Monday, January 21, 2019

Tax And The Basis Of Sex


Powerhouse Museum to stay in Ultimo under Labor - Dr Cope Pottery Collection stays in the city




Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer quitting federal politics in shock resignation


The sub-prime time bomb is back – this time companies are lighting the fuse


Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer isn’t afraid of investigating the global elite. He’s spent his career digging into the uncomfortable truths of Nazi war criminals, abusive Catholic priests and crooked politicians. Obermayer set into motion the largest collaborative event in the history of journalism when he initiated the Panama Papers.

It never occurred to me that a Tax Court decision could star in a motion picture, but it has happened. The film has a pretty provocative title On The Basis of Sex, but they don't mean it that way. Felicity Jones portrays a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) ... and Arnie Hammer as her husband Martin Ginsburg. I have it on very good authority that Martin Ginsburg was a first-rate tax attorney (See follow-up). And another star in the movie is a Tax Court decision. How often does that happen? ...

The decision is  Charles E. Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, which was decided by Judge Norman O. Tietjens in 1970 in favor of the IRS. Mr. Moritz had represented himself — not surprisingly given the low stakes.  The decision was appealed to the Tenth Circuit where Mr. Moritz was represented by  Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Martin Ginsburg backed up by Melvin Wulf of the ACLU and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.  The lead attorney for the United States was James Bozarth played by Jack Reynor.  Sam Waterston, who has played a lawyer on TV more than once, portrays Solicitor General Erwin Griswold. ...

 Conservative Groups Targeted in Lois Lerner’s IRS Scandal Receive Settlement Checks.


Cold River - Give me liberty, or I will produce underground - Effects of economic freedom on the shadow economy ... - ResearchGate


NYU/UCLA Tax Policy Symposium, New Approaches to Calculation and Allocation of the International Tax Base,  71 Tax L. Rev. 471-623 (2018)

The German proposal for an effective minimum tax on multinational’s profits

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The Good Place is a new Netflix series. A fantastic sitcom with Ted Danson in an impressive lead role as (Arch angel) Michael. In the series Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) has died and ends up — by mistake — in the Good Place. Michael explains how it works. All actions of people are valued with plus and minus points. At the end of your life, all plus and minus points are added up and if you have a sufficient balance you end upon in the Good Place. Committing genocide is minus 434,484.45. Use of Facebook as a verb: minus 5.55. Remaining loyal to the Cleveland Browns plus 53.83 and remembering your sister’s birthday plus 0.04.

Impeachment Guide - Collapse Watch


“As talk of the I-word heats up, here’s POLITICO Magazine’s soup-to-nuts answers to all your questions about the politics—and the practical realities—of removing a president







'We must put down our armour': Trump offers plan to end shutdown


US President Donald Trump struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his White House address but earned a frosty reception from leading Democrats.






Worse than you thought: inside the secret Fitzgerald probe the Navy doesn’t want you to read Navy Times. Kevin W : “The article is much better than the title suggests. In short, imagine a guided-missile destroyer named the USS CalPERS.”

 Dead baby found in restroom at Amazon warehouse in Phoenix BBC

Yammer Making a Difference ...

The trial of former tax deputy commissioner Michael Cranston is set to resurrect questions about the tax office's integrity and put its reputation back in the dock.
Adam Michael Cranston, Mr Cranston's son, was one of 14 people arrested in the Plutus Payroll tax scandal 
You Can Never Hide From Your Boss ... or perhaps dipping into Slack or Yammer to see what coworkers were talking about.

CEOs can create a high- definition live event in Microsoft Stream, Teams or Yammer, invite people to join in and interact with



The pros and cons of Yammer

I have just been introduced to another social networking tool called Yammer. It is a cross between Twitter And Facebook. What makes it interesting is it is set up to be used as a private space for companies and institutions as opposed to Twitter and Facebook which is open to the whole world. It is currently being introduced to Otago Polytechnic, where I work as an educational facilitator. But I am left with mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, I like the idea of a social media tool that brings people together within a company or institution. Despite the fact OP is a small educational institution and is pretty much based on one campus, I have heard staff say often that they do not know what everyone else is doing. And there is not enough sharing of ideas and resources within the organization. I think Yammer provides a way of bridging that gap and has the potential of bringing people together in virtual communities of practice. I can see this being even more beneficial to organizations like my other boss, Griffith University, which is a huge university with many departments and campuses spread out all over Queensland.

The other advantage is that it is a "safe" and "gentle" introduction to social media and social networking. People get very nervous about putting themselves "out there" so it is not so much of a risk if your audience is just within your organization. So it is a relatively safe place to play and get your head around social networking.

