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.
Clarrie Rivers reveals Brendan’s secret political idol. Did the “Joh for Canberra” push succeed after all?
clarencegirl is unimpressedby Senate President Alan Ferguson’s willingness to accede to Steve Fielding’s belief that some internet content is Not Suitable for Senators.
Roll up for the Listening Tour, Roll up! It’s hit Melbourne.
slim is quite certain that the Liberal Party will be in opposition federally for at least a decade ((History backs him up.~gilmae)), so why bother sticking the shiv to Dr Nelson ?
Harry Clarke takes a different tack, being quite certain Labor will stuff up and arguing for the Liberals not to take advice from the enemy.
Ralph Buttigieg, a member of the National Space Society of Australia, posts his senate submission on an Australian space program.
Andrew Norton on a progressive think tank whose output displays a very undeveloped interpretation of Per Capita.
NB Tuesday’s ML might also be late. I’m still in Sydney and not getting home until after midnight so I don’t imagine I’ll be up really early to compile the Tuesday edition. I’ve also not replaced the central strip of Flickr images. Hopefully Jen will have time to select some for the Tuesday edition.
Phil Donahue takes on the uberpatriots at Fox News. Again. The Daily Show got in the act as well, with a handful of double standards since we’re on the topic.
Has McCain done it again? Derek Barry suggests that McCain’s declaration that he would be happy for the US to stay in Iraq for a hundred years might have been ill-considered.
What if they announced a continuing trend and no-one was listening? Tim Lambert has the answer.
Saint reports on a Saudi Arabian blogger who has Fitnaedthe bible. The resulting video is quite inferior to the original and obviously the work of a devoutly Wahabbist member of a cadet branch of the House of Saud who funnels his weekly allowance to terrorist organisations through the Cayman islands. ((That’s three beers, and off to Tim B for some re-education ~saint))((What are the first two beers for, exactly? ~GT))
George Megalogenis looks at prior Reserve Bank mistakes, argues that even if they do make mistake government policy wrecks more havok, and believes the Australian economy is at a crossroads.
Legal Eagle admits to a Grade 4 Careless Bruising and will spend a week on the sideline and a life time of guilt trips. Also, doubts that toddlers can be reliable witnesses.
Jim Belshaw museson Fred Argy’s question: “Equality of opportunity: is more policy intervention needed?“
wmmbb contemplates thinking non-violently((I’m willing to admire, but not emulate. The latter would cramp my writing style ~GT)).
Has our boy from Nambour killed Realpolitik? Soi-disantapathete Gam thinks he may have.
Mark ‘Oz Conservative’ Richardson continues his look at the inconsistencies and contradictions of Jean Devanny’s sexual liberation ((she nevertheless seems to have come out smelling better than de Beauvoir ~ saint))
Gummo thoughtCanadian blogger Kathy Shaidle gilded the lily on the Scott Brockie case. That may not be why she and other Canadian bloggers are being suedby former Canadian Human Rights Commission employee (and most frequent complainant): the serially litigant Richard Warman.
Chris Berg responds to Gruen on Hayek on regulation.
James Farrell goes through the standards when looking at the anti-Islamic school dissidents in Camden. ((They don’t seem to mind the Rebels encampment in their midst, though.~gilmae))
John Heard on the implications of finding a gay gene.
Another report from the Kasey Chambers front line, from Cat Politics.
Pretty pictures of Billy Corganby Daniel Boud.
Video should not be allowed on Flickr. Discuss.
Darryl Mason wonders how a Disney Studios film of a Philip K Dick short story will turn out. He also publishes one of Dick’s earliest short stories.
Jason Soon on comic crossover events.
The 1950s as reflected in a decade of delightful Meanjin covers, at Sarsaparilla.
The Mill Albion draws on the design principles of a traditional village, fusing contemporary and heritage apartments together with everyday retail convenience and commercial opportunities((Just like a traditional village, The Mill Albion will have its upper class, living in the “limited supply of … heritage apartments”; a middle class in living in the “two brand new, designer buildings” and some public housing thrown into the mix to provide a lower class. First time I’ve heard of a developer thinking to include a bit of a slum in the development plan. Now that’s what I call social engineering. ~GT)).
Snark, strangeness and charm
Glen has the shits with intellectually myopic Americans who can’t see how their conceptual-discursive tools construct them.
tigtog is furious with Gummo((Yes, that Gummo ~GT)) for posting on this New Yorker article. It’s a complete genre spoiler – you’ll never look at Tony Hill the same way again.
Compulsory beards at school formals? Apathetic sarah says no way.
Free speech frolics from tigtog. Once again, a defamation writ against a blogger gets the finger:
Might I remind my gentle readers that I am a US citizen and machinegunkeyboard.com is hosted on web facilities in Dallas. MATHABAs complaint about @ndys bit has a basis in UK case precedent. I can promise you that they dont give a good goddamn for the Queens law down in Texas.
Darwin Herbert Spencer award from KG at A Western Heart.