Missing Link Daily

A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, gilmae, Gummo Trotsky, Amanda Rose, Tim Sterne, Stephen Hill and Saint.



Andrew Bartlett reports on the Senate Inquiry into housing affordability:

The first day of hearings included evidence from people such as the newly expanded Housing section in the Department of Families, the Master Builders Association, the Planning Institute, the Urban Development Institute, Housing Industry Association, NATSEM, and Treasury.

Kim endorses a Crikey proposal to salvage the 2020 gabfest, while Peter Timmins is underwhelmed by some of the selected participants.

Helen wants to see some progress on the education revolution front.

Currency Lad wonders why Kevin Rudd’s offer to help Hillary Clinton with campaigning isn’t being condemned by the left in the same strident terms as GW Bush’s blatantly partisan efforts for Howard while Loopy Latham was Labor leader.(I’m (KP) more worried by the blatant stupidity, given that Hillary now seems to have Buckley’s chance of winning the Democratic nomination.)

Mirko “The Torturer” Bagaric argues against the folly of paid maternity leave.


Norman Geras doesn’t think much of the Guardian‘s call to Zimbabweans to show “courage and resolution” when the election results eventually materialise, while Kel at Osterley Times happily summarises a Guardian article on the implications of anticipated Mugabe fraud:

If the government does attempt to fix the result it will not go unchallenged. The election commission will have to substantially alter a large number of polling booth returns in order to overturn Tsvangirai’s significant lead. But the MDC has photographed results declarations pinned to the doors of more than 8,000 polling stations. If the numbers announced by the election commission are different, the party says it will have indisputable evidence of fraud.

Juan Cole continues detailed Iraq coverage, and Publius dissects an article by RWDB American pundit Michael Ledeen about the US/Maliki government offensive against the Mahdi Army, while Currency Lad reckons lefties like John Quiggin are just traitorous dogs:

If only they were as serious about liberty and peace as they are about “global warming.”


Andrew Leigh catches out fellow academic David Zyngier (who labelled Andrew’s work on increased resourcing and decreased performance of Australian education as “misleading”) in an egregious error. 

Joshua Gans relaunches a proposal for a “HECS-like system that would give a housing lifeline to households that find themselves in temporary distress in mortgage repayments or rents”, and Harry Clarke also closely examines Australia’s emerging debt crisis in light of Monday’s Four Corners program.

Peter Martin points out the rather weak position of the music industry in lobbying for “three strikes and you’re out” laws against illegal downloaders at the same time as it’s enjoying record sales figures (no doubt partly as a result).


Eric Posner explains the difference between hypocrites and literocrites.

sunflower on terracotta

light anyone?

Not Brack

hung out to dry

Issues analysis

David Tiley tells the story of Nim, a chimpanzee caught up in experimentation and hubris.

David Bath thinks it’s time we woke up to the possible social problems H5N1 could cause.

Lee Malatesta makes an argument for religious thought to influence secular society. ((If enough reflexive anti-Islamists read as far as the second paragraph, we may have another of those cock-fights.~gilmae))((Fine by me. So far the Fitna cock-fight has turned out a complete fizzer. ~GT))

Andrew Norton looks at a push by Liberal students to target lecturers seen as guilty of “indoctrination“.


Matthew Clayfield offers a review of Simon Stone’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s earliest play Platonov suggesting that Stone’s effort to condense this epic work (originally seven and half hours long) into a more settled structure results in a play of some psychological acuity. (And from reading this I cannot help thinking how much this work shares the qualities of personal world weariness that would characterise Chekhov’s better known early play, Ivanov – written just six years later.)

Paul Martin previews the John Cassavetes showcase kicking off in mid May.

Apparently Chopper Read has artistic reservations about Underbelly:

I’m enjoying it, but there should definitely be more shooting and less rooting …

As promised Alison delivers two reviews.  Ricketts Hill from the ‘junkyard aesthetes’ Suitcase Royale as well as a more favourable review of Red Stitch theatre’s The Winterling than that posted by On Stage (and walls) Melbourne.

Mono no aware posts that haunting Mad World video clip.

Oz rounds up goings on at the V Festival in Sydney.

George Murray at Bookninja provides some poetry links and promotes his own newly published book of sonnets, although tte reviews at Amazon don’t really consume me (KP) with an urge to go out and buy it:

The Rush to Here — his fourth collection — features meditations on modern life rendered carefully in sonnet form, where echoes of Murray’s past as a teenage stoner with a Mohawk emerge beneath the voice of the contemplative adult in lines like, ‘The crushed grass evidence of collusion: / the animals fuck themselves to bleeding.'”

Ben Peek publishes one of his older short stories on his blog called The Souls of Dead Soldiers are for Blackbirds, Not Little Boys.  Highly recommended (KP).


Shaun disagrees that rubbing out thuggish behaviour on the field makes rugby league players any less manly. I (gilmae) would argue it makes them more so.

Tony the Teacher thinks Wayne Carey’s greatest crime of all was against good taste in fashion (and who could question Tony’s expertise?).

“Vale, Buffet Stalker” by Spiro Zavos.

Snark, strangeness and charm

dr. faustus is so over April Fools Day. ((I agree. The torrent of predictable and transparent jokes on Slashdot shit me. Less is more!~gilmae))((I’m like dr f – I’m always forgetting the day until it arrives. So many April Fools Days, so many jolly japes I could have played.  At least I avoided getting sucked in by this year’s jolliest jape. ~GT))

Robert Merkel is annoyed by (April Fools Day) uncritical reporting of bad science.

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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16 years ago

Mirko The Torturer Bagaric

Piers Akerman is contributing to ML now?

16 years ago

I am. But an opportunity to snark as well? Double Plus Good Happy.

Gummo Trotsky
Gummo Trotsky
16 years ago

That Mirko “think of the starving millions before you procreate” Bagaric post is a cracker of a piss-take of Mirko Bagaric.

Paul Martin
16 years ago

While I appreciate the links to my blog, I find it odd that lately you’ve been linking to posts that are merely cut-and-pastes of other information (like ACMI’s Focus on John Cassavetes), yet you ignored the most significant post I’ve done in ages, namely a review of Paranoid Park.

Paul Martin
16 years ago

No sweat, Ken.

16 years ago

It’s a furphy that Rudd endorsed Clinton. He didn’t.

16 years ago

Someone obviously hasn’t been reading enough News Ltd. media headlines!

Gummo Trotsky
Gummo Trotsky
16 years ago

That Ben Peek story is a good ‘un, innit!

Bill Posters
Bill Posters
16 years ago

That Mirko think of the starving millions before you procreate Bagaric post is a cracker of a piss-take of Mirko Bagaric.

That Currency Lad post is a cracker of a piss-take of a Currency Lad post, and beautifully timed for April Fool’s Day, to boot.


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16 years ago

You say that Alison posed “a more favourable review” of The Winterling than On Stage (and walls) Melbourne. When you read the ‘On Stage’ review though, it seems to be 100% enthusiastic about the show. It’s a pretty darn good insight into the play as well