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.



From Students for a Free Tibet – also
see this CNN video

Andrew Bartlett invites submissions to a Senate committee he co-chairs, which is currently investigating the sexualisation of children.

John Quiggin and Graham Young both analyse Liberal Campbell Newman’s win in the Brisbane Lord Mayoral election and the Queensland local government elections more generally. Neither sees much joy for the Libs.


Mark from Stoushnet muses that an Olympic year might be a good time for Tibetans to rebel, because the Chinese government might be constrained in its response. Meanwhile, Students for a Free Tibet report at least 67 bodies seen in Lhasa in the wake of the bloody crackdown on rioters. They also report on the Chinese government’s blocking of YouTube and a range of other Internet access modes, as well as pointing out that the Bush administration removed China from its human rights blacklist just three days before the crackdown. Agam’s Gecko also has excellent and detailed coverage of the Tibet situation.

Ken Lovell links to a video about journalists enjoying McCain’s hospitality, that sums up what’s eroding press independence in the USA. We will increasingly rely on Ken to point out, among other things, the vastness of McCain’s deludedness.

On the extreme opposite end of the political spectrum, Peter Faris QC argues that Obama’s attendance at a Christian church whose pastor has Black Power tendencies provides evidence that he’s a closet Muslim. ((Don’t laugh. This man was once the head of Australia’s premier crime-fighting agency. ~ KP))

Hilzoy takes a rather more sober analytical look at Obama’s choice of church.

Turcopolier highlights the barrier to any Middle East peace process posed by the ubiquitous presence of Israeli settler outposts throughout Palestinian “territory”, while Juan Cole presents a more balanced than usual if pessimistic prognosis for the surge in Iraq in the light of lack of political progress.


Joshua Gans sets out the whys and hows of eliminating the baby bonus.

Andrew Norton queries whether the ‘OECD everage’ is an appropriate benchmark for everything under the sun, and education spending in particular (not sure whether that’s a Freudian slip or deliberate, so I’ll leave it in).

Harry Clarke summarises the views of three pessimistic American economists on the severity of the recession and its global repercussions, while Brad DeLong adds some further analysis to that of Krugman (one of Harry’s three pessimists). Tyler Cowen reckons you’ll know things are really crook in the US when pundits start mentioning the N word.

John Quiggin has no beard left to shave off, but has dyed his hair and is blogging poetry. Watch this space for pictures; in the meantime, please help him surpass the sum he raised in last year’s World’s Greatest Shave.


Larry Ribstein notes the specter of apparently serious prosecutorial misconduct hanging over the Enron prosecutions (including the trial of its CEO Ken Lay) and wonders when the press will pay attention.

Legal Eagle looks at “gingers” and discrimination, and lecturers who inflict their political biases on their students.

Vatican approves new sins

From Bali Photography

From picturesbysteve

From pixelgraphix

Issues analysis

Ever wondered why the ocean is blue? Kevin Zelnio tells you in detail.

Robin Hanson looks at efforts to model the human brain comprehensively on computer.

Will Wilkinson exhibits extraordinary patience in rebutting the argument of an idiot who equates prostitution and child-molesting.

Mark “Oz Conservative” Richardson looks at women who misguidedly seek autonomy instead of doing the right thing and settling down and getting married and having kids.

Harry Clarke takes a hard look at water buybacks in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Cam Riley considers the possibility that democracy as a form of political organisation is a luxury of a wealthy post-capitalistic society.

Ophelia asks some awkward questions about “spirituality” on a Women’s Studies discussion board.

Guy Beres looks at the federal funding formula for schools, while Peter Martin wonders why private schools are getting more and more popular (except in Tasmania and the NT) at the same time as they’re getting more and more expensive. ((Peter hypothesises that the NT and Tasmania are exceptional because they are “low-earning”. In fact NT average incomes are the highest in Australia bar the ACT. I suggest that low private school enrolments in the NT are instead a graphic example of “white flight” – Darwin private schools nearly all eke out their income with federal subsidies for large numbers of indigenous boarders. ~ KP))


Alison Croggon ponders the possible creative implications of American playwright David Mamet’s belated discovery of his Right Wing Death Beast tendencies.

Richard Watts carries on reviewing Melbourne’s Queer Film Festival, while Paul Martin continues his series on that city’s French Fim Festival. It must be a high pressure week for Melbourne film buffs.

Marty Dodge reviews new US releases of hard rock and heavy metal albums.

Marcellous is just as grumpy about his Sydney Symphony Orchestra subscription as about his Australian Opera one.

Snark, strangeness and charm

Chad Orzel teaches us how to talk like a physicist. “Sub-optimal” and “adiabatic” are such classy put-downs.

Clem Bastow wonders whether our Nicole is starting to resemble a fruit bat from too much Botox. Judge for yourself.

Albert Park resident David Tiley reports with remarkable equanimity from the battle front of the Australian F1 GP.

Slim Pickens ponders the true meaning of politics.

Pommygranante laments the lack of female libertarians. ((Can’t understand why. Surely there must be loads of women irresistibly attracted to self-centred right wing nerds ~ KP))

Mark Curban argues that newspapers styling their columnists as “bloggers” is a stupid business decision apart from anything else ((Mind you, his core hypothesis that newspapers have an inherent credibility to protect that bloggers lack might be regarded by many of the latter as dubious at the very least. ~ KP))

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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23 Responses to Missing Link Daily

  1. “Andrew Norton queries whether the OECD everage is an appropriate benchmark for everything under the sun, and education spending in particular (not sure whether thats a Freudian slip or deliberate, so Ill leave it in).”

