Linkfest

I’ve been going to post on various things, but others have already done it. First up, here’s Mark Bahnisch at Larvatus Prodeo making the point that Howard hasn’t, as so many have suggested, succeeded in shifting Australian political attitudes to the right. Gianna has more.

Tim Dunlop covers hearing impairment at the AWB inquiry. It’s good to know the Howard government hires the disabled, and at a million bucks a pop, too.

And, off-topic a little, Tim Lambert shares with me and CT blogger Eszter Hargittai an Erdos number of 3

31 thoughts on “Linkfest

  1. Surely in this weird new fictional ‘ULDN’ the US would not be allowed entry for previous abuse of its veto power, proving its undemocratic stance.

    Unless of course a fictional US is going to be a member of the fictional ‘ULDN’.

  2. It’s the usual, and strange, suggestion that the hypothetical LD’s have a monopoly on moral and righteous behaviour. There’s plenty to indicate otherwise, as Ghandi’s alleged reply to the question ‘What do you think of Western Civilisation – That it might be a good idea’, suggests.

    Observa, I’ve no problem with the general thrust of your point – that the UN is flawed. There are no end of examples that can be thought of that make you want to cry. I doubt that anyone who you describe as the “UN legitimacy crowd” would disagree. The direction for improvement is the debate. Your proposal tends more towards the ‘stick ‘ approach, while the current format is more ‘carrot’ than ‘stick’.

    Personally, my expectation/hope/fantasy is that the UN can serve a role where it acts as a brake on those who have the power to do whatever they like. As the Iraq example shows, it currently has some trouble doing that.

  3. “Personally, my expectation/hope/fantasy is that the UN can serve a role where it acts as a brake on those who have the power to do whatever they like”
    But that’s the problem with the current system – the UN acts as a brake on anything getting done. If the UN charter was set up to allow decisions/actions – then perhaps we might have avoided the whole Iraq debacle. As it is, as soon as anything controversial pops up the UN is paralysed by indecision.

  4. It seems to me that a mention of Erdõs numbers in a post called Linkfest is perfectly appropriate given what those numbers mean.:)

  5. Indeed, Eszter.

    You might know a somewhat lower level ‘claim-to-fame-game’ from Germany: how many handshakes you are from someone – ie, if you’ve shaken hands with the Hungarian PM, you’re one handshake away; if you’ve shaken hands with someone who’s shaken hands with him, you’re two handshakes away, and so on.

    This can be fascinating, but also quite horrifying.

    it also might explain the spread of H5N1 in some way

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