Thursday’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
Andrew Norton bids farewell to the Australian Democrats, expressing sentiments not unlike my (KP) own:
Politics is less a choice between good and bad than between better and worse, and the Democrats are better than the Greens, Family First, or that no pokies guy from South Australia.
Gary Sauer-Thompson looks at the costs of climate change.
John Surname notes that life expectancy will always be higher under Labor.
Jeremy is having a hard time convincing himself that some t-shirts should be illegal.
Apathetic Sarah is decidedly unapathetic about a Courier Mail story sooling the bogan racists onto asylum seekers.
Darryl Mason suspects a cover up in Israel.
Robert Merkel notes San Francisco’s plans for a suitable memorial for Dubya’s presidency.
Michael Totten notes that last month’s truce agreement in Lebanon is more illusion than reality.
There are not one but two Zimbabwe crises, which are becoming confused in the endless heated discussions about what should be done.
One is the local political crisis within Zimbabwe itself, as the dictatorial regime of Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF clings to power and suppresses the opposition. The other is the crisis of authority facing the Western-led international community, which is trying to use Zimbabwe as a cause around which to forge a new post-Iraq consensus. Mixing up these two crises, and internationalising Zimbabwes internal power struggle, can only make matters worse.
At openDemocracy, Gerard Prunier looks at the current mess in Sudan and the intractable Darfur conflict.
Mirko Bagaric, the Deakin Law professor who fancies himself as Australia’s own Alan Dershowitz, applies his talent for fudging facts((“…it is important to note that Pratt has already been punished, in the form of a $36 million dollar fine, for the price fixing which was the subject of his evidence to the ACCC.” In fact it was Pratt’s company Visy, that was fined the $36 million. ~GT)) and torturing logic((“The most disappointing thing to emerge as a result of the charges is that Pratt was charged at all.” ~GT)) to a defence of Richard Pratt.
Robert Murphy (guest posting at Ilana Mercer) makes the libertarian case for free markets in financial derivatives (despite scare stories about speculative activity being a factor in high oil prices).
Peter Martin reports on the bi-partisan refusal in Canberra to discuss whether or not petrol should be part of an emissions trading scheme. Joshua Gans discusses why it may not be appropriate to include petrol in an emissions trading scheme. Hint: It’s the car that emits.
Chemical castration sounds nasty and effective, but dr faustus suggests that it seems effective because of sample bias: people who use it are the ones who are determined not to offend already.
Brian Bahnisch looks at the real world implications of sea level rise.
William Saletan makes the case for a genetic basis for homosexuality (it’s all their mums’ fault because they like blokes too).
Dianna Simmonds gives a rave review to a new Australian Opera production of My Fair Lady(!).
Shooting Down Pictures offers a video-essay of Francois Traffaut’s Two English Girls
Lucy Tartan considers the recent adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park shown on the ABC last Sunday, which exhibited a rather cavalier attitude to the source text (stay for the comments)
Ben Ellis offers some early reflections on Slavoj Zizek’s latest tome In Defence of Lost Causes:
“As Claire loves pointing out to me, feudalism was looking pretty indestructible as a self-replicating system until the black plague. Zizek’s quotation makes me want to ask questions in a playwriting sense about utopian thought – what if the existence of today’s society, the struggle to keep it as it is with all of its inequalities intact, is the truly unrealistic and hidden utopian project of our personas? Will understanding this help us to break it?”
Niall Cook* on some of the changes the V8 Supercar Championship will have to undergo due to increased awareness and concern for carbon emissions.
Matt previews the weekend’s Australia v France rugby test.
“Captain” Watson give an emphatic thumbs down to new Nine network AFL talk show Footy Classified.
Snark, strangeness and charm
Responding to an earlier Missing Link citation, Jacques Chester discusses alternatives to colonising other planets;artificial habitats.
Audrey reports on an interesting breakthrough in animal husbandry((Kids – don’t try this at home. ~GT))
Oanh has been cooking up comfort food.
Jeremy feels insulted by the simplicity of the new ‘keyboard peripheral’ for guitar hero.((If it bothers him that much, maybe he should take piano lessons. ~GT))
tigtog invites readers to nitpick an anti sex-education rant.
Tony the Teacher discovers (vicariously) the perils of sitting down in a Hawthorn bar.
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