Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Towards a More Diverse Museum Reads

Additional Husky Buzz: It is on a number of summer reading lists including those complied by Real SimpleLiterary HubCosmopolitanNew York magazineHuffPostNylon, and Refinery29BuzzFeed features it on this year’s “Most Exciting Books Coming In 2017” and their “Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer” lists. The Rumpus reviews, calling it “hilarious, madcap.”

Many happy returns Vera ...

SOCIALISE: Kim Hair from Old Erowal Bay and her mother Vera Hatton from Huskisson prepare to watch Kim's daughter Jasmine perform with the Indigenous dance group at Companion Club on Wednesday.

SOCIALISE: Kim Hair from Old Erowal Bay and her mother Vera Hatton from Huskisson prepare to watch Kim's daughter Jasmine perform with the Indigenous dance group at Companion Club on Wednesday. Life is Beautiful ...

AUSTRALIA Day honours are a family affair for the region’s latest Order of Australia member, Vera Hatton of Huskisson. Mrs Hatton has been honoured for her service to the museums sector through the Lady Denman Heritage Complex, and as a supporter of youth, social welfare and historical organisations in the Shoalhaven 13 years after her husband John was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia Vera Hatton honoured for museum work

Towards a More Diverse Reads

A recent story on Book Riot pointed out a lack of diversity among the LibraryReads picks. To help librarians discover titles by a wider range of authors, we asked library marketers at the various publishing houses to put together what we call, for the lack of a better term, “diversity catalogs” of titles eligible for LibraryReads nominations. We have posted the ones we’ve received so far in the links at the right and will add more as we receive them.
What better time than the Fourth of July holiday to celebrate diversity? Highlighted below are titles available to download now and one to request:
The City of Brass, S A. Chakrabortty, (HarperCollins/ Harper Voyager)
A debut fantasy that interweaves aspects of Muslim culture. HarperCollins Voyager imprint is one to look to, as they declare themselves “committed to introducing a new wave of diverse voices and intriguing stories that push the boundaries of science fiction and fantasy for the 21st century.”  Listen to the Book Buzz description here. See the full HarperCollins diversity catalog here.
The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao, Martha Batalha, translated by Eric M. B. Becker (Oneworld Publications, dist. by IPG)
Originally published in Brazil, it is described by the publisher as “A darkly comic portrait of two rebellious sisters in 1940s Rio de Janeiro that illuminates contemporary issues of feminism and domestic equality. ” It is published by independent publisher Oneworld Publications, which focuses on “diverse cultures and historical events.” Recently profiled in the Guardian, the 30-year-old company is based in Oxford, U.K., and opened offices in New York in 2009. Its titles are distributed in the US via Publishers Group West [Note: this is a correction. Previously, we incorrectly identified the distributor as IPG]. See the full IPG/PGW diversity catalog here.
Real American: A Memoir, Julie Lythcott-Haims, (Macmillan/Holt)
Called a “bold, impassioned memoir that explores the emotional and cultural divide imposed by American racism on people of mixed race” by Publishers Weekly, this is by the author of the best-selling anti-helicopter parenting book, How to Raise an Adult. Full Macmillan diversity catalog here.
Dogs at the Perimeter, Madeleine Thien, (Norton, Original Trade Pbk; Recorded Books)
Chinese-Canadian Thien’s novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing(Norton; Recorded Books; OverDrive Sample) was a finalist for the Man Booker and swept Canada’s literary awards. This, her third novel, available for the first time in the U.S., is about Cambodian refugees dealing with past traumas. It received strong reviews when it was published in the UK in 2012, including The Economist, which noted, “The strife in Indo-China has inspired some astonishing writing in recent decades, both fiction and non-fiction. Dogs at the Perimeter belongs with the best of such works.” Like the other titles in the Norton diversity catalog, it is available by request.
We’re Going To Need More Wine, Gabrielle Union, (HarperCollins/Dey Street).
We mentioned this collection of essays by the actress and activist in our earlier post, noting her heartfelt tribute to libraries during a panel at Book Expo.

