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 Worst of Perth sculpts former WA Premier Geoff Gallop and yearns for his return in the context of chair-sniffing revelations about the current Opposition Leader:
Andrew Bartlett suggests the IOC has lost the plot on the Olympic spirit – and maybe his current committee has lost the plot on Aboriginal policy (I’m not too sure what Gummo – who I think inserted this item – is getting at here – KP).
Derek Barry looks at how the Nigerian oil strike might affect oil prices.
Dan Miller is appalled by the latest utterances of Obama’s retired pastor Rev Jeremiah Wright (here’s a news story summarising what he said), including re 9/11: “You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you.” Norman Geras comments:
Not only is Wright rather selective in what he takes from the Bible, since somewhere in it there will be an injunction against killing the innocent, he himself is innocent of the understanding that guilt is not acquired simply through community membership, much less by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Of course, whether this exacerbates Obama’s inability to clinch the Democratic Party nomination is another question. Meanwhile, Joshua Gans draws attention to a bizarre Clinton/McCain policy (which thankfully Obama at least apparently doesn’t endorse) for a pause in petrol taxes but with lost revenues being made up by taxing the oil companies!!!
Turcopolier sees promising signs of a peace deal between Israel and Syria.
At openDemocracy, Roger Southall posts a superb article on tha appalling Thabo Mbeki’s efforts at “mediation” in Zimbabwe and his waning fortunes within the ANC. Highly recommended reading.
Andrew Leigh grumbles about middle class welfare and (quoting Peter Martin) reports on a motted Rudd government plan for first home savers’ accounts that give twice as much to the rich as the poor. Good one Kev!
Howard Wasserman reports on the first instance rejection of a challenge to the validity of a new Indiana law requiring all voters to produce photo ID before being allowed to vote.((I would have laid money on John Howard copying this one if he’d still been in power~KP))
For the vast number of readers fascinated by legal theory, Lawrence Solum has a neat and succinct little riff on natural law, legal positivism and JS Mill.
Harry Clarke looks at research on indigenous smoking and wonders why he’s been ridiculed for suggesting it’s a major problem (the smoking that is, not the research).
Is the Heartland Institute’s list of scientists with doubts about global warming about to shrink?
Henry Farrell looks at academic freedom in the context of a Muslim teacher sacked after pressure exerted by the odious Daniel Pipes.
Marcellous has been reading Dorothy Hewett.
Ben Peek posts an incisive if belated review of the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men:
For many, it seemed, it was a return to form for the Coen brothers.
I suppose I’ll come down to the line of disagreeing, but not because I think the film is bad, but rather because the end misses its thematic mark, and that sense of missing a mark has been my sense with the Coens for a while now.
Kodjo reports on a damning review of Jon Avent’s new movie 88 Minutes (signifying both its running time and the amount of time the protagonist is warned by his killer that he has to live):
Avnet is setting a noble example here: if all movies were named after their running time, Hollywood would instantly become a brisker place. Would Peter Jackson have dared to put us through a Tolkien Trilogy called Nine and a Quarter Hours of Elves? I dont think so
Darryl Mason wonders if we’re too hard on Rugby League players.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Graham Young blames Brisbane bloggers for failing to tell him why his train was running late!!!
Caroline has a lovely photoblogging farm animals post.
The Stumbling Tumblr examines the fate of the bloke who revealed the fake Hitler Diaries.