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, Jen McCulloch and Stephen Hill




Graham Young points out yet another pointless quick-fix by the government and then offers an alternative solution. Blames unions. Petering Time doubts that letting a major US retail chain operate in competition with our own major retail chains will make much difference.

Bad Apple Audrey finds recent news that Australian women are drunk and confused unconvincing((But surely it must be true – it was in the Women’s Weekly. They done a survey and everything. ~ GT))

Ant Rogenous catches those sly subbies at News Limited pointing the finger the wrong way on inflation.

Lauredhel is not at all unhappy that an anti-abortion leafleting campaign fell foul of the Advertising Standards Council.


 Daniel Drezner on the response of the Chinese diaspora to western Olympic protests:

Though the synergy is the result of the people and the government touting the same line, it’s an impressive campaign for a country with a state-run media. It’s also worth pointing out that, unlike people within China itself, these expats have access to the gamut of information on their homeland, and yet they still feel strongly that the Western view is biased.

saint tells the story of a Paraguayan priest presenting the Vatican with an interesting problem.1

Darryl Mason catches Al Qaeda plagiarising the Onion.

Derek Barry looks at OPEC and oil prices.

Prince William is a Knight of the Garter. John Howard isn’t. News Limited is in a snit about it.


Andrew Bartlett suggests that “Root and Branch Tax Reform” should be just that.


washed veges in plastic

more water

out of the s-bend

Issues analysis

dr. faustus gives props to PETA for ponying up $1 million as a prize for the development of vat-grown meat2 He also offers advice on how to smuggle illicit bits through customs.

Andrew Leigh points out that research simply doesn’t justify broad-ranging early childhood intervention programs.3 

Harry Clarke is anti-nativist, wants Australian kids off his lawn. But seriously, believes that first-generation immigrant kids in Australia try harder in school, want more out of life.  Harry also commences a series of posts on lung cancer.

pommygranate suggests that now is the time to buy US dollars.

Dave Bath suggests that if Kevin Rudd is sincere about encouraging kids to take up science, a good start would be to set an example – by actually listening to scientists.

Robert Merkel raises a surprising health issue.

If you’ve been tossing and turning at night wondering what Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle was all about, Eliezer Yudkowsky has just the post for you.


Bud Parr discusses the recent critical rediscovery of Russian author Daniil Kharms

Mark Thwaite considers Gabriel Josipovici’s list of the ten best novellas, which included works Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Hermann Melville and Heinrich von Kleist 

Sarahann provides details of the line-up of bands at Splendour at the Grass, which includes Devo, Sigur Ros, Wolfmother, Tricky, The Music and Cold War Kids

David Tiley provides an elegant riposte from documentary maker Peter Vaughan to senior Age writer Jim Schembri’s criticisms of the Australian film industry, asking why Schembri’s employer (Fairfax Media) has significantly reduced its artistic coverage in the last few years.

marcellous has been looking over the Opera Australia 2007 annual report.

Chris Boyd calls for divine help from Sister Wendy in explaining a Missing Link philistines’ question about why so many classical portrayals of female beauty (well, Venus anyway) resemble big beefy blokes with boobs.  Meanwhile, Alison Croggon reviews Bell Shakespeare’s current Melbourne production of Venus and Adonis.


Tony doesn’t like the lazy blokes-bullshitting-for-an-hour that masquerades as football analysis programming on television. Channel Nine in particular.4

Snark, strangeness and charm

Pavlov’s Cat looks back into blog history and finds a modern Nostradamus.

At Grodscorps, Bron discusses the pros and cons of giving toilet paper to the homeless.

Peter Martin and Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan both love shopping at Aldi.

  1. Pope Benedict was heard to say “Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?” Two albinos were later spotted in Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.~gilmae []
  2. B..b..but…the murder is what makes the meat so very tasty.~gilmae []
  3. like Rudd’s idiotic pre-2020 “Big Idea”, which fortunately almost certainly wasn’t seriously proposed ~ KP []
  4. Is setting an effigy of Phil Gould on fire too far?~gilmae []

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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David Jackmanson
13 years ago

Is setting an effigy of Phil Gould on fire too far?

It’s barely enough.

13 years ago

Talking about ‘missing links’. Sorry to use this post for some self-advertising. But for those who knew me through the blog ‘Rank and Vile’ the server is no more.

So I am continuing my blog addiction with a new blog called The accidental Australian.

OK after that shameless plug, I do actually would like to signal a blog that I find interesting which is written by Father Bob.

Some of you may know Father Bob through that program on SBS called ‘Speaking in Tongues’ with John Safran. Apparently he’s doing the same thing with Saffran on Sunday nights on JJJ.

Even non-Catholics, or even those who are not into religion would be able to get some value from this blog IMHO.

13 years ago

Sorry, I forgot to provide a link for Father Bob’s blog! Doh!


13 years ago

I used to believe Graham Young to be a reasonable person, until I met him in person. Despite his sanctioning by the Qld Liberal Party, he’ll always be a party apparatchik

13 years ago


Have you giving it some thought that he possibly felt the same way too.

13 years ago

That’s ok, JC, the possibilty that Graham was so silly is remote.

13 years ago

Ken, I was speaking from a personal perspective, which if you’d taken the time to evaluate, you’d have picked up on. I have met Graham, and I do find him to be a supercilious twat. That he chose to point out “yet another pointless quick-fix by the government” simply confirms for me his partisan attitudes. QED Herewith endeth my tirade.