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



Reason‘s Jesse Walker on the fate of the Spaghetti Monster (originally a comment on the obscurantist “intelligent design” predilections of the burghers of the US town on whose courthouse nature strip it was placed):

The Editor and Kim are both reeling at Steve Fielding’s latest revelation – he has nipples just like anybody else((Not suitable for anytime, really. ~GT)) .

Robert Merkel thinks the current government is doing a good job of killing off solar photovoltaics. Ashleigh is a mite ticked off about it as well, arguing it is less middle-class welfare than environmental policy. Joshua Gans also argues it wasn’t middle class welfare, it was a behaviour changing carrot.

clarencegirl bags the Iemma party.

Darryl Mason notes that trials of medicinal cannabis will start soon.

Mercurius gives Brendan Nelson a bit of stick for teacher bashing.

Apathetic Sarah demands mob justice for animal killers.

Is no-one safe from the unwanted attentions of Troy Bussell ?

Tim Lambert has had a lively exchange of views with Don Aitken.

Ken Lovell wants the roads made safer – but not just yet.

Chris Berg wants to protect the bar culture from early morning lockouts.


Ken Lovell thinks George Bush needs some remedial education on the subject of negotiation. Saint disagrees. ((Pugnaciously?~gilmae))

Meanwhile, Turcopolier argues that Dubya’s negotiating skills with his erstwhile mates the Saudis could do with a bit of refining too.

At openDemocracy, Thomas de Waal examines a possibly looming war between Russia and Georgia over the Black Sea territory of Abkhazia.

Andrew Bartlett discusses a US soldier’s refusal to serve in Iraq.

Derek Barry looks at the history of Kashmir.

Andrea Charron and Dylan Kissane discuss the UN’s duty to protect at WebDiary.

The Samizdata libertarian collective do some great work exposing UK government excesses, as with this post about authoritarian government standover tactics by Perry de Havilland.  But this nasty little piece of character assassination of Tony and Cherie Blair (masquerading as a condemnation of an even more repugnant slag of the latter in The Observer) does them no credit at all.


Slim argues there is a limit to productivity as a wage determinant.

Nicholas Gruen discusses the tragedy of the anti-commons.


In a welcome return to active blogging, David Starkoff points out an ominous observation from High Court Justice Dyson Heydon: “Be that as it may is not a warm embrace. Be that as it may are chilly words.”

Andrew Koppelman closely analyses the judicial reasoning in last week’s California Supreme Court decision ruling prohibition of gay marriage unconstitutional



shadow play

morning coffee

Issues analysis

Mercurius opens a discussion of the ethics of free speech.

John Quiggin posts a sequel to his Prospect article (with Tim Lambert) on Rachel Carson.

Andrew Norton (white, male, middle class, somewhere south of middle-aged) confirms that Australian blog readers are predominately white, male, middle-class and somewhere south of middle-aged.((Hmm.  That must be a different post than the Andrew Norton one I read, which said “As we would expect, younger AES respondents were well represented among blog readers, with about a quarter born in the 1980s. However, the rest were fairly evenly spread among the decades going back to the 1940s.  …. The only result that did surprise me was that there was gender balance.”. ~ KP))

Harry Clarke suggests there might be something in the link between the drug treatment doctors supporting marijuana decriminalisation and, in a post whch would dent is libertarian credentials if he actually had any, praises the effects of smoking bans.


(Via the Stumblng Tumblr) Sister Rosetta Tharp plays and sings the blues (“Trouble in Mind”) at a disused British railway station.

Oanh has mixed feelings about having one of his pieces published in the book Growing Up Asian in Australia.

Alison Croggon discovers the dangers of blogging:

Blogs are the crack of the literary world, they burn up your brains and leave you dribbling by the kerb, an object of pity and derision to all right-minded people.

Luckily for us (in a sense), she’s decided to cut back her theatre-going instead of her blogging.

Ming-Zhu and Alison Croggon both call for donations to save Carlton’s La Mama theatre (iconic focus of Australia’s theatre revival in the 1970s).  Anyone have a spare thousand bucks or so cluttering up the sock drawer?

Mark Bahnisch argues that mash-ups may be a more important form of undergound Open Source Political Protest than most people realise.

Marcellous combines a review of an Australia Ensemble concert with a bitch session against noisy sweets unwrappers and his partner’s carping about the expensive pushbike he just bought.

Shaun Cronin posts a heavy metal muxtape.((which I certainly won’t be listening to at work, or probably anywhere else ~ KP))

Snark, strangeness and charm

John Quiggin and Tim Lambert have succeeded where others have failed. Their recent article in Prospect on Rachel Carson has drawn the ire of J F Beck, who has ended his prolonged silence to defend her reputation – or his preferred version of it.

