A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, James Farrell, Gilmae, Darlene Taylor and Saint.
via Bastards Inc
John Quiggin rejoices in the Federal Government’s decision to buy water from irrigaters and give it back to the frogs (also published in the AFR).
Andrew Bartlett is equally excited by signs of a serious intention to ‘quickly reverse the amendments made to the Electoral Act by the Howard government, which were a breath-takingly self-serving abuse of power’
Mark Bahnisch highlights a citizen journalism initiative to cover the Queensland local government elections, and suggests that may be its niche qua MSM.
Possum Comitatus explores what might happen if Costello, Downer, Vaile etc resign and cause by-elections in previously safe Coalition seats.
Not much penetrating analysis of the Texas/Ohio primaries outcome. Just lots of football commentary and partisan barracking making a pretense of analysis. Norman Geras, however doesn’t think much of the communication skills of Hillary’s campaign manager who was quoted as saying ‘Let me be crystal clear – Hillary Clinton is not going anywhere.’
Juan Cole sees consolidating ties between Iran and Iraq, which certainly doesn’t look like good news for anyone else.
John Bambenek examines the increasingly erratic Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez’s latest escapade.
Joshua Gans replies to Gittins’ anti-immigration argument at greater length (also published in The Age).
On his continuing theme of performance pay for teachers, Andrew Leigh links to some American advocates who take the unions’ objections seriously, and try to promote dialogue.
Harry Clarke reports that some oil industry experts are claiming that the extraction peak is further away than we thought. If so, it will be a much harder task to push energy energy companies to develop nuclear and renewable technologies.
Andrew Norton on whether the HECS debt should be sold.
John Humphreys hits back with a long rebuttal in his increasingly bitter war of words with Gerry Jackson about carbon taxes and global warming. Meanwhile, James Farrell effects a much more succinct comment box demolition of Jackson’s arguments.
Tommy Crocker looks at yet another Dershowitz-style academic lawyers’ apologia for US government use of torture.
Mercurius has found a list of possible ingredients of success in the Finnish and Singaporean school systems.
Mark Richardson on Britain and Sweden’s state war against the male provider.
Chris Boyd previews this year’s Adelaide Festival.
Alison Croggon gives a rave review to a new Melbourne production of Chekhov’s first play Platonov.
Colin Campbell asks if cricket presenter Mark Nicholas is unctious.
Still, was Symonds response appropriate to the trespassing nuisance, or was it indefensible thuggery?4
Snark, strangeness and charm
Tim Blair’s recovery update for the wimp intolerant.
The Kerplunk Definition of little ‘l’ liberal perjorative terms.
David Tiley looks at maximum impact methods of robbing ATMs.
- I had to cast Comprehend Languages (‘googleous translatacus’) to understand it all. Frankly, if they can’t integrate and speak English, they should git out.~gilmae
- It’s easy really. CL wants bread. I like me circuses ~saint
- Who had clearly been hiding in shadows, only stepping our for a quadruple damage backstab. Revenge was sweet.~gilmae
- It might have been indefensible thuggery if he’d kicked the f***wit in the cods while he was on the ground, though personally I’d feel pretty relaxed about that too ~ KP
- As distinct from Fireball Exhaustion Syndrome, otherwise referred to as -1 HP.~gilmae
- That’s it with the greenies for me. This means war. ~saint