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.
How dumb is Liberal Frontbencher Christopher Pyne? Asked and answered at North Coast Voices.
Kevin Rennie is pessimistic about Laura Norder initiatives in the Kimberley.
Today’s our last chance to plug this Larvatus Prodeo forum in Melbourne. Plugged.
Tim Blair takes delight in the beneficence of Gaia.
Andrew Landeryou on how to riot and get away with it: pick a left wing cause.
Tim Dunlop and Lauredhel give kudos to an Anglican archbishop. 11. saint: No doubt they can’t give students kudos for standover tactics against a headmaster enforcing the rules [↩]. The Currency Lad notes the disingenuousness of the Archbishop’s response. Saint will no doubt take this as just another step in the deplorable pussification of the Anglican Church.
Image via Colin Campbell.
Guido looks at Silvio Berlusconi’s re-election.
Celine Dion and Barack Obama: together at last at Canadian blog Zoilus. 33. KP: I rescued this item from the arts section because it’s a really excellent post analysing the psychology of “heartland” America in the context of Obama’s recent clumsy “elitist” remarks. [↩]
Robert Merkel looks at the food crisis.
Audrey finds a story that is at once inspirational, sad and inspiring.
Ampotan (aka Bill Sakovich), gives Kevin Rudd advice on how not to deal with China.
In episode 12938 of his thrilling serial “Annals of Naive Science”, dk.au looks at proposals for testing carbon sequestration technology44. GT: Must catch up with the first 12937 episodes – maybe they’re in the Google cache [↩].
Marcus Westbury has some suggestions on Arts policy for the 2020 summit.
While Rupert’s loyal employees are content to gloat over the internal ructions at The Age, Derek Barry puts in the hard yards to spell out exactly what’s at stake in the dispute. Perhaps Fairfax management should ask a favour of Rupert and get Roger on this.
Gummo Trotsky’s grand plan to analyse the housing affordability crisis is defeated by recalcitrant ABS data55. GT: Just another blogger taking on issues analysis and failing miserably; it happens all the time. Nothing to see here folks. [↩].
Mark “Oz Conservative” Richardson finishes his series on Jean Devanny with her attitudes towards liberty, science and more.
Chris Boyd offers us an e-mail exchange he had with prolific English playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn
Kerryn Goldsworthy at Australian Literature Diary opines about the appointment of a chair of Australian literature at the University of Western Australia, suggesting the boundless paper inches of commentrary from a certain Australian broadsheet had exaggerated the alleged demise (as Mark Twain would put it) of Auslit teaching in universities.
SterneTrain at Sarsaparilla considers the etymological mystery of the Oompa Loompas. For those familiar with Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Family maybe you can help the poor man out before we find out a little too much about Jabberwock’s flirtation with socialism. (My question, where are the female Oompa Loompas? And from the lack of females are we supposed to infer that the Oompa Lompas’ interest in garish costume and song and dance provide an indication of shared interests with a certain Jar Jar Binks, who makes the Purple Teletubby seem square in comparison.)
Matilda reviews Emily Ballou’s Aphelion
Pavlov’s Cat throws up an interesting question about the modern novel.
‘What do you all think? Chicken Little? Or are we playing ostrich?’ Scott Walters wonders how the cold hard economy will bite into the arts in the US.
Nicholas Pickard on fretting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, originally in Crikey.
Alison Croggin’s play Samarkand was aired unknown to her on ABC Radio National’s Airplay on Sunday, luckily there is a repeat 9pm Friday or right now online. Art aims to screw with your head with My Doubtful Mind, opening Thursday at Linden Centre for Contemporary Art in St Kilda where the artists take aim at phobias in a variety of ways.
Stephanie Trigg plays “spot the palimpsest” at the State Library of Victoria’s Medieval Manuscripts exhibition 66. GT: There is absolutely no truth to the rumour that the exhibition will finish with a parchment-dart throwing competition. [↩].
Snark, strangeness and charm
Should Rupert get Roger on this?
David Bath is intrigued by the possibility that testosterone drives financial markets. No doubt someone will come up with a way to test this experimentally, using vervet monkeys or barbary apes. Or rats.