A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, James Farrell, Gilmae, Darlene Taylor and Saint.
The main message of Garnaut’s interim report, as John Quiggin sees it, is that:
At this point, the risk of moving too fast on climate change is non-existent.
Robert Merkel too is pleased by Garnaut’s stress on the urgency of the matter.
Anonymous Jeremy analyses the latest Herald Sun laura norder beatup.
Graham Young observes that the Rudd government’s claim of a binge-drinking ‘epidemic’ isn’t actually supported by the facts on Australians’ alcohol consumption.
The Poll Bludger throws out an olive branch to Dennis Shanahan in the ongoing war between the psephology bloggers and News Corporation.
Ken Lovell agrees that it makes sense to outspend everyone else on military hardware. But too rigid an adherence to this philosophy can get you into trouble once you start using that hardware to occupy other countries indefinitely rather than merely fight wars.
Pommygranate dissects British watermelons.
Matt Welch dissects the NY Times’ story of an alleged recent John McCain extra-marital affair, while Publius thinks the allegations are more than a little thin but wonders whether the NYT has more evidence up its corporate sleeve.
And on the other side of the ledger, Belle Waring points out that the Republican-aligned media have already started the racial slurs against Obama:
The truly beautiful thing about this is that it incoherently wavers between two poles of repulsive slander: is it Communist Negroes having sex with our white women? Or are Communist Jewesses subverting black Americans who, patriotic though modestly ill-treated, would have been able to resist had the party not offered them the tempting fruits of miscegenation?
Amir at Astrolabe advertises a US public broadcasting documentary, Commanding Heights, on the evolution of economics in the last century.
Harry Clarke considers using economics for gun ownership control.
Beastiality + necrophilia = no crime at all? asks/observes Eugene Volokh:
Hathaway first argues his conviction should be reversed because the term animal in WIS. STAT. § 944.17(2)(c) does not include an animal carcass. He rather convincingly contends that animal means a living creature.
Twenty five years later, and it’s Round 2 of the fight to save Brisbane’s Regent Theatre from developers, as Mark Bahnisch explains.
Lauredhel argues that it’s unethical to appropriate the personal stories of your political enemies, even if they are in the public domain. The local blogosphere’s own Mark ‘Ozconservative’ Richardson is one of her three case studies.
The never-extinct debate on whether ‘high art’ deserves its appelation, has flared up on LP.
Alison Croggon argues that theatre (or at least theatre actors) are saving the soul of the Australian film industry. Not one of her most convincing arguments really.
Tim T has posted the latest edition of his hit series Dr Who for the blue rinse set, which explains the image at right.
Regarding the Indian cricket auction player auction, Bridgit at GrodsCorp finds the frivolous disposal of such riches in bad taste, given that county’s still extensive poverty.
Who says Test cricketers aren’t role models? Not your average Joe, says Tony T.
Dani Rodrik highlights a proposal to promote peace in the Middle East through soccer by getting Israel and the Palestinian state to jointly stage the 2018 World Cup!! Is this a sillier idea than Dan Markel’s sex licence for horny teens proposal? Possibly a dead heat.
Shaun at Sidelined has a mid-week NRL news roundup, starting predictably with Willie whipping out his willie in public.
Snark, strangeness and charm
As a cyclist myself, I can empathise with what Apathetic Gam did. I’ve never done it myself, but I’ve been tempted a few times. And Sarah is a peculiar girl, always posting photos of naked women. Still, it must certainly boost their blog’s hit count.
How do you steal a 4 tonne railway bridge?
Scott notes an uncanny resemblance between Julia Gillard and Scottish actress Tilda Swinton.