A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, James Farrell, Gilmae, Darlene Taylor and Saint.
Right wing gay Christian blogger John Heard approves of the Rudd apology. Economist Harry Clarke doesn’t, while Tim Blair quotes Noel Pearson musing that an apology will just foster a sense of passive victimhood, and Roger Migently reproduces a 19th century report by Sir John Forrest which illuminates some of the reasons behind the removal policies.
Apathetic Sarah didn’t find anything at all to praise in Dr Nelson’s speech, while James Farrell is marginally more generous to Brendan. Given that both condemned Nelson for discussing the NT intervention, they would be well advised to read an excellent article by indigenous academic Marcia Langton at APO (republished from Griffith Review).
Paul Norton speculates on why young, educated, females don’t prefer the ‘feminist icon’ Hilary.
Andrew Norton questions Brendan Nelson’s assertion of Aboriginals suffering from ‘existential aimlessness’.
Dictatorships everywhere – Norman Geras ponders the mentality of famous playwrights and geriatric rockstars.
Joshua Gans suggests a temporary increase in the GST as a measure against inflation (fat chance).
Mark at stoush.net blogs about federal intervention in neo-liberal economies, despite fearing sharp retorts (probably with good reason).
From Tony the Teacher
Robert Merkel posts about a Victorian judge with Canute-ish delusions, while on a similar note Overlawyered reports on a famous Mississippi tort lawyer whose defence attorneys have sought a change of venue to avoid prejudice caused by the state’s bloggers (who don’t like him).
Eliezer Yudkowsky discusses the wisdom or otherwise of musing idly about the etymology and grammatical implications of “tiger!”
More on biofuels from Monbiot – Andrew Bartlett quotes a notoriously dubious journalistic source who is nevertheless probably right this time.
“The Psychology of Killing” by Colonel Dan Smith – turcupolier reviews a book whose title is self-explanatory.
Writer’s choice 141: John Baker – Norman Geras writes about a writer writing about slavery and Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn:
It shows that that strange thing, the conscience – that unerring monitor – can be trained to approve any wild thing you want it to approve if you begin its education early and stick to it.
This week’s Peter Roebuck Award – here at Troppo, Chris Lloyd’s forensic dissection of journalist Gideon Haigh’s performance over cricket’s Monkey Magic affair merits reading if you haven’t already.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Heere Bigynneth the Tale of the Asse-Hatte – Iowahawk does the Tail of Canterbury. Probably the post of the week in all blogdom