Monday’s edition over the fold.
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
(From Worst of Perth) Can this gallery expect a visit from Hetty’s Art Police? Or does leaving out the naughty bits make it OK?
Geoff Robinson gives a serve to some rose-tinted memories of One Nation and Pauline Hanson. He also feels that Craig Emerson has unholstered some meaningless babble criticising the romanticising of traditional (Aboriginal) life.
Robert Merkel looks at the building of a new hydro-electric power station in the Victorian high country.
Kim would like to know what Iguanagate is really about.
Dave Bath has found some sobering statistics on detention without trial.
What if they had a grammar war and nobody came? Geoffrey K Pullum at Language Log fills in some of the details missing from The Australian’s coverage of a dispute over howlers in a series of articles on grammar in the English Teacher’s Association of Queensland journal Words’Worth. ((And here at Missing Link, Gummo Trotsky starts proof-reading his contributions very, very carefully.~GT)) Graham throws his grammar under a bus. ((A certain someone will be all over him.~gilmae))
Jason Soon wonders if the Right are right to be relaxed and comfortable with the idea of President Obama.
Cam Riley feels that the Boumediene vs Bush decision (GITMO detainees can seek habeas corpus) makes the Constitution a restriction of Government action, no matter where in the world the Government acts. Roger Migently agrees, but unleashes some of his…err…traditional venom on reactions from dissenters.
An assessment of the blogging scene in Georgia and Armenia.
At openDemocracy, John Palmer dissects Ireland’s “no” vote to the Lisbon Treaty from a pro-EU perspective.
Marcellous looks at a weird case that totally defeated my (GT) powers of precis.((More to hit and run horror than it seems? ~ KP))
For those wanting detailed analysis of the SCOTUS Boumedienne decision Opinio Juris has scads of academic analysis in an insta-symposium. This is the sort of area where the blogosphere runs rings around the MSM.
Larry Lessig calls bullshit on the slagging of poor Judge Kozinski who apparently didn’t really post porn after all.((I suppose I should really call bullshit on calling bullshit, but I’m not quite ready yet. ~ KP))
Joshua Gans reads the submissions to the ACCC and believes eBay may well have shot themselves in the foot. Chris Berg wants to know why the ACCC aren’t chasing other companies who only allow a single method of online payment, i.e. Credit Cards ((Possibly because Abebooks, Berg’s example, don’t own Mastercard or Visa.~gilmae))
Temujin (John Humphreys?) points out that Cuba’s new economic policy smells suspiciously like something called the free market.
Peter Martin argues that the world is in the middle of a fundamental shift the result of which is high prices for food and petrol, and no Watches of any variety are going to help much. It could even be much worse, the Australian dollar has shielded us. Also reports on a speech by Reserve Bank Governor Stevens arguing that further economic slowdown may be required.
Chris Lloyd unleashes a rant about jury service.
Ralph Buttigieg notes that Australia participates in an existing anti-nuclear proliferation program.
Mark Richardson feels that a segment of the community over-reacts to the wording of warnings issued by the police to the community about serial rapists.
Harry Clarke feels that pressure from the US is the reason for China, and eventually India, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking of environmentalism, Tim R suspects there is some ideological component to environmentalism. Ashleigh has a wide-ranging rant over tokenism in the cause of “fighting” global warming. Cam Riley discusses an argument that urban planning should be utilised as part of being Green, citing New York as an (albeit extreme) example.
Apparently four drinks is now a binge. Chris Berg feels it devalues the term. Jason Soon has found the threshold where moral panics have gone too far, when Mr Moral Panicker expresses concern that moral panicking is being devalued.
Jeremy argues that when even libertarians see that work for the dole is a bad idea, it’s time to get rid of it.
Rick Hills examines the clustering of like-minded America and tries to apply the principle to blogs.
At Reason, jacob Sullum calls bullshit on recurrent claims that pot is roolly roolly potent these days.
Ronda Jambe apparently accepts the science on global warming.((which must make for some lively private exchanges with Graham at Ambit Gambit. Gee, global warming was a popular topic this weekend, wasn’t it?. ~ KP))
Map of heaven (via Saint)
Alison Croggon suggests that David Williamson’s new play Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson Parrot is “as one of David Williamsons characters might say, a dog.” (SH – Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn)
Williamsons entire dramatic craft is prefab: at no point do we see through cliché to real feeling. This makes it insidiously comfortable to laugh at wogs, or footballers raping stupid blondes, or lonely old women.
Decomposing Trees considers the work of Australian bluesman C.W. Stoneking whose last album King Hokum is reminiscent of the music of the “Depression era American south.”
The Happy Antipodean considers Robert Hughes’s cultural history of the mighty capital of Catalonia capital presented in his 1992 book Barcelona
Amen to Shaun’s muxtape of Jesus-themed music.
Canberra Jazz blog is promoting modern jazz in the city that needs it most.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Damn! Now I know why that cabbie opened his damn window in the M5 tunnels beneath the airport.
Mercurius corrects the political compass.((The result isn’t a politically correct compass; the PC compass has only two points, East and South. I know these things. ~GT))
Lauredhel shares some of the promotional material she gets in her junk mail.
J F Beck thinks there might be some irony in the fact that he’s bored by a magazine article by a woman on how boring men are.((There isn’t. ~GT)) He also produces a predictable response to John Quiggin’s ‘last word’ on Rachel Carson and forgets to put the scare quotes around the phrase ‘Right-wing simpleton’ while toadying up to Tim Blair.
Bernard Slattery is heartened by news (from England’s Daily Mail) that Right-wingers are nicer than liberals – once again, George Orwell is proven correct on a matter of politics((But not politically correct, obviously. As for the research, it’s another of those surveys and it seems none of the right-wing commentators who have hailed it as proof that Right-wingers are much nicer people than their political opponents has considered a less pleasing alternative hypothesis – that Right-wingers tell more lies in surveys. ~GT))
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