A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, James Farrell, Gilmae, Darlene Taylor and Saint.
Gummo Trotsky’s Word of the Day (Expression of the Day?) is ex gratia , as in the ex gratia payments to carers that the Government is supposedly callously eliminating.
On the related subject of irritating catchphrases, Pavlov’s Cat may not be the only person who is fed up with Rudd and his ‘working families’, but with her it’s getting personal:
As a six-days-a-week-of-merciless-slogging childless divorcee with one Aged Parent, one only slightly less aged step-parent, two sisters, two unofficial godchildren, two cats, three step-siblings and nine step-nieces and nephews, which while making for a full and interesting life probably doesn’t really constitute a ‘family’ in the politically expedient definition of that word, I would like to express my irritation at being so constantly left out of the Prime Minister’s rhetoric, as, presumably, of his consideration.
But once we get rid of working families, PC, could we consider phasing out ‘hit the ground running’?
Possum Comitatus presents The Pollercoaster ((it’s a cute idea I suppose, except that the ups and downs of the rollercoaster don’t seem to relate in any way to the poll movements. Still, what else does a psephological blogger do during a post-election honeymoon period when no-one gives a shit about the polls? ~ KP)).
Apropos of the Democrats’ stand-off: John Quiggin notes that dead heats in democracies put a particular strain on democratic processes, indicating the need for more intelligent institutional design; while Kimberella laments that intelligent and reflective comments are now and forevermore doomed to be reported only as ‘gaffes‘.
Well, Instapundit might not have made the top 50 most influential blog list, but he’s influenced us to post the totally unsubtle but arguably funny satirical YouTube at right about Clinton campaign racial dogwhistling on Obama.
Every blogger and her dog have posted about the Spitzer scandal (NY Governor resigns after getting busted hiring an expensive hooker). One of the more interesting slants is from legal academic Jack Balkin who focuses on the wider implications of the role of Spitzer’s bank which dobbed him in:
These events offer a window into a much larger phenomenon, the National Surveillance State, in which the state increasingly identifies and solves problems of governance through the collection, collation and analysis of information. Governments have always used information, but today’s techniques are made more powerful and more prevalent by lower costs of computing and data storage. This story also shows the important role played by private businesses in constructing and implementing the National Surveillance State.
Juan Cole reckons things aren’t really going better in Iraq, it’s just the MSM aren’t reporting the daily catastrophes any more (an oversight Juan strives daily to correct).
Peter Martin explains how you reconcile February’s remarkable employment growth figure with the latest consumer sentiment index. Peter also performs possibly the quickest backflip with double pike in recorded econoblog history about the prospects of further interest rate rises.
Tim Dunlop poses five excellent questions on economic policy to two eminent blogging economists, Quiggin and Clarke.
Bravely treading new horizons in legal scholarship, Dan Markel moves on from advocating a sex licence for kids to proposing (and arguing in detail with footnotes and everything) legalisation of incest.
Steve Higgins looks at expensive brain training games and concludes you’d be much better off spending your money on a gym membership.
Clem Bastow doubts that using Lara “where the bloody hell are ya?” Bingle is likely to do much to boost the intellectual pretensions of some bloke’s magazine.
Ben Peek reviews the French flick Chrysalis and gives it a big thumbs down.
Sean from the Stalls favourably reviews a London production of GB Shaw’s Major Barbara , which is completely useless information to most Missing Link readers but I thought I’d include it anyway.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Tim T creates a pack of Freudian slips cards.
Dr Faustus fears that those masters of complete lack of customer service Telstra may end up being the Australian agents for Apple iPhone, but loves Mozilla Firefox 3 and an EndNote alternative (for Mozilla 2).1
Catallaxy’s Kodjo bids for the peacemaker role in the righties’ civil war by delivering an entertaining homily about tribalism and ideological purity competitiveness among lefties.
- If only I could get rid of all the corrupt files that got generated when I tried to install an early version of Google Toolbar in Firefox 2. At the moment it means I can’t successfully install or use any version of Firefox ~ KP