THE WINDFALL: Getting Attention

Diksha Basu’s debut novel, The Windfall(PRH/Crown; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample) is attracting notable attention.
TV rights were optioned in March, reports Deadline Hollywood and now that it is has been published, the NYT covers the author twice. Taking a break from her nonfiction duties, NYT reviewer Jennifer Senior writes the novel tells “a story that’s the stuff of Amartya Sen’s worst nightmares and Tom Wolfe’s sweetest dreams.” The paper also has a feature on the Basu’s “Sunday Routine.
As part of its “Culture Index” RollingStone says it is one of the “Seven things you should check out this week.” HuffPost lists it as one of “12 Great New Books To Bring To The Beach This Summer” while Bustle names it one of “15 Uplifting Books That Will Soothe Your Soul In Dark Times.” Elle reviews, writing “The Windfallexplores the effects of generational, gender, and class differences. Through her detailed descriptions of family meals, dusty floors, and ostentatious outfits, Basu gives us a full snapshot of a community’s life in contemporary India.”
PW stars, calling it a “charming, funny debut.” It is a July Indie Nextpick.
NPR interviews the author on Weekend Edition Sunday, calling her novel “a delightful comedy of errors where [the characters] navigate the unexpected pressures and pleasures of newfound wealth in modern India.”

'A primal experience: A note on the impossibility of “fairness”

A note on the impossibility of “fairness” – Thomas Miconi
“Various measures can be used to determine bias or unfairness in a predictor. Previous work has already established that some of these measures are incompatible with each other. Here we show that, when groups differ in prevalence of the predicted event, several intuitive measures of fairness (ratio of positive predictions to event occurrence, probability of positive prediction given actual occurrence or non-occurrence, and probability of occurrence given positive or negative prediction) are all mutually exclusive: if one of them is equal among groups, the other two must differ. The only exceptions are for perfect, or trivial (always-positive or always-negative) predictors. As a consequence, any non-perfect, non-trivial predictor can always be portrayed as biased or unfair under a certain perspective. The result applies to all predictors, algorithmic or human. We conclude with possible ways to handle this effect when assessing and designing prediction methods.”

Submitted 5 Jul 2017 to Applications [stat.AP]
Published 6 Jul 2017
Updated 1 Aug 2017

'A primal experience': Americans dazzled by solar eclipse

MEdia Dragon Connects the Dots of Industrial Democracy  which is so so overrated ;-)

The U.S. Spy Hub in the Heart of Australia The Intercept

Fear the rise of info-monopolies over America Fabius Maximus

CEO killing season puts boards to test |

The greatest sorrow is that which man himself has brought unto himself....

It hurts to read this. But it ok I am used to reading about the absurdity of human behaviours -  Havel said it all ;-)

Center for Data Innovation: “Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to dramatically transform huge swathes of the economy and society for the better, and as the technology continues to make headlines many countries are developing plans to ensure they can take full advantage of these benefits.

Senior politicians rush to disclose free Foxtel subscriptions amid uncertainty

opencorporates blog: “It is thanks to the persistence, effort, and hard-work from open data advocates both inside and outside government that French companies are now available as open data. Since January, France’s Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques (INSEE) has published the official “SIRENE” company registration database as open data, and after extensive analysis and processing, we added this data to OpenCorporates. This added over 10 million entities, making it our 120th jurisdiction, and the 2nd largest just behind the UK. The INSEE dataset is very extensive, covering companies, associations, sole traders / individuals & state bodies, plus all their trading branches, from both mainland France as well as its overseas departments, territories and dependencies (such as French Guiana, Martinique, Reunion, etc). Given that OpenCorporates is primarily a database of legal entities, we have currently excluded the local trading branches as they are out of scope (although we may revisit this in the future, though it would be on a global, not local level). This first cut also (temporarily) excludes the  overseas jurisidictions, while we do further investigations and internal mapping, but we will  be adding them in due course. The INSEE dataset from January initially covered just active  companies, so we supplemented it with just over 500,000 dissolved companies for 2012-2017 from the open data sourced from Infogreffe (the grouping of chambers of commerce, who actually perform the registration of companies). Combining two such datasets has the potential for causing significant data issues, and so we have performed extensive research on the two, and how they may be combined. Based on this research we found, among other things, that where a company is found in both datasets, the INSEE data tended to be more accurate with regards to the company status, and therefore it has taken precedence over the Infogreffe data for that company…”

Consuming Art and Taxes

One of the greatest of all time. A legend. A showman. A comedic icon. A movie star. An activist. A one of a kind. RIP

Multinational giants accused of shifting Australian revenue offshore

The global effort to extract a fair share of tax from multinationals is stepping up, say Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan. Courtesy ABC News24

ATO hails tech giants $7 billion sales surge

The world's biggest technology companies are booking an extra $7 billion in sales in Australia every year, meaning more money for the ATO

It takes a village to create successful strategies, and team members like Michael to make a positive difference ...

