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 hero. The leader. The god by Alexandre Kosolapov (via the Stumblng Tumblr)
Dave Bath takes the pith out of the Victorian Auditor-General’s report to Parliament.
Guy Beres disputes Greg Sheridan’s hyperbolic comparison of Rudd with Mahathir, while Tim Dunlop thinks the attitude of Sheridan and a couple of other MSM commentators evinces an undesirably apologetic cultural cringe.
Andrew Elder reflects on the thuggish antics of Della Bosca and Neal and swimmer D’Arcy as well as the prospects and organisation of the Libs on the NSW central coast.
Kim at LP rather likes Stephen Mayne’s idea of nationalising childcare but doubts it will ever happen with that closet Tory Rudd in charge.
Beju looks over the recent Human Rights Watch report on Guantanamo Bay.
If you thought the antics of Della Bosca and Neal were a tad gross, Hilzoy focuses on a US judge and a state governor who make them look like the essence of Victorian propriety by comparison.
Turcopolier on Obama’s chances:
If you think that smoldering resentment towards the trashing of the United States by the Bush Administration will necessarily elect Barack Obama to be president, then I think you are wrong. His appeal is more limited than his urban, liberal, coastal, and black admirers are willing to admit to themselves. The country remains very nearly evenly divided in basic sentiment no matter how much the Bush Administration and things like the “K Street Project” have angered many citizens.
Dave Nalle plays Pick the Veep for John McCain.
A jury was discharged and a trial aborted because some of the jurors were playing sudoku. dr faustus queries, is the jury system even meaningful? Andrew Leigh thinks an incentive/penalty system for jurors is appealing. Ken Parish finds a rank double standard in another trial, with appeals judges protecting a dozy trial judge.
Kim Weatherall casts a skeptical weather eye over the forthcoming Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and finds a few worrisome aspects.
David Starkoff deconstructs a whimsical/self-deprecating Federal Court judge’s headnote.
Legal Eagle joins Jeremy Sear in condemning Victorian A-G Rob Hulls’ slagging of barristers’ fees and asks: what about overcharging solicitors?
Chris Dillow wonders whether Malthus was right about capitalism.
Chris Berg wonders about the usefulness for Australia or anyone else of building a hybrid car here rather than where it could be done cheapest and most efficiently.
Do the traditionally married have anything to learn from same-sex couples? Yes, says Kim.
Harry Clarke continues to blog his learning and thinking about acid mud.
Andrew Norton is disappointed with the higher education review discussion paper produced by the Education Ministry.
Apathetic Sarah adopts a Donnelly-esque approach to the teaching of literacy and English more generally, but more elegantly and persuasively than Kevin usually manages, so she must have learnt something at school.
Will Wilkinson plays the Milton Friedman card in arguing for a more open US immigration policy (sans social welfare entitlements – he must have been taking notes from John Howard’s wildly successful refugee visa policies). Natalie Rothschild at Spiked is keen on an open door policy for Britain as well.((Australia actually just about has an open door policy these days, what with 457 visas and a large permanent migration program, yet it is generating surprisingly little public or pundit attention. ~ KP))
Dale wonders whether the Internet causes brain rot or degrades writing style.
Jack Balkin examines venerable legal academic Larry Lessig’s noble if quixotic war on corruption and the influence of big money in the US political system
The Audreys – for PC via Stumbling Tumblr
Nabakov reviews film noir parody film, Beat the Devil.
FX Holden argues that Mark Steyn might be a crap RWDB political pundit but he’s still a pretty damn good writer on showbiz and pop culture.
Perry Middlemiss highlights Bryan Appleyard’s suggestion that Shirley Hazzard is “the greatest novelist of the 20th century”.
And a good time was held by all in Shaun’s live blogging of Origin II. Well, I (gilmae) had a good time; I suspect the ‘roaches had a frustrating night.
Norm Geras links to some very clever Sky TV golf/cricket promo clips (that manage to make both sports seem more interesting than they really are).
Tony Tannous belatedly reviews Australia’s weekend soccer loss to Iraq.
Matt looks at the Wallabies lineup for Saturday’s rugby test against Ireland.
“Captain” Watson posts a blueprint for shifting Melbourne Demons AFL team to the Gold Coast.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Marcellous muses about mortality, contract law and Morrisset Mental Hospital in a superbly personal/political post that enters my (KP) short list for Best Blog Posts ’08.
dr faustus reports on interesting results coming out of a long term experiment in bacterial evolution.
Athenian girls who study at the University of the Aegean are Lesbians until Graduation.
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