Missing Link Daily

A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, James Farrell, Gilmae, Darlene Taylor and Saint.

Politics

Australian

Mary, Frederik and family as Bald Archy winners

Peter Martin is contemptuous of media and Coalition scare-mongering over carer benefits.

Terry Sedgwick is unimpressed with Victorian Premier John Brumby refusing to meet with teachers over pay claims while happily sucking up to Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.  Mind you, Terry’s post looks a tad hyperbolic.  According to this story it isn’t even clear whether the oleaginous Ecclestone is coming to Australia for the GP, and if he does he’s looking to meet with Ron Walker not Brumby.  Everything I (KP) have heard from Brumby suggests the Victorian government isn’t brimming with enthusiasm to subsidise F1 to stay in Melbourne after 2010. 

William “Pollbludger” Bowe analyses the Brisbane City Council election and the latest WA opinion poll showing Labor a country mile in front.

International

A Herald Headline has Sarah incredulous: it was the Governor’s wife who was shamed?  Jeremy Sear wonders why political wives always seem to allow themselves to be persuaded to front up at such occasions.  Dale asks why prostitution is a crime anyway? (in every US state bar a few Nevada counties), while Matt Bodie takes a slightly more sympathetic look at disgraced NY Governor Spitzer.

William R Polk posts a major analytical piece at Juan Cole’s place summarising the state of play in Iraq and the implications for future US policy and the presidential race.

 


Economics

John Quiggin joins the voices advocating restraint on the RBA’s part.

Andrew Leigh discusses some evidence that publishing data on hospitals’ performance raises their quality (also appearing in the AFR).


Issues analysis

Shaun Cronin was encouraged by some improvements in police strategy reported in the Four Corners Program about alienated Muslims in Australia.

tigtog urges bloggers to post something along these lines:

ethical tourists please avoid the Haven Backpacker Resort on Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs: it is a racist establishment, please dont support it by staying there.

Apropos the ‘white flight from schools’ debate, Andrew Norton examines the assumption that mixing social classes and ethnic groups in school is good for social cohesion.

On the male-female pay gap, Mark Richardson argues that it’s because women choose the easy job options.

Apathetic Sarah turns the laser onto tooth whitening.

Will Wilkinson highlights an essay on patriotism by political theorist George Kateb:

The brute fact of patriotism is made brute by the inveterate inclination in men to associate virility with the exertion involved in killing and risking death. No theory can ever defeat or discredit this inclination, which helps to engender the fantasy that the competition of political units is the highest kind of team sports.
 


Arts

Tony reviews (the DVD of?) 3.10 to Yuma and slags Unforgiven along the way.

Meg Rosof on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice:

My one complaint in relation to the book, is that it does not belong on secondary school reading lists. It is a book that should be read in middle age for maximum pleasure, when the importance of a good marriage, and an interest in money and class have had time to stew. In the meantime, it can always be read for the love story. 

Publius argues that No Country for Old Men was a beautifully made movie but fundamentally thematically incoherent.

Richard at Gawker takes a potentially plot-spoiling look at the final episode of The Wire just screened in the US, while clander argues that liking The Wire is just a middle class white conceit (but then Dale reckons that he/she seems to think that just about everything is a white conceit ).

Chris Boyd interviews the great international dancer and choreographer Akram Khan (here for the Adelaide Festival).

David at Sarsaparilla gives a mixed review to (Hunters and Collectors) Mark Seymour’s autobiography:

… another example of a man who takes his undeniable talent far too seriously and seems eternally (is this an Australian condition? Maybe, though its not unique) condemned to vacillate been self-deprecation and a self-obsession which apparently always confirms his own opinion that hes really rather terrific.


Sport

Harry at Crooked Timber points to a 27 year old letter by philosopher John Rawls arguing that baseball is the best of all games.


Snark, strangeness and charm

In a little bit of home-grown snark, I (KP) observe that Marieke Hardy has just proved yet again that a complete lack of talent and coherence is no bar to winning blogosphere awards if one of your associates knows how to game the system. The gaming hypothesis is confirmed by the fact that none of the Australian nominees besides Hardy were blogs that anyone actually reads (or has even heard of in most cases), while two of them were blogs whose explicit raison d’etre is making a buck from gaming Google and other “optimisation” strategies.

David Tiley brings us the real life story of a love affair between an American photojournalist and a right wing Colombian assassin.

Marginalised and poor? Nonsense, Tim Blair points out.

Ophelia really hates both the Vatican and its new list of mortal sins.

Economist Max Sawicky wonders why you seem to have to pay to get into public toilets in socialist countries while the ones in more capitalist nations are free.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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18 Responses to Missing Link Daily

  1. gilmae says:

    none of the Australian nominees besides Hardy were blogs that anyone actually reads

    What would be the recommendations of the CT crowd then, or has that topic already been done?

  2. Ken Parish says:

    My list would include David Tiley (who has actually won a blog award, proving that they’re not always a rort), Adrian the Cabbie, Alison Croggon, Dr Faustus, Roger Migently, Possum Comitatus and (I confess) Apathetic Sarah and Gam. Don’t ask me to pick a winner out of those, I don’t think I could

  3. Tony T. says:

    Yes, (the DVD of.).

  4. Niall says:

    Hmmmm……..and Blair never attempts revisionism on any scale either, I suppose.

  5. From news.com.au item on blogs “award” comments:

    Margaret of Newtown writes:

    Congratulations Marieke! I hope that this award results in a bunch of other women in their mid-thirties following your example and dressing like 6yo girls.

  6. Tony T. says:

    Bitter stuff, Frankie X. “After Sue-Ann Post she’s the funniest woman we have.”

  7. Amanda says:

    When I read those blogging for money sites I get such a weird feeling of disconnect. Like, they’re talking about something I know but at the same time a totally unfamiliar universe. Like reeading AFL match reports or something. Discombobulating!

  8. gilmae says:

    That must be a devastating blow for Skelliewag though. Would you take blogging advice from someone who can’t even beat Marieke Hardy in one of the noddiest of blogging award categories imaginable?

  9. Tony T. says:

    Even I get discombobbed reading AFL match reports. And Spanky Roebuck.

  10. Ken Parish says:

    “When I read those blogging for money sites I get such a weird feeling of disconnect.”

    Maybe that’s partly because many of the money-from-blogging sites seem to be conducted by Hillsong-style fundie Christians. It seems that their “prosperity gospel” fits well with businesses involving cheating Internet systems to make money from advertising revenue by creating an illusion of an audience that you don’t actually possess. Apparently that sort of dishonesty isn’t immoral in their version of christianity, just as the bits about rich men, camels and the eye of a needle and Jesus ejecting the moneychangers from the temple seem to be excluded from their version of the Bible.

  11. Geoff Honnor says:

    Tony T’s funky IV line into singularly informed sporting discussion and adventures in pub trivia should be in there, Ken. Sarah and Gam’s “Apathetic Youth” is clearly an acquired taste. I reckon it would benefit from Homer and Graeme Bird becoming regular commenters.

  12. Ken the Hillsong/Benny Hinn /Happy Clappy faith is a version of search engine maximisation game at root.

    Just tweak the homilies and standard pious mouthings and affirmations from day to day and the supreme being (Google) and then humans (Yahoo, Live Search MSN) will be fooled into ranking you.

  13. Bill Posters says:

    Everything I (KP) have heard from Brumby suggests the Victorian government isnt brimming with enthusiasm to subsidise F1 to stay in Melbourne after 2010.

    He’s practically begging them to take it away. Any less enthusiastic and he’d be offering money to a city willing to put the thing on.

  14. Tony says:

    Sob.

    In just 789 short days demoted from peerless to funky 4. And I’ve given up trivia, too.

    Thanks anyway, Geoff.

    Snort.

    Clearly the AGB is better than David Tiler, Adrian the Rabbi, Alison Kraus, Dr Jayant Patel, Roger Urgently, Peter the Possum Man, Thingo and Whatsisface.

    Har. Umpf.

  15. Tony T.

    IV = Intravenous or Intra Venous.

    Ya big nong.

    And btw – Geoff (not Jeff) Honnor (not Honour) is these days, due to his infrequent appearances, the disembodied voice of omnipotence (not impotence)

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