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.



Gary Sauer-Thompson provides a health update on the Murray River.

Darryl Mason discusses an unlikely supporter of anti-China protests. Jeremy suspects ulterior motivations, while Andrew Bartlett avoids looking a gift Sheridan in the mouth.

Andrew Leigh blogs briefly on correspondence between Justice Michael Kirby and some appalling Anglican priest. I’d blog about this myelf (KP) if I wasn’t about to spend the weekend on aeroplanes between capital cities.  I frankly don’t understand why any Christian with a soul isn’t squirming with shame and embarrassment.

Andrew Bartlett muses about the effectiveness or otherwise of the Internet (and especially blogging and social networking sites) in Australian politics.

Ronda Jambe weighs up the relative impacts on global warming of a cat and a fat person and favors the cat over the human.


Dashiell gets a letter from America ((Most considered piece on Iraq that I’ve read all week – although the competition hasn’t exactly been fierce. ~GT)) ((Paul Rogers’ article at openDemocracy was pretty good too.  I just didn’t link it because I thought we’d had enough Iraq items for a few days ~ KP))

*egg via Ralph Buttigieg


How to explain radically different rates of organ donation in seemingly similar adjacent countries?  Nicholas Gruen wouldn’t be surprised. 

Will Wilkinson posts on new research by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers that seems to put to rest once and for all the claim that money can’t buy happiness.  Clive Hamilton and Ross Gittins certainly won’t be happy about that.


form and function – fumes and fashion

The sound of music


Issues analysis

Nicholas Gruen is questioning how Hayek’s teachings could be used to better regulate.

Andrew Leigh continues his Imagining Australia summaries, this time on global engagement.

Jeremy Sear carries on a prolonged one-sided argument with Greg Barns over an Australian republic.

Norman Geras suggests that the UN Human Rights Council and its latest appointee US academic Richard Falk are both very bad jokes.  You can see what Norm means about Falk from this recent statement by the gentleman:

It is possibly true that especially the neoconservatives thought there was a situation in the country and in the world where something had to happen to wake up the American people. Whether they are innocent about the contention that they made that something happen or not, I dont think we can answer definitively at this point. All we can say is there is a lot of grounds for suspicion, there should be an official investigation of the sort the 9/11 commission did not engage in and that the failure to do these things is cheating the American people and in some sense the people of the world of a greater confidence in what really happened than they presently possess.


At Spark Online Carl Nilsson-Polias reviews the 1960s French film Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourgh that would launch the career of Catherine Deneuve

Glenn Kenny offers a tribute to larger-than-life civil-rights activist/gun enthusiast Charlton Heston who passed away this week, offering an interesting anecdote about Heston’s role in green-lighting Orson Welles’s noir classic Touch of Evil.  

Heston was really the first heroic movie actor to make a substantial impression on me, well before I really knew anything about screen acting, before things like screen acting really registered as such, even. I mean, yeah, I was a fairly precocious eight-year-old when Planet of the Apes came out, but not that precocious. But I grew up fast enough to snicker a little bit at the sight of Heston mouthing the words of Country Joe McDonald’s Woodstock stage patter in The Omega Man, but I still teared up at his character’s quasi-crucifixion at the end. Between Apes, Omega and Soylent Green, Heston became to certain late-Baby-Boomers what John Wayne was to their dads. Only in those films Heston was the John Wayne of the dystopiathe inescapable dystopia. He was, then, a pre-adolescent’s first effective intimation of Sisyphus.

Rohan Malzen meanwhile considers the publication of an essay collection that ponders the relevance of George Eliot’s Middlemarch in the 21st century.

Meanwhile Words Without Borders offers readers Shadows Across Frosted Glass, a short story by Argentine writer Juan Jose Saer (translated from Spanish by Matthew Lansburgh)

Chris Boyd went to see Guys and Dolls and (in marked contrast to Richard Watts) he’s sold,  ‘Prior can do anything. We’re used to that. But McCune raises the dramatic stakes. After the mighty crescendo of ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’, in which the gamblers end up at the Salvo’s midnight prayer meeting near the end of the show, Adelaide and Sarah rock our hearts in ‘Marry the Man Today’. More recently  he defends  the right of the critic to choose, as he makes a non apology for total lack of  attendance at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and cites a convincing precedent, ‘George Jean Nathan long ago established the right of the drama critic to leave after the first act. The time has now come for the critic to claim the right to stay away altogether.’

Marcellous reviews a NIDA production of Congreve’s Love for Love. ((not a play I’d be walking over hot coals to see ~ KP))


 Never challenge Rafe Champion to a game of Trivial Pursuit with WG Grace as a topic (or Karl Popper for that matter). 

Guido was inexplicably buoyed by Melbourne Victory’s loss to Gamba Osaka in the Asian champions’ league.

Shaun Cronin courageously previews the coming weekend’s NRL round despite temporary exile in the home of aerial pingpong.

Snark, strangeness and charm

Tim Blair scores a hon mensh (or an ‘on mensh, if that’s the usage you prefer) from Mark Steyn, who proves only too happy to join Tim’s Bashford bash ((I think saint just acquired a Steyn number of 2 ~ GT))((It’ll be a steyn on his permanent record.~gilmae)). Will it be “flying space monkeys at twelve o’clock” for Troppo’s own Jacques Chester?

