source of millions of dollars in funding for the Taliban. Just imagine how many locals and westerners the Taliban can slaughter with 20 plus million dollars.

2. Life and Other Serious Stuff

apecspeakersonpoles.jpgOne could argue that Cam bit down hard on a particularly pestilent troll, but when one is faced with a game of Whack-a-mole, a mole one must whack: What Rights are not.

Sacha, after an outrageous handwave over security, speculates on the meta-effects of opening elections to internet voting.

Great economist Adam Smith is a bit of a trick to track down, but worth the find.

Nicholas Gruen discovered a charity he could get excited about.1 Gruen also sees the flipside of the move towards YouTube and Facebook by politicans.

Harry Clarke on the economics of the pub smoking ban (it’s weaning at least some people off the pokies, apparently).

Peter Martin questions the official inflation rate.

Andrew Leigh wonders whether there are any balancing protests at APEC and lazy web replies – a pro-free trade protest on Saturday. Go.

Jacques continues to live spec a new generation of blogging software.

Jason Soon on a slightly hypocritical greeny.

tigtog reports on progress in the campaign to help men work shorter hours in the interests of their children.

Richard Watts joins the Facebook hoards.

Not all MSM outlets hate bloggers: Simon Jackman has some good news for y’all.

Chris Berg rounds up the phone companies responsible for some monster mobile bills.

3. The Yartz

Long-time bloggy commenter Nabakov turns up on Tony the Teacher’s blog with a ripper review.

While I float in my cloud of unknowing waiting for grace to fall about me, let me direct you to some interesting discussions occurring elsewhere in the blogosphere.

~ Critical Musings at Theatre Notes

At various sessions held throughout the year we worked on our hats and fascinators, leading up to making a hat that somehow represented depression.

~ Red Instead

The judging was again the most interesting part about Dave’s Idol experience, in which we discover that this is YET ANOTHER of Marcia’s 750,000 favourite songs.

~ Scott, To Be Certain

The making of a CD.

~ Folk Australia

To put it simply, Forbidden Lie$ is a cracking documentary about one heck of a literary scandal.

~ The Spinzine

4. T.S.S

(troppo sports stadium)

Join Mick at LP as he gets wound up about the Rugby World Cup.

Shane Warne did NOT get on with Adam Gilchrist and Steve Waugh. The Corridor of Uncertainty has more.

Cricket tragics the world over conspire to get their hands on John Howard once he loses the next election…

5. Mad, Bad, Sad and Glad

Audrey Apple’s date with a disturbingly David Brent type character.apeccagedstreet.jpg

Oanh does her best to find some positives about the English weather.

David Tiley is so not a morning person. He has his reasons, though.

Adrian the Cabbie has pretty much nailed why clubbers drop Eccy instead of sinking beers.

And you thought England won the prize for dodgy place names (Middle Wallop, Chipping Norton, Shitterton). Austria goes one better, apparently. Colin Campbell has the full story.

  1. Shan’t make joke about excited economists.~gilmae []
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14 years ago

A beautiful cosmopolitan city ruined by fences. No level of politics is worth that.

14 years ago

outrageous handwave over security

A fair enough observation! I really wonder if the security concerns could be satisfactorily dealt with in the next few years? Possibly not.

A mass postal ballot system is conceptually similar to internet voting – people could vote at any time up to the election day. It’d be interesting to see how this impacts on electoral advertising.

14 years ago

What utter nonsense about Andrew Landeryou. Its just a cheap attempt at trying to attract publicity. Like everything Landeryou says, take it with a grain of salt. More here if interested. http://slanderyou2.blogspot.com/

14 years ago

Tim Blair actually doing some real journalistic reporting? I’d look closer for signs of plagarism, but I simply refuse to soil my ‘net gateway.

14 years ago

Gee, we are a snarky bunch today, aren’t we?

14 years ago

Nice, Jacques. And Audrey’s piece is a bloody ripper, too.

14 years ago

Sacha, I wish I had taken the time to ensure ‘outrageous’ came across as being said with an expansive grin. I think the problems are solvable now; I trust the Tax Office’s etax application to securely process my tax form each year and there are far worse repercussions if that was compromised than a mere stolen election.