Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Visualizing Dante’s Hell: See Maps & Drawings of Dante’s Inferno

Kafka is turning in his grave ... Big Brother bosses | The Economist

  ( Employee surveillance – how far is too far?)

Your employer could be snooping on you, in office and outside

But in the digital capitalist era, the employer might become Big Brother. The ways to keep tabs on employees have multiplied — wearable ...

MPs and lawyers defend Lush against 'spycops' backlash


“Someone wrongs us, we rarely (if ever) want to do the same thing back. Why? Because we want to do something more harmful. Likewise, when someone insults us, our instinct is to search for words that will be more insulting. Revenge always escalates.” ―Rob Bell On those closest to the trough of leadership power of clock watchers ;-) ...

Legally snooping on employees a doddle in Australia, finds law firm ...


Can your boss spy on you at work? Oh Yeh - Crikey  ...


Surveillance in the workplace | Workplace Info


Australian employers can spy on workers' emails without warning


Big Brother isn't just watching: workplace surveillance can track your toilet breaks ;-)  ...


Preparing Libraries for Nuclear War - JSTOR: “During the Cold War, America’s libraries helped patrons prepare for nuclear war, from stocking reference materials to providing fallout shelters: “From seemingly useless under-desk drills to legit bunkers, the general public was prepared for nuclear war during the Cold War. But what about libraries? Reference librarian Brett Spencer examines how libraries and librarians braced for the coming threat.

A photojournalist and U.N. photographer talks about the challenges of portraying news subjects with fresh eyes.
 ↩︎ It’s Nice That

A compendium of known chemical munitions used by the Syrian government since 2012.
↩︎ Bellingcat
This Is What a Nuclear Attack in New York Would Look Like New York Magazine

Speaking of Pangaea, this video shows how the present-day continents came to be formed from the Pangaea supercontinent about 240 million years ago, then shows what the Earth’s surface might look like 250 million years in the future, if the tectonic plates continue to move in predictable ways

Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

*How the Earth’s continents will look 250 million years from now

At least four former Cambridge Analytica officials have been working with the Trump 2020 campaign.
↩︎ Associated Press

Locate modern addresses on Earth 240 million years ago

A People’s Historian: John Julius Norwich, 1929-2018

Ed Yong writes about our lack of preparation for a possible disease pandemic that, because of globalization, could be worse than the 1918 flu that killed 100 million  

Visualizing Dante’s Hell: See Maps & Drawings of Dante’s Inferno from the Renaissance Through Today - Open Culture: “Reading Dante’s Inferno, and Divine Comedy generally, can seem a daunting task, what with the book’s wealth of allusion to 14th century Florentine politics and medieval Catholic theology. Much depends upon a good translation. Maybe it’s fitting that the proverb about translators as traitors comes from Italian. The first Dante that came my way—the unabridged Carlyle-Okey-Wicksteed English translation—renders the poet’s terza rima in leaden prose, which may well be a literary betrayal. Gone is the rhyme scheme, self-contained stanzas, and poetic compression, replaced by wordiness, antiquated diction, and needless density. I labored through the text and did not much enjoy it. I’m far from an expert by any stretch, but was much relieved to later discover John Ciardi’s more faithful English rendering, which immediately impresses upon the senses and the memory, as in the description above in the first stanzas of Canto II…Even after hundreds of years of cultural shifts and upheavals, the Inferno and its humorous and horrific scenes of torture still retain a fascination for modern readers and for illustrators like Daniel Heald, whose 1994 map, above, while lacking Botticelli’s gilded brilliance, presents us with a clear visual guide through that perplexing valley of pain, which remains—in the right translation or, doubtless, in its original language—a pleasure for readers who are willing to descend into its circular depths. Or, short of that, we can take a digital train and escalators into an 8-bit video game version…”

Oracle’s Internet Intelligence Map presents a real-time view of online threats - Venture Beat: “Distributed denial of service attacks. Malware. State-imposed internet blackouts. It’s hard to keep abreast of every bad actor and natural disaster impacting the internet, but Oracle is making it a bit easier with the launch of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s Internet Intelligence Map, a real-time graphical representation of service interruptions and emerging threats. It’s now available for free…”

The NYC subway is home to many interesting characters and creatures but perhaps none as delightfully weird as Matthew Grabelsky’s straphanger chimeras.

The civil service used to subsidise artists, now it’s consultants. Are services better for it?
“Automation has squeezed out the creatives that used to harbour in administrative grades – but this tacit subsidy programme has arguably simply shifted to large firms.” (CSW)

When EEO isn’t about discrimination
“What needs to be acknowledged is a secret in plain sight. Most Federal EEO complaints are, in the eyes of the law, without real merit.” (FedSmith)

A word to the wise: Why wisdom might be ripe for rediscovery - The Globe and Mail

France - Imrich Cousin - Vase discovered in shoebox sells for $25 million


Chain Link Fence Weathered
More views of the fence here, here, and here.

