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.
To keep his hand in while he waits for the next election to bring on another season of bungled op-ed coverage of opinion poll results, Possum has been taking a look at “housing affordability crisis”, starting with a question for Kevin Rudd. If you haven’t become completely cynical about the prospects of the debate actually getting to the real issues, you might find the data highlighted in Possum’s latest post on housing affordability helpful.
Following on from Robert Merkel’s annotated list of the sustainability panel participants at the 2020 summit, Larvatus Prodeo guest-poster Ben Eltham annotates the Creative Australia summiteers. How long will it be before the shaming starts?
Another LP guest-poster, Tim Norton comments on the COAG agreement on the Murray-Darling Basin. And Kim thinks it’s about time we haz serious education debate. We getz LOLPolitix mor likly. Is blogosfer.
Currency Lad is cynical about Julia Gillard’s response to the MUA’s attempts to get hold of confidential documents about the 1998 waterfront dispute.
dr. faustus has an alternative proposal for truancy punishment to that offered by some numbnut. ((I approve this message.~gilmae)) wmmbb has found a similar numbnut scheme in the Catalonian town of El Prat.
The feature photo depicts Wayne Carey’s fashion adviser, a man with figuratively large cojones.
In a post that will have classical liberals (and probably most economists) shaking their heads, Robert Merkel asks why stop at the car industry? Why not industry policy generally to save manufacturing? Bugger Ricardo and man the subsidy buckets.
Andrew Leigh fears everyone may be out to get him, but fortunately is well able to defend himself, especially from halfwitted op-ed journos on the behavioural effects of the baby bonus.
Jeremy argues that the courts can’t bring back the dead and nor should they try to do so.
Marcellous reviews a paper by High Court Justice Susan Crennan which apparently riffs elegantly on pomo but ends on a predictable note:
[W]hat Crennan wants to go back to is the role of law as a check on arbitrary power, starting with the Leveller debates in 1647 and following the usual whig path of history after that. Most of that (if you last to her perorative section Judicial Method) seems just to boil down to motherhood statements and thinly-veiled conservatism of the sort you would expect from a Howard appointee, even one who is prepared to play with Foucault.
Gary Sauer-Thompson isn’t convinced by “she’ll be right” economics.
Harry Clarke points out that a bit of poison and filth may be good for you((My opinion of hormesis, after reading a few too many papers on this fascinating phenomenon, is that it’s crying out for a Fleischmann and Pons to put paid to it once and for all. ~GT)).
Harry Clarke rather surprisingly thinks that paying Aboriginals not to smoke might be a good idea.
Mark Richardson demonstrates High Tory credentials on immigration to add to his impeccable record on the family.
From Worst of Perth – not sure if the modesty nappy is a permanent feature, it was after all April Fool’s Day
Beth Driscoll at Sarsaparilla reports on the naming of the judges for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. How long will it be before the shaming starts? (SH – Is Kevin Rudd decision to maintain a veto power on this national award an attempt to save him from a backlash by wowsers offended when a “controversial” book wins the prize. I’m imagining Kevin might be a little nervous if the prize is awarded to a book that displays “subversive” themes, particularly having worked so hard to showcase his Christian credentials.)
Dean at the Happy Antipodean chronicles Nobel Leaureate and pacifist Kenzaburo Oe struggle to have his nation confront its violent history after winning a court action that attempted to find him liable of defaming members of the Japanese Army in an essay that described military involvement in the coercion of mass civilian suicide during the final days of the Second World War. (Anyone who has read Kenzaburo Oe would be aware of the extent to which past Japanese atrocities play an important part in driving some of his major works. This has led some critics to notice similarities with the internationally much more popular Haruki Murakami who has explored similar themes.)
Paul Martin at Melbourne Filmblog finds Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park “a profoundly intimate, moving and insightful meditation on the inner world of a youth in crisis.”
I don’t mind them telling the truth about me, but telling lies and painting me out like some kind of dickhead who is brain dead – well that’s just bullshit.
Darryl photoblogs folk art from Fremantle prison.
Jono at Double-Think reckons Lions for Lambs is lambs’ fry.
In a rare appearance in the arts section, Tim Blair argues that falling attendances at the Melbourne Comedy Festival should be blamed on global warming (in several senses)
Snark, strangeness and charm
Tyler Cowan looks at the late Bobby Fischer’s chess hints and rather unique general correspondence with other chess champions.