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 California State Constitution protects gay marriage! See today’s ML “law” section …
Gary Sauer-Thompson discusses sex slavery in Australia and the case of Wei Tang whose appeal against a conviction for slavery is currently before the High Court.
Petering time predicts blood on the Liberal party brand if they use their Senate majority to block changes to the baby bonus. tigtog pities them. Niall Cook thinks Brendan Nelson’s response to the Budget was better than could be expected, despite the ABC rolling out some politically embarrassing footage. John Quiggin debunks Nelson’s stance on alcopops tax and opines:
After the fiasco over alcopops, theres only one reason Brendan Nelson can survive as Opposition leader. All the potential alternative leaders, with the apparent exception of Julie Bishop, have made just as big fools of themselves as Nelson has.
Since the Budget reactions are still coming in; Andrew Norton believes it was disappointing. Temujin agrees.
Jeremy decries the hand-out mentality of some Australians.
dr. faustus thinks alcopops are drunk by the upper middle class who won’t mind paying more 11. gilmae: I thought the primary user was the Pretty Young Thing working entry-level jobs in an office and the high school girl. [↩] but is interested in the idea of reducing alcohol content in favour of flavour in wines.
Eric Martin examines Republican Presidential cadidate John McCain’s well-considered policies for victory in Iraq.
Turcopolier doubts the wisdom of US Defense Secretary Gates in advocating that the American military should regard irregular insurgencies as its key future threat:
The metaphor of generational development in warfare is essentially flawed. This image was created in the last decade or two to provide existing military leadership with a psychological crutch that enabled them to say that they had not been so woefully ignorant of history as to not know that irregular warfare had always been a major factor in conflict.
Stephen Kirchner is unimpressed with Labor’s new-found enthusiasm for the Costello-orinated concept of Future Funds:
The real wealth being built in the Future Fund is no such thing. It comes entirely at the expense of the current wealth-generating capabilities of the private sector.
Dale applauds a California Supreme Court decision that struck down legislation prohibiting gay marriage as unconstitutional, while Eugene Volokh summarises the Court’s reasoning and worries about slippery legislative slopes.
Orin Kerr reports that Lori Drew, the woman who provoked a 16 year old girl neighbour to suicide by masquerading as a boyfriend on Faecebook and then dumping here, has been indicted under computer fraud legislation. Orin argues that, while Drew’s actions were despicable, the prosecution is legally misconceived.
Are we treating The Family as a technology? Mark Richardson thinks we are and that we should stop it. Or rather that we should stop messing with a technology he believes we perfected millenia ago.
Norman Geras argues against another philosopher who argues that philosophers are all useless in any practical sense.
Lawrence Solum recommends some legal and philosophical reading on the Internet for procrastinating academics looking to postpone marking exam papers.33. KP: I’m looking to postpone essay marking so I might check out a few of them [↩]
A realist bust of an ageing Julius Caesar sculpted while he was still alive and just found in the Rhone. Maria Farrell:
Nicholas Pickard ponders whether the Belvoir Street production of My Name is Rachel Corrie will find itself caught in the crossfire of the “culture wars”, scheduling a play focused on the life of a young girl killed by an Israeli Defense Force bulldozer in Gaza. The post includes a link to a review by celebrated Jewish-American novelist Cynthia Ozick.
Pickard also puts the federal budget’s arts funding under the microscope.
Dmitry Golynko-Volkson surveys the contemporary Russian literary scene.
Tim Sterne brow-beats Daniel Green’s posts about the banality of middle-brow literature.
Online free access recent articles from The Monthly now include a sequel to David Marr’s biography titled “Patrick White: The Final Chapter” . Recommended.
“Captain” Watson reviews the Vic versus Dreamteam aussie rules stunt game and continues his mid-season review of AFL team prospects.
Shaun Cronin provides his usual weekend NRL round preview.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Big Brother is crap for Bogans. It exists because modern capitalism has given bogans more money than they ever had before (likewise chavs in the UK), and they are now able to express their market preferences. Good for them, I have no quibble. There is no requirement that anyone else needs to take an interest. Scholars and intellectuals in the Roman world ignored the gladiatorial shows, unless they were genuine fans in the objective sense …
For Julie Andrews the hills are alive with the sound of hating the Internet.
Any blokes who were contemplating asking Laura to run up some clothes for them might be well advised to think again.