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.
Brendan Nelson asks: “What is the suffering of the people who are evicted by banks, compared to the suffering endured by the bankers who must evict them?“. Tim Dunlop suggests you ask Brendan what planet he’s on at the moment. If you do, you might score a mention in Brendan’s Listening Tour Diary; The Editor reckons it’s a “bloody corker“.
At least Ronda Jambe shares my (KP) reaction to that Four Corners program on families suffering mortgage stress: the banks may be bastards but …
Petering Time thinks little Brennie has left it too late to wake up and smell the bullshit and that the Young Liberals are dangerous, deluded and (unfortunately for the rest of us) at University.
a roll of the dice notes a disturbing development in NSW, where the numbnut Premier has taken a “tough on illiteracy, tough on the causes of illiteracy” stand on education policy. Paul Norton casts a scornful glance at the consequences of Royal North Shore Hospital’s successful avoidance of “provider capture”. Speaking of Mr Iemma …
Jeremy notes a few deficiencies in Rod Eddington’s grand plan for Melbourne’s Transport system.
Two days after Jennifer Marohasy’s April Fools Day publication of the full text of James Hansen’s open letter to Kevin Rudd, Tim Lambert has posted extracts from the letter. Check out the comments threads, compare, contrast, draw your own conclusions, then find somewhere to discuss them among yourselves.
Robert Merkel gives carbon capture in the Otways a once-over.
Senator Andrew Bartlett spills the beans on the Senate housing affordability inquiry terms of reference at Possum’s place.
Mark Bahnisch isn’t impressed by the election coverage in the “the partisan American A-list blogosphere” and suggests alternative reading:
Elizabeth Drew, whos long been, in my view at least, one of the best observers and analysts of the Stateside political scene, takes a long hard look at the differences in the Obama and Clinton campaigns…
Kim at LP reports on this year’s Olaf Palme prize winner – Iranian feminist Parvin Ardalan.
Dave Bath finds a US example he
approves of which he approves ((That’s my 1960s education in English grammar raising its ugly, nitpicking little head again ~GT)):
Australia should follow the example of the US (I dont often say that!) where the FDA has been given oversight of the tobacco industry.
American blawgers are swarming all over the public release of the infamous Office of Legal Counsel torture memo, which seemingly led to Abu Ghraib and other proud moments in US human rights. Dawn Johnsen and Dahlia Lithwick both have quite accessible posts, while Marty Lederman examines the issue at length, and Jack Balkin thinks the lawyers involved with authorising “enhanced interrogation” should be taking seriously the prospect of one day being charged with war crimes:
Its a matter of time, the judge observed. These things take time. As I gathered my papers, he looked up and said, And then something unexpected happens, when one of these lawyers travels to the wrong place.
George Megalogenis reads the riot act to all participants in the National War on Relevance…oh, I’m sorry; I meant – of course – the Culture Wars.
Carlton’s lone liberal Andrew Norton is underwhelmed by Don Arthur’s invitation for classical liberals to desert their Tory mates and ally with the “progressive fusionists”. Meanwhile, Will Wilkinson looks at “libertarian paternalism“.
Angelique Van Engelen examines the new Open Skies agreement designed to deregulate air travel betweeen Europe and the US.
Darlene undercover: Wow, youre thirty, I wouldnt have spotted that. You could be a model.
You really look like Angelina Jolie.
Rochester University’s Three Percent blog provides the short-list for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which includes Australian novelist Gail Jones and former Macquarie University academic Yasmine Gooneraratne. Also amongst the other short-listed candidates are Patrick McGrath, Andrei Makine and Javier Cercas.
Paul Busch meanwhile suggests that even after the departure of guitarist Marc Ford (AGAIN) the Black Crowes are capable of putting on a mighty fine live show. And here I was fearing that the personnel problems and the conflicts of the Robertson brothers (almost making the band the next parodic incarnation of the Gallagher brothers) would see the end of this once mighty band.
Meanwhile at The View from Elsewhere we have an evocative description of the trials and tribulations of a screenwriter working on a Northern Territorian feature film of love and landscape (yes that’s an awfully trite description, I’m sounding like that pitching screenwriter at the beginning of The Player – “its Ghost meets The Manchurian Candidate.”)
Alison Croggon looks at an oz invasion of this year’s Edinburgh Festival, while Chris Boyd reviews the Graham Murphy-choreographed Australian Ballet production of Swan Lake, an Opera House performance of which is apparently going to be broadcast on ABC 2 next week.
Apathetic sarah anticipates another triumph of ineptitude when Seven covers the Beijing Olympics ((As a fan of inept sports commentary, I’ve always found Seven’s Olympics coverage quite enjoyable ~ GT)).
Shaun’s NRL predictions for Round 4.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Staid Melburnians let out their inner bogans with some dancing in the street – something that wouldn’t happen in that glitzy city with all the Harbour views.
Apathetic sarah wants you to spare a thought for all the kiddies doing hard time in McMansionland.
Jonathan Pearce hates gyms with loud music, but not as much as Giran Jobe’s neighbour’s hated his home weightlifting activities.