What I do not like about it is that it is a closed garden. By that I mean it does not encourage the spreading of ideas beyond the organization - it does not encourage networking with the wider world, which is the great strength of social networking.

I am an established user of Facebook and Twitter and am finding Yammer yet another tool to engage with, so I'm not too fussed about having my "work load" increased. I have seen internal virtual communities come and go, and I am not convinced that this will be any different. There will be a small core of people doing all the talking....a bigger number of people who lurk....and the rest will say they haven't got time to read all the posts and discussions. For me, the verdict is out on how effective Yammer will be....




Yammer, which is a type of internal social media platform, is just ... entertaining preamble, Rio Tinto's boss offered his people
As a piece of software that is designed for social media management and everything related to it, Yammer possesses a countless number of advantages in comparison with other similar solutions. The most important positive things that deserve to be mentioned are an ability to share and store digital information with no limits and a way, in which big-sized created groups can be supported by the software itself. Yammer has made our life much easier after having been implemented. With the help of this tool we are able to maintain collaborating processes by interlinking with all our partners and co-workers without any problems. Using Yammer has been really profitable for us so far.
Pros
As a piece of software that is designed for social media management and everything related to it, Yammer possesses a countless number of advantages in comparison with other similar solutions. The most important positive things that deserve to be mentioned are an ability to share and store digital information with no limits and a way, in which big-sized created groups can be supported by the software itself. Yammer has made our life much easier after having been implemented. With the help of this tool we are able to maintain collaborating processes by interlinking with all our partners and co-workers without any problems. Using Yammer has been really profitable for us so far.

Cons
In my opinion, the most considerable and annoying drawback that can be found in every piece of software with no exceptions is a bugging issue. At this point Yammer isn’t an exception either. It doesn’t bug that often, but sometimes does it at the very wrong time. As for disadvantages that are possessed only by this particular program, I would point out a lack of linking abilities, which makes operating inside our own databases a bit more difficult than it could be.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

What people actually say before they die


Judge unseals trove of internal Facebook documents following our legal action Reveal.org (martha r). “How Facebook made money off children>.”

Murder lays bare Poland's ugly divide

The public stabbing murder of the Mayor of Gdansk could have profound political consequences as voters prepared for national elections later this year.


The woman who knew everybody
In my new Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, which I resume this week after a hiatus caused by Mrs. T’s recent illness, I write about the reissue of The Kindness of ... [read more]







Deathbed aphorisms and declarations of love for one’s country are exceptions or inventions. According to one doctor, the last words of the dying are often strings of curses; a hospice nurse says that most dying men call for ‘Mommy’ or ‘Mama’, if they can call at all. “At the end of life, the majority of interactions will be non-verbal as the body shuts down and the person lacks the physical strength for long utterances. People will whisper, and they’ll be brief, single words — that’s all they have energy for.”






How to live before you die - Marginal REVOLUTION







Going Inside The World’s Most Beautiful Bookstore



The bookstore in Argentina, which opened in a building modeled after the Paris Opera, won the title in 2019 – 18 years after NPR’s Bob Mondello first filed this report. – NPR







Stephen King Angrily Tweets At Paper For Cutting Book Reviews, And Then Boom



The paper, Maine’s Portland Press-Herald, tweeted that it would restart regional book reviews if King – a Maine writer, of course – could bring in 100 new subscriptions. As of Sunday, the number was at 200 and counting. – The New York Times






The End Of Authors? Hardly!



“The dictionary meanings of words are only potentially meaningful until they are actually employed in a context defined by the relation between author and audience. So how did it happen that professors of literature came to renounce authors and their intentions in favor of a way of thinking — or at least a way of talking — that is without historical precedent, has scant philosophical support, and is to most ordinary readers not only counterintuitive but practically incomprehensible?” – Los Angeles Review of Books





The Latest Reading Accessory Is A Candle (Or Twelve)



Reading: It’s a lifestyle thing. “Candles are also now a common impulse purchase at independent bookstores, along with tote bags and coffee. There are shelves upon shelves of literary-themed ones at the Strand in New York, which famously brags of 18 miles of books.” – The New York Times





The 26 weirdest government stories of 2018



Apolitical

Did you hear about the cybersecurity minister who has never touched a computer? Or the government website that will teach you to roll a joint?


What’s the cure for a toxic work culture?



SmartCompany

The challenge is there is no one-size-fits-all formula for creating an ideal work environment, or for curing a culture gone sour.