Amazing geometric weathering on a chain link fence


First Known When Lost: Arrival:

Wittgenstein's term "the sense of life" (in German, "der Sinn des Lebens") is a lovely way of describing what we may experience during one of those moments when the World communicates with us.  And, although science-enamored, ironic moderns may not like it, "mystical" is an entirely appropriate word to use when contemplating the possibility of arriving at a place where "the sense of life" becomes clear to us.


  Artist, writer, and thinker James Bridle is an interesting fellow. He coined the term New Aesthetic in 2011. Dronestagram was a three-year project where he posted satellite photos of drone strike locations to social media. He built a trap for self-driving cars. Last year, he wrote a widely read essay on how YouTube’s recommendation algorithms are being used “systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale”.

In his forthcoming book, Bridle argues that we’re living in a New Dark Age, where it’s not so much the lack of information as too much information that’s the issue.

  Researchers find IQ scores dropping since the 1970s MedicalXPress

Monday, June 18, 2018


GOOOOOOOOL: How readers helped The Washington Post develop its World Cup newsletter, via Joseph Lichterman’s excellent Solution Set.

Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.
~ Gary Lineker :-) Not today though as Mexico won the battle not sure about the war yet ...

Spotlight World Cup countdown: Sorting wheat from the chaff

Live World Cup day 4: Costa Rica vs Serbia, Germany vs Mexico ...


England vs Tunisia: World Cup 2018 prediction, preview, betting tips ...


World Cup 2018: Germany vs Mexico live blog, score, video, start time

World Cup Blog - ESPN FC

Jedinak leads from the front with nerves of steel
The knock on Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak is that he is nowadays too slow, too old and too immobile. That he can't get around the ground quick enough to ...

Poets and Scoundrels of the Beautiful Game Jacobin

The Politics of Now LRB

From Russia with love, as Putin kicks off soft power Games Asia Times. Pepe Escobar

Clemens Kalischer, Refugee And Photographer Of Refugees, Dies At 97

He fled Nazi Germany, and then "in 1947 and 1948, still in his 20s, Mr. Kalischer managed to embed himself with refugees uprooted by World War II as they arrived in New York by ship from Bremerhaven. He was able to do so because he had been one of them only six years before." … Read More

REMEMBERING PUTIN: The information that democracy needs

The former Cold Warrior and KGB agents, Vladimir Putin, is playing a game of chess with the West and he's always thinking a few moves ahead ...
Putin's 'trail of breadcrumbs from Trump Tower': Spies issue warning to West

Four Corners investigates Russian interference in US election - ABC

Mueller warns of Russian midterm attack, while Trump attacks Mueller The Hill. UserFriendly: “At least we’ll know who to blame when literally anyone loses.​

REMEMBERING TIM RUSSERT: He died a decade ago yesterday. Betsy Fischer Martin and Erin Fogarty Owen said they have carried these lessons from their former NBC colleague: Read voraciously, be prepared, simplify what you're saying and send personal notes. Your morning columnist adds: Read "Big Russ & Me," Russert's memoir about his father and the lessons "Big Russ" taught him about life. 

Muslim prof made students praise Allah before entering office.

From cultural appropriation to clean eating: Lionel Shriver's most controversial quotes

Stephen King: Master of Almost All the Genres Except "Literary" | Literary Hub.

The information that democracy needs
Without a decent flow of information in this popular democracy, how can we have anything like our 'equal share' in its power, asks Bret Walker SC

The Meeting Culture 

South Australian Liberal senator Lucy Gichuhi has told a Kenyan television program that her $200,000 salary is "not a lot of money" in Australia.
$200k bizarre case

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JOHN MENADUE. Continuing corporate failures.

There is a growing and unfortunate litany of corporate failure in Australia – and not just the banks and wage theft on a large scale. One continuing failure has been an unwillingness by our corporate sector to equip itself for the Asian Century and beyond. Instead of addressing their serious failings ,business executives  invariably respond by accusing critics of business bashing. Continue reading 

A tribunal has implored the Tax Office to reconsider a "catastrophic" penalty that stripped retired postal truck driver Colin Ward of $209,000 – the entirety of his superannuation savings.
Administrative Appeals Tribunal deputy president Gary Humphries said if Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan would not afford 71-year-old Mr Ward and his wife Joan some leniency, the responsible government minister should intervene to provide an "act-of-grace payment".

ATO's own research raises SME concerns

The tax office has questioned the need for a bill to enforce tougher litigation obligations, despite it spending almost $1 million on internal research that identified ..