Monday’s Missing Link is 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
Ralph Buttigieg, believing Brendan Nelson’s days as Opposition leader are numbered, has little faith that there is a real alternative.
Ken Parish is dissatisfied with gaffe- and gotcha-based political journalism, that constant search by the journalist to find mind changes and ignorance that all too often finds only brain farts. Ken does have critical words for Rudd’s managerial style and sees emerging problems. Niall Cook* feels that Rudd’s difference in style to Labor predecessors is a good thing and could care less about the Press Gallery having to adjust to a new government. Peter Martin feels that Kevin Rudd is smart enough to fix the workings of his office.
Jim Belshaw worries that the Federal government is getting New South Walesed.
Andrew Bartlett will be giving his final speech in the Senate on Wednesday. Tigtog casts an eye over the eight Senators who will hold the balance of power in the new Senate. Andrew Landeryou hails the coming of two bright new Labor talents:
There is some good news on the horizon though for Labor. Two patriots [sic] arrive in the next ten days, who are clearly among the best and brightest of backroom operators of their generation. Senators to be David Feeney and Mark Arbib. Both are very accomplished at getting things done – often by proxy – and in the opinion of many will be the Robert Ray and Graham Richardson of Labor’s next two decades.1
Cameron Reilly spreads the word that OpenAustralia, a site dedicated to transparency in government allowing the public to track the activities of their MP, is online and in beta.
Possum argues that it isn’t all Brendan’s fault:
Nelson is certainly performing better personally than the Coalition is performing in terms of their vote share, making me question just how much of the Coalitions poor polling performance is actually Nelsons fault, compared to how much of it is a result of the undisciplined rabble rousing that the rest of the front bench and the back bench pork chops have been carrying on with.
John Quiggin joins the disgraceful leftist silence on Zimbabwe.
Stumblg Tumblr discovers that in Afghanistan bannng poppy farming leads to child brides.
Ed Dickson wonders about the extent of organised crime involvement in the events that triggered the US mortgage meltdown, while Hilzoy questions the role of conflicted McCain advisers in his torpedoing of USAF plans for a new fleet of midair refueling tankers.
At openDemocracy, Paul Kingsnorth and Vron Ware review and each other’s books and debate issues of post-colonial unsettlement, neo-liberal globalisation, autonomist processes in Scotland and Wales, and dynamics of racism, communalism and immigration – that are combining to reshape modern Britain.
Joseph Ureneck examines Chinese government links to orchestrated violent riots against Falun Gong in the US.
David Luban posts on and links to his newly published journal article on the Commander-in-Chief power in the US Constitution, an important issues in view of GW Bush’s expansive (and potentially autocratic) reliance on it.
Andrew Leigh discovers the perverse human effects of making things safer.
Changa’s Boots looks through the Overton window at Bolt, Blair and Albrechtsen.
Jason Soon links through to the blog of Marina Mahattir, daughter of the Malaysian ex-Prime Minster, and highlights her thoughts on the politics of HIV prevention in Malaysia.
A University of Sydney report suggesting seventeen new Lane Cove tunnels are required annually to keep traffic congestion stable? Harry Clarke feels it is a little exaggerated, but that snide, empty retorts by transport ministers to reports that are basically well-founded is unhelpful.
Harry is also concerned about the practice of ‘nibbling’ away at public parks and nature reserves to make room for infrastructure or private development. Long term, how far will urban dwellers need to travel to get to a commons?
Seventeen high school girls in Gloucester, Massachusetts made a pact to get pregnant and raise their children together. Mark Richardson is critical both of the girls and those who express support for the girls, particularly feminists who Mark feels are being hypocritical in their desire to destroy society.2
Chris Berg is generally skeptical that there is any need for the Australian government to get involved in kiddies hearing naughty words on the telly.
Andrew Norton has a follow up to an earlier post about one hundred percent foreign owned schools and their students’ access to government financial assistance.
Don Arthur questions, if Adam Smith was right about poverty, that avoiding it is as at last as much about earning respect as it is about having material goods, then income redistribution can’t work by itself so what policies should be supported.
Deborah Hellman begins a six part series exploring the question when is discrimination wrong?
Self-indulgent video – Australia A v Tonga – lots of enterprising tries (though not much defence from the Tongans)
Audrey provides a complete cheat sheet for anyone who needs to pretend they’ve seen Sex and the City.
Nicholas Gruen recommends Dancing with Strangers .
Stephanie Trigg posts a Friday Garter Poem: The Originall and Continuance of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, as it was Spoken before the Kings Majestie on Saint Georges Day Last, anno domn. 1616. By W.Fennor.
The Happy Antipodean offers a heads-up of an unpublished Vladimir Nabokov story Natasha that was published in the June 9 and 16 editions of the New Yorker.
Dianna Simmonds reviews LOVEBites a Song Cycle at Sydney’s Seymour Centre.
Ming-Zhu reviews the VCA School of Music’s concert version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Tim Train posts two poems inspired by blog comments.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Ken Lovell prefers karaoke to Nintendo.
Jim Belshaw tells the story of New England identity Hugh Frewen.
Darryl Mason finds another example of brain-dead product design – edible Lego.
Peter Martin talks about the greatest marketing success of all time, bottled water.
John recommends learning how to drive better rather than risking inflationary pressures by dropping fuel excises.
Oanh is feeling a strong sense of loss.
Tim Lambert digs into the background of the author of the latest wacky theory on global warming.
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- Just what the country needs – another Graham Richardson. ~GT
- Mark seems to find this hypocrisy a lot, so many times that a lesser person might doubt their understanding of that which they criticise.~gilmae