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
The new Political Compass per Gummo Trotsky
Kev Gillett believes the only effect increasing excise on pre-mix drinks will be a lot of money for the government.
Mel Gregg is preparing for Labour Day.
Dave Bath finds spam more informative than media releases from politicians.
Harry Clark holds no punches harshing on the Chinese government. *Kev Gillet indulges in some good old fashion paranoia, speculating about Hu organised the pro-chinese protesters in Canberra. Ken Lovell appreciates the multiple ironies of the event.
Dan Miller on American politics (although the logic arguably applies equally to Australia):
In a heterogeneous country the size of the United States, there are many constituencies and the candidate who best pleases the most, wins. The only way to do that is to offer inconsistent solutions and hope that their incoherence is not noticed.
Nothing seems to make economists happier than arguing over Happiness research. Today, money does make us happier. Tomorrow…who knows?
Joshua Gans is pushing for economic policy to be evidence-based, and is disappointed the Reserve Bank didn’t refer to any studies while formulating recent policy on card payment systems.
Harry Clarke is predicting that oil prices will drop by about 30% in the next 18 months, while Joshua Gans muses about a single-payer petrol price system where the guvmint raises the price of petrol to a fixed, stable $2.50 a litre!
It must be Joshua Gans day. Joshua muses about whether kids are best taught subtraction before addition, and Andrew Leigh proposes a randomised trial and volunteers his own child as one of the guinea pigs.
Peter Timmins notes the discrepancy between the Rudd government’s professed commitment to open government at the 2020 Summit and its seeming unwillingness to allow the Australian Law Reform Commissiont to review FOI legislation.((The chances of a former Queensland public service mandarin and DFAT bureaucrat like Rudd ever enacting any FOI reform that permits people to get hold of documents that the guvmint doesn’t want us to have are approximately zero. ~ KP))
Rotwang is on both sides of the housing price issue.
Ilya Somin ponders why paranoid conspiracy-mongering remains so prevalent in political discussion …
Alison Croggon provides evocative commentary on Daniel Keane’s STC Production of The Serpent’s Teeth, a dipytch of two plays (Citizens, Soldiers), currently showing in the Drama Theatre at the Sydney Opera House.
Artistic beauty emerges from structure: artists make things. Daniel Keene has offered, in Citizens and Soldiers, two objects made out of words. They are sculpted with a stern, even fierce poetic, austere and plain and finely honed as a surgeons scalpel. They are two very different explorations of the formal possibilities of theatre, but each rhymes with the other to make a third thing: a diptych that meditates on different aspects of the price of living with war.
Lesley Chow reviews Stefan Ruzowitzkys film The Counterfeiters, focused upon a group Jewish prisoners coerced into running a counterfeit currency ring – currently showing as part of the German Film Festival and soon to have a national cinematic release.
Paul Martin reviews Tony Gatlif’s Translyvania, a film that in depicting the gypsy culture, “showcases the bleak yet beautiful countryside and rural decay of forgotten lands, depicting a way of life that is slowly dying.”
Kirsty has been reading Cormac McCarthy’s chilling tome The Road. Included is a Youtube link of a rare interview the reclusive McCarthy gave Oprah Winfrey.
Bardassa reviews an Opera Australia production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in maschera, currently showing at the State Theatre.
Tony resents the sense of entitlement Collingwood and Essendon have towards the ANZAC Day match. Bridgit Gread thinks the broadcasters need to get a few things straight between now and next year’s ANZAC Day match.
Shaun Cronin looks at the rugby league Centenary Test squad and NSW City/Country selections.((I wonder how many blatantly criminal cowardly acts Paul Gallen has to commit before he’s regarded as an unacceptable selection ~ KP))
Snark, strangeness and charm
Roger Migently pays homage to Humphrey Lyttleton.
Andrew Landeryou tries for a simple, dignified ANZAC Day sentiment – and trips over his own tag-line.
Harry Clarke notes one of the “tragic” effects of abolition of compulsory student unionism.
Adrian the Cabbie tells the story of a passenger with no legs, arms or ears and only bits of his nose.