Facebook, Google put on spot over revenue

ATO Commissioner Chris Jordan said the new multinational tax avoidance laws were expected to return sales in Australia worth more than $7 ...

David Koch Sunrise with Hon KELLY O’DWYER

Wendy Bradley applies her years of experience working for HMRC to assess the accuracy of this Channel 4 documentary, and muses on how HMRC could be reformed Catching the tax dodgers | AccountingWEB

This discussion will focus on the consequences of the generational divide on the public sector workforce, in terms of the gap in digital literacy between senior executives and their workforces. Digital natives live much of their lives online; what is the carry over effect into their public sector roles, the effect on social media ...

Thieves steal 20 tons of chocolate in German town Deutsche Welle

Tax law gives relief to “illiquid” taxpayers, those with income or wealth but no cash. This relief results in revenue losses, creates opportunities for tax avoidance, and distorts economic decisions. And yet, we don’t know how much hardship is actually created by illiquidity. This Article provides a framework for determining the magnitude of that hardship.

Bloomberg BusinessweekBloomberg Businessweek:  Trump’s Web of Companies May Have a Way to Avoid the Obamacare Tax, by Lynnley Browning & John McCormick:
Behind the stainless steel and glass of Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower lies a skeleton of 180,000 cubic yards of high-performance concrete. Below that, 57 rock caissons, some as thick as 10 feet and as long as 80 feet, anchor the skyscraper to the ground and bedrock. The building’s ownership structure is complex, too.

Digital business execution is requiring more frequent and complex decision making, continuous problem solving and rapid pattern recognition, all of which require workforce digital dexterity. In most organizations, however, responsibility for helping employees develop the desire and ability to exploit a wide range of transformative technologies — highlighted in the Gartner, Inc. Hype Cycle for Digital Workplace, 2017 — does not have to rest with any group or individual. “Humans will still be at the center of work, even as intelligent software and machines become our co-workers. CIOs must anticipate how trends in business, society, technology and information will converge to change where, when, why and with whom we work,” said Matt Cain, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “CIOs must expand their charter to include workforce digital dexterity.” The Hype Cycle can help application leaders identity and exploit new and existing technologies that will boost employee engagement and agility for better business outcomes…”

ATO blitz hits top 1000 firms

Companies forced into tax 'confessional'

The Case Against a Consumption Tax

Why a consumption tax does not hold up under close scrutiny

College kids can be just as foolish as any other young people, but today’s campus environment fuels their emotionalism rather than helping them master it

Here’s A Surprise – For The First Time In Forever, Print Magazine Sales Are Up

Magazine sales have generally been falling since the day the inventor of the internet said: “Hey, why don’t I invent the internet?” But the latest ABC figures, released this week, show that sales of certain titles are actually going up. News and current affairs magazines are becoming more popular – but celebrity, gossip and fashion publications are still struggling

BuzzFeed inks six-figure deal with Decision Desk to provide election results

Tax residency rules are 'broken', 'anachronistic', 'unwieldy' |


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Your "Pinstripe Mafia" affirms the confidence engendered by other papers, that Accounting Standards boards act solely in public interest. /s

Gaming the Lottery

The last couple of weeks have seen a series of articles uncovering the darker practices of lottery companies around the world. The investigation is part of a global collaboration of investigative journalists which is looking into the $300bn industry.
Of particular interest to us is the story of IGT, one of the world’s largest lottery operators. IGT has over 400 lottery licences and revenues of $6bn a year.
According to Khadija Sharif and Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, writing for eNCA, the company also appears to be involved in some classic tax avoidance structures involving tax haven UK.

Trumps deals in Georgia raise money laundering concerns

The New Yorker this week has published a long report looking into Trump’s deals in Georgia. There is a lot to question too. In 2011 Donald Trump granted a licence for a new luxury tower in Batumi, a town on the Black Sea. The deal allowed the new development to use the Trump brand, and the future president visited the country, extolling the virtues of Michael Saakashvili the then President. The town had no market for luxury housing, and many thought the investment insane.

The image of tax havens

The British Journal of Photography have published a short 8 minute film on the making of Havens, a photographic project by Gabriele Galimberti and Paolo Woods.

The pair travelled the world for two years photographing tax havens trying to commit to film what is in large part an intangible trade.
More on the project can be found on the dedicated website here: