I have very little time tonight, so am just following up on a few earlier posts.
This graphic from Global Awakening circulated by a Facebook friend raised my ire. I sincerely hope that those who like this neither drive cars nor use electricity!
I have written a fair bit in one way or another about the interaction between humans and landscape and about ways in which farmers are trying to improve land management. There is a huge conflict between this and idealised dreams of preserving "wilderness" or restoring landscape to some idealised version of the past. Still, that's really the subject of another diatribe!
My posts Lorenzo on monetary policy, Winton on Laura Tingle, death of Helen Beh and some Sydney lights and Saturday Morning Meanderings - English summer, shorts & entitlements and associated discussion generated an interesting companion post from Winton Bates, When is a sense of entitlement justified?. At one level, Winton and I are in furious agreement, at another level not.
As an English word, entitlement carries a very specific meaning. At a second level, it has come to be used to describe a set of attitudes, a sense of entitlement. My problems lie with the second. I think used in this way the word confuses rather than clarifies.
At the end of High Court asserts the power of Parliament, I expressed the hope that Legal eagle would explain the implications of the school chaplain court case to us all. She did so in High Court Chaplaincy case and government contracting. kvd, a regular commenter on both blogs, expressed his continuing confusion. I share that confusion. The decision followed the earlier decision in the Brian Pape case and in a sense amplifies elements of that decision.
To my mind, the issue is not contracting as such, although the case has led the Commonwealth to foreshadow rushed legislation to validate a whole series of previous arrangements. Rather, the whole imbroglio appears to have profound implications for the workings of Government, with something of a baby and bath water flavour. Mind you, that's a dreadfully mixed concept!
Finally, with the apparently forced resignation of no less than three top Fairfax editors I am feeling the need to return to issues canvassed in Newspaper decline, market segmentation & a reality check. I don't have answers. I just want to pose some questions reflecting some of my previous analysis as well as my continuing confusions.