Wednesday’s Missing Link 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
A Committee in the Coalition-dominated Senate gives an old Coalition policy a right shoeing. Peter Martin reports on their daring the Rudd Government to cop the stick of fixing the problem.
Andrew Elder argues that the Coalition won’t be coming up with a meaningful emissions policy any time soon and that one of those reasons is they don’t really like Malcolm Turnball very much.
Jeremy Sear is unimpressed by Victorian transport Minister Kosky’s apparent plans to give Connex and even better sweetheart deal on rail stewardship.
William “Poll Bludger” Bowe highlights the latest Newspoll showing the O’Barrell-led NSW State Opposition in front of the Iemma government. Maybe the voters are starting to realise just how useless and corrupt NSW Labor has become.
Henry Farrell examines proposals to sock tourists to the US with a charge to promote US tourism, suggesting it might well be self-defeating.
Norman Geras on the notion of negotiating with Mugabe:
The politics of the situation may dictate a need for negotiation, but morally and legally there should be no negotiation between an opposition party which has won an election and the regime that is attempting to negate the result of it by violence. The agencies of international law are in hock to political exigencies, where a greater separation of the two is needed.
At openDemocracy, Marco Brazzoduro looks at increasing victimisation of the Romany (aka gypsies) by Italy’s new right wing government.
Should a prosecutor throw a case to avoid sending men he thinks are innocent to jail? asks David Luban.
Hilzoy examines disturbing indications of politicisation of appointments to the US Department of Justice.((You’d think that this sort of unprincipled activism would be anathema to real conservatives with their supposed love of tradition and propriety, but the same sort of roguery was rife in the Nixon administration as well. I wonder why. ~ KP))
Andrew Grossman looks at an example of divorce law American style.
Mirko Bagaric argues that problems in the Victorian legal system are all A-G Rob Hulls’ fault not the (alleged) $14,000 a day barristers. And a good place to start would be abolishing the rules of evidence (presumably including those deprecating evidence obtained by torture).
In the olden days you could send kids via mail
Harry Clarke leaks the news that carbon leakage effects have leaked away. Meanwhile, an intemperate remark by a scientist regarding climate change disinformation has raised Ralph Buttigieg’s ire.
Gay activist Peter Tatchell argues there’s no such thing as the gay gene.
Alexander Downer makes a bid for Adelaide immortality by promoting it as a University City (and claiming credit for Carnegie Mellon).
Robert Merkel doesn’t thnk Greenpeace’s claim of more jobs from renewable energy technologies is their best argument.
Darlene Taylor recommends and synopsises (is that a word?) the movie My Brother is an Only Child.
A Euro-jaunting Alison Croggon reviews a London production of Milton’s Comus double-billed with a modern “reply” by an Australian playwright. All a tad pointless for Missing Link’s audience, but an interesting review just the same.
Tim Sterne rises to the challenge of writing an obit for George Carlin without mentioning either his name or a swear word.
Tony the Teacher provides a link to music blog The Rising Storm, which I (KP) recommend too for those with semi-codger era tastes in rock (like me and Tony, it seems).
Kerryn “Pavlov’s Cat” Goldsworthy reviews Helen Garner’s new novel The Spare Room.
If you’re thinking of auditioning for Baz Luhrmann’s next extravaganza, you could do worse than consulting Ming-Zhu’s new business The Screen Test Studio.
Brian Micklethwait blogs at length on Geoff Boycott, the second most boring man ever to play cricket (after Bill Lawry).
Snark, strangeness and charm
Tom Violence offers sage advice for aspiring rock stars.
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