A digest of the best of the blogosphere published each weekday and compiled by Ken Parish, gilmae, Gummo Trotsky, Amanda Rose, Tim Sterne, Jen McCulloch and Stephen Hill
Terry Sedgwick comes up with a strangely disturbing thought – the Bolter for Lord Mayor of Melbourne. Just think of it, instead of “So, he’s my bro” we could have “Bolt, he’s my dolt” …
Jim Belshaw catches up with old friends at John Button’s funeral.
Apathetic Sarah has the photos to prove that she’s a potential terrorist.
Andrew Bartlett gets mordant on the subject of telecommunications interception:
The governments Bill seeks to remove the current requirement for law enforcement agencies to have to get a fresh interception warrant every time they want to intercept or monitor more devices likely to be used by an identified person, beyond those outlined in the initial warrants authorising interception of communications by that person… best western minnesota hotel test
I suppose I cant be absolutely sure what the intent of the government was when they put forward previous amendments to the law covering interception powers in 2006, but I am sure the government cant unilaterally assert what the intent of parliament was when it passed them.
Given I was in the parliament which passed the previous changes, I can very safely say that the intention of the parliament was likely to be based on the actual words in the legislation before it, not other things not expressed by those words that might have been in the mind of the government department that drafted them.
Who’s to blame when two adults bash a teenager who’s been bullying their daughter? It’s obviously the school system, says Jack Lacton.
Should hot-air ballooning be banned on Anzac Day((And who’s going to be first with the obvious comment? ~GT))?
How the Brazilian blogosphere is dealing with a possible WordPress ban.
Derek Barry tells you more than you want to know((Because it’s generally depressing ~GT)) about Ogaden. It’s not a drug, it’s a region in Ethiopia.
Is Hal G Colebatch attempting to rewrite Zimbabwe’s history? Mark Bahnisch thinks so.
Brad De Long laments the standards of US journalism in trivialising the latest of the seemingly interminable TV debates between Obama and Hillary.
Spain has a new cabinet, with a lot of women in it. Naturally, the most important question is “Do their bums look big in those?”
Hilzoy reports on a story which should be sensational but hasn’t even scored a mention in the Australian media, that the most senior Bush administration officials were directly complicit in athorising specific torture measures against Al Qaeda suspects in custody.
Justin Wolfers begins a series at the NY Times Freakonomics blog about his (and Betsey Stevenson’s) research challenging left-liberal orthodoxy on happiness research. Will it stop Clive Hamilton and Ross Gittins rabbiting on about the pointlessness of materialism or advocating nanny state solutions? Watch this space.
Graham suggests J K Rowling may have cast a spell on the judge in her suit against the publishers of the Harry Potter Lexicon.1
Norman Geras posts on a US Supreme Court decision holding that lethal injections in capital punishment cases don’t amount to “cruel and unusual punishmnet” for constitutional purposes. Strangely the American legal blogosphere seems so far to have largely ignored the decision.
Although the Rudd government has announced it will dispense with “conclusive ministerial certificates” in federal Freedom of Information legislation, Peter Timmins looks at the outcome of recent FOI proceedings seeking access to Treasury documents concerning the proposed introduction of criminal sanctions for corporate cartel behaviour, discovering that the public service culture of secrecy for its own sake is as pervasive as ever.
(via Colin Campbell) Suffering from the Friday blues at work? You could always have a worse job than you’ve got now …
Ronda Jambe is considering the implications of books read and wonders if there is something to food security concerns.
Nicholas Gruen argues that government use its power over some industries to lead the way on national information policy.
Norman Geras embarks on a series of philosophical posts exploring games, sport and Wittgenstein: is there any common factor shared by all games and sports or just loose family resemblances?
Risking appropriating Phillip Adams’ schtick, the New York Review of Books has a fascinating article by David Bromwich on euphemism and American violence (“collateral damage” being a hackneyed example).
Invading territory long occupied by Nicholas Gruen, American legal academic Cass Sunstein begins a series of posts exploring the use of default options/settings in guiding people to responsible choices, something he labels “libertarian paternalism”
Venus and Adonis – interesting how ideals of female beauty have changed so radically, from rugby league front row forward with manboobs to anorexic, while the male stereotype hasn’t really changed at all. Why? Discuss.
David Tiley retorts to a blatant trolling by a major metropolitan newspaper (and Gideon Haigh cops a well deserved serve in the comment thread).
Chris Boyd does not think much of Bell Shakespeare Company’s rendering of Venus and Adonis, a production in which the subtlety of Shakespeare’s 12,000 word poem seems to have been dispensed with. Dispensed with? He’s scathing, ‘A knight’s tale reduced to mere porn. Poetry reduced to mere plot. And not a great deal of that‘ and would have appreciated it if the director had had even a passing familiarity with the poem. Maybe Aleeoop and Yunyu in Sydney tonight will make him feel better.
Mink Tails does diatribe, ‘That’s right, gang. I’m about to get dirty. I’m talking women, I’m talking artists, and I’m talking glass ceilings. And if you tune out now, well – consider your sorority membership well and truly null and void’. Read on and on and on ……
Isn’t it time to abandon our reserve and set up a howl that could be heard from one end of this country to another?’ Scott Walters is moved (‘Were you moved darling? Yes of course I was f’n moved!) to rail – mostly from a safe, but interesting historical distance, against the lethargy of theatre in the US these days.
Shaun Cronin previews the weekend’s NRL round.
Snark, strangeness and charm
And here’s a handy excuse for those nocturnal manouevres.
Cristy sends an open letter to an important person.
Tony the Teacher catches John Howard out in an egregious Bush error (but clapped out politicians seemingly get greater latitude than Howard ever gave his opponents for similar gaffes).
- Reducius Fairusius?~gilmae
- Possibly prematurely, I believe.~gilmae