Here’s some top shelf Sydney Anglican snark (PDF format), thanks to Kim and the Sydney Morning Herald:

I am, therefore, writing to urge and call upon you as a brother who is professing faith in Christ to turn from such wickedness. To act otherwise is to follow the path of the ungodly who believes that he can determine what is right and wrong. In short, I am calling you to recognize that you are wrong to assert that you can be a Christian Anglican and remain in a homosexual relationship.

All snarked out and looking for a restorative? Try a bowl of Oanh’s Bun Bo Hue

Chris Bertram predicts the lingering death of Flickr from allowing videos into the site.

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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Gummo Trotsky
Gummo Trotsky
16 years ago

So much for getting up at sparrow’s fart to add a few more links before publication.

I’m not really that diligent – I was up at sparrow’s fart anyway.

16 years ago

Perhaps he’s trying to tell us something.

16 years ago

He’s out of town. He mentioned it earlier this week. Flew out on the red eye and all.

16 years ago

“I frankly dont understand why any Christian with a soul isnt squirming with shame and embarrassment.”

Well I’ll start. Perhaps it is because they are squealing with laughter at

(a) The phrase “any Christian with a soul” which betrays a more Gnostic anthropology than a Christian one. Maybe rethink that Ken.

(b) Kirby’s hermeneutics which betray more queer theology than historical Christian theology and a profound ignorance of some present day realities (invoking the authority of the World Council of Churches-no-one-goes-to-any-more was a particular hoot); we will leave is obvious inabilities as a textual critic and philologist aside.

(c) Victimology is alive and well on our High Court bench. Who knew.

(d) Did Kirby really cite Kinsey? Yikes he really did *snort*

(e) Did he really mention Haggard? *rolls around the floor laughing*

(d) While the priest in question was klutzy and pompous (I do so like the underlining someone (Kirby?) did on Lane’s letters, very revealing) he really did not need to write those letters. What a duh. It’s not like the rest of us don’t know Kirby’s persistent, consistent and open opposition to Christian teaching on many issues over many years, and it’s not like Kirby is unaware of that himself. It’s been a large part of his life’s work. Whoopee, so the SMH gets to publish another article to trash a Sydney Anglican, and lionize Kirby. Hallelujah folks! Your redemption is nigh.

*wipes eyes*

Kirby can proclaim himself a Christian and even an Anglican Christian all he likes. He can even cry homophobia and Heffernan all he likes. The media and other commentators may want to portray this as an issue over homosexuality all they like. It’s not.

There is always the Metropolitican Community Church where Justice Kirby himself has attended (confirmed in one of his letters). Why not proclaim yourself a “metropolitan community christian” and eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you die? And if he wants to be an Anglican maybe he can run over to the States and join the Episcopal Church whose hierarchy at the moment is presently deposing every orthodox bishop in its midst and suing the pants off any parish that dares question its political left agenda? TEC can certainly do with an influx of numbers. And there is always the Canadian Anglicans. Or what’s left of them. Hiltz would welcome him with open arms.

Why do Kirby and others – some not even calling themselves Christian – persist in wanting to impose their theology on all churches, indeed all other Christians (with in Kirby’s case, a particular focus on Archbishops Jensen and Pell)?

Ah questions of authority perhaps?

As a judge I would hope Kirby would know the history of separation of church and state and that the big impetus for that change came from people wanting to keep the state out of the affairs of the church. Here in Australia, I suspect separation of church and state as enshrined in our constitution can be summarised as no established church and no religious requirement for public office. But I still don’t think that means a homosexual requirement for clerical office much less mandatory queer theology from church pulpits.

Frankly I’d take Camille Paglia and others like her over Kirby any day. She doesn’t pretend to be anyone else but who she is. And she’s smart enough to understand the oppressiveness and tyranny of Kirby’s identity politics and his theology of the immaculate gay conception.

16 years ago

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the next season of the Sarah Connor Chronicles this autumn on Fox!

16 years ago

I frankly dont understand why any Christian with a soul isnt squirming with shame

Besides, isn’t that the point of the Abraham religions? Sin here, sin there, here a sin, there a sin, everywhere a sin sin.

David Rubie
David Rubie
16 years ago

saint wrote:

*wipes eyes*

I think you popped an o-ring. It’s letting the bile out.

16 years ago

#7 I still like Camille even if she is besotted by airheads like Obama. There maybe room for you too, Rubie.

David Rubie
David Rubie
16 years ago

Yer a funny one saint. Perhaps you and the Rev. Lane should spend more time reading your bibles than thumping them. It’s easier on the hands.

16 years ago

No idea who Rev Lane is David. I’m not a Sydney Anglican nor even live in Sydney.
I just want gilmae – or anyone else – to tell me about Kirby’s pink unicorns.

Else that’s two beers you owe me g. And two standards of everyone else.

16 years ago

I wouldn’t dream of pretending that I understand his, their or your crypto-zoological yearnings, mono-horned or otherwise, regardless of chromaticnessnessnessness…hmm, I lost control of that one.

Francis Xavier Holden
16 years ago

I frankly dont understand why any Christian with a soul isnt squirming with shame and embarrassment.

That’s curious. I thought that everyone had a soul – christian or not, sydney anglican or not.

As distinct from having “soul” which Aretha has but Celine does not.

John Greenfield
John Greenfield
16 years ago

Oh isn’t Michael Kirby the living end? More of a sanctimonious ponce than even Kim Beazley. Give me George Pell anyday!

16 years ago

Nah, “soul” is what you have on saturday night and cant remember on sunday.

Lets just keep the apples away from the oranges.