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
Phillip Toledanos new book Phone Sex (July 2008, Twin Palms) takes us into the boudoirs of nearly 30 phone-sex operators so we see their faces and also hear their storieseach operator gives his or her take on the business.
Andrew Landeryou calls bullshit on Andrew Clennell and Brad Norrington’s reporting of the Neal story.((I’m willing to accept his expert professional opinion – Andy knows a thing or two about bullshit. ~GT))
Cam Riley, Tim Blair, Stephen Kirchner and Tim Dunlop join the almost universal cross-factional chorus of condemnation (at least in the blogosphere) of the Rudd government’s hybrid car subsidy decision.
And on another crap Rudd government decision, Peter Martin looks at the ABS’s imminent move to cease publishing 9 separate statistical reports series to meet the Rudd razor gang’s required spending cut targets:
The Rudd government came to office promising to make evidence-baseddecisions.
Its budget cuts will destroy much of the evidence.
Darryl Mason notes that France has jumped on the internet censorship bandwagon.
Ilya Somin and Orin Kerr at Volokh Conspiracy, Marty Lederman at Balkinization (here and here) all post on today’s US Supreme court Boumedienne decision, which held (5-4) that the writ of habeas corpus is available to detainees at GITMO to test the legality of their detention.((In the equivalent Australian decision, Ruddock v Vadarlis, the Full Federal Court held that habeas corpus wasn’t available to asylum seekers in detention and the High Court refused special leave to appeal. However, a factor in the Australian decision that doesn’t apply to the US one is that part of the reasoning was that the asylum seeker detainees were said not to be imprisoned as such because they were free to leave as long as they abandoned their claims for refugee protection and didn’t attempt to enter Australia. ~ KP)) Meanwhile, amsiegel seeks to put the Boumedienne decision in its broader politco-legal context.
Ted Frank suggests that the US judge busted for posting porn on the net seems to have been fingered by a disreputable attorney with a longtime grudge.
Jeff Lipshaw muses about lawyers and entrepreneurship.
Joshua Gans is skeptical (calls bullshit?) that the ACCC needs to get involved in eBay requiring Paypal for online payments.
Consumer confidence in Australia went down like a cheap curry. Peter Martin reports that consumer spending will likely follow, although the upcoming tax cuts may prevent a stall. On the other hand Geoff Robinson is thinking about supply side social democracy. With petrol prices being blamed for the drop, perhaps Ken Parish’s prediction regarding bike-riding looks a little less outlandish.
Harry Clarke explores the Prisoner’s Dilemma as it applies to climate change and co-operation between countries.
Cameron Reilly is calling for opinions on the identities of Australia’s top thinkers.
Jason Soon believes there are more important things to worry about than a few dole bludgers. Helen “skepticlawyer” Dale agrees that mutual obligation is nonsense and adds a call for a negative income tax to Jason’s case for labour market deregulation/abolition of minimum wage.((And very persuasively too IMO. ~ KP))
Robert Merkel wonders when, if ever, we’ll have a national system of computerised health records.
John Holbo thinks someone’s definition of American conservatism sounds more like liberalism.((Then again, the American definition of liberalism is just plain weird. ~ KP))
Mercurius focuses on tweaking of the famous Political Compass quiz.
Rick Hills sees the American system of governance as fundamentally anti-statist (a proposition some may find surprising).
(from here via Gummo). Long exposure crowd shot – St Petersburg. Maybe everything really IS smoke and mirrors …
Tony recommends Under the Eagle, historical fiction starring a first century Roman legionnaire. Also, features a picture of Elle McPherson wearing greaves.
Pavlov’s Cat wonders why we expect talented writers to be nice people.
Alison Croggon tastefully promotes her newly published book of poetry called Theatre, before fleeing to London for more promotional hardship.
Tim Train concludes that Melbourne public transport operator Connex’s efforts at poetry don’t stack up well against TS Eliot …
Despite some mysterious amnesia, Shaun compiles his predictions for Round 14 of the NRL.
Alessandro Nicolo reviews Euro 08 soccer results so far.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Possum proposes a platform for aspiring bloggers.
The blonde canadian wouldn’t go back to school if you paid her for it.
Has recent praise from Andrew Bolt and Tim Blair gone to J F Beck’s head?((A notoriously short journey with a dismally pokey destination ~GT)) You decide. Addendum – just for completeness we’d better add Tim Lambert’s latest return salvo in the DDT Wars as well.
Darryl Mason has found Kevin Rudd’s secret management manual.
Eszter agonises over whether blogging is a good idea for an aspirant academic.
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