A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, James Farrell, Gilmae, Gummo Trotsky, Amanda Rose, Tim Sterne, Stephen Hill and Saint.
Petering Time is listening to Kevin and hearing a dog-whistle.
Despite the endorsements of Andrew Bartlett and Brian Bahnisch (the latter distinctly lukewarm), bloggers of all persuasions remain skeptical about Earth Hour – including Helen, the Editor and Andrew Leigh. Perhaps the idea of presenting Mother Earth with a bunch of flowers once a year to make up for the other 364 days of blacking her eye might be ready for the old heave-ho.
If you weren’t good enough, or bright enough, to receive an invite to the 2020 gabfest one alternative is to get yourself along to the Search Foundation’s round table, when it turns up in your capital city. Too much effort? Just send Kevvie a bitchy e-mail instead. (cartoon by Gianna)
Ken Lovell assembles the facts, crunches the numbers, filters the evidence, runs the simulations, and arrives at the following analysis of the latest Administration rhetoric on the surge:
What lessons does the recent spate of anti-Emo rioting in Mexico hold for Australia? Is it time for a crackdown on rockabillies, punks and rasta-men? Will you get a mention in Missing Link if you post about it? Who knows?
Geert Wilders’ anti-Muslim film, Fitna, arrived on the web on Friday. Broken Left Leg is unimpressed with Andrew Bolt’s publication of the film, and Bolt’s avowed reasons for publishing. Amir at Austrolabe thinks all the fuss is just a storm in a demi-tasse:
As far as such things go, Wilders film is quite a weak effort…
The thing that strikes me more than its offensiveness is its lack of originality.
Peter Martin’s thorough analysis of our distorted incentive system for property investment (from last Tuesday’s CT) ends with a bold prediction, which needs to go on the record:
I am expecting the Rudd Labor government to move against negative gearing, despite its apparent timidity.
Robert Merkel puts some astute questions to Joshua gains re. his ‘Aussie Mac’ proposal (for government guaranteed housing loans). And he gets answers.
How many dead Iraqis does it take to change the opinions of a RWDB? Tim Lambert finds that it depends on who’s counting.
Pavlov’s Cat applauds the shortlisting of Michelle de Kretser’s The Lost Dog for Barbara Jeffris Award, while maintaining her rage over its omission from the Miles Franklin shortlist.
Alison Croggon goes to Canberra – she read it in the news.
Shaun Cronin reviews Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, the new album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, a “fu@cking great record” we are informed. It seems age has failed to weary the art school drop-out from Wangaratta or his dark cohorts – the new album seeing the band continuing to develop a harsher edge.
Janice Harayda considers nepotism, empty adjectives and indulgent backstratching that are all too often a part and parcel of American book reviewering as she evaluates Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America.
Robert Merkel recommends Greatness Thrust Upon Them.
Wayne savours Patty Griffin in Sydney.
Australia’s only opera blog (?) takes on the task of reviewing Pilgrim’s Progress with its cast of thousands.
Snark, strangeness and charm
John Surname is in hiding from the Mormons after posting a YouTube video on Mormon theology((Good one Gummo. Now we’ll all get ourselves into hiding as well, shall we? ~ KP, JF, gilmae, Amanda, Darlene, Jen, Tim, SH, saint)).
Audrey posts an ode to her father which just cries out for a conservative cherry-picking.
John Quiggin invites readers to discuss “Old Wine in New Bottles?” – A reappraisal of hyphenated-polysyllabicism in academic journalese. Or something like that.