Is Obama an appeaser who will give in to terrorists? MK approaches the topic in his usual direct fashion at AWH, while the Currency Lad prefers a more nuanced approach, quickly proceeding from mutilated metaphor to the rhetorical high ground of obscurantism.((That’s gilmae nicely dropped in it ~GT))((Not really your Neutral Point of View this item, but you can’t blame Gummo for failing to resist a bit of CL-baiting? ~ KP))  

Andrew Bolt’s inner luvvie finally gets the better of him:

I guess 1 offering not just schmaltz – always popular, and reassuring – but utterly safe and undeniably tuneful music of the kind that pleases people who want to feel civilised, even cultured, without their brain hurting. These are people who want to feel connected again to the chocolate-box culture that produced a Johann Strauss without them quite knowing who the hell he was. Or they simply want to feel connected to Western culture at its most ideally benign…

But maybe Im just being too much the snob. Theres some longing hes clearly tapping, even when he plays Shostakovich…

Andrew at Worst of Perth spreads his wings and posts exposures of the worst of other places as well (like the one at right). 

Lauredhel passes on the story of the little gecko that could.

tigtog asks which of these booty boys and booty girls you’d marry, shag, or defenestrate.

Audrey commemorates her mother.

Harry Clarke reviews a biography of Isaac Newton, and recommends wikipedia for further reading.

Speaking of wikipedia, David Tiley had an interesting read.

Colin Campbell’s son has started playing football. Or at least the seven year old version.

Football at that age is played a little like Aussie Rules Football with all the little kids running in groups wherever the ball is. Eighteen kids around the ball was quite normal.

Kev Gillet is hoping that someone  – we’re looking at you, Kerry Stokes…again – buys the latest set of Australian war medals up for auction, those of Maj. Peter Badcoe.

Andrew Elder puts together a What If alt-history: What If Whitlam lost in 1972.

Dale observes that the obsession of Conservapedia readers with homosexuality is only to be expected, but what about goats?

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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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15 years ago

The only result that did surprise me was that there was gender balance.

I’ll cop to trying to have a (weak) dig back at Gummo after he used my name in vain. Even so, I managed to read Andrew’s last paragraph without reading the first sentence properly. You should have edited the text I gave, since I had clearly misinterpreted a part of the post.

15 years ago

Oh, and as for tigtog’s post, marry Uhura, shag Barbarella and most likely get defenestrated by Xena if I tried anything.

Gummo Trotsky
Gummo Trotsky
15 years ago

Methinks it would be Gabrielle who did the defenestrating, gilmae.

15 years ago

I’m sure that like everything else, they would do it together.

15 years ago

The Editor and Kim are both reeling at Steve Fieldings latest revelation – he has nipples just like anybody else11. GT: Not suitable for anytime, really.

Steady on there, Ken – those are holy nipples. God made those nipples!

15 years ago


Sensational new word to learn!

(So is fenestrating throwing them back in?.. has overtures of winding up, winding up, and should we, should we not..)

15 years ago

C’mom Ken, I know you have some leather in the wardrobe and are wont to air guitar with the best of us.

Gummo Trotsky
Gummo Trotsky
15 years ago

Tim, Id like to take credit for Gummos humour but he wouldnt let me get away with it.

Dunno about that. After all, if I’m prepared to let gilmae cop it for the comments on CL (which I might regard as a perfectly reasonable, and relatively neutral, description of his style) I’m not in much of a position to complain about others taking credit for my occasional flashes of humour now, am I?

15 years ago

Looks good for me with roundcube webmail.

Andrew Norton
15 years ago

“Andrew Norton (white, male, middle class, somewhere south of middle-aged) confirms that Australian blog readers are predominately white, male, middle-class and somewhere south of middle-aged.33. KP: Hmm. That must be a different post than the Andrew Norton one I read, which said As we would expect, younger AES respondents were well represented among blog readers, with about a quarter born in the 1980s. However, the rest were fairly evenly spread among the decades going back to the 1940s. . The only result that did surprise me was that there was gender balance.. []”

Given the Australian population, I am sure blog readers are predominantly white. There is no question in the AES on skin colour, but blog readers are less likely to have been born in Australia, UK or NZ than the population as a whole (71% vs 85%).

15 years ago

Robert@7, “defenestrating” is something South African coppers used to do with uppity kaffirs back in the glory-days of apartheidt. I think Australian coppers used to do it with drug dealers a bit too, but not as much.

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
15 years ago

Robert – google, “the defenestration of Prague” – it’s an iconic moment in defenestration history.

15 years ago

Just did, Geoff. I’m thunderstruck. Like skindiving for the first time, a whole new world opens up. What history. And imagine the defenestrations that were never recorded! Where is the World of Defenestrating up to now?

And when and where can I start?

15 years ago

You could always self-defenestrate Robert.

The Worst of Perth
15 years ago

Defenestrating is just a arced up bum’s rush with window substituted for door.

15 years ago


Thank you for including me in this and past Missing Links!

Just a little correction – I’m a “She”.

You should check out my post prior to the linked one – amusing in context. But I forgive you.


Gummo Trotsky
Gummo Trotsky
15 years ago

Oh bum! I failed the inclusive language test again!