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
Tim Blair has been doing some sleuthing on the rumours that Kevin Rudd recently had a (hushed up) minor heart attack.
More from Peter Martin on FoodWatch and why the ACCC should be doing the watching, not the Bureau of Statistics (who already perform a similar but functionally different survey).
I (KP) swore to myself that I wouldn’t include any more Henson posts in Missing Link, but Roger Migently’s is brief and worth reading.
Momentarily promoted from the snark section into the blogging sunshine, Jeremy Sear goes the knuckle on Derryn Hinch’s latest human headline “outing pedophiles” stunt.
Winners and losers from the NSW Budget. 11. gilmae: Some of us may be winners, but with Costa and Iemma still there, all of us in NSW have just received a new shipment of Lose. [↩]
Jason Soon made me (gilmae) want some cheap white chocolate. Oh, and believes that Rudd spreads himself too thin.
Hilzoy probes hijinks in financial markets regulation and McCain adviser Senator Phil Gramm’s connections.
At openDemocracy, Tyrrell Haberkorn examines Thailand’s state of impunity (recommended).
Daniel Davies denigrates the Darfur joint pronouncement of the 3 (2?) remaining US Presidential candidates.
Norman Geras thinks the UN discredits itself by allowing the murderous Mugabe to caper around on the international stage.
Peter Timmins looks at leakers and whistleblowers.
Legal Eagle examines the “character” provisions in section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 (which started out dealing with deportation of serious criminals but has recently expanded into a “catch-all” provision seemingly designed to allow any non-citizen the guvmint dislikes to be booted out summarily).22. KP: It’s worth noting that the Federal Court in the Haneef case gave a fairly narrow reading to some of these provisions, and would probably do so in future. Nevertheless, it’s a section the Rudd government should revisit if they’re even slightly interested in elitist concepts like fairness and rule of law. [↩]
Eugene Volokh muses in the wake of news that Brigitte Bardot has been convicted of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing [to the French President] that Muslims are destroying France.33. KP: It’s an instructive commentary on where the European legal system, as opposed to the US one, draws the line between supposedly Convention-protected free speech and other more collective values. [↩]
Brian Tamanaha on Richard Posner on legalism, conservatism and authoritarianism:
Some judges are more comfortable with rules, others with standards, and the reasons may be largely temperamental–may in fact be related to the difference between the authoritarian and the nonauthoritarian personality, which in turn is correlated, though perhaps only weakly because much more than personality influences a judge’s behavior, with the judge’s preference ordering of legalism and pragmatism. The legalist loves rules because they promise (though it is a promise frequently broken in application) to curtail judicial discretion by confining judges to determining a handful of prespecified facts.
Ted Frank calls bullshit on a consumer advocacy group running a campaign against compulsory commercial arbitration.
Phillip Carter draws attention to a story suggesting that the kangaroo court military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay are an even more disgraceful farce than even cynical observers might have expected. Still, as Ghost who Walks says, rough justice for roughnecks. Pity if the guvmint ever decides you’re one of the roughnecks.
Publius divines a ray of hope that Roe v Wade (the US Supreme Court decision enshrining the right to abortion under the guise of distinctly dubious substantive due process reasoning) might yet be saved from the God-botherers even under a McCain government.
dr faustus considers research on the performance of girls in reading and maths across countries. Also preempts the assigning of some hating on dodgy fMRI reasearch to the snark category. Geoff Robinson completes the research trifecta with some lazy psephological conclusions.
Chris Berg takes the brainless stream of libertarianism to new depths of idiocy with his kneejerk opposition to making taxes on alcopops equal to taxes on spirits generally.44. KP: NPOV is hereby officially abandoned when it comes to this goose. [↩]
Niall Cook zeroes in on bottom-dwelling denizens of the finance industry.
From The Worst of Perth
Bud Parr considers Dominique Fabre’s novella The Waitress Was New
Shaun Cronin reviews prolific slide-guitarist Jeff Lang’s new album Halfs Seas Over
Jeff Gomez thinks Sonic Youth are no longer interested in “liberating us girls from male white corporate oppression?” after agreeing to exclusively distribute a new celebrity-curated CD compilation at Starbucks.
The Complete Review offers its verdict on one of Naguib Mahfouz’s earliest novels Cairo Modern
Tony has carried out some crucial research on AFL fans. Oh and links to similar research from some fly-by-night operation.
A Kiwi sportsfan is angered and mystified by countrymen threatening to support the Wallabies because the All blacks spurned Robbie Deans.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Jason Soon has video of recently passed blues and rock legend, Bo Diddley.
Mercurius chooses a soft journalistic target in the SMH’s increasingly foolish Elizabeth Farrelly writing just about anything outside her expert field of architecture and planning.
Legal Eagle and skepticlawyer are cranking up a post on Caz and Hack, but they need your help because the dastardly duo has decamped with most of the evidence of their foul deeds.
Pushing feminist “personal is political” rhetoric to strange new worlds where no man has been (except Gam), Apathetic Sarah gives us too much information on her menstrual periods.
Tim Train tells the tragic tale of the man born with a black bar across his face (though it seems to have migrated south for some of his spawn).
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