    Ken – I’m sure there is some joke that can link Julia Gillard and Dame Edna, but I did not make it on this occasion. It is ‘average’ throughout.

  2. Ken Parish says:

    No, I wasn’t sure whether it was an obscure joke by James Farrell who inserted this item in ML.

  3. Gummo Trotsky says:

    Mark Richardson’s post is more a case of “looking down on women who misguidedly seek autonomy” than looking at them – and his commenters have joined in with the usual gusto.

    Mark’s second instalment where he plans to argue the case for hanging out for Mr Right, rather than settling for Mr Adequate should be a hoot.

  4. James Farrell says:

    It’s nice to be credited with a subtle sense of humour, but, no, it was just a typo. (If Andrew was a New Zealander I could pretend I was making fun of his eccint.)

  5. Ken Parish says:

    I thought maybe you were suggesting Andrew was the Sir Les Patterson of econobloggers. Surely Homer can come up with some bad pun about gladioli or something.

  6. Laura says:

    I was walking to class at La Trobe this afternoon when I happened to see a photocopied flyer advertising “the conservative alternative” http://ozconservative.blogspot.com sticky-taped to a concrete pole. Lol? I nearly had a fit. First we take the Agora, then the world….

  7. pommygranate says:

    Cant understand why. Surely there must be loads of women irresistibly attracted to self-centred right wing nerds

    constructive comment Ken. if you don’t like the article, why include it in your round-up? we can survive without the 2 extra visitors a Club Troppo referral brings in.

  8. Jason Soon says:

    It shows the low opinion with which Ken holds women. The question was ‘why aren’t there more women who identify as libertarians’ not ‘why aren’t there more women who are attracted to libertarian men’. Ken conflates the two questions which suggests that he thinks women vote based on their hormones.

  9. Gummo Trotsky says:

    Ken conflates the two questions which suggests that he thinks women vote based on their hormones.


    Allison Brown holds the view that …

    Womens behaviour is governed by feelings whilst men are governed by logic. We are nurturers and we expect the haves to take care of the have-nots, the strong to take care of the weak. We want everyone to like us and we want everyone to like each other. Men, to put it simply, are more independent in thought and in action.

    Except for libertarian women of course. Since the difference is biologically based, there’s no way you can recruit more libertarian women from the existing population. Selective breeding is the obvious solution, raising the question “Is Polyandry the Way Forward for Libertarianism?”

  10. Liam says:

    Or some kind of male parthenogenesis.

  11. Ben says:

    The poverty of KPs thought-fart is hilarious.

    Cant understand why. Surely there must be loads of women irresistibly attracted to self-centred right wing nerds

    Does not equal left, therefore equals right.

    Well done Sir.

  12. Gummo Trotsky says:

    How about cloning and genetic manipulation to create female libertarian clones of male libertarians. On the scanty evidence presented so far, it seems likely that libertarianism is a sex-linked recessive trait, like red-green colour blindness. To be born a female libertarian you need to acquire two copies of the gene on two X-chromosomes, one maternal, one paternal.

    So – create an embryo from some somatic cell of a male libertarian, remove they chromosome and slip in a duplicate of the X chromosome and presto – a little libertarian girl in the making.

    But who would they get to gestate the wee bairn?

  13. Gummo Trotsky says:

    FTR – Robert Heinlein came up with that previous idea in some fat-arsed book whose title I forget. And my 12 is a response to Liam’s 10.

  14. Mark Hill says:

    Besides Gummo’s ranting about Nazi science explaining anomolies (like people who don’t vote like he does are genetically inferior), Ken might ponder but shouldn’t answer such questions until he’s shagged more women than Charlie Sheen has.

  15. Ken Parish says:

    Do you have a couple of cheerleaders’ costumes I can borrow?

  16. Gummo Trotsky says:

    Nazi science? And here’s me thinking that Robert Heinlein was just a science fiction writer, for some odd reason beloved of libertarian SF fans.

    Still, anyone who’s read Starship Troopers wouldn’t have too hard a time believing that Heinlein was a closet fascist.

  17. Mark Hill says:

    Well…who cares what Heinlein thinks. I don’t.

    Ken your reply wasn’t nearly as much of a stumping as FDB gave me on catallaxy.

  18. Gummo Trotsky says:

    Wellwho cares what Heinlein thinks. I dont.

    How very true, but not in the sense you wanted to convey.

  19. Jacques Chester says:


    The NT’s private school market is essentially Kormilda and St John’s. Kormilda is a sucky school which by accident has stumbled into money and the IB. St John’s a writeoff. In terms of quality education they struggle against Casuarina Senior College and Darwin Highschool.

    The mystery is solved when you consider how small that market really is — so small that individual schools can tilt the balance by a statistically significant amount.

  20. Jacques Chester says:

    Still, anyone whos read Starship Troopers wouldnt have too hard a time believing that Heinlein was a closet fascist.

    And anyone who read Stranger in a Strange Land figured he was a grumpy old hedonist. Or anyone who read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress figured he was a grumpy old anarcho-capitalist. And so on.

  21. Tim Lambert says:

    If you looking for a libertarian woman, I can point you to Jacqueline Mackie Paisley Passey.

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