Tuesday’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
The Missing Link team feels that we should complete this apology form and send it to Tim Blair, who is mightily offended because we failed to perceive the vital importance and deep reader interest in maintaining the rage against Niall Cook for a racist remark he made on his blog 4 1/2 years ago, when after some arsehole ran into his car and then pissed off Niall referred to the hit and run driver as an “ignorant, slitty-eyed, slimy little Landcruiser-driving vietnamese prick”.
Kim would like to see a little less spin about ‘symbolism over substance’ and a lot more substance in the punditariat’s political commentary.((Apart from Brendan Nelson and Rupert, who wouldn’t? ~GT)) Lyn Calcutt predicts Brendan Nelson’s preferred PM rating will be up to 90 per cent next week. Phil Gomez invites reader suggestions for the questions the Canberra media pack should be asking.
Andrew Bartlett’s blog is back on-line and spam-free, wasting no time in belatedly weighing into the Henson affair and siding with Hetty.
Not to mention a long-ish post about Big Brother whose argument I (KP) confess I found a little hard to follow.
Graham Young probes the entrails of the conservative parties merger in Queensland and divines evil omens for Springborg.
Tim Blair thinks there’s something strange about Robert Merkel thinking there’s something strange about “punters” demanding lower petrol prices at the same time as they want action on global warming (which Tim thinks isn’t happening).(KP – And of course Tim, in common with the pollies on both sides and much of the MSM, blithely ignores the fact that, in the absence of a magic pudding, cutting petrol taxes must logically result in either increases in other taxes which the same “punters” pay or cutting services which they don’t want to lose.)
Turcopolier predicts falling world oil prices as the Saudis apparently decide to boost production.
At openDemocracy, Paul Rogers looks at the US’s Iran-Iraq policy and doesn’t much like what he sees.
Andrew Leigh nominates areas in which he would like to see a little more cost-benefit analysis and a little less moral panic. 1 He also worries that expanding maternity leave might cause a further drop in teacher quality.
Ken Parish finds that he doesn’t actually agree with the LDPs 30/30 tax policy – indecisive much?
No sports news to speak of so I’ll be self-indulgent and insert this YouTube of a great try by James Horwill in Saturday’s Australia v Ireland rugby game. If Deans can get them playing like this more often everyone will be happy (except possibly Chris Sheil whose idea of a great rugby match is 80 minutes of scrums …)
Reactions still coming in about the new binge drinking definition. Graham, for one, welcomes back our new Wowser Overlords. Binge drinking chav dr faustus binge drinks with just one bottle. Harry Clarke wants moral panic to subside. Cam Riley wraps up the common theme by noting that we ignore that which goes against common practice and understanding. Kevin Rudd: A Uniter, not a Divider.
Is there an alternative to the religious content of twelve step programs? Is there even a non-Abrahamic alternative? David J attended rehab and had a problem with having God shoved down his throat, particularly because it was the government mandating the program.
Dave Bath looks past the media hype on long-term cannabis use and provides a few facts the media didn’t bother to find.
Will Wilkinson examines fertility panics, xenophobia and immigration.
Richard Posner goes in to bat for gambling and debt against the protestant work ethic.
At Slate, Michael Agger examines how we read online.
“Reverse graffiti” (created by cleaning)
Pavlov’s Cat offers some sound advice for aspiring book editors (and writers):
[Factual errors] should not [make it past a first read-through by the author, much less all the way through successive MS drafts and proofs re-read by the author and two different editors into a finished book and a Penguin book at that.
Marcellous reviews Children of the Silk Road at the Sydney Film Festival.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Lauredhel unpacks the last box.
Apathetic Sarah wonders if the typical Gippsland voter is really an angry bogan.
Poor Tim’s out of work again. On the bright side though, he won’t need to take sickies any more (or blog about them).
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- Surely our new phrase of the moment, to replace ‘calling bullshit’.~gilmae